Tuesday, January 30, 2018

RELEASE: Annual Valentine's Reading at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 2.10.18 @ 1pm


Love-Themed Event to be Held February 10, 2018 in Art Gallery @ 1pm

St. Johnsbury, VT — For the fourth year running Northeast Storytellers host a special event in honor of the patron saint for lovers in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on Saturday,  February 10, 2018 — from 1-2:30pm — in association with the St. Johnsbury Athenæum. Group members and guests will appear in the world-famous Gallery sharing their love-themed readings. An award for the best love poem reading will be presented.

Valentine's Day falls on the following Wednesday this year. Also called Saint Valentine's Day, this annual celebration honoring Love began in the 14th century — when the tradition of courtly love flourished. The day evolved in 18th-century Victorian England into an occasion to express love with flowers, chocolate, or greeting cards known as "Valentines".

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend and participate, and delectable refreshments will be served. To participate in the reading, please show up a little before the event for sign-up. For more information please contact Brooke Quillen via brookequillen@yahoo.com or 802.751.5432.

The Northeast Storytellers — a group of writers, readers, and appreciators of prose and verse — meet regularly the second Tuesday of every month from 2-3:30pm for a Poetry Tea Party at the Good Living Senior Center in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The public is welcome to attend, if only to listen, and new members are always encouraged to join. The group organizes events during National Poetry Month every April — ranging from workshops to commemorations to open houses — and it participates in other activities throughout the year.

The St. Johnsbury Athenæum is a non-profit public library and art gallery located at 1171 Main Street in St. Johnsbury. It was founded as a culture center by the Fairbanks family whose scale manufacturing company contributed to the growth of the town. The Athenaeum hosts a number of artistic, cultural, and educational events.

Constructed in the French Second Empire style in 1871, the Athenæum was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996. A small art gallery was added in 1873, and the collection of paintings and sculptures now numbers over one hundred. Most are originals with some copies of masterpieces by Old Master artists such as Van Dyck, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Fra Angelico. Dominating the gallery is the magnificent "Domes of the Yosemite" framed oil painting by Albert Bierstadt (currently out for refurbishment).



Brooke Quillen
Phone: 802-751-5432
E-mail: brookequillen@yahoo.com

Shara McCaffrey
Phone: 802.748.8291
E-mail: smccaffrey@stjathenaeum.org

http://www.stjathenaeum.org/ St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
http://www.stjgoodliving.org/ Good Living Senior Center
http://www.poetrysocietyofvermont.org/ Poetry Society of Vermont
https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home National Poetry Month

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