A Note from our President –
Wow, these chilly nights mean summer’s really winding down. Get out and take advantage of these last warmer days before it really feels like Fall. I’m not ready for summer to end. Come along with us and enjoy our Minnesota autumn, along with all the “colorful” and fun activities we have planned
Coffee Break—you won’t feel guilty eating “healthy” treats and breakfasts at French Meadow Bakery
Garden Tour—don’t let the scarecrows scare you at Emma Krumbee’s orchard
Lunch Bunch—zen out on Japanese fusion at Nakamori
Books & Booze—discuss “1000 White Women” at Macy’s
Hope to see you there! Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org
COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, October 12th at 10:00AM—French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 870-7855
Come join us for a hot beverage and maybe a late breakfast. To view their menu and for directions go to frenchmeadowcafe.com
RSVP by Monday, October 10th to Brenda@TheWanerersMSP.org
Parking: Off-street parking is available in the two lots adjacent to the North and South sides of the building. Street parking is also available.
LUNCH BUNCH: Monday, October 17th, 12:30PM—Nakamori Japanese Bistro
7101 France Ave. at Hazelton (Leisure Lane Mall across from Byerly’s) 952-920-9980
Nakamori offers Japanese-based fusion cuisine, a blend of French, American, and Asian cuisine. They have the best Kobe beef, French foie gras, Californian sea urchin, bluefin toro and Russian caviar. Elegant presentation designed right in front of you. There is also an open bar and a sushi bar. Great luncheon menu in a convenient location.
After lunch we’ll take an optional walk around Centennial Lakes, weather permitting. This 24-acre park offers the ultimate urban escape, featuring more than 1.5 miles of paved pathways meandering around a 10-acre lake interspersed with beautifully landscaped grounds, formal and informal seating areas, swinging benches fountains, and mini golf course.
RSVP by Friday, October 7th to Pam@TheWanderersMSP.org
GARDEN TOUR: Thursday, October 20th, 10:00AM Departure—Emma Krumbee’s.
Hwy 169 and Co Rd. 3, 351 Enterprise Drive E, Belle Plaine, MN 952-873-4334
The 33rd Annual Great Scarecrow Display is open daily 10AM – 6PM, September 10th– October 30th, featuring over 100 unique, handcrafted, artistic, exciting scarecrows in Emma Krumbee’s 45-acre Apple Orchard. Admission of $5.50/person (plus tax), includes entrance to • Farm Animals •Giant Hay Stack • Tombstone Forest • Wagon Ride • Goat Habitrail • The Barrel Express U-Pick Apples, Pumpkins.
Lunch to follow at Emma Krumbee’s Restaurant http://emmakrumbees.com/apple-orchard/.
A carpool will leave south Mpls. at 10:00AM or meet us at the Emma Krumbee’s at 11:00. Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive.
RSVP by Tuesday, October 18th to Barbara@TheWanderersMSP.org
BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, October 25h, 3:45-6PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill
Macy’s Southdale—Lower Level
One Thousand White Women: the Journals of Mary Dodd by Jim Fergus is based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries. It is the story of a remarkable woman who travels west in 1875 and marries the Chief of the Cheyenne Nation. Drinks First, Book Discussion, Then Food. Macy’s has great Happy Hour food and drink specials. No loud music—we can actually hear one another talking around a big, round table. Just come even if you have not read this great book.
RSVP by Sunday, October 23rd to Anne@TheWanderersMSP.org
Books & Booze Upcoming Titles:
December 2016 – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.
February 2017–Gertrude’s Oath by Ram Oren
Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, traveled to France, leaving Michael in the care of his mother and Gertruda Bablinska, the family’s devoted Catholic nanny. When Michael’s mother had a stroke, Gertruda promised the dying woman that she would make her way to Palestine and raise him as her own son
April 2017–Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
Olivia Donatelli’s dream of a “normal” life shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Understanding the world from his perspective felt bewildering. And just as Olivia began to realize that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony died.
June 2017–My Stroke of Insight by Jill Taylor
On the morning of December 10, 1996, Taylor, a brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke. She observed her own mind completely deteriorate. Now she shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery.
August 2017— Accidental Empress: A Novel by Allison Pataki
The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth (“Sisi”), Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor.
October 2017–The Residence by Kate Bower
While journalist Brower moves by theme in presenting the memories of select long-running staff at the White House—“Controlled Chaos,” “Discretion,” “Extraordinary Demands,” “Dark Days,” etc.—there is an irresistible, charmingly pell-mell quality to the arrangement of these dashy stories. The author has managed to track down numerous former staffers
December 2017–“The Grave Soul” by Ellen Hart (MN author)
“When Guthrie Hewitt calls on restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless, he doesn’t know where else he can turn. Guthrie has fallen for a girl-Kira Adler. In fact, he was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve. But his trip home with Kira over Thanksgiving made him uneasy. All her life, Kira has been haunted by a dream-a nightmare, really. In the dream, she witnesses her mother being murdered.
NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: This group will meet on the 3rd Monday opposite months from Books & Booze at 7:00PM at Byerly’s Mez. Upcoming titles are:
November 2016—“The Wives of Los Alamos”, Nesbit (Currently No wait at HCLIB.org)
“Their average age was twenty-five. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London, Chicago–and arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure, or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship as they were forced to adapt to a rugged military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab. They lived in barely finished houses with P.O. box addresses in a town wreathed with barbed wire, all for the benefit of a project that didn’t exist as far as the public knew. Though they were strangers, they joined together–adapting to a landscape as fierce as it was absorbing, full of the banalities of everyday life and the drama of scientific discovery. And while the bomb was being invented, babies were born, friendships were forged, children grew up, and Los Alamos gradually transformed from an abandoned school on a hill into a real community: one that was strained by the words they couldn’t say out loud, the letters they couldn’t send home, the freedom they didn’t have. But the end of the war would bring even bigger challenges to the people of Los Alamos, as the scientists and their families struggled with the burden of their contribution to the most destructive force in the history of mankind.The Wives of Los Alamos is a novel that sheds light onto one of the strangest and most monumental research projects in modern history. It’s a testament to a remarkable group of women who carved out a life for themselves, in spite of the chaos of the war and the shroud of intense secrecy”
January 2017—“A Man Called Ove”, Backman (Reserve Early—there’s a wait—movie just released)
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon; the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him ‘the bitter neighbor from hell’. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.