Newcomers Club readies membership luncheon at Deer Valley |

Newcomers Club readies membership luncheon at Deer Valley

The name Newcomers Club of Greater Park City means different things to different people.

Co-presidents Karen Caldwell and Anna Lea Kantor took time to set things straight with The Park Record.

“Don’t let the name fool you,” Caldwell said. “Even if you’ve lived here for years and finally have some extra time on your hands to pick up some new activities, we’re here for you.

“Also, if you are brand new to the area, we want you to come and meet everybody,” she said. “Our name is Newcomers of Greater Park City, and that means Summit and Wasatch counties as well.”

To show the community what it has to offer and for members to renew their memberships, Newcomers Club of Greater Park City will host its annual September Membership Luncheon at Deer Valley’s Sliver Lake Lodge on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“The purpose of the luncheon is, of course, getting our members together, but also to encourage people in the community to join,” Caldwell said. “We hope people from Summit and Wasatch will come and join us because the distance isn’t that far.”

Reservations are being accepted now through Sept. 14. The cost is $38 and checks made out to Newcomers of Greater Park City can be mailed to Caldwell at 912 W. Abigail Dr., Kamas, Utah, 84036.

Along with the check, people should include their choice of entrees for the luncheon.

The choices include grilled salmon with wilted spinach, honey-citrus glaze and fresh mango salsa or stacked ratatouille, oven roasted red and green peppers, zucchini and eggplant.

The speaker will be Park Record columnist, Park City Follies co-founder and former Park City Attorney Tom Clyde.

“We always try to feature someone who has a local tie or is of local interest,” Kantor said. “We like to have someone who can inform and entertain our membership.
“We think Tom will be a great draw because his Park Record columns are so popular,” she said. “We believe he can needle us or noodle us.”

Once the event doors open, people will pick up their nametags at the registration table and sign up for memberships.

Yearly dues are $35 per household, or $40 if they want a printed edition of the newsletter, according to Kantor.

“A household is either a single person or a couple — husband and wife or partners,” Caldwell explained.

From the registration table, the people will head into a room that will be filled with tables.

“This is where all the activity [chairpeople] will be set up,” Kantor said. “That way people can wander to the different tables to see what activities Newcomers has to offer and sign up for some they want.”

Long-standing activities include hiking, biking and golf, but there are some activities that have recenlty been added to the roster, Caldwell said.

“We’ve added a photography group, and a group that is social singles,” she said. “Now, this is not a dating service or group. It’s just a group of people who are in Park City on their own and the chair comes up with different activities that they all attend in a group. It’s very low key.”

Also relatively new are a wine tasting group and a fine-dining group.

“These are held [separately] once a month at someone’s home,” Caldwell said.

During the wine tasting, the host or hostess selects the wines that people will sample.

The fine-dining group is different than a supper club, Caldwell said.

“The fine-dining group gets together to have a planned meal and not a pot luck,” she said. “It’s usually a smaller group.”

The Newcomers Club has also added Bunco, which is a parlor game with dice, and it is bringing back mahjong.

“We’ve also added a second day of yoga,” Kantor said.

After people get a sense of the different activities, they will proceed to the banquet room for the lunch and to hear Clyde speak.

“Tom will speak between 45 minutes to an hour,” Kantor said. “After that, we’ll have time for people to meet and mingle.”

“One of the great things about Newcomers is that you and your husband, wife or partner can participate in activities that have something for everybody,” Caldwell said. “We want people to know we’re here. It’s amazing how easy it is to get active when there are people telling you and encouraging you to do so.”

The Newcomers of Greater Park City will host its annual September Membership Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge, 7600 Royal St., from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, visit