Interest Groups are a great way to make friends and connect with other members of the Club in service and fun. Even if you did not sign up previously for a group, you are welcome to attend meetings anytime during the year. Just let the hostess know that you will be there. To participate in the Interest Groups on an ongoing basis, Club membership is required. Check the UKWC Calendar for meeting dates and times.

Contact Interest Group Chair to propose a new Interest Group.

Interest Group Chair:

Emily Martin


After Five


After Five is “For Ladies Only”! Our goal is to add evening opportunities to gather to socialize and enjoy some fun activities. Come along as we hit the town to check out the new hot spots, have both simple and gourmet dinners, go to the theatre, gallery hops, and more! We typically meet the fourth Friday of the month at 6 pm, occasionally switch to another night, or do a Saturday lunch outing.


Amateur Artist

Are you interested in drawing, painting, or sketching but never quite get down to it? Join this fun group! We get together to draw or paint for a couple of hours, indoors or out, depending on the weather. There will be no instruction, just the encouragement of friends with the same interests. Contact Emily Martin

Contact Emily Martin


Cooking with Friends

Do you enjoy trying new recipes and lingering over lunch with good friends? If so, this interest group may be for you.  We gather three times each year in a member's home to cook and share recipes.  Members volunteer to “co-chef” and prepare the menu and food for our meetings.

Because of Covid-19 concerns, this group has chosen NOT to meet until the start of the date of October 1, 2022.

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Cooking with Friends II: Meatless Made Easy


This spin-off of the Cooking with Friends group is devoted to healthy eating with meatless menus. They can be vegetarian, vegan, or flexitarian!  Meetings are held three times a year in members' homes and everyone brings a nutritious dish to contribute to a potluck supper. 

Because of Covid-19 concerns, this group has chosen NOT to meet until after the start date of October 1, 2022.


Couples Bridge

Bette Jo Dedic: 859-263-2892

Bette Jo Dedic: 859-263-2892

This is a sociable group that enjoys the game but is not too serious. We usually meet on the 1st or 2nd Friday or Saturday of the month at 7 pm at the home of the host. The group is accepting new members as substitutes as we already have full tables. Substitutes may become regulars as spots open up.


Couples Dine Out

Bette Jo Dedic: 859-263-2892

Bette Jo Dedic: 859-263-2892

If you like to try out a variety of restaurants with friends this is for you! Restaurants vary from white tablecloth to casual. This group is comprised mostly of couples but we welcome singles, too. Bon Appetit!


Evening Book Discussion

The Evening Book Discussion Group is made up of members who like to read and discuss their reactions and impressions of the selected books with others. We typically choose a slate of books for 8-12 months along with a volunteer leader and host for each. Our books are of any and all types. Since the onset of covid restrictions, we have met via zoom or on patios or porches. We typically enjoy light refreshments and catching up with each other prior to our book discussions. We are entirely welcoming to any newcomers to the women's club, as well as any current members, and members who have become inactive. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30. Feel free to contact me, Katherine (Kathy) Nelson, with any questions.


Garden Gurus

Garden Gurus is a UKWC garden interest group for all levels of gardening experience. Our aim is to learn more about gardening to improve and expand our skills. Members will take part in planning meetings as well as attending area gardening programs as a group. Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 1pm, unless we are attending a program in lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting. A reminder will be sent out in advance of each meeting with the topic, meeting location, etc.


Gone Golfing

This group is for ladies of all skill levels who like to play golf, socialize and eat out. We play 9 or 18 holes of golf and have a nice lunch. This is not a serious league, no handicap needed; just a friendly round of golf and lots of fun! We play at various courses, public and private, in and around the Lexington area. Members are responsible for course fees.

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Instructional Level 1 Bridge

"Do you want to learn to play Bridge? We will meet, for guided instruction and play, on the first and third Thursday of the month, from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon with participants rotating hosting duties. The first meeting will be on Thursday, November 4. If interested, please call Lynn McCoy-Simandle at 859 273-4825 to register. At that time, you will be given the name of a bridge book to purchase and be informed of the location of the first lesson. Participate, have fun and learn bridge."


Let’s Go!

Just as the name says, we GO places! Our travels take us to museums, shows, shopping, historic sites, craft classes, and more. Each monthly outing, in and around the Lexington area, includes an event, location, or targeted activity and a meal. If you enjoy exploring with friends, then join us for our next outing.

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Monday Duplicate Bridge

The Duplicate Bridge group meets on the first and third Monday of the month in members’ homes. We meet from 12:00 noon to 3:30 pm. Players contribute a voluntary nominal fee that is donated to the UKWC Scholarship Fund. No previous experience playing Duplicate Bridge is necessary. We emphasize fun, learning, and camaraderie.

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Monday Party Bridge

This bridge group meets on the second and fourth Monday afternoons in members' homes from 1 pm to 4 pm. We want to keep the game fun; our members are helpful, patient and do not get frustrated if bidding or play is not top form. For details email Carol Raitz at

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Morning Book Discussion

Morning Book Discussion meets October through May on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 am, usually at Tates Creek Branch Library. Eight books are selected from members’ recommendations and interests. Selections include works of fiction, non-fiction, a biography, and a book by a Kentucky author. In addition to monthly book discussions, we sometimes have authors join us to discuss their books. All UKWC members with an interest in reading and discussion are welcome.

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Morning Drama

Margaret Smith, 

Cell: 859-967-3201 or Home: 859-266-9169

This group is for anyone who loves to pretend! Some of us are frustrated actresses, but others would never have the courage to perform. Every month, the play is scanned and emailed to everyone in the group. Members can then print a paper copy at home or download the script to a laptop, phone, or another device. For in-person readings, we meet in the homes of members at 9:30 AM on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, September through May (except for December). After a very social brunch, members read the play aloud without prior study or rehearsal. No experience is needed for this! During the pandemic, we have resorted to virtual meetings via Zoom. The Zoom host displays the script on everyone’s screen; we are assigned parts and read as usual. We help those who are technologically challenged until everyone is on board. Guests are always welcome but remember we need your email ahead of time to share the play with you. If you enjoy theater, you will like this group! Questions? Please contact Margaret Smith, for more information.

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Thursday Level 2 Instructional Bridge

Mary (Peg) Kasa: Cell: 574-370-2728

This group will meet on the 1st and 4th Thursdays at the member’s homes at 1:30 PM. The objective of this group is to learn new conventions and improve the playing of the hand. At some of the meetings, several more experienced players in the club will be available to help.

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Thursday Party Bridge

Thursday Party Bridge meets on the third Thursday from 10 am - 2 pm. The venue will vary, either at a restaurant or the home of a member.  Amateur players. welcome.



This group is designed to bring members together to organize and take trips of longer duration than the Let's Go interest group.  Let's Go involves day trips, whereas, the Travel group will involve overnight trips.  Trips will typically give members an opportunity to enjoy the art, food, architecture, and scenery of locals both familiar and new.  Hopefully, any trip will offer adventures and good companionship. 

Wine Bottles


Linda Yates: (859)-351-8511:

Members have expressed an interest in wine tasting with experts and with friends. This new interest group is just forming and will set dates and times later.