Shakespeare Club celebrates The Bard’s birthday

The members of the Fredonia Shakespeare Club commemorated the April 23 birthday of William Shakespeare with its annual luncheon in his honor at the Shorewood Country Club.

The membership began its celebration with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments hosted by current officers Mrs. John Van Scoter, president; Mrs. Julian McQuiston, vice president; Mrs. Brian Woods, secretary; and Mrs. Martin Sanden, treasurer.

The luncheon was prefaced by the traditional toast to Shakespeare, who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist. The luncheon marked the 449th anniversary of his birth. The theme for this year’s celebration was Flowers of Shakespeare. Each luncheon place card was a program tied with a yellow ribbon, and decorated with a fresh flower. The guests were presented with floral wrapped books of poetry and a small bag of hand decorated flower shaped cookies. Pots of a variety of spring flowers lined the table, with a lovely bouquet of daffodils as the center piece.

The dessert, a four layer coconut cake, decorated with fresh daffodils, was made by Mrs. Van Scoter and ceremoniously cut by Mrs. Robert Woodbury, president elect 2013- 2014.

Outgoing President Van Scoter gave words of welcome and thanked all the members for a wonderful club year. Adding to the flower theme, McQuiston read the poem “Daffodils” by Wordsworth.

Following a long tradition of the Fredonia Shakespeare Club, having been founded in 1885 (128 years ago) the afternoon’s festivities concluded with a game – this year a crossword puzzle using the authors from this past year’s papers, created by Woods. Potted spring plants were given as prizes to the winners.