​Interest Groups 

An important message regarding the

Port Perry PROBUS Proof of Vaccination Policy

Hiking group
Hiking group

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Dinner Out
Dinner Out

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Hiking group
Hiking group

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If you would like to coordinate a new remote group or shared experience, please let us know at interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com.

Our club has a corporate account should you wish to set up a virtual meeting, and it has no time restraints! Just contact Tim Casey at president.portperryprobus@gmail.com or 905-985-3991 to use it. We are here to help should you want to try a meeting virtually!


Hiking with Bill

Join our Hiking Coordinator Bill Morrison as he explores hiking in Durham Region and beyond 


ACTING FOR FUN - Evelyn McKenzie at interest.portperrryprobus@gmail.com


The Acting For Fun Interest Group is continuing to practice our lines for a show we are looking forward to performing for the PROBUS group hopefully when we re-open.

ART - PROBUS OPEN STUDIO Margaret Adamson 

interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com 905-773-2878


This group has successfully managed to resume getting together again. Fortunately, we have found the Hope Church has been an easy place to be comfortable for us to work on our individual art pieces while we also can enjoy interesting chat topics. Our schedule has now become alternate Thursday afternoons (1 - 4 p.m.) until the end of May, at which time we will decide if we will continue throughout the summer. Two of our members, Anne Pare and Jindra Cadil are also members of the Port Perry Art Association, hosting its Annual Art Exhibit on the weekend of June 11th and 12th at the Boy Scouts Hall.



“Peace By Chocolate” tells the inspiring story of a refugee family’s escape from Syria to Canada. Author Jon Tattrie weaves their extraordinary tale of adversity and loss with their strength and determination to build a new life in a very different country. It is also the story of the wonderful community of Antigonish, Nova Scotia who helped the Hadhads settle into their new home and rebuild their chocolate business. Thanks to our host, we enjoyed sampling some of their very delicious chocolate! We all loved the book and highly recommend it.

BOOK CLUB - THE NEXT CHAPTER Janet Border interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

This month we had a very animated and engaging discussion about Brit Bennett’s debut novel, “The Mothers”. This book takes place mostly in California and follows the lives of two young women and the impact their relationship with their mothers has on their lives. This story is multi-layered and explores the themes of growing up, female friendships, male roles and expectations, community, family obligation, loyalty, birth, death, race and religion –there was a lot to get passionate about! On May 27 we are going to discuss “The Map of Salt and Stars” by Jennifer Zaynab Joukhadar.

CREATE AND CHAT -Lou Clement-Hobbs; 705-879-1072 chichi@persona.ca


We have a new coordinator for this group. Those wishing to share their crafts, whether it’s knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, quilting, jewelry making, etc., are invited to meet on a given afternoon for working, chatting and sipping a favourite beverage. We are accepting new member to join in a relaxing and fun time. Please contact Joyce as she will be starting this group soon.

DARTS FOR FUN - John Leahy: 905-982-2695 Ken Crossley: 705-786-1707



Every Tuesday:  2:15PM –4:30 P.M. at the Legion Branch 419, 484 Bay St, Port Perry.

Everyone is welcome, no legion membership is required. This is not a league, we play just for fun.  Masks are not required in the Legion unless it is a personal preference.

DINNER – GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (GWCTD) Kim Lendvay: 905-852-2011 kimlendvay@gmail.com


This dinner group now has a new coordinator and will be starting up soon. There are a number of former members and they will be contacted to see if they wish to continue in this group. 

THURSDAY DINNER OUT – Marg Miller: 226-229-9073 margandrodmiller@gmail.com


We met on Thursday, May 5th at Slabtown Cider Co. and had a wonderful evening on the patio. We meet the 1st Thursday of the month. We now have enough members for our table and therefore will not be accepting any more members.

BID EUCHRE – AFTERNOON - Ann Berube 905-985-7102interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

We are now playing again regularly on alternate Friday afternoons, group members taking turns hosting in their homes. Games are followed by “afternoon tea” (or coffee) while we socialize. We are looking for one or two new members to join the group. If you don’t know how to play Bid euchre, but would like to learn, come out and try the game (and the group!). For more information, please telephone or email as above.

EUCHRE – AFTERNOON Ann Berube 905-985-7102 interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com 


We resumed our games on March 4th – hooray! We will then be playing on alternate Friday afternoons, group members taking turns hosting in their homes. If you would like to learn more about joining the group please telephone or email.

 EUCHRE – EVENING Margaret Adamson: 905-773-2878 interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

We resumed our games on March 4th – hooray! We will then be playing on alternate Friday afternoons, group members taking turns hosting in their homes. If you would like to learn more about joining the group please telephone or email.

GARDENING – SPROUT AND BLOOM Linda Elliott: 905-429-8538 lin.elli@sympatico.ca and Marilyn Lauricella: 905-982-2003 lauricellamarilyn20@gmail.com

It’s Spring! Let’s Get Growing!


If you enjoy the variety of vibrant colours, fragrant smells and the rewarding pleasures of gardening, then please join us in the newly named “Sprout and Bloom Group”. ( Formally Gardening Bloomers). We hope to explore ways where we can share gardening ideas for growing, learning, visiting and creating in all of Canada’s four seasons. Please contact Linda Elliot or Marilyn Lauricella.

GENEALOGY – Neil Kilmartin neilMkilmartin@gmail.com 289-388-8039

Past participants as well as those wishing to join the genealogy group are encouraged to contact me so that we can determine how we are going to proceed with the group when circumstances allow for in person activities.  I wish to compile a list of people to contact to facilitate this soon, so send me an email ASAP.  


In the interim, I am happy to assist and advise, and willing to start some research on your behalf.

Location of this has changed up in the listing and also as an insertion in the newsletter.

GOLF LEAGUE INTEREST CLUB -Catherine Whittle 416-906-1546 (text)  Cwhittle2001@yahoo.ca 

Love to Golf!?! Then this group is for you!


Currently there aren’t enough golfers in the Port Perry club to form a viable Golf Interest group so….It has been suggested that golfers from both the Port Perry and Uxbridge Club Interest Groups form a joint group. The joint group would alternate playing at an Uxbridge golf course and a course in Port Perry. A joint group is just an idea for now. Once we have a Port Perry Golf Interest group, the joint group will make the decision of whether to alternate playing in Uxbridge and Port Perry. The frequency of how often courses will be alternated would be decided by the joint Interest groups.” We’re a mixed golf league. Newcomers and old are welcome! Please contact Catherine to learn more. This will be an unforgettable golf season! Looking forward to talking all things golf with you.

HIKING With Bill - Bill Morrison interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

“The group has hikes on the first and third Fridays of each month. The next outings are planned for May 20 and June 3. Contact Bill for more information by emailing the interest group.


PROBUS of Port Perry no longer has a Jazz Group. However, there are Wednesday matinees at Jester’s Court upstairs for those who chose not to drive into Toronto to hear top rate groups. You will see some PROBUS members there. For more information contact Lynn McDonald, 289-354-1140 lynn@lynnmcdonaldjazz.com

LAWN BOWLING Judy Anderson interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

The Port Perry Lawn Bowling Club will reopen on May 31st. If you would like to Give It a Try please contact Judy and she will organize a group to learn to play and to practise this sport. All you need is flat-soled shoes. The Port Perry Lawn Bowling Club is holding a Yard Sale on Saturday May 28th from 8:00 am to 1:00pm. The proceeds will be used to keep our greens open this summer. If you are decluttering or downsizing and have items that need to go to a new owner call me and I will put them in the sale. Our baked goods table is always sold out. Come to 16077 Old Simcoe Rd. north of Reach Rd. On Saturday May 28th! If you are interested in Short Mat bowling at the Latcham Centre or Indoor Carpet Bowling in Markham please contact Judy

LUNCH BUNCH Marg Miller, 226-229-9073 interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

Lunch Group enjoyed a gathering at the newly renovated Hyland Family Restaurant in Port Perry. A group of nine enjoyed some wholesome food and interesting conversation. It was a nice way to begin new outings for the lunch group. They meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month

MOVIE GROUP – Denise Throp interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com


Cinemas are now open at 100% capacity.

The Scugog library is now showing live movies again.

Kanopy movies can be streamed from Ajax and Lindsay libraries.

PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

We are presently looking for more members prior to restarting this group. Please contact interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com

SINGLES' GROUP - Denise Throp & Cathy Jeffrey 


The purpose of the singles’ group is to facilitate alliances between individual Port Perry Probus members who would like to participate in some activity with one or more other members. You do not have to be single to join the singles’ group – it is a group of individuals as opposed to couples.

Denise Throp and Cathy Jeffrey maintain the singles’ group member list which is shared amongst all members of the group, however any member of the group may post a suggested activity and invite other members of the group to join them in that activity. The member posting the activity would also be responsible for coordinating the activity with the members who expressed an interest in joining them to do something.

TOWN HALL THEATRE  - Judy L. Anderson interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com


Coming up at Town Hall 1873 Theatre:

Scugog Arts presents An Evening with Drew Hayden Taylor – Wed. May 4, 7 p.m.

The Borelians present a staged reading of the plays You Can’t Take It With You – Sat. May 7, 7 p.m.

SCS Musicals present #backonstage - The Concert – Sat. May 14, 8 p.m.

Durham Chamber Orchestra presents the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert – Sun. May 29, 1 & 3 p.m.

All shows are listed on the Town Hall website, www.townhalltheatre.ca 

WINE TASTING I – Jim Adamson at interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com



Our next wine tasting is slated to have a Mediterranean theme. Unfortunately it will not occur until after this issue of the newsletter is out. A report will be included in this space next month.

GRAPES OF POURT - Barb Langer 416-805-9223 interest.portperryprobus@gmail.com


We had another terrific wine tasting via zoom, for most of the group, on April 7. It was hosted by the dynamic duo of Janet Broder and Jane Vollick. All three wines this month were very reasonably priced choices from France, all with low sugar content. Jane, wearing her saucy French beret, regaled us with tips, trivia and info on the winemakers’ locations in France. She reminded us of the 5 S’s in wine tasting: see, swirl, sip, swirl (again), and savour. Janet had reminded us to refrigerate the rosé and white wines until 20 minutes before opening, and to put the red wine into the fridge for about 20 minutes before opening. Our first wine was La Vieille Ferme rosé from the southern Rhone Valley, paired with Ossau-Iraty, a sheep milk cheese from the French Basque region. We agreed that this would be a lovely summer wine. Many of us found the wine tasted even sweeter with the cheese. Our second wine was a white Aurèle Viognier, paired with a Grand Crème Delin cheese. This was a full-bodied, fruity wine, with undertones of flowers, citrus and green grapes. The grapes are grown in the south of France, west of Marseilles, and benefit from the ocean breezes. Our last wine, in a unique bottle, was a J.P. Chenet Pinot Noir, paired with Comte or Brie aux Truffes. Another wine from the south of France, on the Mediterranean, it had a lovely taste with the paired cheese. It’s no wonder that it has won approximately 100 awards in the last 5 years. We all felt that the wines provided excellent value for money. We ended our tasting session by planning the meetings for the rest of the year and, for in-person meetings, we will turn them into themed pot luck dinners. We are all looking forward to next month’s choices! Our new group has a new name – “Grapes of PourT”. We now have 12 members, so our group is full! This month’s wine tasting event was hosted by Melodie and Brian Scott. We tasted 3 wines, paired with chocolate from Williams Chocolate in Whitby. We let the chocolate melt on our tongues, then tasted the wine. First, a white Moscado d’Asti from Portugal was paired with white chocolate, which everyone enjoyed. Next, we tasted a white Gewurtztraminer from Germany, paired with milk chocolate - not everyone’s favourite pairing but still good. Many found that it was even better with some spice (cayenne), so it would be a good complement to spicy food. Lastly, we paired dark chocolate with a red Apothic from California. Most of the group enjoyed it more with chocolate than by itself. Lots of laughs and conversation made it a very enjoyable evening and we are all looking forward to our next event on May 26th

Acting for Fun Salt and the Hot Peppers
Christmas Show
book club
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Koi Pond 2
Euchre group party
Hiking group
Wine Tasting Group - October pick Relax
Dinner Out

The following interest groups have suspended operations during the COVID-19 crisis.





LUNCH MEETUP (after monthly meeting)



Bill Morrison



Ann Skinner





Please stay tuned because some of the groups might be looking at ways to start up as we move towards re-opening.

Port Perry PROBUS Has Talent! Click on the photo below

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