Dear friends, In 1998, a group of Cohen fans gathered for the first International Leonard Cohen Event in Lincoln, United Kingdom. This was followed by an even more International event in Leonard’s hometown of Montreal in 2000. We are now making preparations for 8th International Event scheduled for August 2-5, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin which my wife Anne & I are thrilled to be able to host.
We were not able to make the first two events and joined the group in Hydra, Greece in 2002. From that point forward we have made so many close friends that the description of a “fan gathering” does not evoke the correct feelings. To paraphrase Leonard, it is a gathering of a much deeper order. One of the great things about these events is the opportunity to make even more new friends as we welcome new comers as well as long time participants. With the great energy that Leonard’s recent touring has generated, and the enthusiasm that is being created by the anticipated new album, we feel confident that we will be able to put together a program that will have much interest for all of our participants.
Anne & I are very proud to invite you to the great city of Madison and its many attractions like State Street and the Capitol Square with its weekend farmer’s market. There are more restaurants per capita in Madison than just about any place in this country.
Madison’s natural setting on the isthmus between beautiful Lake Mendota and Lake Monona will be a perfect place to enjoy each others company and Leonard’s music and works. The picturesque University of Wisconsin Campus will be the headquarters for our event and we will use many of its venues.
We hope to plan some pre and post-tour events including something in the city of Chicago which is in the vicinity.
Anne & I are joined by a terrific committee of people some of whom have taken part in events in the past and others to whom this will be their first event. The committee has been working very hard and will have more information out to you in the next couple of months along with the opportunity to register for the event.
All good things,
JoeTags: Madison, Registration