President: Ann Arabian  Editor: Charlotte Ruffner

August 2021 Newsletter

President's Message

Happy August, Newcomers!

Don’t you just love it when everyone rolls up their sleeves and gets things done!  That’s been the case many times with Newcomers this past month and I’d love to share a few examples:

couple weeks ago, member Margo Ginsburg contacted me about wonderful ideaa Newcomers Reception to view the works of Michael Friedes in his Sonoma Art Gallery. Margo ironed out the details, worked alongside Activities Chair Suzanne Heiser and Communications Chair Stephanie Hamilton, and promptly sent the August 26th invite.  Thank you, Margo, for your love of art and willingness to share!

A member favorite in pre-pandemic years, the Art Fair is being resurrected by Newcomer Kathy Warye.  She has coordinated the date, location, marketing strategy, fundraising ideas, and a passionate core committee to bring the Art Fair back to life on November 13th stay tuned.  A huge thank you to Kathy!  

Cheers to Newcomers Kathy Fowler and Marci Husebye who have revived Newcomers Out Dancing at Sebastiani Winery on select Friday evenings.  This event has been greatly missed, so thank you Kathy and Marci for organizing.!  August and September dates will be revealed soon.

It was wonderful to see so many members at the Tuesday evening Farmer’s Market on July 27th!  Newcomers gathered to enjoy an array of appetizers, wine, and banter across from the Sign of the Bear Kitchen Store (5-pm). Thank you to Maria Campbell and Charlotte Ruffner for hosting!  And for those who weren’t there, you were greatly missed!  Please join us the next time we gather, August 17th and/or September 21st. 

Social Events Chairs Stephanie Brown and Christina Wilde are ensuring that the details are all set for our end-of-summer Newcomers Social, September 12th at the Maysonnave House.  You won’t want to miss this one!  

I was delighted to finally join a Rovers outing in Tiburon where Cheryl Hannon and Linda Hunter orchestrated a fascinating and fun historical walking tour.  These two Newcomers knocked it out of the park!


And finally, our Prospective New Member Coffees will resume in the homes of Hospitality Chairs Susan Cronkite and Susan Walker this month.  Both Susans are doing a beautiful job of refreshing the welcome packets and ensuring that all is in order for a large group on August 12th!  

Thank you to each and every member for your contributions of time, enthusiasm, and willingness to coordinate . . . lunch groups, walking groups, wine and food pairing groups, Rovers, bike groups, hiking groups, Happy Hour groups, and the list goes on. Yes, this is what happens when Newcomers roll up their sleeves.  Because of all of you, we have much to look forward to in the coming months!  


Membership News

Sonoma Valley Newcomers Club is pleased to have 362 active members. This month we will host our first in person prospective members coffee since the spring of 2020. We have been creative in on boarding new members via Zoom and meetings in the plaza these past months.

We welcome Vicki Soulier as a new member:

Vickie Soulier

Vickie recently moved from Kentfield. She was a flight attendant for thirteen years with World Airways. She then spent time as a wife and mother. She is a large supporter of Transcendence -Broadway Under the Stars. She is also a supporter of the Lark Theater and CFI in Marin. She enjoys cooking and entertaining.

Erattum:  Apologies to New Newcomer Diana Sanson, last month in the New member column we misspelled her last name.  For the record it’s “Sanson,’ not “Samson.”

Wishing everyone a great August!


1st Vice President Membership 

Dining Activities

Interested in a Women’s Dining Out Dinner Group? Women’s Diners & Dives Lunch Group? Women’s Picnic & Wine Group? Couples/Singles Diners & Dives Dinner Group? Couples/Singles Picnic & Wine Group? Couples/Singles Food Pairing Group?

Have a fabulous August,

Beth & Liz

Dining Co-Chairs

Newcomers are off to a great summer start.  Here are a few of the many groups which met in person in July:

Newcomers Movie Group: Fran Pooley reconvened the Newcomers Movie Matinee Group on July 22ns.  The group went to see Queen Bees at Prime Cinema Sonoma in Boyes Hot Springs.  Afterward they went for drinks and snacks nearby.  If you are interested in joining, let Fran know.  She can be reached at

Four stalwart walkers do a few stretches before their constitutional.  The Walkie Talkies start their walk in the Plaza across the street from the Plaza Bistro on 1st Street East.  They meet Mondays, Wednesdays. and Fridays at 8:30 am.

Miranda Ives owner of Sausage Emporium

The Easy Riders:   This all women bicycling group met the third Monday of July.  They spun around the local streets for about ten miles.  Afterward they had a nice lunch on the back patio at the Sausage Emporium on Napa Street between Chico’s and Pangloss.  Easy Rider group leader, Maria Campbell, highly recommends Sausage Emporium and has been waiting for it to open for over 18 months.  Miranda Ives, the owner started at Friedman’s Hardware with a hotdog/sausage cart, and later opened a successful restaurant in the El Paseo Courtyard where she had only a few stools. In September 2019, Miranda vacated the Courtyard to open on Napa Street. After jumping through all of Sonoma’s bureaucratic hoops, the restaurant was finally opened in July. Maria says, “Let’s all support Sausage Emporium, the food is tasty and wee presented, definitely worth the very long wait.

Tiburon Rail History

Rovers at Tiburon

Newcomers Rovers:  In July, the Rovers enjoyed a “Tiburon Walking Tour” and learned all about the town of Tiburon’s humble origin as a railroad town.  Elliott Brown enlightened the Rovers about Tiburon and Marin County’s railroad history.  The group was even treated to a guided tour of the railmaster’s quarters upstairs of the museum followed by a picnic lunch in old downtown Tiburon.  As Ann Arabian said, Cheryl Hannon and Linda Hunter (both of whom organized the trip to Tiburon) “knocked it out of the park.”  

Enjoy your August,

Suzanne Heiser

Activities Chair

Tuesday Night Farmers’ Market

Newcomers is all about gathering and spending time together.  Here we are back in the Plaza for the very first time since September 2019.  If you missed it, or want to do it again, we’ll be back on August 17th and September 21st. Always across from the Sign of the Bear on the 1st St West side of the Plaza from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.

Co-hosting the First Newcomers 2021 gathering at the Tuesday Night Farmers’ Market were (L to R) Maria Campbell, Ann Arabian, and Charlotte Ruffner.

Volunteer Opportunity

Sonoma Arts Live (“SAL”) is looking for volunteers to be ushers at its shows. Read all about their safety protocols and their new stage productions.  This is a great opportunity to serve the community, meet friends and see some live drama. Right now they are starting rehearsals for Sunset Boulevard.  The show will open for a three week run on September 24th.  Show details and full run details are up on their

SAL appreciates their volunteers and hope that you will join them for Season 2021-22.  This year they are asking all involved with the shows be fully vaccinated and submit a snapshot of your vaccination card to SAL at

Current guidelines for patrons will be adhered to specifically. They plan ask that all patrons show Vaccination cards at the door or proof of a negative covid test within 48 hours of entry. 

SAL has an opening for box office management. $15.00 an hour. If you know of anyone looking for a part time job let us know! Ideal candidate is someone tech savvy, good with people, and can handle phone hours from their home as well. 

If interested in volunteering , or want to fill the box office position, please contact Jaime Love at

Cool New Store Refills Your Bottles

(Sorry ladies, not your, ah, wine bottles)

I saw this on member Jody Leeds Facebook Page and got her permission to republish it.  — Editor.

August Calendar

Throughout the month of August — A Delicate Balance —is a public art exhibition that is on display in the Sonoma Plaza.  This exhibit is a partnership between Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and the City of Sonoma.  Enjoy eight large-scale sculptures by four major artists, Bruce Beasley, Catherine Daley, Peter Hassen, and Jun Kaneko.   

Friday Morning Farmers Market is August 6th from 9:00 to 12:30 pm in the Arnold Field Parking lot off 1st Street West.

Tuesday August 10th - Sonoma’s Tuesday Farmers and Agricultural Market presented by the City of Sonoma in partnership with the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce returns to the plaza Tuesdays evenings, May – September. The market is located in the “Horseshoe” in front of Sonoma City Hall from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Thursday August 12th - SVNC Rovers Farm and Cheese Tasting Tour for registered Rover only.

Friday Morning Farmers Market is August 13th from 9:00 to 12:30 pm in the Arnold Field Parking lot off 1st Street West.

Tuesday August 17th - Sonoma’s Tuesday Farmers and Agricultural Market presented by the City of Sonoma in partnership with the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce returns to the plaza Tuesdays evenings, May – September. The market is located in the “Horseshoe” in front of Sonoma City Hall from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Friday Morning Farmers Market is August 20th from 9:00 to 12:30 pm in the Arnold Field Parking lot off 1st Street West.

Tuesday August 24th - The Newcomers meet on the Plaza at the Tuesday Night Farmers Market from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  The Newcomers meet directly across from Sign of the Bear on 1st Street West. Bring an appetizer to share and the beverage of your choice. No need to register, everyone is welcome.

Thursday August 26th - Newcomers Reception to view the works of Michael Friedes in his Sonoma Art Gallery.  For registered Newcomers only.

Newcomers Social

Social Event - September 12 - Save the Date

We have scheduled our first Newcomers Social Event in over a year!  For those of you who are new to Newcomers, there are normally two socials per year, one in the summer months and one in December for the Holidays.  Socials are for members and a guest.  The socials are arranged by our Social Events Chairs.  

September 12, 2021, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Maysonnave House Gardens

Please save the date for this casual evening potluck welcoming members and guests.

Watch for more details in the newsletter and in your email.

Stephanie Brown

Christina Wilde

Social Event Chairs


The Sonoma Valley Newcomers Club is here to help you form friendships as you ease into your new life. 
By offering an array of activities in a group setting, our hope is that you can 
meet other women who share your interests.

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