Salut la France! (Je crois que nous avons quel q’un en amitie qui lit notre site du pays Tricolour. On vous dit bonjour et bienvenue… Et on s’exclame: “ON LACHE RIEN!” La France aussi a besoin de GKC!)
Dear champions of Common Sense,
The December meeting of the Albany Chesterton Society will take place this Thursday, December 5th at Smith’s Restaurant in Cohoes, at 7 o’clock in the evening. Continuing our rollicking journey through The Everlasting Man, we will discuss Chapter 1 of Part II: On the Man Called Christ.
Until then, wishing you a blessed beginning of Advent.
In the meantime, enjoy The God in the Cave and a smorgasbord of Chestertoniana, proximate and otherwise, including:
Tales of Glory: The Stories Icons Tell is a stunning and edifying book by our own Matthew Gaul. You won’t want to miss it, and you don’t have to, because he’ll bring copies this week, and will even autograph them for you.
Prayer Card for the intercession of G.K. Chesterton, whose cause for sainthood is under preliminary investigation in Northampton, England.
American Chesterton Society STORE for your Christmas shopping needs… give the gift of Common Sense! Perhaps an ACS membership, which includes a subscription to the wonderful bi-monthly Gilbert Magazine, plus 20% off all merchandise.
Join us for another First Thursday colloquium on common sense! We continue our monthly stroll through GKC’s The Everlasting Man with a conversation on Chapter 8, The End of the World.
7 o’clock in the evening
*New (experimental) Location*
171 Remsen Street in Cohoes
(there is an off-street lot two buildings down, as well as ample on-street parking)
On Thursday, October 3rd at 7 o’clock in the evening, the Albany Chesterton Society will gather at our familiar haunt, Finnbar’s Pub in Troy, continuing our discussion on Chesterton’s masterful work of apologetics, The Everlasting Man. Join us for another rollicking discussion over dinner and drinks! On tap this month:
Chapter 6: The Demons and Philosophers
Chapter 7: The War of The Gods and Demons
Saturday, September 21st: Rochesterton
10th Annual day conference of the Rochester, NY Chesterton Society. A full-day event featuring world-renowned Chestertonians and scholars. Lunch on site, books, DVDs, etc for sale, connect with Chesterton readers from other parts of NY and beyond. Hosted at St. John Fisher College.
Monday, September 23: Dale Ahlquist speaking in Poughkeepsie!
Fr. Thomas Lutz, founder and president of the Hudson Valley Chesterton Society, has arranged for Dale to speak at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, located at 131 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Road trip!
Thursday, October 3rd: Monthly meeting of the Albany Chesterton Society
Chapter 7 of The Everlasting Man. (And since we didn’t get to it during our most recent gathering, we will also discuss Chapter 6). Finnbar’s Pub, 452 Broadway in Troy
The name September comes from the ancient Roman calendar’s Septembris, thus marked for its position as the seventh month of the year. Romans counted their annual cycle beginning with the month of March – Martius – a tribute to the city’s patron god and protector, Mars. But then along came Caesar who threw a big old wrench in the system. Julius instituted his Julian calendar, introducing the months of January and February. This upset the correspondence of monthly names to numbers, but – on the plus side – it smoothed out that niggling problem of 60 days missing from every year.
So these days September is relegated all the way back to #9, poor old gal. That said, the month has managed to hold onto a few undeniable claims to fame:
- the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin on the 8th
- the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on the 14th
- St. Matthew the apostle on the 21st
- St. Michael the archangel on the 29th
- September was known as “harvest month” in Charlemagne‘s calendar. It corresponds partly to the month Fructidor and partly to the Vendémiaire of the first French republic. The Anglo-Saxons called it Gerstmonath, barley month. While in Switzerland, September is called Herbstmonat, harvest month, in Switzerland. (Source: Wikipedia)
Of course, there’s also the monthly occasion of our Albany Chesterton Society get-togethers, one of which will take place in September (Thursday the 5th, no doubt already on your calendar).
But as befits a month of harvests, we can look forward to an overabundance of Chestertonian delights – as if to fatten us up for the approaching winter chills. The venerable Rochester NY Chesterton Society, our friendly neighbors to the west, will host their 10th Annual day conference on Saturday, September 21st. This year’s theme: Literary Voices Against the Darkness.
As those of us who’ve attended past Rochesterton Conferences will attest, this is an event not to be missed. This year’s docket includes Albany Chesterton Society fan favorite Joseph Pearce, Dr. Tom Martin of the University of Nebraska, Rev. Nathan Allen, and – trumpet blast – our swashbuckling captain and president of the American Chesterton Society, Dale Ahlquist.
Count on a boisterous westbound caravan from our fair city – and let us know if you need a ride or a nudge in the right direction!
Right, then. Down to business:
Announcing the September convivium of the Albany Chesterton Society. We continue our journey through G.K.’s The Everlasting Man, and, true to sequence, we’ll discuss Chapter 5, Man and Mythologies, and Chapter 6, The Demons and Philosophers.
We look forward to gathering with Upstate Chestertonians, be they grizzled regulars or as yet unknown to our rollicking band. Come on over to Finnbar’s in Troy, upstairs room, 7 o’clock on Thursday, September 5th.