Monday, September 23, 2019
The threat of a protest was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had at The Bookstore. We were setting up for a midnight release Harry Potter party. I had 3 phone calls (before caller ID was common) warning me to be prepared for problems that evening. I laughed and asked each of them if they would like coffee and doughnuts or if they would prefer butterbeer with Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans? They did not find me nearly as amusing as I found myself. FYI: We had the street blocked in front of the store: hosted a street dance, had broomstick races, a face painter, a station for coloring pages, had a costume parade, had the books locked in a vault guarded by the three headed dog, kids could decorate a spider cookie and at the the midnight hour Hagrid arrived on a pink scooter (we took creative license here) and delivered the first copy to the first person standing in line. For the record we had 0 (ZERO) protestors.