Newcomers & Friends

Princeton Area Newcomers & Friends Club

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For nearly 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 newcomersmarketing@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 or in private homes. 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 newcomersmarketing@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 2nd Wednesday, 7:15 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 member’s homes.  Brown bag luncheon begins at 12 Noon, prior to discussion.
Bridge: Basics and Beyond (formerly called Bridge for all levels) 2nd  & 3rd Mondays, 1:00 pm Continuous learning at all levels as we play throughout the year.  This group is for Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced players.
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
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives 1st Monday, 12:00 pm
3rd Monday, 6:30 pm
Are you an adventurous diner? Like to try new restaurants no matter where they are? Ever hear of a “great” restaurant from someone and want to try it out? That’s what this group is all about.
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.
Favors Time Varies Sign up to do favors for other newcomers.  Interest group chair will coordinate those in need with those who can help.
Games 2nd Thursday
3:45-6:00 PM
Meet at Bramwell House in the afternoon to play Boggle and other board games of your choice.
Global Insights 3rd or 4th Monday or Wednesday
12:00-2:00 PM
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 Day/Time varies.
3rd or 4th Wednesday
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.
Monday Walkers Mondays,
8:30 or 9:30
Join us for a chat as we walk for exercise.  Rain or shine- we walk inside when the weather is bad
Movie Mavens 1st Thursday,
Late morning/afternoon
Watch a movie in the late morning/ early afternoon. Lunch with good friends before or after 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.
Novel Discussions Varies,
(meets 4x/year)
This group will meet to discuss selected novels.  We meet at Panera Bread. Arrive at 7:00 PM to have a bite to eat and socialize.  Come at 7:30 PM to participate in our discussion.
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.
Sunday in the Vineyards 3rd Sunday of the month Ever want to take a winery or vineyard tour and taste some wines of the local vineyards around us?  Now is your chance to do it as a small group.
Teen Talk 4th Wednesday,
11:30 am-1:30 pm
Share concerns regarding teenaged children, talk about issues, and make suggestions.
Trailing Spouses:Networking and Support Group Varies Are you a trailing spouse – did you follow your spouse to the Princeton area because of their work assignment? Then this group is for you!  Meet other trailing spouses like you, build your personal and professional network, and learn more about the local culture! We offer opportunities for you to develop your communication skills, and help you settle in for a brand new start in a new town.
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.
Winter (Wednesday) Walkers 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 9:00- 10:30 or 11:00 am Stretch your legs for an hour or two in the fresh air and NON-tick season!  We’ll start by walking the whole Lawrence-Hopewell Trail in increments and then move on to other parks and tow-paths.
Wise Women 1st & 3rd Fridays, 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.

Betty Dominick, President
NewcomersPresident@ywcaprinceton.org
Carol Bahder, Special Projects VP
NewcomersProjects@ywcaprinceton.org
Lydia Oakes, Programs VP
NewcomersPrograms@ywcaprinceton.org
Ann Strootman, Membership VP
NewcomersMembership@ywcaprinceton.org
Toni Salantrie, Social VP
NewcomersSocial@ywcaprinceton.org
Debbie Ridder, Interest Groups VP
NewcomersInterests@ywcaprinceton.org
Jennifer Johnson, Marketing VP
NewcomersMarketing@ywcaprinceton.org
Madhu Banerjee, Communications VP
NewcomersCommunications@ywcaprinceton.org
Judy Fish, Treasurer
NewcomersTreasurer@ywcaprinceton.org
Sarah Scanga, Recording Secretary
NewcomersSecretary@ywcaprinceton.org
Lori Strauch-Grossman, Past President/Parliamentarian
NewcomersParliament@ywcaprinceton.org