General Meetings

Open to members and their guests

Place:  Temple Israel
           14 Coleytown Road, Westport  
10:45 am   Coffee and conversation
11:30 am    Meeting and Speaker

February 9
Paul Bogaev
Paul Bogaev is an award-winning music director, 
arranger, conductor, and composer. Among the highlights of his career are two
Grammy awards – one for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, for which he produced 
and conducted the Tony award-winning score, and a second for the Oscar-winning
musical film Chicago, for which he was executive producer of the film’s soundtrack. 
Paul also served as music director of the ABC-TV musicals Cinderella, Annie, and
South Pacific. As a symphony conductor, Paul conducted the music for Francis Ford
Coppola’s presentation of the silent film epic Napoleon with major orchestras
around the world. 

February 23
Joe Meyers: Who Remembers Last Year's Oscar Winners?
In this season of high interest in entertainment awards (Golden Globe, Academy
Awards, etc.), Joe Meyers returns to the Y’s Women to talk about the industry and
this year’s nominees. Joe writes about movies, theater, and books for Hearst 
Connecticut Media. Current columns have covered the play Forever at Long Wharf,
Jessie Muller as Carol King in Beautiful, MOMIX, the dance program in Torrington,
and the book Sympathy for the Devil about Gore Vidal. With producer Sean Hudock,
Joe has launched a new podcast, “Off Book,” exploring the lives of New York theater
artists. The blog can be found at

We encourage a small group of members to have lunch with the speakers, at a Westport
 restaurant, following their presentation.  If interested, please contact Dava Waltzman,
VP Programs, at

Satellite Groups

  (Y’s Women members  ONLY)
Be our Valentine and come for brunch at Centro’s in Fairfield on Sunday, February 15, at noon. Separate checks. Make reservations with Joan Weinstein ( or 227-7304). Please note that annual Solos dues of $20 are now due. This money is used to defray extra costs for food at our monthly events. Mail your check, payable to Joan Weinstein — Solos, to Joan at 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883.
Carpool and Go!
On Wednesday, February 11, we will return to the Bruce Museum for a docent-led tour of their spectacular exhibition of Dutch and Flemish 17th century paintings: Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection from Liechtenstein. This recent collection features still life, landscape, hunting scenes, portraits, and more — all of outstanding quality. We will also have a chance to see a newly opened show of Maps & Sea Charts: Discovering the "New World" as well as Native American Pottery from the Bruce Museum Collection. Then we will lunch at Thai Basil on Railroad Avenue, a repeat favorite. We will meet at Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:45am  for a 10:00 departure. Please reserve your place with Lydia Menendez - or by phone, 319-1110 and send a check for $6.00 made out to Lydia Menendez - 388 Oldfield Rd. Fairfield, CT 06824 for the museum entrance. The gas charge will be $4.00 (cash) to be paid to drivers. Also indicate if you are willing to drive - drivers always needed and appreciated!
PS - Advance notice of June trip: We have a special Carpool & Go! outing planned for Wed. June 17 at Caramoor in Katonah, NY. We will attend a morning classical concert in the Renaissance music room, have lunch on the premises and then tour the grand Rosen home, full of treasures from around the world. Space is limited to 30 people and the cost is $52.00 - please let us know immediately if interested….Lydia and Jill
Walking Group
Suspended until nicer weather returns, sometime in April. Hope to see you then.
Polly Temple and Barb Stephens
Book Group 1 will meet on Thursday, February 19, at 1:00 p.m. at the Library in the Seminar Room. We are reading the “Westport Reads” book, The Dubliners, by James Joyce. Questions? Call Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, February 5, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. We will discuss Daniel Brown’s book The Boys in the Boat, led by Jill Meyer. Beverly Silverman will host the meeting at her home.  Please let her know if you are planning to attend, 256-0046 or 
Book Group 3: Our next meeting will take place on Friday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the home of Inge van Gelder. We'll discuss The Art Forger by B.A.Shapiro, led by Doris Levinson. For more information call Joan Harnett, 587-1170.
 Newcomers Luncheon 
Where: Sakura Japanese Restaurant
             680 Post Road East, Westport
When:  February 23, 12:45 p.m.
 RSVP by Friday, February 20 to Ann Stewart:             
All Y's Women and their guests are welcome to attend the Newcomers Luncheons--new members, long-time members and women thinking of joining.  This is a great way to get to know each other better. Please come join us!

Trips coming up!

Wednesday, March 25:  A Broadway Treat …"On the Town" 
A classic and dazzling revival of Leonard Bernstein’s musical comedy. The performance will be preceded by lunch at Sardi's. Price per person is $178, all inclusive. Reservations are still being taken on the basis of "availability only." If tickets unavailable, we will start a waiting list, which is always good to have!!

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," with Luncheon at Petrossian
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, The Sleeping Beauty brings together all the appeal of classical ballet, set to Tchaikovsky's wonderful score. Price per person $160, all inclusive.


Costa Rica: 9 days —  March 2
 Includes Tourteguero National Park, Arenal, and Manuel Antonio.  Price from $2,999.

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. Price per person $3,599. 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, the Academia with the statue of David, as well as the preserved ancient city of Pompeii. The price includes airfare, 12 meals (all breakfasts and four dinners), rail journeys, escorts while in Italy, baggage handling, and transfers.
Brochures for the three trips abroad can be found at

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.