Celebrate Joyce’s Legacy on Varick Street on “Bloomsday”

June 1, 2018
UTICA, NY — The city of Utica will be transformed into Dublin for one day on Saturday, June 16, as the Utica NY Area Irish Coalition will present its second annual “Bloomsday” Celebration with a pub crawl visiting several stops along Varick Street in the city’s brewery district.

In James Joyce’s monumental classic “Ulysses” (often cited as the greatest English-language novel of all time), June 16 is the date that the book’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom, undertakes his one-day sojourn through the streets of Dublin. Since the first two-man Bloomsday celebration in 1954, that date (or as near as practicable) continues to be celebrated in countries as far-ranging as Hungary, Italy, Australia and the Czech Republic, with a range of cultural activities including readings and dramatizations of scenes from the novel, (as well as the responsible partaking of adult beverages.) And this year Utica, NY, will once again play host to its own Bloomsday event.

We’ll visit pubs along Varick Street in the city’s brewery district, sipping delicious drinks as we listen to dramatic readings by accomplished local actors, talks by scholars of Irish literature and history, and traditional Irish music by Craobh Dugan.

It all starts at 11:30 AM with check-in and a brief gathering at Utica Brews, located at 809 Court St., Utica, and will proceed to the Saranac Brewery, Nail Creek Pub, the new Irish Cultural Center to see the progress, Lukin’s Brick Oven Pizza, and the Celtic Harp, finishing at 5:00pm.

Each stop will feature short dramatic readings from Joyce’s Ulysses, live Irish music and finger food. Drinks will be available for purchase. Participants will receive a special commemorative T-shirt and will also get a passport stamped at each stop to be eligible for prize drawings at the end of the crawl.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the UNYAIC website at UNYAIC.weebly.com and at Eventbrite. Due to space, only 50 tickets will be sold.

The Utica NY Area Irish Coalition consists of six Irish cultural groups in Central New York who have joined forces to host events in celebration ​of Irish culture, history, music and dance.

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