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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)

Monthly Posts Update

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.