The Women's College Club of Princeton NJ


March 2017 Blue Slip

March 2017 Blue Slip

P. O. BOX 3181
MARCH 2017


I wonder how many of our members joined the College Club because of Marge White. I know I did. I first met her on a trip to the Mercer Museum that she organized in 2004. I loved the picture of her at the history table at the benefit last spring. She was having such a good time in the photograph with Kay Bingeman, Gerry Bowers, and Jane Coda. Marge was such a strong supporter of the things she believed in and cared about. At the time when the center doesn’t seem to be holding, we could use her integrity and faith.

As the Club year progresses, I hope you will all give to the Club as generously as you can. We have taken a year off from fundraising after last year’s big effort in celebrating our 100th anniversary. Our mission, however, must still be supported, and our young women need our support and effort more now than ever. Think of all those pink hats. And the board is investigating a special annual meeting in May. So stay tuned.

~Kathy Hutchins


Monday, March 20, 2017 Program

Michael Kownacky and Ted Otten, co-hosts of the “Dress Circle” on WWFM (89.1) will delight us with a lecture, “An American Legacy” in words and music. By following Richard Rogers’ music through his early work with Lorenz Hart and his later collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein, Michael and Ted will explore the development of the American Musical Theatre, including such popular shows as “Pal Joey”, “Babes in Arms”, “Oklahoma”, “Carousel”, “The King and I”, and “The Sound of Music.”

Both Michael and Ted share backgrounds rooted in the theater. Michael has been associated with over 100 productions, as well as some films. He currently hosts two programs on WWFM, the classical network, “A Little Night Music” and “The Sunday Opera”. Ted also enjoys opera as well as Broadway.

He began writing reviews of plays while in high school and is now writing a theater column for “The Times of Trenton”. Both men have taught at Mercer County Community College in the English Department.

~Janet Reiche


The Board will meet on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the home of Mary Frances Stahler. Meetings begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., so come early for a cup of coffee and to greet each other. Those unable to attend, please call Mary Frances.


Bonnie Larson is our chair for arranging accommodations for lunching out each month. She will email the list to those who have expressed interest and wait for you to let her know you will be available to join the group. If you would like to be on the list, please call Bonnie.


Two operas will be presented in March in the MET/HD series and it will be up to you to buy your tickets ahead of time. Many shows sell out.

On March 11, 2017 “La Traviata” by Verdi will be shown at the AMC in Hamilton at 12:55 p.m. Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Thomas Hampson; Nicola Luisotti, director. Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.

On March 25 2017 “Idomeneo” by Mozart will be at the AMC beginning at 12:55 p.m. Nadine Sierra, Elzavan den Heever, Alice Coote, Matthew Polenzani, Alan Opie; James Levine, director. This will probably be the last year Mr. Levine will be directing at the MET and he will be missed. Approximately 4 hours 10 minutes.


We shall meet on Friday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. Lynda Woods Cleary will be our hostess at the Marriott on College Road East, Princeton. For a change of pace a book of short stories has been chosen, Delicate Edible Birds and other Stories by Lauren Groff. If you enjoy reading this, Lynda will tell you about another short story book she has read. Please call Lynda to let her know you will be joining us.


Bonnie Larson would like to be contacted if you know a member who has been ill or who has lost a family member. Contact Bonnie so she can send a card representing the College Club.


  • Elizabeth (Betty) M. Baran
    Mercer Community College
    Palm Beach College
    Trenton State College
    Thomas Edison University
  • Janice M. Arstark


Marge White, a long-time member of the College Club, who had been very active with our group, died Thursday, February 9, 2017. She had been living at the home of her daughter for the past year. Marge hosted many meetings at her home and was president of the College Club for two years, 1981 – 1983. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Church on Sunday, March 26 during the afternoon. Cards may be sent to her daughter, Laura Mark.Margie Eldred has moved to Bright View


CHECK YOUR CALENDARS. The Annual Scholarship Tea will be held on May 23, 2017 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the home of member Ginny Mason, who has graciously opened her home for this occasion for many years. Please join us to meet the talented and inspiring young women who are the recipients of our Women’s College Club scholarships. I guarantee you will be impressed by them.

~Beverly Kestenis
Scholarship Committee

The New Members Tea will be held on Monday, June 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the home of Josephine Ondetti, who has also graciously offered to host as she has in the past.


Suggested trips are being planned. If you have ideas for trips, get in touch with Kathy Hutchins.

GOOD NEWS: A bequest will be received by the WCCP from a trust fund whose owner has recently died. The WCCP has been named as the inheritor of a part of a trust following the death of Luna Kayser’s son. Luna was a long-time and active member of WCCP.


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