Thursday, January 23, 2014

This Weekend in Blythewood January 24th, 25th and 26th

This Weekend in Blythewood, January 24th, 25th and 26th
This Weekend in Blythewood
January 24th, 25th and 26th

Hearing the
Poetry of Life

When you stop to think about it, poetry is all around us.  We hear it daily on TV through jingles that have been written to sell particular products.  We hum along to our favorite songs that are simply poetry set to music.  We're surrounded by rhyme and cadence yet spend very little time really listening to the poetry in our lives. 
It's time to change all that!  Come meet J. Gordon Coogler and hear the poetry of HIS life.  

 J. Gordon Coogler, a born and bred Blythewoodian turned poet, is being celebrated January 23rd and 24th during the
J. Gordon Coogler
Poetry Festival.   
Mr. Coogler was born in Blythewood in 1865 and became known for his poetry throughout Columbia and beyond.   In fact, J. Gordon owned a print shop and would write "Poems While You Wait".  How clever!
Plan to attend the poetry celebration tonight, Jan. 23rd at The Manor @ Doko Meadows.  Starting at 6:00p, Coogler's poems will be the focus for the evening as students from our local schools as well as some of our own 'grown-up'  local poets will read and write poetry.  Make your way to the Langford-Nord House on Friday, January 24th at 6:30p for more of an introduction to Mr. Coogler, presented by one of his family descendents, Art Coogler and Coogler expert, Bill McDonald

Hope Your Weekend is Crowned With Fun!

Mark Your Calendar    

Jan, 23,24  Coogler Poetry Festival
                    Bravo Blythewood
         Blythewood Historical Society

Jan. 25    Miss Blythewood Pageant 
               Blythewood High School
April 3-6         HELLO DOLLY!
    The Blythewood Community Theatre
     Shows @ Westwood High School
                Times to be announced

Schedule of
J. Gordon Coogler Poetry Festival Events
All events are FREE to the public

January 23 - All afternoon
Poetry stations around town.  Look for them throughout the afternoon at Town Hall, the Blythewood Richland Library, IGA, Lizards Thicket,  Blythewood Pharmacy and
First Citizens Bank.
  Poetry will be written for you
while you wait!

The Manor @ Doko Meadows
Poetry readings by Blythewood area school students and a celebration of poetry of Blythewood native, J. Gordon Coogler (1865-1901).  Poetry will be written while you wait.  See Poetic Floral Art presented by the
Blythewood Garden Club
Refreshements Served

January 24 -  6:30pm  
Book Event at the
Historical Langford- Nord House featuring J. Gordon Coogler's book "Purely Original Verse" with guest speakers Art Coogler (descendent and noted Coogler family historian) and Bill McDonald (Coogler researcher and expert). 

January 25 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Manor @ Doko Meadows
Poetry Out Loud Midlands Region competition series

All Coogler events sponsored by:

Polish the Crown!

The Miss Blythewood Pageant will be held Saturday, January 25th at 7:00pm at the BHS Auditorium.  Twenty girls will be competing from all four grade levels to win the crown and title of "2014 Miss Blythewood High School"
This year's theme is Hollywood and proves to be a wonderful show of pagenatry and talent.
The International Thespian Society, the honor society for theatre students, invites everyone to come enjoy the night.