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Coffee Break with Liz and Kate » Headline, » read here’s be honest, here. It’ll be another week or so before we have a large line-up of holidays that make me feel like dancing. Meanwhile, here are a few good ones to celebrate mid-June.

June 16 ushers in Bloomsday. At first glance, you’re probably thinking this one has something to do with flowers and summertime and all things nature. Nope. This day is named in honor of a character (from a novel) whose last name was Leopold Bloom. (You may have heard of the book: Ulysses, by James Joyce.) Here’s a brief summary:

The novel recounts the hour-by-hour events of one day in Dublin—June 16, 1904—as an ordinary Dubliner, Leopold Bloom, wends his way through the urban landscape, the odyssey of a modern-day Ulysses.

Streets, shops, pubs, churches, bridges—something of Dublin pops up on nearly every page. The city is always in our peripheral vision no matter how notoriously impenetrable Joyce’s prose becomes.

I guess you can imagine how this one is celebrated. People from all over the world re-enact Bloomsday as it played out in the book. Kind of a What Would Bloom Do? Day, if you will. Here’s more from

Bloomsday—June 16th—is an annual celebration among Joyce fans throughout the world, from Fort Lauderdale to Melbourne. It is celebrated in at least sixty countries worldwide, but nowhere so imaginatively, of course, as in Dublin. There the events of Leopold Bloom’s day are reenacted by anyone who cares to participate, and his itinerary is followed all across Dublin.

At lunchtime it’s traditional to stop off for a glass of burgundy and a Gorgonzola sandwich at Davy Byrne’s Pub on Duke Street, just as Bloom did. In the afternoon the Ormond Hotel is the spot for an afternoon pint, where Bloom was tempted by the barmaids in the Sirens chapter.

The years since 1904 have made an exact replication of Bloom’s route impossible—Bloom’s home at 7 Eccles Street no longer exists and the red-light district (“Nighttown”), in which the hallucinatory Circe chapter takes place, has been leveled; only the street pattern remains.

Bloomsday celebrations also feature readings of Ulysses, James Joyce lookalike contests, various other semi-literary activities, and a good excuse for hoisting a few Guinnesses. In the eyes of many, it’s easier and a lot more fun than trying to work your way through Ulysses.

June 18 is International Panic Day, which if memory serves, is also celebrated in March. The most troubling aspect of this one is that it’s an internationally accepted day to panic. So let’s hope for the best. The 18th is also National Splurge Day. So my theory is, if you splurge properly on this day – you know – you go all out, eating everything in sight or spending money you don’t have – there will be plenty of reasons to panic.

We’ll wrap things up with National Hollerin’ Contest Day, which falls on June 19. In its 42nd year, the contest takes place in the sleepy little town of Spivey’s Corner, NC., population of about 50. Yep, 50. (Some population counts show as many as 200-400, but I believe they are also including the people of Harrells, NC. ). Anywho, on this date, thousands ‘cram the corner’, if you will for a jam packed day that includes hollerin’, tractor-pulling, corn-holing, music-playing, food-eating fun.

Hollerin’ contests include:

Conch Shell Blowin’ (open to all ages)
Junior Hollerin’
Teen Hollerin’
Ladies’ Callin’
National Hollerin’ Contest

So if you’re in the area, be sure to, uh… holler!

Until next week, get your party on!

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