November 2018 Newsletter

President's Corner

Shari Cassutt  505-670-4982

Everything is humming right along mostly due to the hard work of our board and activity chairs. 

COMING UP - Our first Meet and Greet of the year.  Wednesday, November 7th from 10 am to noon at the community room at Aspen Green. Here's a chance to meet some of our many new members and visit with old friends. Continuing members are asked to help provide refreshments. Brand new members are our guests this time. Please RSVP to Sarah Nanzig at She'll send you important information about parking.
Finally, don't forget to vote!  Yes, there's the very important midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov 6th but also SNC's own vote on Monday, October 29th at the library on the proposal to change our name to Simsbury Newcomers & Friends. You should have already received an email with all the information you need to participate.  Don't hesitate to contact Shari if you have any comments or need any help. I'll even deliver if you need to vote ahead of time but can't download and print the ballot.

Walking Group
Charlotte Ray 860-651-4611 
Michele Abbott  860-217-1730

Welcome all walkers!  Our group meets every weekday at 9am. We start our walk from the lower parking lot behind CVS adjacent to the Iron Horse Trail. If you are walking for the first time, please text Michele so she can keep her eyes out for you.

Last month our group hiked up to Heublein Tower. It was a bit chilly and the leaves weren’t as vibrant this year, but we still enjoyed each other and the spectacular views.

Shari Cassutt  505-670-4982

Four intrepid Newcomers ate their way through the Chowdafest in Westport Ct last month.  The winning chowder was a New England style clam chowder from Pikes Market in Seattle Washington.

Dick and Shari were thrilled to discover a restaurant in New Haven and Fairfield that was serving a chicken tortilla soup with real New Mexican green chile. A taste of home! We'll be going down one of these days to sample their take on some southwestern favorites like green chile/posole stew, Navajo fry bread and Frito pie.

For November:
Toni Robinson and the Single Active Women are inviting everyone (single or not) to join them in attending the Theatre Guild of Simsbury's production of "Honeymoon Vegas The Musical" with a performance by our own Donna Sennott on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm. Please contact Toni at for group discounted tickets.

Eileen Higham is exploring the possibility of starting a Breakfast Club.  PopUps is sponsoring the first meeting on November 27th at 9 am.  We will meet at the Avon Deli Cafe in Riverdale Farms.  "We may discuss some fun current events."  Please RSVP to Eileen at if you are interested in attending.
Discover New England
Patty Howland 860-470-7771
Diana Pratt 860-480-6647

In October we visited Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates in Goshen, CT.
The Thorncrest Farm cows are so pampered that they sleep on anti-bacterial mattresses from Spain!
Kimberly Thorn makes phenomenal chocolates from the milk of their pampered cows. She can even tell which cow is best for each type of chocolate!

And for December ... 

Tuesday, December 4th, 9:15-approx 3:30
Holiday House Tour & Festive Lunch

December 4th, 9:15-approx 3:30
Holiday  House Tour & Festive Lunch
Private Tour of the Barnes Museum in Southington, CT festively decorated for
 the holidays, followed by lunch at Flair Restaurant
A Greek Revival style homestead, the Barnes Museum was built in 1836 for
 Amon and Sylvia Bradley and was lived in by the Bradley/Barnes family for 137 years. Visitors come from all  over the world to experience this one-of-a-kind example of an originally furnished historic American home.  Especially
 beautiful when decorated for the holidays.
Flair Restaurant - We pride ourselves in consistency in our food and drinks, upmost quality in the ingredients we use, and our premier hospitality, with a decided American twist.
This event is limited to 20 people, so email Patty at if you are interested to get  your name on the list or waiting list.
Both evening and daytime Pinochle are off to a good start this year. Ten women attended our Pinochle lessons in October, and there is interest in a November lesson. Pinochle is a card game that requires enough skill to be engaging, but is easy enough to be fun and social. Send us an email if you want to see if Pinochle would be a good activity for you.
Evening Pinochle is the second Tuesday of each month. Evening Pinochle Activity Leader is Judy Rabinowitz at

Daytime Couples Pinochle is the second Tuesday afternoon of each month.
Daytime Singles Pinochle is the third Tuesday afternoon of each month.
Daytime Pinochle Activity Leader is Sue Gannon at
Dining Out Dinner

Theresa Awad Roe 860-408-9278
Beth Payne 860-352-2384

This month we will be adventurous and try a recently opened restaurant!  Please RSVP to the Theresa or Beth by Tuessday, November 6th.
Date: Saturday November 10th.
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: La Figata
9 Bank St, Granby, CT 06035
(860) 653-0911

Ladies Lunch Bunch

Alayna Clark 860-217-0054
Toni Robinson 860-217-1915

Treva Restaurant and Bar
980 Farmington Ave, West Hartford.

Thursday, November 8 at 11:30a

Book Discussion

Jane Fox  860-658-0388     

November 16
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

December 14
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Cheryl Cook 860-408-1577  

November 6 
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

December 4
The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls

Wine & Women

Cheryl Sojkowski 860-658-2199
Sarah Nanzig 860-651-9085

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. And, of course, you don’t have to drink wine to enjoy an evening out with this lively crowd!  We welcome members to join the group at any time during the year. If you are not currently on our email distribution list, please email Cheryl or Sarah with your name, telephone number, and email.

Our next gathering of the season will be held on Thursday, November 29th at 7:00 pm, at the home of Jackie Howes.  Please bring an appetizer or dessert, and a beverage to share with the group. You will receive a reminder email the week before the event with the location details and you can RSVP by replying to the email. Please RSVP to Sarah by November 27th.

SAVE THESE DATES: January 17, February 21, March 21, April 25, May 16, and June 7 (a Friday date for “Wine, Women and Guest”). Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to open their home to our group. We still need hostesses for January, February and June.