March 2019 

President's Corner

Shari Cassutt  505-670-4982

We've had a slew of new members join since our last Meet and Greet in the fall. Everyone, new members and existing members, are invited to a Meet and Greet to welcome them on March 28th from 5 to 7. This is a coed event. Please plan on bringing something to share. More details will be coming in a separate email shortly.
The nominations committee is working hard as you will see in Eileen's report below.  You can make their job easier by volunteering for a position. As of this writing we have some significant holes on the board that will impact the club's activities for next year. Please, if you've never served or served many years ago, consider taking a position on the board. Let's keep Simsbury Newcomers a relevant and vibrant organization. We can't do it without your help.
Update on our name change. We have been granted approval by the state to amend our articles of incorporation. We'll be officially rolling out our new name and new look soon!.
Nominating Committee

Dear Members,
Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to be nominated to the Board for 2019-2020.

We still need to fill some positions :  
  • Secretary
  • Publicity
  • Civic Concerns
  • Event Planners (2)
Please think about volunteering!  Please contact me anytime.  

Eileen Higham 
Toni Robinson 860-217-1915

Welcome to our two new members:
Mary Lou Cassotto
Jenni Prior
The membership Quick List was emailed to all last week. It includes all new members since the Directory was published. Please let me know if there are any changes.

Daytime Book Discussion

We will be swapping the order of books to be read for March and June. The library is unable to get the book Educated for March. So our March 15th book will be The Woman Who Smashed Codes. Our June 21 book will be Educated.

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

Cheryl Cook 860-408-1577  

March 5th    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
April 2nd    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Ladies Golf


Attention Lady Golfers!  A new activity group for women interested in golf is getting off the ground.  The details will be available at the Simsbury Farms Women's Golf Association Welcome Coffee on Tuesday, April 2nd, 10 - 12, at the Simsbury Public Library. Please put this date on your calendar. We look forward to seeing you. Any level is welcome from rank beginner to experienced player.  You may play as little or as frequently as you wish. No handicap is needed to play. You will not be required to join the 9 or 18 Hole Golf League unless you wish. The only fees will be the standard cost of playing 9 or 18 holes.  Come check us out! 
Any questions, please contact Camilla Thompson, 860 729-4806  Thank you!
Come For Cocktails

Our next gathering will be hosted by Lisa & Craig Hugel on Saturday, March 2nd at 6:30! 

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

PopUp's Super Bowl Party IV  - The food was fantastic and even Rams fans had a good time!
Ladies Lunch Bunch
Alayna Clark  860-217-0054
Toni Robinson  860-217-1915

There will be no Lunch in March, but we will be back in April!

Here are some pictures from our February lunch at Han Asian Cuisine in Granby on February 14th:
Single Active Women
Toni Robinson 860-217-1915

We had a fun brunch at Maple Tree on Sunday, Feb. 17th.
Plans for our April event are in the works. Watch your emails.
Dining Out
Theresa Awad Roe 860-408-9278
Beth Payne 860-352-2384

This month we will venture out to Unionville to try River’s Edge Bistro. It is described as Mediterranean cuisine. It is BYOB. Some of you may have tried it and I know you enjoyed it. I actually found out about it from members of SNC!

Please RSVP to Theresa and Beth by Monday March 4th. 

     Date: Saturday, March 9th
     Time: 7:00 PM
     Place:  River's Edge Bistro
                  45 South Main Street, Unionville
Discover New England
Below are pictures from the beautiful day we spent in February at The Hill-Stead Museum for a tour and special visit to the archives where we saw Degas sketches and Japanese wood-block prints!

Our next discovery will be Thursday, March 21st –The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art New Britain Museum of American Art  –  

Enormous flowers, luscious colors, desert landscapes, feminine forms, and still lifes. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) pioneered revolutionary ways of visually interpreting the world through her early embrace of abstraction and effusive use of color and is recognized as one of the preeminent American painters of the twentieth century. Grouped by theme, 36 of O’Keeffe’s paintings and sculptures will appear alongside works by twenty contemporary artists that evoke, interrogate, and elaborate upon the images and approaches that mark O’Keeffe’s career. Founded in 1903, NBMAA is the first museum in the country dedicated to American Art. It is a real gem with beautiful gallery space.
Cost: $25 includes admission to the museum and 1 hour docent-led tour of the special exhibit
10:15  Carpool to New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain
 11:00 All those on the Docent-led Tour must enter the museum at the same time
 11:00 – 11:45 Tour the permanent collection on own
 11:45  Meet for Docent-led Tour
 12:00-1:00 Docent-led tour of the Exhibition
 1:15 Lunch at the nearby Great Taste Chinese Restaurant, a family-owned, white-table cloth eatery considered one of the most "delicious" and "hospitable" multi-regional Chinese restaurants in the state
Note: Library passes are not an option if you want the docent-led tour, but it seems like another option is to use a pass or pay $15 ($12 for 62+) for general admission plus $8 for special exhibit on your own without the tour, and then just join us for lunch if you wish.
All those doing the Docent-led tour must enter the museum together at 11 since we need to make one payment as a group.
RSVP by March 12th
  • Docent Tour or Tour on Own
  • Lunch or No Lunch
  • Drive on Own, Drive Others, or get a Ride

Wine & Women

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

Our next gathering of the season will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 7:00pm, at the home of Arline Croce. 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: 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. 

March Birthdays
Ronnie Conway
Lorraine Cosgrove
Patty DeMartino
Jane Gordon
Ellen Graham
Lisa Hugel
Ginny Lawry
Julie LeCostaouec
Tanya Stephens
Evie Stern
Annette Venhorst