Fall 2020 LCK/Parker Lecture

Fall 2020 LCK/ Parker Lecture: Charles Shuttleworth, “Kerouac: The Buddhist Years

Charles Shuttleworth’s LCK/Parker Lecture will be presented as a pre-produced video program which will be available to view on this page any time between Thursday 10/8 and Monday 10/12. 

Video available at https://vimeo.com/466018744.

LCK/Parker Lecture Interactive Virtual Question and Answer Session with Charles Shuttleworth

Please RSVP to participate in the LCK/Parker Lecture Q & A with Charles Shuttleworth here: http://bit.ly/LCK_Parker_LectureQA. This will take you to a Google form requiring folks interested in attending the Q & A to provide their name and email address. Registration must take place no later than one hour prior to the event. We’ll then email out the Zoom link and password to participants, and the co-hosts checking the list to admit them at the time of the session.

The Q & A will take place at 2:00 PM Eastern time on Saturday, October 10, and the Zoom door will open at 1:45 PM.

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.

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Fall Festival 2019

The schedule for the October Festival Events has been finalized, save for a few tweaks here and there, and this LCK! Fall Festival should prove to be one of the best ever!

Rooms in the UML Inn & Conference Center Downtown are already full for that weekend but the LCK Committee has secured a group rate at the Courtyard Marriott Boston Lowell/Chelmsford which is not far from all of the action (and within a short walk of Edson Cemetery!). The information on the special rate reservations are as follows:

Start Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

End Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Last Day to Book: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Courtyard Boston Lowell/Chelmsford for 139 USD – 159 USD per night

Marriott Reservations is 1(800)321-2211 OR
LCK! guests can use the reservation link below to book rooms: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1553182969548&key=GRP&app=resvlink

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival
October 10-14, 2019

Observing the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of Jack Kerouac in October of 1969
And His Continuing Literary and Cultural Legacy

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac 2019: A Preview

Greetings Friends of LCK!

Mark the dates now, if you haven’t already, for to 2019 annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival for October 10-14.

This year will be observing the 50th anniversary of Jack’s passing in October of 1969, and our Parker Lecturer, Nancy Fox, will offer her perspective on Kerouac’s literary and cultural legacy a half-century after he left us. And, at this year’s Commemorative at the Commemorative, the jazz group, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, will lead a jazz memorial parade through Kerouac Park in memory of Jack!

We will also be offering special remembrances of two very significant person’s in Jack’s life who passed away since our last gathering: Billy Koumentzalis and Al (“Big Ed Dunkel”) Hinkle.

The timeless David Amram and his trio will perform at Zorba’s on Friday night; and—back by popular demand!—Vance Gilbert with bring his musical and poetic magic to Zorba’s on Saturday night.

And, of course, they’ll be tours, open mics, a poetry workshop, art exhibits, special presentations by both Cathy (Silva) Cassady and Brian Hassett, and the annual Amram Jam on Sunday afternoon.

And stay tuned—there’s more to come!

Lodging Information: The U-Mass. Lowell Inn and Conference Center is pretty well booked already for an event they are hosting that weekend. We have made arrangements with Lowell’s Courtyard Marriott for lodging for LCK attendees this year. It’s off Exit 3 on the Lowell Connector, about a 10 minute drive to downtown Lowell. Free parking in Lowell at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center parking lot.

Room rates are $139.00 for a single and $159.00 for a double—plus taxes.

You can reserve by calling 800-321-2211 or 978-458-7575 and say you’re reserving through Lowell Celebrates Kerouac.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 100th Birthday

The Beat Museum in San Francisco is hosting a celebration for the 100th birthday of Lawrence Ferlinghetti throughout March 2019. For more information, see the Feb 25 email from The Beat Museum.

Also: we’re hosting a birthday party for Jack Kerouac here in Lowell on March 9, but The Beat Museum is hosting a a birthday bash in San Francisco on March 12.

Haunted Life Discussion Series

Students and Lowell community members are invited to read The Haunted Life book and participate in discussion with UML English faculty on the evenings of 13 February and 27 February 2019. Participants will also be invited to attend a dress rehearsal of the production at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre.

More information about The Haunted Life:

Notes from the 2018 Lowell Celebrates Kerouac festival

Hello all, here’s an update on LCK festival events over this past weekend. If you have any stories or pictures or videos you’d like to share from your time at the festival, please get in touch with us at info@lowellcelebrateskerouac.org.

Record numbers came out to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the Jack Kerouac Commemorative in Kerouac Park on Bridge Street.. Speakers included Brian Foye, Richard Scott, city officials and others.

Record numbers also participated in the new downtown walking tour by Kurt Phaneuf, judge at Lowell High School Poetry Contest and of “Talking Jack” fame.

New venues that participated in the festival included Western Avenue Studios, Gormley’s Cafe, and Gallery Z.

Congratulations to the winners of Annual Lowell High School Poetry Contest:

  • 1st place: Nicholas Cardoso
  • 2nd place: Mablean Ntoro
  • Tie for 3rd place: Jessica Barra and Emily Rios