I just got a call from Randell Spankman with “news.” It seems that the City Tavern has permanently closed. For over 26 years, Chef Staub has delighted us with not only culinary treasures from the 18th Century but also history. Today is a sad day for anyone who enjoys a little food, drink, and talk of rebellion. (see link below)
Many of our beloved historical sites are in peril. They need your support and patronage if we are to have public spaces to experience history. It is hard to support them and stay safe during this pandemic but as Americans, true Americans who defend what we believe in not just fight those who believe in other things, we must find a way.
“William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage. … We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”John F Kennedy — Speech at RICE University, September 12, 1962
I’m not Kennedy (and I didn’t need Walter Mondale to point that out) but I am challenging you. Support those locales and institutions you frequent and value, make sure they are here for “ourselves and our posterity.” Its not easy, its hard but as Americans, we don’t take the easiest past, we take the most important path.