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2003 (Nov. 6 – Nov. 30; Kick-off Weekend: Nov 6-9) 1st annual

Theme: An Uncommon Friendship: C.S. Lewis & J. R.R. Tolkien

Thursday Night Lecture (Nov. 6):  Community Lecture with scholar Chris Mitchell. 

Friday Night (Nov 7):  Documentary: The Magic Never Ends.  Panel discussion with scholar Chris Mitchell and producers Chip Duncan and David Crouse.

Thursday( Nov 6; 7PM), Saturday (Nov.8; 7PM) , Sunday (Nov 9; 2PM) Production:  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  Performed by The Performers Workshop Children/Youth Theater.

Other Events:

          Nov 13-16, 20-22:  Shadowlands.  Performed by the Little Traverse Civic Theater.  (Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 2 PM)

          Nov. 22: Documentary: The Magic Never Ends.  Showing with producer David Crouse (10 AM)

          Nov 22, 23: Choral Arrangements from The Roar of Love.  Performed by the Northern Michigan Chorale. (22nd—8PM; 23rd—2PM)

          Nov 23: Surprised by Joy: An Encounter with C.S. Lewis. One-man play written and performed by Bay View actor William McGill.  (2PM)

          Nov. 30:  Lewis’ 105th Birthday Party and Festival Finale (2PM)

          Reading Groups for Adults:

                   The Abolition of Man—Little Traverse Community Reads

                   Mere Christianity—Petoskey United Methodist Church

                   The Great Divorce—Cross of Christ

                   Mere Christianity—St. Francis Xavier

                   Surprised by Joy—Family of Christ

                   The Screwtape Letters—Church of Christ

                  

          2003 (cont.)

Reading Groups for Children:

                   The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—Little Traverse Community Reads

                   The Voyage of the Dawn Treader—First Christian Church

                   The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe—Petoskey United Methodist Church

          September – December: North Central Michigan College

English 297: Narrative Literature and Modern Mythology: J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

 

          November 22nd is the 40th anniversary of Lewis’ death and November 29 is his 105th birthday.

2004 (Nov. 1 – Nov. 21; Kick-Off Weekend: Nov. 4 – 7) 2nd annual

Theme:  C. S. Lewis as Imaginative Theologian

Thursday Night Lecture — Suzanne Shumway (professor at North Central Community College, Petoskey, MI) & Sarah Arthur (author and co-founder of the C. S. Lewis Festival):  Why Lewis?

Friday Night:  Chip Duncan  (filmmaker) – Behind the Camera: An Evening with Documentary Filmmaker Chip Duncan and showing of The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis.

Saturday Seminar: C. S. Lewis as Imaginative Theologian

 Rev. Michael Ward (Past president of the Oxford Lewis Society) – C. S. Lewis, the Scholar; C. S. Lewis as Imaginative Theologian (formats his premise of the 7 medieval planets and the 7 Chronicles of Narnia).

Dr. Christopher Mitchell (Director of the Wade Center at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.) – C. S. Lewis: Giving Imaginative Body to the Foundational Doctrines of the Christian Faith.

Rev. Michael Ward, Dr. Christopher Mitchell:  Q & A Session

Sunday Preaching Series:  Dr. Christopher Mitchell – Lewis, Christ, and the Incarnation.

Other Events:

          Mondays in November: The Four Loves Discussion Group        

Film Theater:  Shadowlands (American version); Chronicles of Narnia—Prince Caspian (BBC version)

Thursday Lecture Series:

 Tim Strauss (Local psychologist) —Myth, Archetype, and Christ Through the Eyes of Lewis

 Dabney Hart (Lewis Scholar who knew Lewis personally, Narnia Expert) —The Way into Narnia

         Friday Lunch & Lecture: Dabney Hart—C. S. Lewis and Women

          Motley Madrigals Adult Choir – Performing original works inspired by Lewis’ writings.

          Performers Workshop:  Children and youth musical — The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

 

2005 (Oct. 27 – Nov. 20; Kickoff weekend—Oct. 27-30) 3rd annual

Theme:  The Mind Behind Narnia

Thursday Night Discussion:  The Question of God: C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life–PBS Documentary.

Friday Luncheon:  Sarah Arthur (author of Walking Through the Wardrobe, a youth devotional on Narnia) —“C. S. Lewis & Children”.

Friday Evening:  Chip Duncan (filmmaker; co-producer of The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis) – A Sneak Peak of the forthcoming documentary: Myth, Imagination, and Faith.

Saturday Seminar: The Mind Behind Narnia

          Dr. Christopher Mitchell (Director of The Wade Center at Wheaton College, IL) – “Farewell to the Shadowlands: The Spiritual Journey of C. S. Lewis”; “The Work”

          Dr. Andrew P. Cuneo (Professor at Hillsdale College, MI) – “Why We Hope Narnia Really Exists”

          Dr. Christopher Mitchell, Andrew Cuneo: Q & A Session

Other Events:

          Sunday Preaching Series: various Lewis scholars will speak at area churches during morning worship.

Tuesday Evening Lecture ( Nov. 1): Rev. Douglas Gresham (Stepson of C. S. Lewis and co-producer of the forthcoming Narnia movie) – Jack’s Life: A Memoir of C. S. Lewis (new book); Disney’s much anticipated release of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardroom   

Sunday Matinee (Oct. 30): Rev. Bill McGill (actor, and summer resident of the Bay View Community) performs as C. S. Lewis in Surprised by Joy: An encounter with C. S. Lewis  (a one-man two-act play)

Children‘s Library Program:  Features the animated version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; weekly art projects inspired by Narnia

          Motley Madrigal’s Adult Choral Performance:  Performing original works inspired by Lewis’ writings

          Sunday Children and Youth Film Event: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (BBC version?)   Children’s Theater Performance:  Narnia: The Musical  (A musical performed by local youth and adults based on The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe.)

 

2006 (Oct. 26 – Nov. 12; Kickoff Weekend: Oct. 26-29) 4th annual

Theme:  Myth, Imagination, and Faith

Thursday Night Lecture:  Reza Aslan (Author of No God But God; Scholar of Comparative Religions)

Friday Luncheon: David Crouse (Television producer; Co-producer of Myth, Imagination, and Faith) – “From Madonna to C. S. Lewis: A Transformational Journey”;    He talks about his transformation from rock n’ roll  executive to producing the only television biography ever done of C. S. Lewis

Friday Night Lecture: Myth, Imagination, and Faith: A Spiritual Journey Through Literature – Panel discussion of the forthcoming film by Reza Aslan, Dr. Christopher Mitchell ( Director of The Wade Center at Wheaton College, IL), Chip Duncan (filmmaker), David Crouse

Saturday Seminar:  Windows to Other Worlds: C. S. Lewis on Imagination & Literature

          Dr. Peter Schakel (Professor at Hope College, MI) – “Food for the Imagination”: The Role of Imagination and Myth in C. S. Lewis’ Thought and Writings; “An Enlargement of Our Being”: C. S. Lewis and the Need for Fairy Tales and Fantasy         

Dr. Leland Ryken (Professor at Wheaton College, IL) – “We Want to Imagine with Other Imaginations”: A Defense of the Literary Theory of C. S. Lewis; “Things Merely Imagined”: Reading Literature with C. S. Lewis

          Drs. Schakel & Ryken:  Discussion and extended Q & A; book-signing & close

Sunday Preaching Series: Sarah Arthur (author)

Other Events:

          September 4-7: God and the Literature of C. S. Lewis – Led by Tim Strauss (local psychologist), a discussion of the Lewis and Freud PBS film

          September 22:  Hobbit Birthday Party for children and youth

          Friday Luncheon Lecture:  Suzanne Shumway (Professor at Northern Michigan Community College), Sarah Arthur

          Friday Night Movie:  Lord of the Rings, Part  1

Narnia:The Musical  (Musical based on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

Just an Inkling: November Pub Nights

 

2006 (cont.)

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Concert:  Among other works, Composer Lynne Palmer-Warren created original movements inspired by Lewis’ intellectual journey to faith; Commissioned for the orchestra in conjunction with the 2006 C. S. Lewis Festival

Narnia Movie and Reception:  Viewing on the big screen of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Prince Caspian Class:  Discussion of the book by C. S. Lewis, led by Doug Mantha (Youth Director at Petoskey United Methodist Church)

  1. S. Lewis Writing Workshops: Area schools will pilot a new program for 5th – 10th grade language art classrooms involving Narnia-inspired writing workshops. 

2007 (Oct. 26 – Nov. 18; Kickoff Weekend Oct 26-29) 5th annual

Theme:  The Question of God

Friday Night Lecture:  Dr. Jerry Root (Lewis scholar and professor at Wheaton College, IL) – The Question of God: C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life

Friday and Saturday evening; Sunday Matinee — Narnia: The Musical – based on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Saturday Seminar: Dr. Jerry Root, Dr. Christopher Mitchell (Director of The Wade Center at Wheaton College, IL) – “The Question of God”: C. S. Lewis and the Problem of Pain.

          Session 1: C. S. Lewis and A Grief Observed

          Session 2 & 3: C. S. Lewis and The Problem of Evil

          Session 4: Q & A

Saturday afternoon:  Art Gallery Reception – Michael Morris’ Narnia inspired artwork  (Visual Arts Coordinator).  Also did artwork for Festival T-shirts

Sunday Sermon Series:  Dr. Christopher Mitchell and Dr. Jerry Root speak at local churches.

Other Events:

          September 21:  Hobbit Birthday Party

          Panel Discussions on Lewis’ Problem of Pain and A Grief Observed – Local pastors, physicians, and community members (Hosted by Dennis Duggan, professor at North Central Michigan College)

          English Dinner and Theater:  Actor David Payne – 1-man, 2-act play “An Evening with C. S. Lewis”

          Just An Inkling – November Pub Nights

  1. S. Lewis Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Reception

          Labyrinth Presentation and Walk – Petoskey Public Library Courtyard

          Friday Luncheon Series: Tim Strauss (local psychologist) – The Question of God

  1. S. Lewis Writing Workshops, Reading and Reception: featuring local 5th graders presenting their compositions and reflections on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

 

2007 (cont.)

Chronicles of Narnia pop-up book:  Robert Sabuda (paper engineer) – Presentation of how to create his pop-up books.  Also featured are the 7 Chronicles of Narnia pop-up books

The Work of Michael Morris (Visual Arts Coordinator):  Artwork inspired by the works of C. S. Lewis (Oct. 27 – Nov. 20) – Gaslight Gallery 

2008 (Nov. 3 – Nov 25; Kickoff Weekend Nov. 6 – 9) 6th annual

Theme: C. S. Lewis and the Cosmos

Thursday afternoon lecture —Faith and Four Composers: Vaughan-Williams, Bach, Saint-Saens, and Mozart.  Mathew Hazelwood of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presides. Event at My Father’s Love Gallery, Petoskey

Thursday Book Discussion (Nov. 6)– The Restitution of Man and C.S. Lewis and the Case against Scientism. Discussion led by Dennis Duggan, Professor at North Central Michigan College.  Event at McLean and Eakin bookstore.

Book Signing: (Nov. 7) Dr. Michael Ward (author of Planet Narnia) will be at McLean and Eakin booksellers from 3PM – 5 PM.

Friday Night Lecture– Let There Be Light: Modern Cosmogony and Biblical Creation – Keynote address by Dr. Owen Gingerich (former professor of Astronomy and The History of Science at Harvard University, and a senior astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) will speak.

Saturday Seminar: Dr. Christopher Mitchell (Director of the Wade Center, Wheaton College, IL); Dr. Wayne Martindale (Professor at Wheaton College, IL); Dr. Michael Ward (Lecturer and Lewis Scholar) will discuss C. S. Lewis and the Cosmos.

          Session 1:  “Lewis on Reason and the Cosmos: How rational thought tells us about the universe and its maker”.

Dr. Christopher Mitchell discusses The Man Born Blind and Meditation in a Toolshed relating to rational thought.

 Dr. Michael Ward talks on God, the universe, and Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia as perceived with a relationship to the seven medieval planets.

Session 2: “At Home in the Cosmos: C. S. Lewis on Heaven”.  Dr. Wayne Martindale talks about various “myths” people may have concerning Heaven.

Session 3: “Lost in the Cosmos: C. S. Lewis on Hell”.  Dr. Wayne Martindale gives insights on how people are concerned about “myths” on Hell.”   

Session 4:  Q & A and Panel discussion

Saturday Art Gallery Reception:  Michael Morris’ Narnia-inspired artwork on display at Stafford’s Gallery of Art and History.

Sunday Sermon Series:  Emmanuel Episcopal Church will welcome Rev. Dr. Michael Ward at both services.

2008 (cont.)

Other Events:

          Movie and Munchies at the Library:  Showing of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Petoskey Public Library (Nov. 5)  Showing of Prince Caspian at the Petoskey Public Library (Nov. 19)

          3 Lectures by Dr. Michael Ward (Lewis Scholar and author of Planet Narnia) on C. S. Lewis and the Planets.

                   Nov. 10:  “A Brain the Size of a Planet: C. S. Lewis on how Reason Reveals the Universe and It’s Maker”.

                   Nov. 11:  “If Men Are from Mars, and Women Are from Venus, who is from Jupiter?”

                   Nov. 12: “Why C. S. Lewis Loved the Seven Heavens”.

Thursday Book Discussion (Nov. 13 ): “The Restitution of Man and C.S. Lewis and the Case against Scientism.”  Discussion led by Dennis Duggan, Professor at North Central Michigan College.  Event at McLean and Eakin booksellers.

Juried Fine Arts Exhibition and Reception (Nov. 14): Artists were asked to submit artwork based on their interpretation of Lewis’ work Out of the Silent Planet.  Artwork will be displayed at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.  Winners will be announced at the reception.

An Evening with David Barrett: David Barrett is the Emmy-Award winning composer of the score of The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis.

Just an Inkling Nov. Pub Nights:  Readings, discussions, and light-hearted debates of works by C. S. Lewis and friends. Gatherings at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey.

The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis – Join David Crouse (producer) as he shows his documentary and leads a discussion on the works of C. S. Lewis.

Narnia: The Musical (Nov 21-22, evenings):  Musical for the whole family based on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  Performances at the Harbor Light Community Chapel, Harbor Springs, MI.

  1. S. Lewis Writing Workshops, Reading, and Reception (Nov. 25): Area 5th grade writers will read their compositions and reflections based on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

 

2009 (Oct. 1 – Nov. 23; Kickoff Weekend Oct. 23-24) 7th annual

Theme: C. S. Lewis and Friends

Book Signing: Dr. James Como (founding member of the New York C. S. Lewis Society) will his books, featuring Remembering C. S. Lewis and Branches to Heaven. McLean and Eakin booksellers.

Friday Night Lecture: C. S. Lewis and Friends – Keynote addresses by Dr. James Como (Professor of rhetoric and communications at York College of the City University of New York) and Walter Hooper (estate advisor of C. S. Lewis).  Q & A with Dr. Como questioning Mr. Hooper about Lewis and their own friendship.

          Dr. Como: “Aristotle, C. S. Lewis amd the Virtue of Friendship”

          Walter Hooper: “My Friendship with C. S. Lewis with Readings”

Saturday Seminar: C. S. Lewis and Friends featuring Walter Hooper (editor of the works of C. S. Lewis), Dr. James Como (co-founder of the New York C. S. Lewis Society), Kim Gilnett (author of A C. S. Lewis Walking Tour of Oxford), Dr. Christopher Mitchell (Director of the Wade Center, Wheaton College, IL).

          Session 1:  Aristotle, C. S. Lewis, and the Virtue of Friendship – Dr. James Como

          Session 2: Oxford and Beyond: a Geography of C. S. Lewis’ friendship – Dr. Kim Gilnett

          Session 3: C. S. Lewis and Friends – Mr. Walter Hooper

          Session 4:  Panel Discussion with Mr. Hooper, Dr. Como, Dr. Gilnett, Marjorie Lamp Mead (Associate Director of the Wade Center, Wheaton College, IL), and Dr. Christopher Mitchell.

Art Gallery Reception:  Michael Morris’ Narnia-inspired artwork on display.  Refreshments. Stafford’s Gallery of Art and History.

Other Events:

          Book Discussion: The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis

                   Oct. 1 – Dennis Duggan (Professor at North Central Michigan College will serve as discussion leader. McLean and Eakin Bookstore, Petoskey

                   Oct. 8 — Dennis Duggan (Professor at North Central Michigan College will serve as discussion leader. McLean and Eakin Bookstore, Petoskey

                   Oct. 21 – Beth Strawbridge (Librarian) will serve as discussion leader. Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix, MI

 

2009 (cont.)

The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis – Join David Crouse (producer) as he shows his documentary and leads a discussion on the works of C. S. Lewis. Otsego County Library

Just an Inkling Oct. Pub Nights:  Readings, discussions, and light-hearted debates of works by C. S. Lewis and friends. Gatherings at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey.

Spoken Groove featuring Peter Nevland (Nov. 1): Come listen as Peter unhinges his life with candor, hilarious wit, and heart-changing passion.  All ages welcome. Petoskey United Methodist Church.

Prince Caspian:  Children’s performance of the C. S. Lewis book at the Harbor Light Community Chapel, Harbor Springs, MI.  Performances are Oct. 13-14, evenings; Oct. 15, matinee.

Juried Fine Arts Exhibition and Reception (Nov. 6): Artists were asked to submit artwork based on their interpretation of Lewis’ work The Four Loves.  Artwork will be displayed at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.  Winners will be announced at the reception.

  1. S. Lewis Writing Workshops, Reading, and Reception (Nov. 23): Area 5th grade writers will read their compositions and reflections based on Lewis’ works.

 2010 (Oct. 7 – Nov. 22; Kickoff Weekend Oct. 21 – 23) 8th annual

Theme:  Lewis and Tolkien: The Story Behind the Phenomenon

Thursday Night Lecture:  Through Their Letters: The Friendship Of Lewis and Tolkien – hosted by Sarah Arthur (author) and Suzanne Shumway (NCMC Professor) at the Charlevoix Public Library.

Friday Night Lecture:  Lewis and Tolkien: The Inklings and Collaboration – featuring Dr. Diane Glyer (Keynote Address Speaker; Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA).  Book signing to follow.

Saturday Seminar: Lewis and Tolkien featuring Dr. Diane Glyer and Douglas Anderson (author of The Annotated Hobbit)

          Session 1: Douglas Anderson – “Tales Before Tolkien

          Session 2: Dr. Diane Glyer – “Tolkien, the Hobbit, and the Collabrative Process”

          Session 3: Douglas Anderson – “The Hobbit”

Session 4: Q & A and Panel Discussion with Dr. Glyer and Doug Anderson on “The Hobbit: From Book to Film” moderated by Dr. Christopher Mitchell (Director of The Wade Center, Wheaton, IL)

Other Events:

          Book Discussion:  The Hobbit  (Oct. 7) Discussion led by Dr. Suzanne Shumway, Professor at North Central Michigan College at McLean and Eakin Bookstore; and on Oct. 11, discussion led by Beth Strawbridge at the Charlevoix Public Library.

          Just an Inkling Oct. & Nov. Pub Nights:  Readings, discussions, and light-hearted debates of works by C. S. Lewis.  Gatherings at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey.

          Film Sneak Peak: (Oct. 14) David Crouse (producer and Petoskey resident) will host a sneak peak at The Quest for Meaning, a one-hour sequel to The Magic Never Ends.  Discussion to follow.  (Petoskey Public Library)

          Juried Fine Arts Exhibition and Reception (Nov. 5): Artists were asked to submit artwork based on their interpretation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s work The Hobbit. Artwork will be displayed at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.  Winners will be announced at the reception.

          Narnia: The Musical (Nov 5-6, evenings; Nov. 7, matinee):  Musical for the whole family based on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  Performances at the Harbor Light Community Chapel, Harbor Springs, MI.      

 

 2010 (cont.)

  1. S. Lewis Writing Workshops, Reading, and Reception (Nov. 22): Area 5th grade writers will read their compositions and reflections based on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

2011 (Oct. 17 – Nov. 21; Kickoff Weekend:  Oct. 20-22) 9th annual

Theme:  The Magician’s Nephew; Let the Adventure Begin

Friday Night:  Dr. Christopher Mitchell (Director of the Wade Center, Wheaton, IL)—The Magician’s Nephew: Creation, Myth, and Narnia

Saturday Seminar:  The Magician’s Nephew and the Chronicles of Narnia: How It All Got Started

          Session 1: Dr. Marjorie Lamp Mead (Associate Director of the Wade Center, Wheaton, IL) – The Beginning of the Beginnings:  The Origin and Background on Narnia and The Magician’s Nephew

          Session 2: Dr. Marjorie Lamp Mead — The Theological Imagination: C. S. Lewis as reader and author. 

Session 3: Dr. Christopher Mitchell – The Magician’s Nephew: Theological Reflections.

Session 4:  Dr. Marjorie Lamp Mead, Dr. Christopher Mitchell, Sarah Arthur — Q & A and Panel Discussion: C. S. Lewis and all things Narnian.

Other Events:    

Book discussion of The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis.  Discussion led by Sarah Arthur (author and speaker). McLean and Eakin Booksellers             

          Book discussion of The Magician’s Nephew; Beth Strawbridge at the Charlevoix Library      

Just an Inkling:  October and November Pub Nights—Stafford’s Perry Hotel –Readings, discussions, and light-hearted debates on the works of C. S. Lewis

  1. S. Lewis: Why He Matters Today; Documentary and Discussion – Emmanuel Episcopal Church
  2. S. Lewis Writing Workshops Reading and Reception: Area 5th graders present their compositions and reflections based on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

2012 (Oct. 15 – Nov. 19; Kickoff Weekend Oct. 25-27) 10th annual

Theme:  C. S. Lewis and Today’s Reader

Thursday Night Book Discussion (Oct. 25): The Screwtape Letters  by C. S. Lewis – Discussion led by Doug Mantha (C. S. Lewis Festival Board Member).  McLean and Eakin Booksellers

Friday Night Lecture: C. S. Lewis and Today’s Reader featuring keynote speaker Mickey Maudlin (V.P. and Editorial Director, Harper Collins Publishers); Commentary by Dr. Chris Mitchell (Director of the Wade Center, Wheaton, IL), Sarah Arthur (author and co-founder of the C.S. Lewis Festival), and Dr. Peter Schakel (author and Professor at Hope College, Holland, MI). North Central Michigan College

Saturday Seminar: C. S. Lewis and Today’s Reader featuring Dr. Chris Mitchell, Sarah Arthur, Dr. Peter Schakel, Mickey Maudlin

          Session 1: Dr. Chris Mitchell – “Reading C. S. Lewis in an age of Distractions”

          Session 2: Sarah Arthur – “Road Block to Reading C. S. Lewis”

Session 3: Dr. Peter Schakel – “Books worth reading: Readers and New Directions in the Chronicles of Narnia

          Session 4: Mickey Maudlin – “A Book Publisher’s response: C. S. Lewis and the religious reading habits of today’s reading public”

          Q & A with all presenters

Narnia: The Musical (Oct. 26-27, evenings; Oct. 28, matinee) – Musical for the whole family based on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  Performances at John M. Hall Auditorium, Bay View, MI

Other Events:

          Book Discussion (Oct. 15): The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis – Discussion led by Beth Strawbridge (librarian) at the Charlevoix Public Library.

          Downtown Petoskey Trick-or-Treating with Narnia Activities (Oct.27): ) All area children are invited to the Children’s Costume Parade, dressing as a Narnian character, and attending Narnia-themed events.

          Just An Inkling Oct. & Nov. Pub Nights: Readings, Discussions, and Light-Hearted Debates of works by C. S. Lewis. The book being discussed is The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. Stafford’s Perry Hotel

          Reading is Fun with the YMCA: The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis will be read. (Nov. 1, 8, 15)

         

2012 (cont.)

Young Life Club (Nov.1): Largest Marshmallow Fight and Pumpkin Baseball AND Narnia.  Clips from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie will be shown and discusses. 

          Sunday Sermon Series (Nov. 4): Dr. Larry Wood (guest preacher) will speak at the First Presbyterian Church, Harbor Springs, MI.

          Freud’s Last Session with New York playwright Mark St. Germain (Nov. 15): Staged reading of Freud’s Last Session with commentary by playwright Mark St. Germain.  Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI

  1. S. Lewis Festival playwriting contest Nov. 16): Staged reading of Freud’s Last Session with commentary by playwright Mark St. Germain. Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI
  2. S. Lewis Writing Workshops Reading and Reception: Area 5th graders present their compositions and reflections based on the works of C. S. Lewis.

 

2013 (October 3 – November 25; Kickoff Weekend Oct. 24-26) 11th annual

Theme:  Celebrating C. S. Lewis and his 50 Year Legacy

Thursday Night Book Discussion: The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey (renowned author).  Discussion led by Doug Mantha (C.S. Lewis Board President)

Friday Luncheon: Featured guest Philip Yancey (author of What’s So Amazing About Grace?)

Friday Afternoon Book Signing:  Meet Philip Yancey (Keynote Speaker for this year’s festival) at McLean and Eakin Booksellers

Friday Night Lecture:  Reflections on C. S. Lewis addressed by Philip Yancey (best-selling author)

Saturday Seminar:  Philip Yancey (author of Soul Savior); Tom Arthur (Minister and Lewis Scholar); Sarah Arthur (Author and Speaker); Wayne Martindale (Emeritus Professor of English, Wheaton College, IL)

          Session 1 – Tom Arthur:  The Lewis I Never Knew

          Session 2 – Philip Yancey: Reflections on C. S. Lewis      

Session 3 – Wayne Martindale: C. S. Lewis as Life Coach

Session 4 – Q & A and Panel Discussion with all the presenters, moderated by Sarah Arthur

Other Events:

          Narnia: The Musical (Oct. 25 & 26, evening; Oct. 27, matinee) Musical based on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, with a 5-piece orchestra accompanying.

          Downtown Petoskey Trick-or-Treating with Narnia Activities: (Oct. 26) All area children are invited to the Children’s Costume Parade, dressing as a Narnian character, and attending Narnia-themed events.      

          Just An Inkling Pub Nights: Readings, Discussions, and Light-Hearted Debates of works by C. S. Lewis (Oct. and Nov.) 

  1. S. Lewis Writing Workshops, Reading and Reception: Area 5th graders present their compositions and reflections based on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 

2014 (October 23 – November 24; Kickoff Weekend Oct. 23 – 26) 12th annual

Theme: A Quest for Meaning: Myth, Imagination, and Faith in the Lives and Literature of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday Night Book Discussion : The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis.  Discussion led by Doug Mantha (C.S. Lewis Festival Board President) at McLean and Eakin booksellers.

Friday Luncheon: Chip Duncan (filmmaker) and David Crouse (co-founder of the C.S. Lewis Festival and TV producer) – They will show film clips of the newest forth-coming documentary on Lewis and Tolkien prior to airing on PBS.

Friday Night Lecture:  Advance screening of A Quest for Meaning: Myth, Imagination, and Faith in the Lives and Literature of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Discussion following with filmmakers Chip Duncan, David Crouse, and Verlyn Flieger (Lewis scholar).

Saturday Seminar:  A Quest for Meaning: Myth, Imagination, and Faith in the Lives and Literature of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien – Verlyn Flieger (Professor Emerita, University of Maryland), Peter Schakel (Professor of English, Hope College, MI), and Chip Duncan (Documentary Writer and Director)

          Session 1: Verlyn Flieger – Myth and the Making of Meaning    

Session 2: Peter Schakel – The Quest for Meaning in Lothlorien and Perelandra

          Session 3: Chip Duncan – Visualizing the Landscapes of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

          Session 4: Q & A and Panel Discussion with all presenters, moderated by Sarah Arthur (celebrated author and founding board member of the C.S. Lewis Festival)

Sunday Sermon Series: Sarah Arthur , guest speaker, at Petoskey United Methodist Church

Other Events:

Downtown Petoskey Trick of Treating with Narnia Activities (Oct. 25) – All area children are invited to the Children’s Costume Parade, dressing as a Narnian character, and attending Narnia-themed events.      

Petoskey Film Theater:  (Oct. 29 & 30) A viewing of movie The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Oct. 29), and a lecture with film clips on C.S. Lewis, the “Dawn Treader”, and the Moral Imagination (Oct. 30).  Presented by Randy Testa, V.P. Walden Media, the producer of the film.

2014 (cont.)

Just an Inkling Pub Nights:  Readings, Discussions, and Light-Hearted Debates of works by C. S. Lewis (Oct. and Nov.)  The book being discussed is The Inklings, by Humphrey Carpenter.

Narnia Book Club with Art too! (Nov.): The festival teams up with the YMCA for an afterschool reading and art program with Jann Morris (art teacher).  The reading will be The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and then create art inspired by the book. Program for middle-school aged students.

C.S. Lewis Writer’s Workshop: Area elementary school writers will present their compositions and reflections on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

2015 (Sept. 22 – Nov. 4; Kickoff Weekend Oct. 22-25) 13th annual

Theme: C. S. Lewis and War

Thursday Night Book Discussion:  Doug Mantha (C.S. Lewis Festival President) leads the discussion of A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War: How J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis rediscovered faith, friendship and heroism in the cataclysm of 1914-1918.

Friday Luncheon:  Joseph Loconte, PhD. (Commentator, Professor, and Scholar) discusses his book A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War.

Friday afternoon book signing:  Dr. Joseph Loconte will be signing his newest book A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War: How J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis rediscovered faith, friendship and heroism in the cataclysm of 1914-1918. (McLean and Eakin bookellers)

Friday evening lecture: Dr. Joseph Loconte (Keynote speaker) will be discussing his book A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War: How J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis rediscovered faith, friendship and heroism in the cataclysm of 1914-1918.

Saturday Seminar: C. S. Lewis and War – Dr. Joseph Loconte (Author and Associate Professor of History, Kings College, NY); David C. Downing (R.W. Schlosser Professor of English, Elizabeth Town College, PA); Crystal Downing (Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies, Messiah College, Grantham, PA); Sarah Arthur (Author and Speaker)

          Session 1: Joseph Loconte – C.S. Lewis and the Heroic Tradition

          Session 2: David Downing – Neither Patriot nor Pacifist, but “Patient”

          Session 3: Crystal Downing – C. S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers at War

          Session 4: Q & A session and Panel Discussion with all presenters moderated by Sarah Arthur

Sunday Sermon Series:  Reverend Kip Murphy (Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs) will speak on C.S. Lewis—Through the Stable.

Other Events:

          Tuesdays in Sept. and Oct. 6:  Tony Campolo (renowned sociologist, author, pastor, and international public speaker) will speak on his book Adventures in Missing the Point.

          October Keynote Speaker (Oct. 19): Tony Campolo will speak on Lewis and War.

          2015 (cont.)

Kid’s Day Off – Narnia Day (November 4):  In collaboration with the C.S. Lewis Foundation and the Petoskey District Library, a day of Narnia-related art projects and activities will be offered to kids Grades K-5 at the Crooked Tree Art Center.

Just an Inkling Pub Nights (Oct. 26 & Nov.2 & 9):  Discussion at Beard’s Brewery  on just-released book by Joseph Loconte (keynote speaker): A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War.

2016 (Sept. 12 – Nov. 14; Kickoff Weekend Oct. 20 – 23) 14th annual

Theme: The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis

Thursday Night Book Discussion:  The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Dr. Jerry Root (renowned Lewis scholar and Professor) and Mark Neal (Author and Lecturer).  Discussion led by Doug Mantha (C.S. Lewis Festival Board President). McLean and Eakin booksellers

Friday Luncheon: Dr. Jerry Root will discuss his current book The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis.

Friday Afternoon Book Signing: Dr. Jerry Root will be at McLean and Eakin booksellers to sign his book The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis.

Friday Night Keynote Speaker Address:  Dr. Jerry Root will speak on The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis: Opening More than Wardrobe Doors.

Saturday Seminar: The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis – Dr. Jerry Root (Professor of Evangelism and Leadership, Wheaton College, IL); Mark Neal (Author and lecturer); Phil Jamieson (President of the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences).

          Session 1: Mark Neal – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: C.S. Lewis and the Nuanced Imagination 

Session 2: Dr. Jerry Root – My Own Eyes are Not Enough for Me: I want to See What Others Have Imagined

          Session 3: Phil Jamieson – Weaving the Spell: C.S. Lewis’ on Breaking the Enchantment of Worldliness

          Session 4:  Q & A and Panel Discussion with all presenters moderated by Dr. Jerry Root

Sunday Sermon Series: Dr. Jerry Root (Lewis Scholar, Wheaton College, IL) will speak  at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, MI on One Way to Grow in Christ. 

Other Events:

          Just an Inkling Pub Nights: Weekly pub nights (Oct. 24, Nov 7 & 15) at Beard’s Brewery discussing Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet.

          Writer’s Workshop (Nov. 14): Featuring area 4th graders reading their compositions and reflections on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

2017 (Sept. 11 – Nov. 7; Kickoff Weekend Oct. 26-29) 15th annual

Theme: The Magic Never Ends: 15 Years

Thursday Night Film Screening (Oct. 26) — The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis. David Crouse (Emmy-Award winner film-maker) will lead an hour long Q & A after the film. Harbor Springs Lyric Theater

Friday Luncheon: Suzanne Shumway (Lewis Scholar) and David Crouse will show film clips from an upcoming documentary on Lewis and Tolkien.

Friday Night Lecture: Dr. Peter J. Kreeft (Professor of Philosophy at Boston College) will deliver a keynote address on How Can C. S. Lewis Help Humanity Survive the Third Millennium. Petoskey United Methodist Church

Saturday Seminar: The Magic Never Ends featuring Chip Duncan (Author and filmmaker); Dr. Peter J. Kreeft; Suzanne Shumway; Dr. Kenneth (Kip) Murphy (Minister, First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs)

          Session 1: Chip Duncan – Film Screening of Tolkien & Lewis: Myth, Imagination, and the Quest for Meaning with opening remarks by Chip Duncan.

          Session 2:  Dr. Peter J. Kreeft – A philosopher tries to define myth, the psychology and its ontology. 

Session 3: Dr. Suzanne Shumway – Exploring the Boundaries between Literature and Myth

          Session 4: Dr. Kenneth (Kip) Murphy – Myth and History: The Importance of Story in our Spiritual Lives  

Narnia: The Musical (Oct. 28, evening; Oct. 29, matinee) – Musical based on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, directed by Mitch Barrows (Petoskey resident).

Other Events:

          Monday Night Book Discussion Sept. 11-Oct. 23): The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis. Discussion led by Doug Mantha (C.S. Lewis Festival Board President) and Tim Strauss (Lay Minister). St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Petoskey

          Trick-or-Treating and Narnia Themed Costume Parade (Oct. 28)

          Just an Inkling Pub Nights (Oct. 30, Nov. 6 & 13): Featuring discussion on Dr. Kreeft’s book Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, Aldous Huxley, and C. S. Lewis. Beard’s Brewery, Petoskey, MI

          LEGO Cair Paravel Creation: Petoskey Public Library, Youth Area – 1’ x 2’ model of the castle Cair Paravel made entirely of LEGO bricks.

         

2017 (cont.)

Writer’s Workshop (Nov. 7): Featuring area 4th graders reading their compositions and reflections on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

2018 (Sept. 20 – Nov. 19; kickoff weekend Sept. 20-23) 16th annual

Theme: C. S. Lewis in Music and Poetry: The Divine Comedy

Thursday PUB Night: Great Balls of Fire – Rev. Malcolm Guite (Poet and Chaplain at Girton College, Cambridge, England) and Dr. Michael Ward (Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, England) present an evening of readings and  music about the Stars and Planets.  Inspired by C. S. Lewis and Dante, with apologies to Jerry Lee Lewis. Beard’s Brewery

Friday Luncheon: C. S. Lewis in Music and Poetry with Dr. Michael Ward and Rev. Malcolm Guite; David Crouse (film producer) will moderate a light and informal discussion.

Book signing:  Dr. Ward and Rev. Guite will be available from 2-4 PM. at McLean and Eakin booksellers.

Friday Night Lecture: Above Us Only Sky — Dr. Michael Ward and Rev. Malcolm Guite introduce the Christian Imaginations of Dante and C. S. Lewis (with apologies to John Lennon).  What happens if we reconsider our view of the cosmos with the help of Dante’s Divine Comedy and C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia?

Friday Night Meet the Scholars (9:00PM):  An informal get-together to meet our scholars. Perry Hotel’s Reycraft Room.

Saturday Seminar: The Music of the Spheres – Dr. Michael Ward; Rev. Malcolm Guite; Doug Mantha (C. S. Lewis Festival Board President), Moderator

          Session 1: Rev. Malcolm Guite – Vicious Circles and Virtuous Spirals: Dante gets back to the garden.

          Session 2: Dr. Michael Ward – Narnia: A Waste of Space?

          Session 3: Rev. Malcolm Guite – Crystal Spheres and the Mystic Rose: Dante get back to the garden.

          Session 4: Dr. Michael Ward – Planet Narnia: The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God.

          Q & A, Wrap-Up, and Thank You.

2018 (cont.)

Sunday Sermon Series:

          10:00 AM Petoskey United Methodist Church — Rev. Malcolm Guite: “Bodying Forth”

          10:00 AM First Presbyterian Church, Harbor Springs – Dr. Michael Ward: “Hope”

Other Events:

          Just An Inkling Pub Nights (Wednesdays, Sept. 26 – Oct. 24): Bring your original poetry or one of Lewis’ poems or another’s that speaks to you on the 2018 C.S. Lewis Festival theme — C. S. Lewis in Music and Poetry: The Divine Comedy.  Beard’s Brewery

          Book Discussion (Tuesdays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 6):  God in the Dock by C. S. Lewis – “Essays, Poems, and Paintings”.  Discussions led by Tim Strauss (Anglican Deacon) and Doug Mantha (C. S. Lewis Festival Board President).  St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Petoskey

Writer’s Workshop (Nov. 19): Petoskey Public Schools’ 4th graders will have an   Author’s Forum at the Elementary Schools.  All area 4th graders participate in the C. S. Lewis Festival by creating their own “Imaginative Narrative” pieces. Friends, family, and the community are invited to join them for individual and round-robin readings. Central, Lincoln, Ottawa, and Sheridan schools.

 

2019 (Kick-off Weekend Sept. 19 – Sept. 22) 17th annual

Theme: C. S. Lewis and Film

Thursday Night Book Discussion (7PM): “A Narnian Discussion” – What’s your favorite Narnia book or passage and why?  Or, what’s your favorite C. S. Lewis book or passage and why?  Gayle Harlow (supporter) leads the discussion.  Terrace Inn, Bay View

Friday Luncheon: Dr. David Downing (Co-Director of the Wade Center, Wheaton, IL) and Dr. Crystal Downing (Co-Director of the Wade Center) are the keynote speakers for the C. S. Lewis Festival.

Friday Night Lecture: C. S. Lewis and D. L. Sayers: A Feisty Friendship – Drs. David and Crystal Downing talk about the friendship between Lewis and Sayers.

 

Saturday Morning Prayer Service:  8:30 – 9:00 AM Bay View’s Crouse Memorial Chapel.  Service led by Kenneth “Kip” Murphy ( President-Elect of the C.S. Lewis Festival Board).

Saturday Seminar: C. S. Lewis and Film – Dr. David Downing, Dr. Crystal Downing, Chip Duncan (filmmaker), Doug Mantha (Director of Ministries at Petoskey United Methodist Church)

          Session 1: Dr. David Downing – The Lion, the Wizard, and the Ticketmaster

          Session 2: Dr. Crystal Downing – The Sins of Cinema: Sayer’s Own – Me Too Movement

          Session 3: Chip Duncan – Premiere screening of The Roundtable, a companion piece to The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis and Lewis and Tolkien: Myth, Imagination and The Quest for Meaning. Co-produced with Lewis Festival Co-founder David Crouse.

          Session 4: Roundtable Discussion with all presenters moderated by Doug Mantha.

Sunday Sermon Series: Dr. Crystal Downing – Petoskey United Methodist Church

Other Events:

          Writer’s Workshop: Featuring area 4th graders reading their compositions and reflections on Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

          Teen Writing Contest: The C. S. Lewis Festival and Petoskey District Library invite teens to enter a poetry contest. The theme is “We are what we believe we are.”

 

2019 (Cont.)

The contest will feature Middle and High School levels. Poems must be no more than 28 lines. Any style is welcome!

          Just an Inkling Pub Nights: Weekly pub nights) at Beard’s Brewery: Readings, Discussions, and Light-Hearted Debates of works by C. S. Lewis.

          Book Discussion: Books by C. S. Lewis and friends are discussed