Saturday is Dorothy Parker’s birthday, and for the 11th straight year, we are going to the Algonquin Hotel to mark the occasion. If you want to take part, we have a whole day planned of activities:
12-2 Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour. Meet in the lobby at 11:45 and take a two-hour walk around the neighborhood, seeing the places that are associated with the Vicious Circle. Former speakeasies, old theaters, saloons, and offices from The New Yorker, the Times, and Vanity Fair. We wrap up at the hotel around 2. Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York and co-editor of the new book, The Lost Algonquin Round Table, leads the walk. Cost is $20 and info is all here.
2-4:30 Algonquin Lobby: Birthday cake and drinks to honor Dorothy Parker. Also get copies of Fitzpatrick’s new book, The Lost Algonquin Round Table. Cash bar. We may sing the Dorothy Parker Birthday Song.
4:30 Depart for 310 W. 80th street via subway or cabs
5:00: Dedication of bronze plaque at 310 West 80th Street, at Dorothy Parker’s teenage home. Join us as we erect the first plaque on any of Mrs. Parker’s many former residences in Manhattan. Bring your own liquid refreshment to celebrate; we will adjourn to nearby Riverside Park to commiserate and talk Parker, and read some of her work. Free and open to the public.
If you have any questions, just email Kevin Fitzpatrick, Kevin (AT) dorothyparker (DOT) Com or follow him on Twitter, k72ndst