Wed 9/13 – 4-9 PM Red sangrias and from 7-9 PM – NC Writers Network as a part of the “In the Company of Writers” program presents guest authors Greg Lobas and Karen Luke Jackson. The program offers a series of personal and conversational dialogues featuring guest writers/poets followed by an open mic forum. These inspirational gatherings will elucidate and entertain those attending. The guest author speaks from 7-8 PM with an open mic from 8 -9 PM. The Chicago blues music of “Mr. Jimmy” welcomes you, continues during intermission, and closes the evening. Sign-ups for the open mic visit: https://thebrandybar.com/writers-open-mic/
Karen Luke Jackson, winner of the Rash Poetry Award and the Sidney Lanier Poetry Contest, draws upon family lore, contemplative practices, and nature for inspiration. Her poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, One, Susurrus, Salvation South, and Friends Journal, among others. Karen has also authored three poetry collections: GRIT, chronicling her sister’s adventures as an award-winning clown; The View Ever Changing, exploring the lifelong pull of one’s homeplace and family ties; and If You Choose To Come, paying homage to the healing beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. http://www.karenlukejackson.com/
Greg Lobas has been published as both an outdoor writer and a poet. His book of poems, Left of Center, won the 2022 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize and placed second in the Delaware State Press Association Awards. The Poetry Society of South Carolina and the South Carolina Writers’ Association have also recognized his work as award-winning. His poems have been published in numerous journals, including Tar River Poetry, Cimarron Review, Vox Populi and Kakalak. He lives with his wife Meg in the foothills of North Carolina, where he cuts a lot of wood and drives his dog Sophie around in her pickup truck.
Thurs 9/14 – 7-9 PM – Honoring 9/11 Heros: ARE YOU GUYS READY? LET’S ROLL! The battle cry was yelled by Todd Beamer as he and Thomas Burnett, Jr. charged the terrorists aboard United Airlines Flight 93, followed by all the other passengers, who had made the heroic decision to fight back against the terrorists. This was the 4th and last plane to be attacked on September 11, 2001. Worried that the passengers would break through the cockpit, the hijackers rolled the plane and crashed in a field at 580 mph in Shanksville, PA. The target is still unknown. The first plane, America Airlines Flight 11 was hijacked at 7:59 a.m. Hijacker Mohammed Atta makes an accidental transmission to ground control thinking he was communicating with the plane’s cabin thereby alerting control of the takeover. At 8:46 a.m. the plane crashes into Floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The 2nd plane, United Airlines Flight 175, took off at 8:14 a.m. and at 9:03 a.m. crashed into floors 75-85 of the WTC’s South Tower. The 3rd plane, American Airlines Flight 77, took off at 8:20 a.m. (it had been scheduled to leave at the same time as 1 and 2 but was delayed). At 9:37 a.m. Flight 77 crashed the plane into the western façade of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Flight crews and passengers in all planes totaling 265 were killed and 3,000 people on the ground lost their lives in these crashes. An unforgettable day in United States history and one to be memorialized each year. We will offer our 5 most popular drinks at a special price to our members who wish to join us to share in these significant honorariums:
9/11 Cocktail specials: Old fashioned – Brandy, mulled orange & cherries, sugar cube or no; Brandy Alexander – Brandy, crème de cocoa, heavy cream or substitute ice cream; Cosmopolitan – Brandy, organic cranberry juice, freshly squeezed lime juice; Pit Stop – Cherry brandy, Amaretto, freshly squeezed lemon juice; Brandy Martini – Brandy, a splash of gin, vermouth – and a $5 pour from your choice: Ginger, coffee, or peach
REMINDER Songwriter Sessions comes 9/20 – 7-9:00 PM featuring John Longbottom, Lillie Syracuse, & Chris Wilhelm.