BATH – The Cosmopolitan Club of Bath, a local women’s club, celebrates its 100th Anniversary this April 11, 2013. Club President Michele Ober has been leading the members in the planning of several events including a Women Merchants Tea; a tribute to Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy at Winter Street Center; a 100th Anniversary Open House and Tea; and a 60th anniversary Senior Tea.
This year’s first annual Women Merchants Tea, in honor of Women’s History Month, occurred on Saturday, March 23, 2-4pm. Members of the Cosmopolitan Club greeted several local women merchants as well as their guest speaker, Laura Fortman, former Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor and current Executive Director of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle. Fortman spoke of Perkin’s leadership role in society’s change from agricultural to industrial, and women’s present role in this information technological society. All attendees enjoyed tea, punch, homemade sweets, and conversation about women entrepreneurship.
Sagadahoc Preservation Inc.’s Dreamland Theatre Theater will sponsor the Keller/Macy tribute at the Winter Street Center on Wednesday, April 17, 6:30-9:30pm. The evening will include a reading from newspaper clippings documenting Keller and Macy’s visit to the Winter Street Congregational Church on April 17, 1913, the first event sponsored by the newly-formed Cosmopolitan Club women [600 people filled the church at 50 cents per ticket, Macy spoke for an hour about her relationship with Keller, and then Keller spoke for about 30 minutes]. Mr. James Phipps, Executive Director of The Iris Network in Portland, will be the guest speaker before the viewing of the 1962 “The Miracle Worker” with Anne Bancroft who portrays Anne Sullivan and Patty Duke as Helen. The suggested donation is $5.00 and a portion of the proceeds will go to The Iris Network (formally the Maine Institution for the Blind) and to the maintenance of the Cosmopolitan Club house. Beverages, popcorn, and baked goods are available for $1 each.
An upcoming event open to women of all ages is the 100th Anniversary Open House and Tea scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2-5pm. Current members will provide guests a look at the past successes of the Club including philanthropy, partnerships, and volunteer service with local organizations, as well as their renewed vision and purpose. Any past member or relation to a past member is encouraged to contact Michele Ober at the clubhouse 443-3231 to secure a personal invitation to this event.
The Morse High School senior class is invited to the 60th anniversary of the annual Senior Tea to be scheduled in mid-May. The first Senior Tea was served in 1953. In 2003, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Senior Tea, the 1953 alumnae were invited to attend with their daughters or their sons. Two families boasted three generations of graduates who had attended the Senior Tea! The goal is to honor all Morse High School graduates, their parents, their grandparents, and their teachers. Senior class president Danica Moore and her twin sister, class vice-president Abby Moore, will set the date and extend invitations to their class.
The Cosmopolitan Club has several events planned and encourages the Bath community to visit the clubhouse and consider participation in the newest events as well as the traditional events such as the Strawberry Shortcake Festival on July 4th and the Gingerbread Social in late November.
For more information about the Cosmopolitan Club, to apply for membership, or to rent the clubhouse meeting room, go to www.cosmopolitanclubofbath.org or contact Ober at the clubhouse 207-443-3231.