September 2013 Calendar

Halloween Plays
Taverners! Final reminder to submit your entries to the Halloween Plays competition by Labor Day! Casting calls will follow shortly thereafter. Submit your entry under an assumed name. Submissions may be emailed to The sender’s email address will be stripped from the file and submission to maintain anonymity. In an envelope via US mail, send a letter with the name of the play and the author’s real name to the Tavern Club, attention Plays Committee.  The Plays Committee will review the submissions and vote on the three finalists. Submissions received after September 2 will be entered in next year’s competition.

Monday Night Dinner September 9
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

Monday Night Dinner September 16
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

Upon Maestro Tom Kelly‘s return, the MeistUrsingers will start up again on Thursday, September 19, downbeat @ 12:20 in the theater. MeistUrsingers is open to all Taverners who like to sing choral music. Please let Tony Fay know in advance if you plan to stay for lunch.

Elections Committee
The first meeting of the Elections Committee will be Monday, September 23, at 5:30 in the Library. Nominations of good prospective candidates are welcome at any time. Please contact Sandy Righter, Chair, Committee on Elections.

Monday Night Dinner September 23
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

Art Committee
Joe Barbieri reports that the Tarbell portrait of Gaugengigl has been cleaned and is on display in the gallery, and the large Gammell painting from the porch has also been cleaned, and is now hanging in the room next to the Perry room.

Book Club
Having had a very successful overseas meeting in Nahant on a sunny July afternoon at which landscape designer Joan Yogg led our discussion of Eleanor Perenyi’s Green Thoughts; A Writer in the Garden, the Tavern Book Club has planned our eclectic fall program.

On Wednesday, September 25 at noon, led by David Scudder, we will meet to discuss Princeton Professor Alan Blinder’s The Financial Crisis: The Response and the Work Ahead. Those who may wish to dig deeper into this meaty subject may also wish to peruse former budget director David Stockman’s The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America. These two very different books offer rich opportunities to discuss the close relationships of the fields of Economics and Psychology.


clip_image002September 26 will be the gala opening of the 2013-2014 social season at the Tavern Club. Internationally renowned concert singer Ute Gfrerer will return to the Tavern stage to perform songs from her extensive cabaret repertoire. Ute is a charismatic and exciting performer who recently sang the National Anthem at Eberts Field, inspiring the Tavern Bears to trounce the St. Botolph Saints in a memorable softball game.

On October 3 award winning Boston Globe columnist and former Taverner James Carroll, author of ten novels and seven works of non-fiction, will speak on "From Bonhoeffer to Bergoglio: Religion after the Holocaust." James is Distinguished Scholar- in-Residence at Suffolk University and covers religion for the Globe. Perhaps during the Q&A at dinner he may update us on

Pope Francis and the latest news from Rome.

Monday Night Dinner September 30
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

The Emerson project has been on hold since August 1st, as outlined in President Ernst von Metzsch’s letter of August 13th to all members, with the latest information from David Lawrence, chair of the Emerson Working Committee; this letter is also enclosed with the newsletter.


Fête Champêtre
Peter and Helen Randolph generously this year’s spectacular Fête Champêtre at their beautiful summer “cottage” in Wareham. The evening was balmy, not a bug in sight … Eli Newberger and his Dixieland jazz band enhanced the atmosphere and delighted the ear with their infectious music, and a delicious clambake was much enjoyed by the host of Taverners and their guests.



Club policy is now to email the monthly notice to all members, thereby saving some $600 a month; 22 members are recorded as preferring to receive it by regular mail, and we will continue to post it to them. If you have NOT been receiving the monthly notice by email and are not on the snail mail list already, please let us know so that we can remedy this. Phone Tony Fay, or email


Richard Chapin

July 11, Georgetown, Maine


David Amory


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