Tuesday and Thursday Evening Lecture Series

This Popular  Lecture Series is back and includes lectures on Tuesday and Thursday evenings! 
Tuesday and Thursday evenings in July and August we will host a remarkable presenter who will speak on an interesting topic that is historic and relevant. Come early and enjoy a delicious buffet meal.  Dinner is served at 6pm, followed by our lecture. Price to attend the dinner and lecture is $30.00, and must be paid upon reservation. Lectures can be attended for $15.00.

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This series is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council .

These lectures sold out each week last summer, so don’t wait to register!

Men may attend if accompanied by a woman in July. Please call 518-668-9690 to make a reservation or make an online reservation by clicking the links below. 


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

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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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July 12th, 2022
Kate Dudding
Georgia O’Keeffe 
7:00 – 8:30 pm
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PowerPoint Presentation

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Nearby Faraway/A Georgia O’Keeffe Musical Preview Performance 
Neil Herr and Catherine Reid 
7:00-8:30 pm
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July 19th, 2022
Katrina Trask and Mary Fuller
Rumara Jewett
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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In  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.   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.

The Trasks’ Yaddo estate would later become the prestigious artist residency that it is today. As we approach the 100th anniversary of Mrs. Trask’s death in January of 2022, we listen to readings of her words and consider her extensive influence.

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July 21st, 2022
The Archaeology Dig at Wiawaka

Maureen Folk
The Chapman Museum
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Wiawaka Excavations 2

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 
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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

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August 2nd, 2022
Marie Curie
Impersonator Claire Nolan 

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

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

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These presentations sold out quickly. Reserve your tickets today.

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August 16th, 2022
Carol McCarthy
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7:00-8:30 pm

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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
Callie Raspuzzi 
Bennington Museum 
7:00-8:30 pm
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Callie Raspuzzi has been the Collections Manager at the Bennington Museum for 16 years. She attended Colgate University and has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. 

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August 23rd, 2022
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Julie Jenne
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Julie Jenne

Formerly from Central New York, Mrs. Julie Jenne recently retired from teaching in the South  Colonie Central School District. During that time Mrs. Jenne had the pleasure to direct Middle School Choruses, as well as teach General  Music (including piano and guitar) and assist as 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 the High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the Rensselaer All-County Music Festival in January 2015, as well as The Columbia County All-County Jazz Festival in 2011 and again in 2013.

Mrs. Jenne’s knowledge of the Vocal Jazz Idiom is a 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 this genre under the instruction of Professor Diana Spradling at Syracuse University and later at Western Michigan University, where she attended an intense Vocal Jazz Camp as a vocalist and a guest conductor under the direction of Dr. Steve Zegree and Mrs. Diana Spradling. Mrs. Spradling has toured nationally, giving workshops on the Vocal Jazz Idiom and has published a book on the Vocal Jazz Voice. She was also instrumental in Mrs. Jenne’s Vocal Jazz Adjudicator Certification at the New York State All-State level, through NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association). Mrs. Jenne has been invited to adjudicate many solo festivals over the years, and is currently a private instructor of voice, piano, guitar and ukulele at The Glens Falls Music Academy, as well as in her home studio.

Mrs. Jenne is happy to have had several new opportunities including working with the Stillwater High School musicals as Music Director, serving as one of the worship leaders (2014-2019) at Calvary Family Life Center in Glens Falls, assistant directing Sing! Sing! Sing! Senior Citizens Chorus at The Glens Falls Senior Center ( formerly at Queensbury Senior Citizen’s Center), recently joining the Adirondack Voices Chorus and performing with The Lake George Community Band as their solo vocalist!

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ADDITION to our Thursday Night Lectures:
NEW Thursday Evening Music 
Slow Jam by the Camp Fire
7:00  – 8:30 pm
Julie Jenne
Call the Front Desk to Register
Space is limited! 

When: Thursdays at 7:00 pm.
Bring: instruments and voices AND your own music stand.
We will provide a song packet full of familiar tunes!

Do you play an instrument? Do you like to sing? Can you shake a tambourine?

Come join in as Wiawaka offers a music making
gathering for all to enjoy jamming together! All levels are
welcome!
Bring your voice, guitar, ukulele, drums or any
instrument you enjoy, and be ready for a fun evening!

Sign up sheet will be at the Main Desk in Fuller House.
Each Night will be led by Julie Jenne, retired music
educator. There is small fee of $10 that is a donation to Wiawaka.

Julie Jenne


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