Tavern Club Newsletter July 2021

Message from the President

Dear Taverners,

The July Notice is the last of our season.  These past long months, we were kept afloat by our energetic members and loyal staff.  It was an extraordinary and gratifying time to be a Tavern Club member.

Soon, in August, we’ll be able to meet for the Fête Champêtre at Ernst and Gail von Metzsch’s place in Manchester.  

You will see that we are hopeful humans, having concocted a full fall of traditional in-person events: a Literary Night (Ovid) planned for March 2020; the long-delayed Narrenabend of spring 2020, and new Halloween and Christmas plays.  Even then, something more is needed to mark this long hiatus in our usual lives.  We could not adequately memorialize fifteen Tavern members who died in those months when we were meeting online.  As fall approaches, you’ll be mailed the memorial minutes written for those men and for one woman.  In November, we’ll honor them and together mark the past long year with a members-only dinner and toasts.  There will be some music. 

All the glory of summer is upon us. I hope that you are able to enjoy it in full measure.

Nancy Maull


Wednesday, July 14 , 5.30pm

The Secretary’s Zoom Cocktail Party  by Zoom (Bastille Day)

Allons enfants! Although we will wait until the Fête to render the Marseillaise in full-throated togetherness, let’s use the convenience of Zoom to celebrate all things French actually on Bastille Day.  From the comfort of your summer surroundings, you can Zoom into cocktails à la française. Perhaps a Kir Royale? Or, for the stouthearted, a French 75? Wear something French and be prepared to tell us about what you love about the country. Or what drives you crazy. See you at 5:30 PM on the Quatorze Juillet!

Book Club

Monday, July 26, Noon by Zoom

Bessel van der Kolk will discuss his NY Times bestseller  The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Make a start on future Book Club selections:

Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music will be discussed on Zoom by Alex Ross, New Yorker writer, on September 22 at Noon.

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson – discussion to be led by Nancy Maull at Tavern Lunch in October

Bridge continues online.  All levels of competence are welcome, in fact eagerly sought! Just contact George.r.heaton@gmail.com

MeistUrsingers, Play-Reading, History, Poetry, Writing Gym and Arts Round Table will all resume in September, some by Zoom, some at the Tavern. 

From the Plays Committee chair, John Tittmann:

A Call for Halloween Plays

Taverners:  lurking inside each one of us is a playwright.  Take up the challenge and write your script this summer, and submit it to the Halloween One Act Plays Competition by Labor Day. 

1.      Exactly Four actors.  Clever writers might introduce more roles, but there are only four actors in each play.

2.      Length of total document, including stage directions, etc., should no more than 1250 words long.  (There’s a 10% overage wiggle room)

3.      Only one pseudonym per author.  By all means, write more than one play, but use the same name on each submission.  The idea of the competition is not just to have three plays, but to also have three different authors.

            How to submit your play:

1.      Create a Word or PDF file named by the play name plus your Nom de Plume.

2.      Using your own email, send the file of your play to:  tchalloweenplays@gmail.com  This email is managed by a discreet plenipotentiary who will forward your file only to the Plays Committee, keeping the email source anonymous.

3.      Submit the file no later than Labor Day.

4.      Watch for confirmation from the TCHalloweenPlays email to confirm that you have successfully submitted the file.


Rudolph (Rudy) Kass

Brookline, June 4, 2021


Anthony (Tony) M. Zane

New Bedford, June 11, 2021


Randall (Robin) Thompson, Jr.

Lincoln, June 12, 2021


                                                                                              Rusty Tunnard, Secretary

Tavern Club February 2021

Guests are welcome to all Zoom events (except Monday Night Zoom Cocktails). Reserve for all events with Mr. Fay, manager@tavernclub.org.

Bear in the Snow

February 2021 Calendar

February 2021 Calendar

Monday, Feb. 1,  Monday Night Cocktails by Zoom  5.30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 2, Writing Gym by Zoom, all welcome  9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

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

Thursday, February 4, at 5:30 pm by Zoom

Whither Capitalism? —Tavern Conversation with David Scudder and Anthony Pangaro

With a brief history of the great advances wrought by capitalism over a couple of hundred years and the more recent inequities of the past 40-50 years, David Scudder and Tony Pangaro will address the future. Do we blame capitalism for the current turmoil in the economy? Or is the devil in how we define “capitalism?” Which form will prevail: “Crony Capitalism?” (Gilded Ages) Or “Autocratic Capitalism” (China)? Or “Democratic Capitalism” which is closer to Adam Smith’s original concept. Can we get back on track and how? David, a trailblazer in the investment management industry, spent years analyzing economic and financial trends to point towards investments for the future. Tony, a leader in private real estate development and corporate philanthropy has changed the city skyline with such landmarks as the Filene’s/Millennium Tower project. They will give us the insiders’ view.

This event follows the book club discussion on January 27 where David reviewed four books on capitalism. A recap of the talk and stimulus for the discussion will be emailed to all who sign up for this event.

Wednesday, February 10 Arts Round Table via Zoom at 5:30 p.m.

Into the Great Solitude

Yearning for a travel adventure? Taverner Rob Perkins will lead an informal discussion about his first PBS  film, “Into the Great Solitude,” an intimate chronicle of his solo journey by canoe along the Arctic Back River north of Yellowknife in 1987.

The film follows Rob through the tundra, along with his navigational challenges, soul searching, and solitude, as he strives to meet his plane at the end of the river 76 days later. “It’s truly a landscape where you’re in touch with bigger forces than yourself,” says Rob.

The film is also a story about his relationship with his stern Bostonian father.

Links to the films:

Into the Great Solitude available for  viewing from Feb. 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al2gkkmSWF4

As a bonus, you are also invited to view a sequel, eight years later, Talking to Angelshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5UpDCXMLX8

Guests welcome. Attendees are encouraged to view the film before the event.

Thursday, February 11 Valentine Party at the (Zoom) Tavern

We'll always have Paris

Bring on the champagne and candy kisses to celebrate the Saint of Love on Zoom with a special Tavern Cheer. Do you have a favorite love quote from the movies to share? We’ll always have Paris. Entertainment will feature Tavern love songs from the past and the future: From Retrospectives of earlier musical shows, watch the performance of “Wrap Yourself Up” (in crimson Valentine Paper) and the old favorite: “Spin the Bottle.” From Prospectives of songs yet to be, composed by current Taverners, listen to “Can’t do that no More” and “Love in the Time of Covid.” Your hosts, Abbie Trafford and Rusty Tunnard will debate the Valentine Conundrum—so please send in your favorite movie quotes to trafforda@rcn.com to help them figure it out. Here’s looking at you, kid.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, Writing Gym by Zoom, all welcome  9:00 – 9:45 am

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

Tuesday, Feb. 16, Poetry Reading Brown-Bag Zoom at Noon: BYO Plague Poetry and Prose

Pestilence, plagues, and pandemics have provided fodder for all kinds of literature, from Lucretius’ vivid description of the Athenian plague in De rerum natura to later works by Pepys, Defoe, and others.  Albert LaFarge asks you to bring a short passage with moving descriptions of plague in any literary form and share it with others. Or perhaps you might be tempted to write your own verse about our current one?

To prime the pump, here’s a link to Lucretius: https://oll.libertyfund.org/title/bailey-on-the-nature-of-things#lf1496_label_279  Scroll down to The Athenian Plague.

No vaccine required to attend – Guests welcome!

Wednesday, February 17:  History Cocktails by Zoom at 5.30 p.m.

Meg Muckenhoupt

Jock Herron writes: In anticipation of spring, the history and prospects for New England foodways will be explored, celebrated, and possibly even re-imagined by acclaimed author Meg Muckenhoupt – most recently of The Truth about Baked Beans: An Edible History of New England – in conversation with Edith Murname, Executive Director of Mass Farmers Markets and former food ‘czar’ for Mayor Tom Menino.

An experienced writer on ecology and travel, Meg is also the author of Cabbage: A Global History and the local best-seller Boston Gardens and Green Spaces.  Edith was on the frontlines last year repositioning farmers’ markets across the state to accommodate COVID and is looking forward to supporting local farms and consumers anew this season.

Thursday, February 18, 8:00 p.m.  

The Third Tavern in the Sky Movie: I Am Not Your Negro

Bring your own nightcap and get ready to settle in for a Tavern discussion of this movie, the writer behind it, the historical icons it portrays, and its implications for our times.   I Am Not Your Negro  is the 2017 film that imagines what James Baldwin’s final, unfinished manuscript might have looked like, brought to life on the screen. Baldwin writes (and speaks, in the movie) about the murders of three iconic figures in America’s civil rights struggle – Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers. It is powerful, timely, and deeply evocative.

We will divide into breakout rooms over Zoom for discussion.  To read more about the film, go to the IMDB listing for it; the top comment on that site is particularly compelling.  New York Times critic A.O. Scott wrote in his review: “Whatever you think about the past and future of what used to be called “race relations” — white supremacy and the resistance to it, in plainer English — this movie will make you think again, and may even change your mind. Through its principal figure, the novelist, playwright, and essayist James Baldwin, is a man who has been dead for nearly 30 years, you would be hard-pressed to find a movie that speaks to the present moment with greater clarity and force, insisting on uncomfortable truths and drawing stark lessons from the shadows of history.”

The film is available on Amazon Prime and Netflix. Space is limited to 30.  Let Anson  (ansonwright@gmail.com) or Andy (acalkins@nextgenlearning.org) know if you need technical help.

Tuesday, February 23, Play Reading Zoom at Noon

Anouilh’s Becket—the finale.   850 years and two months later, Becket’s life will still resonate in this second session (Acts 3 and 4) of our reading of this wonderful play.  The stage has been set, and the plot will thicken as Becket and Henry collide.  Of course, we know the outcome; however, “the play’s the thing!”  There are many editions, but the Riverhead is available cheaply on Amazon.

Feel free to contact george.r.heaton@gmail.com or ansonwright@gmail.com with any questions.

Wednesday, February 24, Book Club Zoom at Noon

David Greenway will lead a discussion with Ian Buruma a Dutch teacher, author, and historian, living in America. His most recent book is The Churchill Complex, the Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit.

David writes “Buruma’s book traces the so-called “Special Relationship” between the US and Britain that meant so much to Churchill in the second world war. But the power relationship shifted dramatically in America’s favor during the war and England’s decline as a great power has eroded ever since. For America, Britain could be a reliable ally upon occasion, but for the British, the special relationship was the hope of remaining relevant by sticking close to the Americans.  They were always hoping to play the clever Greeks to America’s more plodding, but more powerful Romans.”

Buruma has written 15 books, countless articles, and has won many literary awards. Foreign Policy Magazine named him as one of the 100 leading global thinkers.  He began with an interest in Japan and its culture and was an early contributor to the Far East Economic Review. He teaches at Bard College and was briefly the editor of the New York Review of Books.

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

Upcoming events:

On Wednesday, March 24 at noon on Zoom Alice Cornwell will lead a discussion of  Marguerite Duras’ The Lover, set in the French Indochina of the author’s youth and telling the story of a mixed-race love affair and the emotional turmoils of a near destitute French family. No participant has an excuse not to read a novel that Rachel Kushner in the New Yorker called “a wisp of a book you can read in a single afternoon” but also “a kind of artistic zenith.”  For its primal intensity, language and subject pared down to raw essentials, The Lover comes as close to crystalline perfection as Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea, Alice says. Both books were written toward the end of the author’s careers.

It’s in the book:  The 2nd Annual Tavern Prospective, April 22

The organizers are still on the hunt for lyricists and composers:

Calling All Lyricists: here in the link below are the lyrics received so far to give you inspiration!  Don’t worry about finding a composer.  They are waiting for your words!  Send your lyrics to Al  albert@thelafargeagency.com or Elaine drelainewoo@icloud.com   and we will add them to the folder.

Calling All Composers: we will keep updating the file as lyrics come in but you can start consulting your Muses now!  Let Al and Elaine know your choice so we can post your name next to the lyrics. Don’t worry if more than one of you wants to tackle the same lyrics – makes it all the more interesting!! And plan on finding your performer(s).   We stand ready to help you!

Here’s the link to the lyrics already received:

Narrenabend coming on 4/1. Is this an April Fool? You’ll find out!

In case you missed it—January’s Special Events:

On January 7, Heather Cox Richardson shared her views on how we got to where we are, politically, at least.  Her insightful comments, laced with fascinating historical references, inspired a lot of questions and many new signups for her daily posts on “Letters from an American”

On January 14, Tom Kelly took us to Italy, this time to Milan, for the opening of Verdi’s Otello.   His well-attended talk pulled back the curtain on how the performance came to be, complete with backstage intrigue and romantic interludes. Want more Kelly?  Coming soon.

The 6th annual Charades evening took place on January 21. It not only survived the transition to Zoom, but many players called it the best one yet. The final results were close, but the team clued by Martha Eddison pulled ahead in the last furlong to win by a nose. There is demand for another session of this popular diversion—watch this space.


John Lowell “Jack” Gardner
January 3, 2021
Hamilton, MA


 — Rusty Tunnard, Secretary

Do you want to print out the calendar? Here is a PDF. Here is a printable version of the Newsletter.

September 2019 Newsletter

September 2019 Calendar

September Tavern Club Calendar

Tuesday, September 3

Club Reopens

Thursday, September 5


Welcome to all Taverners who like to sing! Downbeat at 12.20, lunch afterwards (Reserve with Mr. Fay).

Monday, September 9

Gallery Opening at 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Gallery Opening. “What I Made on My Summer Vacation” has been postponed until November.  On September 9, the Gallery will open with the paintings of George Nick. 

George Nick’s reputation is well-established and well-documented. No less a figure than John Updike has sung his praises, writing,

One thinks naturally of George Nick’s paintings in terms of good conscience and simple truthfulness, of saying instead of judging. . .. some of the loveliest of his paintings are homely ones, others more up-scale. . ..  Any subject will do, as long as the subject is not exploited for its anecdotal or picturesque qualities but is taken in good conscience as an occasion for pure painting.”

Through his teaching, most notably at the Mass. College of Art, George has, inter alia, touched many Taverners, so it is a pleasure and a privilege to mount an exhibition of his work in advance of his one-man show at the Gallery Naga in October. In addition to this “preview,” George will conduct an artist’s roundtable on October 9.

The opening reception will be Monday, September 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Guests welcome.

Tuesday September 10

Arts Round Table Field Trip at 11:30 a.m.

Homer at the Beach:
A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880

Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter's Journey, 1869-1880
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Children on the Beach (Watching the Tide Go Out), 1873, Oil on Canvas, 12 5/8” x 16 ½”, Private Collection.

Taverner Bill Cross is Curator of a major exhibition revealing the formation of Winslow Homer (1836-1910) as a marine painter.  Including more than 50 works by Homer and a wealth of contextualizing material, the show appears exclusively at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA, through December 1, 2019.

Bill has generously agreed to provide a special tour of the exhibition for Tavern members and their guests on September 10 at 11.30 am, and has arranged for a lunch afterwards at a nearby restaurant.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in downtown Gloucester, about an hour’s drive from Boston. Admission to the museum for non-members is $12, prix fixe lunch is $38, including food, wine, beer, service and tax. Space is limited. Please sign up for the tour with Mr. Fay and indicate if you plan to stay for lunch.

Wednesday, September 18

History Lunch at Noon

The Tavern welcomes back Leo Damrosch, Professor of Literature at Harvard. He has written wonderful biographies of Tocqueville, Rousseau, Swift (a Pulitzer Prize finalist choice), and Blake.  We look forward to hearing about his latest, The ClubJohnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age.

Joseph Epstein in a recent review in the Wall Street Journal wrote,

“Impeccable scholarship at the service of absolute lucidity, resulting in a work that can be enjoyed by thoughtful readers both inside and outside the academy–learned, penetrating, a pleasure to read…”

The Club, Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

Then there are the illustrations: 31 elegant color plates and numerous black and white drawings of the book’s dramatis personae are scattered through this splendid book.

Guests are welcome. Please reserve with Mr. Fay.

Thursday, September 19


Monday, September 23

Committee on Elections at 5:30 p.m. in the Library

Tuesday, September 24

Play Reading Lunch at Noon

The Play-Reading Luncheon Series begins the new season on a “high note,” with a reading of Farinelli and the King by Claire van Kampen. Come armed with your inner counter-tenor (not to say castrato), to take on this marvelous historical play about the power of music to calm, restore us to sanity, and forge relationships.  The arias of Handel — many written for Farinelli — will add a dimension of delight.

The date is Tuesday, September 24, 12:15 in the Library.  Reserve with Mr. Fay as usual, and address any questions/comments to Impresario george.r.heaton@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 25

Book Club Lunch at Noon

The Tavern Medical Department, including but not limited to Drs. Osteen, Brooks, Fischer, Tarlov, Scott, Scott, Churchill, and Reid will discuss Amy Gutmann and Jonathan D. Moreno’s new book Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America – the inequities (and iniquities?) of our American health care delivery system.

Members and guests most welcome. Reserve with Mr. Fay.

Thursday, September 26

Special Event Concert and Dinner

Special Event Concert & Dinner

Musicians from the Boston Early Music Festival will return to the Tavern.  This fabulous trio is Robert Mealy (violin), Avi Stein (harpsichord), and Beiliang Zhu (cello).

Guests are welcome. Cocktails 6:00 p.m.; Concert 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner. Please reserve with Mr. Fay.

Mark your calendars:

October 3

Special Event Harvest Dinner

Taverners will embrace the arrival of Fall with a joyful celebration of the harvest on October 3.  Our inspiration is the world-famous gathering each autumn near Beaune, in Burgundy, where winemakers bring their favorite bottles to share with their guests for a glorious BYOB extravaganza. Come and bring a bottle or two of your favorite.  Bring a friend.  Chef Salem will prepare a delicious dinner, followed by a sumptuous assortment of local cheeses and a  season-savvy dessert along with local chocolates.  What better way to reunite with your fellow Taverners after the summer hiatus? Guests welcome, reserve with Mr. Fay.

October 7

Gallery Opening with Fred Kellogg

Big Dates:

  • October 31; Halloween Plays
  • December 12; Carols
  • December 19; Christmas Feast
  • March 26, 2020; Narrenabend
  • May 11, 2020; Annual Meeting

To download a printable version of the newsletter, click here.

— Nancy Maull, Secretary

September 2018 News


Tavern Club September 2018 Calendar

Monday, September 10
Gallery Opening: John Tittmann Paintings

Drinks and conversation in the Gallery at 5:30.

John Tittmann writes:

Oil, watercolor, pencil:  each medium is different, each the same.
The work is based in observation of the world.
And the attempt to depict it with simplicity and clarity.”

Tavern artists:  If you would like to show your work in the Gallery, have a chat with Nick Clark. (Nickc715@outlook.com)

Tuesday, September 18
NEW! Play Reading Lunch

Take part! Take a part in the new play-reading luncheon series. (Recognizing that such sport has been a Tavern hit in the past, we bring it back by popular demand.  Who knows where this will lead?) . Consistent with democracy and the Tavern Way, the play readings will unfold in a participatory, amusing, and relatively ungovernable manner.    If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact George Heaton, who is taking the role of “Impresario”. (george.r.heaton@gmail.com)

The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 18, at the usual luncheon time.  Make a reservation, convene in the library, and we’ll take it from there.  The first play will be short and funny, calculated to bring out your inner-ham.   Scripts will be available, and appropriate role assignments made at the event.  There will be time to consider the future, so bring your ideas!

The following fall Play-Reading Luncheon dates have already made it into the calendar: October 16, November 13, December 11 (all Tuesdays).

Wednesday, September 19
History Lunch with John Kaag

At the History lunch on Wednesday September 19, John Kaag, author of American Philosophy: A Love Story (with all sorts of Tavern connections) and the soon-to-be-released Hiking with Nietzsche will engage Emerson, James and Nietzsche to bring philosophy and the “big questions” back to life.

In his writing and his teaching – he chairs the philosophy department at UMass Lowell – John has been acclaimed for making philosophy a “life-elevating adventure”, an experience that might well resonate beyond the History lunch itself, which begins at 12.15.

Guests welcome.

Thursday, September 20
MeistUrsingers Lunch

Welcome to all Taverners who like to sing! Downbeat at 12.20, lunch afterwards (Reserve with Tony Fay).

Thursday, September 20

The fall season kicks off with Chris Whitlock and his band to get us into the swing of Thursday special events at the Tavern. Come for a Blues Night buffet and then sing and dance to your favorites with the Whitlock Beat. Who can forget Ride, Sally Ride at the Tavern? Drinks and billiards at 6, buffet at 7 and music to follow. 

Guests welcome.

Monday, September 24
Committee on Elections

The Committee will meet at 5.30pm in the Library.

Proposing a new member

First, let the Chair of the Elections Committee, Ed Tarlov, know of your intention. (edward.tarlov.md@gmail.com or 617-337-6440) You, the proposer, then mail or email a flavorful letter to the Chair, telling the Committee about the candidate. You solicit a seconder to write a supporting letter. You then request supporting letters from four additional Tavern members, sending those four names to the Committee.  Supporters’ letters are sent directly to the Elections Committee.  To acquaint the candidate and members, you may arrange a gathering, inside or outside the Tavern Club. Bringing the candidate to the Tavern Club to meet members and get the flavor of the Club is also an important part of the process. The Elections Committee will then carry out its due diligence and keep in touch with the proposer as the process unfolds.

Wednesday, September 26
Noon, Book Club Lunch

Laury Coolidge will lead our discussion of John Barry’s important historical biography: Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church State and the Birth of Liberty. Barry’s book  describes how Williams’s radical beliefs caused  him, like Pilgrims and Puritans before,  to flee to New England, where annoying of Pilgrim/Protestant  authorities necessitated his subsequent winter overland flight to establish Providence, named to honor the divine assistance given to him and other Christians in their persecution. His courage fueled his persistence and he returned to England to obtain a charter for his colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  As an early proponent of liberty of conscience, he boldly insisted that what is true for Christian Europeans was true for others, including Native Americans.

Guests welcome – Reserve with Tony Fay.

Thursday, September 27
SPECIAL EVENT: Anthony Amore

Who stole the Rembrandt? Anthony M. Amore, security chief at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will reveal the vast network of scams and thefts in the art world. In his book, The Art of the Con, Amore becomes the Sherlock Holmes of art crime: forgeries, fakes, stolen masterpieces and plundered works. Art lovers are easy targets—they want to believe what they see. Is that Rembrandt on the wall “real”? And whatever happened to the Vermeer? Ann Hawley, former director of the Gardner Museum will lead the discussion.  Guests welcome. Drinks at 6, dinner 7. 

Triennial Art Show 2018
November 8 – December 31, 2018

Thursday, November 8 Cocktails at 6:00. Dinner for Members and their guests will follow at 7:15.

We hope every member will submit something of his or her own creation for the show – only ONE item from each exhibitor; the other stipulation is that the piece be visual art – painting, sculpture, print, drawing, photograph and so on. Please keep the dimensions of two-dimensional work under 25 x 25 inches. Please direct all questions to Nick Clark (Nickc715@outlook.com) and/or Peter Haines (peter.decamp.haines@gmail.com).

Pack your piece as you see fit, label with your name, the title, medium, plus price (if any) and bring to the Club between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm (preferably) any day from Monday October 22 to and including Thursday November 1, 2018 but no later. Until hanging, all pieces will be stored in the Billiards room and adjacent space.

Call for new Tavern Compositions
— a Songfest next Spring

WANTED: Taverners with words for music and music for words!

If you ever thought you had a way with words or a tune or two in your head but no place to put those little gems, we have an Opportunity for you! We invite you to join in the creation of the first Tavern Prospective Show.

The idea: This is the opportunity to create and/or perform an original composition for performance at the Tavern Club without the formidable burden of writing and mounting an entire Christmas or Narrenabend show.  Perhaps this effort will lead you to just such projects after you have dipped your toe in the waters of creation.  Perhaps you and other Club writers will find new partners and new performers of all types for future productions. And in any case it should be fun for all!

The plan: We invite all aspiring lyricists to create song lyrics over the summer. These poetic efforts can be rhymed and metered -or not!  Submit them to Elaine Woo or Al Lafarge and we will compile them centrally.   In the fall, interested Club composers will review the collected lyrics and select up to 30 to set to music.  In the spring – we tap the collective talents of the Club performers and voila! Our First Tavern Club Prospective Revue.

The invitation: to all!

Elaine Woo (elainewoo67@gmail.com) and Albert Lafarge (albert@thelafargeagency.com)

In Case You Missed It:

We gathered on a too-beautiful evening at a bend in the river where the Greenways, David and JB, perch, their tent set against the sunset with flowers and unneeded cans of OFF.  Magical moments occurred, with festively attired Taverners and guests and lovely music in the background. (George Perkins led a gang of musicians and singers.)  The seafood feast was consumed and the French song sung, perhaps even more skillfully than ever before thanks to the efforts of Sandy Righter and others.  The Tavern summer commenced thereupon.


Adelbert Ames
May 31,2018, Marlboro, VT


H. Peter Aitken
August 1, 2018, Sandwich, 

— Nancy Maull, Secretary

To download the September 2018 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

June 2014 Calendar

Monday Night Dinner June 2
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00


Softball Game Tuesday June 3

The supremacy of the Tavern Terrors -Tavern vs. St. Botolph. Undeterred by their crushing defeat last June at the bats of the Tavern Bears, our friends at the St. Botolph have thrown down their gloves and challenged us to a rematch. The game will be played on the fields of the Park School at 3:00.  We will repay the generous hospitality we received last year at the St. Botolph Club with an informal dinner and drinks at the Tavern starting at 6:00pm. All Taverners and their spouses are welcome to play ball, and to attend the dinner even if they do not show up on the field of honor. Ed Tarlov and Watson Reid are organizing this year’s event – please email them if you and/or your spouse would like to join our team A practice for the softball game will be held on Sunday, June 1 at 3:00 pm on the public softball fields in Nahant, followed by refreshments, lineaments and bandages at the home of Ed and Suzanne Tarlov.

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



Summer Shorts Thursday, June 12

Now in their 10th season, the Tavern’s Summer Shorts thespians will perform four short plays. Peter Aitken, Anne Carter, Nancy Maull, Bob Osteen, Peter Randolph and Brigid Williams, with atmospheric piano interludes by Jeff Peters and mood lighting by Sam Dennis. Coaching by Chris Randolph. Guests welcome. Cocktails at 6:00 pm, Performance 6.30, followed by dinner.

Guests welcome!

Boylston Place Foundation Meeting
Monday June 16, 5:00

Committee on Elections
Monday June 16, 5:30

The Committee on Elections will have its final meeting of the Spring in the Library.  Taverners may continue to be in touch with Sandy Righter, Chair, about candidates over the summer months.

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

History Lunch:

image Nigel Hamilton on “The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942,” Wednesday June 18, 12:15

Nigel Hamilton, the author of the newly published “The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942,” will speak to Roosevelt’s masterful—and unappreciated—command of strategy, psychology and military affairs during World War II. He will take us inside the White House where he battled Churchill and overrode his own generals and Secretary of War. Since Churchill’s post-war writings so consciously shaped our views of grand strategy, Nigel’s fresh look changes the conventional wisdom and offers both insight and surprise.

Guests welcome

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

Book Club Wednesday June 25 at 12:00

The Tavern Book Club Without Borders will have a special treat discussing Professor Stephen Greenblatt’s WILL IN THE WORLD, winner of this year’s Boston Public Library’s Literary Lights Award. The book deals with the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays and settles this issue once and for all – it was Shakespeare – and Professor Greeenblatt tells us why in this fascinating carefully documented visit to Shakespeare’s times and fellow actors and poets. Shakespeare aficionado Abby Hansen will lead the discussion, which will prove a not-to-be-missed occasion. Guests welcome.

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


The Tavern kicked off the month of May with “Blues Night”. Watson Reid and JoAnne Dickinson joined Chris Whitlock¹s ensemble and provided an evening of Blues, Soul and a healthy dose of Funk. Salem added his talents to the evening and cooked up a delicious southern style brisket. Special guest performers included Gordon Beadle, John Morriconi and Brian Patton.

Poe Night

On Thursday, May 29th, the crew that gave us Joyce, Melville, Homer and Thurber did it again. This time, Taverners were spellbound by readings from Boston’s own Edgar Allen Poe, in an evening that began with a terrifying scream and proceeded upstairs where a cast including Eleanor Andrews, Joe Barbieri, Deb Bornheimer, Jack Cobb, John Finley, Frinde Maher , Peter Rand, Belinda Rathbone, Stephen Score, Jim Storey and Barclay Tittmann recited or read works over dinner that included some of this great American author’s best tales and poems. Intermittently, Peter Rand provided an account of Poe’s life that was not terribly long-winded, the life having been rather brief. The directors: Jack Cobb, Peter Rand, Peter Randolph, Belinda Rathbone, Jim Storey, Barclay Tittmann. As tradition seems to have it, Jack Cobb, Frinde Maher and Peter Rand produced the extravaganza.

"The Importance of Being Wagner" on May 8. Taverner and noted composer Tony Schemmer shared his (sometimes hilarious) insights into Wagner’s legacy, focusing on innovations and technical advances that are alive and kicking today. music of Broadway plays, Hollywood film

Beyond Wagner’s pervasive influence on every type of classical music, Tony demonstrated how Wagner’s "through-composed" symphonic techniques, leitmotifs, transitional interludes, and concept of "fusion of the arts," continue to influence the contemporary scores and even rock concerts. Tony’s illustrated presentation concluded with an audio recording revealing Wagner at his taut, concise and riveting best.

Halloween Plays

Why, here it is June! The long hot days of summer will soon be upon us and it is time for me to encourage the Tavern members to fill their idle time by writing a one act play. I am very confident that all of you have a story or two to tell. And what better way to tell it than on the stage?

For those of you who are so inclined, here are the simple guidelines:

  1. Run time: Submissions should be about 10 minutes in length. A good rule of thumb is a page of typed of dialogue equals about a minute. So if your submission is 3 pages or 30 it won’t qualify.
  2. Number of Actors: The plays committee has decided to relax this a little. Cast should be no more than five and no fewer than two. Ideally four. And it helps if the dialogue is distributed among them. The greater the burden of memorization you put on any individual, the less the likelihood all the lines being remembered!
  3. Production requirements: Please, no volcanoes. Excessive make-up and special effects require time and stage changes that are prohibitive due to the short production schedule.
  4. Submit your entry under an assumed name. Submissions can be emailed to halloweenplays@gmail.com. The senders email address is stripped from the file and submission to maintain anonymity. Then in a classic envelope send a letter with the name of the play and the author’s real name to the Tavern Club attention Plays Committee.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this Tavern tradition.

Chris Whitlock – Chairman, Plays Committee.


The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Tavern Club was held in two parts on Monday, May 12. Before dinner officers presented their reports: Keeper of the Rolls Jim Terry, Secretary David Amory (including Vice-President and Chair, Committee on Elections Sandy Righter’s report) and Treasurer David Scudder. David Lawrence read his report on the status of the Emerson project and Chris Smallhorn reported on the Boylston Place Foundation.

Tavern members elected Club officers for 2014-2015 : President – Ernst H. von Metzsch, Vice-President and Chair, Committee on Elections – Anne R. Righter, Secretary – Christopher Smallhorn, Treasurer – David W. Scudder, Assistant Treasurer – Samuel V. Thompson, Keeper of the Rolls – James L. Terry, and Assistant Keeper of the Rolls – Anne C. Carter. John A. D. Gilmore and Nancy Maull were elected Directors. Albert R. LaFarge, John B. Tittmann and Geoffrey M. Peters were elected to the Committee on Elections.

At a most festive dinner new members were warmly welcomed, and Medals given to Rebekah Richardson, Tony Schemmer, Anson Wright, Buff Bohlen, Eleanor Andrews, and Nancy Wilson, followed by President Von Metzsch’s delightful reading of the Perry Address.

After dinner Taverners reconvened in the theater for part two of the meeting. Charlie Gardiner, a Taverner since 1964, received his 50-year Gold Medal. On the 25th anniversary of their memberships, Silver Medals were awarded to Taverners Dimitri Gerakaris, Art Hodges, Jim Hughes, John Karol, Bob Osteen, Peter Randolph and Elizabeth Schmid. William Murphy and Lee Campbell, not able to attend.

Memorial papers were moving, as read by Ed Tarlov for Richard Earle, Charlie Welch for Richard Chapin, Rudy Kass for George Hurd, and Ernst von Metzsch (written by Herb Pratt) for Augustus Hemenway.

The Meeting concluded after the President’s Report.



Fête Champêtre !

Please note in your plans for July the annual Fête Champêtre; this year at the home of Dick and Millie Perkins in Topsfield. While Topsfield is a good deal nearer (for some) than the Summer residence of the Randolphs who entertained us grandly last year, finding Dick and Millie’s house takes some effort, and we shall send out precise directions well in advance so that all who attend get there in time for the Lobster.The day of the Fete is Thursday July 17th,and the Club will close for the Summer recess the following day.

Anson Wright
(elected January 2014)
Harvard degrees in Art History, Applied Sciences, and Epidemiology
Field work in Malawi, Ethiopia, and Rwanda
Loves theater, writing workshops, and Joel Janowitz
Wears her perspicacity lightly

Christopher Smallhorn

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January 2014 Calendar

Monday Night Dinner January 6
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

Arts Roundtable
Wednesday, January 8, 12:15 to 2:00.

All the World’s a Stage: The Theater of the Appellate Court. We’ll hear from Hon. Rudolph Kass, a Taverner renowned for his mind and deft hand, about how the characters play their roles and the strutting and fretting in the appointed hour, before, during, and after the promulgation and dissemination of informing scripts, texts and exegeses, with examples from his own oeuvre.


Mid-Winter Feast
Thursday, January 9
The first Tavern 2014 Special Event:
Mid-Winter Feast with Guests
Harry and Elenita Lodge.
Members only, Black Tie, no Medals. Cocktails 6:00, followed by Dinner, Stories, Songs, Chatter.

Monday Night Dinner January 13
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

History Lunch
Thursday, January 16 at 12:15.


Author Stephen Kinzer, whose new book is The Brothers, returns to the Tavern to talk about John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today’s world.

Poetry Lunch
On Monday, January 27, Taverner
Carol Bundy will lead a discussion of the poems of George Herbert.

Elections Committee
Meeting on Monday, January 27, at 5:30 in the Library. If you have a candidate, do get in touch with Sandy Righter, Chair, about procedures. The Committee suggests that “subtlety and an air of mystery" be maintained with prospective nominees.

Monday Night Dinner January 27
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

The MeistUrsingers will resume rehearsals with Tom Kelly on Thursday, January 30, at the new time of 11:45. We will be preparing for our April concert. Please let Tony Fay know in advance if you plan to stay for lunch.

The Tavern Book Club, recumbent under heavy snow, has followed our ursine mascot into hibernation and will emerge, tousled and hungry, in March, its diet to be determined.


As has been reported, the Emerson Project was stopped by Emerson as of August 1, 2013 due to unanticipated difficulty Emerson encountered seeking approvals from the BRA for the new building they were planning to build utilizing Tavern owned real estate and air rights the Club had granted Emerson the option to purchase.  As Emerson did not exercise the option prior to October 31, 2013 as required in the option agreement, the Tavern retained the deposit of $50,000.  Emerson has been seeking approval for a smaller building to be located on 1-3 Boylston Place, already owned by Emerson.  Emerson has also continued to discuss with the Tavern the possibility of utilizing portions of the Tavern property to enable a larger building to be built on Boylston Place to more address their development objectives.


image Christmas Feast: Heralded by the MeistUrsingers led by Jim Crissman, enlivened by the Bear (Sam Dennis) and Santa (R. J. Lyman), graced by John Finley IV and poem’ed by Harry Lodge, gold buttons awarded to Rudy Kass and Sam Dennis, and New Members bemedalled Peter Erichsen, Andy Doherty, Mac Dewart and Charlie Storey – a delicious repast and a glorious time was had by all.

The Tavern Christmas Play: The Queen’s Revels written by Barclay Tittmann, with the delightful musical musings of Jim Terry, was performed on December 12. Andy Doherty made his directorial debut. The Tavern Players once again gave memorable performances: Jane Shaw as Queen Elizabeth; Nick Clark as Lord Burghley; his anxious-to-be-wed daughter played by Polly Drinkwater; Peter Randolph as the aged Lord Oxford was the love interest of Lady Anne Vavasour, played by Nancy Maull. Add to the mix of crossed lovers Bob Osteen as the too handsome Henry Wriothesley, and the collective servants – Sam Dennis, Rusty Tunnard, Elizabeth Hunnewell and Katharine Boden; Henry Becton as the helpful page and Jeff Peters as the multi-talented and mysterious Doctor Dee. The cast was supported by the backstage heroics of David Chanler, David Lawrence, Anne Carter and Deb Bornheimer. And last but not least the orchestra: Gene Dahmen, Garry Fischer, Brigid Williams, Christoph Wald, and Hal Churchill. Finally, this all happened on John Tittmann’s inspired sets, and was memorialized by Ernst von Metszch’s poster.

Christmas Caroling
On December 16 our traditional evening of Christmas carols singing was a very festive event.Tom Kelly and the MeistUrsingers inaugurated this special event several years ago, and it has become so popular that again this year it was completely sold out. Tom led the MeistUrsingers in performing some enchanting songs by Taverners Garry Fischer and Tony Hutchins, and then conducted the assembled members – with Jim Terry on piano – and their guests in lusty renditions of both favorite and more obscure carols.


Valentine’s Day Concert
Thursday, February 13

Valentine’s Day Eve Jazz Spectacular, Thursday, February 13, with Eli’s All-Stars — Bob Winter, Boston Pops pianist; Jimmy Mazzy, banjo; Jeff Guthery, drums; Eli Newberger, tuba; Bo Winiker, trumpet; and Ted Casher, clarinet and tenor sax — will play their astonishing, virtuosic jazz and accompany our own divas and gentlemen songsters. (Note to requesters: La Vie en Rose will be reprised!).

Please sign up early. This will be a sellout!

The Great Debate
Wednesday, March 19

The Tavern Debate: Two crackerjack four- person teams will face off, on the Oxford Union format against each other, the audience to vote on the outcome. A team of seasoned Taverners, well experienced in the Arts of Persuasion, has been assembled as a committee to select the subject to be debated Suggestions for the subject are solicited. Please forward these to Ed Tarlov at edward.c.tarlov@lahey.org so that he can place these before the Debate Committee. The subject of the debate and the identities of the debaters will be revealed at a short interval before the debate. This Battle of Wits promises to be a high point of Tavern entertainment in the New Year.


A brief Report from the Boylston Place Foundation Committee: The Committee reports that 60 people have given to date $115,707.66. We are very grateful to all who have contributed. Outlays to date, largely in cleaning and restoring paintings, will also shortly begin to underwrite archival research and improvement, as well as mundane things like purchasing better files. Onwards, and good wishes to Taverners and supporters of the Club.

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