Write On, Door County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting writing and reading, brings Bloomsday – an internationally celebrated day – to the area on June 16, with a wide variety of activities for children, families, and adults. Youth and family activities take place in Sawyer Park from noon – 4 pm, with storytelling, writing, and art activities planned. Programs targeted for adults include an Irish cheese tasting at Madison Avenue Wine Shop and a limerick pub crawl.
“Bloomsday originated in Dublin as a celebration of the life and works of author James Joyce,” explained Jerod Santek, Write On’s executive director. “The events in Joyce’s 900-plus page novel Ulysses all occur in the span of one day – June 16 – as the main character Leopold Bloom walks the streets of Dublin. Celebrations are held throughout Europe and the United States, as well as in China, Australia, and South America.”
The Door County event will not focus heavily on the novel or the other works of Joyce. “This isn’t an event for literary scholars, by any means,” said Santek. “It’s an opportunity for people to get out on a summer afternoon and evening and to engage in creative activities with family and friends. No one needs to have read the novel, or even to have heard of it, to take part in the event.”
Some of the events are: story time for kids with Irish folk tales; “42/57 Stories” – a nano fiction writing activity for all ages; “Streams of Consciousness” story scroll; Irish cheese sampling at Madison Avenue Wine Shop; live Irish music and a Limerick Pub Crawl with prizes awarded for Best Limerick.
Registration is required for the pub crawl but there is no fee. Participants are responsible for paying for their own drinks at each stop. To register, call 920.868.1457 or email [email protected]