Midsummer Poetry Fest

Sunday, July 10, 2022

3:00 p.m. in the church lounge

Midsummer is nigh and so is our Midsummer Poetry Fest. All ages are invited to choose a poem or poems that they would enjoy sharing with others. It does not have to be something you have written yourself. This year, to honor the St. Andrew’s Players in their 50th anniversary year, the theme will be theater: poems about the theater or taken from plays.

As always, the theme is a suggestion, not a requirement. If another subject inspires you more, that’s fine. We will also be remembering the Players’ co-founder and an enthusiastic poetry fest participant, Ms. June Hansen, who passed away on April 28, 2022.

By popular demand, we will be bringing back last year’s poetry quiz—nothing too serious, but a chance to show off your knowledge of poetry trivia.  In keeping with this year’s theme, we may mix in some theater questions.

Spectators are welcome. We will follow St. Andrew’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. After the readings, we will adjourn for some light refreshments.

No auditions, no rehearsals, but we would like to know if you are coming and what you will be reading so we can make a program. Just send Helen Ely an email: hke123-at-msn-dot-com, or sign up on the bulletin board outside the church office.

More About This Tradition at St. Andrew’s

The St. Andrew’s annual Poetry Fest dates back to 2010, when it evolved as an adjunct to a series of play readings. “Thanks to the St. Andrew’s Players, we always had a lot of interest in theater,” says Helen Ely, organizer of the Poetry Fest and a member of St. Andrew’s since 1997.  “We have a lot of people who enjoy reading out loud, and performing. But a play only has a certain number of parts, so we decided to add a poetry reading to the mix. No auditions, no rehearsals. You choose to take part, and you choose your own material.”

Helen Ely shown from shoulders up.

Helen Ely
Poetry Fest organizer