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Lake Lincolndale Ladies Live It Up

SOMERS, N.Y. -- Among the 30 or more members of the Lake Lincolndale Ladies Club gathered at the Lake Lincolndale Clubhouse on Friday night were two old-timers, Mae Azar and Pat Lauer. 

“My husband’s family came here in 1935,” Azar said. “I moved up from the city in 1955. I lived in Washington Heights, by the George Washington Bridge. They had big bullfrogs on the lake. They were so loud I thought they were cows.”

Lauer, a 38-year resident, added, “When my sister came to visit me, she asked me, ‘When do they go to sleep?’”

As the two ladies reminisced, other members of the club sat around the bar area enjoying snacks and the acoustic guitar music of Johnny Andriani. They also sipped some of the Ladies Club’s own sauvignon blanc. 

“People call Lake Lincolndale ‘a little bit of heaven,’” Azar said. “So that’s what we call our wine.” 

Azar added that years ago the kids from Lake Lincolndale, Lake Shenorock and Lake Purdys used to win all of the prizes at the ice carnival in Mt. Kisco because they had a lake in their front yards.

“Mt. Kisco got annoyed with us. So we started our own ice carnival,” Azar said. “The fire department would come and flood the frozen lake and smooth the ice. The carnival opened like the Olympics, with a big torch. Then we’d let homing pigeons loose. It went on for almost 10 years.”

Melinda O’Keefe, whose son Simon is a fourth generation resident, said that back in the 1990s they thought they might have to close the beach. 

“So I volunteered to be the chair person. We had a luau and 350 people came and then people started to get involved again,” O’Keefe said.

Azar, a past president, said that now one of the group’s main concerns is to beautify the clubhouse with plants and things for the beach.

“We have entertainment for the kids, Christmas parties, Easter egg hunts, Halloween,” Azar said. “Lincolndale is one of the cleanest lakes in Westchester. We used to dredge it, but now we’ve got carp.” 

Organizer Laura Leonard said that the club is always fun. 

“We've turned it from a mom's club into a ladies club,” Leonard said. 

The Lake Lincondale Ladies meet the first Friday of every month. Future events include winemaking, chair and pole dancing with E-Sensual Dance, a ghost hunt with Katonah Paranormal and an evening of "Shop & Swap" consignment. 

Membership is open to anyone in the surrounding area. Dues are $20 a year. For more information contact Laura Leonard at


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