NEWCOMERS CLUB BLOG

Spring Hospitality Event at Monroe's Highland

Our brunch with speaker “James Monroe” was attended by well over 70 Club members. Most took advantage of the self-guided tour through the Monroe home and strolled about the spectacular grounds. Some comments from those attending:

The Local restaurant did a really neat job catering with good service and delicious food.   Nice group and good turnout - and perfect weather!

“President James Monroe” was an unbelievable speaker, and hard to tell he wasn't the real one looking at him!   Heard so many interesting facts and stories, and sorry I can't remember all of them. 

We took the full guided tour after the Bunch and really enjoyed it.  Also found out that for each paid guest that you take,  you can go in free like Monticello, although Monticello only honors Albemarle County and Ashlawn honors everyone. 

A wonderful event today...nice group, and an outstanding President.  

Many people thanked me for all this but it does take a team!  I would especially like to thank Terri Miyamoto, Mary & Pete Mitchell, Wendy Seay, and Charlotte McDaniel, for all your initiative and help with the details in advance and “hands on” work at the site.  Also great thanks for all your assistance to Ellen and Wayne Baker, Gayle and Bob Tofferi, Colleen Zanin, Elyse Everett, Ann and Hank Trautmann, Edwina Slater, and Carolyn Brauner, as well as the staff of The Local and Brittany Harton of Monroe’s Highland.

 

November Luncheon at Albemarle Ciderworks

We had a delightful luncheon at the Albemarle CiderWorks. Our 50/50 winner shared the prize with the American Red Cross. Everyone enjoyed the history of apples in Virginia and tours of the cider works. 

We were treated to tastings of various kinds of ciders.

We were treated to tastings of various kinds of ciders.

Cider, BBQ and friends - with a beautiful view of the autumn hills.

Cider, BBQ and friends - with a beautiful view of the autumn hills.

Tours that showed us how the cider is made.

Tours that showed us how the cider is made.

 

Garden Group Gets a Preview of the Quarry Gardens

Members of the garden group were invited to see the work in progress at the Theiblot's property. Wonderful plans and exciting to see how much is finished.

 

Fiftieth Anniversary Luncheon, May 2016

We had a fantastic time at our special 50th anniversary celebration at Glenmore Country Club. Past presidents were invited, and Steven Meeks gave us a glimpse into Charlottesville's past and present with his presentation on Charlottesville characters. An extra hour for socializing preceded lunch -- time to catch up on summer plans from friends new and old.

Lunch in the Glenmore dining room.

Lunch in the Glenmore dining room.

Presidents past and present, from five decades, attended.

Presidents past and present, from five decades, attended.

 

Newcomers Club in the News, May 2016

We are celebrating fifty years as an organization in the Charlottesville area, and NBC 29 has taken notice. Click here for the video they are running today

Screen shot of video for our 50th anniversary

Luncheon at Farmington Country Club, March 2016

You could tell Easter was just a few days away when we met for our spring luncheon. Cole Burrell added to the spring theme with a fascinating presentation about using native plants in our gardens. 

 

Luncheon at Meriwether Springs Vineyard, November 2015

November gave us a beautiful day for friends, food, and even a little wine. Our guest speaker, Alexandria Searls, executive director of the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, filled us in on attempts to recognize the famous explorers and their legacy in Charlottesville.

[Club members enjoy social time in the beautiful tasting room.]

[Club members enjoy social time in the beautiful tasting room.]

[Ms. Searls shows photos of activities at the Lewis and Clarke Exploratory Center.]

[Ms. Searls shows photos of activities at the Lewis and Clarke Exploratory Center.]


Newcomers Volunteer at Virginia Film Festival, November 2015

[Community Outreach volunteers ushering together at Charlottesville HS for the Va. Film Festival. Saw an amazing film, heard a lively panel discussion and got nifty shirts!]

[Community Outreach volunteers ushering together at Charlottesville HS for the Va. Film Festival. Saw an amazing film, heard a lively panel discussion and got nifty shirts!]


October Luncheon at Restoration Restaurant, October 2015

For our October luncheon, it was a beautiful day to look at the mountains from Crozet. Allie Hill, our speaker, gave us some interesting background on buying local food in Virginia, and how she is trying to make more available. We even got to sample some!

[Allie Hill talks about her food journey.]

[Allie Hill talks about her food journey.]

[Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch with friends old and new.]

[Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch with friends old and new.]

[Some foods available locally from Homegrown Virginia and Virginia Food Works.]

[Some foods available locally from Homegrown Virginia and Virginia Food Works.]



Fall Hospitality Event, September 2015

Newcomers Club "kicks off" each year with a major hospitality event, to welcome old friends, meet new ones, learn about activities, and find out how to volunteer with local non-profit groups. We welcomed several new member households to the club at the event!

[Newcomers board members welcome new members and old friends.]

[Newcomers board members welcome new members and old friends.]

[Checking out volunteer opportunities.]

[Checking out volunteer opportunities.]

[What to do this year? Activities galore!]

[What to do this year? Activities galore!]

[Who's the winner? Checking numbers for 50/50 raffle.]

[Who's the winner? Checking numbers for 50/50 raffle.]


United Way Day of Caring, September 2015

[Mad Marathon Bingo! Community Outreach Volunteers at the Golden Living Center]

[Mad Marathon Bingo! Community Outreach Volunteers at the Golden Living Center]


Garden Group Plant Swap, Spring 2015

[Charlottesville Newcomers Club members at Plant Swap]

[Charlottesville Newcomers Club members at Plant Swap]

This year’s Garden Group Plant Swap was a lively affair that took place on May 20th in the fairy garden of one of the club’s members. All came away with new additions for their gardens and new friends who also like to play in the dirt.


Luncheon at Boar’s Head Inn, May 2015

[Buffet Luncheon at Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia]

[Buffet Luncheon at Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia]

The final luncheon event of the Newcomers Club 2014-15 season was held at the Boar’s Head Inn on Tuesday, May 19th. Members and guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet lunch.

[Speaker Elizabeth Breeden giving a presentation at Boar's Head Inn]

[Speaker Elizabeth Breeden giving a presentation at Boar's Head Inn]

The day’s speaker was Elizabeth Breeden, one of the founders of ArtInPlace. Under the sponsorship of the Council of the City of Charlottesville, this program makes possible the placement of juried sculptures along streets of the City of Charlottesville. During her presentation, Ms. Breeden explained the process of searching for, selecting and “disposing” of the sculptures.


Newcomers Club Singles Group Luncheon, April 2015

[Jefferson Room at Farmington Country Club]

[Jefferson Room at Farmington Country Club]

Members of the Newcomers Club Singles Group met in the historic Jefferson Room of the Farmington Country Club on Thursday, April 30, for a delightful luncheon and garden tour. 

[Flowers at Farmington Country Club]

[Flowers at Farmington Country Club]

The weather cooperated for the garden tour with Janet Rodgers, who is Farmington’s horticulturist and grounds manager, and the flowers were beautiful. 


Garden Group at Ivy Nursery, February 2015

[Garden Group with master gardener Midori (wearing hat) at Ivy Nursery]

[Garden Group with master gardener Midori (wearing hat) at Ivy Nursery]

The Newcomers Club Garden Group defied the cold on a frigid Friday in February and learned how to build an indoor garden with the expert instruction of Midori at Ivy Nursery in Charlottesville.  The indoor garden was composed of a perennial primrose variety that can be transplanted outdoors when warmer days arrive.


Luncheon at Michie Tavern, January 2015

[Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, Virginia]

[Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, Virginia]

On January 20th, Charlottesville Newcomers Club members and guests enjoyed a delightful luncheon at historic Michie Tavern. We savored the tavern's specialties, which include fried chicken and peach cobbler. 

[Tom Burford, also known as "Professor Apple"]

[Tom Burford, also known as "Professor Apple"]

The speaker that afternoon was Tom Burford (who is also known as "Professor Apple"). He entertained and informed us by sharing some of his expertise regarding heirloom apples.