Dorothy Parker Day is back! As previously announced, the second Parker Day at the birthplace of the author-poet-wit is Sunday, Oct. 14, in Long Branch, New Jersey. I just got the map of the dog walk, which will pass by Parker’s Birthplace.
Dorothy Parker adored her dogs. To the annoyance of many she was rarely seen without them, so as part of their one day celebration, The Dorothy Parker Day Committee is sponsoring a Dog Walk. The committee is made up of members of the Long Branch Historical Association, the Long Branch Council of the Arts, the Long Branch Free Public Library, the West End Merchants, and the Dorothy Parker Society. It is inviting all dog lovers to walk their pets in a parade past the literary landmark where Mrs. Parker was born on Ocean Ave.
Owners are encouraged to dress their dogs up as famous literary characters. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and the first 50 dogs will be given Doggie Gift Bags with dog scarves, treats and other goodies.
Deacon Eugene Somma of St. Michaels RC Church will offer a Blessing of the Pets. Walk begins in St. Michael’s western-most parking lot on North Lake Drive, will pass Mrs. Parker’s birthplace on Ocean Avenue, and then head back around scenic Takanassee Lake. There will be a shorter route for short legged dogs. The walk is free, open to the public and in the true spirit of Mrs. Parker is just for fun…
Other events on Sunday are a book talk and readings at the public library, a luncheon and events in West End, and cocktail party. Dorothy Parker’s birthplace was the first literary landmark for an author’s birthplace in the state, as designated by Friends of Libraries USA.