Robert Benchley-Dorothy Parker Summer Fridays

Robert Benchley

Robert Benchley

Who does not like to blow off work on Fridays? And particularly, in the summer? I’m going to be offering a special weekly walking tour this summer, dedicated to my two favorite former co-workers, Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker. The walks begin and end at the landmark Algonquin Hotel. The walks will visit the sites of the Algonquin Round Table, from former speakeasies, Broadway playhouses, apartment houses, and to where The New Yorker was based. I am calling this tour Robert Benchley-Dorothy Parker Summer Fridays.

Immediately following the walking tour we will end at the famous Algonquin Blue Bar, for a special cocktail toast, made with Dorothy Parker American Gin, from the New York Distilling Company in Brooklyn.

The dates of these walking tours will be:

Friday, July 15, 3:00
Friday, July 22, 3:00
Friday, July 29, 3:00
Friday, August 5, 3:00
Friday, August 19, 3:00
Friday, August 26, 3:00

Dorothy ParkerWho were Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker? Benchley was a fantastic humorist with a sublime style. One of my favorite things he wrote was, “New York – The city where the people from Oshkosh look at the people from Dubuque in the next theater seats and say “These New Yorkers don’t dress any better than we do.”

I’m partial to Dorothy Parker, because in 1998 my friends and I started the Dorothy Parker Society, and I’ve been running dorothyparker.com ever since. Although she’s known as a wit, poet, and short fiction creator, I like her drama reviews and essays best.

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