October 2018 News

October Calendar

October News

Wednesday October 3: Poetry Lunch Coleridge at Midnight.

Peer into the black well of a few of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s most terrified verses, including “Frost at Midnight,” “Ne Plus Ultra,” “Limbo,” and “Work Without Hope,” to get us in the mood and spirit of Frankenstein@200, Halloween, and darker days ahead. Library at noon, lunch at 12:30, and downhill from there. Unexpected guests welcome. (BYO laudanum.) But do reserve with Mr. Fay.

Thursday October 4:  A Lunch for New Members.

Come to lunch and learn a password and special handshake.  Any member who still feels new is welcome, but do contact Secretary Maull at maullnancy65@gmail.com if you haven’t done so already.  And it is never a mistake to tell Mr. Fay of your meal plans, early and often.

Wednesday October 10:  Arts Roundtable Lunch

Our guest will be Colleene Fesko, frequently seen on the hit PBS television series Antiques Roadshow. She is a Boston-based fine art and antiques appraiser and broker and most recently a consultant with Christie’s American Painting Department. Her experience includes more than two decades at Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers. She is the person to tell us that the Corot is really a Corat.  Come to hear her adventures among old things. Guests welcome, but sign up early.

Come with your prints, photos, paintings at 11:45 (bring them to the second floor) so that Colleene can look them over before lunch and select the ones she will discuss. 

Fall Bear

Thursday October 11: MeistUrsingers Lunch

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

Thursday October 11:  Special Event – Madeline Miller on Circe.


Best-selling author Madeline Miller returns to the Club on Thursday evening, October 11 to discuss her new and widely-acclaimed novel, Circe.   Madeline spoke about her first book, The Song of Achilles, at a standing-room-only history lunch just after it was published in 2011, and shortly thereafter it won the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction.  Like The Song of Achilles, Circe weaves together the divine and the mortal, this time in an elegantly crafted tale of the insignificant nymph who becomes a formidable witch, as well as a symbol of female empowerment.  “An epic spanning thousands of years that’s also a keep-you-up all night page turner”, says Ann Patchett.   Sign up early.  You will NOT want to miss this. Sign up soon. Guests welcome.  Drinks at 6, dinner, presentation and discussion at 7.

Tuesday October 16: Play Reading Lunch

Encore!  The first Play-Reading Luncheon went off to acclaim in “Off-Off Boylston.”  So, we have decided to do it again:  not only the event, but also the playwright, Christopher Durang, who is gifted, zany and inexplicable enough to warrant a second excursion.

We’ll meet in the library around 12, get scripts and assignments, go up to lunch, and read afterwards.  Guests are welcome, but sign up early.

(And if this doesn’t meet your schedule or taste, we will do some of “The Importance of Being Earnest” on November 13).

Paaveli Jumppanen

Thursday October 18: Special Event – Pianist Paaveli Jumppanen plays Bach. 

World-renowned pianist Paaveli Jumppanen returns to the Tavern to play excerpts from J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue (1749) What, after all, are the contrapuntal possibilities of a single musical subject?  Listen and explore.  Drinks at 6, concert at 6:30, with dinner and discussion after.  Guests are welcome.  Sign up with Mr. Fay.

Monday October 22   Committee on Elections
5.30 pm in the Library

Thursday October 25: Halloween Plays

The three Halloween plays are in rehearsal and bursting with energy.  Many new members will be making debuts.   Be sure to see fruits of their work on October 25th, Thursday, and to vote for which will win the Bruin.  You will see the Tavern Players put new plays on the boards, each written, directed and acted by members:   an essay on primary colors (imagine the costumes!), a send-up on the business of selling art (what is art anyway?), and a riff on Hamlet (the Bard is rolling in his grave!).   Be there when we identify the previously anonymous playwrights.   Reserve now. Members only: formal wear and medals. Drinks at 6, dinner at 7, and then the plays.

Bears Pumpkin

Wednesday October 31: Book Club Lunch

Captain Mark Lenci  USN  (ret) will speak: “A Day in the Life of a Nuclear Fast Attack Submarine.”  Highly decorated former Commander of USS Houston, Mark was a key leader in the US Navy’s efforts to insert commercial information technology to enable network-centric warfare. His work led him to a second career in IT, with Lotus/IBM, and Microsoft. His fascinating presentation will cover issues of management of personnel and innovative use of technology, at the cutting edge of espionage,  more captivating than science fiction.Guests welcome, sign up early.


November 8, Thursday evening Special Event, Melissa Franklin, an experimental particle physicist and Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard.

In Case You Missed It


Blues Night at the Tavern on September 20 was a smash hit. The third floor rocked to the likes of Otis Redding, the Rolling Stones and Sam & Dave (Soul Man). Chris Whitlock and his band—Mo Jo Slim—launched the fall season with dancing and singing to such classics as Honky Tonk Woman, Mustang Sally, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Playing with Chris were Dave Pierce on vocals and harmonica, Paul Dever on drums, Wolf Ginandes on Bass, Scott Shetler on Sax, and John Moriconi on Trumpet. The evening began with drinks and billiards with some outstanding pool sharks. The special Blues Menu:  chicken and sausage jambalaya, rice, Tavern specialty coleslaw and the best cornbread south of the Canadian border–topped off with lemon and pecan bars.

And further In Case You Missed It

On the evening of September 29, Anthony M. Amore, security chief at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, revealed with humor and depth his own analyses of few of the  art world’s famous scams and thefts. Amore, author of The Art of the Con, recounted forgeries, fakes, stolen masterpieces and plundered works. He hasn’t found the missing masterpieces from the Gardner museum but he’s still on the case.   Ann Hawley, former director of the Gardner Museum led the thoroughly engaging discussion.

Triennial Art Show 2018

November 15 – December 31 2018

The Tavern Triennial Art Show 2018 to be held in honor of Joe Wheelwright will open Thursday November 15, 2018 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 ClarkNickc715@outlook.com and/or Peter Hainespeter.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.

John Tittmann and Elaine Woo would welcome knowing about the musical talents of Taverners. Musicians, instrumental and vocal, are always sought for Tavern plays and other entertainments.

Note that two new names have been entered into the Book in the Library.


Carol Monica

Cambridge, Ma., September 30 2018


 — Nancy Maull, Secretary

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