Pawling Shakespeare Club Welcomes New Members

Now celebrating 119 years, The Pawling Shakespeare Club was founded on November 28, 1898, when seven women met at the home of Mrs. Henry A. Holmes for the purpose of forming a literary circle. The Pawling Shakespeare Club continues to be known as one of the oldest active cultural groups in the area.

The Shakespeare Club has upheld many of the traditions as set forth in the club’s constitution: Shakespearean Plays are researched, read, and studied at biweekly Monday meetings, September through June, with a winter break December through February. Most meetings are held in members’ homes or in a local community facility. Two Shakespearean plays are read and studied each year. Members participate in the readings and discussion at each session. Meetings are also enhanced by guest speakers and include reports and discussions based on relevant historical information, Shakespearean language, characterizations, and current Shakespearean events. Members have also enjoyed many trips to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison and various New York City theaters and have written and presented their own original plays, skits, and readings as well as assisted in local school literary events. In addition, Pawling Shakespeare Club is proud to award an annual scholarship to a deserving Pawling High School senior at graduation.

For this year’s spring session, the Shakespeare Club is currently reading Love’s Labor’s Lost. Following the conclusion of the play readings, the Shakespeare Club will hold its annual luncheon early in June. After the summer break, the group plans to reconvene on September 18, 2017, with the study of Julius Caesar. Anyone wishing further information about The Pawling Shakespeare Club and how to join for the 2017 – 2018 year, please contact Rita Schaffer, President at or at 914-763-8149.