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
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
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
Rolls and Butter
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.