August 2016 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

This week is bringing record-breaking heat and humidity. Stay cool! Summer’s going faster than ever. Come on out and enjoy it with us—before it’s all over.

Coffee Break—enjoy great bagels and pastries at Common Ground

Explorers—go day-tripping to Buffalo’s Occasional Sales

Garden Tour—take in fabulous lake and garden views at Noerenberg Gardens

Books & Booze—discusses “The Round House”

See you there!   Sally@The WanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

EXPLORERS: Saturday, August, 6th, 10:00AM Departure—Day trip to Buffalo, MN

Downtown Buffalo Antique Shops & Boutique

Join us for a day trip to shop in Minnesota’s best antique shops and boutiques. The abundant mixture of modern and vintage stores and quaint shops has put Buffalo on the map as a shopper’s paradise. There are shops to explore for several blocks from the lakeshore in downtown Buffalo and north along Central Avenue and 1st Avenue NE. Occasional Sales are the first Thursday through Sunday of each month when the majority of shops are open. Some shops are also open every weekend Thursday through Sunday.

Examples of shops are Bailey & Mae, Bellacoux & Thistle Dew, Fairy House, Gem, Harlow’s House, Jute, Twine & Burlap, Patina General, Second Hand Rose, The Cottage Door, The Porch, This & That and The Lizzie’s Room.

We will cap off the day with happy hour/early dinner at Mill Creek Inn at 891 County Road 35 West. Mill Creek Inn is located on the water and offers great food and drinks at an affordable price.

A car pool will leave Edina at 10:00 AM.

RSVP by Saturday, July 30th to Pam@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

GARDEN TOUR: Wednesday, August 18th, 10:30AM Departure—Noerenberg Gardens

2840 Northshore Dr.

Noerenberg Memorial Gardens, situated along the shore of Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka, is known for its tranquility and spectacular beauty. Lunch will follow at COV (former Sunsets) in Wayzata.

A car pool will leave at 10:30AM or meet us at the garden at 11:00. Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive. 

RSVP by Tuesday, August 16th to Flowerlady58@hotmail.com

Directions to Norenberg: Take Hwy.169 N to I-394 W exit. Continue onto Hwy.12 W. Keep left to stay on 12 W to County Rd 15 W exit. Merge and turn right onto Northshore Drive/Co. Hwy-51. Destination on the right —2840 Northshore Dr.

 

COFFEE BREAK: Monday, August 22nd, 10:00AM—Common Roots Café

2558  Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls.

This is a Bagel shop. There’s no better expression of said bagel than a toasted “Everything” (read: garlic, onion, sesame and poppy seed-crusted) stuffed with a hefty schmear of dill-infused cream cheese and house-smoked salmon! All the bakery offerings are sooo good!

RSVP by Saturday, August 20th to Rogerbaumg@gmail.com

Directions: Hwy. 100 to Excelsior Blvd. East to Lyndale. Turn left (North) to 25th.

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, August 30th, 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grille

Southdale—Ruby Tuesday entrance

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich

Erdrich has created an intricately layered novel that not only untangles our nation’s history of moral and judicial failure, but also offers a portrait of a community sustained by its traditions, values, faith, and stories. 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 Saturday, August 27th to Anne@The WanderersMSP.org

BOOK FOR OCTOBER: One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Dodd.

“Based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, this is the story of a remarkable woman who travels west in 1875 and marries the Chief of the Cheyenne Nation.”

July 2016 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

            Everything’s lush and green. Just want those pesky rabbits love. Come on out and take advantage of this great Minnesota (but sadly way to short) season with us.

Staycation Brunch—celebrate the holiday weekend in Carol’s beautiful yard

Gangster Tour—visit St. Paul famous gangster caves

Coffee Break—lots of goodies to choose from at Panera

Games People Play—fun and games await at Elaine’s

Ladies Night Out—pencil in 7/ 26 & 27 for possible new member evening social

Check out our website: TheWanderersMSP.org

Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

STAYCATION POTLUCK BRUNCH: Saturday, July 2nd, 10:00AM— at the home of a member

Not headed “up north” or out of town for the 4th of July holiday? Join us for a casual, outdoor gathering in Carol’s yard/garden. Choose a protein, salad, fruit, cheese, pastry, or juices, etc. to share. FYI we’ll have to reschedule if it rains.

RSVP by June 29 to Carol@TheWanderersMSP.org indicating what you will be bringing to share

 

EXPLORERS: Saturday, July 9th, 10:15AM Departure—Gangster & Historic Cave Tour

215 Wabasha St S, Saint Paul, MN 55107

The 11:00AM St. Paul Cave tour is a 45 minute walking tour. The cost is $6.00. Come hear the legends of these sandstone caves—mobster massacres and ghostly lore in the most unique setting from Chicago to San Francisco. We’ll explore the original mined caves and see the finished ones (once a romantic night club called The Castle Royal).  If there’s sufficient interest, we will also take the 2-hour Gangster bus tour at noon. The cost is $24.00.  We’ll visit the sites of nightclubs, kidnappings and gun battles associated with 1930’s era gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson.  Optional lunch to follow at Joseph’s Grill,140 South Wabasha, Saint Paul, josephsgrill.com.

A car pool will leave south Mpls. at 10:15AM. Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive.  Or, meet us at the caves at 10:45.

RSVP by Tuesday, July 5th to Barbara at flowerlady58@hotmail.com indicating your interest in taking one or both tours.

Directions to Caves: Hwy.62E to Hwy. 55E to Hwy 5E toward St Paul. Take Edgcumbe Rd exit. Keep right toward Shepard Rd/River Blvd. (If you reach Edgcumbe Rd you’ve gone too far. Keep right at the fork in the ramp. (If you reach Gannon Rd you’ve gone too far). Merge onto Mississippi River Blvd and take 1st left onto Shepard Rd. Turn left onto Eagle Pkwy. (just past Walnut Ave). If you reach Spring St you’ve gone too far.  Take the 1st right onto Exchange St. Turn slight left onto Kellogg Blvd W. (just past Washington St ) Take the 1st right onto Wabasha St. (just past St. Peter St.) 215 WABASHA ST S is on the right.

To Joseph’s Grill: Wabasha St. norh ttoward Plato Blvd/Hwy 40. Joseph’s Grill (140 Wabasha) is on the right. (if you reach Water St. W you’ve gone too far).

 

 

COFFEE BREAK: Thursday, July 14th, 10:00AM—Panera

Yorktown Mall—York at Hazelton, Edina

Meet us for coffee and choose a yummy treat from the display case. Have you tried the cinammon crunch bagels? Wow!

RSVP to Ann by Tuesday, July 12th at 952-832-9464

 

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Tuesday, July 19th, 7:00PM—at the home of Elaine Krantz

9700 Portland Ave., Bloomington (NW corner 98th/Portland)

Always a fun evening of fun, laughter—and maybe a game or two. Dessert provided.

RSVP by Saturday, July 16th to Elaine@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy. 494 East to Portland Ave. exit. South (Right) on Portland to 98th Street. OR   35W South to 98th Street exit. East (Left) to Portland. Condo on NW corner.

June 2016 Newsletter

 A note from our President…..

These lovely summer days and longer evenings are perfect for getting out on the town with The Wanderers. We have lots of fun planned all month. Don’t miss it!

Ladies Night Out #1—get a great pizza to be had a Latuff’s

Coffee Break—enjoy the “new” Hilltop Restaurant’s garden room

Garden Tour—take a stroll with us at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Ladies Night Out #2—come for a fun night of dinner and Elvis at El Loro

Books & Booze—discuss “Ordinary Grace” at Macy’s

Lunch Bunch—relax on the Black Forest’s lovely patio

             Sally Ebnet    Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES 

LADIES NIGHT OUT #1: Thursday, June 2nd, 6:00PM Departure—Dinner at Latuff’s Pizzeria

10820 Hwy 55,   Plymouth   763-545-2914

Come enjoy the pizza voted the best in Plymouth (great thin crust). Family owned and operated since 1971. Their menu includes pasta, chicken, burgers and more along with beer and wine. Hopefully we can enjoy their cute patio. www.latuffspizzeria.com/Pages/LatuffsMenu.aspx

A carpool will leave Pam’s (5555 Dewey Hill Rd. #101) at 6PM, or meet us there at 6:30.

RSVP by Monday, May 30th to Pam@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions to Pam’s: Hwy. 100 South to West 70th exit, turn RIGHT (W). Go approximately one mile to Cahill Road, turn LEFT. Turn RIGHT at Dewey Hill Road. Immediately turn LEFT into Dewey Hill Condos. Proceed to the last buildings (#5555) and park in the rear parking lot.

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, June 8th, 10:00AM—Hilltop Restaurant 

5101 Arcadia Ave. (Vernon Ave. and Arcadia) (952) 925-5628

The former Eden Avenue Grill has been very updated, but still has the same great breakfasts. The Garden room is very nice in the morning.

RSVP by Sunday, June 5th to Ann at RogerBaumg@aol.com

 

GARDEN TOUR: Monday, June 13th, 10:00AM Departure—The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, 1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Mpls.

This 15-acre native plant reserve is the oldest public wildflower garden in the U.S. The Garden is located within Theodore Wirth Park which is on the western edge of Mpls.  Optional lunch at the Burger Jones, 3200 W Lake St. burgerjones.com to follow.

Car pool will leave Barb’s (5536 Logan Ave S.) at 10:00AM or meet us at the garden at 10:30. Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive. 

RSVP by Friday, June 10th to Barbara  at flowerlady58@hotmail.com 

Directions to Barb’s: Hwy. 62 to Penn Ave. exit. Turn LEFT (N) and follow to 55th Street. Turn

RIGHT (E) on Logan Ave. to #5536 (3rd from 56th St.)

Directions to Garden: Hwy. 62 W to Hwy. 100 N. Glenwood exit, to Butler Garden.

 

LADIES NIGHT OUT #2: Friday, June 17th, 4:45PM Departure—Dinner and Laughs at El Loro Restaurant—ELVIS PRESLEY IMPERSONATOR

8405 Lyndale Ave. Bloomington, MN (952) 881-2151

Come for lots of laughs, a margarita and great Mexican food while listening to Elvis’s old tunes!  This is the only El Toro Restaurant hosting an Elvis impersonator. You can see their huge menu at: http://www.ellororestaurant.com/images/template/bloomington/menu-bloomington.pdf

A carpool will leave Anne’s at 4:45 PM, or meet us there at 5:30 PM. 

RSVP by Wednesday, June 15th to Anne@TheWanderersMSP.org 

 

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, June 21h, 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill

Macy’s Southdale—Lower Level—enter near Ruby Tuesday’s

Ordinary Grace”, by William Kent Krueger (local author)

“Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his 13th year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota town. Since 1905 Macy’s has been feeding the shopping population.  You’ll find regional favorites and outstanding traditional classics.  Happy Hour offers great food—fabulous appetizers, wine and beer from $3-$5.  You can actually hear people talking to one another–no loud music!   And, a round table too.  Come even if you have not read this great book.

RSVP by Sunday June 19th to Anne@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, June 30th, 12:00 PM Departure-Black Forest Inn

1 East 26th Street, Mpls.   612-872-0812

Summer’s the best time to visit this long-standing German restaurant & beer garden with its lovely patio seating and large servings of classic dishes. Since 1965, Black Forest Inn has dedicated themselves to serving a special selection of German inspired dishes prepared on-sight with fresh ingredients–including their own bratwurst, spaetzel, breads and pastries–at the best possible price. We will try to eat on the patio weather permitting.

A car pool will leave Pam’s (5555 Dewey Hill Road, Edina) at Noon or meet us at the restaurant at 12:30 PM.

RSVP by Sunday, June 26th to Pam@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions to Pam’s: Hwy. 100 South to West 70th exit, turn RIGHT (W). Go approximately one mile to Cahill Road, turn LEFT. Turn RIGHT at Dewey Hill Road. Immediately turn left into Dewey Hill Condos. Proceed to the last buildings (#5555) and park in the rear parking lot.

Directions to Black Forest Inn: Hwy.100 North to Hwy. 62 East to 35W North. Exit at 31st/Lake Street (Exit 15). Turn LEFT on East Lake Street. Turn RIGHT on 1st Avenue South. Turn LEFT on East 26th Street. Restaurant is on the right.

 COMING UP

 NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, September 19th, 7:00PM— Byerly’s Mezzanine

Hazelton and France Ave.

This group is taking a break for the summer. Discussions will resume in September and continue ever other month.

“Plainsong” by Kent Haruf.  “From simple elements, Haruf achieves a novel of wisdom and grace – a narrative that builds in strength and feeling until, as in a choral chant, the voices in the book surround, transport, and lift the reader off the ground.”

Beer and wine are available on the mezzanine level and you may purchase snacks from the grocery store.  Please to come even if you haven’t read the book. This is our second meeting and we will determine a schedule for future meetings; we are planning on meeting every other month.

RSVP by Saturday, September 17th to Sara at Sara5217@aol.com 

May 2016 Newsletter

A note from our President…..
Boy, these rains have really greened things up, and a the flowering trees and bushes are in bloom ahead of schedule. Get out and enjoy this long-awaited Spring with your Wanderers friends!
Afternoon on the Town—come along for lunch at Eli’s and “The Wonderful Wonderette’s”
Garden Tour—see all the tulips at the Arboretum
Coffee Break—meet us at Patrick’s at Bachman’s for goodies and gab
Night-Time Book Talk—come discuss “Plainsong” at Byerly’s
Games People Play—fun and games at Elaine’s
Ladies Night Out—enjoy great pizza at Latuff’s
Hope to meet you soon!     Sally@TheWanderersMSP,com

ACTIVITIES

GARDEN TOUR: Friday, May 6th, 10:00AM Departure—Landscape Arboretum
“Color Me Spring” at the U of M’s beautiful Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. The Arboretum offers a front-row view as Mother Nature sheds (finally!) her wintry coat and unfolds a tapestry of color that signals the arrival of spring. Experience 37,000 tulips in every color, lilacs, crabapple blossoms, wildflowers, showy lady slipper orchids and more. Best part is that it’s National Public Gardens Day, so everyone gets in FREE!! Optional lunch at the Arboretum café to follow.
A car pool will leave Edina at 10:00AM or meet us at the main building lobby at 10:30.
RSVP by Wednesday, May 4thh to Barbara at FlowerLady58@hotmail.com
Directions: 494 W to Hwy. 5 W to Arboretum.

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, May 11th, 10:00AM¬––Patrick’s Bakery (at Bachman’s)
6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 612-861-7600
Join us for an imaginary trip to a French sidewalk café as we sit among the wonderful sights and smells of Bachman’s flowers and plants. Patrick’s has been heralded as one of the top bakeries in town.
RSVP by Monday, May 9th to Brenda@TheWanderersMSP.org
Directions: Hwy. 62 EAST to Lyndale. North to store

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, May 16th, 7:00PM— Byerly’s Mezzanine
Hazelton and France Ave.
“Plainsong” by Kent Haruf. “From simple elements, Haruf achieves a novel of wisdom and grace – a narrative that builds in strength and feeling until, as in a choral chant, the voices in the book surround, transport, and lift the reader off the ground.”
Beer and wine are available on the mezzanine level and you may purchase snacks from the grocery store. Please to come even if you haven’t read the book. This is our second meeting and we will determine a schedule for future meetings; we are planning on meeting every other month.
RSVP by Saturday, May 14th to Sara5217@aol.com

AFTERNOON ON THE TOWN: Thursday, May 19th, 10:30AM Departure—Lunch and the Theatre
Eli’s, 1225 Hennepin Ave. Mpls.—-The Woman’s Club of Mpls., 410 Oak Grove St., Mpls., 612-813-5300.
Let’s do lunch and go to a fabulous play! We’ll start our fun at Eli’s restaurant. Classy yet casual, classic yet fresh, Eli’s has outstanding food in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The ambiance takes one back to the1950’s and the prices won’t break the bank! Voted as a favorite by some of our members. Check out the menu at: http://elisfoodandcocktails.com.
After lunch we’ll head to The Woman’s Club for the 1:30 p.m. performance by “The Marvelous Wonderettes” who will keep you smiling during a trip down memory lane. This off-Broadway hit takes us to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy—four girls with homes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves they serenade us with classic ‘50’s hits. Act two reunites the Wonderetts at their ten-year reunion where we find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together.
Group rate (for 10+) tickets are $20 (reg. price is $25) and must be paid Friday, May 13th.
RSVP to Anne@TheWanderersMSP.org for mailing instructions and directions to carpool.
A carpool will leave Edina at 10:30AM or meet us at Eli’s at 11:00AM or the Women’s Club at 1:15PM.
Directions: To Woman’s Club–Hwy. 100 N to 394E to Hennepin Ave. exit. Turn Right onto Lyndale Ave., turn LEFT onto W 15th St., RIGHT onto Oak Grove St. Free parking in lot.

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Tuesday, May 24th, 7:00PM—at the home of at the home of a member
Come for the laughs and conversation. Refreshments provided.
RSVP by Sunday, May 22nd to Elaine@TheWanderersMSP.org
Directions: Hwy 35W SOUTH to 98th street exit. LEFT (E) to Portland Ave. Condo is on the NW corner of Portland and 98th street. May also take Hwys. 62E or #494 to Portland Ave. exit and SOUTH to 98th street.

LADIES NIGHT OUT: Thursday, June 2nd, 6:00PM Departure—Dinner at Latuff’s Pizzeria
10820 Hwy 55, Plymouth 763-545-2914
Come enjoy the pizza voted the best in Plymouth (great thin crust). Family owned and operated since 1971. Their menu includes pasta, chicken, burgers and more along with beer and wine. Hopefully we can enjoy their cute patio. www.latuffspizzeria.com/Pages/LatuffsMen…
A carpool will leave Edina at 6PM, or meet us there at 6:30.
RSVP by Monday, May 30th to Pam@TheWanderersMSP.org
Directions: to carpool—Hwy. 100S to 70th St. exit, Turn RIGHT (W). Travel about one mile to Cahill Road, turn LEFT. Take first RIGHT at Dewey Hill Road. Immediately turn LEFT into Dewey Hill Condos. Proceed to the last of 3 brick buildings (#5555) and park in the rear parking lot.
To Latuff’s—Hwy. 62W to Hwy. 169 N. to Hwy 55W to restaurant on the RIGHT side of #55

BOOZE & BOOKS: June Date TBA—“Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger
“Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his 13th year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota town”

April 2016 Newsletter

We’re always looking for girls who wanna have fun. You’re invited to attend several activities prior to joining. Membership is only $20/year. Come check us out this month. Bring a friend.

A note from our President…..
Wow—what happened to our early spring? Looking forward to a warm-up soon. A girl can hope that spring’s really on the way. Whatever the weather, please come enjoy some time at with The Wanderers this month.
Lunch Bunch—enjoy great English pub food and drink
Coffee Break—everything is wonderful at the Original Pancake House
Books and Booze—“All The Light We Cannot See” at Macy’s
Garden Tours—“Art In Bloom” at the MIA
International—all about the Ausies and Friendship Force
See you there! Sally Ebnet Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

LUNCH BUNCH: Saturday, April 9th, Noon—George & The Dragon
813 W 50th Street., Minneapolis
This neighborhood restaurant modeled after an English pub or public house. Back in the day, the pub was more than a place to get a beer. It was also a gathering place for the community, a place for a traveler to get a room for the night, and of course the place to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal. The Wanderers have been here before and were very pleased with the food and the selection of craft beers.
RSVP by April 7 to Carol Schaub at Carol.Schaub@comcast.net
Directions: 50th Street East to Bryant Ave. Allow a bit of extra time to find parking!

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, April 13th at 10:00AM—at The Original Pancake House-3501 W. 70th Street, Edina 952-920-4444.
Please join us for coffee, tea or a late breakfast.
RSVP by Monday, March 11th to Brenda@TheWanderersMSP.org.

INTERNATIONAL EVENING: Thursday, April 21, 7:00 PM – at the home of A Member
Have you ever wondered about “the land down under”???? Did you know that New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote? Or that Australia has the most exotic flora and fauna in the world? Anne Shea and Val Hessburg, members of The Wanderers, just returned from a month of touring New Zealand and Australia and are excited to share their travels. They took a plethora of photos just for you. While traveling they were awed at amazing scenery, fabulous festivals, superb food and wine, and magical outdoor experiences. Anne and Val traveled with a group of 14 from The Friendship Force, staying with local country hosts who open up their homes to visitors from other countries and cultures. Unlike most tours, they experienced the culture in both countries at the personal level – sharing meals, conversation and the routines of daily life.
Officers of The Friendship Force, a huge international adult exchange program, will be joining us to share this unique program that was established worldwide over 30 years ago. Being an “ambassador” for the U.S. to other countries or hosting others from another country in your home, allows you to “place faces with places”.
RSVP by Monday, April 18th to Anne@The WanderersMSP.org

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, April 26th, 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill
Macy’s Southdale—Lower Level
“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doer is a “stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of WW II.”
Macy’s was such a great success in December – we are going back! Great food, snacks and a round table too. Since 1905 Macy’s has been feeding the shopping population. This is a great place to find regional favorites and outstanding traditional classics. Proudly presenting a great casual cuisine, the Lakeshore Grill is where you can actually hear people talking to one another – no loud music! Fabulous appetizers, wine and beer from $3 – $5. Just come even if you have not read this great book.
RSVP by Sunday April 24th to Anne@TheWanderersMSP.org

GARDEN TOURS: Thursday, April 28th, 9:15AM Departure—Art In Bloom
Minneapolis Institute of Arts 240 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.
Come join us at Art in Bloom, one of the most popular events at the MIA. Over 125 florists design arrangements to compliment artwork in the permanent collection. There is a public tour of the floral arrangements at 10:15 or we can do our own self guided tour. The flowers are beautiful and the fragrance is lovely. If time permits, there is also a wonderful gift shop to browse. If there’s room, we’ll do lunch at the MIA. It can be a long wait. We’ll decide after the tour to stay or go to lunch nearby.
A carpool will leave Edina at 9:30AM. Please email Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org if you plan to carpool, or will meet us no later than 10:00 by the gift shop on the first floor.
RSVP by Monday, April 27th to Theresa@TheWanderersMSP.org
Directions: Parking can be a challenge, so allow plenty of time. Street and ramp parking available. Hwy. 62E to 35WN to 31st /Lake Street exit. Turn LEFT on 31st and proceed to 1st Ave. Turn RIGHT to 24th Street. Turn RIGHT on 24th to 3rd Ave. Turn RIGHT onto 3rd Ave. to paid parking.

March 2016 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

We’re over the hump and on our way to spring!. In fact, it feels like it’s already here. Don’t let the last weeks of winter keep you inside. We’ll be “traveling” to Asia, Ireland, France and South America this month. Come along for all the fun.

Coffee Break—meet us at Mugshots for a mug of something warm

Luncheon—return with us to Thanh Do—one of our favorites

Games People Play—St. Pat’s fun and games await at Marilyn’s

Ladies Night Out—take a trip with us to South  America at Café Ena’s

Night-Time Book Talk—discusses The Paris Wife

            See you there!  

Sally      Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

 COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, March 9th, 10:00AM—Mugshots Coffee

10518 France Ave. S.,  Bloomington       952-977-9660

Mugshots Coffee serves coffees, teas, muffins and scones. There is double sided fireplace to enjoy too..

RSVP by Monday, March 7th to Brenda@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: France Ave. SOUTH to 106th Street. Mugshots is located near Cub Foods

 

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Thursday, March 17th, 7:00PM—at the home of a member

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some laughs and conversation. Refreshments provided.

RSVP by Tuesday, March 15th to Marilyn at 952-835-6647

Directions: France Ave. SOUTH to just past 84th Street. Turn RIGHT (W) at Irwin Road. Take first RIGHT into condo lot. Call Marilyn for instructions into the building.

 

LADIES NIGHT OUT: Thursday, March 24th, 6:30 Departure—Café Ena

4601 Grand Ave. S., Mpls.     (612) 824-4441

At this cozy, intimate restaurant in the tangletown neighborhood of South Minneapolis, Chef Ruiz pares his classic French technique and South American palate to present an exciting menu of Latin-Fusion cuisine. I love La Fresca, Café Ena’s sister restaurant, so I’m excited to try this one. My 2016 travels have taken me to Peru and Mexico, and this menu brings me back to both. http://www.cafeenampls.com/menu

A carpool will leave Edina at 6:30PM. Or, meet us there at 7:00PM.

RSVP by Tuesday, March 22nd to Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org. Please indicate if you plan to carpool.

Directions: Hwy. 62 East to 35W North. Exit at 46th Street. Turn LEFT (W) and travel 7 blocks to Grand Avenue. Restaurant is on SE corner.

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, March 28th at 7:00PM— Lunds & Byerly’s Mezzanine

Lunds & Byerly’s at Hazelton and France

The Paris Wife by Paula McClain is a deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, which captures the love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Meet us for a great discussion over your favorite snack or beverage. Please come even if you haven’t read the book.

RSVP by Saturday, March 26th to Sara5217@aol.com

 

LUNCH BUNCH: Wednesday, March 30, 10:45AM Departure – Thanh Do

8028 Minnetonka Blvd, St Louis Park, 952-935-5005.

Celebrating over a decade in St. Louis Park, Thanh Do Restaurant serves Pan-Asian cuisine, featuring flavors from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and more. A menu that features traditional Asian cuisine as well as items that fuse traditional Asian ingredients with key Minnesota components – creating unique flavor favorites in an array of soups, curries, noodle and wok dishes.

A carpool will leave Edina at 10:45AM.  Email Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org if you wish to drive along.  Or, meet us at the restaurant at 11:15AM.

RSVP by Monday, March 28 to Carol.Schaub@comcast.net 

Directions:  Hwy 100 north, exit at Minnetonka Blvd and go west (left). After your cross Texas make first right turn into Tonkadale (small strip mall).

February 2016 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

February is the time for love—and who deserves it more than ourselves? So, love the one you’re with 24/7! Indulge, comfort, educate, and celebrate her this month—The Wanderers are here to help. Come check out this month’s activities:

Lunch Bunch—enjoy some Southern comfort food at Revival

            Coffee Break—warm up at the Edina Grill

            Evening Books—help make some plans for upcoming discussions

            Books & Booze—meet us for happy hour at Byerly’s

See you there!

Sally                            Sally@TheWanderersMPS.org

ACTIVITIES

LUNCH BUNCH: Wednesday, February 3rd, 10:45AM Departure—Revival
4257 Nicollet Ave S, Mpls, 612-345-4516.
Not headed south this winter? Treat yourself to some of the best southern cooking I’ve ever encountered. Forget about the calories and just enjoy the fried chicken, biscuits, collard greens – well, you get the idea. Southern hospitality is alive and lip smackingly delicious.
A carpool will leave Edina at 10:45AM. Otherwise meet us at the restaurant at 11:15AM
RSVP by Monday, February 1st to Carol at Carol.Schaub@comcast.net
Directions: Hwy 62 East to 35W North. Exit at 46th Street. Turn LEFT (W) crossing over the freeway to Nicollet Ave. Turn Right (N) to restaurant.
COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, February 10th,10:00AM—The Edina Grill

5028 France Ave.  Edina    952-927-7933

Please come join us for coffee or tea and maybe have a late breakfast, too. Check out their menu at www.edinagrill.com

RSVP by Monday, February 8th to Brenda at Brenda@TheWanderersMSP.org

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, February 15th, 7:00PM—at the home of a member

This organizational meeting will help determine how many people are interested, where, when and how often to meet, and how the books will be selected. Bring your calendar and book suggestions.  Regular attendees of Books & Booze are invited, too. If you’re interested in participating but unable to attend, please let Sara know, along with your input of the above.

RSVP by Saturday, February 13th to Sara at Sara5217@aol.com

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, February 23, 3:45PM—Lund’s and Bylerly’s MEZZ

(wine bar on 2nd floor), 7171 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55435

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

“A psychological thriller about a woman who becomes emotionally entangled in a murder investigation because of something she witnesses on her daily commute.”

Since 1922 Lund’s and Bylerly’s has been offering exquisite food. The “new” Bylerly’s store is designed in a very unique way. You must see to believe. Upstairs is their “mezz” which has a wine bar – great place to meet and visit. At Happy Hour they have great prices on local beers and wines – $3-5. You can bring up anything from downstairs BUT they also have great appetizers from chips and salsa to cheese and meat boards – $3-$12.

Come even if you don’t care to drink or have not read this great book. If you can’t make it until 5’ish that’s OK. We discuss first—eat later.

RSVP by Sunday, February 21st to Ann at RogerBaumg@aol.com

Next Book–April date TBD – “All the Light We Cannot See”, by Anthony Doer

“A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”

January 2016 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

Help ring in another great year of welcoming women to our group.

In the meantime, have a Happy New Year!

Coffee Break—Patisserie Margot’s in a new spot with the same great treats

Night-Time Book Talk—come help us organize an evening group

Games People Play—have some laughs at Elaine’s

Lunch Bunch—meet us at Avenida—a new Latin fusion spot

Evening Social—come meet some prospective new members
See you there!              Sally Ebnet 

 

JANUARY ACTIVITIES

To RSVP simply click on the blue email addresses below

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, January 13th, 10:00AM—Patisserie Margo

4510 Valley View Road, Edina (NW corner of Valley View and Wooddale) 952-926-0548

Please come check out Patisserie Margo’s new location. The wonderful pastries haven’t changed. Enjoy one with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

RSVP by Monday, January 11th to Brenda at kurtandbrenda@mac.comor 952-217-4052.

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Wednesday, January 6th, 7:00PM—at the home of Sara Kloepper

5217 Tifton Dr.       Edina      612-462-2649

Sara, one of our new members, has graciously stepped up to chair an evening book club. This initial organizational meeting will help determine how many people are interested, where, when and how often to meet, and how the books will be selected. Bring your calendar and book suggestions.  Regular attendees of Books & Booze are invited, too. If you’re interested in participating but unable to attend, please let Sara know, along with your input of the above.

RSVP by Monday, January 4th to Sara Kloepper at Sara5217@aol.com or 612-462-2649

Directions: Hwy. 100 to 70th St. exit. Go 1 block west to Raybun and turn RIGHT (South). Go straight two blocks to Tifton and turn LEFT. House is about 2 blocks down on the left.

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Thursday, January 21st, 7:00PM—at the home of Elaine Krantz

9700 Portland Ave., #323 Bloomington 952-888-8383

There’ll be lots of fun and laughs. Snacks and desert provided.

RSVP by Tuesday, January 19th to Elaine Krantz at ElaineJKantz@gmail.com or 952-888-8383

Directions: #494 east to Portland Ave. exit. Turn RIGHT (S) and follow to 98th Street. Complex is on your RIGHT at NW corner of 98th/Portland.

LUNCH BUNCH: Saturday, January 23rd, 11:30AM—Avenida Cocina & Bar

11300 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka 952-977-9888

Newly opened in December. Mexican and Latin fusion—featuring the flavors of Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Brazil. Check out their interesting menu online. Not your typical Mexican restaurant menu. Fun décor. Getting great reviews.

A carpool will leave Sally Ebnet’s (4501 Claremore Ct.) at 11:00. Please email her at SallyEbnet@yahoo.com if you plan to carpool.

RSVP by January 21st to Carol Schaub at Carol.Schaub@comcast.net or 952-545-6886

Directions: West on #393 to Hopkins Crossroads exit. Follow frontage road on West side of #394 just around the curve. Restaurant is in the same complex as Trader Joe’s, Dick’s and Land’s End.

EVENING SOCIAL: Thursday, January 28th, 7:00PM—at the home of Sally Ebnet

4501 Claremore Court, Edina (72nd/Wooddale)

You deserve a girls’ night out! Come enjoy dessert and a glass of wine while you get to know your neighbors and other women who are looking for fun and friendship. Dessert and wine will be served.

RSVP by Tuesday, January 26th to Sally Ebnet at SallyEbnet@yahoo.com or 952-920-4042

Directions: West 70th to Wooddale Ave. South on Wooddale 3 blocks to Claremore Court (cul-de-sac on RIGHT) Street sign in yard street sign is in front yard—hedge with arbor over front walk.

December 2015 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

            Things are starting to move into high gear. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and after that the countdown to Hanukkah and Christmas is underway.

So, my annual gift to you is this advice: Let go of just a little this year, and take more time for you! If only I can follow my own advice! Join us at all, or some of the wonderful activities we’ve planned—they’re guaranteed to relieve a little stress, put you in the holiday spirit and help you touch base with busy old and new friends.

Coffee Break—come gather ‘round the fire at Caribou

Holiday Luncheon—meet us in Biaggi’s beautiful wine room for this festive gathering

Brunch—fortify yourself for an afternoon of shopping at the new Ridgedale Nordstrom’s

Books & Booze teetotalers and non-readers are always welcome

See you there!              Sally  Ebnet

DECEMBER 2015 ACTIVITIES

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, December 9th, 10:00AM—Caribou Coffee

3835 W. Old Shakopee Road       Bloomington     952-881-4230

Grab a hot cup of coffee or tea and join us as we gather around the cozy fireplace. This Caribou is located on the corner of W. Old Shakopee Road and France Ave., near the Valley West Shopping Center.

RSVP by Monday, December 7th to Brenda Barney-Loken at KurtandBrenda@mac.com

Directions: France Ave, South to W. Old Shakopee Road. Caribou is on South East corner.

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON: Friday, December 18th, 11:30AM—Biaggi’s

Eden Prairie Center, West of Target

Don’t miss our annual holiday celebration. Biaggi’s lovely Wine Room will put you in the holiday spirit. Come get to know all our wonderful new members.

Cost: $19.50 includes Tax & Tip—Wine, Beverages and Dessert not included.

Menu

House Salad

Grilled Chicken, Honey Mustard Sauce with Balsamic Vinegar and Rosemary

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Sauteed Portabello Mushrooms

Seasonal Vegetables

RSVP by Thursday, December 10th with your check for $19.50 payable to Sally Ebnet mailed to: 4501 Claremore Court, 55435

SATURDAY BRUNCH: Saturday, December 19th, 10:00AM—Ruscello at Nordstrom’s Ridgedale

12401 Ridgedale Blvd.   651-900-6800

Come check out the recently opened and newly remodeled Nordstroms. Enjoy a relaxing brunch with us before heading out for an afternoon of holiday shopping. Ruscello is a full-service restaurant featuring Mediterranean and Italian-inspired cuisine. The menu is bold in flavor, focusing on great appetizers, salads, sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas, pastas, entrées, breakfast items and house made desserts.

A carpool for those planning to come back to Edina immediately following the brunch will leave Edina at 9:30AM. Email SallyEbnet@yahoo.com if you plan to carpool.

RSVP by Thursday, December 17th to Carol Schaub at Carol.Scahub@comcast.net

Directions: North on Hwy.100 to 394W. Exit at Ridgedale Blvd, turn left (south), then right into Ridgedale Mall. Most convenient entrance is on the upper level, south side, opposite the sears car care center. Enter Nordstroms and then turn left (east).

 BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, December 29th, 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill

Southdale Center (952) 924-6727

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

“On a remote Australian island, after WW I, a lighthouse keeper and his barren wife welcome the miraculous arrival of a child that delivers profound love but also the seeds of destruction.”

Since 1905 Macy’s has been feeding the shopping population. This is a great place to find regional favorites and outstanding traditional classics.   The Lakeshore Grill is where you can actually hear people talking to one another –no loud music! Fabulous appetizers, wine and beer from $3 – $5. Come even if you don’t care to drink or have not read this great book. If you can’t make it until 5’ish that’s OK. We discuss first—eat later.

RSVP by Sunday, December 27, to Anne Shea at AnneShea2@gmail.com

READING AHEAD–BOOKS & BOOZE TITLES FOR 2016

February 2016 – The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins “A psychological thriller about a woman who becomes emotionally entangled in a murder investigation because of something she witnesses on her daily commute.”

April 2016 – All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doer “A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”

June 2016 – Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger (local author)“Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.”

August 2016 – The Round House by Louise Erdrich “When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.”

October 2016 – One Thousand White Women: the Journals of Mary Dodd by Jim Fergus “When May Dodd journeys west into the unknown, it&;s a far better fate than the life she left behind. Committed to an insane asylum by her blue-blood family for loving a man beneath her station, May’s only hope of freedom is a secret government program sending civilized women to the brides of Cheyenne warriors.”

November 2015 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

The colors are at their peak this week. After all these glorious warm and sunny days, it’s hard to believe winter is right around the corner! Always sad to see summer and fall come to an abrupt end. So, get out of the house this month for some fun with ENC!

Coffee Break—join us at Bloomington’s West Side Perk

Lunch Bunch—meet us at Lela—the new restaurant in the former Sofitel

Games People Play—there’ll be fun and laugh’s at Elaine’s condo

See you there!         Sally Ebnet

NOVEMBER 2015 ACTIVITIES

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, November 3rd, 11:30AM—Lela

5601 W. 78 St, Bloomington, (Bloomington Sheraton Hotel)   952-656-5980

Remember the Hotel Soffitel? There have been a bunch of restaurants in that building. I think this restaurant’s menu and reviews look promising. Anchored by a bustling open kitchen, Lela is comfortably modern with a friendly atmosphere. The menu creative, and features a wide range of ethnic inspired seafood, inventive salads/sandwiches and handmade pastas rooted in classic technique.

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, November 11th, 10:00AM—West Side Perk

7700 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington

Meet us for a hot cup of coffee or tea and a yummy treat.

 

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Tuesday, November 17th, 7:00PM—at the home of a member

There’ll be lots of fun to be had. Snacks and desert provided.

COMING UP

BOOKS & BOOZE: December Date TBD—The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

On a remote Australian island, after WW I, a lighthouse keeper and his barren wife welcome the miraculous arrival of a child that delivers profound love but also the seeds of destruction.

HOLIDAY LUNCHEONStay tuned for a date and location coming soon.