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

November 10
Mark Rubinstein: Why Thriller Fiction?
Dr Rubinstein is a psychiatrist, journalist and author who has worked extensively in forensic psychiatry. He has written medical, non-fiction and fiction books and is a journalist for the Huffington Post.  He will discuss why crime fascinates us, the general population, and how his experience as a forensic psychiatrist has informed him about violence, criminality, insanity, and the legal system.  He will also address the trauma experienced by survivors of terroristic events.

November 24
Eileen Hunt: The Fabulous World of Opera
Dr Hunt will highlight some of the favorite moments from opera throughout history.  Eileen is familiar with not only the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but also the  great opera houses in Europe and the UK.   She is a performing musician and teacher who has presented solo and ensemble recitals as a pianist and organist throughout the US and Europe.  She is currently  Minister of Music for the Greens Farms Community Church in Westport.  Eileen holds a degree in organ performance and musicology and studied in France under the auspices of a Carneal-Drew Foundation Grant.    

Satellite Groups

      (Y’s Women members  ONLY)

Book Club 1: We will be meeting on Thursday, November 20 at 1:00 pm in the Seminar Room of the Library.  We are reading This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. Any questions? Call Call Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.
Book Club 2 will meet on Thursday, November 6, from 1:30 - 3:00pm, in the Library’s Seminar Room, to discuss Alice McDermott’s book Someone, facilitated by Nancy Bloom. RSVP to Arlene Bloom,
or at 254-9096.
 Book Club 3: We will meet on Friday, November 7  at 10:30 am to discuss The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver, led by Fran Mande. Our meeting is at  Inge VanGelder’s home.  New members are welcome.  For more info call Joan Harnett, 587-1170.
Newstalk:  Open discussions on what’s news … Meeting on Thursday, November 20, from 10:00 to 11:30am at Frankie Stein’s, 42 Whitney Glen  Drive, Westport. Questions? Call Phyllis Groner, 226-5583.
 Newcomers Luncheon 
Where: Terrain Garden CafĂ©  (local, organic food)
             561 Post Road East, Westport
When:  12:45 pm, Monday, Nov. 24
 RSVP  by Friday, Nov. 14 by email to Ann Stewart at
The Newcomers Luncheons are for all Y’s Women --
new members, long-time members and women thinking of joining. A great way to meet and get to know each other better.  Please come!
Walking Group:
11/04 - Sherwood Island - Meet in Pavilion parking lot
             Remember to vote today!!!!!
11/11 - Compo Beach - Meet cannon end of parking lot
11/18 - Sherwood Island - Meet in Pavilion parking lot
11/25 – Compo Beach - Meet cannon end of parking lot
We will meet at 9:45 and walk from 10:00 to 11:00
Come join us — the more the merrier! Weather cancellations will be announced by email by 8:00 am.
Questions? Contact Polly at
Polly Temple and Barb Stephen.
Solos: Our next get together will be held on Saturday, November 15.  We will start at 4:00pm (while still light out) and we will be serving dinner. Lynn Charney has graciously offered her home at 5 Cypress Pond Rd, Westport. Reservations - call 203-227-7304 -------Mail your check ($25) to Joan Weinstein, 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston 06883. The cut- off date is November 12.
Carpool and Go!
On Thursday, November 13 we will head west to visit DIA:Beacon. This museum is in a re-purposed factory building in Beacon, NY on the Hudson Riv-er. It houses Dia Arts Foundation's spectacular collection of pieces from the 60s to the present, as well as special exhibits and new commissions. We will do a self guided tour and then lunch on Main St. in Beacon (restaurant TBD).
Plan to meet at Trader Joe's/ Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:15 am for 9:30 departure. Please email Lydia Menendez -  or call her (203)319-1110 to reserve. Then mail a check for $8.00 (senior group admission), made out to Lydia Menendez, to her at 388 Oldfield Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $8.00. Please indicate if you can drive — drivers are always needed and appreciated!  Any questions?
Contact Jill Meyer at 226-4310 or Lydia Menendez, 319-1110.

Trips coming up!

Wednesday, November 19:  The New 9/11 Memorial Museum with the Park Avenue Armory and Afternoon Tea at the Plaza.  The morning will be spent at the Museum in a self-guided tour of the country's principal institution for documenting the impact of the events of 9/11 and exploring the continuing significance of the devastating attack. The afternoon will give us a guided tour of the historic Park Avenue Armory, followed by Afternoon Tea at the Plaza's romantic and timeless Palm Court.  Price per person is $158, all inclusive. There is still space available for t his trip.

Sunday, December 14:  A Tour of Harlem with "Ellington At Christmas: Nutcracker Suite" at the Apollo Theatre.  A special day with a guided overview tour of vibrant Harlem.  We will visit the Morris-Jumel Mansion and have lunch at Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too!  At the Apollo Theatre we will see Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite featuring a 16 piece orchestra, soprano Priscilla Baskerville, tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith, a mass gospel choir and students from Dance Theatre of Harlem.  Price per Person is $152, all inclusive.  This trip is currently filled and names are being accepted for the waiting list.  

The above two trips will conclude the 2014 trips and travel season.  Y's Women trips will hibernate for the winter months and the new 2015 spring and summer season will be available soon!  Stay tuned!!!


Costa Rica: 9 days —  February 2 OR March 2, 2015
Includes Tourteguero National Park, Arenal, & Manuel Antonio.  Price from $2999.

Paris and Normandy Seine River Cruise— 9 days, April 22-30, 2015 
5-STAR River Boat Cruise featuring Paris and the French Countryside with Airfare, Price from     $3399.

Italy by Rail.  Dates still to be decided.  Probably October 2015.  Details will be forthcoming.
Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y's Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer, 203.227.3076 or
Just a reminder of our Trip Cancellation Policy: Your payment is your reservation.
Refunds will be given only when your place can be sold to someone else.