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!

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Information about upcoming events can be obtained by emailing LNCexecs@lexington-newcomers.org

September 2019 Newsletter

We hope you are all having a wonderful summer!   Hard to believe that we are gearing up for fall already.  We have lots of fun events planned for September and the rest of the 2019-2020 LNN season and we hope you will join us.  We are also very excited to welcome our new 2019-2020 LNN Board:

Presidents:  Pam Richter and Katie Walter
Membership:  Sadia Sharif
Secretary:  Alli Smith
Treasurer:  Natalie Reynolds
Book Club:  Priya Patel
Bunco / Ladies’ Pub Night:  Stephanie Ryan
Coffee Talk:  Netice Dokmecdioglu
Facebook:  Philippa Mays
Lunch Bunch:  Kim Cramer
Special Events (parties, escapes, etc):  Natalie Auer, Angela Benson, Banu Onay, Susan Silber
Walking Group:  Claire Nedham and Kathryn Johnson

If you have any general questions or comments about LNN, please contact Pam and Katie at lncexecs@lexington-newcomers.org.  Looking forward to seeing you at an event soon!

Upcoming Events


Walking Group
Tuesdays at 9:00am


Our first walk of the 2019-2020 season will be on Tuesday, September 3.  It’s a great chance to get some fresh air and exercise and catch up with friends old and new.  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.

Lunch Bunch
Friday, September 6 at 12:00pm


We’re revisiting an LNN favorite this month and having lunch at Love at First Bite.  It serves delicious, fresh Thai food in a fun, vibrant setting.  And best of all, it’s right in Lex center.  Hope to see you there!

Where:  Love at First Bite, 1710 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington

RSVP:  Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Book Club
Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm


The #1 New York Times Bestseller Becoming by Michelle Obama is an intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.  In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era.  As First Lady, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments.  In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.

Host: Sue Stapleton

RSVP: Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com

Men’s Pub Night
Thursday, September 12, 7:30pm +


Come raise a glass to toast the end of summer (sad) but a return to another season of pub nights!   Join us at Joco’s Bar at 450 Moody Street in Waltham where many craft beers are on tap.  Contact Norm Richter at normrichter@comcast.net with questions; no RSVPs necessary.

Welcome (back) Coffee
Wednesday, September 18, 10:00-12:00pm


Join us for a welcome coffee to kick-off the 2019-2020 LNN season.  This event is open to both current members and non-members interested in learning about what LNN offers.  Feel free to bring along someone new to Lexington or someone looking to expand their community.  

No RSVP: Just drop in! 

Host: Netice Dokmecdioglu. Any questions, email Netice at netice71@yahoo.com

Ladies’ Pub Night
Thursday, September 19, 7:00pm+


Meet up with your LNN friends in a casual setting for cocktails and some nibbles.  Come at 7:00 and stay all evening or stop by for a quick drink.  Either way, we would love for you to join! 

Where: Via Lago, 1845 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington

RSVP: Email Stephanie at stephanie@winterpeak.com to RSVP

Mystery Dinner Party
Saturday, September 21, 5:30-9:00pm


Ready to start off the 2019-2020 LNN party season with a mysterious twist?  The evening will start with cocktails on a private patio at Kings Bowl in Burlington….then things get interesting.  You will receive an assignment to join (along with your spouse/guest, if you register as a couple) a small group dinner at a nearby restaurant with 6-8 people – both your fellow diners and the restaurant will be a mystery until the night of the party.  Our hope is to create a fun and casual atmosphere to welcome new members and get to know familiar members better.  

5:30-7:00pm – cocktail hour with cash bar at Kings Bowl, 52 Second Ave in Burlington
7:00-9:00pm – dinner at various Burlington restaurants ($20/30 entree price range)

RSVP:  Check your email in the next few weeks for an invitation with RSVP instructions.  

Freedom Trail (+ lunch)
Wednesday, September 25 at 10:00-12:30pm


Join us for a walking tour of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, guided by Mary (who led the Boston Public Library tour last year).  We’ll walk 2.5 miles and hear rich and fascinating stories about the very important role that Boston played in our country’s history.  If you enjoy this part of the Freedom Trail, then you’ll be excited to hear that we will be walking another portion of the Freedom Trail in spring 2020!  Note that rain date will be October 2.

Meeting point: Sam Adams statue at Faneuil Hall 

Cost:  $15/person

RSVP:  Natalie at natalie_auer@hotmail.com or 847/494-5349.  When RSVP’g, please indicate whether you want to carpool from Lexington.

Community Happenings


Lexington Farmers’ Market
every Tuesday from 2-6:30pm through October


The Lexington Farmers’ Market (“LFM”) is at the corner of Mass Avenue and Fletcher Avenue, the gateway to historic Lexington. This season’s line-up includes fresh fruits and vegetables including organic specialty Asian produce from Kelley Farm, fresh fish, poultry, pork, and beef, local honey, and a variety of specialty foods.
The LFM is a producer-only market, ensuring that what you find is fresh and local, sustainably raised and carefully crafted by the farmers and vendors of the LFM. Each week, there will be approximately twenty-four farmers and vendors on-site, including guest vendors, with a total of 35 farmers/vendors participating in the 2019 season; check the website for who will be attending each week. In addition, the LFM features talented artisans, musicians, and local community groups, along with special seasonal events and festivals.

Summer Newsletter

A few words from the LNN co-presidents:

As this LNN season comes to a close we want to thank everyone for another amazing year, especially our super-dedicated volunteer board.  They ensured LNN ran smoothly by taking care of administrative tasks like signing up new members, paying bills, maintaining the website and ensured members had lots of fun by organizing parties, bunco, book club, walking group, lunch bunch, escapes, and much more.  A special thanks to our outgoing board members for all of their years of service:  Judi Riveness, Kessa Glisic, Nassma Halaseh Matalka, Lana Bastianutti, Lesley Segal and Deb Zucker.  You will all be missed on the board, but hope to keep seeing you at LNN events!

Hope to see you at Saturday’s “Food From Across The World” party as well as the other June events!  Look for our mid-August newsletter for a list of fall events.  Have a happy and healthy summer.  See you in September!

Kind regards,
Pam and Katie (co-presidents)

Upcoming Events


Food From Across the World Party
Saturday, June 1, 7-10:00pm


Join us for our last party of the season – a celebration of our diverse membership and their delicious food traditions!  Please RSVP to the Evite that was previously emailed out.  You are requested to bring a main dish as well as a beverage of your choice – LNN will provide appetizers and desserts.  Note that this is an adults-only event.

Any questions please contact Sadia sadia_sharif@hotmail.com or Nassma nassmahalaseh@hotmail.com

Lunch Bunch
Monday, June 3 at 12:00pm


Join us at Rapscallion Table & Tap, where artisanal comfort food meets craft beer.  Enjoy plates made to order in their scratch kitchen, featuring locally sourced ingredients.  Settle inside the historic farmhouse or dine al fresco on the patio.

Where:  Rapscallion Table & Tap, 5 Strawberry Hill Rd, Acton

RSVP:  Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Walking Group
Tuesdays at 9:00am


Spring is here!  Enjoy the fresh air and join us for approximately hour-long walks in Lexington and neighboring towns. Email Stephanie at Stephanie@winterpeak.com to be added to the email group and receive the weekly walk details which are typically sent out the night before. 

Gropius House Architecture Tour
Sunday, June 9, 7-9pm


Please join us for this very unique tour of famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius’ house in Lincoln.  There will be socializing and light refreshments followed by a guided tour at 8pm.  

Where:  The Gropius House, Lincoln, www.historicnewengland.org

Tickets: A special thank you to LNN for sponsoring this evening, reducing the ticket price to $26 per person.

RSVP by June 4 to natalie_auer@hotmail.com
Space is limited to 24 people!

Walter Gropius, was one of the most influental German architects of the 20th century. As founder and director of the Bauhaus (the famous German art school) from 1919-1928, he exerted a major impact on the development of modern architecture.When Walter Gropius came to teach architecture at Harvard´s Graduate School of Design, he designed the Gropius House as his family home. The house also spotlights furniture designed by Marcel Breuer.

Bunco (& Left-Right-Center)
Monday, June 10 at 7:30pm


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

RSVP: email Kessa at kessaglisic@gmail.com to RSVP and for location details

About the Games: Bunco is an entertaining, simple dice game, with no experience requiredIt’s played in multiple rounds with players alternating turns rolling the dice to match the target number. Whoever wins the most rounds is the overall winner. And because players rotate tables, it is a great way to meet and chat with different people. Left-Right-Center is an even simpler game, faster moving than Bunco, and is played at the end of the evening. Did we mention there’s no experience required?

Kayaking in Concord (+ lunch)
Wednesday, June 12 at 10am (rain date Friday, June 14)


Good exercise, good company and beautiful views!  We can’t think of a better way to spend the morning than paddling on the Concord River.  Kayaks (doubles and singles) and canoes are available for rent with paddles and life jackets.  No experience is required!  Beginners are welcome.

We will spend approximately two hours on the water, with plenty of rest breaks, paddling to the famous North Bridge.  Join us for lunch in Concord afterwords.  Carpooling from Lexington can be arranged.

Cost:  Thanks to LNN for subsidizing this event!  The cost to members, if any, will depend on the number of participants, but should be around $10.  Members can chose their boat and arrange for boat sharing at the boat house.

Where: South Bridge Boat House, 496 Main St, Concord

RSVP: to Lesley Segal at lesleysegal@hotmail.com

Book Club
Thursday, June 13 at 7:30pm


The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn is a hilarious and emotionally charged bestselling novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage. Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in the city for a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though – the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible-that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? 

Host: Netice Dokmecioglu

Members are kindly asked to bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer to share.

RSVP to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com

Men’s Pub Night
Thursday, June 13 at 7:30pm +


The location is currently being decided, so check the Weekly Happenings for more info. Contact Norm Richter at normrichter@comcast.net with questions; no RSVPs necessary.

Summer Meet-up Group


Several members have expressed interest in meeting up with fellow LNN members over the summer for various events/activities such as movie night at Lexington Venue, concerts at Hastings Park, meeting up at a playground with the kids, a round of tennis at the community courts, taking a hike, etc.
 To facilitate this we’ve organized a Google Group.  If you are interested, here’s how to participate:

1.  Email lexingtonma.newcomers@gmail.com to be added to the “LNN Summer” Google Group. 
2.  You will receive a confirmation email that you have been added to the group.
3.  When you feel like organizing an activity, send an email to the group with the event date and a short description (i.e. 7/7 Willard Woods hike).  Write a further description in the body of the email including your personal email or phone #, then people can contact you personally if they are interested. 

Further details will be sent once you sign-up, but this should give you an idea of how it will work. Please email lexingtonma.newcomers@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Community Happenings


Lexington Field & Garden Club Garden Tour
“Lexington Gardens Blossom”
Saturday, June 15, 10:30-3:30pm


The garden tour features nine private gardens that are as individual as the gardeners that tend them.  Every garden is maintained solely by the owner.  Garden enthusiasts can explore the landscapes of these Lexington residences.  Each tour stop is different; each garden is unique and has something special to offer.  Garden owners will be on hand and are willing to share knowledge about their plantings.  The garden tour is one of the club’s main fundraisers and an event that benefits the Lexington community.  Enjoy the day and all it has to offer!

Tickets:  in advance $25 at lexgardenclub.org; day of tour $30 at Lexington Depot.

LEF “Celebration for Education Weekend”
Friday, June 14 and Saturday, July 15


Lexington Education Foundation (“LEF”) is having their annual Celebration for Education Weekend which is comprised of a free family-friendly celebration Friday 4-7pm followed by an adult beach party Saturday 7-11pm.  All events are at Hayden Lower Field.  For a complete schedule of events and/or to purchase tickets for the beach party visit their website at https://www.lexedfoundation.org/celebration

Lexington Farmers’ Market
every Tuesday from 2-6:30pm throughout the summer


The Lexington Farmers’ Market (“LFM”) is at the corner of Mass Avenue and Fletcher Avenue, the gateway to historic Lexington. This season’s line-up includes fresh fruits and vegetables including organic specialty Asian produce from Kelley Farm, fresh fish, poultry, pork, and beef, local honey, and a variety of specialty foods.
The LFM is a producer-only market, ensuring that what you find is fresh and local, sustainably raised and carefully crafted by the farmers and vendors of the LFM. Each week, there will be approximately twenty-four farmers and vendors on-site, including guest vendors, with a total of 35 farmers/vendors participating in the 2019 season; check the website for who will be attending each week. In addition, the LFM features talented artisans, musicians, and local community groups, along with special seasonal events and festivals.

May 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Events


Walking Group
Tuesdays at 9:00am


Spring is here!  Enjoy the fresh air and join us for approximately hour-long walks in Lexington and neighboring towns. Email Stephanie at Stephanie@winterpeak.com to be added to the email group and receive the weekly walk details which are typically sent out the night before. 

Lunch Bunch 
Wednesday, May 1 at 12:00pm


This month we’re dining at The Bancroft in Burlington (by Wegman’s).  It’s a “city-chic steakhouse in a dramatic space with farm-fresh offerings and a huge bar pouring craft cocktails.”  Their lunch menu features delicious options including proscuitto & burrata appetizer, crab & avocado sandwich, lobster cobb salad, and tomato bisque with garlic croutons.  Yum!

Where:  The Bancroft, 15 Third Ave, Burlington.

RSVP:   Space is limited to 15 people, so please RSVP, ASAP no later than April 30th to Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Men’s Pub Night
Thursday, May 2 at 7:30pm +


We’re heading again to that inexhaustible locale of great pubs, Moody Street in Waltham, for drinks at Brewers Tap (256 Moody St, at intersection with Pine).  Terrific selection of craft beers and good food – come raise a glass with us.  Contact Norm Richter at normrichter@comcast.net with questions; no RSVPs necessary.

Harvard Art Museum Bauhaus Exhibit
Wednesday, May 8, 10-12pm + lunch


The Harvard Art Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the experimental Bauhaus movement. If you are interested, please come and join us to explore the legendary art, design and architecture and discover the Bauhaus relationships to the Boston area.

  • 10am Explore the Harvard Art Museum
  • 11am Bauhaus exhibit (self-guided tour)
  • 12pm Lunch at the Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow presented by the Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Scelfo

Please note that we are limited to 10 people! 
 
Tickets: $15 per adult
RSVP: By May 5th to Natalie at natalie_auer@hotmail.com
Carpooling: Can be organized once I have all responses
Questions: Please contact Natalie at (847) 494-5349 or natalie_auer@hotmail.com
Links: harvardartmuseums.orglongfellowharvard.com

Book Club
Thursday, May 9 at 7:30pm


Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingateis ois a New York Times Bestseller.  The emotionally compelling story about the Foss siblings, separated from their parents and adopted by wealthy families, is based on a dark chapter in our country’s history and spawned book discussions worldwide.  Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Host: Sadia Sharif

Members are kindly asked to bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer to share.

RSVP to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com

Coffee Talk 
Wednesday, May 15, 10:00-12:00  


Start your day off with coffee and conversation with your LNN friends.   

Host:  Cynthia Brody

No RSVP: Just drop in!  Any questions, email Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net

Ladies’ Pub Night
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm


Join the ladies of LNN for a fun, informal evening of drinks and conversation.  We’ll be gathering in the lobby bar of Lexington’s Aloft Hotel (where they don’t kick us out at 9pm!).

Where:  Aloft, 727 Marrett Rd

RSVP:  email Kessa at kessaglisic@gmail.com

Rock Climbing
Wednesday, May 22, 10am-12pm


Join us for a morning of indoor rock climbing at the brand new Central Rock Gym in nearby Stoneham!! Staff will belay our group as we attempt to scale 45 foot walls, with climbing routes of all levels of difficulty. Absolutely NO experience is necessary! New climbers are welcome! The gym will provide our harnesses, safety instruction and belaying. Carpooling from Lexington can be arranged.

Thank you to LNN for sponsoring this event, reducing the cost for each participant to $20. As the gym requires a deposit to arrange for the correct number of staff members, please purchase your tickets as soon as possible (deadline May 10th). We hope you can join us!!!

Where: Central Rock Gym, 10 Adams Rd, Stoneham

Tickets:  sign-up and purchase tickets at Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indoor-rock-climbing-tickets-60058071308

Questions:  contact Lesley at lesleysegal@hotmail.com or visit the Central Rock Gym website https://centralrockgym.com/stoneham/

Save the Date


It’s that time of year again, time for the LNN Annual International Potluck Party.  Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, June 1.  Note that this is an adults-only event intended for members and spouses.  Stay tuned for more details……

Community Happenings


LEXINGTON SYMPHONY’S MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES: TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS
 The season finale is here!  Lexington Symphony’s Music from the Movies: Tribute to John Williams is chock full of music you and your family know and love from some of your favorite movies! From big brass fanfares to wondrous character themes, Williams’s music is a key ingredient to some of film’s most indelible moments. Experience his best scores – and music that inspired them – LIVE in the heart of Lexington: Jurassic Park, Jaws, Harry Potter, Superman, Star Wars and more!
Saturday, May 4th, 7:30pm
Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington
Movie Score Highlights From: 
Jurassic Park, Far and Away, The Empire Strikes Back,
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, Jaws, Angela’s Ashes,
Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hook,
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

For more information & to buy tickets:
https://www.lexingtonsymphony.org/
May the 4th be with you!!

April 2019 Newsletter

Happy Spring!  As most of you are aware, LNN wouldn’t operate and have all its fun activities if it wasn’t for its member board.  There are about 15 of us – you can see who we are on the Board page on the website.  The board serves a term from June-June, so it’s that time of year where we start looking for new board members for next year.  Consider serving on the board! It’s a great group of people – in addition to doing a specific job (examples are party planning, publicity, lunch bunch coordinator, website admin) you are asked to attend our monthly board meetings.  If you’re at all interested in finding out more, email us at lncexecs@lexington-newcomers.org.  We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions.

Upcoming Events


Walking Group
Tuesdays at 9:00am


Spring is here!  Enjoy the fresh air and join us for approximately hour-long walks in Lexington and neighboring towns.  Email Stephanie at Stephanie@winterpeak.com to be added to the email group and receive the weekly walk details.

Lunch Brunch 
Friday, April 5 at 11:00am


No, it isn’t a typo, this month we’re doing Lunch Brunch!  Join us for brunch at Waltham’s In a Pickle Restaurant.  It is a hugely popular local breakfast/brunch restaurant with amazing food, both sweet and savory.  

Where:  In a Pickle Restaurant, 265 Moody St, Waltham

RSVP to Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Theater Performance
Sunday, April 7 at 7pm (performance begins at 7:30)


The acclaimed Newton Nomadic Theater will be bringing its newest show, Colder Than  Here by British playwright Laura Wade, to the Lexington Neighbors & Newcomers for a private performance.  Only 4 tickets left!

Tickets: $25 each. Please use this link to obtain tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-lnn-performance-of-colder-than-here-for-tickets-58505244762

Questions: Contact Lesley at lesleysegal@hotmail.com

Bunco (& Left-Right-Center)
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30pm


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

RSVP: email Kessa at kessaglisic@gmail.com to RSVP and for location details

About the Games: Bunco is an entertaining, simple dice game, with no experience requiredIt’s played in multiple rounds with players alternating turns rolling the dice to match the target number. Whoever wins the most rounds is the overall winner. And because players rotate tables, it is a great way to meet and chat with different people. Left-Right-Center is an even simpler game, faster moving than Bunco, and is played at the end of the evening. Did we mention there’s no experience required?

Book Club
Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm


The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keeganis an affecting and hope-filled collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.Marina Keegan captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation by articulating the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world. 

Host: Tania Bojanowski
Members are kindly asked to bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer to share.

RSVP to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com

Book Club Titles for Next Season – Your Response is Needed!  Please think about which books you would like to read together as a group next year in Book Club, and send us your “wish list” of book titles. You will vote on the compiled list, and the most popular titles will be selected for next year’s roster. Please send your wish list to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com by April 14.

Studio Time
Friday, April 12 at 10:00am


Bring a project to work on in the company of friends! Come with your computer, scrapbooking project, knitting, craft or anything else that you’d like to do while socializing with other LNN members. We hope to see you there!

RSVP: please email Natalie at natalie_auer@hotmail.com

Coffee Talk 
Wednesday, April 24, 10:00-12:00 


Start your day off with coffee and conversation with your LNN friends.   

Host:  Fusun Oksuz

No RSVP: Just drop in!  Any questions, email Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net