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., Nov., 20, at 6:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Lunch Out Wed., Nov. 10, at 12:30 p.m. Capitol Hill DeLuxe Bar & Grill
Dinners Out First Tue., Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.
Third Tue., Nov. 16, at 6:00 pm.
Palermo’s on Capitol Hill
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
East-Side Dinner Out Sun., Nov. 21, at 6:00 p.m. George's Kirkland
Burien Dinner Out Thurs., Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m. Classic Eats Restaurant
Alehouse Rock Tues., Nov. 19, at 4:00 p.m. Ballard's Fair Isle Brewery at 936 NW 49th Street
Dinner for Six on break until Feb. In members’ homes
Wine Tasting  Wine
Mon., Nov. 18, at 7:00 p.m.
'Live again' at member's home
Annual Banquet
Banquet Form
June TBD, 2022
Women’s University Club
Annual Picnic
Sat., Aug. TBD, 2022 Hamlin Park, Shoreline
Christmas Lunch
Sat., Dec. 11 at 1:00 p.m. Robb’s 125th Street Grill   See reservation form in newsletter.
Playing Date and Time Location
Board Meeting Mon., Nov. 8, at 7:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
Bridge Club 1 Every Wed., 7:00 p.m. Wallingford Community Senior Center
Pinochle Club2  Wed., Nov. 3, & 17, at 7:00 p.m.
Online via Pinochle app by Karman Games.
See newsletter for contact person.
Board Games
Irregular sched., 7:00 p.m. See the newsletter.
Bowling Every Sun. at 10:00 a.m.
except November is canceled.
Evergreen Lanes, Everett. See newsletter for address.
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., Nov. 20, after the potluck Alan Scott presents a multimedia show of marine life around Cocos Island.
Book Club Tue., Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Two novellas by Thomas Mann:
Tonio Kröger
and Death in Venice.
Oddball Outing  Thurs., Nov. 4, at 1:10 p.m. The French Dispatch”, at the Regal Thornton
Place Theater
A Better Club for Investing   Suspended Members, contact club leader for location.
See newsletter for contact information.
Walk/Hike Tue., Dec. 21, at 10.00 a.m. Camp Long
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., Nov. 21, 4:00 p.m. The Object of My Affection, 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 A, F, K, P, Z
Hot Dish
D, I, N, S
H, M, R, W
B, G, L, V
C, E, J, O, T, 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.

December Hike — Camp Long

Our December hike will be along trails in Camp Long in West Seattle.  Last year we cancelled this hike due to high winds so we will try 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.

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.

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21, at the Camp Long parking lot, 5200 35th Ave. SW.  Here is a Google Maps link to the entrance to the park. Open the link to get driving directions from where you are. With the West Seattle Bridge still closed allow time for an indirect route.

November Hike — Discovery Park

In November hiked along the loop trail at Discovery Park. It passes through forest and open meadows, offers extensive views, and good prospects for seeing a variety of birds. The loop trail is 2.8 miles long with 140 feet of elevation gain. As an interesting add on, we visited South Beach and the West Point Lighthouse. From there a walk on the North Beach Trail along the shore took us back up to the main loop trail. With this option the total distance was 4.4 miles and 472 feet of elevation gain.

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

Discovery Park at 534 acres is the largest city park in Seattle and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. There is an Environmental Learning Center, and the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center facilitates events and programming to help reconnect Indians in the Puget Sound region to their heritage.

October Hike was at Lord Hill Regional Park

With the return of fall weather, we changed to one hike per month. In October we hiked through Lord Hill Regional Park near Snohomish, Washington.

Top - Larry, Jeff, Tim, Ron, John, Rick, Alan   Bottom - Vasco, Garry

The park is a 1,463-acre nature preserve with many miles of trails. Depending on which trails we took, we saw beaver ponds, dense forest lands, views of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges as well as access to the Snohomish River, wetlands, many species of plants and mushrooms, and wildlife. We hiked here on a beautiful fall day several years ago, exploring forested trails and stopped for lunch at the side of a pond.

The trail head is several miles south of Snohomish, Washington. No pass is required at the trail head. Google Maps link to the trail head.

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.

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.

November Reading

The Book Club will meet on Zoom to discuss two novellas by Thomas Mann: Tonio Kröger [1903] and Death in Venice [1912]. Mann was famous as a novella writer, but also as a novelist, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 19291. (He died in 1955.)  Both are widely available, especially Death in Venice, but I recommend reading Tonio Kröger first. If possible, choose a translation other than Lowe-Porter. These two shorter works will provide background for our December choice, Colm Toibin’s The Magician.
— 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.

November —Undersea Adventures

Alan Scott will share his experience venturing 120 miles west of Costa Rica to Cocas Island in March, 2008. Many fascinating creatures, large and small, some obvious and others concealed, occupy those waters. Divers today find amazing schools of hammerhead sharks while night divers encounter hundreds of white tip sharks. Alan will give a multi-media presentation featuring all this complex marine life around Cocos Island.

Also to be shown, the local Bottom Dwellers SCUBA club's 2006 Andaman Sea adventure around the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea off the west coast of Thailand.

The underwater video equipment Alan now uses for his photography will be available to view and try.

October Presentation Showed the Geography of Norway

Hiker Vincent took us to Norway's Lofoten Archipelago via photos. Located far north of the Arctic Circle, this region is known for its distinctive scenery: dramatic mountain peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands.

— 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.

November Tasting —Syrah red wine from the Walla Walla AVA

The tasting will focus 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 will take searching for quality and value. TI see this tasting as a celebration of the holiday season. Wikipedia has introductory information regarding all aspects of Walla Walla Syrah.

September Tasting was Albarino

Last September we selected the wonderful, fresh, crisp Spanish white wine, Albarino from Galicia in northeast Spain. The same wine is made in a nearby area of Portugal.

The Albarino grape produces an acidic, low alcohol wine. This truly wonderful white can be paired with fish or meat as a result of its fairly intense flavor. Recently it has been cultivated in parts of California and Australia, though we chose from the original Spanish selections.

This month's attendees shared their thoughts on their own wines over Zoom which were quite entertaining. The turnout was lower than usual despite the fact that we had never discussed this varietal.

— 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.

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

We will see 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.

October Outing

October’s Oddball Outing allowed us to experience the new light rail stations with Mature Friends!

We boarded the Light Rail and traveled to the three new light rail stations, disembarking at each one to explore the surroundings and design. Our first stop was the new University of Washington Station on University Avenue. From there, we explored the Roosevelt Station and finally the new end-of-the-line Northgate 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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