Elizabeth Kenny from the Portsmith Herald
It was barely 30 degrees when Jennifer Meister and Melinie Wilson opened their lawn chairs outside The Music Hall Saturday, just before 7 a.m.
But the two Portsmouth women said "camping" in the cold outside the Hall for five hours to get front row tickets to Dan Brown’s talk on "The Da Vinci Code," called "The Book, The Movie, The Contro-versy," was well worth it.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Wilson said, who was second in line to her friend, Meister.
Just before doors opened for ticket sales at noon, the line for tickets to see the internationally known author from Rye snaked along Chestnut Street and made its way onto Congress Street.
"I’m a big fan of his, and I felt this was a wonderful opportunity," said Bev Witkop of Dover, who stood in line for more than an hour before purchasing a ticket for the April 23 show. "Plus, you can’t beat the price."
Tickets for "Writers on a New England Stage," The Music Hall’s latest literary series, were $10 for members of The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio.
Patricia Lynch, the hall’s director, said in total, about 750 tickets were sold Saturday, selling out before tickets to the event were even available to those who are not members of The Music Hall. Another handful of tickets were given to the author, and 50 free tickets will be distributed to Seacoast high school students to encourage reading and writing.
"This is an exciting day," Lynch said as the doors opened and tickets began selling out quickly. "Anytime you have a line out the door, it’s a good thing."
If you missed out on tickets to see Dan Brown, you still have the chance to hear him. The radio program, "Writers on a New England Stage: Dan Brown," will be broadcast on New Hampshire Public Radio on Monday, April 24, at 9 a.m. and again at 8 p.m.