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"A Gift Garden" Book Launch @ The Mahler Ballroom

You’re invited to “A Gift Garden” book launch party with the CWE Farm & the Mahler Ballroom

On Monday, December 10th, 2018 Arthur and Nancy Culbert of Central West End Farm will celebrate the launch of their illustrated children’s chapter book, A Gift Garden, at the historic Mahler Ballroom from 6-9pm. Tickets for this event range from $25-35, which includes an autographed copy of the book (soft/hardback), one drink ticket, light hors-d'oeuvres, music, and access to the author Q&A. 

A Gift Garden is co-written by Arthur and Nancy Culbert and illustrated by N. Jane Quackenbush. 

The Book Launch Party will begin with doors opening at 6pm, where guests can check-in, get their copy of the book, get the book autographed, grab a bite to eat, get a drink and take a seat around 7pm for a reading and author Q&A emceed by Alexis Zotos, KMOV Reporter and Host of Meet St. Louis podcast. After the Q&A there will be more book signing, food, drinks, and music DJed by FarFetched.

Have you ever had a gnawing feeling in your stomach when you were hungry? Many people have that experience on a daily basis and that is something the Culberts are trying to combat. The launch of A Gift Garden is being held on the 70th anniversary of the first proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is the basis for the book, which promotes the reality that everyone is entitled to food as a part of Article #25. 

The Culberts have been working to eliminate hunger in their community since 2011 when the first seeds of their original gift garden were planted. Since then, the Central West End Farm has produced 16,000 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables, helping feed thousands local food pantry guests.

In A Gift Garden, ten-year-old Beverly Elizabeth Adams prefers to be called Bea. The name that comes from her initials is just one example of how careful she is about the words she uses. When given a summer school assignment about citizens making a difference, Superhero Bea is prompted to explore all that those words could mean. Inspired by a magical scarecrow, Bea and her best friend Sunny come up with a plan to plant a gift garden that will feed the hungry people in their community. Through a magical world of words, music, and teamwork, Bea and her friends explore the wonder of their community. Throughout the story, they become citizens that make a difference. By the end of the school year, they have a bounty to share and more seeds to plant in gift gardens.

Proceeds of the event to benefit Gift Garden Fresh Food Foundation. The Central West End Farm is a non-profit organization. 

$25 ticket --> paperback
$35 ticket --> hardback 

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Earlier Event: December 7
First Friday Happy Hour @ the BHIVE