June 2019 Newsletter

President's Corner

Outgoing President - Shari Cassutt scassutt@yahoo.com  505-670-4982

 It is with both a sigh of relief and a small tear in my eye that I write my last message to you as president. I have had a wonderful two years. Thank you all for the wonderful support you have shown and the many "thank yous" that I have received. I can't begin to tell you how much your friendship continues to mean to me. Now I turn this space over to Toni Robinson and the 2019/20 Board. I wish them short meetings, well attended events, and a balanced budget!

Incoming President - Toni Robinson tonirobinson22@gmail.com 860-217-1915

Hello Everyone,
Thank you for electing me as the new President. It is my honor to serve. We have a great new Board filled with excitement, new ideas, and new energy. 
I want to thank Shari and her Board for all the projects they completed to bring our group up to date with a new name, website, and logo. We will forever be grateful for their accomplishments. Looking forward to meeting all of you at our different activities and gatherings. Please feel free to contact me at tonirobinson22@gmail.com with your ideas and comments.  Best wishes, Toni Robinson

Nominating Committee

Eileen Higham ephigham@gmail.com 

Dear Members ,

Our Secretary position has become open. Please consider coming on the Board.  There will be daytime monthly meetings starting in August to prep for the Sign Ups in September. The End of year Joint board  meeting will be on June 13, at the library, at 6:30 pm.

Lastly, a huge Thank you and Congratulations to the newly installed Board of Newcomers and Neighbors:

President - Toni Robinson
VP Membership - Sue Gannon
Secretary - open
Treasurer - Carrie Houghton
Activities - Marilyn Iezzi 
Newsletter - Christina Brea
Nominations - Eileen Higham 
Publicity - Joanne Verde
Civic Concerns - open 
Event Planners - Feyza Menagi (2nd planner position - open )
Webmaster - Cheryl Sojkowski
Past President - Shari Cassutt 

It will be a great year!
Please contact me anytime.
Eileen Higham. Ephigham@gmail.com 

Annual Spring Meeting

Simsbury Newcomers & Neighbors got together for their Annual Meeting and Luncheon at Metro Bis this year.   Prior year's Board and Activity Chairs were thanked for all their involvement this past year, and the incoming Board was elected and welcomed.  We wish to thank our invited speakers, Cheryl Cook and Ieke Scully for their interesting and historical presentations.  Cheryl about Simsbury's upcoming 350th Anniversary, and Ieke about The Ensign House's place in Simsbury, historically and today.

Outgoing board:

Pictured Left to Right: President-Shari Cassutt, Webmaster-Cheryl Sojkowski, Event Planner-Sarah Nanzig, Secretary-Debra Bernard, Treasurer-Rekha Shertukde, Event Planner-Barbara Troy, Nominating-Eileen Higham, Publicity-Dara Arends, Vice President/Membership-Toni Robinson
Not Pictured:  Activities-Annette Venhorst, Newsletter Editor-Valerie Wozniak, Past President-Holly Murphy

Incoming board:

Pictured Left to Right:
Vice President/Membership-Sue Gannon, President-Toni Robinson,
Nominating-Eileen Higham, Activities-Marilyn Iezzi, Jackie Howes (secretary, resigned), Webmaster-Cheryl Sojkowski, Publicity-Joanne Verde, Newsletter Editor-Christina Brea
Not Pictured
Treasurer-Carrie Houghton, Event Planner-Feyza Menagi, Past President-Shari Cassutt
Simsbury Duck Race
Thank you to everyone who showed up to represent Team Newcomers at the Simsbury Duck Race on May 24th!  

Our duck Daphne swam her little webbed feet off. Another duck came in first, but we’re proud of Daphne’s effort and style. Go team!


Toni Robinson tonirobinson22@gmail.com 860-217-1915

We are ending our year with 178 members. It has been my pleasure to be your VP of Membership. Sue Gannon (suelarrygannon@windstream.net) is the new VP and I know she will do a great job!

Dining Out

Theresa Awad Roe t.awad-roe@att.net 860-408-9278
Beth Payne 
bethie.payne@comcast.net 860-217-1915

Dining out will be at a chef owned restaurant in New Hartford. It was recommended in the Connecticut Magazine - Best Restaurants edition. Weather permitting, there is a possibility of outdoor dining. Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP to Theresa or Beth by Tuesday morning, June 4th.

Date: Friday June 7th, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Place: Bridgestreet Libations & Temptations
           2 Bridge St, New Hartford, CT 06057
           (860) 238-7444


Discover New England

Patty Howland pahowl@gmail.com 
Diana Pratt dpratt620@gmail.com 

On May 8th “Discover New England” visited the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, CT.


Our next outing will be ... 

A Day in the “French” Countryside!
Tour of Lavender Pond Farm
Lunch at Chamard Vineyards
Thursday, June 27th, 8:30 - approx. 3:30 
Cost: approx. $10 plus lunch (wine tasting $11)
Limited to 14 people

Come see and smell the 10,000 lavender plants in bloom at beautiful 25-acre Lavender Pond Farm. Hear tales of how the farm was born with the simple purpose of “doing their small part to make the world a more beautiful place”.  Stroll around the pond and see the covered bridge. Then hop on the Lavender Express for a train tour of the property. Our group will receive 10% off in the farm shoppe with live plants and a bevy of lavender-themed items.  

Lunch will be at Chamard Vineyards, among the most beautiful and traditional of New England wineries. The 40-acre property has 20 acres of established vineyards, hand-tended in the European tradition to produce superior Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir. We will have lunch in the French-inspired farm to table bistro (separate checks). Wine tastings are available for $11.

Contact Patty at pahowl@gmail.com or 860-470-7771 if you are interested. Since this is limited to 14 people, we will require a $10 deposit to reserve your spot. Let us know if you would drive others, prefer to ride or will drive on your own. 


Here are a few links to fun things to do in CT this summer ...

CT Open House Day, June 8, 2019

Summer Fun & Festivals

Summer Music

Talcott Mountain Music Festival

Daytime Book Discussion

Jane Fox j.p.fox@comcast.net  860-658-0388

June 21st The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman
September 20th Educated by Tracy Westover

Evening Book Discussion

Cheryl Cook cooks.home@comcast.net 860-408-1577

June 4th Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
July 2nd The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
August 6th All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Wine & Women

Cheryl Sojkowski csojkowski@comcast.net 860-658-2199
Sarah Nanzig dnanzig@comcast.net 860-658-2199

Traditionally, Wine and Women hosts a June gathering which includes the option of bringing a guest.  For example, a spouse, significant other, or a friend that might enjoy the evening.  This year we are combining our June activity with SNN Come for Cocktails activity group.

The gathering will be held on Saturday, June 1st at  7:00 pm, at the home of Holly and Shaun Murphy, 312 Old Farms Rd, Simsbury CT  06070.  Please bring an appetizer or dessert, and a beverage to share with the group.

You can RSVP to the Murphys by replying to: mena27@comcast.net by Tuesday, May 28th or sooner.  If you are a joint member with Come for Cocktails and have already RSVP’d to Holly, it is not necessary to RSVP again.

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to open their home to our group this year!  Enjoy the summer and we’ll see you in the fall.

Daytime: Sue Gannon suelarrygannon@windstream.net 315-406-4850  
Evening: Judy Rabinowitz jhr123@sbcglobal.net 860-658-9262

Pinochle is a fun and interesting card game, and we would love to have you join us at either the day or evening group. If you have never played Pinochle, we will be happy to teach you how to play!

Daytime Ladies Pinochle plays the first and third Tuesdays at 1pm and is coordinated by Sue Gannon.

Women's Evening Pinochle meets the second Tuesday at 7pm.  Judy Rabinowitz is the coordinator for this group.  

Games are monthly from October to June, but you are welcome to get in touch at any time.


Ladies Lunch Bunch

Alayna Clark clarkalayna40@comcast.net 860-217-0054
Toni Robinson tonirobinson22@gmail.com 860-217-1915

The lunch bunch will be going to Lost Acres Orchard on June 20 at 11:30 am

Address: 130 Lost Acres Rd, North Granby

Please RSVP to Toni Robinson, tonirobinson22@gmail.com

Single Active Women

Toni Robinson tonirobinson22@gmail.com 860-217-1915

Thank you for your involvement in this new group. I look forward to sharing more experiences with you. I will be stepping down as soon as I confirm the new Activity Chairperson. If you are interested in a CT River boat ride or exploring CT's gardens or going to a movie on Monday afternoon or going to Sunday Brunch, weekday or weekend lunch or dinner let me know and we will arrange it.

Pop Ups

Shari Cassutt scassutt@yahoo.com  505-670-4982

I'm looking into a variety of activities for the summer - classic baseball in Wethersfield, polo in Farmington, Greenwich or Simsbury, a picnic at Stratton Brook, a trip to the Yard Goats, a float down the river? Please be in touch and let me know if you have any ideas.  Watch for emails from "SNN PopUps." as plans develop.