June 22, 2018

Photo Gallery and Events Excerpts

 

Mother’s Day Project: Thank you letter

Thanks to the generosity of our Brandeis membership the Social Justice Committee was able to provide Mothers Day gift bags to our local Battered Women’s Shelter, Safe and Sound. Committee members Helen Hoffman and Susan Kaplan are pictured with the bags which included scarves, body lotion, scented candles, costume jewelry, picture frames and small notebooks for journal writing and pens as requested by the Shelter staff along with a Mother’s Day card and message from our chapter.

We are currently collecting Spring/Summer items for out Jewish Family Service Giving Circle Family. An E-Blast has been sent to our membership with details.

    

 

Terrific Trip to the Grounds for Sculpture

The weather was terrific on May,23 when we had a scavenger hunt at the Grounds of Sculpture in Hamilton. We broke into two teams of five each with Judy and me (Nancy Clancy) as team leaders for our two teams. My team included Tassie Becker, Marilyn Altman, Toby Marx, and Marlene Cohen, and we won first place. The other team participants were Judy Dorfman, Jeanne Tudor, Sheila Frank, Mindy Morris and Judy Streger. We were given a map of the grounds and packet of three pages of 15 questions with color photos. Each photo was a part of a sculpture out on the grounds.

Our job was to work together as a team and identify the sculpture pictured with its title and name of the artist, and answer a question about the sculpture. Needless to say, we covered most of the grounds that morning finding the exact work of art that matched our photos. We found ourselves being extremely observant also working hard to keep the group together. Everyone loved the hunt, got their more than 15,000 steps, and to top it off there were prizes for all from the Grounds for Sculpture. After the hunt we gathered at Rat’s for a great lunch. It was a wonderful day for all.


These photos were taken of our entire group in front of Johnson’s Dream Jazz Band, an exhibit in the Seward Johnson museum area of the visitors’ center.

 

New Members Social a Great Success!

Our stimulating programs have resulted in a wealth of new members. Members new and old
attended our May 10 ice cream social at Quail Brook. Featured guest was Carol Simon Levin,
who spoke to us about Emily Roebling, who supervised construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Shown here are Ms. Levin with chapter president emeritus Iris Kislin.

 

Judy Stein’s presentation

Our own Judy Stein spoke to us about the evolution of music from the time of the great composers Bach, Beethoven and their contemporaries to more modern pieces. She gave us some knowledge of the many different components that go into creating a musical composition. Many varied listening experiences were provided to illustrate her information. A most enjoyable, informative afternoon was had by all eager attendees.

 

More fascinator workshop photos

 

The Royal Wedding Breakfast, May 19th

Finally, the big day is here! On May 19 we assembled before 9 a.m. to enjoy a
veritable feast of spinach quiche, challah French toast, noodle pudding,
and a host of other goodies, including champagne, to toast the happiness
of Harry and Meghan.

 

Notice our glorious fascinators!

 

Annual Book ’n Author Luncheon

One of BNC’s most successful fundraising events is the annual book ’n author luncheon.
This year we once again partnered with our sisters in the Middlesex chapter, hosting popular
author Linda Fairstein, who spoke about her book Deadfall.

We got some terrific pix from this event. First up, we see book ’n author chair Marlene Cohen,
giving the official welcome to the several hundred people who attended.

Here are incoming Somerset chapter co-presidents Mindy Morris and Nancy Clancy.

And here is a great shot of the famous Ms. Fairstein with outgoing president Judy Dorfman.

 

Fascinators for the wedding party

In early May we all made fascinators to wear to our formal breakfast-cum-watching
party for the wedding of Harry and Meghan at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Brandeis-Somerset is lucky to have a number of talented people who all contribute
to our success. In early May, we were invited to the home of the tremendously
talented Judy Streger, who figured out a way for each of us to make a wonderful,
individualized fascinator to wear to our royal wedding breakfast on May 19. Shown
here are Mindy Morris and Tassie Becker.

 

Gift bags for Safe&Sound Women’s Shelter

Helen Hoffman & Susan Kaplan and the gift bags they worked on for the residents at the Safe &Sound Women’s Shelter.
One way our Brandeis Somerset Chapter hopes to make Mother’s Day special.

 

Trip to Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, NJ, April 12, 2018

On a beautiful spring day nineteen Somerset BNC members went to Delicious Orchards, a family-owned farm and country food market store-plus-bakery in Colts Neck, NJ. Today’s very large store and bakery grew from the farm’s original 1959 roadside apple stand.

Our behind-the-scenes tour started with us our donning our baker’s hats and entering the bakery and its maze of rooms. We saw pastries, tarts, doughnuts, challah, braided breads, pies, and many other yeast-dough bakery items being made. The bakery is much more hands-on than in a factory but workers are aided by large mixers, walls of ovens, and machines, such as the pie crust press and dough rollers. Our tour guide had a thorough knowledge of all the bakery processes and machines and knew every worker by name.

  

We ended up with a tour through the large store’s produce area where our guide again had great information about each product on the floor.

  

Members of our group enjoyed the tour heartily and found it educational as well. Afterwards we had a lunch at Huddy’s Restaurant across the street from Delicious Orchards.

 

 Cheery Event at Wine and Dreams

January is always a dreary month, and 2018 is no exception. But we always manage to inject
many enjoyable events into our yearly calendar. And January 23 was no exception as we had a
terrific time painting wine glasses and sipping refreshments at Wine and Dreams in Somerset.
Shown here are Judy Dorfman, Jeanne Tudor, Carolyn Metz, Janet Hirschfeld, Toby Marks, and
Nancy Clancy, along with their painted wine glasses.

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