February 2022
What's Love Got to Do with It?
Happy Valentine's Day!
Call Staying Put at 203-966-7762 to sign up for member events.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 484, New Canaan, CT 06840
The Staying Put office will be closed on Monday, February 21 in observance of Presidents' Day.
Member Events
Tues., Feb. 8, 2 pm: Carriage Barn Photography Show. Join us at the Carriage Barn in Waveny Park to tour the 42nd Annual Photography Show. Staying Put member and accomplished photographer Peg Bull will lead our tour. Free. RSVP by Fri., Feb. 4, Noon.
Thurs., Feb. 10, 6 pm: "Dinner In" from 123 Restaurant. We will deliver a delicious dinner from one of our favorite restaurants right to your door.
$30 per person. RSVP with your choices by Mon., Feb. 7.
All meals come with a mixed spring green salad. Choice of entree and dessert:

Roasted Salmon with Spinach and Corncake
Chicken Saute with Lemon and Capers
Penne Sausage
Wild Mushroom Ravioli

Chocolate Velvet Cake
Tues., Feb. 15, 12:30: Pizza "Lunch In" from Joe's. Choose between Cheese, Pepperoni, or Sausage and Onion, and we'll deliver to your door. $12 per pizza. RSVP by Fri., Feb. 11, Noon.
Wed., Feb. 16, 12 pm: Lunch and Learn by Zoom - "The History of the Shoe". The shoe industry dominated New Canaan’s economy for more than a century. We'll deliver a lunch to your home at Noon. Lapham will zoom the presentation at 1 pm. Free. RSVP by Fri., Feb. 11.
Wed., Feb. 23, 12 - 2 pm: Book Talk and Lunch by Zoom. Join Staying Put member Tanis Erdmann as she leads our discussion on books you've been reading and would recommend others add to their reading list. This is a fun and informative discussion! We'll deliver a lunch to your home before the discussion begins. Free. RSVP by Fri., Feb. 18, Noon so we can send you the zoom link.
It's Coffee Time
Fri., Feb. 25, 10 am: Ladies' Coffee at Staying Put. In order to have more space, we will host our monthly coffee in the large office on the main floor of the Staying Put building. Enter from the front door. Free. RSVP by Wed., Feb. 23.
Mon., Feb. 28, 10 am: Men's Coffee at Staying Put.
In order to have more space, we will host our monthly coffee in the large office on the main floor of the Staying Put building. Enter from the front door. Free. RSVP by Fri., Feb. 25, Noon.
Red Lentil Soup for 2

2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 onion, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 T. olive oil
1 qt. veggie or chicken broth
½ lb. SPLIT! red lentils
1 T. smoked paprika
1 tsp lemon zest (1 lemon)
1 tsp kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper
Cilantro for serving

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrots and sauté until tender, about 5-7 minutes.

Add garlic and sauté for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Add broth, lentils, smoked paprika, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

Bring to a low simmer and cover halfway. Gently simmer until lentils are soft but before they start to break apart, about 7-10 minutes. The finished soup should be brothy with lentils just soft.

Add handfuls of chopped greens such as cilantro, kale or spinach during the last few minutes.

You can also add additional protein such as cooked sausage or chicken to this soup.

Oaxacan Folk Art: Response to Covid-19

A description of this book along with a link to a New York Times book review can be found at:

"I am excited to announce the release of a new book, Oaxacan Folk Art: Response to Covid-19. Published by the Mexican Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is a richly illustrated and inspiring book that reveals the experimental and innovative work of 26 Oaxacan folk artists as they cope with the effects of the pandemic. According to the distinguished Mexican anthropologist, Marta Turok, 'This work will leave an
indelible mark on generations to come.' " 
Alan Eliot Goldberg
Purchases can be made on the website listed above. Proceeds from the net sale of the book will revert to the artists.
January Book Talk Recommendations

Everyone should read something by Jane Austen each year!

Fiction, Thriller and Mystery
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
The Music of the Bees by Eileen Garvin
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout 
State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny
The Maid by Nita Prose 

Non-Fiction and Memoir
The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel by Katie Marton
Paris: A Love Story by Katie Marton
Taste by Stanley Tucci
Cokie: A Life Well-Lived by Steve Bernstein
Chasing History by Carl Bernstein
An American Marriage by Michael Burlingame
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre
The Words that Made Us: America's Constitutional Conversation 1760-1840 by Akhil Amar

Most of you have probably heard that the federal government has launched an initiative to ship COVID test kits directly to your homes. Each household qualifies for four tests, and you can request them by visiting:  COVIDTests.gov.

 You can expect orders to ship in about 7-12 days.

Those without internet access or those needing additional support can call 1-800-232-0233. Those who live in multi-family units should fill out the form carefully to ensure that the tests reach the correct location.

As you have heard, scam artists are very aggressive in their attempts to trick you into sending them money, using personal information and pulling at your heart strings. A Staying Put member shared with us their recent experience: A gentleman claiming to be an attorney called our member and told him that their grandson, whom he named correctly, had been arrested for a DUI. This attorney was willing to represent the grandson and have him cleared of all charges ... for a mere $7000. Luckily our member was very savvy and quickly realized this was a scam.

Please stay alert!

Happy Birthday!
Feb. 1: Judy Johnson
Feb. 7: Tom Skinner
Feb. 9: Deborah Wright
Feb. 15: Kam Kamerschen
Feb. 17: Ruth Gutt, Janet Schmitz
Feb. 19: Margie Baylor, George Gebauer, Eniko Szatai
Feb. 22: Barbara Johansen
Feb. 23: George Maranis, Sue Ramseur
Feb. 24: Phyllis Linden
Feb 26: Ruth Meyer
Feb. 27: Janet Lindstrom
Feb. 28: Jane Previdi
Lapham Center
Tues., Feb. 1, 2 pm: Fire Safety: What You Need to Know! 

Wed., Feb. 9, 10 am: Valentine Breakfast and Bingo

Feb. 7 and 28, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm: Blood Pressure Clinic Mondays, February 7 and 28, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 10 and 24: Free Medicare Counseling by appointment.
Call the Lapham Center at
203-594-3620 for more information and to RSVP.
New Canaan Beautification League
"Get Your Garden Ready for Spring" presented with Sean Corenki. Wed., Feb. 2, 9:30-11:30 am by Zoom. Register using the link below.

On-site counseling at the New Canaan Library with the AARP/VITA/IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. Available on Mondays, Jan. 24 - Apr. 15, 2 - 7 pm.  Appointments are required and can be made by calling 860-590-8910.  The virtual option can be accessed via https://simplifyct.org.
Please call on us anytime at 966-7762
- Barb, Kim, and Nic
PO Box 484
New Canaan CT 06840