7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Brunswick Inn
165 Park Row
Brunswick, Maine 04011
LONGFELLOW DAYS 2018 – “THE HEART HATH ITS OWN MEMORY”
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
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.