Deb Melton, Director of Publicity
From the pickleball court to the Tucson Museum of Art to deep space, The Women of Quail Creek (TWOQC) are getting a lot of mileage out of the many and varied activities offered to them by the TWOQC Programs Committee.
With a new focus on helping members meet women with similar interests, The Women of Quail Creek Programs Committee has been hard at work developing ideas that will appeal to the wide spectrum of interests represented by our membership. Ultimately, the goal is to provide a way for women with similar interests to meet and forge new friendships and long-lasting relationships.
Since January, over 100 TWOQC members have participated in at least one of the 24 different events offered, with many attending multiple events. The feedback from these events has been overwhelmingly positive.
Classes, hikes, presentations, and discussion groups are primarily hosted by TWOQC members who graciously offer their time, expertise, and hospitality. This past month alone, program offerings exemplified the diversity of opportunities available.
On April 1, Shireen Kolarik introduced four eager students to the sport of pickleball, while Pam Hartwell-James demonstrated pour painting and sent each of the participants home with a unique work of art. A second hike to the historic Helvetia Mine site was led by Dinah Shumway on April 19, and seven members learned about the techniques and challenges of deep sky photography when Quail Creek resident and deep sky photographer, Larry Phillips, shared his knowledge and fabulous photos in a Zoom presentation.
A new book group organized by Crystal Wolfe (The Third Friday Book Group) met via Zoom on April 16 to discuss the fascinating memoir of Eva Antonia Wilbur-Cruce titled A Beautiful, Cruel Country. Pat Neel also hosted a book discussion event on her patio, where participants shared their best-loved books.
Bonnie Hyra, assisted by Pat Neel, organized and led an excursion to the Tucson Museum of Art on April 15. In addition to the museum’s permanent collection, the group was treated to a special exhibition of 60 paintings, drawings, and illustrations of three generations of the Wyeth family. Lunch on the patio of the Café à La C’Art rounded out a delightful day.
On April 20, Sharon Pulcinella hosted a patio bird watch. Attendees were treated to views of both year-round residents and the birds returning to Quail Creek to breed and spend the summer.
As we all begin to ease ourselves into our pre-COVID lives, The Women of Quail Creek will resume their traditional membership luncheons and large group programs, even as smaller interest group offerings continue to expand. On the horizon is a garden group, as well as a genealogy group. All TWOQC members are welcome to attend all events.