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Next Longfellow Days Meeting Set for July 20

Story posted July 15, 2004

The planning for Longfellow Days got off to a strong start last week at a brainstorming meeting hosted by Bowdoin College, where several enthusiastic community members were in attendance.

"This promises to be an annual event that brings real value to the community as a whole. At our first meeting we generated a long, long list of ideas for activities that will engage young and old," said Maryli Tiemann, a Bath resident and the initiator of the event concept.

Longfellow Days is a proposed annual celebration of the life and poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to be held at the end of February to coincide with the poet's birthday. The series of events may include school performances, tours, exhibitions of Longfellow artifacts, poetry readings, and lectures. The purpose is to bring one of Brunswick and Bowdoin College's most famous celebrities back into the limelight, and to educate the community about Longfellow's influence on 19th-century America.

Present at the first planning meeting were individual community members, historians, and representatives of the Pejepscot Historical Society, the Brunswick Downtown Association, and Bowdoin College.

"We already have a list of over 30 very enthusiastic interested parties, including the 55+ Center, teachers, the Bath-Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, the Theater Project, and area businesses. The notion of a community-wide event to celebrate Longfellow has been very well received. We seem to be filling a void," Tiemann said.

The next planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the McLellan Building at 85 Union Street. All members of the community are encouraged to participate. The agenda will include honing the list of activity ideas generated at the first meeting, identifying those that will be feasible in the event's first year, and finding volunteers to lead various efforts.

Those planning to attend the planning meeting should RSVP to Maryli Tiemann at 729-5311, or Peggy Schick at 725-3522.

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