Alethea Gaarden B.A., MA

March 2023
We continue to meet at the Erie Yacht Club. We will be in the lower level dining area for the next few meetings. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm with a social hour and dinner, followed by our program/speaker.

Our Dinner Menu:
Our dinner will be a buffet with a choice of two entrees: Cochinita pibil - Yucatán-Style Pork Marinated in axiote seeds and orange Juice, not spicy, or Roast Beef with a Mexican Twist, not spicy. Dinners will be served with vegetables and starch, tossed salad with dried fruit, walnuts, cucumbers and tomatoes, dressings, Rolls & Butter. Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe Cake and coffee. Guests will have the opportunity to sample the other entree. Mexican salsas will be on the tables.

Our Guest Speaker:
Alethea Gaarden B.A., MA
Alethea Gaarden graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2014 with a double major in English and Political Science. She began sailing the summer before her senior year. After completing her graduate degree at Ohio University, she came back to Erie to spend one summer working for the brig Niagara as a deckhand and shipwright's apprentice. That “one summer” turned into a year, and then two, and then three. In 2019, she finally left the Niagara to teach at Mercyhurst, where she currently works full-time for the English department. In May 2023, she'll accompany a group of current Mercyhurst students for a joint history and writing program aboard the Niagara. She can't wait to be back on the water.

Women on the Waves

For reservations; please E-Mail the Torch Club Secretary at

"Women on the Waves"

<p>Her lecture, “Women on the Waves,” is one deckhand's perspective on the importance of tall ship sailing in the 21st century, even—and maybe especially—for people who don't think of themselves as sailors, athletes, or adventurers.</p>

Please join us on March 1st, 2023 at 6:00 pm, for our pre-dinner cocktail and chat time and remember to bring your friends and acquaintances. Reservations are required.

Please remember to make your reservation at