Friday, January 7, 5:30 p.m.: Weekend activities kick off with a buffet dinner & cash bar in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Buffet includes baked stuffed breast of chicken with gravy, cranberry sauce, oven-roasted potatoes, garden vegetables, tossed salad, rolls, pastry, coffee & punch. Tickets $18. Call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100.
Friday, January 7, 7:15 p.m. Free public lecture: Is Moby-Dick Still the Great American Novel? With Dr. Elizabeth A. Schultz, professor emerita, University of Kansas and Melville Society Scholar
Saturday, January 8, 10:00 a.m.: Stump the Scholars Quiz Game, in the Cook Memorial Theater. As an entertaining prelude the Marathon, a new program titled Stump the Scholars, will allow the audience to quiz Melville Society members on all matters Moby-Dick in the Cook Memorial Theater. The free public program is patterned after National Public Radio’s popular show, “Wait, wait, don’t tell me.” No questions will be deemed too tough and prizes will be awarded.
Saturday, January 8, 11:30 a.m.: Exhibit Opening: Visualizing Melville. The words of Herman Melville conjure up a wealth of images and the Museum’s collections are full of materials that perfectly resonate with his vivid text. Come see “Quakers with a vengeance” juxtaposed with “a heathenish array of monstrous clubs and spears.” Also, a relic from Melville’s ship, Acushnet, will be exhibited in honor of the Marathon’s fifteenth anniversary.
Saturday, January 8, 12:00 Noon: MOBY-DICK MARATHON begins in the Lagoda Room
1:30 p.m. approx.: The Seamen’s Bethel. Chapters 7, 8 and 9 are read (and sung) in the “Whaleman’s Chapel.” With Rev. Dr. Edward R. Dufresne, as Father Mapple, Joanna Weeks, vocalist.
2:45 p.m. approx.: Marathon continues in the Jacobs Family Gallery of the Whaling Museum, running through the night, non-stop, to the Epilogue. It takes approximately 25 hours to read Moby-Dick aloud; 212, 758 words in 135 chapters. Those hearty souls who stay for the entire reading receive a prize.
Ongoing activities throughout the weekend
– Images of Moby-Dick, presented by the Museum’s Apprentices, Cook Memorial Theater
– LIVE Streaming @ www.whalingmuseum.org
– All gifts Moby-Dick at the Whaling Museum Store
– Moby-Dick Lunch Special at the Celtic Coffee House on Saturday & Sunday