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Bard’s Birthday Bash

April 20, 9:00 AM8:00 PM


Party Like It's 1599!

What ho! Come party with Recycled Shakespeare Company for 460th birthday of the great bard William Shakespeare on Waterville, on Saturday, April 20, with the 11th annual Bard's Birthday Bash.

Weather permitting join costumed readers and revelers to begin the Sonnet Stroll on Main Street at the corner by Key Bank at 9am, travel up the Concourse to read sonnets and perform at Yardgoods Center and The Villager, meeting again at Waterville Public Library at 10am.

Join Robert Sezack for his annual reading at Re-Books and then enjoy a sword fighting demonstration near Wild Clover Cafe on Silver Street at 11am.

Parade up Main Street where everyone is invited to read sonnets and sing fun Shakespearean songs as the troupe stops at businesses along the way: Incense and Peppermint, The Framemakers, Days Jewelers, Holi Cannoli, and Robin's Nest.

By 12:30pm the join them at Jin Yuan Chinese Restaurant for sonnet presentations by video from friends across the nation. Local readers are also invited to join the group here, too.

At 2 pm the Bash continues at Selah Tea where more sonnets and entertainment will run until 5pm. Everyone is invited to sign up to read a sonnet or two or do a favorite Shakespearian monologue at either location. Last year every slot was filled and RSC hopes you will join in this exhilarating success. All ages are welcome and no special talent is required.

Please contact Debbie Achorn at 207-314-6160 or recycledshakespeare@gmail.com for more information or if you would like to participate. Costumes are encouraged although not required.

At 6 to 8 pm there is a Masquerade Ball at Greene-Block Studios on Main Street. A few easy Elizabethan dances will be taught. It is a lot of fun and no partner is required. All ages are invited. Birthday cake will be served.

The entire event is free of charge. RSC says, "Party like it's 1599", so come on out, put on a mask and have some really old fashioned fun.



April 20
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Downtown Waterville
Main Street at Common Street
Waterville, ME
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