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MARDI GRAS, “LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL.
Fayetteville-Manlius Neighbors and Newcomers Club held a Mardi Gras Dinner fundraiser at Christ Church Crosby Hall, Manlius, NY on March 2, 2019 to benefit Fayetteville-Manlius A Better Chance. The Cajun-themed dinner catered by Michelle Lissner with vocal entertainment by Vinnie Cupo raised $1500 for the ABC program. Fundraiser committee members and bakers were Ulla Brasz, Linda Carlson, Ann Clark, Cathy Hough, Jeanne Kempton, Karen Kusiak, April Lazarus, Gary Lazarus, Lisa Lopez, Becky Peterman, Kevin Peterman, Gerri Powers, Diane Sacks, Nancy Shepard and Cathy Wood.
For 45 years the Fayetteville-Manlius A Better Chance (ABC) program has provided academically talented and exceptionally motivated young women of color access to a quality secondary education. Many of the young women scholars have been the first in their families to attend college. Six scholars currently live at the ABC house in Manlius during the academic year with a resident director and two resident advisors. The scholars are enrolled in advanced college prep courses and participate in extra-curricular activities at F-M High School. ABC is 100-percent donor funded. ABC board members are volunteers who attend parent conferences, make house repairs, help students with the college application process, and select new students. The ABC board chair is Nancy Durkin, and vice-chair is Kathy Elbadawi. More information can be found at https://www.fmabetterchance.org
F-M Neighbors and Newcomers is a nonprofit, social organization for new and long-time residents in the eastern suburbs of Syracuse. Activities include: Book Group, Bridge, Bunko, Saturday Breakfast, Canasta, Dining Out, Discover CNY, Dominoes, Exerobix, Gourmet Dining, Mahjong, Monthly Luncheons, Daytime Movies, Pot Luck Lunch, Scrabble, Cultural Events, XC Skiing, Volunteering, and Wine Tasting. Annual dues are $20. All are welcome to join.
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Some of the gifts that F-M Neighbors and Newcomers members sent for Santa to bring to the children of Coral Bay, St. John, USVI effected by the hurricane. Ellen Hammer delivered them to Santa.--December 2017
Dinner and Comedy at Foggy Goggle, November 2016.
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Just southeast of Syracuse, New York, Fayetteville and Manlius are two small villages nestled in lovely central New York. The F-M Neighbors and Newcomers is a social club for longtime residents (and newcomers) of these villages and nearby areas who want to meet new people and get involved in a variety of activities. We have daytime and nighttime activities, both weekdays and weekends. Most activities are suitable for singles; many are also suitable for couples.
Monthly luncheons are popular, as are our potluck events, dining out nights, and gourmet dinner group; the weekend breakfast club provides yet another opportunity to get together. Wine tastings are a great way to socialize and learn a little about wine at the same time. And the talented cooks in our group get together frequently to share some of their favorite recipes in our home cooking sessions.
For the active, exerobics, and hiking will keep you moving. Cross-country skiing is popular during the long snowy season. Cards and games (dominos, canasta, bridge, bunco, scrabble, and pinochle) are also popular. The gardening group hosts hands-on events, visits regional gardens of note, and attends other green-thumb events. Our crafty members enjoy a variety of “creative endeavors.” And there is always a time and place to talk about a good book or explore some of the regional attractions (our book club, discover Central New York, Syracuse cultural events). The ladies of the group even manage to take in some “chick flicks” from time to time. This club is all about supporting its members and finding ways for people to connect through their mutual interests. Contact information for each activity is included on the Activities page.
Each year our members support community charities and volunteerism in a variety of ways. (See “Our Charities” for additional information.)