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Winter Newsletter

December 2012
In This Issue
2012: A ReSounding Success
Looking Ahead to 2013
Profile: Colleen Quinlan Styer
Profile: Robert Hiden
The Director's

Looking Ahead to 2013   

What a successful year 2012 has been for At Home on the Sound! As our membership base and volunteer numbers continue to grow, we have much to look forward to in 2013. Plans are already underway for our second Gala Dinner on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Hampshire Country Club. Mark your calendars!

So much of what we do here is in direct response to the needs and interests of our members. We look forward to adding new events and programs in the coming months.

Currently in the works are: a knitting group, a Scrabble club, Mahjong lessons, and a "Movie & a Meal" group -- all based on requests from our members, board, and volunteers.

Please contact me if you are interested in joining any of these activities, or suggest one of your own. Meanwhile, our Gentle Yoga class, lectures, Dine-Abouts, Current Event Club, and Improv classes all continue to be popular.

Board member Teddi Becker has organized a Cookbook Committee. Recipes are being collected and tested for inclusion in a book that we will sell as a fundraiser. If you want to contribute a recipe or get involved, email Teddi at

Finally, Hurricane Sandy in November 2012 brought unprecedented challenges to our community. I was in touch with all of our members before and after the storm to review their needs and safety issues. If you haven't already done so, please contact me with your cell phone number. Since many lost landline phone service during the storm, it is important that I have another way to reach you in case of emergency weather situations.

It was so gratifying to speak with one member after the storm. She said, "At Home on the Sound is my lifeline - second only to the one I wear around my neck." I hope all of our members feel the same way!

I wish you a happy and healthy 2013,

Elaine Weingarten
Executive Director






Lynn Reichgott, President

Leslie Molinoff, VicePresident

Nedra Gillette, Secretary

Philip Horner, Treasurer

Teddi Becker  

John D. Bradley 

Rudy Demasi  

William T. Dentzer, Jr.  

Ellie Fredston  

David J. Hachey  

Pastor Dr. Marvin Henk  

Simon Marlow  

Friedhilde Milburn  

Kathryn Parter  

Ira Schwartz

Lisa Senter 

Rose Silvestro  

Lois Steinberg

H. David Willey


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 2012:  A ReSounding Success!
At Home members at the Noguchi Museum

2012 has been an exciting year for At Home on the Sound, with many interesting programs, fun trips, and delicious "dine-abouts." We hope you were able to participate in some of these activities, but if not, don't miss out in 2013.


A few highlights of the year include our trip to the Noguchi Museum in October and a tour of Gracie Mansion in May. In March, we had a wonderful dine-about at the Crabtree Kittle House, and in September our own Elaine Weingarten and her husband Art shared with us pictures and stories of their recent trip to China, during which we lunched, appropriately, on Chinese food at the Seven Woks Restaurant in Scarsdale.


Of course, not to be left out, was our hugely successful, first-ever, Gala held at the Hampshire Country Club in May. Valerie O'Keeffe was our honoree and over 320 people attended.  


In addition to trips and dine-abouts, we've had many interesting programs and lectures. Keep your eye on Elaine's monthly memos listing upcoming Wednesday afternoon lectures as well as schedules for all recurring programs and classes.

Colleen Quinlan Styer, Volunteer

Aye, ye Thespians, take heed! Do we ever have a treat for you!  Colleen  is about to conduct a session of Senior Scenes, and each of you will have a chance to read a role.

Colleen Quinlan Styer is a professional actress who has performed Off-Broadway and in regional theaters all over the country.  Her academic studies include Niagara University (BFA), Michael Howard Studios, with David Perry from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and more. 
For us, in addition to Senior Scenes, Colleen is organizing a live radio show.  Under her guidance - and talent and enthusiasm - members of At Home will write the script and produce the show, At Home on the Stage. We look forward to the performance.  As you can see, theater is Colleen's first love. She says, "The theater world is a wonderful world."

But Colleen has other interests as well. She is a Professional Organizer, going into people's homes to make order from top to bottom, as well as working with her husband on expanding his media production company in New York.  She is a native of Larchmont and attended local schools.  Now she shares her love of theater with her husband, Allan, whom she married in 2010.  They had met - on stage - in a Mamaroneck High School production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.  
Robert Hiden, Member and Volunteer

Bob Hiden is the very affable moderator of our Thursday breakfast Current Events group, held at the Nautilus diner. Under Bob's guidance, this lively, stimulating group takes up current events, politics, and local issues such as the Tappan Zee Bridge, occasionally calling in a local politico or others to speak. Bob enjoys these mornings and sometimes plays devil's advocate to encourage participation. The group is large, but Bob would like to see even more people attend.

Bob is an attorney who had a general practice in Manhattan for 40 years. He has fond memories of his years at the University of Virginia School of Law; at Princeton, where he was an undergraduate; and his "Life in the fast lane at Deerfield Academy, '51." ( After living in Connecticut and Massachusetts,  Bob, his wife Ann, and their three children have called Larchmont/Mamaroneck home since 1961.

Now retired from his law practice, Bob devotes his time to being a volunteer and member of At Home on the Sound, a member of the Board of Governors of Ramapo College, and a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club. He loves the water and his powerboat. The Hidens also have a vacation condo in the Berkshires, where they take advantage of all the pleasures the area has to offer.


One beautiful May evening, overlooking the Long Island Sound with cocktails in hand, over 300 guests came together to honor Valerie O'Keeffe and to lend their support at our Spring Benefit Gala. The success of At Home on the Sound depends on the generosity and support of our community, which we received in spades.

We would like to thank Hampshire Country Club and owner Dan Pfeffer for all the personal attention given to us and The House of Flowers (231 Mamaroneck Avenue, 698-2522) for donating the exquisite bouquets that adorned each table. The funds raised allow us to provide a reduced membership rate to seniors in need and to expand our administrative staff.

"If you give, you'll get it back ten-fold, both financially and emotionally" said Frank Soriano, owner of House of Flowers. We couldn't agree more.

The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library will deliver books
to any homebound library card holder.

Call the Library at
914-834-2281 and ask for Reference.

wishes all our members, volunteers and supporters

 Happy New Year 2013!