2015 – The Year of Dana, His Bicentennial Year

With a spectacular mural of the Capistrano Bay coast as it was in Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s time as background, the fifth public community reading of Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast will take place on March 27, 28 and 29th at the Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive.

RH DanaOver one hundred volunteer readers will read for eight to ten minutes each, completing the entire book in about 15 hours over three days.  In addition, volunteers are needed to serve as “watch officers” to oversee and manage each watch (that means shift, to land lubbers).

The reading in 2015 marks the bicentennial year of our city’s namesake.  Richard Henry Dana Jr. was born on August 1, 1815.  So come volunteer and join us – or just to watch and listen.

Reading times:

Friday, March 27, 1pm to 4pm

Saturday, March 28, 9am to 6pm

Sunday, March 29, 9am until we finish the book (around noon)

To volunteer, send an e-mail to twoyearsbeforethemastdp@gmail.com or call 949-899-0907. Please provide your name, e-mail address, a phone number and a preferred time to read aloud for eight to ten minutes or to volunteer for a two-hour shift.

To celebrate this landmark year and to thank our volunteers we extend an invitation to our participants to attend a reception on Sunday, March 29, around noon – just as soon as the book confirms that Dana is safely back in Boston harbor at the end of his voyage.

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