Our group welcomes all those who are interested in antiques. University Club members who are admirers and collectors are invited to join this group to study, share, and gain an appreciation of antiques. This group usually meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from September to April excluding November. December has an early meeting date. Special programs and a spring bus trip to an historic site are also planned. Yearly dues of $5 should be submitted to a co-chair.

Co-chairs:  Mary Wood (988-4425)      Helene Jones (331-0226)


  2013-2014 Antiques Programs.           NO Meeting in September

October 24

Indianapolis Museum of Art: the work of Henri Matisse - a special exhibit.

Leaving by bus from the Marsh North parking lot at 9 AM.

Trip Coordinators: Janet Weaver (331-7118) and Janie Harnett (339-4528)

Opening this fall, the IMA will host (and we will see) a major exhibition of works by the great French artist, Henri Matisse. The exhibit comprises part of the renowned Cone Collection from the Baltimore Museum of Art and includes nearly 80 works of art including paintings, sculptures and prints. We will bus to Indianapolis for a guided tour of these masterworks. We will have lunch at the museum café (at your expense) following the tour, and then proceed on self-guided tours (no charge) of the Gardens and Lilly House on the museum grounds. Of course there will be a gift shop or two to visit.

The cost of the trip is $32, which covers the bus, gratuity, and the exhibit ticket. Your payment is due no later than October 7th. You may sign up for this trip at the U Club's September Luncheon, or make your reservation to Janet or Janie and mail your check to: Mary Wood, PO Box 2194, Nashville, IN 47448. Make check payable to "University Women's Club Antiques". The trip is filled at 40, but sign up for the waiting list, and we might be able to get a bigger bus. Need 17 more!"

December 12

The West Baden Springs Hotel at Christmas, Tea at the Ballard Mansion, and the Art of Palmistry

Leaving by bus from Kmart West at 10 AM. Please arrive by 9:45 AM.

Trip Coordinator: Joanne Lovell (332-7585)

What could be more beautiful than the West Baden Springs Hotel at Christmas? Not much. And we'll see it all on our guided historic tour of this grand hotel. If you wish, you may participate in the Stocking Stuffer Sale: fill a Christmas stocking with purchased goodies and get a 15% discount. Following the tour, we will visit the nearby Ballard Mansion for a delicious five-course afternoon tea. Ed Ballard was the owner of the West Baden Springs Hotel from 1922-32. As we finish our tea, we'll be entertained by Mademoiselle Louise and the Art of Palmistry, with fascinating stories conveying some of the finer details of palm reading as it was practiced in the early 20th century. We will then have time to explore the mansion on our own. We expect to arrive home between 5 and 5:30 PM.

The all-inclusive cost of this trip is $57.00. You won't want to miss it, so please make your reservation early, no later than November 7th. Mail your check to: Mary Wood, PO Box 2194, Nashville, IN 47448. Make check payable to "University Women's Club Antiques"


January 23

A Presentation by Fine Furniture Maker Randall O'Donnell - 2 - 4 PM

With tea at the Home of Anne Bright, 3207 Kristen Court, Bloomington, 47401 Program Coordinators: Anne Bright (334-0054) and Martha Tedrowe (812-988-6927)

This meeting is limited to 30 members. Please call Martha to reserve a place or email at Randall O'Donnell crafts furniture in the manner of 18th century American fine furniture makers. Randy states on his website, that "From the smallest secondary wood, to the most intricately carved parts, no apprentice or employee is involved. The techniques I use are the same as those found in the finest urban shops of early America: hand-scraped surfaces, mortise and tenon joints and hand-cut dovetails. Each shell, ball and claw foot, drawer front and finial, each leg and molding is hand carved, one at a time, in the traditional manner." In Brown County, Randy operates the O'Donnell Classical Institute, dedicated to advanced teaching in the fine art of woodworking. He has published numerous articles on woodworking and has served with the Chipstone Foundation in Wisconsin -

February 27

A tour of our Renovated Courthouse - 2 to 4 PM. Preceded by lunch at the Uptown Café at 12:30 PM.

Program Coordinators: Carol Haywood (334-1002) and Ann Whittridge (287-8246) (Please RSVP to Carol or Ann by February 17th if you will be going to lunch)

The Monroe County Courthouse recently underwent a $5 million renovation primarily to restore the structural integrity of the building. Bill Ludlow, who was in charge of the successful renovation, will take us on a tour of this historic Beaux Arts building, built in 1908. An earlier extensive renovation, in 1984, cost about $2.3 million. This program will give us some interesting insight into the local history of Monroe County.

Before the tour, at 12:30, we'll meet for a warm lunch and good conversation at the Uptown café.

March 26

Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, Vincennes, IN, & Grouseland, home of Wm. Henry Harrison

Leaving by bus from Kmart West at 8 AM. Please arrive by 7:45 AM

Trip Coordinators: Linda Gregory (336-5451) and Rosemary Conley (339-8766) PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENT DAY (WEDNESDAY)

Please join us as we mix nostalgia with history, first visiting the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy. This brand new facility showcases costumes from all of Red's most beloved characters, including Freddie the Freeloader and Clem Kaddidlehopper. There is also a short film featuring both funny and poignant highlights of Red's movie and TV career, and we will be given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Performing Arts Center.

After lunch in downtown Vincennes (included), we will tour Grouseland, the home of Wm. Henry Harrison and his family when he was Governor of the Indiana Territory (1803-1812). Harrison went on to become our 9th President. Following the tour, we head home, arriving by 4:00 PM.

The cost, including transportation, tours, and lunch is $45.00 per person.. Call Linda or Rosemary to reserve your spot no later than March 12th Mail your check to: Mary Wood, PO Box 2194, Nashville, IN 47448. Make check payable to "University Women's Club Antiques".

April 24 and 24

An overnight trip to Corydon, our first State Capitol, and Historic Harrison County

Leaving by bus from I.U. Stadium Lot #4 at 8 AM

Trip Coordinator: Joanne Lovell (332-7585)

We begin our adventure with a guided tour of the First State Capitol and Governor Hendricks' Headquarters. We will stop at historic Stephenson's General Store, then on to the Overlook Restaurant, with its scenic vista overlook, for a buffet lunch. After lunch we'll see a demonstration of hand-blown art glass at the Zimmerman Art Glass Factory. At about 3:00, we'll check into our rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, then freshen up for our evening at the Derby Dinner Playhouse, for a delicious dinner buffet, with a choice of deserts, and a performance of "Singin' in the Rain" .The playhouse has been presenting professional Broadway plays for 35 years!

Next morning, after a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, we'll tour downtown historic Corydon with our Step-on Guide , then have time to shop behind the quaint storefronts surrounding the Capitol. Lunch is at the historic Kintner House Inn on the square, and there will be a short talk on its history. You'll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth at Schimpff's Confectionery, where we will tour one of the oldest family-owned candy businesses in the US. Our final stop on this jam-packed two-day trip is at Best Vineyards, where we'll have a tour and then enjoy a glass of wine and an assortment of cheeses and finger food. We expect to be back home about 6:30 PM.

Past Antique's Group Programs - 2009 - 2012