Mature Friends Newsletter



What’s New in May
Mailing Address:
Mature Friends
PO Box 21203, Seattle, WA 98111-3203
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Every month, Mature Friends publishes the newsletter with updates on our activities. So, here is what we’re up to this month, such as traveling (both locally and internationally), attending arts events, playing bridge or pinochle, reading and discussing books, making investments, touring gardens, taking walks and going on hikes, choosing among many options for dinners and lunches, cooking, and tasting fine wines from our own state, from other states, and from around the world.

NOTICE
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We really need three people to volunteer for board member. Please consider this low effort output for the sake of the club.
For more info contact the president, Bruce Terrey.


 


Goings On

Please click on underlined area for additional information.


Eating Date and Time Location
Lunch Out  🍴 Wed., May 8 and 22, at
12:00 noon
Roosters on Broadway
Dinner Out 🍴
First Tuesday [NEW] –>
Third Tuesday –>

Tues., May 7,  at 6:30 p.m.
Tues., May. 21, at 6:00 p.m.

Palermo’s on Capitol Hill, 350 15th Avenue East.
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Monthly Potluck 🍴
Food Contributions
Sat., May 18
Appetizers at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Wine Tasting  Wine
Mon., May 20, at 7:00 p.m.
In members’ homes
Dinner for Six 🍴 Determined by participants In members’ homes
Annual Banquet 🍴
Banquet Form
Sat., June 15
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Women’s University Club
Annual Picnic  🌭
Sat., Aug. 17
Appetizers at 12:00 noon
Meridian Park 
Christmas Lunch  🎄
Sat., Dec. 14
Cocktails at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch at 1:15 p.m.
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Reservations must be received by Dec. 11.
See Newsletter for reservation form.
Playing Date and Time Location
Bridge Club1 🃏 Every Wed. at 7:00 p.m. Wallingford Community Senior Center
Pinochle Club2  🃏 Wed., May 1 and 15, at 7:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Green Lake Walk  🌳 Every Wed. at 11:00 a.m.
S.W. Corner of Green Lake at tree #51 on map
(Afterwards, lunch at the Blue Star Cafe and Pub.)
A Better Club for Investing    📈 Sun., TBD, at 5:00 p.m.  
Members, contact club leader Karl for location;
See newsletter for contact information.
Book Club    📖 Tue, May 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Sapiens: a Brief History of Humankind,
by Noah Harar.
See member newsletter for location.
Board Meeting  📓 Mon., May 13, at 7:00 p.m.
In a board member’s home
Walk/Hike 🚶 Tue., May 21, at 9:30 a.m. Baker River Trail
Garden Tour  🌺
Thu., May 16, at 11:00 a.m.
Rhododentrom Species Botanical Garden
Theater, Music  🎭 Dates and Details below
SIFF 2019 and Fifth Annual Shakespeare
Festival, Ashland, OR, and more....
Scarecrow  Screenings  🎭 Sun., May 19, at 3:00 p.m. Boy Culture
Silent Movie
Mon., May 6
Cocktails at 5:00 p.m.
Movie at 7:00 p.m.
Blueacre Seafood
Paramont Theater
Oddball Outing  Thu., May 9, at 1:00 p.m.
Boehms Candies and Chocolates 
Travel and Events  ✈️ Various trips, foreign and U.S.
Check our destinations

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 is $4.00 per night for members and for nonmembers.


 


Potluck Contributions

On the last Saturday of the month, the membership meets for a big potluck at the Wallingford Community Senior Center

No June or August Potluck: in June, our annual banquet substitutes for the potluck, and in August, the picnic substitutes.

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 L, P, S
Main Dish
A, C, D, F, H, V, Z
Vegetable
E, G, R, T
Salad
B, N, O
Dessert
I, J, K, N, W

1 For those assigned to bring an appetizer, please arrive early.

 


Walk/Hike

Once a month, our hike leader takes a group on a day hike through some beautiful territory. If the hike leads the group out of town and you share a ride, expect to chip in $5.00 or $10.00, depending on the distance, to the driver for gas. Also, the group sometimes brown bags it for lunch along the trail. Other than that, this activity is an invigorating, frugal day’s entertainment!

So why not join us on the next hike?

May Hike: Baker River Trail

Our hike in May will be along the Baker River Trail. The trail goes alongside the Baker River, that flows from the south side of Mt. Baker. It takes you on a path of gentle up and downs, and wanders among large old trees and huge mossy boulders. As we look out toward the river we will see the powerful forces of nature that bring so many large old trees down, lying half submerged in the middle of the water. We will hike as far as Lake Creek, a good lunch spot. On our way back we can do a detour on the north end of the Baker Lake Trail, to the bridge over the river, with good views up and down the river. Our hike will be about two and a half miles long, with minimal elevation gain.

We will meet for carpooling at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, at the north end of Northgate Shopping Center, just off Northgate Way, in front of the Bank of America building. Bring a lunch and water. Car pool riders share the cost. A Senior Pass or Northwest Forest Pass is required at the trail head. We will get back to Seattle by 4:00 p.m.

Directions


If you wish to drive directly to the trail head:

  1. From Sedro-Woolley follow State Route 20 east for 17 miles to milepost 82.

  2. Turn left on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road #11).

  3. Continue on the Baker Lake Highway for 25 miles to the road's end.

  4. Turn left on Road #1168.
    Road #1168 ends in 0.5 mile at the trailhead and parking area.

The distance from Seattle is 108 miles.


April Hike: Mima Mounds

Our April hike led us on a trail through the Mima Mounds near Littlerock, Washington. Many theories exist as to what created the Mima Mounds. Everything from geologic forces to extraterrestrials have been cited to explain the strange lumps that carpet the 445-acres of this National Natural Landmark.  A loop trail wends among, around, and even over some of the mounds.  Views of Mount Rainier and even Mount St. Helens are possible when it's clear. If the timing is right, you may see many wildflowers, including the camas lily. Our loop trail hike was about 2.5 miles long, with minimal elevation gain.

Hikers at Mima Mounds

Dale, Garry, David, Keith, Stephen, and Lee at Mima Mounds

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, Garry, Jerry, Brian, and Duane Hiking in Seward Park

December Hikers in Carkeek Park

Garry, Phil, Luis, and Dale on the Cougar Mountain Trail

Dale, Keith, Garry, and Roger on the Big Four Ice Caves 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. Led by our resident horticulturalist, Dr. John Wott, you see a variety of plants, flowers, and shrubs. So, if you like plants and gardens or if you’re just interested to learn a little about horticulture, come join us!


First Tour of the Season: Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Mature Friends kicks off the 2019 season on Thursday, May 16, at 11:00 a.m., with a visit to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. The tour is scheduled to be led by our own Garry Richardson, who volunteers there.

Home to one of the largest collections of rhododendrons in the world, the garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as in the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia. Expect the tour, gift shop, and visitor center experience to last about two hours.

The tour costs $8:00 or $5:00 for 65+ and free for retired military. The address is :

2525 S. 336th Street
Federal Way, Washington 98003

On your GPS search for Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden as the directions are much more accurate. Look for signs. Contact Dan O. for carpooling options. Check out the link for more information: Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden.

Next door to the garden, you will find the Pacific Bonsai Museum, which you’re welcome to enjoy on your own before or after the tour.

August and October 2018 Tours — Amazon Spheres (Take Two)

In August twelve Mature Friends were selected by lottery to tour the three spheres of the newly opened Amazon headquarters. The tour was limited to twelve members all drawn by lottery.

Spheres

On October 30, another group toured the spheres. Dr. Wott selected eighteen again by lottery. Luckily he was able to talk Amazon into accepting the larger group. I have posted more photos taken by Garden Tour participant Brian.

Brian's Spheres Album


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Wine Tasting

This every-other-month activity is hosted in a Mature Friends member’s home. The newsletter gives the location and wines to be tasted. RSVP to Ed K. (see newsletter for contact information).

May Tasting

We will meet on Monday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of Austrian wine. We hope the evening will provide us with a sampling of wine from regions throughout the country. Wine has a four-thousand-year history in Austria and through war, pestilence and corruption (in the 1980s it was discovered that antifreeze chemicals were mixed in some wine to increase “sweetness”).

Since then Austrian wine has evolved as a highly controlled, quality industry. In the United States we don’t often speak of these wines. This tasting of white as well as red wine may prove to be enlightening. Wikipedia has extensive information regarding the country’s history and wine production.
 
As many know, one of our members has a wine cast and below is a link to a two-part YouTube video full of details relating to Austrian wine.

Austrian Wine Winecast Part 1    Austrian Wine Winecast Part 2

March Tasting


On March 18, two members hosted ten of us oenophiles to “judge” a recommended selection of Costco wine. The evening was more fun than delicious (aside from cheeses and other goodies served by our hosts). Most wines were given high ratings by the Costco sommelier, which seemed less absolute than price related. This certainly makes sense since they were anywhere from $7.00 to $30.00, but the ratings were usually “90.” And all were terrific values but you have to keep expectations in check. The $18.00 Champagne with a score of 90 won’t be the same as a $34.00 from a merchant you can talk to. There were eight bottles and plenty left over. The experience was helpful. At Costco you save 20–30 percent (by my rough research). And once you pick some you like, there are plenty of bottles to take home.

The Costco Wines We Tasted



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. Many events require an RSVP to Jerry P. (see newsletter for contact information).

May Outing


May’s Oddball Outing will be a private guided tour of Boehm’s Candies and Chocolates in Issaquah. We will be escorted through their chocolate factory, admire the newest batch of peanut brittle, and see the art of handmade chocolate making, as dippers roll and dip tasty truffles and mold chocolate with a variety of molds. Yes, tasting is included! We will also explore the authentic chalet where Boehm’s founder lived. The tour will take place on Thursday, May 9, at 1:00 p.m. and will last about one hour. The cost of the tour is $7.00. Our tour group is limited to 15, so you MUST reserve a place in order to attend. Reservations must be made by May 7.



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Travel and Events

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.

Southern Oregon Road Trip

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Daedalus Aids Benefit
Our trip for 2019 will be September 13 through 16. We will see four plays, three by Shakespeare: Macbeth, As You Like It, All’s Well that Ends Well, and one by Paula Vogel, Indecent, which presents the story of a ground breaking and scandalous Yiddish play produced in 1932 on Broadway. We will also participate in the Daedalus Festival on September 16, including the semi-staged reading of a play related to gay themes or AIDS, and a talent show which includes the ever-popular underwear contest, where teams from the company compete and you vote for the most interesting underwear [or person in the underwear] with your dollar bills.  Costs will be around $400, which includes tickets to four plays and the two Daedalus Events, a group dinner, and happy hour cocktails each afternoon. It does not include housing, transportation or other meals.

See the newsletter for more details.
 

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 barbequed 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.

Pictures to come. Stay tuned!

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 will 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.

Silent Movie Monday

Join Mature Friends on May 6 for Happy Hour and Silent Movie Mondays at the Paramount Theater. Happy Hour begins around 5:00 p.m. at Blueacre Seafood, 1700-7th Avenue (corner 7th Avenue and Olive). At 6:30 p.m., we walk the two blocks over to the Paramount Theater for the silent movie. Movie tickets are only $7.00 for seniors.

Monday, May 6: “Man There Was” (1917)


Filmed in 1917 and directed by Victor Sjostrom, this Swedish drama is based on a poem of the same title by Henrik Ibsen. With a bidget of 60,000 Swedish Krona, it was the most expensive Swedish film up to that time, marking a new direction in Swedish cinema: More funding for fewer films with higher quality. This film is considered to be the start of the golden age of Swedish silent film.

Plot: Terje Vigen lives happily with his wife and little girl on a small island in Norway. In 1809, because of the English blockade, poor people start starving, and he decides to row to Denmark to bring food to his family. On the way back, he is captured by a ruthless English captain and sent to jail in England. When he was finally freed in 1814 and could return home, he finds that his wife and daughter have died. He takes up a solitary life in his house overlooking the sea. One night he sees a British yacht in distress in a storm. He rushes to her help and discovers that the skipper is the same man that had taken him prisoner and broken his life many years before.


Screening of “The Celluloid Closet

Our next screening is Sunday, May 19, at 3:00 p.m., hosted at Scarecrow Video. The Celluloid Closet is a documentary of how Hollywood dealt with gays and lesbians prior to the revision of the Production Code in 1990. The film includes interviews and film clips describing the times back then as opposed to the openness we experience today. Based on the book of the same name by Vito Russo. Directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Released 1995/6; 1 hour 50 minutes.

The private viewing room will accommodate 30 people and is free to Mature Friends and Prime Timers and their guests. Scarecrow has concessions available for purchase.

Location

Scarecrow Video
5030 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle

Roger M.


Seattle International Film Festival 2019

The 45th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), will be held Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, June 9. The cinemas around Puget Sound hosting SIFF  films include locations in downtown Seattle, Shoreline, Capitol Hill, Bellevue, Kirkland, Columbia City, Ballard, and Queen Anne. “With a focus on engaging with communities outside the downtown core, we’ve partnered with the best venues in the area,” said SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett. “We want to bring the world’s stories to you, where you live and work.”

SIFF 2019 screenings will be held at the following locations during the dates below:

Venues
Locations
Dates
McCaw Hall
Lower Queen Anne Hill
Opening Night
SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, SIFF Film Center Multiple Locations
May 17 – June 9
AMC Pacific Place Downtown Seattle
May 17 – June 9
Majestic Bay Theatres Ballard
May 17 – May 22
Ark Lodge Cinemas Columbia City
May 17 – May 23
Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinemas Bellevue
May 17 – May 30
Shoreline Community College Shoreline
May 24 – June 2
Kirkland Performance Center Kirkland
May 30 – June 2


A Full Series Pass remains at a special Early Bird rate until April 13, 2019. Full Series Passes include access to the SIFF Lounge, advanced seating before ticket holders, admission to all regularly priced Festival screenings, as well as over five weeks of select press screenings. The Free SIFF Film Guide will be distributed beginning May 1st at the members preview. Individual tickets will go on sale to the public May 2, 2019. For more information, please visit SIFF.net

See you at the movies!


John Chaney, Film Aficionado and Past President of Mature Friends


Shakespeare and Daedalus in Ashland

This year our trip will take place on September 13–16. Due to the smoke in August for the last two years, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has scheduled the Daedalus AIDS Benefit in September rather than August, so we will be moving our trip to September as well, when we hope there will be less disruption of outdoor activities. We will see four plays, three by Shakespeare: Macbeth, As You Like It, All’s Well that Ends Well, and one by Paula Vogel, Indecent, which presents the story of a ground breaking and scandalous Yiddish play produced in 1932 on Broadway.

We will also participate in the Daedalus Festival on September 16, including the semi-staged reading of a play related to gay themes or AIDS, and a talent show which includes the ever-popular underwear contest, where teams from the company compete and you vote for the most interesting underwear [or person in the underwear] with your dollar bills. Costs will be around $400, which includes tickets to four plays and the two Daedalus Events, a group dinner, and happy hour cocktails each afternoon. It does not include housing, transportation or other meals.

The first play will be at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13. For those interested I can try to get you tickets to Hairspray on that day at 1:30 p.m. Tickets to Hairspray will not have the group discount and will be on the order of $100–$120 each, if I can get them.

Rooms will be reserved in the Stratford Inn for those who want them. You will pay directly for your room on departure, around $100 a night each for a double occupancy. There is not much discount for a single, but I can suggest more reasonable choices nearby for those wishing a single. The Stratford includes breakfast, an indoor pool, and Wi-Fi. It is a ten-minute walk to the theaters.

You will need to arrange your own transportation. It is about an eight-hour drive to Ashland, which is just fifteen miles from the California border, on I-5. Some of our participants fly. There are reasonable flights to Medford on Horizon, and ground transportation to Ashland is easily arranged, by either taxi or shuttle. It is about fifteen miles.

A deposit of $50 will reserve you a space. The remainder will be due in August.

There is a slight chance the lineup of plays will change. I have submitted our reservations, but they will not be confirmed until January. If there is a change, I will inform you in the February newsletter [and by email to those of you who have already reserved a spot].

— Bruce B.


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