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

January 2019 Calendar

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 7 at 5:30; Gallery Opening

 Photographs by John Ames, who writes:

“My show is called “One Mile Radius”. It consists of street photographs taken within a one mile radius of the club. I’ve had a lifelong interest in photography and since my wife Sarah and I retired from running our art gallery/antique shop in Camden, Maine, I’ve become more serious about working with a camera.”

Guests welcome at the Opening;  Monday Night Dinner members only at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, January 9, 12:15; Arts Round Table Lunch

Taverner Elliot Davis will speak to us about building the collection for the Art of the Americas Wing of the MFA over the past eighteen years. Since coming to the MFA to chair the department in 2000, Elliot has overseen the opening of the new  wing and the acquisition of some 4,300 works of art for the Museum from North, South, and Central America.

Elliot has recently left the MFA to take up her new appointment, in March, as director of the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach.

Guests welcome. Reserve with Mr. Fay.

Tuesday, January 15, Noon; Play-Reading Lunch

We will open the year with the French play that “killed off the nobility” (according to Danton):  Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro. And the expansion of the play into Mozart’s greatest opera (according to our impresario, George Heaton) will grace the background.  The library curtain will lift on the Overture around noon, followed by reading and lunch.  As the last line of the libretto says:  “Corriam tutti a festeggiar!”  Please reserve with Mr. Fay.  (Future play-reading dates are Feb 12, Mar 12, and April 16.) 

Wednesday, January 16, Noon; Book Club Lunch

Jock Herron will lead our discussion about an important book at the heart of the Green Revolution and environmental science: Charles Mann’s The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Groundbreaking Scientists and Their Conflicting Views of the Future of Our Planet. William Vogt, an ecologist, is the prophet and Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug, an agronomist, is the wizard. Their conflict was over earth’s capacity to accommodate growth. This timely and fascinating book engages opposing views on a very wide range of topics important to all of us. Guests welcome. Reserve with Mr. Fay.

And so you have time to read it, our February 20 book discussion will be “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World” discussed by Laury Coolidge.

Thursday, January 17 and 31, 12:20; MeistUrsingers

Welcome to all Taverners who like to sing! Downbeat at 12:20, Reserve with Mr. Fay if you can stay for Lunch.  MeistUrsingers are “working” on music for their annual Concert on April 25.

Special Thursday Evening Event, January 17; Charades

Start the New Year with laughter. Come to Charades Night on Thursday, January 17. How would you act out Gone with the Wind? Hum to the tune of Yesterday?   

Charade Maestri James and Connie Houghton will lead us in an evening of fun and creativity as we join different teams to compete in the Great Charades Playoff.  An informal buffet will invigorate the players. This is an evening for all ages. Bring friends and family.  Reserve early with Mr. Fay.  

Wednesday, January 23, 12:15; History Lunch

Robert Cutler, long time Taverner and the first head of the National Security Agency (1954), is the subject of a biography, Ike’s Mystery Man, by his great-nephew, Peter Shinkle, a seasoned print journalist, who used the Tavern Club Archives during the research phase. Published by Random House, the book has received excellent reviews and offers us yet another angle on the Eisenhower/Dulles Cold War era. 12:15 Reserve with Mr. Fay. Guests welcome. 

Special Thursday Evening Event, January 31

World Diplomacy with Stephen Walt

Walt is a professor of international affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School. No stranger to controversy, Walt very publicly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and later, with his colleague John Mearsheimer, published The Israel Lobby in 2007. Walt’s newest book is The Hell of Good Intentions: American’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy.

More information to follow, but please sign up soon with Mr. Fay. Guests welcome.

In Case You Missed It:

The Christmas Feast proceeded with its time-worn and yet ever-wondrous confusion of solemn and absurd. Songs were sung by MeistUrsingers in front of the still unlit Yule Log. Bear (George Meszoly) and Santa (Elliot Davis) appeared.  Margery Kennelly delivered a Blessing and Warren Ross a Christmas Poem.  

Buttons were awarded to Nick Clark, Brett Donham, Martha Eddison and Elaine Woo, and the faux Boar’s Head paraded. New members Joe Glenmullen and Benjamin Taylor were presented with their medals and the Perry Address was delivered. Staff were thanked, but the truth is that we can’t ever thank them enough.

The Christmas Play, The Button Hunter, a spoof on our very own Tavern Club, was brilliantly penned both book and lyrics by Andy Doherty, in his writing debut for the Tavern Players. Tuneful and artful music, written by Jim Crissman and played by an able orchestra that included Jim, Hal Churchill on clarinet, Jeff Peters on french horn, Brigid Williams on recorder and Gabrielle Wolohojian on the violin, filled the hall to the delight of all.

Crisp direction by Bob Osteen, whose clear command of pacing and comic timing kept the mock-epic tale of over-achievers in a tidy and effortless form. The play’s protagonist, Chadwick Tryhard (George Perkins), desperately wants to be awarded gold buttons for achievement.  Unclear on what he can do to win them, Tryhard receives advice, ridicule—and love, even—from other “Taverners,” (Rusty Tunnard, Elaine Woo, Mary Scott, Sally Spence, Nick Clark, and George Heaton).  Eventually, he learns that his efforts have been thwarted by the High Priestess of the Billiards Committee (Jane Shaw) who took offense when Tryhard actually knew how to play Billiards. In a fitting nod to the Christmas season, Santa Claus (Elliot Davis) arrives to grant Tryhard’s wish, bestowing the long-sought buttons upon him, to thunderous cheers from the actual Taverners assembled.

Lighting was perfectly managed by Gabrielle Wolohojian and David Lawrence.  The set, a facsimile of the Tavern itself, was crafted by Warren Ross and Mary RhinelanderMitch Adams helped with prompting, and all important back-stage cat herding. Anne Carter found wigs and costumes, Gabrielle came up with glowing buttons, and the poster was by Katharine Boden. (Members can log onto http://www.TavernClub.org and see photos by John Tittmann under “Gallimaufry”).

Coming in February:

Monday, February 4, Gallery Opening at 5:30
Paintings, Nancy Maull

–Nancy Maull, Secretary

To download a printable copy of the January 2019 Newsletter, click here.

Tavern Club November 2017

Tavern Club November 2017 Calendar Overview

Poetry Lunch, Tuesday, October 31, 12.15

Bob Osteen will take the lead in a discussion of Schubert’s settings of the Schwanengesang (Swan Song) poems by Heinrich Heine. Guest welcome.

MeistUrsingers Lunches  Thursday, November 2, 16 and 30

Downbeat 12.20, followed by lunch.  If you like to sing, you are welcome!  Remember to sign up if you can stay for lunch.

Book Club Lunch   Tuesday, November 7, Noon

Taverner Bessel van der Kolk will discuss his NYT Science Best Seller The Body Keeps the Score, (now translated into 18 languages), based on his extensive research and long clinical experience as a neuro-psychiatrist treating combat soldiers, refugees, and abused, neglected and abandoned children around the world.

This marvelous book incorporates our understanding of how life experience shapes mind and brain. It explores our capacity to re-wire and re-organize the impact of trauma, which the Centers for Disease Control has called “the largest public health issue in America.” Guests welcome.

Arts Round Table Lunch:  Wednesday, November 8, 12.15

The Arts Round Table will host special guest Gerald Shea, author of The Language of Light, a history of deafness, in which he explores the struggle of the deaf to be taught in their own unspoken tongue, the deeply biased attitudes toward the deaf in Europe and America, and the genius and eloquence of sign language. A corporate lawyer, Shea is partially deaf due to a childhood illness and thus speaks from personal experience as well as extensive research on the subject. Guests welcome.

SPECIAL EVENT: BLUES NIGHT   Thursday, November 9

The Tavern will cut loose as Chris Whitlock returns with his “All-Star Rhythm and Blues Review”. Hugely successful last year, Chris’s musicians are back for an informal evening of music and café-style dining. And what’s more, the Tavern Billiards Committee will host billiards during the cocktail hour.  Play, practice, demonstrate or learn how.

A special buffet of appropriately themed food will complement the evening as Taverners shake, sway, or swagger to an evening of Blues, Motown and Funk.

The event starts at 6:00 pm with cocktails, buffet, and billiards. Concert at 7.00pm in the theater followed by coffee and dessert upstairs on the theater level. OPEN TO MEMBERS AND GUESTS – RESERVE NOW!

SPECIAL EVENT: Film Night  Tuesday (Note!), November 14, 6 pm, Guests welcome

Please come to the Tavern’s second Film Night on Tuesday, November 14th, to see Shakespeare In Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush and others. Not only will you enjoy a wonderful film, but you’ll indulge in that time-honored pastime of Shakespeare enthusiasts everywhere: peeling back layers and layers of meaning. Leading the discussion will be TV writer and producer P.K. Simonds and Shakespeare buff Martha Eddison. The movie starts promptly at 6 pm, followed by dinner and discussion.H

History Lunch: Wednesday, November 15, 12:15

Honoring Luther on his 500th anniversary, the History Lunch will celebrate printing and publishing with David Godine, the founder and longtime head of David R. Godine, Inc., considered by many the exemplar of fine, independent publishing today. A collector, a printer, and a publisher, David’s influences include Leonard Baskin, the late Taverner Philip Hofer, the collector Lessing Rosenwald and, at some remove, perhaps even Luther. Guests welcome.

North Bennet Street School Tour of NBSS Exhibition: Tuesday, November 2

Taverners and others interested in the art of book-binding are invited to the North Bennet Street School where the Designer Bookbinders Society’s 3rd International Competition is opening in early November, running to mid-December. These finely crafted books have been brought from the Bodleian Library by Simon Eccles, a member of Designer Bookbinders and part-time Boston resident. Bring a brown bag lunch and friends. Contact Katharine Boden at KCBoden@mac.com.

Art Gallery : The Arts Committee calls for Tavern artists interested in showing work in the gallery.  The Committee particularly encourages those who’ve not exhibited work here recently.  Contact Nick Clark at nickc71547@gmail.com.

In Case You Missed It:

Brian McGrory:  On October 12, Brian McGrory, Editor-in-chief of the Boston Globe talked to and with Tavern members about the challenges of running a newspaper in the digital age.  Attentive to our audience of mostly print-buying readers, he told us about the world of news online, about the metrics that drive the creation of news, and the financial implications of a declining readership.  In all that potential gloom, he was upbeat, creative, and thoughtful.  We left feeling fortunate to live in a city with a great newspaper.

Halloween Plays

As is traditional, the Tavern Players presented three plays, written anonymously.

“Third Time Lucky,” ably directed by Rusty Tunnard, brought the assembled Taverners a TV game show where three divorcees vied for the attention of Don, the dashing bachelor, played by George PerkinsKatharine Boden played a food obsessed chef; Sam Dennis, a deep-sea diving academic;  and Jane Manopoli, a dominatrix with a whip.  The eager bachelor asked questions of three divorcees until he made up his mind because of a coincidental tattoo.

“Who’s in Charge”, cleverly directed by Mary Rhinelander, brought Taverners a dark dystopic vision of computer personal assistants taking control of human lives.  Stephanie Cabot as Alexa, Kate Dahmen as Siri, Martha Eddison as Cortana, and John Finley IV as Google, step-by-step built their case for domination.

“Take That!” directed by Belinda Rathbone, ended the evening in a heart-warming drawing room comedy.  An affable but naïve professor, played by Joe Barbieri, is the target of an opportunistic gold digger, played by Elliot Davis.  But never fear, the professor is defended from a dreadful mistake by his lawyer, George Beale, and his loyal maid, played by Jane Shaw, who it turns out is actually the one for him, after all.

In an unprecedented vote, “Take That!” and “Who’s In Charge?” ended tied for first place, and so the Bruin is justly shared by two authors whose names were revealed to be Jane Shaw for “Take That!” and Brian Rosborough, for “Who’s In Charge”.  It was revealed that Mary Rhinelander wrote “Third Time Lucky”, which was only displaced to second place by the slimmest of margins.

Sets were managed by Warren Ross and Peter Haines.  Lighting was flawlessly rendered by Gabrielle Wolohojian and David Lawrence.  And David Chanler provided a cell phone medley for “Who’s In Charge?”

–John Tittmann, Plays Chair



Christmas Play: “Dulcinea”, book by Barclay Tittmann, lyrics by John Bethell, music by Elaine Woo, Director Eleanor Andrews.

Synopsis:  What happened to Sancho Panza after his master Don Quixote died?  He opened a tavern, La Taberna Dulcinea.  What happened to Don Juan after the Stone Statue (apparently) sent him to hell?  He escaped, nd is scouring the countryside to find his latest love, the rumored (and nonexistent) beauty, Dulcinea. And what happens when Don Juan, pursued by his wife Elvira and a couple of bumbling Spanish Inquisitors and (of course) a bear, all end up at La Taberna Dulcinea with Sancho Panza?  Sign up early to find out!

Tavern Events

From the President:

To the pleasure of many and the relief of all, the various Tavern construction projects are about to come to an end. The fire stair has been completed to all of the Tavern exit portals including the new third-floor exit and only the section to the Rat’s quarters remains to be completed. When the construction equipment leaves, we will regain our parking area in the rear, now expanded by the removal of a tree. The construction of new office space, gallery, women’s dressing area and two restrooms (one handicap accessible) on the third floor is, as of this writing, complete except for a few touches of paint here and there. Because it takes a full month for polyurethane to cure we are delaying the final floor refinishing until the club is closed next summer. The women’s restroom on the second floor needs only mirrors and some paint. It was put into use the evenings of the Halloween plays. Furniture, rug, and window treatments are still under consideration. The Club owes Brett Donham and Brigid Williams a large debt of gratitude for their planning, drawing, and supervision of the project. Without them, the project would have been much more expensive and the exacting timeline impossible. Thanks, also to Deb Bornheimer who kept a professional, skeptical and experienced eye on the whole proceeding. Bob Osteen 

Transportation Building Entrances

Due to work on the Boylston Place Alley, Transportation Building entrances will be closed November 15 to December 15.

New Members:

Margery Kennelley
Portrait painter, vocalist, Episcopalian chaplain

Sallie Spence McGregor
Editor of Speculum, medieval and classical literature scholar

Thomas A. Halsted
October 7, 2017, Gloucester MA

Nancy Maull, Secretary

To download a printable copy of the calendar, click here.

2016 July Calendar

Fête Champêtre
Thursday, July 14, 6 pm

The Tavern year ends with our traditional Fête Champêtre, a gathering for a clambake and good company somewhere near enough that we can return to our homes fairly easily, replete and satisfied as we are wont to be. This year we are both honored and delighted to be visiting “Wellesley”, the home of Luisa Hunnewell on Washington Street in Wellesley, where else? We are most grateful to Luisa Hunnewell for allowing us to visit the beautiful grounds of “Wellesley”, and also to Elizabeth for her patience and guidance.

We should plan to convene around 6.00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, and cocktails will be served prior to the clambake at about 7.00. Dress as appropriate for a summer day in New England, ties not an absolute requirement unless like most gentlemen one looks better with one; ladies may certainly wear ties, but it will be assumed that they are making a point. Otherwise, this is a party. La Marseillaise will be rendered as usual, and as sheet music will be provided, we hope that all Tavern Singers will rehearse so that recent renderings are soon forgotten.

“Wellesley” is at 845 Washington Street (Route 16) in Wellesley but please enter at 811 Washington Street.



From Boston take Route 9 out all the way to Wellesley, turning right onto Route 16 just after you pass Mass Bay Community College on your left. Follow Route 16 West about 2 milesplus through Wellesley until you reach Wellesley Square, and at the stop light, where Route 35 goes to the right, bear left staying on Route 16. Pass the entrance to Wellesley College to your right and go a further .4 mile. A handmade sign on the right will warn you that 811 Washington Street is coming up fast. The entrance is to the right at a small red brick gatehouse; then drive on until you see some activity, and park your car on the grass next to the driveway.

From North of Boston take I95/Route 128 to exit 21 onto Route 16 West, then about 2 miles plus into Wellesley Square and at the stoplight bear left staying on Route 16, Route 135 going off to the right. From there, .4 miles and look for the handmade sign as above, red brick gatehouse at 811. If from the South on I95/Route 128,

ClamBakeFrom the South on I95/Route 128, take Exit 20 to Wellesley and follow Route 9 West to Mass Bay Community College on the left, and turn right onto Route 16, then follow directions above, … And, please be sure to allow extra time driving to the Fête, as traffic in and around Boston is terrible these days.
Everyone got it, or a GPS? If all else fails please call Mr. Fay or the Secretary. And, for those who have yet to commit themselves to the Fête with a spouse, companion, lately found relative, do please call Mr. Fay anyway, as we need to order Lobstas. Thank you!

Halloween Plays Competition

The Tavern Club’s ancient and venerable Halloween One Act Plays Competition will take place Wednesday for guests, and Thursday for Taverners, October 26 and 27, 2016. Mark your calendars now.

Three original plays are performed, written by Tavern authors, under pseudonyms. The best play, as selected democratically by audience vote immediately after the performance, wins the coveted Bruin, and its author’s true identity revealed.

All who are interested in participating on the boards, backstage or front stage, should contact John Tittmann, the Plays Chair, at the email below.

All Taverners are encouraged to write a one-act play and submit it under a pseudonym to the Plays’ Committee for consideration. Three plays will be selected from all submitted. Submit the play no later than the close of Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Halloween Plays
Photo courtesy of Stock Unlimited #1779292

There are only three rules:

  1. Exactly four actors.
  2. About 10 minutes long.
  3. Only one pseudonym per author. (Submit as many plays as you’d like, but please use only one pseudonym. It’s a competition for three authors, as much as for three plays!)

A few pointers to make your play appealing: Keep the lines short. Learning lines is hard; short passages are easier to remember than long speeches. Keep reliance on props and sets to a minimum.

How to submit your play:

  1. Save your play document under your pseudonym to a pdf file.
  2. Using your normal email, send the pdf of your play to the (new) Tavern Club Halloween Plays Competition email: tchalloweenplays@gmail.com
  3. This email account will be managed discreetly by blind Cistercians to transfer the submissions to the Plays Committee preserving the anonymity of the authors. By using your normal email, we can eventually link the pseudonyms to the authors.
  4. If this seems difficult, ask a teenager for help.

Book Club

Summer is not lost for Taverners…. Devotees of the Tavern Book Club should plan to meet on Wednesday, July 27, Noon, at 35 Cary Street in Nahant, to discuss The Origin of Species, subtitled By Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

Charles Darwin’s immensely readable and deeply entertaining book sold out on the first day of publication in 1859. It is easily available in a pocket-sized Bantam Classic paperback edition. David Quammens’s illustrated edition and Alan Moorhead’s “Darwin and the Beagle” provide interesting backdrops.

Lunch will be provided, but do let Ed Tarlov know if you will attend, and as usual, guests are welcome, even if neither you nor they have read the book!

For September the book of choice is Siddartha Mukerjees’s The Gene, which Darwin had to do without. Mukerjee, the author of The Emperor of All Maladies, a prior Book Club selection, provides in his new book a vivid account of present knowledge of the Gene.

In case you missed it:

SUMMER SHORTS Thursday, June 16

Our now apparently annual Summer Shorts evening was attended by a lively and enthusiastic crowd and performed with customary aplomb by the seasoned repertory group Peter Aitken, Anne Carter, Nancy Maull, Bob Osteen, Peter Randolph, Jeff Peters and Brigid Williams. Jeff Peters played piano and guitar in support, lights were turned on and off by Sam Dennis, Mary Rhinelander generously consented to use of her marvelous flats, and Christopher Randolph provided needed direction and coaching.

The three plays, by Sheri Wilner, Rowan Atkinson/Hugh Laurie, and Cerise de Gelder, described, in sequence, the search for the right order in a restaurant, an agent rewriting Hamlet and lastly the fable of the Unicorn denied entry to the Ark.

As usual, the performances were all in high Tavern style, and the discussion that followed during and after Dinner was so lively that there were those who could not follow it; good times were had by all, on and off stage.


Tues, September 6
Club reopens

Weds/Thurs, October 26/27
Halloween Plays

Mon, November 7
Executive Committee

Thurs, November 24-28
Club closed

Weds/Thurs Dec 14/15
Feast, Play

Mon, December 19
Christmas Carols

Tues, December 20, 2016 – Mon, January 2, 2017
Club closed

Tues, January 3
Club reopens

Thurs, February 16
Jazz Concert

Weds/Thurs March 29/30

Mon, April 3
Executive Committee

Mon, May 8
Tavern Annual Meeting

Thurs, June 15
Summer Shorts

Thurs, July 13
Fête Champêtre

Friday, July 14
Club closes


Work continues on the preservation of Tavern Club paintings, as well as their display, with the support of the Boylston Place Foundation, and Joe Barbieri reports the return of two paintings by Frank Duveneck (1848-1919). They have been beautifully cleaned and restored by Jim Wright, for many years in charge of conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts, and currently working on a painting by JMW Turner. Duveneck’s ”Portrait of an Arab” is now back over the Bar fireplace, and the other, a portrait of Barrett Wendell, is in the Dining Room.

Dr. John Constable
Sherborn, MA
Monday, June 6, 2016
New Member: Stephanie Cabot
Literary Agent – Specializes in Espionage
Cheese and Artisanal Vodka Maker
Dinghy Racer, and bilingual …

Happy Fourth!Wishing you a very happy Fourth!
Christopher Smallhorn

For a printable copy of the July calendar, download here.

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.

March 2013 Calendar

Monday Night Dinner March 4
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

The MeistUrsingers will gather at 12:20 on March 7 and 21, with Mystery Maestros conducting. Please let Tony Fay know if you are staying for lunch.

Simagepecial Event Thursday, March 7
Tod Randolph on the Tavern Stage, daughter of Tavern thespian Peter and Helen Randolph, Tod will perform Cassandra Speaks, a play written by Norman Plotkin, as Dorothy Thompson on the day of her third marriage, bringing to life her extraordinary career as "First Lady of American Journalism". Ms. Thompson, married to Sinclair Lewis, was the first American journalist expelled from Nazi Germany, and was hailed by TIME magazine in 1939 as the second most influential woman in America next to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Excerpts from reviews:
From Berkshire on Stage:
“Actor Tod Randolph and writer Norman Plotkin have plucked Dorothy Thompson from the dustbin of history and brought her amazingly, even brilliantly, to life again.

In the 1930’s and ‘40’s, Thompson was known as the “First Lady of American Journalism”. Time Magazine named her the most influential woman in the country, second only to Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Randolph does more than just act out her part, she glides into it, virtually donning Dorothy Parker’s skin in one of the most complex performances I have seen in years. It is an astonishing tour de force”.

From the Berkshire Eagle:
“Plotkin delivers a fascinating, complex, fully formed and dimentioned human being who is all too aware of her own shortcomings and wrestles with them even as she wages more fierce battles against the background of world war.”

“Thompson has an articulate representative in Randolph. An absolute master of her craft, Randolph has a way of working herself beneath the skin of her characters. She burrows deep within Thompson here. The result is at once revealing and compelling”.

Guests welcome – Cocktails 6.00,
Performance 6.30, Dinner to follow.

Monday Night Dinner March 11
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00.

Monday Night Dinner March 18
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

Guest Will Englund, foreign correspondent for the Washington Post based in Moscow, recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize, old friend of David Amory. Members only.

History Lunch
Wednesday, March 20 at 12:15. The Tavern is pleased to welcome back distinguished historian Eve LaPlante in a special Women’s History Month program. Eve is the author of Marmee & Louisa, The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother, and My Heart Is Boundless, Writings of
Abigail May Alcott. Eve will help us explore the lives of Abigail May Alcott and daughter Louisa May, two Boston women who coped daily with stultifying social strictures in the age of transcendentalism and who led hard lives until the success of Louisa’s Little Women in 1868. Guests welcome.

Elections Committee
The Elections Committee will be meeting on Monday, March 25, at 5:30 in the Perry Room. February 25: The name of a candidate for membership is in the book in the library for members’ review.

Monday Night Dinner March 25
Cocktails 6:15, Dinner 7:00

Poetry Table
Tuesday, March 26. We will take up the topic of recent U.S. Poet Laureates. Who are these people? How are they chosen? What is their role? Most important, what are they writing? Is it any good? And why are so many of them named Robert? Your poetry chair.

Bimageook Club
Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00. Bisi Starkey will lead a discussion of the classic travel books by Patrick Leigh Fermor: Between the Woods and the Water and A Time of Gifts, relating his 1933 walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul.

Himageistory Lunch & Arts Roundtable
Thursday, March 28 at 12:15. Leila Ahmed, the Victor S. Thomas Professor at Harvard Divinity School, will be our special guest. We will informally discuss her latest book, A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence from the Middle East to America, a study of the rise of political Islam and the ever-changing meaning of the veil, or hijab, for Muslim women. Having grown up in Cairo in the 1940’s, Leila brings personal insight to help Westerners understand this “quiet revolution,” which is  rooted in the colonial past and the excesses of
the Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak regimes. A timely sequel to Chris Lydon’s report from Egypt in January, and for all who want to better understand today’s Middle East. Guests welcome.


Anne Carter and Jim Crissman combine comedic talents to take Tavern theater to transcendent new levels for Narrenabend. In Once a Knight an all-star cast explores the many dramatic opportunities that Chaucer passed up in his much-neglected Knight’s Tale.
Medieval England meets capricious Greco- Roman gods in a one-sided contest in which the gods hold all the cards. Don’t miss this outstanding production, which is limited to a one night run on April 4!

Wednesday (dress) and Thursday, April 3 and 4

Jim Terry Musical Retrospective
Thursday, April 25

Annual Meeting
Monday, May 13

Summer Shorts (Plays)
Thursday, June 13

Fete Champetre
Thursday, July 11?

A downloadable PDF of the March 2013 calendar is available here.