Tavern Club Christmas Feast and Play
Wednesday, Dec. 13 – Dinner and Rehearsal, primarily cast guests
Thursday, Dec. 14 – Christmas Feast and Play, members only, black tie and medals
At the Christmas Feast, on December 14th, the Tavern Stage will be transformed into Sancho Panza’s medieval Spanish Tavern. Unexpected guests drop in, ranging from alluring women, Don Juan, the Spanish Inquisition (who expects that?) and a bear (of course).
Author Barclay Tittmann, with Lyricist John Bethell, and Composer Elaine Woo, under the direction of Eleanor Andrews, have attained a new high for Tavern Players. Don’t miss it.
Christmas Caroling Evening
Monday, December 18
This annual event was initiated by Tom Kelly and Jim Terry. The MeistUrsingers will perform three carols composed by Taverners. The annual Carols evening is a wonderful opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit and perhaps to introduce some friends to the Tavern Club. Guests welcome.
Cocktails 6:00, Dinner 7:00, followed by Carol singing in the dining room.
Book Club, December 5, 12:00 noon
The Tavern Book Club will discuss and read together Dylan Thomas’s pithy and delightful A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Guests welcome – Reserve with Tony Fay.
Holiday History Lunch, December 6, 12:15, Guests welcome
A talk with Brad Snyder, author of The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism.
“With his deep understanding of history and the law, Brad Snyder has crafted a notably illuminating and refreshing book. Deeply researched and finely written, The House of Truth brings to life a group of brilliant friends whose passion for justice helped shape what became known as the American Century.”— David Maraniss, author of Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story.
“This dazzling book provokes reconsideration of the Progressive era, legal reform and modern American liberalism. I know of no other work that so ably transports its readers into the packed and exciting years of the early twentieth century.”— Laura Kalman, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara.
MeistUrsingers Lunch Thursday, December 7
Downbeat 12.20, followed by lunch. If you like to sing, you are welcome! Remember to sign up if you can stay for lunch.
The Committee on Elections will meet on Monday, December 11 at 5.30 in the Library.
Members are reminded that the names of 3 membership candidates and their proposers are in the book.
Arts Round Table Lunch, Tuesday, December 12, 12.15
As winter closes in, the Arts Round Table will transport you to Renoir’s beloved painting, “Luncheon of the Boating Party.” Eliza Rathbone, chief curator emerita of The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, will introduce us to each of the fourteen personalities who served as models – all of whom were key players in the artist’s life – and guide us through the artist’s many decisions in the creation of his masterpiece.
Eliza is the curator of the exhibition “Renoir and Friends” at The Phillips Collection through January 7, 2018. Guests welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Case You Missed It:
Blues Night on November 9 turned the Tavern theater into a rollicking dance hall with an evening of blues ‘n rock ‘n rhythm accompanied by whoops, laughter, and inspired dancing. After a fast “game” of billiards organized by Billiards Chair Jeff Peters and an informal buffet dinner, the music began with Chris Whitlock (guitar and vocals) and the Mojo Slim band. Dave Pierce was lead singer and harmonica player; Lou Wallach was on bass; Paul Dever on drums; and Scott Shetler and John Aruda on sax. Guests pushed back chairs and did the moves. Others cheered from the sidelines. Finally the classic: Ride, Sally Ride. Coffee and dessert finished off the night.
Loud cheers for Film Night on November 14 when Taverners gathered to watch “Shakespeare in Love,” the bawdy romantic comedy of the 1990s set in the 1590s. The discussion was led by screenwriter P.K. Simonds, who heads Film Night at the Tavern, and Shakespeare buff Martha Eddison. Bravo to Tony Fay and his team for dinner afterwards of lasagna and salad. The drama Shakespeare in Love followed the documentary Citizen 4 shown at the previous Film Night. Another Film Night is planned for the spring.
Transportation Building Entrances
The Boylston Place Transportation Building entrance will be closed November 15 to December 15.
Author of The Bird Skinner and White Ghost Girls, two-time swimmer of the Bosphorus
Conductor, composer, producer, singer, pianist, musicologist and teacher, consultant at the Gardner Museum
–Nancy Maull, Secretary
For a download copy of the December calendar, click here.