Mature Friends Newsletter



What’s New in March
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.


 


Goings On

Please click on underlined area for additional information.


Eating Date and Time Location
Lunch Out  🍴 Wed., Mar. 13 and 27
12:00 noon
Roosters on Broadway
Dinner Out 🍴
First Tuesday [NEW] –>
Third Tuesday –>

Tues., Mar. 5,  6:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 19, 6:00 p.m.

Palermo’s on Capitol Hill, 350 15th Avenue East.
Robb’s 125th Street Grill
Monthly Potluck 🍴
Food Contributions
Sat., Mar. 30
Appetizers at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Wine Tasting  Wine
Mon.,  Mar. 18, at 7:00 p.m.
In members’ homes
Dinner for Six 🍴 Determined by participants In members’ homes
Annual Banquet 🍴 Sat., June TBD, 2019
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Women’s University Club
Annual Picnic  🌭
Sat., Aug. TBD, 2019
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., Mar. 6 & 20, 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    📖 Apr. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
What’s Left of the Night by Ersi Sotiropoulos.
See member newsletter for location.
Board Meeting  📓 Mon., Mar. 11, at 7:00 p.m.
In a board member’s home
Walk/Hike 🚶 Tue., Mar. 19, at 9:30 a.m. Skagit Wildlife Area
Garden Tour  🌺
Gone dormant until Apr.
Last Tour of 2018: Amazon Spheres
Theater, Music  🎭 Dates and Details below
including the Fifth Annual Shakespeare
Festival, Ashland, OR
Scarecrow  Screenings  🎭 Sun., Mar. 17, at 3:00 p.m. Bear Cub
Silent Film Mon., Mar. 4
Cocktails at 5:00 p.m.
Movie at 7:00 p.m.
Blueacre Seafood
Paramont Theater
Oddball Outing  Tue., Mar. 5, at 12:10 p.m.
Organ Recital
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 D, G, P, S, W
Main Dish
A, B, C, R, N, O, V, Z
Vegetable
E, K, T
Salad
L
Dessert
H, I, J, M, R

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 a few dollars 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?

March Hike in the Skagit Wildlife Area

Our hike in March will be on a trail in the Skagit Wildlife Area near Conway, Washington. This tidal marsh (estuary) contains cattail and sedge predominantly and is used extensively by waterfowl and other water birds. The area is also used for waterfowl hunting, fishing, bird dog training, and bird watching. The dike-top provides walking access for hunting and bird watching. There is a visitor information shelter, a parking lot, and toilet facilities.

We will hike on the trail along Wiley Slough, in the Headquarters Area. It is on an old dike that is raised above the marsh. The area has a lot of bird life, especially during the bird migration season. Birds that we may see include eagles, shorebirds, songbirds, wading birds, and waterfowl. There are views of Camano Island and Whidbey Island. The hike is two miles long, and there is no elevation gain.

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in front of the Bank of America building at the north end of Northgate Shopping Center, just off Northgate Way. Bring a lunch and water. Car poolers share the cost. We will arrive back in Seattle by 3:30 p.m. A Discover Pass is required at the trail head parking area.

If you wish to drive directly to the trail head:

  1. Take Interstate 5 to Exit 221.

  2. Go west from the freeway and at the roundabout turn right on to Fir Island Road.

  3. In 1.8 miles, turn left onto Wylie Road and follow for 1 mile to a T-intersection and a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sign.

  4. Turn left and follow the signs to the large parking lot on the left.

February Hike in Hamlin Park, Shoreline — Canceled

Our February hike was supposed to be in Hamlin Park, located in Shoreline, Washington. But due to snow and ice on the trail, the hike was canceled.

Hamlin Park contains 80 acres of land, 59 of which are forested. Back in the late 19th century the Hamlin family homesteaded and logged off a good bit of what is now southeastern Shoreline. Sometime between 1939 and 1950 the family gave the forested land that is Hamlin Park to King County.

When Shoreline incorporated, the park became a Shoreline city park. There is an extensive trail system in the park, and in recent years volunteers have been working at reforesting parts of the park.

January Hike in Seward Park

Our January hike took us into Seward Park, a long-time favorite of many Seattleites. We were scheduled to hike this location in December 2017, but a rain and wind storm prevented us from doing it. This time the weather cooperated.

Hikers in Seward Park

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


Purchased in 1911, the park was named after William H. Seward, the Secretary of State who was responsible for America’s purchase of Alaska in 1867. The park has nearly 300 acres of forest land with old growth trees. In addition to the 2.4-mile perimeter trail along the shoreline there are numerous trails in the woods. It’s not uncommon to see eagles and lots of other bird life.

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.

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

Jerry, Scott, Stephen, and Dale (Hiker Keith Not Shown


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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!


Garden Tours Dormant for the Winter

As with some plants, the Garden Tours has gone dormant for the winter only to spring back to life in April 2019.

August and October 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

September Tour of Two Gardens

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, we visited gardens recently featured on two special horticulture tours. We met at the garden of Jason Jorgensen who transformed a previously tired front lawn into a new focal point for the neighborhood. The south facing slope has been transformed into a densely planted summer dry garden featuring a carefully selected palette of drought-tolerant yet winter hardy trees, shrubs, perennials, and billowing grasses.

The backyard, gracing a central in-ground water feature made from a granite slab, is a richly planted mixed border featuring a tapestry of perennials, roses, and evergreens. The garden also includes raised fruit and vegetable beds and a patio enveloped by carefully curated shade plants.

The garden of Gillian Mathews, owner of Ravenna Gardens in the University Village, was featured in the Sunday, August 17, 2018, Pacific Northwest Magazine. Within the past two years, the garden has been redesigned and replanted. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs flourish in the sunny back garden while clipped boxwoods, lavender, and evergreens create a quieter space in front. The formerly lawn-dominated lot showcases progress within a year.



Dr. John Wott

Dr. John Wott, Horticulturalist and Garden Tour Guru


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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).

March Tasting


We will meet at 7:00 p.m on Monday, March 18, at the home of Jeff and Tim. On December 9, 2018, a Seattle Times article by Tan Vinh featured a list of Costco’s Kirkland labeled wines. These were judged by Owen Bargreen, a level two sommelier, to be excellent values. I’ve heard that Costco has a markup of fifteen percent, low by any standard. I suggested, and it was agreed, that I buy these bottles and whoever participates in the tasting shares the cost. Usually we judge one varietal to another. What does it mean to buy a branded product?

January Tasting

On Monday, January 21, we tasted Spanish wines produced in the Priorat region. These wines have the DOQ classification, which places requirements on every step of production. Most of us were unfamiliar with Priorat and were somewhat skeptical of finding them, but Larry Gogenola thought they would be available and provide an interesting experience. After the less than gratifying evening spent with Greek wine at our last tasting, we needed some assurance.

The fourteen who attended came away with a glowing response to the ten bottles sampled. It was an impressive immersion in small area adjacent to Rioja. Most were red blends similar to those from the Rhone region in France, and they tended to be high in alcohol and fairly young. But the balance between the acid and fruit was delicious as a result of the care with which they are made. An example is a 2017 Carmins, ($20.00) red blend with fifteen percent alcohol that was slightly spicy and beautifully balanced. We finished with an aperitif, Vermut ($25.00), a dessert after a fine meal.

Dale's Photographs of 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).

March Outing


March’s Oddball Outing will be an organ concert performed by Mature Friends’ own Roger Meers! The concert will be Tuesday, March 5, at 12:10 p.m. at Trinity Parish, located at 609 8th Avenue (corner of 8th Avenue and James Street) on First Hill.

Limited free parking is available in designated Trinity spaces at the Skyline Tower Garage, which you can enter on Columbia Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Non-Trinity designated parking spaces are also available there for a fee.

There is no need to RSVP. Just show up. The concert is free, but donations may be made. The concert will last about 40 minutes.  As an enticement, Roger will be playing a popular show tune from the 1920s that everyone should know.

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Travel and Events

This section is about recent or upcoming 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.

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. In a small group, you’ll weave your way into daily life to get an authentic glimpse of a culture that has gone untouched by western influence. Let locals lead you through their cities, villages, markets, and temples on this adventure from Bangkok to Chiang Rai.

Exploring Thailand from the cosmopolitan south to the remote northern hill tribes, you’ll witness Buddhist monks receiving alms at a dawn ceremony, walk along scenic stretches of the Mekong River, hear about the studies and aspirations of students at a local university, and maybe even buy some fresh lemongrass in Bangkok’s floating market. A local Trip Leader will help you gain an insider’s perspective into Thai culture as they connect you with locals—prepare a traditional meal alongside villagers, dine in a local home, and ride on a traditional wooden rice barge. Discover what captivates so many visitors in this tropical nation.

Departure for Our Group

Optional Pre-Trip: Three-night Hong Kong stopover departs US
on March 11, 2019.

Main tour departs US on March 14, 2019, returning to US on March 29, 2019.

Pricing

Optional three-night Hong Kong stopover: $695*

Main Tour: $2595 per person

Airfare from SEA: $1400 (but all US commercial airports available at varying costs)

*There’s a $195 single supplement fee on optional Hong Kong stopover

NOTE: You must book by July 13 and there must be 16 Mature Friends to keep the trip exclusive to our group. After July 13 if we don’t have 16 members signed up it will be open to the general public.

Steve L., Travel Chairman

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!

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: Last 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

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


In September 2013, several Mature Friends set sail to spend a long weekend crusing 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

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

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.


Screening of “Bear Cub

In Bear Cub Pedro, a gay man with an active social life and big circle of friends, takes in his nephew Bernardo for a couple weeks. When it appears as though it might become a permanent arrangement, however, Pedro turns to his friends for guidance as he and 9-year-old Bernardo begin to forge a household together.

The private viewing room will accommodate 30 people.

Location

Scarecrow Video
5030 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle

The private viewing room can accommodate only 30 people. Please send your indication of interest to Roger M. to make sure no one is turned away at the door. 

— Roger M.


Silent Movie Monday plus Happy Hour 

Join Mature Friends on three Mondays in February for Happy Hour and Silent Movie Mondays at the Paramount Theater. Happy Hour, hosted by Liam, begins around 5:00 p.m. at Blueacre Seafood: 1700—7th Avenue (corner 7th Avenue and Olive).

At 6:30 p.m., we will walk two blocks over to the Paramount Theater for the silent movie with musical accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Movie tickets cost just $10.00.

The February 4th movie is Variety/Variete (1925). For a description of the movie, as well as the movies on the other two days, see the Mature Friends Newsletter or the Paramont Theater website.

—Liam B., Coordinator

A Movie New Year

Just go see the Mexican film Roma, it is at the top of most best 2018 film lists. You can watch it on Netflix but it needs to be seen on the BIG screen. It is amazing film, a very well told story and even has an interesting male nude scene. There are great 2018 year-end films showing: The Favourite (by the director of The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Lobster), Shoplifters (by the director of The Third Murderer), and If Beale Street Could Talk (by the director of Moonlight) each would make a great movie outing and each is a big screen movie.

Also coming:


See you at the movies!


John Chaney, Film Aficionado and Past President of Mature Friends


Shakespeare and Daedalus in Ashland

Our trip for 2019 will be September 13 through 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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