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April 24th | Friday
Book Signing 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Gayle Harper Author of Roadtrip and a Raindrop

A raindrop falling into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota would take over six weeks to make its way to the Alton region. It is another 40 day trip to the Gulf Coast. That is just the beginning of the story for travel photographer and author Gayle Harper, of Springfield, MO., who followed a theoretical raindrop down the 2,400 mile length of the Mississippi River in a journey of a lifetime for her book, “Roadtrip with a Raindrop”.

Harper will visit the Alton region on April 24-25 to discuss her journey, share her tales of adventure, and bring the spirit of the mighty river to life during a series of public appearances that are free and open to the river fans of all ages. She will present a multi-media look at her journey and hold book signings. “Roadtrip with a Raindrop” has been described as a “celebration of America and of the simple moments that make life an adventure. “

A book signing will be held at The Grafton Winery Friday, April 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. She will also appear at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. tor a book signing and presentation. She will then journey to The Nature Institute in Godfrey for a presentation from 2 – 4 p.m.

During her own roadtrip with a raindrop, Harper said it was the people she met along the way, from the north woods to the southern plantations, and all points in between, that inspired her on a nearly daily basis.

“The people of the journey are the soul of it,” Harper said. “They were welcoming, inclusive, playful, curious, colorful and authentic.”

“The Mississippi River is the aorta of our country,” Harper added. “It is essential to our ecology and our economy and it deeply imbedded in our history and our very identity. I watched it grow from a fragile stream into a massive force of nature, yet its essence is always the same.”

“Roadtrip with a Raindrop” is available for sale at the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, 200 Piasa St., Alton and online at:

Gayle Harper Roadtrip and a Raindrop


May 10th | Sunday
Mother's Day - Opening Early at 11:00 am

  • Bistro Salad
  • Italian Style Carbonara

May 16th & 17th | Saturday & Sunday

June 6th | Saturday
Wine Club Pick Up Party 1:00 - 3:00 pm

June 21st | Sunday
Father's Day


July 23rd | Thursday
Wine Pairing Dinner "Mediterranean" Theme 7:15 pm

 1st Course – Cabernet Sauvignon
Caprese Salad

2nd Course – Pinot Noir

3rd Course – Chardonnay
Chili Shrimp

 4th Course – Harbor Red
Beef Souvlaki

 5th Course – Pinot Gris


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