May 31 – June 2, 2019: Whitman Bicentennial Birthday Weekend Celebration
Friday, May 31, 2019 – Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday!
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Whitman scholars David Reynolds & Jerome Loving panel presentation.
Noon – 5:00 pm Afternoon activities include a poets’ corner and Whitman-era music and crafts.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm The Final Session of the Walt Whitman Initiative’s “Whitman International Week” is held at the Birthplace. Groups of Scholars attending the week-long celebration are coming to Birthplace on their final day to tour our historic site.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Join fellow Whitman enthusiasts for a “Happy Birthday Hour” and toast Walt in honor of his 200th birthday.
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Compagnia de’ Colombari presents More Or Less I Am, a music- theater piece drawn from Walt Whitman’s 1855 “Song of Myself.” The troupe, comprised of 8 actor/singers and 4 musicians, will circulate in the Town of Huntington Friday afternoon reciting poetry in open spaces as prelude to evening performance.
9:00 pm Closing Whitman revelries.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:00 am Tours of the Historic Birthplace begin and run throughout the day.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Bring your lunch and join us for a Poet’s Picnic with a musical presentation featuring Whitman-era music.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm The Bard’s Initiative, a local poetry group, will stage a marathon reading of Leaves of Grass in front of the Birthplace.
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Multitudes: a one man play about the life of Walt Whitman.
Sunday, June 2, 2019
10:00 am Tours of the Historic Birthplace begin and run throughout the day.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Celebrating the Creative Spirit, High School and College Students offer presentations of their poetry, art and theatrical works. Docents dressed as historic figures circulate with visitors. Participating schools include Adelphi University, Long Island High School for the Performing Arts, Paul Gelinas Junior High School, and South Huntington High School.