Wednesday, March 11, 2009

the 2009
Wine, Writers & Song
Brownville, NE

April 24-26

Come celebrate literature, food, wine, and music in Historic Brownville!
Schedule of Events:
(Accomodations: phone # below schedule)

Friday Afternoon & Evening
3:30 Cruise the Missouri River on the “Spirit of Brownville” $9.95 per person, children under 5 free
5:00–6:00 Social Hour (The Lyceum, main level and grounds) Cash bar featuring wine from Whiskey Run Creek Winery and music by Wee Brazen Hussies, Celtic duo
6:00–7:30 Dinner at The Lyceum ($15 charge for meal, cash bar)
7:30–9:00 2009 No Coast National Slam Poetry Team, hosted by Nebraska Writers Collective (The Lyceum)

Saturday Morning

8:30–9:30 Bright & Early Guided Walk, hosted by John Lauber, curator, Furnas Arboretum
8:45–10:45 Weekend Writers’ Workshop with Barbara Schmitz, author of “How Much Our Dancing Has Improved,” winner of the Nebraska Book Award for Poetry—preregistration required, additional fee of $135 includes two nights’ lodging, meals, admission to Pairing Food & Wine Program, and a canvas bag (Brownville Village Theatre Residence)

Children’s Program (Brownville Concert Hall)

10:00–11:00 Music by The String Beans
11:00–11:30 Storyteller Royal Eckert
11:30–12:00 James Solheim, author of “It Was Disgusting and I Ate It.” (Book/CD signings to follow each part of the program)

Fiction Readings (A Novel Idea Bookstore, Chapter 2)
10:00–11:00 Timothy Schaffert, author of “The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters”
11:00–12:00 Sean Doolittle, author of “The Clean-up” (Book signings to follow each author’s program)

Lunch on your own (The Lyceum Café and TJ’s Tavern are open)

Saturday Afternoon & Evening

2:00 Cruise the Missouri River on the “Spirit of Brownville” $9.95 per person, children under 5 free

Nonfiction Program(Carson House )
2:00–3:00 A Historical Perspective by Don Cunningham, former editor of “Nebraska History,” and Bill Lock (change)
3:00–4:00 Collecting Rare Hunting Books by
Brooks Carmichael

Songwriters’ Roundtable (The Lyceum)
2:30–4:00 John Walker, Ember Schrag, and Tony Church (Discussion of songwriting process, audience questions/participation. CD signings to follow the program)

Pairing Food & Wine Program(Whiskey Run Creek Winery)
4:30–6:00 Chef Barbara Bond,authors/chefs Maggie Pleskac and Sean Carmichael, vintner Ron Heskett (Each chef prepares an appetizer to pair with a Whiskey Run Creek wine. Samples given. Maggie and Sean discuss their cookbook,“Dueling Chefs: A Vegetarian and a MeatLover Debate the Plate.” Book signing to follow the program) $5 charge
6:00–9:00 BBQ (Whiskey Run Creek Winery deck and grounds)—Music by Jumpin’ Kate (CD signings on breaks) $7 charge for meal


9:00 Writers’ Continental Breakfast at The Lyceum, featuring readings given by Writers’Workshop participants
11:00 Tour of The Schoolhouse Art Gallery,hosted by George Nubert,curator
11:30 Tour of The Antiquarium Bookstore,hosted by Tom Rudloff, proprietor

Lunch on your own (The Lyceum Café and TJ’s Tavern are open)

1:00–4:00 Free Range Readings hosted by Rex Walton, longtime host of the Crescent Moon Reading Series (Continual readings and discussions of the writing process featuring Greg Kosmicki, Beth Gillespie, Greg Kuzma, Nicole Church, Marjorie Saiser, J.V. Brummels, Matt Mason, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, Heidi Hermanson, and others)

the 2009 Festival is sponsored by Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Arts Council, A Novel Idea Bookstore, Infusionmedia Publishing, and Prairie Sage Publishing with support from Merchants of Brownville, Chaney Gallery, The Lyceum Bookstore & Café, The Antiquarium Bookstore, Brownville Fine Arts Association, Brownville Historical Society, Brownville Village Theatre, Whiskey Run Creek Winery, and The Village Bookstore.

In Brownville
The CottageLuxury, executive lodging, call 402-883-2690.More Information
Pearson-Kelley House402-825-6637Pearson-Kelley House Website
Pierce House402-825-4921
Village Guest House402-825-4921
Randel Smith's Floating Hotel ( Steamboat on the River!) 402-825-4211

In Auburn (9 miles west of Brownville)
Arbor Manor Motel402-274-3663
Palmer House402-274-3193
Cooper House B&B402-274-3335
City of Auburn RV Park 402-274-3450
Longs Creek RV Park in Auburn 402-274-3413
In Peru ( 6 miles northwest)
Coleman B&B 402-872-7715

In Rock Port, Missouri (about 6 miles east of Brownville)
Rock Port Inn 660-744-6282
In Nebraska City
Arbor Day Farm 402-873-8733
Camping & RV Facilities
Brownville State Recreation Area 402-825-4131
Indian Cave State Park 402-883-2575
Rock Port, MO KOA 660-744-5485

Thursday, February 26, 2009

As part of the Wine, Writers and Song Festival, we are offering a
Weekend Writers' Workshop
with Barbara Schmitz.

The price of $135 includes:

2 nights' lodging at the Brownville Theatre Residence, the Friday dinner, Saturday's "Pairing Food & Wine" program, Saturday's BBQ, lunches Saturday & Sunday, workshop instruction with Barbara Schmitz, the opportunity to read your work (if you wish) to a supportive audience at the Writers' Continental Breakfast on Sunday, a canvas bag, all festival programming and the chance to meet and hang out with some really neat people. Residential workshop participation is limited to 13 and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If you're interested in participating, please contact Cinnamon Dokken, festival chair, at
Poet BARBARA SCHMITZ retired from her teaching position in English at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, though she still teaches occasionally. She is a former editor of Elkhorn Review, and she has had poems published in such journals as Prairie Schooner, Laurel Review, Nebraska Review, Silverfish Review, Poetry Motel, Hurakan, River Styx, and Kansas Quarterly. Her chapbook, Making Tracks, was published by Suburban Wilderness Press in Duluth. She's also the author of The Lives of the Saints (Main-Travelled Roads #8, 1996). and How to Get Out of the Body (Sandhills Press, 1999). She is also the author of The Upside Down Heart (Sandhills Press, 2003) and the forthcoming How Much Our Dancing Has Improved? (Backwaters Press, 2005). A resident of Norfolk, she gives psychic readings in the form of poems and is a winner of the Encouragement Award from the Nebraska Arts Council's Individual Artists Fellowships program (1997).

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

April 24-26, 2009
Brownville's Wine, Writers & Song Festival
in Brownville, NE
Coming soon to Brownville, the fifth edition of the Writing and Music Festival.
This year, as we have before, will be writers reading, workshops for writing of all types, music throughout the day and evening, not to mention barbeques, riverboats, and around all of us the beautiful olden river town of Brownville, with historic homes, shops, restaurants, and miles of hiking/biking trail. In addition, there will be, concurrently, a weekend Writers' Workshop retreat, details now being solidified.
Exactly what will occur is coming soon! stay tuned here, or
see the Prairie Moon Reading News, at
or Matt Mason's site,
or the Lyceum BookHaven in Brownville, at