The Annual Rose Queen’s Luncheon at The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena Continues Tradition Begun in 1952

Actress Alexis Rosinsky Performing Shakespeare\'s SonnetsL-R: Princess Georgia, Princess Sydney, Gerald Freeny, Trina Freeny, Anne David, Queen Isabella, Princess Julianne and Princess SavannahL-R: Princess Savannah, Princess Sydney, Queen Isabella, Princess Georgia, and Princess Julianne with Rose Charm NecklacesGerald Freeny  President for the 2018-2019 Tournament on  The Melody of LifeJanet Beggs, The Shakespeare Club President Sharing Closing ThoughtsMarge Landry Tournament of Roses Auxiliary Member and her guest Karen Mooradian


5:03 pm | February 20, 2018

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena welcomed the 100th Rose Queen Isabella Marez, and the Royal Court to the Villa for the Annual Rose Queen’s Luncheon held in their honor. There were 100 guests in attendance. As guests arrived they were greeted by distinguished members of the Shakespeare Club and Tournament Officials. During the reception hour, attendees were offered a glass of Champagne or Rose Scented Lemonade and enjoyed tray passed hors d’oeuvres while listening to live piano music and conversing with the Royal Court and Tournament Officials.

The luncheon and program were commenced by Anne David, Vice-President of the Shakespeare Club. Mrs. David warmed up the crowd with her welcome and witty antidotes for the Queen and Court. She presented the Queen and Court with rose charm necklaces which has been a traditional gift from the Club. Mr. Lance Tibbett, 2018 Tournament President shared his reflections on the past year of “Making a Difference.”

One of the highlights of the afternoon was to hear from each princess and the Rose Queen, share with guests, what the past year has meant to them and their future aspirations. Mr. Gerald Freeny, Incoming Tournament President shared his personal journey and musings on the theme “The Melody of Life,” for the 2019 Rose Parade. Guests were then treated to a live performance of Shakespearean Sonnets by Actress, Alexis Rosinsky. The Shakespeare Club President, Janet Beggs, left everyone with thoughtful closing remarks and each guest took home a custom made rose scented soap in the shape of the honorary flower.

The Queen and Court luncheon, held yearly at the Club, has been a tradition since 1952. One of the oldest traditions of The Shakespeare Club is its association with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, which began in 1897, by contributing prizes and serving picnic lunches in the Tournament Park to visitors. The Shakespeare Club’s first float in the 1906 parade was a rose decorated carriage followed by four prize-winning floats in the years 1929 through 1932.

Today, The Shakespeare Club continues its outstanding tradition of service to the community through its scholarship program for Pasadena high-school seniors, support of Rosemary Children’s Services, and providing clothing and toys for disadvantaged children at Christmas time.

The Shakespeare Club, 171 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 577-2216 / (626) 793-5714 or visit