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Old 10-18-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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My husband and I are "empty nesters" (in our mid 50s - early 60s) and will be relocating to Cary in early 2014. We don't know anyone in the area. What's the best way to meet people? Is there a "Newcomers" type organization for people at our stage of life (vs. young families)?
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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Meetup.com. Find groups with similar interest (whatever they may be) and meet the people who do those things...

They have everything:
Foodies
Art Lovers
Travellers
hikers
bikers
swingers
naked volleball (I'm not kidding)
politics
etc.



....everything.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:38 PM
 
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thanks Myghost!
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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+1 for Meetup.com. I've told this many times before, but my mother moved here 7 years ago when she was a 73-year-old widow. She went to some meetups, and now has a very wide circle of friends. In fact, she's taking a trip to New Orleans next week with a couple of them.
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:12 PM
 
Location: RTP area, NC
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In addition to Meetups, there are newcomer clubs in Raleigh and in Cary - I believe they are separate organizations. I don't know about other areas but if google "newcomer club" and the area "cary" or "Holly Springs" , if there is something, it should pop up.

The other thing is that there are very active 'senior' groups via parks & recreation in each town. I've seen the listings but am not quite there yet so not sure of how well attended various functions are.

Have fun looking at places!
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:14 PM
 
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Thank you Claire_F and WeLuvNC! I checked out the Cary Newcomers Club and will definitely get involved when we get there.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:35 PM
 
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We just moved here in August from New England and are also in our 50's. We joined the Triangle NE Patriots and enjoy watching the games with people from "home". I also just joined a women's wine and book club and am going to my first meeting tomorrow afternoon. Good luck with your move!
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:41 PM
 
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Look into Wake County Parks and Recreation ,they have a big senior program with classes, trips ,meetings all over. If you are interested in life long learning again with classes ,trips and a chance to meet people .. there is Encore run by NC State. Both groups can be found online..
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:06 AM
 
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best advice . . "get out there doing what you love and you'll meet the right people along the way".
Since we've arrived I've met wonderful people at every juncture . . sitting at the rocking chairs at Taylor's wine shop . . Gyros Cycling Club . . triathlons . . roadside/lake cleanups . . .and on and on

Best of luck!
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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Do you know what neighborhood you're moving into? For instance, if you're moving to one of the "active adult communities" like Carolina Preserve, you'll have no trouble meeting plenty of empty nesters, and social activities will be abundant. There are also some communities that tend to have more empty nesters than others. For instance, I live in a townhouse community in West Cary, and I'd guess that about 80% of the occupants are empty nesters/retirees. They're all incredibly friendly and our neighborhood has bi-monthly social activities. I'm not in that demographic (I have two children at home), but I felt welcomed when I moved in. It's quiet, safe and friendly -- people actually wave to each other when they're out walking. And I like that the neighborhood doesn't empty out during the workday. People are always around during the day, keeping an eye out for each other.
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