Interested in book club, but need a little longer to tackle that book? Or prefer to join when it's a book you've already read? (Guilty!)
Here's what's planned for the next few months:
Sparrow Sisters - Ellen Herrick (February)
Wonder- R.J. Palacio (March)
A Man Called Ove- Frederick Backman (April)
Bringing up Bebe- (May)
Shucked – Erin Murray (June)
The Identicals– Elin Hildebrand (July)
Remember, though, it's not required you've completed (or even opened a book!) to join the next book club meeting. Come for the company and discussion.
For more information on book club, contact Kathy Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenn Clark at email@example.com.
Interested in joining a Playgroup? New playgroups are currently being formed for the winter months, so please fill out the survey sent via email or email Jorie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org with your children’s ages and availability!
Congratulations to our members, Alicia and Josh Anthony, on the birth of their third child - a boy! They welcomed Benjamin Russell Anthony on December 30th, weighing 8lbs 13oz and measuring 21.5in. Benjamin joins big sister, Adalyn (5), and big brother, Theodore (3). We will be offering the family Helping Hands, so please look for an email from mealtrain.com. Feel free to forward this email to include more friends. Email Allicyn Aubut at Allicyn.email@example.com with any questions.
Welcome to Benjamin, and congratulations to the Anthony family!
Congratulations to our members, Kelly and Brandon Jordan, on the birth of their third child - a boy! They welcomed Lucas David Jordan on November 20th, weighing 6lbs 3oz and measuring 19in. Lucas joins big sister, Anna (4), and big brother, Jake (7). If you would like to particpate the meal train, check your email for a separate note from MealTrain or email Allicyn Aubut at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Welcome to Lucas, and congratulations to the Jordan family!
Preschools are hosting open houses and beginning the application process for the 2018-2019 year now!
The Clipper is a great resource for upcoming dates, but two to note are:
Jan. 19: Duxbury Integrated Preschool
Jan. 20: Berrybrook Preschool (a club sponsor!)
Visit their websites for more information.
Volunteer Outreach will be working with Carolina Hill Shelter in Marshfield, to organize Christmas donations for homeless children and families.
At the Adult Social Chili Cookoff, there was a “gift tree” available. Newcomers choose a gift tag from the tree with an item listed, that can be purchased for a Carolina Hill child or family in need. Donations will be collected until December 12th.
If you were unable to attend this event, that's okay! The tree will be traveling to the Ladies Night Out event on November 21st for the Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement.
Unwrapped Donations can be dropped off to Jessica Kreiser's house at 225 Church St. There will be a tote outside labeled Duxbury Newcomers. Please call for any issues 860-558-5239.
Thank you in advance for any donations and helping out these local families in need! For more information about the Carolina Hill Shelter please visit the website http://www.carolinahill.org/
Earlier this year, the Newcomers Club supported a family that had recently opened their home to two children as a foster family. Here is her thank you letter (transcription below.)
October 7, 2017
Dear Members of the Newcomers Club:
Please accept my apologies for how late this thank you letter is being sent to you. Becoming a foster mom has been extremely rewarding but also very challenging and time consuming. I find myself with less and less free time for the little things that I have always taken for granted! I now actually consider my annual mammogram “quality alone time!”
That said, I cannot thank all of you enough for opening your hearts to my foster kids. Your generosity has overwhelmed me and made 2 little siblings who have been taken from their home very fortunate during a very difficult time in their lives. The items that you have donated…the diapers, toys, clothing and books, have been a thrill for the kids and absolute Godsend to me! I took on this endeavor wanting to make a difference and while I know that I have, I never imagined the time and expense that would be involved. Please know how truly appreciative I am for all that you have done.
I do not even know how so many of you heard about my kids but I am humbled at the way the Duxbury community has reach out and welcomed them. Everyone has been wonderful and that has helped in their transition to new surroundings. My babies (ages 8 years and 9 months), have been with us for 6 months now and will possibly be going home by New Years. I have already been asked by the state to take 4 more when that happens! The opioid crisis is real and close to home. It affects so many more than just the addict. It is the innocent children who are suffering which is why I felt such a pull to do my part. As I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your gifts I also urge anyone that is interested to please consider opening your hearts and homes to fostering. These beautiful kids deserve so much more and believe me the effort you put into helping and loving them is rewarded more than you can even imagine!
Again, thank you, although those simple words do not feel adequate enough. Please know that you have all made a difference in the lives of my 2 children and we will never forget it.
We are a group of Duxbury Newcomers, who are 50+ years old and empty nesters. Come join our very friendly and social group!
Saturday, November 11th at 5:30 p.m. - "New England Harvest Dinner at Plimoth Plantation" - Celebrate the Thanksgiving season where it all began! A very special evening of 17th century entertainment and hospitality awaits you as you sit down with your Sundowner friends and enjoy the fruits of the harvest. You will dine on a savory three-course supper while visitors from the past and historians from today regale you about the first Thanksgiving and Pilgrim life. You will join them in centuries old songs. If you come early, your admission to the 17th century English Village, the Crafts Center and Wampanoag Homesite are included. If you are interested in this evening back in time, please don't hesitate to e-mail Cindy Van Arsdale as soon as possible at email@example.com to find out how to reserve a spot!
Sunday, December 10th at 12:00 p.m. - "In the Holiday Spirit!" -Brunch and Yankee Swap followed by Private Tour of "Christmas at King Caesar House - An Island Holiday"
This classic holiday afternoon begins with a potluck brunch at 12 noon at the charming bayside home of one of our Sundowners' members. Having wined and dined, we will then have the distinct pleasure and hilarity of Yankee Swap, sometimes called White Elephant! Bring a fun and/or unique wrapped up gift (worth no more than $10), which will be actively traded amidst laughs and guffaws. This is one of New England's very best traditions!!!
Afterwards, Kate McCusker, proud co-owner of Theodore and Company Interior Design, will be giving us our very own private tour of King Caesar House, as well as lots of scintillating holiday decorating tips! This year, this lovely historic home will be adorned in Christmas decor inspired by the travels of 19th century Duxbury mariners, who sailed to islands around the globe.
Tickets to the King Caesar House will be available at the door; the tickets will be $12 for adults and $8 for seniors. The address is 120 King Caesar Road. You won't want to miss this afternoon full of New England traditions! RSVP to Joann and Karl Kunz at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us!
Save the date:
Sunday, January 21st: Cooking Class at "Mix It Up Kitchen" with Mardi Gras theme!
Thanks to Katie Cleary, Kate Bean, MK Kenealy for running the 4th Annual Halloween Spooktakular! Tons of families attended and had a great time.
Jen Cross, President