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Sunday, April 23rd, 12-5, 2006
Howard Avenue, Old Town Kensington

Celebrate the Book!
Street Festival !... Rain or Shine!


Thank you to all who made this event a great success:

Town of Kensington and Mayor Lynn Raufaste, Kenneth Goldsmith and the Revitalization Committee, Michael Wojton, Leslie Maxam, Moshe Briel and the Wheaton/Kensington Chamber of Commerce, Larry Moffi, Pauli Bellet Foundation for Catalan Studies, Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, Kensington Historical Society, Kensington Park Library, Barbara Scharman, Pete Fosselman, Saint Paul's Church, Debi Hammack, Roy Heintzelman, Al Lacy and The Volunteers

Thank you for all your encouragement and support!

And a very special THANK YOU to all of the creative authors, artists, and musicians, as well as the Kensington Community.
You made this an exciting day for all of us!

Kensington celebrates

Welcome to Old town Kensington's Celebration of the International Day of the Book.

April 23 is a symbolic day in world literature. Declared as International Day of the Book by UNESCO in 1995, this celebration of books and literature draws it's inspiration from a Catalan tradition, the Festival of the Rose.

Legend has it that Saint George, Patron Saint of Catalonia and international knight-errant, slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful Catalan princess. From the dragon's blood sprouted a rosebush, from which the hero plucked the prettiest rose for the princess. Hence the traditional Rose Festival celebrated in Barcelona since the Middle Ages to honor chivalry and love. In 1923, this lover's "festa" became even more poetic when it merged with "el dia del llibre", or The Day of the Book, to mark the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, the two giants of literary history, on April 23, 1616.

On this day in Barcelona, bookstalls and street festivities run the length of the picturesque La Rambla, the old city's main boulevard and, according to the Spanish author Garcia Lorca, "the only street in the world which I wish would never end".

The Town of Kensington, Kensington Literary Group, and the Pauli Bellet Foundation for Catalan Studies, invite you to celebrate this wonderful day on Howard Ave, our "La Rambla".

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Links for further reading about The International Day of the Book:
World Book and Copyright Day at UNESCO

Check back for additions and updates

All activities are FREE, but some may encourage pre-registration.


In the case of very bad weather, Flinn Park children's activities will move to St Pauls Church on Armory Ave.


  • Live Music

    In front of Prevention of Blindness Antique Shop:
    2nd Story Band....12:30-2:30
    JP McDermott and Western Bop....3:00-5:00

    At the corner of Armory and Howard Avenues:
    Doris Justis and Pete Marinovich....3:00-5:00

    At the end of the Row in front of the Sweat Shop
    Kensington Guitar Quartet from Stancill's Guitar Studio....3:00-5:00

    At the end of the Row and at Flinn Park
    Puget Sound....time still to be scheduled

    Various locations throughout the day
    Art Harrison and Kevin on Theremin and Banjo

    At Chesapeake Framing on West Howard (across Conn Ave)
    Border State....1:00-3:00


  • Readings at the Open Mic
    All Day at the corner of Fawcett and Howard

    There will be an open microphone for participants and visitors alike to read from their works, or other works...sign-up required, email kensington.books@verizon.net for more info (5-10 minutes each)


  • Play Chess against a Chess Master
    All Day on Howard Ave

    Allan Savage, International Chess Master, a former Maryland State Chess Champion, and Chess books author, will simultaneously play six games of chess at once! Come see if you can beat him!


  • Storyteller
    2:30 in front of Prevention of Blindness Antique Shop
    and 4:00 at Flinn Park

    "Fur, Feathers & Scales"
    Ellouise Schoettler tells stories from folklore and nature with a few tall tales for good measure. In Fur Feathers and Scales have FUN with stories where animals talk, play tricks & teach lessons about life.
    Ellouise Schoettler performs in elementary schools and libraries in DC and Maryland and California. She recently told stories at Strathmore Hall for Discovery Day and she is also Storyteller-in-residence for the Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD.


  • "Squeezing the Juice Out"
    1:00-1:45 at Flinn Park - Ages 6-8

    "Squeezing the Juice Out"
    local poet Heidi Mordhorst will encourage younger children to put their observational skills to work as a springboard for writing. We'll take time to notice tiny but surprising things going on around us in the park, and then we'll work on choosing a handful of muscular words to write about them.
    Heidi Mordhorst's first book is Squeeze: Poems from a Juicy Universe (Boyds Mills Press 2005). For 20 years she has taught writing in classrooms from Manhattan to London to Bethesda and is about to introduce a creative writing group for 6 to 8-year-olds called The WordPlay Club. She is available for classroom workshops and presentations throughout the Metro area.
    Preregistration not required but strongly encouraged. To pre-register, or for more information, send Heidi an email at zingerline@comcast.net or visit www.heidimordhorst.com.


  • "Zombies, Spaceships,
    and Other Weird Things to Write About"

    2:00-2:45 at Flinn Park - Ages 9-12

    "Zombies, Spaceships, and Other Weird Things to Write About"
    will focus on writing exercises that get children to initiate/develop material -- phrases, words, and sentences -- that can be developed into poems and stories.
    Donald Illich has published or will publish poetry in several literary journals, including "The Iowa Review," "Fourteen Hills," "New Zoo Poetry Review," "Passages North," "The Sulphur Liteary Review," and others. He has also published fiction in the Web site for the literary journal "Pindeldyboz." He taught mini-workshops in creative writing for children at Ohio University, where he graduated with a degree in journalism.
    Pre-registration encouraged but not required. Please email Mr. Illich at floatnotswim@gmail.com to register or for more information.


  • "Pop-ups With Paulette"
    1:00-1:45 & 3:00-3:45 at Flinn Park
    Paper Art Workshop - ages 10 & up, adults too

    "Pop-ups With Paulette"
    Learn how to make simple pop up cards. We’ll construct reusable templates and design cards that can be used for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. Taught by Paper Artist Paulette Dickerson


  • Special Appearance....Sherlock Holmes

    The appearance of Mr. Sherlock Holmes is made possible through the efforts of MysteryVisits and its overseer, John C. Sherwood. Details may be found at www.MysteryVisits.com


  • "Little Blacksmiths"
    All day at author Nancy Zastrow's table on Howard Ave

    Children can hammer clay onto a small anvil to see how blacksmith's do it! Nancy Zastrow is the author of Lives Shaped by Steel: Celebrating East Coast Outdoor Metalartists


  • "From Cover to Cover"
    All Day at Sallie's table on Howard Ave

    "From Cover to Cover"
    Come put your own story and illustrations into small, simple, but wonderful handmade books with the help of Author/Illustrator and Book Designer Sallie Lowenstein. Learn how to make your own book, design a cover, get tips on getting story ideas, and find out how real illustrators and writers do it. For children and teens, but adults are welcome as well.


  • "Magic Safari" Book Workshop
    2:00-2:45 at Flinn Park

    Join Wild Washington authors Cathy Abramson and Nancy Arbuthnot to create your own animal safari book by cutting and folding a sheet of paper, and drawing and writing about a favorite animal. Ages 4-8, able to handle scissors!
    Cathy, a graphic artist, and Nancy, a professor at the Naval Academy, have taught book-making classes together for several years, at schools, libraries and summer camps.


  • Free Book Evaluations
    12-5 at Sparrows, 4115 Howard Avenue, on the West side of Connecticut Ave.

    Dale Sorenson of Waverly Book Auctions will be available to look at your books and evaluate them. Phone (301) 530-0175 for more information. (Shuttle bus available as well as onsite parking)


  • Flintknapping Demonstration
    3:30-4:00 at Flinn Park - Ages 12 and up

    "A Short Walk through 2 1/2 Million Years of Stone Tool Technology"
    Flinknapper Richard Martin will demonstrate the ancient art of flintknapping, making flaked stone tools.


  • Visual acuity screening tests
    1:00-4:00 at Prevention of Blindness Antique Shop

    Prevention of Blindness, 3716 Howard Ave., will perform visual acuity screening tests. Free.

  • Directions & Parking Information

    The Day of the Book Festival will take place along Howard Avenue, Antique Row in Old Town Kensington, one block east of Connecticut Ave (the same side as the Safeway). Howard Ave will be closed for one block, between Armory and Fawcett, and then the festival will continue another two blocks along the sidewalk and small park areas. The children's activities will take place at the bottom of the Row at Flinn Park. There will be maps and programs available at the festival.

    - Yahoo Maps -
    Directions to Howard Ave
    Kensington, MD 20895-3349

    Parking: Parking areas will be designated on the map below. Besides the available parking areas nearby, there will be a minibus shuttle to ferry visitors to the outlying parking areas. It is important that Festival vistiors not park in the Armory Parking lot on Mitchell Street. That lot must remain reserved for the Theater Performance scheduled for the same day. But there is plenty of parking!

    Parking is available at Kensington Park Library,4201 Knowles Ave (Kensington Md 20895). The shuttle bus will pick up from there, about every 15 minutes or so. Click for Detailed Parking Map

    ... More Information ...
    We are now planning for the 2006 Day of the Book celebration in Kensington. It will take place on Sunday, April 23rd, which is the International Day of the Book, from 12 noon to 5pm.

    Last year we had quite a few authors and musicians participate and we gave out over 300 roses. The celebration is a "street festival" with authors set up with their books along the Row, to show and sell, and musicians performing here and there. Howard Ave will be closed from Armory to Fawcett, with tables set up in the street, and the festivities will continue all the way down to Flinn Park, along the sidewalks and in front of the shops. It was alot of fun last year and we hope it will become an annual event here in Kensington.

    This year we would like to invite artists to participate also, with a special emphasis on book-arts. So, if you are an author, artist, or musician/performer, we would very much like to have you participate! Or, if you know anyone who would like to set up a table of books or art, or play the guitar or juggle, or whatever, please pass this on to them. We encourage participants of all ages!

    We are also planning other activities, such as art and poetry for children, and an open mike. If you have any suggestions or ideas please let us know.

    We would also very much like to invite any Kensington groups or organizations, businesses, churches, etc to participate in any way they would like. Maybe sponsor a speaker, or set up an event, anything related to books and reading, literature, illustration, bookmaking, etc. We will make a program that will tie all the activities together, something like a "walking tour" of the event, with all participants and activities listed.

    Please contact either Beth or Elisenda if you want more info, want to sign up, or have ideas! Or if you can help in any way, especially publicity.

    Benvolguts i benvolgudes...

    Ja tenim el Sant Jordi a tocar i com podeu veure, aquest any no falten activitats per a celebrar-lo com cal.

    Per començar, diumenge tenim una festa organitzada als carrers de Kensington digna de celebrar-se a la Rambla de Barcelona (ja us vam enviar informació fa uns dies). És sobretot una festa del llibre, amb artesans del sector a més d'escriptors, però també hi haurà molta música i altres activitats artísitques.

    Tampoc faltarà l'encant de les roses que recorden la llegenda de Sant Jordi i que vinculen l'esdeveniment als orígens catalans de la diada. Tenim cinc-centes roses per repartir a més de molts punts de llibre!

    Hi haurà, evidentment, una parada de l'associació amb informació sobre Catalunya i comptarem amb la presència de la Roser Caminals com a representant dels escriptors catalans.

    Què més? Hi ha tantes coses! A la biblioteca també hi haurà una exposició sobre Dalí. Aprofiteu per a visitar-la!

    També es faran lectures en veu alta des d'un micròfon públic, des del qual també aprofitarem per explicar l'origen de la celebració.

    És una festa familiar, o sigui que porteu els nens. Hi harà activitats per a ells.

    Penseu que és un gran esdeveniment. L'any passat hi havia onze participants i va ser un èxit. Aquest any n'hi ha més de cent. Fins i tot tenim l'alcaldessa de Kensington engrescada i, a banda de tallar els carrers, ha facilitat autobusos per accedir a la Howard Avenue des de les zones de pàrquing.

    De moment, us podeu anar ambientant llegint els articles que han publicat a la Gazette i també trobareu l'anunci de l'esdeveniment en diversos diaris, com ara el Washington Post.

    A les cinc s'acabarà la festa a Kensington, però encara podreu connectar-vos a Internet per escoltar Catalunya Ràdio i RAC1 que faran un seguiment de les activitats de Kensington (ja us confirmarem els programes i les hores d'emissió).

    Finalment, podreu anar a sopar i a dormir per recuperar forces, perquè dilluns continua la festa a la Universitat de Georgetown, amb més roses i activitats que segur que us interessaran.

    Tot seguit teniu els enllaços per consultar el programa i llegir els articles de diari.

    Bon Sant Jordi!

    Kensington Row Bookshop
    3786 Howard Ave, Kensington MD 20895


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    4233 Howard Ave suite E, Kensington 20895

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    Authors - Arts - Music
    Bookbinders & Conservators - Misc Tables
    Publishers - Bookshops/Sellers - Open Mic Readers


    • Allan Savage....(Kensington)....Chess Master
      Reconciling Chess: A Marcel Duchamp Sampler
      The Anti-Indian: Trompowski’s Attack
      Introduction to Chess: The Creative Game
    • Donald Illich....(Rockville)....Poetry
    • Mark Gorkin....(Kensington)...."The StressDoc"
      Practice Safe Stress
      The Four Faces of Anger
    • Linda Morelli....(Glen Echo)....Romance Author
      Lani's Challenge
      Shadow of Doubt
      Fiery Surrender
    • Teresa Winthuysen Alexander, ed....Autobiography, Spanish Language
      Memorias de un Senorito Sevillano
    • Debi Hammack...(Kensington)...Comic book author/artist
    • Jeffery King....(Silver Spring)....Nonfiction
      Rise and Fall of the Dillinger Gang
      The Life and Death of Pretty Boy Floyd
    • C. E. Laine....(Virginia)....Poetry
      Spken Word CD: conversations in a basement
      Postcards from a Summer Girl
      The Weight of Dust
    • Heidi Mordhorst....(Bethesda)....Children's poetry
      Poems from a Juicy Universe
    • Sallie Lowenstein....(Kensington)....Children's Book Author, Artist,and publisher
      Lion Stone Books
      Waiting for Eugene
      Sender Unknown
      Evan’s Voice
      The Mount Olympus Zoo
    • Sean Enright....(Kensington)
      Goof and Other Stories
    • John D.S.Muhlenberg....(Virginia)....Nonfiction
      Astronomical Cycles and Human Affairs
    • Hawk Stern....(Virginia)....Fiction
      A One Man Woman
    • Jim Litchko....(Kensington)....Self-Help
      KNOW Your Life
    • William J. Stockton, MD....Psychology
      Now It All Makes Sense
    • Nancy Zastrow....(Silver Spring)....Art Book
      Lives Shaped by Steel: Celebrating East Coast Outdoor Metalartists
    • Cathy D. Knepper, Ph.D.....(Kensington)....History
      Greenbelt, Maryland, a Living Legacy of the New Deal
      Dear Mrs. Roosevelt
    • Mary Shomon....(Kensington)....Health and Humor
      Author of 6 Health Books
      The Single Woman's Guide to the Available Men of Washington
      and co-author, with Jon Mathis of
      Scratching the Net: Websites for Cats
    • Dorothy Camer, PhD....Nonfiction
      CarFree Mobility: Reducing traffic - Improving mobility
    • Tran Van Dinh....(Washington DC)....Historical Novels
      Blue Dragon, White Tiger: A Tet Story
    • Nancy Arbuthnot & Cathy Abramson....Children's Book author & illustrator
      Wild Washington: Animal Sculptures A to Z
    • Jeffrey Coleman....(St. Mary's College)....Poetry
      Spirits Distilled: Poems
    • Piotr Gwiazda....(Univ of MD, Balt Co)....Poetry
      Gagarin Street: Poems
    • Louise Appell....(Bethesda)....Fiction
      Forgive me, Father
    • Bill Porter....(Rockville)....Reference
      The Coca Cola Bottle Collectors Club: Coke Bottle Checklist
    • Mary L. Tabor....(Washington DC)....Short Stories
      The Woman Who Never Cooked
    • Elisabeth P. Waugaman, PhD....(Potomac)....Children's Author
      Follow Your Dreams: The Story of Alberto Santos-Dumont
    • Frances Connell....(Silver Spring)
      Children Kept from the Sun: Excerpts from An Afghan Journal 1973-1976....photography and memoir
      The Rest is Silence....poetry
      Down Rivers of Windfall Night....novel
    • Moshe Briel....(Wheaton)
      Reader of the 2000's
    • Bonny Barry Sanders....(Annapolis)....Poetry
      www.valverdepress.com Touching Shadows
    • Malcolm Lawrence....(Chevy Chase)....Memoirs
      Something will Come Along: Witty Memoirs of a Foreign Service Officer with Nine Children
    • Les Whitten....(Silver Spring)....Poetry
      Washington Cycle
      Sad Madrigals: Translations of Baudelaire
      The Rebel: Translations of Baudelaire
    • Jacqueline Garrick....(Silver Spring)....Health
      You Can Too! The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection to Weight Loss
    • Ed Ashe....(Chevy Chase)....Children's Books
      Happy Horse Books
    • Con Lehane....(Kensington)....Mysteries
      Beware of the Solitary drinker
      What Goes Around Comes Around
    • Alice G. Miller....(Potomac)....Spiritual Gardening
      To Everything There is a Season
    • Paul Dickson....(Garrett Park)
      The Bonus Army: An American Epic
      War Slang
      The Hidden Language of Baseball
      ...and others
    • Theresa del Ninno....(Virginia)....Literary Fiction
      Banana Moon
      Pancake Hosts from Heaven
    • Bob Luke....(Garrett Park)....Baseball Biography
      The Dean of Umpires: A Biography of Bill McGowan 1896-1954
    • Mollie Dickenson....(Kensington)....Biography
      Thumbs Up: The Life & Courageous Comeback of White House Press Sec. Jim Brady
    • James R. Dickenson....(Kensington)....Nonfiction
      Home on the Range: A Century on the High Plains
      We Few
    • Richard Peabody....(Virginia)....Poetry and Fiction
      I'm in Love with the Morton Salt Girl
      Sad Fashions
      Sugar Mountain....and more
    • Matt Watier....Children's Book Author
      ANTS: Another Nice Tasty Sweet
    • Larry Checco....(Silver Spring)....Business
      Branding for Success: A Roadmap for Raising the Visibility and Value of Your Nonprofit Organization
    • Roser Caminals....(Frederick)....Catalan Novelist
    • Dina Nahmani....Children's Book in Hebrew
      Atzel Bouli Ba'nagaria- At Bouli's Woodshop
    • David Stuart Koitz....(Bethesda)....Novel
      The Provisional American Faction
    • Sonia Feigenbaum Karsenti....(Kensington)....Novel in Spanish
      Memorias del Olvido
    • Sean Brijbasi....(Silver Spring)....Fiction
      Still Life in Motion
    • C.C. Colee....Romance Novels
      RB: The Widow Maker
      RB: The Enchantress
      RB: The Game
      ...and others
    • Ann Berger, MD....(Gaithersburg)....Health
      Healing Pain
    • Joel M. Lerner....(Capitol View Park)....Landscape Design
      Anyone Can Landscape!
      The Complete Idiot¹s Guide to Landscaping Illustrated
    • Cooking for a Cure....(Walter Johnson High School area)....Cookbook
    • Javed Amir....(Beltsville)....Essays & Novel
      Writing Across Boundaries
      Modern Soap
    • A.J. Miele....(Kensington)....Short Stories, Essays, Poetry
      Literary Flowers
      In Vision of the Night
    • Randall Matke....(Kensington)....Romantic Novel
      I'll Never Find Another You








    Please let us know if you would like to read at the open microphone
    and we'll sign you up!
    Readers will be given up to 5 min each

    Jane Edwards....original poetry....12:40-12:45
    Cathy D. Knepper....from her books....12:45-12:50
    Mary L. Tabor....from her book of short stories .... 12:50-1:00
    Ron Ames....original poetry....1:05-1:10
    Sonia Feigenbaum Karsenti....from her novel in Spanish...1:10-1:15
    Teresa Winthuysen Alexander....from her book....1:15-1:20
    Dr. William Stockton....from his book....1:20-1:25
    Emily Robinson....original poetry....1:25-1:30
    Theresa del Ninno....from her books....1:30-1:35
    Frances Connell....from her book....1:35-1:40
    Jim Foy....original poetry....1:55-2:00
    Bettie Mikosinski....original poetry....2:00-2:05
    Kathi Wolfe....original poetry....2:10-2:15
    Mollie & Jim Dickenson....from their books....2:15-2:20
    Javed Amir....from his essay...2:20-2:25
    Susan Coti....storyteller....2:30-2:40
    Sallie's Group of Kids....readings....3:00-3:15
    Don Illich....original poetry....3:30-3:35
    Stefanie Coburn....poetry....4:00-4:05
    Michelle Minter....original poetry....4:05-4:10
    Moshe Briel....from his book....4:10-4:15