Midsummer Poetry Fest

Sunday, July 9, 2023

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’s theme will be gardens, in honor of our own Garden of Hope and the volunteers who labor there to feed the hungry. We remember as well our Memorial Garden and the lovely St. Anne’s Garden and those who maintain them as places of beauty for all to enjoy. Perhaps most importantly, we remember our earthly garden and the need for us all to tend and preserve it. As always, the theme is a suggestion, not a requirement.

The Poetry Quiz will be back. Spectators are welcome. Light refreshments will be served following the poetry.

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