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Bloomsday Celebration Coming to North Salem

CROTON FALLS, N.Y. – On June 16, North Salem’s esteemed Schoolhouse Theater will present the first in its projected annual celebration of Bloomsday.

Bloomsday celebrations occur worldwide on this day in commemoration of James Joyce’s novel, “Ulysses,” which takes place on a single day (June 16, 1904) in Dublin, Ireland. The title Bloomsday derives from the name of the main character, Leopold Bloom.

Since its 1922 publication in book form, the nearly 1,000-page volume has endured critical scrutiny, controversy, allegations of obscenity and acclaim for its originality and depth. It continues to be regarded among the best English-language novels of the 20th century.

The event includes readings from the novel and re-enactment of scenes, with a cast including Broadway veterans Annie McGreevey and Roger Grunwald. Traditional Irish music will provide the background and Irish food and drink will be offered afterwards.

Tickets for the event are $10 per person. Reservations are required. If you feel particularly Edwardian, you are invited to dress in early 20th century mode. For more information, call the Schoolhouse at (914) 277-8477. The theater is at 3 Owens Road, Croton Falls.

This story has been revised to reflect the following: Irish Barrister Brendan Kilty will not be in attendance to host the Bloomsday festivities.

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