02/02/20 - 02/28/20
On the cusp of Maine’s Bicentennial, we’re looking back 100 years instead. This lets us pause in tribute to two Maine-born artists active in the 1920s: filmmaker John Ford and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. We’ll also recall Bowdoin College’s 1925 literary tribute to 1825 graduates, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Sunday, February 2, 1:00 PM • THE COURSEN READINGS, PART ONE
We present twelve contemporary poets in a four-part Sunday series named for Herbert Coursen, the late poet, Shakespearean scholar, and Longfellow Days’ friend. We begin with Arielle Greenberg, Judy Kaber, and David Stankiewicz. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Sunday, February 9, 1:00 PM • THE COURSEN READINGS, PART TWO
Come be inspired by Maine poets David Paffhausen, Kevin Sweeney, and Ellen Taylor, the latter reading her own work and that of Duff Plunkett, in tribute. Refreshments.
Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Monday, February 10, 7:00 PM • LOVE SONGS FOR VINCENT: A MILLAY READ-ALONG
Gary Lawless, poet, activist, and co-owner of Gulf of Maine books, launches our three-event appreciation of the 100th birthday of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Bring your favorite Millay poems to share, respond to, and talk about while burning our candles at both ends.
The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row
Thursday, February 13, 1:00 PM • COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THORNTON OAKS
This informal gathering will feature local poets and a Celtic harpist. The readings are open to everyone, so please bring and share a poem (your own or another’s). Refreshments.
Merrymeeting Room, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way (off Baribeau Drive)
Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM • FAMILY MORNING AT THE MOVIES: THE IRON HORSE
How did Academy Award-winning director John Ford, born in Cape Elizabeth in 1894, come to make so many amazing Westerns? Bowdoin College film professor Tricia Welsch will give us some clues before we screen Ford’s milestone 1924 silent film about the construction of the transcontinental railroad, selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Eveningstar Cinema, 149 Maine Street
Saturday, February 15, 1:00 & 2:00 PM • TOUR THE JOSHUA L. CHAMBERLAIN MUSEUM
Longfellow Days and the Pejepscot History Center co-host tours of one of Longfellow’s residences in Brunswick – later home to Maine Governor and Civil War General Joshua Chamberlain. 226 Maine Street
Sunday, February 16, 1:00 PM • THE COURSEN READINGS, PART THREE
Come in out of the cold. The Library’s fireplace will be glowing as poets Jane Costlow, Audrey Gidman, and David Sloan present their work. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Tuesday, February 18, 2:00 PM • COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THE HIGHLANDS
Enjoy more poetry sharing for residents and the broad community. Bring your own work or favorites by others. Refreshments. Georgetown Parlor, Maine Lodge, The Highlands, 30 Governors Way, Topsham
Wednesday, February 19, 12:15 PM • EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY AND RAGGED ISLAND
Gary Lawless shares more about the life, work, and reputation of the poet, who lived and wrote in Maine’s mid-coast in the first decades of the 20th century. Passionate, feminist, brilliant Millay was a dazzling reader whose unique style and beauty left an impression on everyone she encountered. The event is part of the Midcoast Senior College’s Winter Wisdom program. Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Sunday, February 23, 10:00 AM • LITERARY CHAPEL SERVICE
“Hope” is the focus of this year’s ecumenical service, led by Rev. Sylvia Stocker. Visit the Bible that Longfellow signed and donated to his church in 1878. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street
Sunday, February 23, 1:00 PM • THE COURSEN READINGS, PART FOUR
Our final installment in this uplifting series features poets Deborah Rosch-Eifert, Jason Whitney, and Ruth Bookey, the latter reading her own work and that of Ted Bookey, in tribute. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 PM • TWELVE DAYS IN MAY OF 1925
John Cross, secretary of development and college relations at Bowdoin College, discusses a momentous literary gathering held as Bowdoin celebrated the 100th anniversary of the graduation of the Class of 1825, which included Longfellow and Hawthorne. Among those invited to speak at a two-week Institute of Modern Literature were Robert Frost, Willa Cather, John Dos Passos, Carl Sandburg and Edna St. Vincent Millay. In partnership with the Pejepscot History Center. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street
Friday, February 28, 7 PM • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY!
One day after his 213th birthday, there are even more reasons to celebrate. Please come listen to other Maine poets and read your own writing as a way of honoring HWL. Join in this fun and festive, everyone’s-welcome poetry open mic – and enjoy some birthday cake. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street
Longfellow Days is an annual program of the Brunswick Downtown Association, with support from Bowdoin College, The Brunswick Inn, Nathaniel Davis Fund, Eveningstar Cinema, Maine Humanities Council, Alfred M. Senter Fund, and Union Street Bakery. All programs are free of charge.