Our interest groups and activities enable our members to come together in social settings, to get to know each other on a more personal level, and to have fun doing things that interest them.
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This group meets on Thursdays 1:00 to 4:00 PM (year-round).
There are two groups that have formed that meet at members’ homes.
The Thursday Afternoon Canasta Group meets at 12:30 PM at members’ homes. We play at beginners’ level. At present, we are not accepting new members.
The Friday Afternoon Canasta Group meets at 1:00 PM at members’ homes. We play at different levels (no beginners). At present, we are not accepting new members.
Two cinema groups (“Afternoon Movie Delights” and “Twin Cinema” Groups) meet the 1st Tuesday of each month at 12:30 PM at the homes of group members. The movies are selected by those in attendance the prior month. Many of the chosen movies are foreign films, which have received Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Sun Dance Festival Awards, etc. or nominations for various categories. Bring your lunch. Refreshments are provided by the host and group members. Eat, socialize and watch top rated movies.
Great Decisions is a foreign policy discussion group sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Participants purchase and read a Great Decisions paperback book containing information about eight topics on world issues. The Group usually meets the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of the month, at 12:30 PM, after Book Sort, to discuss one of the topics. All are welcome to participate.
There are three discussion groups that meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 12:30 PM, in members’ homes. Participants bring their lunch. Refreshments are provided by the hostess. Selections for the year, voted on from members’ suggestions, are made at the May meetings.
Note: No Meetings in December or June.
2019-2020 Book Groups
THE BOOKMARKS DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
- September 24 – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
- October 22 – The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson
- November 26 – A House In The Sky by Amanda Lindhout
- January 28 – The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
- March 24 – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- April 28 – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- May 26 – Pot Luck Lunch/choose books
FEED N’ READ DAYTIME BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
1 – Behold the Dreamers – by Imbolo Mbue
2 – Madam Fourcades War – by Lynn Olson
3 – The Other Einstein – by Marie Benedict
4 – Only Child – by Rhiannon Navin
5 – Becoming – by Michelle Obama
6 – Waking Lions – by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
7 – Where the Crawdads Sing – by Delia Owens
MS. PRINTS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
- SEPTEMBER 24 – BUTTON MAN by Andrew Gross
- OCTOBER 29 – AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones
- NOVEMBER 19 – TRUE COLORS by Kristin Hannah
- JANUARY 28 – THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN by Lisa See
- FEBRUARY 25 – THE DAY THE WORLD CAME TO TOWN by Jim DeFede
- MARCH 31 – WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Dela Owens
- APRIL 28 – EDUCATED by Tara Westover
- MAY 26 – Planning Meeting
Evening Literature Group
This discussion group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 6:30 PM, in members’ homes. Refreshments are served. Selections for the year, voted on from members’ suggestions, are made at the May meeting.
- March 18 – Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
- April 15 – Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate
- May 20 – Planning meeting
This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m., for a casual meal in an area restaurant.
This group meets twice a month on Monday afternoons. We are currently not taking new permanent members. Our Mah Jongg group is looking to add ladies to our “sub list” for experienced players.
Potluck Dinner at Members’ homes during month of February (Replaces February Branch Meeting)
The Recognition Dinner, which is held in the month of June, has been an annual event for many years. It is an evening to socialize with those we see all the time and those we don’t get a chance to visit with very often. We always have a very enjoyable evening and are glad that many of our members were able to join us.
The purpose of the Travel Information Group is to explore as many different types of travel and travel experiences as possible. The group calls on our widely traveled membership to volunteer to speak about a travel destination, share experiences, pictures, planning, modes of travel, etc. Meetings are informal, yet informative. The group meets at a member’s home, afternoons (1:30 PM), four times per year (in October & November, April & May) – Dates are announced in Newsletter.
Each month trips are planned to various locations in NY and NJ, where we take docent-led tours of museums and other places of interest. During winter months, instead of monthly trip: Ladies Afternoon at the Movies (East Windsor) Carpools are facilitated for those wishing to attend. Some destinations we’ve visited are:
- Brandywine River Art Museum Chadds Ford, PA
- Bryn Athyn, PA Historic District
- Cedar Lane Alpaca Farm and The Chapter House for lunch , Howell NJ
- Center for Holocaust, Human Rights, and Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ
- Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown, NJ
- Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ
- Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA
- Freehold Museum & Library In Freehold, NJ
- George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ (A trip to see Venus in Fur)
- Great Falls National Historic Park & Paterson Museum
- Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, NJ
- Hindu Temple the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robinsville, NJ & Mastori’s Diner, Bordentown, NJ
- GUILD OF CREATIVE ART in Shrewsbury, NJ
- Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Union Township, NJ
- Info Age Museum at Camp Evans in Wall Twp, NJ
- Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County
- Lyndhurst Mansion (The Jay Gould Estate) & Washington Irving’s Sunnyside Estate
- Montclair Art Museum and Leone’s Restaurant
- Monmouth County Agriculture Building (Kosloski Rd, Freehold)
- The Monmouth County Historical Association, Marpit Hall and the Taylor-Butler Housel Middletown, NJ
- Morris Aboretum in Philadelphia, PA
- Morris Museum and The Thirsty Turtle
- Nemours Mansion & Gardens Wilmington, DE
- New Jersey Audubon’s Society’s Plainsboro Preserve
- NY Botanical Gardens and lunch at Antonio’s Trattoria
- Pearl S. Buck House in Perkasie, PA
- Pine Barrens Native Fruits, and lunch at the Plumstead Grill
- The Proprietary House, in Perth Amboy, NJ and lunch at The Barge
- Roebling Museum in Roebling, NJ
- Rutherford Hall in Allamuchy, NJ
- The Seeing Eye Institute in Morristown, NJ
- Spirit of NJ lunch cruise from Weehawken, NJ
- Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms and lunch at Lemongrass Viet-Thai Restaurant
- Tenement Museum in NYC
- Twin Lights Lighthouse, Bahrs & Monmouth County 9/11 Memorial located at Mt. Mitchell
- Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton.
- Vanderbilt Museum Centerport, New York
- NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial & NJ Vietnam Era Museum
- Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center and Old Oarhouse Irish Pub
- Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Delaware
- Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ
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