J.J. Strang Writer's Society
Issue No. 12
From your friendly editor Bill Olson wolsonitol.com
This March issue is going out a little early so that you may make plans to attend our first official Strang Gang Get Together. Well, It has finally all come together! I'm referring, of course, to the Spring Conference on Beaver Island. The dates are May 21-23 and details will be found below. The Emerald Isle will be our center of operations, specifically their Conference Room. When I made my room reservations there was still a choice of rooms. If you don't plan on bringing your car they will pick you up at the ferry. If you do plan on bringing your car remember to make reservations for the car on the ferry. There was an inquiry as to whether non-members were welcome. They certainly are. I plan to bring my wife. If you have questions contact either Bill Cashman at wcashmanbeaverisland.net or me. I am sure we all are looking forward to meeting each other in person so please try to attend. A few of our members have said that they had commitments which could not be broken but no matter when we scheduled there seemed to be conflicts.
Arrive on Beaver I. 4:30 PM
Supper 6:00PM-7:00 PM
Evening Opening Session 7:00PM-10:00PM
Reading of work or work in progress
Morning Session #1 8:00AM-9:30AM
Discussion of Strang's intellectual life and "towards a psychological understanding of Strang" (speculation about his style of thinking and its causes)
Morning Session #2 10:00AM-11:30AM
Strang: Fact vs. Fiction
and "the value of fiction in a poverty of in-depth fact"?
Noon Lunch 11:30AM-12:30PM
Boat Tour of Islands 12:30PM-3:30PM
If it's wet or blustery, no trip. Two stops: Garden Island Harbor, with a walk to the Indian graveyard, and at High Island, with a walk around the former House of David settlement. Gull Island would add an hour.
Perhaps we can bring lunch on board and eat at sea--if it's not rough (We could then start the boat trip at 11:30).
Island Tour of Strang Sites 3:30PM-5:00PM
Work on Mission Statement 6:30PM-8:30PM
and plan for possible Sesquicentennial of Strang being shot (6/16/06).
Some brief remarks by Bill Cashman on the BIHS's changing attitude towards Strang and a picture of one possible future in which a Center of Strang Studies sits in St. James.
Play reading 8:30PM-10:00PM
Catch ferry 8:30AM