Enrichment Groups

These groups are open to dues-paying members only:

Afternoon Book Group, Daytime Gourmet, Saturday Evening Gourmet, Women’s Evening Gourmet, Evening Book Group, The Julia Child Memorial Society, and University Women’s Chorale

Afternoon Book Group

We hope everyone has found at least one Hemingway to enjoy this summer. His short stories are good: Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Nick Adams Stories….And most of his novels and stories have been made into films. Bring your opinions to our meeting and let’s share and compare. And bring suggestions for future reading too!

We are a very casual group and welcome new voices. Join us for one session because you loved (or hated) what we’re reading, or come every month. We usually meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, around 1:00 PM. We don’t choose our books very far in advance – usually just a month or two.

Contact Ann Greek  by email with any thoughts…..


The Julia Child Memorial Society

We meet monthly at a member’s home and share gourmet meals, which we prepare. If you have an interest in forming a new group, please contact Laura Locklin for more information.


Women’s Daytime Gourmet

We meet the first Friday of each month at a member’s home. Members take turns chairing, cooking, and hosting a lunch. Contact Betty Davis if you are interested in becoming a member of the group.


Saturday Evening Gourmet

We invite all Branch members to join our friendly group. We like to cook and love to eat. We meet on the third Saturday of each month at 7 PM at a member’s home. If you are interested in sharing a relaxed, fun evening each month, contact Bonnie Cytron.


Women’s Evening Gourmet

Ladies’ evening gourmet group meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM from September to June at a member’s home.

Members earn points for serving as host, chairing and cooking.

This year, we will begin a waiting list and will have a sign-up sheet at the opening tea. Any questions, please contact. Email Carol Jivatode more information.


Evening Book Group

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 6:30 PM at Jasper Chinese Restaurant in Parsippany, we will discuss The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. “Set in North Korea, this literary thriller about a man who dares to seek freedom from the repressive regime is ambitious, violent, audacious – and stunningly good.”

Please RSVP the hostess by email Barbara Davis.

Future reading:

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM at Jasper Chinese Restaurant in Parsippany, we will be discussing La Rose by Louise Erdrich. “Erdrich exposes the messy aftermath of a tragedy. She does so without sentimentality, without pity. Her themes are the limitations of love as a healing power as much as the healing power of love. It is important to say that Erdrich is one of the greatest living American writers, and La Rose is brilliant.”

Please RSVP the hostess by email Suzanne Wilcox.

New members are welcome. Email Gail Richman.


University Women’s Chorale

The Chorale rehearses throughout the season in preparation for presenting a program at our Annual  Luncheons. We meet on Thursdays from 9:45 – 11:30 AM, usually at the home of Peg Collins. We also perform locally for various community groups. Rehearsals are led by Chris Jonas, former music teacher and church musician.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Maureen Gramo for additional information and to arrange for an audition. Sopranos and altos are especially needed.