On August 21, 2020, National Poets’ Day, opening ceremonies will be held for the Oranbega Retreat Center, a retreat house for writers, painters, playwrights, musicians and poets, it was announced today by its founder, the Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece. The covid-19 pandemic has made it necessary to celebrate part of this event virtually. A Poetry Festival, held via zoom technology, will take place from 7-9 p.m. , Friday, August 21. Oranbega Retreat Center is glad to announce that former Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair will headline the Zoom Festival. Before this virtual event, an outdoor opening ceremony for Oranbega Retreat Center will include live music, a bring-your-own picnic, and an open mike for local poetry enthusiasts, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Center, on the banks of the Narramissic River in Orland, Maine. The in-person outdoors event will be conducted in accordance with all directives for such gatherings issued by the Maine CDC and the Governor.
Online at 7:00pm:
Oranbega Retreat Center is grateful and proud that Maine’s former poet laureate Wesley McNair has agreed to participate in the Festival by reading excerpts from his latest published volume, Dwellers in the House of the Lord. He will be joined by Maine poet and folklorist Margaret Yocum, and by Chilean-American poet Felix Acuňa, who will read in both Spanish and English. Each will present their poems via Zoom between 7-9 pm. There will be time for participants ask the poets about their writing, and to discuss the readings. To register for this portion of the event, or to get directions to Oranbega Retreat Center, visit oranbegacenter.com or email . Up to 100 people may attend the Poetry Festival by Zoom. Those interested in participating should register early.
In-person at 4:00pm:
The number of attendees at the outdoors Opening Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. will be limited to 35. They may bring their own picnic, a beach or camp chair, and their love and enthusiasm for the art of poetry. They must be masked and observe social distancing, and a record of their attendance will be kept. Light refreshments and cold drinks will be provided. Access to the interior space of the Oranbega Retreat Center will be limited to Board Members and Residents. Oranbega Retreat Center is located at 36 Naramissic Drive, in Orland. Your presence will be welcomed!