First Gilbert Byron Poetry Contest Winners Announced
The winners of the first Gilbert Byron Poetry Contest recently gathered at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton for an awards presentation. The winners were selected from more than 90 entries from Talbot County 6th, 7th and 8th grade middle school students.
In addition to their cash awards and honorable mentions, each winner was presented a certificate and a small cluster of the Lord’s oyster shells in honor of Byron’s nationally-acclaimed novel, “The Lord’s Oysters,” which preserves life on Maryland’s Easter Shore during the early years of the Twentieth Century. Jack Baker of the Gilbert Byron Society, which sponsored the Poetry Contest, stated, “May these ‘Lord’s Oysters’ capture those special times and places that remain in our thoughts and memories of the great Chesapeake and Delaware Bays.”
Events at the Gilbert Byron House at Pickering Creek
Gilbert Byron Day Is Moving! This July 12, 2017 will mark Gilbert Byron’s 114th birthday – a date he shares with Henry David Thoreau, New England’s “…essayist, poet, and practical philosopher.” For the past nine years, Byron’s birthday has been observed during “Gilbert Byron Day” at The Pickering Creek Audubon Center on the Sunday closest to July 12.
From this year on, however, Gilbert Byron Day is to be celebrated as part of Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s annual Harvest Hoedown, to be held this year on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm. Byron’s self-built home will be open to visitors where the Delmarva regional author’s related books and memorabilia will be on display throughout the day.
For more information about these events, please visit the Pickering Creek Audubon Center Website. You may call the center at 410-822-4903.