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October 2015

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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.

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

ALERT: 10 am SHARP start time!

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.

Thursday, October 8
YUWO Hikers
10 am (Parking Lot at the North End of Lake Wintergreen, immediately west of the sharp turn on Main Street in Hamden)

YUWO Hikers will meet at the parking lot at the north end of Lake Wintergreen, immediately west of the sharp turn on Main Street in Hamden.  Please let Patty Pollard ( know if you plan to join us.

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

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.

Thursday, October 15
Art Aficionados
Tour of the Samurai Exhibit
12 noon
Peabody Museum

On Thursday, October 15 at noon, we will meet at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History for a guided tour of the Samurai Exhibit. Our guide will be Richard Yanowitz. We will begin with a slide show of background information on Japanese culture and then move into the Exhibit proper, where you may expect to be captivated. Our visit will last about 90 minutes. If you plan to attend, please leave your name with Anneke Hathaway at 203-752-0460 or

REMINDER: Dutch Art Lectures continue in October

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, 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, October 27
1.30pm at the home of Pam Field, Hamden

Bring your projects or mending or just come for the conversation!

>> Ski Group Planning  Ahead <<

The YUWO Ski group is up and running again. This year we will go to Powder Ridge, also known as Powder Hill. It is in Middlefield, about 30 minutes away. The area has a fine website. Depending on the weather, we may also do some cross country skiing.  Contact Pam Rackliffe at 203-488-2667 or

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.

Tuesday, November 10
1.30pm at the home of Kirsti Langbein, Woodbridge

Bring your projects or mending or just come for the conversation!

Tuesday, November 24
1.30pm at the home of Winnie Seibert, Guilford

Bring your projects or mending or just come for the conversation!

And in December …

Mark your calendars for "A Farewell to the 50th" Holiday Party on December 6 at The Greenberg Center!

Tuesday, December 8
1.30pm - venue to be advised

Bring your projects or mending or just come for the conversation!

Tuesday, December 22
(This meeting will be held if there is sufficient interest/availability. Venue to be advised.)

Bring your projects or mending or just come for the conversation!



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