Welcome to Avon Newcomers! Our interest groups are the heart and soul of our organization and provide a great way to meet new people, socialize, explore the area, and, most importantly, have fun.      

Please refer to our homepage or monthly newsletters for scheduled events and all other information for group activities. 


Interest Group Dates:

Book Club (Contact Annie Simpson) – 

Breakfast Club (Contact Michele O'Connor) – 

Cocktails & Conversation (Contact Megan Mayo )– 

Discover New England (Contact Meghan Gaignard) - 

Doggie Dates (Contact Julie Wolfe) - 

Kids Connections (Contact Pran Grunin) – 

Ladies Night Out  (Contact Cary Bastin or Selinda Shepard)–  

Lunch Bunch (Contact Vilma Annicelle) – 

Men’s Poker (Contact Jim Moyer) – 

Tennis (Contact Jackie Campisi) - Tuesdays, 10:30 am, Simsmore Tennis, Simsbury

Your Questions Answered...

What is an Interest Group?

These are informal groups that have developed around a certain topic, such as bookgroups, golf, or lunch. 

What if I miss an interest group meeting?

We understand! We're human too! These groups are designed so you can participate at your own pace.  

What if there's no group for my area of interest?

If you don't see something that sparks your interest, please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss starting a new interest group. We are always willing to add a new group if there is an activity you would like to pursue that we currently do not offer.  

Can I join more than one?

Absolutely! Join as many as you would like. In fact, most of our members participate in more than one activity. 

How can I join an interest group?

When you fill out the online membership registration form, your interests will be forwarded to the group chairs. To join a new interest group at other times of the year, just contact Avon Newcomers!  

Our current activity groups

Book Club

This casual group meets to discuss a book, enjoy drinks and some appetizers. There is no requirement to read the book!  

Breakfast Club (formerly Coffee Talk)

This group meets at a variety of local coffee shops or restaurants to chat and have some caffeine. Children are welcome.


Participants meet once a month (or so) at alternating homes; each player takes a turn at hosting a Bunco night.  

Cocktails & Conversation

Come socialize and make new friends over drinks and appetizers. 

Doggie Dates

Dog lovers and their canine companions are invited to join us for a variety of meetups at dog-friendly venues, from dog-friendly bars to indoor and outdoor play dates.  Dogs love Yappy Hour!

Golf - Men’s

This group meets Saturday mornings to play nine holes.   

Kid Connections

Family Fun Nights, Small Wonders Playgroup, and more!

Ladies Night Out

Join the ladies for a fun night out on the town.  

Lunch Bunch

Catch up with fellow newcomers over lunch once a month at a different restaurant in the Farmington Valley.  

Members Helping Members

This group helps members who have just had a baby, surgery or are otherwise in need.   

Men's Poker Nights

A fun and informal game night.

Trail Mix

A mix of all things fitness.  From walking to running, barre to yoga, skiing, golf and everything in between.