Activity Groups

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, many of our Activity Groups are unable to meet in person.

We think it’s more important than ever to provide our members with opportunities to connect and activities to enjoy. Thus, we have introduced a number of remote activities. Outdoor and some smaller activities that can meet safely continue. Please contact group leaders for more information.

Note: We have technical support for you! If you are having trouble connecting on Zoom or just want help, please contact Mary Ellen Bornak –, Beverly Parnes – or Fran Noble – who will guide you through the set-up process. Or click the link to register for the AARP “All Things Zoom” training. If you are having trouble connecting to an on-line game, please contact the activity leader who will help you.

Virtual, Online and Outdoor Activities

Book Clubs
The following book clubs are meeting: Afternoon with Authors, Chapters, Lit Wits, Page Turners, and Readers. Novel Ideas is on hold during COVID.
Bookworms (new book club)
Bookworms is a group of readers who like to devour books and share with each other.  Books of any genre will be suggested and voted on by the members.  Each member will take a month to be the leader.   No pressure on the leader, just ask a few questions and the group will easily discuss the book for an hour!  This book club will meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10 am.  Open to 10 members.  Those interested in this book club should contact the Gatekeeper, Gerri Matosky at
If anyone wants to join a book club, please contact Gerri Matosky
Gatekeeper – Gerri Matosky –

Canasta (Online)
Online canasta will be offered twice per week while the in-person version is not available.
You will need to make a one-time purchase of Canasta Junction for $10, for your iPad, or your Computer (not both). If you have an old iPad, that will probably disconnect, so it will be better to purchase for your computer. We will organize private tables with 4 BCN members per table prior to each game day. Very easy to use. To participate in this activity, email Beverly Parnes.
Weekly: Monday 12:30 – 3:00 pm and/or Thursday 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Beverly Parnes –

Card Making (resumed)
This activity meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the home of instructor, Nicky Donlen. The cost of $8 covers materials used to produce creative cards and gifts. Participants may bring their own brown bag lunch to be enjoyed following card making.
Nicky Donlen –

Cinema (Virtual)
Cinema moves on-line and all are welcome to join. Kathy Buehler will recommend free movies on YouTube. Each month, the Sunday before the group discussion, Kathy will send out a reminder with the name of the movie to watch. Then on the third Wednesday of the month, you will receive an email with the link for the 7:30 pm Zoom or telephone meeting (both options available) to discuss the movie. To participate in this activity, email Kathy Buehler to add your name to this member list.
The third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Kathy Buehler –

Codenames (Online)
Have you ever wanted to be a Spymaster? Are you a Scrabble fan? Join us for a late morning game of “code-breaking”. Two teams of players are faced with a grid of words. The objective is to figure out which words belong to your team. The team captain gives one-word clues to help their team find the right words. Then we rotate captains. No prior knowledge required – we’ll teach you how to play. The game is shared on Zoom using the website To participate in this activity, email Beverly Parnes or Naomi Pliskow.
The second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Beverly Parnes –
Naomi Pliskow-

Cooking (Virtual)
We are going on the road. Each month a state will be chosen for each member to research and choose a recipe. During a zoom session on the first Friday of the month at noon, members will share recipes, history of the state food, photo (can be the food prepared), and critiques. Recipes will be collected for a BCN Food Club Cookbook.
First Fridays at Noon
Contact Marilyn Robinson Text 267-566-7138

Designing Women (TBA far-ranging activity)
Events cover interior design, home decorating, art, architecture, gardens, textile design, seminars, showcase houses, and any other areas of expressed interest. Carpools are arranged, public transportation or charter bus have been used. Lunch is usually prearranged and optional. Information is provided in the club newsletter.
Nicky Donlen – and Linda Martell-Cha –

Golf (Outdoors)
Come play 9 holes weekly on Wednesdays from spring through fall. Members meet at a local golf club at varying tee times in the morning. Golfers are organized according to the number of players signed up. To participate in this activity, email Marcia Graumann.
Wednesdays at 9 am at the Neshaminy Golf Course
Marcia Graumann –

Mah Jongg – (Online)
All Mah Jongg players are invited to join to play online Mah Jongg while the in-person version is not available. You’ll need to purchase the app at which costs $5.99 a month or $59.99 per year. A 14 day free trial is allowed before purchase is necessary. Members will be emailed info for talking via conference call while they are playing, as well as the names and passwords for members on this app. We follow National MJ League game rules. To participate in Realmahjongg, email Enid Cate.
Mondays from 1-4pm
Enid Cate –

Mah Jongg – (Online)
A second day of Mah Jongg will be added using a different app – You can play 8 games a day for free. To participate in email Fran Noble.
Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30.
Fran Noble –

Museum Mavens (Virtual)
Members receive and exchange info on virtual museum tours, lectures, and websites featuring museum highlights and events. To participate in this activity, email Joan Cavanagh.
The first Tuesday of each month, at 2 pm, we will meet via Zoom,
Joan Cavanagh –

Photography (Outdoors)
Amateur photographers get together at local parks, towns, etc. to do an hour or so of picture taking (with camera or phone), then socializing…with distancing…afterwards.  We can email our favorite pic to the group afterwards. 
The group would meet around 8 or 9 am on the second Monday of the month. 
Contact Kathy Vivaldelli at if interested.
Thank you and happy picture taking! No camera? Use your phone!

Pinochle/Games (resumed)
All levels of players welcome as well as anyone who wishes to learn. Players bring their own drinks and a snack to share. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 1 p.m. at the home of leader, Nicky Donlen –

Theater Group (Virtual)
Until we can enjoy performances in person, we will try to provide you with online performances that may be of interest.  We will advise you of an on-line show to watch and then follow up during the same month with a Zoom call where we can discuss its merits.  We will be doing this on an ad hoc basis and not every month
Rheva Katz – and Carole Gordon Young –

Trailblazers (Walking at Tyler Park)
All levels of walkers are welcome. This group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at the Boathouse parking lot of Tyler State Park. The entrance to the park is at the corner of Route 332 and Route 413 in Newtown. The walk is a three-mile “hilly” loop. Members can do all or part of the walk, with masks and social distancing. To participate in this activity, email Lynn Davis or Louise Melore.
First Thursday of each month at 9am
Lynn Davis –
Louise Melore –

Worders (Online)
Everyone is welcome to play Wordscapes, open 24/7, any time, on your phone or ipad or computer. Download the Wordscapes app from the Google or Apple stores depending on your technology. It’s free and immediately available. Play Wordscapes by yourself during the week to see how many words you can find in a series of letters and fit them into a crossword.

To participate in the BCN team weekend tournaments you need to play to level 50 (50 games). At this level a shield should appear at the bottom of your Wordscapes play screen. Click on the shield, go to the top of the team screen, search for the BCN Worders team and request to play. (Then be patient. While the app downloads right away, the permission to join a team takes two weeks). Let Louise Melore know that you wish to be part of the BCN Worders team and she will be on the lookout for your request!
Louise Melore –

Looking for Leaders

If you would like to lead any of these groups, please contact Joan Cavanagh –

Friday Night Happy Hour Zoom
Grab a glass of wine, or coffee, or soda, or whatever you like and meet your BCN friends on Zoom. A nice way to touch base at the end of the week.
Friday night from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Need a leader

Travel (Virtual)
Make this activity your own. Have you travelled globally or locally? Would you like to share your best tips for travel by location? Share photos, hot spots, hotels, tours, restaurants, sites you recommend while those who are part of this activity can do the same. Design your own activity to share with BCN Members.
Choose your time
Need a leader

On Hold Due to COVID-19

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the following BCN Activity groups from last year will NOT meet in person until health mandates have been lifted. All BCN members will be notified of club re-openings via the Monthly newsletter or an Email blast.

Bridge (Luncheon)
Judy Enderle –

Ginny Francksen –
Maribeth Fryman –

Canasta (In Person)
Judy Hay –
Joan Naughton –

Day Trippers
Inez Recupido –

Dining Around Town
Judy Hay –

Jewelry Making
Mary Ann Segal –

Mah Jongg (in person)
Enid Cate –

Out to Lunch Bunch
Enid Cate –
Judy Hay –

Scrabble (See Codenames and Worders)
Naomi Pliskow –

Stitch and Chat
Nancy Boland –