February 2019 Calendar

Monday, February 4 Gallery Opening

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Nancy Maull Recent Paintings

“Wouldn’t you rather be outdoors?”

Guests are welcome at the opening.  Monday Night Dinner for members only at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6 Arts Roundtable Lunch

BREXIT at 12:15 p.m.

The Arts Round Table will welcome James Wood, New Yorker book critic and professor of English Literature at Harvard, for an informal talk about Brexit. He will focus on lead figures in the controversy – former Prime Minister James Cameron and former Mayor of London Boris Johnson – and their background at Eton College, where Wood was also a student, in the context of the still unfolding political drama in the UK.

Guests welcome.  This event is now full, so please let Mr. Fay know if you signed up but cannot attend.  There is a waiting list.

Tuesday, February 12 Play Reading Lunch

12:15 p.m.

Bring your handkerchiefs (but scripts are provided and no preparation is necessary) for a reading of Victor Hugo’s The King Amuses Himself.  As this is the source for Verdi’s Rigoletto, we will combine the play with some of the opera’s best tunes, by some of the world’s best performers (whom we hope will include a well-known quartet of singing Taverners! )  

Reserve with Mr. Fay. Come for the overture at 12:15, in the dining room.  Any questions, comments or requests to perform may be addressed to george.r.heaton@gmail.com.

Thursday, February 14 Valentines Dinner

6 p.m. Drinks and 7 p.m. Dinner

It’s party time with the Tavern Club Valentine Dinner. There’s always a surprise when we get together to celebrate love down through the ages! Come to a feast with a special menu and spectacular wines designed by the Tavern’s Food and Drink Committee.

Friends and family are welcome.  Reserve early with Mr. Fay.

Wednesday, February 20 Book Club

12:15 p.m.

Laury Coolidge will lead the Tavern Book Club’s discussion of Andrea Wulf’s new book Alexander von Humboldt and the Discovery of Nature. Humbolt studied fish, mammals, birds, plants, geology, and the great ocean currents, a number of which bear his name.  This remarkable polymath gathered evidence from his many expeditions. On his voyages Darwin took only books by Humboldt. Guests welcome. Reserve with Mr. Fay

On March 20 Art Hodges will speak about his new book – two novellas Knight Trail and Open Book Exam. Art will bring copies to the lunch and there will also be copies in the Tavern Library.

Note that two events – Book Club Lunch and History Lunch – will occur on Weds. Feb. 20, so sign up early as we may have to put a cap on attendance.

Wednesday, February 20 History Lunch

12:15 p.m.

A remarkable father-son pair – Michael and Alexander Posner – offer a rare window into social change from the perspective of different generations and different spheres of influence.  Mike served as Asst. Secretary of State for Human Rights for eight years under Hillary Clinton and was the founder of Human Rights First (immigration, global employment practices/Nike etc). He now heads the Kohlberg Center for Human Rights at NYU. He previously taught at Yale Law School. Recently graduated from Yale, Alexander heads Students for Carbon Dividends, a national organization of 40 or so college Republican and Democrat clubs sponsored by George Schultz and James Baker.  As preparation, Alexander led the Yale Magic Society, the most secretive of Yale’s secret societies. This will be an ‘intergenerational’ conversation about getting things done in a polarized world. Humor helps!

Taverner Alice Cornwell (who has just returned from teaching adults in refugee camps on Samos) will moderate. 

Guests – young and old – very welcome. Reserve with Mr. Fay.

Thursday, February 14 and 28 MeistUrsingers

12:20 p.m.

Welcome to all Taverners who like to sing! Downbeat at 12.20, Reserve with Mr. Fay if you can stay for Lunch.  MeistUrsingers are “working” on music for their annual Concert on April 25.

In Case You Missed It

On January 18, a full house of members and guests gathered in six teams to compete in Tavern Charades.  The billiard room group went on to victory.  The hardest clues?  “The Favorite” and anything involving playdough.  The easiest?  Acting out the meme “I like beer.”  A buffet followed the exhausting battle.

From the Committee on Elections

Two new names of prospective members have been placed in the book in the desk drawer of the Tavern Library. You must bring forward to the Elections Committee now any objection to these or forever hold your peace.

From David Chanler

Tavern Videographer Eminentus :

I’m looking for two or three people to train on running the camera for filming plays. If you can help, let me know. I missed the Halloween and Christmas shows in 2018, and no films were made. We need a deeper bench! d.chanler@gmail.com

Tavern Trivia

By Frank Hatch, then President, after the Tavern Great Fire of 1956:

“One day when the debris had been shoveled out of the burnt building the President saw the remains of the great ceremonial chair all but consumed on top of the load.  He took it off and asked one of the carpenters at work to turn it into a club gavel.  This was delivered three minutes later.  It now rests on our mantel.  The Italian Consul Girolamo Vitelli, a Tavern guest-member, asked for the privilege of providing the engraved tag which identifies it.”


March 7 Evening Special Event

Taverners’ poems set to music by Tavern composers and performed by Tavern singers – the Tavern’s first Prospective.

March 13 Evening Special Event

The Violin Duo, from Baroque to Modern: Cocktails, Performance, Dinner and Discussion.

 Note that Club is closed on
Monday, February 18 for President’s Day.  

Michael R. Deland
January 8, 2019, Marion, MA

                                                 –Nancy Maull, Secretary