Bloomsday 2007
Committee

Brian Bogosian
Carrie Corcoran
Francine D'Alessandro
Carle Johnson
Dan Lewis
Robert Steele
Welcome to Worcester Bloomsday 2007!

Solemnly he came forward and mounted the round gunrest.  He faced about and blessed gravely thrice the tower, the surrounding country and the awaking mountains.
Ulysses, Episode 1
Bancroft Tower  (Bancroft Tower Road)
8:00am to 9:30am
Episode 1: Telemacus
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan........

Bring a chair, a blanket, or an umbrella - rain or shine, we begin the day as Stephen Dedalus does: sleepy and in need of caffeine. (WCPA will spring for the coffee and donuts.)
Antiquarian Book Center (21 Salem Street)
10:00am to 11:30am
Episode 4: Calypso
Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish........

Park across the street, next to the library. The reading takes place at the back of the store. Enjoy the tea and scones provided by our host, Don Reid, and buy a few books!
Coney Island Hot Dog (158 Southbridge Street)
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Episode 12: Cyclops
I was just passing the time of day........

It isn't quiet, it isn't vegan, it's just a Worcester institution we've wanted to visit on Bloomsday for a long time! This was once a favorite haunt of Worcester poets. Check out their website.
First Unitarian Church (90 Main Street)
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Episode 3: Proteus
Ineluctable modality of the visible........

This is our first Bloomsday reading at First Unitarian. We'll be in one of the parlors, so watch for signs. Here's a link to their website, including directions and location of parking lots.
The Stockmal's Garden (4 Woodford Street)
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Episode 17: Ithaca
What parallel courses did Bloom........

Worcester poets will know this address as the childhood home of Stanley Kunitz. We're so excited by the opportunity to read James Joyce in the garden beneath Stanley's pear tree.
Belfry Restaurant (59 Blackstone River Road)
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Dinner is a good time to take a break from the schedule to talk about the day and enjoy some good food. If you have a favorite passage, you are encouraged to share it!  website & directions
Vasa Hall (1 Ekman Street, first floor)
8:00pm to 10:00pm
Episode 15: Circe
The Mabbot Street entrance to nighttown........

This is something of a Bloomsday tradition: Nighttown at the WCPA. The Circe episode is one of the most rollicking to read as a group.
And this year, we promise coffee. 
Thursday, June 14, 7:30pm  Lecture & Discussion

What's in Leopold Bloom's Pockets: A Key to Meaning in Joyce's Ulysses
Sara Sullivan, Ph.D., will lead us through an exploration of the occasionally humorous and often baffling array of objects moving into and out of pockets during the course of Leopold Bloom’s day on June 16, 1904.

Vasa Hall, 1 Ekman Street (first floor)
Refreshments. Free & Open to the Public - All are welcome! 
Tuesday, June 12, 6:30pm  Film

Ulysses
In preparation of our June 16 Bloomsday ramble, we're hosting a showing of the 1967 classic film, featuring Milo O'Shea as Leopold Bloom.

We have a new print of the film and don't expect a repeat of last year's technical problems.

Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Street
Refreshments. Free & Open to the Public - All are welcome! 
Saturday, June 16  The Worcester Ramble

Worcester Bloomsday 2007 Itinerary

Click here for photos, maps and additional information.
Ulysses over lunch at Worcester Art Museum, 2006.
Electonic Ulysses at Union Station, 2006.
Sara Sullivan tells us a bit about herself:

I moved to the Boston area from California to obtain my PhD from Boston University, attending the university so that I could work with noted Joyce scholar John Paul Riquelme.  Ulysses provides the focus for a significant part of my dissertation, which also analyzes the Irish dramatists Sean O'Casey, Samuel Beckett, and Brian Friel, as well as the contemporary poet Eavan Boland. 

Although many people considered me a little crazy to write my dissertation on Ulysses, it is (in my opinion) the funniest, most complex, and arguably best novel of the twentieth century, and I could not resist.   

I have presented lectures on Ulysses at the International James Joyce Symposium in Dublin for the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, at the North American James Joyce Conference, and other conferences here and abroad.  At the 2005 North American James Joyce Conference, held at Cornell, I invented a successful experimental panel called "Impromptu Joyce" that has been recreated at subsequent conferences. 
Bloomsday Worcester Window
at 371 Main Street
Episode 1: Telemacus
We are introduced to Stephen Dedalus at Martello Tower.
(Bancroft Tower)
Episode 12: Cyclops
Bloom encounters the Citizen (aka Phil Najemy and Ken Happe) in Barney Kiernan's Pub.
(Coney Island Hot Dog)
GATHERING AT THE TOWER, 8:00AM
ROBERT STEELE
BETH SWEENEY
PHIL NAJEMY
KEN HAPPE
A SHADY SPOT
ULYSSES AMONG THE DANCING GIRLS
Episode 4: Calypso
We meet Leopold and Molly Bloom.
(Antiquarian Book Store)
COZY BOOTHS
BYRON MENIDES
KEN & PHIL
PAINTINGS ADORN THE WALLS OF THE BAR
JOHN LARSON
CARLE JOHNSON
LEMON SOAP
&
APOSTLE SPOONS
Episode 3: Proteus
Stephen Dedalus ponders life.
(Unitarian Church)
RAIN DROVE THE ASSEMBLED READERS FROM THE GARDEN
INTO THE SECOND FLOOR GALLERY. 
DAN LEWIS
Episode 17: Ithaca
Leopold Bloom & Stephen Dedalus
at 7 Eccles Street.
(4 Woodford Street)
PREPARING FOR NIGHTTOWN
Diners enjoy a break from reading at the Belfry Restaurant.
Episode 15: Circe
Bloom wanders Nighttown.
(Vasa Hall)
BLOOMSDAY WORCESTER - JUNE 16, 2007
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What's in Leopold Bloom's Pockets?

Dr. Sara Sullivan's well-attended and
enthusiastically received talk on
June 14,
1 Ekman Street.
SEVERAL HOURS AND SEVERAL CUPS OF COFFEE LATER, WE MARKED OUR PLACE AND VOWED TO PICK UP THE TRAIL NEXT YEAR.

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