Women’s Lecture Series

Women are dynamic! 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 in the Program Tent, 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. Refunds will only be given if the reservation is cancelled at least 48 hours in advance. Men may attend in July, if accompanied by a woman. Please call 518-668-9690 to make a reservation or use the links below.  Planning to register for all the talks click here

2019 Women’s Lecture Schedule

July 2, 2019 – Jane Bloodgood-Abrams
7pm – 8pm

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.


July 9th, 2019 – Lisa Adamson, Curator
The Lake George Historical Society’s Lisa Adamson will present a presentation on Teri Gay’s research and the book the Historical Society published about Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz in Lake George… “Spirit of Presence and Place”. The book “is an overview of our area and how the geography of place impacted the artists, and how their” presence” impacted our history,” said Adamson.
Lisa Adamson is the curator of the Lake George Historical Museum located on Canada Street in Lake George Village.

The Evolution of Poetry
July 16th, 2019 – 7pm
w/ 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.  Reservations must be made by calling 518-668-9690.

July 23rd, 2019 – Jeannie 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!


July 30th – 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.


August 6th, 2019 – Sandra Weber, Storyteller 

In this lively program of portrayals, stories and songs, Sandra Weber presents the wild spirit of Adirondack women. Dressed in period costume, she delivers dramatic narratives of women such as pancake-flipper Mother Johnson, poet/model Jeanne Robert Foster, TB patient Martha Reben, suffrage martyr Inez Milholland, abolitionist Mary Brown, and hotelier Lydia Smith. Audience members have commented: “Sandra Weber is a stitch.” “I didn’t know that women’s history could be so exciting and fun.” “Best show I have ever seen. “ “Your enthusiasm and passion for these women spreads to the audience and they carry it home in their hearts.” Sandra Weber of Elizabethtown has spent more than twenty years as an author and independent scholar with a focus on the Adirondack Mountains and women’s history. Her books include: Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks (co-author, Peggy Lynn), Mount Marcy, The Finest Square Mile, Adirondack Roots, and The Woman Suffrage Statue


August 13 –  No lecture due to Lake George Music Festival Concert

August 20th – Guest Speaker to be confirmed 

August 27th, Kate Dudding, Storyteller

Award winning storyteller Kate Dudding shares stories of women —  well-known Mary Martin, and  lesser known Barbara Johns, Jerrie Cobb, Ruth Coker Burke and Olivia Bouler. Once you’ve heard their 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.