"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Elizabeth Bishop's 100th Birthday Party in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Below is the announcement for the Sixth Annual Elizabeth Bishop Birthday Party in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is sponsored by the Elizabeth Bishop House. I think I can speak for those who have attended in years past (and can do so even if I am the person who organizes this gathering), it is a lot of fun. We have had some fabulous costumes over the years and I am looking forward to the delightful, imaginative creations that will appear this year. Prize for best costume is time at the EB House. We always have wonderful readers and readings and this year is no exception. There will be a big cake. Lots of other food. There will be wonderful door prizes. Wish you all could "come flying" and be part of the fun in this most important year of all for those of us who love Elizabeth Bishop and her work.

We will soon be posting more notices about the official launch of Nova Scotia's Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Celebrations (events happening on her actual birthday, 8 February, and on 10 February). Much excitement during the dark days of a Maritime winter.


♥♥♥ELIZABETH BISHOP’s 100th Birthday Party♥♥♥

This event is part of the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary (EB100) Celebrations

Celebrate Elizabeth Bishop’s Birthday
Date: Sunday, 6 February 2011
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road (behind Garrison Beer, just up from Pier 21)


Help Heat Her Home
(a fund-raiser for the Elizabeth Bishop House Artists’ Retreat)


Come as your favourite Bishop character or creature, or just come as What You Will. Don’t let Manners inhibit you. Come as The Man-Moth or The Moose. Have The Wit to be The Fish or The Armadillo. You might need The Patience of an Angel to be The Unbeliever or The Prodigal, but please, come flying!!

Don’t wait for The End of March or A Cold Spring. Dispel the mid-winter blues! Come for the readings, come for the birthday cake, come for the prizes (best costume is a weekend at the EB House!!). Who knows, you might end up Exchanging Hats!!!

The Colder the Air the warmer the welcome!

Readers include: John Barnstead, Sandra Barry, Susie DeCoste, Claire Goulet, Carole Langille, Suzie LeBlanc, Scott MacDougall, Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Peter O’Brien, Rosalee Peppard, Anne Simpson, Donna Smyth and Gillian Thomas.

Light refreshments

RSVP Sandra at: slbarry@ns.sympatico.ca


Two glimpses of a past EB Birthday party, 8 February 2007

Drawing by Halifax painter and illustrator Richard Rudnicki

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