Monthly Archives: July 2016

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


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


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

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

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

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.”