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Presidents’ Corner

Hello Members and Friends,

How about this great sunny weather! Don’t forget to get out and enjoy it. Take a walk with Dale or exercise with Don. Keep active, it helps to keep us healthy. Thank you both.

Mature friends is a special organization because of the efforts of our dedicated volunteers. On volunteer energy, Mature Friends does great things and it is that volunteer spirit that sustains us. Sometimes volunteers consistently do a regular task that makes a big difference. I would like to recognize the years of careful attention by Lou M. Lou managed our membership records for years but one hidden action was picking up the Mature Friends mail. Thanks Lou, a job well done. I also want to recognize the dedication of John K., who continues to manage our potluck kitchen to perfection. Great Job John!

We are still looking for a few members for the Board. If you are interested in serving on the Board or leading an activity, please let me know.
Our members from Darrington send the following message:

“The Darrington contingent will not be able to attend the potluck tonight. We are working on art like crazed people in preparation for our annual art show here in Darrington. We would like to invite the entire membership up to our fourth annual Big August Hoobajoob (art show). The date is Saturday, August 16, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Anyone interested can e-mail me. Take care, Gordy.”

The OSO slide and its transportation impacts hit Darrington hard, consider making a trip north.

Mark Your calendars:

Mature Friends Annual Picnic, Woodland Park, Noon on Saturday, August 23.

On my library hold list:

Our Declaration
, a reading of the Declaration of Independence in defense of equality by Danielle Allen. The reviews are great. “With its cogent analysis and passionate advocacy, Our Declaration thrillingly affirms the continuing relevance of America’s founding text, ultimately revealing what democracy actually means and what it asks of us.”

Productions that are on my MUST SEE list :

David Ives, the Tony-Award nominated author of Venus in Fur, stuffs contemporary off-color slang into this saucy update of Moliere’s farce, The Misanthrope, in which rivals scheme romance to expose a notorious cynic. A few cunning lies set party girl Celimene and acerbic wit Frank up for battle and sex. Misbehavior, gossip, glamor, and scandal reign in this clowning burlesque written in rhymed couplets.
The School for Lies opens on Saturday, August 9, for a limited run at Center Theatre at the Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St. with preview performances on August 7 and 8. Tickets are $25.00, $15.00 for students, and pay-what-you-can performances on August 7, 14, 18, and 21.
The 10th Men in Dance Festival is coming September/October 2014. Don’t miss it!

— John Chaney, President,
e-mail President

Want to See New Activities?

One of the strong recommendations that came out of our recent survey was a desire to have more activity options for our membership. Thus we are formalizing a request for suggestions that will occur each month in our newsletter.

Here Is Your Chance!

Each month the newsletter will ask members to suggest activities they might want to see as well as any interest among membership to sponsor or lead the activity. You can send the suggestions to the general Mature Friends e-mail box.

The board will then review the suggestions either once a quarter or semiannually and, based on interest and an identified lead for the activity, select any new idea with sufficient interest.

Each month plan on seeing this request and suggest away!

If you have any questions about this please contact any member or Mike P.

Goings On


Goings On

Eating Date and Time Playing Date and Time
Lunches Out Wed., Aug. 13 and 27, 12:00 Noon A Better Club for Investing Mon., June 16, 6:45 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 18, 6:45 p.m.
Monthly Potluck Fri., Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. Book Club Tues., Aug. 12, 7:00 p.m.
Dinner Out Tues., July 15, 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting Mon., Aug. 11, 7:00 p.m.
Wine Tasting No tasting in Aug.
Walk/Hike Tues., Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m.
Annual Banquet Sat., June TBD, 2015, 5:30 p.m. Garden Tour Wed., Sept. 10, 10:00 a.m.
Annual Picnic Sat., Aug. TBD, 2015, 12:00 Noon Theater and Music The Angels Project and SLGFF
Dinner for Six Dinners in rotation in members’ homes
Travel News Check Our Destinations
Bridge Club Every Wed. at 7:00 p.m.
    Pinochle Club Wed., Aug. 6 and 20, 7:30 p.m.
    Camera Club Waiting for a new leader.
    Exercise Group Every Wed. at 10:00 a.m.

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Knife and Fork Club

Check out the lunches and dinner scheduled for this month. Then sign up and join the fun.

Lunches and Dinners Out

Activity Date and Time Place and Address
Lunch Wednesday, Aug. 13, 12:00 Noon Charlie’s on Broadway
217 Broadway Ave. E.
Dinner Tuesday, Aug 19, 6:00 p.m. Robb’s 125th Street Grill
12255 Aurora Ave. N.
Lunch Wednesday, Aug. 27, 12:00 Noon Charlie’s on Broadway
217 Broadway Ave. E.

Dining out has been a regular activity of Mature Friends for a long time. If you have any suggestions, comments, or ideas about the monthly dining out experience, please bring them to the next monthly dinner at Robb’s 125th Street Grill. Hope to see you all there!

For questions about lunches and dinner out, contact Bob McQ. or Don S. Or e-mail questions to the Knife and Fork Club.

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Monthly Potluck

Please join us for our monthly potluck at the Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, the last Friday of every month at 6:30 p.m., except for June and August. Here’s your chance to bend elbows and rub elbows with friends and meet new ones during our social hour and to enjoy some of the great food we all contribute.

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 N.W. Market Street
Seattle, Washington 98107

Map it!

See It!

The monthly potluck begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers and the social hour. The only penalty for arriving fashionably late is that you might miss some of the delicious hors d’oeuvres. Doors open to the main dinner at 7:15 p.m. After dinner at every other potluck, we often have a guest speaker.

Members who bring a dish pay $3.00 at the door. If for some reason you don’t feel like cooking, please be prepared to contribute $10.00 instead.

Note: A non-member attending a potluck for the first shall be admitted free as a guest. On subsequent attendance, the non-member is subject to a $10.00 door charge.

Potluck Sign In

When you give your money to Bruce and collect your raffle ticket from Rick, be sure to sign in on the sign in sheets at the desk and circle Y or N to indicate if you brought food to the 
potluck. The sign in provides us with useful information. The potluck host prepares or purchases an entrée, and it is important that the host have a good idea of the month to month attendance, so that sufficient food is provided. In addition checking if you brought food is also important, as this gives us information on how to apportion the potluck contribution list each month to insure an equable 
distribution of the types of dishes on the potluck table.

Potluck Contributions

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

Please bring the type of dish assigned to your last-name initial below so that we will have enough food from each category.

Please indicate on a note with your dish if you have a vegetarian dish for our vegetarian members and friends.

In the interest of reducing garbage at the Odd Fellows Hall, members are requested to take home any leftovers of food they brought to the potluck including take-outs from delis, etc.

Thank you!

Door Monitor

For better security, the management of the Odd Fellow’s Hall has instituted a new door policy. Renters must monitor the Market Street door and admit only people who have legitimate concerns in the Hall.

Therefore, before food is served, someone from Mature Friends will be at the door to admit guests. When food is served, the door will be locked. Anyone arriving after 7:30 will have to ring for entry by pushing the “U” (upstairs hall) button at the main door. Members of the bridge and exercise groups should consult with your respective group leaders for entry arrangements.

Note: It has been brought to our attention that some members are having trouble getting to Potlucks because of the stairway. On the back stairway of the hall, there is an electric chair lift. It is available by entering the building at the alley entrance across from the parking lot in the rear. At present it would be necessary to let the person at the front door know of the need and they would call upstairs to the person with the key who would meet you at the back door to bring you up.

For any questions, please e-mail Monthly Potluck.

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A Better Club for Investing

The investment club will meet on Monday, August 18, at 6:45 p.m. at the New Pandasia Restaurant in Interbay.

For any questions, please e-mail Investment Club.

Ray B.

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Book Club

The book club is open to all Mature Friends and their guests.

August Meeting

On Tuesday, August 12, we will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Bruce Bigley and John Chaney to discuss Alan Hollinghurst’s first novel, The Swimming Pool Library. Hollinghurst has become a widely celebrated chronicler of the intersection between gay culture and the contemporary British class structure. The Swimming Pool Library also gives us a backward look at the history of gay culture in twentieth-century England. Many of us read and enjoyed the novel when it was first published in 1988. We look forward to seeing how it reads a quarter century later. For directions to Bruce and John’s home in Fall City, see the electronic or paper copy of the newsletter.

In September, the book club will meet to discuss Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind, location to be announced. Copies will be distributed at the August meeting.

July Meeting

Last month, the Mature Friends Book Club met at Jeff G.’s to discuss Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, in the light of an essay by Chinua Achebe attacking Conrad’s classic as fundamentally racist.

Please see electronic or paper copy of newsletter for directions.

Board Meeting

The Mature Friends’ Board will meet on Monday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Don McK.

For any questions, please e-mail Board Meeting.

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Viewed from Sunrise Mt. Rainier was its usual grand self for our August hikers. We did a three-mile hike through wildflower-covered meadows, with lunch at Shadow Lake. As promised, we enjoyed huckleberry ice cream at our stop in Greenwater, Washington, on the return trip.


Norm, Garry, Ramon, Jerry, Jim, Dale and Dale on the Trail near Sunrise


September Hike on the Old Sauk River Trail

Our September hike will be along the Old Sauk River Trail, just a little way south of Darrington, Washington. The trail hugs the riverbank of this strikingly beautiful waterway for three virtually flat miles. The trail begins in a thick stand of mature forest. Despite logging in the 1930s, many old-growth Douglas firs still stand. After a mile or so we cross a bridge over a small creek, and continue alongside the churning Sauk through attractive woods. Toward the end the trail leaves the Sauk behind. Briefly following Murphy Creek through a tunnel of moss-draped maples and under a canopy of towering cottonwoods, the trail reaches its southern terminus on the Mountain Loop Highway. There we turn around and enjoy the trail downriver back to the trail head.

We will drive to Darrington via Highway 530, passing through the Oso landslide area, where the road is now being restored. By mid-September traffic will no longer be detoured around the repair area.

To facilitate car pooling we will meet on Tuesday, September 16, at 9:30 a.m. near the Bank of America at the north entrance of Northgate, just off Northgate Way. Riders share the cost. Bring a lunch, and drinking water. Forest pass or Senior (Golden Age) pass required at the trailhead. We will get back to Northgate by 5:00 p.m.

Check Out the Pictures of Some Previous Hikes!

Hikers Dale, Jim, Brian, and Dale along Elliot Creek to Goat Lake

Garry, Ramon, Brian, Lee, and Dale on the Trail Near Hyak

Garry, Brian, Ramon, Keith, Tony, Scott, and Dale on the East Bank of Baker Lake


Dale J.

If you have any questions or suggestions, email Walk/Hike.

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Wine Tasting

Mature Friends oenophiles meet every other month to share and taste various wines and varietals. There’s no tasting this month.

July Tasting

On a beautiful, clear evening, seventeen members got together at the home of Larry G. and Roger H. Generously, Larry and Rodger supplied the wine, and the rest of us brought food to accompany their selections.

For any questions, please e-mail Wine Tasting.

— Ed K.

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Garden Tour

Once a month between April and November inclusive, Dr. John Wott, our resident horticulturalist, leads a tour of one of the many beautiful gardens in and around Seattle. This section describes the previous month’s tour and wets your appetite for the next one.

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.

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

The street side garden is totally Mediterranean. When plants are first added to the garden, they are “coddled” for a year or two, but after that they are on their own. Shelagh has not applied irrigation here for eleven years. As you ascend from the drive, the gravel paths open into a Circular Rock Garden and sitting area. Much of this garden was inspired by Beth Chatto, a fellow Englishwoman. It is amazing how lush it seems.
Throughout this garden, stone pavers are interplanted with thyme and many other xeric (low-moisture, drought-tolerant) plants. There are intricate and colorful gravels and stepping stones, always changing as you walk along. Shelagh’s stepping stone artistry enhances the pathways throughout the entire garden. Along the front porch are colorful dahlias as they have been for many years.

An arched garden gate divides the xeric front garden from the large lush back garden. A small round fish pond greets visitors. In the middle is a relic from the old Seattle Music Hall, torn down in 1992, now turned into a bubbling fountain. It is a place where one could sit for hours, and is easily seen from the conservatory attached to the rear of the house.

There are several small lushly landscaped patios which enhance both the blue artist’s and garden shed, and the comfortable glass-walled conservatory. The waves of color and textures abound at every angle. There are “cats” hiding in windowsills and among plants, and even one live one was spotted.

Shelagh loved containers — a Victorian urn, an Easter Island-style birdbath, and bold pots. There are plenty of benches, patios, and chairs to allow one to stop at any point to just enjoy the moment. The asymmetry of the garden, and all its accruements show how an artist can also create a pleasing live landscape palette.

A stunning focal point of the back garden is a wall again built with remnants of the Music Hall, looking like a fountain, and with a semicircular basin. Although summer has begun to wane, there were bright flower and foliage colors as well as multitudes of greens. It was a delight to follow Shelagh around the garden. Not only did she know every plant and its history, but she also knew the scientific name.

It is often said that a garden typifies the personality of its creator, and we were treated to a phenomenal example of this. We were also treated to coffee and treats. As everyone exited under the crumbling-leafed tree, they were still taking more pictures and jotting down further notes. This garden is often on Northwest Perennial Alliance (NPA) tour and other garden tours, so if you missed it, I am sure it will soon be open again.

John A. Wott

For any questions, please e-mail Garden Tours.

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Camera Club

The camera club has suspended until a new director can be found.

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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!

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:

Road Trip to Southern Oregon: August 25 – 28

Eleven Mature Friends will leave on a road trip to Ashland, Oregon, on Monday, August 25, arriving for a group dinner at a local Italian family–style restaurant. We will stay at the Ashland Hills resort for three nights, and see two plays at the internationally renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest, and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, a musical based on well-known fairytales as interpreted by psychologist Bruno Bettelheim. We will also have a back-stage tour of the three theaters of the OSF.

Optional side trips include a day trip to Crater Lake National Park and a day exploring Jacksonville, the historic gold rush town, with a wine tasting. Other possibilities are more matinee performances of other plays, wine tastings, a trip to the Oregon Caves National Monument, and white water rafting on the Rogue or Klamath Rivers. We will also arrange, for those interested, a quick trip to Hilt, California, about fifteen miles south on I-5, to shop for beverages at California prices. Cost for double occupancy is $500 each (including $50 for your driver if you are car pooling). Single supplement is $180. The fee includes housing with breakfast, access to the fitness room, wi-fi, tickets to two plays, the backstage tour, the group dinner and the $50 for your driver. Bruce B. will help arrange car pools and logistics of the trip and the optional side trips. If there is sufficient interest, we can make this an annual trip. For information or to register, please contact Bruce B.

Northern Spain and France: October 11 – 26

Starting in Madrid our bus and gay guide lead us to Pamplona and Bilbao. From the Bay of Biscay, skirt the west end of the Pyrenees, edge along the mountains to Toulouse where we can see the main Airbus plant and on to the ancient walled city of Carcassonne with its lighted ramparts dominating the sky above our hotel’s terrace. Settle into Mediterranean Barcelona for four full days as we learn our way around this most popular of Spanish cities. Stretch out in our own, roomy bus with our own driver and gay guide. Only one stop is an single overnighter. Others are two, three or four nights. This is a comfortable, relaxing tour as we develop good friendships over the 15 days. $2750 for land plus air.

If you want some additional information or to reserve a space, contact Jerry J. or Linda Lane or call her at 206-284-0500 for details. This adventure is an out-of-the-commonplace special tour.

Costa Rica, February 14 – 22, 2015

We will depart from Seattle on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The tour cost is $2800 and includes air fare, hotel, all transfers, eight breakfasts, six dinners, and a gay friendly guide. Would you believe our tour company will pick you up at your Seattle area home, take you to the airport and return you on February 22 back to your front door? This is a deal you truly cannot beat so long as we can guarantee nineteen travelers. Sign up before August 15 and get a $100 dollar discount.

To get more details and sign up contact Linda Lane or call her at 206-284-0500 or 360-438-5338.

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.

Visit to the Elwah Dam Removal Site

Eight sturdy Mature Friends rose at the crack of dawn to catch the 7:10 a.m. ferry Saturday, July 12, from Edmonds to Kingston to arrive in Port Angeles in good time to meet our guide for a tour of the Elwha Dam removal site.

As we all assembled, our tour guide briefed us on what we will be visiting and we were off. First to the site of the Elwha Dam, the lower of the two on the Elwha River. We hiked to the site, and it was hard to believe that a dam had once stood there. There was no trace of the dam, and the vegetation in the drained reservoir that was behind the dam is recovering Perhaps the most revealing evidence was piles of sediment and debris atop the surface of cut tree stumps which were at one time submerged.

Returning to our vehicles, we then visited the delta of the Elwha. During the one-hundred years that the dams impounded the river, sediments were held back. The action of waves and the surf scoured the beach of sand, leaving a cobble beach.
Since the removal of the Elwha Dam, abundant sediments have been transported and deposited at the delta and have rebuilt an extensive sandy beach. The return of the sandy beach also meant the return of creatures such as clams and other bivalves which thrived in the sandy environment. The free flowing Elwha River brought the return of spawning salmon and associated wildlife, such as eagles, seen flying upstream.

A drive to an overlook afforded another view of the recovering Elwha valley once drowned by Lake Aldwell behind the Elwha Dan. The tour culminated with a visit to the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center in Port Angeles. It has opened an exhibit of Klallam tribe artifacts which were excavated during the Elwha dam removal activities. These had been held by the Burke Museum at the University of Washington and are now on permanent display at the Klallam Heritage Center in Port Angeles along with other artworks by tribal members.

Dan L.

For any questions about upcoming travel, please e-mail Travel News.

Bob McQ.

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Bridge Club

The bridge group is open to anyone who has a basic knowledge of rules and playing. We play every Wednesday night, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Many of the current members played years ago then dropped playing but now have found out that all those past bridge skills are still usable. Because the evenings are organized so there are an equal number of players and tables please call me or e-mail for details as to how we operate. If you have played in the past give it some thought and call. We can find a place for you.

You can find us at our usual location, the Odd Fellows Hall in Ballard, 1706 NW Market St.

Paul S. and Page B.

For any questions, please e-mail Bridge Club.

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Pinochle Club

We meet the first and third Wednesday of the month to hone our card-shark skills. This month, we’ll meet on Wednesday,  August 6 and 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

We invite all club members with an interest in card playing to come join our fun-loving group. If you are new to Pinochle, we can help get you started. Please contact us, and we will discuss how to proceed.

For any questions, please e-mail Pinochle Club.

Bil B.

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Theater and Music

Don’t miss the Intiman Theater 2014 Festival this month into 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.


August 12 – September 21: Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2

August 19: David Schmader’s A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem

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

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.

For any questions, please e-mail Theater and Music.

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Exercise Group

The exercise group, which meets every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m., continues to grow. Come and join us and have a good time with our group. We meet at:

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street

After an hour of light aerobics and stretching, those who want more of a workout meet at the Green Lake Aqua Theater at 11:00 a.m. for a 2.8-mile walk around Green Lake and followed by a well-earned lunch just after noon at the Blue Star on Stone Way just a bit north of 45th Street.

To get an idea of what we do in the class, one of the group leaders has prepared a fine exercise video for your enlightenment.

For any questions, please e-mail Exercise Group.

... or call Len T., Don McK., or Don K.

Len T.

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Dinner for Six

The Dinner For Six group currently has 33 participants, which means we have six groups, but one group has only 5 and one group has just four. Hence unofficially, we are the ’Dinner for Four, Five or Six’ group. This number is still lower than it has been in the past, and that is fine, but does not make our dinners any less enjoyable. However, there is plenty of room to grow, and the more we have in the group, the more variety everyone will have in meeting new folks and enjoying a quiet at-home meal.

Obviously, we are happy to welcome back folks who have been part of this group in the past, but this month I would like to suggest the group for newer members of Mature Friends, who may never have tried it yet. Our format is simple, we have three ’sessions’ each year. Each session is three months, and during each session, each pair of the three pairs who are assigned together, hosts one meal. So that means if you join us, you will work with a co-host for just 3 meals a year, but will be hosted by others for an additional six meals, which I think is a pretty good trade.

Our current session is May, June, July, and the last for this year will be Aug, Sept, Oct. I will do my best to find an open spot for anyone who joins in June, to have at least one meal this session, but worst case will be that you are assigned to a group starting in August. Please do feel free to contact Myles McN. if you have any questions.

Myles McN.

For any questions, please e-mail Dinner for Six.

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Annual Picnic

Each August, in lieu of the Friday potluck, Mature Friends organizes a picnic. The 2014 picnic took place on Saturday, August 23, in Woodland Park at a picturesque but smaller site than the previous year. As per custom, our festivities began at noon, but with Mature Friends, the hoards began descending well before then.

Picnic 2014

This year, sunny skies and comfortable weather favored this annual event as we took over the assigned shelter area in Woodland Park.

As usual we had a great time. But don’t take my word for it. In a few days, we will download, edit, and post photos for your enjoyment if you couldn’t make it.

But don’t take our word, read about it, and check out the pictures for yourselves:

Picnic 2014

Note: The annual picnic is open only to members and their guests.

For any questions, please e-mail Annual Picnic.

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Annual Banquet

This year’s banquet was a smashing success. The dinner took place on Saturday, June 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Again, we enjoyed more fine cuisine at the Women’s University Club. The menu of entrees consisted of a choice between prime rib and salmon.

Flank Steak

Prime Rib


Encrusted Salmon

The banquet for 2015 will be held on a Saturday in June on a date to be determined, beginning  at 5:30 p.m. at the same place.

Banquet 2014

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, about 75 Mature Friends once again donned their finery for an adult’s night out on the town for a special dinner. For the third year in a row, our annual banquet was held at the Women’s University Club. And once again, we had a great time enjoying the food in an elegant ambiance. Our food choices consisted of salmon or flank steak. For dessert we could choose between chocolate decadence cake or lemon cheese cake. As before, the service was excellent and the food tasted great!

The festivities began with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. No doubt some members wanted to arrive early with tongues hanging out, ready for that first cocktail.

If you want to relive the experience of last year and check out some pictures, the following link will take you directly to an eye-witness report.

Annual Banquet

Curt Johnson

For any questions, please e-mail Annual Banquet.

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Mature Friends’ History

August is the time for the Mature Friends’ Annual Picnic, but the appointed day, August 22, 2004, began with the first soaking rain of the summer. Fortunately Area 6 at Woodland Park with its large shelter had been reserved for the picnic. The rain tapered off by noon and the picnic continued with Bob J. grilling the hot dogs. The rain left the outdoor picnic tables and benches a little wet, and the uncertain weather left little desire for the customary walk around Green Lake.

— Dan L.

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Health and Wellness

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Things of Interest for Our Group

This section contains various articles to draw your attention to subjects that are important for members of our group. If you know of any subjects that would interest our members, please be sure and write an article and submit it.

Join Our Facebook Group

Do you know that Mature Friends now has its own Facebook group page?

Click on Join Group. Questions? Contact Keith C.

Gay City fabulous Fundraising Garden Party

Gay City is proud to announce the 2014 Eden Garden Party benefit this August 14, hosted by the legendary Mama Tits. Gay City will honor their special guest, Marsha Botzer, with the Second Annual Golden Unicorn Award for her dedicated and visionary leadership on behalf of the Transgender and Progressive communities. The award will be presented by last year’s recipient, Mayor Ed Murray.

Eden will be presented in classic Gay City style, with a hosted bar, succulent catered spread, fabulous entertainment, and will include both a silent auction and a raffle. Each Eden guests is asked to consider a minimum $250 donation, as part of the Eden program.

If you’re interested in attending this year’s Eden Garden Party, please contact Peter Jabin for more information.

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