Meetings and Programs

Regular College Club meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at The Woman's Club of Ridgewood, 215 W. Ridgewood Ave. (corner N. Monroe), or at The Ridgewood Public Library, 125 N. Maple Ave. 

**Members may bring a guest free of charge to any one meeting, after which they will pay a fee of $10.00. Members and guests will also be required to pay for any catered luncheons they wish to attend.

Transportation to all events can be arranged by emailing


2017–2018 Meeting Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 — Kick-off Luncheon and Meeting.  Metropolitan Klezmer, Ramsey Country Club, 12pm.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 — Meeting 
Joan Larkin: The Wild Oscar Wilde
The Woman's Club of Ridgewood, 1pm
Oscar Wilde, famous for his wit and his epigrams, was born in Ireland to a brilliant father and a mother who was talented and courageous. She also liked being the center of attention, a trait Oscar inherited. He had great success both in London and on his travels in the United States, writing many plays which are produced to this day. The personal life of this comic genius of a playwright evolved into a Greek tragedy. The wild life and works of Oscar Wilde are the subject of today's discussion. 

Joan Larkin has been an independent lecturer since retiring from the Ridgewood HS English Department in 1990. She is also a lecturer for Learning in Retirement at Bergen Community College. She has traveled extensively and is an expert in Irish history and English and American Literature. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from William Paterson University and a Master of Arts from Rutgers University.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 — Holiday Dinner and Meeting
Sherma Andrews: Legendary Lady Singers
Seasons Restaurant, cocktails at 6:00, dinner at 7:00
Ring in the Holiday Season at a great venue, with great friends, and with a great singer, SHERMA ANDREWS, who performs with a passion and purity of voice that leaves her audience amazed and captivated. Accompanied by her all-star band, Sherma performs hit songs of some of the greatest female singers of our time -- Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, and Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few -- wowing the audience with her voice and charm. And, of course, we will cap off the night with our traditional sing-a-long. So gather your friends and join us for what promises to be an extraordinary night of vocals and holiday cheer. 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 — Meeting
Dr. Joan Bennett: One Woman's Story — Hurricane Katrina, Fungi, and Feminism
Ridgewood Public Library, 1pm
As we all know, during the 20th century women made great gains in entering the professional workforce, particularly in business, law and medicine. However, most science and engineering disciplines remain dominated by men, and across all fields women are underrepresented in leadership positions. Why do traditional gender roles play such an important role in career selection and advancement? What do biology and social science research reveal about the intersection between sex and science? Do scientists, who value their objectivity, display unconscious bias? How can institutions best utilize the intellectual talents of the female workforce? This talk will address some of these issues. 

Joan W. Bennett is a fungal geneticist who spent most of her career at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, her home flooded and her laboratory experienced a prolonged power outage, resulting in the loss of decades of work. Rutgers University offered a new position to found an Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics. It was an attractive opportunity that caused her to study issues outside her own laboratory about women in science.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 — Meeting
Darren Scala: Miniatures — The History and The Hobby
Ridgewood Public Library, 1pm
“The use of the miniature art form to enlighten, enrich, and serve as a reflection of cultural themes has existed for centuries. Miniatures compel us to focus in on a subject, explore intricacies and techniques used for their creation, and challenge us to think, question, and react... It’s about a return to the physical, being able to touch and handle and actually play with something tactile.” So says Darren Scala, the owner of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures, in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., and a trustee of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans.

He will talk to us about the history of miniatures, including The Thorne Rooms at the Chicago Art Institute, and about the hobby, trends in the category and how to incorporate miniatures into your life.

D. Thomas Fine Miniatures sells 1/12″ scale furniture, accessories and artisan dollhouses, as well as offering classes on making your own tiny designer worlds. The shop is best known for working with miniaturist Michael Yurkovic to create an insanely detailed replica of the main character’s office on The Mindy Project, gifted to star Mindy Kaling by a dedicated intern back in 2015.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 — Meeting
Dr. Michael Norris: Meet Ben Franklin
Ridgewood Public Library, 1pm
Through art and artifacts drawn from East Coast museums and collections, meet the author, printer, political theorist, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat you know as Benjamin Franklin!

After a 21-year career, Dr. Michael Norris retired from the Education Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He still teaches in the galleries for the Museum. Dr. Norris has an M.A. in the Classics and a Ph.D. in Medieval Art History, both from the University of California. His company, Armchair Art Tours, is an outgrowth of slide lectures he used to give to passengers on the Met's cruises.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 — Luncheon and Meeting
A World of Women's Voices
Woman's Club of Ridgewood, 12pm
A World of Women's Voices is a powerful, unique, collaborative performance featuring three artists — Sharon Goldman, Bev Grant and duo Villa Palagonia — who celebrate the power of women's stories from around the world, from Italian folk tales and biblical stories to African women, New York immigrant history (including the Triangle Fire), personal/childhood narratives and labor movement anthems.

We are offered an enriching personal and community experience not only through the stories told in the songs — which the artists knit together by illustrating how, even with our different backgrounds, we all are essentially connected — but also through encouraging us to sing and, in some cases, dance along!


2016-2017 Meeting Schedule at a Glance

Fall Luncheon, Meeting and Program
at Bergen Community College
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11:30am

The Other Mozart
Samantha Hoefer 


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
Meeting & Program

Ridgewood Public Library

Dr. Nancy Cotter



Holiday Dinner, Meeting & Program

Ramsey Country Club
Cocktails: 6:00pm       Dinner: 7:00pm

Women's a cappella group of Yale University


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Meeting & Program

Ridgewood Public Library

Dr. Denise Budd
Art Historian, Faculty Member Bergen Community College



 TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Meeting & Program

Ridgewood Public Library

Janice Nimura



 TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Meeting & Program
Ridgewood Public Library

BJ Ward
New Jersey Poet, Author, Professor of English and Creative Writing



TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
Luncheon, Meeting & Program
Woman's Club of Ridgewood
215 W Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood