Next meeting, February 26, 2011: “The Sea Venture, Shakespeare, and Elizabeth’s London”

by Ginny Gotlieb
Barbara Barbarics, our February speaker

Our winter meeting should be especially fun. Barbara Barbarics will review the story of the Third Supply of Jamestown, which may have inspired William Shakespeare to write his final play, “The Tempest”.  To help get you in the mood for Ms. Barbarics’ presentation, see our blog post “The Sea Venture and the Reestablishment of Jamestown for a brief summary of this amazing episode in Jamestown history. 
Understanding London and Shakespeare’s audience at the beginning of the seventeenth century provides a context for understanding the economic striving and social and political turmoil that were characteristic of Jamestown’s earliest years.  To illustrate this, Ms. Barbarics will bring items of clothing typical of the period, which tell us a surprising amount about the difference between gentlemen and laborers.  Shakespeare’s play puts on stage fear of unknown people and places, efforts subjugating and educating, class structure and the responsibilities of those in authority, magical thinking, duplicity and capacity for redemption. Ms. Barbarics will discuss how Jamestown and the play reveal aspects of the English mindset as England began to transform from a Medieval culture to an economic and world power.  “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” (Prospero, The Tempest, IV, i, 148-158).
Elizabeth I of England
Barbara Barbarics is active with the English Speaking Union and has served on the committee for the Los Angeles area’s Shakespeare Competition.  She has been part of the Summer Workshop in Teaching Shakespeare, co-sponsored by the Huntington Library and the English Speaking Union.  She is the retired co-chair of the San Marino High School English Department. Barbara has won awards for her teaching and presentations, including awards from DAR.  A TAP Excellence in Teaching grant allowed her to study in England on the topic “Castle to Manor House.”  She was educated at Roanoke College and the University of Virginia.
The venue and schedule
A lively favorite of faculty and students, Walter’s Restaurant is in the heart of Claremont Village, an area of cute shops and galleries, one block from Pomona College.  We will have the private Cottage Room and will be able to place personal orders that day from a selected menu.  Following a brief business meeting, lunch, and our speaker’s presentation, we will have an hour to socialize while enjoying a variety of desserts and coffee and tea.  Walter’s is a bistro known for its California and French fusion style with specialties from around the world.
Getting there by automobile
Walter’s Restaurant is located at 308 North Yale Avenue, between Bonita and 4th St., one block east of Indian Hill Blvd.  Claremont Village can be reached from the 10 or 210 freeways, via Indian Hill Blvd. exits. 
Getting there by train
For those interested in coming by train, Walter’s is four blocks from the Claremont Depot.  Metrolink has a weekend promotional, the Friends and Family 4-Pack.  For $29, it covers four people traveling together all day.  There is a train out of Union Station in downtown Los Angeles at 10:40 am that arrives in Claremont at 11:34 am.  There is a return train at 4:13 pm that arrives at Union Station at 5:15 pm.
Jamestowne Society First California Company, Winter Meeting
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Time: Noon to Three-thirty
Place: Walter’s Restaurant, Claremont, CA, 308 North Yale Avenue, between Bonita and 4th St., one block east of Indian Hill Blvd.
RSVP by February 19 with a check for $32 per person to Treasurer, Harry Holgate
     Harry Holgate
     115 West Fourth Street, #208,
     Long Beach, CA 90802. 
Please include the names of those attending, with your current address, phone, and email.
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