Tavern Club Newsletter for June 2020

Message from the President
Message from the President:

Nothing is happening. The Tavern building is in good repair and Tony is in residence looking after it. The staff is in good health. We have committed to continuing the staff’s wages through the summer and hope to re-open the Club on some basis in September. The Secretary, Treasurer, and I have a weekly meeting with Tony by Zoom.

The Club’s virtual Monday meetings and other events, to which a number of Taverners have contributed with fun and substantive conversation, have been a welcome relief from reiterative family discussions and lists of movies we are watching. Many thanks to the organizers of those events. We plan to continue Zoom gatherings until the traditional Club closing time in July.

Sadly, we have decided to cancel the Fête in July and reschedule it later. We love seeing your smiling face in the little Zoom box and until the world improves that must suffice.

Stay well. Bob

Your Secretary writes:

We are engaging many far-flung members in the Zoom events.  Please sign up early and often.  For the moment, Tavern in the Sky is our only way to maintain and renew Club camaraderie. And it seems to help. Nancy

Tavern in the Sky

Tavern in the Sky

Not-Monday-Dinner.  5:30 to 6:15

On June 1, George Heaton will interview George Steel, Tavern composer, and Gardner Museum Abrams Curator of Music.

On June 8, Martha Eddison Sieniewicz will interview Jonathan Rabinowitz, saxophonist.

On June 22, Fred Kellogg will talk: his topic  “Conflicting Habits: The Ethical Theory of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Film Discussion

Thursday, June 4; 8-9 pm

Tavern in the Sky Movie Nightcap

Andy Calkins, Anson Wright, and Bobo Devens invite you to a discussion of three excellent movies all about wonderful restaurants, exquisite food, and sublime cooking – food as a way to awaken the senses to live more fully. The films are the perfect dreamscape, ten weeks into physical distancing amid a global pandemic. Participants are encouraged to watch at least one, if not all three, of these films: Big Night, the 1996 Stanley Tucci saga about two Italian immigrant brothers, recently arrived in New York, and possibly the best dinner party ever staged for a movie; The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)with Helen Mirren as a haughty Michelin-starred chef and her encounters with an equally gourmet immigrant family from India in a beautiful French country town; and Chef (2014), with Jon Favreau as a Top Chef who quits his posh restaurant post rather than compromise his craft (under pressure from owner Dustin Hoffman) and rediscovers his love of cooking after opening a food truck. Space is limited to 30. 8 until 9.  You can read more about these movies here. Sign up with Mr. Fay. Zoom information will follow, once you have signed up. Let Anson  (ansonwright@gmail.com) or Andy (acalkins@nextgenlearning.org) know if you need technical help.

Poetry Slam

Thursday, June 11; 5:30-6:15 pm

Bob Osteen writes:

“Forced to live with our own thoughts, I suspect many of us have written some of them down. It would be fun to hear the poems Taverners have written while confined to quarters. A Zoom poetry slam will give the wordsmiths an outlet for their efforts.”

Any style, any length, any subject but something written during our current mass incarceration. You have the time. You have the provocation. You have the ability. Let us hear your thoughts and ruminations on life in lockdown.  Reserve with Mr. Fay, manager@tavernclub.org. ( If you don’t want to read it yourself, send it to Bob Osteen to be read without attribution.)


Friday, June 12; Noon

Tom Stoppard deserves a second chance!  After last month’s pleasure in his screenplay to “Shakespeare in Love,” this month we will give mystery, satire, and absurdity a try in “The Real Inspector Hound.”  A one-act play, it is short enough to be read straight through, yet long enough to give plenty of roles, laughs, and thoughts.

On Amazon, the Grove Press version shows many paperbacks at modest cost and an infinite Kindle supply.  (The $900 hardback is not recommended!)

Reserve with Mr. Fay, and/or contact Impresario George Heaton or Technical Master Anson Wright with any questions.

If you want an online link, here it is https://www.joculartheatre.com/scripts/The%20Real%20Inspector%20Hound.pdf.

Poetry Lunch

Tuesday, June 16; Noon

Gin & Miltonic

A brown-bag Zoom session over bits of Book 3 of Paradise Lost, by John Milton (via dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/pl/book_3/text.shtml or BYOPL).

Come as you are and marvel at masterly apostrophe, verbal chiaroscuro, second sight:

So much the rather thou Celestial light
Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers
Irradiate, there plant eyes, all mist from thence
Purge and disperse, that I may see and tell
Of things invisible to mortal sight.

Sign up with Mr. Fay, manager@tavernclub.org, and direct questions to Albert Lafarge albert@thelafargeagency.com

History Cocktail Hour

Wednesday, June 17; 5:30 p.m.

The History Cocktail Hour (plus) will host Alex Krieger. A leading urban planner and scholar and a distinguished urban design professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Alex will discuss his recently published and critically acclaimed City on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America from the Puritans to the Present.

An exceptionally readable life work, City on a Hill ranges from early Puritan settlements to the prescient eighteenth-century designs of Savannah to Jefferson’s ideal city to the City Beautiful and more recently EPCOT, communes of the 1960s, urban renewal and Las Vegas.

Alex is the co-author of Mapping Boston so especially well-equipped to discuss Boston – past, present, and post-COVID future. What, for example, is the future of urban mass transit in an era of pandemics? City on a Hill is a great and timely read, and Alex is an unusually humane thinker about how best to live together.

Sign up with Mr. Fay manager@tavernclub.org.

The Rite of Spring with Tom Kelly

Friday, June 19; 5:30 p.m.

Back after his riveting performance on Performance, Tom Kelly will tell us about the first night, in 1913, of Stravinsky’s  Rite of Spring.  Its premiere at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris featured outrageous costumes, unusual choreography, and a bizarre story of pagan sacrifice.  And then there’s the music.

Sign up with Mr. Fay manager@tavernclub.org.

Book Club

Wednesday, June 24; Noon

Our own Jo Frances Meyer will lead a discussion of The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker. This timely novel, set in 1918 in the farm country of Nebraska provides a poignant tale about family and community experiencing prejudice against German-Americans. At the same time, the 1918 influenza pandemic rages. Guests welcome.

Reserve with Mr. Fay manager@tavernclub.org.

The Arts Round Table is calling all Taverners for Round Two of the Getty Challenge!

Thursday, June 25; 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

If you’re still in the dark, the idea is to choose a favorite work of art and recreate it with things you have around the house, including family members and pets. Seventeen intrepid Taverners met the challenge last month. Their efforts were unveiled and discussed at a lively zoom meeting on May 13. Apparently the subsequent circulation of these images among the membership has stimulated enthusiasm for Round Two. So here it is. Don’t be shy!

Entries due on Monday, June 15

Zoom slide show and discussion on Thursday, June 25, 5:30-6:30

Reserve with Mr. Fay manager@tavernclub.org.

Hosted by Belinda Rathbone and Anson Wright with technical support from Warren Ross.

Have a look:

https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-artworks-recreated-with-household-items-by-creative-geniuses-the-world-over/ and you can view Round I at https://tavernclub.org/gallimaufry/2020-getty-challenge.

Tavern Elections Committee

Monday, June 29; 4:30 p.m.

On June 29 at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom, the Tavern Elections Committee will hold its last meeting this season to consider any Tavern Membership proposals that have been received by that time.

Online bridge continues, please contact Deb Bornheimer. duxdeb@gmail.com

And Gil Rose writes à propos of his Not Monday Dinner interview with David Scudder:

Dear Tavern Club Members, I so enjoyed our talk on Monday I wanted to forward you a link and password to the Production of Patience I mentioned. The password is case-sensitive “WILDE.  I hope you enjoy it and that we will see you at a BMOP or Odyssey Opera event soon. Gil

New Member

Robert ‘Pompi’ Macy
Actor, Martial Artist, Dance Therapist, International Trauma Center

Submitted by Rebecca Brooks:

I was researching pictures for a PowerPoint presentation I’m working on, and came across the attached Tavern-St. Botolph baseball game poster!

Tavern-St. Botolph Baseball Game Poster
Tavern-St. Botolph Baseball Game Poster

— Nancy Maull, Secretary

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