Schedule of Events

The Amherst Woman's Club was founded in 1893 to "provide a common ground for women to share in cultural and philanthropic activities." The Club of 2018 follows these same principles as they apply to the world of today. Educational, cultural and musical programs are held twice monthly from Sept. to May, as well as fundraisers including a spring flower show and sale, a wine tasting in the fall, and music performances to support local community agencies and scholarships for two Amherst Regional High School seniors. The Club also sponsors numerous social events.

Our membership meets every other Monday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. from September through May in the historic Hills Memorial Clubhouse. Membership is open to women throughout the Pioneer Valley. For information about joining the club, email your request to amherstwomansclub@gmail.com. All meetings listed below are open to the public and guests are always welcome.    

2018 Events

September 10

Joanne Creighton, past president of Mount Holyoke College and author of new book, The Educational Odyssey of a Woman College President, will speak about challenges she faced in her academic career. 

OCTOBER 8  (Columbus Day)

Doug Amy, Professor of Politics, Emeritus, Mount Holyoke, “Second-Rate Democracy: Seventeen Ways America is Less Democratic than most other Major Western Countries.”

OCTOBER 19 Friday 7:00 p.m.

Local  legend, gifted songwriter Roger Salloom in concert.  (Amherst Woman’s Club fundraiser) $20.00 Tickets can be reserved by calling 549-1188 or available at the door. Refreshments following the concert.

OCTOBER 22

The Fisher Hospice Group, “Healthy Aging—Letting Your Family Know Your Wishes.

NOVEMBER 5

Chris Benfey, Professor of English, Mount Holyoke, "Emily Dickinson: Riddles and Definitions”: enduring riddles concerning Amherst's greatest poet using her so-called riddle-poems as a way into her life and work.

NOVEMBER 19

Rob Okun, award-winning author of Voice Male: The Untold Story of the ProFeminist Men’s Movement, will speak about his activism for women’s rights.

 Musical Fundraising Event, 2018

Musical Fundraising Event, 2018

 Spring Dinner, 2018

Spring Dinner, 2018

 Annual Fundraising Flower Show, 2018

Annual Fundraising Flower Show, 2018

2019 Events

JANUARY 7

Alix Kennedy, Executive Director of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture book Art, “The Life and Legacy of Eric Carle”.

JANUARY 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Brooke Hauser, Editor in Chief, Daily Hampshire Gazette, and author of award-winning books, including Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman will speak on “Helen Gurley Brown, a Polarizing Pioneer, and the Challenges of Sex, Singledom, and Success.”

FEBRUARY 4

 Henia Lewin,“Escape in a Suitcase,” the story of a young Jewish girl who lived in Lithuania in the1940s who was so small she could escape the Nazis in a suitcase.

FERUARY 10, 3:00 p.m.  Concert with Estella Olevsky, pianist, and Paulina Stark, soprano. 

(Ways and Means Committee fundraiser)

FEBRUARY 18 (President’s Day):         

Reverend Vicki Kemper, Pastor of First Congregational Church, Amherst, will speak about the Guatemalan refugee in her church.

MARCH 4      

Jake Meginsky, Professor of Sound Design, Amherst College, will speak about his film, Milford Graves,  the first ever feature-length portrait of world-renowned percussionist and polymath.

MARCH 18     

Elizabeth Thompson, landscape architect, “The Historic Home Garden; Preservation and Renovation.” 

APRIL 8

Steve Fox, UMass journalism lecturer and former Washington Post reporter, “Sorting out Fake News: How to be a responsible news consumer.”

MAY 6

Annual Musical Event featuring Maki Matsui, soprano, and Lemuel Gurtowsky, piano, performing Liederkreis by Robert Schuman and Ariette Oubliees by Claude Debussy.