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.
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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

May 11
U.S. Representative Jim Himes
Jim Himes has been our Congressman from the 4th District since 2009. He is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and its Subcommittee on the National Security Agency and Cyber Security, as well as the House Financial Services Committee. Born in Lima, Peru to American parents, Jim spent his early years in Lima and Bogota, Columbia. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where he received his Master of Philosophy in Latin American Studies. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Bridgeport. Jim will speak to us about happenings in Washington, D.C. Come prepared to ask him about whatever issues affecting our country interest you!

Satellite Groups

(Y’s Women members  ONLY)

Book Group 1 will meet at 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 21 in the Seminar Room of the Library. We are reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Any questions? Call Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, May 7 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.  We will discuss  Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson. Regina Krummel will be hosting the meeting at her home. Please let Regina know if you plan to attend (853-7147 or rebilkru@sbcglobal.net).
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday,  May 1 at 10:30 am to discuss The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard, led by Diane Becker. We will meet at the home of Inge vanGelder. Questions? Please call Joan Harnett at 587-1170.
Newcomers Luncheon:  
Where: Tavern on Main, 150 Main Street, Westport
When:  May 11  (after the meeting)
RSVP: Ann Stewart, 451-8002 or ann@AnnStewart.com
EVERYONE is welcome to join us for lunch—old and new members, as well as those thinking of joining Y’s Women. The Newcomers Lunches are convenient, casual opportunities to get to know each other better, and they’re always fun!
Carpool & Go!
Prepare for a fun outing on Tuesday, May 12 when we will be visiting the Florence Griswold Home and Museum in Old Lyme, CT. There will be an 11:00 am guided tour of Miss Florence's fascinating boarding house / museum, which was a summer home for many of the group of artists known as American Impressionists. The house is delightful and the gardens should be spectacular. Following lunch at the Morning Glory Cafe, we will have a one hour painting class at the museum (for an additional cost of $5.00). Those not wishing to join this class may spend time in the Krieble Gallery viewing Peter Halley's "Big Paintings." Meet at Trader Joe's/Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:15 am for a 9:30 am departure. Please email or call Jill Meyer (jill@awayfortheday.net or 226-4310) to reserve your place, and mail a check for $8.00, made out to Jill Meyer, to 40 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880. For the painting class, bring a check for $5.00 made out to the Florence Griswold Museum. The gas reimbursement charge will be $8.00 in cash, for the drivers. Please indicate if willing to drive - drivers always needed and appreciated!
Solos: We’ll kick off the Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 22 at 6:00 pm with a festive dinner at Jean McGurk’s home at the “Westport” condos (on the Post Road, next to Pepperidge Farm. Reserve your place with Joan Weinstein, 227-7304 or 46tannery@sbcglobal.net.    Details to follow by email.

Trips coming up!

The following two trips still have space, but NOW is the time to reserve your spot!
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,  Sleeping Beauty brings together all the appeal of classical ballet, set to Tchaikovsky's wonderful score. Price per person $160, all inclusive.

Look ahead and include the following in your summer plans! It’s hard to make commitments so far ahead, but we have a deadline and don’t wish to cancel  the trip. More reservations are needed to make it a “go”!

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, L'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.

To prevent our emails from landing in your spam/junk folder, add info@yswomen.org to your address book.

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, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport.  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 temple 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