For the fifth year running the Northeast Storytellers will host a Robert Frost remembrance on April 9 from 2-3:30 p.m. in place of the regular monthly Poetry Tea Party.
The “Remembering Robert Frost” special gathering will be dedicated to the memory, poetic works, and legacy of the famed longtime Vermont resident and poet laureate.
The memorial event will take place at the St. Johnsbury House located at 1207 Main Street in St. Johnsbury as part of a Good Living Senior Center program. Members of the public, residents of the St. Johnsbury House, and Northeast Storytellers will share readings, reflections, history, anecdotes, and experiences they’ve had with Robert Frost, his works, and his legacy. Everyone is invited to participate. The event is hosted by the Northeast Storytellers, and refreshments will be served.
One of the most popular and critically acclaimed American poets of the 20th century, Robert Lee Frost – who was born March 26, 1874 and died January 29, 1963 – received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. And he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetic works. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life in New England in the early twentieth century. Frost never graduated from a university, but he received 44 honorary degrees during his lifetime.
Robert Frost was named poet laureate of Vermont in 1961 after living, writing, and teaching in the Green Mountain State for many years. The Robert Frost Farm in Ripton, where he lived and wrote in the summer and fall months from 1939 until his death, is a National Historic Landmark. He wrote "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", one of his most popular poems, in June 1922 at his home in Shaftsbury — which now operates as the Robert Frost Stone House Museum. The poet was laid to rest in the Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington. His gravestone carries the inscription: "I Had A Lover's Quarrel With The World."
Other noted works by Robert Frost include “The Death of a Hired Man," "Mending Wall," and "The Road Not Taken." At 87 he recited his poem “The Gift Outright” from memory at the 1961 inauguration of John F. Kennedy, when faint ink from his typewriter made the poem he'd written for the occasion unreadable.
The Northeast Storytellers — a group of writers, readers, and appreciators of prose and verse — meet regularly the second Tuesday of every month from 2-3:30 p.m. for a Poetry Tea Party at the St. Johnsbury House as a part of programs offered through the Good Living Senior Center. The public is welcome to attend, if only to listen, and new members are always encouraged to join. The group organizes events during National Poetry Month every April, participating in other activities throughout the year.
National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and is held every April throughout the country. It is the largest literary celebration in the world — with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital role in our lives.
Formerly a noted hotel, the refurbished St. Johnsbury House is now a residential facility for those 55 and over — located on Main Street close to the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Fairbanks Museum. The Good Living Senior Center programs and activities, managed by Vanna Guldenschuh, enrich the lives of folks over 50 from around the Northeast Kingdom. They offer public lunches Monday through Friday in the former hotel dining room.
All Northeast Storyteller events are free and open to the public. Everybody is welcome to attend and participation is strongly encouraged. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 751-5432.