Free membership for 2020-2021 season

Welcome to the Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers

Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers is a social organization of Lexington residents, and offers a wide array of activities such as book groups, cocktail parties, museum visits, game nights, coffee talks, charitable projects, mens’ pub nights, walking groups, and more. We also endeavor to be a source of helpful information and social contacts in your new (or old) hometown!

September 2020 Newsletter

Hello Neighbors & Newcomers,

It’s been a crazy year!  What more can we say.  We sincerely hope that everyone and their families are doing well, staying safe and that you were able to have a bit of joy and normalcy over the summer. 

Organizations, school systems, etc. are all struggling with how to operate this fall and LNN is no different.  As a Board we’ve decided to return in September with safe, socially-distanced outdoor activities and continue those while weather permits.  We’ll also continue offering Book Club as a virtual option.  Once we are unable to gather outdoors, we will switch to all-virtual programming.  

We really hope to see you at this month’s events!  Any questions or comments, email us at lncexecs@lexington-newcomers.org or feel free to post ideas/thoughts to the Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers Members Facebook group.

Be well, 
Katie and Pam (Co-Presidents)

2020-2021 Membership


Typically at this time of year we’d be requesting members pay their annual dues.  However due to Covid-related programming limitations, the Board has decided to waive fees for the 2020-2021 LNN season.  All members will be automatically renewed.  We are also still taking on new members, so continue to spread the words to your friends, colleagues and neighbors who are either new to Lexington or just want to learn more about our group.  To join LNN, click the following link.  If you have any questions, please contact Sadia at  membership@lexington-newcomers.org.

Upcoming Activities


Book Club – Thursday, September 17 at 7:30pm

Join us for our first virtual Book Club of the season! A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a New York Times Bestseller, The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett, is a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood after their mother has left the family home, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, dusted with a fairy tale, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.

RSVP by September 15 to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com . You will receive a Zoom link/password and instructions on how to connect.

The entire reading list for the 2020-2021 season is now available on our website.  Click the Reading List link to see what books we’ll be reading this year!  

Ladies’ Night – Wednesday, September 23, time tbd

Kick off the 2020-2021 LNN season while catching up with old friends and meeting new members too.  This event and Welcome Coffee are our fall kick-off events, open to both existing members and non-members interested in learning more about LNN.  Attend whichever works best for your schedule, or attend both!  This event will be held outside in a member’s yard.  Space is limited, so don’t wait to RSVP!

RSVP or questions about the event: contact Jyoti Justin at jyotijustin.realtor@gmail.com.  Location information will be provided once you RSVP.

Welcome CoffeeThursday, September 24 10-12pm

Kick off the 2020-2021 LNN season while catching up with old friends and meeting new members too.  This event and Ladies’ Night are our fall kick-off events, open to both existing members and non-members interested in learning more about LNN.  Attend whichever works best for your schedule, or attend both!  This event will be held outside in a member’s yard.  Space is limited, so don’t wait to RSVP!

RSVP or questions about the event: contact Netice Dokmecdioglu at netice71@yahoo.com.  Location information will be provided once you RSVP.  

Picnic PartySaturday, October 3, 6-8pm

Let’s not allow distance to come between us!  Join us for drinks and bites in small, socially distanced groups in members’ yards.  All members will receive an Evite by the end of the week with further details and RSVP instructions.  We are in need of hosts for this event – it’s all BYO, so hosts just need to provide a yard…easy!  

If you are able to host or have any questions, contact Angela Benson at arocbenson@gmail.com.

June 2020 Newsletter

Hello Neighbors & Newcomers,

We hope that everyone and their families are doing well and staying safe.  It’s been great seeing some of your faces at our virtual Book Club and Trivia Night. 

We are continuing to hold off on organizing LNN in-person gatherings.  If you wish to gather informally with LNN friends, that is perfectly fine, you are welcome to set things up and even post it to our Facebook page. 

Hope to see you at this month’s virtual events!  If you wish to see more virtual events, let us know at lncexecs@lexington-newcomers.org or feel free to post ideas/thoughts to the Facebook group.

Be well, 
Katie and Pam (Co-Presidents)

Upcoming Activities


Ladies’ Night

Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00pm

Reconnect virtually with your LNN lady friends, beverages optional!  We’ll be meeting over Zoom.  We’ll take turns and give everyone a few minutes to update us on how you and your family are coping.  We would also like to hear about other virtual activities you’d like to see from LNN.  Stay as long as you can.  No pressure.  We miss seeing your lovely faces.

RSVP: by June 2 to Netice at netice71@yahoo.com.  You’ll receive a Zoom link/password the day of the event.

Book Club
Thursday, June 11 at 7:30pm

Join us for a virtual Book Club in June! Our book for discussion will be the New York Times Bestseller The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King. The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

If you would like to join the discussion, RSVP to priyanpatel@yahoo.com before 6/9. 

Trivia Night
Friday, June 19 at 7:00pm

Join us for another night of virtual trivia.  Play alone, with a spouse/partner or have the family join in on the fun!  Household teams with the most correct answers win a gift card for a Lexington restaurant.  

RSVP by the evening of June 24 to Philippa at philippajcox@yahoo.co.uk.  You’ll receive a Zoom link/password and further instructions on how to connect.  Contact Philippa with any questions.


Anyone out there interested in virtual art classes? If so, email us at lncexecs@lexington-newcomers.org. We would like to see how many of you are interested and what particular type(s) of classes you would like.


Anyone out there interested in virtual cooking classes? If so, email us at lncexecs@lexington-newcomers.org. We would like to see how many of you are interested and if you’d prefer more of a demonstration format or a hands-on cook-along format.

April 2020 Newsletter

Dear LNN Members,

Needless to say, we are postponing all LNN activities for the month of April.  We will keep you posted if things change for any events in May.  We miss you all and miss our fun activities.  

Right now, it is important we all stay safe, strong and positive.  Please let us know if there is any assistance you or your family may need during this time of isolation.  We have many members who are willing to help and assist.  

Take care and stay in touch.

Best,
Pam and Katie (Co-Presidents)
LNCexecs@lexington-newcomers.org

Directory

Even though we can’t meet up in person, there’s nothing preventing us from reaching out via phone call, text or email.  If you want to get in touch with another member, you can find them in the LNN Directory.  If you have any questions or if information needs updating, contact Sadia at membership@lexington-newcomers.org.

Book Club Survey

Book Club Survey – We Need Your Input!
We are in the process of determining the roster of books for next season. Please submit a list of up to five books that you would like to read next season. We will create a survey with the submitted book titles and the top nine or ten books as voted on by LNN members will be chosen for next season’s reading list. You do not need to be a member of the LNN Book Club to submit book suggestions or to vote, all LNN members are welcome to participate. Please email your list of up to five book titles to Tania at tania.bojanowski@gmail.com by April 18.

March 2020 Newsletter

Hello Neighbors & Newcomers,

We have our 2019-2020 Membership Directory now available on our website.  It contains member’s names, phone numbers and email addresses.  Here’s a link http://www.lexington-newcomers.org/?page_id=1052.  It’s a great way to get in touch with other LNN members you meet at events.  If you have any questions or if your information needs updating, contact Sadia at membership@lexington-newcomers.org.

Regards, 
Katie and Pam (Co-Presidents)


March Activities

Book Club Survey – We Need Your Input!

We are in the process of determining the roster of books for next season. Please submit a list of up to five books that you would like to read next season. We will create a survey with the submitted book titles and the top nine or ten books as voted on by LNN members will be chosen for next season’s reading list. You do not need to be a member of the LNN Book Club to submit book suggestions or to vote, all LNN members are welcome to participate. Please email your list of up to five book titles to Tania at tania.bojanowski@gmail.com by March 21.

Book Club
Thursday, March 12 at 7:30pm

Our book for March, The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne, is a #1 New York Times bestseller. Cyril Avery is not a real Avery — or at least, that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his many years, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.

RSVP to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com before Tuesday, March 10th. Location details sent out the day before. Members are kindly asked to bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer to share.

Lunch Bunch
Friday, March 13 at 12:00pm

You won’t have to venture too far for this month’s Lunch Bunch.  We’ll be dining at Lexington’s own Town Meeting Bistro, the lovely restaurant inside the Inn at Hastings.  Menu features the best ever clam chowder, plus other soups, salads and sandwiches.  We are so lucky to have this amazing restaurant in Lexington center, come out and support it!

Where:  Town Meeting Bistro, 2027 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington

RSVP: email Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Coffee Talk
Monday, March 16, 10:00am-12:00pm

Start your day off with coffee and conversation with your LNN friends, old and new!  Feel free to stay the whole time or just pop in for a quick visit.
 
Host: Banu Onay

No RSVP: Just drop in!   Any questions, email Netice at netice71@yahoo.com

Bolly-X
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30pm

Join us for a dance fitness class combining dynamic choreography and amazing music from the Indian film industry. It is a 50 minute cardio workout that cycles between high and low dance sequences. Let’s have fun while moving our bodies!  Stick around after class for light appetizers and drinks.  Note that a minimum of 10 people are required in order to run this class.

Where: Academy of Creative Arts Studio, 12A Street, Burlington

Cost:  $10/person

RSVP to Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net by March 10. 

Ladies’ Bunco Night
Thursday, March 26, 7:00pm 

Never played bunco?  Don’t even know exactly what it is?  No problem!  Bunco is a fun, simple dice game.  If you’ve never played before, we will show you how.  So come out for a fun night of games and socializing. 

Bring: $5 ante for Bunco; $3 for L-R-C (exact amount appreciated!); and a beverage or snack to share

RSVP: via Evite, which you will receive prior to the event and will include host/location details.  Any questions, contact Jyoti at jyotijustin.realtor@gmail.com or Deepa at deepagajaria@gmail.com

Walking Group
Tuesdays at 9:00am

Walking group is going strong!  Come out on a Tuesday and join us.  Walks are about an hour to an hour-and-a-half in length.  Email Claire at clairenedham@gmail.com to be added to the email group and receive the weekly walk details which are typically sent out the night before.


Save the Date

Mark your calendars for the following April events! 

April 2 – Men’s Pub Night
April 3 – Lunch Bunch
April 8 – Book Club
April 15 – Pinot’s Palette
April 29 – Coffee Talk
April 30 – Ladies’ Pub Night
 And also save-the-date for the LNN Year-End Party on May 29!!


Photo Gallery

Hot off the presses….a pic from last night’s Mardis Gras party.  Lots of feathers, beads, masks and sparkles.  Great turnout and a great party!!  
Tuesday walking group is going strong this winter!

Community Happenings

“400 Years in 40 Minutes”

Friday, March 20, 7:00 PM, at the Depot

We all know what put Lexington on the map – the famous events of April 19, 1775. But did you know that Lexington had a long and spectacular history both before and after the battle? Inspired by PechaKucha presentations, join us for a whirlwind tour of Lexington’s past, from pre-colonial Native American society, to the present. Along the way, meet some of Lexington’s most intriguing characters throughout the years, and see how the town progressed from a sleepy farming community to the vibrant cultural center it is today. Presented by long-time Historical Society volunteer Marsha Baker, this will be a fun and comprehensive introduction to town history for residents old and new! Will your favorite slice of Lexington history be highlighted? Stop by to see!

Free and open to the public!
Reservations are required.
Please call the office at 781-862-1703 or email programs@lexingtonhistory.org to reserve your seat.