December 2012 Calendar

December 3, 2012
Monday Night Dinner
Cocktails 6:15 Dinner 7:00


December 6, 2012
MeistUrsingers | The MeistUrsingers will meet on Thursday, December 6, downbeat 12:20. Please let Tony Fay know if you are staying for lunch. There may be special music to prepare for the Christmas Carol dinner Monday, December 17. Please bring handouts and red books, if you have them.


December 6, 2012
Special Event | Finbarr O’Reilly is the chief photographer for Reuters in West and Central Africa, and is currently a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He is known not only for his photographs of the human tragedy in Africa, but also his humane and sometimes humorous images of everyday people.

Finbarr is an excellent speaker and will show photographic slides representative of his award-winning work in Central and South Africa. He will answer questions and encourage discussion during dinner.

Cocktails at 5:30, slideshow at 6:30, dinner at 7:30.


December 10, 2012
Art Committee Gallery Opening Reception for Tavern artist Peter Decamp Haines from 5 to 7. Peter will show cast bronze sculptures. His pieces are simultaneously modern and archaic, meticulously crafted for the hand and the eye.


December 10, 2012
Monday Night Dinner
Cocktails 6:15 Dinner 7:00


December 12, 2012
Arts Roundtable | Are we getting tired of the word iconic? On Wednesday, December 12 at noon the December Arts Roundtable will return us to the real meaning of the word with our special guest Kent Russell, director of the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Mass. Kent will bring examples from the collection for us to study closely, along with art historical expertise and the surprising story of this six-year-old museum. Formerly director of  the Higgins Armory in Worcester, Kent’s scholarship and museum experience range from medieval to contemporary. The conversation is sure to wander. Guests welcome.

On November 14th Taverners were treated to a tour of the stunning and informative chromolithograph exhibition at the Boston Athenaeum, led by the curator, as well as a tour of the Library’s state of the art conservation lab.”Chromo-Mania!” will be on view through January 12th.


December 12, 2012
Dress rehearsal for guests of the players


December 13, 2012
Tavern Christmas Feast | (Members only, Black Tie and Medals) The gala event of the year – you need to sign up NOW! Festivities begin with Cocktails at 6 p.m. MeistUrsingers will serenade the Company, the Yule Log will be burned, Santa and the Bear will cavort, new Members will be inducted, and all will be entertained by THE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – Taverners will light up the stage with this year’s Christmas Play “Scandals and Tweets”. The book is written by David Scudder, music arranged and conducted by David Chanler, and the play directed by Brian Rosborough. A whimsical retrospective on the Rupert Murdoch affair with press minions and aggrieved celebrities appearing before a distinguished bench of wigged Lords, summoned to Old Bailey to mete out the testimony and reach a judgment.


December 17, 2012
Carol Singing Dinner | On Monday, December 17 a Tavern tradition begun by Jim Terry, conducted by Tom Kelly: a festive dinner for members and guests followed by enthusiastic renditions of familiar carols. Cocktails 6:15, followed by dinner and carols beginning at 7:00. Guests very welcome.


December, 17, 2012
Elections Committee | The Elections Committee, which will meet on Monday, December 17 at 5:30, is fond of a quirky phrase about elections from one of our reciprocal clubs: “…the Committee…seemed to have values that put warmth and friendship and a love of the arts ahead of achievement (or lack thereof) ahead of everything else. Some members are very talented, and it is very nice when talent turns up in a member, but it is not an essential requirement. It is a happy accident.” This could well be us.

Keep those good proposals coming!
SR et al.


A downloadable PDF of the December 2012 calendar is available here.

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