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 11th, 2023
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 12th, 2023
Benita Zahn
7:00 – 8:30pm

BIO: BENITA ZAHN, MA, DPS-BIOETHICS, CHWC, NBC-HWC

Benita is a nationally certified Health and Wellness Coach working with clients at Capital Cardiology Associates. Benita spent more than 40 years as a health reporter and news anchor at WNYT in Albany, NY.  Among the issues she covered include wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition, and the latest health care trends. She was also a key player in educating the community about Covid19 through ongoing special reports.  Benita’s work has taken her around the world and across the USA. She’s covered  the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, the inauguration of President Obama and both Republican and National Conventions and the World Gathering of Holocaust Survivors. She also reported on health care in Tula, Russia, Albany’s sister city.

A sought after public speaker Benita is also a contributor to the weekly “Live Smart” page in the Times Union, the HMRRC Pacesetter and the magazine 55+LIVING. Benita also created and co-hosts the bi-weekly podcast EVERYTHING THEATER.  Benita earned her Master’s and Doctorate in Bioethics at the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. She earned her CHWC from the prestigious WELLCOACHES School of Coaching and is nationally board certified through NBC-HWC. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA and performs on many local stages. Benita’s TV work garnered her numerous awards including a NY EMMY,  International Radio and Television Awards, NYS Broadcasters Award and has been honored by numerous health organizations. Recently she won the prestigious Broadway World Award as best performer/professional for her role in Steel Magnolias at the Fort Salem Theater.  Benita is president of the board for Park Stage Company/Park Playhouse. She’s also on the board of Kelly’s Angels and Building on Love. An avid runner Benita has completed numerous marathons including Boston, NYC and Cape Cod. Benita lives with her husband Bob and their rescue dogs Stanley.

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July 13th, 2023
Kate Dudding 
Georgia O’Keeffe 
7:00 – 8:30pm

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July 27thth, 2023
“Katrina Trask, Mary Fuller, and the Founding of Wiawaka”
Rumara Jewett, with Tamie Ehinger and Michael Belanger performing readings from period documents
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.  

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August 1st, 2023
Kate Dudding 
Ella Fitzgerald
7:00 – 8:00 pm

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August 3rd, 2023
The Archeology Dig at Wiawaka Presented by
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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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 8th, 2023
Mother Jones
Portrayed by Claire Nolan 

7:00 – 8:30 pm

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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Red Canna Trio

August 10th, 2023
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Red Canna


August 15th, 2023
Susan B Anthony
Sheryl Faye
7:00 – 8:30 pm

These presentations sell out quickly. Reserve your tickets today.

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August 22nd, 2023
Diane Struble’s Journey presented by her daughter Gwenne Rippon
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 29th, 2023

Bernice Mennis
7:00 – 8:30 pm