Take a look below at some of the recent events NOTL Newcomers have enjoyed, and get a feel for the range of activities and opportunities to socialize with other NOTL women that Newcomers offers. If you're attending a Newcomersprogram or Interest Group, why not take some photos of the event - and the location - for our website and newsletter? Contact for information on how to send photos to the editor.


It was wonderful to see so many members celebrating another wonderful year of friendship and activities with a  delicious meal at the beautiful Queenston Heights Restaurant overlooking the Niagara River. We were such a large group that we filled the entire restaurant, and the outdoor patio.  This was a charming way to conclude the last planned program of the year.  Many members renewed their membership, and we look forward to a great beginning in September.  Members may renew their memberships over the summer by sending a cheque to the Director of Membership, or may renew at the first general meeting in September.  Happy summer, everyone! 

The Photography Club

One of our newest clubs has had an exciting year visiting interesting Niagara locations, learning new photographic techniques and making new friends with similar interests.  Our Summer Update Newsletter has more information about this unique and fun club.  Perhaps you'd like to join next year?  Our sign up for Clubs will be at the first meeting of the 2017/18 year on September 20th at the Community Centre.  The time will be confirmed later, and reminders will be sent to members in the September newsletter that should arrive in the first week of the month. 

Here's some members of our Photography Club on a recent outing.  Wonderful location and wonderful photo!

McFarland House - Tea, Tour and Talk

An enthusiastic group of Newcomers were treated to a delightful afternoon at the historic McFarland House on the Niagara Parkway.  This beautiful home is one of the oldest in the Niagara Peninsula - dating back before the War of 1812.  Members enjoyed a lovely high tea in the conservatory, followed by two interesting lectures and a guided tour of the home.  What a treasure to enjoy on a sunny May afternoon!  

This was the last Special Program for the 2016/17 year.  What wonderful opportunities await us next year?


On May 17th, our membership convened for a very special event.  After a slide show of photographs of membership activities throughout the past year, our AGM began with a lively and informative presentation about NOTL Canada 150 Celebration activities by community member, Bill French.  Afterwards, President Peggy Hooke led the large group of interested participants through the club's yearly business.  At the conclusion, next year's Executive and Standing Committee members were introduced.

 Thank you to everyone who joined us for this very special meeting. 


On June 14th, 2017, at a Special Meeting of the NOTL Newcomers Members our new bylaws were reviewed and members voted to accept them.  Please follow this link if you would like to see the NOTL Newcomers Bylaws.


Almost 50 members and partners joined the club on April 19th for an evening stroll through the haunts of Fort George.  Our tour leaders enchanted us with historical tales of life and death in this ancient fort.  Strangely, at least two members had disappeared before the tour was over!  Afterwards, members gathered at the Sandtrap pub to cheer on our favourite hockey team.  A great evening out.  


The meeting began with an informative introduction to the arts centre by Director Rima Boles.  

 Guest speaker Julie Ponesse talked about her work as an artist.  

“In the fall of 2013, I started painting some of the beautiful, historic homes of Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Part aesthetic admiration, part historical documentation.  I am captivated by the simple strength and beauty of these homes.  Over the last (in some cases) 200 years, these homes sheltered Niagara's earliest families, witnessed the creation of Upper Canada, and have been restored and preserved by the loving hands of their previous and current owners.  What beautiful testaments to an important chapter of Canada's early history.”  Julie Ponesse

Members who braved the wild winter storm outside, enjoyed a warm and informative afternoon at the NOTL Pumphouse. 

The Special Program Outing - Tapas with Chef Stacey

This was a great success!  Lots of happy smiles as members learned how to make tasty tapas at the beautiful Woodbourne Inn in St. David's.  This program ran for several days, so members really had an opportunity to get involved in this epicurean adventure in an historic localsetting. 

Shaw Festival Backstage Tour and Lecture

Members enjoyed an interesting and informative Backstage Tour of our local - and world famous Shaw Festival Theatre.  Our 'behind the scenes' exploration included the Costume Room, the Trap Room and the fly system for the fast change of sets.  We also learned about the exciting upcoming season and how the Shaw is marketing its program and opportunities.  We are very fortunate to have this beautiful theatre treasure in our backyard! 

Extreme Icewine Experience and Riedel Glassware Seminar

Members who attended this delicious experience at Inniskillin Winery on January 18th savoured various icewines paired with chocolate and cheese bites. It's Icewine Festival season in NOTL and these lucky women enjoyed one of the very special treats local to Niagara.  

Membership Lists and Interest Group Information

Are you a member of the 2016/17 NOTL Newcomers Group?  You will have received links to the complete Membership List and the Interest Group Information in the January edition of News and Notes.  This information is private and not to be used for business purposes or shared outside the membership.  

If you don't know how to use the links, or did not receive the newsletter, please contact

Coffee & Conversations

We've had wonderful turnouts to our monthly Coffee & Conversations - usually held between 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. on the last friday of the month, at the Sweets & Swirls Cafe at the Community Centre.  

Tickets for upcoming events are sold at these events.  Hope to see you there! 

Festive Luncheon

Many NOTL Newcomers enjoyed our very special celebration of the Holiday Season at our Festive Luncheon on Wednesday, December 7th at the Royal Cambridge Dining Room at the Prince of Wales Hotel.  We were treated to a delicious meal and the opportunity to connect with many friends.  

Thank you to the organizing committee for all of their hard work to put together this happy event.  

We want to wish all our members a very happy holiday season and best wishes for a joyous new year.  

Community Awareness Meeting

Our NOTL Newcomers members had a wonderful opportunity to meet with other local community groups, organizations and volunteer opportunities at this special meeting.  We welcomed many other NOTL community representatives to set up informative displays and share information with our members.  We also had the opportunity to listen to an excellent presentation from Diane Hemmings, from the Community in Blooms team.  She explained how NOTL has earned the esteemed title of 'Prettiest Town in Canada'.  Many volunteers worked diligently to achieve this prestigious title that involved a wide variety of environmental commitment. And now, we hope to win the title of 'World's Prettiest Town.'

Special Programs - FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - St. Catharines,  November 4, 2016

A large group of NOTL Newcomers members enjoyed a wonderful excursion to the new Performing Arts Centre on St. Paul Street in St. Catharines.  This outstanding, state of the art facility provides patrons with four comfortable venues: Cairns Recital Hall, The Film House, Partridge Hall and the Robertson Theatre.  A wide range of programming to suit all tastes occurs year round.  In an intimate setting, our membership enjoyed an excellent performance of the Canadian play, The Fighting Days.  This fascinating production, set in the early 1900s, focused on the life and work of journalist Francis Marion Beynon, and her sister Lillian.  The women are influenced by Nellie McClung and become involved in the suffragist movement and the conscription crisis. Their values and friendships are sorely tested by the strains of WW1.

After a delicious buffet luncheon in the main gallery, we were treated to a conducted tour of the facility. Many thanks to our gracious hosts at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, and to organizer Elaine Teague.   


We had a wonderful turnout for our 2nd monthly Coffee & Conversations at the Sweets & Swirls Cafe at the Community Centre. A few members enjoyed dressing up for the occasion.  Tickets for the Holiday Luncheon at the Prince of Wales Hotel were sold, and will be on sale again on November 16th at our Community Awareness Meeting at the Community Centre at 1:30 PM. 


On a warm and sunny day in October, a large contingent of NOTL Newcomers visited the beautiful and interesting NEOB Lavender Farm.  We were treated to a Sponge Toffee (lavender flavoured) demonstration and a discussion about the cultivation and care of lavender plants.  Members also enjoyed cake, lavender water and shortbread - all made with ingredients from the farm.  After the Greenhouse discussion, members enjoyed touring the shop and learning about the various products that are locally made.  


Our first meeting in our new location at the Sweets & Swirls Cafe at the Community Centre was a wonderful success. Many brand new members joined us and we were delighted to welcome them with a coffee and snack.  Members were also able to purchase tickets for upcoming events at the Lavender Farm and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.  Please join us the last friday of each month from 9:30 - 11:00 am. 


We had a wonderful turnout at the Community Centre on September 20th for our first General Meeting of the year.  Many new residents found this a great opportunity to join our welcoming club. It was also an opportunity for members to renew and pay their annual fees.  All of the convenors of our many Interest Groups were available with sign up sheets so members could participate in their favourite club or hobby.  After a delightful musical performance by Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea,  President Peggy Hooke introduced members of this year's executive board.  Beautiful table settings and refreshments helped create a warm, friendly setting.

 We're looking forward to another great year at NOTL Newcomers.