Monthly Archives: June 2017

July 2017 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

            AAhhh….these are some perfect summer days we’re having. But, I hate to think they’ll already start getting shorter this week. Come on out and take advantage of this great Minnesota (but sadly way to short) season with us.

Brunch Bunch—relax at Carol’s “Staycation” Garden Party

Coffee Break—enjoy something sweet at The Rose Patisserie in Linden Hills

Ladies Night Out #1–sing along with “The King” at El Loro

Night-Time Books Talk—discuss “Delicious” on Byerly’s deck

Garden Tour—visit Savory’s hosta Gardens with potluck salad lunch at Sally’s

Ladies Night Out #2—play BARGO at the Richfield Legion

Walking Club—spend your Tuesday and Thursday AMs at Centennial Lakes

See you there!

Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

BRUNCH BUNCH: Saturday, July 1ST, 10:00AM---2nd Annual “Staycation” Garden Party

At the home of a member

Bring something yummy to share, wear your sunscreen or a floppy hat, and be prepared to relax and enjoy one another’s company. If it rains, we will reschedule. Adult and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

RSVP by Wednesday, June 28th to Carol.Schaub@comcast.net. Please indicate what you plan to bring so we achieve some balance.

 

LADIES NIGHT OUT #1: Friday, July 7th, 5:45PM— Dinner and Laughs at El Loro Restaurant

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

ELVIS PRESLEY IMPERSONATOR–Brought back by popular demand – come for lots of laughs, a margarita and great Mexican food while listening to Elvis’s old tunes on the patio!  Happy Hour runs until 6:00PM. This is the only El Loro Restaurant hosting an Elvis impersonator. (Please give a tip to the band in their tip jar.)  You can see their huge menu at:  http://www.ellororestaurant.com/images/template/bloomington/menu-bloomington.pdf

RSVP by Wednesday, July 5th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org. Cancelled if it rains.

Directions: 494E to Lyndale Exit.  Turn RIGHT (S) and see restaurant on left side of street.

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, July12th, 9:45AM Departure—The Rose Patisserie

2811 W 43rd Streeet. Mpls.

Tucked back behind the Zumbro Café, this off-shoot of Patisserie 46 is well recommended for its delicious sweet and savory baked goods. The also offer sandwiches, quiches, pizzas and breads!

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

RSVP by Monday, July 10th to AnnB@TheWanderersMSP.org. Please indicate if you plan to carpool.

Directions: France Ave. north to 44th Street. Turn RIGHT (E) to Xerxes Ave. LEFT on Xerxes to 43rd.

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday, July 17, 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. To her surprise, the lonely job leads to miraculous discovery. In a hidden room she finds a cache of WWII era letters from 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.
Beverages at happy hour prices are available until 7:00 pm.  Feel free to bring food or snacks up form the store.  Weather permitting we’ll be out on the deck. Please come even if you haven’t read the book.
RSVP by Saturday, July 15th to Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

GARDEN TOUR: Friday, July 21st, 10:30AM Departure—Savory’s Gardens

5300 Whiting Ave, Edina, MN.  

Specializing in hostas—with 100’s of varieties to see in their beautiful Display Gardens—they offer mail order and on-site sales of shade-loving plants. Awarded the 2015 Edina Heritage Award, they have been growing hosta’s since 1946. This is their last year at this site.

We will have a potluck salad luncheon at a nearby member’s home following our tour.  Meet there to drop off food and then carpool to the Garden. Or, meet us at the Garden at 10:45AM.

RSVP by Wednesday, July 19th to BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org. Please indicate what you plan to bring so we can achieve balance.

 

 

LADIES NIGHT OUT #2: Thursday, July 27th, 4:30PM Departure—Fun & Games at the Legion Club

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

If you can play BINGO you can play BARGO. All games are free to play, with prizes awarded for each winning card. Final game is Cover-All—with a $500+ prize! Meet us for lots of laughs, food, cheap drinks and entertainment: Happy Hour (5-6PM), Dinner and BARGO (5-7PM). The Fabulous Del Counts start playing at 7PM. Show up when you can between 5-7PM to partake in any or all of the above (no membership or fees required).

A carpool will leave Edina at 4:30 or meet us there at 5:00PM

RSVP by Tuesday, July 25th to Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org. Please indicate if you plan to carpool.

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

 

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 or as little 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

COMING UP

 

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.

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, September 18th

Skintight by Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen serves up a humorous helping of “taut, fast-paced action…crisp and hot. After dispatching a pistol-packing intruder from his home with the help of a stuffed Marlin head, Mick Stranahan can’t deny that someone is out to get him. His now-deceased intruder carries no I.D., and as a former Florida state investigator, Stranahan knows there are plenty of potential culprits. His long list of enemies includes an off point hit man, a personal injury lawyer of billboard fame, a notoriously irritating TV journalist, and a fumbling plastic surgeon. Now, if he wants to keep fishing into his golden years, Stranahan has no choice but to come out of retirement to close this one last case…

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!

Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

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 (http://media.wix.com/ugd/309548_48d17d634bca4e07819280440a7cb535.pdf), 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 Carol.Schaub@comcast.net  
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 AnnB@TheWanderersMSP.org

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 BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

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: http://www.mnlegion435.org/files/BAR_MENU_03_02_15.jpg

RSVP by Monday, June 19th to Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

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 AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

 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. HH 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 PattiK@TheWanderresMSP.org

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.

COMING UP

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 BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org with your preference by June 2nd at FlowerLady58@hotmail.com or 612-709-3577. 

 

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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