Shakespeare Club celebrates 125 years with garden rededication | News

The Burlington Shakespeare Club celebrated its 125th anniversary Sunday evening by rededicating the Shakespeare Garden in Crapo Park.

Barbara McRoberts, a 10-year member of the club, said the club planted nine new English rose bushes for the special occasion. The roses are named after characters from Shakespeare works.

“There is a rose up there named after Falstaff. There is another one that is named after Antony in Julius Caesar. It’s a very deep red. It’s a very royal looking rose,” McRoberts said. “Then there is one that is prettier. It is a softer pink called Sweet Juliet, which is obviously from Romeo and Juliet.”

McRoberts, on the club’s garden committee, said members of the club work with the city’s parks department to maintain the garden, which also is used as a wedding venue and picnic spot.

“It’s an elegant space,” McRoberts said. “It suggests a haven for contemplation, an area for celebration and a tribute to the Burlington Shakespeare Club for 125 years.”

Every year, the club chooses a play to study from September to May. This year the club chose “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Fittingly, a group of teens from the Capitol Theater’s summer theater program are rehearsing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for performances July 29 and 30, under the direction of Kara Ewinger.

Teens from the program performed snippets of the play at the rededication ceremony, which Ewinger emphasized was meant to be performed rather than read.

“My goal is to make Shakespeare fun and attainable and approachable for all ages,” Ewinger said. “And to introduce this new generation to it.”

McRoberts, a retired English teacher, shared this sentiment. She said she always loved teaching Shakespeare in her classes because as the class got further into the works groans of boredom from students would morph into questions and…

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