Did you know it can take upwards of 200,000 rose petals to make enough oil for one bottle of Perfume? Or that the secretions of a certain African feline is one of the key ingredients in some of the most legendary fragrances ever created? Or that Marilyn Monroe’s mentioning that she wears Chanel No.5 and nothing else to bed is thought by many to be the reason for its success?
This workshop celebrates the Art of Perfumery and the words that are inspired by our sense of smell. Guests will learn about the history of perfume, the different ingredients that make up its composition, and will smell firsthand legendary perfumes as well as rare and vintage fragrances and the stories behind some of the most famous perfumes ever created. As you are moved by the scents, you will have time to write about your olfactory experiences.
Join Berks Bards for a Poetry and Perfume Workshop at the Wing Pointe Conference Center, 1414 Moselem Springs Road in Hamburg. Poet and teacher Randy Boone will lead a poetry workshop in conjunction with an exploration of the ingredients of perfume led by Mark David Boberick.
Randy Boone hails from Hellertown, Pennsylvania and teaches at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus. He can often be found lurking about coffee shops, thrift stores, the Las Vegas Strip, professional wrestling websites, and outdoors betwixt the local flora and fauna. His most recent publications include poems in Spout, Glimpse, Lehigh Valley Literary Review, English Journal, Connecticut River Review, Clark Street Review, and Epicenter, among other relatively obscure journals, reviews and magazines, and a chapbook of poems titled Ignoble Daydreams for Impudent Minds from Violent Publications.
Mark David Boberick is an Interior and Theatrical Designer who lives in Cape May, NJ. Originally from the Wyoming Valley, Mark has loved fragrances for as long as he can remember and started collecting them since he was 12 years old. Mark has been a writer for SniffapaloozaMagazine.com, an online fragrance journal since 2007 where he has written reviews and interviewed perfume luminaries such as Chandler Burr, Neil Morris, and Michael Edwards. He has also been published in Men’s Health Australia. Mark enjoys visiting museums, attending the opera and the theatre, and is devoted to Greyhound Rescue Organizations.
Reservations are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Please send payments to Marilyn Klimcho, 16 Bentley Court, Reading, PA 19601 or call 610-374-1161.