Yountville Out Loud returns on Thursday, Sept 28 at 5:30 p.m. to the Yountville Community Center plaza now festooned with artist Vincent Thomas Connors’s colorful shade structure. This event marks the fifth year of Out Loud.
Participants are encouraged to read, act or sing a passage from a poem, novel or piece they have written. Or, the town’s residents can just come out for a good time to watch others at the mic. Light bites and beverages will be provided.
Highlights from past years include founder Nancy Gates singing the “La Marseillaise”, husband Bob reciting haiku book reviews, Chef Bob Hurley reading a recipe and man-about-town Dan Goodman providing comic relief. Napa County’s recent poet laureate Beclee Wilson offered her poem, “Alone, My Muse and I” a year ago with Yountvillian Marianne Lyon reading the “muse”
portions. Myrna David has read poems by Dorothy Parker. At the spring event before being named Napa County’s new poet laureate, Jeremy Benson read the work of Wendell Berry.
That same evening Vice Mayor Marita Dorenbecher sang Irish ballad “Tura Lura Lural”, and Marianne Lyon sang the spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”.
Something new is planned for Sept 28 in addition the usual inspired readings. The Rancho Radio Players will perform a five-minute vintage radio mystery, “Death Calls at Dinner”, complete with sound effects and an old-time radio ad.