July 24, 2017

Past events excerpts and photos – 2016


Cooking Lesson at Masala Bay

In addition to a young ‘chef to be'(Judy Dorfman’s granddaughter) , a bunch of eager women listened to the inspiring story of chef Anita of Masala Bay Cafe, at her Easton Avenue cafe. Chef Anita, demonstrated how to prepare a tasty sauce and marinate that can be used in a variety of ways.

A butternut squash gratin, was served to the hungry bunch who also tasted an unusual bit of white and dark chocolate…think raisins, nuts and cinnamon. The best part is that all went away with an understanding of how to create tasty dishes that can be enjoyed by all, from the vegetarian, gluten free guest, to the meat eater amongst us.


BNC-Somerset Members Visit Grand Central Terminal

Conceived by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Grand Central Depot (as it was then known), opened in 1871, and was electrified in 1875. It quickly became outmoded and in 1903 extensive renovations were begun. Early 20th-century innovations included ornamental inscriptions, decorative flourishes, and sculpted oak leaves and acorns (symbols of the Vanderbilt family), including playful carved acorns festooning the Main Waiting Room’s chandeliers.

The Oyster Bar’s vaulted ceilings are adorned with a herringbone pattern. On the exterior, imposing sculptures of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva top the 42nd Street façade.
During World War II, troops thronged the terminal’s U.S.O. canteen. People have assembled here to pray together, taken refuge during blackouts, and sought solace at memorials for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Martin Luther King, and victims of September 11th.

In 1975, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spearheaded an effort to save the station from threatened demolition. In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the landmark status of Grand Central Station. The restoration completed in 1998 doubled retail and restaurant space. It restored the zodiac ceiling and brought a new staircase, escalators, elevators, and ramps.


Our members visited this city gem on November 15, on a trip organized by Harriet Cohen and led by Marilyn Altman. It was a hit with our members, who remarked variously as follows: “I love learning the history and background of famous places. Our docent was amazing, he could do stand-up comedy. The tour was educational, informative, and never boring during its 2 hour length!” (Toby Marks)


Nancy Gulbin commented, “I was interested in the tour.” She too enjoyed the guide.

“Our Brother-in-law was friends of artist Peter Milton who created an amazing picture depicting the renovation of the Grand Terminal, and the trip sounded too good to pass up. The highlight was the Terminal itself as presented by its extraordinary friend, our guide. We had Oysters Rockefeller and Oyster Stew at the Oyster House—a perfect conclusion to an excellent experience!” (Elizabeth Woodbury)

Pete Giampietro noted, “Friends told us about the trip. I have passed through the terminal numerous times but never had the chance to really see it. We ate at Cucina, right in the terminal, up the escalator opposite the clock. Good food, good service, and a reasonable price.”

“It was a new experience. I liked hearing about the history and going up high to look down at the terminal.” (Myra Rosenberg)

Ina Nelson shared this: “I had never been to Grand Central Terminal and thought it would be a worthwhile experience. And I was right! It was most enjoyable and informative. I enjoyed learning the history of this building, and how close it came to being torn down, and then its recovery.”

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A day in Historic Bethlehem

GemeinhausBethlehemKathy Dohrst, docent at the Gemeinhaus in Historic Bethlehem, enthusiastically explains Moravian women’s headgear at our trip there in October 2016. Shown here is the “Schneppel Haube.” The Schneppel refers to the shape of the outer cap, which forms a pointed peak or “beak” in the middle of the forehead. A “Haube” is a simple, close-fitting cap historically worn by Moravian women.









Productive meeting

productiveMeetingA great end to a productive meeting! Shown here are programming committee members Chris Retz, Harriet Kaplan, Harriet Cohen (committee chair), Ellen Schorr, Susan Glazer, and Barbara Hurwitz. They have just put the finishing touches on a great and varied season of programming for winter 2017. Not shown: Judy Dorfman, chapter co-president.







St. George Greek Orthodox Church visit

A cold, rainy day didn’t dampen the spirits of 20 chapter members as we visited St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Piscataway near the end of October 2016.

Our docent was Peter  Stavrianidis, Ph.D. After giving us a compact history of the Greek Orthodox Church since its inception in 1054 A.D., Peter led us into the church proper, where Fr. Nicholas Pastrikos explained some basic tenets of Greek Orthodoxy.

Then it was off to lunch at (where else?) Pithari Taverna in nearby Highland Park, where we enjoyed several courses of delightful appetizers and entrées, finishing with a round of coffee and Baklava.

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Installation of Officers event on June 28, 2016

  • Incoming president Judy Dorfman reads laudatory poem to outgoing president Iris Kislin at the Installation of Officers event on June 28, 2016



May 2016 visit to Brandeis for a chapter leaders’ meeting

  • Marilyn Altman and Judy Dorfman at Brandeis University in Waltham MA

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