A star danced, and under that I was born…

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Happy Birthday, William!

The 451st Birthday of the Bard was celebrated in grand style around the Globe (pun intended) on April 23, 2015, and of course, we had to get in on the festivities.  From Stratford-upon-Avon to New Jersey and Florida, Shakespeareophiles acted, danced, read, dueled, and ate cake, all in homage to London’s finest playwright.  You can follow the worldwide merriment at Shakespeave Lives Here, part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

In our little hamlet on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico,  we trumpeted our procession and waved our flags from the “cradle to the grave”.  After processing to our courtyard, the Bard ceremoniously passed the quill to our head student.  We unfurled our flags and released our black and yellow balloons before heading to the final resting place of our honoree, where we laid flowers on his grave, making sure not to move his bones, and recited some of his famous floral verse.  Eventually we made our way into our classroom for cake and ice cream, followed by the reading of birthday poems on lovely, homemade birthday cards.  No party would be complete without games, so we finished our revelry with a Shakespeare Academic Bowl.  Eight teams, including one parent team, answered questions during four rounds of play to determine the team with the most knowledge of Mr. “Shakspere”.  Needless to say, a student team won goody bags of British treats, but a good time was had by all.

What was your best birthday celebration?

(P.S.  Do you know what Shakespeare play is alluded to in the title of this post?)


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2 thoughts on “A star danced, and under that I was born…

  1. My best birthday celebration was when I was turning 11. I invited all my family and friends over, and we had a great time! We had a slide, a pool, food and drinks, games, and even rides! I had a birthday cake, and a ton of presents! In the end, I had a sleep over with some of my friends! It was a great day and one that I wil always remember. I also don’t know what play the title of the post was alluded too.


    Carson Traub

  2. Hello mrs. Donofrio,
    I think this an an excellent post with an excellent question, and I think the best birthday celebration I have ever had was my 12th birthday. My mom took me to aquatica. It was a great surprise my mom and brother and I just got in the car and started driving then she told me where we were going. We went on the lazy river and a lot of cool slides. When we left we were tired but ,had one more stop to make . Our end of the year football party was that same day . We received trophies had a ton of food and hung out with our team mates. From start to finish it was a great Birthday .

    From your friend, jacob.

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