Shakespeare Club Hosts Rose Queen’s Luncheon

Photos courtesy Shakespeare Club of Pasadena Rose Princesses Georgia Cervenka and Sydney Pickering, Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny, Trina Freeny, Shakespeare Club Vice President Anne David, Rose Queen Isabella Marez, and Princesses Julianne Lauenstein and Savannah Bradley attended the Shakespeare Club’s luncheon.
Photos courtesy Shakespeare Club of Pasadena
Rose Princesses Georgia Cervenka and Sydney Pickering, Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny, Trina Freeny, Shakespeare Club Vice President Anne David, Rose Queen Isabella Marez, and Princesses Julianne Lauenstein and Savannah Bradley attended the Shakespeare Club’s luncheon.

The Shakespeare Club of Pasadena recently 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 hors d’oeuvres while listening to live piano music and conversing with the Royal Court and tournament officials.

Gerald Freeny, 2019 President Tournament of Roses
Gerald Freeny,
2019 President
Tournament of Roses

The luncheon and program were opened by Anne David, vice president of the Shakespeare Club. She presented the Queen and Court with rose charm necklaces, a traditional gift from the Club.
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 each princess and the Rose Queen share with guests what the past year has meant to them and their future aspirations. Gerald Freeny, incoming Tournament president, shared his personal journey and musings on the theme “The Melody of Life” for the 2019 Rose Parade.

Janet Beggs, President Shakespeare Club
Janet Beggs,
President
Shakespeare Club

Guests were then treated to a live performance of Shakespearean Sonnets by actress Alexis Rosinsky. Shakespeare Club President Janet Beggs made closing remarks.
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.
Today, the Shakespeare Club continues its 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.

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