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November 2019 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

November marks the start of a busy holiday season with Thanksgiving coming on the 28th.  Even though it’s bound to be busy we hope you save some time for fun activities with your Wanderers friends!

Volunteer Projectparticipate in a one-time community service project at VEAP

Theater Outing—see “Ripcord”at the Masonic Ives Theater

Coffee Break—enjoy coffee and bakery treats atA Taste of Scandinavia

Flicks & Fun—see “Harriet” and enjoy happy hour afterward at a nearby restaurant

Nighttime Book Talk—discuss “Lilac Girls” at Lunds and Byerlys Mezz

Lunch Bunch—enjoy good food and conversation at the Barnes and Noble Kitchen

Needlecrafters—join other Wanderers doing knitting and crocheting at Patisserie Margo

            See you there!        

 Sally Ebnet     Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

  ACTIVITIES

WALKERS: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Southdale Center—East Side

Need motivation to get out and move before the holidays begin? Join us for an hour (3 laps) of walking inside Southdale–or as much as your schedule and legs allow. Gather at the bench outside Jimmy John’s just inside Henn. Co. Service Center entrance. Just come!  

VOLUNTEER PROJECT:  Wednesday, November 6th,1:50PM Departure-5:15PM—at VEAP 

9600 Aldrich Ave. So., Bloomington.  We need to arrive by 2:15PM, check in through door A, and ask for Courtney. 

VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)provides food for people in need in the community.  We will be sorting and quality checking donations, sorting and bagging produce, and performing other warehouse tasks, as needed.  You should wear closed toed shoes, such as tennis shoes, and clothing that’s okay to get dusty or dirty.  It’s also suggested that you bring a water bottle.
Carpooling is highly recommended as parking is limited.  Carpoolers will meet at Sara’s house

RSVP Saturday, November 2nd to Sara5217@aol.com Please indicate If you plan to carpool and if so, if you are willing to drive.  Or meet us there at 2:15PM.

Parking Directions:Drive to the west side of the building (overlooking 35W) and park further back if possible.  (They like to keep closer rows open for people using the Food Shelf.)  Enter at Door A marked “VEAP Volunteers and Staff.”  A volunteer will buzz people in.  Overflow parking is available across Lyndale Avenue at US Bank.



THEATER OUTING:  Thursday, November 7, 1:00PM—“Ripcord” at the Masonic Ives Theater, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 952-948-6500

Cranky Abby and cheerful Marilyn match wits in this hijinks-laden comedy!  When cantankerous Abby is forced to share her room in assisted living with endlessly chipper Marilyn, the two women make a seemingly harmless bet that quickly escalates into a hilarious game of practical jokes and one-upmanship, revealing hidden truths that neither wants exposed.

There are two options. 

  1. Lunch and production is $47.00 (which includes all taxes and fees).  Lunch is served in the downstairs dining room at 11:30AM.  We will meet as a group in the lobby around 11:15AM to go downstairs for lunch.  Lunch is:  Creamy Chicken Breast, Roasted Red Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Cold Salad—Chef’s Choice, Dinner Roll, Assorted Desserts, Coffee, Hot Tea, Water.
  2. Production only is $27.00 (which includes all taxes and fees).  We will meet in the Ives Theater lobby at 12:30PM.  

RSVP ASAP to SHoffman7@comcast.net

COFFEE BREAK:  Wednesday, November 13th, 10:00AM—Taste of Scandinavia in Festival Foods 

401 West 98th Street, Bloomington.

Taste of Scandinavia is a local favorite for many of us.  Menu items range from bakery to full breakfasts.  We’ll have a reservation for 10 under Gail’s name and adjust that as we get a better count.  RSVP to this one since they will set places for an exact count.

RSVP by Tuesday, November 12th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

FLICKS & FUN:  Tuesday, November 19th— “Harriet.”  

Time and theater will be announced when they become available.

“Harriet” isa tribute to Harriet Tubman who was a pivotal figure in American history.  Shewas an abolitionist and activist who,after escaping slavery in 1849, led 70 other slaves to freedom.  According to Vanity Fair,“‘Harriet’ is a vaster, more interesting film than it will get credit for. This isn’t merely a movie about the path from slavery to freedom. It’s a movie about the tensions between blacks who were born free versus those who were born in chains, about the gendered work of abolitionism, about laws shifting under the nation’s feet and paving the path to Civil War, making the lives of the formerly enslaved more dangerous by the minute.”

Later we’ll go to a nearby restaurant for happy hour and conversation about the movie.

RSVP by Monday, November 18thto LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

NEEDLECRAFTERS:  Mondays, November 11th& 25th, 1:30PM—Patisserie Margo

4510 Valley View Road, Edina

Whatever your knitting, crocheting, or craft skill level, join us!  You can even bring your mending!  Come to learn or just chat over your project. Enjoy coffee, food/bakery treats, and great conversation. 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, November 18th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz

France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina

The Lilac Girlsby Martha Hall Kelly

“Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.  NY socialite Caroline has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon.  But her world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939 and then sets its sights on France.  An ocean away, Kasia, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she’s drawn deeper into the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life.  Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.  The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women.  Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.  Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.  It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.

RSVP by Friday, November15th to Sara5217@aol.com 

LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, November 21st, 11:30am—Barnes and Noble Kitchen

at the Galleria in Edina.

Come and join us for a casual but elegant lunch at the Barnes and Noble Kitchen.  If you google the cafe and peek at the menu you will see a selection of lunches from simple and quick to more substantial and hearty.  The cafe has received 41/2 stars from reviewers.  And their juicy brisket burger was rated one of the Top 10 Best Burgers in Minneapolis by the Star Tribune in 2018!  Lynn and I have eaten there often and love it. After lunch you can browse the bookstore. 

RSVP by Tuesday, November 19th to maryjostraub@icloud.com.

  COMING UP

HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR/AKA UGLY SWEATER NIGHT:  Sunday, December 8th, 3:30-6:30PM—

at Anne’s Home

“HO, HO, HO” Let’s party! Don’t forget to wear that horrible holiday sweater you’ve saved in your closet.  There will be a prize for the ugliest sweater!  So make it really UGLY!  Bring a heavy appetizer as this will be dinner for most of us – and OH YA – wrap a white elephant gift (if you so desire) in your finest paper – so your gift will be selected first!  We want to drool over all the gifts.  Come with your holiday spirit and laughter. 

Wine and water are available – bring other beverages if you desire!

RSVP by Friday, December 6th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org.

Directions to Anne’s: HWY 100 to 77th street exit.  Turn RIGHT (W) and follow 77th St.—as it becomes Edina Industrial Blvd.—to 78th St. Turn RIGHT at 78th.  Turn RIGHT at Delaney Blvd Turn RIGHT at Pondwood Drive.

BOOKS & BOOZE:  Tuesday, December17th, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)

The Nestby Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.  Every family has its problems, but even among the most troubled, the Plumbs stand out as spectacularly dysfunctional.  Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab.  Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger.  The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving.

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, January 20th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz

France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato

“8-year-old Edgar remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about.  He only knows that his father is gone, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts.  When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear: not even the line between the living and the dead.”

October 2019 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

Halloween is coming up at the end of the month. But we promise there will be no tricks—just a month of treating yourself to a variety of fun activities with your Wanderers friends!

Flicks & Fun—see “Judy” and enjoy happy hour afterward at a nearby restaurant

Garden Tour:  visit Eloise Butler Gardens

Coffee Break—enjoy coffee and bakery treats atDenny’s 5th Avenue Bakery in Bloomington

Lunch Bunch—enjoy authentic Mexican food at Cantina Laredo in the Mall of America

Game Night—join Wanderers for free BINGO and a $1 meat raffle at the Richfield Legion

MIA’S Puzzle Room Experienceexperience art in a new way and have lunch afterward

Needlecrafters—join other Wanderers doing knitting and crocheting at Patisserie Margo

Books and Booze—discuss “Cocoa Beach” at the Cahill Bistro

            See you there!        

 Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

  ACTIVITIES

WALKERSEvery Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Centennial Lakes 

Need motivation to get out, move, and exercise? Join us as we walk around Centennial Lakes.  We 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 Jimmie Johns’. No need to RSVP – just come

FLICKS & FUN:  Tuesday, October 1st, “Judy”—possibly at Southdale AMC

Time and location will be announced when they become available.

Starring Renee Zellweger, and based on the life of Judy Garland, “Judy” is set in winter 1968 as Garland arrives in London for a run of sell-out concerts.  The movie recounts her performances, with Renee Zellweger singing some of her best-known numbers including “Somewhere over the Rainbow” from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz.  The movie also delves into Garland’s battles with her management, her relationships with charmed musicians and fans, and the family drama playing out behind-the-scenes of the London performances.  “Judy” has received favorable ratings from 88 percent of the critics according to Rotten Tomatoes. Later we’ll go happy hour and conversation about the movie.

RSVP by Sunday, September 29th to LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org 

GARDEN TOUR:  Thursday, October 3rd, 1:00PM Departure–Eloise Butler Wildflower & Bird Sanctuary

1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy., Minneapolis, 612-370-4903, minneapolisparks.org

Home to more than 500 plant species and 130 bird species, the sanctuary is located just minutes outside downtown Minneapolis. Don’t be fooled by its proximity to the bustling city, however. Step onto the self-guided path and you’ll be immediately transported into a wooded paradise. Hopefully, there’ll still be some fall colors and migrating birds to enjoy. After our walk we’ll reward ourselves with a treat at Panera.A carpool will leave at 1:00PM from the Panera Bread parking lot (5680 Cedar Lake Road) near Home Depot at West End. Or, meet is at the garden at 1:30 (pay parking lot) Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive.  

RSVP by Tuesday, October 1stto Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org 

VOLUNTEER PROJECT:  Wanderers is considering doing a one-time community project.   Please respond by Monday, October 7thto Sara5217@aol.com if you would like to participate.  If enough people are interested we will schedule a project for October or November.  Two possible opportunities are:

  • Feed My Starving Childrenvolunteers hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are shipped to the neediest children around the world.
  • VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)provides food for people in need in the community. We can sort food donations, stock shelves, or do other one-time projects.

COFFEE BREAK Wednesday, October 9th, 10:00AM–-Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery

7840 5th Ave S, Bloomington, 952-881-4445

Denny’s is a family-owned specialty bakery serving the Twin Cities area since 1969.  This bakery is a time-tested staple with a bright, cheery space and a menu of donuts, breads, pastries, and specialty cakes.

RSVP by Tuesday, October 8thto GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

LUNCH BUNCH:  Tuesday, October 15, 11:30am—Cantina Laredo

Mall of America, 300 West Market—Enter from West side parking ramp

They create authentic Mexican food inspired by the cuisine of Mexico City and add a modern twist.  Imagine grilled fish, chicken or steak topped with one of a kind signature sauces like chipotle-wine and Portobello mushroom or sautéed artichoke heart and roasted red bell pepper.  Pair that with their award-winning margarita, the Casa Rita, made from fresh lime-juice and the finest tequila and you’ve got what they call Modern Mexican.RSVP by Sunday, October 13th to CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org

GAME NIGHT: Thursday, October 17th, 5:00PM—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 $1 Meat Raffle (5-7PM), free BARGO (Bingo) 5-7:30PM, and Live Music 7:00PM.  Show up anytime between 5-7PM to partake in any or all of the above (no membership or fees required).

RSVP by Tuesday, October 15th to shoffman7@comcast.net

Directions:  Hwy. 62 East to Portland Ave. exit. Turn RIGHT (S) to Legion on left. WE MEET IN THE DINING ROOM—ON THE RIGHT SIDE AS YOU ENTER. 

MIA’S PUZZLE ROOM EXPERIENCE: Tuesday, October 22nd, 10:00am Departure

Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis. 612-870-3000

Cryptic messages. Hidden clues. Secret societies.  This is the museum as a giant puzzle room, a mystery you’re invited to solve using the “Riddle Mia This” app.  You’ll move through galleries looking for clues in the artworks, exposing a faction of anti-technologists.  You’ll see MIA’s collection in a new way!  There is no charge for museum entry or puzzle experience.  We can either use smartphones or museum-supplied devices to guide us through the puzzle.  Afterwards, for those who are interested, we will have lunch at Book Club on 5411 Penn Ave. S. at 1:00pm, 612-822-5411

A carpool will leave the Southdale north parking lot (upper level of ramp near Macy’s Door 5) at 10:00 AM, or meet us at MIA at 10:30 AM. Please indicate if you plan to carpool and are willing to drive. 

RSVP by Friday, October 18th to CarlaH@TheWanderersMSP.org

NEEDLECRAFTERS:  Mondays, October 14th& 28th, 1:30PM—Patisserie Margo

4510 Valley View Road, Edina

Whatever your knitting, crocheting, or craft skill level, we’d love to have you join us!  You can even bring your mending! Come to learn or just chat over your project. Enjoy coffee, food/bakery treats, and great conversation. Just show up.

BOOKS & BOOZE:  Tuesday, October 29rd, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)

Cocoa Beachby Beatriz Williams

Set in sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.  Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France.  While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love.  As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets—secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind.

RSVP by Saturday, October 26th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

  COMING UP

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, November 18th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz

France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
The Lilac Girlsby Martha Hall Kelly

“Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.  NY socialite Caroline has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon.  But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939 and then sets its sights on France.  An ocean away, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she’s drawn deeper into the underground resistance movement.  In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.  For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life.  Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.  The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women.  Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.  Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.  It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.

BOOKS & BOOZE:  Tuesday, December17th, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)

The Nestby Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.  Every family has its problems.  But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional.  Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab.  Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger.  The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving.

RSVP by Saturday, December 14th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org



September 2019 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

Summer is flying by! It was especially short this year! That’s the beauty of Minnesota—there’s always another season to look forward to. We’relooking forward to more great seasons as The Wanderers. Come along for the fun and friendship—and great food, too!

Needlecrafters—winter’s coming—time to start those cozy, warm projects at Patisserie Margo

Lunch Bunch—enjoy Cuban or American cuisine at Victor’s 1959 Cafe

Night-Time Books—discuss Little Wolves on the Mezz

Flicks & Fun—see Downton Abbey and do HH at PF Chang’s

Coffee Break—enjoy coffee and bakery treats at Starbuck’s in Jerry’s Foods in Edina

Fun & Games—meet at Elaine’s for fun and conversation 

Concert Outing—sing along with dueling pianos at the Masonic theater

            See you there!        

 Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

  ACTIVITIES

WALKERSEvery Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Centennial Lakes 

Need motivation to get out, move, and exercise? Join us as we walk around Centennial Lakes.  We 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 Jimmie Johns. No need to RSVP – just come

NEEDLECRAFTERS:  Mondays, September 9th & 23rd, 1:30PM—Patisserie Margo

4510 Valley View Road, Edina

Whatever your knitting, crocheting or craft skill level, we’d love to have you join us!  You can even bring your mending! Come to learn or just chat over your project.  We meet every other Thursday. Enjoy coffee, food/bakery treats and great conversation. 

LUNCH BUNCH:  Tuesday, September 10th, 11:30AM—Victor’s 1959 Cafe

3756 Grand Ave South, Minneapolis.

This cafe serves a good mix of Cuban and American food.  It has interesting decor, and a patio.  It may be our last chance to dine outdoors this year. They offer good food, good music, good wines and good company in a fun and quirky space with decor reflective of Cuban culture past and present.  

RSVP by Sunday, September 8th to CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, September 16th, 7:00PM —Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz  

France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Little Wolvesby Thomas Maltman

Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of The Night BirdsLittle Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.

RSVP by Saturday, September 14th to Sara5217@aol.com 

FLICKS & FUN:  Tuesday, September 24th, “Downton Abbey” at Southdale AMC

Time will be announced when they become available.

If you are as big a fan of the long-running “Downton Abbey” as I am, you probably are eager for the motion picture event. In the movie the Crawleys and their staff “prepare for the most important moment of their lives.  A visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.” The movie is due to be released on September 20th, and I am gambling that it will premiere at area theaters.  Later we’ll go to a nearby restaurant for happy hour and conversation about the movie.

RSVP by Sunday, September 22nd to LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

COFFEE BREAK:  Wednesday, September 25th, 10:00AM—Starbuck’s at Jerry’s Foods

5101 Vernon Ave., Edina

Please note: This is the 4th Wednesday in September! Delicious coffee drinks, plentiful pastry choices, and a pleasant space make this a favorite gathering spot. I will get there early and save space for us.

RSVP by Tuesday, September 24th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY:  Thursday, September 19th, 7:00PM—at the home of a Member

9700 Portland Ave., #323    Bloomington             

There’ll be lots of fun and laughs. Please bring a snack or beverage to share.   If you have a favorite game—please bring it.

RSVP by Tuesday, September 17th to ElaineK@TheWanderersMSP.org

CONCERT OUTING: Sunday, September 29th, 2:00PM— Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos

Masonic Ives Theater , 11411 Masonic Home Dr., Bloomington  952-948-6500. 

For more than 17 years, musicians David Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld have traveled coast to coast to become one of the most sought after dueling piano acts in North America.  Clap along, laugh along and sing along with Deuces Wild as they offer a zany, witty and wild afternoon of entertainment.  Get ready to be part of the musical action comedy and all out fun. We will meet at the Ives Theater at 1:30 p.m. Afterwards, if there’s interest, we’ll go to Tavern 23 on France  Ave. for “happy hour”. They have fabulous $5 flat breads, pizzas and yummy wine. Tickets are $32.00 (includes all taxes and fees).  We have reservations for up to 16.

RSVP by Friday, September 13thwith your check.  RSVP to shoffman7@comcast.net for instructions.

COMING UP

COMMUNITY PROJECT:  Wanderers is considering doing a community project that would be a one-time commitment.   Two possible opportunities are listed below:

  • Feed My Starving Childrenoffers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets, and shipped to their partners who are working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.
  • VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)provides food for people in need in the community. Possible volunteer opportunities are sorting food donations, stocking shelves, and doing one-time projects.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sara5217@aol.com.  If enough people are interested we will select an opportunity and schedule it for October or November.

BOOKS & BOOZE:  Tuesday, October 29rd, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)

Cocoa Beachby Beatriz Williams

Set in sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.  Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets—secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind.

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, November 18th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz

France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
The Lilac Girlsby Martha Hall Kelly

“Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939 and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she’s drawn deeper into the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.

August 2019 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

Summer’s going faster than ever.  Come on out and enjoy it with us before it’s all gone!   

Lunch Bunch—join us for great food at the Mill Valley Kitchen

Garden Party—meet us for Happy Hour in Marcia’s garden

Needlecrafters—great conversation while we knit and enjoy bakery treats

Coffee Break—enjoy breakfast at the Good Earth in Edina

Flicks & Fun—watch the critically acclaimed “Maiden” and enjoy Happy Hour after

Laundry Evangelist Classlearn how you can wash everything! 

Books & Booze—discuss “Crimes Against a Book Club” at Cahill Bistro

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR RSVPs NEED TO BE RECEIVED IN A TIMELY MANNER. BETTER TO RSVP EARLY AND CANCEL IF NECESSARY, THAN TO CALL AFTER THE RSVP DATE.  

WE HAVE LOTS OF SPECIAL OUTINGS COMING UP.  TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THEIR RSVP DATES WHICH CAN BE OVER A MONTH IN ADVANCE OF THE EVENT.

See you there!    Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

  ACTIVITIES

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, August 6th, 11:30AM—Mill Valley Kitchen

3906 Excelsior Blvd, St Louis Park

Located on the corner of Excelsior and France, Mill Valley Kitchen brings the fresh, inspired tastes of Northern California to the Twin Cities. Utilizing locally sourced meats, produce and the finest seafoods, the menu offers variety and comfort for a clientele that knows living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor.  The focus is on fresh, well prepared food.  Come try their seasonally changing offerings. There is minimal on-street parking, but there is a parking lot behind the building.

RSVP by Sunday, August 4th to CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org

HAPPY HOUR IN ANOTHER GARDEN: Thursday, August 8th, 5:00PM—at a Member’s Home

Join the marvelous Wanderers ladies for conversation, libation, and great food. Marcia’s garden, like Carol Schaub’s, has plenty of shade and also a sunny area, so bring a hat. The menu is potluck. Wine, iced tea, water, and some soda will be provided. 

RSVP By Sunday August 4thwith what you intend to bring to marciamtgroth@aol.com. In the event of rain we’ll reschedule.

NEEDLE CRAFTERS: Mondays, August 12th& 26th, 1:30PM—Patisserie Margo

4510 Valley View Road, Edina

Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, do bead work or any other portable craft?  Or, would you like to learn?  If so, please join us on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 1:30PM at Patisserie Margo.  Enjoy coffee, bakery treats, and great conversation!  Just show up!

WALKERS: 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.

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, August 14th, 10:00AM—The Good Earth at the Galleria, Edina, 3460 West 70th Street

There are many menu items from pancakes to omelets at the Good Earth. Coffees, teas, and an assortment of fresh juices are available. I’ll make a reservation for 10 under my name and adjust once the count is in.

RSVP Monday, August 12thto GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, August 20th—“Maiden” at the Edina Landmark Theater

50thand France Avenue

I will send you an email when the film’s start time becomes available.

This documentary follows first all-woman crew in a round-the-world yacht race.  Critics gave it a 98% and 100% rating: “the film is enthralling viewing even for audiences with little to no knowledge of or interest in sailing, Maiden pays powerful tribute to a true pioneer.”  The Strib also gave it a rare four-star rating:  “It doesn’t get much more inspiring than the incredible story of Maiden, the first yacht crewed entirely by women to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race.  With meticulous detail and sensitivity, it chronicles the fight the women faced just to get onto the water.”  The full review is available at http://www.startribune.com/inspiring-maiden-salutes-a-pioneering-female-sailor/512589522/After the movie, we will meet at the Edina Grill for Happy Hour.

RSVP by Monday, August 19th to LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

LAUNDRY EVANGELIST CLASS: Friday, August 23rd, 2:00 – 4:00PM (limited seating)

Mona Williams Store – Mall of America  (180 South Avenue) (952) 854-1228 

Happy Hour After Class – TBD

Come hear the famous textile expert, Patric Richardson, talk about how you can wash everything!  He presents this class with a lot of character and humor and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  During his career in high-end fashion stores, he taught his customers who paid $2,500 for a cashmere sweater “how to wash them.”  Now you can learn to wash the unwashable and take care of your clothes and textiles at home.  You will gain the confidence to wash and care for your clothes – not only will your clothes last longer but you will fall in love with laundry!  Here is an article to read about Patric:  http://www.startribune.com/meet-the-man-who-will-make-you-love-laundry/299852181/     

RSVP by Friday, August 16th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

A carpool will leave Edina at 1:15 PM. Please indicate if you plan to car pool or meet us there. Parking:  Park in the LL Bean lot – go one level down to Mona Williams

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, August 27th, 3:30PM—-Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)

Crimes Against a Book Clubby Kathy Cooperman (Humorous Fiction)

Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling 80-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapy. Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” anti-aging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground.

RSVP by Saturday, August 24thto AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

COMING UP

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:Monday, September 16th, 7:00PM —Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz  

France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Little Wolvesby Thomas Maltman

Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of The Night BirdsLittle Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.

CONCERT OUTING: Sunday, September 29th, 2:00 PM— Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos

Masonic Ives Theater, 11411 Masonic Home Dr., Bloomington 952-948-6500. 

For more than 17 years, musicians David Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld have traveled coast to coast to become one of the most sought after dueling piano acts in N. America.  Clap and laugh along,  and sing along with Deuces Wild as they offer a zany, witty and wild afternoon of entertainment.  Get ready to be part of the musical action comedy and all out fun. We will meet at the Ives Theater at 1:30 p.m.Later, we’ll go to Tavern 23 on France  Ave. for “happy hour”. They have fabulous $5 flat breads, pizzas and yummy wine.

Tickets are $32.00 (includes all taxes and fees).  We have reservations for up to 16 people.

RSVP by Friday, September 13thwith your check. Contact  shoffman7@comcast.net for mailing instructions.

BOOKS & BOOZE:  Tuesday, October 29th, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)

Cocoa Beachby Beatriz Williams

Set in sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition era Cocoa Beach. Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets— secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind.

RSVP by Saturday, October 26thto AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

July 2019 Newsletter

A note from our President….. Have a glorious Fourth of July! Take a look at the great Wanderers’ activities described in this newsletter. Also, find out what we’ve got planned for August. There is something for everyone.

Carol’s Annual Garden Party—meet for a potluck brunch at a member’s home

Needlecrafters—bring a project or learn from the experts at Margo’s

Flicks & Fun—watch “Ladies in Black” and enjoy happy hour at the Edina Grill

Coffee Break—join us at Caribou at Lunds & Byerly’s on Penn for goodies and gab

Ladies Night Out—lots of laughs–“Echoes of Elvis” at El Loro

Garden Tour—The Arboretum is always beautiful—come along on free day

Night-Time Book Talk— discuss “The Aviator’s Wife” at Byerly’s Mezz

Lunch Bunch—sit lakeside at Centennial Lakes’ Pinstripes

Walkers—meet us at Centennial Lakes every Tuesday and Thursday morning

Lake Minnetonka Cruise—enjoy a buffet while you see the lake sights

Concert Outing—hear “The Best of Andy Williams” at the Ames Center

Sally Ebnet Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

CAROL’S ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY: Saturday, July 6th, 10:00AM until whenever! At the home of a member***

Come join this casual gathering for conversation and good food. My garden has lots of shade; however, if you are sun-sensitive wear a hat. If a few people bring lawn chairs, that would be helpful. Menu is potluck – so bring one of your favorite dishes. Later responses may be asked to help “round out” the offerings. I prefer that you email your response (that makes it easier for me to keep track), but call if email not available to you. I will have my preserves available for anyone who wants to purchase. If it rains we will have to reschedule.

RSVP by Sunday, June 30 th to carol.schaub@comcast.net for directions

NEEDLECRAFTERS: Mondays, July 8th & 22nd, 1:30PM—Patisserie Margo

4510 Valley View Road, Edina

Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, do bead work or any other portable craft? Or, would you like to learn? If so, please join us on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 1:30PM at Patisserie Margo. Enjoy coffee, bakery treats, and great conversation! Questions? Contact Sara Kloepper at Sara5217@aol.com

WALKERS: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Centennial Lakes

The Wanderers will be walking outside again, weather permitting. Need motivation to get out, move, and exercise? Join us as we walk around Centennial Lakes. 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 will meet at Southdale’s Hennepin County Service Center entrance on the east side outside Jimmie John’s. No need to RSVP – just come.

FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, July 9th—“Ladies in Black” at Edina Landmark Theater

You will receive an email once a time is listed for this movie. Set in the summer of 1959 and adapted from the bestselling novel Ladies in Black, this tender-hearted comedy drama is about a group of department store employees in Sydney, Australia. When the impact of European migration and the rise of women’s liberation are about to change Australia forever, a shy schoolgirl takes a summer job at the prestigious Goode’s department store. There she meets the “ladies in black”, who will change her life forever. Beguiled and influenced by Magda, the vivacious manager of the high-fashion floor, and befriended by fellow sales ladies Patty and Fay, Lisa is awakened to a world of possibilities. The film received an 86 percent approval rating from the critics. Rated PG. Afterward we will meet at the Edina Grill for happy hour.

RSVP by Monday, July 8thto LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

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

6228 Penn (Lunds & Byerly’s)

An iced coffee sounds good right now! Meet us for something from their vast beverage menu. They also have breakfast sandwiches, bagels and other bakery items. RSVP by Tuesday, June 9th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

LADIES NIGHT OUT: Friday, July 12th, 5:45PM——“ECHOES OF ELVIS” at El Loro

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

Brought back by popular demand – come sit on the patio and enjoy great Mexican food, a margarita, and lots of laughs while listening to Elvis’s old tunes! The Elvis Impersonator is a total riot. (Please give a tip to the band in their tip jar.) You can see El Loro’s huge menu at: http://www.ellororestaurant.com/images/template/bloomington/menu-bloomington.pdf This outing will be cancelled if it rains.

RSVP by Tuesday July 9 to annes@TheWanderersMSP.org

GARDEN TOUR: Monday, July 15th, 9:30AM Departure—MN Landscape Arboretum

3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska

Come take advantage of the free entry charge. There’s always something beautiful blooming. A carpool will leave Sally’s (4501 Claremore Ct.) at 9:30AM. Or, meet us at the info desk inside at 10:00AM

RSVP by Sunday, July 14th to Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

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

France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Despite her own major achievements—she became the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States—Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

RSVP by Saturday, July 13th to Sara5217@aol.com

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, July 16th, 11:30AM—Pinstripes

3849 Gallagher Drive, Edina, MN 55435

A number of you have expressed a desire to go back to Pinstripes, so that is the plan for July. Pinstripes was built from a passion to gather, to celebrate, and to experience sophisticated fun. We will enjoy the outdoors (weather permitting) while we enjoy their Italian/American cuisine served from their scratch kitchen.

RSVP by Sunday, July 14th to CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org

LAKE MINNETONKA CRUISE: SOME TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE Tuesday, July 23rd, 4:45PM Departure—Al & Alma’s 5201 Piper Road Mound, Minnesota 55364 952.472.3098 Celebrate summer! Come on our 2nd annual cruise with The Wanderers for 2 hours on beautiful Lake Minnetonka. Enjoy visiting with members that you have and haven’t met. Step aboard and enjoy a complementary glass of champagne or sparkling cider. Take in the magnificent sights of the lake and sip your favorite beverage (cash bar) while enjoying a beautiful buffet of their most popular appetizers. Since 1973 Al & Alma’s has been offering dinner cruises. It’s the perfect way to take in the sites and fantastic history of Lake Minnetonka. The captain and crew share stories of the lake, point out beautiful estates, and navigate the shores, channels, many bays and islands of the lake’s 114 miles of shoreline. Boarding begins at 6:15pm; boat departs promptly at 6:30pm and returns to port at 8:30pm. Cost is $42 per person. Buffet Menu • Southwest Chicken Eggroll w/ Cajun Ranch • Teriyaki Chicken Wings • Al’s Signature Slow Cooked BBQ Riblets • Signature Guacamole Dip and Chips • Fresh Cut Fruit • Island Salad • Alma’s Brownies and Lemon Berry Bars A carpool will leave Anne Shea’s home at 4:45 PM. Please indicate if you plan to carpool or meet us there at 6:15. Directions Al and Alma’s at https://www.al-almas.com/public PURCHASE YOUR TICKET ON LINE: https://www.al-almas.com/public CALL: 952.472.3098

RSVP to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org so we know who is coming. Directions to Anne’s – HWY 100 to 77th street exit. Turn RIGHT (W) and follow 77th St.—as it becomes Edina Industrial Blvd.—to 78th St. Turn RIGHT at 78th. Turn RIGHT at Delaney Blvd Turn RIGHT at Pondwood Drive.

CONCERT OUTING: Sunday, July 28th, 3:00PM—Moon River: The Best of Andy Williams Ames Center, Burnsville

Featuring Dove Award-Nominated Singer and Super Bowl XLI Champion, Ben Utecht. Andy Williams was the “American Balladeer” of his day, but who fills that role today? He sold over 100 million records worldwide and still has a vast audience aching to remember that smooth, romantic voice. Ben Utecht aims to resurrect the voice of Andy Williams and use his songbook to inspire audiences as today’s “American Balladeer.” Join Ben and an amazing cast of musicians for an afternoon featuring Andy Williams’ greatest songs like “Moon River,” “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story,” “Born Free,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and many more. **Optional dinner at Mediterranean Cruise following the show. www.medcruisecafe.com. Tickets: Lots of seats are still available in the $25-40+tax/processing range. Order online at Ames-Center.com Carpooling will be available. Let Marilyn know if you’re interested.

RSVP to MarAF309@comcast.net so she knows how many will be coming. Please indicate if you plan to attend dinner.

LAUNDRY EVANGELIST CLASS: Friday, August 23rd, 2:00 – 4:00PM Mona Williams Store – Mall of America (180 South Avenue) (952) 854-1228 Happy Hour After Class – TBD

Come hear the famous textile expert, Patric Richardson, talk about how you can wash everything! He presents this class with a lot of character and humor and keeps you on the edge of your seat. During his career in high-end fashion stores, he taught his customers who paid $2,500 for a cashmere sweater “how to wash them.” Now you can learn to wash the unwashable and take care of your clothes and textiles at home. You will gain the confidence to wash and care for your clothes – not only will your clothes last longer but you will fall in love with laundry! Here is an article to read about Patric: http://www.startribune.com/meet-the-man-who-will-make-you-love-laundry/299852181/ RSVP is Friday, August 16th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org Seating is limited!

A carpool will leave Anne’s home at 1:15 PM. Please indicate if you plan to car pool or meet us there. Directions to Anne’s – HWY 100 to 77th street exit. Turn RIGHT (W) and follow 77th St.—as it becomes Edina Industrial Blvd.—to 78th St. Turn RIGHT at 78th. Turn RIGHT at Delaney Blvd Turn RIGHT at Pondwood Drive. Parking: Park in the LL Bean lot – go one level down to Mona Williams

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, August 27th, 3:30PM—-Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill) Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman (Humorous Fiction) Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling 80-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapy. Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” anti-aging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground. RSVP by Saturday, August 24th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, September 16th, 7:00PM —Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz

France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman

Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, Little Wolves features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. A penetrating look at small-town America from the award-winning author of The Night Birds, Little Wolves weaves together elements of folklore and Norse mythology while being driven by a powerful murder mystery; a page-turning literary triumph.


June 2019 Newsletter

Jump into June with the Girls Who Wanna Have Fun. We’ve got lots of fun things planned. You’re always welcome to attend several activities before deciding to join (only $20/year).
Contact Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org for more information and to automatically get our newsletter emailed to you.

A note from our President…..
“What is so rare as a day in June” said the poet James Russell Lowell. Enjoy the beautiful month of June with other Wanderers. We’ve got lots going on —there’s something for everyone.
Needlecrafters—bring a project—or even your mending
Flicks & Fun—we’ll see “Late Night” and enjoy happy hour at PF Changs
Coffee Break—join us at Original Pancake House for goodies and gab
Lunch Bunch—enjoy a delicious lunch with views of the lake at Maynard’s in Excelsior
Books and Booze—meet us at Cahill Bistro to discuss “The Aviator’s Wife”
Walkers—meet us at Centennial Lakes every Tuesday and Thursday
Game Night—BARGO and Meat Raffle Prizes!

See you there! Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

                                                                                   ACTIVITIES

NEEDLECRAFTERS: Mondays, June 10th & 24th, 1:30PM—Patisserie Margo
4510 Valley View Road, Edina
Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, do bead work or any other portable craft? Or, would you like to learn? If so, please join us . Enjoy coffee, bakery treats, and great conversation!

FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, June 11th—“Late Night”
AMC Southdale Theater
You will receive an email once a time is listed for this movie.
In this comedy-drama, Emma Thompson plays the host of a late-night talk show who teams up with one of her new staff writers in an attempt save the show. To smooth over diversity concerns, Thompson hires her only female staff writer, and her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women—separated by culture and generation—unite to save the show. Critic Johnny Oleksinski of the New York Post described it as “a charming, intelligent movie with a lot of heart and, naturally, some killer jokes.” The movie received a 76 percent favorable rating by critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Please be aware that this movie is rated R (for language throughout and some sexual references).
Afterward we will meet at PF Changs for happy hour.
RSVP by Monday, June 10th to LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, June 12th, 10:00AM— Original Pancake House, Edina
3501 West 70th Street, Edina
It seems everyone loves this place! Anyone I mentioned it to said “Oh, yum!” So I am getting the impression that this restaurant needs no introduction. Come hungry! We will request the back room, if available.
RSVP by Tuesday, June 11th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, June 18th, 11:30AM—Maynard’s
685 Excelsior Blvd. in Excelsior
Maynard’s is known for the best views of Lake Minnetonka and the best waterfront dining in the state. “Our American Casual menu is sure to please everyone. We pride ourselves in a quality product at a fair price.” They are also noted for consistent service and attention to detail. Please plan to join us for the first “real summer” dining this year.
A carpool will leave the back parking lot of Kohl’s at Knollwood (Hwy.7/#169) at 10:45AM. Please indicate if you plan to carpool and are willing to drive.
RSVP by Sunday, June 16th to CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org

WALKERS: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Centennial Lakes
The Wanderers will be walking outside again, weather permitting.
Need motivation to get out, move, and exercise? Join us as we walk around Centennial Lakes. 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 will meet at Southdale’s Hennepin County Service Center entrance on the east side outside Jimmie John’s. No need to RSVP – just come.

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, June 25th, 3:30PM—-Cahill Bistro
7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (Historical Fiction)
When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with literary aspirations, travels to Mexico to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo Atlantic flight. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. He sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the US. But despite this and other major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
RSVP by Saturday, June 22nd to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

GAME NIGHT: Thursday, June 27th, 5:00PM—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 $1 Meat Raffle (5-7PM). free BARGO (Bingo) 5-7:30PM and Live Music 7:00PM. Show up anytime between 5-7PM to partake in any or all of the above (no membership or fees required).

RSVP by Wednesday, June 26th to Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org
Directions: Hwy. 62 East to Portland Ave. exit. Turn RIGHT (S) to Legion on left. WE MEET IN THE DINING ROOM—ON THE RIGHT SIDE AS YOU ENTER.

                                  COMING UP

CAROL’S ANNUAL JULY GARDEN PARTY: Saturday, July 6th, 10:00AM until whenever!
At the home of Carol Schaub, 2537 Oregon Ave., St. Louis Park
Come join this Wanderers casual gathering for conversation and good food. My garden has lots of shade; however, if you are sun-sensitive wear a hat. If a few people bring lawn chairs, that would be helpful. Menu is potluck – so bring one of your favorite dishes. Later responses may be asked to help “round out” the offerings. I prefer that you email your response (that makes it easier for me to keep track), but call if email not available to you. I will have my preserves available for anyone who wants to purchase. If it rains we will have to reschedule.
RSVP by Sunday, June 30 th to carol.schaub@comcast.net

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, July 15th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Despite her own major achievements—she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States—Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
RSVP by Saturday, July 13th to Sara5217@aol.com

LAKE MINNETONKA CRUISE: SOME TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE
Tuesday, July 23rd, 4:45PM Departure—Al & Alma’s
5201 Piper Road Mound, Minnesota 55364 952.472.3098
Celebrate summer! Come on our 2nd annual cruise with The Wanderers for 2 hours on beautiful Lake Minnetonka. Enjoy visiting with members that you have and haven’t met. Step aboard and enjoy a complementary glass of champagne or sparkling cider. Take in the magnificent sights of the lake and sip your favorite beverage (cash bar) while enjoying a beautiful buffet of their most popular appetizers. Since 1973 Al & Alma’s has been offering dinner cruises. It’s the perfect way to take in the sites and fantastic history of Lake Minnetonka. The captain and crew share stories of the lake, point out beautiful estates, and navigate the shores, channels, many bays and islands of the lake’s 114 miles of shoreline.
Boarding begins at 6:15pm; boat departs promptly at 6:30pm and returns to port at 8:30pm. Cost is $42 per person.

Buffet Menu
• Southwest Chicken Eggroll w/ Cajun Ranch
• Teriyaki Chicken Wings
• Al’s Signature Slow Cooked BBQ Riblets
• Signature Guacamole Dip and Chips
• Fresh Cut Fruit
• Island Salad
• Alma’s Brownies and Lemon Berry Bars
A carpool will leave Anne Shea’s home at 4:45 PM. Please indicate if you plan to carpool or meet us there at 6:15. Directions Al and Alma’s at https://www.al-almas.com/public
PURCHASE YOUR TICKET ON LINE: https://www.al-almas.com/public
CALL: 952.472.3098
RSVP to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org so that we know who is coming.
Directions to Anne’s – HWY 100 to 77th street exit. Turn RIGHT (W) and follow 77th St.—as it becomes Edina Industrial Blvd.—to 78th St. Turn RIGHT at 78th. Turn RIGHT at Delaney Blvd Turn RIGHT at Pondwood Drive.

CONCERT OUTING: Sunday, July 28th, 3:00PM–Moon River: The Best of Andy Williams
Ames Center, Burnsville
Andy Williams was the “American Balladeer” of his day, but who fills that role today? He’s sold over 100 million records and still has a vast audience aching to remember that smooth, romantic voice. Dove Award-Nominated Singer and Super Bowl XLI Champion, Ben Utecht aims to resurrect the voice of Andy Williams. Join Ben and amazing musicians for an afternoon Andy Williams’ greatest songs– Moon River, Born Free, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, etc.
Optional dinner at Mediterranean Cruise following the show. www.medcruisecafe.com.
Tickets: $37.00 including reserved balcony seating, service and processing fees
Car pooling will be available. Let Marilyn know if you’re interested.
RSVP by Tuesday, June 11th with your check payable to Marilyn Freund, 5225 Grandview Square # 309, Edina, MN 55436 Please indicate if you plan to attend dinner.
Questions? Contact MarAF309@comcast.net

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, August 27th, 3:30PM—-Cahill Bistro
7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)
Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman (Humorous Fiction)
Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer,
wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a 80-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to California, is cutting coupons to afford her autistic son’s expensive therapy. Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” antiaging cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground.
RSVP by Saturday, August 24th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

May 2019 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

The first of my tulips bloomed yesterday, but it sounds like more cold is coming—boooo! We all  need some 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. 

Coffee Break—join us at Turtle Bread for goodies and gab

Needlecrafters—bring a project—or even your mending

Flicks & Fun—we’ll see Pomsand enjoy happy hour at PF Changs

Night-Time Book Talk—discuss The Beet Queen at Byerly’s

Lunch Bunch—enjoy a delicious lunch and good conversation at the Good Day Cafe

Walkers—meet us at the lake every Tuesday and Thursday

Fun and Games—bring a favorite game to Elaine’s

See you there!

            Sally Ebnet     Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

COFFEE BREAK:  Wednesday, May 8th, 10:00AM—Turtle Bread, Linden Hills 

3421 W 44th Street, Mpls

We all had fun at Turtle Bread last time. Food and coffee choices abound, and the atmosphere is so inviting. Parking across the street is limited so carpool if possible.  I will be driving there early to snag a large table, but I can bring 2-3 people. Meet at my home, 6540 Warren Avenue, Edina, to leave by 9:20.

RSVP by Tuesday, May 7th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org



NEEDLECRAFTERS: Mondays and Thursdays, May 13th & 27th—Patisserie Margo

4510 Valley View Road, Edina

Whatever your knitting, crocheting or craft skill level, we’d love to have you join us!  You can even bring your mending! Come to learn or just chat over your project.  We meet every other Thursday. Enjoy coffee, food/bakery treats and great conversation. 

FLICKS & FUN:  Tuesday, May 14th—“Poms” at AMC Southdale Theater

You will receive an email once a time is listed for this movie.

This uplifting comedy is about a woman, Martha (Diane Keaton), who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, proving that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Afterward we will gather at PF Changs to discuss the movie and enjoy happy hour.

RSVP by Monday, May 13thto LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.com

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday, May 20th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich

Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, ND. After being orphaned in a most peculiar way, Mary seeks refuge in their aunt and uncle’s butcher shop, while Karl gets back on the train. So begins an exhilarating 40-year saga full of colorful, unforgettable characters: ordinary Mary, who will cause a miracle, seductive Karl, who lacks his sister’s gift for survival; Sita, their lovely but disturbed cousin; and the half-Native American Celestine James, Mary’s best friend. Their story’s grounded in the tenacity of relationships, the magic of natural events, and the unending mystery of the human condition.

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, May 19thto Sara5217@aol.com

 

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, May 21st, 11:30AM at Good Day Cafe, Bad Day Bar 

5410 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416

The atmosphere inside Good Day Cafe is warm and energetic, with a staff that delivers friendly and professional customer service.  Each item on the menu, from English muffins to savory soups to chorizo sausage, is made in-house with fresh ingredients.  Their recipes are intended to invoke nostalgia for grandma’s cooking, but with a Good Day twist.

RSVP by Sunday, May 19thto CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org

WALKERS: 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 will meet at Southdale’s Hennepin County Service Center entrance on the east side outside Jimmie John’s. No need to RSVP – just come.

FUN & GAMES:  Thursday, May 30th, 7:00PM—at the Home of a Member

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, May 28th to ElaineK@TheWanderersMSP.org

COMING UP

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, June 25th, 3:30PM—-Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)

The Aviator’s Wifeby Melanie Benjamin (Historical Fiction) 

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with literary aspirations, travels to Mexico to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo Atlantic flight. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. He sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the US. But despite this and other major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness. 

CAROL’S 3rd ANNUAL GARDEN PARTYSaturday, July 6th, 10:00AM-?

Think Pink!  Wear your sunscreen or a floppy hat, and be prepared to enjoy one another’s company. Bring something yummy to share, and beverages will be provided. If it rains, we’ll reschedule.  Carol will have her preserves available for anyone who wants to purchase. If a few people will bring lawn chairs, that would be appreciated.

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday, July 15th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin 

Despite her own major achievements–she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States–Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

LAKE MINNETONKA CRUISE:  Tuesday, July 23rd, 4:45PM Departure—Al & Alma’s 

201 Piper Road Mound, Minnesota 55364 952.472.3098

Celebrate summer! Come on our 2nd annual 2-hour cruise with on beautiful Lake Minnetonka.  Enjoy visiting with members that you have and haven’t met.  Step aboard and enjoy a complementary glass of champagne or sparkling cider. Take in the magnificent sights of the lake and sip your favorite beverage (cash bar) while enjoying a beautiful buffet of their most popular appetizers. Since 1973 Al & Alma’s has been offering dinner cruises.  It’s the perfect way to take in the sights and fantastic history of Lake Minnetonka. The captain and crew share stories of the lake, point out beautiful estates, and navigate the shores, channels, and many bays and islands of the lake’s 114 miles of shoreline

Buffet Menu

  • Southwest Chicken Eggroll w/ Cajun Ranch
  • Teriyaki Chicken Wings 
  • Al’s Signature Slow Cooked BBQ Riblets
  • Signature Guacamole Dip and Chips 
  • Fresh Cut Fruit 
  • Island Salad 
  • Alma’s Brownies and Lemon Berry Bars 

Cost is $42 per person.

A carpool will depart Anne Shea’s home at 4:45 or meet us there at 6:15PM. Indicate if you plan to carpool. Boarding: 6:15PM; Boat departs: promptly at 6:30PM and returns to port at 8:30PM. 

PURCHASE YOUR TICKET BY MAY 15, 2019 ONLINE AT https://www.al-almas.com/public OR CALL  952-472-3098 . 

RSVP to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org so we know how many people to expect.

CONCERT OUTING: Sunday, July 28th, 3:00PM–Moon River: The Best of Andy Williams 

Ames Center, Burnsville

Featuring Dove Award-Nominated Singer And Super Bowl XLI Champion, Ben Utecht.
Andy Williams was the “American Balladeer” of his day, but who fills that role today?  He sold over 100 million records worldwide and still has a vast audience aching to remember that smooth, romantic voice.  Ben Utecht aims to resurrect the voice of Andy Williams and use his songbook to inspire audiences as today’s “American Balladeer.” Join Ben and an amazing cast of musicians for an afternoon featuring Andy Williams’ greatest songs like “Moon River,” “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story,” “Born Free,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and many more.  

April 2019 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

            Who knew the snow would melt this quick!  So there’s real hope that April showers will bring May flowers.  Don’t let them keep you away from all the fun activities with the Wanderers. There’s something for everyone:  

Needlecrafters—chat a lot and do a little needlework at Patisserie Margo

Coffee Break—warm up at Cream & Amber in Hopkins

Garden Tour—gather atHarriet’s Inn then on to Art In Bloomat MIA

Lunch Bunch—lunch with friends atZUMBRO in Linden Hills

Flicks & Fun—catch The Chaperoneand discuss it at Edina Grill’s Happy Hour

Books & Booze—discuss The Atomic Weight of Loveby Elizabeth J. Church

Walkers—talk and walk at Southdale mall

Game Night—try your luck at BARGO and the Meat Raffle at the Legion

See you there!   Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org               

ACTIVITIES

WALKERS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30AM—Southdale Center

Need motivation to get out, move, and beat that cabin fever? Join us for an hour (3 laps) of walking inside Southdale–or as much as your schedule and legs allow. Gather outside Jimmy Johns near the Hennepin County Service Center located on the East side Door #13.  Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!

NEEDLECRAFTERS:Mondays, April8th& April22nd,1:30PM—Patisserie Margo

4510 Valley View Road, Edina

Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, do bead work or any other portable craft?  Or, would you like to learn?  If so, please join us on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 1:30 at Patisserie Margo.  Enjoy coffee, bakery treats, food, and great conversation! Just come—no need to RSVP.

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, April 10that 10:30AM—Cream & Amber

1605 Mainstreet, Hopkins

For April only, Coffee Break will start at 11:00AM.  This special new place is both a coffee shop and bookstore that also serves beer.  You may want to try their tasty soup and sandwiches and/or salad combinations.  They also have bakery items, but they are more focused on lunch than breakfast.  If you have a beer, we’ll never tell.  Wanderers has reserved the community room in the back for two hours.  It has seating for 13 but can accommodate 15 if we go over.

A carpool will leave Edina at 10:30. Or meet us there at 11:00AM

RSVP by Tuesday, April 9thto GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org.   Please indicate if you would like to carpool and if you can drive. 

GARDEN TOUR: Thursday, April 11th, 10:45AM Departure—Art In Bloomat MIA

240 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.  We’ll do lunch first at 11:00AM at Harriet’s Inn, 4000 Lyndale Ave. S. https://www.harrietsinn.com/

Bloom coincides with the final weekend of “Egypt’s Sunken Cities.”  View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. The flowers are beautiful and the fragrance is lovely. There is also a wonderful gift shop to browse after the tour.

A carpool will leave Barb’s (5536 Logan Ave S.) at 10:45AM or meet us at Harriet’s Inn at 11:00AM.  Please indicate if you plan to carpool and are willing to drive. 

After lunch we will go to MIA and join the 1:15PM public tour of the floral arrangements/art. 

RSVP by Tuesday, April 9thto BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, April 16th, 11:30AM—ZUMBRO 

2803 W 43rdSt in Minneapolis 

ZUMBRO has been in this location for 23 years, growing from a small deli into a full service

restaurant, only for breakfast and lunch.  They are an independent family-owned business

serving healthy twists on old favorites. A couple worth noting—chicken-rice hash and cornmeal

blueberry pancakes.  Come join us for a great lunch and conversation.

RSVP by Sunday, April 14thto CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org

FLICKS & FUN:Thursday, April 18th—“The Chaperone” at Edina Landmark Theater

You will receive an email once a time is listed for this movie.

Louise Brooks, the 1920s silver screen sensation, epitomized the reckless spirit of the Jazz Age.  When she was a 15 year-old student in Wichita, Kansas the opportunity arose for her to study with a leading dance troupe in New York.  Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron, impulsively volunteered to accompany Louise. It’s a story full of surprises about who these women really are and who they eventually become.

After the movie we will go to the Edina Grill for Happy Hour.

RSVP by Wednesday, April 17thtoLynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

GAME NIGHT: Thursday April 25th, 5:00-7:30PM—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). free BARGO (Bingo) 5-7:30PM and Live Music 7:30PM. Show up anytime between 5-7PM to partake in any or all of the above (no membership or fees required). Buy a Meat Raffle ticket for a dollar — the proceeds go to charity — for a chance to win a big, shrink-wrapped package of raw, pink flesh.


RSVP by Tuesday, April 23rdto Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy. 62 East to Portland Ave. exit. Turn RIGHT (S) to Legion on left. WE MEET IN THE DINING ROOM—ON THE RIGHT SIDE AS YOU ENTER. 

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, April 30th, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave, Edina                  (952) 426-4196 (70th at Cahill)

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

This book spans the years from World War II through the Vietnam War telling the story of a woman whose scientific ambition is caught up in her relationships with two very different men.  For Meridian Wallace – and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s – being ambitious meant being an outlier. Ever since she was a young girl, Meridian had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother’s sacrifices to send her to college pay off.

THIS IS LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS—WITH A WAITING LIST IN CASE OF CANCELLATIONS.

RSVP by Saturday, April 27thto AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

COMING UP

THEATRE OUTING:  Wednesday, May 22nd, 10:45AM Departure— Old Log Theater

5185 Meadville Street, Greenwood, MN 55331

Lunch & Tenderly, the Rosemary Clooney Musical 

NOTE: April 20th RSVP DEADLINE!

Tenderly, the Rosemary Clooney Musicaloffers a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend.  Rosemary’s journey starts with her simple Kentucky childhood and follows her rise to Hollywood stardom.  With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles with a career fading during the advent of rock-and-roll and her battles with addiction and depression.  We’ll rejoice at her triumphant comeback and even more successful career as a jazz singer.

Cost: $51.83 Lunch and Play (11:30AM arrival for lunch)–(Ten people are needed for Wanderers to obtain group pricing.)

 $26.88 Play Only (1:30PM start time)

Lunch at the onsite Cast & Crew Restaurant includes your choice of:

  • Beef Short Ribs with seasonal vegetables and potatoes

·      Dill Roasted Tilapia with seasonal vegetables with lemon and potatoes

·      Angel Hair Pasta with Garden Marinara

·      Seared Pork Chop with seasonal vegetables, potatoes, bacon port demi glaze

  • Dinner Rolls / Dessert / Coffee or Tea

A carpool will leave the back parking lot of Kohl’s at Knollwood (Hwy.7/#169) at 10:45AM.  Please indicate when if you plan to participate and are willing to drive. Or, meet us at the Old Log at 11:30AM.

RSVP with your check by Saturday, April 20th .  Contact LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

for instructions. Provide your cell phone number, menu choice, and if you want to carpool

Directions:Hwy. 7 West to Excelsior. Turn RIGHT (N) at Christmas Lake Road stoplight. Turn LEFT (W) onto Excelsior Blvd. Go 3 blocks and turn RIGHT onto Minnetonka Blvd/Old Log Way.  Turn LEFT at the street sign marked Old Log Way/Meadville Street.  You will see the entrance to theatre immediately on your right. 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, May 20th7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mez
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
The Beet Queenby Louise Erdrich
On a spring morning in 1932, young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, North Dakota. After being orphaned in a most peculiar way, Mary seeks refuge in the butcher shop of their aunt and her husband, while Karl gets back on the train. So begins an exhilarating forty-year saga brimming with colorful, unforgettable characters: ordinary Mary, who will cause a miracle, seductive Karl, who lacks his sister’s gift for survival; Sita, their lovely but disturbed cousin; and the half-Native American Celestine James, who will become Mary’s best friend. Theirs is a story grounded in the tenacity of relationships, the extraordinary magic of natural events, and the unending mystery of the human condition.Feel free to bring food or snacks up from the store.  Happy Hour runs until 7PM. Please come even if you haven’t read the book.

BOOKS & BOOZE:  Tuesday, June 25th, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro

The Aviator’s Wifeby Melanie Benjamin (Historical Fiction)

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this and other major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness. 

March 2019 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

            When March arrives can spring be far away?  Gosh, I hope so! Enjoy the company of your fellow Wanderers as you participate in a variety of fun activities.  

 Game Night—try your luck at BARGO and the meat raffle at the Legion

Lunch Bunch—lunch with friends at the Red Cow in Edina

Needlecrafters—converse a lot and do a little needlework at Patisserie Margo

Coffee Break—warm up at Taste of Scandinavia

Flicks & Fun—catch The Upsideand discuss over Happy Hour at P.F. Chang’s

Garden Tour—be wowed atGalleria Garden Party with Flowers by Bachman’s  

Night-Time Book Talk—discuss Two Old Women by Velma Wallis

Walkers—talk and walk at the Southdale mall

See you there!   Sally                                                      Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

WALKERS: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30AM—Southdale Center

Need motivation to get out, move, and beat that cabin fever? Join us for an hour (3 laps) of walking inside Southdale–or as much as your schedule and legs allow. Gather outside Jimmy John’s near  the Hennepin County Service Center inside the East side Door #13.  Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!

FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, March 5th—“The Upside” at AMC Southdale Theater

You will receive an email once a time is listed for this movie.    Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart play the leads in an odd-couple comedy about a wealthy, white quadriplegic and the black parolee who restores his will to live. One viewer said “The Upside is interesting enough to keep your attention. The characters are believable, and they make you care about them. It has laughs, sadness, and surprises.  After the movie we will go to PF Changs for Happy Hour.

RSVP by Tuesday, March 5thto LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

GAME NIGHTThursday, March 7th, 5:00-7:30PM—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 $1 Meat Raffle (5-7PM). free BARGO (Bingo) 5-7:30PM and Live Music 7:00PM. Show up anytime between 5-7PM to partake in any or all of the above (no membership or fees required). 

RSVP by Wednesday, March 6thto Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions:Hwy. 62 East to Portland Ave. exit. Turn RIGHT (S) to Legion on left. WE MEET IN THE DINING ROOM—ON THE RIGHT SIDE AS YOU ENTER. 

NEEDLE CRAFTERS: Mondays, March11th& 25th,1:30PM—Patisserie Margo 

4510 Valley View Road, Edina

Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, do bead work or any other portable craft?  Or, would you like to learn? If so, please join us on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 1:30 at Patisserie Margo. Enjoy coffee, bakery treats, food, and great conversation.  Just show up!

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, March 13th, 10:00AM—Taste of Scandinavia 

401 W 98th Street, Bloomington (Inside Festal Foods on 98th Street)

Taste of Scandinavia turned out to be a favorite for many, so let’s go again! Try something authentically Scandinavian from the menu. 

RSVP by Tuesday, March 12thto GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions:Hwy 35W South to 98th Street. Turn LEFT (E) to shopping center on the right. See Festal Foods sign—restaurant located inside.

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, March 18th, 7:00PM—Byerlys Mezz

Lunds and Byerlys, France/Hazelton Rd.

Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis

Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska. This is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.

Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community and forgiveness “speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness and wisdom.” Feel free to bring food or snacks up from the store.  Happy Hour prices at bar until 7PM.  Please come even if you haven’t read the book.
RSVP by Saturday, March 16thto Sara5217@aol.com 

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, March 19th, 11:30AM—the Red Cow 

3624 W 50thSt., Edina

The name comes from Red for wine and Cow for the burgers. They promise an excellent variety of burgers, but offer other excellent sandwiches and salads as well. Menu at redcowmn.com

RSVP by Sunday, March 17thto CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org

GARDEN TOUR:  Tuesday, March 26th, 10:30AM—Galleria Garden Party with Flowers by Bachman’s  

Galleria Mall, 70th/France Ave.  Meet inside the door by Big Bowl (NW entrance)

Everyone is invited to the Galleria Garden Party, an uncommon indoor opportunity to meander through dozens of colorful and fragrant floral vignettes. More than 100 types of trees, plants, and flowers, including thousands of spring bulbs, will transform the floors, walls, and ceilings of Galleria’s public spaces. We will enjoy lunch at Big Bowl about noon after our stroll through the Garden Party.

RSVP by Sunday, March 24th toBarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

COMING UP

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, April 30th3:30PM—Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave, Edina, MN 55439, (952) 426-4196 (70th at Cahill)

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

This book spans the years from WW II through the Vietnam War telling the story of a woman whose scientific ambition is caught up in her relationships with two very different men.  For Meridian Wallace, and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s, being ambitious meant being an outlier. Ever since childhood, Meridian had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother’s sacrifices to send her to college pay off.

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, May 20th, 7:00PM—Byerlys Mezz

Lunds and Byerlys, France/Hazelton Rd.

The Beet Queen,by Louise Erdrich

On a spring morning in 1920, young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, ND. After being orphaned in a most peculiar way, Mary seeks refuge in the butcher shop of their aunt and uncle, while Karl gets back on the train. So begins an exhilarating 40-year saga brimming with colorful, unforgettable characters: ordinary Mary, who’ll cause a miracle, seductive Karl, who lacks his sister’s gift for survival; Sita, their lovely but disturbed cousin; and the half-Native American Celestine James, who will become Mary’s best friend. Theirs is a story grounded in the tenacity of relationships, the extraordinary magic of natural events, and the mystery of the human condition.

February 2019 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

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

Lunch Bunch—lunch with friends at Houlihan’s in Richfield

Game Night—relaxing evening of playing games and sharing treats

Needlecrafters—visit a lot and do a little needlework at Patisserie Margo

Coffee Break—warm up at People’s Organic Edina Galleria

Flicks & Fun—catch a movie and discuss it at Happy Hour

Books & Booze—meet us for Happy Hour at the Cahill Bistro

Walkers—talk and walk at the Southdale mall

See you there!  

Sally                Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org     

ACTIVITIES

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, February 5th, 11:30AM—Houlihan’s 

6601 Lyndale Ave South in Richfield

Houlihan’s provides a wide variety of freshly made dishes, with attention paid to special diets and restrictions. Price range is $10 – $15. You can check them out at houlihans.com.

RSVP by Sunday, February 3rdto CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: On Lyndale Ave., at 66thSt. There is a parking ramp with entry on 66thSt.

WALKERS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30AM—Southdale Center

Need motivation to get out, move, and beat that cabin fever? Join us for an hour (3 laps) of walking inside Southdale–or as much as your schedule and legs allow. Gather outside Jimmy John’s near  the Hennepin County Service Center inside the East side Door #13.  Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!

GAME NIGHT:  Thursday, February 7th, 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 by Wednesday, February 6thindicating what you’ll be bringing 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.

NEEDLE CRAFTERS: Mondays, February11th& February 25th,1:30PM—Patisserie Margo 

510 Valley View Road, Edina

Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, do bead work or any other portable craft?  Or, would you like to learn? If so, please join us. Enjoy coffee, bakery treats, food, and great conversation.  Just show up!

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, February 13th, 10:00AM–People’s Organic Edina 

Galleria—north side center entrance      952-426-1856 

Enjoy excellent coffees and menu items, both breakfast and bakery.
RSVP by Tuesday, February 12thto GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org
Directions:
France on 69th. 

FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday February 19th—Edina Landmark Theater

Movie time will be emailed once it’s listed.

3911 West 50th St, at France Ave., Edina

“Stan & Ollie” tells the story of Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Hardy’s (John C. Reilly’s) 1953 tour of Britain and Ireland. Both comedians are past their prime, and their partnership of 32 years is under stress. But Stan and Ollie still have history and comic geniusRobbie Collin ofThe Telegraphdescribes the movie as “…eccentric, sad and stirring to the core. Oh yes – and incredibly funny too.”

After the movie we will go to the Edina Grill for Happy Hour.

RSVP by Monday, February 18thto LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org 

Directions: 50thand France

BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, February 26th3:30PM—Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave, Edina, MN 55439, (952) 426-4196 (70th at Cahill)

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

This is about a small southern town fifty years ago and the darkest— and most hopeful— places in the human heart.  After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

RSVP by Saturday, February 23rdto BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

COMING UP

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, March 18th, 7:00PM—Byerly’s Mezz

Lunds and Byerly’s, France/Hazelton Rd.

Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis

Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine. Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community and forgiveness “speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness and wisdom.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.

BOOKS & BOOZETuesday, April 30th, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro2019 

The Atomic Weight of Loveby Elizabeth J. Church 

This book spans the years from World War II through the Vietnam War telling the story of a woman whose scientific ambition is caught up in her relationships with two very different men. For Meridian Wallace – and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s – being ambitious meant being an outlier. Ever since she was a young girl, Meridian had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother’s sacrifices to send her to college pay off.