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June 2017 Newsletter


A note from our President…..

If these cold, rainy days are getting you down, come out and have some fun with The Wanderers. I’m counting on lots of sunshine in June. We have lots of great times planned all month. Don’t miss it!

Lunch Bunch—meet at stylish Lela’s

Coffee Break—travel to Grand Avenue’s Café Latte

Garden Tour—enjoy a free day at the Arboretum

Ladies Night Out—bet on the Meat Raffle the Richfield American Legion

Books & Booze—discuss “My Stoke of Insight”

Edina Evenings—shop the Farmer’s Market, then meet us for Happy Hour at Lou Nanne’s

Come check us out!

LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, June 8th, Noon---Lela’s

5601 W 78th S 5601 W 78th, Sheraton Hotel (former L’Hotel Sofitel) Bloomington 

Fabulous chef, Stewart Woodman, of the late, lamented Heidi’s is proving that creative food in a stylish setting does happen in a hotel restaurant. Many menu options (, but be sure to consider his 3-course luncheon for $15. Voted “Best Suburban Eats” on City Pages’ 2017 list. 

RSVP by Tuesday, June 6th to  

Directions: Hwy. 100 South to Industrial Blvd. exit. Continue straight ahead on frontage road to 78th Street. Turn RIGHT (W) to hotel.

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, June 14th, 9:45AM Departure—Café Latte

850 Grand Ave., St. Paul

Come treat yourself to Grand Avenue’s Cafe Latte! Enjoy their lovely breakfast and bake goodies. Take home beautiful desserts, soups, salads and sandwiches for later in the day. We can do a little window shopping later.

A car pool will leave Edina at 9:45AM, or meet us there at 10:00AM.

RSVP by Monday, June 12th to

Directions: Hwy. 100 North to Hwy. 394 East to Hwy.94 East. Exit at Lexington Pkwy. Turn RIGHT (S) to Grand Ave., turn LEFT (E) to restaurant.


GARDEN TOUR:  Monday, June 19th, 9:30 Departure —Minnesota Landscape Arboretum             3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318  

Free Third Mondays of the month, all day  

The Arboretum’s beautiful gardens and plant collections, nature-inspired exhibits, innovative learning and events make it a valued community resource and top attraction.  Following our visit of the gardens, we will lunch at the Arboretum Cafe located on Oswald Visitor Center, second floor (entrees, sandwiches, soups, salads; fresh bakery).

A carpool will leave South Minneapolis at 9:30AM or meet at the Center at 10:00. Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive.  

RSVP by on Saturday, June 17th to


LADIES NIGHT OUT: Wednesday, June 21st, 5:00PM—Fun Times at the Legion Club

Richfield American Legion, 6501 Portland Ave., Richfield   612-866-3647

This place is a hoot! Meet us for an unforgettable evening of food, cheap drinks and entertainment: Happy Hour (5-6PM), Dinner and the Meat Raffle (5-7PM) and Music (5-?PM). Show up anytime between 5-7PM to partake in any or all of the above (no membership or fees required).

The meat raffle: a quintessential Minnesotan bar tradition that plays out every night of the week in one working-class neighborhood’s watering hole or another. Though its origins are unknown, its existence is as homegrown as tater tot hot dish. Once only found in rural areas, they are now happening all over the metro area, from dive bars to hipster haunts. Buy a ticket for a dollar — the proceeds go to charity — and get a chance to win a shrink-wrapped package of raw, pink flesh. Dinner menu at:

RSVP by Monday, June 19th to

Directions: Hwy. 62 East to Portland Ave. exit. Turn RIGHT (S) to Legion on left.


BOOKS & BOOZE:  Tuesday, June 27, 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill 

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

Book:  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.”

Meet us in the quiet, back corner at the big round table.  Great Happy Hour food and drink options, plus superb regular menu.  We discuss first and eat later.  Please join us even if you haven’t read the book.

RSVP by Sunday, June 25 to


EDINA EVENINGS: Thursday, June 29th, 5:00PM—Farmer’s Mkt. & Lou Nanne’s Happy Hour

7651 France Ave., Edina   (952) 658-7800

The Centennial Lakes Farmer’s Market will resume operation on Thursday June 15th– September 28th. Surprisingly few people are aware of this hidden gem—about 25 vendors of fruits & veggies, cheese, breads & pastries, pork products & grilled brats, honey, etc.—along the lakeshore. The market is open from 3-7PM. Shop before or after we gather at 5PM on Lou Nanne’s patio. Happy Hour prices run until 6PM—we’ll stick around until at least 7PM. Meet in the main DR if there’s rain.

RSVP by Tuesday, June 27th to

Directions: The park/shopping center has upper and lower level parking. Park underneath to easily access the market. Walk along the lake to the south to reach Lou Nanne’s patio. Or, if you’re skipping the market, park in Lou Nanne’s lot facing France Ave.


WALKING CLUB: every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Centennial Lakes 

Need motivation to get out, move, and exercise? Join us as we walk around Centennial Lakes.  Spring has sprung – so meet us at the “Big Clock” outside of the Hughes Pavilion.  Walk around the lake or as much as your legs allow. Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!  If it rains – we meet at Southdale outside the Hennepin Country Service Center.

No need to RSVP – just come.



TRIP TO NEW ULM: Is anyone interested in an August day trip or overnight to New Ulm–possibly a Friday?  We’d tour the August Schell Brewery, the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the nation.  They have gorgeous gardens with peacocks strutting about, arbors, roses, annual and perennial beds.  Plus, New Ulm has fun restaurants, lots of cute shops to wander thru and of course we can’t forget about the Hermann the German monument.

Please contact with your preference by June 2nd 


NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday, July 17th, 7:00 PM – Lunds & Byerly’s Mez
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Delicious by Ruth Reichl
Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. When Delicious! is abruptly shut down Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills. To her surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, she finds a cache of World War II era letters by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.


BOOKS & BOOZE: 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, 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. But shortly after her arrival, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead. Thrust onto the throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world.


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