March 2018 News

March 2018 Calendar

Gallery Opening Monday, March 5, 5:30-7:00
Paul Sullivan – “Learning to Look”

Paul Sullivan Painting

“I have been painting in retirement after a lifetime of admiring the works of masters and others in galleries and museums. I took a beginners’ oil painting class at MassArt in 2012. I have been drawn to plein air painting. Almost all my work is coastal subjects. From April to November I paint weekly with the Westport Art Group at beautiful locations ranging from the Cape to Little Compton RI. As often as I can, I take workshops with famous artists, culminating with an annual workshop week on Monhegan Island ME.”   Paul Sullivan.

A Quiet Lodging Illustration
Illustration from a G. W. Chadwick Score for Narrenabend 1892 “A Quiet Lodging”

Tavern Club Musical Retrospective 2018, Thursday, March 8

“I’ve picked around 30 songs from the 31 Christmas and Narrenabend musicals produced, separately or together, by Frank Hatch, Sr., Frank Hatch, Jr. and Brad Trafford from 1939 to 1983. It’s a delightful bunch of songs. Come and enjoy your fellow Taverners bringing this wonderful music back to life.” – Jim Terry

Cocktails 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm, followed by performance. Guests Welcome.

MeistUrsingers Lunches, Thursday, March 1 and 8

Downbeat 12:20, followed by lunch.  If you like to sing, you are welcome!  Remember to sign up if you can stay for lunch.

Arts Round Table Lunch, Colleene Fesko, Wednesday, March 14, 12:15

Do you suspect the watercolor of a cowboy hanging in your pantry could be a Remington?  Or that the photograph of Fidel from your grandmother’s attic could finance your next trip to Paris?  Time to put a real value on those possessions at the Tavern’s own Antiques Road Show on Wednesday, March 14th.  Colleene Fesko, an appraiser and fine arts consultant with more than 20 years of experience on PBS’s Antiques Road Show, will be our guest speaker at the Arts Roundtable March 14th lunch.  Bring your treasures to lunch (specifically American and European paintings, prints, photographs or works on paper) and, if you’re lucky, you may be selected for an appraisal.

appraisal photo

Book Club Lunch, Tuesday, March 20, Noon

The Tavern Book Club, heretofore focused on reading, will on March 20 shift its attention to writing. In the spirit of Lewis Perry “talking freely and foolishly because we like each other” Alice Cornwell, nom de plume Greenway, will share and discuss several of her short stories – all works in progress – and talk about writing, particularly the shorter forms. Those planning to attend should email Alice –, – or Ed – – so that we can email you copies of the stories. Reserve with Tony Fay.  Guests welcome.

History Lunch with Margo Miller, Wednesday, March 21, 12:15

Until Henry Lee Higginson (beloved president of the Tavern) built the Hotel Agassiz on Commonwealth Avenue, Americans did not live in apartment houses with each family on one whole floor.  All that was to change in the 1870’s.  An Agassiz owner, Margo Miller, will tell tales of bygone Boston from her new book, Château Higginson: Social Life in Boston’s Back Bay 1870-1920.  Boston’s newest neighborhood was still so vacant that kids skated on excavated housing lots.  Transportation was by horse (there were some 6000 in the city) or by shanks’ mare.  The bicycle craze brought democracy on wheels.  John Singer Sargent was a house guest at the Agassiz and Sir Henry Irving and Ellen Terry came to dine. Life was rosy, except when plumbing and heating malfunctioned.  Poor Higginson!  He was not only landlord but an occupant: the tenants were not shy about informing him of stinking toilets, ceiling leaks, and soot-belching fireplaces.  Guests welcome.

Lee Pelton

Lee Pelton, Emerson College

Our near-neighbor Lee Pelton will join us for dinner.  Lee has been the President of Emerson College since 2011.  A veteran of US higher education, he has held posts at Harvard, Colgate, Dartmouth, and Willamette.  With that broad swath of experience, he is well attuned to the controversies and challenges of higher ed.  We look forward to hearing about Emerson’s place in that universe and its aspirations for the future.

NARRENABEND, March 28/29

As certain as the return of spring’s sweet showers, the Tavern Players will return on Thursday, March 29, with a new Narrenabend play, Thought You Was Dead.  Book, music, and lyrics are all by Watson Reid.  Taverners will be swept into a 1920’s west Texas bar, where all kinds of outlaws, cowboys, and jilted lovers will try to make amends.  Three guitars and a cello will fill our hall with an eclectic mix of country western music.  This tour de force is directed by Peter Rand.

western cow boys on horses

Valentine’s Day was celebrated by a full crowd, lured by a special meal and wines. By all accounts, the evening’s high-spirited course was set by the entering challenge posed to Taverners and guests: find your matching dinner companion in the crowd—Anthony/Cleopatra, Tristan/Isolde, Beyonce/Jay Z.  The dining room was transformed by flowers and candles. The splendid meal was followed by entertainment, culminating in John Rabinowitz’s sweet and haunting saxophone valentine to the audience. Huge thanks and lasting admiration to John, Bobo Devens, Staffan Ericsson, Bob Turner and Natalie Williams who pulled it all off.

The Committee on Elections will meet on Monday, March 19 at 5.30 in the Library.
Members are reminded to check the Book in the Library for new candidates.

New Members: 

Tina Rathborne deNormandie
Author, filmmaker

John Ames
Photographer, Art aficionado, antiquarian

John Henderson
Guitarist, museum


–Nancy Maull, Secretary


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