Women’s Luncheons

DCA Women’s Luncheons are monthly social gatherings, for both women and men, offering various types of presenters, from authors, to those with poignant human interest stories, to specialists on travel, theater, gardening, entertaining, and home décor. Luncheons are generally held on the first Tuesday of every month from October to May, and are catered by Michael Joseph’s Catering.

DCA Women’s Luncheon Program 2019-20
All luncheons: 12:15pm – 2:00pm
Prepayment is due by noon on the Monday before each luncheon.

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Tuesday, November 5Sotheby’s, featuring Alex Eblen, Senior Specialist and VP Jewelry.
Learn the history of Sotheby’s and how jewelry auctions work. Special insight into colored gems (rubies, emeralds and sapphires) and their current market.

Founded in 1744, Sotheby’s is the oldest and largest internationally recognized firm of fine art auctioneers in the world. While intimidating to some, jewelry auctions offer the opportunity to admire, study and collect jewelry and gems that can be surprisingly reasonable up to quite opulent. Anyone can participate as a bidder or consigner, and bidding can be done live in the Salesroom or even in the comfort of your home.

This presentation, given by Sotheby’s Alexander Eblen, Senior Specialist, Vice President, will focus on colored gems (rubies, emeralds and sapphires), their qualities and origins, and how to determine which are the finest. Audience participation will be encouraged, and arrangements can be made for tours of the preview for the upcoming jewelry auction in New York City in December.

Tuesday, December 3Barrett Bookstore presents how a book is published and marketed. Plus helpful guidance for book groups and ideas for Christmas gifts.






Tuesday, January 7
Darien Wellness Opportunities – Discover exciting and innovative places to go in our own town!





Tuesday, February 4Laura Thoren Podesta, CBS News Correspondent and 2006 Darien High School graduate to speak on “Embracing Rejection – Lessons Learned.”




Tuesday, March 3
– “Modernism in CT Architecture,” highlighting contributions made by the Harvard Five in the 1940s, including Philip Johnson, known for his Glass House in New Canaan.



Tuesday, April 7
– “The Vanishing Honey Bee” and its current impact, by Howland Blackiston, author of Beekeeping for Dummies.




Tuesday, May 5
Shakespeare on the Sound, celebrating their 25th anniversary. Claire Kelly, Artistic Director to speak on the summer of 2020 play.




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Diane Schlinkert

Lisa Hughes

Committee Members
Connie Bergen
Deb Brennan
Susan Hamill
Deidre Hogan
Holly Hurd
Lisa Joyce
Kate Larson
Wendy Mulligan
Karen Perry
Sarah Ritchey
Cindy Ryan














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