Talk with marathoners Kathrine Switzer & Roger Robinson at Rough Draft

When this photo first appeared in the Boston Herald, this was its caption: “Hopkinton, Mass, April 19, 1967: Who says chivalry is dead? When a girl listed as ‘K. Switzer from Syracuse’ found herself about to be thrown out of normally all-male Boston Marathon today, husky companion Thomas Miller of Syracuse threw a block that tossed race official out of the running instead. Sequence shows Jock Semple, official, moving in to intercept Miss Switzer, then being bounced himself by Miller. Photos by Harry Trask of Boston Traveler.” (Photos courtesy of Boston Herald)

A novel bar and bookstore in historic Uptown Kingston, Rough Draft continues to expand its cultural and community programming in imaginative and inclusive ways. In the next few weeks, for example, Rough Draft partners with the Kingston Writers’ Studio for a Sip & Write Night (Tuesday, July 9 at 6 p.m.) where the skullbound act of writing is reimagined as something if not communal, then at least public and not quite so maddeningly isolated (or sober).

On Friday, June 28, Rough Draft hosts a pizza party to celebrate its partnership with Aaron Quint’s Kingston Bread Lab (read all about that on our HV1 site: Quint has set up shop in Rough Draft’s kitchen, and distributes his fresh-baked artisanal loaves to members of his weekly bread share/CSA every Saturday. Extra loaves are also available for purchase to non-subscribers, while supplies last. The pizza party begins at 6 p.m.


Finally, in a kind of event right on target for a bar and bookstore, Rough Draft hosts a book-signing and discussion with the husband-and-wife team of Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson on Monday, July 1. Switzer is the first woman to officially register and run the Boston Marathon (and the subject of a very famous photograph) and the author of Marathon Woman, which has recently been optioned for a major featurelength film. Robinson is the author of When Running Made History, a new book that redefines the contribution of running to modern society via eyewitness stories from the last 70 years, from the Olympics to New Paltz’s own Mohonk Preserve. Outside magazine’s Amby Burfoot called it “the best running book of all time.”

Seats and standing room for this event will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but those who wish to preorder a book can do so at to be guaranteed admission. Books will also be for sale at the event.

Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson book talk, Monday, July 1, 6 p.m., Rough Draft, 82 John St., Kingston, (845) 802-0027,