The Niagara-on-the-Lake Social Club, which has been dormant for a while, is being revitalized.
There are about 250 members, says Penny Milligan, who is working on its resurrection.
It seems a good time, she explains, when members can meet safely, and there may be people who have moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake during the pandemic, and have not had an opportunity to get out and meet people.
The club welcomes anyone over 18, she says, “men, women, singles, couples, green, blue, young or old. We’re open to everybody with a connection to Niagara-on-the-Lake.”
It was originally organized in 2012, but went through a bit of a slump, even before COVID. “We want people to know we’re up and running again,” says Milligan.
While there are events organized for socializing, and the primary focus “is for bringing people together in a safe social environment to have fun,” the club is intended to offer more than that, she says.
In the past, they’ve held an annual Christmas party, and organized trips to hockey or baseball games and other events. They’ve had a regular Finger Food Friday, where members bring their own appetizers and drinks, and will continue those at people’s homes — hosts supply a location, party napkins and wine glasses, for two hours of visiting.
Twice a month there are morning Coffee and Conversation meetings at the community centre’s Sweets & Swirls, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., says Milligan, and new people are always welcome.
“We are a social club whose main aim is to get together and have fun. We want to create and maintain an environment where everyone feels safe doing this.”
The club, she says, “is a great way to meet all kinds of people. I golf, I play bridge and do other things, but this is a way to come across people I might not meet otherwise.”
In addition to events, the club also offered interest groups, and “lessons and learning,” says Milligan.
Some upcoming events being proposed include a “mystery” bus tour, a Queenston Heights picnic, car races at Merrittville Speedway, art gallery visits, and a ghost tour at the recently-opened Niagara Parks Power Station.
Interest groups could include the Finger Food Friday, a lunch bunch club, a travel experience club, music appreciation, a choral group, and a new one, a “magazine salon,” with members sharing magazine articles with others who share similar interests. Lessons and learning, she says, may include a session on improving knowledge of your iPhone, canasta and gardening.
A survey is going out to members to put these ideas forward, and see who is interested, says Milligan.
Although some of the events come at a cost, many are free, says Milligan.
The cost to join is $25 per person with a $10 renewal fee annually.
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