On Tuesday, February 9, 2019, The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena welcomed the 101st Rose Queen Louise Deser Siskel, and the Royal Court to the Villa for the Annual Rose Queen’s Luncheon held in their honor. There were over 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 welcomed the guests and presented the Queen and Court with rose charm necklaces which has been a traditional gift from the Club. One of the highlights of the afternoon was to hear from each princess and the Rose Queen, share with guests, what the theme of “The Melody of Life” meant to them. Ms. Laura Farber, Incoming Tournament President shared her personal journey and aspirations on the theme of “The Power of Hope” for the 2020 Rose Parade.
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 and providing clothing and toys for disadvantaged children at Christmas time.