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

October 13  (Please note: Change of Location for this meeting only)
Peter Van Heerden: 
The Westport Arts Center  - WAC Gives Back
Peter Van Heerden, Executive Director of WAC, will identify how WAC Gives Back, a therapeutic arts program, makes a positive difference in the psych-social, physical, mental and emotional well-being of children and adults. It brings a high quality program to cancer patients, seniors, veterans and children with special needs, providing participants with transformative experiences through artistic expression.

October 27
Harold Bailey: 
Team Westport: The Next Generation
Harold Bailey has been chair of TEAM Westport since its inception as a Taskforce in 2003.  He will provide an overview of the group’s initiatives of the past decade as well as plans for the coming decade.  He will describe how TEAM Westport has focused on making Westport an increasingly welcoming community with respect to diversity in the arenas of race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

Satellite Groups

  SATELLITE GROUPS                              
    (Y’s Women members  ONLY)
Book Club 1: The book for our meeting on Thursday, October 16 is Americanah by Adiche.  We will meet at 1:00 pm in the Seminar Room at the Library For more information, call Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.
Book Club 2:  For the meeting on Thursday, October 2,  1:30 – 3:00 pm, members will read a biography or autobiography of their own choosing.  Sue Harris will facilitate the discussion which will take place at Phyllis Groner’s home. Please call Phyllis, 226-5583, if you plan to attend.
Book Club 3 will meet on Friday October 3rd at 10:30 am at Inge VanGelder's home to discuss George Eliot's classic, Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, led by Kathy McCabe.  Questions? Call Joan Harnett, 587-1170.
Newstalk:  We will be meeting on Thursday, October 23  at Maxine Nicklesberg’s home,  2 Wedgewood Road, Westport from 10:00 to 11:30 am. A great group…and all are welcome!  For more info, call Phyllis Groner, 226-5583.
Walking Group: 
Oct 7 - Sherwood Island- pavilion parking lot
Oct 14 - Compo Beach – cannon end of parking lot
Oct 21 - Sherwood Island - pavilion parking lot
Oct 28 - Compo Beach - cannon end of parking lot
Since the weather has cooled off,  the time for our walks will now start at 10:00 am.  We’ll  meet at 9:45 and walk from 10:00 to 11:00 am.Please come and join us — the more the merrier.   As always, weather cancellations will be announced by email by 8:00 am. Polly Temple and Barb Stephen
Solos next affair will be a Brunch at 11:30 am on Sunday, October 19. It will take place in the enclosed outside room at the Spotted Horse in Westport. We will receive individual bills.  Reservations must be made by Friday, October 17; please call Joan Weinstein, 227-7304. Our November get together will take place in a private home.
Carpool and Go! On Thursday, October 16, we'll visit New London, CT for a fascinating guided tour through Monte Cristo Cottage, home of renowned American playwright Eugene O'Neil.  Later, we'll lunch at Captain Scott's Lobster Dock. Please e-mail Lydia Menendez at or call her at 203-319-1110 or Jill Meyer, 203-226-4310 to reserve your place. In addition, mail a check for $5, payable to Monte Cristo Cottage, to Lydia at 388 Oldfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.  Meet at Trader Joe's at 9:45 for a 10:00 departure.  On the day of the trip, bring along $10 cash to reimburse the driver. Please indicate if you are willing to drive. Drivers are always needed and appreciated!
Newcomers Luncheon. The next Luncheon will be Monday, October 27 at the Blue Lemon, Sconset Square, 15 Myrtle Avenue, Westport. Trip Advisor rates it the #1 restaurant in Westport.  Zagat declares it  "a winner”.  EVERYONE is invited --new members, long-time members, and those considering membership. Make your reservation by Thursday, Oct. 23 by contacting. Ann Stewart at or Joan Likely-Cosenza at

Trips coming up!

Join the Y's Women's Trips this Fall

Wednesday, October 15 ~ Cruising the Hudson and Touring the Hudson Valley,
Arriving at Clermont, a majestic estate and restored mansion on the Hudson River, a docent led tour will tell of the aristocratic family's home life and you’ll enjoy beautiful river views.  The "Spirit of the Hudson" scenic luncheon cruise will touch on activities on the river in earlier times and the wild life in the area while we watch for tugs, barges and international ships.  We will stop at the Montgomery Place Orchard Farm Stand Market and then visit Rhinebeck Village.  Price per person is $106, all inclusive.

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. This trip is limited to 35 participants; so make reservations ASAP!

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.  We must commit to the Apollo Theatre by September 30, with a non-refundable deposit, so reservations are necessary as soon as possible.
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.