The Women's College Club of Princeton NJ


September 2019 Newsletter

The Women’s College Club of Princeton Newsletter

President’s Message

I am so happy to see the end of this over-heated summer. I hope we all are looking forward to the coming year. And before I go any further, please send in your dues so that Nancy Lifland can get going on the Club’s desperately needed new directory. Looking forward I want to stress how important our Spring Bridge, Mahjong, Scrabble, Canasta Benefit is to the financial health of our Club. The date is Monday, April 20th, 2020 at Mercer Oaks Golf Course, 725 Village Road, Princeton (yes, it’s the other side of Route 1 but you can do it!) Lunch, games, a silent auction in a wonderful setting with parking galore and, my favorite, a beautiful ladies room. Anyone who has attended the Dogwood Garden winter fund- raiser knows what a great facility Mercer Oaks is. Please start lining up friends/guests/relatives to bring and items for the auction.

As I write this I am fascinated by what my message will look like in our newly formatted newsletter. Bonnie Larson has taken on this job and we are all so grateful for her presence on the board and willingness to do this job. Fay Austin is our new Historian and a welcome addition of the board. And I want to thank Carol Stawski, Mary Giordmaine and Mary Laity so very much for their previous work on the board. Mary Laity and Mary Giordmaine are retiring but Carol will continue as
Corresponding Secretary.
Kathy Hutchins


Monday September 16, 1:00 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church


Jim Hecht, is a Library Consultant who is presently serving as the interim Library Director and providing guidance to the library board of the Princeton Public Library as it goes through the search process for a new librarian.

Jim will weave some of his experiences that go back to 1973 with today’s public libraries, (including Princeton’s Public Library, of course) and give some thoughts about the public library of the future.

Jim, a certified Professional Librarian, who has BA in History, and a MLS in Library and Informational Science from the University of Pittsburgh is a certified Professional Librarian with extensive experience with these duties and strategic planning with many libraries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.



The Board will meet on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Windrows. Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp, so plan on an early arrival. (Helps with parking, too.)



Those who enjoy reading a book a month, (and many read more than that), will meet at 1:00 p.m. at Mary Laity’s home. She will be our hostess, so please let her know, call or by email, if you will be sharing your thoughts about Clementine, the Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell.



Bonnie Larson arranges reservations at area restaurants each month. On Friday, September 20, members will meet at Aja Restaurant on Rt 206 in Skillman at 12:30 p.m. It is an Asian Fusion restaurant that has Chinese, Japanese, Thai, sushi, etc. Please let Bonnie know by Monday, September 16 if you will be joining the group by calling or emailing Bonnie.



On Friday, September 6th the Club will have a docent led tour of the Mitchener Museum in Doylestown to see the exhibit “The Color of the Moon: Lunar Painting in American Art”. Our docent is Alice Lawler who led the tour of the Wyeth/Hurd exhibit that we liked so much.

The tour starts at 10:30 and will be followed by lunch in Doylestown. We will carpool from my house. Please look for details in an email to follow.

This past August a small group travelled to the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington. What a great museum! Thanks to Nancy Lifland who drove and to Nora Ananos who managed to modify the size of the white bandage on my nose in her wonderful pictures of the group.

Sixteen of us went to Meadow Lakes in Hightstown to see the Mercer County Seniors Art Exhibit where our own Nora Ananos won a prize for her still life oil painting. Lunch followed at Fernando’s restaurant and dessert was shopping at Shoe Buckle on the way home. Again, I want to thank Nancy Lifland and Elaine Rafferty for driving. Check the club’s TRIPS website for pictures.
Kathy Hutchins



Bonnie Larson is the one to contact if you know of a member who has been ill or who has lost a family member. Contact Bonnie (609-609-2663) or, so she can send a card representing the College Club.




October 12, 2019 – TURANDOT – Puccini; Christine Goerke, Eleonora Buratto, Roberto Aronica; Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

October 26, 2019 – MANON – Massenet; Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano, Carlo Bosi, Artur Rucinski; Maurizio Benini, conductor

November 9, 2019 – MADAMA BUTTERFLY – Puccini; Hui He, Elizabeth DeShong, Andrea Care, Placido Domingo; Pier Giorgio Morandi, conductor

November 23, 2019 – AKHNATEN – Glass; J’nai Bridges, Disella Larusdottir, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Aaron Blake, Will Liverman, Zachary James; Karen Kamensek, conductor. This is a new production.

These will be shown at the AMC in Hamilton and at the Regal on Route 1. Early arrival will ensure better seating.


New members are always welcome. If you know someone who wishes to join the Women’s College Club of Princeton, please contact Nancy Lifland, 609-759-3497 or

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