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., Aug. 10, at 12:30 p.m. Jimmy’s on Broadway
Dinners Out First Tue., Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m.
Third Tue., Aug. 16, at 6:00 pm.
Palermo’s on Capitol Hill
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Eastside Dinner Out Sun., Aug. 21, at 6:00 p.m. Woodin Creek Kitchen & Tap
Burien Dinner Out Thurs., Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m.

Azteca Mexican Restaurant

Monthly Potluck
Food Contributions
No potluck in Aug. in favor of a picnic.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Alehouse Rock Tues., Aug. 9, at 4:00 p.m. Magnuson Café & Brewery
Dinner for Six Set by participants In members’ homes
Wine Tasting  Wine
No tasting this month.
In members’ homes
Annual Banquet
Banquet Form
June TBD, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
Nile Golf and Country Club
Annual Picnic
Food Contributions
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., Aug. 3, & 17, at 7:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Board Games
Wed., Aug. 17 & 31, 1:30 p.m. Blue Highway Games on Queen Ann
Board Meeting Mon., Aug. 8, at 7:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
Photography Club Taking a summer break. Wallingford Community Senior Center
Time2Share Wed., Aug. 27, at about 6:30 p.m. Post-picnic drumming performance by Curt Johnson
Investment Club First Sun. of the Month,
at 5:00 p.m.
Hybrid Zoom and in-person meeting
Book Club Tue., Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Via Zoom: The Kingdom of Sand,
by Andrew Holleran
Oddball Outing  Thurs., Aug. 19, at 2:30 p.m. Woodland Park Lawn Bowling, Bocce, and Croquet Club
Walk/Hike Tue., Aug. 16, at 9:30 a.m. Sunrise at Mt. Rainier
Garden Tour 
No tour this month.
July's tour:
• Zazzi Garden
Lim Garden
Travel Scotland, Sept. 4, 2022 Past trips, foreign and U.S.
Scarecrow  Screenings Sun., Aug. 21, at 4:00 p.m. Bad Boy Street
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.

3 Not a club-sponsored event.


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

From May’s Potluck

May 2022


Some of the KItchen Staff



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.

August Hike — Sunrise at Mount Rainier

Our August hike will be along trails at the Sunrise area in Mount Rainier National Park. Most years we can enjoy the abundant wildflowers in August. We will hike the Sunrise Back Country Loop Trail. This is a moderate hike, about three miles long with around 300 feet of elevation gain.

The Sunrise area perches on the east side of Mount Rainier and is accessed from highway 410. In addition to the wildflower displays in August there are views of the mountain and various mountain ranges. Since we are not so close to the mountain as at the Paradise visitor center, the views are more expansive.

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, in front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Those leaving from Volunteer Park will arrive at Sunrise around 12:00 p.m. We will be back in Seattle between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Bring a lunch and water. Wear a mask. Carpool riders share the cost of the mileage. A Senior Pass or Golden Age Pass will cover the park entrance fee for a driver and passengers. Otherwise, there is a $30.00 entrance fee. Get driving directions from where you are with Google Maps link to Sunrise Visitor Center.

July Hike — Trout Lake on the West Fork Foss River

The Trout Lake Trail along the west fork of the Foss River leads into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The first lake in a series of lakes along the trail is Trout Lake. The hike to Trout Lake is what I call a high value hike — lots of benefit for modest effort.

Doug, Garry, and Gary on the Trout Lake Trail

Located south of Highway 2 just east of Skykomish this mile and a half (three miles round trip) hike has varied mountain scenery with only a modest 534 feet of elevation gain. The well-maintained trail starts through lowland forest, and in about a third of a mile reaches the river, with a view of a waterfall cascading down the mountain on the other side of the valley. At about a half mile a new bridge across the river showcases views of rapids on the river. Continuing through evergreen forest there are large old trees, including a large old Douglas fir that somehow escaped the loggers. Soon the lake is reached, with several spots along the shore for lunch and soaking up the mountain scenery.

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.

From L to R, Roger, Jim, Lance, Greg, Marty, Tim, Jeff, and Gary. Photo by Alan Scott

May Hikers at Cedar Bluff

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

Hikers at Shoreview Park

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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!

June Tour—

In June the Garden Tour visited the W. W. Seymour Conservatory and Point Defiance Park.

In the Seymour Conservatory

Located at 316 South G Street, Tacoma, the Conservatory at Wright Park, which opened in 1908, reopened on May 14th of this year. We will meet our docent in front of the Conservatory on Thursday June 16th at 10:30 a.m. The tour lasts 30 to 45 minutes. If more than 12 attend, we will be split into two groups, one group touring the Conservatory while the other does a self-guided tree identification tour in adjoining Wright Park. Upon completion of the first tour, the groups will switch. After touring the Conservatory, we will proceed to Point Defiance Park, 5400 North Pearl Street.

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 for a half hour of socializing.

August Reading

The Book Club will meet via Zoom on Monday, August 16, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Andrew Holleran's new novel, The Kingdom of Sand. Copies in
all formats are available at Seattle Public and King County Library systems, with a relatively short waiting list. There are used and new copies available in bookstores and online, but the paperback has not been released yet.

On September 20 we will meet to discuss David Bergman's Gay American Autobiography: Writings from Whitman to Sedaris, an anthology of short pieces by American Gay Writers from the 19th to the 21st century.
— 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.

August — Mature Friends Webmaster and Snare Drummer

At this month’s picnic potluck, Curt Johnson will kindly give us another performance of his drumming skills.

Curt Drumming

Cavalier Drummers’ Reunion in Chicago

Curt began playing snare drum when 10 years old in the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of his hometown of Rockford, Il. He played with them for 6 years, marching in parades and in drum corps contests throughout the Midwest.

In the fall of 1961, he joined the national champion Chicago Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, marching with them for another 6 years. In the Cavaliers, they competed throughout the entire country, including Seattle in 1963.

Curt will demonstrate some of the basics of snare drumming,beginning with holding the sticks. Then he will introduce some of the 26 standard rudiments.

He’ll teach the difference between street beats and drum solos, as well as play a few different roll-offs, which introduce music. The most famous roll-off is the one that introduces the fanfare to 20th Century Fox movies.

After the performance, you will be invited to come up and hold the sticks and play a basic rudiment or two. If you are not sick of the noise by then, there might be a few encores. He’s been practicing and is excited about this year’s exhibition.

July — Canceled

May — Jared Played Guitar and Sang

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 demonstrated a couple of different methods he used to compose music.

— 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.


No tasting this month.

July Tasting — Rosés throughout the World

These wines can be sophisticated; some will age for a few years — a fine Rosé Champagne can cost hundreds. Just try to pick the best you can, a great one from France, California, New Zealand, etc.

May Tasting — Chilean Wine

The group tasted Chilean wines— white and 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.

August Outing — Lawn Bowling

Get ready for a perfect summer afternoon! For August’s Oddball Outing, the great folks at the Woodland Park Lawn Bowling, Bocce, and Croquet Club will treat us to an afternoon of lawn bowling. They will explain the rules, show us how to roll the balls, help us keep score and provide all the equipment. It will be great fun, and there just may be prizes for the winning team and best outfit.

All you need to bring are good humor and flat-bottomed shoes that will not harm their lawn. (The latter is a strict requirement.) Because we are a group they want to reach out to as part of the Seattle Parks Department, there is no charge to attend.

Our outing will take place on Friday, August 19, at 2:30 p.m. We will meet at the club, which is perched on a hillside overlooking Green Lake. The address is 6150 Whitman Avenue North in Seattle.

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 A, Joe G, Roger M, Dennis F, Kevin R, and Mark S 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 screening is Sunday, August 21, at 4:00 p.m., hosted by Scarecrow Video via Zoom.

MovieBad Boy Street.  A chance encounter between a young American (Kevin Miranda) and an older Parisian (Yann De Monterno) develops
into something more.

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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