The Shakespeare Club Celebrates 130th Anniversary with Golden Age Gala

This is what 130 looks like in balloonsMany members dressed in gold for the Golden Age Gala including Bea BuchmanEric Zimmerman and Elegant Music entertained throughout the eveningA 7-course Victorian style dinner was served in the clubhouse\'s newly renovated ballroomPresident Janet Beggs and James KroegerJanel and George Papik, Pat and Randy Thorpe, Gary and Linda StellernAnne David, Jean Kabealo, Marsha Rood, and Elsbeth HaackDave and Cindy Carlburg celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary on the dance floor

12:20 pm | October 17, 2018


Established in 1888 as one of the first women’s clubs in the West, The Shakespeare Club celebrated its 130th anniversary at its clubhouse on Grand Avenue. Musical entertainment and history were interspresed throughout the candle lit 7 coursed Victorian dinner. Member and vocalist Janet Clark moved the program into the 1920’s with the song “Home in Pasadena”. Paying tribute to the club’s Broadway musical style fundraisers, and with a wish for the future she also sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel.

Established just two years after the City of Pasadena, The Shakespeare Club today continues to be a philanthropic, cultural, and social gathering place for women. The Club currently awaits City Council’s decision on its Landmark Application for its Italaniate Villa clubhouse. It has partnered with the Pasadena Museum of History to offer two upcoming cultural events which are open to the public. The dramatic presentation of “Too Beautiful For Hollywood” will be held on October 19 and portrays the intriguing story of silent screen star Barbara LaMarr. The evening includes a jazz trio on the Terrace with Zazu Pitts’ grandson. On November 13 Maurine St. Gaudens presents an illustrated lecture regarding California women artists from 1860 – 1960. They will be sharing the back stories of the paintings currently on exhibit at the Museum and shed light on the times in which the women were painting “in the shadows”. Tickets for these very interesting programs are avialable on-line at pasadenahistory.org/events