Tavern Club Newsletter for October 2020

October 2020 Month-at-a-Glance

October 2020 Calendar

Message from the President

As I write, the Governor has moved Massachusetts to an advanced phase of coronavirus “opening.” At the same time, our Mayor, concerned about possible city outbreaks, holds Boston in check.  The Tavern is limited to 20 members in the building at a time.   And while we’ll continue our caution and distance with one another, we’ll have Monday dinners and Friday lunches.  If all goes well, Alex Beam will come to the Tavern on October 1 and John Finley on October 15.  Many online events will bring us together.  Have a look.

The Annual Meeting was held by Zoom on September 21, the new officers elected and reports of the officers heard.  We’ll award medals and remember the deaths of members when we can be together again, in person.   Rusty Tunnard is your new Secretary, James Houghton is Vice President, Deb Bornheimer continues as Treasurer and Anne Carter Aitken as Keeper of the Rolls.  Many, many thanks to Bob Osteen and Ed Tarlov, departing President, and Vice President.

Directors
Katharine Boden, Anne Hawley, Arthur C. Hodges, John A. D. Gilmore, Robert L. Turner, and Eleanor T. Andrews, Joel M. Ives.

Committee on Elections
Chair: James DeKay Houghton
James Bride, David C. Brooks, Edward Roberts, Grant Winthrop, Martha Eddison, Ike Williams, Stephen S. Score, Mary Scott, Jane Shaw

As noted in the Annual Meeting: joy is ahead, just waiting to be constructed.  (I was thinking in particular of the three Halloween plays that are now are being cast and invented for viewing at home.)

Of course, the future is a stormy sea full of potholes.

We’ll be fine.  Do stay in touch.
Nancy Maull

Note: The Tavern Club is open for Monday Night dinners, Friday Lunches, and the two Special Events this month, a maximum of 20 members.  Reserve with Mr. Fay, and, for now, no guests.

Special Event/Arts Roundtable

Alex Beam on Farnsworth House
Thursday, October 1
Drinks 6:30, Dinner 7:00
Limited to 20 diners, members only. Reserve: manager@tavernclub.org

The Arts Round Table will hold a special evening event with guest speaker Alex Beam on Thursday,  October 1. Alex will speak about his new book, Broken Glass: Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight over a Modernist Masterpiece, published in March. The New York Times called it “a thorough and thoughtful account that is both a knowing biography of an object – the house – and of its two principles, the well-documented Mies and the widely overlooked Farnsworth.”

Well-known to Miesians but not to most of us, this is also the story of a romance between an architect and his client that wound up as a contentious court case.

House

Friday Lunch at the Tavern

Friday, October 2
Limited to 20 diners, members only.
Reserve: manager@tavernclub.org

Monday Dinner at the Tavern

Monday, October 5
Limited to 20 diners, members only.
Reserve: manager@tavernclub.org

Friday Lunch at the Tavern

Friday, October 9
Limited to 20 diners, members only.
Reserve: manager@tavernclub.org

Club Closed

Monday, October 12

Special Event at the Tavern

John Finley: 30 Years in Dorcester: Reflections on Diversity & Inclusion
Thursday, October 15
Drinks 6:30, Dinner 7:00
Limited to 20 diners, members only.
Reserve: manager@tavernclub.org

Abbie Trafford writes:

30 Years in Dorchester: Reflections On Diversity & Inclusion

As an undergraduate, John Finley helped start and run a homeless shelter for four years. Watching shelter guests struggle and often fail to change their trajectories led him to make education his life’s work. After teaching in a brand-new Jesuit school for boys from low-income families, he became an Episcopal priest and founded Epiphany (www.epiphanyschool.com), a tuition-free, independent Episcopal school where black lives have always mattered. To explore current issues around equity—economic, educational, racial, and otherwise—John has interviewed a number of his most experienced teachers, many of whom are themselves Epiphany graduates.  In this talk, he will share their perspectives as well as his own thoughts on his work. Please join John for this important conversation on equity in our times.

Friday Lunch at the Tavern

Friday, October 16
Limited to 20 diners, members only.
Reserve: manager@tavernclub.org

Monday Dinner at the Tavern

Monday, October 19
Limited to 20 diners, members only.
Reserve: manager@tavernclub.org

Book Club by Zoom

Tuesday, October 20 at Noon
Reserve with manager@tavernclub.org to receive the Zoom link.

Laury Coolidge who will guide us writes:

War and Peace is an “Everything” novel.  It encompasses love, war, society, religion and ethics.  It is reflective of Tolstoy’s own life and thinking, and many consider it the greatest novel ever written.

War and Peace

Poetry Evening Online

Tuesday, October 20 at 5 p.m.
Reserve with manager@tavernclub.org to receive the Zoom link.

Albert LaFarge writes:

Jim Berkman, retired head of BU Academy and all-around gem of a dude (some of you may have enjoyed his company as fellow St. Botolphers), has offered to enlighten us on a topic related to his recently completed novel The Secret Ministry of Frost, probing Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s fraught relationship with his son Hartley. Jim will treat willing participants to “an interactive reading of Coleridge’s ‘Frost at Midnight’ and discuss how Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey’ was a rip-off (the latter being written four months later as Coleridge and Wordsworth lived four miles apart in Somerset and were working on Lyrical Ballads together).” The conversation will, as always, take off in unexpected directions, and we hope you’ll join; guests are welcome.

History Cocktail Hour

Tuesday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Reserve with manager@tavernclub.org to receive the Zoom link.

Chasing Chopin

Carol Bundy writes:

Annik LaFarge will talk about her most recent book, Chasing Chopin. She’s a wonderful writer whose first book was On the High Line: Exploring America’s Most Original Urban Park, was the winner of the 2013 IPPY Award presented by the Independent Publishers for Travel Guidebook. If you interested in that book, the High Line Park and the landscape design of Piet Oudolf, check out Annik’s blog https://www.livinthehighline.com.

Chasing Chopin is equally, if not more original. It’s a mapping of Chopin’s creation of the Funeral March from his Opus 35 sonata. And, as the subtitle explains, it’s a journey across three centuries, four countries, and a half-dozen revolutions. LaFarge has discovered the march to be utterly different from the piece of music we think we know. Her telling of that tale works like a mystery, a page-turner, and an eye-opening portrait of Chopin, the composer, and a far more complex person that the tubercular dying Romantic of recent films.  Guests are very welcome.

Friday Lunch at the Tavern

Friday, October 23
Limited to 20 diners, members only.
Reserve: manager@tavernclub.org

Monday Dinner at the Tavern

Monday, October 26
Limited to 20 diners, members only.
Reserve: manager@tavernclub.org

Play Reading Lunch by Zoom

Tuesday, October 27 at Noon
Reserve with manager@tavernclub.org to receive the Zoom link.

The Play-Reading Luncheon Series Continues with The Wild Duck, Part Two

George Heaton writes:

Are you yearning for a play full of lies, submerged sex, animals in the attic, and crazy family members — none of which can be overcome by truth?  Well then, you’ll love “The Wild Duck,” Ibsen’s symbolist masterpiece.  Besides all getting roles, we’ll all get to take a turn in figuring out what that wounded wild duck stands for during discussion time!

So that we have a common edition, please use Dover Thrift Editions, available in paperback and kindle from Amazon. Do not hesitate to join, even if you missed Part One.

Halloween Plays Online

Thursday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Reserve with manager@tavernclub.org to receive the Zoom link.

The Tavern Players are looking forward to an unprecedented response to a Pandemic Plays Competition.  We are still working out details, so stay tuned, and put the date into your calendars.  The Committee has selected three plays, drawn from sixteen brilliant plays submitted.  Directors Martha Sieniewicz, John Rabinowitz, and Andy Doherty are planning their efforts.  Cast and crew are being assembled as this is written.  The show must go on!

Bridge

Bridge continues online.  All levels of competence are welcome.  Just contact George Heaton at george.r.heaton@gmail.com

In case you missed it:

Tom Kelly on Don Giovanni: Recording available for 3 weeks, COPY AND PASTE INTO YOUR BROWSER:

https://juilliard.zoom.us/rec/share/1hLh5JEV9nThtDOJJbaiOyNNeKzMaMK3fLG293Q2I_agwDGgbeUdC24VG-uhp_DC.CpQDlr3s1QAcwNYW?startTime=1600983213000

The Journaling Project came to a close on September 17, when twenty or so Taverners showed their work:  photos, paintings, poetry, journal entries, and more.  Peter Rand led off with a reading from the Decameron and Alice Cornwell (Pompinea) guided the evening.  Warren Ross produced the most beautiful online show of work.  It was magical, even elegiac, an end to summer, a summer like no other.  Alice’s fine hat, by the way …

The Journaling Project

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Leo H. Dworsky
Cambridge, Ma.
September 17, 2020
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— Rusty Tunnard
Secretary

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