The Women’s Club of Glen Ridge suffered set-backs during the height of the pandemic, but now they are back in full swing with a full calendar of exciting events – and reviving several popular events that haven’t been seen in years.
MARCH 4 – MASQUERADE BALL
Enjoy a festive evening filled with music, dancing, a dinner feast, cocktails, and glamorous masks. Bid at the silent auction, for a chance at vacation homes, sports tickets, wine tastings, jewelry, and more. Tickets can be purchased on the club’s website (hurry – last day to purchase is Tuesday, February 28!). Invite your friends and make it an unforgettable evening. WCGR’s most important fundraiser in three years, all proceeds will support WCGR’s charitable work and mission, membership programs, and maintenance of the 100-year-old clubhouse. This fancy evening is scheduled for Saturday, March 4 at 6:30 pm.
MARCH 14 – CARLA HARRIS SPEAKING EVENT AND BOOK SIGNING
To commemorate Women’s History Month, WCGR welcomes Ms. Carla Harris for an exclusive engagement on March 14th. Ms. Harris, Vice Chair, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, has been named to the 40 Top Women Keynote Speakers list. She is also a best-selling author. Her latest book, “Lead to Win” will be available for sale that evening courtesy of Watchung Booksellers. A reception and booksigning will follow her talk.
Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. $10/Club members and $15/non-members. Reserve your ticket here.
MARCH 26 – FAVORITE DOLL TEA
Rounding out the month of March is the Favorite Doll Tea on March 26. The Favorite Doll Tea has become a popular tradition with the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge and it always sells out! Designed around a traditional high tea, young girls and boys — and their accompanying adult(s) — bring their dolls to a special afternoon of finger sandwiches, tea or lemonade, and pampering in the Doll Salon. High school students (members of the teen division of the Women’s Club, the Girls’ Club) are on hand to brush out your doll’s hair and help with the tea service. There are local vendors in the Doll Store to supply you with handmade doll clothes and, of course, numerous raffle prizes. Keep an eye on the Club’s website and local social media for the announcement of ticket sales.
APRIL 21 – FAMILY FUN DANCE
A relatively new event at the club, the Family Fun Dance is very popular! Scheduled as an evening event on April 21 this is a time for young children in the community and their families to relax, enjoy a delicious dinner buffet featuring family favorites, and revel in the fun of just dancing.
MAY 7 – GLEN RIDGE HOME TOUR
After a four-year hiatus, WCGR is very excited to announce the return of the Glen Ridge House Tour. Five generous Glen Ridge homeowners will open their houses for us to view their diverse architectural and decorating styles. Over the years, the house tour has become a welcome tradition and has drawn visitors from many surrounding towns. We are working diligently to make its return very special.
About Women’s Club of Glen Ridge
The Women’s Club of Glen Ridge has been a local institution for nearly 100 years. Its mission is to bring together a diverse group of women in an inclusive environment. Through friendship, volunteerism, education, and leadership, members engage in civic, social, and cultural activities for the Glen Ridge community, and neighboring communities. Membership is open to all women (and men as associate members) from Glen Ridge and neighboring towns. All WCGR events are open to the public.
WCGR always welcomes new members. The current membership and Board of Trustees is the most diverse it has been since its inception 118 years ago. Diversification of WCGR is one of the goals of its president Sandra Lefkovits. She wants WCGR to represent the changing demographics of the town.
“There is more work to be done to attract younger members, but progress is being made,” says Lefkovits.
Located at 219 Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge, WCGR donates its space to Glen Ridge High School for a variety of activities such as exhibiting student art and hosting the jazz band. WCGR hosts local author talks, discussions on international politics, offers spiritual and wellness programs, and more. Volunteer opportunities are plenty.
The facility is a popular rental venue for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras. Local non-profits may use the club for a nominal fee.