Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Books and Cocktails Book Club

Join us in 2017 for Books and Cocktails, a book club that meets in Lancaster county and or York county every other month, the second Thursday of the month. Each book matches up with a cocktail.We meet at various restaurants to discuss the book of the month, have a cocktail, and enjoy an appetizer or dinner. And yes, you may join us even if you do not drink, feel free to order your drink virgin or have a tea, coffee or soda instead. We read books across a variety of genres such as classics, biographies, memoirs, romance, Amish, mystery, historical fiction and many others. Most of the books come from the book Cocktails for Book Lovers by Tessa Smith McGovern.

Examples of drinks from the book are Sweet Sherry Cocoa, Gin Rickey, Orange Champagne Punch, Salted Caramel Bourbon Milkshake, and various martinis. For our very first book club, we read Eva Luna by Isabel Allende.  For the cocktail, we had Madrina's Banana Rum Cocktail.  Eva Luna's godmother was a lover of rum. This is the recipe from the book which the restaurant made for us.

 Madrina's Banana Rum Cocktail

1/8 cup low-fat milk
1 tbsp. light rum
1 tbsp. white creme de cacao
1 tbsp. creme de banana (or other banana liqueur)
1/2 banana
wedge of pineapple
maraschino cherry

Place all ingredients except the fruit in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with fruit. Serves 1.

We will also be having some additional events such as book festivals, day trips to bookshops, and author events.
Here are a few of the upcoming books we will be reading:

Murder is Binding

Wuthering Heights

Dan Gets a Minivan


We look forward to you joining us. Questions or comments, email or to sign up go to and request to join.

Anyone who may be visiting the PA Dutch country and would like to drop in the book club for a visit is more than welcome.  We like meeting new people!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Today across the U.S. we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day. I'm honored to share my birthday with one of the nations greatest leaders of our time. I'm writing this post because so many people are celebrating today and spending time with their family friends but, really don't know the man behind this national holiday. A man who lived his life for God, but was not without fault. A man who strived to make change in an unfair an unjust system, and who ultimately helped bring about desegregation.

He was born on January 15, 1929 to Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. He was actually born Michael King, as well as his father. But, after a trip to Germany his father changed their names in honor of Martin Luther the great reformer.

After years of investing his time and energy into the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. His death was mourned by thousands of people. It took 17 years but Martin Luther King Jr. day was finally a federal holiday recognized by all the states. Whether you already knew a little about Martin Luther King Jr. or you want to know more about him. Check out some of the resources listed below.

And on a closing thought I would like to leave you with this quote from Martin Luther King Jr.