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What’s New in January
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

Please click on underlined area for additional information.

Eating Date and Time Where
Lunch Out
Wed., Jan. 14, at 12:00 Noon Charlie’s on Broadway, 217 Broadway Ave. E
Dinner Out
Tue., Jan. 20, at 6:00 p.m. Robb’s 125th Street Grill, 12255 Aurora Ave. N
Monthly Potluck
Fri., Jan. 30, at 6:15 p.m. Food Contributions
Odd Fellows Hall
Wine Tasting
Mon. Jan. 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Tasting Semillon wines
Annual Banquet
Sat., June 13, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
Womens’ Athletic Club
Annual Picnic
Sat., Aug. 15 or 16, 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., Jan. 18, at 4:45 p.m. New Pandasia Restaurant, Interbay
Book Club
No meeting this month
February discussion on Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls
Board Meeting
Mon., Jan. 12, at 7:00 p.m.
Home of Jeff G.
Tue., Feb. 17, at 10:00 a.m. Meadowdale Beach Park
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., Jan. 7 and 21, 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
F, K, O, R, S
Hot Dish
C, H, M, T, Y
B, D
G, N, P, W, Z
A, E, I J , L, V

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.

Christmas Brunch

On December 13, 2014, Mature Friends held its annual Christmas brunch at Rob’s 125th Street Grill. Did you miss it and want to see something of what you missed? Or if you attended, would you like to see some snapshots of this fine affair?

Check out some pics of this enjoyable event:

Brunch Organizer  

Jim, who organized the brunch

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots Rather Than Elephant Exchange (Thank Goodness!)

Check out some of the revelers:

Boyd and Virgil Chat while Don and Ralph Pose for the Camera

 Four Revelers Pose for a Shot

Enjoying the Cocktail Hour

New Couple?

  What Could They Be Chatting About?

Smile for the Non-Candid Camera

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February Hike in Meandowdale Beach Park in Edmonds

Our February hike will be in Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds, Washington. This is a beautiful 108-acre woodland and saltwater beach park located in the Meadowdale neighborhood of Edmonds. Most of the park has been preserved as forested open space. The main feature of the park is a one-and-a-quarter-mile trail that goes through the woods along Lund’s Creek to the beach along Puget Sound. The trail has an elevation drop of 450 feet. The beach is also a fine place to walk and the tide will be going out that morning so we will be able to explore along the seashore.

The creek area passed through several owners before it became a park. John Lund first homesteaded the site in 1878. The site was eventually acquired by the Meadowdale Country Club. The club closed in the late 1960s, partially due to access road failure. Snohomish County Parks acquired the land in 1968 to develop a public park with beach access.

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, at the upper park entrance. The park is located at 6026 156th Southwest, Edmonds, Washington 98036.


  1. Take 164th Street SW exit off I-5.
  2. Follow 164th Street Southwest west to 164th Southwest.
  3. Turn right to cross Highway 99. Turn right onto 52nd Avenue West.
  4. Turn left onto 160th Street.
  5. Turn right onto 56th Avenue West.
  6. Turn left onto 156th Avenue West.
    Park entrance is at the end of the road.

Check Out Some of Our Previous Hikes

We discovered winter views and trails in our December hike at Discovery Park. Some of our hikers had not been there before, and for all of us the hike was a pleasant mix of woods, beach, and the lighthouse.

December Hike

Dale, Ramon, Jim, Dennis, Garry, Bruce, Scott, George, and Harvey at Lighthouse in Discovery Park

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

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!


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 some pictures, too!

Spain and France October 12 – October 26

Last year, on October 12, 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.

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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.

On December 11, nineteen Mature Friends and guests enjoyed ACT Theater’s annual Ham for the Holidays production. Due to the favorable response we have scheduled two additional special events.

Seattle Pinball Museum — January 17

Remember days of old before video games when you visited your favorite gay tavern and found a wall of old fashioned pinball machines? Our next special outing will let you relive those days when we visit the Seattle Pinball Museum on Saturday, January 17. We will meet at the Hong Kong Bistro at 507 Maynard Avenue South in the International District around 1:00 p.m. for lunch. Around 2:00 p.m., we will cross the street to the Pinball Museum located at 508 Maynard Avenue South. Your $12.00 entry fee into the museum provides you with unlimited play on more than fifty operating pinball machines. Check out their Facebook page for photographs. For more information, call or e-mail Bruce T.

The Dinner Detective — February 13

Join Mature Friends Friday, February 13, for The Dinner Detective – an interactive and improvised comedic murder mystery dinner. The three-hour show takes place over a four-course dinner with murder and mayhem happening between dinner courses. Entrée choices include:

You must indicate your choice of entrée when making your reservation. The murder mystery takes place at the Hotel Decca at 4507 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast in the University District. Tickets are $78.00 including tax, service charge, and tip. Reservations available by calling or e-mail Bruce T. If you are interested in attending don’t delay in making your reservations. Tickets are limited.

Check out The Dinner Detective website.

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