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What’s New in September
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PO Box 21203, Seattle, WA 98111-3203


Goings On

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Eating Date and Time Where
Lunch Out
Wed., Sept. 10, 12:00 Noon Charlie’s on Broadway, 217 Broadway Ave. E
Lunch Out
Wed., Sept. 24, 12:00 Noon Charlie’s on Broadway, 217 Broadway Ave. E
Dinner Out
Tue., Sept. 10, 12:00 Noon Robb’s 125th Street Grill, 12255 Aurora Ave. N
Monthly Potluck
Fri., Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., Food Contributions
Odd Fellows Hall 
Wine Tasting
Mon. Sept. 16, 7:00 p.m.
No tasting this month
Annual Banquet
Sat., June TBD, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
To be announced
Annual Picnic
Sat., Aug. TBD, 2015, 12:00 Noon
Woodland Park
Dinner for Six
Determined by participants In members' homes
Playing Date and Time Where
A Better Club for Investing
Sun., Sept. 7, 6:45 p.m. New Pandasia Restaurant, Interbay
Book Club
Tues., Sept. 9, 7:00 p.m. The Shadow of the Wind
Board Meeting
Mon., Sept. 8, 7:00 p.m. Home of Bill S. and Bob B.
Tues., Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m. Snowqualmie River Trail
Garden Tour
Wed., Sept. 10, 10:00 a.m.
Home of Brian Coleman
Theater and Music
Various times Some interesting events
Travel News
Various times Check Our Destinations
Bridge Club
Every Wed. at 7:00 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall
Pinochle Club
Wed., Sept. 3 and 17, 7:30 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall
Camera Club
Waiting for a new leader. Odd Fellows Hall
Exercise Group
Every Wed. at 10:00 a.m. Odd Fellows Hall


Potluck Contributions

Dish to Bring Initial of Last Name
A, D, L, N, W
Hot Dish
B, H, I, S, Z
E, G, J , K
F, O R, T, V
C, M, P, Y

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On the way to our September hike we drove through the Oso landslide area on Highway 530. Like many who have commented about it, we found it an amazing sight, even with the regrading that has taken place.  On our hike we walked through mossy forest along the Sauk River and enjoyed lunch by white water rapids.  Leaves were falling like snow in places, a hint of weather to come. 

Old Saulk River Trail Hike in September 2013

Scott, Brian, and Dale Pause on the Sauk River Trail


October Hike along the Snoqualmie River Trail

Our October hike will be along the Snoqualmie River Trail. We will hike on the south portion of this trail, starting at the Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area. Since it is an old railway grade the trail grade is gradual. The trail is lightly graveled, similar to a gravel road, and the maximum grade along the trail is about two percent. From this trail head, the route weaves through forests of Douglas fir, red cedar, and western hemlock and goes over streams on high wooden trestles. As an added feature from the parking lot, we can do a short detour to the trail along the side of Rattlesnake Lake with views across to Rattlesnake Mountain.

To facilitate car pooling we will meet on Tuesday, October 21, at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park.

For those who prefer to drive directly to the trail head:

  1. Drive east on Interstate 90 and take Exit 32.
  2. Turn right on 436tth Ave. NE.
  3. Drive 2.7 miles to Rattlesnake Lake, where you will find parking lots.
  4. We will meet at the first one you com to as you enter the area.

We will aim to be at the trail head around 10:15 a.m.

— Dale J.

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Garden Tour

The September Garden Tour will be the last tour of the season. The Garden Tours will go dormant for the winter and spring forth again in April 2015. But before reading about the September tour, take a look at what the group did in August.

Recap of the August Garden Tour

On Friday, August 15, 2014, Shelagh Tucker welcomed eighteen members of the Garden Group to her garden in northwest Seattle, just above Carkeet Park. The morning rain drops gave way to a perfect day to spend an hour in a garden that transcends from Mediterranean to lush greenness and serenity. The entire property is on a south facing slope, and the stately blue pillars of the home enhance its grand entrance to the garden.

Garden Group

Garden Group with Shelagh

September Garden Tour to Visit Iconic House and Garden

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, the Garden Group will visit a garden which has become an iconic landmark of Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. With an ornately decorated and colorful home (outside), the gardens have been designed to match the “over the top” effect that the homeowner, Brian Coleman, desires. The house and garden were featured in the Evening Magazine.

The garden was originally designed by Glenn Whitey and Charles Price (now curators of the Dunn Garden and the designers of the Perennial Border at Bellevue Botanical Garden). It is lushly planted with seasonal annuals and perennials while the intimate back courtyard utilizes colorful tropicals grown outdoors that give the effect of an enclosed Victorian conservatory.

The tour will be led by UWBG Soest Gardener, Rizanino “Riz” Reyes, who plants and maintains the seasonal display of bedding plants and containers. You will learn about what it takes to create and maintain such a stunning display. The garden is quite small, but amazingly packed with a treasure trove of plants.

The tour will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. There is ample street parking, but DO NOT venture into the garden until tour time.

The address is:

2018 Nob Hill Avenue, N.
Seattle, WA 98109.


  1. From the north, get off SR 99 (Aurora Bridge, south end).
  2. Take a right turn onto Queen Anne Drive.
  3. Quickly take slight left but staying on Queen Anne Drive.
  4. Take the first left onto Nob Hill Avenue N. and proceed south.
    The house is on the left.
  1. From the south, either take SR- 99 or take I-5., and get off onto Mercer Street.
  2. Two blocks west of where Aurora Avenue N. crosses Mercer, turn right (north) onto Taylor Avenue N.
  3. Proceed toward Queen Anne Hill.
  4. Take slight right onto 5th Avenue N.
  5. Take the first left onto Newton Street.
  6. Take the third right onto Nob Hill Avenue N.
    The house is on the right.

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Travel News

This section tells you all 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!

Arrangements are complete for 21 Mature Friends to travel to Spain and France October 11 through 26. Jerry J. has planned an exciting itinerary that begins in Madrid and ends in Barcelona, with stops at the main Airbus aircraft plant, Bay of Biscay, and the ancient walled city of Carcassonne.

The next international trip is scheduled for February 14 through 22, 2014, to Costa Rica. Due to the limited number of Mature Friends that signed up for the trip by the August 15th deadline, the trip through Collette Tours, will be opened to non-Mature Friends travelers. The trip includes a tour of the Doka Coffee Plantation, Monteverde Cloud Forest and a hanging bridge walk through the forest tree tops, Lake Arenal cruise, a covered canoe river trip to view local wildlife, and the opportunity to relax at a hot springs spa. Details on the trip are available from Linda Lane 206-284-0500 or

Finally, thanks to all that participated in the travel survey conducted earlier this year and members that included travel suggestions on their membership renewal forms. The travel committee will be meeting in September to transition leadership from Bob and Jerry and work on the 2015 itinerary. If you would like to be part of the travel planning process, contact Bruce T. Tentative plans for the new year include an interactive murder mystery dinner for January with the annual gambling trip in late March or early April.

We do not have much in the way of new information for our upcoming trips for 2015, but we are looking at the following:

Still to enjoy this year, and into early next year the following:

What’s in the Works

Trips also being planned for 2015 are Alaska’s Inside Passage, Columbia and Snake rivers on the SS Legacy, and some interesting short trips. More on these later.

Past Trips

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!

China Grand Tour April 20 to May 8

Nineteen Mature Friends departed Seattle on Easter Sunday, April 20, for the China Grand Tour, traveling to Shanghai via Tokyo. Upon landing in Shanghai, Sheila, our national tour guide, met us and arranged for us to be transferred to our hotel. Having crossed the International Date Line, it was already late evening April 21. In the morning we would meet our two compatriots who had traveled to Shanghai two days earlier. Thus we began our Grand Tour.

It was a whirl-wind tour, visiting gardens (many formerly private gardens are now public gardens), Buddhist and Taoist temples, well-known historical and cultural sites as well as some popular shopping streets and centers.

Some highlights of the trip included: The river tour down the Li River, seeing the famous Karst topography, limestone hills eroded into fantastically steep conical shapes, a favorite subject of many Chinese paintings and drawings; a tour of the Reed Flute Cavern, a beautifully developed limestone cavern; the Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges; the giant pandas in the Chong Qing zoo; the terracotta warriors at Xi’an; a smog-free Beijing and tours to Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and much, much more.

An exciting experience was a ride on the bullet train from Shanghai to Suzhou, a distance of approximately sixty miles which took only thirty minutes. We found ourselves wondering if there would ever be such rail transport in Washington. Imagine a imagine only a thirdy-minute train ride from Seattle to Olympia. The return trip from Suzhou to Shanghai by bus, however, took two hours.

Throughout the trip we were accompanied by knowledgeable English speaking tour guides who provided us with much background information about the places we visited. Food – breakfasts were buffet style at our hotels where we could choose from usual western fare, or partake of breakfast a la the natives. Lunches and dinners were arranged by the tour company. These were usually Chinese cuisine, perhaps with a western twist, at restaurants geared to large tour groups.

The tour was a good introduction to China and Chinese culture and history as well as to the commercial life of China. It was enjoyed by all on the trip.

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Theater and Music

Don’t miss the Intiman Theater 2014 Festival this September.

The Angels Project

Intiman’s repertory productions of Angels in America will play from August 12 – September 21 at Cornish Playhouse in Seattle Center (formerly the Intiman Playhouse).

Pacific Northwest audiences will be given the rare opportuneity of seeing Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, the two parts that make up Angels in Amerca, in altnating repertory performances, featureing an incredible case that includes Marya Sea Kaminski, Anne Allgood, and Charles Leggett.

The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Don't miss this unique showcase of world cinema -- and the social event on the season! Now in its nineteenth year, The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to independent work from emerging talents.

The festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage with audiences and interact with over 10,000 attendees. Highlights include:

Look for the full schedule and tickets online September 19.

Some Other Scheduled Events

Men in dance Program 1: Premiere September 26  8:00 p.m.; September 27 at 2;00 and 8:00 p.m.; September 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Men in Dance Program 2 Premiere October 3 at 8:00 p.m.; October 4 at 2 & 8:00 p.m.; October 5 at 5:00 p.m.

September 8 and 15: Tiny Kushner (The 2014 Intiman Intern Showcase)

September 16: The Normal Heart, Reunion Reading to Benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Book Club

The group will next meet on September 9 at the home of John B. to discuss Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind, a best seller in both Europe and North America. In the vein of The Da Vinci Code, it is a thriller set in Barcelona. We invite all Mature Friends and their guests to attend the book club, for this book especially those planning for the Spain Trip in October, which will end in Barcelona. Books can be obtained from Bruce B. There are also many copies floating around in used book outlets. Bruce can also answer inquiries about the book club.

Please see electronic or paper copy of newsletter for directions.

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