9-5-11: Renee May
Today, we mark the unofficial end of summer. Next Sunday, September 11, we’ll mark the anniversary of the end of an era.
One of the many 9/11 commemorations that will take place in Maryland next weekend is a lecture at Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum dedicated to the memory of Renee May.
Renee May was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. She was also an active volunteer at the Walters, serving as a docent there for three years before her death. Every year since her death, the Walters has invited a speaker to give the Renee May Lecture.
This year, on Saturday afternoon, the poet Stuart Kestenbaum will speak and read from his work. Today, Tom Hall talks to Stuart, and to John Shields, who worked closely with Renee May as Manager of Docent and Internship Programs at the Walters.
Stuart Kestenbaum will give the 10th Annual Renee May Lecture at the Walters Art Museum on Saturday at 2 p.m. His lecture will be preceded by a concert featuring the world music group Ensemble Datura.
On Saturday afternoon in Bel Air, the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and the Deer Creek Chamber Choir will perform “Just Before Autumn,” a new piece by a local composer named Benny Russell.
On Sunday afternoon, the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland will be dedicated to the memory of the 68 Marylanders who lost their lives on September 11. The memorial includes artifacts from the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York, and it will be installed in front of the Baltimore World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor.
You can find Stuart Kestenbaum’s book Prayers and Run-on Sentences at the website for the publisher, Deerbrook Editions.