April 2021 Tavern Club Newsletter

April 2021 Tavern Club Calendar


Guests welcome to all Zoom events. Monday Night Dinners and Friday Lunches served in the Club. Reserve for all events with Mr. Fay, manager@tavernclub.org.

The Committee on Elections draws your attention to the new Name in the Book, also accessible by logging in to www.tavernclub.org. (Gallimaufry, Candidate for Membership)

Wednesday, March 31 & Thursday, April 1 at 5:30 pm via Zoom: Narrenabend 2021, Pandemic Edition.
So you thought the Tavern has been closed during the pandemic? Tune in to this year’s Narrenabend production to find out what’s really been happening at 4 Boylston Place while we’ve all been stuck at home.

Monday, April 5:  6:30 pm Monday Night Dinner at the Tavern

Thursday, April 8 at 6:00 pm  A Tavern Talk: Mayhem in the Courts: How Covid disrupts Law & Order.

A discussion between Tavern lawyers Gene Dahmen, Mark Green, Gabrielle Wolohojian, Andy Doherty, Bill Strong. What are the legal issues raised by the pandemic? Courts closed. Offices shuttered. What has happened to the wheels of justice? Everything from changing how to notarize documents to deciding who gets out of jail because of the virus. Is it possible to have a socially distanced jury—or require a vaccinated one, or even a masked one? Cross-examine on Zoom? Take depositions remotely? Where has been the greatest harm? What are the lessons to prompt future reforms?  Come join the debate or just listen in.

Monday, April 12:  6:30 pm Monday Night Dinner at the Tavern

Tuesday, April 13: Writing Gym by Zoom, all welcome  9:30 – 10:15 am

Impromptu writing workshop to engage our muses, share thoughts, and a virtual cup of coffee.

Wednesday, April 14 via Zoom, the Arts Round Table will take an armchair field trip to the Naga Gallery on Newbury Street, where Taverner Joe Barbieri will give us a tour of his new exhibition of paintings, “Lucky Ducks and Lambent Landscapes.” Joe will enlighten us with the meaning of his latest imaginary bird/man portraits and the painterly technique of his lush Maine summer landscapes.

Monday, April 19:  6:30 pm Monday Night Dinner at the Tavern

Meeting of Committee on Elections at 5:30 pm by Zoom.

Tuesday, April 20:  Play reading at noon via Zoom

George Heaton writes: Having been tantalized and traumatized by the wonders of Camus’ “Caligula,” Acts 1 and 2, at our last session, we will race toward the bloody end next time, doing Acts 3 and 4.  There are lots of wonderful roles, and lots of great ideas — although they are mostly, as Camus would have it — “absurd.”  The Vintage Paperback continues to be our edition, and it is also available on Kindle.  Please sign up with Mr. Fay, and with any questions, contact george.r.heaton@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 21, 5:30 History Cocktails — Making Art, Making History or How We Survived a Pandemic.

Elliot Davis will put our Getty Challenge efforts into a longer historical context of creating Tableaux Vivant in response to paintings, and bring the topic up to date with the international phenomenon during COVID that inspired the Getty Challenge.  Our guest presenter, Julia de Peyster will be presenting a range of her COVID creations.  She will share her collaborative process in lockdown — a serious, whimsical, and sometimes uproarious time with the whole family arranging the scenes, lighting, and editing the works. Ultimately, she became part of a global community and will give us a glimpse of thousands of fellow tableaux-ists, making up a worldwide online community. Tavern Club artists, ad hoc amateurs, and art connoisseur consumers please join us as we admire the ingenuity and creativity of survival while at the same time being very happy it is history!

Thursday, April 22: The 2nd annual Tavern Prospective at 5:30 on Zoom

Eight lyricists, seven composers, and twelve performers have created a  “Tavernway” Show with more than a dozen songs for our pandemic times: Love in the Time of Covid.  A tango of Ambivalence. Nostalgia for Little Human Miseries of the pre-Covid-19 era (boring vegan cousins, traffic jams).  What about the Robot who stole the election? Always some good rock: Love Storm. And more. The creative team, led by Elaine Woo and Al LaFarge involves a wide swath of Taverners, including David Scudder, Belinda Rathbone, Martha Eddison, Roger Warner, Leslie Dunton-Downer, George Steel, George Perkins, and many more. And there’s something new this year in Prospectives: a single poem by Anne Carter Aitken will be set to music by each Tavern composer. Don’t miss this!

Wednesday, April 28: Book Club at noon via Zoom

Ed Tarlov writes:  Dr. Harvey Molotch will discuss his book Beyond Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger. Starting with public restrooms and continuing to an analysis of airline safety, 911, Hurricane Katrina, and other examples, this beautifully written book delineates what many people have been wondering. It turns out that safety is provided by bystanders rather than by officials on duty.

So welcome to what will be a provocative and interesting account of the environments we all passed through in the days we could go out.

Harvey Molotch taught Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at both New York University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2019, the American Sociological Association gave him its highest award – for Career of Distinguished Scholarship. His book, Beyond Security, received the Prose Award from the Association of American Publishers

Bridge continues online.  All levels of competence are welcome.  Just contact George.r.heaton@gmail.com

In case you missed it in March:

March 4: Tavern Film Festival the Retrospective:  George Perkins and Jim Terry brought us a  selection of musical numbers from over a century of Tavern music with the innovative twist of individually (and imaginatively) produced Zoom performances done by an impressive list of Taverners. Singers were Margery Kennelly, Joel Ives, Staffan Ericsson, Mary Rhinelander, George Steel, David Godine, Abbie Trafford, Sam Dennis, Shaw McDermott, Jim Terry, while the unsung heroes were the film producers and Tavern musicians who accompanied.

March 11: Conversations with Tavern doctors, who answered the questions that you were too embarrassed to ask and the press has been too superficial to explore. The panel expertise including virology (Victor Peña-Cruz), immunology (Hal Churchill), patient care (Mary Scott), and psycho-social issues (Watson Reid).

March 18:  Ambassador Nicholas Burns, now a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, wowed us with a thoughtful and articulate discussion of the current state of U.S. politics, from President Biden’s agenda and priorities to the reshaping of our foreign policy

March 25:  What would a Tavern month be without a Tom Kelly performance?  This month, we were treated to a medieval mystery tour starting at Monte Cassin monastery in southern Italy and winding up at Harvard’s Houghton Library, in pursuit of missing pages from an ancient musical manuscript.

— Rusty Tunnard, Secretary

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April 2018 News

April 2018 Calendar

Peter Haines Sculpture

Gallery Opening Monday, April 2, 5:30-7:00
Peter Haines – Sculptures

“I’ll be showing small bronze sculptures, made for the hand as well as for the eye.  The work ranges from pure abstraction to stylized animals (some bears), and architecture.  My artistic ancestors include stone axes and ancient ethnographic objects; to name a few: Cycladic, Shang Dynasty, Olmec, African.  More recent influences are Henry Moore, Brancusi, and Noguchi.Peter Haines

Meredith Bergmann

Arts Round Table Lunch Wednesday, April 11, Noon

The Arts Roundtable will welcome the sculptor Meredith Bergmann. Meredith has made both private and public works, including the Women’s Memorial on Commonwealth Ave. Mall (between Fairfield and Gloucester Streets). The bronze and marble memorial represents three remarkable women with Boston connections: Abigail Adams, the famous First Lady who was a strong advocate of women’s rights, Phillis Wheatley, a colonial slave and the first published African-American poet, and Lucy Stone, an abolitionist and suffragist who was one of the first American women to earn a college degree. Among Bergmann’s many other works are the September 11th Memorial at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, a large bronze bas-relief commemorating the labor movement for the Massachusetts State House, and a memorial sculpture in progress of Franklin D. Roosevelt for installation on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of the unveiling of the Boston Women’s Memorial with its creator. Guests welcome.

Carman Hinton

Special Event, Carma Hinton, Thursday, April 12 Dinner

We are pleased to welcome Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies at George Mason University, who is both an art historian and a filmmaker. Born and raised in China, with Chinese as her first language and culture, Carma has devoted her life to documenting and teaching about China.  Together with her husband, Richard Gordon, Carma produced and directed 13 documentary films about China.  These films explore a wide range of topics, from traditional culture, the arts, medicine, and village life (Stilt Dancers, Small Happiness, All Under Heaven, and To Taste 100 Herbs) to major historical events, such as the protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989 (The Gate of Heavenly Peace) and the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution during the1960s (Morning Sun).

You may remember that Carma spoke to Taverners on the occasion of the opening of Yin Yu Tang, the Qing dynasty Chinese house she helped bring to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Others will recall her grandmother Carmalita, founder of the Putney School in Vermont, or her father William Hinton, agriculturalist and author of Fanshen and Shenfan.  Guests welcome. Reserve early.

Cocktails 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm.

History Lunch with Patricia O’Toole, Wednesday, April 18, 12:15 
Patricia O’Toole on her new biography, The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made.

The Moralist by Patricia O'Toole

“An elegantly and wittily written, deeply nuanced, and finely argued biography
. . . An essential contribution to presidential history.” —Booklist, starred review

A penetrating biography of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial US presidents, Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). Patricia O’Toole, author of acclaimed biographies of Theodore Roosevelt, When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House (2005) and Henry Adams, The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, writes a cautionary tale about the perils of moral vanity and American overreach in foreign affairs. Many of O’Toole’s revelations break fresh ground, including the unreliability of Wilson adviser Edward M. House as a source. A bonus derives from the obvious relevance of the Wilson presidency to 21st-century politics. The ways in which Wilson expanded presidential powers bring to mind presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. Guests most welcome!

Poetry Lunch, Tuesday, April 24, 12:15

David Ferry

Tavern Poetry Lunch delights in a return visit from our esteemed friend David Ferry, whose much-heralded translation of Virgil’s Aeneid was published in the fall to rejoicing. David will read from and discuss the Aeneid, as he did two Februaries ago; and he’ll probably entertain us with a few of his own poems, and other translations, too. His Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations won the National Book Award in 2012, and a slew of other major honors have come his way for earlier poems and translations (Virgil’s Georgics and Eclogues, Horace’s odes, and even the Epic of Gilgamesh): in 2011, he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Foundation. He is the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor (emeritus) of English at Wellesley College and still teaches around town. Guests are welcome but the table will be bursting at the seams if previous lunches are an indication–both with David and also Sallie Spence’s Virgil lunch in October.

Thinking Bear

Book Club Lunch, Wednesday, April 25, Noon

We will discuss The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis and Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Both books deal with the work of two Israeli psychologists, one of whom (Kahneman) won the Nobel Prize–in Economics!  Their studies of our decision-making show how seemingly irrelevant factors shape choice.  For example, judges grant parole more often after morning coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea. The results of recent experience may unduly influence our decisions. Much of what we believe to be rational and logical may not be. Guests welcome – Reserve with Tony Fay.

MeistUrsingers  April 5, and MAYBE April 19 and 25 with Jim.
Afternoon rehearsal with Tom April 26, before Concert. MeistUrsingers are reminded to sign up with Tony Fay if they can stay for lunch.

The Committee on Elections will not be meeting in April. Next Meeting May 21.

Special Event, MeistUrsingers Concert, Thursday, April 26

Concert singers

The MeistUrsingers have the pleasure and the honor to present their inimitable stylings in a program, not too long, of works by Taverners and non-Taverners, including Randall Thompson, John Dowland, James Terry, and Tony Hutchins. At dinner, we will have the pleasure of hearing Taverner Mike Scott on the piano as we all seek to drown out his performance by singing Gershwin’s greatest tunes. Taverners and their guests are cordially invited.

Note: Concert Before dinner.  Cocktails 6 pm, Concert 6:30 pm, followed by Dinner and Singalong.

In case you missed it …

Musical Retrospective, March 8 
Numbers of Taverners moved, sang, and enacted songs by Hatches Senior and Junior and by Brad Trafford, all from 1939 to 1983.  If the lyrics were occasionally obscure and our figures less than neat, there was love in it and the great pleasure of discovering and rediscovering terrific music.  The audience was forgiving and appreciative.  All thanks to Jim Terry and Elaine Woo, the impresarios and accompanists.

Narrenabend, March 29
Thought You Was Dead, penned by Watson Reid, and brilliantly directed by Peter Rand, brought a 1920 west Texas saloon to the Tavern stage.  The four-man band, three guitars (George Perkins, Watson Reid, Chris Whitlock) and a cello (Andy Calkins) filled the hall with country western songs, all arranged and composed by Watson Reid, who also wrote the lyrics.  The tale of jilted lovers and outlaws kicked off when Bougie (JoAnne Dickinson) returned in grand burlesque fashion to the cowboy town Pas-de-Place after an absence—when she was thought to be dead.  Her desire, in a French accent, was to reclaim her lover, Hawker (Albert LaFarge), who by now was inconveniently married to Tris (Mary Scott). Jake Danuls (Peter Randolph) the saloon keeper served eggs in beer—real eggs—but couldn’t stop the inevitable gunfight in his establishment.  The telephone operator, Maude (Abbie Trafford), comically delayed the news from getting to Sheriff Tracer (Jane Manopoli).  To add drama to the drama, a spectacularly costumed Deus-Ex-Mexica (David Scudder) used his divine powers to transform three cows into cowgirls (Sandy Righter, Kate Dahmen, Sallie Spence McGregor) thereby providing polka dancing partners for the cowboys (Ben Cox, James Houghton, Brian Rosborough).  All was resolved in forgiveness and joy, as the bullets were found to be blanks, and no-one really was hurt.  The costumes (Martha Eddison) and the sets (Warren Ross, Peter Haines) lended visual form to the music.  Sounds of lighting and gunfire (David Chanler) were enhanced with excellent lighting effects (Gabrielle Wolohojian, David Lawrence).  Prompting was invisible (Jane Shaw) but effective (!) and the curtain (Polly Drinkwater) pulled without snags!  The final polka dance (choreography by Elaine Woo) ended the production with the audience joining the clapping and foot stomping.  And of course, the poster (Kate Dahmen) will memorialize the event.

Deborah Warren

Joseph Hammer
Ex-naval officer, Opera aficionado

–Nancy Maull, Secretary

For a complete, downloadable copy of the April 2018 Tavern Club Newsletter, click here.

2015 April Calendar

From Ernst von Metzsch:

On April 1 our neighbor Emerson College will begin tearing down the buildings adjacent to 4 Boylston Place, numbers 1, 2 and 3, in order to construct a dormitory for students. It is likely that construction, following removal of the debris, will start in August and take up to two years to complete, to be open for occupation by Fall 2017.

Emerson was unable to proceed with its plan to purchase the Tavern Club air rights and build a larger dormitory around the Club, which proposal had been approved by the Club in 2013.

The present Emerson plan has many aspects that are not fully known to us. It will likely present difficulties to us in sustaining our normal activities. At this point, we have a number of oral statements from Emerson, indicating that they are aware of our needs and that they will make an effort to address our concerns.

High on our agenda is to obtain emergency egress from our upper floors through 3 Boylston Place. We hope to maintain some control over the access to our parking lot during construction and have raised the issue of substitute parking.

Most construction activity will be during weekdays between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm, but we have been informed there will also be night activity at times. Emerson will receive the Tavern events schedule and have indicated they are sensitive to those. We would like to obtain a written Memo of Understanding so that we do not rely only on oral assurances and indications. We plan to continue to operate as before, and keep you informed. We realize we are not entirely without rights and will stand up for those if and when necessary.


Surely with Narrenabend the long Winter ends – and with Spring comes


Andy WarholBy Belinda Rathbone and Bob Linderman
Directed by John Tittmann

Many among the Club’s thespian elite have been persuaded to tread our boards in this new musical about one of Pop Art’s icons. If somehow you have missed this news and have not signed up, better do so NOW.

Call Tony Fay at (617) 338-9682
Members only
Medals, Black Tie or equivalent.

Monday April 13, 5:30, Library

Thursday April 2 and 9 (No lunch April 2)

Wednesday April 8, Noon. Guests welcome

Taverner Bessel van der Kolk: Trauma and Art

Bessel will discuss how the use of Theatre can help in overcoming Traumatic Stress in Adults and Children, Veterans and Prisoners.

Bessel’s talk, illustrated with video, is derived from his recent New York Times Best Seller list book The Body Keeps the Score. This subject is for everyone, not just neuroscientists, and should not be missed.

Members and Guests welcome, gather at Noon.

Wednesday, April 15, Noon

Llewellyn “Louie” Howland, legendary and elusive Taverner of old, has written a biography of a great American polymath, W. Starling Burgess, Inventor, Naval Architect, Poet, Aviation Pioneer and Master of American Design. The book. “No Ordinary Being”, is published by David Godine, and Louie will tell us the story of Starling Burgess and how he came to know about him and to write about him. Drinks at Noon, Lunch at 12:30, Guests very welcome.

Thursday, April 16


Conducted by Tom Kelly.

Drinks 6:00   Concert at 6:30
Dinner follows with a Gershwin Singalong accompanied by Mike Scott at the piano. Taverners, families and friends, waifs and strays, all are welcome and expected not only to listen, eat and drink but to SINGALONG too.

Monday, April 27, Noon

Albert LaFarge’s alliterative talents have not deserted him and will return, inspired by the name of A.R. AMMONS, the American Poet chosen to be the subject of April’s Poetry Lunch. Members and of course guests will be very welcome. Albert will suggest some of ARA’s poems but plan to bring your own too.

Wednesday, April 29, Noon

Over Lunch Jack Cobb and Ed Tarlov will lead a discussion of the new Adam Nicolson book “Why Homer Matters”, a very personal and original view of the modern significance of the Odyssey and Homer or Homers. Guests welcome.

Drinks at Noon, Lunch at 12:30.

(See “Long Term” for May 6 Book Club)

Thursday, April 30, 6:30

The Tavern Club welcomes two distinguished musicians who have entertained audiences around the world.

Robert Mealy is Concertmaster of the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in New York City, and Avi Stein is Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Church, Wall Street. They will present a Concert of Baroque Music, Robert Mealy on Violin and Avi Stein on Harpsichord.

The New Yorker has called Robert Mealy “New York’s world-class early music violinist” and the New York Times called Avi Stein “a brilliant organ soloist “in his Carnegie Hall debut. In addition to playing the violin at many Music Festivals, Robert Mealy is an adjunct Professor of Music at Yale University and also teaches courses in rhetoric and performance, and was at one time Director of the Harvard Baroque Orchestra. Avi Stein plays regularly at the Boston Early Music Festival as well as with other Baroque and Early Music orchestras.

This is a unique opportunity for Taverners and their guests to hear Baroque Music performed by distinguished and gifted musicians, and we suggest signing up early.

Drinks 6:00, Concert 6:30 followed by dinner at 7:30 or so. Members and Guests.

In Case You Missed It …

The month of February was a trial to many at the Tavern Club, and to none more than Staff led by the imperturbable Tony Fay. Salem cooked upstairs in the Rats’ Kitchen, food was brought down to serve, drinks came up, and somehow everyone survived the various inconveniences with grace and apparent aplomb.

Thursday February 26

Tom Kelly, with a deft impersonation of Watson Reid who was mysteriously absent , introduced Professor Thomas F Kelly, the distinguished Harvard Professor of Music, who discussed his new book “Capturing Music: The Story of Notation”  which takes us back to when musical notes first came to be written three quarters of s millennium ago. A large and happy Tavern audience was led delightfully through an all too short history of Notation. Not to diverge, as Notation is a rather forbidding word, but Tom quickly dismissed such a fear by leading us through  the way  writing of music emerged in a series of entertaining slides as well as excerpts of the music recorded by the renowned local Blue Heron Renaissance Singing Group.

It was an all too short introduction to a subject to which few of us have given much thought and it is doubtful that many of us remember music being taught which such good humor and enthusiasm. No-one wanted the talk to end.

After dinner, Tom reintroduced himself and answered numerous questions with the same élan, and at least one Taverner would like to hear the whole thing over again. Not merely to satisfy that demand, Tom happens to be  giving a live and longer  reprise of the evening with the live Blue Heron Group at the New England Conservatory at 2:00 on Friday June 12.


The weather mercifully allowed the Triennial Art Show to take place, and Tavern artists Professional, Amateur and very Amateur showed their work in an exhibit that opened on Thursday March 12. The 2015 Show was dedicated to Rob Ward who had been much of the inspiration for these Club Exhibitions in the first place, as well as literally putting them together.

Rob’s niece had lent the Club some of Rob’s work, which was displayed on the Billiards table, and she as well as others spoke briefly about Rob to the good crowd of Members and their guests gathered for the opening. A buffet Dinner was served which met with general approval – it allowed visitors to move around, talking and viewing. Special thanks to Joe Barbieri, Peter Haines and Joe Wheelwright for the work put into gathering and displaying the work of Tavern artists. One comment might be added, editorially as it were, which is that we fell far short of 100% Club Member participation in the 2015 Show, and for 2018 we expect many more Taverners to show their work!

(Note: Triennial Art Show ends May 1).

It would be delinquent not to mention the Art Exhibit which preceded the Triennial Art Show, and that was by Carolyn Newberger, which was itself delayed by the same weather that postponed Eli’s Jazz Evening, but was eventually hung and viewed on the night of the Jazz Evening, at which Carolyn herself displayed not only her skills as an artist but also as a Washboard Player with the Band.

Thursday March 5

Various February events were cancelled or postponed, and of those none required greater patience and planning than the Annual Valentine’s Day Jazz Concert.  Eli Newberger managed to finesse the evening with the loss of only one musician, who was replaced with another stellar cornetist, Randy Reinhart.

So eventually on Thursday March 5 a full house heard Eli lead the Band and some of our local talent in a foot stomping evening of virtuoso playing and singing. Highlights undoubtedly included Tiger Rag to get things going, Watson Reid and Andy Doherty doing Your Feet’s Too Big, Ute Gferer La Vie en Rose, Bob Winter playing Ain’t Misbehavin’ – but the occasion was full of good music and singing, and was followed by dinner attended by most of the Band. After dinner Eli with Band members answered questions; the occasion also allowed the Club to give Eli his Tavern Buttons, somehow overlooked until now. This now Annual Event has become a Club fixture and the good news is that some of the Band have already committed to 2016.

HISTORY LUNCH Announcement

After years of dignified labor and graceful energy, Steve Clark and Frinde Maher are relinquishing their guidance of the monthly Tavern History Lunches. The Club welcomes our new History Custodians, Carol Bundy and Jock Herron. Carol and Jock step up willingly and enthusiastically and we are all delighted.


By the time Members read this, they will be able to see a new photograph of our longest serving President hanging on the walls. This is a copy of a photo lately discovered at the Essex County Club in Manchester, Massachusetts, where it transpires that Mr. Higginson was a Founder and first President in 1893-1894. He had a house in Manchester, and was an active sportsman, which led to his joining a small group who wished to enjoy golf and tennis, as well as good company far from the hordes.

It is a fine picture of a reflective Henry Lee Higginson, and the Club is pleased to have it.


ART OPENING: Mary Rhinelander
Monday May 4  Cocktails 5:00
Dinner 7:00, Members only

Wednesday May 6, 12:00

Barclay Tittmann will discuss the Sonnets of Shakespeare including Neil Rudenstine’s new book Ideas of Order about the story the Sonnets tell. Please bring your copies of the Sonnets so we can read together “the most beautiful love poems ever written”, according to Rudenstine (and Barclay).

Monday May 11 (and Dinner, Black Tie)

Thursday May 28

THE GREAT INFERNO ILLUSTRATION CHALLENGE – Attention all Taverner artists!  We solicit submissions for illustrations – large, small, paintings, drawings, sculpture, any appropriate media – for an exhibition that will be a central feature of Dante’s Inferno Night – this year’s annual Author event.

The deadline is May 21, a week before Inferno Night. For inspiration, check out the Robert Pinsky translation, The Inferno of Dante, which has stunning illustrations by Michael Mazur.

For further information consult any member of the Inferno Committee:  Jack Cobb, Frinde Maher, Peter Rand, Barclay Tittmann.

Wednesday June 3

Softball Game with the St Botolph, practice the day before on the Ebersold fields near the Hatch Shell, with dinner at the St Botolph afterwards.

Thursday June 4 – Summer Shorts

For their twelfth year, Summer Shorts presents three short plays.

Thursday, July 16 – Fête Champêtre

At the Newport home of Ron Fleming.


Paul Sullivan
Oil painter and rare book collector
Beacon Hill Seminars
Avid racing/cruising sailor

Steffan Ericsson
Expert in new technologies with music embedded in his soul
Collector of large and complex model trains
Wine connoisseur

May Kinnicutt (“Maisie”) Houghton
Author, poetess, intellectual, actress, public speaker

Bear Dandelion

Christopher Smallhorn

Tavern Club Calendar April 2015

April 2013 Calendar

Monday Night Dinner April 1

Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00


Wednesday April 3

Narrenabend : Once a Knight …

Cast Guest Night – Others if space allows,

Consult Chris Whitlock. Cocktails 6.15, Dinner

7pm, followed by performance.


Thursday April 4

Narrenabend : Once a Knight …

Members only, Black Tie, Medals

Cocktails 6.15, Dinner 7pm, followed by performance



John Tittmann, Peter Haines, Peter Aitken, Katharine Boden at work on the set for “Once a Knight …”

A thrilling dramatization of Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale, brought to you by some of the Tavern’s

finest theatrical talents, many making their debut on the Tavern stage. Do not miss the tense

denouement: “Who will win the faire Emelye’s hand?" Written by Anne Carter, music by Jim

Crissman, directed by Bob Osteen and Peter Randolph.


Friday April 5, Special Friday Lunch

Emerson Project Update


Art Gallery Opening Monday April 8, 5-7

Paintings and illustrations by Chris Whitlock. Chris is a graduate of Massachusetts College of

Art. Before turning to a career in art direction, he made a living as an illustrator and photographer. Nowadays he paints for his amusement in his occasional free time. A jack of all trades, master of none, he chooses his subject matter and media at whim.


Monday Night Dinner April 8

Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

Followed by Members Meeting at 8:00:

The Emerson Project


Wednesday, April 10, 12:15 – 2:00

Arts Round Table Lunch, Guests welcome

Music and Massachusetts’ Children:

The Promise of El Sistema, The Venezuelan Musical Miracle

Momentum is building toward a statewide initiative that will strengthen the cognitive and

emotional development of children and build opportunity for their families and their communities through their intensive, afterschool, orchestral music instruction.


We’ll listen to a brief profile of children and families in Massachusetts and enjoy first-hand reports from members of a delegation that visited Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu and his gleaming new Center ("Centro") for the Social Development Through Music and to El Sistema "nucleos" in and around Caracas, side-by-side with accounts of path breaking Massachusetts programs and pertinent arts funding initiatives. Since Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema’s most celebrated graduate, assumed the podium of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a new collaboration has been formalized between the Venezuelan Centro, Bard College, The Longy/Bard School of Music, and his orchestra. During our visit, Maestro Abreu, Longy/Bard President Karen Zorn, and Bard President Leon Botstein signed the agreement formalizing this marriage with El Sistema. It will expand the corpus of highly qualified and credentialed leaders and serve as a platform for continuing professional exchange. Maestro Botstein’s penetrating account of Shostakovich’s devastating 7th Symphony with the principal Youth Orchestra of Caracas followed the signing ceremony. It left no need for more words about the transformational powers of music.



Mark Churchill, El Sistema U.S.A.

Anita Walker, Executive Director, MA Cultural Council

Karen Zorn, President, Longy/Bard School of Music

Carolyn Mower Burns, President, Berkshire Children and Families

Carolyn and Eli Newberger, Board of Advisors, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Children and Families.


History Lunch Wednesday April 17, 12.15

Peter Rand on his forthcoming book, Conspiracy of One: Tyler Kent’s Secret Plot against FDR, Churchill, and the Allied War Effort

A debonair young code clerk stationed at the American Embassy in London in 1939, Tyler Kent photographed two thousand classified documents, including top secret telegrams Winston Churchill sent President Franklin D. Roosevelt with inducements to help him fight the Nazis. Kent was planning, he said, to turn his archive over to FDR’s enemies in Congress. Instead, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Kennedy turned Kent over to the British. Was Kent a spy? How did MI5 track him down? What was the role of pro-German sentiment and anti-Semitism in the political turmoil around the run-up to World War II? Peter Rand magically recreates this long-buried true story, from beginning to end, in the course of which many other questions arise. Among them: what is the role of minor players like Kent in the kind of war that was waged, and in history in general?


Please join us for Peter’s presentation.

Discussion to follow. Guests welcome.


Elections Committee

The Elections Committee will meet on Monday, April 22 , at 5:30 in the Perry Room.

The names of two candidates for membership are in the book in the library for members’ review.

Monday Night Dinner April 22

Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00


Book Club Wednesday April 24 12.15

Get out your reading glasses! The Tavern Book Club has an excellent program in store for the Spring! On April 24, in response to a groundswell of feeling to have one of the literary classics, Joan Yogg will lead our discussion of Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, a chance for us all to visit the byways of Colonial India. Our May selection, to be presented Wednesday May 22 by Chris Smallhorn, is Amity Schlaes’s new book Coolidge. Those interested may also wish to peruse Robert Sobel’s Coolidge – an American Enigma, as well as The Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasr, an economic history from Malthus and Marx to modern times, very relevant to the Coolidge story, as he used his parsimonious principles, few words and good sense to preside over a period of unprecedented American growth, technological development and prosperity.


And on Wednesday June 26 we will discuss Hanoi Adieu by Mandalay Perkins, an evocative memoir of a Frenchman in Indochina between 1940 and the 1970’s. Several of those planning to participate have either recently been to Hanoi, or were there during what the Vietnamese refer to as the American War, or both.


And stay tuned and send suggestions to Ed for the July Meeting and for the Annual Overseas

meeting of the Tavern Book Club in August, in Nahant.


Poetry Table

No Poetry Lunch scheduled for April.



The MeistUrsingers will meet but the dates are yet to be determined – notifications forthcoming.

Stay tuned!




Thursday April 25

The Jim Terry Musical Retrospective – Still in gestation, but the heartbeat is detectable, shaping up to about 30 songs from a dozen shows done by more than 25 singers – Audience, including guests, would be much appreciated.

Cocktails 6.15, Dinner 7.00, followed by performance.


Monday Night Dinner April 29

Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00



On March 7 Tod Randolph returned to the Tavern stage and gave a stunning one-person biographical portrayal of Dorothy Thompson, "the first lady of American journalism". Tod entirely captivated the audience in a performance lasting for 75 minutes, with a perfectly in-period set compiled by Peter Randolph who also ably operated the lights and most of the telephone rings.



Friday Lunch, April 5 – This will be an informal informational lunch (no guests) when members can put questions to the Emerson Working Group.


Monday Dinner, April 8 , 8.00pm – A meeting of the Members of the Tavern Club is called at

the premises of the Tavern Club, 4 Boylston Place, to hear and consider the following matters:


Report of the last Meeting


1.      The Emerson Working Group will review the adjustments made to the Draft Option Agreement by the Tavern Club and Emerson College after the Meeting of February 11, 2013.

2.      The President will call for a vote to ratify the Final Option to Purchase Agreement with Emerson College, dated February 15, 2013.

3.      The Emerson Working Group will review the progress of the Emerson Project, including the time frame for future developments and negotiations.

4.      Other Business – Adjournment.


Please Notify Tony Fay if you are attending Friday Lunch or Monday night dinner, 617-338. 9682. tavern@verizon.net.


Copies of the Final Option Agreement will be emailed before the meeting, and copies will also be available at the Tavern Club after April 1, 2013. The Emerson Working Group will also send a summary of progress in the week of April 1.



Gallery Opening

Jennie Summerall

Monday, May 6 5-7

Annual Meeting

Monday, May 13


Summer Shorts (Plays)

Thursday, June 13


Fete Champetre

Thursday, July 11?


New member:

Peter C. Erichsen

Sparkling sense of humor

Enthusiastic gardener

Fine singing voice

Interested in politics, world affairs, the arts

Finds fault only with himself!


For a complete, downloadable copy of the April, 2013 Tavern Club newsletter; click here.