Women’s Lecture Series

Women are dynamic, inspiring and beautiful!
Each Tuesday this summer we will host a remarkable woman who will speak on an interesting topic of their choice. Come early and enjoy a fabulous buffet meal.   Dinner is served at 6pm, followed by our lecture. Price to attend the dinner and lecture is $20.00, and must be paid upon reservation. Lectures can be attended for $10.00 if dinner is full. These events sold out each week last summer, so don’t wait to register!
Men may attend in July, if accompanied by a woman. Please call 518-668-9690 to make a reservation or make an online reservation. 

2019 Women’s Lecture Schedule

July 2, 2019 – Jane Bloodgood-Abrams

Jane returns for her 4th year in Wiawaka’s Artist in Residence Program and will share her experiences of being a female artist in the 21st century. A life-long resident of New York’s Hudson Valley, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams paints landscapes inspired by the Northeastern US as well as the works of 19th Century artists, including the Hudson River School, Luminist and Tonalist painters. The artist received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and a Bachelor of Studio Artsdegree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists, and is listed in “Who in American Art” Ms. Bloodgood-Abrams’ work has been chosen for numerous regional, national, and international exhibitions, including the New York State Biennial, The Mohawk -Hudson Regional, The Bienniale in Florence Italy, as well as exhibitions in Austria and Germany. She has been an Artist in Residence through the Catskill Center and was selected for a Rhine-Hudson Artist Exchange in Cologne, Germany. The artist has been awarded grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was recently a finalist for the prestigious Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence. Jane Bloodgood-Abrams paintings’ are included in numerous corporate, museum and private collections.
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July 9th, 2019 – Georgia O’Keeffe – Her Home, Her Art
An evening with storyteller, Kate Dudding

Award winning storyteller Kate Dudding will present Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Home Her Art.  Did you ever wonder why Georgia O’Keeffe painted those huge flowers and the bones in the desert? Kate shows 25 photographs of Georgia’s paintings while sharing Georgia’s own words about them – a virtual tour by the artist herself.

Kate will then share the afternoon she spent at Miss O’Keeffe’s home (that’s how the tour guide always referred to her.) See pictures of Miss O’Keeffe’s home, studio and garden as part of this presentation.

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The Evolution of Poetry
July 16th, 2019
Bernice Mennis

Bernice Mennis The challenge is to be free and make accessible what is true and deep within us.  In this talk, Bernice will explore the evolution of poetry and its meaning.Come early for dinner ($16).  It is $10 for the presentation.

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July 23rd, 2019
Jeannie Thomma
Jeanne Thomma
Jeannie has been practicing mindfulness and teaching workshops for nearly two decades. As an artist, teacher, writer, speaker and tarot card reader, meditation  and mindfulness provide the foundation for all of her creative work. Jeannie leads wisdom circles for women who are in the process of reclaiming their own authentic creative vision.

She believes with her whole heart that a daily mindfulness and meditation practice is a direct path to transformation and joy!

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July 30th, 2019
Carol McCarthy, Professor Emeritus

Carol will present her  “Mansions of Millionaires’ Row on Lake George” presentation.  Lake George and Millionaires’ Row has such rich history, stories and historical significance that needs to be shared. Please join us for a journey of elegance and history while Carol McCarthy takes us on a “tour” of selected mansions on Millionaires’ Row on Lake George.  A few of the elegant mansions that have survived in some way since the turn of the 20th century will be explored through a series of vintage photos.

Carol McCarthy is a Professor Emeritus in the Business Administration Department of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.  McCarthy is a strong women’s advocate and has served on the Board of Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George for over a decade. Carol is a frequent lecturer on the History of Millionaires’ Row and the History of the Sagamore Hotel. Carol has been fortunate enough to live on two of the Millionaires’ Row properties and has spent many years enjoying the splendor of Lake George.

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August 6th, 2019
ate Dudding, Storyteller

Turning Points – Award winning storyteller Kate Dudding shares true stories of women at turning points in their lives: Marilyn Monroe, Congresswoman Martha Griffiths, an elderly woman in Germany right after World War II ended as well as other women and Kate herself. Once you’ve heard these stories, you’ll never forget them.

From Clifton Park, NY, Kate Dudding specializes in true stories about people who made a difference. She has told stories at many venues in the Northeastern US. Each of her first four CDs has received a national storytelling award. In 2010, she won the story slam (competition) at the National Storytelling Conference in Los Angeles. Visit her web site http://www.KateDudding.com to watch her tell some of her stories.

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August 13th, 2019 – Lavenlair Farm
Diane Allen

Diane Allen
Meet with the owners of Lavenlair Farm to hear their story and how their Lavender Farm started and has grown into a destination for hundreds of people each summer.  Lavender has many benefits and comes in many varieties. They will explain what each type is and the many values of Lavender. Come to an aromatic discussion.

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August 20th, 2019
Betsy Bray
Betsy BrayBetsy Bray was the first overseas Trustee ever elected to British-based Beatrix Potter Society. She has spoken at a number of the Society’s International Study Conferences and has given illustrated talks to various groups in the United States, United Kingdom, Africa and Australia. She has organized Beatrix Potter Society conferences in North America at major venues including the Houghton Library at Harvard University, The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City and the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Betsy has even lectured about Beatrix Potter on a transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2. She was instrumental in establishing “Pottering About”, The Beatrix Potter Society’s e-newsletter and is  currently website manager and interim membership secretary for
the Beatrice Potter Society. She lives on Cape Cod.

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Beatrice Potter






Beatrix Potter: The Woman Behind the Rabbit.
This PowerPoint presentation delves into the fascinating life of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), the British woman who not only penned stories about woodland creatures like Peter Rabbit and painted charming watercolors, but who was a naturalist, a conservationist, a scientist (in mycology), a visionary merchandiser of her products, a farmer who preserved Herdwick sheep in northwest England, and a far-sighted land preservationist. 


Raised by wealthy parents in mid-Victorian London, Beatrix Potter became a multi-faceted woman whose life and work remains a source of inspiration and interest today.  Against many odds, she developed a successful career as a writer and illustrator of children’s books that are still highly popular worldwide, and have been translated in many different languages.  She achieved financial independence and owned property during an era in which women had few educational options, lacked legal rights, and were barred from most participating in professions.  She used her earnings to purchase and preserve substantial tracts of land and 17th Century farm buildings in the English Lake District, eventually leaving them to the National Trust. It is she who is credited with preserving most of the land that now makes up the Lake District National Park. Beatrix Potter was clearly a force to be reckoned with, a “woman ahead of her time” in many ways.

August 27th, 2019
Lise Fuller
Lise FullerLise is an Herbalist for over 20 years and a Registered Nurse, Lise will share her background on Herbs and their medicinal benefits. Learn about the local wild medicinal plants that grow in our area.

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