This Sunday, instead of a normal Titanic Poetry Circle, we are gathering to acknowledge the end of summer in the best way: with pals, snacks, celebration, and a little bit of sadness. And, yes, the Moomin spirit.
Moomins are characters from storybooks created by Swedish-speaking Finnish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson. Jansson’s books are philosophical, funny, and unabashedly melancholic. Oh, and Moomins hibernate through the winter. Sounding relevant yet?
We’re going to celebrate the season changing with live music from two local musicians, selected readings from Jansson’s work, a scavenger hunt / adventure, and, of course, snacks and warm beverages. We might ask you what’s making you a little sad today.
6:30 - doors
7:00 - performance by Mary Jester
7:30 - selected readings from Tove Jansson’s writings, performers TBD
8:00 - excursion / scavenger hunt / or snacks for the homebodies
8:30 - performance by Shady Glen
If you have a favorite passage from a Moomin book or one of Tove Jansson’s other works and would like to read it, please contact us! We’d love for you to share!
This event is hosted by Catherine Weiss and Madden Aleia. No charge, but we enthusiastically accept donations to pay performers and recoup some costs for the provided snacks and drinks! Thank you!
If you’d like to donate with PayPal in advance, you can do so here!
The space is small and set up like a living room. There is chair/couch seating for ~12, and cushioned floor seating for an additional ~5, and standing room/hanging out in the connected anteroom after that.
The Endopolis Poetry Room is in Suite 201 on the second floor of 40 Main St, an office building in downtown Florence, MA. To use the elevator, go in the doors under the Central Building / Main Entrance sign. Follow the hall back to the elevator and go up to the 2nd floor. Take a right off the elevator and follow signs all the way down (through a bunch of doors) to 201.
To use the outside stairs, first identify the North building and its exterior signage (it’s to your left if standing in the parking lot, facing 40 Main). There is an outdoor stairway next to the North building. Take it up to the 2nd floor. Once inside the exterior door there—you’ll be in an unheated lobby thing—201 is the door on your left.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To enter the 201 space there are three carpeted steps down. There’s no way around them, and there’s no railing. Let me know if you want to make a game-plan around this inaccessibility.
ANOTHER NOTE: There are gendered bathrooms for us to use in the building, down a long-ish hallway. They are near the elevator.
This event is 100% free, but we also accept donations.