Oct 12, 2018 – The Lambs followed one of its traditions of the past 144+ years: the unveiling of the Shepherd’s portrait. Members gathered for a party in our 5th floor quarters to witness the unveiling of Shepherd’s Marc Baron’s portrait, created by Lamb Everett Raymond Kinstler.
Marc Baron has served the membership for over 36 years. As a member of Council (more than 25 years), as entertainment co-chair, then elected as Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, two-time Boy (VP), and now as a two-term Shepherd, our 35th.
Ray Kinstler (pictured here), a Lamb for over 20 years, has painted Shepherd A. J. Pocock’s portrait, which hangs in our pool room. Eight US Presidents have posed for Ray Kinstler: Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump. His portraits of Ford and Reagan are the official White House portraits. Ray is represented in museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of the City of New York. The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian owns more than 100 Kinstler originals, and in 1989 awarded him the Copley Medal, it’s highest honor. Read more about Ray HERE. The evening began with a showing of a PBS video about Ray, followed by a few words by the artist (see HERE).
The evening was Collied by Peter Kingsley, Boy, who talked about the tradition and meaning of portraits. Lamb Rosa Antonelli, a Steinway artist who has performed in major halls around the world – including Carnegie Hall – performed a Chopin nocturne. Once the portrait was unveiled, Paul Chamlin played party music as members gathered around our baby grand and joined in song, as other members took photographs of and with the portrait, while others enjoyed ample food and drink. Lamb Doug Gerbino, a member of our Council, revived another Club tradition by creating a caricature of the Shepherd, which was signed by all in attendance. Then the multi-talented Gerbino took over the piano and kept the music playing.
The portrait is the property of The Lambs Foundation and will hang in the pub while Shepherd Baron remains in office, only to be replaced by the portrait of the next Shepherd…after the next unveiling as the tradition continues!
October 1, 2018: Loretta Swit was made an Honorary Member of The Lambs.
Two-Time Emmy Award winner Loretta Swit gave a talk at The Lambs, hosted by Lamb Jay Michaels, talking about her varied career on stage, in television and film, and about her work as an artists and animal rights activist. Among the many attendees was Joan Copeland, who spoke at The Lambs in November of 2015. Below are photos and a video of the talk. Loretta signed copies of her book, a collection of her water color paintings titled Switheart: The Watercolor Artistry & Animal Activisim of Loretta Swit, and Loretta donated a signed copy to The Lambs’ Library. Shepherd Baron then presented a surprised Loretta with a certificate of Honorary Membership as decreed by the Lambs Council. Below you may see photos and a video from that evening.
Mike keep the overflowing crowed laughing for an hour has he joked, punned, and revealed backstories about the most popular animated series in the history of Earth. Using video clips form the show, Mike revealed just a few of the stories inside his book, Springfield Confidential: Jokes, XSecrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. After his talk Mike greeted friends, fans and Lambs as he signed copies of his book. Among the guests were comedian Jackie Martling, writer Alan Zweibel, and Eric Schoenberg.
Later Mike and his wife, Denise, joined others in the pub to enjoy drinks and dinner. This evening was made possible by our friends at Harvardwood and Spence Porter. Everyone who attended agreed it was one of the most laughed-filled events in recent years. Readers may buy copies of his book online HERE.
Multi-talented Marilyn Michaels and her son, Mark Wilk, sat down with Lamb Magda Katz at The Lambs to talk about their new book, How Not To Cook, for the Rest of Your Life. Their book is an ANTI-cookbook: equals parts biography, self-help, and scrimp-n’-save philosophy.
This laugh-out-loud rant, served up by America’s premier comedienne/impressionist, is a no holds barred empowerment-driven read. This humorous tutorial also comes with anecdotes about Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Donald Trump, and dozens more—as well as priceless money-saving advice on curtailing the dollars you would normally blow on trivial things like weddings, summer camps, shrinks, and platform shoes… and using them for hiring a personal chef or housekeeper. Watch the video below.