The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within our organization encompass a wide variety of activities that reflect the diverse interests of our members. These groups give members opportunities to meet during the day or evening for crafts, games, social or outdoor activities. Any member, upon approval by the Board, may start a SIG of their choosing and interest. An RSVP is required to attend any SIG event.
This SIG will be for aerobic walking in the Portsmouth area. We will start at the Urban Forestry trails in Portsmouth but will also walk in local and state parks and conservation lands. We will build up to two to four miles or more and fit it in to one hour (depending on how we progress). Wear good walking shoes and comfortable clothes to move in (layers work well as the weather cools down).
American Mah Jongg
American Mahjong is played with four players using tiles stamped with Chinese symbols. The goal of the game is to be the first to match one's tiles to a specific hand from the National Mah Jongg League's (NMJL) annually distributed scorecard, by picking and discarding, much like the card game Gin Rummy (2).
The group enjoys visiting various galleries and exhibits in Maine and New Hampshire. Suggestions on different galleries or exhibits are always welcome.
Book Club – A World of Stories
This Book Group will focus on books chosen for their emphasis on various world cultures.
We will meet at a predetermined Seacoast Restaurant for breakfast. Members pay for their own meal and are encouraged to recommend their favorite restaurant.
The Brew Pub Club
SIG members along with spouses/partners gather at a Seacoast brewery to enjoy the beer and each others company. Each attendee is responsible for paying for their own food and beverages. Each will be encouraged to recommend breweries.
Bunco is a fast-paced dice game that is easy to learn.
Play Canasta in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring a bag lunch. Snacks and beverages are provided.
Cooking With International Flair
This will be a relaxed social evening. The hostess will choose the country and give recommendations for finding recipes. The hostess will use the theme of the country in any way she wishes for table setting and decoration. She will supply all the beverages, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic. The maximum will be twelve people. Each person attending will bring a different part of the meal, which may be a main dish, an appetizer, a salad, a side dish, bread or dessert.
A card game of 2-4 players, counting 15s, runs, etc. to get around the board. We have all levels of experience and welcome new players.
Cross Country Skiing
Join us for this healthy winter sport. Anyone can learn the basics! Equipment is inexpensive or can be rented. We usually go to areas with groomed trails, as well as local spots.
We are a group of women who enjoy cooking and/or baking. We like to share our talents with others over a potluck meal. Each month we have a theme and the hostess plans a meal around a theme. We share recipes and stories of the food we prepared.
If you enjoy downhill skiing, join us for midweek excursions to local ski areas. That is, if the weather permits!
Fabrics and Fibers
The Fabrics and Fibers SIG is intended for members to gather and to work on personal projects while sharing ideas and techniques. This is a social group with a common thread: our enthusiasm for sewing, knitting, embroidery, crochet or other fiber arts endeavors. From time to time, we may decide as a group, to work on a common project or to complete some charity project.
We meet as a group to see movies that may be of interest to members at local theaters or libraries.
This is for experienced and not-so-experienced members alike. Paddleboards welcome! We do quiet-water paddling in local lakes, rivers, and along the shore, usually for about 2 hours. It’s best to bring your own kayak, but I do try to schedule a few outings where kayak rentals are available. Dates and times vary.
Let’s Do Lunch
Join us for lunch in an area restaurant in the months when there is not a scheduled SNC Luncheon. Order off the menu.
Low Key Bridge
Open to beginners and experienced players.
Do you crave a word game every now and then? Come play Scrabble with both beginners and experienced players.
This is a friendly, low stakes game for members' spouses (male significant others) who want to play.
Members present and discuss national and international trips they have taken. Open to women and men.
Walking in Exeter
We meet at the municipal parking lot on Main Street in Exeter. The more who come, the merrier our 3-mile walk.
Taste and learn about a variety of wines in a social setting. Spouses/partners are invited. No wine knowledge required. Each month hosts (or with the help of other members) will choose featured wines (5-7 different wines). Hosts provide plates and cutlery, water/coffee/tea, and attendees bring appetizers or desserts.
Our informal discussion group covers a wide range of topics in a relaxed atmosphere, but politics and religion are off limits!