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    • 12 Jun 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Our last meeting before a summer hiatus will be a Zoom meeting on Friday, June 12th, at 7:00PM. We will discuss and rate the following movies. You can also click "SUGGESTIONS" below for other movies you might enjoy.

    PARASITE - (Available on pay channels) Bong Joon Ho brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families.

    FORD V FERRARI - (Available on pay channels) Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

    Please click SUGGESTIONS  to find a list of movies you may enjoy watching during this period of self-isolation. The list will download onto your computer when you click.

    Please contact Jeanette by email and she will keep you updated. You can also call 203-966-2063.

    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    The June meeting of the Encore Book Group will be held at 1:30 Monday, June 29, 2020 We will meet on Zoom and will be discussing The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.

    From Amazon: “I’ve been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. Her characters are so compelling. . . It’s such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together.” –Reese Witherspoon

    Please email Anne if you’d like to join or learn more. If you RSVP, you can be  alerted to you to any changes in the schedule or venue. You may also call 203-966-1167.

    • 27 Jul 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom

    Home Again: A NovelThe July meeting of the Encore Book Group will be held at 1:30 Monday, July 27, 2020 We will meet on Zoom and will be discussing Home Again by Kristin Hannah.

    Please email Anne if you’d like to join or learn more. If you RSVP, you can be  alerted to you to any changes in the schedule or venue. You may also call 203-966-1167.

    • 7 Sep 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Our normal group meetings have been suspended until further notice. If you are interested in joining the Zoom meetings contact ANNE SUTCLIFFE. There will be virtual meetings throughout the summer.

    Here are some reading suggestions for you while you're at home.  Try others by the same authors. 

    The New Canaan Library has many of them in its digital library. 

    Encore Book Group Discussion Books:

    Red Notice Browder
    Before We Were Yours Windgate
    The Music Shop Joyce
    The Great Alone Hannah
    The Underground Railroad Whitehead
    The Couple Next Door Lapena
    The Lilac Girls Kelly
    Behold the Dreamers Mbue
    The Secret Life of Violet Grant Williams
    Where'd You Go, Bernadette Semple
    The Paris Architect  Belfour
    Educated Westover
    House in the Sky Lindhout & Corbett
    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman
    Saints for All Occasions: A Novel Sullivan
    The Deserter DeMille
    In the Garden of Beasts Larson
    Akin Donoghue
    The Dutch House Patchett


    His Dark Materials & The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman 

    A Court of Thorns and Roses  Series by Sarah J. Maas (her other series are entertaining as well)

    Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon 

    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness ( series of 3 books, read in order)  


    The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (there are more in this series)

    Don't Let Go by Harlan Corben  (mysteries, any are good)

    Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (murder mystery, any of their books are good, can be read in order)

    The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (murder mysteries) 

    Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (all her books are good)

    The Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown 

    The Grand Sophie by Georgette Heyer (clean Regency romance)

    A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

    The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell


    Pax by Sara Pennypacker 

    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo


    The Overstory by Richards Powers (Pulitzer prize winner)

    Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

    Maid by Stephanie Land

    Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

    Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

    This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

    Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (WW2 Italy)

    1000 White Women by Jim Fergus

    Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus

    The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara

    Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

    An Odyssey by Ben Mendelsohn

    Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird

    Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

    The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (Pulitzer prize winner)

    The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

    Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah (anything by this author is good)

    Commonwealth by Ann Patchett ( anything by this author is good)

    Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

    Orphan Masters Son by Adam Johnson (Pulitzer Prize winner)


    • 25 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Saugatuck Falls Natural Area Redding, CT.

    In these troubling times, it is healthy to get outside and look at something other than the walls of your own house. Since Covid-19 has made homebodies of us all, We need to focus on the positive as much as possible.  Spring plants and flowers are beginning to pop up in our gardens and in nature. Hiking is one of the safest activities that we can still enjoy if we follow a few common sense rules.  Keep at least 6 feet distant from others on trails. If you have a mask, wear it. Here are some suggestions of some places you can go.

    At this time the public parks (Waveny Park, Irwin Park and the Nature Center) are closed.  The New Canaan Land Trust has several properties with hiking trails on them, such as the Watson-Symington Preserve, or the Fowler preserve on Silvermine Road.  We suggest you look at the website and check if they are open, and download a map.  newcanaanlandtrust.org

    Third, there are many beautiful large land preserves in nearby towns.  Here is a partial list:

    • The Leon Levy preserve in South Salem, NY is on the corner of 123 and route 35.
    • Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY.   It is well marked, but very large.  You must download a map before hiking there.  https://parks.westchestergov.com/ward-pound-ridge-reservation
    • Babcock Preserve in Greenwich, CT
    • Mianus River Park, Greenwich-Stamford, CT
    • Audubon Center in Greenwich, CT
    • Trout Brook Valley, Weston, CT
    • Bennett’s Pond State Park, Ridgefield, CT
    • Mountain Lakes Park, North Salem, NY
    • Todd’s Point, Greenwich, CT
    • Devil’s Den in Weston, CT is closed, because it was overrun with visitors

     If you are not used to hiking, Always bring plenty of water, wear good shoes, and make sure you have a map when hiking in a large preserve.  Do some online research beforehand. Think of these as “a walk”, they do not have to be strenuous hikes. Be aware how much you have walked and if getting tired you can always turn around and go back to your car ;-).

    • 1 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)

    Who wants to play some tennis?! Encore's Summer Tennis is for members who are intermediate and/or advanced tennis players interested in playing social tennis on dates from June through September at Mead Park Tennis Courts. 

    Please email the information below to Tracey to show your interest. Tracey can also be reached at  203-253-4050

    Indicate whether you prefer to play on Tuesday or Thursday mornings, or can do either or both! Play will be from 8:30 to 10:00 am, or 9 to 10:30 am, depending on schedules.

    Tennis Permits (seniors $70, adults $100) must be purchased by you at the New Canaan Recreation Department prior to play, or you can pay $10 guest fee to the tennis hut each time…permits are encouraged. 

Past events

4 Jun 2020 Eating and Tasting Society (EATS)- Recipes to try
25 May 2020 Encore Book Group-May
27 Apr 2020 Encore Book Group-April
9 Apr 2020 An Evening of Sondheim-Online
8 Apr 2020 Bridge Group
6 Apr 2020 Coffee, Culture, and Conversation, All Member Coffee
2 Apr 2020 Encore Golf League
13 Mar 2020 Hiking- March
28 Feb 2020 Critics Corner -February
27 Feb 2020 Ladies Winter Luncheon
31 Jan 2020 Critics Corner - January
27 Jan 2020 Encore Book Group- January
15 Dec 2019 Encore’s Annual Holiday Party
6 Dec 2019 Critics Corner - December
5 Dec 2019 EXPO December- Paris, Capital of Fashion Museum Trip
21 Nov 2019 EXPO Moulin Rouge - Broadway Show
28 Oct 2019 Encore Book Group- October
25 Oct 2019 Critics Corner -October
23 Oct 2019 Ladies Night Out-Board & Brush Creative Studio
18 Oct 2019 Hiking- October
16 Oct 2019 Encore Fall Luncheon - Basso Café Restaurant & Bar
30 Sep 2019 Encore Book Group- September
27 Sep 2019 Critics Corner -September
20 Sep 2019 Hiking- September
20 Sep 2019 EXPO -Thimble Cruise & Lunch
14 Sep 2019 Welcome Back Potluck Party
29 Jul 2019 Kayak Klub
16 Jul 2019 Kayak Klub
28 Jun 2019 Kayak Klub
17 Jun 2019 Encore Book Group -June
13 Jun 2019 Eating and Tasting Society (EATS)
9 Jun 2019 Big Green Truck Pizza Paaarty
7 Jun 2019 Critics Corner - June
4 Jun 2019 EXPO- June Untermyer Park, Yonkers NY
31 May 2019 Hiking- May
21 May 2019 Encore Tennis Meeting
20 May 2019 Encore Book Group -May
17 May 2019 EXPO- May- Lilac Girls House
15 May 2019 May Luncheon and Fashion Show
8 May 2019 SOLD OUT- In The Heights Musical
29 Apr 2019 Encore Book Group - April
26 Apr 2019 Critics Corner - April
26 Apr 2019 Expo- Neue Galerie NYC
24 Apr 2019 April EXPO- Florence Griswold Museum
19 Apr 2019 Hiking- April
15 Apr 2019 Photo Sorting, Arranging and Scrapbooking
10 Apr 2019 Bridge Group
29 Mar 2019 Critics Corner - March
28 Mar 2019 Encore Golf League
28 Mar 2019 All Member Invitation: Coffee, Culture and Conversation
25 Mar 2019 Book Group - March
20 Mar 2019 March Expo - Play with your Food
7 Mar 2019 Encore Winter Luncheon
25 Feb 2019 Book Group - February
22 Feb 2019 Critics Corner -February
22 Feb 2019 Hiking- February
14 Feb 2019 E.A.T.S. -February
13 Feb 2019 Bridge Group
28 Jan 2019 Book Group - January
25 Jan 2019 Critics Corner -January
11 Jan 2019 Hiking-January
10 Jan 2019 E.A.T.S. -January
12 Dec 2018 Connecticut Christmas Theater Outing
10 Dec 2018 Book Group - December
7 Dec 2018 Hiking-December
9 Nov 2018 Hiking-November
8 Nov 2018 E.A.T.S. -November
7 Nov 2018 Haircuts, Hairstyles and Color
29 Oct 2018 Book Group - October
26 Oct 2018 Critics Corner - October
17 Oct 2018 Yale British Art Tour
16 Oct 2018 Visions of Hawaii Exhibit- Rescheduled
12 Oct 2018 Hiking-October
11 Oct 2018 E.A.T.S. - October
10 Oct 2018 Fall Luncheon
28 Sep 2018 Critics Corner September
25 Sep 2018 Visions of Hawaii Exhibit- Rescheduled
24 Sep 2018 Book Group September
18 Sep 2018 Visions of Hawaii Exhibit
14 Sep 2018 Hiking Group-September
13 Sep 2018 E.A.T.S. - September
12 Sep 2018 Bridge Group
25 Jun 2018 Book Group June
14 Jun 2018 E.A.T.S. June
8 Jun 2018 Hiking Group
6 Jun 2018 Summer Tennis
2 Jun 2018 Encore Summer Party
30 May 2018 Expo Day Trip to Wave Hill
21 May 2018 Book Group May
18 May 2018 Critics Corner May
11 May 2018 Hiking Group
10 May 2018 E.A.T.S. May
9 May 2018 Daytime Bridge
3 May 2018 Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show
30 Apr 2018 Book Group April
27 Apr 2018 Critics Corner April
12 Apr 2018 E.A.T.S. April
26 Mar 2018 Book Group March
23 Mar 2018 Critics Corner March
8 Mar 2018 E.A.T.S. March
27 Feb 2018 Winter Luncheon
26 Feb 2018 Book Group February
23 Feb 2018 Critics Corner February
13 Feb 2018 A Chocolate Experience
8 Feb 2018 E.A.T.S. February
29 Jan 2018 Book Group January
19 Jan 2018 Critics Corner
11 Jan 2018 E.A.T.S. January
8 Jan 2018 Expo Monday Night at the Movies
13 Dec 2017 Expo goes to Broadway
11 Dec 2017 Book Group
3 Dec 2017 Encore Holiday Party
17 Nov 2017 Critics Corner
10 Nov 2017 Hiking Group
9 Nov 2017 E.A.T.S.
27 Oct 2017 Critics Corner
27 Oct 2017 Expo Outing - Storm King
23 Oct 2017 Book Group
20 Oct 2017 E.A.T.S.
14 Oct 2017 Fall Pot Luck Supper
13 Oct 2017 Hiking Group
12 Oct 2017 Fall Luncheon
19 Sep 2017 Golf Group
15 Sep 2017 Critics' Corner
14 Sep 2017 E.A.T.S.

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