Bloomsday Ramble - June 16, 2017

Worcester County Poetry Association
Established 1971
Worcester County Poetry Association / PO Box 804, Worcester, MA 01613 / 508-797-4770 /

Bloomsday 2017
June 16, 2017 was Bloomsday 2017!
Worcester’s 22nd Annual Ramble

Bloomsday is named for Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of the Irish author James Joyce's seminal work, Ulysses, which is set entirely on June 16, 1904. Cities around the world have held some sort of Bloomsday celebration for decades. Worcester's version involves readings in several locations approximating the sites visited by the characters of the novel in their own ramble through Dublin, June 16, 1904.

The Worcester County Poetry Association celebrated with our annual Worcester Ramble, which took place from 8:00 a.m. to 9: 30 p.m. on June 16th.

Bloomsday is always open to the public and anyone is welcome to read during the event. Of course, listening is just fine as well.
Time Location Episode
8:00 - 9:30 am Bancroft Tower
Salisbury Park, Bancroft Tower Road, Worcester
Telemachus and Nestor
10:00 - 11:30 am Irish Breakfast at First Unitarian Church
90 Main Street, Worcester
Wandering Rocks
Noon - 1:30 pm Figs & Pigs Kitchen and Pantry *
50 Foster Street, Worcester
2:00 - 3:30 pm Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm Street, Worcester
Seating Limited. Registration required. Please call
Kristina England at 508-566-3518 to reserve your seat.
Scylla and Charybdis
4:00 - 5:30 pm Outdoors at The Oaks, the Daughters of the
American Revolution Worcester Chapter

140 Lincoln Street, Worcester
Oxen of the Sun
6:00 - 7:30 pm The Church Pews at Nick's Bar *
124 Millbury Street, Worcester
8:00 - 9:30 pm Espress Yourself Cafe *
2 Richmond Avenue, Worcester
Bloomsday Notes:

  • Each section ends approximately 30 minutes before the start of the reading at the next location.
  • In the event of rain check our Facebook page for location updates
  • * Individuals should plan to cover the costs of their meals.
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Pre-Bloomsday Events - two films

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. 
A showing of “The Dead
Nick’s Bar, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
A showing of “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Nick’s Bar, 124 Millbury Street.
Post-Bloomsday Event

Planning for a concert after June 16 is underway. 

The concert will feature Alesia Tringale, soprano, and Jagan Nath Khalsa, violin, and highlight two vocal works by Ralph Vaughn William and Gustav Holst.

We'll post additional details when they are finalized.
Check the current weather in Worcester.
All events on June 16th took place regardless of the weather. 
Thanks to everyone who joined organizers Kristina England, Jay Lavelle and Heather Macpherson throughout the day.  A big shoutout to all the venues that hosted our Ramblers.  Please support them.

We hope to see you next year.         Telegram & Gazette article about the event
I don't think it will open the door, Buck Mulligan, but it will serve as a great prop for today's 22nd Annual Worcester Bloomsday. Robert Steele kicking off Episode 1 at Bancroft Tower. #bloomsdayGorgonzola sandwich breakfast at First Unitarian Church, courtesy of our wonderful Bloomsday committee member Heather MacPherson.A new stop for lunch. Figs & Pigs. Thanks for the great food and reading space! We're here for another hour. Come on down.The 2:00pm Bloomsday reading has kicked off at Worcester Historical Museum.Our Bloomsday ramblers keep rambling even in the rain.   We were at the Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter, DAR House on Lincoln Street.The penultimate stop, Nick's on Millbury Street.Last stop: Espress Yourself. Thanks to everyone who came to Bloomsday from near and far! And thanks to all our locations for your hospitality and space!Congratulations to this year's Bloomsday marathon champion, Matt, who attended all the rambling locations today! Pictured with Kristina, our Bloomsday host, who is a marathoner by nature of her role.
Photos courtesy of Kristina England