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PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)


Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together members who share common interests, activities or goals. SIGs are member-driven:  members initiate them, decide how they should be run, and provide leadership and organization.

Special Interest Groups are a TTN member benefit.  You must be a member in good standing to participate in SIGs.
 
More Info on SIGs How Do I Join a SIG? Starting a New SIG

Look through our Newly Forming SIGs to join a new group and have a voice in establishing that SIG.  And browse our existing SIGs to join one (or more) for more fun.
See the end of this page or the links above for more information.
 
Newly Forming SIGs




Soup's On Saturday

Looking for a Saturday night get-together with some TTN friends? Why not gather for a hearty, homemade dinner of soup, salad and bread? This SIG will meet once a month on a Saturday night on a rotating basis at a member’s home. The host will provide the soup; the guests will bring the salad fixings and bread.

Contact: Jamie Fischer (jamieffs@gmail.com)


Still Working

Are you still working? Maybe you're immersed in your job, looking to work as long as you can, or hoping to dial your work commitments down. Whether you're just treading water, still building your career, or anything in between, this group is for you. We invite you to join a like-minded group of women to bond and share in stories, workplace strategies and what it means to be 50 and over in the workplace. Day, time and agenda will be determined by the group, but good food and great friendship are sure to follow.

Contact: Jamie Fischer (jamieffs@gmail.com)


Supper in the City

Thinking about joining a restaurant SIG but think you’ve missed the boat? A new restaurant SIG that will taste the many culinary delights of Center City is forming. Don’t hesitate!

Contact: Jamie Fischer (jamieffs@gmail.com)


We Need More Wine!

We’re adding new wine groups with the speed of a cork flying out of a champagne bottle.  Ready to taste the grape with TTN friends while learning more about wine?

This SIG will gather at each other’s homes or at public wine tastings to expand their wine knowledge and make new TTN friends.  

Contact: Jamie Fischer (jamieffs@gmail.com)
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Existing SIGs
 
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The Arts

Fashionistas
 Third Thursdays - 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Are you a fan of fashion?  Would you like an opportunity to meet with other TTN’ers to discuss current fashion trends?  Perhaps you would like to listen to experts on seasonal clothing and make-up trends?  Would you attend a fashion show?  Or a show about fashion at a museum?  The group will decide which way to take this, but if you’re “into” fashion, this could be for you.

 Contact:  Kathy Caponigro (purple2008@verizon.net)

Modern Dance Series
 Saturday night/dates posted when available

If you like to watch modern dance, join us for this repeat performance.  A series of performances will be selected with tickets purchased at group rates.  Dinner before makes for a great evening. 

Contact: Cate Silver (csilver0313@gmail.com)


Point of View 
First Tuesdays: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Do you enjoy taking photos with your phone, point-n-shoot or D/SLR camera?  This SIG is for everyone who wants to talk a walk with friends while taking pics at different locales around Philly.  We meet indoors to share photos and techniques at meeting times when the weather is inclement.  Trips to local photo exhibits and centers are also be on the agenda.  No photography experience is necessary for this SIG, just a sense of adventure and willingness to take that shot!

Contact:  Madeline Sherry (madsherry@gmail.com)


Wednesday Arts
First Wednesdays: 10:15 - Noon
 
The Delaware Valley has SO many great art venues and the women of TTN love to check them out.   In this SIG, members visit art sites and meet for an optional lunch afterwards to discuss the outing.  Members will share the planning.  

Contact: Kathy Clark (kpgclark@comcast.net)


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Book Groups

The Art of the Book Group 
Second Wednesdays:  10:30 AM - Noon

An  invitation to join...
This SIG reads it all.  All genres that feature any of the arts are welcome! Recently their selections covered antique furniture, photography, architecture, painting,  mysteries, biographies and historical fiction. If you are inspired by the arts and love learning in unexpected ways this sig may be for you.

They are looking for a few new members to join them.  Your inquiry is welcome!
Contact: Karen Kanter (karenkanter201@gmail.com)


Books That Challenge Us
 First Mondays 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Each year produces books that significantly impact our world and the way we view it.  Books on history, politics, social changes and literary prize winners inform and fascinate us.  Many of these are challenging reads.  This group will attempt to tackle these books together. 

Contact Alice Milrod (alice.milrod@gmail.com)



Fictionary
 Second Fridays: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

This book group focuses on fiction.  Bestsellers, prize winners, classics – if it’s fiction and the group agrees – it will be read and discussed.

Contact Andy Levin (alevin1113@gmail.com)


Murder by the Book
 Fourth Tuesdays:  1:30 - 3:00 PM

Looks like our TTN sleuths are at it again.  We read suspenseful thrillers, mind-teasing mysteries and anything having to do with criminals.

Contact: Gail Ober (GLOber1@aol.com)

Murder, Ink.
 Third Wednesdays:  10:30 AM - Noon

Do you like nothing better than settling in with a great murder mystery or crime novel?  Satisfy your inner Nancy Drew by joining a book club focused on well-written, well-plotted mysteries.  Each month, we will explore one of the many sub-genres to understand their attraction – historical, international, American regional and the best-loved and admired detectives (male and female).

Contact:  Lynn Israel (lynncisrael@gmail.com)

Suburban Readers
First Sundays:  2:00 PM 


Do you love to read and are looking for a book group but don’t want to travel into the city? Like-minded suburbanites are looking for YOU! This group reads a variety of genres. The location may rotate in the future.

Contact: Robin Rodin (robinsrodin@gmail.com)
 


A World of Words
 
This group circles the globe by choosing books set in foreign countries.  Reading mostly fiction, we look for books that authentically represent life in the selected country, providing a jumping-off point for discussions about history, customs, everyday life, etc.  Ready for some armchair travel?  Come fly with us.

Contact: Eileen Smithe (ezsmithe@gmail.com)


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Crafts & Games

A Stitch In Time
Fourth Fridays:  10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Are you an enthusiastic knitter?  Or are you a knitting wannabee? (Don’t worry, we will teach you.)  Do you enjoy crocheting or needlepoint?  Bring your needles, yarn and lunch and show off your latest project.

Contact: Ann Lipshutz (allipshutz@comcast.net)



Back-to-Bridge in the City
Thursdays:  10:15 AM
 
Did you once play bridge but it’s been awhile?  Maybe your skills are rusty but you’d like to get back to the game.  This group pays for lessons with a local bridge teacher at a time and place convenient for all.  Not only will you get a refresher, you’ll also meet others who can meet outside class if desired.

Contact: Marcia Goldstein (mkrates@comcast.net) or Susan Pauls (fillydancer@gmail.com)

 
Canasta on the Main Line
Wednesdays:  Afternoon
 
If you have ever thought about playing Canasta, now is the time to try.   A group of warm, patient, and friendly women are playing in Ardmore and would love for you to join them.  Lessons will be given every week if there are new players.  For seasoned players, we share tips and strategies to improve our game.  Currently, there are 2 tables and a few more can be accommodated. 
 
Contact: Sherry Altschuler (i2msherry@yahoo.com)


Why Knot Needlepoint? 
Second Thursdays:  3:00 PM


Do you love to needlepoint?  Thought about it but haven’t done it?  This SIG is for novice and veteran needlepointers. 
 
The group will meet at a local craft shop.  For the most part, members will gather to chat and stitch but from time to time, at the group’s option, the SIG will have the opportunity to take a class for a fee.
 
Contact: Lynn McCormick (lynn@mccormickhammond.com)


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Films

A Touch of Class
Fourth Tuesday (beginning 1/28/2020)

Do you love old movies?  Seen An Affair to Remember multiple times?  You may enjoy this SIG.  Members watch a classic movie on their own and meet to discuss.
 
 Each month, on a rotating basis, a member chooses the film and the meeting place and facilitates the discussion.  Most times the location will be in Center City with an occasional foray to Bryn Mawr or Ambler to watch a classic film together.  The group plans to start with films from the ‘40’s and 50’s and move forward from there.
 
Contact: Mary Bevivino (marginia54@gmail.com)


"Document This!"
Third Tuesdays: 3:00 to 4:30 PM

This group of documentary fans view select documentaries on their own and then meets once a month to discuss them.  Members take turns choosing the documentaries from outlets such as the library, YouTube, HBO and others. 

Contact: Anne Anspach (annejanspach@gmail.com)
 


Matinee at the County
First Thursdays: 2:00 PM

Doylestown is home to the lovely, vibrant art movie house, The County Theater.  This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month to view a film at The County and then adjourns to a nearby spot to discuss it. 

Contact: Lynda Meshkov (lynda.meshkov@gmail.com)

Can't Get Enough Movies

The women of TTN love their movies and love to talk about them!  This sig meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month.  They go to the 1:00 p.m.(ish) showing and meet afterwards to discuss.  Members take turns choosing the movie, researching the movie and leading  the discussion afterwards over coffee with a bite to eat.  All movies are in various theaters in Center City.  So check your calendar and if you can make the commitment, contact the lead below and enjoy going to the movies!

Contact:  Caren Hosansky  chosansky@comcast.net


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Food & Drink at Home

Food for Thought
First Thursdays:  Noon - 2:00 PM

Members split the cooking responsibilities and enjoy a wonderful meal at a member’s home.  Good company – Good Times!

Contact: Fran Jonas (fjonas@comcast.net)


Pot Luck Thursday
 Second Thursdays:  7:00 - 9:00 PM
The Pot Luck Suppers SIG is a group of TTN members who get together in an informal setting to make friends and share favorite recipes.  We meet at members’ homes to share a meal around a theme. 

Contact: Ellen Kagan (ellenkag@aol.com)

A Suburban Supper
First Mondays: 6:30 - 8:00 PM 

If you like dining with friends and trying out new recipes AND you prefer to attend a group in the Philly ‘burbs, this SIG is perfect for you.  The group meets monthly at different members’ homes for good food and good company. 

Contact: Carol Seelaus  (carolseelaus@verizon.net)


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Restaurants

Lunch on Tuesday
Second Tuesdays:  1:00 PM

This lively group samples the many restaurants in Philadelphia (Center City + South Philly to Fishtown) for lunch.  Members will take turns each month choosing the moderately-priced restaurant and making arrangements.   Food will be ordered from the menu.

Contact: Tess Waldman (tess.waldman@gmail.com)

Dinner Adventures
Third Tuesdays: Dinner

The restaurants of Center City and its nearby neighborhoods are the focus of this active group which seeks culinary adventure and camaraderie.  Each month, on a rotating basis, one member volunteers to organize dinner at a spot of her choosing.  These adventures are politics-free zones; but there are no restrictions, up or down on restaurant price range or on type of cuisine.  Each member orders from the menu.  If your calendar allows and you like to try dining places in the city with congenial women contact the lead below.

Contact Janet Potter (jgpotter@jgpotter.com)


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Travel

Travel Close to Home
Fiourth Wednesday: 2:30 - 4:00 PM
 
Ah, travel!  It broadens our horizons and introduces us to new experiences.   Many of us would like to do it all the time but, unfortunately, time and budgets reign us in.  One way to help us keep that travel bug alive is by visiting the many unique and interesting sights right in our area.  This group will explore day-trip destinations like Grounds for Sculpture in Trenton, Longwood Gardens, or perhaps see a play in NYC.  Later, the group may expand to include short overnight trips.  The group members will choose the sites so some level of planning responsibility and participation are expected. These are planning meetings with Happy Hour to follow for those interested.

Contact: Shira Kramer (shira.kramer@gmail.com)

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What is a SIG?

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) bring together members who share common interests, activities or goals.  SIGs are member-driven.  Members initiate them, decide how they should be run, and provide leadership and organization.  SIGs are participatory.  Each member, depending upon the genre, may be asked to choose a book, movie or restaurant, lead a discussion or make arrangements for a day trip.  SIGs are a commitment on your calendar.   Unlike Events or Programs which are usually a one-time occurrence, SIGs usually meet monthly and depend upon the presence of its members to grow in friendship and knowledge.

Although some SIGs are unlimited in participation, many limit their participation to 12-14 members.  This is a decision made within each SIG, mostly to accommodate good conversation among members or to accommodate living spaces used for meetings.  

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How Do I Join?

Special Interest Groups are a TTN member benefit.  You must be a member in good standing to participate in SIGs.

To join a Newly Forming SIG, contact SIG Chairperson, Jamie Fischer (jamieffs@gmail.com) to let her know of your interest.  When there are a minimum number of eight interested members, Sally will be in touch with information about an organizational meeting.   A SIG Committee member will facilitate the meeting at which members will decide on how, when and where the group will meet, who will be the Lead and other parameters the group decides on.
 
To join an Existing SIG, contact the SIG Lead listed in the SIG description.  The Lead will give you details on the group – how, when, where – and you are ready to go.

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Starting a New SIG

Our best ideas come from our members!  If you have an idea for a new SIG and are willing to shepherd the idea forward and lead the group, email the SIG Chair, Jamie Fischer (jamieffs@gmail.com).

The idea will be posted on the webpage under Newly Forming.  Once we have 7or 8 interested people she will call an organizational meeting to get things started. 

Your ideas are encouraged!  Where one member is interested, there are sure to be more.

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