Seventeen participants read Christmas poetry and sang carols over an open microphone. Natalie Arispe hosted this event and encouraged any new poets to read their work. Many read the carols as poems, which correlated into a poem or song.
Tenor Elmer Johnson sang many of his favorite carols for the group. Elmer, a former member of a quartet from Minnesota, brought ease to the group and, soon, everyone had a turn at the mic, either singing or reading Christmas poetry. He also read “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” also known as “The Night Before Christmas,” to everyone’s enjoyment.
The weather was chilly, but appropriate, for caroling and feeling good in a friendly atmosphere, which the courtyard provided for this festive occasion.
In August 2011, the Poetry Café of Beeville will convene again for the third annual poetry sessions at the library. The sessions will be held each month from August through December.