ARCHIVES OF NEWCOMERS CLUB BLOG: 2013
November 2013 Event at Old Metropolitan Hall
On the morning of November 19th, the Charlottesville Newcomers Club held a coffee event at the recently restored Old Metropolitan Hall on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. The hall is located in the building that housed the Metropolitan Café in the 1940s and 1950s. The space, which now functions as a private-event venue, has a lot of character and was a charming place to get together in.
We enjoyed mingling while sipping our choice of beverage (from a selection that included basil lemonade as well as coffee and tea). In addition, there was a variety of unique hors d’oeuvres to snack on. We also learned about activities, cultural attractions and volunteer opportunities offered by the Newcomers Club.
October 2013 Luncheon at Wintergreen Resort
For the first time ever, the Charlottesville Newcomers Club held a luncheon event at Wintergreen Resort, which is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The event took place on the last Tuesday in October and the weather that day was spectacular.
We gathered in the Commonwealth Ballroom of the Mountain Inn at Wintergreen and had a delicious lunch that was capped off with a slice of New York cheesecake. Following the meal, we were treated to a wonderful presentation by photographer Steve Trumbull. He showed us vintage photographs of Charlottesville along with recent photos of the same scenes and he related intriguing stories about the pictures.
After the luncheon event, some of us took advantage of the excellent weather and explored the scenery at Wintergreen. The fall foliage was still going strong and viewing it was a lovely way to finish our visit to the resort.
October 2013 Coffee Event Welcoming Newest Members
President Jody Smith held a coffee in her home on the morning of October 24th for members who recently joined Newcomers. It was an opportunity for the newest members to meet others who have just moved to Charlottesville and also learn more about the Club. In addition to hearing about the Club’s numerous activities, new members also found out about many of the opportunities in the Greater Charlottesville Area for continuing education, recreation, shopping, sightseeing, volunteering, and more!
September 2013 Coffee Event at Historic Farmington Country Club
Gorgeous fall weather provided the backdrop for the first club-wide event of the 2013-14 season of the Charlottesville Newcomers Club. On a Tuesday morning, in the main dining room of the historic Farmington Country Club, we enjoyed coffee, tea, and delectable morsels while talking with old and new friends. Many of us were dressed to reflect the theme of “Come as You Were” – some wore t-shirts indicating where they lived before moving to Charlottesville while others sported outfits from their careers, such as nursing uniforms. The outfits from the past proved to be effective conversation starters!
Several area nonprofit organizations staffed tables at the event and provided information about their activities. In addition, various Newcomers activities were represented at the coffee, and we were able to find out more about them.
Before heading home, we had the opportunity to tour the Farmington Clubhouse. We learned that Thomas Jefferson knew the owner of the Farmington estate and that Jefferson drew up the plans for an octagonal addition to the estate’s house. That addition is now known as the Jefferson Room and was the highlight of the tour. The room has numerous windows – some are huge rectangular windows, and above each one is a large round window. Through the windows, we could really appreciate the beauty of this day in early autumn.
May 2013 Luncheon at Omni -- Paramount Theater Talk and Tour
The May 2013 luncheon of the Charlottesville Newcomers Club was quite a memorable event. Numerous members and guests filled a private dining room at the Omni Hotel. Before and during the meal, we enjoyed the opportunity to chat with each other. We savored a scrumptious lunch consisting of a garden salad, pasta with veggies and shrimp, and a decadent dessert of chocolate mousse. Following the meal, we listened to a fascinating talk about the history and restoration of Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater, given by the theater’s executive assistant, Sandra DeKay.
Then, after the talk, some of us walked a few blocks to the Paramount, where Sandra gave us a tour of the theater. The tour began in the impressive lobby of the Paramount; there, Sandra shared additional information about the theater’s restoration project. Towards the end of the tour, we peeked at the main level of the theater and walked through the balcony. A crew was prepping for a Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons concert to be held that evening, so we were able to briefly observe their efforts.
This event was a terrific introduction to the Newcomers Club for those of us for whom it was our first club activity!