Walt Whitman Marathon, May 21, 2016

“Starting from fish-shape Paumanok where I was born,
… I strike up for a New World.”
 – Walt Whitman


Join us to celebrate Long Island’s great American poet, Walt Whitman. Canio’s Cultural Cafe’s marathon reading of Leaves of Grass honors Whitman’s birthday, May 31 (born 1819). Community poets, actors and others will read a selection of Whitman’s most loved poems from Leaves of Grass.

We invite you to come listen, read and celebrate. Support the Marathon and our not-for-profit Canio’s Cultural Cafe by sponsoring a poem. You can even have your photograph taken with “Walt” outside the shop!

Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. Pre-Marathon Event, “Whitman on Long Island” with William T. Walter, President, Walt Whitman Birthplace

Saturday, May 21, 10 – 6 p.m. MARATHON Reading at Canio’s Books

Saturday, May 21, 6 to 7:30pm  After PARTY at Canio’s

Poetry is meant to be heard. It speaks to the ears and heart, so don’t miss this marvelous way to experience Whitman’s words live. Register to read a poem. Please email  caniosculturalcafe@gmail.com or call 631.725.4926.

Reserve a seat at our Pre-Marathon scholar’s talk Friday, May 20, 5 p.m. with Karen Karbiener, Whitman expert who leads a Marathon read at the Brooklyn Bridge in June.

You can sponsor a poem with a donation at the following levels with our heartfelt thanks. The list of poems is below for your selection.

$50 – listing in our program
$100 – listing in our program and commemorative button
$200 – listing in our program, commemorative button, Leaves of Grass book
$500 – all of the above, plus Canio’s canvas bag

We look forward to seeing you at Canio’s Cultural Cafe’s Walt Whitman Marathon Reading, the weekend of May 20/21.


One’s-Self I Sing
To Foreign Lands
Beginning My Studies
To the States
I Hear America Singing
Poets to Come
To You
Thou Reader
Starting from Paumanok

Song of Myself

I Sing the Body Electric

Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Song of the Answerer
A Song for Occupation

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life

A Boston Ballad
Europe the 72nd and 73rd Years of These States
When I Heard the Learned Astronomer

Come Up from the Fields, Father
The Wound-Dresser

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
O Captain! My Captain!

There was a Child Went Forth
Old Ireland
This Compost
Who Learns My Lesson Complete?
The Sleepers
To Think of Time

A Noiseless Patient Spider

A Paumanok Picture

To a Locomotive in Winter
A Clear Midnight

From Montauk Point

So Long!


Moby Dick Marathon Reading at Canio’s June 12 through 14

In celebration of  35 years of Canio’s Books, we’re bringing back the beloved marathon reading of Melville’s Moby Dick. Set for Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14 the event will celebrate the great American novel by Herman Melville. We’re also focusing on Sag Harbor’s literary traditions as well as the seafaring history of Southampton Town in honor of its 375th anniversary.

Canio Pavone, founder of Canio’s Books, began the tradition many years ago when participants read around the clock, some wearing pajamas. Back by popular demand, this year’s event includes a few changes. We won’t be staying up past midnight, and the reading will travel to different venues within Sag Harbor’s cultural district. The event begins and ends at Canio’s with stops at the Whaling Museum, Library, Customs House, Bay Street and other fun spots to be announced.  Plans are now underway for a whale of a celebration, with a closing party on Sunday. The event is also a fundraiser for Canio’s Cultural Cafe our 501c3 educational non-profit. Sign up to sponsor a chapter ($100. each) or to read. Contact the shop to be part of this historic event!

Climate Change course cooks!

Grandparents concerned what future their grandchildren will inherit. A landscape photographer; a green builder; a micro-farmer and nature publisher; an ecology-minded poet; bird-lovers; activists and caregivers. We met every Thursday evening at Canio’s Books to discuss climate change. The course, designed by the Northwest Earth Institute (check out: http://www.nwei.org), provided thought-provoking readings and stimulating questions. We didn’t agree on every point, but all twelve of us feel passionately about the fate of our Earth, and our little corner of paradise on the east end of Long Island.
After working through thought-provoking articles on Global Warming and Powering a Bright Future, we met for a potluck supper at the net-zero home of one of our members. The great room was warm and toasty when we arrived, heated by the sun that very cold February evening, the house a quiet testament to the technology at hand that can help make a difference. The food was healthy and delicious. Some good cooks in this group! What’s more, we seem to have staying power, a “renewable” energy source, sustained by our being together.
We’ve begun a letter-writing campaign. Several members will join with Citizens Climate Action to lobby our representatives in Washington in June. Others are planning a regional climate summit, and a conference devoted to Long Island nature. Check out (www.longislandnature.org)  Our individual efforts seem to increase in community. We look forward to doing more, and to hosting another Northwest Earth Institute course soon. Won’t you join us?

Thomas Merton’s birthday and beyond

An enthusiastic group celebrated the 99th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth, January 31, with interesting discussion from all and helpful commentary from our facilitator, Eda Lorello, RCWP. Our focus on “Firewatch” was  enriched by audio remarks of Anthony Padovano.  After our meeting, we headed to  Conca D’Oro for pizza and conversation.
   This February, as we celebrate African American history, we might re-read Merton’s writings on race. His “Fourth & Walnut” experience from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander stands out as an ecstatic moment of unity with all humanity. 
    Our next meeting on March 28 will consider the following works: Vows of Conversation, Thoughts in Solitude, New Seeds of Contemplation and Hagia Sofia. These excerpts are all found in Laurence Cunningham’s Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master. Will you be joining us?

Help Heal Earth

Need a great way to combat overwhelm? You’ve been agonizing over the heartbreaking images from the Philippines reeling after the disastrous typhoon. What to do? Take action. Join our next community discussion course on the environment. We won’t fix huge global problems in one meeting, but we can create change locally. So locally, change happens within our own, sometimes broken heart. 
“Climate Change: Changing Course” offers us four sessions in which to share thoughts, concerns; raise questions and take action about climate change. There’s a lot we can do. Readings include essays by Andrew Revkin, Elizabeth Kolbert, Michael Pollan and Bill McKibben and more. The course, designed by The Northwest Earth Institute is the third in a series offered by the Cultural Cafe.
We’ll meet Thursday evenings, 4:30 to 6 p.m.  January 9 through 30. A materials fee of $25. is requested. Will you join us? To register, call 631- 725-4926, or email: caniosbooks@verizon.net.  Make your New Year’s resolution to help heal Earth. It can happen!

Sag Harbor Merton Circle book group

Yes, Thomas Merton continues to attract and inspire folks from many paths, believers, non-believers and the rest of us in betweeners. After our sold-out screening of Thomas Merton: a film biography, the idea to form a reading group evolved. On Friday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. the book group will meet to discuss excerpts from Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master, The Essential Writings. All interested are welcome. We’ll work our way through this comprehensive anthology. Eda Lorello is our discussion facilitator. We plan to meet three more times in the coming year. Will you be joining us?

Master Artists Studio Series

Thursday Afternoons in the Studio
with Sag Harbor Artists

The Master Artists Series expands the intimate experience of Canio’s events, moving from its traditional locale on Main Street right into the studios of prominent local artists. The triple-header features Sheila Isham, Whitney Hansen, and James McMullan. A special package price of $75 is available for these three studio visits. A single visit is $30. Space is limited. Call Canio’s to reserve. 631.725.4926.

Three artists pr

Each visit includes an afternoon studio tour,
an opportunity to meet and talk with the artist,
enjoy a discussion of his or her work,
and a closing reception with light refreshments.

WHITNEY HANSEN Thursday, August 1, 4:00 p.m.
JAMES MCMULLAN Thursday, August 15, 4:00 p.m.
SHEILA ISHAM Thursday, September 5, 4:00 p.m.