On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11 AM, Abbott’s Grill in Milford will sponsor a Watermark Poetry Reading, an event showcasing a sampling of poems from “Watermark,” a book of poetry written by Milford’s Elisabeth Stoner that includes photography from April Allyson Abel. Proceeds from sales of Ms. Stoner’s book benefit the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute (MERR).
“The “Watermark” books are her first, although she has been writing for years,” Rachel Hickerson, Manager of Events at Abbott’s Grill and the reader for the poetry event, said. “This book is a conglomeration of poems about life, death, aging and activism for marine mammals and over the health of the ocean. Her poetry is honest and genuine, but elevated and intriguing. She is such a talented woman.”
Ms. Stoner, who is 83, and says she has been writing poems off and on throughout her life. She said her first publication was in the Cincinnati Inquirer on the editorial page when she was in third grade.
“My third-grade teacher sent it in,” Ms. Stoner said. “Since then, I have been published in literary journals and have been published in two books, both called “Watermark.” I am currently working on a book called “The Actual Adventure of Philomena a Real Seal.” Proceeds from that book will also benefit the MERR Institute.”
Ms. Stoner became involved in The MERR Institute when she moved to the area about ten years ago. She graduated from West Chester University summa cum laude and has held positions as writer and editor. She has also worked as a photographer and designer. She lives in Milford and strongly supports the efforts of The MERR Institute which trains volunteer responders and monitors who are dedicated to the conservation of marine animals and sea turtles as well as their habitat. They also focus on preservation of the ocean and other bodies of water.
The event at Abbott’s Grill will include the reading of Ms. Stoner’s poems by Ms. Hickerson as well as a short presentation by Suzanne Thurman, the Executive Director of The MERR Institute. Abbott’s Grill hopes to bring awareness to the non-profit organization and the work they do to protect and rehabilitate aquatic life along the coast. After the reading, guests will enjoy light hors d’Ouvres.
“Abbott’s decided to host the reading because Elisabeth is a longtime customer and friends of ours and we love her,” Ms. Hickerson said. “When she asked us to use the backroom for the event, we were happy to help. She also had a poetry reading at the Lewes Public Library that was a huge success. The proceeds from that event allowed Elisabeth to donate over $1,000 to MERR and we want to do our part to increase the donations she can provide to the institute.”
The event is entirely free, Ms. Hickerson said. Copies of “Watermark” will be available for purchase and guests will enjoy the poetry reading as well as information on how they can do their part to protect marine life. They will be able to meet Ms. Stoner and ask questions of Ms. Thurman. For more information about the reading, contact Abbott’s Grill at 302-491-6736.