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!

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.


February 2020 Newsletter

Hello Neighbors & Newcomers,

We are about mid-way through the 2019-2020 LNN season.  Hopefully you’ve been able to attend some of our events.  If not, check out what’s going on in February/March, mark your calendars, and come on out!  Also, if you have ideas for events, other comments, want to host a coffee/bunco, etc. email us at LNCexecs@lexington-newcomers.org.  We love to hear from our members!

Regards, 
Katie and Pam (Co-Presidents)

February Activities


LNN Masquerade Cocktail Party


When:  Saturday, February 29 at 7:00pm
Where:  Aloft Hotel Lobby Bar, 727 Marrett Rd

Check your mail for an upcoming Evite with more event details

Ladies’ Pub Night Open House
Thursday, February 6, 7:00-9:30pm 


This event is open to existing members as well as potential new members.  Feel free to spread the word and bring a friend or neighbor.  This is a chance to meet new women from the Lexington community and to find out more about the great benefits of joining LNN.  Appetizers will be provided. 

Where:  Sanyo, 25 Depot Square, Lexington

No RSVP:   Just drop by!  Any questions please email Jyoti at jyotijustin.realtor@gmail.com

Book Club
Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30pm


Our book for February, Educated: A Memoirby Tara Westover, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been named one of the best books of the year. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

RSVP to Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com before Sunday, February 9th. Location details sent out the day before. Members are kindly asked to bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer to share.

Coffee Talk
Wednesday, February 12, 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: Deb Fortin

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

Lunch Bunch
Thursday, February 27 at 12:00pm


This month we are lunching at Yard House, which opens its Burlington location on February 3.  A beer-focused restaurant and bar chain, it offers over 100 American-style dishes made from scratch daily, and the world’s largest selection of draft beer with 130 taps. 

Where:  Yard House, 108 Middlesex Tpke, Burlington

RSVP: email Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Men’s Pub Night
Thursday, February 27 at 7:30pm+


OK, it’s a chain, but we still need to check out the newly opened Yard House in Burlington, next to the Barnes & Noble.  Join us as as we choose among 130 draft beer choices !

Where:  Yard House, 108 Middlesex Tpke, Burlington

Questions: email Norm at normrichter@comcast.net, no RSVP necessary

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 March events! 

March 12 – Book Club
March 13 – Lunch Bunch
March 16 – Coffee Talk
March 17 – BollyX 
March 26 – Bunco

Photo Gallery



January coffee talk – thanks to Jyoti for hosting!

January book club – thanks to Netice for hosting!

Community Happenings


“Small Yet Mighty” Winter Farmer’s Market

The Lexington Farmer’s Market is a producer-only market, ensuring that what you find is fresh and local, sustainably raised and carefully crafted. Each week, there will be ten farmers and vendors on-site, offering items for breakfast to dinner and everything in between.  Visit our website for more information.

Where:  The Waldorf School, 739 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington.

When: Every other Saturday, January 4 – April 11 from 11:00am-2:00pm (Jan 4 & 18, Feb 1, 15, & 29, Mar 14 & 28, Apr 11)

January 2020 Newsletter

Hello Neighbors & Newcomers,

We hope you all enjoyed the holidays!  LNN is a wonderful, welcoming community.  We have a wide variety of events planned to accomodate different tastes and schedules for this coming year.  Check out what’s coming up and hope to see you soon! 
Also, beginning this month we will start including future activity dates, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan ahead.

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

January Activities

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.

Book Club
Thursday, January 9 at 7:30pm


Our book for January, Circe by Madeline Miller, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been named one of the best books of the year by over twenty-five different publications and organizations. Circe is both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female goddess from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right. With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

RSVP: email Priya at priyanpatel@yahoo.com before Tuesday, January 7th.   Location details will be sent out the day before to those able to attend.  Members are kindly asked to bring a bottle of wine or an appetizer to share.

Trivia Night
Monday, January 13 at 6:30pm


Join us in a friendly pub quiz / trivia competition hosted by Kings Bowl in Burlington.  Join team LNN to socialize and answer random trivia questions. We play in teams of six, with absolutely no pressure to get correct answers! There is no fee to play; purchase food and drinks at your own discretion.  Note that this is a co-ed event – men and women are welcome, come single or as a couple.

Arrive at 6:30pm so we can get organized into teams and order food/drinks.  Gameplay begins at 7:00pm.  

Where: Kings Bowl, 52 Second Ave., Burlington (across from Wegmans)

RSVP: email Susan at sqwilmes@yahoo.com

Lunch Bunch
Wednesday, January 15 at 12:00pm


Join us for the first lunch bunch of 2020 at the lovely Cafe Escadrille in Burlington.  Its stunning architecture has all the warmth and charm of an elegant country estate complete with the Grand Parlor’s magnificent stone fireplace.  The lunch menu features the very best of New England fare – food and traditional dishes that have been valued for generations.

Where:  Cafe Escadrille, 26 Cambridge St, Burlington

RSVP: email Kim at kimwcramer@gmail.com

Bunco (& Left-Right-Center)
Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00pm 


Bunco Night is an opportunity for the ladies of LNN to get together and socialize.  The focus is on meeting people and having fun – the game itself is very simple and easy to learn.  So if you have never played before, don’t worry!  It’s especially great for people new to LNN because you’ll be put at a table with 4 people and then you rotate tables all night, so you’ll have to chance to meet lots of people.  

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

RSVP: email Jyoti at jyotijustin.realtor@gmail.com or Deepa at deepagajaria@gmail.com for location details and if you have any questions

Coffee Talk
Wednesday, January 29, 10:00am-12:00pm


Start your day off with coffee and conversation with your LNN friends, old and new!  Feel free to bring along a friend or neighbor who may be interested in learning more about LNN.
 
Host: Jyoti Justin

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

Men’s Pub Night
Thursday, January 23 at 7:30pm


Mark your calendars for the first Men’s Pub Night of the decade!

Where:  Common Ground, 319 Broadway, Arlington

Questions: email Norm at normrichter@comcast.net, no RSVP necessary

Stretching Pilates & Lunch
Monday, January 27 at 11:00am


Join us for a free Introductory Pilates class to start off the New Year followed by lunch. We will be limited to 20 participants, so RSVP soon! 

Where: 11:00-11:50am Club Pilates, 43 Middlesex Tpke, Burlington; 12:00-2:00pm lunch at Burtons (right next door)

RSVP: email Angela at jammbenson@sbcglobal.net

Save the Date


New for 2020, in addition to the current month events listed above, we’re also giving you a head’s up on events for the subsequent month.  So mark your calendars! 

February 6 – Ladies’ Pub Night
February 11 – Book Club
February 12 – Coffee Talk
February 27 – Lunch Bunch, Men’s Pub Night
February 29 – Mardi Gras Party!!

Photo Gallery



Annual holiday party…and just happened to coincide with Banu’s birthday!
December Book Club

Community happenings

Lexington’s 7th Annual MLK Day of Service


Join the Lexington community on Monday, January 20, 2020 in reflection and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. Social action, educational events, opportunities for meaningful conversations and much more are part of a full day of activities. Take an impactful break from your ski day, shake those winter chills and participate any of the various family-friendly volunteer activities to serve those less fortunate!

To sign up to volunteer and for more info visit http://www.lexingtonmlk.org/.

“Small Yet Mighty” Winter Farmer’s Market


The Lexington Farmer’s Market is a producer-only market, ensuring that what you find is fresh and local, sustainably raised and carefully crafted. Each week, there will be ten farmers and vendors on-site, offering items for breakfast to dinner and everything in between.  Visit our website for more information.

Where:  The Waldorf School, 739 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington.

When: Every other Saturday, January 4 – April 11 from 11:00am-2:00pm (Jan 4 & 18, Feb 1, 15, & 29, Mar 14 & 28, Apr 11)