Local club gathers again for 129th year

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Following a year of meeting remotely, members of the Wednesday Morning Club are back together, having kicked off the group’s 129th year with a luncheon gathering at the Delta Lake Inn, 8524 Fish Hatchery Road last week.

The gathering was a truly welcoming event for all, club officials said, adding that flexibility will be key for club members during the upcoming year as the organizations plans to mix teleconferencing approaches with live presentations on a wide range of topics.

The longstanding club prides itself on a tradition of sharing relevant topics, talented artisans, and fresh perspectives with its members, club officials added.

Club President Holly Amidon began the luncheon program with a moment of silence to recognize the recently deceased. She then extended her appreciation for the enthusiasm and hard work of last year’s officers and program chairs. Officers to continue on this year include: Mary Anne Kenny, first vice president; Joan Lomery, second vice president; Christine Bart, secretary; and Kathleen Bojanek, treasurer.

“This year’s programming, which will hybrid in nature, looks to be inspiring, compelling and fun,” the club’s opening announcement said. “To enable this, Jean Lovett, the general chairwoman for programming, has worked alongside the departmental chairs: Karen Barnes, art; Gail Tucker, drama; Lorna Deily, health and wellness; Mellony Spinelli, literature; Barbara Acchino, current events; and the program chairwoman for this event- Kim Nethaway, music.”

Local musician and teacher, Liz Simchik, provided entertainment. An accomplished fiddler/guitarist/violinist, Simchik performs in an array of genres, from classical to bluegrass. Simchik is the founder of the Mohawk Valley Strings, and she is a member of several bluegrass and contemporary music groups, including the Opus Black Trio.

Orchestrating the luncheon were co-chairwomen, Betty Ann Harper and Carol Feola.

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