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Interest Groups

Note that some interest groups will not be meeting during the months of the pandemic.  Check the online calendar.

Members may join as many interest groups as they wish. General scheduling information is presented here. Contact the coordinator of each group for the next meeting time and place. Prospective members may attend three interest group meetings before joining. New interest groups can be formed at any time with a minimum of three participants.

If you would like to start of new Interest Group, you will find the following information very helpful ...  Interest Group Resource Guide>>

Interest Group Coordinators:  the year in brief>>

For more information on the Interest Groups:
Membership Booklet 2020-21>>

          Interest Groups Liaison:  Linnea Masson, 883-7726

Hold Harmless for trips and events>>


  • All Those Books...
    We read the classics: All of us who fell in love with literature at a young age have those writers whom we always meant to read and never did.
    2nd Monday, 2:30 PM, September-June
    Coordinator: Carol Loizides, 452-3208
  • Art on the Go
    We are an informal art group that meets once a month to create artwork in the spirit of friendship and mutual support.
    4th Friday of each month
    Coordinator: Mary Coiteux, 226-8275
  • Aventures en Soleil
    Adventures en Soleil organizes day trips to locations within a 2 hour radius.
    Any day of the month, all year. 
    Lunch, films, day trips, or a lecture/discussion.
    Oh the Places We've Been ... 2000-2019
    Coordinator: Terry Jackrel
  • Bridge I
    Bridge I consists of women with a working knowledge of the game.  Our goal is to have a fun afternoon of bridge while helping each other improve our game.
    3rd Wednesday, 1 PM, all year.

    Coordinators: Linda Ronayne, 897-9745
  • Bridge II
    For those who have played bridge in the past and are familiar with conventions such as Stayman and Blackwood, Bridge II revitalizes skills and provides a transition from social to duplicate bridge.
    4th Thursday, 12 noon - 3:30 PM, all year
    Coordinators: Cathy Kinn, 462-3196
  • Canasta
    For anyone who is an experienced canasta player.
    2nd Thursday, 1-4 PM, all year
    Coordinator:  Barbara Cohen
  • Contemporary Literature
    We read books recommended by our members that will generate interesting and stimulating discussion.
    4th Wednesday, 7:30 PM, September - May
    Coordinators: Ann Wade, 229-5267 and
                        Linda Freisitzer, 266-5427
  • Cuisine Group
    An ethnic or themed dinner is served at a member’s home each month.  Those attending prepare an appropriate dish, recipes are supplied by a dinner coordinator.
    3rd Tuesday. 6:30 PM
    Coordinators: Jo Anne Abraskin 845/901-0373  and
                         Blanche Bergman 462-3955
  • Daytime Literature
    Discussions are led by one member and everyone has an opportunity to participate.  The books for the year are selected from member’s suggestions and include both fiction and nonfiction.
    2nd Friday, 10 AM, September - June
    Coordinator: Susan Fink , 473-3168 and
                       Kathy Friedman , 485-8671
  • Gourmet: Out & About
    Once a month the Gourmet group has a “girls’ night out,” savoring the cuisine and wine of a Hudson Valley restaurant. 
    Date varies, September - June
    Coordinators:  Jo Anne Abraskin , 337-3848
                          Mary Ann Boylan, 462-2504
  • Mah Jongg
    We are a friendly group willing to help new players learn to play. The group has players with all levels of ability.  Experts to beginners are welcome.  Our goal is to help each other improve while having a fun afternoon. 
    4th Wednesday, 1-4 PM, all year
    Coordinator: Blanche Bergman, 462-3955
  • Manderley Literary Society
    We are a dynamic and welcoming book group devoted to the exploration of literature, both classic and modern.
    3rd Monday, 6:30 PM
    Coordinator: Shelley Friedman, 462-4996
  • Movie Night
    An Interest Group that meets at either the Roosevelt Theater in Hyde Park or at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck for a movie followed by a lively discussion at the Eveready Diner in Hyde Park. 
    2nd Tuesday, September - May
    Communication Coordinator: Linnea Masson, 883-7726
    Planning/Discussions: Ellen Zelig, 473-5557
  • Pedal Pushers
    We are a group of women who enjoy bike riding. We all have some experience, but none of us are speed demons.
    2nd Wednesday, 9:00 or 10:00 AM May - October
    Coordinator: Sheila Zweifler, 462-6478
  • Pins and Needles
    Our projects vary according to the interests of the members and may include projects for community service and the silent auction.  One of our goals is to enhance the skills of the group with various projects that include knitting, crocheting, sewing and beading, just to name a few. 
    4th Thursday, 7:00 PM, September - May
    Coordinators: Pat Luczai, 463-4662 
                        Mary Ann Williams, 868-7465
  • Poetry and Plays - Emily D to Tennessee
    Poetry is the portal through which our convivial group explores themes of personal and cultural transformation:  quests for survival, revelation, questioning the status quo, external and internal conflict, beauty, joy, humor and love (in all its guises). Plays are the visionary experience of poetic process and must be witnessed as living testimonies of poetry’s quests. We, as audience members, stand ready to be transformed by drama’s sensual exchange.
    3rd Friday, 2:30 -4:30 PM, September - June
    Coordinators: Cathy Kinn, 462-3196  and 
                        Jackie Sweeney, 518/947-6682
  • Reely Together
    Members stream the chosen films at home, and then we come together for discussion over Zoom twice a month.  Each meeting ends by choosing the next film, alternating genres as we go. 
    2nd  & 4th Tuesday, 2:00 pm
    Coordinator: Jackie Vierno (845-320-6967)
  • Trekkers
    We are an adventurous and energetic group of women who share a love of the outdoors.  We meet once a month with walks/hikes that range from easy meadow walks to moderately challenging mountain trails.
    Usually Saturday mornings, times and dates vary, all year
    Guidelines and FAQ
    Trails We Have Trod
    Trek on with Trekkers
    Coordinator: Tori Smith, 345-0043
  • Word Games
    Come stretch your mind with a variety of challenging or just-plain-fun word games! 
    1st Monday(except September), 2:00 PM, September - June
    Coordinator: Sue Doyle, 474-1232
  • World Travelers
    Members share their pictures and stories from places around the world.
    1st Tuesday, 7:00 PM, October - June
    Coordinator: Bonnie Auchincloss, 635-5191


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