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Women in the 'Hood

Every woman in Woodland Drives is automatically a member of this hang-loose and welcoming group, which is about being women in a neighborhood together.

So What's That About?
Women in the Hood (WITH) is about meeting a neighbors! We aim to encourage something that our modern lives don't nurture very much — interconnectedness as women in community—so that whatever the future may hold for us, we may find that we have developed some of that connection with each other.

How Did WITH Happen?
The first WITH party, somewhere in the summer of 2007, began with an invitation to a Women in the Hood party in every neighborhood mailbox. It was the brainchild of a small group of inventive women who wanted to create an opportunity for the women of this big neighborhood to know each other:

  • to meet as individuals—for one evening not as wife, mother, caretaker, partner or the roles that go with them;
  • to discover who lives around us and see the insides of each other’s houses (something we all love),
  • to keep it informal, convenient, and comfortable—just go down the street for the evening to have a glass of wine together and eat a supper we didn't cook and won't have to clean up after, and
  • to become part of a friendly, supportive, and creative network.

How Do The Parties Work?
At each WITH meeting (around every six weeks to two months) a woman in the neighborhood who has enough space (the attendance has run as high as nearly 50) offers her house for an upcoming evening on a date convenient for her.

This house-host collaborates with several others (from 3 to 6 seems to make it do-able without too much burden on anybody) who volunteer as co-hosts to provide supper foods, dessert and drinks. Guests bring wine or a beverage. The hostesses hang around to clean up (and bond some more).

There’s no obligation for you to “take a turn”; we all understand that our lives have their seasons. It's knowing each other that we care about.

The usual time is from 7:00 to 9:00. A few parties have started as early as 5:30 or 6--this is the prerogative of the hostess.

How Can I Come?
Party dates are announced by email. If you did not get a recent e-mail about WITH, please put yourself on the list by emailing the current list-keeper, Anne Peery.

Every woman in Woodland Drives is automatically a member of this hang-loose and welcoming group, which is about being women in a neighborhood together. There is no leader, and we are that interesting phenomenon, a self-organizing group.

So What's That About?
Women in the Hood (WITH) is about meeting a neighbor from down the street whom you have never seen, finding somebody around the corner who shares your passion for gardening or block parties or string theory or local history or shaking up the County Commission…

It aims to encourage something that our modern lives don't nurture very much—interconnectedness as women in community—so that come hurricane or pandemic or whatever the future may hold for us, we may find that we have developed some of that connection with each other that used to be the strength of women living in communities together.

How Does That Happen?
The first WITH party, somewhere in the summer of 2007, began with an invitation to a Women in the Hood party in every neighborhood mailbox It was the brainchild of a small group of inventive women who wanted to create an opportunity for the women of this big neighborhood to know each other:

  • to meet as individuals—for one evening not as wife, mother, caretaker, partner or the roles that go with them;

  • to discover who lives around us and see the insides of each other’s houses (something we all love),

  • to keep it informal, convenient, and comfortable—just go down the street--on a date totally at the convenience of the hosts-- to have a glass of wine together and eat a supper we didn't cook and won't have to clean up after, and

  • to become part of a friendly, supportive, and creative network.

How Do The Parties Work?
At each WITH meeting (around every two or three months) a woman in the neighborhood who has enough space (the attendance has run as high as nearly 50) offers her house for an upcoming Tuesday on a date convenient for her.

This house-host collaborates with several others (from 3 to 6 seems to make it do-able without too much burden on anybody) who volunteer as co-hosts to provide supper foods, dessert and drinks. Guests bring wine. The hostesses hang around to clean up (and bond some more).

There’s no obligation for you to “take a turn”; we all understand that our lives have their seasons. It's knowing each other that we care about.

The usual time is from 7:00 to 9:00. A few parties have started as early as 5:30 or 6--this is the prerogative of the hostess.

How Can I Come?
Party dates are announced by email. If you did not get a recent e-mail about WITH, please put yourself on the list by emailing the current list-keeper, Anne Peery.



Photos of the neighborhood

The next WITH get-together will be Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the home of Jen Vrynios, from 6-8 p.m. WITH is open to all women who live in Woodland Drives neighborhood.

Jen lives at 1212 Cherokee Drive. The host committee will provide light snacks; please bring the beverage of your choice. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact Anne Peery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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