The monthly newsletters provide additional information about Interest Groups.
Interest group participants must be members of Newcomers. To join a group or for more information,
contact the group leader.
We welcome suggestions and volunteers for new interest groups.
Fourth Thursday Book Club I
This club is currently full and closed to new members for now.
Fourth Thursday Book Club II
Leader: Mike Quarles , 540-463-5290
The purpose of this club is to share our love of literature and enjoy the variety of literary tastes (fiction and non-fiction) brought to the table by our fellow members.
Leader: Cynthia Tucker, 540-463-3344
Two canasta groups meet on a regular basis. One group of eight plays on the first Tuesday of the month and the
other group plays on the fourth Tuesday. Hosting rotates among members.
If you would like to become a substitute for one or both of the groups,
or if you would like to learn, please contact Cynthia Tucker.
Dining In/Fine Dining
Jane Stange , 540-463-2964
Do you enjoy visiting with an intimate group of friends over a delicious meal? Then consider joining the Fine Dining Group.
As a participant you’ll be a part of three dinners during the year at members' homes. The leader coordinates the dining assignments so
that at each dinner you’re eating with a new group, usually eight people at each meal.
Members of Dining In should be prepared to host one time during the year. Hosts determine the menu, coordinate with their guests
to chose a suitable date and time, and assign recipes for the meal.
Dorothy Coker, 540-348-6248
The Dining Out club gathers in small groups four times a year to eat at nearby restaurants. Each member is expected to host one dining out venue by setting up a reservation and notifying the leader of the details. The leader emails details to members, members respond with their top three choices, and the leader complies a list of who will dine on specific dates and locations.
Each guest is responsible for the cost of his or her meal.
Debbie Maurer , 434-922-7501
The Newcomers Hiking Group hikes every Friday weather permitting. Hikes are 3 to 6 miles and are easy to strenuous.
Contact one of the hiking leaders to be on the weekly email list.
Don Brooke , 540-280-4033
Wine Tasting Group
Leader: Barb Tyner , 703-403-3694.
The Wine Tasting Group holds tastings three times a year (March-April, June-July, and October-November). The Group’s chair selects the type of wine to be tasted and a local merchant selects six wines for the blind tastings. Each tasting is hosted by eight or so members in their homes with six to eight tasters at each location. Ratings from each hosting are shared with the leader, who compiles the scores and distributes results to members via email.
Hosts select a theme to match the type of wine and request hors d’oeuvres for guests to bring. The cost of the wine is split among guests.