The 34th annual Salinas Steinbeck Festival, set for May 2-4, 2014, will bring together nationally recognized speakers, authors, artists and musicians to celebrate the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s famous book, “The Grapes of Wrath.”
When Steinbeck wrote his famed novel in 1930s, millions of Americans were struggling with poverty and loss due to the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Today, “The Grapes of Wrath” continues to resonate, especially as American’s are starting to dig their way out from one of the hardest-hitting recessions in decades.
The festival is just one part of a year-long celebration, in which the National Steinbeck Center hopes to create a national dialogue about the experiences of every-day Americans today.
Salinas Steinbeck Festival Events
Opening Night Speakeasy
The opening night will present a new exhibit by artist Patricia Wakida, a reading of a new play by playwright Octavio Solis, as well as much where to buy levitra over the counter from the 1930s and Dust Bowl era cocktails.
The Grapes of Wrath Barn Party
The party will be held at the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District’s Palo Corona Ranch, which features fabulous 180-degree view of Carmel Valley and the Pacific Coast. Later, visitors can enjoy a 1930s farm house dinner, followed by the premier showing of the documentary “The Grapes of Wrath: An American Journey” by director P.J. Palmer.
“Route 66” Workshop Stations
Children and their families can enjoy workshops and demonstrations on a variety of topics such as quilting, rebuilding a vintage car engine, jam-making and printmaking.
Throughout the weekend, guests can also enjoy tours of the East of Eden Ranch, visit the Ed Ricketts’ Lab on Cannery Row, tour the National Steinbeck Center archives and enjoy tours of the area’s wineries and farms.
The National Steinbeck Center will also feature ongoing presentations and seminars, including a talk by Drucker Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman on the burning and burning “The Grapes of Wrath.”
National Steinbeck Center Salinas, Calif.
May 2-4, 2014