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The Chrisman Shakespeare Club met at the home of Paula Bouton on November 10th with Bouton and Kay Fidler as hostesses. The eight members present were served a delicious Hershey Cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
Vice President Nancy Hodge acted as President for the meeting. Hodge thanked Paula and Kay for hosting the meeting and led the Club Collect. Minutes from the previous meeting as well as the treasurer’s report were approved.
In matters of unfinished business, the group had to make a decision on the menu for the Christmas Luncheon, hosted by Front Street Market. The location of the event has yet to be decided, but was narrowed down to the homes of either Mrs. Marylou Reader or Mrs. Paula Bouton.
Members were given sheets to cast their votes for what they would like to have served. Concerning the meal, it was also decided that members may a flat fee of $15.00 in order to cover the tip as well.
It was also decided that in lieu of a gift exchange, members were to bring a $5.00 donation that would be made to the Chrisman Public Library. Sign up sheets for the next meeting year were also available. Marge Foor and Nancy Harper will be on the book committee for next year.
Roll call for the meeting was the question of ‘What style of clothes do yo like? Past or present’. Answers included jeans, pants, blazers, three piece outfits, anything that still fits, Victorian Era clothing, flowing clothing, leggings and Hey Dude shoes and turtlenecks.
Paula Bouton had the program for the meeting. For this program, she dug in the archives for a program that she had done some thirty years ago when it was her turn to have a program.
With Bouton’s background in couples therapy and counseling, she combined counseling with Shakespeare, focusing on how Romeo and Juliet may have turned out had they had modern day council.
In Shakespeare’s time, the clergymen were often their ‘council’, hearing the various problems one would have and give their advice on a hopeful outcome. Bouton also tied the conversation that Romeo had with Friar Lawrence to a co-dependency issue.
Had Romeo and Juliet been in modern time, Tybalt wouldn’t have killed Mercuto and Romeo wouldn’t have killed him, thus starting a domino effect of deaths including the young star crossed lovers. But it wouldn’t have made for an interesting play now would it?
The next meeting of the Shakespeare Club will be on December 8th at 12:30 with the location to be announced.