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What’s New in May
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., May. 13 and May 27, at 12:00 Noon Charlie’s on Broadway, 217 Broadway Ave. E
Dinner Out
Tue., May 19, at 6:00 p.m. Robb’s 125th Street Grill, 12255 Aurora Ave. N
Monthly Potluck
Fri., May 29, at 6:15 p.m. Food Contributions
Odd Fellows Hall
Wine Tasting
Mon., May 18, at 7:00 p.m.
Tasking dry white wines from Italy at the home of our Walk/Hike leader
Annual Banquet
Sat., June 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Womens’ Athletic Club
Annual Picnic
Sat., Aug. 15, at 12:00 Noon
Woodland Park
Dinner for Six
Determined by participants In members’ homes
Christmas Lunch
Sat., Dec. 12, at 12:00 Noon
Robb's 125th Street Grill, 12255 Aurora Ave. N.
Playing Date and Time Where
A Better Club for Investing
Not set at time of publication
No venue for the meeting determined yet
Book Club
No meeting in May
Last discussion was on Peter Stark’s Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire at home of a member.
Board Meeting
Mon., May 11, at 6:30 p.m. At the home of our Travel organizer
Tue., May. 19, at 9:30 a.m. White Chuck Bench
Garden Tour
Thurs., June 11, at 10:30 a.m.
Sammamish Garden Gem
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., May 6 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. Odd Fellows Hall
Camera Club
Still waiting for a new leader. Any volunteers?
Odd Fellows Hall
Exercise Group
Every Wed. at 10:00 a.m. Odd Fellows Hall


Potluck Contributions

If you bring a vegan or vegetarian dish, please label it as such.

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

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



The climb up Heybrook Ridge to the lookout got our April hikers a good workout. The view of mountains still snow covered was worth the climb. We enjoyed lunch in the sun, which was lucky because clouds were closing in when we got back to the trail head.

Hikers at Heybrook Lookout

Lee, Garry, Ed, John, Ramon, Hector, Jerry, Steb, Roger, Dale Pose at Heybrook Lookout

May Hike to White Chuck Bench

We will do an easier hike in May, along the White Chuck River, ten miles south of Darrington, just off the Mountain Loop Highway.  The White Chuck Bench trail takes hikers on smooth, winding tread through a pleasant lowland forest of tall trees and moss. Skirt the ledge above the White Chuck River, cross a sturdy wood bridge, and continue upstream, looking for peek-a-boo views of Mount Pugh and the surrounding summits. Mount Pugh dominates the southern view with glimpses of Twin Peaks and Sloan Peak. The trail is essentially level, with modest ups and downs. After hiking about two miles we will stop for lunch at a spot with views of the mountains and the river.

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at the north end of Northgate Shopping Center, just off Northgate Way, in front of the Bank of America building. Car pool riders share the cost. Bring a lunch, and drinking water. Forest pass or Senior (Golden Age) pass required at the trail head. We will get back to Northgate by 4:00 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.

Hikers Tim, Roger, Jerry, Hector, Dale, Scott, Ramon, Brian Take a Break In Kukutali Preserve

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

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

— Dale J.

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June Tour Sammamish Garden Gem

In June the Garden Group will visit the Sammamish garden of Barbara Flynn, one of the founding members of the Northwest Perennial Alliance (NPA). This is the largest horticultural organization in the northwest emphasizing perennials and associated plants. Barbara’s garden has been open annually since 1988, and has been featured in most garden magazines, a number of books, and even on TV.

“The garden is loosely based on Sissinghurst which features a White Garden, bulb beds, sunny perennial borders, yew hedges, and a woodland — all high maintenance.” She now has much needed help to maintain this lovely garden.


  1. From Seattle, take SR-520 E. to SR-202 E. or Redmond/Fall City Road.
    Head toward Fall City. 
  2. Go 2.4 miles from Redmond to Sahalee Way N.E.
  3. At Sahalee Way N.E, turn right. The Gray Barn Nursery will be on your left corner. 
  4. Shalee Way N.E. becomes 228th Avenue N.E.
  5. Go 3.0 miles to N.E. 14th Street and turn left.
  6. Proceed down N.E. 14th Street, and turn right at 232nd Place S.E.

Address: 1332 - 232nd Place N.E., on the left.

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015. Tour at 10:30 a.m.

May Tour Filled with Treats and Flowers

On Thursday, May 14, thirteen members descended the winding streets of Newcastle, Washington, to find the hillside home of Carol Schneider and Ed Corker for a most unusual treat.

Garden Tour for May

Seated are Ed, Carol, and Dr. John Wott, Esteemed Horticulturalist and Head of the Garden Tours

Carol, a native of Minnesota, grew up with a grandfather who was a pioneer peony breeder in that cold state. She never lost her interest in peonies, and when Carol and Ed purchased their home over ten years ago, she began her quest to purchase and grow as many unusual peonies as she could find. Today her garden contains over 100 different plants, ranging from ancient Chinese tree peonies, ITOH types, as well as many herbaceous types. There is always something in bloom, from early spring to fall.
Many of the tree peonies have a history which extends for hundreds of years, and many also have medicinal uses. Most of us are familiar with the herbaceous types which have been a staple of American gardens for hundreds of years. The ITOHs are newer types, which combine the characteristics of the tree and herbaceous types, often exhibiting extraordinary flowers.

We entered the garden at the street level and slowly climbed the steep slope, always finding a new color and type along the way. Carol explained the history of many of the plants and how they all differ as we passed them. Each one was her most favorite. Just when you found the perfect size and color you liked, then you came upon another more exciting one. There is a succession of paths and stairways throughout the hillside as you advance to the rear of the house where you find a most pleasant patio.

The patio is also surrounded by the continuing rising slope with many types of plants which compliment the peonies. There is also a bubbling waterfall and pond. The bamboo hedge surrounding the property makes it seem like your own private oasis.

Upon our arrival, we were treated to Mimosas ... only one til we safely ascended the steps. On the patio table, she had laid out fifteen blooms in a chromatic arrangement that made it easy to see and sniff. The subtleties in color, hue, and shape were immense, and the group enjoyed studying them. She had also laid out a wide array of references and books for perusal. Further, we also enjoyed warm home baked rhubarb coffee cake and coffee. Needless to say, this is a garden worthy of a visit at many different times of the year.

Hot tip: If you missed the tour but are eager to see peonies in their full glory, stop by the Seattle Chinese Garden in the Arboretum. This garden hosted a peony festival toward the end of April, but their peonies are still in bloom, waiting for you to enjoy their beauty.

Garden Tours Kicked Off with
Famous Seattle Tree and Garden Guru

On Thursday, April 28, awakening after the winter dormant season, twenty-three members visited the north Capital Hill residence of Arthur Lee Jacobson, who has lived there his entire fifty-three years. Situated on a steep slope, we began the tour on his upper deck. Arthur is well known throughout Seattle for his wit, “snappy” remarks and unabashed feelings about plants, and how we use and care for them. He has written several books, and regularly pedals around Seattle to note and record any unusual trees. He never met a tree he did not like, although he can be all about tree removal too.

Arthur strives to have the most unusual plants in his garden as well as growing anything which might have culinary attributes. He allows invasive ivy and others to ramble throughout his hillside. He delights in showing off his big tree specimens such as the gigantic white gum (Eucalyptus) and Western pine, and explains how he manages to keep them healthy in spite of the city and his neighbors concerns.

He led us downward on a series of steep stairs and paths, stopping at every level to point out unusual plants which contain medicinal and/or edible qualities. The group was captivated by his array of plant and environmental knowledge. He has assembled a most unusual array of stones, gravel and bricks which he uses to great advantage throughout all his pathways. The “potted” bicycle tire was a hit and was indicative that Arthur uses everything in his landscape.

He is an active composter and believes heavily in natural predators and remedies. He is often called upon to share his wisdom in tours and talks throughout the city. Arthur is keen to share his knowledge and philosophies. So the next time you see one of his talks or tours, you will be delighted you attended.

Future Garden Tour Dates

Mark your calendars for the following future garden tours this summer:

  • Thursday, June 11       10:30 a.m.  Sammamish Garden
  • Thursday, July 16        10:00 a.m.  Two Woodinville Country Gardens
  • Thursday, August 20   10:30 a.m.   N.W. Seattle, Carkeet Park Area

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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.

Reno Gambling Trip — May 12

Twenty-one people are joining our annual gambling trip on May 12. The package includes round-trip airfare and accommodations at the El Dorado Resort Casino. We leave for Reno on Horizon Air Flight No. 2255, departing SeaTac Airport at 3:15 p.m. and arriving in Reno at 5:08 p.m, just in time for cocktail hour. At the end of our time in Reno, return Flight No. 2258, arrives back in Seattle at 2:15 p.m.

Good luck to our gamblers – may they break the bank or at least have a great time trying.

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.

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

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.

Costa Rica

On February 14, 2015, some adventurous Mature Friends took a short winter’s break in a land down south to soak up some warm weather and fine culture, as well as to see incredibly beautiful and fascinating sights. If you missed the tour or have an interest in what we did and what we saw, just click the link below for a description, written by Dan, one of the Mature Friends on the trip. Also, click the links in the write-up to see more:

Tour of Costa Rica

Cruise Down the Asian Coast

At the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, several Mature Friends took a cruise down the East Coast of Asia. We began in Hong Kong and ended up in Singapore. As with the tour of China, we saw several incredible sites, but without the hassle of unpacking and repacking, because our Holland-America ship acted as our home base. Check out this great cruise:

Cruise Down the Asian Coast

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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.

Southern Oregon Road Trip  — August 21 – 25

The cost is $725 plus a tank of gas if you carpool. This price covers housing, theater tickets, breakfast, and one dinner.  Reserve  deposit of $200 was due by April 20 to guarantee a slot. The remainder is due by June 5. The single supplement price is $385.


This trip will be loosely organized, with transportation by private car. We will help you organize car pools after we get a roster of participants. Some may prefer to fly: Alaska/Horizon offers flights to Medford, which is about twelve miles from our hotel. Alaska offers two nonstop flights and flights with plane changes in Portland.  (Because it is easy to  get to downtown Portland on the light-rail, you might prefer to fly and spend a day in Portland.)

Shuttles to our hotel are available. We expect most of us will travel by private car: the drive is just over seven hours via I-5 with the worst traffic between Seattle and Olympia. This would  allow short stops in Portland, Eugene, or Grants Pass. Possible alternate routes involve Highway 97 on the east side. You can access 97 through Yakima via I-90 and I-82 to Yakima, where you can connect with Highway 97. There are several routes back across the Southern Cascades, north or south of Crater Lake and one through Crater Lake. Those with more time might detour to the Oregon Coast one the way down or back. The coastal route would probably involve another night or more unless you are a marathon driver.


We will be staying at the Stratford Inn, which is four blocks from the theaters at the other end of downtown Ashland. The rooms have a choice of one king or two queen beds. Breakfast is included. There is a coffee  shop at the inn and several nearby bars.


Breakfast is included in the rooms. We will have one organized group dinner in a restaurant in downtown or nearby, included in your fees. You will be on your own for lunches and the other dinners. The rooms have a kitchenette. There is a large grocery store across the street. Ashland is rife with interesting restaurants, all of which are good at getting you served in time for curtain.


Liquor used to be very close to the same price as in Washington, but I'm not sure if that is the case now since our plunge into free enterprise in the booze trade.  I would guess it is a little lower there. BUT about fifteen miles  south on I-5, roughly five feet over the California border, there is a liquor store, well stocked and at California  prices. They specialize in Washington and  Oregon  shoppers. John and I will plan on a trip before you arrive, so you can order what you would like us to get for the week. We will also plan on booze runs during the week, so you may need to plan on saving room in your cars for taking some liquid souvenirs  back home.


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, housed in Ashland, is by most measures the largest repertory company in the country. It has a large outdoor theater, a large indoor theater, and a small indoor theater. The indoor theaters play from February through October. We have tickets included in the fee for Guys and Dolls, Pericles, and Much Ado About Nothing. In addition there are tickets for the Daedalus Festival, the AIDS fund raiser, on Monday,  including a staged reading of a new play on an AIDS theme and the company talent show, which includes the ever popular underwear contest where you get to stuff bills in the under- wear of your favorite actor. We also have tickets for the backstage theater tour on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. This takes about a hour and does involve six flights of stairs, not all at once. Pericles is a late play, probably only partly by Shakespeare, which is rarely  staged, but they always do a spectacular job of it at Ashland. Word is that it is the best production of the three plays we will see though there are rarely bad productions in Ashland.


Optional excursions during the day include Crater Lake, Historic Jacksonville, Wine Tasting, hiking, white water rafting.

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