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.
Days, Jane Fox
|2018-2019 Book Selections|
|Sept. 21||The Piano Teacher||Janice Y. K. Lee|
|Oct. 19||The Couple Next Door||Shari Lapena|
|Nov. 16||The Language of Flowers||Vanessa Diffenbaugh|
|Dec. 14||The Alchemist||Paulo Coelho|
|Jan. 25||Rabbit Cake||Annie Hartnett|
|Feb. 22||A Gentleman in Moscow||Amor Towles|
|Mar. 15||Educated||Tracy Westover|
|Apr. 26||Pachinko||Min Jin Lee|
|May 17||Little Fires Everywhere||Celeste Ng|
|June 21||The Woman Who Smashed Codes||Jason Fagone|
|Sept. TBD||The Two-Family House||Lynda Chen Loigman|
Evenings, Cheryl Cook
|2018-2019 Book Selections|
|Sept. 4||Plainsong||Kent Hauf|
|Oct. 2||My Absolute Darling||Gabriel Tallent|
|Nov. 6||The Blind Assassin||Margaret Atwood|
|Dec. 4||The Silver Star||Jeanette Walls|
|Jan. 8||The Rent Collector||Cameron Wright|
|Feb. 5||Pachinko||Min Jin Lee|
|Mar. 5||A Gentleman in Moscow||Amor Towles|
|Apr. 2||Little Fires Everywhere||Celeste Ng|
|May 1||Mr. Flood’s Last Resort||Jess Kidd|
|June 4||Leopard at the Door||Jennifer McVeigh|
|July 2||The Hate U Give||Angie Thomas|
|Aug. 6||All the Ugly and Wonderful Things||Bryn Greenwood|
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 Zappile. Randi 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.
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
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. Contact Brynn Brown to join this group.
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.
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 Holly Murphy or Gay Mulligan and come along!
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.
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.
This is a terrific group to join if you not only want to get some daily exercise into your life (yes! they meet every day!) but you’d also like to see parts of Simsbury you didn’t even know existed. Afterwards, a cup of coffee and grab conversation is to be had by all. Take some time out for yourself, and contact Michele Abbott to join in.
The Wellness group will be gathering 4 times a year to share topics on health/wellness such as nutrition, meditation, Tai Chi, laughter yoga, weight management, etc. Please let Nita Okray know if you would like to be part of the group.
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.