This in from Janis Gray
Amherst, MA – Devotees of Emily Dickinson are invited to explore the poet’s passions as writer, gardener, and cook July 17-19, 2015, in a new program titled,“Would You Like Summer? Taste of Ours —”.
Presented by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, the sensory experience will feature scholars Marta McDowell, Aífe Murray and Jane Wald, and hands-activities to help attendees delve more deeply into Dickinson’s love of poetry, botany and baking.
The weekend also includes private tours of The Dickinson Homestead and The Evergreens (home of brother Dickinson and his wife Susan); visits to the poet’s gardens and grave; a trolley tour of Dickinson landmarks; Dickinson poetry set to music, performed by James Mead, Anita Cooper, Willis Bridegam and friends; poetry discussions and readings; and visits to the Dickinson collections at Amherst College, The Jones Library and The Amherst History Museum.
McDowell, landscape historian and author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, will discuss the fruits and vegetables that graced the poet’s garden and table. Attendees will learn which heirloom produce they can grow today. She will also lead a “make-and-take” activity inspired by Dickinson’s herbarium, an extensive album of pressed flowers. Participants will learn the basic techniques for mounting specimens and creating flower-decorated cards.
Murray is the author of Maid as Muse: how servants changed Emily Dickinson’s life and language. She will lead participants in making Dickinson family recipes while she describes some of the baking challenges of the poet’s 19th century kitchen; the role played by household chores in Dickinson’s literary process; and how baking served as literary inspiration. The bakers will taste their results that afternoon at a Victorian tea and discussion of Dickinson’s poetry.
Wald is Executive Director of The Emily Dickinson Museum. She will present “I am glad there are Books. They are better than Heaven:” What did the Dickinsons Really Read? Dickinson refused to become a full member of her family’s church and called herself a “pagan,” but she knew the Bible backwards and forwards and often spoke of faith in her poetry. Her poems and letters chronicle a lifelong struggle with issues of faith and doubt, suffering and salvation, nature and deity, mortality and the eternal. Wald’s examination of her family’s libraries can cast more light on Dickinson’s personal theological explorations in the context of 19th century religious movements. Were they better, to her, than Heaven?
The program fee of $400 per person includes all admissions, tours and activities, refreshments and four meals. It does not include transportation to Amherst or lodgings. Optional lodging is available on a limited basis for $75 per person per night in the homes of members of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst.
For more information, visit uusocietyamherst.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 413-253-2848 or write to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, P.O. Box 502, Amherst MA 01004-0502.
This event is a fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. Program subject to change.