The event will benefit both the Library and the Trust. Seating is limited and there is a $10.00 admission fee to attend.
Garrison Leykam, author of Classic Diners of Connecticut will wow audiences with his knowledge and history of some of the most beloved eateries. Over twenty thousand miles of highways and main streets crisscross the state of Connecticut, inviting hungry travelers and locals into the more than one hundred diners that dot the roadways. Among these eateries are some of the most prized American classic diners manufactured by such legendary builders as DeRaffele, O'Mahony, Tierney and Kullman. Author Garrison Leykam hosts a road trip to Connecticut's diners, celebrating local recipes and diner lingo--order up a #81, frog sticks or a Noah's boy with Murphy carrying a wreath--as well as stories that make each diner unique. Tony's Diner in Seymour still keeps pictures of the 1955 flood to always remember the tragedy the diner overcame. Stories like these--of tragedy, triumph, sanctuary, comfort and community--fill the event with this celebration of classic and historic diners of the Nutmeg State. Who knows, maybe Torrington's famous Skees Diner will make an appearance in Garrison's book or talk?!
To attend the event, please call 860.489.6684. The $10.00 donation is due at time of registration and can be paid by cash or check. Seating is limited! Tickets go on sale April 1st at 10:00am.
Garrison Leykam is recognized as a groundbreaker in reality TV as Host and Producer of "DINERS" that aired on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). The show follows Garrison and bikers chosen from open auditions who shared his passions for motorcycles and diners as they rode to classic neon and chrome eateries. His theme motorcycle from "DINERS" was featured in the MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles exhibit alongside bikes from Brad Pitt, Carlos Mencia, Keith Urban, Peter Fonda and other celebrities and bands including Journey, Rush and Foreigner as well as in the companion book to the exhibit. Garrison's motorcycle trip across Egypt was a two=part feature story in New York Rider magazine. He was a producer, engineer and A&R scout for London Records, Inc. for ten years during the height of the BritishWave. He produced legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner, hit singer-songwriter LesliePearl and Texas band Greezy Wheels and as head of recording studio operations he worked in various capacities with The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, Al Green, Van Morrison, Dave Edmunds and others. A performer himself, he has appeared at legendary CBGBs in New York City and the world-renowned Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.