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The Big Read: Fahrenheit 451 Discussions at Summit on Campus and North Regional Library


Fahrenheit 451, the classic Ray Bradbury tale of a bleak, dystopian future seen from the vantage point of early post-World War II America, hit home for me—I who make a toner-stained living putting words together on paper or a reasonably pixellated facsimile thereof—when I saw a fascinating Aquila Theatre Company production on campus in January, courtesy of Davidson’s Artist Series.

Again now, as I join readers countywide gearing up for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library’s “Big Read,” a weeklong series of events and discussions around the book April 13-19, I am struck by the enduring relevance and power of this book’s messages. Long after the Heartbleed bug is history, we’ll be talking about Fahrenheit 451‘s enduring themes of freedom and censorship, television and reading, technology and humanity, figurative fires and true love of literature….

Opportunities of note to be involved in the Big Read:

Summit Coffee on Campus, Tues., April 15, 5–6:15 p.m.—Daybook Davidson, a community ambassador for the Big Read, is placing “house” copies of Fahrenheit 451 at Summit Coffee’s campus location, courtesy of the public library’s Ellen Giduz. Drop in for a cuppa and curl up with a good, old-fashioned book—or, go on, read it digitally and ironically. Either way, it’s a quick read as well as engrossing. Then, plan to come on down to Summit Coffee on campus for informal, semi-guided discussion from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15. All are welcome! For more information, call John at 704-894-2523.

• North Regional Library, Huntersville, Thurs., April 17, 6–7:30 p.m.—Davidson’s own Leland M. Park Director of the Library Jill Gremmels will co-host one of The Big Read‘s four big regional talks on the book. There will be many additional events at libraries throughout the county, including several at the Davidson Public Library.

Summit Coffee, “Court House” Edition: This Is *So* Cool!


Summit Coffee proprietor Tim Helfrich gets ready for the crowd massing at the front door of the new campus Summit Coffee on Friday afternoon.

Ten minutes before the soft opening of  Summit Coffee’s new Davidson College location on Patterson Court today at 3 p.m., proprietor Tim Helfrich was busily attaching a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale handle onto a tap, the one right between the handles for People’s Porter and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Behind him, the kitchen was bustling and the pastry case was stocked. All around, staff members put finishing touches on surfaces, displays, inventory, espresso machines….

Courtney Spear will manage the kitchen at the new campus Summit Coffee.

There will be something for everyone at the new campus location of the popular Main Street coffeehouse’n'watering hole. The decor here is urban eclectic, with two long bar-tables and stools down the center of the space; quite comfily upholstered living room furniture on the raised stage area; a few cozy booths along one wall; a fine, high, see-and-be-seen row of plush stools at the counter by the plate-glass windows overlooking the expanded patio with its spanking new picnic tables and prime view of Patterson Court’s interior circle.

Cheers to first customers Jason Pacious ’14 and Claire Samuels ’14!

There are electrical outlets aplenty for laptops, but soon after the cheer went up when the door opened at three sharp, it was clear that on this coolish, grayish Friday, the Summit crowd was interested more in draft beer and hot coffee drinks than tapping into campus wi-fi.

(l-r) Jasmine James ’15, Linea Ng ’15, Grace Balte ’15 have found a new favorite spot.

“Soft opening” implies a future “grand opening,” and we’ll look forward to that. For now, hie thee to the court this Friday afternoon or evening (until 9 p.m.) to hoist a glass or nurse a cuppa. It’s the latest great place to be on the Davidson campus!

Nota bene: Helfrich  commented that he and the Summit staff are on the lookout (or listen-out, in this case) for a moniker tagline for the campus location. Sharpen up, ladies and gentlemen, you may already be a winner! Meantime, overheard from several patrons in a queue snaking across the new space: “This is so cool!”