Yesterday's Annual Memorial Service was another memorable celebration of those in the performing arts who left us in the past year. Music was provided by Claudia Dumschat and the church's Choir of Men and Boys, and EAG members Robert Hampton and Deborah Thomas Shull offered readings from the Edwin Booth bible. Leading the service was Bishop Andrew St. John.
The traditional "reading of the names" was carried out with reverence by Anthony Newfield and EAG President Elowyn Castle. After the last name was read, the audience rose, happy to offer one final standing ovation.
For many, the service's highlight was Anthony Newfield's warm conversation with Anne Kaufman, who spoke of her life as the daughter of playwright George Kaufman. As expected, Anne had many wonderful stories to share, including the time her dad advised a 19 year old Lauren Bacall to find a different line of work.
When asked why she thought her father's work remained so popular, Ms. Kaufman said, "It's like real life...if real life were funny."
Following the service, guests were welcomed into Guild Hall for a lively wine and cheese reception.
As always, Barbara Primosch was on hand with her camera. See several of her pictures on our Facebook. You can also read a list of yesterday's honorees here.