EBWA Program – December 14th

Betsy Colt Foot: One Woman’s Radical Quest to Provide Girls an Education:  Louise Marks will present a one-woman play about the life of Betsy Colt Foot, who was instrumental in making a girls’ school a possibility: the Albany Academy for Girls. Having written an interesting book about Betsy, “To Elevate and Adorn the Mind,” Louise will portray Betsy as she lived in 1814. Louise is herself a graduate of the Albany Academy. She is also an associate professor emerita of sociology, psychology, and mental health at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake. All women are welcome to come and enjoy this unique program.

The Evening Branch of the Women’s Alliance (EBWA) offers beverages and conversation at 5:45 pm followed by a catered vegetarian supper at 6:15 pm, and the program at 7:45 pm. To make a reservation for the supper, email Gabrielle Reals at ellegr3@gmail.com by Monday, December 11 or call her at 518-382-5685 by 8pm Tuesday, December 12. Gluten-free meals are available if requested with your reservation. You may also bring your own food, or come for the program only. If you wish to come for the program only, please arrive by 7:30 pm. Cost of the evening is $15 or $3 without the meal. (If you need to hire a babysitter, inform us when you make your reservation and the cost will be only $7.50.) Our meals are catered so please honor your reservation.

Bring Gifts of Panties for Women at the Domestic Violence Shelter: EBWA has a long standing interest in the YWCA. In the early days of EBWA 35 years ago, a member who was very involved in serving at the YWCA, noticed that women arrived at the domestic violence shelter in emergency mode, without many belongings. While toiletries, used clothing and linens were often donated, underwear was not. Thus the December tradition was begun of bringing packages of new panties for gifts to the women at the shelter.

To participate in this holiday tradition, bring a package of underwear to the December 14th meeting. While the panties should remain unwrapped so they can be distributed according to size, gift bags, ribbons and decorations are welcome. There is a bigger demand for larger sizes (large and extra-large, up to 2X).

Looking Ahead: On January 25th Kathe Sheehan, previous owner of The Costumer, will present a program titled “Costuming for a Century.”