General Meetings


Hosted by Solos for All Y’s Women

We will once again meet at Compo Beach in Westport every Tuesday through September, weather permitting. We cannot meet on Tuesday, July 2 because that is the day of Westport’s fireworks. Otherwise, no pass is required for Tuesdays – just tell them at the gate that you are with Y’s Women. We will meet at 4:00 pm to the right of the cannons. Bring your beach chair and your dinner and join us for a pleasant evening of socializing.

We will also have our popular Pot Luck Dinners on the second Tuesday of each month – June 11, July 9, and August 13. We ask everyone to bring something to share. All paper products, water, and iced tea will be provided by Solos.

Luncheon to Welcome Summer

Come join Y’s Women for a luncheon to usher in summer – on Wednesday, June 26 at 12:30 pm at the Gray Goose Cafe, located at 246 Old Post Road in Southport (just across from the Delamar Hotel). We’ll be ordering from the menu and receive separate checks. All Y’s Women are welcome. If you would like to attend, please contact Doris Levinson at by June 24. 



Trips and Travel

Many of our members have missed the fun day trips that Y’s Women enjoyed before Covid. In an effort to respond to our members, we are working on resuming excursions similar to those that have entertained and enlightened us in the past. We are planning a number of exciting trips that we are confident you will enjoy!

Stay tuned to the September newsletter for details.

Local Happenings

A brand new satellite group, initially being called Local Happenings, will provide an opportunity for members to meet each other for a variety of local activities. Did you ever read about a local event and wish there were others to share the activity with you? If so, consider joining this group and participating together in activities of this type.

This will be an informal group that will supplement – not replace – other satellite groups such as Book Clubs, the Movie Group, Solos, and Carpool & Go, which identify a scheduled activity each month. The group already had its first adventure at the Westport Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) on February 23 – a private tour of the exhibition “Paul Camacho: El Ritmo y La Unidad.” Camacho was active in Westport’s art life in the 1960s and 1970s.

You can join this group by sending your email address to Barbara Alfinito at Information on future activities will be emailed to you. And feel free to send suggestions concerning local activities and events that might be of interest. We also are looking for someone to share the work involved in coordinating this group. Please email Barbara if you are interested.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)

NOTE: Please remember that all Y’s Women who participate in meetings held at the Westport Center for Senior Activities must be registered with the Center and check in before each meeting.

Book Group 2 will meet at the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Thursday, June 6 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. We will be discussing The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, and Lois Ross will lead the discussion.  The group will meet during the summer on July 11 and August 1 in the same location at the same time.  We are in the process of selecting our books for these two meetings. Please contact Nancy Bloom at 259-0071 or with any questions.

Book Group 3 will meet at the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Friday, June 14 at 10:30 am to discuss The Things That They Carried by Tom O’Brien, led by Teri Klein. Looking to the summer months, we’ll discuss Wish You Well by David Baldacci on July 12, led by Marie Coppola, and A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev on August 9. Questions? Please contact Doris Levinson at or 227-3371. 

The Mah Jong Group meets every Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Advanced players only. For information, contact Barbara Alfinito at or 205-533-1884.

The Memoir Writing Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm at members’ homes. For more information, please email Cary Peterson at or text her at 918-6481.

The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, June 19 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. We meet informally at 2:00 pm to give members a chance to socialize, and our discussion begins at 2:30. Our assigned room sometimes changes, so you may want to ask the front desk about our location. We ask all attendees to have been vaccinated. We are limited to 25 attendees, so please confirm your attendance with Margaret Mitchell by June 15.  

We plan to discuss Roman Holiday and the documentary 9 to 5: The Story of a Movement (NOT the 9 to 5 comedy starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin).  Roman Holiday was broadcast at 9:00 pm on Saturday, May 18 on the WNET network of PBS as part of Reel 13 Classics, and a video is listed in the catalogs of the Westport and Fairfield libraries. 9 to 5: The Story of a Movement is available on Netflix. 


The Movie Club meets during the summer. If you wish to be added to the email list for future events, please contact Margaret Mitchell at 255-9094 or

NewsTalk: Interested in national and world affairs? Join other Y’s Women for lively discussions at NewsTalk. Our next meeting is on Thursday, June 27 from 10:00 to 11:30 am in the McCall Room at the Westport Library (room 215). For more information, call Doris Skutch at 247-3656.

Solos: In June Solos will be going to Oak & Almond restaurant, 544 Main Avenue, Norwalk (next to DMV) for lunch at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 26. We will be able to order off the menu and have individual checks.  For reservations, contact Terry Queirolo at 847-4121 or by Sunday, June 23.

And don’t forget our Tuesday evening meetings with all Y’s Women at Compo Beach through September (4:00 pm to the right of the cannons), and our Pot Luck Dinners on the second Tuesday of each month. For information about additional Solos activities for July and August, watch for our emails.

Wisest Investment Group: The Wisest Investment Group continues to meet monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month. We meet throughout the summer, and we welcome members at our meetings at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Please contact President Angela Vicenzi at if you’d like to sit in at a meeting and consider joining the group.


Lunch & Trivia: The Lunch & Trivia group will meet at noon on June 20 at the VFW Hall. The cost is $25 (cash only). Contact Annette Kirban at 505-1187 or if you plan to join us. Please make every effort to be there if you indicate that you will attend – the Y’s Women have to guarantee a certain number in advance, and we lose money when those who signed up do not make it to the lunch. Lunch & Trivia will not be meeting in July and August.

Discussion Group for The New Yorker: This group meets remotely on Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Each group member selects one article for discussion. If you’re interested, please contact Ellen Cahill at 856-6561 or

Tai Ji and Meditation Classes: Instructor Ruby Shih is an experienced long-time Tai Ji / Qi Gong and Meditation teacher and a founder of a Tai Ji School in Manhattan ( She offers two classes:

- Tai Ji (in person): Meets weekly on Wednesdays from 9:30 -10:30 am at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport, room 109. The class focuses on breath and slow movement for relaxation, grounding, and balance to enhance our physical and mental well-being. A fee of $10 per session is used to offset rental and insurance costs. 

- Meditation & Self-Care Massage (on Zoom): Meets weekly on Wednesdays at 7:30 - 8:30 pm on Zoom. It starts with a guided meditation suitable for beginners as well as advanced participants. At the end of each session, self-care massage is taught to enhance relaxation, circulation, and wellness. The fee for this class is $5 per session.

If you’re interested in either class, please contact Ruby at or 917-816-6661.


Gardeners and garden lovers, please join our Friday, June 28 trip to the Hollister House Garden in Washington, CT. We will enjoy an 11:00 am guided tour through this American interpretation of a classic English garden, which will be filled with roses and peonies for our visit. Situated on a sloping terraced site in the rolling hills of Litchfield County, this garden was designed by George Schoelkopf in 1979 to copy famous gardens such as Sissinghurst and Great Dixter –formal in structure but informal and rather wild in planting style. Here he planned right angles of paths, walls, and hedges to melt seamlessly into the lush surrounding landscape. Also on the grounds is an historic home built in 1770.According to the website: “In June the garden reaches a peak of beauty and abundance. So many good things are in bloom, among them roses and peonies, and everything is still fresh and unblemished by insects or fungus. I have always said that if your garden doesn’t look lovely in June, then you might as well stop wasting your time and take up bridge or tennis instead.”


We’ll meet behind Wells Fargo bank in Trader Joe’s parking lot at 9:15 am, with a 9:30 departure. To reserve your place, contact Jill Meyer at 226-4310 or Please mail your entrance/tour fee of $15 payable to Jill to 40 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $8 in cash. Indicate whether or not you can drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated. (The garden tour costs $150; if more than 10 ladies join us, the cost/person will decrease; if fewer than 10 ladies register for the trip, the cost/person will increase.)

Directions:  Take Compo Road North (Rte. 136) through Weston until you reach Easton. There take Rte. 59 to Putney. At the light, turn left onto Rte. 25 and drive north to Newtown, where you will get on Rte. 84. Take exit 15 off I-84 at Southbury. Take Rte. 6 north to Rte. 47 North in Woodbury, which will lead us to the Hollister House Garden, 300 Nettleton Hollow Road, Washington, CT (860-868-2200).

Lunch: 1:00 at GW Tavern, 20 Bee Brook Road, Washington, CT  860-868-6633:

Turn right out of the garden onto Nettleton Hollow Road. At the junction with Rte. 109, turn left and left again onto Rte. 47/109.


In Memoriam

Y’s Women lost two long-time members last month, both of whom had been quite active in our organization’s early years until moving to Florida after being widowed. Phyllis Markoff died on March 5 at the age of 94, and Sybil Steinberg died on March 17 at the age of 90.

Mercy Learning Center Needs Help

Mercy Learning Center Grateful for Donations

With the holidays and the cold winter weather, the needs of the students and families of Mercy Learning Center are greater than ever. Please donate non-perishable food and warm weather clothing any time at the Leasing Office of 597 Westport Avenue. The office staff will be happy to help carry your grocery bags from the car. The building is immediately to the right of Pepperidge Farm Corporate Headquarters; just drive to the end of the road and the Leasing Office is on your right. 


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About General Meetings

General Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month, September through May, at Green's Farms Church, 71 Hillandale Road, Westport. Coffee and conversation begins at 10:45 am, and the meetings start at 11:30 and are usually over by 12:30 pm.

Meetings feature speakers on a wide range of topics - from health to the arts to local, national, and international issues. Details can be found in the monthly Y's Women newsletter at

For more information contact Barb Stephen, President, at 203-557-3551.

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Which of these Y’s Women activities do you expect to participate in?

______ Twice-monthly meetings ______ Memoir writing group

______ Book group         ______ Movie group

______ Day trips                 ______ NewsTalk

______ Spring party         ______ New Yorker discussion group

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______ Lunch with Trivia games ______ Tai Ji group

______ Mah Jong group

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