Social organizations are a fun way to mix, mingle and even learn a new skill. In New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there’s no shortage of clubs to explore from chess clubs to historical societies and everything in between.
New York City’s Marshall Chess Club,one of the oldest of its kind in the U.S., was the place where 13-year-old Bobby Fischer beat Donald Byrne in "The Game of the Century." No matter what your skill level, the club offers classes, tournaments, film presentations, exhibitions, discussions and more that are sure to pique your interest. Experienced players will appreciate the Grandmaster lectures while those just starting out can enroll in weekend courses. Grandmaster Frank J. Marshall founded the club in 1915, and it has been located at 23 West 10th Street since 1931. Members will enjoy the picturesque brownstone headquarters, as well as the outdoor garden parties held during warmer months. Learn more about the Marshall Chess Club at www.marshallchessclub.org.
The Garden Club of Montclair
, New Jersey is dedicated to education, beautification and fellowship. Members share techniques and learn about conservation, horticulture and artistic displays in a friendly setting. The group was organized in 1926 and incorporated in 1958. Monthly activities include exhibits, competitions and workshops, and many events benefit local schools and organizations. Recent lectures include “Successful Organic Gardening” by Bruce Crawford, and “Ikebana, The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging” by
Patricia Kettenring. See what the club is up to this month at http://njclubs.esiteasp.com/garden_club_of_montclair/home.nxg.
If you’re fascinated by the past, consider becoming a member of the respected Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) in Philadelphia. Membership will give you access to the group’s collection of more than 21 million records, some of which are more than 350 years old. You’ll also receive a print subscription to Pennsylvania Legacies, as well as free or discounted admission to lectures and classes. Some membership plans even allow one-on-one research interviews and subscriptions to genealogy services. Whether you’re a teacher, community leader or simply interested in researching the history of your town, you’ll be impressed by all the resources the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has to offer. Visit www.hsp.org for more information.
New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania boast a variety of clubs to suit just about every interest. Learn something new or simply have fun socializing.