One Hundred and Twelve and Still Going Strong
On November 28th the Pawling Shakespeare Club will celebrate its 112th Anniversary as the second oldest chartered club in continuous operation in the State of New York. Members* and guests of this illustrious group still meet on Monday afternoons twice monthly to read and discuss works of The Bard (currently Cymbeline is the play of choice), under the leadership of its current president, Marie DiLorenzo, and study leaders comprised of member volunteers.
Marie has been living on Quaker Hill for seven years, having moved here from nearby Katonah. For the past six of them she has been lending the Pawling Shakespeare Club her energy, expertise, and enthusiasm. A former high school teacher of English for thirty years, Marie’s passion for Shakespeare has had years to solidify. She has known, loved, and taught his many works for decades. Marie was one of the founders of the Katonah Community Theater where she acted some and directed mostly. She founded the theater program at Evander Childs High School in the Bronx, where her students performed in a small “black box” theater that was her pride and joy.
Fast forward, please, to the rehearsal that I found myself attending last week for the current club project, Geoff and Will or What You Will, an original, (written and performed by the group) entertaining piece that parodies a meeting between Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer on their way to the annual pilgrimage in Canterbury. The group had occasion to perform this last January, and will reprise the performance this December 8 at Lakeside Park for area seniors.
Aside from meetings and rehearsals the Club offers a graduating senior at Pawling High School the opportunity to win a scholarship. Each spring the Shakespeare Club asks interested qualified students to submit an essay that demonstrates understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare and other classics. The chosen essay earns its author $500.00 toward college expenses.
The members of The Pawling Shakespeare Club are an animated bunch. They exhibit great camaraderie and cohesiveness along with a love and respect for the language, the passion, and the drama that is the genius of William Shakespeare. I think it is safe to say, that as long as there is a Pawling Shakespeare Club, The Bard will never be forgotten…so here’s to the next 112 years. Congrats!!
*Shakespeare Club Members: Patricia Affleck; Carol Baral; Caroline Bennett; Veronica Caruso; Fayne Daniels; Tino and Marie Di Lorenzo; Sandra Duffy; Jill Finch; Myron Gershberg; Margaret Hubert; Carol-Lee Kantor; Forbes Linkhorn; Pat Markowski; Linda Marie Mauriello; Veronica Roberts; Audrey Salisbury; Shura Saul; Rita Schaffer; Nancy Sheridan; Pat Skinger; Anne Wagner; and Sam Weinstein. Supporting Members: Marcella Britton; Shirley Britton; Alexander Brown; Kent duPre; and Milnor Morrison. Honorary Members: Cliff Carpenter; Jean Rouverol Butler; James Earl Jones; and Rock Brynner.
For information about the December 8th performance or further information about the Spring Study Program of Pericles, beginning with a film and followed by discussion with a Shakespearean Scholar in addition to bi-weekly readings, contact Marie DiLorenzo at 845-855-9594