2020 LCK Festival update

Greetings Friends of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac:

As most of you know by now, we on the LCK Committee, for what we assume are obvious reasons, will not be hosting an on-site Kerouac Festival in Lowell this year.

We are working to present a series of Kerouac themed events, however. Right now, we are in in the process of doing a major overhaul of our website through which we will be offering them. One such event will be our annual Parker Lecture by Charles Shuttleworth, “Kerouac: The Buddhist Years,” to be followed by a Zoom hosted response time thanks to the Harker School of San Jose, California where Mr. Shuttleworth is on faculty.

Several other events are in the works and we’re still working on dates and times. Bear with us and we’ll keep you posted as we put things in place and offer you the access information you will need.

In the Spirit of Jack Kerouac,
The Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee

The happiness consists in realizing that it is all a great strange dream.

Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler (1960)

No on-site events at 2020 LCK Festival

After careful consideration and deliberation, the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee, at our June 18, 2020 meeting, voted to cancel our annual Festival this fall as scheduled for October 8-12.

By “cancel” we mean that no on-site events will be held in the way they have been traditionally done. We are exploring ways of offering virtual events by means of our LCK website that is currently undergoing a major upgrade. We will keep our LCK friends and followers apprised of this as our planning goes forward.

As the October dates get closer there is a possibility that we might be able to offer, on a limited basis, some small-scale events: Walking tours, small group gatherings, art exhibits, etc. This will only be done, however, should safety concerns permit. Here again, we will keep our friends and followers apprised.

We regret that we will not be seeing so many of our faithful attendees, as well as newcomers, this fall. But we do not want to subject anyone to undue risks from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Let’s hope for, and aim for, being back in Lowell in 2121!

All best wishes from the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee.

Update on 2020 LCK Festival

Greetings to our LCK Friends near and far:

Like countless institutions, organizations, groups, and individuals, we who make up the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee find ourselves dealing with a wide array of unknowns, uncertainties, and “what ifs” brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic crisis. We do so in a State (Massachusetts) that currently ranks third, behind New York and New Jersey, in recorded cases of COVID-19.

Our scheduled dates for the Annual 2020 Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival are October 8-12. Our plans are going forward for the usual series of events we offer each year: Music, Poetry, Open Mics, Tours, Thematic Presentations, The Parker Lecture, and more—all along with the great fun and human interaction that goes with these gatherings.

Even as we make our plans, we are keenly aware of our need to keep close watch on how this pandemic continues to play out. Over the next couple of months—between now and mid-June—we are hoping to gain enough sufficient and reliable information to allow us to make a determination as to whether our Festival can be safely held. Some of that will depend upon what kind of access will be permitted to the various locales where our events take place.

Meantime we ask you to keep faith with us as we keep faith with you. We have every hope and desire to once again open up our wonderful City of Lowell to celebrate the life and legacy of Jack Kerouac. We will keep you as informed and up-to-date as possible in the weeks ahead, knowing it is our intention to welcome you to Lowell in early October.

The Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee.

Service of Remembrance for Jack Kerouac on October 21

Jack Kerouac passed away on October 21, 1969 in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age of 47.

His body was brought to his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts where his wake was held at the Archambault Funeral Home. His Funeral Mass was held at the St. Jean Baptiste Church with Father Armand “Spike” Morrissette officiating. He is buried in Lowell’s Edson Cemetery.

To observe the 50th Anniversary of his passing, a Service of Remembrance will be held at the Archambault Funeral Home at 309 Pawtucket St. at 6:00 p.m.

The Archambault Funeral Home is preparing a special exhibit for the occasion that highlights and honors the life of Jack Kerouac.

Leading the service will be Rev. Steve Edington, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and a 25 year member of the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee. Speaking will be Jim Sampas, the Literary Executor of the Estate of Jack Kerouac.

The service will be followed by a Memorial Walk down Merrimack Street, past the former St. Jean Baptiste Church, to The Old Worthen Tavern for a celebration of the life and legacy of Jack Kerouac. For further information contact Steve Edington at 603-883-3141 or 603-930-8781; or e-mail him at revsde@hotmail.com.