LAWRENCE CARRADINI: It was a beautiful day in Lowell. We had a stage, with the soundboard from where the city puts on its summer concert series. Podium, with 18 x 24 foam board mounted with a poster, set up facing the green-adjacent to the commemorative itself. There were several large canopies, and a central stage for readers and musicians like Empty House Cooperative, joined by the members of Come, from Kicks, Joy, Darkness.

Close to 300 people congregated at Kerouac Park a great lineup read Big Sur. Readers included, Paul Marion; Meg; Myself; Henry Ferrini; [you know about us] - current LCK!, VP, Phil Chaput; Willie Alexander (musician who co-wrote score for Lowell Blues); Roger Brunelle (French voice of Lowell Blues), John Wieners (Beat-era poet mentioned with selected poems in Beat Book and Portable Beat Reader, as well as in the Anthology of Gay and Lesbian Poets, and a number of other significant anthologies); LCK! board member, Richard Hyatt; musician, Chris Brokaw of Come; poet, and park supervisor, Richard Scott; Charles Shively, poet, scholar, educator, authored significant work on Whitman, friend of Wieners; Lee Kidd and Jesse Piaia of Squawk Coffee House, Harvard Sq, Cambridge; poet, Boku Williams, who studied with educator and chair of the Beat Attitudes program at U. Mass., Lowell, Dr. Hilary Holladay; current LCK! board member, Ellie Lorrigan; Lowell Heritage State Park summer intern, Brian McCarthy; current LCK! Secretary, and event coordinator for The Sugar Shack in Lowell, Steve Albert; poet, fiction writer, Vernon Frazer who joined us from E. Hartford, CT; poet, and one of the editors of the very fine poetry journal The Cafe' Review, who joined us from Maine, Wayne Atherton; LCK! board member Ellie Lorrigan; Lowell Heritage State Park Summer Intern Brian McCarthy; founding editor of Dharma Beat magazine and former president of LCK!, Mark Hemenway; former president of LCK!, and author of Kerouac's Nashua Connection, Steve Edington.

The event opened with Cactus Highway, who appear on the LCK! tribute CD, Spirit: A Tribute To Jack Kerouac. Jim Dunleavey, who is featured on the CD, honored us with a couple of songs, and the evening closed out with Typhoon Ferri.

What a wonderful day it was!