Farewell to our friend

Vicki Serianni, NapaShakes irrepressable and irreplaceable volunteer,
at Farmstead St Helena, April, 2021.

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our beloved friend and volunteer Vicki Serianni has passed away. There wasn’t a NapaShakes event for which she wasn’t essential, particularly the live performances. She drove the entire cast of Shakespeareans around the Napa Valley – acting the stern but tenderhearted den mother. She was one of a kind, and will be fondly remembered forever.

A bit about Haggis, by James Forbes

The NapaShakes Burns Night Supper at Brasswood on Friday, January 24, 2020, celebrating Robert Burns’ birthday, features a three-course meal including hors d’oeuvres, starter, a main course and traditional neeps and tatties, but it’s the side-dish that takes center stage: the Haggis. The evening’s director James Forbes, who was born…

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‘Auld Lang Syne’: New Year’s song has a convoluted history

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, one song will usher in 2012 in time zones around the world: Robert Burns’s “Auld Lang Syne.” Even in Burns’s native Scotland, many people don’t understand all the words, but that’s done nothing to diminish the song’s appeal. Although it’s most…

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Haggis, neeps and soliloquys: the bonds that tie Robert Burns and Shakespeare

In anticipation of our upcoming Burns Night Supper on January 25, we share an article from 2016, reprinted with permission from “The Conversation” written by Gerard Carruthers,the Francis Hutcheson Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow. Bard blood. Wikimedia Gerard Carruthers, University of Glasgow January 25, 2016 1.19am EST While Robert Burns…

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