02/04/18 - 02/27/18
Brunswick, Me 04011
LONGFELLOW DAYS 2018
“THE HEART HATH ITS OWN MEMORY”
This year we explore the phenomenon of nostalgia, of looking back, through the lens of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poet was fascinated with heroic figures of antiquity, and he wrote sensitively, emotionally about his own life experiences and the aging process. We will also look back at Longfellow’s reputation, the ways in which his talents have been viewed through the decades.
Sunday, February 4, 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 Longfellow Days’ friend, Herbert Coursen. Each has been nominated by a poet from a prior year. We begin with Kristen Case, Maureen Thorson, and Beau Williams. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library.
Thursday, February 8, 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).
Sunday, February 11, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART TWO
Longfellow Days continues with Maine poets, Jim Glenn Thatcher and Sheila Wellehan, and New Hampshire’s Sarah Anderson, as featured readers. Refreshments with the poets follow. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library.
Wednesday, February 14, 12:15 PM | THE CHARM OF READING AND REREADING
Tricia Welsch, Professor of Cinema Studies, is also a passionate, prodigious reader – and she’s writing a book about it. She will share a preview of Loose Leaves, which reflects on a lifetime of reading, here talking about adult rereading of childhood favorites like Heidi and Little Women, and leading a conversation about the books we treasure. There’ll be Valentine’s Day treats. Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library.
Saturday, February 17, 11:00 AM | MORNING AT THE MOVIES
Rather than a Longfellow film, we’re presenting the fourth (1994) film adaptation of one of his contemporary’s classic works: Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Directed by Gillian Armstrong, it features Christian Bale, Claire Danes, and Winona Ryder. Tricia Welsch returns to provide context and lead discussion around the screening. Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College
Saturday, February 17, 1:00-3:00 PM | AFTERNOON AT THE CHAMBERLAIN MUSEUM
Longfellow Days and Pejepscot Historical Society co-host unique tours of one of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s residences in Brunswick – later home to Maine Governor and Civil War General Joshua Chamberlain.. Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, 226 Maine Street.
Sunday, February 18, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART THREE
Come in out of the cold. Maine college faculty poets Derek Meader (SMCC), Ellen Taylor (UMA), and Shana Youngdahl (UMF) present their work. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library.
Monday, February 19, 10:00 AM | COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THE HIGHLANDS
Ted and Ruth Bookey facilitate an informal gathering for the area community to share favorite poems (your own or others’) at The Highlands. Refreshments. Georgetown Parlor, Maine Lodge, 30 Governors Way, Topsham.
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 PM | WE SALUTE YOU!
Come participate in a public read-in as we parse the quintessential “looking back” poem, Moritori Salutamos, which Longfellow wrote for the fiftieth reunion of his Bowdoin College graduating class. Gary Lawless, poet and co-owner of Gulf of Maine books, will emcee. The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row.
Friday, February 23, 7 PM | HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY!
We’re cheating; he’d be 211 in four days, but who’s counting? Gary Lawless is back as our featured reader for an everyone’s-welcome poetry open mic. Come read your work and enjoy some birthday cake. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street.
Sunday, February 25, 10:00 AM | LITERARY CHAPEL SERVICE
The theme for the ecumenical service, led by Rev. Sylvia Stocker, is “Poetry Through the Lifespan.” Visit the Bible that Longfellow signed and donated to his church in 1878. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street
Sunday, February 25, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART FOUR
The final installment features poets Dave Morrison, Jefferson Navicky, and Mihku Paul. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Tuesday, February 27, 4:00 PM | HISTORY OF HENRY IN BRUNSWICK
We have invited John Cross, Secretary of Development and College Relations at Bowdoin, and an unofficial historian of the College, to talk about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s experience in Brunswick during the 1820s and ‘30s, first as a Bowdoin student and later as an influential faculty member. Note: This date is HWL’s actual birthday, so bring a kazoo or confetti to celebrate. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street
Our 2018 theme, the quote at the top, comes from Longfellow’s 1880 poem “From My Arm-Chair.”
Longfellow Days is a program of the Brunswick Downtown Association, with support from Bowdoin College, The Brunswick Inn,
Hannaford, and the Nathaniel Davis Fund. All programs are free of charge.