If you're new here, we like to refer to Shakespeare's birth/death day (April 23) as "Shakespeare Day" and celebrate it as something of a holiday. I point you, by way of example, to last year where I put out a dozen posts, gave away t-shirts, went to see open mic Shakespeare nights, and pretty much anything else I could get my hands on. That was a good one. :) That post is a link to the entire April 2010 archive, it's the best I can do, so you have to fish for it a bit. Here, have a link to my summary of the day's events. And here's how I spent Shakespeare Day 2009.
Unfortunately this year Shakespeare Day falls on a Saturday, which means I do not have any big online celebrations planned. There's just no way I can stay chained to my machine all day on a weekend when family obligations take center stage. I'm sure I won't let it go by unnoticed, but I do feel obliged to let my audience here know that there'll be no festivities of any significance.
There was some talk about taking the kids down to D.C. this year for April vacation, which would have meant getting to spend Shakespeare Day at the Folger itself. That would have been highly cool. But even though my boy does run around testing his pre-school teachers on their Hamlet knowledge, my wife and I decided that the kids are still a bit young to really get enough value out of a trip like that so we've put it off for another year.
What about you all? What are you doing for Shakespeare Day? I'm going to keep calling it that, and encourage you all to do so as well. It's not just Shakespeare's birthday. It is a holiday, a day for us to celebrate everything the man means to the world. Don't be shy.