December 2022
The Staying Put office will be closed
Monday, Dec. 26th through Monday, Jan. 2nd.
Happy Holidays!
Welcome to our New Members!
Molly and Dick DePatie, Louella Smith
December at a Glance
Wed., Dec. 7, 12pm - Holiday Lunch at Roger Sherman Inn
Thurs., Dec. 8, 1pm - 4pm - Mitten Tree at Staying Put
Tues., Dec. 13, 10am - Ladies' Coffee at Staying Put
Wed., Dec. 14, 12pm - Book Talk Group at Staying Put
Thurs., Dec. 15, 10am - Men's Coffee at Staying Put
Mon., Dec. 19, 10am - Breakfast and Learn at Lapham
Save the Date
Sun., Jan. 8, 2pm - 4pm - Staying Put's 15th Birthday Party Celebration
Snowdate - Sun., Jan. 22, 2pm-4pm
Call Staying Put at 203-966-7762 to sign up for member events.
Holiday Delivery from Staying Put
Staying Put volunteers will be delivering a special holiday gift to our members on Dec. 1st. Please call the office at (203) 966-7762 if you will be unavailable to accept delivery.
An Important reminder about Staying Put's Ride Policies
In the past month or two, we have been seeing more last-minute ride requests. We always honor urgent medical appointments, but humbly ask that members look ahead on their calendars and give us as much notice as possible for scheduled appointments and other rides. Please remember our rides are provided by volunteers who, like you, have busy lives. For long-standing appointments, grocery trips, and other non-urgent rides, please give us a minimum of two days' notice.
Wed, Dec. 7, 12pm: Holiday Lunch at the Roger Sherman Inn. Enjoy a festive holiday lunch with your Staying Put friends at The Roger Sherman Inn. Lunch will include a salad, entree choice of Amish Chicken Paillard, Wild Caught Atlantic Salmon or Asparagus Risotto, and dessert. Space is limited so please rsvp asap. Coffee, tea and iced tea included. Beer, wine and soda cash bar. $45. Members Only. RSVP by Mon., Nov. 28.
Thurs., Dec. 8, 1pm - 4pm: Mitten Tree at Staying Put. Stop by the Staying Put office and decorate our tree with new mittens, gloves and scarfs, which will be donated to New Canaan Human Services for community members in need. Stay and have a chat while enjoying holiday treats and eggnog.
Tues., Dec. 13, 10am: Ladies' Coffee at Staying Put. Join Staying Put friends for coffee, morning treats and good conversation. Special guests, Francis the Pastoral Pup of St. Mark's Church and Wendy Hilboldt, will join us. Free. RSVP by Mon., Dec. 12th.

Wed., Dec. 14, 12pm: Staying Put Book Talk Group. Join Staying Put members who meet every 6 weeks for lunch and to exchange recommendations about current fiction and non-fiction books the group has enjoyed reading. Lunch will be provided. Free. RSVP by Tues., Dec. 13th.
Thurs., Dec. 15, 10am: Men's Coffee at Staying Put. Join Staying Put friends for coffee, morning treats and good conversation. Free. RSVP by Wed., Dec. 14th.
Mon., Dec. 19, 10am: Breakfast and Learn at Lapham: Making Gingerbread Houses. Enjoy breakfast and holiday music while making gingerbread houses. Wearing holiday sweaters and singing along is encouraged. Prizes for the best and worst gingerbread house and sweater will be awarded. Gingerbread houses and candy will be supplied. Space is limited. Free. RSVP by Wed., Dec. 14th.
Sun., Jan. 8, 2pm-4pm: Staying Put's 15th Birthday Party. Come join the party as we celebrate our 15th birthday! Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, entertainment and cake! Morrill Hall, St. Mark's Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan. Free. RSVP by Tues., Jan. 3rd. Snow date: Sun., Jan. 22, 2pm-4pm
Happy Birthday!
Dec. 4: Diane Getzler
Dec. 5: Joan Guzzetti
Dec. 6: Bill Taggart
Dec. 7: Karen Ferguson
Dec. 10: Mary Cross
Dec. 11: Jim Hollyday
Dec. 18: Josephine Fortunato
Dec. 19: Ruth Rothseid,
Tom Ferguson
Dec. 20: Andrea Eastman, Tanis Erdmann
Dec. 22: Elaine Friedman,
Lea Gebauer
Dec. 23: Andrea Ingalls
Dec. 25: David Bentley,
Sandy Nissley
Dec. 27: Barbara Boccuzzi, Margaret Sandstrom
Dec. 30: Barbara Faris,
Sheila McMann
Dec. 31: Joan Ives
Medicare Fraud Alert
With Medicare open enrollment in full swing, reports of fraud have also been on the rise. A word about Medicare fraud:
• These scams are designed to capture personal information that can be used to bill Medicare fraudulently.
• Criminals use free offers to entice people. From cheap giveaways to promises of free medical supplies, these tactics seek to harvest Medicare information or even a credit card number for alleged shipping charges, for instance.
• Unscrupulous salespeople may also try to pressure you to buy often worthless supplemental insurance products that will supposedly save thousands.
• Know that Medicare will never call you out of the blue. Criminals use “spoofing” technology to make it look like their incoming calls are coming from Medicare, so your caller ID is not trustworthy.
• Medicare is not sending out new cards; anyone suggesting otherwise is lying to you.
Holiday Decoration Help for
Staying Put Members
Need help getting your decoration boxes out of the basement or attic? Need help setting up the tree or hanging up a wreath? New Canaan High School students (like Devon and Drew here) have volunteered to help Staying Put members with these chores. Please call the office at 203-966-7762 for more information.
New Canaan Fire Department Helping
New Canaan Residents Stay Safe
The New Canaan Fire Department will inspect and mount smoke detectors for residents as well as replace batteries if needed. Free to all New Canaan residents. Call the New Canaan Fire Department at 203-594-3140 to schedule a visit.

Staying Put's Events Manager, Robin Bates-Mason, is a Licensed Notary. If you need something notarized, she would be happy to help. Just give her a call at 203-966-7762 to set up a convenient time to drop by the office.
Membership Renewals
Check your mailboxes in December for Staying Put 2023 Membership Renewal Forms. Your continued membership means a lot to us!
Lapham Center
Tues., Dec. 6 - Thurs., Dec. 8, 10am - 2pm: Annual Holiday Crafts Fair to Benefit VFW Wreath Project. Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade holiday gifts, decorations and more. Held in the Lapham Lobby.

Mon., Dec. 12, 10:30am: Julian Morgan: Trailblazing Architect, Designer and Entrepreneur. Christine Hauck's lecture will focus on the life of California's first woman architect and tour her best known design, Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA.

Tues., Dec. 13, 8:30am: Grand Central Madison Tour. Pete Stair will lead a tour of the newly opened Grand Central Madison terminal, take an LIFF train to Jamaica via Sunnyside yards and Harold interlocking. Round trip train ticket $25 per senior. Pay as you go.
Call the Lapham Center at
203-594-3620 for more information and to RSVP.

Wed., Dec. 14, 11:30 am: Holiday Lunch at Waveny House. Enjoy a festive lunch catered by Walter Stewart's Market, holiday music with Dom Cardamone, and a lot of holiday cheer. Space is limited, reserve early so you don't miss this treasured holiday event sponsored by The Exchange Club of New Canaan. Call 203-594-3620 by Dec. 3rd to register.
Medicare Part D Annual Open Enrollment Period
Now through Dec. 7th
Online or Appointments at Lapham
This is your once a year chance to re-evaluate and perhaps change your prescription drug plan. Your prescription needs may have changed and the prescription drug companies take this opportunity to make significant changes to their rules, formularies and pricing. The plan that was best for you this year might not be best for you next year. The only way to know is to use Medicare's Prescription Drug Plan Finder located at on the internet. Volunteers at Lapham will be happy to run this program for you free of charge. Appointments can be remote and in person. Call 203-594-3620 for more information and to make an appointment.
New Canaan Chamber Music Concert
Sun., Dec. 4th, 4pm to 6pm
First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan
Tickets $50 each

For those who think that harps and flutes belong at weddings and in the hands of angels, this concert will be a thrilling shock to the system. In the hands of genius composers and very special artists, these instruments will be reinvented right before all our eyes, along with cello and piano. A parade of different combinations of these four instruments will keep us on our toes for each new color and expression. To purchase tickets go to:
Holiday Singalong
New Canaan High School
Music Department
Wed., Dec. 7th, 6pm to 7pm
Carriage Barn Arts Center, Waveny Park
Tickets $10 each
Join the NCHS House Band, featuring members of the Orchestra, Band and Choir, as they play and sing your favorite holiday songs!
The night will also include an auction of art from NCHS students as well as local businesses.  All proceeds from this benefit concert will be used toward the NCHS band, choir and orchestra ensembles' trip to Disney World to perform and compete at Festival Disney. To purchase tickets go to: Holiday Singalong
Knit One, Crochet Two
Thurs., Dec. 15th, 2pm to 3pm
at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, come create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome. 
This is a hybrid event. Participants have the option to join in person at the Darien Library or on Zoom. Those wishing to participate virtually may register to receive the link to the meeting room. To register go to: Darien Library
Please call us anytime
at 203-966-7762
- Gina, Kim, Nic and Robin
PO Box 484
58 Pine Street
New Canaan CT 06840