The groups get together at schools, colleges, recreation centers, church basements and senior centers. And this year, informal celebrations are planned across the country to mark New Horizons' 20th anniversary, including camps and concerts.
Music makes the day shine for many participants. "I wouldn't have been able to progress to the level I have reached if the program didn't exist," says Felecia Linton, 52, a program assistant at the University of Alabama School of Law who's been playing the violin for five years. "I've learned a whole lot, and I've been meeting lots of new people."
Judi Hasson is a freelance writer in McLean, Va.