Schedule of Events

Spring Dinner, 2018

Spring Dinner, 2018

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

Musical Fundraising Event, 2018

Musical Fundraising Event, 2018

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.


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) CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

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 3 - CHOCOLATE SUNDAY, 2:00 P.M.

Claire Hopley, Daily Hampshire Gazette food contributor and cookbook author, will speak about the history and uses of chocolate. Delicious chocolate refreshments to follow including hot chocolate, brownies, cookies, fondue, candy, and more!

$15 per person. Proceeds from this event support the Amherst Woman’s Club Community Service Work. For reservations: call 253-3561 or email to batkinson58@gmail.com. Tickets also available at the door.

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 Estela Olevsky, pianist, and William Hite, tenor performing “From Vienna to Buenos Aires”. Tickets $20. For reservations, call 549-1199.  This concert is a fundraiser to support the Amherst Woman’s Club Community service and scholarship grants.

FEBRUARY 18 MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

(President’s Day):  Replacement for Rev. Vicki Kemper, who was unavailable.

We are delighted to have Andrea Schmid join us today. Andrea is Lead Organizer at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. She will discuss the PVWC mission and current campaigns to build the power of low-workers and immigrants in Western Massachusetts.  She will talk about the organizing campaigns of the two PVWC Worker Committees in Hampshire County and Springfield to advance labor and immigrant rights, addressing the roots of exploitation.  She will also discuss the current sanctuary campaigns to fight the deportations of Lucio Perez and Irida Kakhtiranova, and ways community members can get involved to support immigrant and workers rights.

MARCH 4  - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER  

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.

Annual Fundraising Flower Show, 2018

Annual Fundraising Flower Show, 2018

MARCH 18     

On Monday, March 18, 1:30 p.m., Martha Lyon, Landscape Architect, will speak at the Amherst Woman's Club, 35 Triangle Street.  She will give a talk on "The Historic Home Garden; Preservation and Renovation".  Refreshments following.  Free and open to the public.  

MARCH 23 ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW AND SALE, 12 NOON - 4:00 P.M. Tickets: $5.00

Mark your calendar and come to the Amherst Woman’s Club to celebrate spring! Breathe in all the scents of numerous spring blooms and be dazzled by the bright colors in our beautiful Victorian rooms. Tickets are available at AWC meetings or by sending a check for $5 made payable to The Amherst Woman’s Club and mail to Sharon Judge, 151 Amity Street, #5, Amherst, MA 01002. Tickets are also available at the door. Funds raised will go toward providing two scholarships to Amherst Regional High School seniors and grants to local community service agencies.

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 AMHERST WOMAN’S CLUB ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT, MONDAY 1:30 P.M.

Features Maki Matsui, Tokyo-born soprano with master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of MA. Her repertoire will include songs by Gabriel Faure, Folksong arrangement by Benjamin Britten, and songs by George Gershwin.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow the concert.

MAY 20 ANNUAL SPRING DINNER FOR MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS, 6:00 PM

Welcome spring with you fellow club members and guests. Enjoy good friends and great food. Appetizers and wine at 6:00 p.m. Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Reservations required. Call or email Peg Krystofik at 703-966-6905 or atk@umass.edu.