2007-11-21 / About Town

Celebrate Dickinson's birthday

Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson A celebration of Emily Dickinson's birthday will take place at Jamestown Philomenian library on Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7.

The poet was born Dec. 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She lived there her whole life and died there in 1886.

On Thursday evening at 7 p.m. there will be both an Emily Dickinson look-a-like contest and a screening of a film by Rhode Island filmmaker, Jim Wolpaw, "Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson." A review from PBS' Independent Lens: "Hundreds of scholars and biographers have tried to explain the life and work of Emily Dickinson, but the famously reclusive poet remains an enigma. In 'Loaded Gun' stumped filmmaker Wolpaw uses a decidedly unorthodox approach to create a documentary about the writer whose beautiful, haunting and cryptic poetry has never quite squared with her reputation as a sensitive spinster. Wolpaw's efforts to illuminate this ethereal subject - more than 150 years after her death - yield some hilariously frustrating results." The film is for a teen and adult audience.

On Friday afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m. there will be celebration of Emily Dickinson for children. First there will be an opportunity for children to recite their favorite Emily Dickinson poem and to participate in an Emily Dickinson look-a-like contest.

At 3:30 pm there will be a gingerbread cookie decorating workshop for children ages 5 and up.

According to the Amherst Bulletin, "Emily Dickinson is famed for the gingerbread she would lower from her bedroom window down to the neighbor kids in a basket tied with twine. But few know that in 1856 the poet took Second Place in the Rye and Indian Bread Competition at the annual Cattle Show on the town common."

Visit or call the library at 423- 7280 to register for the gingerbread cookie program, which is sponsored by the Friends of Jamestown Philomenian Library.

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