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What’s New in March
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., Mar. 11 and Mar. 25, at 12:00 Noon Charlie’s on Broadway, 217 Broadway Ave. E
Dinner Out
Tue., Mar. 17, at 6:00 p.m. Robb’s 125th Street Grill, 12255 Aurora Ave. N
Monthly Potluck
Fri., Mar. 27, at 6:15 p.m. Food Contributions
Odd Fellows Hall
Wine Tasting
Mon., Mar. 16, at 7:00 p.m.
French red and white Burgundy at private home
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., Mar. 1, at 4:45 p.m.
At The New Pandasia Restaurant
Book Club
Tues., Apr. 13, at 7:00 p.m. (no meeting in March)
Discussion on Peter Stark’s Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire
Board Meeting
Mon., Mar. 9, at 6:30 p.m. At the home of Don S., membership chair
Tue., Mar. 17, at 9:30 a.m. Kukutali Preserve
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 trips
Check our destinations
Bridge Club
Every Wed. at 7:00 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall
Pinochle Club
Wed., Mar. 4 and 18, 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
A, B, E, N, P, Y, Z
Hot Dish
G, J, K, W
M, O, S, V
I, L, R, T
C, D, F, H

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.



In February, large group of hikers took advantage of the fine sunny weather to hike the trail in Meadowdale Beach Park. The view of mountains, islands, and water from the beach was spectacular. We were happy to welcome several new Mature Friends members interested in hiking.

February's Hike

Hikers Steb, Dale, Scott, Hector, Jerry, Stephen, Harvey, Alan, Tim, and David In Meandowdale Beack Park

Not pictured is hiker Brian, who was snapping pictures of the beautiful scenery to share with you:

Brian's Pictures

March Hike in the Kukutali Preserve

Our March hike will be along the trails in the Kukutali Preserve near LaConner, Washington. Kukutali Preserve is the first state park in the history of the United States to be co-owned and jointly managed by a federally recognized Indian tribe and a state government. With the help of the Trust for Public Land, Washington State Parks acquired the property in June 2010, after it had been owned privately for almost 100 years. The preserve lies entirely on the Swinomish Reservation, encompasses eighty-three acres spanning three islands with over two miles of natural shoreline, and sits adjacent to thirty-eight acres of tribally owned tidelands.

The preserve is a peninsula jutting out into the far north end of Puget Sound, with views of nearby islands and the Deception Pass Bridge. Most of the area is covered with typical mossy lowland forest, with trees festooned with lichens. The main trail is about a mile long, with two side trails to explore adding another mile.

This will be our first hike out of town this year. To facilitate car pooling we will meet on Tuesday, March 17, 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. A Discover Pass is required at the trailhead. We will get back to Northgate by 3:00 p.m.

Check Out Some of Our Previous Hikes

Our hikers posed with beautiful backdrops from some of our past treks. The following pictures show some examples.

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

Taste of Cruising and Alaska — April 29

Sample both cruising and Alaska on a five day luxury excursion with Princess Line as their Ruby cruises to Seattle via Vancouver and Ketchican.

Take three days off work and have a five day vacation. Catch the convenient Wednesday morning Amtrak train to Vancouver, join the nearby ship for lunch, relax and enjoy this early season salt water sailing past deep green forests and snow capped mountains to Alaska and back on Sunday to the ship’s summer berth at Pier 91.

We are the first cruise ship to arrive in Alaska this season beating the others by nearly a week. Let’s tell the high school that we want to be met by their band! Although some of Ketchican’s gift stores won’t have opened there are shore excursions and places to see in the momentarily quiet town. Probably no snow on the streets but plenty nearby. If you are considering a cruise sometime this is an adventurously fun way to sample the experiences at less than $500 including rail.

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 returns 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.

New and Improved Road Trip to Ashland, Oregon – August 21

Arrive in Ashland late afternoon on Friday, August 21, to see three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival:

Pericles is a rarely done late play by Shakespeare and the Festival always does a spectacular job on it. We will also take part in activities of the Daedalus Project, the Festival’s AIDs benefit including a reading of a new play on an AIDs-related theme and the Company Variety Show featuring the ever popular Underwear Contest. Ever wanted to stuff a dollar bill into an actor’s briefs? Now’s your chance.

We will  stay at the Stratford Inn in downtown Ashland, a short walk to the theaters and we will have another back stage tour. You can also fit in ad hoc side trips to Crater Lake, Jacksonville, and Hilt California (a booze run).

You will need to arrange your own transportation, although we will help organize car pools. Alternatively, you could fly to Medford, Oregon. We return home on August 25. Cost for tickets and room (with breakfast) $725 (single  supplement
$385). If you are not driving your own car you should plan on buying your driver a tank of gas. A deposit of $200 by April 1 will guarantee you a space. The remainder will be due by June 5.

Upcoming Trips and Events

Watch your newsletter in coming months for several Puget Sound area day trips that are being planned for later this year and next year.

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!


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

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.

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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.

The Dinner Detective

On February 13, Mature Friends gathered for an evening of dinner and murder at the Dinner Detective show. I fingered the youth minister from Woodinville as the murderer, but was rather disappointed when he got “bumped” off during the dessert course. One very astute, or lucky, Mature Friend — Marlyce — correctly guessed the murderer’s identity. Watch future newsletters for information on special events.

Check out The Dinner Detective website.

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