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NOTE: All meetings, begin at 1 pm and are held at the All Saints Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, NJ, unless otherwise specified. Guests are always welcome and we extend a special invitation to our new members. Following the program members and guests enjoy a time of fellowship and refreshments. Art books for sale at General Meetings; proceeds go to WCCP Scholarship Fund.
May 21 2018 (12:00 p.m. at Windrows) Annual Lunch –
Speaker: Dr. Karen Fanta Zumbrunn presents: TRIBUTE TO WOMEN COMPOSERS AND LYRICISTS OF THE POPULAR SONG
The Great American Songbook is a term that generally refers to those melodies and lyrics from the 20s through the 60s–pop tunes, stag musicals, movies which have been handed down from generation to generation and have stood the test of time. It is a little known fact that many of our enduring music classics of Tin Pan Alley were written by WOMEN.
Join Dr. Karen Zumbrunn as she presents the background on some of the amazing women who broke into what was very much a man’s world. Selections will include “Fine and Dandy”, “Don’t Blame Me”, “Just in Time”, and many others. This entertaining and informative program will include Dr. Z at the piano and voice, and the audience will participate as well.
Dr. Zumbrunn has degrees from Ohio State (B.A and M.A) Harvard (Ed.M) and a PhD from The University of California at Berkeley. She studied at the Sorbonne and L’Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris where she performed at the “Blue Note” in Paris and recorded with the International Stars of Jazz in Rome. Dr. Zumbrunn performs widely in the area.
March 19, 2018, Ingrid Reed, speaker, on New Jersey Political Scene with a new Governor. “The State of New Jersey Politics and Policy: Do a New Governor and An Energized Electorate make a difference?” Ingrid W. Reed, our speaker, is a policy analyst focusing on New Jersey civic affairs. She recently retired as director of the New Jersey Project at Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics, where her work concentrated on voter information, research on media coverage, government ethics and redistricting. Currently, she chairs the board of NJ Spotlight, an award-winning editorial website that delivers insight and information on issues critical to New Jersey. Topics addressed are budget, education. energy and environment, along with other stateside concerns. She also serves on the board of New Jersey Future, of which she is a founder, and on the NJ AARP Policy Advocacy Committee. With a new Governor in the Statehouse, what better time to think and talk about these critical issues than now. Organized by Janet Reiche
February 19, 2018 David Mulford: HARRY TRUMAN, THE MAN FROM INDEPENDENCE. Our speaker, David Mulford, has had a life-long interest in the American Presidents and their families. His talk reflected on the life of a Missouri farm boy, without a college education, who overcame early failures to become one of the most popular presidents in the history of our country. The Reverend Dr. Mulford is a retired Presbyterian minister who has served churches in New York, New Jersey and Florida. He earned degrees from Colgate University and the Princeton Theological Seminary and has taught adult education classes and Elder Hostels and speaks frequently to retirement communities, church groups and to the Women’s College Club. Organized by Barbara Johnson.
December 18, 2017 Jocelyn and Tom Colao: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (photos)
Jocelyn and Tom Colao presented our holiday program again this year. Jocelyn is a graduate of Westminster Choir College with a degree in vocal performance. She made her solo debut at the Spoleto Music Festival and has appeared as soloist with the world-famous Westminster Chapel Choir and Princeton Promusica. Jocelyn honored us with some solo pieces, accompanied by Tom, and performed a piece accompanying herself on the ukulele. Tom is a Westminster Choir College graduate. He also attended The Mannes College of Music in Manhattan. He is the Director of Music and Organist at All Saints Episcopal Church and maintains a busy schedule as a frequent soloist, composer, conductor, and organist. Besides accompanying Jocelyn, he amazed us with a head- banging organ selection. The program brought back old memories of time at home with family and the nostalgia of holiday traditions. Our program was presented in the sanctuary, followed by refreshments. As always, guests were welcome. -Barbara Johnson
November 20, 2017 Susan Hoskins, Executive Director of the Princeton Senior Resource Center, was speaker at the November General Meeting. Susan Hoskins, Executive Director of the Princeton Senior Resource Center since 2002, will describe the programs and services offered by the Center, with a focus on lifelong learning programs. These programs, including The Evergreen Forum and computer instruction, are open to aging adults living in the greater Princeton area. In addition to her responsibilities at the Center, Susan has presented locally and nationally on topics including Conversations on Being Mortal, Hoarding, Bullying, and Family Caregiving Near and Far. Recently, she obtained designation as an Age Friendly Community by the World Health Organization for Princeton. She was honored in 2015 by the YWCA in Princeton Tribute to Women for her efforts toward the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. The Princeton Resource Center provides “stimulating study and discussion programs, encouraging active participation” by participants. Check out the PRSC’s website, princetonsenior.org -Janet Reiche
May 15, 2017 (Photos) Election of new slate of club officers and Annual Benefit Luncheon, dining room at Windrows; luncheon started at 12:30 p.m., followed by a presentation: “THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM: THE PRINCETON ARTS FESTIVAL’S 2017 SEASON” June is an exciting month for Princeton as the Princeton Festival, New Jersey’s premier performing arts festival presents its 2017 season.Recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding arts destination, the Festival includes opera, ballet, musicals, piano competitions, choral and orchestral concerts, jazz, lectures and workshops, and much more.It is an exciting time to be here and to have an opportunity to experience these events featuring “nationally-renowned professional artists in more than ten different types of performances.”We were taken into the heart of the Festival by our speaker, Gregory Geerhern, Assistant Conductor, who spoke to us about “The Impossible Dream: The Princeton Arts Festival’s 2017 Season”. Indeed an afternoon of excitement and inspiration. – Janet Reiche
April 24, 2017 Susan Victor, Director of Counseling and Support Services, Womanspace, Inc., will present our program “BREAKING THE BONDS OF SILENCE—UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE”. Domestic violence and sexual assault are crimes against an individual, yet its impact affects us all. Domestic violence has no boundaries. It happens in every ethnic group and in all cultures. It crosses socio-economic lines and can affect teens, adults and the elderly. By understanding its impact we can break the bonds of silence that all too often keep victims isolated and afraid.This an important subject, particularly at the present time when our national support of women in general, and immigrant and refugees in particular, is unclear. I became excited about inviting Susan to present this program when I had an interesting discussion of the topic with her during a luncheon party. Susan is an ordained United Methodist minister and a licensed social worker. She received her Masters of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She received training in Clinical Pastoral Education from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and currently works as chaplain as well as Director of Counseling at Womanspace. Susan is married and the mother of three sons. Womanspace is the lead service provider for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Mercer County, NJ. – Barbara Johnson
March 20, 2017 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
February 20, 2017 (Photos) “The Grover Clevelands — Princeton’s OTHER Presidential Couple” In the first program after our hundredth year celebration, The Reverend Dr. David Mulford will follow his previous presentation on President Woodrow Wilson with a look at the life and presidency of Grover Cleveland. He will explore the ties both Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland formed with Princeton. Grover Cleveland was born in New Jersey but rose to political power in New York. When he concluded his 2nd term as President, in 1897 he and Mrs. Cleveland retired to Princeton where he was active in University and Community affairs until his death eleven years later. His widow continued in Princeton until her death in 1947. Reverend Mulford refers to them as a “couple” even though Mrs. Cleveland lived may years after her husbands death and was an important part of this community. David Mulford is a retired Presbyterian minister with degrees from Colgate University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Drew University. He has served churches in New York, New Jersey and Florida. He has spoken to civic clubs, retirement communities, college classes, church groups and has taught adult education programs and Elderhostels. – Barbara Johnson
January 16, 2017 All club members were invited to come to a morning continental breakfast at the Nassau Club at 10:00 a.m. This winter gathering was a great chance for us to get to know one another better and to bring a friend who might be interested in joining the club. Event hosted by Kathy Hutchins.
December 19, 2016: “Holiday Songs in Different Genres”
Jocelyn and Tom Colao presented us with holiday songs. They offered classical, musical theater, and in Jocelyn’s words, one “jazzy” selection. In Tom’s words, concluded their program with a “HEAD BANGING ORGAN SELECTION.”
Click here for more photos taken by Kathy Hutchins
November 14, 2016
“Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center-A Unique Oasis in Princeton” speakers Catherine Geer and Cynthis McQuaid
This lakeside property, located just minutes from downtown Princeton, is surrounded by 370 acres of peaceful woodlands. Close by is the historic Laurie House, a former hunt club, now a small inn. A helipad is on the grounds. Most of us know the area as a meeting place for conferences, a special place for tea, an Art Gallery, a setting for weddings or celebrations such as our 100th Anniversary. The Chauncey Center accommodates all these and so much more! Catherine Geer and Cynthis McQuaid, our speakers, will share with us their “behind the scene” experiences at this unique place.
October 17, 2016 “All Things Albert Einstein” presenter Tim Fagin, Princeton Tour Company.
(click here for more photos by Nora Ananos)
September 19, 2016 “Princeton Public Library and its role in the future of libraries” speaker Brett Bonfield, executive director of the Princeton Public Library
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