Sonnet Reading Wednesday Evening


From: Don McLean

Tom Ragle  and I will collaborate on a public reading of Sonnets on Wednesday, May 13.  The 7:00 pm program will take place at Guilford Community Church, and is admission-free with donations welcome.

Sharing a belief that poetry, which originated as an oral tradition, should be liberated from the page and read aloud, we decided to help revive the practice of public recitation of the works of both classic and less-known poets.

All the poems on this program are sonnets, giving unity to the reading, but also, because it is a short form, allowing the sampling of many eras and poets.  The golden age of the sonnet, the Elizabethan period, is particularly represented, with poets such as Spenser, Shakespeare and Drayton.  Donne and Milton are included, as are the Romantic poets, including Wordsworth and Keats.  A favorite poet of both of us, Gerard Manley Hopkins, gets special attention.  After two dozen English sonnets, we’ll move for the final dozen to American poets Edwin Arlington Robinson and Robert Frost.  Several Vermont poets, as well as poets known to the readers, round out the evening.

Guilford Community Church is at 38 Church Drive, just off Route 5, the first left turn past the Guilford Country Store, and is an accessible facility.


Mother’s Day Brunch

Broad Brook Grange, drawing by Nancy Detra

Broad Brook Grange, drawing by Nancy Detra


Broad Brook Grange will present its 19th annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event will allow for continued renovations of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelets, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices  will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.

No reservations are necessary for the meal, which is priced at $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, and $5 for ages 2-12. Kids under two are free.

The Grange hosting a dozen Grange-sponsored events each year, and also community meetings, town planning forums, Green-Up Day, Pre-Town Meeting, classes, and performances by the town’s arts groups, as well as private parties and other rentals.  Membership fees only keep the Grange organization going, but the building is supported to considerable extent by the sugar supper and brunches, so your support is invaluable!

This event is the first of two brunches of 2015, with the next brunch on Father’s Day. Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store.  For more information, call (802) 257-1961.

HELP ALWAYS WELCOME:  We are as much a community building as a Grange organization, and we welcome and depend upon both our members and the greater Guilford community to help with our events.  We can use staffing anytime from 5 am on Sunday through final clean-up around 3 pm, and anytime in between.  Call me (number above) or e-mail <> if you wish to help, or provide baked goods.  BUHS kids can get Community Service hours!   Don McLean