Wed 3/9 – 7-9 PM – In the Company of Writers presents a series of personal and conversational dialogues featuring guest writers/poets followed by an open mic forum. The Chicago blues music of “Mr. Jimmy,” welcomes you, continues during intermission and closes the evening. The next in the series features John Desjarlais, a published author, and speaker. In-person sign-ups for open-mic are 6:30 – 7:00 pm and guest authors begin at 7:00 – 8:00 pm with open-mic readings from 8:15 – 9:00 pm. If interested in reading your work, you may sign up at the door or online at https://thebrandybar.com/writers-open-mic/ Presentations are limited to five minutes. A former producer with Wisconsin Public Radio and retired professor of journalism and English, John Desjarlais writes historical novels and contemporary mysteries. His first novel, The Throne of Tara: A Novel of Saint Columba, was a Christianity Today Reader’s Choice Award nominee, and his medieval thriller, Relics, was a Doubleday Book Club Selection. Bleeder, Viper (a Catholic Arts and Letters Award nominee), and Specter constitute the ‘Higher Mysteries’ series. Blood of the Martyrs and Other Stories collects short fiction previously published in a variety of literary journals. This event is free.
Thurs 3/10 – 4-9:00 PM – Monarch Butterfly Cocktail Specials – The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is a unique and amazing phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when it is time to travel south for the winter. In 2022 the stirring have begun and the Monarchs are poised to fly back east. Monarchs use a combination of air currents and thermals to travel long distances. Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home!
North Carolina’s Monarchs make a second home in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico while the Monarchs in Western North America (west of Rocky Mountain range) overwinter from October to late March along the Pacific coast near Santa Cruz and San Diego in California. Monarchs roost for the winter in oyamel fir forests at an elevation of 2,400 to 3,600 meters (nearly 2 miles above sea level) where the humidity assured the temperature is high enough so they will not need to use their fat reserves. Monarchs cluster together to stay warm. Tens of thousands of monarchs can cluster on a single tree. Monarchs can travel between 50-100 miles a day; it can take up to two months to complete their journey. The farthest ranging monarch butterfly recorded traveled 265 miles in one day.
Monarch – CB Frost, gin, Elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, agave syrup, mint leaves
Float Like A Butterfly – CB Frost, gin, honey syrup, lemon juice, chamomile bitters, Champagne topper
Electric Blue Butterfly– CB Frpst, curacao, lemonade, Sprite
Hookah Butterfly – Cherry brandy, rum, curacao, Sprite
Violet Butterfly – CB Frost, lemon juice, hyacinth syrup, cucumber
Fruit Flight (1/2 price)