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What’s New in November
Mailing Address:
Mature Friends
PO Box 21203, Seattle, WA 98111-3203

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

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Eating Date and Time Where
Lunch Out
Wed., Nov. 12 and 26, at 12:00 Noon Charlie’s on Broadway, 217 Broadway Ave. E
Dinner Out
Tue., Nov. 18, at 12:00 Noon Robb’s 125th Street Grill, 12255 Aurora Ave. N
Monthly Potluck
Fri., Nov. 28, at 6:15 p.m., Food Contributions
Odd Fellows Hall, Oct. Best Costume Contest
Wine Tasting
Mon., Nov. 17, at 7:00 p.m.
Tasting wines from Eastern Europe
Annual Banquet
Sat., June TBD, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
Womens’ Athletic Club
Annual Picnic
Sat., Aug. TBD, 2015, at 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., Nov. 16, at 4:45 p.m. New Pandasia Restaurant, Interbay
Book Club
Tues., Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m.
Russell Banks’s The Sweet Hereafter
Board Meeting
Mon., Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m.
Home of Mike P.
Mon., Dec. 16, at 10:00 a.m. Discovery Park Loop Trail
Garden Tour
Gone dormant till Apr. 2015
Last Tour of 2014
Theater and Music
Various Dates and Times
Check Out These Performances
Travel and Events
Various Dates
Check Our destinations
Bridge Club
Every Wed. at 7:00 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall
Pinochle Club
Wed., Nov. 5 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall
Camera Club
Waiting for a new leader. Any volunteers?
Odd Fellows Hall
Exercise Group
Every Wed. at 10:00 a.m. Odd Fellows Hall


Potluck Contributions

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

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

For everybody else, if you bring a vegan or vegetarian dish, please label it as such.

Best Costume Contest

The October Mature Friends potluck fell on Halloween, and what a perfect opportunity to dress up in costume. And as we all know, you don’t have to beg a group of gay, Lesbian, and gay-friendly people to don some creative clothing. We are more than eager to jump at the chance!

Since the audience applauded each contestant equally, vice-president Jeff G. had to decide the winner. First prize went to the pirate, Dean Koga. The prize consisted of tickets to the movies, an excellent prize that our little pirate will appreciate for sure!

Check out some of the costumes, photographed by Don K., who originated our Camera Club:


Cardinal Walter

Dean and Len

Pirate Dean (First Place Costume) with Coach Len

Parish nun, Pope, and Cardinal

The Clergy: Sister Wendy and Cardinal Walter Flanking Pope Ron

Calamity Joe

Calamity Joe

Dean and Cliff

Dean Ahrrr and Cliff Elton John

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Greeters Don McK. and Don S.

Don McK. Poses in His Highland Best

Vice-President Jeff Helping Jim with His Name Tag

Count Curtula with Lou

Cowboy John Slaves in the Chuck Wagon

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In November our hikers explored Shoreview Park and Boeing Creek Park in Shoreline.  I say explored because the creek loop trail has some places that are not easily passable, so we improvised a loop that included most of the creek bottom and Hidden Lake.  There are a number of old Douglas fir trees along the loop, giving it a nice mature forest feel.

Hikers Exploring Shoreview Park

Dale, Garry, Ramon, Jim, Dennis, Bruce and Scott Explore Shoreview Park in Shoreline

December Hike in Discovery Park

We will do another loop hike in December, the Discovery Park loop trail. There are many other trails to explore, so we will see if we want to do any short excursions from the loop trail. At 534 acres Discovery is the largest park in Seattle. According to the Parks Department web site:

...the role of Discovery Park is to provide an open space of quiet and tranquility away from the stress and activity of the city, a sanctuary for wildlife, as well as an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world.

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16, at the Discovery Park North Parking Lot. You can find directions on the Discovery Park web site.

Check Out Some of Our Previous Hikes

Brian, George, Jim, Jerry, Ramon, and Dale Pause on the Snoqualmie River Trail

— Dale J.

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Garden Tour

The September Garden Tour was the last tour of the season. After that excursion, the Garden Tours went dormant for the winter, but will spring forth again in April 2015. Until then, the tour leader, Dr. John Wott, leaves you with a lingering taste of the last tour of the 2014 season.

Recap of September’s Garden Tour

On September 10, eighteen members of the Garden Group were treated to a tour of an iconic Queen Anne garden which surrounds a most unusual house.

Garden Group, September 2014

The owner has employed craftsmen to carve special features such as turtles, crows, babies, and even flowers on all sides of the house. The cornices and trappings are “one of a kind”. In addition he has accentuated an “over the top” color theme, which then he wants duplicated in the tiny garden surrounding the house. From its lofty turret, the house and garden witness daily screeching of tires as visitors suddenly stop to “gawk”!

We were treated to an intimate tour by Riz Reyes, who has been the gardener for the last four years. The owner wants everything to be “jammed together” with constant changing expressions of color to both compliment as well as accent the house. As soon as something fades, it is immediately replaced. And the more exotic it is, the better he likes it.

We began our tour curbside, with hundreds of plants immediately leaping toward us. Often pots of succulents are inserted into the landscape in order to provide a regional conflict of plants. The inviting front porch has carvings and railings all meant to frame the entrance, accented in gold paint. The paint is regularly renewed to keep everything looking bright and the intricate colors require superb detailing. A huge “planter box” shrouds the front window. If you merely stand in one spot, you can literally count dozens and dozens of different plants at once.

Colman House on Queen Anne Hill

The rear garden is quite sheltered and seems more like a tropical green house. Since is quite dark, many ferns and other low-light plants abound. The rear of the house has huge doors, which when extended, allow the owner to really “reach out to enjoy the garden.

We were told that the inside of the house is quite like a Victorian museum, so watch for it to “pop up” on fund raising auctions. It would well worth the price! But in the meantime, you can see almost everything in front from the street.

Garden Tours Go Dormant

The Garden Tours have gone into hibernation until next spring. Enjoy the fall and winter, and we will see you in April 2015 when the tours spring back to life.

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Travel and Events

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!

Note: For those of you who are not members of Mature Friends, you must join the club before you can travel with us.

Silent Movie Night

A great time was had by all of the Mature Friends that attended the special showing of the 1925 silent movie Phantom of the Opera and the pre-movie happy hour at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Due to the popularity of the silent movies with Mature Friends, we will look at additional happy hours when the winter season of silent movies starts.

Costa Rica in February

Our first international trip of the year will be Costa Rica in February. For details on the trip, e-mail Linda Lane at Cruiseworld or give her a call 206-284-0500.

Cruise to Ketchican — April 29

Take off work Wednesday afternoon for Alaska and return to Seattle on Sunday. Just two and a half days of vacation time required. Enjoy the Amtrak ride to Vancouver  and  four nights on a unique Ruby Princes cruise: Vancouver to Ketchican, returning to Seattle. The $475 cost includes the train trip to Vancouver and an inside cabin on the cruise ship. 

An outside cabin upgrade will cost only an additional $100. Budget $50 for tips plus your bar bill. A bit over a hundred dollars day for transportation, room and all you can eat.  Send your e-mail address to Linda Lane at Cruiseworld or give her a call 206-284-0500 for more details.

Reno Gambling Trip — May 12

For our annual gambling trip in 2015, Mature Friends return to Reno. The package includes round trip airfare and accommodations at the El Dorado Resort Casino. After gambling, take in a show or experience other Reno sights, such as the National Auto Museum and Riverwalk. Marlyce is also planning an optional side trip to explore historic silver towns. Watch your newsletter for more details and pricing.

Upcoming Trips and Events

Watch your newsletter in coming months for several Puget Sound area day trips that are being planned for 2015.

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 – May 8, 2014

Nineteen Mature Friends departed Seattle on Easter Sunday, April 20, for the China Grand Tour, traveling to Shanghai via Tokyo. Having crossed the International Date Line, it was already late evening April 21. The next morning, we began our whirlwind 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.

For those of you who want to relive that three-week tour of China with pictures and for those of you who didn’t travel with us, but want to take the tour through our eyes and memories, you can now find the complete write-up by clicking the following link:


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Theater and Music

Tune into this section to find information on theater and music that might interest gays and Lesbians over forty, or that might interest anybody, for that matter

Ham for the Holidays — December 11

Mark you calendars for Thursday, December 11, Mature Friends night at the ACT theater for “Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind,” starring Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch. This is the thirteenth installment of the semi-legendary holiday comedy-sketch series.

As a review in Broadway World stated:

I adore the twisted minds of these two comic geniuses, so if you’re looking for a slightly off-holiday diversion, you’ve found it!

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the ACT Theater. Tickets are $28.00 with a $5.00 discount to $23.00 for ages 65 and over.

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