On a recent visit with my wife to California, our son, daughter-in-law, and grandkids treated me to a visit to the Shakespeare Society of America museum, reference library, and gift shop in the oceanside town of Moss Landing, California.
My son and his family had visited before, so they knew I would enjoy it, but none of us were sure it would be open. Though it “usually” is. And it was.
What a treat it was. The attraction has its roots in the southern California Shakespeare theater scene, which was the original source for the impressive collection. It relocated to Moss Landing in 2008.
We were attentively guided by the proprietor, Terry Taylor, who also costumed us for photos. Yorick, above, went sans costume.
I was joined by a beautiful princess named Mia, and our toast was overseen by the Bard himself.
Along came a kingly warrior named Miles, who paused from battle and posed for a photo.
And then Mr. Taylor unveiled the 1803 single volume of 90 engravings from the Boydell collection of Shakespeare-related works of art. What fun it was to peruse that giant, intact book. I would have kept it in a climate-controlled room, myself, and used gloves when handling it, but what do I know?
It was a delightful time, and I recommend it to anyone in the Monterey or Moss Landing area of California–or beyond. Include it in your next California trip.