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On Wednesday, August 20, 2008, Rain Taxi held a party and fundraiser to celebrate the publication of its 50th Issue! The party was held in Northeast Minneapolis at the offices of our long-time colleagues, Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. Movers and shakers on the Minnesota literary scene, as well as reviewers, subscribers, authors, and friends of Rain Taxi, gathered to enjoy delicious finger food and cupcakes, drinks (including a specialty cocktail invented for the occasion, the "Raintini"—see recipe below!), live music by Bill Mike and Dreamland Faces, and a silent auction of works of art, signed books, and great items from local businesses. A truly splendid time was had by all!

Couldn't make the party? Click here to make a donation in support of 50 more issues of Rain Taxi!

Partygoers filled the halls upstairs and downstairs at Consortium.
Photo by Kelly Everding.

Browsers peruse the silent auction items, including art, signed books, and much more.
Photo by Vance Gellert.

Bill Mike's atmospheric guitar stylings wafted all through the party!
Photo by Kelly Everding

Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer and Consortium president Julie Schaper.
Photo by Vance Gellert.

Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer was interviewed on KARE 11 News in advance of the 50th Issue Celebration: see the interview clip here.

Raintini Recipe

1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/4 oz Blue Curacao
1/4 oz Limoncello
1/4 oz Pear Juice
dash of bitters
Shake all the above over ice and let it pour. Add sprinkle of sparkling lemon water to taste/potency—you'll have to hail a Taxi after drinking a few of these!