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:      Saugatuck Congregational Church (NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE)
                            245 Post Road East, Westport
10:45 am     Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am sharp  Meeting and Speaker

March 12 Live From Lincoln Center: Andrew Wilk’s New Spring Series of Broadway Stars in Concert
Y’s Women will be the first to see this promo brought to you by Andrew Wilk, Executive Producer of Live From Lincoln Center. The actors include Sutton Foster, Leslie Odom, Jr., Andrew Rannells, and Stephanie J. Block, a stellar group that has collectively garnered 13 Emmy nominations.  “What we’re trying to do is get each artist to share the story of his or her own important musical journey,” says Andrew. “That means performing more than just the hit show tunes they’re known for. They’ll really be showing their musical diversity.” These concerts, which were filmed over four nights in December 2017, will air nationwide on PBS in hour-long episodes on consecutive Fridays, starting with Sutton Foster on April 20. “We have assembled an incredible lineup for this series, which offers a rare opportunity to see beloved Broadway stars in an intimate setting and in their own words,” Andrew adds. “For each concert, the artists have the freedom to develop their own unique shows, crafting cabarets that present stories that are authentically their own.” We are certain that you will enjoy this very special program!

Place:            Temple Israel, Westport
10:45 am    Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am sharp    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.

March 26 Igor Pigayzen’s Westport Musical Festival: Edelio
Before Igor Pikayzen graduated from Staples High School, he was already one of the most talented violinists in the school’s long, distinguished musical history.  He went on to Julliard, then earned his Master’s degree and Artist’s Diploma from Yale. Igor has since completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Brooklyn Conservatory. His topic on March 26 is Edelio music. Edelio means forever relevant, forever engaging, and forever yours – taken from the old Greek for eternally youthful. This is his groundbreaking music festival, and it’s in honor of Westport. Founded on the pillars of performance and education in equal measure, Edelio aims to bring bold, innovative programming while inspiring the future generation of music lovers and aspiring musicians. Four Edelio concerts will be held in Westport in June.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, March 1 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Panera Bread, located in Westport at 1860 Post Road East (next to Home Goods). We will discuss Everybody Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave, and the discussion will be led by Sue Harris. Please contact Arlene Bloom at 254-9096 or  bloomah@sbcglobal.net to RSVP. 
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, March 9 at 10:30 am to discuss Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell. We will meet at Panera Bread located on the Post Road next to Home Goods. New members are welcome. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, contact Doris Levinson at 227-3371.
The Investment Group will meet on Thursday, March 22 from 9:30 to noon at the Westport Senior Center. Anyone interested in joining this group should call Beverly Silverman at 256-0046.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, March 21 at 1:30 pm at Panera Bread on Post Road East next to Home Goods in Westport. The movies to be discussed are Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Post. If you want to participate, please contact Judith Schomer at 557-0131 or judith.schomer@gmail.com to be put on the email list.
Solos is planning to go to Rio Bravo, 1460 Post Road East in Westport, on Friday, March 23 for Happy Hour, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. The cost is $25, which includes food and one alcoholic drink (Margarita or wine); a second can be purchased on your own. (If you don’t want an alcoholic drink, the cost will be $20.) We will then go to see the Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along at 7:30 pm at Staples High School. Tickets for the show are $15. You can attend both events or just one. Send one check, made out to Joan Weinstein – Solos, to 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883.
Carpool and Go! On Thursday, March 15, we will revisit the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. Our 11:00 am guided tour will focus mainly on the show entitled Gorey's Worlds, comprised of works by Edward Gorey from his personal collection. He bequeathed these works to the Atheneum, which was a favorite destination of his during his lifetime because of a shared connection to the ballet. Gorey is well known for his spare, clever pen-and-ink drawings of hapless children, swooning maidens, and whimsical creatures – the Masterpiece Mystery title sequence, for example. His collection is of works by artists he admired and drew inspiration from, ranging from 19th century prints and drawings to contemporary art from 1970s and 1980s and including pieces by Eugene Atget, Pierre Bonnard, and Balthus as well as anonymous folk art. The exhibit enables us to step into Gorey’s imagination by viewing the art he collected alongside his own sketches, drawings, prints, and art books. Personal effects such as his distinctive fur coats and metal jewelry further bring Gorey himself to life. We will also see a charming exhibit called Museum Menagerie – two centuries of animals in art, both wild and tame, familiar and exotic. There are also two contemporary sculpture installations we will have a chance to view. Lunch will be at the always-pleasant museum Café, with a family-style option for the all-inclusive price of $18. The cost of admission and the tour is $10. We will meet at Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:00 am for a 9:15 departure. To reserve your spot, please email or call Lydia Menendez at lydiamnndz12@gmail.com or 319-1110, and send a check for $28, made out to her, to 388 Oldfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For gas reimbursement, please bring $6 in cash for your driver. And please indicate if you are willing to drive – drivers are always needed and appreciated!

Trips coming up!

Escorted Montreal and Canada / New England Cruise – July 6-14, 2018  
A 9-day, 8-night trip that includes Montreal, cruising the St. Lawrence, Quebec, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Prince Edward Island, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, and Boston. Price starts at $1,899 depending on the chosen accommodation.

This trip is under the sponsorship of the Norwalk Senior Center, but Y’s Women members are eligible and welcome. In fact, some of our members have already signed up. If you are interested, feel free to call Polly Temple at 293-4688 or Pat Farmer at 227-3076 for further details. Flyers will be available at the next several General Meetings.

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 Doris Levinson of any changes or corrections: 227-3371  or drjlevinson@gmail.com. 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 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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