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Mature Friends’ Banquet

In late spring, you all know that high schools put on their proms, formal graduation ceremonies take place, and Broadway awards its Tonys. What about Mature Friends? Well, we give a new meaning to “high tony” with our formal Annual Banquet. This over-the-top affair takes place in an elegant setting, and we all dress up in our finery for a delicious catered meal. This year our banquet was held once again in beautiful downtown Seattle at the Women’s University Club of Seattle.

Women’s University Club

Women’s University Club


As in years past, the members arrived dressed to the nines (some to the tens) in their coats and ties or formal gowns (some with plunging necklines). The festivities were supposed to take off off at 6:00 p.m., but as you will see, Mature Friends always arrive early. Although the club didn’t roll out the red carpet, the department of transportation decided to tear up the street instead. No spectators watching us arrive as in years past, and no pomp and circumstance as the workers ground on with their equipment. Those in the know usually arrived early (some even as early as 5:00!) to snag one of the rare free parking spots under the building. But because of the mess out front, the parking lot was inaccessible. So we got stuck forking over the extortionate city parking rate of $4.00 per hour. But people still began arriving early.

Wending our way thorugh the debris in the street, hoping not to get dust all over our finery, we finally made it and stumbled up the stairs of the club. Because of the mess outside, no onlookers came to observe our indecorous entry, ... thank goodness!

So, before 6:00, the party began sputtering to life as thirsty Mature Friends continued to pour in. Fortunately, a riot was averted because the bar had already opened! In fact, knowing who was coming, the staff had a separate wine bar open by 5:00 for the early arrivals.

Wine Bar

President Bruce Checking on the Wine Bar

Everything is ready. Let’s peek at the guests as they arrive.

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