December 2018 News

December 2018 Calendar

December 2018 Calendar

December 2018 News


Wednesday, December 5 at 12:15
Arts Roundtable Lunch with Nell Scovell

Just the Funny PartsNell Scovell will be our special guest to talk about her 30-year career as a Hollywood comedy writer for such shows as The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, and Murphy Brown. She’ll tell us what it’s like for a woman to work in the highly competitive entertainment industry. Nell is the author of a recent memoir, Just the Funny Parts: A Few Hard Truths about Sneaking into the Hollywood Boy’s Club, and co-author with Sheryl Sandberg of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

Guests welcome! 12:15, reserve with Mr. Fay.

Thursday, December 6 and maybe 13

Welcome to all Taverners who like to sing! Downbeat at 12.20, No lunch on 13th because of Feast in the evening.

Tuesday, December 11

If you liked the cucumber sandwiches in Act I of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” you will LOVE Part II, complete with “muffins” (English-style) and tea cake (although this is deemed no longer to be fashionable)!  There are eight parts, which gives a lot of people the chance to partake of the reading as well as the food.  Come convene in the library around noon, and we will read a bit and then proceed to luncheon and the fabulous finale.  The Play-Reading agenda for 2019 is about to be set — meetings monthly through April, with the first on January 15, so bring your thoughts as to what to read.  (Scripts always provided.) Reserve with Mr. Fay.

Thursday, December 13
Christmas Feast and Christmas Play



Following drinks at 6, dinner at 7 and the traditional antic festivities (song, boar’s head, gold buttons, Santa and Bear),  a bold new playwright will claim the Tavern boards with a musical called The Button Hunter.  Andy Doherty has penned the book and lyrics to this mock-heroic story, set in our own Tavern.  The music is by Jim Crissman, and the play is directed by Bob Osteen.

It is a touching story of failure and redemption in which a predestined prig is arrested on his downward path and finds fulfillment in the warm and generous embrace of the Tavern. Formal attire and medals.

Reserve early with Mr. Fay – always a wait-list! – so let him know asap if you will not use your reservation.

Monday December 17 Caroling Evening

CarolingIt begins with drinks at 6 and a few MeistUrsinger holiday songs.  The evening continues to dinner and over dessert to carols sung by all.  Reserve early as this evening, created by Jim Terry and Tom Kelly, fills very quickly with Taverners and guests. Tell Mr. Fay asap if you have to cancel your reservation.

In case you missed it: Melissa Franklin

With humor and personal stories, physicist Melissa Franklin took Taverners through “Dark Matter” and the re-imagining of the universe at a special event on November 8. What is infinity? Harvard professor Franklin entertained notions both sublime and scientific. As part of a global network of researchers, she she co-discovered the top quark and the Higgs Boson. She continues to work on experiments with proton collisions in the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland to find out more about what is “out there.”

The Tavern Triennial Art Show opened on November 20 with tributes moving and funny to our friend Joe Wheelwright.  Do not miss the astonishing work of your fellow members as the Gallery show continues through the end of the year.

Library Acquisitions

Reading BearTaverners, the Librarian is eager to showcase your recent efforts.  After some house cleaning, our Library hopes to show what we can do. Please contribute a copy of your most recent and past efforts, if we don’t yet have one. All kinds of written or picture books, if they are the work of a member, are desired.

And to those who have contributed in the past ten years, we are asking for your help in reminding the Librarian of those past contributions. We’d like to catalog our collection and to acknowledge our past contributors, so we can all be reminded of the strength of our collection and of our membership.

If you can list the title, the author, the donor, and the date of the contribution, that would be very helpful. Please forward any information to Sam Dennis

A Gift to the Tavern

Tarbell Billiards TrophyWe have received a fine gift, a trophy won Edmund Tarbell for his Tavern billiards prowess in 1906.  It was donated by Tarbell’s  great-grandson, William Tarbell, and presented to the Club members by Stephen Clark on behalf of the Boylston Place Foundation at a Monday Night Dinner. It is a large copper mug about seven inches high.  The inscription reads:

Handicap Pool Tournament
Tavern Club
Class A
Won By
Edmund C. Tarbell

From the Art Committee

We have available exhibition slots for April and May 2019, and we plan for the fall of 2019 an invitation to artists to make a copy of an especially meaningful work.  The copy might be the full work or of a detail. Copy-making has a long and rich history as a means to learn one’s craft. We expect an interesting and revealing exercise.

Looking Ahead

Monday, January 7
Gallery opening at 5:30
Photographs by John Ames.

Thursday, January 17
Charades Night

Start practicing for fabulous Charades Night.  Now in its fourth year, is eagerly anticipated by Taverners and guests ready to be baffled, disquieted, and trounced by those whose tide is not at a low ebb.

New Member

Susan Crawford
Harvard Law Professor. Accomplished Viola Musician


Nancy Maull,