We hold our Board Meetings on the first Thursday of the months of September, October, November, December, February, March April
at 11:00 a.m.
Followed by our General Meeting* at 1:00 pm at
The Douglaston Club - 600 West Drive, Douglaston 11363
Annual Meeting: First week in May
*no General Meeting in September
The Woman's Club of Douglaston
will resume General Meetings
subject to NYC entering a phase when large indoor meetings are allowed.
All programs listed below might be cancelled or postponed accordingly.
Monthly Programs for 2020- 2021
Chorus Girls, Politicians, Movie Stars and Gangsters
The Diamond Horseshoe Documentary tells the story of the world famous nightclub underneath the Paramount Hotel. Now forgotten, it attained fame and celebrity during New York City’s Golden Era. The screening will be hosted by Jesse Harris who created, directed and narrated this glittering adventure.
Jesse Harris is a noted filmmaker, award winning photographer and designer.
November 5, 2020
Georgia O’Keefe: Flower Power
We will learn about this artist who has been described as the “undisputed doyenne of American painting” in a slideshow/lecture format. The focus will be on this fearless, modest woman and her own refined, slightly removed art. The extraordinary life of the woman behind the masterpieces will be delved into and discussed.
Louise Cella Caruso is a noted art historian who has studied at CW Post, the Metropolitan, the Louvre, Prado, Vatican and Uffizi.
Chris Smith Trio Plays Winter in Jazz
Jazz is the purest of American musical forms, but so many of us have wondered what jazz musicians are doing when they have solo riffs and playfully interpret standard music. Today you will be taken on a fun and interactive journey into the world of jazz. We have the pleasure of three acclaimed jazz musicians who will explain, demonstrate and entertain us with this fascinating musical form. They have performed in world class clubs such as Smalls, Birdland, Village Vanguard and shared the stage with Patti Austin, Arturo O’ Farell, and Ruben Blades to mention just a few.
Chris Smith Ph.D. Drummer. David De Jesus Asst. Prof. of Jazz Studies on Alto Saxophonist
Peter Coco Ph. D. on Double bass.
February 4, 2021
Women Who Care
This dual program will reflect the ways in which we help those less fortunate in all aspects of life.
1). We will be informed and discuss Hour Children, a recognized and celebrated philanthropy that has done transformative work with incarcerated women at Bedford Hills and Taconic. You will learn about their food pantry, day care center, and comprehensive post release program for formerly incarcerated women and their children. Sister Tesa Fitzgerald CSJ is their founder and Executive Director.
2). Many women in our club have found themselves in the position of caretaker for family embers. In this unique presentation we will gain insights about how the caregiver can care for herself and avoid dangerous pitfalls which lead to stress and illness. A question and answer period will follow.
Joan Swirsky: R.N., psychotherapist, author, Canadian Free Press columnist and NY Times correspondent.
March 4, 2021
Irish Heritage Harp and Vocal Concert
Thrill to the sounds of Irish traditional music played on the harp. These lilting tunes have crept into many of the adventurous improvisations you will hear realized on this extraordinary instrument. In addition, you will enjoy the accompanying voice of an Irish tenor. Our reknowned harpist has played for President Obama and the Irish prime Minister.
Mia Theodoratus is currently teaching at Sarah Lawrence College and the Irish Arts Center.
April 1, 2021
Divas of Jazz
Through lecture and power point we will learn about, enjoy the music and discuss the lives of fabulous female jazz song stylists.
Though their voices were breathtaking, their lives were less so, filled with tragedy, drugs and crushing disappointments. We will listen, look and discuss the intertwining of beauty with harsh reality that allowed these iconic American women artists to sing so gloriously in spite of.
Ricky Riccardi is an author, radio personality and lecturer specializing in Louis Armstrong and jazz musicians. He is director of the archives at the Louis Armstrong Museum.