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What’s New in October
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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., Oct. 8 and 22, at 12:00 Noon Charlie’s on Broadway, 217 Broadway Ave. E
Dinner Out
Tue., Oct. 21, at 12:00 Noon Robb’s 125th Street Grill, 12255 Aurora Ave. N
Monthly Potluck
Fri., Oct. 31, at 6:15 p.m., Food Contributions
Odd Fellows Hall, Best costume contest
Wine Tasting
No tasting this month
Try new wines on your own in Oct.
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., Oct. 19, at 4:45 p.m. New Pandasia Restaurant, Interbay
Book Club
No meeting this month
Read on your own in Oct.
Board Meeting
None this month
Due to the Spain and France Trips
Tues., Oct. 21, at 9:30 a.m. Snowqualmie River Trail
Garden Tour
Gone dormant till Apr. 2015
Last Tour of 2014
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., Oct. 1 and 15, 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
B, E, F, P, R, Y, Z
Hot Dish
C, J, T, W
M, O, S, V
A, H, I, L
G, N, D, K

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 falls on Halloween, so dress in costume or come and just admire others. Prizes will be awarded!

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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 September's Garden Tour

On September 10th, 18 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 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!

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

Murder Mystery Dinner

We are on track for January’s Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner at a hotel in the Wallingford neighborhood.

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.

What’s in the Works

Our annual gambling trip in late March or early April. Plans are progressing for a three-day Victoria, B.C., garden trip and possibly a holiday river cruise through Christmas markets of Europe. Trips also being contemplated for 2015 are Alaska’s Inside Passage, Columbia and Snake rivers on the SS Legacy, and some interesting short trips. More on these later.

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 to May 8, 2014

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 Chongqing 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 thirty-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

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 Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival October 9 –19. This year, Mature Friends is co-presenting Match with Patrick Stewart on October 17. Retired dancer Tobi’s (Patrick Stewart) life is disrupted when a young couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) visit his home. Tickets and passes are on sale now.

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

Men in Dance

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

Phantom of the Opera

The travel and special events committee is busy planning a very special 2015 for Mature Friends. The Paramount Theater is hosting a special showing of the 1925 silent movie Phantom of the Opera in celebration of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that is on their 2015 season calendar. Mature Friends attending this one night only event on October 27 are invited to a pre-movie happy hour at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Ham for the Holidays

In December, Mature Friends will have group tickets for “Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind,” starring Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch at the ACT Theater. This is December 13 installment of the semi-legendary holiday comedy sketch series. Ticket information in next month’s newsletter.

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