The Pawling Shakespeare Club, a fixture in our town since 1898, held its annual luncheon in the new party space at McKinney & Doyle on Wednesday, June 8th.
Twenty one members and guests met to celebrate another successful year of reading The Bard, while honoring three members, Ellie Drummond, past president, Fayne Daniels, and Pat Affleck. Each received the Pawling Shakespeare Club’s Globe Award for monumental participation and dedicated service.
Following a superb lunch, the group was entertained by guest speaker, former Pawling High School 2010 Salutatorian, Christine O’Neill, who spoke charmingly of her devotion to the works of William Shakespeare, and delighted the club by reading her scholarly essay about Pericles, the play read by the club this year.
Christine was the recipient of the Shakespeare Club’s college scholarship last year, and is a rising sophomore at SUNY Geneseo in upstate New York, majoring in English and French. She is currently a summer intern with Pawling Public Radio, where she has been covering events for the web site and lending her superb organizational skills and creative energy to many projects.
Last summer, Christine contributed an article to the PPR site entitled “37 Plays in 37 Days, Between High School and College…or What I Did On My Summer Vacation,” in which she wrote of the immense pleasure she took in finishing all of Shakespeare’s plays by reading one a day!!
Shakespeare has clearly attained rock star status with Christine, and her address to the club was filled with admiration and love for all his works and words.
Christine was introduced by long time member, Forbes Linkhorn. Current president, Marie DiLorenzo, was mistress of ceremonies.
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