For 2018 we did things a little different, using 6 locations instead of 8, because we always seem to lack time in actually finishing a full episode.

Thanks to our talented organizers, Kristina England and Jay Lavelle, for putting together a great event.  Special thanks to our guest facilitators, Sharon Legasey and Robert Steele, who stepped in while one of the regular organizers took care of some personal business.

In 2019 Bloomsday lands on Sunday, June 16th.  Our main host will be headed to Dublin and unable to host the 24th Worcester Bloomsday. If you would like to join the event committee for 2019, please contact Kristina England and Jay Lavelle.
Thanks to the Pulse Magazine and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for writing articles about our 23rd Annual Ramble.  Let them know you appreciate the coverage of poetry by leaving a comment on the articles or sharing them on social media.

The WCPA is thankful to the following locations that allowed us to read on their property or at their establishments...

City of Worcester
  Bancroft Tower
  Institute Park
  Worcester Public Library, Salem Sq.

The Wonder Bar

O'Connor's Restuarant

The Old Stone Church
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Bloomsday 2018
Bloomsday 2018 was on Saturday, June 16
Worcester’s 23rd 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 hold some sort of Bloomsday celebration for decades. The Worcester 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 Bloomsday with our annual Worcester Ramble, which took place from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on June 16th.  Bloomsday is always open to the public, and all are welcome to read during the event. Of course, listening is welcomed as well.

Time Location Episode
Chapter
8:00 - 9:30 am Bancroft Tower
Salisbury Park, Bancroft Tower Road, Worcester
Please bring folding chairs or a blanket.
Telemachus, Nestor
#1 & 2
 
10:00 - noon Institute Park
82 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Scylla and Charybdis, Wandering Rocks
#9 & 10
 
12:30 - 2:00 pm The Wonder Bar *
121 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester
Aeolus, Lestrygonians
#7 & 8
 
2:30 - 4:30 pm Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square, Worcester
Circe
#15
 
5:00 - 7:00 pm O’Connor’s Restaurant *
1160 W Boylston Street, Worcester
Sirens, Cyclops
#11 & 12
 
7:30 - 9:00 pm The Old Stone Church
180 Beaman Street (Rt. 140), West Boylston
Please bring lanterns for after sunset and folding chairs.
Lotus Eaters, Hades
#5 & 6
 
2018 Rambler Schedule
Bloomsday is open to the public.  Join when you can; stop when you must.
Notes:

* Individuals should plan to cover the costs of their meals.

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

Leopold Bloom by K-Fai Steele
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