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:

Sonya Renfro 

(860) 933-0285

After Five

Judy Irvin:  617-821-9443

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

Adele Mroz: 859-948-1827; Meg Shaw: 859-533-4840

Are you interested in drawing, painting, or sketching but never quite get down to it?  Join this fun group!  We get together on alternate Wednesday afternoons and 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.

Cooking with Friends

Janice Fish: 859-327-1667

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.

Cooking with Friends II: Meatless Made Easy

Janice Fish: 859-327-1667

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. 

Couples Bridge

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

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!

Crafty Cats

Emily Martin: 859 273-4903

You do not have to possess specific skills to join this energetic group. You will enjoy socializing as you make crafts. Many of the projects are sold as part of the club’s fundraising efforts or as decorationsfor club events.

Evening Book Discussion

Wanda Gonsalves: 843-693-0289; Kathy Nelson: 859-321-9314;

Each year we select eight books for discussion from members’ recommendations.  Our selections include both new and classics, fiction and nonfiction.  We meet from 7pm to 9pm on the third Thursday of each month (except December, June, July) in the home of a volunteer host.  We enjoy light refreshments and engage in a thoughtful discussion of the month’s selection, often led by the recommending member.

Garden Gurus

Sherrilyn Medley:

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.  We will be participating in the Arboretum's Adopt a Plot Program.  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. If we have a speaker, we will collect $5 for an honorarium.

Gone Golfing

Marcie DiPaola: 908-310-6473

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.

Instructional Level 1 Bridge

Lynn McCoy-Simandle: 859-230-2681

Do you want to learn to play Bridge?  We will meet, for guided instruction and play, on the first and third Wednesday of the month, from 9:00 am -  12:00 noon at the participant’s homes. The first meeting will be on Wednesday September 19th, at Lynn’s home. Student’s will be asked to buy a Beginner’s Book and some Bridge Supplies.

Let’s Go!

Sherrilyn Medley: 859-333-6401

Do you want to learn to play Bridge?  We will meet, for guided instruction and play, on the first and third Wednesday of the month, from 9:00 am -  12:00 noon at the participant’s homes. The first meeting will be on Wednesday September 19th, at Lynn’s home. Student’s will be asked to buy a Beginner’s Book and some Bridge Supplies.

Monday Duplicate Bridge

Karen Shedlofsky: 859-230-2060

The Duplicate Bridge group meets on the first and third Monday of the month in members’s home. 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.

Monday Party Bridge

Carol Raitz: 859-266-3029; Bette Jo Dedic: 859-263-2892

Monday Party Bridge meets on the second and fourth Monday afternoons in members' homes from 12pm to 3pm.  We have three to four tables and members host on a rotation.  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.  Whether you are a seasoned player or a beginner, give Monday Party Bridge a try.

Morning Book Discussion

Cecile McKinney: 859-273-4770

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 visit places that relate to our book selection. Occasionally, we have authors join us to discuss their books and every year we enjoy a book exchange. All UKWC members with an interest in reading and discussion are welcome.

Morning Drama

Margaret Smith: 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.  We meet in the homes of members at 9:30am on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, September through May (except for December).  After brunch, members read aloud a play without prior study or rehearsal.  No experience is needed for this!  Scripts are shared by email and members can view them on a device or print out a paper copy to read.  We help those who are technologically challenged.  Guests are always welcome.  If you enjoy theater, try Morning Drama!


Suellen Ferraris: 859-266-7108

Do you enjoy knitting, crochet, cross-stitch or other needlework projects?  Maybe you have some mending or a hem that needs adjusting?  The Needlework Group is for you.  Each member brings a lunch and their handwork to join in the conversation, which is always lively and sometimes informative!   The needlework group meets in members’ homes at 10am on the third Tuesday of the month.  We hope to see you there!

Thursday Level 2 Instructional Bridge

Beverly Buchanan: 859-227-3142

This group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday at the member’s homes at 12:30 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 on the club will be available to help.

Thursday Party Bridge

Deenee Coolen: 859-402-3990

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


Coordinator: TBD

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. 


Linda Yates: (859)-351-8511:

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



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