This Book Won’t Make You Happy

The Club is delighted to welcome back Niro Feliciano ’98 for an online discussion of her new book, This Book Won’t Make You Happy, just released on April 5. For the Zoom link for the May 17 program, RSVP to Carolyn Dorais ( by Monday, May 16!
In April 2019, Niro, a psychotherapist, author and keynote speaker, spoke on mindfulness at the Three College Luncheon; and in November 2020 she addressed dealing with holiday stress in one of the Club’s most popular virtual programs.
To learn more about the book, watch the brief, fun video on Niro’s website:

Club Updates

What has the Mount Holyoke Club of Hartford been up to? We’ve been keeping busy with two in person gatherings (a welcome gathering for new students in the summer and a Mountain Day gathering in the fall, both hosted by Jill Morawski) and many lively, stimulating Zoom discussions! Alumnae have met to discuss both the Common Read (The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward) and the recent Artemesia Gentileschi exhibition at The Wadsworth Atheneum, By Her Hand. We also gathered on Zoom this January to connect with current students and 2021 grads. As the weather begins to warm, we look forward to additional programming this spring- stay tuned!

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

All events this fall will be held virtually over Zoom. For Zoom meeting details, RSVP to

Common Read Discussion: The 1619 Project

Saturday, October 24, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

This year’s Common Read is selected essays from the award-winning initiative of the New York Times Magazine, “The 1619 Project”. Our discussion will focus primarily on the lead essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones. If you don’t have online access to the New York Times, the essay is available at no charge here. You can read more about the Common Read selection here.

Workshop: Poetry as Memoir

Thursday, November 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Has the pandemic made you reflect more on your life, past and present? Are you interested in writing poetry about your memories? Journalist and poet Bessy Reyna ’70, recently named the Poet Laureate of Bolton, will lead this workshop, which will be limited to 10 participants.

Photos from our Foodshare walk along the Farmington Freedom Trail

It was a beautiful night out for our walk along part of Farmington’s Freedom Trail, in support of the Foodshare Virtual Walk Against Hunger! Pictured are Amy Johnston ’90, Sara Taylor ’95, Ada Schnake ’18, and Madison Leighty ’19. 

Amy Johnston '90, Sara Taylor '95, Ada Schnake '18, and Madison Leighty '19

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Foodshare Walk Against Hunger

To raise awareness and funds for our neighbors struggling with food insecurity in Greater Hartford, the Mount Holyoke Club of Hartford will be participating in the Foodshare Virtual Walk Against Hunger from September 13 – 19.

Every year, the Foodshare Walk Against Hunger raises hundreds of thousands to support Foodshare’s work. Our club has set a goal of raising $1,837 to help bring us one step closer to a hunger-free community. To join the club’s team or make a donation toward our goal, visit the team page for Mount Holyoke Club of Hartford.

You can walk with a group of alums on September 15 or plan and walk your own route at any time during the week of September 13-19.

Walk with the Club’s Team on Farmington’s Freedom Trail

This year, Foodshare’s Walk Against Hunger event is a bit different than usual — rather than having a large crowd of walkers, teams are encouraged to develop their own 1.5 mile walks. Please consider joining the club’s team on Tuesday, September 15 at 5:30 p.m. for a walk of a 1.5 mile portion of Farmington’s Freedom Trail. Farmington played a major role in Connecticutʼs Freedom Trail, which provided aid for escaped and freed slaves. On this walk, we’ll view some of the important sites on the Freedom Trail.

To participate, you’ll need to bring a mask, and the walk is limited to six people so that we can maintain appropriate social distancing. Please email Sara Taylor ’95 (, our team captain, if you would like to participate, and she’ll send you additional information (where to park, where we’ll meet, etc.).

Plan Your Own 1.5 Mile Route

If you’re not free to join the club’s team on September 15, you can plan your own 1.5 mile course during the week of September 13-19 and walk with another alum, a family member or friend, or by yourself — whatever works best for you and keeps you and your community safe. All participants are encouraged to share their walk experience on social media by tagging Foodshare and using #FoodshareWalk.