PO Box 21203, Seattle, WA 98111-3203
Every month, Mature Friends publishes the newsletter with updates on our activities. So, here is what we’re up to this month, such as traveling (both locally and internationally), attending arts events, playing bridge or pinochle, reading and discussing books, making investments, touring gardens, taking walks and going on hikes, choosing among many options for dinners and lunches, cooking, and tasting fine wines from our own state, from other states, and from around the world.
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Eating Date and Time Location Lunch Out 🍴 Wed., July 10 and 24, at
Roosters on Broadway
Dinner Out 🍴
First Tuesday [NEW] –>
Third Tuesday –>
Tues., July 2, at 6:30 p.m.
Tues., July. 16, at 6:00 p.m.
Palermo’s on Capitol Hill, 350 15th Avenue East.
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Monthly Potluck 🍴
Fri., July 27, at 6:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center Wine Tasting
Mon., July 22, at 7:00 p.m.
In members’ homes Dinner for Six 🍴 Determined by participants In members’ homes
Annual Banquet 🍴
Sat., June TBD, 2020
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Women’s University Club
Annual Picnic 🌭
Sat., Aug. 17, at 12:00 noon
Christmas Lunch 🎄
Sat., Dec. 14
Cocktails at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch at 1:15 p.m.
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Reservations must be received by Dec. 11.
See Newsletter for reservation form.
Playing Date and Time Location Bridge Club1 🃏 Every Wed. at 7:00 p.m. Wallingford Community Senior Center
Pinochle Club2 🃏 Wed., July 3 and 17, at 7:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Green Lake Walk 🌳 Every Wed. at 11:00 a.m.
S.W. Corner of Green Lake at tree #51 on map
(Afterwards, lunch at the Blue Star Cafe and Pub.)
A Better Club for Investing 📈 Sun., TBD, at 5:00 p.m.
Members, contact club leader Karl for location;
See newsletter for contact information.
Book Club 📖 Tue, July 16, at 7:30 p.m.
The End of Eddy, by Edouard Louis
See member newsletter for location.
Board Meeting 📓 Mon., July 8, at 7:00 p.m.
In a board member’s home
Walk/Hike 🚶 Tue., Aug 20, at 9:30 a.m. Skookum Flats Trail
Garden Tour 🌺
Thu., July 18, at 10:00 a.m.
Members' gardens. See newsletter, page 1.
Theater, Music 🎭 Dates and Details below
SIFF 2019 and Fifth Annual Shakespeare
Festival, Ashland, OR, and more....
Scarecrow Screenings 🎭 Sun., July 21, at 3:00 p.m. Call Me by Your Name
Oddball Outing Sun., July 11, at 12:30 p.m.
Travel and Events ✈️ Various trips, foreign and U.S.
Check our destinations
1 The fee for Bridge Club is $4.00 per night for members (who pay an annual fee of $40.00 to join the club) and $5.00 for nonmembers.
2 The fee for Pinochle is $4.00 per night for members and for nonmembers.
On the last Saturday of the month, the membership meets for a big potluck at the Wallingford Community Senior Center.
No June or August Potluck: in June, our annual banquet substitutes for the potluck, and in August, the picnic substitutes.
Each member is assigned a type of dish to bring based on the initial of their last name.
If you bring a vegan or vegetarian dish, please label it as such.
Plan for all dishes to serve 6-to-8 people.
Dish to Bring Initial of Last Name Appetizer1 L,S,T
C, D, E, H, M, O, R
J, K, V, Z
I, P, W
A, B, F, G, N
1 For those assigned to bring an appetizer, please arrive early.
Once a month, our hike leader takes a group on a day hike through some beautiful territory. If the hike leads the group out of town and you share a ride, expect to chip in $5.00 or $10.00, depending on the distance, to the driver for gas. Also, the group sometimes brown bags it for lunch along the trail. Other than that, this activity is an invigorating, frugal day’s entertainment!
So why not join us on the next hike?
August Hike: Skookum Flats TrailOur August hike will be along the Skookum Flats Trail, adjacent to the White River, near Greenwater, Washington. As the name suggests, Skookum Flats involves little in the way of elevation gain, taking us on a gentle tour through old-growth forest, past mossy rocks and fallen trees, with plenty of river views.
“Skookum” is a popular adjective in Chinook jargon. It can mean many different things depending on the context, though it is usually positive, associated with strength and power. There is a waterfall on Skookum Creek, about two miles from the trail head, which may be where the name Skookum came from. We usually hike about three miles round trip, so it will be up to the hikers whether they want to go all the way to the falls. There are lots of places with river views that could be our lunch spot and turnaround spot.
We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, in front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. We will be back in Seattle around 5 PM. Bring a lunch and water. Car pool riders share the cost of the mileage. A Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass is required at the trail head.
If you wish to go directly to the trail head:
- Drive to Enumclaw, Washington.
- From Enumclaw, drive SR 410 east for 25 miles.
- Turn right onto FR 73 and drive 0.5 miles to the trailhead just beyond the bridge.
Google Maps directions are helpful. Please let Dale know if you plan to go directly to the trail head.
July Hike: Monte Cristo TrailOur hike in July will be along the Monte Cristo Trail, east of Granite Falls on the Mountain Loop Highway. In years past you could drive to Monte Cristo, an old mining town, but now this is a hiking trail along the South Fork of the Sauk River. The trail goes through mostly evergreen forest, with a mix of wildflowers. Along the way there are occasional views of nearby mountains and the river.
Our hike will start from the trail head at Barlow Pass to the place where the road bridge washed out several years ago. Then we will go a short way on another trail to a spot overlooking the Sauk River. This will be our lunch spot. The round trip distance is three miles, with minimal elevation gain.
We will meet for car pooling at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at the north end of Northgate Shopping Center, just off Northgate Way, in front of the Bank of America building. Bring a lunch and water. Car pool riders share the cost. A Senior Pass or Northwest Forest Pass is required at the trail head. We will get back to Seattle by 4:30 p.m.
If you wish to drive directly to the trail head, drive to Granite Falls and from Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 31 miles to Barlow Pass and park there.
Snapshots from Some of Our Previous Hikes
Our hikers posed with beautiful backdrops from some of our past treks. The following pictures show some examples.
David, Dale, Garry, Chris, and Steve on the Baker River Trail
Dale, Garry, David, Keith, Stephen, and Lee at Mima Mounds
Dale, Garry, Jerry, Brian, and Duane Hiking in Seward Park
December Hikers in Carkeek Park
Garry, Phil, Luis, and Dale on the Cougar Mountain Trail
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This wildly popular activity takes you on tours of beautiful gardens in the Seattle and greater Seattle area. if you like plants and gardens or if you’re just interested to learn a little about horticulture, come join us!
July Tour: University of Washington Gardens at Union BayThis month's tour will take place on Thursday, July 18, at 10:15 a.m. We will have a private tour of the Union Bay Natural Area, which is managed by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. The area, formerly known as the Montlake fill, is a public wildlife area, natural restoration laboratory, and an important habitat next to Lake Washington.
At 74 acres, with 4 miles of shoreline, it is the second largest natural system left on the lake. It is an extraordinary bird-watching site, and over 200 species of birds have been sighted there. Our guide will take us throughout the area, explaining the extensive renovations that have been done in the past few years to restore the area’s natural habitat. We will see first hand how the area serves as an outdoor laboratory.
We will meet at the Center for Urban Horticulture, at 3501 NE 41st Street in Seattle. The cost is $10 per person. The meeting time is 10:15 a.m.
June Tour: Two for OneOn Thursday, June 20, two couples from Mature Friends showed off their gardens.
George and Omar hosted the eleven Mature Friends, first at their beautiful garden in Federal Way. George is in the green sweatshirt with the cane. Omar snapped this picture.
Group in Back of George and Omar's House
They began renovating the garden in 2006 and continually are making changes to it. They've emphasized perennials and annuals, and they enjoy collecting unusual species as well. They especially select plants that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, ladybugs, and other creatures.
They have engaged in using contrasting colors and textures and building privacy screens surrounding the pool in the back yard.
Garden Tourist Brian Snapping a Photo by the Pool
They say: "Gardening is our life and we enjoy everyday outside creating beauty." And seeing their garden in person is truly a delight for the eyes.
After touring the first garden, the group headed over to SeaTac, where Barry and Tom hosted the group at their garden.
Barry and Tom on the Left
Tom in the straw hat explains the garden to some members of the group.
Bench Flanked by Bird Houses
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Wine TastingThis every-other-month activity is hosted in a Mature Friends member’s home. The newsletter gives the location and wines to be tasted. RSVP to Ed K. (see newsletter for contact information).
July TastingWe will be tasting from the endless variety of Oregon wine MINUS Pinot Noir. Other varietals are often neglected in tastings, and you will have no difficulty discovering them. We will meet on Monday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m.
Oregon has three major American Viticulture regions:
- The Willamette Valley
- Southern Oregon in the Rogue River area
- The third extending along the Columbia Gorge through parts of Washington to the Snake River in Idaho.
Almost every varietal imaginable is grown: Sangiovese, Petit Syrah, Gewürztraminer, Malbec, Viognier, Gruner Veltliner, etc. The industry has evolved into significant tourism and wine export and more than quadrupled since 1995. Hopefully we can taste some less common wine from smaller producers from that amazingly beautiful land.
May TastingWe met on Monday, May 20, for an evening of Austrian wine. The evening provided us with a sampling of wine from regions throughout the country. Wine has a four-thousand-year history in Austria and through war, pestilence and corruption (in the 1980s it was discovered that antifreeze chemicals were mixed in some wine to increase “sweetness”).
Since then, Austrian wine has evolved as a highly controlled, quality industry. In the United States we don’t often speak of these wines. This tasting of white as well as red wine proved to be enlightening. Wikipedia has extensive information regarding the country’s history and wine production.
As many know, one of our members has a wine cast (The Unknown Winecaster) and below is a link to a two-part YouTube video full of details relating to Austrian wine.
Austrian Wine Winecast Part 1 Austrian Wine Winecast Part 2
Link to photos of the Austrian wines we tasted.
—Ed K., Wine Tasting Organizer
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Oddball OutingThis once-a-month activity that began in 2017, takes us on day trips and activities around the town or to locations nearby. The newsletter gives the location and time. Many events require an RSVP to Jerry P. (see newsletter for contact information).
July OutingFor July’s Oddball Outing, we will make full use of our ORCA cards. Put Thursday, July 11, on your
We’ll meet at 4:30 p.m. at the foot of Madison Street at Pier 52 to catch the twenty-two-minute Vashon Commuter Water Taxi. When we arrive at the island, we’ll hop on the #118 bus to downtown Vashon to explore the town. We’ll have several options for grabbing a bite to eat, including the very cool The Hardware Store Restaurant, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Then we’ll wander around a bit more, maybe find ice cream, and then return on the #118 bus back to the Vashon dock in time to catch the 8:20 p.m. Kittitas Ferry, which will take us to the Fauntleroy ferry dock in West Seattle. Across the street,
we’ll catch the Rapid Ride bus, which will return us to downtown Seattle. The ORCA travel costs are less than $5! What better way to spend a summer night?
Let Jerry if you would like to attend. For more information and Jerry's contact info, see page 1 of the members' July newsletter.
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Travel and EventsThis section is about upcoming or recent trips planned for Mature Friends. Everybody who has gone on one of these trips has had a great time and was well taken care of. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up and join the fun!
NOTE: To travel with us, you must first join the club.
Southern Oregon Road TripOregon Shakespeare Festival, Daedalus Aids Benefit
Our trip for 2019 will be September 13 through 16. We will see four plays, three by Shakespeare: Macbeth, As You Like It, All’s Well that Ends Well, and one by Paula Vogel, Indecent, which presents the story of a ground breaking and scandalous Yiddish play produced in 1932 on Broadway. We will also participate in the Daedalus Festival on September 16, including the semi-staged reading of a play related to gay themes or AIDS, and a talent show which includes the ever-popular underwear contest, where teams from the company compete and you vote for the most interesting underwear [or person in the underwear] with your dollar bills. Costs will be around $400, which includes tickets to four plays and the two Daedalus Events, a group dinner, and happy hour cocktails each afternoon. It does not include housing, transportation or other meals.
See the newsletter for more details.
Past Trips and Events
If you missed some of the trips organized by Mature Friends, you might be interested in reading about what you missed. Or if you went on any of these wonderful trips, you might be interested in reliving the fun and adventure. If so, this section is for you!
Thailand in Spring 2019
Travel to Thailand—once called Siam—where independence, hospitality, and the traditional philosophy that "life is pleasure" casts a spell over every visitor.
Twelve Mature Friends returned from a sixteen-day adventure to Thailand on March 29. We started with a boat trip though the canals of Bangkok with a lunch that featured David Turner using a mortar and pestle to make red curry for our lunch. In Bangkok, we also visited the Grand Palace. We proceeded to Kanchanaburi, where we walked across the River Kwai Bridge and along the Hellfire Pass railroad constructed by World War II prisoners of war. We also visit the Kanchanaburi prisoner- of-war cemetery.
Then off to Sukhothai Province to visit historic ruins and a local school. On the way to Chiang Main, we stopped at roadside food booths for sticky rice and barbequed rats. A highlight of Chiang Mai was the elephant-care center, where we fed sugar cane to elephants and also washed them.
We ended the trip at the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai, where we looked from Thailand across the Mekong River into Burma and Laos.
Pictures to come. Stay tuned!
— Bruce T.
Viking Homelands: April 28 – May 12, 2018
Eight Mature Friends embarked for fifteen days on Viking Ocean Cruises to Bergen, Norway, and disembark in Stockholm, Sweden. We will visit eight countries and dock at eleven ports of call. Accommodations on the Viking Sky consisted of a private veranda stateroom, including wine and beer with meals. The itinerary comprised eleven guided tours with ports of call that include Helsinki, Copenhagen, Berlin, Gdansk, and St. Petersburg.
A full account of this magnificent trip, with photos, will be forthcoming, so stay tuned.
Tacoma’s Big Three Museums: November, 2017On Thursday, November 9, we bused down to Tacoma to visit three Tacoma Museums, including the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, and Washington State History Museum. Each participant chose what museums to see and paid his or her own entry fee.
Special exhibits for November at the Art Museum include “Two Centuries of Still-Life Painting,” “The Dynamic American West,” and “The Art of Framing.” The Museum of Glass showcased special exhibitions dedicated to the work of Dale Chihuly and the glass and steel sculptures of Albert Paley.
Lake Diablo Day Trip, 2017
On August 10, thirteen Mature Friends bused to Diablo Lake. Hop aboard and get a taste of what these tourists saw and experienced. Maybe you can schedule this tour some day.
Diablo Lake Tour
California Coastal Cruise, 2017Departing on April 11, seven Mature Friends sailed on the ten-night California Coastal Cruise departing from Vancouver, B.C. sailing at 4:30 p.m., we cruised down the coat for two days before arriving in Los Angeles, followed by a day on Catalina Island. After Catalina, we embarked for Santa Barbara for a day, ending up with an overnight stay in San Francisco. Then we sailed up the coast for two days before arriving back in Vancouver the morning of April 21.
Escape into Cuba
Five Mature Friends took off on an all gay tour with seven days in Cuba. They departed from Seattle and arrived in Havana in time for a group dinner.
The tour included a bus overview trip around the city and visits to a rum-bottling facility and a tobacco farm to see the cigar-making process. We also saw the unique mountains and caves in Vinales National Park. The highlights, though, were the explorations of the city we did on our own.
We saw the beautifully renovated plazas and streets in Old Havana (a UNESCO Heritage Site), strolled along the Malecon with hundreds of cell phone-toting Cubans, saw various museums, and reveled in the joy of riding in 1940s and 1950s vintage American car taxis. We all thoroughly enjoyed one another’s company, and it was a trip we will long remember.
Sail Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Sailing Ships
Avast, ye buccaneers! Last summer, our evening sailing on the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain got canceled because of a heavy rain and lightning storm that struck just before our sailing time. This year we tried again.
The three-hour cruise on Lake Washington in reproductions of eighteenth-century sailing ships features booming cannons, close quarter maneuvers, and the singing of sea shanties. Both ships have appeared in numerous movies and television shows. The ships will sailed on Saturday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m. from the docks at Carillon Point in Kirkland.
But don’t take my word for it. Read all about it and check out the pictures!
— President Bruce T.
The Cruise to Nowhere, September 16 – 23, 2017
The famous Cruise to Nowhere (actually it went somewhere) departed from Seattle with a one-day stop in Astoria, Oregon, then for two days in San Francisco, and finally one day in Victoria, B.C., before returning to Seattle. This voyage consisted of a full seven-day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas with no airfare required.
Cruise to Nowhere
Rome and Tuscany, April 23 – May 8, 2016
This trip began with a week in Rome. We spent a week in the Eternal City with a gay guide escorting us to the major tourist sites, including ancient, renaissance, and contemporary Rome.
We spent the second week at a private villa in a small hill town in southern Tuscany. Day trips took us to Siena, the wine towns of Montepulciano (home of Brunello wine), Assisi, Pienza, Chiusi (Etruscan sites), Orvieto, the antique fair in Arezzo, and Monte Olivetti Maggiore (a major abbey with a large collection of frescoes by the Renaissance painter Sodoma).
The fabulous trip concluded with a day in Florence. Some travelers extended their tour for a day or more in Florence.
Weekend in Texas, October 30 – November 1, 2015
On Friday, October 30, nine Mature Friends flew on Alaska Airlines nonstop toSan Antonio. We spent a great time in this beautiful city over Day of the Dead (Halloween) weekend, staying at the traditional El Tropicano River Walk Hotel right on the banks of the famous River Walk.
Daily high temperatures hovered around 75º with cloudy and clear skies. San Antonio is a popular convention town and the most visited city in Texas. It has the Alamo, an easily walkable downtown with several museums, and an amazing San Antonio River, which meanders for miles and on which quiet tour boats glide. Great restaurant terraces line the route from which you can watch the lighted boats pass and hear Mariachi and jazz quietly echoing up the canyon. The natural ambiance is romantic and real. And . . .Remember the Alamo!
We spent a low-stress weekend mainly riding the hop-on-hop-off sight-seeing bus. Some in our group had booked a Halloween dinner cruise on the San Antonio River, but at the last minute the cruise got canceled due to heavy rains. Undaunted, the dinner guests got re-booked into a fine restaurant on the River Walk. Others of us went off on our own and also experienced fine dining on the River Walk. Two went to Landry’s Seafood and sat outside by the river. When the rain started, everybody scampered indoors . . . all except for two of us, who decided to stay put when the staff erected an umbrella over us.
Aside from the great food and beautiful scenery along the river banks, we enjoyed touring the Alamo, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Tower of the Americas, La Villita, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, as well as many more sights. We could have spent a week and seen something new every day.
We flew home on Sunday evening after a full day of last-minute of sight-seeing. Everybody had a great time. Thank you, Jerry and Bob, for organizing this relaxing, enjoyable long weekend in Texas.
Cruising the San Juans 2013In September 2013, several Mature Friends set sail to spend a long weekend cruising the San Juan Islands in the northern part of Puget Sound. But don't listen to me, check out the trip for yourselves:
Boating through the San Juans
Reno Gambling TripTwenty-one people took off for our annual gambling trip on May 12. The package included round-trip airfare and accommodations at the El Dorado Resort Casino. We arrived in Reno shortly after 5:00 p.m., just in time for cocktail hour in the Roxy bar.
But to get the full story, come on and click the link and see some pictures of this relaxing three-day excursion.
Reno or Bust!
Grand Tour of China 2014In April 2014, about twenty Mature Friends set off for an adventure of a lifetime — touring China! To read about the trip, all we did, all we saw, please click the link:
Tour of ChinaAnd enjoy the pictures, too!
Spain and France 2014On October 12, 2014, twenty-four Mature Friends took off for Madrid, where they began a two-week tour of Northern Spain and Southern France. Please click the following link to see some of the sights they saw:
Tour of Spain and Southern France
Don’t forget to click the links in the story to see some pictures.
Cruise Down the Asian CoastAt the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, several Mature Friends took a cruise down the East Coast of Asia. We began in Hong Kong and ended up in Singapore. As with the tour of China, we saw several incredible sites, but without the hassle of unpacking and repacking, because our Holland-America ship acted as our home base. Check out this great cruise:
Cruise Down the Asian Coast
Cruise to AlaskaOn April 29, a few Mature Friends set off on a short cruise off the Alaskan coast to Ketchikan. Everybody had a great time, as usual on a Mature Friends’ voyage. Check out some of the pictures of this relaxing trip
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Theater and Music
This section lists local theater and music productions that might be of interest to Mature Friends.
Screening of “Call Me by Your Name”Our next screening is Sunday, July 21, at 3:00 p.m., hosted at Scarecrow Video.
Call Me By Your Name premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, went into general release in 2018, and has garnered several awards. Asmostof you surely recall, it is the poignant coming of age story set in Italy in the year 1983. In the lazy summer under the sun, the young Elio develops an attraction to Oliver, his father’s graduate assistant. Directed by Luca Guadagnino; starring Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer. 2 hours 12 minutes. A sequel is in development.
The private viewing room will accommodate 30 people and is free to Mature Friends and Prime Timers and their guests. Scarecrow has concessions available for purchase.
5030 Roosevelt Way NE
— Roger M.
Seattle International Film Festival 2019The 45th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), will be held Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, June 9. The cinemas around Puget Sound hosting SIFF films include locations in downtown Seattle, Shoreline, Capitol Hill, Bellevue, Kirkland, Columbia City, Ballard, and Queen Anne. “With a focus on engaging with communities outside the downtown core, we’ve partnered with the best venues in the area,” said SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett. “We want to bring the world’s stories to you, where you live and work.”
See you at the movies!
— John Chaney, Film Aficionado and Past President of Mature Friends
Shakespeare and Daedalus in AshlandThis year our trip will take place on September 13–16. Due to the smoke in August for the last two years, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has scheduled the Daedalus AIDS Benefit in September rather than August, so we will be moving our trip to September as well, when we hope there will be less disruption of outdoor activities. We will see four plays, three by Shakespeare: Macbeth, As You Like It, All’s Well that Ends Well, and one by Paula Vogel, Indecent, which presents the story of a ground breaking and scandalous Yiddish play produced in 1932 on Broadway.
We will also participate in the Daedalus Festival on September 16, including the semi-staged reading of a play related to gay themes or AIDS, and a talent show which includes the ever-popular underwear contest, where teams from the company compete and you vote for the most interesting underwear [or person in the underwear] with your dollar bills. Costs will be around $400, which includes tickets to four plays and the two Daedalus Events, a group dinner, and happy hour cocktails each afternoon. It does not include housing, transportation or other meals.
The first play will be at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13. For those interested I can try to get you tickets to Hairspray on that day at 1:30 p.m. Tickets to Hairspray will not have the group discount and will be on the order of $100–$120 each, if I can get them.
Rooms will be reserved in the Stratford Inn for those who want them. You will pay directly for your room on departure, around $100 a night each for a double occupancy. There is not much discount for a single, but I can suggest more reasonable choices nearby for those wishing a single. The Stratford includes breakfast, an indoor pool, and Wi-Fi. It is a ten-minute walk to the theaters.
You will need to arrange your own transportation. It is about an eight-hour drive to Ashland, which is just fifteen miles from the California border, on I-5. Some of our participants fly. There are reasonable flights to Medford on Horizon, and ground transportation to Ashland is easily arranged, by either taxi or shuttle. It is about fifteen miles.
A deposit of $50 will reserve you a space. The remainder will be due in August.
There is a slight chance the lineup of plays will change. I have submitted our reservations, but they will not be confirmed until January. If there is a change, I will inform you in the February newsletter [and by email to those of you who have already reserved a spot].
— Bruce B.
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