We have many activities to choose from. Look over the list below and the details that follow. Don't see what you're interested in? We're always open to new ideas and we would be happy to assist you with advice and support to set up a new activity or to take it on a trial run with a Join Up event. The Join Ups are events that are held one or more times a year when a club member is willing to organize an activity for other members. If you love to ski, then you might organize a ski-day or weekend. If you love the theater, you might organize a trip to a local theater or a show in New York. For more information contact Activities.
Book Group (Daytime)
Welcome one and all! This informal, friendly group meets once a month in the morning to discuss a book chosen by consensus. The monthly Newcomers Club newsletter provides a preview of the book to be read at the next gathering ... just to whet your appetite. This group usually meets at a member's home and new members are always welcome. Why not get started on a new chapter in your life! For more information contact Daytime Book Group
This is your chance to throw away the excuses and commit to reading! The lively art of discussion is alive and well at this monthly book club that meets in the evening. Just like the daytime book club, a preview of the current month's book is listed in the Newcomers Club newsletter. This group meets in the home of one of the members and new members are encouraged to join! Work (Read) better on a deadline? This group is for you! For more information contact Evening Book Group
Canasta is a fun card game of melds and points originating in Uruguay and is usually played at a table of four. The game uses two standard decks of cards. We play with Modern American Canasta rules and, while it all sounds confusing at first, it's great strategic fun once you learn how to play! Our club will try to play twice a month and all members are welcome! For more information Contact Canasta
Each year Philadelphia hosts a Dragon Boat Festival in early October on the Schuylkill River. Since 2002 the Newcomers Club has supported a courageous group of paddlers who race several times and spend a rewarding day for charity. Other Newcomer members come out to support the team and socialize under the Dragon ladies tent! For more information contact Dragon Boat Racing
Foreign Language Chat - French
The French Group meets every month for some lively discussions. This friendly, talkative group helps members keep up their foreign language skills. Isn't there always time for a chat in French? For more information, contact the French group.
For the adventurous in spirit! If you enjoy discovering local attractions and hidden gems, this group is for you. The Gallivanters' monthly adventures take you to museums, historic houses and gardens, special events and much more. Recent visits include Mt. Cuba, the Wharton Esherick House, Glencairn, Jenkins Arboretum, Franklin Institute, Rosenbach Museum, City Hall and the Reading Terminal. The events include lunch and assistance with carpooling if needed. These events take into account school hours so members can be home in time for school drop-off and pick-up. Join-up events are also planned for the upcoming year. Join-up events are unstructured events, often on a weekend, where a member invites members to join her in a particular activity. Each member makes her own arrangements but has the company of other members for the event. Recent events include a Mural Arts walking tour and the Fairmont Holiday trolley tour. contact Gallivanters
GRITS & GRINS - Girls Raised in the North and South
We have new members from all points north, south east and west. We will be announcing "join ups" for all club members. Whether raised in the south, north, east or west-all are welcome. We will get together to share stories, get to know one another better and just have fun!
An annual favorite! This event has traditionally been held in mid December to reunite old friends and make new friends. Light fare and refreshments are provided by the club. Donations are collected for local charities. The Holiday Tea is a great way to begin the holiday season and give back.
Join Ups are a great way to try something new. Anyone can organize a Join Up, all you need is an idea. You select the activity, such as a bike ride, trip to a museum, movie or theatre outing, then pick a date and time. We sent up the event and send out the invitations. Members interested in attending will responded directly to you. For more information contact Join Ups
Mahjongg is a 4-player game played with colorful tiles. It originated in China and has been played in America for decades. You may have seen it played in back rooms of Chinese restaurants, seen it in the movie Joy Luck Club or maybe are thinking, 'Mah what?'. It is a fun game involving some luck, concentration and skill. More challenging than Bunco and easier than bridge. If you like card games and socializing then it might just be for you! For more information contact Mahjongg
The Meet and Greet committee will host a gathering every other month beginning in October for new and prospective members. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet members of the club and learn all about the wonderful activities that MLNC has to offer. Please join us to learn more about this fabulous club!
For more information see the Meet & Greet page or contact Meet & Greet
We welcome everyone back from summer to start the Main Line Newcomers' season. We enjoy lunch while sharing summer stories and making plans for the fall.
At our cocktail parties, held several times a year, a member opens her home to greet newcomers new and old. Each person or couple attending is asked to bring an appetizer for 8-10 people. The Socials activity provides a great way to meet people and learn about the Main Line in a comfortable setting ... and an opportunity for a spouse to meet others in the community. For more information contact Socials
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As the winter doldrums set in it is time to warm up with soup and good company. This fun annual event is a great way to connect with others and beat cabin fever. Held in a member’s home, attendees are asked to make a soup or bring a sandwich to share. We are looking for new leaders for this event and a member willing to host this upcoming winter.
Taste is an activity for cooks who want to share recipes from their favorite cookbooks/websites with the group and learn new favorites. We will choose a recipe from the preselected cookbook and prepare it for the next meeting where participants will taste and critique the recipe. The group agreed to meet on the first Monday from September-May. There is no commitment to attend each meeting but once you register, you should attend since participants are limited to 15. For more information contact Taste
The Speaker Series activity is offered periodically throughout the year in a mostly virtual (Zoom) format. Past speakers have shared a diverse array of topics, including Growing Up Global, Lost Mansions of the Main Line, Chanticleer Garden, The Science Behind Meditation as well as member-led travelogues. Speakers usually talk for 45 minutes, followed by Q&A.
Remember to join us while enjoying your beverage of choice! Please email Speaker Series for more information.
Spring Voting Lunch
As the MLNC's year winds down it becomes time to vote on next year’s board. This is done at the annual voting lunch, typically held at a local country club. Members meet the incoming board while sipping champagne and enjoying a special lunch menu. It is the perfect ending to the club year. Contact Voting Lunch
Join us for a friendly weekly walk, Fridays on the trail at Haverford College. We meet in the Visitor Parking lot at 9:30am and walk for 60 minutes, returning to the lot at 10:30 am.
Enter Haverford College from Lancaster Ave. (turn right if going east, turn left if going west) and follow
the signs for "Visitor Parking." It's a bit of a wandering route but stick with it and you will arrive at a
parking lot. For more information contact Welcome Walkers