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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Do NOT Come at Midnight (or You’ll Have a Long Wait)

Dog Ears Books will be open for business the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving during our usual fall business hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Will there be anyone on the streets and sidewalks of Northport on Friday, or will all have camped outside the Big Box Stores in Traverse City, storming the doors at midnight, engaging in wild, frenzied orgies of shopping hours before daylight? It doesn't matter. Come what may, come who may, we'll be open our usual hours.

Wednesday before Thanksgiving was a busy day getting the bookstore tree decorated. It isn't even done yet, but the rest will be icing on the cake. Anyone who shows up on Friday is welcome to help.

Saturday will be a lively day, with headline author John Mitchell, who has been getting unanimous rave reviews for Grand Traverse: The Civil War Era, kicking off the day at 11 a.m. Come meet him, chat him up, purchase his book, and he’ll add a personal inscription to his signature, if you like. He’ll be with us until 1 p.m.

We’ll have Children’s Story Hour from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and then at 3:30 Santa will be across the street to welcome children of all ages at Brew North until 5:30.

The village Christmas tree will be lighted at 6 p.m. Saturday evening, with the Village Voices there to lead carol singing. Lights will shine in the darkness of our little village. The scene will be festive but not at all crazy. You won’t have to worry about losing your friends in an out-of-control mob.

A sense of proportion. A sense of scale. And yes, an air of cheerful sanity. Who's voting for it? Northport's got it.


Gerry said...

That's it exactly. A sense of proportion and cheerful sanity. Those stars are lovely. And there is the Authors Chair where John will sit in a little while. And there--oh, it is not what I thought--there is a string of Christmas lights, but do you know what I saw? A whimsical bluegreen sculpture of a reindeer. I couldn't figure out how it was balanced that way . . .

Dawn said...

Happy Holidays to you! I hope you had a line outside the store on Friday morning! Or at least a few people looking for the perfect gift or the perfect read...or both!

P. J. Grath said...

A reindeer? Gerry, what an imagination you have!

The Moravian stars were made by Marjorie Farrell, as you may recall from last year. She was at the bookstore demonstrating furoshiki wraps, and I think I posted a picture of one of the stars then, too.

The day was very nice, Dawn. Our guest author had a good time, the children who came for story time were a good audience, and I closed at 5:50 to go down and sing carols and see the lights come on the village tree. A lovely day! said...

Love the title of this post; I had a good chuckle!