Spring Sessions 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 1:00pm to Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 1:15pm


Spring Sessions

April 13–15, 2012
Purchase Meetinghouse, Purchase, NY, and
The School of the Holy Child, Rye, NY

All Friends Are Urged to Attend!


Advance Documents

Purchase Quarter welcomes you to 2012 Spring Sessions, which conduct the business of the Yearly Meeting between our annual sessions at Silver Bay. Active participation is needed for the life and witness of the Religious Society of Friends to grow. The attendance and involvement of Friends from all monthly meetings ensures that the wisdom of a variety of Friends will be brought to our business sessions and that the decisions made there will be reported back to the meetings.

Our weekend will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Purchase Meetinghouse, 4455 Purchase St., Purchase, NY 10577. Prison reform activist Larry White will speak about prison issues, especially “the primacy of punishment.” Refreshments will be served. Hosts and guests are encouraged to come for the program and go home together.

On Saturday, we will gather at School of the Holy Child, 2205 Westchester Ave., Rye, NY 10580 (next to I-287). Directions are below. On Sunday, we will meet at Purchase Meetinghouse.

Meals and Hospitality: Coffee, tea, bagels, pastries, and fruit will be available Saturday morning in the cafeteria, with a basket for contributions to defray the costs. Meals on Saturday will be in the cafeteria at School of the Holy Child. See prices on the registration form. The Sunday noon meal will be served by Purchase Quarter Friends; suggested contribution is $10 to help cover costs of ingredients and of the weekend.

On the registration form you may request hospitality with local Friends for Friday and/or Saturday night. Be sure to indicate special needs for food (vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free please note!), allergies, no animals, stairs, etc. Hospitality cannot be guaranteed after the registration deadline of March 30. We are not committed to handling last-minute registrations. If you are making your own arrangements for hospitality, please inform our housing coordinator, Deb Wood, 914-922-1553 or dnbwood [at] aol.com.

Friends who prefer to stay in a motel will find a list of area motels below, including the distances from School of the Holy Child and Purchase meetinghouse. Those using the Internet may find www.hotels.com or www.mapquest.com helpful in finding lodging nearby as well as directions to and from it. The street address for Purchase Meeting is 4455 Purchase St., Purchase, NY 10577.

Childcare will be available to those who have requested it on their registration forms. Requests must be received by March 30. Parents are responsible for their children during mealtimes. If parents bring children without registering them, the parents will be responsible for caring for their own children.

Youth Program: There will be two groups, for ages 6–11 and 12–18. Please look for further details on our Facebook page, http://on.fb.me/wDiVwD. If you have questions, contact Sam Obermayer, oberkid4 [at] aol.com or 607-221-4807, or Margaret Lew, mlew1022 [at] aol.com or 646-491-1140.

Transportation: Train: take a train on the Harlem Line of the Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Terminal to White Plains, an approximately 50-minute trip. Airport: To arrange to be met at the Westchester County (White Plains) Airport or a local train station, please contact Jim Wood, 914-922-1559 or jimandtwink [at] gmail.com.

Meeting and Display Space: Requests to reserve display space should be directed to Judy Meikle, jubilantjudy [at] mac.com; phone (only for questions) 203-325-2334. Requests to reserve committee meeting rooms should be directed to Anne Wright, sing2b [at] gmail.com. Reserve by the March 30 deadline.

Information If you have general questions before the weekend, please contact Mary Eagleson at 914-328-7943 or MLEagleson [at] aol.com. For help from Friday evening until Sunday noon, you may call 914-441-8177.

Registration: To register online, fill out the registration form [this web form is no longer available] and click “send,” then pay your fees through PayPal (or send a check to NYYM). To register by mail, fill out the registration form and mail it to NYYM, 15 Rutherford Pl., New York NY 10003. Include a check made out to NYYM.

Financial considerations should not discourage Friends from attending. Support is available from the NYYM Equalization Fund. Please indicate on our registration form the amount requested. Donations to the Equalization Fund are also appreciated.

The registration deadline is March 30, 2012. After that, a $5 per person late fee applies.


Spring Sessions Schedule
Friday—Purchase Meeting
7:30 p.m. Program—Larry White: prison issues, especially “the primacy of punishment”
Saturday—School of the Holy Child
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00–10:00 Meeting for worship
10:15–noon Meeting for business
12–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30–3:30 Meeting for business
3:45–5:15 Committee meetings
5:30–6:30 Dinner
6:45–8:45 Coordinating committee meetings
Sunday—Purchase Meeting
9–10:00 a.m. Meeting for worship
10:15–12:15 Meeting for business
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch



Directions to Purchase Meetinghouse, Purchase & Lake Sts., Purchase NY 10577.
The meetinghouse is on Rt. 120 (Purchase Street) at the corner of Lake Street, adjoining the Westchester County Airport.

From I-684, from exit 2, turn right (south) 1 mile on Route 120. Follow 120 left onto Purchase Street. The meetinghouse is on that corner.

From I-95 (New England Thruway), exit 21 to I-287 (westbound, toward Tappan Zee Bridge), take I-684 (north) to exit 2. Continue as above.

From Tappan Zee Bridge, take I-287 to I-684 (north) to exit 2. Continue as above.

From Merritt/Hutchinson Parkways, take exit 27, go north about 4 miles on Route 120 (Purchase Street) to the meetinghouse on your right, just before Route 120 turns right at the corner of Lake Street.

Directions to School of the Holy Child, 2205 Westchester Ave., Rye, NY.

From Connecticut, south via Merritt/Hutchinson Parkway to I-287 West. Merge onto Westchester Avenue West. Turn left at traffic light onto Kenilworth Road. Cross over I-287 and turn left onto Westchester Avenue East. Go to

From I-95, South or North: exit 21 to I-287 West, and then exit 9 N-S (Merritt/Hutchinson Parkways). Stay on Westchester Avenue West (don’t get sucked off onto I-287), make left at first cross street with traffic light (Kenilworth Road Bridge) over Expressway. Make next left onto service road (Westchester Avenue East) at traffic light. Go to 

From Tappan Zee Bridge: Stay left on I-287 East toward White Plains. Exit 9 N-S (Merritt/Hutchinson Parkways). Go to ¶

From Central Westchester and Connecticut via 684 South to I-287 East: Exit 9 N-S (Merritt/Hutchinson Parkways). Go to ¶

From Lower Westchester area, north via Hutchinson River Parkway to I-287 East (Rye): Go to ¶

¶ Stay on Westchester Avenue East; pass cross street with traffic light (Kenilworth Road).

School of the Holy Child is 3/10 of a mile ahead on the right just after Holy Child Convent. (Do not exit onto I-287 Rye).

Should you go past the school—do not despair! By following a big oval 1.36 miles you can have another chance as follows: Continue (east) on Westchester Avenue for about 0.1 mile. Turn slight left onto Webb Avenue. That becomes Westchester Avenue West (the service road across I-287 from the school). Make a left at first cross street with traffic light (Kenilworth Road Bridge) back over expressway. Make next left onto service road (Westchester Avenue East) at traffic light. Go to

If you are really lost, call 914-441-8177.


Motels in the Area

                                                                                                                                                 Rates start at:

Rye Town Hilton, www.hilton.com                                                                                                      $159
699 Westchester Ave., Rye Brook, New York, 10573; 914-939-6300
1.0 mi./2 min. to Holy Child                         4.7 mi./11 min. to Purchase meetinghouse

Courtyard by Marriott Rye, www.mariott.com                                                                                  $159
631 Midland Ave., Rye, NY 10580; 914-921-1110
3.2 mi./10 min. to Holy Child                       6.1 mi./14 min. to Purchase meetinghouse

Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel, www.ichotelsgroup.com                                                               $169
66 Hale Ave., White Plains NY 10601; 800-227-6963; 914-682-0050
4.0 mi./10 min. to Holy Child                       3.8-mi./9 min. to Purchase meetinghouse

Hampton Inn, www.hamptoninn.com                                                                                                $139
200 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford, NY 10523; 800-426-7866; 914-592-5680
7.4 mi./14 min. to Holy Child                       6.9-mi./13 min. to Purchase meetinghouse

Comfort Inn & Suites, www2.choicehotels.com                                                                                $155
20 Saw Mill River Rd., Hawthorne, NY 10532; 914-592-8600
10.1 mi./16 min. to Holy Child                      7.4 mi./14 min. to Purchase meetinghouse

Stamford/Greenwich Super 8 Motel, www.super8.com                                                                     $99
32 Grenhart Rd., Stamford, CT 06902; 203-324-8887 or 203-964-8465
11 mi./18 min. to Holy Child                         17.2 mi./23 min. to Purchase meetinghouse

Hyatt Regency Greenwich, www.hyatt.com                                                                                       $169
1800 East Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich, CT 06870; 203-637 1234
11.1 mi./19 min. to Holy Child                       17.2 mi./24 min. to Purchase meetinghouse

Courtyard By Marriott Tarrytown, www.marriott.com                                                                     $129
475 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown, NY 10591; 800-589-8720 914-631-1122
9.1 mi./15 min. to Holy Child                        8.8-mi./15 min. to Purchase meetinghouse

Resources for this Session