Mature Friends Newsletter



What’s New in February
Mailing Address:
Mature Friends
PO Box 21203, Seattle, WA 98111-3203
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Every month, Mature Friends publishes a member newsletter with updates on our activities 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 around the world, including our own Washington state. The same newsletter information is included here but without member contact information.

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Goings On

Please click on underlined area for additional information.

Eating Date and Time Location
Lunch Out  🍴 Wed., Feb. 12 and 26, at
12:00 noon
Jimmy's [on Broadway, Silver Cloud Hotel]
Dinner Out 🍴
First Tuesday [NEW] >
Third Tuesday –>

Tues., Feb. 4,  at 6:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 18, at 6:00 p.m.

Palermo’s on Capitol Hill, 350 15th Avenue East.
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Monthly Potluck 🍴
Food Contributions
Sat., Feb. 29, at 6:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Wine Tasting  Wine
No tasting this month
In members’ homes
Dinner for Six 🍴 Determined by participants In members’ homes
Annual Banquet 🍴
Banquet Form
Sat., June TBD, 2020
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Women’s University Club
Annual Picnic  🌭
Sat., Aug. TBD, 2020
12:00 noon
Meridian Park 
Christmas Lunch  🎄
Sat., Dec. 12
Cocktails at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch at 1:00 p.m.
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Playing Date and Time Location
Bridge Club1 🃏 Every Wed. at 7:00 p.m. Wallingford Community Senior Center
Pinochle Club2  🃏 Wed., Feb. 5 and 19, 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 for location;
See newsletter for contact information.
Book Club    📖 Tue, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
The Gallery, by John Horne
See member newsletter for location.
Board Meeting  📓 No meeting this month
In a board member’s home
Walk/Hike 🚶 Tue., Mar. 17, at 9:30 a.m.  Whistle Lake
Garden Tour  🌺
Gone dormant till April
TBD
Theater, Music  🎭 Dates and Details below
SIFF 2020 and Sixth Annual Shakespeare
Festival, Ashland, OR., and more....
Scarecrow  Screenings  🎭 Sun., Feb. 16, at 3:00 p.m. The Butch Factor: What Kind of Man Are You?
Oddball Outing  Tues. Feb. 7, at 11:30 p.m.
Dim Sum at the Dough Zone,
Celebrating The Year of the Rat.

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.


 


Potluck Contributions

On the last Saturday of the month, the membership meets for a big potluck at the Wallingford Community Senior Center

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 M, R, U, W, Z
Main Dish
F, G, H, N, P, T, V, X
Vegetable
E, K, O, Y
Salad
L, Q
Dessert
C, D, I, J, S

1 For those assigned to bring an appetizer, please arrive early.
NOTE: Food to bring to the annual August picnic is assigned the same as the potluck.

 


Walk/Hike

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?

March Hike — Whistle Lake

Our hike in March will be to Whistle Lake, near Anacortes, Washington. This hike in the heart of Fidalgo Island is in a forest with wetlands, the lake, and meadows with great views. The hike will take you along the lake on a hiker only trail.

The trail starts out on an old road, through second growth forest. In a mile or so we reach the lake, and take a trail along the west shoreline of the lake. There are views of the lake all the way down the west side. We will stop for lunch at a place overlooking the lake. We will return on the same route, for about a three-mile hike. The elevation gain is essentially flat, just some ups and downs in the trail.

To facilitate car pooling we will meet on Tuesday, March 17, at 9:30 a.m. near the Bank of America at the north entrance of Northgate, just off Northgate Way. Car pool riders share the cost of the mileage. Bring a lunch, and drinking water. No pass required at the trailhead. We will get back to Northgate by 3:00 p.m.

If you wish to go directly to the trail head here is a link to the trail head. You can open this link to get directions from where you are to the trail head via Google Maps.

February Hike — Cedar River Trail

In February we hiked along the Cedar River Trail, starting from the south end at Landsburg Park, near Maple Valley. The trail follows an old railroad bed and runs parallel to the Cedar River. In this section of the trail we walked in a wooded river valley with trees and views of the river and maybe some early spring flowers.

Hiking along the Cedar River

John, Dale, Duane, Stephen, Ramon and Keith Hiking the Cedar River Trail

We hiked the trail north to the Big Bend Natural Area, where we turned around. We enjoyed nice views of the river during our lunch break. Our hike covered three miles round trip with no elevation gain.

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.

Ron, Dale, and Garry Hiking in Schmitz Park

Dale, Jim, Larry, Garry, Ed, Duane, and Roger Hiking in Hamlin Park

Dale, Garry, Stephen, Jim, David, and Duane



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Garden Tours

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!

The Garden Tours have gone dormant until April 2020.

October Tour: Seymour Botanical Conservatory

On Thursday, October 17, two of us Mature Friends had a wonderful private tour of the Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park in Tacoma. Tour guide Kayla pointed out many of the beautiful specimens in the botanical collection.

We were sorry that nobody else showed up but we had a great time and I courage many of you to make your way down. It's a wonderful little gem. And Kayla obviously loves her work as she frequently got very excited about seeing new blooms.

In 1908 the historic W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory was opened and is one of only three public Victorian-style conservatories still in existence on the West Coast. Listed on the National Historic register, the conservatory’s tropical plants and flowers gave many of the early residents their first chance to learn about many exotic and species not native to the Pacific Northwest.

Today, visitors experience the conservatory’s permanent collection of ferns, palms, figs, bromeliads, orchids, and many other rare, unusual, and endangered plants as well as its changing floral exhibits.

Address: 316 South G St., Tacoma, Washington

Cost: $2.00 per person

September Tour: Point Defiance Zoo

Eleven Mature Friends enjoyed a tour of the gardens at Point Defiance Zoo lead by head gardener Bryon Jones on September 19.

Group

The zoo gardens are home to hundreds of plant species with three full-time gardeners responsible for garden design and plant maintenance.

Byron Jones

Byron Jones

Special garden areas visited included the Asian forest sanctuary, bamboo garden, and an area dedicated to conifers, cycads, and ferns. We also learned about living fossils, such as the Ginkgo Tree and Wollemi Pine, both once thought to have been extinct. We also learned about plants grown in the zoo gardens that are used as food for the animals, including Dogwood, banana, bamboo, and kiwi.

The Zoo gardens feature:


The garden is home to hundreds of varieties of plants from decorative to functional. Zookeepers use some of the plant growth, such as banana leaves and bamboo shoots, as food or skill-building tools for the animals. The plants also create a stunning botanical paradise.

Address:

5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, Washington 98407

Directions to the Zoo:

  1. From I-5 North or South, take exit 132 (Highway 16 West).

  2. Exit Highway 16 at 6th Avenue (Exit 3),

  3. Continue to the second stoplight and turn right on to Pearl Street (WA 163).

  4. Follow Pearl Street into Point Defiance Park. Directional signs will lead you to the Zoo's free parking lots.

Cost: Adult $19, 65+ $18.

There are hills involved so mobility may be an issue for some. They do offer motorized scooters for rent $35.00 and wheelchairs for $10.00 each.



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Wine Tasting

This every-other-month activity is hosted in a Mature Friends member’s home. The newsletter gives the location and wines to be tasted.

Our next tasting will take place in March.

January Tasting:Red Zinfandel

On the third Monday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. Bring red Zinfandels. Erick will host the event. Erick, one of our group’s most knowledgeable members, will provide our appetizers as well as his skill as a sommelier. Zinfandel was introduced to the United States in the nineteenth century most likely from Italy. Originally a Croatian varietal, it is now found internationally. California growers marketed a light, red Blush Zin, which is more popular than the rich, full bodied, tannic ones we will be tasting. Wikipedia presents the history of this very enjoyable red. High in alcohol and easy to drink, it is recommended you share a bottle as well as the driving.


Ed K., Wine Tasting Organizer


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Oddball Outing

This 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.

February Outing: Dim Sum in the Year of the Rat

This month, we will celebrate the Chinese New Year which has just begun—the Year of the Gold (Metal) Rat. The Rat is the first in the twelve- year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. So a Gold (Metal) Rat comes only once in a sixty-year cycle. And we have arrived!

Those born in rat years are quick-witted, resourceful, and smart, but lack courage. With rich imaginations and sharp observations, they can take advantage of various opportunities well. In Chinese culture, rats represent working diligently and thriftiness, so people born in a Rat year are thought to be wealthy and prosperous.

To celebrate this momentous year, February’s Oddball Outing will be Dim Sum at the Dough Zone, located at 815 Pine, at Ninth Avenue. We will
meet on Friday, February 7, at 11:30 a.m. The Dough Zone has terrific dumplings and a tempting Dim Sum menu.

January Outing: The Photographic Center Northwest

We attended a photography exhibit at the Photographic Center Northwest on Capitol Hill. The exhibit, Exploring Passages Within the Black Diaspora, features works by female-identifying photographers from Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean. The exhibit looks at subjective histories and archival actions of storytelling.

Jerry P., Oddball Organizer


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Travel and Events

This 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.

Travel Options in 2020

Our travel coordinator has proposed two trips for 2020, but will chose only one, based on how many members are interested.

Sicily's Ancient Landscape and Timeless Traditions


On this Sicily travel experience, you'll discover an Italian island with more than 3,000 years of history. Once home to a Greek colony, a Roman province, an Arab emirate, a Norman kingdom, and more, traces of ancient conquerors can still be found in Sicily’s well-preserved ruins, elegant architecture, and gastronomic delights.

And thanks to our expert Trip Leader and small group size, just 8 – 16 travelers, you can go behind the scenes and off the beaten path, where you’ll discover authentic cultural experiences with the friendly, fiercely proud Sicilian people. Zip along Modica’s narrow streets in an iconic, vintage Fiat 500; spend the night in an agriturismo, a traditional Sicilian farmhouse; and even sit down to a home-cooked meal with a farming family in the pastoral Sicilian countryside. Plus, with an additional night in seaside Catania, you have even more time to immerse yourself in Sicily’s landscapes, history, and culture. The island beckons ... so bring an open mind, a spirit of adventure, and a hearty appetite.

You can find more information at Overseas Adventure Travel.

DATES: May 16 – 31, 2020

PRICING:

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 barbecued 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, 2017

On 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, 2017

Departing 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 ., 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 to

San 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!

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 2013

In 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 Trip

Twenty-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 2014

In 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 China

And enjoy the pictures, too!

Spain and France 2014

On 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 Coast

At 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 Alaska

On 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 “The Butch Factor: What Kind of a Man are You?

Our next screening is Sunday, February 16, at 3:00 p.m. hosted at Scarecrow Video. The Butch Factor: What Kind of Man Are You? is a  documentary that explores the meaning of masculinity for gay men (1 hour 30 minutes). Interviews were conducted in various locations around the U.S., including Seattle.

Do you have a cameo appearance in the movie? Directed by Christopher Hines, who followed this film with another documentary: The Adonis Factor, released in 2009.

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. 

Location

Scarecrow Video
5030 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle

Brian T. & James B., Scarecrow Video coordinator

 

Other Gay Movies around Town

From Past President John Chaney: "The sad fact is that most of the following movies are scheduled not more than a week before showing. So in hopes of sharing good experiences in Mature Friends, we are drawing your attention to them to find some visibility."

Cunningham

A movie on the work of Merc Cunningham including modern recordings of some famous choreography. It played last week at SIFF but is playing this week at the Crest in Shoreline. We saw the movie, it is not a biography and does not reveal his personal gay life, but is an “arthouse” film presenting information in a very interesting visual experience.
 
Cunningham traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The film weaves together Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, Cunningham is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists.
 

And Then We Danced 

I saw And Then We Danced last night. Beautiful, sexy and quite amazing for a conservative country, showing for one week.
 
“A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, And Then We Danced follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble.

The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli—gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak—throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family.”
 
"By framing his gentle coming-of-age tale around such a traditional piece of Georgian culture, he has made an inherently political film, and rendered it in sensitive terms with a celebratory spirit, not to mention a culture rarely seen onscreen. It's one of the year's best gay films."

—Jude Dry, IndieWire
 

Victim

One showing only in 35mm black and white Monday at 8:30 p.m. A classic NOIR film.
 
Dirk Bogarde gives a brave and compelling performance as a prominent British barrister blackmailed for his closeted homosexuality. A landmark film!
 

Looking Ahead to May 

Soldiers: A Story from Ferentari (Soldații: O Poveste din Ferentari) by Ivana Mladenović

May 2, 2020, at 07:30 p.m. - May 2, 2020 at 09:00 p.m.

Where: Northwest Film Forum

“Ivana Mladenović’s fiction debut is Romanian social realism with an ethnographic edge, but it’s also a romance between two ostensibly heterosexual men achieving an unexpected bond.”


Shakespeare and Daedalus in Ashland


In 2019, our annual trip took place on September 13 – 16. Eighteen Mature Friends, the largest number so far, spent an extended weekend in Ashland, Oregon, attending plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and taking part in the 2019 Daedalus Project, the Festival’s Aids Benefit. We enjoyed three Shakespeare plays:

Ashland Group

Elizabethan Theater

We also saw Paula Vogel’s Indecent, which is playing this month at the Seattle Rep in a different production. We saw a lively staged reading of Hedwig and the Angry Inch as part of the Daedalus Project and enjoyed the talents of the company’s members in a talent show, including the ever popular Underwear Contest. We also enjoyed a group meal at Arbor House, an excellent family-run restaurant in neighboring Talent, Oregon, as well as many meals in the wide variety of Ashland restaurants.

Shakespeare Festival 2020


The Ashland trip, the fifth annual if I have counted correctly, will be September 11 – 14, 2020. This has been a popular trip, with more participants every year, to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in Ashland, Oregon, to see plays by Shakespeare and by contemporary playwrights, and to participate in the Daedalus Festival, the Shakespeare Festival’s AIDs benefit.  For 2020  I have ordered group tickets to four plays, Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, by Shakespeare; Bernhardt/Hamlet, and Black Odyssey by contemporary playwrights;  the Daedalus Play Reading and Talent Show. The group price for the tickets, a group dinner, and the afternoon happy hours will be about $400 per person. We are still arranging lodging [and will probably move to a hotel closer to the theaters and with a better breakfast], but it should be in the same price range as last, about $100 per person per night, for four nights, with double occupancy. Traditionally I have collected only for the tickets and the group dinner and social events. Individuals are responsible for transportation [driving, car-pooling, or flying to nearby Medford] and for the lodging. In the past I have reserved the rooms at a group rate but participants paid individually when they checked out; I hope to make similar arrangements for this year, although it is possible I will need to collect for lodging and make one payment in order to get the group rate.  Participants always have the option of making their own lodging arrangements. Once the plans firm up, I will ask for a deposit of $50 each to reserve a place in order to cover the upfront deposits I will need to make. The remainder will be due in August (for the tickets) and September for the lodging, if I can make the same arrangement.



— Bruce B.

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