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This is a list of interest categories and the interests within each category. Click on an interest to learn more about that item. If you are logged in, you will also see the members who have declared that interest, with a link to their member directory entry. Click the info link icon   to view additional information about the interest group.

Culinary and Spirits

Newcomers love to eat and mingle. One of the many perks of living in a resort area is the abundance of options that are available to us.

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Group meets at the Omelette Shoppe next to the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Campus Plaza second Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. We meet all year round and always meet regardless of the weather. Bring all the testosterone you can muster.

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Calling all food aficionados!! Do you enjoy good food and good company? The Dining Out crowd would love to have you join us once a month (October/November/January/February/March and April) usually on Sunday evenings at local restaurants. The TC area is fortunate in its many exceptional restaurants and we look forward to old and new friends joining us. Contact Claudia Hawes or Deb Holmes to be added to the email distribution list to receive details for each dinner out.

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The Cocktails and Conversation group meets periodically throughout the year in members' homes or at commercial establishments to enjoy libations, food, and lively conversation with other C&C members. The purpose of the group is to provide opportunities for members to connect, meet new people, socialize with old friends, and get to know each other better in a relaxed but celebratory environment. Contact Susan Kraus or Marsha Andres to be added to the group.

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Four meals are scheduled from October thru May at the home of rotating hosts and guests. Six people join two hosts at their home and each “pair” of people will provide part of the meal. Hosts pick the theme and provides the entrée and a couple of sides, plus beverages with up to two glasses of wine per person. The hosts will assign the courses – appetizers, salad and bread, dessert. Courses can be simple to fancy – all good and homemade. If interested in joining the group, contact Denise Nedeau.
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Of course the Grand Traverse area is widely recognized for its wines, but is also satisfying beer drinkers with its exploding micro-brewery scene. It seems the number of breweries is growing monthly. Currently, there are 20 micro-breweries in the area. It is the mission of the Microbrew Tasting Group to visit each of these breweries. The Group attends one location each month. The sessions sometime include a tour of the facilities, but the focus is on trying the different beers made in the area. Also, there is priority placed on socializing with others who enjoy beer. Many times the group will find themselves having dinner together following the tasting. Contact Joel McElrath be added to the email distribution to receive the latest microbrew tasting destination.

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A friendly and adventurous group that meets for lunch once a month at different restaurants in and around Traverse City. The Out to Lunch group is a great way to experience the fabulous food scene in Traverse and make new friends. Find the foodie in you. Come join us for food, lively conversation and camaraderie. Group meets the second Wednesday of the month – September through May. Contact Lyn Fischer for reservations.

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Our Newcomers wine tasting group meets monthly, generally on the second Tuesday, September through June. We arrange a visit to the different wineries in the Grand Traverse region to expand upon our knowledge of wine with a group of friends with similar interest. We also arrange for dinner at various dining locations following our tastings, which have proven to be quite popular. If you would like to join us as we continue to plan our second year of adventures throughout our northern wonderland, please contact Jon Steele to be added to the monthly email distribution list. We look forward to toasting with you one and all!

Games Activities

Due to their popularity, we currently have several bridge and euchre groups that meet regularly, but we can always add more. We are always looking for ideas on fun things to do, so if you don’t see something of interest to you, maybe you would like to form another small group. For specific dates and detailed information, refer to our Calendar.

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The group usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The date may be changed due to holiday schedules. Each member will receive directions and other information from the hosts. Evenings begin at 6:30pm for social time and play begins at 7p.m. Newcomers social bridge is just that – social and not seriously competitive. We enjoy getting to know each other. If you haven’t played for a while or need a brush up, you can come for a brush up, you can watch over our shoulders, or take your place at the table and ask any questions you have and we will happily help you along. Anyone interested in playing or for more information, contact Jane Weldon.

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The poker group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, with winter hours of 1:00 – 4:00PM and summer hours of 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The group meets on a rotating basis at each member’s home. The game is small stakes, (5c, 10c, 25c), to keep the game and conversation fun and friendly. The group plays dealer’s choice, which sometimes evokes a response, “Did you just make that up?”. But we all like a new games we haven’t played before. The host merely has to provide the home and setup, while members bring snacks and drinks. If you would like to join the group, contact Mike.

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Euchre groups meet once a month in each other’s homes. Each group is made up of three to four tables. Group members change tables and partners throughout the evening which makes for a lot of opportunity for lively conversation! Of course food and drink are also involved. You don’t have to be an expert! Our euchre groups are often looking for subs. Euchre, in Newcomers, is a social not a competitive event. Our goal is to accommodate as many fun loving Euchre players as possible. If you would like to begin or join a new group or sub in one of our existing groups, contact Sue or Gregg McDonald. ----------------The Euchre sub lists are located under 'MEMBER RESOURCES' "CLUB DOCUMENTS" Click on Euchre and you will see the sub lists

Book Clubs


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This group meets the 4th Monday of each month at Horizon Books (lower level) at 10:00 a.m. We read fiction, biographies and just about anything else that catches our fancy. We have a different a discussion leader for each book, but sometimes we just talk about it from each person’s view. Join us, surprising comments of personal experiences related to the books come up more often than not. You can come even if you have not read it! New members are welcome.

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The morning group meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the lower level of Horizon Books at 10:30am. Lunch will follow. For questions, contact Donna Olendorf or Barb Bedbury.------------------ Under MEMBER RESOURCES, CLUB DOCUMENTS are the book selections for the rest of the year

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The afternoon group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from September until June in the lower level of Horizon Books at 1 pm.

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We meet on the third Wednesday of the month at Horizon Books (lower level) between 10am - 11am and then have lunch afterwards at Amical. We read relatively recent books, both fiction and nonfiction, that have some social relevance. Initial books included Everybody's Son, Dark Money, and Evicted. Not a couples club, although couples are welcome. We welcome individuals of all genders. Group limited to 20 members. If Interested, contact Theodore Wagenaar......wagenatc@gmail.com.
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Sports and Recreation

Need to work off some of the calories consumed during one (or more) of our Culinary activities? Or maybe you just want to get outside and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery the Grand Traverse area has to offer? Either way, we have some groups that are sure to appeal to the nature-lover in you.

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Why do we meet? But of course, to chase a multicolored 1.5 inch diameter ball through the woods and sometimes water hazards only to have it ricochet off a tree and nearly knock you down in the process of teeing off from a hole like number 15 tee at the Crown golf course, as an example. Where do we meet? North to Charlevoix, east as far as Cadillac, south to Mesick, west as far as Thompsonville, and the TC area with the Crown being our home course. Every Monday that is not a holiday we meet starting in May and play through October. Tee times in May, June, September and October start at 10 a.m., while tee times for July and August are at 9:30 a.m.

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Men’s softball senior league is sponsored by the YMCA and is made up of men age 55+. All games are played at the Civic Center fields. Games are played once a week from May through August. Players do not have to be a member of the YMCA to play. Anyone can play, no experience necessary, but players will have to supply a glove as the league does not supply any equipment. Everyone who shows up will get a chance to bat. If interested, contact Tom Andress.

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The biking group meets on a monthly basis to ride trails in and around Traverse City. The group seeks out manageable bike trails for all skill levels and frequently meets after the ride for refreshments once the ride is done. Riders need to have appropriate safety equipment and bikes in good working order. Questions? Contact Jim or Kay Goodall, also Gary or Carol Spencer.
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Bowling meets every week during the winter months at various locations throughout the Traverse City area. Participants bowl with new people each week. In addition to cost for games and shoes, participants contribute $1 for prizes. Pay when you play, play when you can. All skill levels are accepted. Questions? Contact Tom Andres.
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Looking for an opportunity to golf without the competitive edge, this may be the group for you. The group focuses on having fun and socializing while playing nine holes, regardless of your skill level and recent golf experience. Play will begin around 9:00 AM and end with socializing over lunch. We will golf once a week beginning in June. If interested contact Loretta Harris or Susan Forintos.

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Join us for an easy, fun winter activity. The Snowshoe Group will meet on the last Wednesday afternoon of each month from January to April—snow permitting— at various snowshoeing trails in the area. We will gather for an informal restaurant dinner immediately following (at a location close to the trail). You may bring your own equipment or rent from local sporting goods stores. Snowshoe rental rates are about $15 per day. All levels (including beginners) are welcome!

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Morning paddles—on inland lakes and gentle rivers—meet at 9:45 am (or earlier) to be on water by 10:00 am. New to the sport? Need help with boat unloading? We especially encourage beginners, but all are welcome to join. To participate in this activity you must wear a personal floatation device. We’ll paddle for about 1.5 to 2 hours and then go out to lunch. These are beginner paddles, so we will cancel if bad weather is a possibility. Be sure to call us to sign up so we can send directions or notify you in case of cancellation.

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The Fishing Group includes Newcomers who are interested in fishing activities of any kind. The group is evolving according to the interests of its participants. Charter fishing trips for salmon usually occur in late August or in September. For more information, contact Pete Albers.

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As a member of the Walk in the Woods activity group, expect moderate exercise that allows breathing room for good conversation and appreciation of scenic views, followed by good eats for lunch at top establishments near trail-heads. ---------------Under "MEMBER RESOURCES" "CLUB DOCUMENTS" is information on Alligator Hill and Platte Plains trails
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Arts and Culture


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The Film Group is a casual, fun group made up of people who love going to the movies. We attend movies at different theaters throughout the season and go out for discussion, food and libations afterwards. The group meets the second Thursday of every month from September through May. I may occasionally add an extra film date during any given month if a film looks interesting and may not be playing at the time of the regular scheduled meeting. Watch your email or check the website for specifics each month. Notification as to the film, time and place is emailed to group members a few days before the outing. Anyone interested in joining the group may contact Judy Pelto to be added to the email distribution.

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The National Writers Series is a highly popular group of author events held at the City Opera House. Nationally acclaimed, best-selling authors visit Traverse City and are interviewed in a conversational setting on stage. Past authors have included Tom Brokaw, Rita Mae Brown, Kelly Corrigan and Harlan Coben. Join in the literary fun by attending the NWS event, then meet up with other Newcomers for drinks and/or dessert afterwards to discuss the presentation. Newcomers should purchase their own tickets.

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The Newcomers Needlers meet twice a month for a couple of hours of uninterrupted knitting or stitching or rug hooking or needlepoint or whatever strikes your fancy. Show off your finished projects. Bring something to work on (or not!) and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. We also help beginners. We meet on the first and third Thursdays, 1-3pm, at the Aroma’s Coffee Shop at the intersection of M-22 and M-72, across from Tom’s West Bay. We will be meeting in the conference room.

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Ever wonder how theater sets are designed and built? What happens at auditions? How do directors decide how they want actors to act? Would you like to see how characters develop at rehearsals? Come join our new Theater group and get a new appreciation for The Old Town Playhouse. For information, contact Chuck Watson or Kerr Anderson.

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Volunteer at the State and Bijou theaters with Newcomers. We have two shifts per month. We volunteer on the first Wednesday and the third Thursday of each month, generally a three-hour shift between 2-6 p.m. (Time is subject to change slightly as the movie schedule dictates). Eight volunteers are needed per shift. Your reward is popcorn, soda and a voucher for another movie. Sign-up is on the Newcomers’ calendar. For questions, please contact Natalie Martin or Debbie May.
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Other


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Volunteer to be a part of the Newcomers Club Caring Connections. As a member of this group, you may be asked to help out a fellow club member in need of assistance, meals, transportation, and/or as an encouraging visitor. If you're an empathetic person, this group is for you!