02/05/17 - 02/26/17
Brunswick , Me 04011
LOOKING AT LONGFELLOW
Since the 1830s, Longfellow’s works have often been interpreted visually: countless illustrations accompanying his poetry, theatrical productions, movie adaptations, and memorabilia. This year we will view some of these forms – and also glimpse the 19th-century world that Longfellow witnessed, sketched, and from which he drew inspiration.
Sunday, February 5, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART ONE
Many superb writers have graced Brunswick and its vicinity through the years. We feature twelve of them in a four-part Sunday series named for the late poet and great Longfellow Days’ friend, Herbert Coursen. We begin with Mohamed Omar, Daniel Duff Plunkett, Zosia Szatkowski, and Jeffrey Thomson. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Thursday, February 9, 10:00 AM | COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THORNTON OAKS
This informal gathering, facilitated by poets Ted and Ruth Bookey, is open to everyone, so please bring and share
a poem. Refreshments. Merrymeeting Room, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way (off Baribeau Drive)
Saturday, February 11, 11:00 AM | MORNING AT THE MOVIES
To reflect on Longfellow’s times and our own, a screening of John Ford’s 1939 film Young Mr. Lincoln with Henry Fonda, accompanied by a short subject featuring one of Longfellow’s best-known works. Opening remarks by Tricia Welsch, Professor of Film Studies at Bowdoin.Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College
Saturday, February 11, 1:00-3:00 PM | AFTERNOON AT THE CHAMBERLAIN MUSEUM
Tours on the half-hour of one of Longfellow’s residences in Brunswick – later home to Maine Governor and Civil War General Joshua Chamberlain – courtesy of the Pejepscot Historical Society. Behind the scenes glimpse of the apartment originally part of the Longfellow Rooms. Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, 226 Maine Street
Sunday, February 12, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART TWO
Maine poets Valerie Egar, Jim McKenna and Kathleen Sullivan are featured. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Wednesday, February 15, 12:15 PM | LOOKING AT THE 19TH CENTURY
Bernard Fishman, Director of the Maine State Museum, is also an avid collector and presenter of stereo views. He will bring his discerning eye and knowledge of history to a presentation of scenes from HWL’s New England environs and European travels, all contemporary withLongfellow’s life and seen as the poet would have seen them. 3-D glasses provided! Presented in partnership with the Midcoast Senior College’s Winter Wisdom program. Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Sunday, February 19, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART THREE
Come in out of the cold. Poets Julia Bouwsma, Suzanne Simmons, and Doug Woodsum present their work. Refreshments. Fireplace Room,Curtis Memorial Library
Thursday, February 23, 10:00 AM | COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THE HIGHLANDS
Ted and Ruth Bookey facilitate more informal sharing of favorite poems (your own or others’) at The Highlands. Refreshments. GeorgetownParlor, Maine Lodge, 30 Governors Way, Topsham
Friday, February 24, 7 PM | HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY!
We’re celebrating a few days early, and Maine’s Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum will be our special guest and featured reader for aneveryone’s-welcome poetry open mic. Come read your work and enjoy some cake. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street
Sunday, February 26, 10:00 AM | LITERARY CHAPEL SERVICE
The theme for the service, led by Rev. Sylvia Stocker, will be “An Artist in Changing Times.” Visit the Bible that Longfellow signed and donated to his Unitarian church in 1878. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street
Sunday, February 26, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART FOUR
The final installment features poets Dennis Camier, Sonja Johanson, and Suzanne Langlois. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Throughout the month of February, the Curtis Memorial Library will display a variety of images associated with Longfellow: Victorian illustrations, sheet music covers, souvenir items, and a few of the poet’s own sketches.
Longfellow Days is a program of the Brunswick Downtown Association, with support from Bowdoin College, the Nathaniel Davis Fund, and the Association of Bowdoin Friends. All programs are free of charge.