President’s Message




Dear Fellow Members,


It is my pleasure to lead this wonderful group for the next year.  I hope to continue the fine leadership that we have had for over 50 years.  Please keep inviting your friends and neighbors to join us in the numerous activities that we offer.  Try another interest group and meet new people, and volunteer your services in any way you can to help the Board.  Without your volunteering, we cannot function.


I hope that everyone has had a good summer and don’t forget to submit your yearly membership dues and register for the fall luncheon in a timely manner.


Also find in this edition, some amended articles of our constitution that we will be voting on at our fall luncheon meeting. We are continuing to work to reinstate our 501c3 status, and it is important to make these changes.



Claire Gates


Spring Luncheon

Join us Monday April 20, 2020  at A Villa Louisa   11:30 am social    noon lunch

for more info click: Uconnleague     we will send you a registration form. cost: $30             deadline: March 30, 2020

Harold and Theodora Niver

An Afternoon With The Gillettes

 Not only do Harold and Theodora Niver talk about William & Helen Gillette, they become the Gillettes. Flitting back and forth between being presenters and portrayers.

 Who was William Gillette? What was his connection to the greatest fictional detective of all time? Was Sherlock Holmes fact…or fiction? What is the story behind the image of Holmes…the cap…the pipe…the lens?

You will learn about Gillette Castle in East Haddam. What famous people visited the Castle? You will learn about Gillette’s greatest love – his wife Helen. And, for you cat lovers, you will learn about Will’s love of cats.

 Their costuming is authentic and period correct. Their knowledge of Sherlock Holmes, William Gillette and Gillette Castle is extensive. Because of their distinctive home which is built around a Holmes theme, they have been in such magazines as US, SMITHSONIAN, FORTUNE, CONNECTICUT and YANKEE. TV segments include PM Magazine, ABC News and CBS. 

 Prepare to be educated and entertained!