February 2019 Newsletter

President's Corner

Shari Cassutt  505-670-4982

As usual there's so much going on with Simsbury Newcomers. On the name change front our "request to amend" has been filed with the Secretary of State's office. We will soon officially become Simsbury Newcomers & Neighbors. I was thrilled to overhear a conversation between an existing member and a prospective member. The former was encouraging the latter to join us stating "It's not just Simsbury you know. We have members from all over and we changed our name because of that."
Speaking of new members, we've had a number of people join since sign-ups in the fall.  Activity chairs, it really helps our members, both new and existing, if you use the newsletter to let the membership know what you've been doing and what's coming up. While you're at it try to remember to take some pictures and send them to Valerie to be included with your entry.  They certainly liven things up.  Meanwhile, new members, if you see something interesting in the newsletter or on our website the best way to get the latest, most up to date information is to contact the activity chair and get on the email list.
Eileen will be giving you the full pitch but I would be remiss if I didn't mention that we're looking for board members for next year.  I've served on the board for nearly four years.  I've loved getting to know the women I've served with and other members of our community. I'm proud of all the accomplishments of the last four years and urge you to consider taking your involvement with SNC to a new level.
Happy 2019!
Newcomers Nominating -  Please Read 
Calling all members: whether you attend many of our great activities, or just your favorites, we need you!
The Simsbury Newcomers Board is in transition. Many of the present Board Members have filled their obligations and are going off the board. The Nominating Committee will be working on filling all of our open board positions for 2019-2020 by May. The new slate of Board Members must be presented to our membership at the May Luncheon Meeting.  The new board will take over in September. 

Please consider helping out on our Board and accepting a position should you receive an email or phone call from the Nominating Committee. Even if you have been on the board in the past, or are brand new to our club, we need you. This great club is run by volunteers like You. Please help us keep it going.

Contact me if you would like to fill a board position or would like to nominate someone else! Eileen Higham   Home 860-651-3260 Cell 860-836-4417 
2019 SNC Winter Gala at The North House

What a fun night we had at our winter gala!
70 Newcomers and friends enjoyed cocktails and dinner, then danced the night away.
Many thanks to Sarah Nanzig and Barbara Troy for their hard work organizing our biggest event of the year. Also, our thanks go out to The North House for their continued excellent service.

Can't wait till next year!
Karen Goldschmidt 860-461-1451

The Needlework Committee is made up of women who have various hobbies such as: greeting card creations, zentagle, cross stitch, crocheting, needlepoint and knitting.  We meet at the Simsbury Public Library every Monday morning 10:30 -12:30 and are now working on a joint project with the library.  We have contributed knitted items for a reading encouragement program.  Michelle Abbot knits children's animal hats. Camille Gentile and Jean Summers are very prolific with cowels, hats and scarves. Others contribute various items. Here is a description of the project from the libry newsletter:
Between January 2 and January 31 share with us what you're reading or listening to, give it a rating, and enter to win a wonderful handmade hat, cowel or scarf crafted with care by the members of the Simsbury Newcomers Needlework Group.  Each week we'll randomly select 3 winners and the grand prize drawing for the coziest prize of all will be on February 1! All ages are welcome to participate. Many thanks to the Simsbury Newcomer's Needlework Group for their continued support of WARM READS.

Some of our creations on display at the library:
Come For Cocktails

We would like to give huge thanks to Gay & Patrick Mulligan for hosting such a wonderful evening in December! What an amazing home and our hosts really outdid themselves! Thank you!!

Our next gathering will be hosted by Lisa & Craig Hugel on Saturday, March 2nd! 

The rules are simple for those attending: 

  • Please reply to the hosts only if you are planning to attend. 
  • Bring an appetizer or a dessert to share (please bring a hot pad with you if your dish is hot)
  • BYO Beverage of choice

RSVP or for more information:
Holly & Shaun Murphy   860-651-6051 
Lisa & Craig Hugel   860-651-1227

Shari Cassutt  505-670-4982

It's not too late to RSVP for Super Bowl Potluck IV. It's the Rams and the Patriots! Food, Fun, Food, Games, Food, Prizes!,Food (Yes, you can tell what I'm looking forward to.)
Sunday, Feb 3rd, 5:45. Contact Shari (

Last month PopUps teamed with Humans for Humanity to support members of the Coast Guard who are working without pay during the government shutdown. I'm thrilled to say that we donated approximately six hundred dollars worth of food and gift cards to help our neighbors in the southern part of the state. A big shout out to Fireworks Hearth and Home in Haddam who served as a collection point and coordinated delivery to New London and to United Way of CT who helped me find an appropriate destination for our contributions.


Ladies Lunch Bunch

Han Asian Cuisine
10 Hartford Avenue
Granby, CT 06035

Thursday, February 14 at 11:30a

RSVP or for more information:
Alayna Clark  860-217-0054
Toni Robinson 

Dining Out
Theresa Awad Roe 860-408-9278

Beth Payne 860-352-2384

We are back on track with dining out and not venturing too far. We are booked on Saturday, February 9th at 7:00 PM at Mikado in Canton. Parking is easy!

Please RSVP to Theresa and Beth by Monday Feb 4th. Hope to see you there.
Place:  Mikado Asian Bistro
            220 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT 06019
             (860) 693-9696
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: February 9th

Discover New England
We had a wonderful visit to the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol on January 24th!

Our next discovery is at The Hillstead Musuem. Please email Patty at if you are interested in joining us!

Tuesday, February 19th
"Behind the Scenes" Tour of The Hillstead Musuem, Farmington
followed by lunch at Piccolo Arancio

Cost: $20, $18 for seniors

Designed by female architect Theodate Pope-Riddle as a country home for her parents, The Hillstead Museum is one of the finest Colonial Revival mansions in the country and houses some of the most important impressionist paintings in the world, including works by Cassatt, Monet, Manet, Degas and Whistler. We will tour the museum and then go upstairs to the "archives" where we will view special items that are not on public display.  

Piccolo Arancio offers modern interpretations of the flavorful and soulful food of all the regions of Italy. Separate checks will be provided.

Wine & Women

Cheryl Sojkowski 860-658-2199

Sarah Nanzig 860-651-9085

Our next gathering of the season will be held on Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 pm, at the home of Rosa Irwin.  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. 

SAVE THESE DATES: March 21, April 25, and May 16.  And, note change of date for June "Wine, Women, and Guest" to SATURDAY, JUNE 1st.. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to open their home to our group. We still need a hostess for March.  

Should you wish to join our distribution list at any time, please contact Cheryl or Sarah.

Daytime Book Discusssion

Ellen Byrne was our book reviewer for Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett. Patti Cummings and Barbara Troy hosted our group on January 25th. We had 15 members for a great discussion on sleep walking, the grieving process after death in a family, psychiatry and dysfunctional families. 

Contact Jane Fox if you want to join our next meeting!
Jane Fox  860-658-0388     

February 22  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Single Active Women
Toni Robinson 860-217-1915

Watch your email for a February Sunday Brunch!
Evening Book Discussion

Cheryl Cook 860-408-1577  

February 5th    Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
March 5th    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Toni Robinson 860-217-1915

We are 173 members strong. 
Welcome to our newest members: Leslie Auer-Anderson & Richard Anderson, Lisa Beede, Jerri & Steve Bonnell, Ronnie & Mike Conway, Nancy Cox, Patti & Roger Eisenstein, Arleen Farrell, Cacina Reynolds

February Birthdays
Susan Batch-Murphy
Eileen Chilek-Wilder
Alayna Clark
Rosemary Clarke
Larry Goldberg
Rosa Irwin
Mac McHale
Jenifer Pfaff
Judy Rabinowitz
Nancy Winslow
Joanne Verde