The Pawling Shakespeare Club celebrated the opening meeting of its 117th season with a luncheon and lecture at Pawling Public Radio’s studio meeting space located at 26 East Main Street. Twenty Three members and guests enjoyed a delicious buffet provided by long time members Anne Wagner and Jill Finch.
This fall The Pawling Shakespeare Club is reading and delving into the depths of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Mr. James Fornshell, English and Religion teacher from the Hotchkiss School in Kent Connecticut, was the guest speaker. His knowledge of the life and times of the Elizabethan Bard was shared, along with his expert appraisal of the characters that people this troubling play about the many faces of religious intolerance in sixteenth century Europe.
Study leaders for the Merchant Of Venice are club members Shura Saul and Stephanie Rogers, who will engage fellow members through an in depth analysis of each act.
The Pawling Shakespeare Club meets twice monthly on Monday afternoons. All are welcome. Club President, Rita Schaffer, may be contacted for further information about membership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Jim Fornshell, Rita Schaffer, and George Faison.
Photo courtesy of Rita Schaffer