After Hours @ The Library party held at Carnegie
Inside the doorway of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, a security guard kept a close eye on the sell-out crowd of 450 that had checked in for a let-your-hair-down cocktail hour, where, halfway through the festivities, it appeared as though everyone was still on good behavior.
"They're trying," he said. "But they've got another hour."
Anticipated debauchery seemingly kept at bay, the building was swarming with socials during the After Hours @ The Library party, where the opportunity to toast the likes of Tolstoy, Hemmingway and Twain was not lost on those in attendance.
"You can't beat the opportunity to drink wine amongst the literary giants," said Greg Shannon, with his wife, Brittany.
Elsewhere, new CLP director Mary Francis Cooper mingled with the likes of Stephanie Meyer and Derek Palladino, Sam Mudrick, Sean Gray, Jonathan Baeckel and Emma Strong, Addie Perkins, Gabby Salvador, Amanda Sinkus and Jesse Dunlap, where conversation quickly focused on the line of people stretching halfway across the building.
"I'd say they drank us dry in about half an hour," said Wigle Whiskey owner Eric Meyer, whose Strip District distillery established an immediate cult following.
Thankfully, a live-action, roaming game of Candy Land served as an acceptable consolation prize, where committee members including Mary Phillips, Molly Quinlin, Ian Eberhardt and Mark Lee were in character to meet a mob of anxious game-players.
But the coup de grace of the evening came via tours of the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room, where captive audiences listened to head archivist Greg Priore as he showed off the crown jewels of the collection: first editions of "The Jungle Book" and "Huck Finn," one of the earliest handwritings of Bach, Andrew Carnegie's personal copy of "The Gospel of Wealth," and an account book from the Old Stone Tavern in the West End, dated 1793, whose recorded tabs included those from prominent figures in Pittsburgh history.
"Back in the day, people didn't always pay their tabs with money," Priore said. "There's one guy listed in here who paid his tab with bacon."
After Hours at the Carnegie Library
After Hours at the Library at the Carnegie Library in Oakland, on Friday, February 10, 2012.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- In reworking contract, Steelers WR Brown gets hefty pay raise
- Pirates make 6 September call-ups
- Tomlin: Steelers were prepared for Bryant suspension as far back as draft
- 2-year-old boy shot, killed in North Side
- Photo gallery: LST 325 arrives in Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh developer proposes hotel, restaurant to ‘jump-start’ East Deutschtown
- Casey, Coons become 32nd, 33rd senators to back nuclear deal with Iran
- Penn State notebook: TE Breneman missing from depth chart
- Steelers notebook: LB Harrison believes Goodell will prevail in Brady ruling
- Steelers’ Tomlin disappointed by Bryant suspension
- Man wields knife in convenience store robbery near Herminie