Our Interest Groups are an excellent way to meet and bond with fellow ODUMCA members. We currently have
13 Interest Groups that fall into 8 different categories.
Fun with a Purpose!
Our Interest Groups enable us to have fun as we spend time playing games, reading books, dining out,
walking with friends and touring fascinating locations both on and off campus. Donations to our
Educational Endowment help to fulfill an important aspect of our purpose and can be paid annually,
monthly or as often as you wish during the year.
Our Interest Group Director is Marshall McClure. For questions please contact her via email at
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2nd – 1:00p
2nd – 1:00p
3rd – 12:30p
Hand & Foot
2nd – 1:00-3:00p
Hand & Foot
1st & 3rd - 1:00-3:00p
1st – 7:00p
2nd – 11:30a-1:00p
Walk with Friends, Times and Locations vary.
2nd & 4th – 10:00a-3:00p
Norfolk Yacht & Country Club
1st & 3rd – 11:00a-3:00p
Norfolk Yacht & Country Club
Tea for Two
3rd – Afternoons
Beers & Cheers
Maker's Craft Brewery
We offer four Book Clubs; one evening and three daytime. Each group meets
once per month at either 7:00pm or early afternoons from September – June,
locations vary. We have also added Zoom meetings into the mix.
1st Wednesdays 7:00pm
Paula Cook, Leader & Contact
The 2022-23 list of titles and authors includes:
Love by Roddy Doyle, The Sentence by Louise Erdrich and Snowflake by Louise Nealon.
2nd Mondays 12:30pm
Lee Ritt, Leader & Contact
This is our Non-Fiction group. The 2022-23 list of titles and authors includes:
The Doctors Blackwell by Janice P. Numura, The Great Stewardess Rebellion by Nell McShane Wulfort,
and Cuba: An American History by Ada Ferrer.,
2nd Tuesdays: 12:30pm
Kay Dahl, Leader & Contact
The 2022-23 list of titles and authors includes: Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, The Chapel in the Woods by Dolores Gordon-Smith, and In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
3rd Tuesdays 12:30pm
Judy Homsher, Leader & Contact
The 2022-23 list of titles and authors includes: Love and Fury by Samantha Silva, The Library Book by Susan Orlean,
and Vanderbilt by A. Cooper & K. Howe.
We offer 2 Mah Jongg groups, both of which play a loosely variant version of Wright-Patterson rules.
Knowing how to play the game is essential so if you’re interested in learning how to play the
ODUMCA way, contact the leader of your chosen group. The purchase of our book of rules
is also required, $20.
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Kim Beebe, Leader & Contact
Norfolk Yacht and Country Club is the location. We usually have 3 tables of 4-players.
At 12:00pm we break for lunch which you purchase at the venue. After lunching on the Lafayette
River, an afternoon of gameplay & fun continues until at least 3:00 pm.
1st & 3rd Thursdays, 11am – 3:00 pm
Sugar (Eleanor) Bradshaw, Leader & Contact
Norfolk Yacht and Country Club is the location. The players enjoy a morning of playing the game,
then break for lunch; purchased at the NYCC. A day of fun & games is enjoyed by all.
BEERS & CHEERS
Various weekends throughout the month, 3pm
Lishena Thompson & Al King, Co-Leaders
Based on the best weekend weather forecast, this group of beer lovers picks a day to gather at Maker's Craft Brewery, 23rd & Church Streets, Norfolk. Maker's has a large, completely fenced , beautifully landscaped outdoor patio with lots of comfortable chairs, tables with umbrellas. Many of us bring our husbands or significant others to enjoy a lovely and relaxing afternoon together.
Live music and food truck(s) are onsite.
HAND & FOOT CANASTA
2nd Tuesdays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Betty Denniston, Leader & Contact
The Landings at Bolling Square, Club House,
957 Bolling Avenue, Norfolk
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Laurie Winchester-White, Leader & Contact
Hand & Foot is usually played by two pairs of partners who work together to create books that contain at least
seven like-value cards; aka, a Canasta. Six standard decks are used so having a 6-deck card shuffler is a real plus.
Come and play Hand & Foot the ODUMCA way.
2nd Wednesdays, 11:30am
Jonna-Dawn Walker, Leader & Contact
Each month we look forward to enjoying a delicious lunch together at one
of the areas restaurants or cafes. Some of us decide to skip breakfast on the
days that we gather for lunch so we get started a little bit early. Recently we
have gathered at Surf Riders, Abuelo's. Becca, Rasoi.
Reservations make it possible for us to book large groups. Whenever possible,
we choose a location with outdoor seating. Indoors or inside, we have a wonderful time together!
TEA FOR TWO
3rd Thursdays, Afternoons
Kate Melhuish, Leader and Contact
Pause once-a-month for a Tea Party featuring formally set
tables, a variety of teas, savories and sweets to enjoy.
Stimulating conversation is also part of your experience.
This group meets at elegant Tea Rooms throughout
Hampton Roads, including The Cavalier Hotel, Cafe Stella,
and The Starving Artist.
Make plans soon to join us for a delightful afternoon!
WALK WITH FRIENDS
Various dates and locations (weather permitting)
Sarah Ford, Leader & Contact
If you enjoy getting outside to enjoy a brisk walk with friends, this is the Interest Group for you. We’ve hiked the Elizabeth River Trail, toured the Virginia Zoo, walked through First Landings State Park and meandered around Norfolk Botanical Garden.
We meet in a nearby parking area and then begin our walk as a group.
Afterwards, you guessed it, we stop for snacks or lunch and beverages before heading back home.
CHICK FLICKS - Currently on Hiatus
Various dates and locations / Usually Matinees
Nancy Tatterson, Leader & Contact
Let’s spend the afternoon at the movies followed by a review session over snacks
and beverages. We frequently attend matinees at the Naro, Regal MacArthur Center
Stadium 18 and other movie houses throughout Hampton Roads.
Downton Abby, Eyes of Tammy Faye, No Time to Die, Westside Story, Death On
The Nile, Elvis, The Woman King, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, are few of
the movies we've enjoyed together.