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:

2016-2017 * 2017-2018

2015-2016 * 2014-20152013-20142012-2013 2011-2012 * 2010-2011

2009-2010 * 2008-2009 * 2007-2008

General Meetings

Open to members and their guests

Place:     Temple Israel, Westport
10:45 am   Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am   Meeting and Speaker
We must enter through the doors from the upper parking lot.  There are a limited number of parking spaces in the upper lot; please leave them for those who have difficulty walking. Others please park in the lower lot and walk to the upper entrance.

September 11 - James and Greg Naughton: Update on the Clan
We are pleased and grateful to have both Jim and Greg Naughton at our first meeting of the new season. They have graciously stepped in for Kelli O’Hara Naughton (our original speaker), who was called back to Los Angeles for a TV series. After a brief update on the Naughton clan, Jim and Greg will entertain us, accompanied by jazz musician Chris Coogan, so be prepared for an exciting opening day of the new Y’s Women season!  Theater has been a family business for the Naughton clan for many years. Jim is a two-time Tony Award–winning actor and director, and son Greg is an actor, director, singer/songwriter, and founder of off-Broadway’s Obie Award–winning Blue Light Theater. Daughter Keira is an actress and singer/songwriter, married to drummer Ben Forgash. Greg’s wife, Kelli, is a six-time Tony Award–nominated actress.  The family has had projects at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.  “I guess [our involvement in the arts] was pre-ordained,” says Greg, who is with the folk-rock group The Sweet Remains. “The world in which my father worked was such a happy and appealing one for him – as well as for us. It was seductive right from the beginning.”

September 25 - Susan Granger: Hollywood: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Susan Granger brings an experienced and unique perspective to communication. For more than 25 years she has been an on-air television and radio commentator and entertainment critic. Her commentaries, reviews, and interviews are distributed around the world by SSG Syndicate. Susan has worked extensively doing speech and presentation coaching for top management in several industries.  Her articles have been published in Working Woman, Playboy, The New York Times, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan. Born into a film-business family and raised in Hollywood, Susan appeared as a child actress in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, and Lassie. She studied journalism with Pierre Salinger at Mills College and graduated with highest honors in journalism with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the On-Line Film Critics Association.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 1 will meet on Thursday, September 28 at 1:00 pm in the Westport Library’s Seminar Room. We are reading The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Questions? Please call Frankie Stein at 226-4219 or Connie Beskind at 255-8682.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, September 7 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Panera Bread, located in Westport at 1860 Post Road East (next to Home Goods). We will be discussing Matisse: Father and Son  by John Russell, and the discussion will be led by Jane Malakoff. Please contact Arlene Bloom at 254-9096 or bloomah@sbcglobal.net to RSVP.
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, September 8 at 10:30 am at Panera Bread, next to Home Goods in Southport. The book under discussion will be Rogues' Gallery: The Secret Story of the Lust, Lies, Greed, and Betrayals That Made the Metropolitan Museum by Michael Gross. Please call Joan Harnett at 587-1170 if you have any questions.
The Movie Club is a new Y’s Women satellite group. Each month a film (or films) will be selected by the Movie Club Committee for discussion at a meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. The notice will go out the first week of the month, with a two-week time frame for RSVPs. Members will see the movie at their own convenience, and we will meet at Panera in the Home Goods shopping center on Post Road East in Westport at 1:30 pm to discuss the film.  Because of Rosh Hashanah, the September meeting will not take place until Wednesday, September 27.  It is important that all members who are interested in the Movie Club RSVP to Judith Schomer at judith.schomer@gmail.com within the two-week time frame, as there is a capacity limit at Panera. For those of you who are not aware of it, Panera has a separate room solely to accommodate community meetings. They ask that you do not bring in food from outside and hope that you will purchase a cup of coffee and maybe even some lunch!
The Investment Group will meet on Thursday, September 28 at 9:30 am at the Westport Senior Center. For more information, please email group president Beverly Silverman at bevjsil@yahoo.com.
Memoir Group Four people so far have indicated an interest in starting a new Memoir Group. Others have asked about it from time to time. If you would be interested in joining a Memoir Group, please contact Cary Peterson at carypeterson3@gmail.com.
Solos is a group of single women who get together monthly for socializing and friendship. We sponsor happy hours, brunches, local theater trips, dinners, and beach evenings in restaurants, homes, and condo recreation rooms. We are now collecting our dues for 2017-18. To join this group or renew your membership, please send a $20 check payable to Joan Weinstein – Solos, along with your email address, to Joan at 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883. Our Labor Day celebration – an outdoor barbecue at Joan’s home in Weston – will be held on Monday, September 4, at 12:30 pm. Your additional $20 check will hold your reservation for that special occasion.
Carpool & Go!  Join the Y’s Women for a great outing on Friday, September 15, when we visit the Florence Griswold Home and Museum in Old Lyme, CT for an 11:00 am docent-guided tour of the exhibit Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art, displayed in the Krieble Gallery. Included are works by John James Audubon, members of the Hudson River School, and American Impressionists such as Childe Hassam. Not to be missed on the second floor of Miss Florence’s Boarding House is a permanent exhibit entitled An American Place: The Art Colony at Old Lyme. Here we’ll view paintings by members of one of the most significant art colonies in America, including Henry Ward Ranger, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf. Drawn to Old Lyme by its natural beauty and the enduring qualities of the rural New England setting, these artists found a landscape that was intimate and soothing as America was becoming urban, industrial, and restless. Following the tours, we’ll have lunch nearby at the ever-popular Morning Glory Café. We’ll meet at Trader Joe’s at 9:15 am for a 9:30 departure.  Please send an email to Jill Meyer at jill@awayfortheday.net or call her at 226-4310 to reserve your place. Send an $8 check payable to Jill to 40 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880 for the admission fee, and bring along an additional $5 in cash for the docent tour. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $8 in cash. Please indicate whether you can drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated.

Trips coming up!

Thursday, September 28: The Cloisters, Wave Hill, and Historic Fort Tryon Park
Join us for a special trip to three of New York City’s gems overlooking the Hudson River. Our day begins with a visit to renowned Wave Hill, a spectacular garden and cultural center in the Bronx, where we will have a guided tour. Lunch follows at New Leaf Restaurant, tucked away in a charming historic stone cottage in Fort Tryon Park. Then we visit The Cloisters, with a guided tour plus time to meander in their peaceful garden. Cost is $145 per person all-inclusive.
Thursday, October 19: A Day in the Hudson Valley
This trip into the Hudson Valley includes a tour and tasting at the famous Harney & Sons Fine Tea in Millerton, NY. Following that we’ll have lunch at The Rhinecliff, a famous country hotel with commanding views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains as a backdrop. We will conclude the day by touring the Dia-Beacon Museum of Contemporary Art. Price is $120 per person, all-inclusive.
Thursday, November 16: Two Masters Under One Roof – Michelangelo and Rodin 
Join us for a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see two special exhibitions on Michelangelo and Rodin. After a one-hour guided tour of the Permanent Collection, we will view stunning works from Michelangelo's drawings, marble sculptures, and paintings that examine his rich legacy as a
supreme draftsman and designer. Then we will view Rodin's work, including nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas. A casual lunch at the Metropolitan Café caps this special day. Price per person is $118, all-inclusive.
Sunday, December 17: New York Philharmonic's Holiday Brass 
Catch the holiday spirit with the New York Philharmonic Brass & Percussion performance of
holiday favorites with works from the Baroque to the Contemporary!  Luncheon will be enjoyed at the stylish Chez Josephine, where the legend of Josephine Baker lives on. Price per person is $176, all-inclusive.
Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y’s Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer at 227-3076 or pahf02@gmail.com.  When reserving for a trip, please observe the tear-off on the bottom of the flyer with the pertinent information and entree choices requested, just to make life a little easier on the Travel Chairman. If you are unable to attend a meeting and want a flyer, please contact Pat Farmer and she can mail you one either electronically or by snail mail. Many thanks!
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.

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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 at Temple Israel, Westport, CT. 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 Polly Temple president (203-293-4688) or send an email to info@yswomen.org

About Membership

The Y's Women Membership Form
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018
For only $45 a year your Y's Women membership includes:
  • Twice monthly meetings featuring outstanding speakers on a wide range of topics, plus time for socializing and refreshments
  • Lively discussion groups on books, the news, current films and investments
  • Paddle tennis groups
  • Bridge games
  • Solos dinner group
  • Holiday and spring parties, new members coffees, and newcomers luncheons
  • Frequent, interesting daytrips by bus and carpool to area highlights
  • Opportunities for well-planned U.S. and foreign travel
  • Doing things you enjoy as part of a terrific group of active, involved women
 Dues must be paid by October 31st to be listed in the new Y's Women Membership Roster.
  • Dues are $45 a year extending from July 1st to June 30th.
    • If you joined from April to June 2017 your dues are covered through  June 2018.
  • Once you reach your 90th birthday membership is complimentary - but please let us know. Send a Membership Form to keep your contact information up-to-date.
 Membership questions? Contact Doris Levinson, Membership Chair, 203-227-3371, drjlevinson@gmail.com.
To join Y's Women or renew your membership please fill out the Membership Form and send it with your $45 check payable to Y's Women to Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport CT 06880. Memberships are also accepted at meetings.
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