Category: Activities (page 1 of 15)

Activities are gatherings that occur on a regular schedule, usually weekly, to enjoy a specific pastime.

Golf Outing, Oak Hills Park Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Our second outing this year is at Oak Hills Park, Norwalk, Tuesday, 17 July, starting at 12:30 pm.
Tee times will be assigned once registration is complete.
You are encouraged to arrive ahead of your tee time and enjoy lunch in the Clubhouse Grille.

To sign up, email Peter Carnes, picarnes@gmail.com.

Provide your handicap to facilitate pairing.

Fee is $50 (includes cart).

Confirmation and coordination will be via email during the week prior to play.

For directions to Oak Hills, go to. https://www.oakhillsgc.com/contact/directions-a-map

Current Affairs: Global Warming, Dec 13, 2018

Discussion leader: Jack Neafsey

Current Affairs: Immigration Revisited, September 20, 2018

Discussion leaders: David Mace & Charlie Goodyear

Migrants Are on the Rise Around the World, and Myths About Them Are Shaping Attitudes – The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/20/business/economy/immigration-economic-impact.html?rref=collection/sectioncollection/business&action=click&contentCollection=business®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=13&pgtype=sectionfront

Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and proposed changes | Pew Research Center
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/02/26/key-facts-about-u-s-immigration-policies-and-proposed-changes/

Current Affairs: International Trade, October 18, 2018

Discussion leader: Harris Hester

June 19, 2018: Last Wandering until September

Taylor Strubinger reports that on Tuesday, June 19, the Happy Wanderers will visit the area west of Lincoln Center.

After a short refreshment, we will continue in our effort to walk the entire Hudson River Greenway one section at a time.

This Tuesday, we will walk the Greenway from W. 74th Street to W. 34th Street.

Previously, we walked the Highline portion of the Greenway that runs from W. 34th Street to W. 12th Street.

We will be on the 8:36 a.m. train out of Darien and the 8:39 a.m. from Noroton. We will gather at the Information Booth in Grand Central Station before starting off.

Come join us.

Moscow Nights : the Van Cliburn Story : How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War by Nigel Cliff, July 11, 2018

Note we’ll meet on summer hours – 9:00 Mather Center.

Gripping narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic story of a remarkable young Texan pianist, Van Cliburn, who played his way through the wall of fear built by the Cold War, won the hearts of the American and Russian people, and eased tensions between two superpowers on the brink of nuclear war.

In 1958, an unheralded twenty-three-year-old piano prodigy from Texas named Van Cliburn traveled to Moscow to compete in the First International Tchaikovsky Competition. The Soviets had no intention of bestowing their coveted prize on an unknown American; a Russian pianist had already been chosen to win. Yet when the gangly Texan with the shy grin took the stage and began to play, he instantly captivated an entire nation.

The Soviet people were charmed by Van Cliburn’s extraordinary talent, passion, and fresh-faced innocence, but it was his palpable love for the music that earned their devotion; for many, he played more like a Russian than their own musicians. As enraptured crowds mobbed Cliburn’s performances, pressure mounted to award him the competition prize. “Is he the best?” Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev demanded of the judges. “In that case . . . give him the prize!”

Adored by millions in the USSR, Cliburn returned to a thunderous hero’s welcome in the USA and became, for a time, an ambassador of hope for two dangerously hostile superpowers. In this thrilling, impeccably researched account, Nigel Cliff recreates the drama and tension of the Cold War era, and brings into focus the gifted musician and deeply compelling figure whose music would temporarily bridge the divide between two dangerously hostile powers.

 

Recommended by Gary Banks

Hike the Mianus River Gorge, May 29, 2018

Hiking Mianus River Gorg​e
167 Mianus River Road,
Bedford, NY 10506
Tuesday May 29, 2018
10.30 am

 

We will be hiking Mianus River Gorge in Bedford on Tuesday. May 29, 2018 at 10.30
am​ ( Note this 30 min later than our usual 10.00 am start).

The Gorge is a 750 acre preserve of old-growth forest that was established more than sixty years ago as the first
land project of the Nature Conservancy.  While the main trail is 4 miles long, part of it has been rendered inaccessible since a short stretch runs through private property over which the owners have recently denied access to the public. Thus our hike will be a relatively short one: a 2.5 mile loop. The outbound portion of the loop consists of a couple of sustained climbs along a gradual slope. The return is largely downward. The trail is well kept, well marked and rugged in
places. Visitors have the sense of a remote wilderness in the midst of an urban area. The gorge area is quite beautiful at this time of the year with the leaves providing plenty of shade. This promises to be a particularly enjoyable hike. Spouse are welcome.

Starting at 10.30, we should be done hiking by 12 noon. Lunch for the hungry will follow at the Long Ridge Tavern, 2635 Long Ridge Road, Stamford.

Directions: ( Google maps;Mianus River Gorge, Bedford)
Proceed South on the Merritt and take Exit 34 ( Long Ridge Road).
At the bottom of the exit ramp make a right and proceed north on Long Ridge approx
7.3 miles.
Make a left on Millers Mill Road and then after crossing the bridge, make another left on Mianus River Road (a dirt road).
About a half mile down this dirt road on the left is the entrance to the Mianus River Gorge. Plenty of parking is available.
Be alert​: its easy to miss Miller’s Mill Road. Check your odometer when you enter LongRidge Road from the Merritt so you know when you have traveled 7.3 miles. Two helpfullandmarks to watch for: Twin Lakes Drive on the right come just before you turn left onMiller’s Run. Also house number 116 on the right is just across the road from Miller’s Run.

Contact for this hike: Sunil Saksena, ssaksena44@gmail.com, 203-561-8601 Cell

Book Discussion: A Force So Swift by Kevin Peraino, Sep 12, 2018

A compelling year-long narrative of America’s response to the fall of Chiang Kai-shek and Nationalist China in 1949, and Mao Zedong and the Communist Party’s rise to power, forever altering the world’s geopolitical map.”

Golf Outing, Wee Burn, Thursday, Sep 13, 2018

Thursday, September 13: 8:00 Shotgun at the Wee Burn Country Club. $160 fee includes cart and forecaddie. Lunch to follow. Denny Devere is coordinating.

Golf Outing, Country Club of Darien, Aug, 9th, 2018

Thursday, August 9: 9:00 golf outing at the Country Club of Darien. $115 fee includes cart. Lunch to follow. Denny Devere is coordinating.

MCNC (Men’s Club of New Canaan) Golf Tournament, Wed, June 20th, 2018

Wednesday, June 20: DMA – MCNC (Men’s Club of New Canaan) Golf Tournament at the Silvermine Golf Club. DMA team will be selected by lowest handicaps. 8:30 Shotgun. $60 cash includes cart and Buffet Lunch. Trophy presentation to the winning team after lunch. Denny Devere (dgdevere@optonline.net) is coordinating.

Golf Outing: Sterling Farms, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 10AM


The first outing this year is at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 10 a.m.

To sign up, email Peter Carnes at picarnes@gmail.com.

Provide your handicap to facilitate pairings.

Fee is $47. Includes cart.

Confirmation and coordination will be via email during the week prior to play.

For news about other events and activities, go to the DMA website.

Save the Grass. Park on paved areas of the parking lot only.

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