Book Clubs Welcome Seniors

A fun way to meet people can be to join a book club. Some book clubs select books that everyone reads and then they discuss the book together. Some may take turns reading the book aloud and some create skits of scenes from the book. Many clubs concentrate on a particular genre like romance, mysteries, or westerns.

There are other local groups that concentrate on a single author. Three examples of these are the Denver/Boulder chapter of the Jane Austen Society, The Den(ver) of the Secret Nine, and Dr. Watson’s Neglected Patients.

The Jane Austen Society obviously is a group interested in Jane Austen’s books and the Regency era. They meet every other month on a Sunday to discuss the books. They sometimes have speakers and sponsor other events. Meetings are usually held at either Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield or Standley Lake Library in Arvada. More information can be found at

The Den(ver) of the Secret Nine celebrates the writings of author P.G. Wodehouse, including the many hilarious tales of Jeeves and Wooster. They meet on the second Monday of each month at Pints Pub at 221 13th Avenue in Denver. Additional information can be found at or by contacting Jennifer Petkus or 303-377-6445.

Dr. Watson’s Neglected Patients are avid followers of Sherlock Holmes. The Neglected Patients is a 501(c)(3) non-profit literary society that was founded over 40 years ago and is a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars. Dr. Watson’s Neglected Patients’ has a discussion group called the Outpatients who meet the first Sunday of each month under the guidance of Larry Feldman for lunch and a trivia quiz and discussion of one of the stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon. The Neglected Patients have an annual dinner in January, a tea in May and other events throughout the year. They are current considering sponsoring a local subgroups or “clinics” in areas outside the Denver area and even a Sherlock Holmes convention. Additional information can be found on their website at or via e-mail from Darlene Cypser at

All three of these Anglophile bookish groups will be gathering at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 27 on the cricket pitch at Cornerstone Park off Belleview Avenue in Littleton to watch the Fort Collins Cricket Club play the Littleton Cricket Club. The match begins at 2 p.m. and lasts about three hours with a break in the middle. Water, tea (hot and cold) and lemonade will be provided as well as some shade. Please bring cookies, scones, veggies, cheese and finger sandwiches and something to sit on. More information can be obtained from Jennifer Petkus or call 303-377-6445.

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