Newcomers & Friends

Princeton Area Newcomers & Friends Club

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For over 60 years, Princeton Area Newcomers & Friends at the YWCA Princeton has welcomed people to our community from around the world, nation and state.

You don’t have to live in Princeton to be a part of Newcomers & Friends. Members come from all over the area including Montgomery, West Windsor, Plainsboro, Lawrenceville, Cranbury, Hillsborough, Hopewell, Pennington, Monroe and more. Some are only part-time residents, living elsewhere much of the year.

We encourage you to contact our Membership VP at newcomersmembership@ywcaprinceton.org to learn more or to receive a copy of our detailed monthly newsletter to find out about upcoming open events and meetings. We invite you to attend one Friday with Friends, one social coffee and one interest group activity before joining.

Friday With Friends

Are you eager to expand your knowledge of educational, cultural and community issues? At our monthly Friday with Friends, you will meet and hear acclaimed speakers from business, political, civic and educational circles.

Recently we’ve had presentations on: First Ladies of the US, History of the Institute for Advanced Study, D & R Canal, Alice Paul – NJ’s Heroine for Equality and Up Close and Personal with Albert Einstein.

Friday with Friends is held on the 2nd Friday of each month from 12:00pm to 2:00pm during September – June. (Please note that December, March and June are off-site and members only.) Most events are held at the YWCA Princeton and include a new members welcome, an overview of monthly activities, and a guest speaker. Lunch is served for $10 and a reservation is requested. Babes in arms welcome. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact  newcomersfwfrsvp@ywcaprinceton.org

Social Coffees

Social Coffees are a great opportunity to meet and greet friends in a relaxed, unstructured atmosphere while enjoying refreshments and coffee. Feel free to stop in, one of our friends will be happy to introduce you to everyone.

Social Coffee is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 9.30am to 11.00am, September – June. The event is held at YWCA Princeton’s Bramwell House.

Interest Groups

We invite you to check out all of our Interest Groups! A complete list of all groups, descriptions and meeting days, times and locations is below, just click on the tab. It’s a great way to meet women that share a common interest and get involved in Newcomers & Friends.

Most Interest Groups meet monthly in the YWCA’s Bramwell house, member’s homes, or off-site for designated outings. As a club member, you may participate in as many of the groups as you wish, as often as you wish. This list changes from year to year to reflect the interest of our members. If your special interest is not represented, you are encouraged to start a new group! Contact newcomersinterests@ywcaprinceton.org for more information or to join an interest group.

Join us today to form new friendships and to become part of a vibrant community!

Friday with Friends

Friday with Friends is held on the 2nd Friday of each month from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, from September – June. (Please note that December, March and June are off-site and members only.) Most events are held at the YWCA Princeton and include a new members welcome, an overview of monthly activities, and a guest speaker. Lunch is served for $10 and a reservation is requested. Babes in arms welcome. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact  newcomersfwfrsvp@ywcaprinceton.org

Social Coffees

Social Coffees are a great opportunity to meet and greet friends in a relaxed, unstructured atmosphere while enjoying refreshments and coffee.  Feel free to stop in, one of our friends will be happy to introduce you to everyone. Social Coffee are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 9.30am to 11.00am, September – June at YWCA Princeton’s Bramwell House.

Special Member Events

Special Member Events take place periodically throughout the year and are described in the monthly member newsletter and on the calendar.

 

Interest Groups meet monthly or weekly and are the cornerstone of the Club. Our members determine our Interest Groups so if you think something is missing, start one!

Interest Group  Meeting Time  Brief Summary 
Adventures in Dining  1st Saturday Evenings  Explore some of the area’s finest and most historic restaurants such as Washington Crossing, Metro North, etc. Dutch Treat. 
Books By Moonlight  1st Wednesday
7:00 PM 
Give your opinion at a relaxed evening book club, created especially for those who work during the day or prefer to meet in the evening. 
Book Talk  3rd Tuesday
12:30 PM 
Read books and discuss them at members’ homes.  Brown bag luncheon begins at 12 Noon, prior to discussion. 
Bridge Round Robin  By Arrangement  This Bridge group is organized for the year in September. 
Broadway Bound  2nd Wednesday  Travel into NYC to see a play or musical in the winter months only.  We usually travel together and enjoy lunch in a nearby restaurant before walking to the theater. 
Exploring Family History  4th  Friday
9:00 or 10:00 AM 
Explore your family history through genealogical research.  This group visits local libraries to conduct research and shares tips and progress. 
Fun and Games  4th Wednesday
1:00 –  3:00 PM 
Meet at members’ homes in the afternoon to play board games of your choice. 
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun  Varies  Join us for spontaneous events in our surrounding area. 
Global Insights  Varies  Members share their knowledge of another country or part of the USA during monthly pot luck luncheons. 
Great Decisions  2nd  & 4th  Tuesday
12:30 – 2:30 PM
January thru May 
Discussions about materials developed and circulated by the American Foreign Policy Association.  Group begins in January and space is limited. 
Hidden Treasures: New Jersey Cultural Activities  4th Thursday  Explore the many wonderful theaters and museums throughout New Jersey. 
Hiking  1st  Wednesday  Hike 3-8 mile trails in NJ’s varied environments.  Carpools arranged, and we BYO picnic or enjoy trailside restaurants. 
Library Discoveries  Online  An on-line group where you can receive announcements about special library programs and get other interesting news from the Mercer County Library system. 
LunchBunch  3rd or 4th Monday
12:00 Noon 
Meet up with fellow newcomers for a wonderful lunch.  LunchBunchers have more fun! 
Movie Mavens  1st Thursday
Early afternoon 
Watch a movie in the early afternoon. Lunch with good friends before the movies. 
NYC and Beyond  3rd Wednesday
Full Day 
This walking group travels via public transit and carpool to New York City or Philadelphia to explore neighborhoods together on foot, taking in sights, cultural institutions, and food. 
Pins and Needles  2nd Thursday
1:00 – 3:00 PM 
Work on any needle project, from altering a pair of slacks to artistry with thread, beads, or fabric, in the congenial company of busy hands. 
Puzzle Play  1st Tuesday
12:30 – 3:00 PM 
Members work together to complete a jigsaw puzzle while socializing and enjoying refreshments.  We meet at Panera Bread. 
Retire, Relocate, Resize = 3Rs  Last Monday of the month 

10:30 to 12:00 Noon 

This group discusses the options of downsizing, relocating or staying after retirement.  Speakers will be invited to attend the meetings. 
Teen Talk  4th Wednesday
11:30 AM 2:00 PM 
Share concerns regarding teenaged children, talk about issues, and make suggestions. 
Tuesday Night at the Movies  One Tuesday per month  Let’s get out and have fun watching a movie together!  We’ll meet one Tuesday evening a month at a local theater. 
Wine Once In A While  3rd Saturday or by arrangement   We meet about 5 times a year to sample wine selections in the comfort of members’ homes.  Attendees bring appetizers to share and split the cost of the wine.  For Couples and Singles. 
Wise Women  1st Friday 

1:00-3:00 PM 

Personal Growth and Sharing about mid-life issues 

 

This list changes from year to year to reflect the interest of our members.  If your special interest is not represented, you are encouraged to start a new group!  Contact newcomersinterests@ywcaprinceton.org for more information or to join an interest group.

Join Now

Join us today to form new friendships and to become part of a vibrant community! We encourage you to contact our Membership VP at newcomersmembership@ywcaprinceton.org to learn more or help with questions.

Marla Burchell, President
NewcomersPresident@ywcaprinceton.org
Judy Fish, Programs VP
NewcomersPrograms@ywcaprinceton.org
Ann Strootman, Membership VP
NewcomersMembership@ywcaprinceton.org
Carol Bahder, Social VP
NewcomersSocial@ywcaprinceton.org
Debbie Ridder, Interest Groups VP
NewcomersInterests@ywcaprinceton.org
Sonia Lee, Marketing VP
NewcomersMarketing@ywcaprinceton.org
Andrea Voigt, Communications VP
NewcomersCommunications@ywcaprinceton.org
Mary-Anne Roden, Treasurer
NewcomersTreasurer@ywcaprinceton.org
Sarah Scanga, Recording Secretary
NewcomersSecretary@ywcaprinceton.org
Betty Dominick, Past President/Parliamentarian
NewcomersParliament@ywcaprinceton.org