Due to Covid 19, most W.O.W. activities have been placed on ‘hold’. A few groups have continued modified activity with outdoor meetings and social distancing. Please return to our website for a virtual Kick Off in September when more information will be available.

Love to play bridge but don't have a partner?  Come join us at the Bridge Group and we will find you a partner.  We meet a once a month on the second Friday at Woodside Plantation Country Club at 6 pm, have a light meal, and then play bridge until around 9:30 pm.  If interested, please call Carol Smelser at 648-6437.

No places to shop in Aiken???  That’s why we offer a shopping trip to other locations to shop each November.  In the past, we have gone to Atlanta, Hilton Head outlets and Charlotte.  Most of our shoppers prefer Charlotte’s South Park mall with optional stops at Charlotte’s outlets, BlackLion Design or Trader Joe’s.  It is a fun day on a luxury coach with 40-50 eager shoppers and the perfect time to shop for the holidays.  Our 2019 trip is on November 4th to Charlotte.  For more details call Carlita Myers at 803-641-6089 or Kathleen Bennett at 803-226-9877.

 

The W.O.W. Book Clubs provide a venue for W.O.W. members to expand their reading selections to journey to new places and times in the company of enthusiastic fellow readers.  Lively discussions provide the chance to see a book through different perspectives, and thus, enhance the reading experience. Book clubs typically have 12 or fewer members to allow for meetings in intimate surroundings such as members’ homes so that the members not only share their thoughts about the book being discussed but also establish friendships that last for many years.  Currently there are nine active W.O.W. Book Clubs.

The W.O.W. Book Clubs are also expanding the traditional book club experience to include shorter-term (up to one year) book clubs focused on a specific author, genre, or topic.  In addition, activities that allow fellowship among the members from different W.O.W. Book Clubs are being pursued, such as an annual lunch to recognize the favorite books from the previous year from each of the W.O.W. Book Clubs.

If you love books and want to meet fellow bibliophiles, contact Alice Murray, Chair, W.O.W. Book Clubs (alice_murray@icloud.com).

 

 

Join us each month as we explore different sights and eat in new restaurants within the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).  Past outings have included a relaxing and informative boat ride on the Augusta Canal, a private tour of a local historic home, and a baseball game at SRP Park in North Augusta.  Lunch is provided after the excursion at a local nearby restaurant.  Some months there is no outing, just a lovely lunch among friends, old and new.

Several weeks before an event we send out emails to all the Women of Woodside on our Out to Lunch Bunch e-mail list, giving them details of the next event, the cost and an estimate of how long the entire trip will take.  At this time interested members sign up with the Co-Chairs.  All Women of Woodside members are invited to attend.

If you are interested in this activity and want to be included on our email list, please contact either Suzanne Eiseman   eisemansue@gmail.com  803-221-8189 or Mary Fleiss   mfleiss.wow.otlb@gmail.com   803-514-2021.

This is an emotional support group for all W.O.W. members who are also caregivers to someone suffering from Alzheimer’s/Dementia.  We meet once a month at different restaurants in the area to eat, drink and socialize together as a group of women who totally understand what we are each going through.  We create a safe and non-judgmental environment where caregivers can talk about the fear, loss, frustration and loneliness one feels when looking after a loved one with this difficult disease.  At times we ask experts in the field of Alzheimer’s/Dementia to join us to discuss how we can help improve the daily lives of our loved ones and ourselves. If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail Daria Carney at twocarneys@outlook.com.

Do you like to try different varietals of wine and socialize with neighbors?  Then the Wine Group is the perfect activity for you.  Learn more about wines while meeting new people and best of all, tasting new wines.  Wine Groups generally meet monthly at the homes of group members, with each member taking a turn at hosting.

Each group decides on the meeting date and how they wish to run their group.  Groups typically consist of 16 to 20 people, but some groups prefer to stay small with only 6 to 8 members.

During a typical wine tasting, the host buys the wines and decides on the theme (Italian, French, a specific varietal, blind tasting, etc.) and they also prepare light hors d'oeuvres.  The group then reimburses the host for the wine cost.  However, other groups are set up so that each member brings a wine to taste, usually based on a theme. Most members like to learn something new about the wines.

All women must be members of W.O.W. but spouses may join the group.  Singles are welcome and encouraged to also participate.

Anne Flanagan is glad to meet with those who are interested in forming a group and to help you get started.  You may contact her at anne726@mac.com.

 

THE WOW Garden Club is sowing seeds!  Please come and join us on the 3rd Friday of each month at the Reserve Club starting at 1 PM.  Garden Club members are encouraged to come early for lunch and "Garden Gab" at each table before the meeting. Garden Gab is a chance to discuss gardening tips, tricks, insights, news and events. A speaker, demonstration, or show and tell, will follow lunch.  Some months we may choose to go on a field trip, to a plant sale, or to an event that the group is interested in supporting.  If you wish to join the Gardening Group, please call Tracie Call, Chair, at 803-845-0336.

 

W.O.W. PROGRESSIVE DINNER

W.O.W.’s Progressive Dinner, which is held once a year, is a wonderful opportunity to meet new and current neighbors in our Woodside Plantation community.  Both couples and singles are welcome to participate.  Participants travel to three Woodside Plantation homes:

First House – Appetizer

Second House – Soup or Salad and Entrée

Third House – Dessert

Each participating twosome (either a couple or two singles who paired up themselves or we paired them together) is asked to provide one of the following:

Light hors d’oeuvres for 16 to 20 people in their home

A soup or salad for 8 people to be served at the entrée host’s home

An entrée for 8 people in their home

Dessert and coffee/Tea for 16 to 20 people in their home

Four bottles of their favorite wine ($12-$17 range)

For additional information, please call Gail Boule at 803-641-4230

or Linda Kreuter at 248-672-0612.

 

 

THE SINGLES’ GROUP

The Singles’ Group is open to any single woman who is a member of WOW.  Our mission is purely social. We have three general meetings a year held in September, January and April.  Also offered are monthly events including Book Club, Hand and Foot, Mexican Train, Bridge and Mahjong. Additionally, we plan a variety of overnight trips, theatrical performances, cruise offerings and holiday celebrations.

If interested in joining or have questions, please contact Janice Milne at 803-642-2390 or Janicemilne@bellsouth.net  Cost this year is $7.00.

We would love to have you!

 

DINING WITH FRIENDS

 Dining with Friends is a revitalized concept in entertaining, designed to expand our circle of friends and strengthen our community through shared meals.  Formerly known as The Gourmet Club, the new Dining with Friends builds on the original concept of four meals a year centered around a yearly theme.  A designated Host will bring together their assigned group to cook various dishes that the Dining with Friends Committee have been previously taste tested, ensuring all ingredients are readily available.  All recipes are compiled into a yearly recipe book just for the Dining with Friends members.   The dinners are held in November, January, February and April of each year and no formal cooking education is required.  We hope to spark your own creativity and help you to make lasting friends.

For more details please call Connie McCorkle at 803-262-5600 or Lynn Burkes at 803-645-3267.

The Honor Mission
The Honor Mission provides an opportunity to recognize and show our appreciation to local military veterans, showing them that their sacrifices for our country are appreciated and not forgotten.  The great news is that we can make a difference while staying safely at home by sending cards and letters to veterans.  We plan to have 3 major letter writing campaigns: Valentines Day, Veterans Day and Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday time. In addition we’d like to plan visits to veterans in hospitals and recognize our veteran neighbors on patriotic holidays.  For more information please contact Alice Canerday, Chair, at (703) 999-2263 or via email at Aisling96@verizon.net