Parkerfest 2012

The Dorothy Parker Society of NYC presents their annual
Parkerfest 2012
The 14th annual festival commemorating the life of American writer, satirist & poet Dorothy Parker, scheduled to coincide with her birthday, August 22.

Kicking of on the 119th anniversary of her birth, The Dorothy Parker Society will host 4 days of literary events in honor of the writer that spend a significant portion of her career in New York City.

Wednesday, August 22
Dorothy Parker Birthday Party
Featuring Dorothy Parker American Gin.
A tour of the distillery and demonstration of the distilling process will be held for earlybirds.
Poetry reading from Mrs. Parker’s greatest hits, along with others by local poets.
No cover, must be over 21.

The Shanty/NY Distilling Co.

79 Richardson St. (between Leonard & Lorimer)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 878-3579

Thursday, August 23
“That Dorothy Parker”
A one woman biographical drama about the life and work of Mrs. Parker, performed by Carol Lempert

Following the play will be a cocktail reception and audience talk-back
Tickets: $22 at the door or purchase on-line
The Arclight Theatre
152 W. 71st St. (between Broadway & Columbus Ave.)
New York, NY

Saturday, August 25
Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side Walking Tour
Walking tour led by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of “A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York” and president of the Dorothy Parker Society
See more than a dozen locations tied to Mrs. Parker’s life: her residences from childhood to adulthood, her haunts, school and landmarks. Take a stroll through the beautiful Upper West Side and see where Dorothy Parker spent her formative years. The walk is two hours in length, and covers approximately 25 blocks. Wear comfortable shoes.
$20 per person
Walk is held rain or shine.
meet at 12 noon
Riverside Drive & West 72nd St.
Upper West side
New York, NY


Saturday, August 25
Wit’s End Summer Scandals
featuring the Moonlighters
Wrap up Parkerfest at the place where Parkerfest made its debut in 1999: Flute Midtown, a former speakeasy with the ambiance and atmosphere of 1922.  Wit’s End holds its monthly party with the Dorothy Parker Society.
Live traditional American music of the early part of the 20th century from the Moonlighters, playing tunes from the bootlegging era.
The theme is vintage lingerie and flapper summer outfits, swimsuits, and summer evening wear.
Doors open at 8pm
Free dance lesson begins at 8:30.
Table reservations are available and encouraged: 212.265.5169.
Advance tickets are available via TicketWeb. Must be over 21 to attend. Vintage or vintage-inspired clothing is de rigueur, no exceptions.
$12 admission at the door
Flute Midtown
205 W. 54th St. (between Broadway & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 265-5169

For more information about Parkerfest, visit the Dorothy Park Society’s website:

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