New is that Mature Friends has a NEW WEBSITE!
www.mature-friends.org (note the hyphen).
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PO Box 21203, Seattle, WA 98111-3203
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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Orange rows are weekly events.
Eating Date and Time Location Lunch Out Wed., Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. Jimmy’s on Broadway
Dinners Out First Tue., Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Third Tue., Oct. 18, at 6:00 pm.
Palermo’s on Capitol Hill
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Eastside Dinner Out Sun., Oct. 16, at 6:00 p.m. Caliente Kitchen and Bar in Woodinville Sunday Brunch Sun., Oct. 9, at 11:00 a.m. Green Lake Grill Burien Dinner Out Thurs., Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. Fourth Thurs.dinner Thurs., Oct. 27, at 5:15 p.m. Mission Cantina Restaurant Monthly Potluck
Sat., Oct. 29, at 7:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Alehouse Rocks Tues., Oct. 11, at 4:00 p.m. Dirty Couch Brewing
Dinner for Six Set by participants In members’ homes
No October tasting
In members’ homes
June 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
Nile Golf and Country Club
Sat., Aug. 2023, at 4:00 p.m. Hamlin Park, Shoreline
Sat., Dec. 17, at 12:00 p.m. Robb’s 125th Street Grill See reservation form in December newsletter. Playing Date and Time Location Green Lake Walk Every Wed., 10:45 a.m. at
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., Oct. 5, & 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center Board Games
Wed., Oct. 12 (easy) & 26 (more challenge), 1:30 p.m. Blue Highway Games on Queen Ann Bowling
Sun., Oct. 16 at 10:00 a.m.
West Seattle Bowl
Board Meeting Mon., Oct. 10, at 7:00 p.m.
Photography Club Taking a summer break. Wallingford Community Senior Center Time2Share Sat., Oct. 29, at 8:30 p.m. Adventures in Sicily, photos and stories
Investment Club First Sun. of the Month,
at 5:00 p.m.
Hybrid Zoom and in-person meeting Book Club Tue., Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Days Without End
Oddball Outing Fri., Oct. 20, at 2:00 p.m. Next Step Archery in Mountlake Terrace
Walk/Hike Tue., Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. Evans Creek Preserve Trail
No tour this month.
• Zazzi Garden
• Lim Garden
Travel TBD Past trips, foreign and U.S. Scarecrow Screenings Sun., Oct. 16, at 4:00 p.m. Goodbye Seventies
Theater, Music Dates and Details below
West Seattle's Arts West Theater.
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 F, J, T, W
B, K, R, S
G, L, Z
C, H, P Dessert
A, D, E, I, M, N, O, Q, U, V, 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.
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.
October Hike — Evans Creek Preserve Trail
Our October hike will be at Evans Creek Preserve. The park was established when the family who owned the land gave it to the City of Sammamish for a nature preserve and park use. Washington Trails Association built a network of trails that wind through the lower wetland area and the hillside slopes above. There will likely be some fall color for us to see in October.
From the parking lot the trail heads over a creek and branches off through meadows and into wetlands and mixed forest on the slopes. The trail system is a series of loops complete with small bridges, viewing platforms, and an extensive boardwalk. The trails take you through natural wetlands, mossy trees, huge ferns and some overlooks of the meadows. The distance is about two miles with moderate elevation gain.
We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, in front of the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Wear a mask. Carpool riders share the cost. No permit needed to park the car. Those leaving from Volunteer Park will arrive at the trailhead around 10:45 a.m. We will get back to Seattle by 2:00 p.m. Get directions to trailhead with this link to Google Maps.
September Hike — Iron Goat Trail
Our September hike was to be along the Iron Goat Trail near Skykomish, Washington. Unfortunately, we had to cancel this hike due to Highway 2 being closed for the Bolt fire near Snohomish.
August Hike — Sunrise at Mount Rainier and Mud Mountain Dam
Our August hike took us along trails at the Sunrise area in Mount Rainier National Park. Most years we can enjoy the abundant wildflowers in August. We hiked 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 were not so close to the mountain as at the Paradise visitor center, the views were more expansive.
Marty, Timm, and Jim at Sunrise, Mt. Rainier
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.
Roger, Jerry, David, Garry, Gary, Ramon, and Brian at Mud Mountain Dam
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.
Doug, Garry, and Gary on the Trout Lake Trail
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
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Garden ToursThis 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!
In June the Garden Tour visited the W. W. Seymour Conservatory and Point Defiance Park.
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
On Thursday May 12, fifteen Mature Friends met at the Jefferson Greenhouses operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation.
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.
The Tour Guide Explaining to the Group
Lake Wilderness Arboretum
Date still to be determined.
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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.
On October 18we will meet to discuss Sebastian Barry's Days Without End. Barry, an Irish novelist, tells the story of a young Irish immigrant who escapes starvation from the Great Potato Famine, to discover himself and his sexuality in mid-19th Century America.
— Bruce B., Book Club Leader
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Time2ShareTime2Share is presented by a Mature Friend immediately after the monthly potluck, unless otherwise noted. So, stick around after meal cleanup to be entertained.
Tour the island of Sicily via photos and stories by Roy Hamrick and Stephen Carstens and hear about the experiences they had and the people they met.
— Garry R., Time2Share Organizer
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Wine TastingThe 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 October Tasting—
September TastingWe got together at 7:00 p.m. and tasted a selection of wine from the French Alsatian region. All were impressed the the quality of the many white and two red selections.
For more info see the newsletter or Contact Ed K.
July Tasting — Rosés throughout the WorldThese wines can be sophisticated; some will age for a few years — a fine Rose? Champagne can cost hundreds. Just try to pick the best you can, a great one from France, California, New Zealand, etc.
— Ed K., Wine Tasting Organizer
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Oddball OutingThis once-a-month activity that began in 2017, takes us on day trips and activities around the town or to locations nearby. The newsletter gives the location and time.
October Outing —October’s Oddball Outing will be an archery lesson and party at Next Step Archery in Mountlake Terrace. It is a 2-hour event. They give a mini archery class and provide all the necessary equipment and direction to get everyone shooting. Best of all, they direct the group through a variety of unique archery games, casual competition, novelty shots and prizes. It is easy, fun, and not physically demanding.
The cost per person is $40 and refreshments will be provided. At least seven members of Mature Friends are eager to attend and we need to fill out the roster with at least three more.
Contact Jerry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Jerry P., Oddball Organizer
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TravelThis 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?!?
ScotlandThe departure date was 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, 2017On Thursday, November 9, we bused down to Tacoma to visit three Tacoma Museums, including the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, and Washington State History Museum. Each participant chose what museums to see and paid his or her own entry fee.
Special exhibits for November at the Art Museum include “Two Centuries of Still-Life Painting,” “The Dynamic American West,” and “The Art of Framing.” The Museum of Glass showcased special exhibitions dedicated to the work of Dale Chihuly and the glass and steel sculptures of Albert Paley.
Lake Diablo Day Trip, 2017
On August 10, thirteen Mature Friends bused to Diablo Lake. Hop aboard and get a taste of what these tourists saw and experienced. Maybe you can schedule this tour some day.
Diablo Lake Tour
California Coastal Cruise, 2017Departing on April 11, seven Mature Friends sailed on the ten-night California Coastal Cruise departing from Vancouver, B.C. sailing at 4:30 p.m., we cruised down the coat for two days before arriving in Los Angeles, followed by a day on Catalina Island. After Catalina, we embarked for Santa Barbara for a day, ending up with an overnight stay in San Francisco. Then we sailed up the coast for two days before arriving back in Vancouver the morning of April 21.
Escape into Cuba
Five Mature Friends took off on an all-gay tour with seven days in Cuba. They departed from Seattle and arrived in Havana in time for a group dinner.
The tour included a bus overview trip around the city and visits to a rum-bottling facility and a tobacco farm to see the cigar-making process. We also saw the unique mountains and caves in Vinales National Park. The highlights, though, were the explorations of the city we did on our own.
We saw the beautifully renovated plazas and streets in Old Havana (a UNESCO Heritage Site), strolled along the Malecon with hundreds of cell phone-toting Cubans, saw various museums, and reveled in the joy of riding in 1940s and 1950s vintage American car taxis. We all thoroughly enjoyed one another’s company, and it was a trip we will long remember.
Sail Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Sailing Ships
Avast, ye buccaneers! Last summer, our evening sailing on the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain got canceled because of a heavy rain and lightning storm that struck just before our sailing time. This year we tried again.
The three-hour cruise on Lake Washington in reproductions of eighteenth-century sailing ships features booming cannons, close quarter maneuvers, and the singing of sea shanties. Both ships have appeared in numerous movies and television shows. The ships sailed on Saturday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m. from the docks at Carillon Point in Kirkland.
But don’t take my word for it. Read all about it and check out the pictures!
— President Bruce T.
The Cruise to Nowhere, September 16 – 23, 2017
The famous Cruise to Nowhere (actually it went somewhere) departed from Seattle with a one-day stop in Astoria, Oregon, then for two days in San Francisco, and finally one day in Victoria, B.C., before returning to Seattle. This voyage consisted of a full seven-day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas with no airfare required.
Cruise to Nowhere
Rome and Tuscany, April 23 – May 8, 2016
This trip began with a week in Rome. We spent a week in the Eternal City with a gay guide escorting us to the major tourist sites, including ancient, renaissance, and contemporary Rome.
We spent the second week at a private villa in a small hill town in southern Tuscany. Day trips took us to Siena, the wine towns of Montepulciano (home of Brunello wine), Assisi, Pienza, Chiusi (Etruscan sites), Orvieto, the antique fair in Arezzo, and Monte Olivetti Maggiore (a major abbey with a large collection of frescoes by the Renaissance painter Sodoma).
The fabulous trip concluded with a day in Florence. Some travelers extended their tour for a day or more in Florence.
Weekend in Texas, October 30 – November 1, 2015
On Friday, October 30, nine Mature Friends flew on Alaska Airlines nonstop toSan Antonio. We spent a great time in this beautiful city over Day of the Dead (Halloween) weekend, staying at the traditional El Tropicano River Walk Hotel right on the banks of the famous River Walk.
Daily high temperatures hovered around 75º with cloudy and clear skies. San Antonio is a popular convention town and the most visited city in Texas. It has the Alamo, an easily walkable downtown with several museums, and an amazing San Antonio River, which meanders for miles and on which quiet tour boats glide. Great restaurant terraces line the route from which you can watch the lighted boats pass and hear Mariachi and jazz quietly echoing up the canyon. The natural ambiance is romantic and real. And . . .Remember the Alamo!
We spent a low-stress weekend mainly riding the hop-on-hop-off sight-seeing bus. Some in our group had booked a Halloween dinner cruise on the San Antonio River, but at the last minute the cruise got canceled due to heavy rains. Undaunted, the dinner guests got re-booked into a fine restaurant on the River Walk. Others of us went off on our own and also experienced fine dining on the River Walk. Two went to Landry’s Seafood and sat outside by the river. When the rain started, everybody scampered indoors . . . all except for two of us, who decided to stay put when the staff erected an umbrella over us.
Aside from the great food and beautiful scenery along the river banks, we enjoyed touring the Alamo, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Tower of the Americas, La Villita, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, as well as many more sights. We could have spent a week and seen something new every day.
We flew home on Sunday evening after a full day of last-minute of sight-seeing. Everybody had a great time. Thank you, Jerry and Bob, for organizing this relaxing, enjoyable long weekend in Texas.
Cruising the San Juans 2013In September 2013, several Mature Friends set sail to spend a long weekend cruising the San Juan Islands in the northern part of Puget Sound. But don't listen to me, check out the trip for yourselves:
Boating through the San Juans
Reno Gambling TripTwenty-one people took off for our annual gambling trip on May 12. The package included round-trip airfare and accommodations at the El Dorado Resort Casino. We arrived in Reno shortly after 5:00 p.m., just in time for cocktail hour in the Roxy bar.
But to get the full story, come on and click the link and see some pictures of this relaxing three-day excursion.
Reno or Bust!
Grand Tour of China 2014In April 2014, about twenty Mature Friends set off for an adventure of a lifetime — touring China! To read about the trip, all we did, all we saw, please click the link:
Tour of ChinaAnd enjoy the pictures, too!
Spain and France 2014On October 12, 2014, twenty-four Mature Friends took off for Madrid, where they began a two-week tour of Northern Spain and Southern France. Please click the following link to see some of the sights they saw:
Tour of Spain and Southern France
Don’t forget to click the links in the story to see some pictures.
Cruise Down the Asian CoastAt the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, several Mature Friends took a cruise down the East Coast of Asia. We began in Hong Kong and ended up in Singapore. As with the tour of China, we saw several incredible sites, but without the hassle of unpacking and repacking, because our Holland-America ship acted as our home base. Check out this great cruise:
Cruise Down the Asian Coast
Cruise to AlaskaOn April 29, a few Mature Friends set off on a short cruise off the Alaskan coast to Ketchikan. Everybody had a great time, as usual on a Mature Friends’ voyage. Check out some of the pictures of this relaxing trip
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Theater and MusicThis section lists local theater and music productions that might be of interest to Mature Friends.
Mature Friends Go to the Theater!
Live theater in West Seattle happens at a small equity operation that produces thought-provoking plays in an intimate setting located in the Alaska Junction. This year they are making a deal for us. The season includes six shows. We will be attending each show mid-run Friday nights. The first event will be October 7 with a reception for us and a chance to meet the general director who will tell us about the season. Two plays this year have a gay theme.
The bridge is back up. Parking is easy and the C Line stops out front. If you want to join with us Arts West at (206) 938-0339 and mention Mature Friends. The season price is $137.80 which is a 35 percent discount which amounts to only $23.00 per performance. Individual tickets can be purchased for $25.00 which is discount for us.
If you would like a taste of the Arts West quality see the attached stream of a show from this past year. It is part of the production of HERE THERE BE DRAGONS. https://vinmeo.com/740420073 Password: SISTAH.
We plan for a good experience with lively discussion after each performance.
Screenings of Gay Themed MoviesOur next screening is Sunday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m., hosted by Scarecrow Video via Zoom.
Movie – Minyan. A young Russian Jewish immigrant in Brighton Beach, caught up in the tight constraints of his community, develops a close friendship with his grandfather’ s new neighbors, two elderly closeted gay men who open his imagination to the possibilities of love and the realities of loss, as he explores the East Village where he finds a world teeming with the energy of youth, desire, and risk.
— Brian T. & James B., Scarecrow Video Coordinators
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:
- As You Like It
- All’s Well that Ends Well
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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