General Meetings

Open to members and their guests

10:45 am  Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am  Meeting and Speaker

October 10
Bill Harmer, Executive Director, Westport Library
Meeting Location is: Christ & Holy Trinity Church
                            Branson Hall
                            55 Myrtle Avenue, Westport

October 24
Julia Sweig: Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know 
Meeting Location:  Saugatuck Congregational Church
                          245 Post Road East, Westport

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)

Book Group 1 will meet on Thursday, October 20 at 1:00 pm in the Westport Library’s Seminar Room. We are reading Purity by Jonathan Franzen. Please call Frankie Stein at 226-4219 or Connie Beskind at 255-8682 if you have any questions.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, October 6 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Judith Schomer’s house. Each member will present a biography of her choice. The  discussion will be led by Sue Harris. Please let Judith know if you will be attending (557-0131 or
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, October 7 at 10:30 am to discuss My Red Boyhood by Anatole Konstantin. We will meet at Panera Bread, located in Southport on Post Road East next to Home Goods. Please call Joan Harnett at 587-1170 if you need more information.
Volunteer Corner
Visiting Nurse and Hospice needs volunteers to:
visit hospice, palliative, and home care patients; help with office work; and drive patients to doctor visits and food shopping. Training is provided for all services at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice office, 761 Main Avenue, Norwalk. If you are interesting in helping out, please contact Laurie Petrasanta at 762-8958, ext. 316.
Solos will be celebrating Halloween with a lunch on Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm. Sue Ehrens, 7 Bittersweet Lane in Westport, has graciously offered her home for this event. Admittance requires part of a costume – mask, hat, cape, you get the picture. Mail your check for $25, made out to Joan Weinstein –  Solos, to Joan at 46 Tannery Lane South, Weston, CT 06883. Please join us for a fun afternoon, but remember – NO CHECK, NO FOOD! And don’t forget to renew your membership in Solos. Annual dues are $20, which covers the meals and catering help for which we don’t charge enough. Make your check out to Joan Weinstein – Solos.
Newcomers Luncheon
All newcomers and current members are invited to our October luncheon at Rive Bistro, 199 Riverside Avenue, on Monday, October 24, at 1:00 pm. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to Judith Runnette at 838-8764 or
Cinemas and Conversations
A new program, Movie Time, was launched at the Wilton Cinema with the viewing of The Light Between the Oceans, followed by coffee next door at Starbucks. It was an enjoyable event for all. The plan is to meet at local theaters, view the movie, and have conversation afterward over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. If this is of interest to members, contact Judith Schomer at and get on the notification list. Volunteers are needed to greet moviegoers and guide participants to nearby cafes. This program is informal and inclusive; just show up, and bring a friend or spouse if you like.
Carpool & Go!
On Thursday, October 20, we’ll have a guided tour at 12:00 pm of New Canaan’s Glass House, designated as a National Historic Monument in 1997. Built by Philip Johnson in 1949, the Glass House has been described as “an essay in minimal structure, geometry, proportion, and the effects of transparency and reflection.” Also on the property are Johnson’s underground Art Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, and a Johnson-designed visitor center called “Da Monsta.” We’ll meet in the Trader Joe’s / Wells Fargo parking lot in Westport at 10:45 am for an 11:00 departure. This trip is limited to 10 people and will cost $52 per person. Following the tour, we’ll have lunch at Ching’s Table in New Canaan. Please e-mail Jill Meyer at – or call her at 226-4310 – to reserve your place RIGHT AWAY, and mail a check for $52 to her at 40 Owenoke Park, Westport, CT 06880. The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $3 in cash. Please indicate whether you can drive, as drivers are always needed and appreciated.

Trips coming up!

Join us for a day of sophisticated sculpture and gardens. Departing Westport at 8:00 am, enjoy a guided tour of the Noguchi Museum and Sculpture Gardens dedicated to the renowned Isamu Noguchi. See this unparalleled collection of art, design, and sculpture as well as the museum itself, one of his greatest works. Afternoon finds us at the New York Botanical Garden, including a visit to their famed annual exhibition: Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden, with stunning floral masterworks – all in chrysanthemum (kiku). Enjoy a modern Italian-inspired luncheon at Oro Restaurant in Long Island City. Total price is $128 per person including all gratuities.  This trip is limited to 45 participants.
Stay alert for details to be announced for a December trip.
If anyone is still interested in any of the European River Cruise trips, please contact Pat Farmer at 227-3076 or, and I will send you a brochure with the details. A number of trips are still available for October: Danube River Cruise featuring Vienna and Budapest; Rhine River Castles, Alsace, and Switzerland; Burgundy, Mediterranean, and Provence, France; and Paris and Normandy.
Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y's Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer at 227-3076 or  When reserving for a trip, please observe the tear-off on the bottom of the flyer with the pertinent information and entree choices requested, just to make life a little easier on the Travel Chairman. If you are unable to attend a meeting and want a flyer, please contact Pat Farmer and she can mail you one either electronically or by snail mail. Many thanks! Trip Cancellation Policy:  Your payment is your reservation. Refunds will be given only if your place can be sold to someone else.