The Lakeside Women’s Club (LWC) has been an integral and vital part of the Lakeside Chautauqua experience since 1928.


Any woman (or man) living in or visiting Lakeside may become a member of the LWC upon payment of $20 annual dues. The mission of the Lakeside Women’s Club is to enhance the Lakeside experience for women through fellowship, outreach and education.

Programming & Additional Opportunities

The LWC hosts several book discussions, programs, book reviews and events for women (and men) throughout the summer. Read the weekly summer Lakesider newspaper for the most up-to-date information. All programs are held at Green Gables (located at 161 Walnut Ave.), unless otherwise noted.

All Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents are welcome to borrow books from the LWC Library at Green Gables or purchase pre-owned books at the Used Book Sale. The library is open Monday-Friday 1-3 p.m. during the summer. The LWC also has a thrift shop at Green Gables called 'The Corner Cupboard.' Purchases are made through the honor system. Free Wi-Fi is also available at Green Gables.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays anyone is invited to Green Gables to play Mah Jongg or join in a Bridge game.

The Lakeside Women’s Club rents rooms to adult women for $80 a night at our historic Green Gables Cottage, built in 1883. A resident hostess lives on site throughout the summer.

Weekly Summer Schedule


  • Breakfast Bunch Book Discussion at 8:30 a.m. or After Lunch Bunch Book Discussion at 1:30 p.m. (Alternating Mondays)
  • "Women Reading through the Bible" Bible Study at 10 a.m.
  • Porch Stories in the evening


  • Lakeside Women's Club Programs at the Train Station at 1 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday:

  • LWC: Bridge - Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.
  • LWC: Mahjong - Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.
  • LWC: Mahjong - Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.
  • LWC: Bridge - Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.
  • LWC: Mahjong - Fridays, 2:45 p.m.


  • The Foremothers of Jesus Bible Study at 10 a.m. (July Only)
  • Book Reviews at 1:30 p.m. at Green Gables

Book Reviews for the 2021 Season

June 18

  • Ruth Watkins. The Unbreakable Child by Kim Michele Richardson (2009)
  • Laurie Switzer. The Water Is Wide by Pat Conroy (1972)

June 25

  • Dolly Andler. The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickinson (2010)
  • Robyn Palmer. One Thousand White Women: Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus (2011)

July 2

  • Gretchen Curtis. When Books Went to War: Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly G. Manning (2014)
  • Gretchen Curtis. When We Were Young & Brave by Hazel Gaynor (2020)

July 9

  • Becky Johnson. First & Always: A New Portrait of Geo. Washington by Peter Henriques (2020)
  • Gracie Johnson. Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper (2012)

July 16

  • Brenda Haas. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks (2003)
  • Judy Haines. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough (2019)

July 23

  • Cindy Grimm. American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins (2020)
  • Susan Mack, The Library Book by Susan Orlean (2018)

July 30

  • Barb Hoffman. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (2014)
  • Carol McKinney. Love, Lust & Longing in the White House: The Relationships of America's Presidents by Webb B. Garrison (2000)

Aug. 2

  • Jan Hamilton. Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

Aug. 6

  • Gretchen Curtis. The Doctors Blackwell: How two pioneering sisters brought medicine to women. by Janice Nimura (2021) Gretchen will do the entire session on this book and relate it to Green Gables’ first owner.

Aug. 13

  • Karen Parker. Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker (2020)
  • Lynne Hudson. In the Country of Women: A Memoir by Susan Straight (2019)

Aug. 20

  • Lynne Woods. The Bishop Mystery Series by Vanetta Chapman (3 books, 2017-2019)
  • Group Discussion: What we experienced from books during the past year

Moderator: Gretchen Curtis


Barbara Browning
Lakeside Women's Club President
(817) 891-5621