Parkerfest

I hate Husbands; They narrow my scope…Dorothy Parker

Received my Dorothy Parker Society Newsletter today, so thought I would share some of it.

Parkerfest started in 1999 in New York, and this annual party looks to be among the most ambitious ones the Dorothy Parker Society has ever put on. It will be four days long, Aug. 26-29, with fun activities spread out from Gramercy Park to Governors Island.  Parkerfest in NYC is from Aug. 26th thru Aug. 29th.  Many activities that one can attend.

August 22 is the 117th anniversary of Mrs. Parker’s birth–she was born Aug. 22, 1893, in Long Branch, NJ–so listen to the only original birthday tribute recorded for her big day. It was written and performed by Bill Zeffiro (watch him perform it live on the 26th). Have a listen here:

Parkerfest in Los Angeles

We know how Mrs. Parker loathed her life in the City Angels, but something kept her there for 30 years. Money, perhaps? But the LA Chapter of the DPS is busy and having a gathering in August: Parkerfest LA on Dorothy’s actual birthday on Sunday, August 22nd. Let’s have an informal picnic at Coldwater Canyon park in Beverly Hills around 4 PM. The park is down the street from one of the residences Dorothy lived in the 40s. We can spend our time daydreaming, playing word games and planning events for the rest of the year and 2011.  Do not confuse this park with the Coldwater Canyon Park off of Mullholland. We are going to the one that is at the junction of N Beverly Drive and Coldwater Canyon Drive.

Please RSVP so that I know who to expect at 4 p.m. Parking may be a challenge.Adrienne@dorothyparker.com — cell phone # is 626 376-7605 and it takes text messages.

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