poetry reading and pot luck

  • January 11, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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note:  do not set out without checking the announcement for any new information.

because of snow and standing water, parking at our house will be a problem.  ead rthe following parking instructions carefully.

turn into our driveway and pull as far forward as you can.  this will be single file parking, and spaces are at a premium, so park in the middle of the driveway and pull as far forward as you safely can.  if you arrive and there is no driveway parking, park on the right side of the road in front of our house, and again, go as close as you safely can, and as far off the road as you safely can.  don't park in front of the fire hydrant.

be very careful walking on the driveway and up the stairs, it was prohibitively difficult to clear away all the ice and slush.

this is a case where i will want people to leave their shoes at the door, so if you need extra slippers, socks, etc, be prepared.

because of weather and ground conditions, we will still have the poetry reading and pot luck, but no hike.  the trails are covered with 2 feet of wet snow, and even the roads are a combination of (literal) slippery slopes and pools of slush, making for unpleasant and dangerous conditions.

since driving conditions will get worse when the temperature goes below freezing and the slush starts turning to ice, it might be a good idea not to go on too long tonight.  the current forecast has temperatures dipping below freezing about 5:30 PM.  i'm not setting a stop point, just something to keep in mind.

since so many people have signed up for this event, and we have a waiting list, please be sure to cancel if you decide not to come.  thanks, Rick

dear friends—

we welcome you to our eleventh conversation salon.

Even though the inspiration for my salon is the soirée of culture and intellectual discourse of the eighteenth century French philosophes and the beautiful people who formed their circle of friends, my concept is a bit lighter--a gathering of fun, learning, discovery, and of course, refreshments.

We will have a poetry reading, to which you can bring a short selection of poetry--classic, modern, or homemade, to read and discuss.  I have held poetry readings around a roaring fire at our cabin every fall since 1992, and at a winter indoor setting since 2009.  Since high school I have enjoyed poetry, and am happy to have met some fellow travelers in our group.

I especially like the tradition of reading poetry out loud.  We will have a roaring blaze in the fireplace, and will enjoy the beautiful scene out the windows.   So please bring a short bit of poetry to read and discuss to the salon.  How short?  Well, don't plan to recite the Iliad, otherwise I doubt that will be a problem.  What is poetry?  My definition is pretty broad--you won't be sent home if you bring prose, as long as you're not planning to read from the phone book or the newspaper.  You can also just come to listen and discuss, no problemo .

i plan to read Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven myself.

i suggest you eat lunch before you arrive, because we will read some poetry, then break for food, then probably read some more poetry.

I will pass a hat for a small contribution to cover the costs of using the meetup website.

Of course there will be substantial refreshments as well.  I plan to make a hearty pot of black bean soup myself, and some barbecued ribs, but this will not be enough to feed everyone, so please bring something to share, a main course, side dishes like chili, baked beans, a potato dish, etc, or snacks, wine, vodka, liqueurs, etc.  despite the weather, we can also use the grill.  Grillmaster Carl will be manning the fire for whatever you would like to toss upon it, so feel free to bring some meat (real or fake), fish, vegetables, tofu or what-have-you.

we are long on paper plates, plasticware, etc, from past contributions, and i plan to use down my inventory at this event, so don't bring any of those items, please.

If you’re coming on the train or otherwise can’t bring anything, don’t worry about it, we’ll be ok just add a bit extra when i pass around the hat.

I don’t mind if people just listen and discuss without reading, but please do not be disruptive.  that includes no phone calling, texting, laptopping, or side conversations anywhere on the floor where we are meeting.  This has been honored in the breech in the past, and I don’t want it to happen this time.

So please let me know if you plan to come, and if you can give someone a ride, or need a ride (and what area you live in).  I also encourage you to take pictures on the hike and post them to meetup, and to give the event an evaluation (if you had a good time : )  )  at the event I will pass a hat to request a small donation to help cover the expenses of meetup.

a suggestion to make things run more smoothly   please print out the announcement, or at least the directions ahead of time and bring it with you in your car if you are driving or navigating--I have frequently been delayed from arriving on time myself because I'm giving directions over the phone

hope to see you all,

Rick

 

directions & parking instructions:

directions:

by car from Chicago: (driving time from downtown is about 1 hour 15 minutes) follow I-90 (Kennedy-Dan Ryan) East; at exit 59A, be sure to follow signs to "Chicago Skyway/Indiana Toll road"--the Skyway will turn into the Indiana Toll rd at the state line:  tolls can be paid with I-pass or cash; at I-90 exit 21, get onto I-94, be sure to go East (marked Detroit); exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; continue to US 12 east, continue on US 12 about 4 miles to Broadway (traffic light opposite National Lakeshore campground, gas station & liquor store on corner) and turn left; continue about 1/2 mile past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road.

 from Northwest, West, or South suburbs: follow the TriState tollway (I-294) east until it merges with I-94 east; exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; go north to US 12 east (exit on left), continue on US 12 about 4 miles to Broadway (traffic light opposite National Lakeshore campground, gas station & liquor store on corner) and turn left; continue about 1/2 mile past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road

 by the South Shore line: get the South Shore at the Metra Electric stations at 10:45 AM at Randolph, or at Van Buren, Roosevelt rd, Hyde Park, etc; take the train to the Beverly Shores station (you will have to tell the conductor you're getting off because it is a flag stop); train arrives at 12:15; walk toward the lake (away from US 12) on Broadway thru the wetland, past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road

here is the South Shore website: http://www.nictd.com/....

parking instructions:

because of snow and standing water, parking at our house will be a problem.  ead rthe following parking instructions carefully.

turn into our driveway and pull as far forward as you can.  this will be single file parking, and spaces are at a premium, so park in the middle of the driveway and pull as far forward as you safely can.  if you arrive and there is no driveway parking, park on the right side of the road in front of our house, and again, go as close as you safely can, and as far off the road as you safely can.  don't park in front of the fire hydrant.


i will provide parking instructions in the morning based on weather conditions.

The Dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California.  They constitute a signature of time and eternity.

--Carl Sandburg




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  • Deborah

    This was sooooo much fun!!! I had a wonderful time. The intriguing poems and the kind people that I met made another visit very special. Thank you Rick for sharing your home with all of us!

    January 19, 2014

    • Rick M.

      it was lovely to have you--you added a lot to the total experience.

      January 19, 2014

  • Ingrid

    I had a wonderful time. Thank you all for welcoming me and listening to my poem. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed all of the poetry readings. Rick, how you remember "The Raven" is so remarkable. Poetry is a window to the soul. When I sat there listening, I felt such a peace that as Robert Browning stated in Pippa Passes" , "All is right with the world."

    January 12, 2014

    • Rick M.

      glad you had a good time, and enjoyed the readings. i enjoyed yours too. see you at lunch Monday.

      January 12, 2014

  • Ellen

    Rick, I was so looking forward to this, but I've thrown my back out again, so I have to spend the day doped up and lying down. Which might go well with poetry, actually, but would not go at all well with traveling to and from Indiana. I'm sorry to miss out! I hope you all have a great time!

    January 11, 2014

    • Rick M.

      so sorry you couldn't come, missed you. hope you feel better, and can make the salon in March

      January 12, 2014

  • Cyndy M

    had a great time. very nice to see everyone and wonderful poems!

    January 12, 2014

  • Rick M.

    despite being slushed out of our hike, and having to be creative about parking, we had a lovely group with an eclectic mix of poetry and food, and even some games

    January 11, 2014

  • Bob D.

    As always an evening under Rick's guidance is always pleasing and fun.

    January 11, 2014

  • Jason H.

    Any objections to us showing up late? Wifey couldn't sleep last night and it will be difficult to get her out of bed =)

    January 11, 2014

    • Rick M.

      sorry i didn't see this sooner, sure, come on over, we'll be going for a while yet.

      January 11, 2014

  • Patrice

    Also Bringing Cornbread - Hope someone brings Chili to go with

    January 10, 2014

  • Bob D.

    Rick, Diane and I will be there with bells on our toes...well maybe not bells, but at least shoes. I will have the newspaper which I borrowed as well. See you Saturday.

    January 10, 2014

  • Donna

    Mary Lou and I are bowing out..................see you next time.

    January 10, 2014

  • Patrice

    Ricky! My brain is abuzz with what to bring. Is there anything you desire as of today Thursday?

    January 9, 2014

    • Rick M.

      hmm, i was planning to grill, but if it rains that might be problematic, so a meat course or a hearty side dish, like au gratin potatoes or chili might be helpful. but whatever you want or are good at is welcome

      January 10, 2014

    • Patrice

      OK - great!

      January 10, 2014

  • Patrice

    I can offer a ride from Elmhurst area.

    January 9, 2014

    • Rick M.

      a guy named Greg from your area is looking for a ride, see remarks below

      January 10, 2014

  • Greg

    Would like to carpool from western suburbs and/or Chicago...any takers??
    Thanks!

    December 8, 2013

    • Rick M.

      check Patrice above, offering a ride

      January 10, 2014

  • Carolyn

    Sorry I can't make it - still straightening up from my vacation and holidays, but I do look forward to making this event one of these days. Have fun and stay safe.

    January 9, 2014

  • Gene

    Rick - unfortumate change in family plans prompts our absence this time around ... and I wanted to read an original composition - "About Wallace Stevens And The Play He Did Not Write For Blue Island's Community Theater" -

    1 · January 9, 2014

  • Amy R.

    Hey Rick and everyone!
    No, it's not the weather, and I came last year and had a great time in Rick's cozy house. I have to sell my parents' things all of this month until they're gone. Can't wait til that's over with!
    Promise to come again soon, look forward to it. I'm sure it'll be a great time for everyone!

    January 7, 2014

  • Debbie

    I need some ideas for the potluck. I like to cook so whatever probably would not be a problem.

    January 7, 2014

    • Debbie

      Ok got it. Thanks for the suggestion. Would it be alright to bring a crock pot?

      January 7, 2014

    • Rick M.

      sure, bring a crock pot if you like

      January 7, 2014

  • Deborah

    How does a chocolate cake and/ or chocolate chip cookies sound to bring?

    January 6, 2014

    • Rick M.

      yum--i vote for the cookies

      January 7, 2014

  • Kathie A.

    Can't make it to this one, Rick. Looking forward to lunch at Santiago's!

    January 7, 2014

  • Wanda K.

    Hi, decided to visit son in California and won't be able to make it. Who ever takes my place have a wonderful time. Happy New Year to all.

    January 3, 2014

    • Rick M.

      we'll miss you, come another time

      January 6, 2014

  • Carlota H.

    So sorry I won't be able to make it, Rick! But I promise I'm coming back to the group this year! Have fun you all!!!

    January 6, 2014

    • Rick M.

      please do--i promise not to make you walk 9.4 miles like last time!

      January 6, 2014

  • kim c.

    Looks like a hoot, but can't make it. Happy New Year to all.

    January 6, 2014

  • Gene

    My wife would like to attend, too

    December 30, 2013

  • Phyllis

    I could have sworn I signed up for this but I'm not listed :(

    December 10, 2013

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