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
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!