Preserving and promoting the legacy of the great American poet, Theodore Roethke.
Youth Greenhouse Recreation
New York City artist Mary McDonnell (seen in the hat) spent a week at the Roethke Home Museum helping nearly 40 youths create a greenhouse collage on the garage. McDonnell is a native of Saginaw and grew up on Alice, near the Roethke home. After briefly attending Delta College in 1977, she went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from Western Michigan University and Syracuse University in New York. As a working artist she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, and among her fellowships was one as an artist in residence at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Last year she donated a one-day workshop for youths at the Roethke Home Museum. This year she expanded it to a week, conducting two sessions each day. The youths created works of art based on the flowers growing on the museum grounds and then they were all "hung" on one side of the garage in the form of a greenhouse.
It took a village to read all of Roethke's poems
It took 25 people....but they got it done... ... the reading all of Theodore Roethke's 210 published poems in a "Rouse for Roethke" marathon at the Pulitzer Prize winner's boyhood home on Saturday, Aug. 27. To be honest, not every single person who showed up at 1805 Gratiot read, but they were there for the moral support of those who did. Things commenced at 10am on the front porch and moved inside around the dining room table when rain ensued. The final poem was read at 4:40pm -- in unison. There was much laughter during the day – over Roethke's irreverence or silliness AND his use of words we had never heard of, knew what they meant or how to pronounce. But there was also a renewed realization of the beauty of his writing, with its reader often inserting the commentary "oh that was beautiful." Among the visitors throughout the day were people from Tawas City, California and Illinois. A mother and her young son. The executive director of the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission. Four friends who had been headed to the outdoors Celtic festival and took refuge with us until the heavy rains cleared up. And even a distant Roethke kin. -- Photo by Janet I. Martineau
Roethke's 104th Birthday Celebration
104th Birthday Celebration - 2012 Photo by Janet Martineau