Newcomers Club of the 
Upper Main Line

 ** Bloom where you are planted **


Social Activities

 

Our Club hosts a wide variety of activities, with something going on almost every day during our Club year.  Not only do we enjoy both daytime and evening "Members-Only" activities, but also several evenings a month we include spouses or significant others in our gatherings.  To see what a month in the life of a NCUML Newcomer can include, click here for the Sample Calendar.

A synopsis of all our activities is below.  We think you'll discover many ways to keep busy. If you want to start a new activity, we always encourage members to do so.  Click on the links below to see our current offerings.

         Most Activities meet September through May or June,  however some continue through the summer months    
              

Service Activities


Adventures & Museums
(from time to time as announced)

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Book Club
(4th Tuesday)

Book Club meets at 9:30 a.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month in members’ homes.  The reading list includes both fiction and nonfiction.    At each monthly meeting one member serves as hostess, while another member reviews the book and leads the discussion.  It is not necessary to have read or finished the book to attend (as long as you don’t mind having the ending revealed) as the books are often springboards to lively and spirited discussions about how literature relates to our own life experiences.  During the summer months, June-August, we will meet for Summer Book Chat.  There is no specific or selected reading, just books in general. 

At the May book club meeting, prospective titles for the following year are suggested, and then voted on, by book club members.

                                     

 Bridge Groups

We have groups for everyone.  Giggle bridge, Ladies Afternoon bridge for the intermediate players and Ladies Duplicate for the more advanced players.  We also have Couples Bridge in a very relaxed atmosphere and welcome new members to all of our groups. As a courtesy to all players, please, no iPods, cell phone calls, texting or emailing at the bridge table. We absolutely always understand unexpected emergencies.


Couples' Bridge
(1st Saturday)

This is a friendly bridge group, with skills at all levels.  Whether a beginner or very experienced, we have a lot of fun, and new members are welcome at any time.  Beverages as well as hors d’oeuvres and/or dessert are served at 7:00 p.m. and play begins at approximately 7:30 p.m.  Tallies are used, honors are counted, and scoring is in accordance with either Rubber Bridge or Party Bridge - whichever the hosts choose. 

                                                                                                             
Ladies' Afternoon Bridge                                                                            
(2nd Thursday)

This group is for the intermediate player.  We all love to play bridge and have fun!  Social begins at 12:45 p.m. 
Play begins at 1:00.  Please plan to play until 4:00 p.m. We encourage new members to join us.  The hostess
provides: beverages and light snacks. Play is Rubber Bridge with four hands being dealt.  Each person shall
contribute $1 to the "pot", to be divided at the end of the session based on scores.  Each member shall hostess
once during the year.  Frequent subs may be asked to hostess, if needed. 

 

Ladies' Duplicate Bridge
(4th Thursday)

This group is for the intermediate to advanced player. Arrive at 9:15 a.m. for coffee; play begins at 9:30 a.m. Play usually concludes by 1:00 p.m. The hostess provides coffee and morning snacks. Each person shall contribute $1 to the "pot" to be divided at the end of the session based on scores. Each member shall hostess once during the year. Frequent subs may be asked to hostess, if necessary.


Giggle Bridge
(3rd Tuesday)

 

Giggle Bridge welcomes women who are interested in a fun, low-key afternoon while advancing their bridge game. Our group is currently playing at the advanced beginner level. This means we have taken formal introductory lessons, follow basic ACBL conventions, and have minimal table talk/consultation during the play of the hand. Cheat sheets and hand review are fine. If this sounds like you, join us to play. If not, no worries - we welcome you to observe us playing and/or to get our suggestions about how to develop your bridge-playing skills. We also are happy to offer a table for true beginners and/or those not meeting our advanced beginner criteria, if there is sufficient interest. A rotating hostess will provide snacks and beverages.

 

 

Chick Flicks
(3rd Monday)

Can’t persuade your husband or significant other to take you to see that just released romance? No problem! See it with your fellow “chickflickettes”! The term “chick flick” is slang for a film designed to appeal to the female audience with emotional and relationship-based themes: tearjerkers, romantic comedies, tales of feminine bonding, frothy romances, Cinderella-like fairy tales of finding love. Some of the movies we see are true “chick flicks” (also known at various times throughout film history as “melodramas”, “women’s pictures”, “weepies”, or “soapers”), but our choices are diverse and have included musicals, comedies, classics and action pictures - a little something for everyone no matter what your favorite film genre may be! Due to the changing nature of movie schedules, participants will be notified each month by phone or email with specific details. The venue is UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 Theater Complex on Mall Boulevard.

Be sure to join us for lunch each month before the movie at Champps, located next to the movie theater with ample parking for your convenience. Lunch costs are evenly shared by those attending each month.

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Giggle Golf
(Wednesday mornings, during the season)

The golfers swing into action in May. Players meet on Wednesdays at  The Club at Shannondell.  Join this fun group for nine holes, followed by a Dutch treat luncheon in a nearby restaurant. For the golfer with a sense of humor and an inconsistent score, giggle golf is a great way to improve your game and make new friends.  No handicap is necessary.  

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Today's Gourmet
(1st Thursday)

On the first Thursday of each month (October through May, except January), groups of eight women gather at 11:30 a.m. at the homes of hostesses to enjoy lunch together.  Each attendee receives a complete menu and set of recipes and is assigned a dish to prepare, bring and serve at that month’s luncheon.  The cost of all dishes and beverages is shared equally per house. Members may agree to host in their homes.  As a group, the hostesses plan the menu, then each hostess prepares the entrĂ©e and provides coffee and tea.  

By the end of the year, Today's Gourmet participants have a full set of tried and true recipes which have been enjoyed at the luncheons throughout the year.  This is such a great group!  We hope you will join us for fantastic food, fun and friendship in Today’s Gourmet. 

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Luncheon Meetings
(3rd Thursday)

Formal luncheons are held September through May, in various venues around the area. Usually included are minimal  club business, a guest speaker or program and a three-course meal. These luncheons are a popular way to meet new friends and catch up with old ones. The cost of the meal is about $35.

Prospective members are welcome to attend, but should contact the Membership Chairs to find out the forthcoming luncheon details.

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 Mah Jongg

(2nd & 4th Mondays)

Mah Jongg is an ancient Chinese game played with tiles.  We play accordingSee full size image to the National Mah Jongg League rules with a few "house" variations voted on by the members.

Play is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.  Group members take turns hosting play-dates.  Light refreshments are served.  If interested in playing, please RSVP to the chairperson by the Saturday prior to the play-date.

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Mug Morning 
(4th Wednesday)



Everyone is invited to attend Mug Morning between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month (11 months -- we only miss December).  Each month a different club member hosts this casual get-together in her home.  Attendance varies from about four to fourteen.  Guests bring their own mugs and enjoy coffee (or tea), a snack and conversation in a relaxed setting that is perfect for connecting with new and old friends.  RSVP's to the hostess are required (need to know how much coffee).  We look forward to having you join us at "Mug Morning."
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Scrabble     
                                                                      

NCUML has a new activity, Scrabble.  This is a board game of crosswords, similar but not the same as the online game,                                    Words With Friends.  We play a friendly game, easy to learn, with lots of fun. 2-4 players for each table.
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Table Talk

What is “Table Talk”, you ask? Here’s the short answer. Table Talk is a meaningful, fun, thought provoking conversation in a “living room” setting, which is centered around a few topics suggested each month by our host or by you or drawn randomly from a bowl. Anyone can participate, no prior skill, experience or reading is required – just the desire to engage, share your thoughts and build connectedness.  You might say it’s like a book club discussion, but without the book.  We like to add a bit of spontaneity and surprise by choosing the topic at the meeting!!!

We typically meet one Wednesday a month, varying between afternoon and evening gatherings.


 

TGIF Happy Hour                                                                  

(2nd Friday)

TGIF was started to give members and their spouses a chance to shake off the stresses of the workweek and relax with friends.  TGIF is held the second Friday of most months, September through June.  The evening runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and friends are always welcome.  We stress this is a very casual get together.  The hostess provides her home, while members attending bring either heavy appetizers or a couple bottles of wine. 

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Walkers - 5 Mile Group

Walkers meets throughout the year at various times and locations. 

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Service Activities

Friendship    --  the state of being attached to others by affection and esteem     (Webster)

A caring word is always welcome when someone is experiencing difficult times.  This support is particularly important when one is new in a community.  The club extends care and sympathy through notes and cards to members in need.  All members are encouraged to contact the Friendship Chair whenever they hear of a member needing support, care or encouragement.

 

Community Service

As part of the socialization we all face as newcomers, opportunities to give back to the community through non-profit organizations are important to many of our members. The role of the Community Service Chairpersons is to provide resources for those who choose to participate. We have a number of charities to which Newcomers have given their time and energy.

If interested joining our work with any of the organizations listed, we can provide the information needed to volunteer.

 

Baker Industries is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with mental and physical disabilities, the homeless and others who find it hard to secure the skills and work habits they need to succeed in the mainstream of life. For more than 20 years, Baker Industries has followed a unique approach in work rehabilitation, giving disadvantaged people real jobs for real compensation and teaching work ethics that enable them to move on to outside employment in the regular workplace.

Volunteer opportunities include working beside an employee, showing them how to work efficiently, or helping a supervisor check quality control when several jobs are in progress. You can volunteer once a week, once a month or when needed at the Baker Industries facility in Malvern. NCUML's Baker Industries holiday party, held in December, has for many years been greatly appreciated by staff and workers. Club members provide food and service at a festive luncheon (held at the organization's Malvern plant). Help is always needed!

 

 Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth to age 12 living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play.  They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.        

We will meet at The Giving Factory (30 Clipper Road, West Conshohocken) on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 1-3PM.  Activities may include sorting books, toys, clothing, etc.  It's fun to participate as a group and it's for a great cause. 







Please check out their website for "Most Needed Items"    www.cradlestocrayons.org/philadelphia

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