Archive for Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Local author entertains guests at presentation

November 14, 2001

The city of Basehor may not seem like a wine and cheese kind of place but that's exactly what visitors got at a recent presentation by a local author.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Shawnee Mission resident William Park, author of two books, "The Franciscan" and his latest work, "The Alpha Search," stopped into Holyfield Wine and Vineyard for a presentation and book signing.

The event was sponsored by the Basehor Community Library and hosted by vineyard owners Michelle and Les Meyer.

The vineyard was chosen for the presentation and book signing because of a reference Park made to the vineyard in "The Alpha Search."

The reference, in which Park mentions the vineyard by name and serves a vineyard signature wine to the pope, was received quite well by the vineyard owners.

"I was quite tickled he mentioned the wine and that it was served to a pope," Michelle said.

The wine of the hour was a port wine, a wine mixed with brandy giving it a higher alcohol content, and has a long, sometimes combative history for the vineyard.

Previously, the state of Kansas had tried to shut down production of the wine because of its alcohol content. This was a move that the vineyard owners fought and eventually won.

"It is something that is very near and dear to our hearts because we had to fight for it," Michelle said.

Regardless of the wine's history, the presentation was an eventful evening for those involved as Park spoke about his two books and then answered questions from the audience.

The books penned by Park, which have drawn rave reviews from some critics, are adventurous in nature and steeped in religious overtones.

The two books are part of a trilogy, with the third volume on its way.

Park said he would probably end the tale's series with the third book, and he would miss some of the tales and characters he created when writing them.

"I am going to miss those guys because I have been doing this for a couple of books now, so I am sad to say goodbye," Park said. "But you never know, they might come back."The city of Basehor may not seem like a wine and cheese kind of place but that's exactly what visitors got at a recent presentation by a local author.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Shawnee Mission resident William Park, author of two books, "The Franciscan" and his latest work, "The Alpha Search," stopped into Holyfield Wine and Vineyard for a presentation and book signing.

The event was sponsored by the Basehor Community Library and hosted by vineyard owners Michelle and Les Meyer.

The vineyard was chosen for the presentation and book signing because of a reference Park made to the vineyard in "The Alpha Search."

The reference, in which Park mentions the vineyard by name and serves a vineyard signature wine to the pope, was received quite well by the vineyard owners.

"I was quite tickled he mentioned the wine and that it was served to a pope," Michelle said.

The wine of the hour was a port wine, a wine mixed with brandy giving it a higher alcohol content, and has a long, sometimes combative history for the vineyard.

Previously, the state of Kansas had tried to shut down production of the wine because of its alcohol content. This was a move that the vineyard owners fought and eventually won.

"It is something that is very near and dear to our hearts because we had to fight for it," Michelle said.

Regardless of the wine's history, the presentation was an eventful evening for those involved as Park spoke about his two books and then answered questions from the audience.

The books penned by Park, which have drawn rave reviews from some critics, are adventurous in nature and steeped in religious overtones.

The two books are part of a trilogy, with the third volume on its way.

Park said he would probably end the tale's series with the third book, and he would miss some of the tales and characters he created when writing them.

"I am going to miss those guys because I have been doing this for a couple of books now, so I am sad to say goodbye," Park said. "But you never know, they might come back."

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Shawnee Mission resident William Park, author of two books, "The Franciscan" and his latest work, "The Alpha Search," stopped into Holyfield Wine and Vineyard for a presentation and book signing.

The event was sponsored by the Basehor Community Library and hosted by vineyard owners Michelle and Les Meyer.

The vineyard was chosen for the presentation and book signing because of a reference Park made to the vineyard in "The Alpha Search."

The reference, in which Park mentions the vineyard by name and serves a vineyard signature wine to the pope, was received quite well by the vineyard owners.

"I was quite tickled he mentioned the wine and that it was served to a pope," Michelle said.

The wine of the hour was a port wine, a wine mixed with brandy giving it a higher alcohol content, and has a long, sometimes combative history for the vineyard.

Previously, the state of Kansas had tried to shut down production of the wine because of its alcohol content. This was a move that the vineyard owners fought and eventually won.

"It is something that is very near and dear to our hearts because we had to fight for it," Michelle said.

Regardless of the wine's history, the presentation was an eventful evening for those involved as Park spoke about his two books and then answered questions from the audience.

The books penned by Park, which have drawn rave reviews from some critics, are adventurous in nature and steeped in religious overtones.

The two books are part of a trilogy, with the third volume on its way.

Park said he would probably end the tale's series with the third book, and he would miss some of the tales and characters he created when writing them.

"I am going to miss those guys because I have been doing this for a couple of books now, so I am sad to say goodbye," Park said. "But you never know, they might come back."

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