Our interest groups provide great opportunities for learning and friendship. Join at any time during the year by contacting the interest group chair person’s contact information provided below.

The following list will give you basic information about the activities and a person to contact if you are interested in participating. Don’t see an interest group for you? We encourage you to start and lead a new one or help in the leadership of established ones!

Book Exchange

Participants purchase a recently published hardcover book to be circulated monthly among members of the group.

Chair: Beth Drew, 315.492.9123, bmdrew@gmail.com       

Book Review

Our congenial group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 2–4 p.m. in members’ homes. There are 12 members with typically eight to nine in attendance at each meeting. Members suggest books to read and take turns leading discussion.

Chair: Ginny Dewey, 488.2285, vbdewey@yahoo.com

Creative Cooking and Other Special Events

The cooking group meets several times a year at homes, restaurants or other sites of culinary interest for cooking demonstrations, samples or lunch. Other social gatherings of interest will be planned. Participants are notified by email prior to each cooking event.

Chair: Barbara Williams, 315.469.6553, barbrocks2@aol.com

Duplicate Bridge

Members meet at The Nottingham the first Monday of the month from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Lunch is enjoyed by currently enrolled members.

Chair: Betty Essman, 315.656.7650

Outreach Tutoring Group

Volunteers meet at Martin Luther King, Jr. School to work one-to-one with a first and a second grade child Tuesday or Wednesday mornings. Each volunteer reads to two students. Volunteers typically work one day per week and work with the same students throughout the year.

Contact: Judy O’Rourke –  jlorourk@syr.edu

Special Collections Research Center

Learn about the extensive rare book collection held by Syracuse University on the sixth floor of Bird Library. In the past we have looked at the library’s collection of materials on Albert Schweitzer, William Morris, James Audubon and many other topics. This year we will start with an opportunity to see and learn about the work of photo-journalist Margaret Bourke-White.

Chair: Ginny Dewey, 315.488.2285, vbdewey@yahoo.com

University Neighborhood Group

If you live in the University Neighborhood, Westcott area or Outer Comstock, join us for an informal evening of food and conversation at an area home. We hold two or three evening get-togethers throughout the year. It is a great group to join for those of you new to the neighborhood and also for those who have lived in the area for a long time.

Contacts: Carolyn Clemence – clemence@twcny.rr.com; Margo Koten, 446.0649