Longfellow Days continue with poetry readings, cabaret and chapel service


BRUNSWICK — The second half of the monthlong Longfellow Days celebration (Feb. 19-26) will featured  a cabaret show, poetry readings and a chapel service with a performance of Longfellow’s poem “Snow-Flakes,” set to music by Charles Kaufmann.

Now in its ninth year, Longfellow Days 2012 is a celebration inspired by the life and works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Bowdoin College Class of 1825, professor of modern languages and librarian 1829-1835).

This year’s celebration, “Longfellow: Poet of the Heart,” honors the foremost 19th-century American poet with cultural programs that explore the loving connections that enrich our personal and public lives.

Here is a schedule of events:

*Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m.

Maine poets Carolyn Gelland Frost, Bob MacLaughlin and Kevin Sweeney read from their work. Free. Fireplace room, Curtis Memorial Library.

* Tuesday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m.

Hosted by Ted Bookey and Helene McGlauflin, resident poets and community members read and discuss their works. Free. Multipurpose room, Thornton Oaks, Baribeau Drive.

* Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. 

Cabaret: a buffet of Chef Cunningham’s signature desserts, cheeses and beverages will be served up with music, love letters and poetry. Maine State Music Theatre’s Birdie Katz and pianist David Dean head a local cast, including Rob Jarratt, Maryli Tiemann, plus Bowdoin College a cappella group Ursus Verses. The Inn at Brunswick Station, Noble Street. Reservations at $20, encouraged by Feb. 14. Call 729-4439 or visit www.brunswickdowntown.com.

* Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m.

Chapel service: Themes of love inspire music, song and readings in a service to be led by Rev. Brad Mitchell with organist Grace Lewis McLaren, Bowdoin College a cappella group The Longfellows and the Merrymeeting Singers performing “Snow-Flakes,” a Longfellow poem to music composed by Charles Kaufmann.

Offerings will benefit the reconstruction of the Unitarian Universalist Church at Pleasant and Middle streets, which burned down in summer 2011. The church houses a bible that was a gift from Longfellow.