Somerset Lake Newsletter December 2019
 Somerset Lake Community December Events
December 7th, Breakfast with Santa - 10:00am to Noon
December 12th, Lake Committee Meeting - 6:30pm
December 13th, Adult Christmas Party 6:00pm to 10:00pm
December 18th - Board Meeting 6:30pm
December 19th, Ladies Champagne, 7:00pm to 11:00pm
December 22, 1st Day of Chanukah
December 24th, Christmas Eve - Clubhouse closed
December 25th - Christmas - Clubhouse closed
January 1st - Happy New Year - Clubhouse closed

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Breakfast with Santa!
Saturday, December 7th, 10am-Noon

This may be our most anticipated event of the year!  Have you been naughty or nice? 

Join your fellow residents for our Annual Breakfast With Santa! Santa will arrive on a real fire truck! Don't be shy, all ages are welcome. 

Have fun getting that perfect picture with Santa! 
Then enjoy a Reindeer craft, and take home REAL reindeer food to put out on Christmas Eve.


Enjoy a light breakfast fare of bagels, quiche, fruit, yogurt, and more!

The entry fee $5.00 per person for all who attend. Children Under 2 are free.

Please RSVP by clicking  here  to register for the event or email the clubhouse at  

If you would like to pay in advance, drop off your check or money in the secure mailbox by the front door of the clubhouse. You may also pay at the door but please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.  

Do you want to volunteer for this event? Please contact the clubhouse at We will gladly complete any necessary forms for High School volunteer
Adult Holiday Party 

Friday, December 13th, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Join your friends and neighbors to celebrate the holiday season. We will have beer and wine and catering from Bachetti's Catering and fried chicken from Lettie's. 

 The cost is $20.00 per person paying by Wednesday, December 4th, or $25.00 at the door. Please RSVP so we know who is coming and we can be sure to have enough food and spirits for everyone. 

If you would like to pay in advance (and save $5.00 per person), drop off your check or money in the secure mailbox by the front door of the clubhouse by December 4th. You may also pay at the door but please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. 

Please click  here  to RSVP to this event and sign up for an appetizer, salad, side dish, or dessert. 

To make it easier, you can click  here  to print out a form to accompany your payment or just put your information in the memo area of your check. The form includes sign-up information for Holiday Parties at the Clubhouse and you can sign up for Breakfast with Santa, The Adult Holiday Party and the Ladies Champagne with one form.

Hope to see you at the Party!

If we do not have enough RSVP's by 12/4 we will cancel this event and refund all those who have paid.
Ladies Champagne - 30th Anniversary
Thursday, December 19th at 7:00pm. 
$7 Per Person

Beer, wine, soda and champagne will be provided. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Residents and guests are welcome. 
Please contact Judy Froehlich at (610) 274-0538 or the Clubhouse for more information.  
Hope you can join us! 
RSVPs would be helpful but not required.
A Little History About the Ladies Champagne

This year marks the 30th year that the ladies of Somerset Lake have gathered during the holidays to celebrate together! The tradition was started in 1990 by a woman named Holly (how appropriate) who had lived in a small town in England where the women exchanged cookies and drank Champagne together every December. After two or three years, our neighborhood had grown so much that the cookie exchange would have been unmanageable, and we really just wanted to party together anyway, so we ditched the cookie exchange! Come down to the Clubhouse on the 19th-we'd love to have you join us!

Thank You Judy Froehlich for sending in this history!
Early New Year's Eve Party Anyone?
Maybe Saturday, December 31st, 4pm to 8pm

Wanna celebrate the New Year but hate staying up until midnight? Why not join us at the clubhouse for an Irish New Year's Celebration? What's that? Well, it's midnight in Ireland at 7pm here. So we simply start early and ring in the (Irish) New Year at 7pm. We'll plan to get together from 4pm to 8pm on New Year's Eve. BYOE (snacks to share and your favorite drink). Why not also bring a bottle of your favorite champagne to share at 7pm?

We are including this in the newsletter to gauge interest and attendance. Please send an email to  by December 10th indicating your interest. (Include your headcount.) If we have enough interest, we'll come back with more details. We will only have this event if we have enough RSVP's. Thanks to Joe Lattanzio for the write up and suggesting this!
Events Committee
We need you!

The Events Committee is looking for community volunteers to join to help plan events. You need not help with every event. We have two big events coming up listed below.

Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for 10am on Saturday, December 7th. You need not join the Events Committee to volunteer for this event. High School teens are also welcome to volunteer for this event.

Adult Christmas Party is scheduled for Saturday, December 13th, at 6pm. Please consider volunteering for this event.

If you are interested in helping, please email the clubhouse at
Welcome Committee

The Welcome Club met on November 6 at the Clubhouse. We updated our folders to make sure we had current information for our new Somerset residents. We are in the process of connecting with our new neighbors.
Please welcome to the neighborhood: Theodore and Ann Wilson, John and Poezia Downey and Christine Vargo. Any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Clubhouse.

The Welcome Club will take a short break in December and reconvene in January. Happy Holidays to all!

Donna Lewis
Lake Committee

November 2019 Lake Committee Update

The primary focus of the committee in 2019 has been the reduction of sediment in the lake as the shallowness is a detriment to the health of the lake. Originally the lake was almost 30’ deep, but now is only about 16’ deep. A full analysis of options was reviewed by the Board in June, and a Sonar Scan by Clean-Flo was commissioned in August; both are posted on the website. Based on those, a two-pronged approach is being pursued. The Clean-Flo study revealed that about 2/3 of the sediment is inorganic (sand, rock, etc.) and will be expensive to remove, but about 1/3 of the sediment is organic, and could potentially be reduced with enzyme treatments at a reasonable cost (a process known as Bio-Dredging). So, in October the Board of Directors approved a 1-year contract to Clean-Flo for an upgrade to our aeration system (which Clean-Flo has now done) and the application of enzyme treatments. If improvements are seen, the contract will likely be extended.
For the inorganic sediment, fully dredging the lake would be prohibitively expensive (as detailed in the Dredging Options Report on the website), so a few high-priority locations have been identified where the benefit is worth the cost. The estimated costs of dredging the targeted areas are modest and should be covered through existing capital reserves. This process will take several years to complete, beginning with engineering studies, planning and permits. An RFP process to hire an engineering firm has been approved by the Board of Directors and will begin shortly. The engineering studies and permitting process should commence in the spring and be completed in 2020. If you wish to discuss this issue (or any others) with the lake committee, please feel free to attend our next meeting (we meet the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm), or contact Scott Duncan, chairman.

Architectural Committee
Just in case you plan to take on an exterior project during this holiday season, make sure to stop by the newly established sample closet in the Clubhouse. The closet displays updated sample boards and binders outlining approved exterior paints/stains, trim paints, shutter styles/colors, roofing materials, etc. approved for each home series within the community.
BEFORE you sign a contract to have any exterior work done, you will first need to get Architectural Committee approval . Any new color requests or changes must also be approved by the Architectural Committee. This approval process may take up to a month. Please complete the Architectural Request Form found under the Document Links tab on the Somerset Lakes website ( ) if you will be performing exterior work such as painting, staining, roofing, tree removal, window replacement, or hard scaping. This form can be downloaded and submitted electronically. Other specific guidelines (solar panel installation, approved roofing materials, shed installation, etc.) are also available under the Document Links tab. If you have any questions or topics for the committee to address, please contact Cheri Hadley of Brandywine Valley Properties at (302) 293-8093 or .
As always, this volunteer Committee, in cooperation with Brandywine Valley Properties, Somerset Lake’s management company, will continue to review applications submitted by the Community for exterior home projects as well as handle requests for exceptions to the Community’s existing architectural policies. 
Interior Committee

We continue to press forward to obtain bids for the larger aspects of the clubhouse interior: ceiling, lighting and electrical updates that are overdue. Our focus is to do the renovation in two phases.  The first phase will be the trim work, flooring, new furniture, taking down the theatre room wall and painting the walls. The bathrooms and a coffee bar/kitchenette will be in the second phase to update. We are hopeful that this will proceed forward by February 2020.   

Laura Benincasa
Clubhouse Interior Committee co-chair

Playground Committee

The Playground Committee met again this month and welcomed several new faces! We reviewed the design options and quotes that have been gathered over the last few months and agreed on a project scope. The team is working towards presenting a recommendation to the Board in the coming months. Next meeting will be after the holidays.
Somerset Teens
Does your High School student want to volunteer at the clubhouse? We sometimes need help with events or other things at the clubhouse. If your High School student would like to volunteer, please ask your student to send name, address, grade, and phone number to . Please include High School Volunteer and their name in the subject area. When we need help throughout the year we will ask if he/she is available. They need not be available for every event to be on the list. We are happy to fill out any forms for volunteering that your student may need for community volunteer hours. It is up to the student to check with the school to make sure the volunteer hours qualify.   Volunteers must be Somerset Lake Residents.

Somerset Lake Girls Scout Troop 4141
Please consider making a donation to the Kennett Food Bank for the holiday season. To make it easy, Girl Scout Troop 4141 will have a drop box in the Upper Level of the Clubhouse by the Manager's Office, and also in the Fitness Area, through December 10.  Troop 4141 primarily consists of Somerset Lake sophomores and juniors. The food bank is looking for non- perishables and especially toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers size 3-5, deodorant, soap, body wash, feminine products, toilet paper and paper towels. Thank you!  

Dock News
Due to an abundance of caution, we temporarily closed the dock by the boathouse. We received a concern about the dock’s safety from a resident and Julio checked it out. The dock is safe but there will be some updates to the dock to insure it remains safe. The parts needed to be special ordered and when they arrive Julio will install. You may use the dock.

Fitness Center Update!
A new Fitness Level keypad was installed and is monitored by a new security company. You will no longer see a green light after you enter your code but the door will automatically open after you enter your pin code and enter the # sign (often referred to as the pound sign, number sign, hash, or octothorpe). Please remember to enter the # after you enter your code. The # is needed after you put your code in the key pad. Your old code will work - you do not need a new code. If you are having any issues accessing the Fitness Center please contact the clubhouse via email at The numbers were manually added by security company and there were some errors. Please remember our fitness level hours are 5am to 10pm.
On-going Community Events (Classes and Clubs)
December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (Monday) Yoga with Hilary 6:00 pm
December 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (Thursday) Yoga with Julia Byrem 10:00 am
December 14 (Saturday) Wine over Water 7:00 pm - offsite - see below at residence
December 27th (Friday) Somerset Lake Beer Share 7:00 pm
January 28th (Tuesdays) 6:30pm-7:30pm 8 weeks thru March 17th (NEW)

Somerset Lake Beer Club and Share what you bring!

Come on Friday, December 27th, to Somerset Lake's Beer Share, at 7:00pm. This beer club is for craft beer enthusiasts! Bring your favorite beer to celebrate the season to share. Women Welcome! You can bring any beer you like - home brew or store bought and taste what others bring.

Beer Share will be meeting the Fourth Friday of each month at the Clubhouse.

Snacks are appreciated but not required.

All 21 and over are welcome!


You are welcome to join the custom class called BDYoga created by our own Sheila Lindsey. It’s belly dancing for approximately 40 minutes then 15 minutes of stretching with yoga followed by a guided meditation. Learn to dance to your inner goddess with coin belts and veils while you learn the art of this beautiful dance. You will learn to shimmy, hip circles, undulations, veil dance and more. Come find your tribe! 8 week session. Drop ins are welcome. $8 per class or $55 for the 8 week session. Free coin belt if you buy the 8 week session along with a BDYoga T-shirt. 

(Jan 28-Mar17 6:30pm-7:30pm) 

Yoga with Julia Byrem 
Thursdays in December 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Aerobics room/fitness level of the clubhouse.

This yoga session will be drop-in only, to best meet everyone's scheduling needs. You can just pay as you go, $11 per class. I am very excited to meet everyone on Thursday!

For more details please contact:

Yoga with Hillary Fox MD

Monday Evenings 6pm-7pm - Aerobics room/fitness level of the clubhouse

GIFT OF YOGA - December 23rd CLASS is FREE. This is a restorative class for ALL ages and abilities.
$12 for drop-in; 5 class package for $50;
10 class package for $80

If anyone purchases a package and wishes to attend yoga in the park, the classes can be combined, makes it much easier to come to class and not worry about having to carry cash, and saves a little too.
Those who are still interested in a community yoga practice are invited to New Garden Park, Tuesdays from 6pm-7pm. As of now we are in Lyceum Hall and take our mats outside if the weather permits.
Please visit to learn more about Hilary and to subscribe to her newsletter or Facebook page.

Somerset Lake Wine Over Water
No need to choose between the Somerset Adult Christmas party and Wine Club, you can attend both!  The December Wine-Over-Water event will be on SATURDAY, December 14 at Renee and Tom Felder’s home (7 Langdon Hill Road) starting at 6:30 pm for a buffet dinner.  You are requested to bring a side dish or dessert to share along with any wine to drink.  If wine isn’t your beverage you are invited to partake of the social aspects with your own refreshment.     
We will have a small gift exchange for those interested. To participate, bring a “wine theme” gift in the cost range of $15-20. Some wine items I’ve seen are aerators, towels, cork trivets, puzzles, adult coloring book, totes, recycled wine bottle platter and coasters. Wine is always an option. We will draw numbers for the exchange.

We also decided to add a voluntary donation to the local food bank. If you bring non-perishable items, we will get them donated.

Please RSVP to me at   so we plan food quantity . Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I’m also collecting ideas for wine themes for our gatherings.
Your wine coordinator, 
Michelle Duncan
Energy Therapy

Would you like to: 
Reduce Stress? Calm anxiety or depression? Strengthen your immune system? Ease neck and back problems? Promote a sense of well being? Recover from surgery and remove drugs? Ease acute and chronic conditions including cancer? Remove medication and trauma from your energy field? Schedule your private session conveniently located at the Clubhouse today! 

Click Link for more info: Energy Therapy with Jeane
Melt Class with Amanda Yue
Discover MELT new stuff and the Secrets to Pain Free Living at any Age.

Pre-Pain Signals:
-Wake up with stiffness in our neck, low back, hands or feet
-Joints and muscles feel stiff after sitting for long periods of time

So pay attention to the signals your body is sending you and use this as a reminder that you should MELT today.
Come to a MELT class and experience changes in how your body looks and feels. Learn simple self-treatments you can do at home to remain active, healthy, and pain-free for life. This all-levels class will use a MELT Soft Roller to simulate the results of manual therapy. Learn to eliminate stuck stress before it accumulates causing chronic aches, pains, and unwanted signs of aging. Reduce inflammation, ease chronic neck and low back strain, improve alignment, enhance athletic performance, and keep your whole body feeling great at any age. Don’t miss your chance to experience this unique self-care technique, featured in the bestselling book  The MELT Method . For more information about MELT, go 

Amanda will have class here at Somerset Lake if 5 or more residents are interested.
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