MEETINGS

The Club typically meets the second Wednesday of each month. Most meetings start at 9:30 am at the Memorial Congregational Church (MCC). Be sure to check each month’s listing since time and location may vary. Note:  Some meetings may be held on Zoom. The public is invited to attend up to two meetings.

 

Each meeting begins with a social period and light refreshments, followed by a business meeting and our featured speaker or program.

 

We follow the Sudbury School System’s weather-related decisions. If school is delayed or cancelled, our meeting is cancelled. You will receive notification by email, text or phone.

Note: All members are invited to attend Board meetings which are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Fall Kick-off
September 14, 2022
9:30-11:30 AM
Wayside Inn, outside tent

As we return from our summer adventures, we welcome back our members and a new slate of officers. (SGC Board List)

 

This meeting features SGC member, Carol Shapanka, who will explain how she created this year’s SGC floral arrangement for Art in Bloom.

Women Painters Through History
October 12, 2022
9:30-11:30 AM
Memorial Congregational Church

Martha Chiarchiaro will explore with us renowned women artists such as Maria Sibylla Merian and Rachel Ruysch from the 17th and early 18th centuries.  These distinguished women created a legacy in broadening our knowledge of flora and fauna, as well as highlighting the contributions of women, which continued for centuries to come. 

 

The floral painter, Mary Moser, was the court painter to Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of England, in the late 18th century. The paintings of Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt will illustrate the floral paintings of women artists of the 19th century, while the floral paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe highlight the 20th century.

 

Martha Chiarchiaro has been bringing history to life through the art of the times for over 30 years.  She received her master’s degree in History of Art from Williams College and provides a variety of art history presentations at the Worcester Art Museum, for WISE (the Worcester Institute for Senior Education), libraries, garden clubs, senior centers, and other organizations.  As noted on her Seeing History website, Martha’s specialty presentations, related to specific periods, artists, and activities, provide an in-depth look at the life and times of people through their art.

The Cut Flower"s Journey from Ground to Vase
November 9, 2022
 9:30-11:30 AM
Memorial Congregational Church

Where have your flowers been before you bought them at the store?  Learn how and where they are grown, treated, and shipped and about the people who do the work to drive this 8-billion-dollar industry.  Michele will dip into sustainability and how your choices as a consumer can shape planet-friendly options in the future.  She will demonstrate some simple centerpieces and other ways to brighten your daily routine or your next gathering with friends and family with locally or sustainably sourced materials; it is harder than you might think!

 

A Certified Master Gardener, Michele Schuckel is passionate about the art and science of horticulture and leading a balanced and healthy life both in and out of the garden.  She utilizes organic practices and weaves native plants into cut flower arrangements and creative tablescapes.  She has designed for Art in Bloom at the MFA and created cut-flower arrangements for numerous residential and commercial events. Michele is a practicing nurse, currently in public health, and is a mindfulness-based health and wellness coach.

Holiday Luncheon
December 14, 2022
4:00-6:00 PM
Memorial Congregational Church

The parlor will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Sorry, members only!

Fair Haven Photographs: Gorgeous Gardens of New England
January 11, 2023
9:30-11:30 AM
Zoom meeting

Prior to her career as a professional photographer, Joanne Pearson was a registered landscape architect in Massachusetts where she practiced for 12 years, including 4 years at the renowned firm, Sasaki, in Watertown.  Her photographs of gardens, landscapes and people have been featured in books, calendars, and magazines, including Yankee, Vermont Life, and Farm and Ranch Living.  Joanne is the solo photographer for Mahoney Publishing’s, “Flowers and Gardens of New England”. She photographs gardens, lifestyle and food for inns and resorts throughout New England.  Joanne regularly lectures on gardens and photography, seeking to inspire and educate her audiences with her beautifully illustrated presentations.

 

Gorgeous Gardens of New England features some of her favorite public and private gardens. She will share the fascinating history of these gardens and offer valuable tips on garden design and techniques for photographing flowers and gardens.

Hikes Through History
February 8, 2023
9:30-11:30 AM

Memorial Congregational Church

Have you ever wandered through the woods and wondered who had been there before you? 

 

In Massachusetts, many parks and trails have been carved out of historical sites. Author Alison O’Leary, an award-winning journalist and co-author of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s new guide Best Day Hikes Near Boston, will share her favorites in this hour-long program.  Using maps and photos, she describes several day-trip destinations with historical significance and interesting features, including: sites of former grand estates (and tales of the owners), off-beat tales of local residents, a former rubber factory overlooked in the woods, and contributions of the Roosevelt-era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), to our favorite parks.

 

Alison has co-authored Inns and Adventures: A History and Explorer’s Guide to New Hampshire, Vermont, and the Berkshires with Michael Tougias and she won the Silver Charlie Award from the Florida Magazine Association for history writing. 

Learning to Look: The Art of Garden Observation
March 8, 2023
9:30-11:30 AM
Memorial Congregational Church
Joint Meeting with Thursday Garden Club (Members Only.)

 

Looking for ways to take your garden up a notch?

 

In this program, Patterson Webster suggests three simple steps to help you get the most out of a garden visit – and how to apply the ideas to your garden at home.  You will discover:

  

  • How to see what you look at.

  • How to use photographs, garden journals, and notebooks to improve your garden design.

  • How listening to your site and your plants can enhance the personality and character of your garden.

 

Until recently, Patterson Webster has led sold-out garden tours to England, Scotland, Wales, and Italy.  She is a writer, visual artist, garden designer and speaker who lectures across Canada and the United States.  She writes about the gardens she has toured throughout the world on her website, Glen Villa Art Garden, and in her memoir, Autobiography of a Garden.  Her visual narratives reflect on the crossroads between art and landscape and explore how history and gardens color our view of the world.  She holds a Master of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Project
April 12, 2023
9:30-11:30 AM
Memorial Congregational Church

A representative from the Sudbury Department of Planning and Community Development will present an overview on the status of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail project and highlight the benefits for public health and safety, environmental restoration, and mitigation.  The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT) will be a 25-mile rail trail between Lowell and Framingham, along the former Lowell Secondary Track right-of-way of the Old Colony Railroad (Full BFRT Corridor Map and Status).  In Sudbury, the rail corridor extends through the center of Town, approximately 4.4 miles from South Sudbury near Route 20, north to the Sudbury/Concord Town Line (Sudbury BFRT Project in Design Map).

General Meeting
May 17, 2023
9:30-11:30 AM
Memorial Congregational Church

Come with your calendar, membership forms, and dues.  It's time to sign up for committees, hospitality month, and library flower weeks.  We will give a brief overview of our committees.  This is also an opportunity to ask questions regarding how the club operates and each committee's role.  Newer members may find this particularly useful.  In addition, our members will be available to answer any gardening questions you may have, as we enter into gardening season.

Annual Meeting
June 7, 2023
Time TBD

Members only!