Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Evening Lecture Series

This Popular Lecture Series has expanded to include lectures and programs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings! 
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in July and August we will host a remarkable presenter who will speak on an interesting topic that is historic, interesting and relevant. Come early and enjoy a delicious buffet meal.  Dinner is served at 6pm, followed by our lecture at 7:00 pm.
Price to attend the dinner and lecture is $35.00 and must be paid upon reservation. Lectures can be attended for $20.00.

Thank you to the Touba Family Foundation for their generous donation to help support and expand our Lecture Series.

 These lectures sold out each week last summer, so don’t wait to register!
Men may attend if accompanied by a woman in July and August. Please call 518-668-9690 to make a reservation or make an online reservation by clicking the links below.


July 5th, 2022
Women of Song
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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Women of Song is a celebration of women composers, lyricists, arrangers, instrumentalists and singers who have contributed to the canon of 20th and 21st century music. Vocalist Eileen Egan Mack and guitarist MaryAnn Kosek, along with a small combo, will present a musical program with lecture notes to honor musicians such as Carole King, Norah Jones, Dorothy Fields, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Melody Gardot and Linda Ronstadt, among others.

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July 6th, 2022
The Sembrich Presentation
7:00-8:30 pm

The Sembrich will be sharing an evening of information about them and their programs for the summer.

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July 7th, 2022
Performance of the Belle of Amherst
Emily Dickinson
Janet Davies
7:00- 8:00 pm

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William Luce’s play “The Belle of Amherst” delicately explores the life of America’s greatest woman poet at various stages of her experience from the age of 15, when she was full of hope and success, until she died at 56, a virtual recluse with her door closed against society.  Her life is recreated with liberal excerpts from her poetry–and with Emily herself playing roles of her father, teacher and friends.  Julie Harris won the 1977 Tony Award for her Broadway portrayal.

Janet Davies (Emily) has over 50 years of acting and directing experience and has been professionally portraying Emily in “The Belle of Amherst” since 1997.  She holds degrees in English from Rutgers University and SUNY Albany.  Other favorite roles include Elizabeth Proctor in “The Crucible,” Melissa in “Love Letters,”  Laura in “The Glass Menagerie” and Lettice in “Lettice and Lovage.”  She divides her time between Queensbury and Sarasota, Florida where she co-founded Theatre of the Mind at Art Center Sarasota in 2010.

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July 12th, 2022
Kate Dudding 
Georgia O’Keeffe 
7:00 – 8:00 pm

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July 13th, 2022
Red Canna Musical Trio
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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Musical favorites Red Canna return to Wiawaka for a performance during Georgia O’Keeffe week. Red Canna is a modern chamber jazz group playing the original compositions and arrangements of pianist/composer Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and a selection of other modern composers, including Astor Piazzolla, T.S. Monk and Hermeto Pascoal.  The group features the stunning Mitsuko Suzuki of the Albany Symphony on violin and heralded jazz mainstay Bobby Kendall on upright bass, as well as the genre-bending Woodbury Kasius on piano. Dynamic vocalist Shari Seidman Parslow will join as special guest vocalist with the trio. Lush, modern and infused with inspirations from the natural world, Red Canna is at once reflective and rife with joy.

The group will present a collection of special repertoire connected to Georgia A’Keeffe, including the piece “Opening”, which Woodbury Kasius wrote in homage to Georgia. 

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July 14th, 2022
Nearby Faraway/A Georgia O’Keeffe Musical Preview Performance by Neil Herr and Catherine Reid
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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This will be an hour-long preview concert of songs from our new Georgia O’Keeffe musical Nearby Faraway, the new Georgia O’Keeffe musical, this summer in Lake George on the Centennial of her breakthrough years here. Featuring a score by International Alliance of Women in Music’s Catherine Reid and book and lyrics by noted local author Neal Herr, Nearby Faraway dramatizes the turbulent 30-year relationship between O’Keeffe — America’s favorite painter — and her husband/manager, Alfred Stieglitz (world-renowned photographer and modern art impresario), as they redefine art, photography, marriage and celebrity in a prestige world premiere of what Mayor Blais terms the centerpiece of an “O’Keeffe-Fest.”

Catherine Reid is a composer, orchestrater and arranger. She is the winner of the 2021 International Alliance of Women in Music’s Score Award, multiple awards and grants including. Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council Decentralization NYSCA Grant (4), New York Foundation of the Arts grant through BOCES, Helping Hands Grant from American Opera
Projects, Warren County Arts Initiative, Meet the Composer, Harburg Foundation, and Musical Theater Project grants, Helbein, Yip Harburg and Tisch scholarships, Trouper award.

Neil Herr is a writer/composer who has worked with Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Martin Charnin, Alfred Uhry & J.K. Simmons.  MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Performing Arts in Musical Theater
Taught kids to create and perform 60 half-hour original musicals at schools and YMCA. Neil has also received multiple awards including, America Opera Projects selection: Nearby Faraway, New American Musicals: Best new musical, Oedipus, Tex., Best Novelty Song: “Fixed” (with emily kaitz), Kerrville Folk Festival runner-up: “Last Time for Me” and Eden Café Best Song: “Never Will”.

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July 15th, 2022
Georgia O’Keeffe
Portrayed by Claire Nolan
7:00 – 8:30

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Claire Nolan is an educator and a storyteller. She has combined those two passions in her portrayals of important historical figures from US and world history.   What are First Person Portrayals of Historic Characters?  What can you expect during a performance?  During a “first person” performance, the actor takes on the role of the historical figure. She dresses in period costume and may portray herself as a person who has no idea how things have changed since her historical period.  

During her presentation Claire also hopes to provide a springboard for discussion of the historical character and her time and place.  Claire’s repertoire includes Mary Harris (Mother) Jones, Rachel Carson, Georgia O’Keeffe and Marie Curie. She welcomes suggestions for other important women from history to add to her repertoire. Claire’s portrayals are especially appropriate for Middle School, High School and Adult audiences. 

Claire has appeared at Wiawaka Center for Women in Lake George, Caffe Lena in Saratoga, Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, and at festivals, conferences, colleges, libraries, schools and community events in New York and New England. Her repertoire also includes storytelling – Historical Stories, International Folk Tales, Myths, Literary Stories and Personal Family Stories. Claire’s variety of folktales, literary tales, myths, and personal stories resonate with audiences both young and old. 

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July 19th, 2022
“Katrina Trask, Mary Fuller, and the Founding of Wiawaka”
Rumara Jewett, accompanied by two dramatic readers in period costume
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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On October 22, 1908, Katrina Trask deeded the property that would become Wiawaka Women’s Retreat to Mary Wiltsie Fuller of Troy, NY for “a bunch of May flowers to be paid on the first May day following this date.”  Spencer Trask (husband of Katrina) and their friend George Foster Peabody were witnesses to the deed.   The Trasks’ Yaddo estate would later become the prestigious artist residency that it is today.  Miss Fuller, who had “established and developed” Wiawaka Holiday House as a retreat for working women in 1903, would continue there until her death in 1943.  

2022 is the 100th anniversary of the year of Mrs. Trask’s passing.  We honor the great Lady: author, peace activist, and lifelong supporter of women’s causes, who believed passionately in the importance of what was then Wiawaka Holiday House, a retreat for working women.  The narrative is accompanied by two costumed readers presenting excerpts from period documents, along with photos and early video.

July 21st, 2022
The Archeology Dig at Wiawaka Presented by
The Chapman Museum
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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During this program we will be talking about the archaeological investigations at the Wiawaka Center for Women. In 2010, a small porcelain room number was found in the garden bed by a volunteer.

Thus began the multi-year endeavor to understand the many things that have happened on this property as it transformed from an American Hotel to the women’s retreat we know today.

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July 26th, 2022
Down Lake George on a Steamboat
Presented by Margy Mannix

7:00 – 8:30 pm

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Margy Mannix, Lake George Historian will present a slide presentation leaving the pier on the steamboat at Caldwell and makes stops at the hotels that existed along the lakeshore during the time period of 1890- 1930’s. Most of these hotels are long gone but not forgotten.

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July 27th, 2022
A Story of Love and Resilience
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Presented by Tracey Clothier and her daughter Meg 

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It’s been twenty-three years since my devastating head injury.  I was hit, as a pedestrian, by a drunk driver while a senior at University of Vermont. Despite crushing obstacles, I have discovered my true passion – speaking, coaching, and training about recovery and rehabilitation from TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury. I seek to provide an enhanced level of training for those who teach, coach, work and live with brain injury survivors. My own recovery is an example of how someone with a significant brain injury can succeed in having a happy and productive life. I have a compelling story to tell, and some remarkable strategies to share! I am an advocate for those survivors that want and need to have a more fulfilling life. My mission is to provide enhanced training for those who work with brain injury survivors.

My vision is to shine a light on the needs of high functioning Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors and develop training materials and other tools for service providers, caregivers and TBI survivors. I have developed a guide to serve those who are brain injured and help them to be adults in a way that is 100% theirs. Allowing them to be who they are and then help them on exactly what they are trying to become. Through education and personal insight, we hope to teach people how to better talk to and interact with TBI Survivors. We strive to determine the individualized needs of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Survivors and how to best approach aiding them. Professionals, Service Providers and/or Caregivers should have a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the TBI Survivor they are working with so that they can then advise them properly to help them feel as though they are successful and able to lead a fulfilling life with their handicap. Even with very good coaching, factors that are often difficult to predict, understand and influence, may still have a high impact on the survivor. The professional or caregiver working with the TBI Survivor can “do everything right” and still bring about a state of high anxiety and confusion. I have developed strategies to address some of the most common issues survivor’s encounter. Through an interactive interview process I will illustrate these strategies with my coach, who is also my Mom.

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July 28th, 2022
Program presented by The Hyde Museum
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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August 2nd, 2022
Marie Curie
Portrayed by Claire Nolan 

7:00 – 8:30 pm

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Claire Nolan is an educator and a storyteller. She has combined those two passions in her portrayals of important historical figures from US and world history.   What are First Person Portrayals of Historic Characters?  What can you expect during a performance?  During a “first person” performance, the actor takes on the role of the historical figure. She dresses in period costume and may portray herself as a person who has no idea how things have changed since her historical period.  

During her presentation Claire also hopes to provide a springboard for discussion of the historical character and her time and place.  Claire’s repertoire includes Mary Harris (Mother) Jones, Rachel Carson, Georgia O’Keeffe and Marie Curie. She welcomes suggestions for other important women from history to add to her repertoire. Claire’s portrayals are especially appropriate for Middle School, High School and Adult audiences. 

Claire has appeared at Wiawaka Center for Women in Lake George, Caffe Lena in Saratoga, Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, and at festivals, conferences, colleges, libraries, schools and community events in New York and New England. Her repertoire also includes storytelling – Historical Stories, International Folk Tales, Myths, Literary Stories and Personal Family Stories. Claire’s variety of folktales, literary tales, myths, and personal stories resonate with audiences both young and old. 

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August 4th, 2022
Eco-Feminism Talk 
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Bernice Mennis

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Eco-feminism: a talk (and hopefully discussion) on the connection between feminism and ecology and how the climate crisis interacts with attitudes toward both women and our earth.

Bernice taught for 25 years writing and literature at Vermont’s adult degree program and for 12 years at Great Meadows Prison for Skidmore College.  IN her book “Breaking Out of Prison: a guide to consciousness, compassion, and freedom” she talks about writing as a way to come into consciousness and touch what is true within us.  IN her book of poetry, “Holding It All,” she writes of the challenge–in writing and in life–of “holding it all,” all the contradictions and complexity, joys and sorrows.


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August 9th, 2022
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Sheryl Faye
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020. She was the second woman and the first Jewish woman ever appointed to the Court and became the longest serving Jewish Justice.

She championed fairness and equality and objected to different expectations for men and women, prejudice against minority groups in places like hotels and restaurants, and women having fewer job opportunities than men. Ruth served on the national board of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)  and launched The Women’s Rights Project, she continued to be a leading voice for gender equality, women’s interests, and civil rights and liberties.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life continues to be one of achievement: as a lawyer, professor of law, a judge, and then a Supreme Court justice, she stands out because she was not afraid to dissent, disapprove, and disagree with conditions of unfairness and inequality. This show is the inspiring story of how she changed her life—and ours.

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” ~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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August 10th, 2022
Presenter: Callie Raspuzzi 
Bennington Museum Presentation on the Jane Stickle Quilt
7:00-8:30 pm

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The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be the topic of this presentation. Quilters from around the country, and world, plan trips to Bennington during the fall to see the 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt, made during the Civil War. The Stickle Quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns and fabric, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border. This illustrated talk will explore the history of the quilt and its maker, Jane A. Stickle of Shaftsbury, Vermont.

The Stickle Quilt will be on view September 5 – October 12, 2020.

CALLIE RASPUZZI holds a MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University. She has been the Collections Manager at Bennington Museum for 15 years. She has also curated history themed exhibits for the Museum including the “Early Vermont” gallery. She has overseen a project to catalog and selectively scan the museum’s collection of over 17,000 photographs and negatives.

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August 11th, 2022
Kate Dudding 
Julia Child
7:00 – 8:00 pm

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August 16th, 2022
J.S. Wooley Visits the Sagamore Hotel 

Carol McCarthy
7:00-8:30 pm

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J.S. Wooley, the photographer, was a world traveler. One of the locations he visited was the elegant Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing, NY. Please join us as we enjoy the rich history, stories, and historical significance of the Sagamore through the lens of J.S. Wooley in his travels. Carol McCarthy will take us on a “tour” of the History of the three Sagamore Hotels, originally built in 1883. The elegance, glamour, tragedies, and struggles of this magnificent property through the years will be presented through a PowerPoint presentation which includes a wealth of vintage photos.

Bio: Carol McCarthy is a Professor Emeritus in the Business Administration Department of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Ms. McCarthy is a strong women’s advocate and serves on the Board of Wiawaka. She is a frequent lecturer on the History of Millionaires’ Row and has been fortunate enough to live on two of the Millionaires’ Row properties. Carol has spent many years enjoying the splendor of the Sagamore Hotel.

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August 18th, 2022
“Witches and Dragons and Castles, Oh My!: A Short History of Storytelling”

Margaret French
7:00-8:30 pm

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Cultures may lack a written language—but none are  without stories—stories that travel across continents and survive for centuries. Margaret French will talk of the history of the fairytales that have become part of our culture.  Did you know there are hundreds of variations of Cinderella? Did you know of the system to classify fairytales? Did you know that folktale collecting was a passion of nineteenth century scholars? Or that the Grimm tales were often not nearly as grim as the versions they replaced? And wouldn’t you like to hear a few great fairytales you may not have heard before? Come for a delicious evening of story.

Margaret French tells stories of her Canadian heritage, her home in upstate New York, folktales from around the world, and personal and family stories that reflect her gently humorous take on the foibles of humankind. She performs throughout the Capital District and beyond,  leads storytelling and writing workshops for adults, and is co-producer of the Saratoga Storytelling Open Mic at Caffè Lena. You can read many of stories on her blog at www.margaretfrench.com.

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August 23rd, 2022
Women Swimmers of Lake George
7:00 -8:30pm

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Join us as Gwenne Rippon shares her mother, Diane Struble’s journey to swim the length of Lake George as the local sweetheart to the Lake George region. Also joining her is Louise Rourke who swam Lake George to bring awareness for Polio research. We will also have other women swimmers join this prestigious line up.

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August 24th, 2022
Living Your Inspired Life
Sharon Burstein
7:00 – 8:00 pm

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What is it that inspires you to step up, stand out and break through to achieve
greater success in all aspects of your life and career? Living Your Life Inspired is high-energy engaging and interactive. If you want to achieve more, this power packed presentation provides transformational tips to make your life soar. Sharon opens minds with innovative ways to think with an inspired mindset. Rich in content, Sharon’s inspirational speech and presentation is fun and engaging. You will learn simple techniques to infuse into your life that will help you open your mind to greater opportunities. Sharon inspires with her high energy, words, messages, and ways to be inspired and get more out of every aspect of your life.
Sharon tremendously connects with each person in her audience. Her strength is working with people inspiring them to see new ways to think, communicate more effectively and celebrate being YOUnique. Living Your Life Inspired is all about YOU and will inspire you to take actions steps to build your dreams to reality.

Sharon Burstein is America’s Leadership Image Speaker and award-winning author who changes lives and builds futures. She has worked with hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.  Author of three award-winning
books, Sharon has received numerous International achievement awards. CEO of Sharon Burstein International speaking, training, and coaching, her career has included: owning and working with private and publicly traded companies,
Marketing, Manufacturer, Patent owner, Media Producer, and Educator. Sharon
created Leadership Summit America Symposium in 2016 and in 2017 launched the successful YOUniquely YOU! Putting Women First – The Power of Possible retreat for women of all ages and walks of life.

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August 30th, 2022
Julie Jenne
7:00 – 8:30 pm
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“Diamonds And Rust”…and other Gems of Joan                                                        Baez

Back for a 2nd year, take another musical tour of the songs of an icon, performed by Singer Julie Jenne on her guitar. Hear more masterpieces ranging from her formative years of protest songs to obscure folk songs, as well as Woodstock and the “Bob Dylan” years. Enjoy a music collage of Joan Baez spanning decades of her memorable music and the impact she had on the world of her time.

Formerly from Central New York, Mrs. Julie Jenne recently retired from teaching in the South  Colonie Central School District, where she had the pleasure directing 4 middle school choruses, taught general music, and was the Music Director for the school’s musical productions.

Mrs. Jenne has quite an extensive background as a Music Educator, having taught at the Elementary, Junior High, High School and College level while earning  her Masters Degree in Music Education at Syracuse University. During her years at these levels Mrs. Jenne taught Choral Music, Vocal Lessons, General Music and was the Director and Producer of over 30 musical productions.  Mrs. Jenne also performed with local theatre companies in the Syracuse area. While in Central New York she directed Vocal Jazz Ensembles that performed at Festivals at Syracuse University as well as LeMoyne College and NYSSMA Vocal Jazz Festivals. She directed one of the few Junior High Vocal Jazz Ensembles in the State of New York. Mrs. Jenne has guest conducted at many High School All-County Vocal Jazz Music Festivals over the years.

Her knowledge of the vocal jazz idiom is the result of having a vocal jazz concentration at Syracuse University including singing in the well-known SU vocal jazz ensemble “Windjammers”. Mrs. Jenne acquired training in the genre at Syracuse University and later at Western Michigan University, where she attended an intense vocal Jazz camp as vocalist and guest conductor. Mrs. Jenne is in New York State certified All-State Vocal Jazz Adjudicator through NYSSMA (New York state school music association). She has been invited to adjudicate many solo festivals over the years and is currently a private instructor of voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele. Mrs. Jenne is happy to have enjoyed many musical directing opportunities, including working with Ballston Spa Middle School’s production of SpongeBob SquarePants in 2022, as well as Stillwater HS productions (2017-2019). She was also one of the worship leaders (2014-2019) at Calvary family life Center in Glens Falls . Mrs Jenne is currently the assistant Director for the Glens Falls Senior Center singers and recently sang with the Adirondack Voices Chorus. Mrs. Jenne is currently performing with the Lake George Community Band as their solo vocalist, since 2019!

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