Mature Friends Newsletter

What’s New This Month
Mailing Address:
Mature Friends
PO Box 21203, Seattle, WA 98111-3203

Every month, Mature Friends publishes a member newsletter with updates on our activities such as: • traveling (both locally and internationally), • viewing art, • playing cards, • reading and discussing books, • investing, • touring gardens, • taking walks and hikes, • lunching and dining out, • cooking, • and tasting wines.

The same newsletter information is included here but without member contact information.

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Please click on the underlined 'hyperlinks' for additional information.
Orange rows are weekly events.

Eating Date and Time Location
Lunch Out Wed., May 11, at 12:30 p.m. Jimmy’s on Broadway
Dinners Out First Tue., May 3, 6:30 p.m.
Third Tue., May 17, at 6:00 pm.
Palermo’s on Capitol Hill
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Eastside Dinner Out Sun., May 1, at 6:00 p.m. Bai Tong
Burien Dinner Out Thurs., May 26, at 5:30 p.m.

Azteca Mexican Restaurant

Monthly Potluck
Food Contributions
Sat., May 21, at 6:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Alehouse Rock Tues., May 10, at 4:00 p.m. Hellbent Brewing Company in Lake City Way
Dinner for Six Set by participants In members’ homes
Wine Tasting  Wine
Mon., May 16, at 7:00 p.m.
In members’ homes
Annual Banquet
Banquet Form
June 25, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
Nile Golf and Country Club
Annual Picnic
Sat., Aug. 27, at 4:00 p.m. Hamlin Park, Shoreline
Christmas Lunch
Sat., Dec. 17, at 12:00 p.m. Robb’s 125th Street Grill   See reservation form in newsletter.
Playing Date and Time Location
Green Lake Walk  Every Wed., 10:45 a.m. at
Tree #36
Parking lot by The Seattle Public Theater
(was the Bathhouse Theater)
West Seattle Walk Every Sat. at 11:00 a.m. Meet at Lincoln Park
8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Bridge Club 1 Every Wed., 7:00 p.m. Wallingford Community Senior Center
Pinochle Club2  Wed., May 4, & 18,
at 7:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Board Games
Wed., May 18 & 25, 1:30 p.m. Blue Highway Games on Queen Ann
Board Meeting Mon., May 9, at 7:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
Photography Club Wed., May 11, at 7:00 p.m. Wallingford Community Senior Center
Time2Share Wed., May. 21, at ~7:30 p.m. Jared Solano composes and performs music
Investment Club First Sun. of the Month,
at 5:00 p.m.
Hybrid Zoom and in-person meeting
Book Club Tue., May 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Via Zoom: Lies with Man, by Michael Nava
Oddball Outing  Tue., May 14, at 9:30 a.m. Samoan Cricket at Jefferson Park
Walk/Hike Tue., May 17, at 9:30 a.m. Cedar Butte
Garden Tour 
Awaiting date confirmation
Thurs., May 12, at 9:00 a.m.
Lake Wilderness Arboretum
Jefferson Greenhouses
Travel Alaska Cruise, May 4, 2022
Scotland, Sept. 4, 2022
Past trips, foreign and U.S.
Scarecrow  Screenings Sun., May 15, at 4:00 p.m. Swan Song
Theater, Music Dates and Details below
Seattle International Film Festival.
Annual Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon.

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, when in person at the senior center,  is $4.00 per night for members and for nonmembers.



Potluck Contributions for the Potluck

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 A, F, K, P, U, Z
Hot Dish
D, I, M, N, S, W
H, R
B, G, L, Q, V
C, E, J, O, T, X, Y

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.



Once a month, Mature Friends step out on hikes through some beautiful territories, parks, and trails. The group sometimes brown bags it for lunch along the trail while relaxing and enjoying the scenery that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

May Hike — Cedar Butte

The Cedar Butte Trail hike starts with a walk along the John Wayne Trail for about a third of a mile, and then enters the woods. The trail comes to an intersection where we can do a short side trip to Boxley Creek if our hikers are interested or continue up to the butte. The woods soon thicken, and the trail gradually climbs to the top of the butte. Once at the summit, you will enjoy expansive views of the Snoqualmie Valley, including Mount Si, Mt. Teneriffe, and Mailbox Peak. This is a moderate hike. The hike round trip distance is 3.8 miles. The elevation gain is 900 feet, most of that near the top of the butte.

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17. in front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Those leaving from Volunteer Park will arrive at the trailhead around 10:30. We will be back in Seattle around 2:00 p.m. Bring a lunch and water. Wear a mask. Carpool riders share the cost. A Washington Discover Pass is required at the trailhead. Link to Google Maps directions to the trailhead. Drive past the Rattlesnake Lake parking area until to find the Iron Horse trailhead parking area on the left.

April Hike — Hoypus Hill

In April we hiked along a loop of trails on Hoypus Hill, a part of the Deception Pass State Park south of the bridge.

Deception Pass Hike

Roger, Gary, Garry, Larry and Peter on the Hoypus Hill Trail

This part of the park is very quiet in the off-season — you may hear the sound of waves lapping the shores of the bay, the hammering of a woodpecker or the cry of a young eagle flying overhead. In the first part of the hike there are views toward Deception Pass. Then we followed trails through ferns and forest. The hike is 4 miles long with 400 feet of 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.

Hikers at Shoreview Park

Hikers in the Arboretum

Back row: Rick, Chuck, Vasco, Tim, Ron, Jim; Front row: Alan, Garry, Keith

Dale, Gary, Tim, Larry, Lance, Roger, Ron, and Rick on the Gold Creek Pond Trail

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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!

May Tour — Jefferson Greenhouse and Lake Wilderness Arboretum

Jefferson Greenhouse

On Thursday May 12, fifteen Mature Friends met at the Jefferson Greenhouses operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Garden Group

Garden Group with Tour Guide Johan Schorer on the Right

Johan Schorer, the facility’s senior gardener, conducted the tour while explaining how plants are propagated and distributed to users throughout the city’s park and administrative facilities. Jefferson Greenhouse gardeners grow 100,000 to 120,000 annuals and perennials, plus an additional 75,000 woody natives and ornamentals every year for use in city parks, city landscape renovation and trail programs, and through Green Seattle Partnership.



The attached pictured show hanging baskets that will soon be hung throughout downtown Seattle, as well as annuals that will be transplanted into city parks.

Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets



Johan Explains

The Tour Guide Explaining to the Group

Lake Wilderness Arboretum

Date still to be determined.

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Book Club

The Book Club is open to all Mature Friends and their guests. For the required invitation to join a Zoom meeting, contact Bruce B. The invitation is sent out about an hour before the meeting time of 7:30 p.m., and many people sign on early to have a half hour of socializing.

May Reading

The Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 on Zoom to discuss Michael Nava’s latest novel, Lies with Man. Nava is the author of a very successful detective series featuring Henry Rios, an Hispanic, gay lawyer. Nava has also founded a publishing company which features gay minority authors. The book should be readily available in bookstores and online as well as from the libraries.
— Bruce B., Book Club Leader

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Time2Share is presented by a Mature Friend immediately after the monthly potluck, unless otherwise noted. So, stick around after meal cleanup to be entertained.

May —Jared Solano’s Composing and Playing Music

This month's Time2Share will be presented by Jared Solano. One of Jared's hobbies other than photography is composing and playing music. Using a combination of guitars and digital audio workstation software, Jared will demonstrate a couple of different methods he uses to compose music. If he's feeling brave enough, he might even perform a song.

— Garry R., Time2Share Organizer

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Wine Tasting

The ever-popular wine tastings meet every other month. Mature Friends oenophiles meet in members' homes to taste a variety of wines from different regions around the world.

May Tasting — Chilean Wine

The group opted to move on to Chile for our next tasting to experience the similarities and differences of these neighboring countries’ wine styles. Using the same approach, any style is welcome, white or red. Below is a Wikipedia link to the history (and much more) of how these European style wines were imported into Chile.

Chilean Wine Information

— 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.

May Outing — Samoan Cricket at Jefferson Park

Talofa, gentlemen! (“To life! Live long!” in Samoan.) May 14 marks the post-COVID return of a Saturday cultural event that has long been a mainstay of Seattle’s Samoan community—the lively Samoan version of cricket, called kilikiti (also kirikiti). The game is played with colorful bats, even more colorful sarongs, and enough of a whiff of baseball to make it engaging to watch even if you aren’t quite sure what is going on. During the day, eight men’s teams and four women’s teams will play. To celebrate this grand opening, the day will kick start with a parade. During the course of the day’s games, there are food trucks, cheering Samoans, family gatherings, wickets and a wonderful, uniquely Samoan sport.

The cricket matches are played at the Kilikiti Cricket Pitch in the northwest part of Jefferson Park, south of South Spokane Street, and east of 15th Avenue South. It is very close to the South Columbian Way exit from I-5. We definitely want to enjoy the kickoff parade! The parade details—both time and location—have not been posted yet. It will be on Saturday morning May 14, though, and will end close to the location of the playing fields. My guess is the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. or 10:00,so pencil that time in if you wish to attend.

Jerry P., Oddball Organizer

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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.

May’s Inside Passage Cruise

On May 4, Mature Friends members Arnold Altamirano, Joe Grande, Roger Meers, Dennis Firenze, Kevin Rudesill, and Mark Stanley steamed out of Vancouver aboard the brand-new Discovery Princess. After passing under the picturesque Lions Gate Bridge, we headed north toward Alaska. We met up for a group lunch on Thursday’s day at sea.


We then spent the following day in Ketchikan. Some of us took excursions such as the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show while others enjoyed exploring the town.


On our last day at sea, we met for another group lunch and enjoyed various activities around the ship such as trivia, bingo, shows in the Princess Theater and getting lucky in the casino. Several of us attended each evening’s gay meet-up where we enjoyed getting to know the many other gay men on board from Vancouver, Toronto, California, and Seattle. Now when and where’s that next cruise?!?


The departure date is September 4, 2022. Fifteen days from $5,695.00, including international airfare from Seattle to Glasgow, Scotland, or fourteen days from $4495.00, but without international airfare.

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.

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 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.

Screenings of Gay Themed Movies

Our next Scarecrow screening is Sunday, May 15, at 4:00 p.m., hosted by Scarecrow Video via Zoom. This month’s movie is Swan Song.

Plot: A formerly flamboyant hairdresser takes a long walk across a small town to style a dead woman's hair.

Brian T. & James B., Scarecrow Video coordinator

Seattle International Film Festival

The 48th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is happening in person and virtually from April 14 to 24. Find all the details at the SIFF website. With over 266 films from over 86 countries this festival has something for everyone.
The festival program includes 15 gay feature films and one shorts program, “Out of the Norms.” They hail from all the continents except Antarctica.
One I’m anticipating is the Australian feature Lonesome. The Director Craig Boreham and actor Joshua Lavery are scheduled to attend the screenings.

Shakespeare and Daedalus in Ashland

The 2022 Shakespeare Festival

Due to COVID safety concerns for audiences and artists, we are not yet able to announce a 2022 season schedule or an on-sale date. Check back when the plans are finalized and we are ready to launch our 2022 season. Thanks for understanding.

The 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic. But 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.

— Bruce B.

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Edition: 22NewsMF05-07