I apologize. I really intended to make entries more regularly, but I've been busy.
I'm making plans for two Chaucer celebrations here in town this month. If you are in the Los Angeles area, there is an annual event called the Village Venture here in Claremont--about 30 miles from LA. I'll be part of it at the city library--handing out slices of homemade poundcake and giving away prizes.
I'll also have a supply of my Chaucer books and T-shirts. The shirts are exclusive--designed them myself.
The whole downtown area will be filled with booths--food, crafts, music, Hallowe'en parade for kids and lots of other stuff. It's a big deal. That's all day Saturday, October 22, 2011.
You'll find me set up at Second and Harvard at the back door of the library from 11 am until 3 pm. Come. It'll be fun.
The second celebration comes one week later--Saturday, October 29, 2011. We start with a Mass to pray for Chaucer as he requested. That's at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Bonita and Berkeley at 5:30 pm. After the Mass--which incorporates medieval music and Gregorian Chant--there is a reception in the hall next door. We serve medieval libations and foods reminiscent of the Middle Ages, including mushroom-cheese pasties from a 14th-century recipe.
Plan to be part of the celebration. See you there. You'll be glad you came.