Board 2013-2014

First row: Phyllis Groner; Shirlee Schwartz; Carole Rubenstein; Mildred Bunche; Bonnie Moon; Ruth Rubin. Second row: Pat Farmer; Dottie DeFinis; Judith Schomer; Gloria Lau; Barbara Rogan; Celie Rosenau. Third row: Janet Davis; Katie Chase; Carolyn Meyer; Phyllis Lee; Joan Nathan; Maxine Meyerheart.

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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General Meetings

Open to members and their guests
Place:  Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport  
10:45 am   Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am   Meeting and Speaker

April 14
This is an important notice about the rescheduling of our Monday April 14th Guest Speaker at Y's Women. James Naughton has a professional commitment on that day, so Carole Schweid, who was scheduled for May 12th, is going to appear on April 14 and James Naughton will be our speaker on May 12th. So we'll enjoy hearing from both of these important local theatre people, just on different dates. In the meantime, tune in to PBS on Friday April 4 at 9:00 PM to see James Naughton in a Lincoln Center special program.

Carole Schweid: Why "Play with Your Food"?
Carole Schweid is co-founder and artistic director of Play with Your Food, "Fairfield County's most popular lunchtime theatre series," now in its 12th year. She has directed plays at the local Theatre Arts Workshop, New London Barn in New Hampshire, Samuel French Play Festival in NYC, and more than 80 readings of short plays. As a performer, she appeared in the original cast of A Chorus Line, in Bob Fosse's Pippin and Minnie's Boys--all on Broadway--and over a dozen Off Broadway shows (Manhattan Theatre Club, Westside Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, etc. ), and regional theaters in such shows as Cabaret, Over the River and Through the Woods, and Caroline, or Change ( Baltimore's Center Stage). Her studies of theatre at Boston University gave Ms. Schweid has a deep love of plays and playwrights. Her work on Broadway, with such brilliant coworkers as Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Marvin Hamlisch, taught her a lot about how to keep an audience entertained. "Nancy Diamond, co-founder and executive producer, and I, wanted to create something that would involve two of our favorite things, Theatre and Food,"  says Schweid. "We are so proud of what we do. I look forward to talking about how and why we did it." 
April 28
Gary Alan Wood & Sakiko Ohashi: The World of Debussy
With more than two decades of experience in arts management, Gary now leads Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts into its 21st season as one of the most successful visual and performing arts venues in the region. Gary’s wife Sakiko Ohashi began piano studies at age four in her native Japan and was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College Division at ten. She has bachelor and master degrees from Juilliard and has performed all over the world. Gary and Sakiko, at the piano, will present Debussy’s music context of color and light, which helps to explain his ever-lasting appeal.

Wondering if today is  a Snow Day?
If weather closes the Westport schools, the Y’s Women General Meeting will be canceled.
If in doubt, check local radio stations
WNLK (1350AM),  WSTC (1400AM), WEBE (108FM), or TV Channel 3 

Satellite Groups

   (Y’s Women members  ONLY)

Book Club 1 will meet on Thursday,  April 17 at 12:15 in the Seminar Room of the Library. We are reading And the Mountain Echoed by Khalad Hosseini. Questions? Call Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.
Book Club 2  will meet on Thursday,  April 3, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the home of Regina Krummel.  Arlene Bloom will facilitate discussion of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry  by Rachel Joyce. If interested in joining our group, call Eileen Rosen at 226-1433.
Book Club 3 will meet on Friday, April 4 at 10:30 am at the home of Inge VanGelder, Our book of the month is Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.  Joan Harnett will facilitate. Questions? Please call Joan Harnett, 587-1170.
Newcomer's Luncheon
Join us on April 14, after the general meeting, at The Spotted Horse, 23 Church Lane, Westport for an interesting gathering and delicious lunch. There will be a selection of entrees and a price set menu of $20, covering food, tax and tip. Come for good conversation in a pleasant setting.  Remember, you don't need to be new to the Y's Women to come to lunch, you just need a sense of adventure. Please contact Barbara Morrow at or Barbara Brown at to reserve your place at the table.
Newstalk will meet on Thursday, April 24, in the Y’s Board Room promptly at 10 am, until 11:30.  Don’t miss it! Bring along a current events item you think interesting.  Contact: Phyllis Groner, 226-5583.
Carpool and Go!
On Wednesday,  April 16, we will go to New Haven to visit the Yale University Art Gallery. We will have a guided tour (at 11:15) of the 2nd part (Brush and Ink in Byobu) of their three-part exhibition of Japanese screens,  as well as some highlights of the newly renovated galleries. Then we will lunch at a nearby Thai restaurant on Chapel St. Meet in parking lot at Trader Joe's/Wells Fargo at 9:45am  for a 10:00 departure. There is no charge for the Museum, but we might want to leave a cash donation in the box in their lobby. The gas charge for drivers is $4.00 per person (based on 3 passengers per car). We will share the cost of parking in New Haven. Please reply ASAP to Lydia Menendez by email:, or by  phone: (203) 319-1110.  Also indicate if willing to drive - we always need drivers!!
Walking Group:  
We will meet at 9:45 and walk from 10:00--11am 
April 1- Sherwood Island State Park. Meet at pavilion parking lot.
April 8-  Compo Beach - Meet at cannons
April 15- Meet at Westport Library, back parking lot, to walk downtown neighborhood
April 22- Compo Beach - Meet at cannons
April 29- Sherwood Island State Park - Meet pavilion parking lot.
Let’s hope for good weather.  Come out and join us as it has been a long, cold winter and I think we can  all use a nice walk on the beach.  See you on the trail, ladies! 
Questions? Call Polly Temple, 293-4688.

Trips coming up!

Please consider the trips below—they are filling up nicely but still need participation from our membership and friends.  The dates may seem like a long time away, but time flies and each date will be here before you know it!!!

Wednesday, APRIL 30 ~~ Join us as we take our center orchestra seats at  Goodspeed Opera House for the classic with a new twist, Damn Yankees.    Luncheon will be at the fashionable Riverhouse @ Goodspeed Station.  Price is $142 per person, all inclusive.

Wednesday, MAY 21 ~~ A guided tour of the West Point campus with commanding views of the Hudson River, buffet luncheon at the historic Thayer Hotel and an afternoon visit to Storm King Art Center, one of the world's leading sculpture parks.  Price per person is $105, all-inclusive.

Wednesday, JUNE 18 ~~ The American Ballet Theater at the Met.  Dress Circle seats for the romantic ballet, Giselle.  Lunch at the elegant pre-revolutionary Russian restaurant, Firebird.  Price / person is $156, all-inclusive.

Sunday, JULY 13 ~~ Tanglewood—with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, featuring Jason Alexander, best known for his role as George Costanza in Seinfeld...he's a singer, dancer, Tony Award-winning Broadway veteran who will perform selections from The Music Man, Pippin and Merrily We Roll and more.  Luncheon will be enjoyed at the elegant Cranwell Resort in Lenox.  Price person is $160, all inclusive.

 Monday, SEPTEMBER 29 - Wednesday, OCTOBER 1 ~~FINGER LAKES TOUR!! 
3 Days/5 Meals. Includes Corning Museum of Glass, wine tastings at 3 wineries on beautiful Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, the lakeside campus of Mackenzie-Childs known for painted ceramics and home accessory line, visit to  Victorian country estate overlooking Canandaigua Lake at Sonneburg Gardens and the NY Culinary & Wine Center.  Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, NY.  Price is $475 pp Double, $595 pp single.  $150 pp deposit to confirm.

OCTOBER  6 - 16 ~~ ALPS, BURGUNDY & PROVENCE RIVER CRUISE   Two pre-cruise days have been added, to be spent in the French Alps. The deadline date for the "Early Booking Discount" is March 10th. Click here for the flyer, or visit
Available space is very limited so your decisions need to be made soon!!

IN ADDITION: both previous cruises are also available. If you missed them in the previous two years, here is your opportunity!! Danube & Prague: September 18-29   Rhine Castle River Cruise : September 17-25

For all trip information, contact Pat Farmer at 203-227-3076  or at
Flyers with details of all trips will be available at the Y's Women's General Meetings.

The Y’s Men have some trips coming up that you may be interested in…
         April 21:  the FDR Library  (If you missed our trip there last Fall – here’s another chance!)
         May 13 – 15: Visit Cooperstown and The Berkshires
         June 5:  Baseball—Yankees vs Oakland.  Price: $85 includes round trip private luxury bus and   
    field level seats on right field line. Contact: Larry Hirsch, 226-1845 or

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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. They are usually held at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport. (Changes appear in the monthly newsletter.) Coffee and socializing begin at 11 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 Mildred Bunche, president (226-5094) or send an email to

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

Click here for the 2013-2014 membership form.