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September 2015

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Wednesday, September 9
Annual Wine and Cheese Reception
4:30 - 6 pm
The Greenberg Center
391 Prospect Street, New Haven

Tuesday, September 15
Evening Film Series - Women's Voices from Literature
"The Age of Innocence" (1993)
6:30 pm
Best Video
1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

For the first time, YUWO will offer an Evening Film Series to provide a chance for members who work during the day to meet and share a stimulating program.  The response to our on-line survey was so overwhelming that we have had to make a few changes in our registration process. The option to sign up for individual films is no longer possible.

There will now be a flat fee of $15 for all three films, and YUWO members will be limited to one guest. The series will be held at Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave in Hamden.  Hank Paper, proprietor, will provide a short background talk before the viewing and the committee chairman, Judith Lynch, will lead a short discussion afterwards. Wine, coffee, and munchies will be available for purchase. Due to limited setting at Best Video, we will be able to honor only the first 50 reservations. You may sign up either by filling out the form in this issue or, if space is still available, at the Wine and Cheese on September 9th. Questions?    Contact  Judith  Lynch  at

The films are:

9/15 – The Age of Innocence (1993)  Martin Scorsese directs Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder in a brilliant adaptation of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The ironically- titled story chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy of high society in the 1870s.

9/29 – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) – Based on Muriel Spark’s best-selling novel, the film earned a Best Actress Oscar for its star, Maggie Smith.  As a teacher at an Edinburgh school in 1932, Jean Brodie encourages fiercely independent thinking in her students and engages in ongoing battles with the school’s rigid administration.

10/13 – The Hours (2002) – Three women separated by a span of nearly 80 years find themselves weathering similar crises all linked by a single work of literature, Virginia Wolfe’s masterpiece, Mrs. Dalloway. The outstanding cast features Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman.

Click here to signup for the new film series.

Friday, September 25
Art Aficionados
"Views on Dutch Painting of the Golden Age"
1:30 pm
Yale Art Gallery

The Yale University Art Gallery is planning to offer a continuation of its Dutch Art lecture series from last winter. These lectures, open to the public at no charge, will be held on Friday, September 25, October 2, 9, and 16 at 1:30 pm; and on Thursday, October 8 and 15 at 5:30 pm. The series will continue into the spring as well.

Tuesday, September 29
Exploring New Haven
A Walk through Edgerton Park - A Visit to the Sculpture Studio of Susan Clinard
10 am
Meet at the garage door of the Carriage House

The first Exploring New Haven event this fall is a walk through Edgerton Park, which is celebrating its 50th year as a New Haven / Hamden Park. Our walk will be on Tuesday, September 29 at 10:00 am. Meet at the garage door of the Carriage House. Jenny Byers, a member of the Edgerton Board will guide us around the landscaped property, which includes sweeping lawns and huge trees, greenhouses and community gardens, and pictures in the carriage house of what the Brewster estate looked like.

Afterwards, we are invited to visit the sculpture studio of Susan Clinard, artist in residence at the Eli Whitney
Barn, on Whitney Avenue, just north of the Park.

Directions to Edgerton Park: Take Whitney Avenue to Cliff Street, turning left or to the west. Cliff Street runs along the south wall of Edgerton Park. Take your first right onto Edgehill Road, which also runs along the wall of Edgerton Park and park as close to the gate as you can. Walk down the driveway, bearing right and then left around the front of the Carriage House where we will meet. Handicap parking is available near the Carriage House.

Directions to the Eli Whitney Barn:  The Barn, on Whitney Avenue, is just north of the Park, the first building after the wall surrounding Edgerton. It is in front of the Water Company facility and shares their driveway. Parking is available adjacent to the Barn. You may either walk or drive to get there.

IMPORTANT: Rain cancels the Edgerton Park tour but does not cancel the visit to Susan Clinard’s sculpture studio. Please wear comfortable shoes!  For questions, call or email Anne Schenck: 203-787-3705;

Tuesday, September 29
Evening Film Series - Women's Voices from Literature
"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
6:30 pm
Best Video
1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

See entry for September 15 for details.

October 2015

Fridays, October 2, 9, 16
(also on Thursdays, October 8 and 15 at 5:30 pm)
Art Aficionados
"Views on Dutch Painting of the Golden Age"
1:30 pm
Yale Art Gallery

Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Bridge Lessons
"Defense for the Intermediate Player"
10:00 am
Whitney Center, Hamden

The Bridge Group is pleased to offer Defense for the Intermediate Player, a series of classes with instructor Rita Brieger which will be taught again at the Whitney Center. Classes will be held on four Tuesday mornings in October, the 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 10:00 am until noon. Participation will be limited to 20 players, with a minimum of 12 required. The fee is $50. Please sign up at the Wine & Cheese. Questions? Call Judy Long at 203-288-3607.

Tuesday, October 13
Evening Film Series - Women's Voices from Literature
"The Hours" (2002)
6:30 pm
Best Video
1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

See entry for September 15 for details.

Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 (and Nov. 4)
"Five Days at the Opera"
10:00 am
West Campus Conference Center
(just off I-95, Exit 41 - Marsh Hill Road)

Our move to the Conference Center on Yale's West Campus has been a great success. We can have a greater number of participants in the Series, so members are encouraged to bring guests.  The Conference Center provides us with ample parking, comfortable seating, state-of-the-art media equipment, and a pleasant cafeteria for pre- or post-lecture gathering.

We are indeed fortunate to welcome Judith Malafronte of the Yale School of Music, who will present a series of lectures on opera, drawing from the 2015-2016 Metropolitan Opera HD performance schedule. Depending on the  timing  of  their  announcement,  she  may  also  be  able  to  prepare  us  for  the  Spring  Yale  Opera performance.  Those who are familiar with Professor Malafronte,  a world renowned mezzo soprano, know that we can expect a rich, colorful, in-depth discussion of these operas. Questions? Contact Judy Miller at or 203-589-8335.

Oct.   7    Donizetti  Roberto Devereux: operatic  forms and convention

Oct. 14     From Othello to Otello  (10/17 HD broadcast)

Oct. 21  Madama Butterfly and Puccini’s verismo

Oct. 28    Tannhauser  and Wagner’s total work
10/31 HD broadcast)

Nov.  4            TBA

Directions to the Yale West Campus:

From the North:  Take I-95 south to Exit 41 (Marsh Hill Road). Turn left at the end of the ramp and turn left at the next traffic light onto the West Campus Drive and the I-95 northbound entrance ramp. Stay in the right lane and follow the signs for the Conference Center at the rear of the campus.

From the South: Take I-95 north to Exit 41 (Marsh Hill Road).  At the end of the exit ramp, go straight.  This is both the West Campus Drive and the entrance ramp to I-95 northbound.  Follow the signs for the Conference Center at the rear of the campus.

From the Merritt Parkway:  Take Exit 54 (Milford Connector). Follow signs to New Haven and exit onto the ramp designated New Haven, I-95 north.  Get off at Exit 41 (Marsh Hill Road) and continue with directions above (from the South).

GPS Address is:  100 West Campus Drive, Orange, CT.

Coming in November 2015 …

Monday, November 9, 2015

Whitney Museum of American Art
New York City

Opened in May 2015, this stunning 8-story museum, designed by Renzo Piano, overlooks the Hudson River and is adjacent to the start of the NYC pedestrian High Line.

Special Exhibits are:

Frank Stella: A Retrospective –  the entire 5th floor of the Whitney with 120 paintings, reliefs, sculptures and drawings by one of America’s most important living artists.

Archibald Motley –  a Harlem Renaissance artist, shown in the sky-lit 8th floor.

Rachel Rose – an exhibition of this young NYC artist.

Jared Madere – an entrance installation by this NYC artist.

Lunch is on your ownThe “Untitled Restaurant” is on the ground floor and the “Studio Café” is on the 8th floor.

Free one-hour tours are given at Noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.  A multimedia player of information costs $6.

Cost of $65 includes bus travel, driver’s tip and admission to Whitney Museum of American Art.

Promptly at 8:30 am our bus leaves the North Haven commuter lot on Devine Street (Exit 10 off I-91)

To Register, make out your check to YUWO for $65 and send it together with this registration form to Dody Gall at 75 Charlton Hill, Hamden, CT 06518.  Questions?  Contact Dody at or phone her at 203-288-6590.




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