Greenwich Pen Women

Greenwich Pen Women, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is a non-profit organization of women artists, writers, and musicians. We offer mutual support and exchange of ideas to encourage and inspire excellence in original creative work.

Recent Events

This month’s update arrives on a note of sadness. Our president, Deb Weir, lost her husband Michael Weir, on March 20. Her daughter, Caitlin McConoughey, has been kind enough to let us know a little about the wonderful life Michael shared with Deb. (A full obituary can be found on the Greenwich Pen Women page on Facebook:

Deb first met Mike at a tennis group for singles. She found him “charming and movie-star handsome.” She was so impressed upon meeting Mike that she immediately called her mother exclaiming, “I just met the most wonderful man.” This encounter was the inspiration for Deb’s poem, “Tennis Catch,” recently anthologized in the Greenwich Pen Women poetry book, Women’s Voices of the 21st Century. Her poem whimsically captures the happy moment of their finding one another.

I went to the singles’ tennis match
To see if I could find a catch.

I was bored
Dating the hoard.

Of puffed-up execs
And stubble-chinned techs.

So I went to the local tennis match
To see if there would be a catch.

He was handsome, fun and the right age.
Now we have a twenty-year marriage.

I recommend a tennis match
If you want to find your catch!

Michael Weir

Deb has lovingly shared a photo of Mike’s medals, telling the story of his military service.

Our hearts are with you and your family, Deb.

The crocuses have arrived! Even if there may be chilly days and nights ahead, nothing can stop the profusion of color that is in our future. And nothing can stop Greenwich Pen Women in their quest to seek out and appreciate artists at work. And so it was when a happy contigent of members made their way to the Carriage House Studios in Stamford on March 12, for a tour and discussion with sound engineer Johnny Montagnese. Established in 1980, the Carriage House has recorded well-known artists like Diana Ross, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, Meatloaf, Rakim, Pantera, Ronnie Dio, Phyllis Hyman, Spyro Gyra, and The Pixies. Music member, Claudia Dumschat organized the tour that drew rave reviews. Here’s a bit of what member Rosemarie Anner had to say about the experience: “Carriage House was fascinating because Johnny is so wonderful, a man passionate about his work and yet somehow humble about what he has accomplished, and also because he is an excellent teacher. I am delighted that I made the effort to attend this very special outing.” ┬áThank you, Claudia, for planning such a delightful outing!

Liana Moonie, Rosemarie Anner, Sound Studio Founder John Montagnese, Claudia Dumschat, Julie Dolphin, Barbara O’Shea, Marcia Hamilton,  Mirella Hajjar, Libby Collins, Anita Keire and Marie Amoruso

Joyce DiCamillo with her old friend John Montagnese. In the background, Claudia Dumschat, Julie Dolphin, Barbara O’Shea, Marcia Hamilton

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