Calendar of Events for 2018

Upcoming Programs and Exhibits

Friday, November 16, 2018 – Performance by Charles Mantis – 7:00 pm
Charles performed in July 2018 at the Moonstone Bookstore to great reviews. He has been playing professionally for fifteen years and his style is derived from many different genres. Country, from his family, to punk rock from his city roots. He has performed as a singer/songwriter/ guitarist in front of many crowds and has a true love for his art.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Rhyme and Reason Poetry Club – 7:00 pm
Bring a poem, read a poem or listen to others read a poem at our monthly informal poetry gathering.

Cone-flower Book Club Meetings

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum
Friday, December 21, 2018 – Christmas Readings at the Bookstore
Wednesday, January 30, 2018 – A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

Completed Books

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – Hometown Memories by Bob Beardslee
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 -Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Album

Rhyme and Reason Poetry Group

Saturday, November 17, 2018 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 29, 2018 – 7:00 pm

Past Programs and Exhibits

Booksigning and A Conversation With M.D. Schlatter
M.D. Schlatter
Saturday, October 20, 2008 – 7:00 pm

M.D. Schlatter is an author whose debut book, Autumn Frost was released earlier this year, and who is scheduled to release two more books in 2019. She will read excerpts from two of her books, and take questions from the audience. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and Mrs. Schlatter will be autographing them.

M.D. Schlatter lives on a farm in the Center of the United States. For as long as she can remember, she has enjoyed making up stories to pass the time: be it on a road trip or falling asleep at night. In make-believe worlds, anything can happen, and the ending can always be changed.  In 2006, she started writing some of those stories down. Today, though she is busy being a wife, mother, and farmhand, she looks forward to leaving a legacy of her writing for the generations to come. 

Having the Last Word: America’s Obsession with Obits
Sally Stich
September 20, 2018 – 7:00- 8:00 pm

Willa Cather Foundation board member Sally Stich will present an abridged version of her Denver-based adult ed class  Having the Last Word: America’s Obsession with Obits. Why’s this a hot topic? In a word: Boomers—who are determined to have the final say about themselves. Come learn the history, the politics, and the ethics of obits (social media has changed the game!), how reading obits is good for your health and , finally, why the New York Times is the gold standard of obits. We’ll read—and discuss– Cather’s 1947 NYT’s obit.

On the Trail with Lewis and Clark
Peter Osborne
July 1, 2018 –  August 1, 2018

Peter Osborne will  display some of the photographs he took during his 2008  journey following the route of Lewis and Clark.

An Evening with the Journals of Lewis and Clark
Peter Osborne
September 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

This program explores the journals which Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark wrote during their epic journey with readings by the presenter along with photographs of the scenes described. This Power Point presentation includes handouts and other visual aids.

            The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803–1806), headed by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, was the first American overland expedition to go to the Pacific Ocean and return. In 2008, the presenter spent twelve weeks following the trail of the most famous expedition in U.S. history.

Trenchant C’s
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 7:00 pm

The Moonstone Bookstore is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the musical duo of Trenchant C’s. The musical program will begin at 7:00 p.m. The program is free of charge and open to the public. The Moonstone will be offering a 10% discount on any item purchased that evening. This event is part of the bookstore’s ongoing A Conversation With . . .  lecture series.

Trenchant C’s, a local duo; consisting of Charles Mantis and Carmi, are delving into the acoustic realm with a rock-styled foundation. The two have been playing together acoustically since August of 2017. Amidst the acoustic meshing, the two decided to form a rock band titled Execrable Sound. The duo decided to take it back to their roots. They formed a sound that is a blend of rock, folk, and country and exposed it to the most intimate style of music, acoustic.

Lewis and Clark and Me
Peter Osborne
Thursday,  July 12, 2018 – 7:00-8:00 pm

Peter Osborne, the owner of the The Moonstone Bookstore, will give a Powerpoint presentation entitled Lewis and Clark and Me. The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803–1806), headed by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, was the first American overland expedition to the Pacific coast and back. In 2008, the presenter spent twelve weeks following the trail of the most famous expedition in U.S. history. Find out what happened to Lewis and Clark during the expedition, and how the Corps of Discovery is interpreted today. The photograph of Lewis and Clark shaking hands is at the Falls of the Ohio near Louisville. 

A Red Cloud Life
Robert Beardslee
June 15, 2018 – 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Bob Beardslee, Red Cloud Ambassador, author, writer, a long-time leader in the community will read from his book, Hometown Memories, offer reflections on his time in Red Cloud and sign copies of his books.

The Facts vs. The Fiction of My Antonia
Suzi Yost Schultz
Friday, June 1, 2017 – 12:45 pm

Local Red Cloud Historian Extraordinaire Suzi Yost Schultz shares her research of the facts and fiction of Willa Cather’s novel My Antonia. Also, check out, a web site being created by Suzi and dedicated to making the community’s history available to everyone.

Barn Quilts
Vickie MacMillan
May 31, 2018 – June 30, 2018

Vicky MacMillan will offer a display of barn quilts that she has created after falling in love with this special art form. Barn quilts are a common site throughout the Midwest and in other regions of the country. Come see the first official exhibit that will take place at The Moonstone.