The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the charitable, educational, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns. 501(c)(3)

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WWC Art Show, curated by Miggs Burroughs, Features Top Local Talent

Reviving a long tradition after a 30-year hiatus, The Westport Woman’s Club again will host, May 2 and 3 only, an Art Show fundraiser showcasing top local talent. Featured artists include: Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Vincent Calenzo, Jennifer Dewis, Helen Klisser During, Karen Ford, Tom Kretsch, Susan Malloy, Dayan Moore, Kathy Ross, Jill Sarver, Jo Titsworth and Cris Xavier. Multiple works by each of the 14 artists will be displayed in the Club’s newly renovated Bedford Hall and available for purchase.

According to Art Show chair, Jo Luscombe, the event revives a long partnership that flourished into the 1980s between the WWC (est. 1907 as the Woman’s Town Improvement Association) and some of America’s best representational artists, Westport’s “Famous Artists” of the 20th century. In that era, many Woman’s Club members either were wives of artists or artists themselves. During the Great Depression, WWC art shows helped unemployed artists and their families make ends meet. In good times and bad, to benefit the community’s unmet needs, local artists pitched in at the Club’s annual fair.

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Let’s welcome spring by cultivating new friends and enjoying new experiences in and around our community! The Westport Woman’s Club members would love to meet you! Come enjoy wine and cheese Wednesday, April 22 at 7 P.M. at their historic clubhouse at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT. Learn about the many philanthropic and social activities you can get involved in.

The Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to volunteerism and fundraising in support of educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns. Founded in 1907, the WWC achieves its goals through various fundraisers, including the Yankee Doodle Fair and the Curio Cottage Thrift Shop. Fundraising activities are spear headed by the active Ways and Means Committee. Continue Reading

The Westport Woman’s Club (est.1907) and the Westport Young Woman’s League (est.1956)  for the first time co-hosted a brown bag luncheon panel and roundtables discussion to explore answers to the question, “What is the role and future of our women’s volunteer organizations in the 21st century?” More than 65 women including the WWC and WYWL members, public sector partners, non-profit grant recipients and civic leaders attended in the newly renovated Bedford Hall at 44 Imperial Ave clubhouse that both organizations share.

Pictured are: Nathalie Fonteyne, WYWL president, Jo Fuchs Luscombe, moderator and former CT State Representative, and Dorothy Curran, WWC president

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Newly renovated Bedford Hall pictured on Westportnow.com

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the reopening of the WWC historic Banquet Room pictured on Westportnow.com

Rentals Director, Susan Loselle, is standing by to receive rentals questions or accept reservations.  Her WWC rentals hotline # is 203-246-0258.

 

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The WWC Ruegg Grant committee (Nancy Saipe, Mary Lee Clayton, Jo Luscombe, Arlene Thrope and Barbara Szefc) unanimously selected EarthPlace as the 2015 recipient of the Ruegg Grant. The Ruegg Grant, established in 1995 by an endowment left to the club by former member Lea Ruegg, is given to deserving organizations in the arts, educational endeavors, and health and safety-related programs.

EarthPlace will use the funds to re-draw and update inaccurate maps of their 74 acre sanctuary. The new maps will include all trails, habitats, bordering areas and other nature elements; there are several miles of trails, including a trail suitable tor wheFel chairs and strollers. Continue Reading

The Adult Woman Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding adult who is continuing her education and presently enrolled in a college or university.

Applicants for the adult scholarship must have successfully completed two or more years in an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 average or better and be matriculating for a Bachelor’s or post-graduate degree.  The award ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 will be made on the basis of financial need and scholastic ability.

Wendy McKeon, Scholarship Chairperson, has advised that the deadline for application submission for the adult scholarship award is April 10, 2015.  To obtain additional information and an application, please call the Westport Woman’s Club Office – 203-227-4240 or click here to print copy – Adult Scholarship Application

Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, was held at Sherwood Island State Park on Sunday, October 9th to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and to help save lives. Pictured (L-R): The Westport Woman’s Club Team:  Amy Schneider, Vivian Rosenberg and Leah Scherzer.

 

It’s quite wonderful to look back and see what our little band of WWC volunteers, led by Rose Jordan, accomplished on very short notice in a week or so: Continue Reading

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WWC Garden Department’s featured speaker Cyrus Paktinat, award-winning floral designer, poet and owner of The Flowerfall of Westport, entertained his audience with demonstrations of his spring seasonal arrangements and decor for the home. Each week he goes to the NYC Flower Market to hand pick the flowers he uses in his beautiful creations. Cyrus’s lovely work, history, awards, videos etc. can be viewed on– theflowerfall.com–a must see.
This event was co-chaired by Vivian Rosenberg and Jeannette Tewey. Program director is Jerilyn Deveau. Continue Reading

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop, at the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, held its “Annual Tag Sale” on Friday and Saturday, March 6th and 7th.  All proceeds go to Fairfield County charities.

Merchandise included furniture, vintage collectibles, china, glassware, house wares, home accessories, hostess gifts, small appliances, linens, artwork, toys and games.

The WWC Curio Shop Annual Tag Sale pictured on Westportnow.com

The WWC Curio Cottage Thrift Shop – Shopping Hours:

Monday: 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday- Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Curio Cottage at the Westport Woman’s Club

44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT

Westporter headed to Westminister Dog Show.  Click here for further details.

Gourmet Group had their annual “Sparkling” Holiday Party on December 16th.  This was a pot luck luncheon which included  hors d’oeuvres, desserts and sparkling wine   A wonderful time was had by all.

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Holiday and Boutique workshops were held in early December.  Arrangements, Boxwood Trees and Wreaths were prepared for sale at the December Club Day Holiday Boutique.  Boxwood Tree instruction was provided by Carol Wahl.

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