Bloomsday in Sea Cliff: A Celebration of Community & Literary Brilliance!
Sea Cliff residents & neighbors work hard to celebrate the arts. Sea Cliff’s “Bloomsday” celebration is an example of the value placed on the arts in this charming North Shore community. An outdoor celebration of life as depicted in literature, the “2019 James Joyce Jaunt” is a dynamic example of what makes Sea Cliff such a special community.
North Shore resident & Simply North Shore contributor Joe Stroppel was in Sea Cliff to capture the magic of this community performance and shared his photographs for you to enjoy!
Ulysses is the Latin form of the name Odysseus. Thus, from the title of this landmark novel, we are immediately aware that the story is inspired by Homer’s epic Greek poem The Odyssey. To commemorate the famous date from the novel, The Sea Cliff Civic Association hosts the “James Joyce Jaunt”, while local residents Dan DiPietro & Fred Stroppel chose 15 scenes from the novel to be performed by the 12-member cast.
Sea Cliff has a storied history as a community that celebrates the arts. Many local residents are artists, musicians, photographers, & writers. In addition to the James Joyce Jaunt, The Sea Cliff Civic Association sponsors the annual reenactment of the classic Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol. This event, similar in spirit to the Joyce Jaunt and featuring many of the same participants, is yet another example of the value placed on the arts by Sea Cliff’s residents. To read more about this festive holiday performance, read my Simply North Shore article “The Sea Cliff Scrooge Stroll: A ‘Moving’ Reenactment of A Christmas Carol.” In addition, local organizations such as the North Shore Arts Angels support arts education in the community & celebrate the work of young artists. The consistent theme here is that Sea Cliff & North Shore residents volunteer countless hours and invest their hard-earned money to make sure that all residents are exposed to incredible art! It’s inspiring to live in Sea Cliff!
Sea Cliff is characterized by landmarked Victorian homes which are the perfect backdrop for an event like this. To learn more about the Victorian architecture in Sea Cliff, read my Simply North Shore article “Victorian Architecture 101: Visit Sea Cliff!” Many of the homes which were key parts of the James Joyce Jaunt are landmarked homes both locally and nationally. Volunteers on The Sea Cliff Landmarks Preservation Commission work tirelessly to faithfully preserve the characteristics of these beloved Victorian homes.
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