CFUW NORTHUMBERLAND. Canadian Federation of University Women

Interest Groups

We have 18 Interest Groups for 2017-2018. The groups are varied and include antiques, book discussion, bridge, dinner for 8, luncheon groups, a discussion group, a walking group and cross-country skiing.

The Antiquers take turns hosting our monthly afternoon meetings from September to June. Each month we consider a different topic with examples. Some topics have been Antique Toys, Pressed Glass, and Kitchen Gadgets from the Past. We always learn something! For the past few years, our June meeting has involved lunch and an outing to a place of historical interest, such as Memory Junction, a museum of railroad memorabilia. New members are welcome!

Monday Afternoon Bridge The level of skill at the game varies, but we do enjoy each other's company and take turns at being the hostess and providing tea and goodies.  Several of our group travel during the year, but we have a small group of "subs" that we can call upon when needed.  We are always looking for new members to join our “sub" list. Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening bridge groups continue with weekly play and most enjoyable companionship. Both new and experienced bridge players are needed and welcomed. All in all it has been another successful fun filled year, with good bridge playing on the side. 

Dinner for Eight has two groups of eight each month. The menu has varied from garlic roasted lamb, beef tenderloin, pork in mushroom sauce to trout. The shared cost is always very reasonable for such a five star meal. The menus are usually arrived at by the two hostesses for that month and then the recipes are given to the others. Each person only brings a part of the meal so it is a lovely way to enjoy a get together without any one person doing all the work.

The Discussion Group meets once a month to talk about a topic put forward by one of the members. The topics have varied widely. Over the last year we discussed the Power of Song; Personal Objects that Tell a Story; I'm Right, You're Wrong; Paradigm Shift: Sex, Gender, and Power; Rewriting History; and Learning to Play. 

The Jaunters organize several lovely outings.  This past year included  Les Miserables,  the Aga Khan museum in Toronto and a 2 night stay theatre and other attractive things for us to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the first week in June.  Upcoming jaunts include the Soulpepper performance of “The Dining Room” at the Capitol in July, a trip to the Hastings County museum in Stirling in August, Holiday House in Peterborough in October and lunch and a gallery in Oshawa in November.  

This year there are four luncheon groups. Luncheon Group 2 meets on the third Thursday of each month. At the first meeting, the group plans lunches for the year. Each month, the assigned hostess prepares the menus and recipes, which typically are distributed to six members of the group. The remaining members bring wine. The hostess prepares the main course, while the others bring soup, salad, vegetables and dessert. Luncheon Group 3 also meets on the third Thursday of the month. The eight members take turns to host with three assistant cooks. Costs are shared, except that the hostess provides the wine, bread etc.

Lunching Out Tuesday was most recently at Elmhirst Inn and Trattoria Gusto. Lunching Out Fridays has been to Carlyle Bistro and Turtle Johns. Both groups may dine beyond Cobourg and Port Hope.

Every fall and spring, weather permitting, The Walkers Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 for outings to various locations. With the late spring and difficult walking conditions in the woods this year, we decided to explore Port Hope’s lanes and historical sites (Irishtown Town, a replica of a boat used by the Wayfarers in one of Farley Mowat’s books) The following week, the roads still muddy, we walked around the Race Track Road loop. It was a beautiful spring morning – cows in the fields gazing at us, horses circuiting the race track.  Twice we went walking on country property trailss. John Geile, naturalist with the Northumberland Land Trust led us through the Dr. Laurie Lawson Education Centre trails. Another time Sally Telford guided us through the trillium and other wild flowers in the Sculthorpe Woods.  There were many other  destinations as well – Pratte Road trail off the road to Warkworth, Monkey Mountain Trails in Port Hope.

The Book Club meets the second Thursday of the month. In 2017-18, they read The Break by Katherena Vermette, Dr. Bartolo's Umbrella by Chris Cameron, The Nest by Cynthia DuPrix Sweeney, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley, Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, a favourite Bob Dylan Poem/song           

There are ten members in the Pass-around Book Club. Each puts in $35 for the leader to buy ten new hard-cover books, selected by individual members. Each month, books are passed to the next person on the list until all have a chance to read the books. Members meet once a year at the leader’s home to select the books for the following year and to comment on the books just read. Any money left over from the purchase of selected books goes to CFUW’s scholarship fund.