The Transition Network

New York City Chapter

In Case You Missed in - Summer 2021

(Posted August 26, 2021)

By Sally Dougan

WooHoo! We finally had in-person events in mid- and late July. And Boy, did TTNers enjoy being out and about and seeing each other! We had two great walking tours, a lobster boat cruise, and a return to our much-loved Annual Picnic in Central Park. There was definitely a pent-up enthusiasm our members had for reconnecting after the 16-month lockdown!

Guided Walking Tours of the West 60’s and 70’s - Explore NYC Event – July  15 & 27

 These small group walking tours were led by our favorite tour guide -- Leigh Hallingby. We covered the West 60’s and 70’s, toured the Lincoln Center and Riverside neighborhoods, as well as some little-known sites, including a rare Dutch style church.

Keep an eye out for future walking tours now that we are out walking again!
"Enjoyed the tour, and learned interesting facts and discovered new places. Very enjoyable in spite of the heat"
"Leigh is a wonderful guide - conveys a lot of information without overwhelming the listener! The tour length was just right (even on a hot day). I learned so much about NYC I never knew despite living here for 50 years." 
"It was a thoughtful tour.”
"I so enjoyed my walking tour of the Upper West Side! Our guide was excellent! I learned so much I did not know. Hope there will be other tours in the future."  
"We were a very small group, which was lovely. Our tour guide was informative and friendly. The pace of the tour was fine. Lunch was a wonderful addition to the tour, it allowed for much conversation and enjoyment. Thank you!"
"Nice to learn more about a neighborhood I thought I knew well. Enjoyed meeting and lunching with women I'd never met before. Really appreciated our guide's concern for everyone's comfort on a hot day.”

Lobster Rolls and a Cruise on the Hudson – August 4


It doesn’t get a lot better than cruising up the Hudson with friends, and being provided Lobster Rolls (and other choices). Yum. Some 60+ TTNers boarded North River Lobster Company’s ship for the fun afternoon. It was clear that we all wanted to see each other in person again – and make new friends. There were new members who got a good sense of the spirit and congeniality of TTN first-hand.                                                                                           
"It was very nice to see everyone turnout on such a lovely day."
"As represented. Lovely day. Wonderful staff on the boat. Thanks."
"This was the first event I have attended because I'm a new member. Everything about the afternoon was wonderful--from the cruise experience, the lobster roll, and the lighthearted friendliness of the women, I really enjoyed the day!
"We had a wonderful, relaxing one-hour cruise on the Hudson, eating delicious lobster rolls. Bonus: I made a new friend from the NYC chapter."  
"More than the lobster rolls and pleasant cruise, the best was seeing TTN members face to face again. Lots of fun!"
"Terrific way to see TTN members I've not seen in years."
"Really enjoyed seeing so many TTNers in person, and the cruise was a fun and safe event."
"I've already told friends about the 'cruise'."
"Lovely and ‘safe’ for the time we are living in - good offering - ticket excellent value - nice to see/meet other TTN members Of course, off shore views of Manhattan's harbor always a treat."

Zoom Café -- How Are You Coming Out of Covid Lockdown Now? How Much or Little Are You Doing and Why? – August 17th

Another in this popular series which has dealt over the past 16 months with all the challenges -- and some positives -- during the Pandemic. We discussed in what ways we are coming out of the Covid Lockdown, to what degree we are venturing out, and how we make up for the missing spontaneity in our lives
“I loved the workshop, the topic, the leader. I found the information useful and sharing generous. I would love to do this again on a regular basis with miscellaneous topics.”  
“I think it’s a great idea especially, but not exclusively, because of the  pandemic. For me, it was a great feeling of community and commonality."


Central Park Picnic – August 18

The (former) Annual Central Park Picnic was back this year! And just in time for TTNers to come together in person for a relaxed and convivial event.  A sunny afternoon contributed to the sense of well-being and cheer among the many who gathered. Included at the Picnic were 5 prospective TTN members and one returning member. It was a great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones in a wonderful informal, casual setting. Here’s to many more!
"This annual event is a lovely way to make new acquaintances in a very casual atmosphere. This was particularly true this year, when everyone was happy just to be out and greeting each other personally, instead of on a zoom screen. It is also a lovely way for new members to meet one another."
"Lovely event. Well organized and so nice to see everyone live!!!"
"Wonderful get together! A perfect way to ease our way back to real life contact again! Looking forward to more.” 
 "I've been a member of TTN for six years and this was the first time I've attended a picnic. It was lovely and welcoming. I'm so glad I decided to attend."
"I thought it was terrific. Social and friendly."
"The picnic was a lot of fun. Great to see old friends and make new ones!"

The Caring Collaborative Orientation – August 24

Another one of the popular CC Orientations was held where TTN members are introduced to the ways in which CC works: how confidentiality of others is protected, what can and cannot be provided, and how to help each other in respectful and supportive ways – all concerning health issues. A new feature was inviting back oriented CCers who may wish to have a “refresher”. Especially after the Pandemic. Several CCers took advantage of the invitation at this session. Consider signing up for a future “refresher” session!


Material from, 02:12:23 December 3, 2021.
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