Korrection Korner -- It happens every year -- we put our annual Best Of the Inland Northwest issue to bed, thinking everything in there is perfect and correct and factual, when in fact, sleep-deprivation and a steady week of sugar and caffeine have taken their toll and the occasional error gets through. For starters, the official information line for the Big Easy is (509) BIG-EASY, not the 1-800 number some folks have mistakenly been calling. Also, we sort of pooched the proper names of a few of our winners, including North Idaho's Best Salon, Salon Bella Don & agrave; (we spelled it Belladonna, which is actually the name of a Stevie Nicks album... bad us!) and North Idaho's Best Sandwich, the San Francisco Sourdough Eatery (which we made into the much less elegant San Francisco Sourdough Company).
The Virgin Returns -- If you missed Kathleen Norris last time she came through, be sure to catch her Friday night as Whitworth College's 2004 Simpson Duvall guest lecturer (at 7:30 pm at the Cowles Auditorium). Norris, a gifted essayist on matters both spiritual and prosaic, is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography and Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith. She broke her mold of chaste, thoughtful observation last year with the memoir, The Virgin of Bennington, where she writes about her post-college years in New York and how she traveled in the orbit of Andy Warhol's party dolls. Norris describes meeting Ultra Violet about the possibility of sharing an apartment and evenings spent drinking and talking with fellow writer Erica Jong, but her memoir is more than just accounts of hobnobbing with the young and the restless. The sense of a young girl torn between various strong callings is very much in evidence here, and Norris is a warm and engaging public speaker. Check it out!
Festival of Flowers -- Here in the Bin, it's no exaggeration to say that sometimes entire weekends revolve around the deep, garnet pleasures of red wine. Which is why we'd like to tell you about the 2004 Festival of Flowers, which kicks off with a wine tasting and auction this Saturday night. Attendees will have the chance to sample some of Washington's most noteworthy reds, including wines from L'Ecole No. 41, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Spring Valley. On Sunday, be sure to come back for Victorian Tea in the Davenport's Grand Pennington Ballroom and the chance to take home something stunning and flowery. Proceeds from the Festival of Flowers go towards programs and facilities at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute. For more info, call 473-6006. And raise that glass for a good cause!