Oronoque Village Condo Association Descriptions

Aqua Zumba

There is no information regarding 2018 aqua zumba classes at this time.

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Arts Guild

  

The Oronoque Village Arts Guild was formed in 2016. The mission of the Guild is to provide opportunities for residents to gather in a social setting while enjoying the arts – including visual arts, performing arts, literature and film. Our community is rich in talent and, whenever possible, we showcase this talent during our presentations.

Works of visual art are displayed in our Galerie OV, located in the foyer of the South Clubhouse. These exhibits include works by Village artists in all painting media, sculpture, photography, stained glass and needlework. The exhibits are changed quarterly and opening receptions are held after each exhibit is installed.

Guild meetings are held quarterly and our programs feature Village authors, musicians, and artists as well as outside groups such as the Connecticut Ballet, Square One Theater and Shannon Fine Art Auctioneers.

Classes in jewelry-making, drawing, painting, and other crafts are offered and are taught by Village residents or outside professionals. We also show art films that are not available at the local movie theaters.

The calendar year membership (September to September) is $15, which entitles members to attend quarterly meetings and many other events free of charge. Guests pay a small fee. You don’t need to be an artist to join the Arts Guild … appreciators are most welcome.

O.V Arts Guild Board

President: Ray Vermette

Vice President: Barbara Stewart

Secretary: Maria Szalontay

Treasurer: Barry Wilensky

Member at Large: Sharon Sells

For further information, contact Barbara Stewart at 203-612-1373 or barbsmt@yahoo.com

 

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Billiards

A Billiards Room is located at NCB and is available to all residents.

Sign in at the NCB Office for equipment.

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Bingo

BINGO events are run by the Men’s Club. Games are played at SCB on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., excluding December.

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Bocce Club

A bocce court, located outside the North Clubhouse, is open to all residents. Bocce balls can be borrowed from the Business Office or the NCB Monitor. During the spring through fall seasons, an open group enjoys playing bocce on Thursdays, starting at 10 a.m.

 

 

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Book Club

The Oronoque Village Book Club discusses selections chosen by the members. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at NCB.

Need a ride or information? Call Hinda at 203-385-3855.

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Bravo Players

BRAVO PLAYERS, a community-theater group, puts on one or two productions each year.

BRAVO is an acronym for “Best Readers-Actors in the Village of Oronoque.” Residents can participate as either cast or crew members.

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Current Events Discussion Group

This group, formed in 2011, meets monthly at SCB to discuss happenings in the news from various media sources. Meetings take place at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Please bring a new article to the meetings.

For details, call Angela McKelvey 203 227-3222.

 

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Dollcrafters

Oronoque Dollcrafters began more than 20 years ago with a group of dedicated women who wanted to help children in crisis.  Presently we have approximately 15 members.  We make around 200 dolls each year.  In addition, for boys we sew clowns and crochet soft balls.

There is a lot that goes into making a doll: cutting out the body, stuffing the body, painting faces on each doll, making and attaching hair to the head.  Finally, we sew dresses and knit sweaters and blankets.

The completed dolls are beautiful and ready to find a child in need. We have donation liaisons to: Ronald McDonald House, Silver Wings, Center for Family Justice, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital and both fire and police departments.  It is very rewarding and touching to receive a letter from a child who owns one of our dolls.

We gladly accept fabrics, yarn and monetary donations.

We’re looking for new members of Dollcrafters.  We meet every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and noon in the NCB Library.  All are welcome.  Come join us and see how our dolls are crafted.  No previous experience is necessary.

Please help us put a smile on a child’s face!

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Funseekers

Funseekers of Oronoque Village

In existence for over 26 years, Funseekers offers residents an opportunity to meet other residents in a social environment, through a variety of monthly programs and events. Open to all villagers and their guests, Funseekers offers a diverse choice of social activities, both in and away from the Village.

Funseekers meet on the second Tuesday of each month (except where noted below) at 7 PM, in the South Clubhouse. We hold a brief business meeting where members are also informed of upcoming activities. This is followed by some type of musical entertainment or special performance scheduled for that evening. The monthly events are BYOB and snacks, with beverages and desserts provided following the performance.

Calendar year membership dues are $15. Members then pay a $4 fee per meeting they attend, while non-members are charged a $7 fee. Special events may require increased fees.

 

 

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Hadassah

A National Zionist organization, Hadassah  is open to all women dedicated to raising money for genetic and medical research. It supports Hadassah Hospital in Israel, a non-sectarian medical center, and is an advocate for women’s rights in the U.S. and around the world.  Local chapter meetings are held several times a year, in addition to card parties, luncheons, holiday events, as well as bus trips to New York City and the casinos.

Call Carol Tepper at 203-375-2101 for information.

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House and Garden Club

The House and Garden Club is a social group that provides educational, entertaining programs for its members, and raises funds to beautify the grounds of Oronoque Village.

The group holds general meetings monthly in the South Clubhouse. Meetings take place at 1:30 p.m., March through May and September through December. (Most often , meetings take place on the second Monday of the month.) More information on the meeting schedule and programs may be found in The Villager.

General meetings do not take place during the months of June, July, August, January and February.

Officers for 2018-2019

President Ulla Adema

Vice President Cathy Koritko

First Vice President Thelma Stickler

Secretary Tina Vermette

Treasurer Irene Sanzone

Historian Carolyn Novotny

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Line Dancing

Fun and camaraderie await you at this weekly activity. All levels of dancing ability are welcome. 

Excellent exercise for everyone, every Wednesday at the North Community Building. Classes for beginners are held 9:30 to 10 a.m. Classes for all levels are offered from 10 to 11 a.m.

(Line Dancing classes are not held June 1 through Aug. 31.)

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Men’s Club

The Men’s Club provides an opportunity for men to gather for fellowship, instruction, entertainment, sports, exchange of ideas and participation in activities of interest and benefit to all Villagers.

Women are invited to most functions, including:

  • pancake breakfasts
  • bingo
  • St. Patrick’s Day parties
  • speaker programs
  • golf outings
  • AARP Driver Safety Programs
  • and casino trips, all at nominal or no cost.

Board Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 3:30 pm in the South Clubhouse.

 

For information, contact Jerry Brown at 203-378-7781.

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Mini Farms

Villagers reserve individual 6’ x 11′ garden plots in which to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers.

For a minimal fee they receive garden supplies (compost, fertilizers, water, lime, and weed killer), equipment and tools. Chairs and umbrellas are provided. Gardeners relax to discuss and compare gardening techniques.

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Movie Club

The Movie Club was formed in 2011 to bring new entertainment and social opportunities to Village residents. One film is featured twice each month, with showings in both the North and South Community Buildings. Showings take place on the second Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at NCB and the following Wednesday at 2 p.m. at SCB. The $1 admission includes popcorn.

The Club also offers residents a loan program, in which DVDs of previously featured films can be borrowed for home viewing. A collection of DVDs can be found in the Monitor’s Office in the South Clubhouse, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Pickleball Club

Join our Pickleball Club!

As the fastest-growing racquet sport in the USA, Pickleball is played on a tennis-court-like surface using paddles and a whiffle-type ball.  It is a fun-filled game similar to table tennis, badminton and platform tennis. The court is half the size of a tennis court and requires much less running while providing significant physical activity. It is a great game to play with your neighbors or your grandchildren.

Oronoque Village residents enjoy Pickleball on two  courts in our Racquet Sports Facility. Our courts are open to all residents. There is no charge to play. Wear tennis-type court shoes; we  provide paddles and balls.

Our Pickleball Club arranges frequent social events, round robins, and lessons.

Dues for the 2019 season are $35 for playing members and $25 for social members. The Club is open to all Villagers.

Club officers for the 2020 season are:

President Regina Archazki

Secretary  Carol Plotnick

Social Activities Joanne Sutphen

Treasurer Ron Ciecko

Game scheduling Gery Cuccaro

 

 

 

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Tea, Talk & Crafts

Tea, Talk & Crafts is starting its 39th year. The group meets Thursdays — from October through May — at 1:30 p.m. in the Kitchen Card Room of the SCB.

Bring your own projects or mending, etc., and enjoy talking, laughing and refreshments.

Dues are $6. Each member is required to supply a dessert twice. Everyone is welcome. The group does not meet during the time of year when the pools are open.

For information, call Cynthia Harms, 203-402-9083

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Tennis Club

Do you enjoy tennis?  We invite you to become a member of the Oronoque Village Tennis Club!

Play your game, make new friends, meet your neighbors, learn strategies, improve your agility, and enjoy all aspects of the game. Or, just attend our renowned social events and have a good time!

Our mission is to enjoy Club activities from May through October. We play on Oronoque Villages’ four, recently updated, synthetic-turf courts. We offer round robin games, tournaments, weekly drop-in games, clinics, brunches, and parties.  We have players committed to 1, 2 or 3 games every week. We have a list of substitute players ready to fill-in when needed. Our players are long-term athletes, recent beginners, and those playing after an absence.  Some play singles: most play doubles. If you are interested in year-around play, during the winter months, many of our members move to off-site indoor courts, but during fair-weather months, we are actively engaged here at Oronoque Village.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the Board of Directors, or, send an email to:  OVTennisClub@gmail.com.  Thank you for your interest.

Board of Directors:

President:                     Benson Snaider              bensonsnaider@gmail.com               203.382.4128

Vice President:             Nancy Blagys                  nblagys5@gmail.com                        203.375.1135

Secretary:                     Carolyn Charnin              ccharnin@optimum.net                      203.296.9151

Treasurer:                    Peter Feick                      psfeicksr@optonline.net                   203.762.7150

Member Services:        Mary W. von Ziegesar     mvonz@optonline.net                       203.767.9760

 

 

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Weekenders

A social group, Weekenders provides a variety of fun filled events for all Villagers to enjoy without the cost of a yearly membership fee. Enjoy a delicious dinner and an evening of fun for a very nominal price (the cost of a meal) or get together for Sunday brunch and dinners. The group offers a pleasant atmosphere for singles and couples to mingle.

Call Carol Tepper at 203-375-2101 for details.

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Wine Club

OV Wine Club – Grape Expectations:

The OV Wine Club was formed in the summer of 2016. It is not a club in the traditional sense of a charter, dues, a member list, or elected officers. It is an event orientated “club” where wine lovers come together to be educated on different types of wines of the world.  As an example, after learning about the basics of wine tasting, we’ve done virtual”tours” of countries tasting their regional wines.

Our “meetings” are generally every 2-3 months. These include a wine instructor and about 6 tastings of different wines. Each”meeting” has a unique theme and attendance is on a “first come, first serve” basis.

Your check is your confirmation of attendance.  Ads for each event are in The Villager. There is a core group of volunteers who coordinate and set up the event.

For more information, contact Charlie DiGiovanni at 203-375-0054 / caroledigiovanni@yahoo.com

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Writers Group

The Oronoque Village Writer’s Group (OVWG) is a group of writers who enjoy the challenges of writing and of sharing their work in a trusted environment.  Members commit to attending workshops twice a month in a respectful, supportive and professional environment with hopes of expanding their writing and publishing horizons.  Our members include published authors and hobbyists.  Our works include essays, memoirs, poems, short stories, treatises, humorous tales, heart-wrenching histories.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please email or call Mary von Ziegesar (MvonZ@optonline.net – 203.767.9760) or Elisabeth Breslav (tulpenbol@att.net – 203.385.8505) for information about the OVWG, the membership process and attending a workshop.

 

ORONOQUE VILLAGE WRITER’S GROUP  (OVWG)  GUIDELINES (posted Sept, 5, 2019)

  1. The OVWG membership is open to all residents of OV and to residents only.
  2. Members of the OVWG are seriously interested in writing and committed to meeting with the group on a regular basis.
  3. Members of the OVWG appreciate the sharing of personal stories and creative efforts and act with mutual trust and respect for each other and for each other’s work.
  4. Members of the OVWG understand that meetings are workshops and members must participate by writing, reading their works, and supporting other members with constructive criticism.
  5. GUESTS:  Since meetings are workshops and some members share (personal, sensitive) writings “in progress,” the meetings are not open to the public. However, a member may request to bring a GUEST/visitor who has expertise in writing, editing or publishing. A GUEST will not present a writing, nor offer critique of members’ writing unless that GUEST is attending to address the group on the subject of his/her expertise. Consensus by a poll/vote of two thirds of the Group’s members must be obtained before a GUEST is brought to a meeting.
  6. An OV resident who is interested in becoming a member of the OVWG will be considered an OBSERVER and will be invited to attend one or two meetings to help his/her decision about making a commitment to join the OVWG.
  7. Please note a sample of copyright verbiage: “These creations are the protected intellectual property of the writer. Reproduction, distribution, exhibition, or replication in any media without written approval of the author is prohibited.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zumba Classes

Twice weekly classes are offered in Zumba, a dance and fitness program that combines Latin-based music and dance.  Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world’s largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries.

Classes are offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings at NCB.  Visit the calendar page of this website for current times and locations, or consult the latest issue of the The Villager magazine.

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