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January 2018 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

Join us as we ring in another great year of welcoming women to our fun group.

In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Coffee Break—come for the goodies and conversation at Patisserie Margo’s

Night-Time Book Talk—discusses Everything You Want Me to Be

Games People Play-–have some laughs at Elaine’s

Lunch Bunch—check out the new Cahill Bistro

Garden Tour—enjoy a break from winter at Como Park Conservatory

Walking Clubs—meet early or no-so-early to get working on your New Years resolution

See you there!         Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

To RSVP simply click on the red email addresses below

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

4510 Valley View Road, Edina, MN    952-926-0548

Come join us for coffee and delicious brunch items at Patisserie Margo. If you’re not familiar, It’s a small family owned bakery and favorite of the locals.  Selections include many tasty bakery treats and some hot menu items. Margo has reserved a table for 10 of us. Hope you can join us!

RSVP by Tuesday, January 9th to to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: From Southdale, go West on 66th Street and turn RIGHT (N) on Valley View. Follow around the curve to Wooddale Ave. Margo’s is in strip mall on NW corner of Wooddale and Valley View—near Snuffy’s.

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, January 15th, 7:00 PM – Lund’ & Byerly’s Mezzanine
Hazelton and France Ave.
Everything You Want Me to Be – Mindy Meja  (A change from announced Orphan Train)
Hattie Hoffman spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community. Full of twists and turns, the book reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront. Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?
Beverages at happy hour prices are available until 7:00 p.m.  Feel free to bring food or snacks up from the store.  Please come even if you haven’t read the book.
RSVP by Saturday, January 13 to Sara5217@aol.com

 

 

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Thursday, January 18th, 7:00PM—at the home of A Member

9700 Portland Ave., Bloomington            

There’ll be lots of fun and laughs. Please bring a snack or beverage to share, along with a favorite game if you have one.

RSVP by Tuesday, January 16th to ElaineK@TheWanderersMSP.org

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: Thursday, January 25th, Noon—Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina

What a treat to find this excellent, new restaurant in Edina. Run by two brothers from Ecuador, the food is fresh and flavorful with an international fusion/Ecuadorian influence. The service has been consistent and meets high standards. Don’t let the strip mall location deter you from a wonderful food experience.

RSVP by Tuesday, January 23rd to Carol.Schaub@comcast.net

Directions: Hwy. 100 to W. 70th exit. Turn RIGHT (W). Follow 70th as it turns to the RIGHT (W) at the light. Continue to Amundson and turn LEFT (S). (If you get to Cahill Road you’ve gone too far.) Restaurant will be on right next to Domino’s Pizza and Asian House.

 


GARDEN TOUR
:  Tuesday, January 30th, 11:00AM Departure—Colossal & Como Conservatory

2260 Como Ave. and 1225 Estabrook Dr., St Paul     

We’ll have lunch at Colossal Café, 2315 Como Ave, St. Paul.  Next, we’ll visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, where we’ll enjoy the 2018 “Bold North” Winter Flower Show. Come bask in the beautiful sights and floral scents of Azaleas, Pansies, Cyclamen and Cineraria. Their purples, silvers and whites celebrate the BIG GAME–in flowers.  Admission is free.  We’ll be there in time for the Gardener Talk at 1:00PM when we’ll meet the gardeners, who feature a different topic daily. Hear about the day-to-day operations of running the Conservatory, the plants and their care–plus ask questions.

A car pool will leave South Mpls. at 11:00AM or meet us at the restaurant at 11:30. 

RSVP by Sunday, January 28th to BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org indicating if you plan to car pool.  

Directions to Colossal Café: 35W-N to I-94 E to Hwy. 280 N. Take Como Ave. exit. Turn RIGHT (S) on Eustis, LEFT (E) on Valentine and RIGHT (SE) on Como to #2315 on left.

 

EARLY-BIRD WALKING CLUB: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Southdale

Let’s not sit around!  Need motivation to get out, move, and exercise? Join us as we walk around Southdale Shopping Center.  Time goes fast when you are talking with friends. Walk around the mall or as much or as little as your legs allow. Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!   No need to RSVP – just come.

We meet at Hennepin County Service Center–NE side of Southdale, Door 13

 

NOT-SO-EARLY WALKING CLUB: Tuesday, January 9th, 11:00AM—Southdale

In a few weeks we’ll be regretting all those holiday treats. Make your New Years resolution to get moving more. Let’s meet every Tuesday and Thursday. The time is not set in stone. If you’re interested please contact us with your input.

We meet outside Ruby Tuesday’s on the west side of Southdale

RSVP by Monday, January 8th to MJoStraub@comcast.net

 

ALL ABOUT US

 Knitting/Crocheting
Are you interested in getting together with other women during the day to knit or crochet, or to learn how?  We are considering forming a group.  If you are interested, please contact Sara5217@aol.com

December 2017 Newsletter

 Note from our President –

            Things are starting to move into high gear with the countdown to Hanukkah and Christmas 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.

Holiday Lunch & Play—come laugh along with us

Holiday Luncheon—meet us at Lela’s for this festive gathering

Coffee Break—come gather ‘round the tree at Sally’s

Books & Booze teetotalers and non-readers are always welcome

See you there!

            Sally      

 

ACTIVITIES

 

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND PLAY:  Friday, December 8th, 2017, 11:45 Departure—

Day Tripper’s Theatre, Bloomington Eagles Club

9152 Old Cedar Ave. Bloomington

Let’s start the holidays with a festive buffet luncheon and “A Nutty Show!”   Buffet Features:

Pork Loin with Cherry Glaze

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Wild Rice Pilaf

Tossed Green Salad

Pistachio Salad

Rolls and Butter

Christmas Cupcakes

Coffee and Tea

Luncheon at 12:15PM , play at 1:15PM       Cost – $34.00  (includes T & T) 

“Ridiculous, charming, adorable, hilarious.”  In The Nutcracker’s Nuts residents of the Simon’s Rest retirement community are tired of the same boring production of “The Christmas Carol.” Scrooge can’t remember his lines any more, and Tiny Tim is six feet tall. When they lose their director, they pick a new script and plan a production of “The Nutcracker.” When the residents discover it has a ballet, it’s too late to back out — the show is sold out and the show must go on! “Think of it as you’re only chance to see the Nutcracker performed with walkers!  It’s a real crowd pleaser–especially the second act’s ‘ballet’.”

A carpool will leave Edina at 11:45AM or meet us there at Noon.

Group discount tickets are $34.00  Your check to Anne must be received no later than Wednesday, November 29th. 

RSVP AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org  

Directions to Theater: Hwy. 494 to 77 South (Cedar) exit. Turn Right (W) at Old Shakopee Rd. Go one block just past the Shell gas station. The Eagles Club is on the NW corner of Old Shakopee Rd and Old Cedar Ave.

 

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, December 133h, 10:00AM—at the home of a Member

‘tis the season! Please bring a favorite holiday pastry or snack to share.

RSVP by Sunday, December 11th to Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

 

 

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON: Tuesday, December 19th, 11:30AM—Lela’s

5601 W 78th St., Bloomington   (Sheraton—former Sofitel) 952-656-5980

Don’t miss our annual holiday outing. Lela’s special 3-course prix fixe menu is only $15 (including T & T). It will be hard to choose just one from each of the tasty course offerings:

APPETIZERS

ceviche

lobster deviled eggs

dumplings

simple salad

ENTREES

bolognese pappardelle

wild mushroom ravioli

romaine caesar salad with 4 oz. chicken breast

cup of soup + 1/2 sandwich

DESSERTS

tres leches cake

raspberry chocolate mousse

RSVP by Friday, December 15th with your check. Email Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org for instructions.

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: Thursday, December 28th , 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill

Macy’s Southdale—Lower level

“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 nightmare. In the dream, she witnesses her mother being murdered.

Drinks first, book discussion, then food. Meet us at the big, round tale in the back corner. Fabulous appetizers, wine and beer from $3 – $5.   Just come even if you have not read this great book.

RSVP by Tuesday, December 26th to Anne@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

 

WALKING CLUB: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Southdale

Let’s not sit around!  Need motivation to get out, move, and exercise? Join us as we walk around Southdale Shopping Center.  Time goes fast when you are talking with friends. Walk around the mall or as much or as little as your legs allow. Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!   No need to RSVP – just come.

We meet at Hennepin County Service Center–NE side of Southdale, Door 13

 

COMING UP

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NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday January 15, 7:00 PM – Byerly’s Mezzanine,

Hazelton and France Ave.
Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
Beverages at happy hour prices are available until 7:00 p.m.  Feel free to bring food or snacks up from the store.  Please come even if you haven’t read the book.

November 2017 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

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

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

Coffee Break—join us at the Minnetonka People’s Organic

Lunch Bunch—meet the gang at the Crossroad Deli

Night-Time Book Talk—discusses Miss Hazel & the Rosa Parks League

International Outing—tour the American Swedish Institute’s holiday rooms

We’ve already made fun plans for December. See below for details and RSVP ASAP!

See you there!         Sally Ebnet    Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

                       To RSVP simply click on the colored email addresses below

 GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Thursday, November 2nd, 7:00PM—at the home of a Member

9700 Portland Ave.        Bloomington             

There’ll be lots of fun to be had. Please bring a snack, dessert or bottle of wine to share.

RSVP and indicate what you’ll be bringing by Tuesday, October 31st  to ElaineK@TheWanderersMSP.org

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.

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, November 8th, 9:30AM Departure—People’s Organic Coffee Shop         12934 Minnetonka Blvd, Mtka. 

Come join us for delicious coffee and brunch items at a place with ambiance!

A carpool will leave  Edina at 9:30AM. Or meet us at there 10:00AM.

RSVP by by Monday, November 6th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions to restaurant: 62W to 494N. Exit Mika Blvd (left). Go .6 miles (on left).

LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, November 16th, 11:30AM Departure—Crossroads Deli

2795 Hedberg Dr., Minnetonka

Opened in 1996 this little corner of Minnetonka recreates a warm and comfortable environment that has made it a favorite dining location for many years – with the best of food and drink in generous portions and always served with a smile. And if lunch isn’t enough – pick up a treat to take home from their deli or bakery.

A carpool will leave Edina at 11:30AM.  RSVP by Monday, November 13th to Carol.Schaub@comcast.net.

Directions: Hwy 62W to 169N to Cedar Lake Road exit. Turn LEFT (W) to Hedberg Dr. LEFT to restaurant.

NGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, November 20th, 7:00PM—Byerly’s Mezzanine

Hazelton and France Ave.

Miss Hazel & the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell  is set  in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, and inspired by his Mississippi childhood, Jonathan Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida – one wealthy and white and the other poor and black – who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.
Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi’s racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can’t keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel’s husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head. It is the story of a town, a people, and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things, like unexpected friendship.

Beverages at happy hour prices are available until 7:00 pm.  Feel free to bring food or snacks up form the store. Please come even if you haven’t read the book.
RSVP by Saturday, November 18th to  Sara5217@aol.com 

INTERNATIONAL OUTING: Wednesday, November 29th, 11:00AM Departure—American Swedish Institute Holiday Rooms      2700 Park Ave., Mpls.

Experience one of Minneapolis’ most talked about holiday destinations – the ASI’s Holiday Rooms. Our Noon tour explores the Nordic holiday traditions practiced across Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and Romania. This year’s theme is Fest! Merry Mansion. Admission for 62+ is $7.00.   We’ll lunch at FIKA after the tour.  FIKA, the ASI’s award-winning café, embraces the spirit of the Swedish fika, bringing the best of new Nordic-inspired cuisine to Minneapolis-St.Paul–artful salads, house-made soups, and signature dishes like Swedish meatballs and gravlax.

A carpool will leave S. Mpls. at 11:00AM  

RSVP by Monday, November 27th to BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions to ASI: 35W North to the Lake Street/31st Street exit. Turn RIGHT (E) on Lake Street and continue about 1/2 mile to Park Avenue. Turn LEFT (N) on Park Avenue and go four blocks. TURN LEFT into ASI parking lot.

WALKING CLUB: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Southdale

Let’s not sit around!  Need motivation to get out, move, and exercise? Join us as we walk around Southdale Shopping Center.  Time goes fast when you are talking with friends. Walk around the mall or as much or as little as your legs allow. Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!   No need to RSVP – just come.

We meet at Hennepin County Service Center–NE side of Southdale, Door 13

COMING UP

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December is a busy month. Here’s what’s coming up with The Wanderers. Make plans to celebrate the season with us and mark your calendar now!

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND PLAY:  Friday, December 8th, 2017, 11:45 Departure—

Day Tripper’s Theatre, Bloomington Eagles Club

9152 Old Cedar Ave. Bloomington

Let’s start the holidays with a festive buffet luncheon and “A Nutty Show!”    Buffet features: Pork Loin with Cherry Glaze

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Wild Rice Pilaf

Tossed Green Salad

Pistachio Salad

Rolls and Butter

Christmas Cupcakes

Coffee and Tea

Luncheon at 12:15PM , play at 1:15PM       Cost – $34.00  (includes T & T) 

“Ridiculous, charming, adorable, hilarious.”  In The Nutcracker’s Nuts residents of the Simon’s Rest retirement community are tired of the same boring production of “The Christmas Carol.” Scrooge can’t remember his lines any more, and Tiny Tim is six feet tall. When they lose their director, they pick a new script and plan a production of “The Nutcracker.” When the residents discover it has a ballet, it’s too late to back out — the show is sold out and the show must go on! “Think of it as you’re only chance to see the Nutcracker performed with walkers!  It’s a real crowd pleaser–especially the second act’s ‘ballet’.”

A carpool will leave Edina at 11:45AM or meet us there at Noon.

Group discount tickets are $34.00  Your check must be received no later than Wednesday, November 29th.  RSVP AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org for details.  

Directions to Theater: Hwy. 494 to 77 South (Cedar) exit. Turn Right (W) at Old Shakopee Rd. Go one block just past the Shell gas station. The Eagles Club is on the NW corner of Old Shakopee Rd and Old Cedar Ave.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, December 13th, 10:00AM—at the home of a Member

The tree will be decorated and the Dickens houses lit. Bring a favorite Xmas treat.

 

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON: Tuesday, December 19th, 11:30AM—Lela’s

5601 W 78th St., Bloomington   952-656-5980

Don’t miss our annual holiday outing. Lela’s special 3-course prix fixe menu is only $15 (including T & T). It will be hard to choose just one from each of the tasty course offerings.

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: Thursday, December 28th“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 nightmare. In the dream, she witnesses her mother being murdered.

***The list of 2018 titles to be discussed is below.

2018 List – The Wanderers Books & Booze Book Club

February 2018 – The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware—In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

April 2018 – The Night She Won Miss America by Michael Callahan—Inspired by a true story, a young woman is swept up in the glamour and excitement of chasing the title of Miss America 1950—only to vanish the night she wins.

June 2018 – Burying Place by Brian Freeman—A  stunning, clever and unputdownable thriller for fans of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly.
Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor’s baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby’s disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbours begins to disintegrate.

August 2018 – The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlin—In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

October 2018 – Digging to America by Anne Tyler–-Anne Tyler gives us a story about what it is to be an American, and about Maryam Yazdan, who after thirty-five years in this country must finally come to terms with her “outsiderness.”
Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport—the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam’s fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian American wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate with an “arrival party,” an event that is repeated every year as the two families become more deeply intertwined.

December 2018 – Wintering by Peter Geye MN Book Award—This highly acclaimed novelist now gives us a true epic: a love story that spans sixty years, generations’ worth of feuds, and secrets withheld and revealed. The two principal stories at play in Wintering are bound together when the elderly, demented Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding, northernmost wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint, Minnesota–instantly changing the Eide family, and many other lives, forever. He’d done this once before, more than thirty years earlier in 1963, fleeing a crumbling marriage and bringing along Gustav, his eighteen-year-old son, pitching this audacious, potentially fatal scheme–winter already coming on, in these woods, on these waters–as a reenactment of the ancient voyageurs’ journeys of discovery.

October 2017 Newsletter

 A Note from our President –

These chilly days and nights mean summer’s really winding down. Come along with us and enjoy our Minnesota autumn, along with all the “colorful” and fun activities we have planned…..

Lunch Bunch—enjoy “chefs in training” gourmet food at St. Paul College

Garden Tour—explore Caponi Art Park

Coffee Break—you won’t feel guilty eating “healthy” treats and breakfasts at French Meadow Bakery

Afternoon on the Town—take in lunch and a fun play

Books & Booze—discuss The Residence at Macy’s

            See you there!         Sally Ebnet     Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

 OCTOBER ACTIVITIES

 

LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, October 5th, 11:00AM Departure—The City View Grille

St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Ave., St. Paul

The City View Grille is an on-campus restaurant operated by the Saint Paul College Culinary Arts program. It has a view of Downtown St. Paul, the State Capitol, and the Cathedral of St. Paul. Each semester Tu-Th the students prepare ala carte culinary delights are very low prices. The menu changes daily. Entrees with sides run $7-10, salads, soups, desserts only a couple dollars more.

A carpool will leave Edina at 11:00AM or meet us there at 11:30AM. Please indicate to Carol if you wish to carpool. We will need extra drivers. NOTE: Sally will not be carpooling.

RSVP by Friday, September 30th (space is limited–we need an accurate count early to make our reservation) to Carol at Carol.Schaub@comcast.net

Directions: Hwy. 100 N to Hwy. 62 E. Continue on Hwy 55 E. Keep Left onto #110 toward #13 N. Turn Left and take ramp onto #35E N. Take exit 206B toward Kellogg Ave., turn Left. Turn Left on John Ireland Blvd. Turn Right onto Marshall Ave. $1 parking (with validated ticket) in lot at Marshall Ave. entrance

 

 

GARDEN TOUR: Monday, October 9th, 10:30AM Departure —Caponi Art Park

1220 Diffley Road, Eagan (www.caponiartpark.org)

Put your Chi in harmony by exploring Caponi Art Park with us.  This is an outdoor sculpture garden designed, within an oak landscape, as a single, unified work of art the meandering trails follow the topography of the grounds like contour drawings animated by everyone who walks them, and the rock walls and shaped hills are the sculpture into which conventional works are integrated.  Afterwards, we will have lunch at Andiamo Italian Ristorante, 1629 Lena Ct Ste 100, Eagan, MN (651-289-2000)  andiamomn.com

A carpool will leave S. Mpls. at 10:30AM or meet at the Park at 11:00.  

RSVP by Saturday, October, 7th to BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org. Please indicate if you plan to car pool.  

 

 

COFFEE BREAK:  Wednesday, October 12th, 9:30AM Departure—French Meadow Bakery & Cafe 

2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 870-7855

Come join us at this family favorite for coffee or a late breakfast. Menu at frenchmeadowcafe.com

A carpool will leave Edina at 9:30 AM, or meet us there at 10:00AM. Please indicate to Ann if you wish to carpool.

RSVP by Monday, October 10th to AnnB@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy. 100 to exit Cty. 25 East to West Lake St. Turn RIGHT (E) to Lyndale. Turn LEFT (N) to #2610 left side of the street. Off-street parking is available in the two lots adjacent to the North and South sides of the building.

 

AFTERNOON ON THE TOWN:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 10:30AM Departure—Lunch and Play

Mandarin Kitchen, 8766 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington  (952) 884-5356

The Ives Auditorium, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington 612-440-7529

Let’s do lunch and go to “A funny, feel-good show!” We’ll start at the Mandarin Kitchen, an award-winning Chinese restaurant highly recommended by Andrew Zimmern, chef and food connoisseur. Check out the menu at: https://locu.com/places/mandarin-kitchen-minneapolis-us/#menu.  Specials from $6.55 – $8.95.

Then we’ll head to The Ives for the 1:00PM performance of “Be My Baby”. This comedy is about an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman thrown together on the journey of a lifetime.  When his ward and her niece decide to adopt a newborn baby, the older pair must travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland.  The problem is, John and Maude despise each other.  To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and must jointly care for the helpless newborn.  There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.

Advance Group Tickets are $23. 

A carpool will leave Edina at 10:30AM or meet us at the restaurant at 11:00AM. Please indicate if you plan to carpool.

RSVP by Monday, October 9th to AnneS@TheWanderersMPS.org 

 

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, October 24th, 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill

Macy’s Southdale—Lower Level

The Residence by Kate Bower

Journalist Brower managed to track down numerous former White House staffers and moves by theme in presenting their memories—“Controlled Chaos,” “Discretion,” “Extraordinary Demands,” “Dark Days,” etc. There is an irresistible, charmingly pell-mell quality to the arrangement of these dashy stories.

Drinks First, Book Discussion, then Food. Macy’s has great Happy Hour food and drink specials.  Meet us at the big, round table in the back corner. Come even if you have not read this great book.

RSVP by Sunday, October, 22nd to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

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

 NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday, November 20th, 7:00PM

Miss Hazel & the Rosa Parks LeagueJonathan Odell

Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, and inspired by his Mississippi childhood, Jonathan Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida – one wealthy and white and the other poor and black – who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.
Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi’s racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can’t keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel’s husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head. It is the story of a town, a people, and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things, like unexpected friendship.

Beverages at happy hour prices are available until 7:00 pm.  Feel free to bring food or snacks up form the store.  . Please come even if you haven’t read the book.
RSVP by Saturday, November 18th to Sara5217@aol.com

BOOKS & BOOZE–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 nightmare. In the dream, she witnesses her mother being murdered.

September 2017 Newsletter

 

A Note from our President –

Summer is flying by! September’s colors will be here too soon. That’s the beauty of Minnesota—there’s always another season to look forward to. We’re looking forward to more great seasons as The Wanderers.  We kick off our new year in September.  Please come check us out.  We’d be thrilled to have you join us!

Lunch Bunch—Check out the ferris wheel at Betty Danger’s

Coffee Break—everything’s yummy a YUM!

Night-Time Books—discusses “Strip Tease” on the Mezz

Garden Tour—visit the Walker’s new Sculpture Garden

Games—good times to be had at Elaine’s

See you there!

Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, September 7th, 11:30 Departure—Betty Danger’s Country Club

2501 Marshall St., NE, Mpls.

Ready for a bit of silly? If you’ve heard of Psycho Susi’s, this is her sister restaurant – including a ferris wheel (offering views of the city while you dine) and mini-golf for any adventurous souls who wish to extend their visit. Menu includes a ‘we build-you finish’ buffet of tacos, burritos, sliders and manwiches. We will be eating inside, but this will give you opportunity to preview the fun for future visits.

A carpool will leave Edina at 11:30AM.  Email Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org if you wish to join.  Otherwise meet us at the restaurant at noon.

RSVP by Tuesday, September 5th to Carol.Schaub@comcast.net 

Directions: Hwy. 100 N to #394 E to 94 N. Exit toward Washington, turn LEFT on Washington, RIGHT on Lowry, and LEFT on Marshall to restaurant.

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, September 13th, 10:00AM—Yum! Kitchen & Bakery

4000 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN  952-922-4000

Come join us for something yummy at Yum!

RSVP by Monday, September 11th to AnnB@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy. 100 NORTH to MN-7 EAST. Turn RIGHT ( East) onto Minnetonka Blvd. The restaurant is on the left hand side before Lake Street. 

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday, September 18th, 7:00 PM – Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen  (The previously announced Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen is not available in libraries so this selection replaces it.)
Like most of Hiaasen’s novels, this crime novel is set in Florida and features his characteristic black humor. It focuses on a single mother who’s turned to stripping to earn enough money to gain legal custody of her young daughter, and ends up matching wits with a lecherous U.S. Congressman and his powerful corporate backers.
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 Friday, September 15 to Sara5217@aol.com

 

GARDEN TOUR: Thursday, September 21st, 10:30AM Departure—Minneapolis Sculpture Garden 

Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Mpls.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has reopened, better than ever! This crown jewel of the city’s park system unites two of Minnesota’s most cherished resources—its parks and its cultural life.  https://walkerart.org/visit/garden

Afterwards, we will have lunch at The Kenwood, 2115 W. 21st St, Mpls, 612-377-3695.  The Kenwood’s chef, Don Saunders, is dedicated to serving the neighborhood everything from coffee and pastries, everyday brunch and lunch to delectable dinners with beer and wine. http://www.thekenwoodrestaurant.com/

After lunch we will browse upstairs in the Birchbark Books & Native Arts.  Birchbark Books is operated by a spirited collection of people who believe in the power of good writing, the beauty of handmade art, the strength of Native culture, and the importance of small and intimate bookstores. http://birchbarkbooks.com/

A carpool will leave S. Mpls. at 10:30AM or meet at the Park at 10:45AM.  Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive.  

RSVP by Tuesday, September, 19th to BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Thursday, September 28th, 7:00PM—at the home of a member

9700 Portland Ave., Bloomington             

There’ll be lots of fun and laughs. Please bring a snack or beverage to share.

RSVP by Tuesday, September 26th to ElaineK@TheWanderersMSP.org

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

 

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

 

THEATRE OUTING: Save Wednesday, Oct. 18th for lunch and “Be My Baby” in Bloomington.

Details to come.

A comedy about an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, both in their late 50s, who are unexpectedly thrown together on the journey of a lifetime. When his ward and her niece decide to adopt a new born baby, the older pair must travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland. The problem is, John and Maude despise each other. To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn. There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love. “A funny, feel-good show!”

August 2017 Newsletter

A  note from our President…..

What crazy days we’re having! Heat and humidity, today a drop to the 60’s, and back up to hot and steamy tomorrow. Summer’s going faster than ever. Come on out and enjoy it with us before it’s all gone!

Coffee Break—check out Mike’s favorite tea cakes at the Baker’s Wife

Lunch Bunch—visits Milton’s in Crystal

Garden Tour—takes an overnight road trip to New Ulm

Books & Booze—discusses Accidental Empress at Macy’s

Ladies Night Out—Happy Hour and Dinner, Meat Raffle and live music at the Legion

See you there!   Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

 ACTIVITIES

GARDEN TOUR: Friday & Saturday, August 4th-5th—New Ulm

There are still a couple spots left for the New Ulm trip August 4th and 5th, 2017.  If you are interested please email me at BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org and I will also send you a copy of the itinerary.  We think it will be a really fun time and hope you will join us. We’ve booked an AirBnB (an entire house with no food provided).  There are 8 beds (which they say could accommodate up to 12 people.  We would only allow more then 8 if someone is willing to share a bed.).  The number of people going will determine the final cost per person for the night – if we have 8 people the cost would be $70 plus tax. We need a $50.00 deposit ASAP if you are planning to attend.

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, August 9th, 9:45AM Departure—Baker’s Wife

2721 42nd St. Mpls.

This small bakery has been recommended to me by friends who live in the area. Very good.

Nice outdoor seating for summer noshing.

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

RSVP by Monday, August 7th to AnnB@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy. 62 E to 28th Ave. exit. Turn LEFT (N). Follow to 42nd St. and turn LEFT (W).

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, August 14th, 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill 

Southdale Center Lower Level

Book:  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.

FYI – forward the books that you think we should to Anne by August 11.

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 Friday, August 11th, to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, August 22nd, 11:30AM Departure—Miltons

3545 Douglas Ave. N., Crystal

Great little multi-generational family owned neighborhood restaurant. Good food, made from scratch with a soul food slant. Nice selection of wine and beer, celebrated bananas foster and even a little art gallery! Directions: Hwy 100, exit 36 St N. and go east to Douglas Ave, turn left.

A carpool will leave Edina at 11:30AM.  Email Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org if you wish to join.  Otherwise meet us at the restaurant at noon.

RSVP by Sunday, August 20th to Carol at Carol.Schaub@comcast.net

 

LADIES NIGHT OUT: Wednesday, August 30th, 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, August 28th to Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

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

 

COMING UP

 BOOKS & BOOZE:  Tuesday, October 24, 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill 

Southdale Center Lower Level

Book: The Residence by Kate Anderson Brower

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 that share delicious stories.

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 Friday, October 20th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

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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I’m thinning out Ferns, Phlox, Raspberries, Orange Day Lilies, Perennial Geraniums, May Apples, Violets, Yellow Sedum Ground Cover, Oregano, Lily of the Valley, and more. Call 952-920-4042 or email Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org to arrange a time.

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. 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 PattiK@TheWanderersMSP.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.

 

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.

 

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 

 

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.

ABOUT US

Perennials Free for the Digging:

I’m thinning out Ferns, Phlox, Raspberries, Orange Day Lilies, Perennial Geraniums, May Apples, Violets, Yellow Sedum Ground Cover, Oregano, Lily of the Valley, and more. Call 952-920-4042 or email Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org to arrange a time.

May 2017 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

The buds are popping. We just need a little heat and sun. Then everything’s going to really take off. Take off with us this month as we explore fun venues and make new friends.

Games People Play: fun and games at Elaine’s

Coffee Break—meet us at Patrick’s at Bachman’s for goodies and gab

Night-Time Book Talk—discuss “Under the Banner of Heaven”

Garden Tour—explores Caponi Art park

Lunch Bunch—visits Surly’s new brewery and restaurant

Ladies Night Out—test your trivia knowledge at Braemar’s Tin Fish

            Hope to see you soon!

Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Thursday, May 4th, 7:00PM—at the home of Elaine Krantz

9700 Portland Ave., Bloomington             

There’ll be lots of fun and laughs. Please bring a snack or beverage to share.

RSVP by Monday, May 1st to Elaine@TheWanderersMSP.org

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

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, May 10th, 10:00AM––Patrick’s Bakery (at Bachman’s)

6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 612-861-7600

Join us for coffee and delightful French treats among all the beautiful plants. If you’re still planning your yard and pots, bring your Bachman’s membership card and shop after a delicious breakfast. They also have a fun selection of summer clothing, house accessories, and decorating ideas! Check out all patio furniture, grilling equipment and too!s–get ahead for Father’s Day!

RSVP by Monday, May 8th to Ann@TheWanderersMPS.org

Directions: Hwy. 62 EAST to Lyndale. Turn LEFT (N) to store

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, May 15th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byely’s Mezz

France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of an appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith.

Beverages at Happy Hour prices are available until 7:00PM.  Feel free to bring food or snacks up from the store. Weather permitting we’ll be out on the deck.

RSVP by Saturday, May 13th to Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

GARDEN TOUR: Thursday, May 18th, 10:30 Departure —Caponi Art Park

1220 Diffley Road, Eagan (www.caponiartpark.org)

Put your Chi in harmony by exploring Caponi Art Park with us.  This is an outdoor sculpture garden designed, within an oak landscape, as a single, unified work of art the meandering trails follow the topography of the grounds like contour drawings animated by everyone who walks them, and the rock walls and shaped hills are the sculpture into which conventional works are integrated.  Afterwards, we will have lunch at The Mason Jar (1565 Cliff Rd)  http://www.themasonjar.us/ .

A carpool will leave S. Mpls. at 10:30AM or meet at the Park at 11:AM.  Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive.  

RSVP by Tuesday, May, 16th to Barbara@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

LUNCH BUNCH: Wednesday, May 24th, 11:00AM Departure—Surly Brewery

20 Malcolm Ave. SE, Mpls.

Surly’s was in the news frequently as they worked to get MN law changed to allow onsite beer sales at breweries—sparking a plethora of micro-breweries in MN. OH, THEY HAVE GOOD FOOD, TOO! No reservations taken, so hopefully a weekday won’t require a long wait. Check out their website if you interested in taking a tour while you are there.

A carpool will leave Edina at 11:00AM.  Email Sally@TheWanderersMSP if you wish to join.  Otherwise meet us at the restaurant at 11:30AM.

RSVP by Monday, May 22nd to Carol at Carol.Schaub@comcast.net 

Directions: Hwy. 62 East to 35W North to 94 East. Exit at Huron Blvd. Turn RIGHT onto University Ave. Turn LEFT onto Malcom Ave. SE
 

LADIES NIGHT OUT: Tuesday, May 30th , 6:00PM—Trivia at Braemar’s Tin Fish

6364 John Harris Dr., Edina   952-941-5573

Come join our Trivia Mafia team for some fun. Meet us for dinner or just come for the six rounds of trivia from 7-8:30PM. Happy Hour runs from 4-6:00PM. There is no cost to play. Definitely no Mensa card required. Prizes, including food coupons, movie passes and more, will be awarded
 to the Top 3 teams and the halftime leader. Beer and wine are available. Take advantage of the Tuesday special for two—Appetizer, entrée to share, side, dessert and carafe of wine for $35 or order from the regular menu. http://www.tinfishmn.com/menu1.html

RSVP by Saturday, May 27th to Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy. 100 to West 70th St. exit. Turn RIGHT (W). Turn LEFT (S) at Cahill Road, and RIGHT (W) onto Dewey Hill Road. Dewey Hill becomes Braemar Blvd. Turn LEFT onto John Harris. Keep RIGHT at the fork. Tin Fish is in the Clubhouse on the hill overlooking parking lot.

 

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.

 

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 Reading Ahead:                                                                                          

BOOKS & BOOZE: June—-Date TBD

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.              

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: 2017-2018 Calendar

July – Delicious-Ruth Reichl

September – Skintight-Carl Hiaasen

November – Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League-Jonathan Odell

January- Orphan Train-Christina Bakersfield

March – The Hypnotists Love Story- Lianne Moriarity

May – Everything You Want Me to Be–Mindy Mejia