October 2018 Newsletter

President's Corner

Shari Cassutt  505-670-4982

Welcome to the 2018/19 Newcomers season! Thanks to all who attended and who helped at our sign-ups.  I loved looking around the room and seeing friends catching up on the latest news and all those smiles and hugs.

The biggest news (OK - besides the birth of my second grandson which is why I was on a plane Monday night while many of you were at the first session of sign-ups) is the unveiling of our new newsletter format.  Valerie has worked hard over the summer to make the newsletter more concise, inviting and informative. Only those activities with new information are on this page but if you want to read more about a group you can click on the link to our Activites page at the bottom of the newsletter. You will be redirected to our website. We'd love your feedback.

FALL POTLUCK!  New venue this year and new entertainment.  You should have received your invite in the mail by now. If not, please click here for the details: Potluck Invitation   I've seen the Sea Tea Improv group before. They were quick, clever and funny,  It should be a great night. Hope to see many of you there!

Annual Sign-up Event at Simsbury Library 

                   Publicity - Dara Arends 253-241-3391
What a great turn-out we had for Simsbury Newcomers Club’s annual registration and sign-ups! Our event at Simsbury Public Library last week brought in folks from several surrounding Farmington Valley towns. At last count we had more than 20 new memberships!

Thank you to everyone who made it possible and a BIG welcome to our newest members! Looking forward to seeing you all at our Fall-To-Table Potluck on October 13th at the Valley Freemasons building.

In other news our branding committee has been working hard to update our graphic look, including a new logo, color scheme and tagline. Stay tuned!


Toni Robinson 

Our annual membership drive was a great success. Everyone worked hard to make it great and it showed.

We welcomed 23 new members and we are waiting for some of our current members to renew before we can give you an official membership count.

Tell your friends it’s not too late to join. Remember you don’t have to be new to join!  Membership $25 checks should be made payable to SNC and mailed to Toni Robinson (call or email for details)

October Birthdays
Brynn Brown
Donna Caldeira
Laurie Colvin
Ida Coulter
Elayne Cree
Joanna  Gaucher
Maria Hilhorst
Patti Lorenzen
Janet Marcum
Joanne Monaco
Sheryl Oken
Adrienne Panning
Brittany Ross
Lynn Rynar
Whitney Shea
Rekha Shertukde
Christine Sinopoli
Kay Yazvac
Sue Gannon

Community Events

If you have an event you would like to share, please send details to Valerie Wozniak  860-803-5369

Tariffville Farmers Market
Sundays, 11a - 2p
Tariffville Green, 31 Main Street

Spooktacular Chili Challenge
October 27, 12p - 5p
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center
Chili competition and tasting, live entertainment, beer and wine, shopping, costume contest, touch-a-truck, and more!

Simsbury Newcomers Club welcomes all members to their Annual Clubwide Fall-To-Table Potluck Dinner on Saturday, October 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  This year our dinner will include an audience inspired performance by Sea Tea Improv, Hartford's professional comedy company.  Come and enjoy friends, food, conversation, and laughs.

Our location is the Valley Freemasons Building, 991 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury CT.  Please bring your Fall Favorite appetizer, entrée, or dessert to share.  If cooking or baking is not your thing, feel free to bring something from your favorite market.  Coffee, hot and iced tea will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your own alcohol or non-alcohol beverage.

Please bring non-perishable food items for the Simsbury Food Closet in support of the Simsbury Newcomers Club’s continued interest in helping members of our community.  A list of needed items can be found at:
Simsbury Food Closet 

RSVP for the dinner by October 7, to Barbara Troy at  Questions may be direct to Barbara at 330-268-8909

View the full page invitation here: Potluck Invitation 

Civic Concerns

This board position is open.  Please contact Eileen Higham if you are interested or would like to nominate someone to this position: or 860-651-3260

The Civic Concerns Board Member shall serve as liaison between the Board and other Civic Organizations, organizing philanthropic opportunities for all Club Members during the year.

We recently received the following request from Gifts of Love in Avon:

We are looking for some additional volunteers this fall.  We have had a number of our regular volunteers move away, and will need to find some replacements. For more information, contact Nancy Carlson, Volunteer Manager at  or 860-676-2323.

Book Discussion

Jane Fox  860-658-0388     

October 19
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapini
Cheryl Cook   860-408-1577  

October 2
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Dining Out Dinner

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

Welcome to a year of SNC wonderful people and events. We will start the year by going to Cavey’s which is a very well established, highly respected family owned restaurant in Manchester, Connecticut.

We thought we would venture out while the weather cooperates.  We will have separate bills.
Please join us:
Cavey’s Restaurant (Italian)
45 East Center St, Manchester (860-643-2751)
Friday, October 12th at  7:00 PM.
RSVP to Theresa or Beth by Monday October 8th Midnight.

Camilla Thompson  860-729-4806 

Greetings!  We had a record 10 people sign up for a golf group starting in Spring 2019.  Please join us for an organizational meeting in early March to come up with a plan for the Spring, Summer, and Fall.  Our season lasts from late April to early October.   No membership fees are involved and all skill levels are welcome! 

Contact Camilla if you want to join and didn't see us at sign-ups!  

Discover New England

Diana Pratt                                                                                                 Patty Howland                                                                  
860-480-6647                                                                                                 860-470-7771


Thursday, October 4th, 9:30-approx 3:30
A Day in the Litchfield Hills: 
Tour of Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates followed by
Lunch at White Horse Country Pub and optional stops in Bantam 
(Arethusa Farm Dairy, A Mano or Veggie Stand, and Bantam Bread). 
Cost: approx $5 plus lunch
View the detailed flyer at SNC-Day in Litchfield Hills
Email Patty at by September 30th if you would like to come and indicate if you will drive alone, are willing to drive others or would like a ride.
Friday, October 26th, 9am-7:30pm
Hyde Park, NY: Tour of Vanderbilt Mansion followed by Lunch at American Bounty Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America
Cost: $119, includes motorcoach, tour & lunch
View the detailed flyer on our website:  SNC-Hyde Park
Note: This is through the Farmington Continuing Ed and you must signup by either calling them at 860-404-0294 Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30 or at Space is very limited so signup quickly if you are interested. If Farmington does not have any space you can check with West Hartford Continuing Ed to see if they have any space, since they use the same bus.

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

Tour of the Barnes Museum in Southington, CT festively decorated for the holidays, followed by lunch at an area 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.
More details to follow, but this event is limited to 20 people, so email Patty if you are interested to get your name on the list.

Ladies Lunch Bunch

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

Our first lunch bunch of the year will be at J Restaurant in Hartford. It's located across the street from Hartford Hospital. Hope you can join us. Alayna and Toni
J Restaurant and Bar 
297 Washington Street, Hartford 
Thursday, October 11 at 11:30a
Carpooling is suggested

Mah Jongg - Day

Alayna Clark   860-217-0054 

The daytime mah jongg group meets every Wednesday at 1pm.  We take turns hosting each week. Any level of player is welcomed to join us!  

We have a special event on October 10, we are having lunch and playing mah jongg at Lost Acres Orchard in Granby.  If you are interested in attending please contact Alayna Clark  

Paddle Tennis - Ladies 
Carolyn Brand 860-408-1566

Ladies Paddle is an active group that plays during the winter at Simsbury Farms on Mon and Thurs mornings.  If you've played almost any racquet sport before, you'd enjoy this game.  Please contact Carolyn Brand 860-408-1566 or for more information.

Paddle Tennis - Men
Steve Parker 860-651-9445

Men’s Saturday Morning Paddle is a great way to start your weekend!  We play from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.  You will be home in time to do all your Saturday chores and can feel good that you had some genuine beneficial exercise and fun. We have players of all ages and abilities.  Beginners are welcome and it is an easy game to learn.  We play on two courts and rotate players after each set of games. The number of days you are scheduled to play and the cost is based on the number of players signed up for the season.  Normally you’ll play 2 to 3 times a month.  Subs are available if you find out you have a conflict.  If you know what days you won’t be available we’ll figure those times in when we put together our schedule.
Questions?  Contact Steve Parker at (860)-651-9445 or

Paddle Tennis - Couples 
Camilla Thompson 860-729-4806

Please consider joining the Couple's Platform Tennis group.  We play at Simsbury Farms on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 - 6:00 in a round robin format.  It is a great way to socialize and exercise during the winter.  Our season runs from November through March.  We are limited to 4 couples participating  at one time so everyone plays approximately 1 to 2 times a month.  Please call Camilla Thompson  860 729-4806 for any questions you might have.  Hope to see you on the courts.

Pinochle - Daytime and Evening!

Thanks to all those who stopped off to speak with us at the signup in September.  A number of people said they'd be interested in having a lesson to either learn the game or refresh their memory.  If you were unable to attend the signup sessions or now think you'd like to learn this fun card game, please get in touch with us to be part of a group lesson.  You can then decide if you'd like to play with one of the groups.  Judy Rabinowitz ( is the contact for the evening Women's and Couple's games.  Sue Gannon ( is point for the new daytime Women's and Couple's games .  We look forward to hearing from you.

Shari Cassutt  505-670-4982

Chowdafest "New England's #1 Chowder Event!"  Sherwood Island State Park, Westport CT, Sunday, Sept. 30th. 

We'll be leaving Simsbury around 10:00 am. $20 gets you samples of up to 40 chowders, plus artisan breads, dips, and salsas.  Vote on your favorite ones!

Proceeds benefit a variety of charities that address issues of hunger and food distribution. More information at  Contact Shari Cassutt if you are interested -

Carpooling is a possibility. Family friendly.

Single Active Women
Toni Robinson

Our first meeting will be a Sunday Brunch at Abigail's on Sunday, Oct 7th at 1:00 pm

Join us for food, fun, conversations and sharing ideas.


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 or Charlotte so they can keep their eyes out for you.
This month we will be doing a special walk/hike to Hublein Tower-date to be determined. This is the perfect time to get a birdseye view of the changing fall colors.

Hope to see you on the trail soon!

Wine & Women

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

It was great to see so many of you at Sign-Ups in September. Looks like we have another great group this year filled with new and returning members. If you were not able to see us at Sign-Ups and would like to join us, please email Cheryl or Sarah with your name, telephone number, and email.
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!
Our first gathering of the season will be held on Thursday, October 18th, 7:00 pm, at the home of Lisa Hugel. 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 Cheryl by October 16th.
SAVE THESE DATES: November 29, 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.