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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Eating Date and Time Location
Monthly Potluck
Food Contributions
Sat., Feb., 26, at 6:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Lunch Out Wed., Jan. 12, at 12:30 p.m. Jimmy’s on Broadway
Dinners Out First Tue., Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Third Tue., Jan. 18, at 6:00 pm.
Palermo’s on Capitol Hill
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Eastside Dinner Out Sun., Jan. 16, at 6:00 p.m. Cactus
Burien Dinner Out Thurs., Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Azteca Restaurant
Alehouse Rock Tues., Jan. 11, at 4:00 p.m. Greenwood’s Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
Dinner for Six on break until Feb. In members’ homes
Wine Tasting  Wine
Mon., Jan. 17, at 7:00 p.m.
In members’ homes
Annual Banquet
Banquet Form
June TBD, 2022
Women’s University Club
Annual Picnic
Sat., Aug. TBD, 2022 Hamlin Park, Shoreline
Christmas Lunch
Sat., Dec. TBD, 2022 Robb’s 125th Street Grill   See reservation form in newsletter.
Playing Date and Time Location
Board Meeting Mon., Jan. 10, at 7:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
Bridge Club 1 Every Wed., 7:00 p.m. Wallingford Community Senior Center
Pinochle Club2  Wed., Jan. 5, & 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Online via Pinochle app by Karman Games.
See newsletter for contact person.
Board Games
Irregular sched., 1:30 p.m. Blue Highway Games on Queen Anne
Bowling Suspended Evergreen Lanes, Everett.
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.
Time2Share Sat., Jan. 29, after the potluck Homosexuality and the Bible
Book Club Tue., Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
André Gide’s The Counterfeiters (Les Faux moneyeurs)
Oddball Outing  None this month The Connections Museum last month
A Better Club for Investing   Suspended Members, contact club leader for location.
See newsletter for contact information.
Walk/Hike Tue., Jan. 18, at 10.00 a.m. Washington Park Arboretum
Garden Tour
None scheduled
NOTE: An activity head for Garden Tours is needed.
Travel Scotland, Sept. 4, 2022 Past trips, foreign and U.S.
Scarecrow  Screenings Sun., Jan. 16, 4:00 p.m. I Love You, Phillip Morris, via Zoom. See newsletter for link and passcode.
Theater, Music Dates and Details below
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 B, D, G, I
Hot Dish
C, E, M, P, Q, R
A, J, N, O, T
F, S, U, V, X, Y, Z
H, K, L, W

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.

January Hike — Washington Park Arboretum

Our January hike will be on trails in the Washington Park Arboretum, which has miles of trails through a varied landscape and a large variety of plants. The trails here are often visited in warm weather, such as to admire the Azaleas blooming in May, but it’s interesting in winter too. The Winter Garden is a treat from late November through the end of March, when much of the rest of the park is quiet and subdued. There are other features like the rhododendron glen and the Pacific Connections Garden at the south end of the arboretum.

 Before being established as a park and arboretum, the land was the property of the Puget Mill Company. After a final timber harvest in 1896, the land exchanged ownership a number of times before the creation of Washington Park. There are several trail options for a loop hike. The hike will be around three miles long, with about 50 feet of elevation gain.

We will meet at the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle, WA 98112 at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18. Wear a mask and bring your own hand sanitizer. You can use Google Maps to get directions from where you are by clicking on this link.

December Hike — Camp Long

In December we hiked along trails in Camp Long in West Seattle.  Last year we canceled this hike due to high winds, so we tried again. There is an extensive network of trails in this 68-acre park. The park has some old growth forest, wildlife, a variety of hiking trails, rock climbing, and an environmental education center. Originally built to serve organized scouting groups Camp Long was opened to the general public in 1984.

Garry, Lance, Doug, and Larry Hiking Camp Long

There is also an opportunity to hike a trail along nearby Longfellow Creek. Longfellow Creek is a three-mile waterway running south to north through the Delridge Valley in West Seattle and emptying into the Duwamish River at the head of Elliott Bay. Longfellow is one of only three natural waterways left within the Seattle City limits that remain free flowing. There has been a community effort to restore the creek for several years including yearly fish releases conducted by local schools.

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.

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

John, Garry, Doug,Tim, Michael, Lance, Roger on the Lodge Lake Hike in August

Mike, Gary, Lance, Marty, Ron, and Roger on the Robe Canyon 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!

Garden tours have been suspended until we find someone to lead this activity.

A Private Gardens

July 13, 2019, brought Mature Friends the opportunity to tour a private gardens located in West Seattle. We began at the garden of Gary Lindberg.

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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.

December Reading

The Book Club will meet through Zoom on Tuesday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss André Gide’s novel The Counterfeiters.
— Bruce B., Book Club Leader

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Time2Share is presented by any Mature Friend immediately after the Pot Luck, unless otherwise noted. So, stick around after meal cleanup to be entertained.

January —Homosexuality and the Bible

Rick Shaffer will be our presenter. After 25 years in the broadcasting industry, in 2002, Rick earned a four-year Master of Divinity degree from Central Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He has since left all organized religion to develop an entirely new spiritual movement, known as Ruach (Roo'- Awk)
LIVE. Rick will be using his academic skills to understand what the Bible really says about modern homosexuality.

December —Poetry

After a favorable reception awhile back, Jim Weston did an encore presentation of some of his most recent poems, along with many favorites he’s
collected over a period of sixty years. The poems covered such topics as Murphy beds to the L.A. freeways. There was something here for everyone!

— Garry R., Time2Share Organizer

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Wine Tasting

The ever-popular wine tastings meet every other month. With November 2021 we are resuming “live” tastings rather than on Zoom.

NOTE: When meeting on Zoom, if you invite a Mature Friends oenophile or two to join you, plan on using one computer to avoid audio issues.

January Tasting — Wine Club Goes Out East

For this evening we will sample the vast array of wine throughout the United States: anywhere east of the West Coast—such as Texas and New Mexico, New York State’s Great Lakes region, and so on.

This is an opportunity to discover a new and delicious bottle from Altoona, Nashville, or Central Ohio.

This one is live for vaccinated attendees at the home of Stephen and Roy. See newsletter for address.

Contact Ed K. if you plan to attend (for a head count).

November Tasting — Nine Syrahs from Washington's Columbia Valley

The tasting focused on Syrah red wine from the Walla Walla AVA, probably Washington’s most highly respected wine region. Many of us have visited here and seen its dozens of tasting rooms. Surrounded by the Walla Walla River, Columbia Valley supplies much of the grapes to the wineries, continuing into Oregon. Syrah is a popular and pricey wine in this region and it took some searching for quality and value. We saw this tasting as a celebration of the holiday season. Wikipedia has introductory information regarding all aspects of Walla Walla Syrah.

— 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.

No Outing in January

December's Outing — Connections Museum

In December we'll visit the Connections Museum (formerly called the Herbert H. Warrick Jr. Museum of Communications). A unique, glorious cornucopia of telephones, switchboards, and knock-your-socks-off fascinating displays of telephone communications equipment and networks.

The museum is located in Georgetown at 7000 East Marginal Way S. The entrance is at the rear of the building next to the large parking lot. The cost is $5 and visitors must show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 to enter. The museum prefers to limit the number of people
to 15.

November's Outing —The French Dispatch" at the Movies

We saw Wes Anderson’s latest delight, The French Dispatch, at the Regal Thornton Place Theater. This deadpan movie is about a French version of a New Yorker sort of magazine with eccentric writers who have gathered to write the obituary of the recently deceased editor. The cast includes Bill Murray, Timothée Chalamet, Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Christoph Waltz, and Elisabeth Moss, among others.

Captioning devices are available free of charge. The theater is located at 316 NE Thornton Place at Northgate. There is plenty of free parking and the theater is an easy, short walk from the Northgate Light Rail Station.

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.


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, November 21, at 4:00 p.m.,via Zoom. The film is The Object of My Affection.

A pregnant New York City social worker develops romantic feelings for her gay best friend, and decides she'd rather raise her child with him, much to the dismay of her overbearing boyfriend.

Brian T. & James B., Scarecrow Video coordinator

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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