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Museum Fridays


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Museum Fridays


Where are we going in 2017-18?

Check back for more details but here is the "teaser"!

Oct. 13, 2017
Coit Tower Museum and lunch in North Beach

Nov. 10, 2017
de Young Museum  for the Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire exhibit and lunch at the museum.

Dec. 8, 2017
Filoli House and Gardens special holiday tour!

Jan 12, 2018
Legion of Honor for the exhibit Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter with lunch at the museum.

Feb 9, 2018
Fort Mason for the Textile and Tribal Arts Show, a special tour with three exhibitors and lunch at Greens.

March 9, 2018
The Quilt Museum in San Jose.

April 13, 2017
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for a docent tour of the permanent Photography Collection with lunch at the museum.


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Museum Friday adventures!  NEW 2017-2018 Schedule!   

Once a month on the 2nd Friday, we take a private bus to a special exhibit.  Your Museum Fridays organizers (Ginny Bechtold, Judy Frost and Jean Pressey) have planned trips and in some cases, a special lunch!

The facts .....

  • Museum Fridays are almost always the 2nd Friday of each month, October through April.
  • We hire a bus – no one has to drive, park or “ready” your vehicle for carpooling. 
  • Each excursion will depart from the Cal Ave train station, easy parking or walking.  Most trips leave at 9am sharp and return at 3pm.  Occasionally, this time changes depending on museum hours.  You will get the correct time in an email before the trip.
  • Whenever possible, a lunch reservation will be made for our group either at the museum or a nearby restaurant.  Cost of lunches in restaurants will vary.
  • Museums and venues will have an admissions charge.  If you are a member, bring your card!  Many museums will also let you take a guest in for free.

 If this interest group is for you, please email Jean Pressey to be added to our list.  

HOW CAN I GET A SEAT ON THE BUS?

  • Bus fare must be paid 1 month in advance of the Museum Friday date.  This is a requirement of the bus company to book the vehicle.  We cannot refund cancellation less than 30 days from the trip.
  • Make checks payable to Judy Frost, NOT to The Woman’s Club..  This is not a “money-maker”.  Judy will be charging the bus on her personal credit card.  We are reimbursing Judy, not the Woman’s Club.
  • Mail or drop checks off at Judy's house
  • Include a note with your check specifying which Museum Friday dates you are signing up to attend.  

 

 

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History Walks


History Walks


Where are we going?

October 27, 2015
Tour the U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco

The James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building is a historic post office and courthouse building. It is a courthouse for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Completed in 1905 as the U.S. Courthouse and Post Office, it was intended to represent the affluence and increasing importance of the United States as it became a world power. The building survived both the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

U.S. Treasury architects worked on designs for the building, with Supervising ArchitectJames Knox Taylor (1857-1929) playing a lead role. Taylor selected a design influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture with magnificent Beaux Arts grandeur. To achieve the high level of craftsmanship specified for the interior, skilled artisans were brought from Italy. Groundbreaking took place in 1897 and the building opened in 1905 to acclaim as "a post office that's a palace."

Stanford Red Barn

Stanford Red Barn

JANUARY 26, 2016
THE STANFORD RED BARN HISTORY AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

 In 1876 Governor Leland Stanford purchased Mayfield Grange, about 650 acres along San Francisquito Creek near Menlo Park. Over the next ten years, he continued to acquire property in the area until his holdings included over 8000 acres of orchard, vineyard, grazing land, stables, and training tracks. Two dozen buildings, fifty paddocks and eight tracks were on the trotting farm. At its height, the farm employed 150 workers and boarded 600 horses.

Two buildings from the Stock Farm survive today. The Victorian Red Barn, built between 1878 and 1880, served as the training stable for the stock farm. The “fire-proof” brick stable Leland Stanford ordered as a replacement for a stable destroyed by fire in 1888 now houses the Equestrian Team Club House and other Equestrian Center


 

MARCH 8, 2016
OAKLAND, THE "OTHER CITY"

It's true: Oakland, so long in San Francisco's shadow, has morphed into a culinary destination.  This tour explores the 1870s business district where elegantly restored, commercial brick buildings now house offices, galleries and eateries.  The historic district is a visible reminder of Oakland's designation in 1869 as the Western Terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad.


MAY 10, 2015
LINCOLN PARK, SAN FRANCISCO

Lincoln Park, San Francisco

Lincoln Park, San Francisco

Lincoln Park in San FranciscoCalifornia, was dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln in 1909 and includes about 100 acres (0.4 km2) of the northwestern corner of the San Francisco Peninsula.  Lincoln Park is the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States of America.

n 1923, the park was chosen as the site of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. The San Francisco Holocaust Memorial, designed by George Segal, was dedicated in the park in 1984.


 If this interest group is for you, please email
Lolly Osborne or Sue Krumbein to be added to our list.  

Your suggestions for future programs are welcome.

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MF Trips 2016-17


MF Trips 2016-17


Where are we going?

Sept. 9, 2016
The Legion of Honor in SF for Wild West: Plains to the Pacific”.   If you are a museum member, please bring your card so others can get in free.  Lunch on your own at the museum cafe.  Meet at Cal Ave train station for a prompt 9am departure.  TOTAL COST $32.

Oct. 7, 2016
Cantor Art Center “Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine” (NOTE DATE CHANGE AND TIME CHANGE! 1st Friday, NOT 2nd Friday).  We’ll have a wonderful private tour and lecture by exhibit curator and Stanford Arts and Humanities Professor, Alex Nemerov.  No bus. Lunch on your own at the museum cafe.  Meet at the Cantor at 11:40 (NOTE later start time!).  Read about Professor Nemerov with the links below - this will be a fabulous lecture and not-to-be-missed!  TOTAL COST $25
Click for more about Professor Nemerov
And click for even MORE about Professor Nemerov!

Nov. 11, 2016
Rosie the Riveter Museum, Richmond.  Private ranger-led tour; lunch at restaurant Assemble.  No museum/tour fee, but $5 donation suggested. We will need the bus for an extra hour for this trip because of the distance, so the bus fee November only is $37 per person.  Lunch at Assemble, pre-paid for $35.  Prompt departure at 8:30 am.  NOTE - earlier time! and return at 3:30pm.  TOTAL COST $72  

Dec. 9, 2016
Docent tour of SF Mission Dolores followed by lunch at the fabulous Restaurant LuLu's on Folsom Street.  LuLu's family-style meal has become a favorite of the Museum Friday ladies.  This is our third year lunching at LuLu's! TOTAL COST $90. NOTE this date is also the WC Holiday Party. 

Jan 13, 2017
Asian Art Museum for “The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe”.  Lunch on your own at the Asian Cafe.  TOTAL COST $57

Feb 10, 2017
The de Young for “Frank Stella: A Retrospective” .  Lunch on your own in the museum cafe.  Bring your membership card and admit a WC friend for free!  TOTAL COST $32

March 10, 2017
BAMPFA , the UC Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive for a great exhibit, “Hippie Modernism:  The Struggle for Utopia” followed by lunch at the museum's Babette Cafe.  Loosely organized around Timothy Leary’s famous mantra, “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,” the exhibition charts the evolution of the period, from pharmacological, technological and spiritual means to expand consciousness and alter one’s perception of reality.  TOTAL COST $74
Click here for more information about this exhibit

April 14, 2017
SFMOMA here we come!  Docent tour of the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection.  Lunch on your own.  SFMOMA on-site dining options -  Cafe 5 (casual) and In Situ (reservation recommended).  TOTAL COST $65


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Museum Friday adventures!  NEW 2016-2017 Schedule!   

Once a month on the 2nd Friday, we take a private bus to a special exhibit.  Your Museum Fridays organizers (Eileen Brooks, Ginny Bechtold and Donna Bohling) have planned trips and in some cases, a special lunch!

The facts .....

  • Museum Fridays are almost always the 2nd Friday of each month, September through April.
  • We hire a bus – no one has to drive, park or “ready” your vehicle for carpooling. 
  • Each excursion will depart from the Cal Ave train station, easy parking or walking.  Most trips leave at 9am sharp and return at 3pm.  Occasionally, this time changes depending on museum hours.  You will get the correct time in an email before the trip.
  • Whenever possible, a lunch reservation will be made for our group either at the museum or a nearby restaurant.  Cost of lunches in restaurants will vary.
  • Museums and venues will have an admissions charge.  If you are a member, bring your card!  Many museums will also let you take a guest in for free.

 If this interest group is for you, please email Donna Bohling to be added to our list.  

HOW CAN I GET A SEAT ON THE BUS?

  • The bus fare to museums is $32 per trip and covers both getting to the museum and getting back to Palo Alto (round-trip). 
  • Bus fare must be paid 1 month in advance of the Museum Friday date.  This is a requirement of the bus company to book the vehicle.  We cannot refund cancellation less than 30 days from the trip.
  • Make checks payable to Eileen Brooks, NOT to The Woman’s Club..  This is not a “money-maker”.  Eileen will be charging the bus on her personal credit card.  We are reimbursing Eileen, not the Woman’s Club.
  • Mail or drop checks off at Eileen’s house - 780 Montrose Ave, PA 94303.  Montrose Ave is across the street from Cubberly, on the other side of Middlefield.
  • Include a note with your check specifying which Museum Friday dates you are buying your bus seat.  You can buy on a month-by-month basis or you can sent a check to cover multiple dates.  We need to know your dates so you will have a seat on the bus. 

 

 

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MFTrips2015-16


MFTrips2015-16


Where are we going?

September 11 - de Young Museum, J.M.W. Turner, Painting Set Free

One of the greatest English painters of the nineteenth century,  experience the first major survey of Turner’s late career, when the artist displayed a fierce engagement with grand themes of nature, history, and religion. There is a docent tour of the collection at 11:30 am and several other tours of deYoung exhibits available throughout the day.  Lunch in the Museum cafe.  

October 9 - Museum of the African Diaspora,  Portraits and other Likenesses from the SFMOMA

SFMOMA Organized in partnership with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), this exhibition exploring how portraiture has evolved from a form of personal identification to a genre as invested in fiction, subversion, stereotype, and fantasy as it is in the description of physical traits. The carefully selected artworks — many exhibited for the first time as part of SFMOMA's collection — encompass paintings, sculptures, photography, media art, and installation.  We will arrange for a docent tour.  Buffet lunch in the neighborhood at Amber India on Yerba Buena Lane. 

November 13 - de Young, Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama Pacific Exhibition

2015 marks the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the San Francisco world’s fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the city’s reconstruction following the great earthquake of 1906. To mark this anniversary, Jewel City revisits this vital moment in the inauguration of San Francisco as the West Coast’s cultural epicenter. The landmark exhibition at the de Young reassembles more than 200 works by major American and European artists, most of which were on display at this defining event, with examples that signal the key artistic trends of 1915.  Lunch in Museum cafe.

December 11 - San Francisco City Hall Centennial Tour Join us for a very special holiday trip!  We have booked a docent-led Building Centennial Tour.  Tour Fee is $5. Lunch will be a LuLu's (same as last December).

 January 8 - Asian Art Museum, Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists

Drawn from and organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston — world renowned for their Japanese, American and European collections —Looking East consists of more than 170 objects, including decorative arts, paintings, prints, drawings and textiles. The Asian Art Museum is the final stop on this exhibition’s international tour and your last chance to witness the iconic results of an invigorating cross-cultural moment. 

February 12 - Anderson Collection, Stanford

Although most of us have viewed this collection, every time we see it we discover something new.  We will arrange for a docent private tour. Lunch either at Cool Cafe at the Cantor or catered in the Anderson Collection.

Extra fees may apply, depending on lunch decision.

March 11 - Pier 24 Photography
Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale

Lunch at the Hi Dive

April 8 - de Young,  Oscar de la Renta

This world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition will include more than 100 ensembles produced over five decades. Thematic sections will trace de la Renta’s upbringing in the Dominican Republic; the rise of his career in Spain, where he gained his first commissions; his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses; and his eventual role as a designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th century.

May 13 - SFMOMA (hopefully!)

Your suggestions for future programs are welcome.
 


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Museum Friday adventures!  NEW 2015-2016 Schedule!   

Once a month on the 2nd Friday, we will take a private bus to a special exhibit.  Your Museum Fridays organizers (Eileen Brooks, Ginny Bechtold and Donna Bohling) have planned trips and in some cases, a special lunch!

The facts .....

  • Museum Fridays are always the 2nd Friday of each month, September through May.
  • We hire a bus – no one has to drive, park or “ready” your vehicle for carpooling.  Round-trip cost of the bus will be $28.
  • Each excursion will depart from the Cal Ave train station, easy parking or walking.  Most trips leave at 9am sharp and return at 3pm.  Occasionally, this time changes depending on museum hours.  You will get the correct time in an email before the trip.
  • Whenever possible, a lunch reservation will be made for our group either at the museum or a nearby restaurant.  Cost of lunches in restaurants will vary.
  • Museums and venues will have an admissions charge.  If you are a member, bring your card!  Many museums will also let you take a guest in for free.

 If this interest group is for you, please email Donna Bohling to be added to our list.  

HOW CAN I GET A SEAT ON THE BUS?

  • The bus fare to museums is $28 per trip and covers both getting to the museum and getting back to Palo Alto (round-trip). 
  • Bus fare must be paid 1 month in advance of the Museum Friday date (always the 2nd Friday of the month - put on you calendar!).  This is a requirement of the bus company to book the vehicle.  We cannot refund cancellation less than 30 days from the trip.
  • Make checks payable to Eileen Brooks, NOT to The Woman’s Club..  This is not a “money-maker”.  Eileen will be charging the bus on her personal credit card.  We are reimbursing Eileen, not the Woman’s Club.
  • Mail or drop checks off at Eileen’s house - 780 Montrose Ave, PA 94303.  Montrose Ave is across the street from Cubberly, on the other side of Middlefield.
  • Include a note with your check specifying which Museum Friday dates you are buying your bus set.  You can buy on a month-by-month basis or you can sent a check to cover multiple dates.  We need to know your dates so you will have a seat on the bus. 

 

 

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Museum Friday Trips Sept 2014 - May 2015

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Museum Friday Trips Sept 2014 - May 2015

WHERE did we go in 2014 - 2015 ?

September 12 – de Young Museum:  Modernism from the National Gallery: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection brings paintings by the great masters of the post-war world to San Francisco. The de Young will feature works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella, among others.

October 10 – Oakland Museum of CA: Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscape
See the very best in California landscape art from the museum’s holdings, including works by Ansel Adams, Thomas Hill, David Hockney, Arthur Mathews, Richard Misrach, Albert Bierstadt, Imogen Cunningham, Eadweard Muybridge, Edward Weston, Chiura Obata, and more.

 November 14 – Legion of Honor: Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House
Houghton Hall is one of England’s grandest country houses, built in the 1720s by Sir Robert Walpole (1676–1745), Britain’s first prime minister. This exhibition captures an intimate look inside Houghton Hall amid a re-creation of some of its spectacular interiors. Key highlights include works by British painters: Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Roman marble busts, 17th century tapestries, Sevres porcelain.

December 12 – Grace Cathedral Grand Tour 
This tour includes many areas of the church not typically seen by casual visitors such as the interior of the Chapel of Grace, the Vestry to view the collection of vestments, the Gallery with sweeping views of the nave, and a walk up the 94 stairs to the top of the South Tower for a unique view of the San Francisco skyline. Tour tickets will be $25.  Three-Coirs fixed price lunch at LuLu's in SF for $45.

January 9, 2014 – Asian Art Museum:  Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Roads of Arabia features objects recently excavated from throughout the Arabian Peninsula and traces the impact of ancient trade routes and pilgrimage routes stretching from Yemen to Iraq.  We have a docent all lined up for this tour.

February 2015 - San Jose Museum of Art to see the exhibit MOMENTUM: AN EXPERIMENT IN THE UNEXPECTED.  Momentum sets out to disrupt the status quo and show that art is anything but just an inanimate object. This exhibition looks at works in the collection from various eras in which artists explore notions of movement and the passage of time—two subjects that are not at all mutually exclusive.  SJMA invited creative movers and shakers from the realms of design, comedy, performance, music, writing, dance, and other fields to disrupt this exhibition of its permanent collection with their personal artistic responses to the art on view. 

March 2015 - Alcatraz Island’s special exhibit by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.  It's no coincidence that Ai Weiwei's latest exhibition is located in Alcatraz, a former jail that sits on an isolated island off the San Francisco coast.  The exhibit, called @LARGE explores human rights and freedom of expression in this series of new, site-specific installations inspired by Alcatraz Island.  Themes of imprisonment, featuring prisoners of conscience from around the world is familiar territory for Ai, who was detained by Chinese authorities for 81 days in 2011 and still cannot travel out of China.  You will be purchasing a ticket on the boat and lunch will be arranged for us off the island and the delightful Pier 23!

April 2015 - We return to The Legion for a spectacular just-in-from NY exhibit, High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.  Explore the glamour and sophistication of one of the world’s preeminent costume collections, whose fashions worn by American women reflect the nation’s tastes and transformations over the course of the 20th century.

May 2015 - We return to the de Young for Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.

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How Do I Get A Seat On The Bus?


How Do I Get A Seat On The Bus?


Get moving and reserve your seat on the bus!

  • The bus fare to museums is $25 per trip and covers both getting to the museum and getting back to Palo Alto (round-trip). 
  • Bus fare must be paid 1 month in advance of the Museum Friday date (always the 2nd Friday of the month - put on you calendar!).  This is a requirement of the bus company to book the vehicle.
  • Make checks payable to Eileen Brooks, NOT to The Woman’s Club..  This is not a “money-maker”.  Eileen will be charging the bus on her personal credit card.  We are reimbursing Eileen, not the Woman’s Club.
  • Mail or drop checks off at Eileen’s house - 780 Montrose Ave, PA 94303.  Montrose Ave is across the street from Cubberly, on the other side of Middlefield.
  • Include a note with your check specifying which Museum Friday dates you are buying your bus set.  You can buy on a month-by-month basis or you can sent a check to cover multiple dates.  We need to know your dates so you will have a seat on the bus. 
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Rental FAQ


Rental FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can we rent the Woman’s Club for a Bar Mitzvah, Quinceanera, or another event for teenagers? 

No, we only rent for adult events, though, of course, children do attend wedding receptions, memorial services, and their grandmother’s 75th birthday party.  The honoree must be 18 or older.

How late can we play music?

You may play amplified music until 10pm. Since we’re located in a neighborhood, after 10pm, music should be acoustic and/or at a reasonable volume.

How do we pay the rental fee?

The rental fee is due with a completed contract.  We ask for the full fee plus the security deposit when you rent the club, but for a convenience fee of $200, you can split the fee in half, paying the first half with the contract and the second half a month before the event.

Can I place a hold on a date?

You can place a hold, for 7 days, if you have toured the clubhouse and are planning to rent.

Do you supply linens and china?

No, you will get all of your table setting supplies through your caterer.

Can I get a lower rate if my organization is a non-profit?

No, we are unable to give a discount, as the rental fees pay for the maintenance of the historic property.

Can I bring in food and prepare it for my event?

No, we require a licensed, professional caterer for each event that takes place at the clubhouse.  We contact the caterer, providing the rules and regulations at the Woman’s Club.

How is parking?

We only have on-street parking, except for room for 2 vehicles for the caterer.  On the weekend, there are no parking restrictions.  During the week, parking is for 2 hours.  There are public parking garages nearby where there is free parking for 3 hours on weekdays.

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