March 8, 2009 Declared John Updike Day in Ipswich, Massachusetts

I’ve said it before, Ipswich, our hometown of 11 years, is a neat place to live and raise a family.  Scroll down a few posts to read about the Ipswich Arts for the Arts event.


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Read on for the announcement to honor one of Ipswich’s own ~ John Updike…


In a unanimous vote taken at their February 23 meeting, the Ipswich Board of Selectmen voted to make Sunday, March 8, 2009 John Updike Day in Ipswich, Massachusetts in recognition of the former Ipswich resident’s extraordinary literary life and many contributions to the town. The proclamation issued by the Board of Selectmen, which is chaired by Ingrid Miles, reads:

Whereas John Updike was a long-time, beloved resident of Ipswich, and

Whereas John Updike’s devotion to our community was well known to his family, friends, and neighbors, and

Whereas John Updike’s literary greatness as a novelist, short story writer, poet, and critic was known throughout the world and served as a source of pride for the Town of Ipswich, and

Whereas John Updike’s life and work brought honor to our community, and

Whereas John Updike’s pageant, Three Texts from Early Ipswich, will be presented on Sunday, March 8, 2009 during Ipswich’s 375th anniversary year,

We, therefore, the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Ipswich, proclaim Sunday, March 8, 2009 John Updike Day in the Town of Ipswich, Massachusetts.


The events of Sunday March 8 include the third reading of Updike’s 1968 pageant Three Texts from Early Ipswich, read by costumed Ipswich residents and students and directed by Ipswich High School drama director Debra Dion-Faust; the distribution of a new preface to Updike’s pageant about Ipswich’s Native American heritage by historian John Goff; a sing-along of patriotic songs led by the 100-plus-member Chorus North Shore; and a reception. 

A commemorative edition of the Pageant and Preface will be available for purchasing. Members of John Updike’s family are expected to attend.

Tickets to the March 8 event are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before show time, or online through the Essex National Heritage Commission. 375th buttons allowing entrance to multiple 375th events will also be available for purchasing.


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