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Drawing by K-Fai Steele
Thursday, June 16
The Worcester Ramble

8:00am – 9:30am.........................................Episode 1: Telemacus
Bancroft Tower - Bancroft Tower Road
Coffee & donuts provided

10:00am – 11:30am...........................................Episode 4: Calypso
Worcester Center for Crafts - 25 Sagamore Road

12:00pm – 1:30pm...........................................Episode 12: Cyclops
Fiddler’s Green - 19 Temple Street
Buy your own lunch

2:00pm – 3:30pm.............................Episode 9:  Scylla & Charybdis
Assumption College D'Alzon Library – 500 Salisbury Street

4:00pm – 5:30pm...............................................Episode 7: Aeolus
Worcester Jewish Home – 629 Salisbury Street

6:00pm – 7:30pm..................................................Reader's Choice
Read your own favorite passage!
Sahara Restaurant - 143 Highland Street
Buy your own dinner

8:00pm – 10:00pm.............................................Episode 17: Ithaca
WCPA Headquarters - 1 Ekman Street
Coffee & softdrinks provided
Bring some snacks!

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Georgia Menides, daughter of another of our Bloomsday Ramblers, had this to say in the forward of her recently released book, Of Daughters and Grasshoppers:

"When I say I grew up with books and poetry, I mean.... my family celebrates Bloomsday (named for the hero of James Joyce's Ulysses) often with more time and energy than we throw into Christmas."
Friday, June 10
6:45pm to 8:45pm

Film: James Joyce's Dublin
Frances Perkins Branch/Worcester Public Library
470 West Boylston Street, Worcester

From the filmmakers:

First published in 1922, Ulysses was the piece of work that made the name of its author, James Joyce. Its publication was seen to expand the domain of permissible subjects in fiction.

A remarkably ambitious novel, a labyrinthine work of great humor and technical accomplishment, it once was denounced as obscene, occasonally accused of being unreadable and now generally acclaimed as being the greatest book of the 20th Century.

Although he spent most of his adult life outside Ireland, Joyce's fictional universe was firmly rooted in Dublin, providing him with both setting and subject matter.

In "James Joyce's Dublin: The Ulysses Tour", Robert Nicholson, curator of the James Joyce Museum, Sandycove, conducts us through Joyce's world, with great enthusiasm and an irreverent sensibility that Joyce would surely have relished. Whilst allowing himself a couple of very Irish digs at the great man, he shares his admiration for the writer with us, together with his love of the novel and the city that gave birth to it, in a manner that is entirely captivating.

Look for our Bloomsday Reading Site notices
around town!  It was designed by K-Fai Steele, daughter
one of Worcester's long-time Bloomsday Ramblers.
Bloomsday 2011
Planning Team

Carrie Corcoran
Francine D'Alessandro
Kristina England
Carle Johnson
Jay Lavelle
Dan Lewis
Anne Marie Lucci
Laura Menides
Robert Steele

On hand to tour James Joyce's Dublin: Carle Johnson, Robert Steele, Judy Ferrara, John Gaumond.
Join us for a day-long celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses as we follow the wanderings of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus.

Visit the Bloomsday Worcester
page for more information about Ulysses and Bloomsdays past.


Go to the 2011 photos!
Kicking off Bloomsday 2011 at Bancroft Tower, the assembled early bird Worcester Ramblers
What's in Leopold Bloom's pockets?

Worcester Ramblers evoke their inner Bloom
and brandish their potatoes.
The Bloomsday 2011 bookmark featuring
K-Fai Steele's Leopold Bloom.
"Stately plump Buck Mulligan..."  Robert Steele starts us off on the 2011 Bloomsday Worcester Ramble at Bancroft Tower.Jim Fay takes up the action as Stephen Dedalus' history begins to unfold. Collin Cummings at Bancroft Tower.Eloise Knowlton joins the morning readers.Reading Calypso at the Worcester Center for Crafts."Mr. Bloom ate with relish..." Leopold Blooms joins the story as he prepares breakfast. The readers pose with teapots and potatoes at the Worcester Center for Crafts."I was just passing the time of day with old Troy..." Lunch at Fiddler's Green, a Bloomsday favorite! A good crowd this year and a few pints of Guinness added to the general hilarity.K-Fai Steele's Bloomsday posters greeted us at each stop.Potatoes held high, the Ramblers conclude their visit."Urbane, to comfort them, the quaker librarian purred..."  Ramblers in the stacks at D'Alzon Library, Assumption College. What could have been a better photo at D'Alzon were it not for the post-Guinness state of the photographer. (Sincere apologies to the Ramblers.)"In the Heart of the Hibernian Metropolis" (or at the Worcester Jewish Health Center.)  The Ramblers visit with Angela Dorenkamp, one of the founders of Bloomsday Worcester, and regale her with a lively reading of the Aeolus episode.Laura Menides, Angela Dorenkamp, Michel Duncan Merle, Anne Marie Lucci, Jay Lavelle, Robert Steele, Collin Cummings.Dinner break at Sahara Restaurant. A few favorite passages included selections from the Circe and Penelope episodes. Good food, good company, good talk, good times."What parallel courses did Bloom and Stephen follow returning?"  In the Ithaca episode, Bloom and Stephen find themselves at Eccles Street, the Ramblers repair to Ekman Street for hours 13 and 14 of the day's readings. Hilarity ensued. Ann Lewis and Kristina England join the laughter over our mangled pronunciations and general puzzlement over Joyce's language. This year, we had the benefit of Collin's smartphone to work out a few mysteries.  In the end, it isn't the Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Gaelic or even Joyce's invented languages that do in our intrepid Ramblers. There's just so much of it: the rollicking, free-wheeling, confounding, joyous chaos of Joyce's Dublin gets the better of us. Re-Joyce! There's always next year!
Now, there was much discussion throughout the day regarding the size of the potatoes. Our potatoes had not been carried around in a pocket for any length of time (actually, not at all) and were deemed insufficiently shrivelled.

Here's a photo of a Bloom interpreter at the James Joyce Centre, North Great Georges Street. Note the size and state of the potato. I rest my case.
Bloomsday 2011 - The Worcester Ramble
A Nod to Bloomsdays Past

This year, we are saddened by the loss of two of our favorite Bloomsday reading sites.

12 Crane, that wonderful Southbridge oasis of the arts, closed its doors. Margaret Morrissey, pictured above, emailed the news several months ago that 12 Crane had succumbed to the poor economy. We thank them for their years of hospitality.

In 2011, Ben Franklin Books suffered a devastating fire. Don Reid (above, right) had hosted a 10am reading of Ulysses for 16 years. He and his staff welcomed the Ramblers with scones and Bloomsday discounts, making room for us amid the books and miscellany. Thank you, Don, for the years of support.

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