September 2018 Newsletter

President's Corner

Shari Cassutt  505-670-4982
Welcome to the 2018/19 Simsbury Newcomers Club season!  It looks like another busy year filled with fun activities, good meals, and great friendships. 

We’ve had a few changes over the summer. Annette Venhorst will replace Ellen Yazmer as the Activity Groups Board Member. We’re still looking for someone to fill the position of Civic Concerns, which had been held by Alisa La Liberte. Many of you might ask what are the responsibilities of Civic Concerns. It’s a rather amorphous position. At the very least it entails keeping on top of volunteer opportunities and events in and around Simsbury and writing an entry for the newsletter. Of course you can bring your own spin to the position. Please contact Eileen Higham if you’re interested.

One of the changes you’ll see this year is a new format for our newsletter. It will be shorter, more “newsy” and hopefully easier to find the information that you want. Please feel free to let us know how it’s working. In this first edition you will find a description of ALL of our activity groups. After that only those groups with news will be printed. There will be links back to our webpage for information on the other groups.

Sign-ups will be held on Monday evening, September 17th and Tuesday morning, September 18th at the library. If you can’t attend please remember to contact the chairpersons of the activity groups to be included on their distribution list.

Speaking of missing sign-ups, as of this writing I am waiting anxiously by the phone for a call from my daughter announcing the birth of her first child in San Diego. This grandma will be on a plane as soon as she possibly can and may not be back in time to start the new year with you.
Finally, mark your calendars for SNC’s fall potluck on October 13th. It will be an evening event at the Mason’s Hall.  More details soon!!!


Toni Robinson 860-217-1915

We are 174 members strong.

Welcome to our newest members Lori Penna & Steve Cadoff.

Look forward to seeing you at the Annual Signups!

September Birthdays


Shari Cassutt
Cheryl Cook
Katherine DeTroy
Sandra Dingler
Cheryl Glasgow
Katherine Herbert
Carrie Houghton
Jackie Howes
Wendy Husher
Bridget Komidar
Karen Pineau
Erica Wahl
Lisa Woods
Nicole Wilner

Community Events

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

Simsbury Historical Society Musician Flash Mob
September 2nd, 3p
A bunch of musicians have offered to create a flash mob of musicians around the lone violinist statue at the Phelps Tavern -- we just need a bunch of people to create the crowd for them!  So spread the word if you are in town!  For more info, contact Ieke Scully

September 7th - 9th
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center

Septemberfest is a 3 day festival of family fun, food and great entertainment. Don’t miss Friday night Fireworks Display! We have a packed, three-day agenda of children’s activities, live musical entertainment, great food selection, and a Business Expo of retailers, services and organizations from the greater Hartford area. Visit our food court where we feature local area restaurants serving up signature dishes for your alfresco dining under the stars. The Moonlight Pub will feature a large selection of beer from regional craft brewers, imported favorites, and more.  Click for more details: Simsbury Meadows Septemberfest

Farmington Valley Trails Council Farm-to-Farm Ride
September 8, 2018  9:30am (rain date 9/9/18)
Iron Horse Blvd/Jim Gallagher Way parking lot

Join us for our 5th annual Farm-to-Farm Tour as we travel the scenic back roads of Simsbury for about 20 miles and stop at local farms. The farmers will be there to greet riders, give a history of their farm and what they offer. This ride is all on-road, but is a casual ride appropriate for all levels of cyclists.  Click for more details: Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Farm-to-Farm ride

Simsbury Woman's Club 49th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
September 15th - 16th, 10a - 4p
Iron Horse Blvd, Simsbury

Over 100 artists and craftspeople will exhibit rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. Demonstrations, food and a bake sale are included. Proceeds enable the Club to grant scholarships and contribute to a number of area non-profit organizations. Click for more details: Simsbury Woman's Club.

Simsbury Grange Agricultural Fair
September 15, 2018 10am
236 Farms Village Rd, W. Simsbury

The fair will feature a bake and craft sale, exhibits from local organizations and farms, kids’ activities, and contests with ribbons and cash prizes in several categories. Entertainment featuring Folk Musician Bill Benson will also be provided.  Click for more details: Simsbury Grange Calendar of Events

Simsbury Historical Society Concert
September 15, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
800 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury
Roberto Morbioli Band plus Jesse Williams and Liviu Pop presented in conjunction with the Simsbury Grange.  Free concert, but donations for the musicians will be accepted!  Click for more details: Simsbury Historical Society Events

Simsbury Fly-In, Car Show & Food Truck Festival
September 23, 2018 8a - 5p
Simsbury Airport, 94 Wolcott Rd, Simsbury

Welcome to the largest event of its kind in the Northeastern USA!  New this year:  a major Food Truck Festival, featuring more than 20 food vendors offering a wide range of great things to eat. We are like a special kind of country fair, built around displays of 750+ great airplanes and cars of virtually every type and vintage.  We have 150 exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers, and offer many fun activities to interest the entire family.  Click for more details: Simsbury Fly-In

Simsbury Historical Society Scarecrow Day
September 22, 10a - 3p
800 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury
$15 buys you a frame and clothing enough to decorate your scarecrow to take home with you.  Click for more details: Simsbury Historical Society Events

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.

Book Discussion - Daytime
Jane Fox      860-658-0388

Welcome to Daytime Book Discussion Group!  We usually meet at 9:30 a.m. the third Friday of each month. 

We enjoy lively but informal discussion about our book selections. Don’t hesitate to join us!   Many copies of our titles are available through the Simsbury Public Library.  Check at the front desk for books on hold for the Newcomers’ Daytime Book Discussion Group.  

Our first book meeting will be on September 21st from 9:45am to noon in the Simsbury Library Program Room 2.  The September book is The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee. We will also choose the books for the coming year, as usual, at our September meeting. 

Book Discussion - Evening
Cheryl Cook  860-408-1577

Join us for some lively discussion with new and old friends. We love to read and you are welcome to join us at any time. The evening book group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. 

September 4, 2018: Plainsong by Kent Hauf
October 2, 2018: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
November 6, 2018: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
December 4, 2018: The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls
January 8, 2019: The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright
February 5, 2019: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
March 5, 2019: Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
April 2, 2019: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
May 1, 2019: Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd
June 4, 2019: Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
July 2, 2019: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
August 6, 2019:  All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Bridge - Couples
Patty Howland     860-470-7771

Couples Bridge meets on the third Saturday of the month.  We meet in couples’ homes and begin at 7:30 p.m.  We have a variety of bridge levels, so please don’t be intimidated. Also, a commitment to one month does not commit you for the whole year.  We sign up month to month according to our social schedules.

Bridge - Ladies Daytime
Jane Fox      860-658-0388

Ladies’ daytime bridge meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 1:00 p.m. Join us as a regular or substitute player. All bridge levels are welcome. Players take turns hosting. Email announcements are sent to the group prior to each playing week about sign up and host location/information.

Bridge - Ladies Monday Evening
Elayne Cree      860-651-7071

Ladies Monday Evening Bridge usually meets the first and third Mondays at 7 pm in members’ homes. However, Sept 2018 is the exception due to the holiday and Newcomers registration. We will play Sept 10th and 24th and resume our normal schedule in October.
We have all bridge levels and play either duplicate or rubber bridge according to each hostess’s preference. If you don’t like driving after dark, but would like to play, let me know and we’ll see if we can arrange a ride. A week or so before each game we send out an email asking for people to sign up; we also have a binder at each game for players to sign up for subsequent games and hosting duties.
It’s a fun evening for chasing away the Monday blues!

Bunko - Daytime
Arlene Zappile   

Daytime Bunko is a casual way to have some fun in the morning and still have the afternoon free. Bunko is a simple dice game that can be easily learned in minutes. We meet once a month at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday at members’ homes. After light refreshments, we enjoy several rounds of play and camaraderie. Join us as a regular or substitute player.

The photo is of our group ending another fantastic year of friendship and fun at Abbott’s Lobster in the rough in Noank!

Bunko - Evening
Randi Stamboulis 

Our Evening Bunko group usually meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.

It’s an easy game to learn and requires no skill. Come join us!

The photo is of our group at our last gathering in June! 

Come For Cocktails

Holly and Shaun Murphy   860-651-6051

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.

Dining Out Dinner

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

Dine out at some of the area's finest restaurants with this group. Reserve the 2nd Saturday of the month for great company, conversation and tasty meals (and separate checks to keep bill paying simple!).

We will resume our dinners starting in October!

Discover New England

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

New England is filled with many scenic, historical and cultural attractions. Join fellow newcomers as we explore our surrounding area. Some ideas include: tours of local landmarks, ethnic food shopping trips, home or garden tour events, art exhibits, daytrips to the CT Shore or the Berkshires. We have compiled a list of “Places to Visit”. Contact Patty or Diana if you would like a copy or have ideas to add.

Golf Group

Camilla Thompson 860-658-2038

Simsbury Farms has a terrific golf course, complete with several pros, group lessons,
women’s leagues and special tournaments. What an opportunity to introduce this
sport as an activity for our Club. Many of our constituents already participate
regularly and others have mentioned taking it up again, or starting anew.  We will have
an organizational meeting in March of 2019 to assess the interest and skill
level of those who wish to participate.   Contact Camilla to get your name on the distribution list!

Happy Hour Social Club

Shaun Murphy    860-651-6051

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). Each month, Shaun will send a broadcast message to the group with details about that month’s event. (This group is open to all). Slainte!

Humans for Humanity

Brynn Brown

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.

Ladies Lunch Bunch

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

The Lunch Bunch meets once a month on the 2nd Thursday of the month. If you enjoy eating, talking, and laughing then this is the group for you.

The next Lunch Bunch will meet on Thursday, September 13th at 11:30am at Butchers and Bakers, 270 Farmington Ave # 101, Farmington, CT 

Please RVSP to Toni or Alayna.

Mah Jongg - Day

Alayna Clark 860-217-0054
The daytime Mah Jongg group meets every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Players take turns hosting this casual “come if you can” group.  An announcement will be sent to the group about who will be hosting each week.

Our group will be going to Lost Acres Orchard for lunch at 1:15 on September 5th.  We will play after lunch. Hope to see you there!

Mah Jongg - Evening

Cheryl Sojkowski 860-658-2199
The evening Mah Jongg group meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. We alternate meeting at members’ homes and new players are always welcome.

Movie Club

Holly Murphy 860-651-6051
Gay Mulligan 860-658-1706

Hello Movie Lovers!

We are a very casual Movie Group.  Gay or Holly will forward the Hoyts Newsletter to the group as we receive it, which will give you the opportunity to view showtimes and watch the previews.

Senior Mondays (62 and over) are $5. all day, with the exception of holidays or holiday eve.

Terrific Tuesdays are $6.50 all day, also with the exception of holidays or holiday eve.

If you are interested in going to a particular show, and are looking for company,  you may reply to the group.  Please give: The movie name, the day, date and time you are planning to go.  Anyone interested in going should reply only to the person looking for company.  Please do Not “reply to all” if you are planning to join the person reaching out, and please do Not reply to anyone if you are not planning to go to the movies.

If you are a “Classic” movie fan (old movie buff), TCM, along with fathom events, is showing their old movies at select dates and times. Bloomfield, Hartford, and Torrington are soon hosting. The information can be found on the fathom events website. Go to the link:


Karen Goldschmidt 860-461-1451

The Needlework Group is a congenial weekly gathering of beginner and experienced needlecrafters. We meet in a member’s home or the 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 or provide refreshments at the library once or possibly twice a year. A weekly email message tells members the location of the next meeting and gives driving directions.

Paddle Tennis - Ladies 
Carolyn Brand 860-408-1566

Paddle Tennis - Men
Steve Parker 860-651-9445

Paddle Tennis - Mixed Doubles
Camilla Thompson 860-658-2038

The new season begins soon. Paddle Tennis is similar to tennis, but played outdoors during the colder months on raised courts. In snowy conditions, the courts are heated to melt the wintry mix. We play November through March, using the courts at Simsbury Farms. The Mixed Doubles group plays on Sunday evenings (4:30 - 6), the Ladies play on Monday and Thursday mornings, and the Men play on Saturday mornings.

If you would like to play paddle and have played other racket sports, please contact the activity chairs. The rosters tend to fill up by early October. Hope to see you on the courts!

Simsbury Farms usually offers Paddle lessons. Please check with their office for more information – 860-658-3836.

Pinochle - Evening
Judy Rabinowitz 860-658-9262

This group meets once a month at a different member’s home for an evening of fun and cards. New players are welcome. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you. We generally play on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, but call Judy to confirm the location.


Pinochle - Couples Daytime
Sue Gannon

This is a new group that will meet once a month in the afternoon!

Pinochle - Ladies Daytime 
Sue Gannon

This is a new group that will meet once a month in the afternoon!

Shari Cassutt  505-670-4982

PopUps is the place for activities that have no other home. This year a few groups that have intermittent activities such as crafts, the theater group and healthy lunch potluck have decided to operate under the PopUps umbrella. If you want the latest info on the Super Bowl Party, the Kentucky Derby Party, trips to the Yard Goats or you’d like to attend a Game Night or go Bowling or you’d like to arrange any activity, any time that doesn’t fit with another group be sure you add your name to the PopUps list!

Single Active Women
Toni Robinson

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 Toni to join this group.

Top photo was from our Zentangle class demonstrated by SNC member Marilyn Iezzi.

Bottom photo was from the flower demonstration taught by SNC member Helen Matacin.

Walking Group

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

Welcome to a new Simsbury Newcomers program year! The Walking Group meets each weekday morning at 9 AM in the Park & Ride lot on the lower level behind CVS. We walk along the East Coast Greenway trail by Iron Horse Boulevard. We occasionally walk on other trails in the Farmington Valley area. You are welcome to join us on any morning that fits your schedule. If you will be walking with us for the first time, please let Charlotte know so she can be looking for you. Everyone is welcome on our annual October hike to Heublein Tower too. The Walking Group is a great way to get some good exercise while being entertained by enjoyable conversation!

Wellness Group

Nita Okray 

As we explore holistic wellness, we had a great session in late June on learning about Reiki.

For September, we are going to a Yoga Studio in Avon for a Learning on Gentle Yoga – as we all sit at our computers too long, gentle yoga is a great way to stretch out and relieve any discomfort. The free Yoga session and social will be on Sept 19th at 7 pm at the Be.Yoga Studio in Riverdale Farms at 136 Simsbury Road, Avon CT.  Hope you can join!

RSVP to Nita

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. 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!