December 2021
Decking the Halls ... and Walls!
Call Staying Put at 203-966-7762 to sign up for member events.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 484, New Canaan, CT 06840
Everyone is invited to help us celebrate!
Save the Date

Staying Put's
Annual Birthday Party
Sunday, January 9, 2 - 4 pm
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Member Events
Friday, December 3
Doesn't matter if you've been naughty or nice ... elves will be delivering holiday cheer to your home.

Happy Holidays!
In order for us to ensure that we have enough space and refreshments at our events, it is important to RSVP by the date posted in each event notice.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Gallery Hours
Tues., Dec. 7 - Wed., Dec. 15
M-Th 10 am - 3 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 pm

Drop by any time during these hours to see art by ten of our talented Staying Put members: Marjorie Aronson, Jayne Davis, Betsey Doyle, Lea Gebauer, Ruth Gutt, Lily Mayer, Pat Stoddard, Herb Taylor, Jane Vanderzee, and Antoinette Vardamis. There will be a variety of mediums displayed: watercolors, oils, sculptures and photography.

Staying Put Member
Art Show
Opening Reception
Mon., Dec. 6, 3 - 5 pm

Join us for our grand opening event so you can meet and speak with the artists about their work. You'll have time to wander through the exhibit, enjoy a cocktail and visit with Staying Put members and friends.
RSVP at 203-966-7762

The Gallery is located on the main floor of the Staying Put office building (58 Pine Street). Please enter through the building's front doors directly off Pine Street.

Thurs., Dec. 2, 11 am: Silvermine Gallery Tour and Lunch at Silvermine Market. Enjoy a docent tour of 71st A-ONE, a national exhibition highlighting the diversity of work that is currently being made by established and emerging artists. After the tour we'll eat together at the Silvermine Market across the street. You purchase your own lunch. RSVP by Wed., Dec. 1.
Wed., Dec. 15, 10:00 am at Lapham: Holiday Co-ed Coffee. Calling both the ladies and the gentlemen ... We are hosting a special "co-ed coffee" this month to make things merry and bright this holiday season. Join us for lively conversation and perhaps something pepperminty to go with your coffee! Lapham. Free. RSVP by Mon., Dec. 13.
Roger Sherman Holiday Lunch
Wednesday, December 8, Noon
We are so excited to be back at the beautiful Roger Sherman Restaurant for our elegant, end-of-year lunch. We hope you'll join your Staying Put family for this festive event with a delicious meal, complemented by warm conversation and holiday cheer. $45. Cash Bar available. RSVP by Mon., Dec. 6, with your menu choice.

Heirloom Tomato Burrata

Entree (Choose)
Mignonette of Filet Mignon
Wild Caught Salmon

Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Coffee and Tea

Cocoa and Caroling
Mon., Dec. 20, 3 - 4:30 pm., First Presbyterian Church's Common Room. Warm your spirit as you sip something hot by a blazing fire and sing a few of your favorite holiday songs. Our singing will be led by the New Canaan High School Leadership Team with Rev. Scott Herr on guitar. Free. RSVP by Thurs., Dec. 16.
The Staying Put Office will be closed from Wed., Dec. 22 through Fri. Dec. 31. We'll be back in the office on Mon., Jan. 3, 2022.
Wishing you and your family happy holidays and a safe New Year celebration.

Those who know me know I am a huge proponent of staying hydrated. Water helps your body to maintain a normal temperature, aids in the process of flushing wastes, and helps you maintain your energy level. It also boosts your immune system, prevents kidney stones, and helps you avoid constipation and urinary tract infections as well as headaches, muscle cramps, confusion, and mood changes. Experts agree that a reasonable goal is to drink six to eight 8-oz. glasses of water per day. Unfortunately, as we age, we are less likely to feel thirsty, making staying hydrated a challenge. Be sure and keep water on hand and drink regularly throughout the day. If this is difficult, make a schedule for yourself: a glass of water upon waking, 30 minutes before each meal, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and an hour before bedtime. 
December Birthdays
Dec. 2: Pat Stoddard
Dec. 4: Diane Getzler
Dec. 5: Joan Guzzetti
Dec. 6: Bill Taggart
Dec. 7: Karen Ferguson
Dec. 11: Jim Hollyday
Dec. 16: Edward Neiss
Dec. 19: Ruth Rothseid, Tom Ferguson
Dec. 20: Andrea Eastman, Tanis Erdmann
Dec. 22: Lea Gebauer
Dec. 23: Andrea Ingalls
Dec. 25: David Bentley, Sandy Nissley
Dec. 27: Barbara Boccuzzi, Margaret Sandstrom
Dec. 30: Barbara Faris
Dec. 31: Joan Ives
Happy Holidays
Christmas Gift Suggestion
Staying Put Gift Certificate
For your favorite New Canaan resident who you think would enjoy being a member of Staying Put, why not give them a Staying Put membership?! Give us a call for details and to purchase a gift certificate.

Books and Books

Pat Stewart recommends The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. This is an unforgettable story of music, loss and hope and was named one of the best books of the year by The Times (UK) and The Washington Post.

Gayle Gottlieb recommends The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72. This masterpiece by Molly Peacock is like a carefully layered collage: part fascinating biography, part gripping memoir. The reader will learn about the life of Mary Delany, who created a new art form: mixed-media collage.

Joan Gray recommends The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. A remarkable novel about J.P. Morgan's librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, an African-American woman who had to pretend she was white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.
25 - 30 Servings


12 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 quart whole milk
1 cup cognac
1 cup dark rum
1 small orange
1 quart heavy cream
grated nutmeg


Beat the egg yolks and sugar until thick, then stir in the milk, cognac and rum (add alcohol based on your liking). Beat the egg whites until they just hold a peak, and fold them into the mixture. Put this mixture in fridge to chill for a few hours. Peel the orange and grate the rind.

Whip the cream until it just begins to thicken. Stir the cream into the milk/egg mixture, and beat with a whisk for a few strokes. Stir in the juice from orange and the orange rind. Pour the mixture into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with nutmeg when serving.
In Need of a Notary?
Jenny Esposito, Staying Put's Manager of Events, is a licensed Notary Public. She is happy to offer her services to our members.

Please call the Staying Put office to make an appointment. Jenny typically works Tues. - Thurs.
Happenings in the Community 
Lapham Center Events

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 10 am - 2 pm: Annual Holiday Crafts Fair. Proceeds benefit local charities. Shop for handmade holiday gifts, decorations, and much more. Call to donate a craft or gift.

Thurs., Dec. 9, 10 am: Breakfast with the Birds at Lapham. Learn how to attract birds to your backyard and how to participate in Project FeederWatch to count the birds in your backyard. Bagels and coffee provided.

Mon., Dec. 13: Blood Pressure Clinic. Please call to schedule an appointment.
Call 203-594-3620
to learn about additional activities or to register for these events.

Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, 2 - 4 pm: Tech Tuesdays at Lapham. One-on-one assistance with tech questions. First come, first serve. Appointment limited to 20 minutes.
Sponsored by

New Canaan Chamber of Commerce

New Canaan Holiday Stroll

Fri., Dec. 3, 5:30 - 9:00 pm. Visit your favorite stores & restaurants, watch a wonderful show performed by New Canaan children, see Santa and his family, have some S’mores and take a tour of all the Gingerbread houses.

Sat., Dec. 4, 10 am - 3 pm. Santa will be in front of Houlihan Lawrence.
New Canaan Newcomer's Club
Holiday House Tour

December 3 and 4
10 am - 3 pm
The tour showcases New Canaan homes in varied architectural styles decorated for the holidays.
Click link for

New Canaan Historical Society
Through March 31, 2022
Women of Waveny:
Artists, Patrons, and the Lapham Legacy

An extraordinary look at Antoinette Dearborn Lapham, Ruth Lapham Lloyd, and Elise Lapham, and the artists who helped shape the Waveny estate, now New Canaan’s preeminent public park. It is a tribute to a female dynasty that left an indelible mark on the landscape of New Canaan.
New Canaan Exchange Club
Christmas Tree Sale
Help the Exchange Club help others. Purchase your Christmas tree, garland and wreaths from Sat., Nov. 27 - Fri., Dec. 24.
Please call on us anytime at 966-7762
- Barb, Jenny, Kim, and Nic
PO Box 484
New Canaan CT 06840