Falmouth Museums on the Green, in partnership with Deb and Liam Maguire, will host the Katharine Lee Bates Community Poetry Fest and Birthday Celebration Monday, August 12, at the Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street.

The event, which is free and open to all ages, will celebrate local poets and the 160th birthday of Katharine Lee Bates, author of “America the Beautiful.” 
The festivities will begin at 4 PM in the library’s Hermann Foundation Room. Winners of the all-ages poetry contest held earlier this year will read their original works, and guests from the community will share their favorite poems with audience members.

After the readings the celebration will move outside to the Katharine Lee Bates statue on the library lawn. Leonard Miele, author of “Voice of the Tide: The Cape Cod Heritage of Katharine Lee Bates,” will deliver the opening remarks. Annie Hart Cool, dressed in period costume, will make an appearance as the celebrated poet. Delegates from the Massachusetts Legislature and Falmouth Board of Selectmen will present citations honoring Katharine Lee Bates.

After the brief ceremony Stephanie Miele and Jean Taft will help lead a group sing-along of “Happy Birthday” and “America the Beautiful,” the hymn based on the poem Ms. Bates published in 1895. A birthday cake provided by the Maguires will be made available.

In the event of inclement weather the celebration will be held in the library’s Hermann Foundation Room.

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