Womanade at The Pinehills

Past Programs

Our Program Committee strives to attract qualified speakers and present diverse topics of interest to our members. We are grateful to our speakers who generously donate their time.

By clicking on the links below, you will be taken to the speaker's website.

Here are some examples of recent programs:

“Creating a SanctuaryPresented by Morgyn Ellis, Education Manager for the South East region of Mass Audubon which includes Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Monday, May 9, 2022 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

Once a working cranberry farm, this landscape underwent the largest freshwater ecological restoration ever completed in the Northeast. Now Tidmarsh is a 481-acre property that is home to a vast expanse of cold-water streams, ponds, forest, and woodlands—all permanently protected and open for everyone to enjoy! Discover the history of the Tidmarsh landscape, learn about the exciting phases of the restoration process, and the plans for the future of this sanctuary.

“We’re Not Done Yet” Presented by Jonnie Garstka, newspaper columnist, published author, former teacher, and Pinehills resident.

Monday, March 14, 2022 from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M.

So many times we say things like, “I wish I had said this, I wish I had done that,” as though our lives are over, and things are written in stone. Jonnie’s talk will include the way her siblings, then her parents, and then her grandkids challenged her to do and be more. Jonnie is the sixth of ten children, the mother of three, has nine grandchildren, and is married to an only child. Each of these familial situations has given her a wealth of material for her newspaper columns, and her two books, I Started Out as a Middle Child and You’re Not the Boss of Me—her new book to be published in October 2021.

Womanade at The Pinehills Invites you to

A PRIVATE CONCERT (please see Learn More tab)

Mon, Jan. 10, 2022 from 3:00pm to 4:00 p.m.

At the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Plymouth North High School

41 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA 02360

“The Creative Journey of Lonely Lola Ladybug”

Presented by Mary Jo Beswick

Monday, November 8, 2021 from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M.

Do you love children’s picture books? Have you ever wondered how they get made? How does it go from being just an idea in someone’s head, to an actual book you can hold in your hands? Now, that’s an amazing story! Children’s book author-illustrator, artist, and Pinehills resident, Mary Jo Beswick, will share with us the creative process of picture books through the personal journey of her award-winning book, Lonely Lola Ladybug, available at Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com. If you wish to buy the book in advance, Mary Jo will be happy to sign your copy after the meeting.

“Backyard History Tour”

Presented by Anne Mason, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society

Monday, September 13, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Using historic maps and early photographs, Dr. Anne Mason will trace the growth of the Town of Plymouth since the 17th century, focusing on the areas now bordered by the Pinehills development. Travel through time along Old Sandwich Road, following Wampanoag wayfarers and colonial stagecoaches. The virtual tour will begin in Chiltonville and include stops at The Forges, Plymouth Antiquarian Society’s Sacrifice Rock, Cornish Tavern, and Telegraph Hill.

Womanade Celebrates/Together Again

Monday, July 12, 2021, 5:00-7:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the generosity of you, our members. Your donations throughout the year enable Womanade to make a difference in the lives of children in the Plymouth Public School System! Meet the new Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Hear the Annual Reports of the Treasurer and the Outreach Committee. Refreshments and music are always in abundance at this meeting!

“Through the Lens of Love: 
Facing Terminal Illness”

Presented by Robin Gross 

Monday, May 10, 2021, 3:00-4:30 pm

Author Robin Gross, a resident of The Pinehills, will share a reading and discussion of her memoir, Through the Lens of Love: Facing Terminal Illness. She will talk about the writing process and include some photos which coordinate with the book. When they first found out that Robin’s husband, Dick, had a terminal brain cancer called glioblastoma, the life they built together over 40 years abruptly changed in one day. But with the help of family, friends and acquaintances, her husband’s last two years became an unexpected, extraordinary part of their lives. Please join us and find out why.

“Insider’s Secrets to Organizing”

Presented by Ann Hieser

Monday, March 8, 2021, 3:00-4:30 pm

Have you been thinking about some spring cleaning or just a bit of organizing? Take some tips from Ann Hieser, a retired professional organizer and resident of The Pinehills, to learn some organizing techniques for moving, purging pantries, closets and basements. Ann will share with you the best secret for organizing a closet . . . the Hanger Trick. Discover local places to donate those useful, but no longer needed items.

“The Origin and History
of Afternoon Tea”

Presented by Alison Davies

Monday, January 11, 2021, 3:00-4:30 pm

Born in the United Kingdom, now a resident of The Pinehills, Alison Davies will speak about the origin and history of Afternoon Tea popularized in England in the mid-19th century. While you enjoy a cup of tea in the privacy of your home, you will learn about the history of tea, the difference between High Tea and Low Tea, selections of food served, tea etiquette and its British tradition. There will be a drawing for a Gift Certificate donated by Shelly’s Tea Room for Windsor Afternoon Tea for Two. Must be present to be eligible. Please come join us to learn more about the spirit and enjoyment of Afternoon Tea.

November 2020

Michael Blanchard, Photographer and Author

Michael’s second work of photography and writing, Through a Sober Lens is a look back at his recovery and nine years of sobriety, and a guide to help those struggling with addiction and to help their loved ones better understand the journey ahead. Michael was awarded the gold medal for “most inspirational book” at the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Awards along with a second gold prize for interior book design. Most important to Michael has been the feedback from readers who tell him the book has helped them and their loved ones sustain hope.

September 2020

Anne Scott-Putney, CEO Heritage Museums and Gardens

Anne presented “Let’s Play — New England Toy Stories” fascinating history and origin stories of toys and board games that were made here in New England.

March 2020

Rose Cain, FNP, MPH, JD,
Creating Well-Being

“Why Use Medical Marijuana?” was a presentation on the endocannabinoid system, medical conditions that cannabis can help manage. To become an informed consumer, Rose discussed how to get a medical card, how to navigate dispensaries, products and menus.

January 2020

Womanade’s Annual Tea

Featured musical entertainment with performances by two highly selective a cappella groups from the Performing Arts Department at Plymouth North and Plymouth South High Schools. Refreshments were provided by the students in the culinary program at Plymouth South.

November 2019

Samantha Gray, Park Ranger Interpretive Services
US Army Corps of Engineers

Samantha shared with us the story of the Cape Cod Canal and Visitor Center, the gateway to historic Cape Cod and the magnificent navigational and recreational resource it is to our area for family outings, fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking and ship watching.

September 2019

Anne Mason, Ph.D. Executive Director,
Plymouth Antiquarian Society

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1919, by eight women of influence who came together to take a stand against male pragmatism and insert a female sensibility, which inspired an historic preservation movement that resonates today.

July 2019

“A Summer Celebration”

The Board hosts a party to thank our donors for all of their support throughout the year, with Margaritas, appetizers and music by DJ Melissa Trainor. Your donations throughout the year enable Womanade to make a difference in the lives of children in the Plymouth Public School System! Meet the new Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Hear the Annual Reports of the Treasurer and the Outreach Committee.

May 2019

Mal Condon “The Hydrangea Guy”

Many of us have small courtyards or gardens. Mal presented a delightful discussion about “Growing Hydrangeas in Containers.”

January 2019

Womanade’s Annual Tea

Persephone’s Daughters, a cappella chorus, directed by Lynne Wilkinson performed a lovely program of songs and poetry readings.

Womanade at The Pinehills 

Providing financial assistance for families in the
Plymouth Public Schools

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