FWC welcomes members to participate in a variety of interest groups. If you want more information about an interest group, please email the FWC Sections Administrator at FWC.InterestSections@umich.edu and your name will be forwarded to the section leader(s) listed below. Contact information for section leaders also is available in the FWC directory.
Home & Garden Coordinator: Karen McKinney
Members’ varied interests and backgrounds are reflected in our programs. If your choice is working the soil to grow beautiful flowers, edible plants, or containers and windowsill gardens, there is much to learn and share. Many speakers are experts in their fields, and members occasionally present programs. We sometimes have a potluck and planning session at the first or last meeting of the year, and in December we create small evergreen tabletop arrangements for the enjoyment of various groups and organizations in the area. Meetings are held 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month, September to May, in members’ homes and on field trips to local farms and gardens.
Update: Fall plans are in process.
Leaders: Sally Esckilsen-Bush and Kari Michalowski
Garden Amateurs II
Beginning and experienced gardeners learn about various aspects of gardening and related topics from programs given by members and from occasional guest speakers. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm. We normally meet at the Ann Arbor City Club and have lunch together before our meeting.
Update: We are meeting via Zoom until further notice.
Leaders: Margaret McClamroch and Judy Wilhelme
Global Gourmets enjoy cooking and eating new and exotic dishes as well as socializing around the dinner table. International-themed dinner parties may include spouses or partners. The dinners usually are on the 3rd Saturday evening from September to May and we meet in member homes. Section members volunteer to create the dinner theme, plan a menu and find recipes. Hosting duties are shared across the membership. Members attending a dinner prepare specific dishes and meal cost is shared among attendees.
Update: We expect to enjoy global gourmet flavors and socialize on Zoom, rather than in person, probably less frequently than once a month. Planners will take the lead in creating simpler activities with shorter menus, and inviting interested participants to join in. Advance notice of any upcoming event will be provided.
Leader: Judy Compton
This group enjoys planning and executing meals based on various international cuisines. It is open to singles and couples. The heart of our section is the opportunity to socialize with people from all parts of the University while enjoying gourmet meals. We meet six times a year, three times meeting in small groups (8 to 12 people) in members’ homes on Saturday or Sunday evenings in fall, winter and spring. Members are assigned a dish to prepare and bring to the hostess’s home. The cost is shared by attendees. The whole group meets for potlucks in September (a tailgate), December (a holiday party) and May (a picnic). Annual dues defray expenses for our whole-group functions.
Update: On hiatus
Leader: Bonnie Ion
Our group is comprised of both knitters and crocheters. We meet informally in members’ homes from September through June on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. All skill levels are represented in our group. Those interested in learning to knit are welcome as well. Our main focus is on individual projects while sharing skills and techniques. A field trip to a local yarn store is usually made during the year.
Update: We will be meeting mostly on Zoom. Depending on members’ preferences while using the Zoom format, the length of the meeting may be shortened. Weather permitting, we may try meeting outside.
Leaders: Ann Antonuk and Marla Goldstein
The group meets at area restaurants to sample a variety of cuisines including American, Asian and European. The current “trend setter” is always a popular option. Newcomers are always welcome and restaurants provide separate checks. Luncheons occur on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m.
Update: During 2020-2021 our activities will be influenced by current government mandates and personal comfort with restaurant dining. An outdoor fall lunch might be an option. Advance notice of any upcoming event will be provided.
Leader: Jeanne Lewellen
The group meets to taste and learn about wines two or three times a year in members’ homes at 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday. At each meeting, six wines are selected around a theme or geographical area. Attendees bring a plate of hors d’oeuvres to share. Each member is welcome to bring a guest. Costs of the evening are divided among those present and are usually between $10-$12. Dates of tasting are announced by email to those on the Wine Tasting mailing list.
Update: on hiatus
Leaders: Karen Stern and Donna Wicker