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It's important for Northampton Neighbors to help members feel socially connected. One of the ways we’ve found to be most effective, as well as fun for all involved, is for members to form interest groups. Interest groups are a grassroots effort, spurred by members themselves.

     

These groups meet in homes or elsewhere: to discuss politics, work on knitting, share gardening tips, plan their next trip to the movies or arrange a hike on a local trail. We hope that you have interests you want to share.  Please call (413) 341-0160 or email: interestgroups@northamptonneighbors.org to learn more about joining an interest group or starting a new one.


THE KNITTING GROUP    Contact: Sally Popper sdpopper@gmail.com (413) 727-8016

 

The knitting group meets once a month on the third Thursday of the month from 3-5 at Sally's house--19 Hillside Road--unless otherwise advised.  Please check with Sally as occasionally it’s held at another member’s house. A reminder is sent out each month.  Our activities are knitting and talking, both of which we do in spades.  We help each other with knitting problems or questions but don't offer instruction for beginners.  That said, you can be an almost beginner and we'll be happy to support you.  There are usually between 2 and 7 or 8 people though many more than that are on the list.  We'd love to have more people come.


POLITICAL DISCUSSION GROUP    Contact: David Arbeitman   darbeitman@gmail.com      (413) 313-5705

 

The Political Discussion Group meets on the third Friday in the month from 10 to 11:30 AM.  We circulate the meeting place among members.  Members with any point of view are welcome. We hope that more people will join this group.


HIKING GROUP   Contact: Louis Popper    louis.popper@gmail.com  (413) 727-8016

 

We are now approaching the one-year anniversary of the Northampton Neighbors Hiking Interest Group, consisting of people who want to enjoy the outdoors, get exercise and be with good people.  Judged by the satisfaction of those who hike with the group, it is a success.  About 35 members of Northampton Neighbors have asked us to put them on our email list.  We have averaged roughly 3-4 hikers per hike, but the number seems to be growing.  Hikes are every week on Fridays throughout the year, mornings in warm weather, afternoons in cold weather.  We look for attractive trails less than 30-45 minutes' drive from Northampton.  We are, and want to stay, in pretty good condition for seniors. Typically, we go 2-4 miles on rolling hills or something steeper.  We avoid flat walks.  The pace is approximately 1.5 - 2.0 mph; not fast, but not a ramble.  Hikers will need hiking boots/shoes and water.   Leadership responsibility is shared.

 

GARDENERS INTEREST GROUP   Contact: Julie Abramson    jabramson@albany.edu   (413) 585-0719

 

The Gardeners Group meets to problem solve, to visit each other’s gardens, and have discussions revolving around plants and gardens. We have not focused on particular topics so far, but we may choose to have speakers over the winter. We meet monthly on Fridays at 10:30. There are around 10 people on the membership list; usually around 5 to 6 members attend. We'd love to have more people join us!

MOVIE GROUP    Contact: Anne Benedict abene@comcast.net (413) 247-6138

 

Everyone loves to go to the movies! The Movie Interest Group is run by interested movie goers: one of our members (you?) will suggest a movie, a time and theater, including a place to meet afterwards for food and discussion. The person choosing the movie will then ask a participating member to choose the next movie and to be responsible for contacting the group with details. Carpools can be arranged, rides can be given.

JAZZ INTEREST GROUP   Contact to be decided.


Listen to and talk about jazz, members choice. Organized outings to jazz performances.

All of these groups would love more Member participation. Please don’t hesitate to email or give the contacts a call.

 

If you have ideas on starting other interest groups, please email Anne Benedict abene@comcast.net