The Westport Woman's Club

Special Interest

BOOK REVIEW

Book Review is an informal discussion group enjoyed by WWC members for a number of years. Books are chosen by the members and the discussions are usually led by the member who proposed the book.
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BUNCO

Bunco started in the year 2000. This ever- popular game is best described as: food, fun, laughter and a chance to win some money at this fast paced dice game. No experience necessary. No long- term commitment. Easy- to- learn. Sign- up is outside the office on the bulletin board on a month- to- month basis. Bunco averages 20- 25 players monthly.
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BYOB FRIDAY

Founded in 2014, BYOB Friday usually happens (unless we need to yield to a Rental) on the third Friday of the month, from 4 to 5:30 PM, in the kitchen. Every member with a sense of humor is welcome to stop in for any or all of that time. Gatherings are picnic-style, with attendees bringing something to sip, nibbles to share and their own set-ups. “We leave no fingerprints!” (Dorothy Curran)

CULTURAL AFFAIRS

The Arts, in one form or another, have been a part of the WWC since 1935. Today the chair of the Cultural Affairs Group arranges trips to a wide variety of cultural venues, including important gardens, historical homes, the ballet and museums as well as Broadway and regional theatres. The Group takes several trips between September and June of each year.
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CURIO COTTAGE THRIFT SHOP

The Curio Cottage operates year-round and has contributed over $400,000 in support of the philanthropic mission of the WWC. It opened in 1999 and offers a wide variety of quality items from glassware, kitchen equipment, jewelry, collectibles and much more. All of the merchandise is donated and club volunteers run the shop. It’s a fun place to volunteer and shop, as you never know what treasures you will find! (Susan Loselle)

FOOD CLOSET

The WWC Food Closet works in conjunction with Human Services at Westport Town Hall. When individuals/families who are in need contact Human Services, we fulfill their requests for food by providing them with bags of groceries and with Stop and Shop gift cards (for them to purchase meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and dairy products). When the bags are packed, the Food Closet workers deliver them to Town Hall. The recipients remain anonymous to us and are able to pick up their groceries and food cards there.
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Garden Department

GARDEN DEPARTMENT

Our award winning Garden Department had its beginnings in 1910 when the then Women’s Town Improvement Association sponsored a children’s competition for the best flower. However, it was officially established in 1939 when it was inducted into the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. Prize-winning projects of the Garden Department included the Greening of the Post Road and Canal Green Park. Our Garden Department was the winner of the Second National Award in an Environment Improvement Program sponsored by the National Council of State Garden Clubs Inc. and was a pioneer in ecology in the 1970’s.
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GOURMET

Gourmet meets on the third Tuesday of the month in Bedford Hall at 11:30am and has been enjoyed by many members since the 1980s. The group explores a variety of cuisines and although some of our members are quite adventurous cooks, others join us for social reasons and take on less demanding recipes. Members commit to cook once a year in a small group which is responsible for choosing the menu and preparing a luncheon for our members. Our luncheons are noted for fine food and great conversation! We also have pot luck events twice a year where members contribute a dish for everyone to enjoy, and an occasional restaurant outing.

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LADIES WHO LUNCH 2012

The Club’s group meets for luncheon once a month in local area restaurants. Selections are made from the regular menu. We ask for separate checks, although occasionally that is not possible.

We dine in a variety of interesting restaurants and invite you to join us on the fourth Tuesday of the month to enjoy good food and good company. We usually have between 8-12 attendees, but at times have had more. There is no commitment or membership fee, but we are expected to host one Club Day per year. (Bobbie Herman)

MAH JONGG

A minimum of four players are usually needed for this traditional Chinese tile game. We meet when enough players are available. It is not necessary to have your own Mah Jongg set or card. Experienced players are available to teach those who want to learn or refresh their skills. Lessons are given upon request. Contact current chair for day and time. (Audrey Rabinowitz)

SOCIAL BRIDGE

Social Bridge has been part of the WWC for many years. Social Bridge was formed around 1985. It offers new members a more relaxed social setting as a way of getting acquainted with our regular members of the WWC. Three to four tables of bridge “foursomes” are set up to play independently of each other.
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SUNSHINE GIRLS (FRIENDSHIP)

This committee is responsible for expressing sentiments of the WWC to members in matters of personal concerns. The Sunshine Girls, originally known as the Friendship Committee, was formed in 1999. In 2006, the Committee was formalized and renamed the Sunshine Girls. Volunteers send a fellow member a card, make a phone call or lend assistance to a friend in need. (Jeanette Tewey)

YANKEE DOODLE FAIR

The signature fundraiser of the WWC has become a “Westport Institution,” which is attended by grandparents, parents, and children of our town and from surrounding areas. This fun event runs for four days (Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday) during Father’s Day weekend every June. In addition to carnival rides and an International Food Court, the YDF features a Bake Sale, raffle prizes, and carnival games.
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