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Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!
October 9, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Festival features tours of Kerouac’s Lowell places – including many sites describes in his Lowell-based novels-panel discussions, reading, jazz and folk music, films, open mike events, as high poetry competition, book signings, and more. Kerouac fans and scholars from across the United States and around the world travel to Lowell for the festival. This year, we will be observing and celebrating the 60th anniversary of On the Road.
Schedule of events for Monday:
10:00 a.m. Kerouac’s Nashua Connection Van Tour.
A tour of the Kerouac sites of Nashua, New Hampshire led by Steve Edington, author of Kerouac’s Nashua Connection. Stops are at the homes of Jack’s aunts, uncles, and cousins as cited in Visions of Gerard, Doctor Sax, Vanity of Duluoz, and The Town and the City. Final stop is at the gravesite of Jack’s parents, Leo and Gabrielle; his brother, Girard; and his daughter, Jan Michelle. Will connect with the Loop Walk in progress—see item below—after returning to Lowell for those who would like to join it.
Leave from the Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center. 246 Market Street.
Reservations at 978-970-5000. Donations gratefully accepted.
10:00 a.m. Loop Tour from the Kerouac Commemorative.
Walk goes from the Commemorative on Bridge Street to the St. Louis Church in Centerville, past Kerouac homes and landmarks in Centralville and Pawtucketville, finishing at The Old Worthen Tavern.
Last Call at the Worthen Following the Loop Tour.
For those who are still around, we close out the Festival with one last call at The Old Worthen!