Activities

Special Activities

Simsbury Newcomers & Neighbors activities are listed alphabetically below – click the plus sign next to the Activity Title to read the description. If you are interested in trying out an activity before you join, please contact the activity coordinator to let them know you’d like to attend.
If you’re interested in starting a new activity group, please contact Marilyn Iezzi. She’d be happy to help you bring your ideas to fruition.

Book Discussions

There are both Day and Evening discussion groups. Books are chosen at the beginning of each year, and everyone who is involved in these groups have a say in what is planned. This is a great group to join if you love to read – there’s a new book every month! – or just love to talk about books.

Days, Jane Fox

2019-2020 Book Selections
Date Title Author
Sept. 13 Educated Janice Y. K. Lee
Oct. 18 The Paris Architect Charles Belfoure
Nov. 15 Americana Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Dec. 13 The Virginian Owen Wister
Jan. 17 Teatime for the Firefly Shona Patel
Feb. 21 Evicted: Poverty & Profit in American City  Matthew Desmond
Mar. 20 Crossing the Horizon Laurie Notaro
Apr. 24 Ellie and the Harp Maker Hazel Prior
May 15 The Women in the Castle Jessica Shattuck
June 19 Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens
Sept. TBD Lost Roses Martha Hall Kelly

Evenings, Cheryl Cook

2019-2020 Book Selections
Date Title Author
Sept. 3 The Year of Yes Shonda Rhimes
Oct. 1 The Last Policeman Ben H. Winters
Nov. 5 The Last Castle Denise Kiernan
Dec. 3 Calypso David Sedaris
Jan. 7 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman
Feb. 4 The Woman in the Window A.J. Finn
Mar. 3 We Were the Lucky Ones Georgia Hunter
Apr. 7 Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens
May 5 Unsheltered Barbara Kingsolver
June 2 Sold 0n a Monday Kristina McMorris
July 7 Joyland Stephen King
Aug. 4 The Bride Test Helen Hoang

Bridge

Love to play Bridge, but you can’t ever find enough people to play with you? This is the group for you. Feel free to get in on the action by contacting Patty Howland for the couple’s group or Jane Fox for the daytime group.

Bunko

Bunko is a very old dice game that’s really easy to learn. And a lot of fun to play. It’s so easy that while you’re rolling the dice, your mind can be on your discussion, and you can have a fun social morning out with friends. This group plays one morning a month – so if you’re interested, contact Arlene ZappileRandi Stamboulis heads up the evening version of this game, so you’re not relegated to mornings only.

Come For Cocktails

If you enjoy socializing, then we are the group for you!  We are a co-ed group that meets a few times a year (3-4) at our members’ homes on Saturday evenings.  We are not a “couples only group”!  All are welcome!! We will schedule the gatherings around the “SNC Events” so as not to conflict.   Please bring an appetizer or a dessert to share.  Please bring your own beverages.  Hosts may choose to have a theme for the evening and will provide paper goods and glasses.  Contact Holly and Shaun Murphy to join this fun group.

Dining Out

Dine out at some of the areas finest restaurants with this group.  Reserve the 2nd Saturday of the month for great company, conversation and tasty meals.  Contact Theresa Awad Roe or Beth Payne  to get on the email list.

Discover New England

New England is filled with many scenic, historical and cultural attractions. Join fellow Newcomers as we explore our surrounding area. Events and places to visit will be suggested by those who sign up for the group. Some ideas include: tours of local landmarks, ethnic food shopping trips, home and garden tours, art exhibits, daytrips to the CT Shore or the Berkshires.   Contact Patty Howland or Diana Pratt to find out more about this fun group.

Food Chat/Recipe Swap

This will be SNN’s first “virtual” group (Though I’m hoping we’ll get together once in awhile to eat!) I envision this as at least a monthly newsletter where those of us who are passionate about cooking, eating, presenting, or learning about food can share pictures, recipes, and ideas. Contact Shari Cassutt for more information.

Happy Hour Social Club

We have tweaked the mission of the Men’s Night Out. It has morphed into Happy Hour Social Club (not just for men!).  We are now in pursuit of the perfect IPA, or some other craft brew delight, bourbon, vino, good conversation and food. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. (or earlier for those that can).  This group is open to all!  Contact Shaun Murphy for all of the details!

Humans for Humanity

This is your opportunity to be the change you wish to see in the world. Humans for Humanity will work on a variety of projects to help our fellow human beings. This may range from filling backpacks with food for those in need in our community or raising money to build a school halfway around the world. A new coordinator is needed to lead this group. Contact Marilyn Iezzi if interested.

Ladies' Lunch Bunch

This is a fun group, where the ladies get together once a month to enjoy each others’ companionship and some good food. The leaders of the group, Alayna Clark and Toni Robinson, make reservations at different venues in the area so you can not only enjoy the atmosphere and lively conversation, but also try out a restaurant or two you may have never had the chance to go to before.

Mah Jongg

We have two groups that get together to play this fun tile game. The day time group meets every Wednesday and Alayna Clark organizes the hostess.  An evening group meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays.  Contact Cheryl Sojkowski to join this group!

Movie Night

One evening a month, we get together to go see the latest Silver Screen temptation. You can come by yourself, or you can bring your family and friends (or any part thereof). Sometimes, dinner is involved, sometimes just popcorn. If you’re interested in getting out to see something before it comes out on DVD, contact Mary Lou Cassotto and come along!

Needlework

The Needlework Group is a congenial weekly gathering of beginner and experienced needlecrafters. We meet in a member’s home or the Simsbury Public Library every Monday between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Join us for part or all of that time to be inspired, learn from others, or share your knowledge. Members host the group at home and provide refreshments. A weekly email message tells members the location of the next meeting and gives driving directions. If you’re interested, contact Karen Goldschmidt.

Paddle Tennis

Would you like to hang out and socialize over a fun and competitive sport? Paddle Tennis is held at the raised wood courts located at Simsbury Farms. Contact Camilla Thompson for the Couples’ games, Carolyn Brand for the Ladies’ edition, or Steve Parker for Mens.

Pinochle

Pinochle is a great game that’s really easy to learn, and we have 2 very supportive groups to teach you. It’s a nice time out, playing cards and socializing with others. If you want to play in the evening contact Judy Rabinowitz, or for the daytime group contact Sue Gannon.

Pop Ups

This is a new activity that includes various events that will “Pop Up” from time to time.    Sports events, comedy clubs, special dinners, wine tastings are just a few of the events that may be planned.  Members and their guests are invited to join in on the fun.  Shari Cassutt is the coordinator of this group and keep the mailing list, but all members of Pop Ups are free to send out an invitation to whatever fun things they want to organize.

Single Active Women

This is a new activity group just for single ladies.  We can meet for coffee, see a movie, go to lunch or dinner, take a day trip, attend a Newcomers event together as a group or just spend time together talking.  It’s not always easy being single by divorce, by choice or as a widow. We get it! Join us for conversations, laughs and probably food.  Contact Niki Bonnett or Gillian Smits to join this group.

Walking Group

This is a terrific group to join if you not only want to get some daily exercise into your life (yes! we meet every day!) but you’d also like to start your day with some fun conversation. Take some time out for yourself, and contact Michele Abbott to join in.

Wine and Women

Wine & Women is a fun and casual group that meets once a month, at a member’s home, usually on the third Thursday night of the month. Everyone brings a bottle of wine or other beverage of choice and an appetizer or dessert to share. It’s fun to meet new members and reconnect with friends. We welcome members to join the group at any time during the year.  And, of course, you don’t have to drink wine to enjoy an evening out with this lively crowd!  Contact Cheryl Sojkowski or Sarah Nanzig to participate.

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