January 3, 2024: Book Discussion at 3:00 pm. Attend in person or by Zoom.
Margot Tuton will lead a discussion of The Maid: A Novel by Nita Prose (2023)
From Barnes & Noble:
Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by. Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.
But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?
The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.
Wednesday, January 17, 2024: Baker Museum Docent Tour. 10:00 am.
To make your reservation, please send your non-refundable check for $10 payable to: Sara Drogin, 1655 Winding Oaks Way, #203, Naples FL 34109 by January 10, 2024.
If you are a member of the Friends of the Baker, please notify Sara Drogin at firstname.lastname@example.org (Bring your membership card on Jan 17.)
Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 12:00 pm. Special Event: Author Talk & Luncheon with Eliza Smith Brown, author of She Devils at the Door.
Please see EVENTS article for more details about registering to attend.
Mount Holyoke alumnae Cathy Counselman Kelly and author Eliza Smith Brown invite you to join them for a luncheon featuring Ms. Brown’s remarkable new book, She Devils at the Door.
It is the true story of Eliza and Lucy Kennedy, Ms. Brown’s grandmother and her sister, daughters of the Gilded Age and Vassar graduates of 1902 and 1912, who became leaders of the suffrage movement. After the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, they would spend the next forty years fighting corruption and advocating for efficiency in local government.
Tenacious, smart, and witty, these two sisters captivated crowds, disarmed their opponents, and instilled particular dread among the corrupt politicians who were the unfortunate targets of their nonpartisan crusade. Their entry across the threshold of Pittsburgh’s City-County Building would reportedly invoke a flurry of hushed warnings through the building: “The She Devils are at the door!” Together, Lucy and Eliza fought for the vote, empowered women to use it wisely, forced a mayor out of office in disgrace, took control of the city budget, exposed a series of scandals, spearheaded police reform, and launched a campaign that would eventually clear Pittsburgh of its smoky veil.
“Amidst our current climate of civic skullduggery, these two uncommon women bear the hallmarks of folk heroes, armed with sufficient moxie to relentlessly battle the gritty, scandal-ridden political machine. Their story is one I can’t wait to share with readers!” – Eliza Smith Brown
Information about the book, as well as Eliza Smith Brown’s other works, can be found online at www.elizasmithbrown.com. Books may be ordered online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the University of Chicago, and your local independent bookseller.
If you would like to learn more about this “amazing slice of American history shaped by two formidable sisters," please join us for what promises to be an entertaining and fascinating presentation.
LOCATION: DiGusto Italian Restaurant, 4180 Tamiami Trail N
(behind Wendy's and next to Skillets)
Space is limited to 48 people so make reservations soon, no later than January 12.
TICKETS: Send check for the Ticket Purchase to Mary Lambrecht 444 Ibis Way, Naples 34110 and RSVP via email to Mary Louise Lambrecht at email@example.com
Non-refundable tickets are $36 per person and include plated luncheon, glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage plus dessert.
Entrée Choice: Lasagna OR Charcuterie Board OR Flatbread
February 7, 2024 - Book Discussion at 3:00 pm. Attend in person or by Zoom.
Sally Sammis will lead a discussion of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. (Written in 1937; one of the books banned by Collier County!)
From Barnes & Noble:
A classic of the Harlem Renaissance, this beautiful, haunting story follows a woman's search for love, independence and, ultimately, self-discovery. A lyrical novel that has become a Southern masterpiece, this is a story that deserves to be read, re-read and savored.
A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick. “A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith
One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 5:30 PM. Chinese New Year celebration.
Meet at PJK Chinese Restaurant, 835 4th Ave South in downtown Naples.
Cost is $45 per person (including tea, tax and gratuity).
To RSVP and secure a spot please send non-refundable check for $45 no later than February 6, payable to Mary Anne Callahan 311 3rd Ave S Naples, FL 34102
Questions? Contact Mary Anne Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-864-3473
March 6, 2024 - Book Discussion at 3:00 pm. Attend in person or by Zoom.
Margaret Ward will lead our discussion of Forty Autumns: A Family's Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner.
From Barnes & Noble:
In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family—of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Nina recounts her family’s story—five ordinary lives buffeted by circumstances beyond their control. She takes us deep into the tumultuous and terrifying world of East Germany under Communist rule, revealing both the cruel reality her relatives endured and her own experiences as an intelligence officer, running secret operations behind the Berlin Wall that put her life at risk.
Wednesday March 13, 2024 2:00-5:00 pm: Art & Design Workshop
Paula Brody, President of The Naples Art District and Carol Goode are planning a private workshop with Wine and Cheese for 20-30 people to be held at the Inspirations Gallery in the Naples Art District.
“Rhapsody in Blue: Harmonizing Art with Design”
Selected artists will present original artwork inspired by Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. In a workshop setting, the artists and a selected interior designer will discuss how the original artwork would be the focal point for interior design. The designer will present various fabric, wall coverings and furnishing ideas inspired by the original artwork. Current design trends will be presented and participants can ask questions to both the artist and designer.
After the presentation various galleries will be open to visit. Many Naples Art District studios and galleries will feature original artwork created to harmonize with Rhapsody in Blue.
March 30, 2024 - Annual Club Luncheon. Please note change of date.
11:30 am. Stonebridge Country Club
Guest Speaker Linda Penniman
Linda Penniman serves as the Chairman of the Florida Center for Government Accountability (flcga.org) as well as the Chairman of WGCU. She is a former member of the Naples City Council.
April 3, 2024 - Book Discussion at 3:00 pm. Attend in person or by Zoom.
Melanie Payne will lead the discussion of Honor: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar.
Honor is an utterly engrossing novel about two very different women whose lives converge after an unspeakable act of violence in India. With insight and compassion, Thrity Umrigar writes masterfully about the complexities of hatred and love, estrangement and belonging, oppression and privilege, about holding on and letting go. A powerful, important, unforgettable book.
--Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild
Honor is a novel of profound depths--cultural, personal, romantic, spiritual. It's also a story of tremendous grace, both in the understanding it shows its characters and in the ways they navigate a brutal but stunning life.
--Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Great Believers
OTHER EVENTS IN PLANNING STAGE:
Boat Trip Fort Myers/Bonita Springs Area
Community Service Project: Paint the Bowls
PREVIOUS EVENTS THIS SEASON
November 1, 2023 Book Discussion of The Whalebone Theatre: A Novel by Joanna Quinn.
November 16, 2024. Welcome Back Wine and Cheese party, hosted by Jutta Parsons '66.
December 6, 2023. Book Discussion of Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver.
December 10, 2023. Special Holiday Luncheon at Johnny Brown's Restaurant, Gulf Harbour Country Club, Fort Myers, FL 33908.