Y's Women Photos by Phyllis Groner

Phyllis Groner, Y’s Women Board member and Publicity Chair and photographer about town, has been capturing Y’s Women moments over the years.
See them on our Flickr site:

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2009-2010 * 2008-2009 * 2007-2008

General Meetings

Open to members and their guests
Place:  Temple Israel
14 Coleytown Road, Westport  
10:45 a.m.   Coffee and Conversation
11:30 a.m.   Meeting and Speaker

March 9
Claire Gold: Developing Bridgeport’s Magnet  School Program
Many of us remember Claire Gold's years as Westport’s Superintendent of Schools during the 1980s. When she retired from that position she turned to Bridgeport and was the initiator of its Magnet School program, which is still going strong. The first one was the Six-to-Six Magnet school that provided a longer school day for a racially balanced group of students from eastern Fairfield County towns. We'll learn just what a Magnet School is and that it is not the same as a Charter School. Claire has received numerous awards for her work in education, diversity, and public service.

March 23
Perry Miller Adato: The Art of Filmmaking
We are delighted that Perry Miller Adato was able and willing to reschedule her snowed-out January date with Y’s Women. Perry will share highlights from her award-winning career in documentary filmmaking. She is a renowned Director/Producer of biographical films about artists and writers, many for WNET. Her debut film on Dylan Thomas won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Cultural Documentary. Her subjects include Gertrude Stein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Carl Sandburg, Eugene O’Neill, Alfred Stieglitz, Mary Cassatt and Helen Frankenthaler.  Perry has won four Directors Guild of America Awards and numerous film festival prizes.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women members ONLY)

Book Group 1  will meet on Thursday, March 19 at 1:00 pm in the Seminar Room of the Library. We are reading Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan. Questions? Call Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, March 5  from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, to discuss My Beloved World  by Sonia Sotomayer, led by Beverly Silverman.  Eileen Rosen will host the meeting at her home. Please let her know if you plan to attend: westonrosens@aol.com or 226-1432.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, March 6 at 10:30 am, at the home of Diane Becker. We will discuss The Goldfinch by Dona Tartt, led by Ann Lloyd. For more information please call Joan Harnett 587-1170.
Newstalk:  Lively discussions about What’s Going on in the World. Next meeting on Thursday, March 26,  10:00  to 11:30am in the Library’s Seminar Room. Contact: Phyllis Groner, 226-5583.
Newcomers Luncheon
When:  Monday, March 23 at 12.45pm
Where: Rive Bistro,  299 Riverside Avenue, Westport
RSVP:  To Ann Stewart by Friday 3/20/15 at: ann@AnnStewart.com or 203-451-8002
All Y's Women and their guests are welcome to attend — new or long-time members as women thinking of joining.
Cinema:  With the generous invitation of the Westport Woman’s Club to join them in their newly refurbished community room, we will show the first of our 2015 Foreign Film Series, Water, (114-minutes with English subtitles), written and directed by Indian-born Canadian film director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta.  Set in the 1930’s, Ms. Mehta focuses on a group of widows condemned by Hindu law to spend the rest of their lives in an institution, or ashram, on the banks of the Ganges. Water was nominated for the 2007 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Come join other movie buffs on Friday, March 20, at 2:00 pm at the Westport Woman’s Club at 44 Imperial Avenue.  Have a question?  Call Doris Skutch, 227-6114.
Solos will celebrate Daylight Savings Time with Happy Hour at Pink Sumo, 4 Church Lane, Westport on Sunday, March 8 at 5:00pm.  We’ll enjoy appetizers like Rock Shrimp, Crab Wontons,  Calamari and Sushi along with drink specials — at Happy Hour prices; separate checks.  Make your reservations with Joan Weinstein at 227-7304 or 46tannery@sbcglobal.net.
Carpool and Go!
On Wednesday, March 11, we will visit two lovely small museums in Fairfield. First stop is the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University to see their new show: Gari Melchers: An American Impressionist at Home and Abroad. This artist spent many years (1877 to 1915) studying and working in Europe before coming back to NY and then settling in VA. His work shows a variety of influences and styles, Naturalism and Impressionism among them. Next, we go to the Fairfield Museum and History Center where three shows are on view: History of Town of Fairfield, WW II Posters and 250 Years of Wedding Dresses. Then lunch at Osianna, a Mediterranean Taverna, on Reef Rd. Admission (senior) is $3.00 for the Fairfield Museum; the Bellarmine is free. Gas reimbursement for drivers is $2.00.  Meet at Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:45 am for a 10:00 departure.  Sign up with Lydia Menendez: lydiamnndz12@gmail.com or (203) 319-1110.  Please indicate if you are willing to drive - always needed and appreciated! Bring admission fee and gas money as cash!
P.S. Advance notice of June trip - Update:
A special Carpool & Go outing is planned for Wed. June 17 to Caramoor in Katonah, NY. We will attend a morning classical concert in the Renaissance Music Room, have lunch on the grounds and then tour the grand Rosen home - full of treasures collected around the world. Space limited to 30 people and the cost has been raised (from $52) to $53.50. Please confirm / indicate your intention of going by mailing a check made out to Jill Meyer: 40 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880 as soon as possible.

Trips coming up!

Wednesday, March 25:  A Broadway Treat …"On the Town" 
A classic and dazzling revival of Leonard Bernstein’s musical comedy. The performance will be preceded by lunch at Sardi's.  Price per person is $178, all inclusive. Reservations are still being taken on the basis of "availability only."  If tickets are unavailable, we will start a waiting list.

Tuesday, May 19:  The NY Botanical Gardens' Special Exhibition – "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life" with a Tour of Woodlawn Cemetery
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the Frida Kahlo exhibition, focusing on the artist's involvement with
nature in her native country of Mexico. Enjoy a Garden Market Basket lunch in the Garden’s Cafe.  We will then meet our guide for a motorcoach tour of Woodlawn Cemetery, one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world.  Price per person is $124, all inclusive.

Wednesday, June 10:  The American Ballet Theatre's "Sleeping Beauty"   
We start with luncheon at the elegant Petrossian Restaurant, unique in its own right, and then take our seats in the Dress Circle at the Metropolitan for the classic "Sleeping Beauty" ballet. Whether this is your perennial favorite or a first-time discovery, The Sleeping Beauty brings together all the appeal of classical ballet, set to Tchaikovsky's wonderful score. Price per person $160, all inclusive.

Wednesday, August 5: The New Musical "My Paris" at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre.
Start this fun day with luncheon at the historic Brushmill by the Waterfall in Chester, followed by a performance of My Paris, an original new musical about the life and times of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec… the artist who captured the gaiety, color and heartbreak of Montmartre, Le Can-Can and the world of Le Moulin Rouge.  C'est magnifique!  Price per person is $130, all inclusive.



Paris and Normandy Seine River Cruise: 9 days — April 22-30
5-Star River Boat Cruise featuring Paris and the French countryside, with airfare. Price from $3,399.

Amazing Italy by Rail — just two hotels: October 1-10 
Visit Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii. An immersive experience exploring the best of Italy. You will ride in comfort on the high-speed rails. This is a complete vacation including admissions to many of the famous sights including the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Academia with the statue of David, as well as the preserved ancient city of Pompeii. Price per person $3,599. The price includes airfare, 12 meals (all breakfasts and four dinners), rail journeys, escorts while in Italy, baggage handling, and transfers.

Brochures for the two trips abroad can be found at  www.dmvacation.com/ys

Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y's Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer, 227-3076 or pahf02@gmail.com.

Trip Cancellation Policy:   Your payment is your reservation. Refunds will be given only if your place can be sold to someone else.

About our monthly newsletters

Printed monthly newsletters are no longer being mailed to members. Instead, they are provided as printable computer files in Adobe Portable Document (PDF) format. To print them, the Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer. If it is not already there, download it here.

Around the 25th of each month, the link to the next month's printable PDF newsletter is provided in two ways: in an email to members, and on this website (upper right corner). In addition, the newsletter's listings of dates and places are viewable on this website at a glance.

If you are not already receiving emails, please check the Membership Roster to be sure we have your correct email address. Notify Carolyn Meyer of any changes or corrections: 227-9476  or cwmeyer@optonline.net. A member's e-mail address will only be used for the monthly newsletters and for occasional important announcements.

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About General Meetings

General Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month, September through November and January through May. The meetings are being held during the month of February, 2015 at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport. (Changes appear in the monthly newsletter.) Coffee and socializing begin at 10:45 a.m. The meetings start at 11:30.

These meetings feature speakers on a wide variety of topics -- from health and the arts to local, national and international issues --and are open to members and their guests.

Would you like to attend a meeting before you decide to join? For an invitation, call Katie Chase, president (226-6013) or send an email to info@yswomen.org

Do you have difficulty hearing our speakers? Remember that assisted listening devices are available at the church and can be borrowed for our meetings.

About Membership

Membership year: July 1 - June 30
Annual dues: $35 for a broad array of general meetings, satellite groups and trips.
Renewals: Dues notices are sent out in August. Members who have not renewed by October 31 are removed from the membership roster.
New members are welcome to join at any time during the year.

For membership information, call Carolyn Meyer at 227-9476
To join, send your check for $35 to Carolyn at 3 St. George Place, Westport, CT 06880