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July 2018 Newsletter

 

 

A note from our President…..

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

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

Flicks & Fun—catch “RBG”at the Landmark

Coffee Break—enjoy something sweet or savory at People’s Organic

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

Women Aging Well: come talk with the Doctor

Garden Tour—visit Caponi Art park in Eagan

Lake M’tonka Cruise—kick back on the lake

Walkers—spend your Tuesday and Thursday AMs at Centennial Lakes

See you there!               Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2:30PM—RBG

Edina’s Landmark Theater, 50th/France

This documentary explores the exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and has received strong reviews. The New York Times describes RBG as “a jaunty assemblage of interviews, public appearances and archival material, organized to illuminate its subject’s temperament and her accomplishments so far.” Please arrive at 2:30 so we can walk into the 2:40 showing together. If the movie is no longer playing, I’ll to pick an interesting alternative. As always, your suggestions for movie viewing are appreciated.

Afterward, we will go to the Edina Grill for Happy Hour.

RSVP by Monday, July 2nd to LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

There‘s free 5-hour parking in the upper levels of the municipal parking lot behind the theater. Access from Lund’s parking lot or 51st Street.

 

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–Hennepin County Service Center entrance—east side–outside Jimmie John’s. No need to RSVP – just come

 

BRUNCH BUNCH: Saturday, July 7ST, 10:00AM—3nd Annual Garden Party

At the home of a member
Think Pink! Bring something yummy to share, wear your sunscreen or a floppy hat, and be prepared to relax and enjoy onenother’s company. If it rains, we will reschedule. Adult and non-alcoholic beverages provided.
RSVP by Wednesday, July 4th to Carol.Schaub@comcast.net. Please indicate what you plan to bring so we achieve some balance.

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, July 11th, 10:00AM – People’s Organic

Galleria Edina

People’s Organic is consistently good for both coffee, food and ambience. We can sit indoors or out, depending on the weather.

RSVP by July 10th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Direcions: France to 69th Street. Turn Left (E). Park near Crate ‘n Barrel.

 

NEEDLECRAFTERS:

The group will not meet during July and August, but will resume after Labor Day.  Details will be announced in the September newsletter.

 

GAME NIGHT: Game nights will resume in September

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday, July 16th, 7:00PM – Lunds & Byerly’s Mez
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Pope Joan, by Donna Cross

” Pope Joan has all the elements one wants in a historical drama – love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets.” In this international bestseller and basis for the 2009 movie, Cross brings the Dark Ages to life in all their brutal splendor and shares the dramatic story of a woman whose strength of vision led her to defy the social restrictions of her day. For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter.

Beverages at happy hour prices are available until 7:00 pm.  Feel free to bring food or snacks up form the store.  Weather permitting we’ll be out on the deck. Please come even if you haven’t read the book.
RSVP by Saturday, July 15th to Sara5217@aol.com 

 

WOMEN AGING WELL: Wednesday, July 18th, 6:30 PM—at the home of a member  

Our bodies “they are ‘a changing”–Right? You don’t want to miss this dynamic female internist’s explanation about what’s happening and how we can stay in the best of health.  What exactly are we supposed to eat, drink and exercise to be the very best we can?  What is Total Wellness?  Dr. Adepero Okulaja, champions WOMEN.  She inspires her patients to be/do their very best and is known for not ever giving up on what the “problem” is – she will find the answer.  Her medical practice in Edina centers on her passions: Women’s Health, Wellness, and the art of healing body, mind, and spirit. She wants “The Wanderers” to ask her questions they’ve always been afraid to ask their own doctor. Read more at her website: https://thedrshouse.com.   Refreshments served.

RSVP by Wednesday, July 11th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

GARDEN TOUR: Friday, July 20th, 10:30AM Departure —Caponi Art Park

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

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

A carpool will leave S. Mpls. at 10:30AM or meet at the Park at 11:00.  Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive. 

RSVP by Wednesday, July 18th, 7th to BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions to Park: MN-62 E to MN-77 S to Diffley Rd in Eagan. Take the County Rd 30/Diffley Rd exit. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Diffley Rd. to 1220 Diffley Rd.   

 

LAKE MINNETONKA CRUISE:  Tuesday, July 24th, 4:45 PM Departure –Al & Alma’s

5201 Piper Road Mound, Minnesota 55364  952.472.3098

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Boarding begins at 6:15pm; boat departs promptly at 6:30pm and returns to port at 8:30pm

A carpool will leave Anne Shea’s home at 4:45 PM. Please indicate if you plan to car poo or meet us there at 6:15. 

For more info contact Anne at anneshea2@gmail.com or 952-941-6656.  

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.

Directions Al and Alma’s – please see their website https://www.al-almas.com/public 

COMING UP

BE A RESTAURANT CRITIC: Wednesday, August 8th, 3:45PM Departure––Ice House Restaurant Bar

2528 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 

NOTE JULY RSVP DATE!

Here’s your chance to be an Eat Street restaurant critic.  Eat Street along Nicollet Avenue is an intriguing and often affordable area to get a full taste of all the different flavors of the Twin Cities.  Pam Bratsch and Anne Shea have “scouted” all the venues and chosen several for The Wanderers Critics to review.  We’ll meet at the Icehouse for cocktails where you’ll be given a Passport to one of them. A small group will be sent to each restaurant.

Here’s the plan:

4:30PM – Meet at Icehouse for Happy Hour cocktails and restaurant assignments

5:30PM – Dinner reservations

7:30PM – 8:00PM – Meet back at 5555 Dewey Hill Party Room for desert and critic reports.

The cost of cocktails and dinner will be $20-$40 (depending on your menu selections). Additional $5 for dessert will be collected at Icehouse.

A carpool will leave Edina at 3:45 PM.  Please indicate if you are carpooling and are willing to drive. Or, meet us there at 4:30PM.

RSVP by Wednesday, July 25th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions to Icehouse: #62E to #35WN to Lake Street exit. Turn LEFT (W) to 1st Ave. and turn RIGHT (N). At 26th St. turn LEFT (W) to Nicollet. Parking is available only in lot adjacent to courtyard at 2528 Nicollet, the lot on North side of building, and lot located at 2644 Nicollet—or you will be towed.

 

FLICKS & FUN: By popular demand we’ll be seeing “Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again”. Watch for details in the August newsletter.

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: 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?

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, September 17th

The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club selection about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes.
Though more than seventy years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. In The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck paints an indelible portrait of China in the 1920s, when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings. This moving, classic story of the honest farmer Wang Lung and his selfless wife O-Lan is must reading for those who would fully appreciate the sweeping changes that have occurred in the lives of the Chinese people during the last century.
Nobel Prize winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life: its terrors, its passions, its ambitions and rewards. Her brilliant novel–beloved by millions of readers–is a universal tale of an ordinary family caught in the tide of history.

 

THEATRE OUTING: Late October/November date TBA: Radio Gals

Masonic Home Theatre

Set in the 1920’s when radio ruled the airwaves and small stations thrived, Radio Gals is a charming musical about Hazel Hunt from Cedar Ridge, Arkansas, who broadcasts from her front parlor with her “all-girl” orchestra, “The Hazelnuts”, as radio WGAL. What comes over the local airwaves is an array of hilarious toe-tapping songs. However, Hazel’s broadcasts are not always so local due to her habit of impinging on other frequencies, like NBC’s, attracting the attention of a federal radio inspector who’s intent on shutting down WGAL. It turns out though, he has a fine tenor voice, plays a mean accordion and quickly becomes enchanted by the “Hazelnuts”. From the creators of Pump Boys and Dinettes.

June 2018 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

I’m counting on a great June after this crazy spring. We have so many fun times planned all month. Don’t miss a thing!

Needlecrafters—stitch up at storm at Patisserie Margo

Flicks & Fun—catch a new movie with us

Lunch Bunch—meet at Sea Salt Eatery near M’haha Falls

Coffee Break—see you on Patrick’s patio

Garden Tour—enjoy a free day at the Arboretum

Books & Booze—discuss Burying Place

Edina Evenings—shop the Farmer’s Market, then meet for Happy Hour at Tavern 23

Walkers—begin your day at Centennial Lakes

Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES 

FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, June 5th, 2:00PM—“Book Club”

Southdale AMC Theater

We’ll see this comedy about four friends whose lives are turned upside down when their book club tackles Fifty Shades of Grey. They inspire each other to make their next chapter of their lives the best yet.  Review: “a fun, light-hearted rom-com for the elder set and a gentle reminder that life is long and love is not just for the young.” As of today, the movie starts at 2:05 p.m., but that could change. (I will let anyone who RSVPs know if the time changes.) Let’s meet five minutes earlier near the refreshment stand to introduce ourselves and walk into the movie together. After the movie we will meet at PF Changs about 4:00PM for happy hour.

RSVP by Monday. June 4th LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, June 13th, 10:00AM— Patrick’s Cafe Edina/Richfield

2928 West 66th Street, Richfield

Hope for good weather, so we can sit on the patio. Either way, we will enjoy a coffee break at Patrick’s, which has delicious breakfast entrees and bakery treats. Their coffees are excellent, too.

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

Directions: Kitty-corner from Southdale in Southdale Square Center at Xerxes/York and 66th street.

 

NEEDLECRAFTERS: Thursdays, June 14th & 28th—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.

If you have questions contact Sara5217@aol.com 

 

GARDEN TOUR:  Monday, June 18th, 10:00AM Departure —MN Landscape Arboretum  

3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318  

Named Best Botanical Garden by USA Today readers, the Arboretum offers a front-row view as Mother Nature (FINALLY!) sheds her wintery coat and unfolds a tapestry of color signaling the arrival of spring.   The Arboretum features 1,137 acres of natural areas, public gardens and 5,000 plant species/varieties with 1000’s of labels designed to inspire ideas for visitors’ own backyards.  Everyone gets in FREE every 3rd Monday!!   Lunch at the Arboretum café to follow.

A carpool will leave south Mpls. at 10:00 AM or meet us at the Arboretum at 10:30. Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive.  

RSVP by Saturday, June 16th to BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions to Arboretum:  494 W to Hwy. 5 W to Arboretum.

LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, June 21st, 10:45 Departure—Sea Salt Eatery  

4825 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis   (612) 721-8990

Their slogan is “Serving extraordinary fresh seafood, wine and beer“.  The Eatery is located in the park at Minnehaha Falls, so those who wish to (weather permitting) can go for a walk to see the falls before or after lunch. Check out their menu at https://seasalteatery. wordpress.com/

A carpool will leave Edina at 10:45 or meet us there at 11:15. Email Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org if you wish to join the carpool.

RSVP by Monday, June 16th to either CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org or JudyS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: #62 Crosstown EAST to Hwy. 55. Turn NORTH to Minnehaha Park.  There is a paid parking lot near the restaurant.

 

BOOKS & BOOZE:  Tuesday, June 26th, 3:30PM— Cahill Bistro

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

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 neighbors begins to disintegrate.

RSVP by Saturday, June 23rd to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions:  Hwy. 100 to 70th exit.  Turn RIGHT (W) and follow 70th as it turns to the RIGHT (W) at stop light.  Continue to Amundson and turn LEFT (S).  If you get to Cahill Rd. you can still turn LEFT.  Restaurant is next to Domino’s and Asian House.  

 

EDINA EVENINGS: Thursday, June 28th, 5:00PM—Farmer’s Mkt. & Tavern 23 Happy Hour

7651 France Ave., Edina  

The Centennial Lakes Farmer’s Market will resume operation on Thursday, June 14th– September 27th. Surprisingly few people are aware of this hidden gem—about 30 vendors of fruits & veggies, cheese, breads & pastries, pork products & grilled brats, honey, etc.—along the lakeshore. The market is open from 3-7PM. Shop before or after we meet at 5PM on Tavern 23’s (Lou Nanne’s) patio. HH prices run until 6PM—we’ll stick around until at least 7PM. We’ll be in the main DR if there’s rain. http://www.tavern23mn.com/happy-hour/

RSVP by Tuesday, June 26th to PattiK@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: The park/shopping center has upper and lower level parking. Park underneath to easily access the market. Walk along the lake to the south to reach Tavern 23’s patio. Or, if you’re skipping the market, park in Tavern 23’s lot facing France Ave.

 

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.  Summer’s here–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 gather at the bench outside Jimmy John’s at Southdale. Located just inside Hennepin County Service Center entrance on the East side of the mall.

COMING UP 

CAROL’S 3RD ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY: Saturday, July 7th, 10:00AM

Think Pink! Bring something yummy to share, wear your sunscreen or a floppy hat, and be prepared to enjoy one another’s company. If it rains, we’ll reschedule.

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday, July 16th, 7:00 PM – Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Pope Joan, by Donna Cross

” Pope Joan has all the elements one wants in a historical drama – love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets.” In this international bestseller and basis for the 2009 movie, Cross brings the Dark Ages to life in all their brutal splendor and shares the dramatic story of a woman whose strength of vision led her to defy the social restrictions of her day. For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter.

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: 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?

May 2018 Newsletter

 

A note from our President…..

The snow is melting and we’re expecting “average temps” next week! We all just need a little heat and sun. Then everything’s going to really take off. Take off with us this month as we explore fun venues and make new friends.

Flicks & Fun—we’ll watch Finding Your Feet at the Edina Theater

Games People Play: fun and games at Elaine’s

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

Night-Time Book Talk—discuss Me Before You

Guthrie Tour—get a behind-the-scenes look

Lunch Bunch—we’ll feel like we’re eating al fresco at The Hilltop

Needlecrafters—bring a project—or even your mending

Walkers—meet us at the lake every Tuesday and Thursday

Sally              Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, May 1st—1:50PM—Finding Your Feet

Edina Landmark Theater, 50th & France

Finding Your Feet is a comedy about two very different sisters who reunite in London when the younger sister, Sandra, discovers her husband of 40 years is having an affair with her best friend. Sandra’s sister drags her along to a community dance class where she starts finding her feet and romance as she meets her sister’s friends. This colorful group shows Sandra that retirement is only the beginning, and divorce might give her a whole new lease on love and life.

The movie starts at 2:00PM, but we’ll meet at 1:50PM just to the left of the theater’s refreshment stand to introduce ourselves and walk into the movie together. After the movie we will go to a nearby restaurant for happy hour and conversation about the movie.

RSVP by Sunday, April29th to LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

There‘s free 5-hour parking in the upper levels of the municipal parking lot behind the theater. Access from Lund’s parking lot or 51st Street.

 

NEEDLECRAFTERS: Thursdays, May 3rd, 17th & 31st—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.

If you have questions contact Sara at Sara5217@aol.com 

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, May 9th, 10:00AM–– Turtle Bread, Linden Hills
3421 W 44th Street, Mpls, MN 55410.  612-924-6013
May is almost here! Time to gather for coffee at the classic and inviting Turtle Bread Company.
RSVP by May 8th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: France Avenue North to 44th. Right on 44th.

 

BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Friday May 11th, 9:15 Departure—Guthrie Theater

818 South 2nd Street, Mpls.

Explore the history and heart of the Guthrie Theater during this 45-minute backstage tour. We’ll visit Guthrie’s signature main stages, their world-class scene and costume shops and more. After the tour we can spend some time touring some of the other areas like suspended bridge and music box viewing area. The cost would be $7.00.  We’ll walk across the street for lunch at Kindee Thai, 719 S. 2nd St. www.kindeethairestaurant.com.

A carpool will leave S. Mpls. at 9:15AM or meet us at the Guthrie at 9:45AM. Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive.  

RSVP with your check for $7.00 by Monday, May 7th by mail. Contact BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org for address.

Directions to Guthrie: I-35W north to exit 17C. Follow S 3rd St. and Chicago Ave to S 2nd St. Parking is available in the city-owned Riverfront Ramp across from the Guthrie. Pay by credit card at the exit, or at one of several pay stations inside the ramp.

 

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, May 15th, 11:30AM—The Hilltop

5101 Acadia Ave. Edina   (Hwy. 100/50th)   (952) 925-5628

Advertised as Edina’s best comfort food-inspired restaurant.  Owned by father-son duo Ken & Brett Johnson, the Hilltop’s got a long history in the heart of Edina—one that extends past its long run as the Eden Avenue Grill and the Pantry, opened by Ken in 1978. They’ve put a modern twist on the place, but we still believe in comfort-food classics and old-fashioned hospitality.

RSVP by Sunday, May 13th to CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy. 100 North to 50th/Vernon exit. Turn RIGHT onto Eden Ave. First RIGHT is Arcadia.

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, May 21, 7:00PM—Byerly’s Mezz

Lunds and Byerly’s,  France/Hazelton Rd.
Me before You, by Jo Jo Moyes

“They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life–steady boyfriend, close family–who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe, Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life–big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel–and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
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 19th to Sara at Sara5217@aol.com 

 

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Thursday, May 24th, 7:00PM—at the home of a member

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

RSVP by Tuesday, May 22nd 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.

  

WALKERS: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 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 at the bench outside Jimmy John’s. Located just inside Hennepin County Service Center entrance on the East side of the mall.

 COMING UP

BAYFIELD TRIP: Wednesday-Friday, September 19th-21st

Approx. Total per person         7 People/$461.00          10 people/  $436.00

$100.00 Deposits due May 15th by mail. Please email Barb at BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org for details, address or questions.

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: June—-Date TBD

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 neighbors begins to disintegrate.

 

 3RD ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY: Saturday, July 7th, 10:00AM

At the home of a member

Think Pink! Bring something yummy to share, wear your sunscreen or a floppy hat, and be prepared to enjoy one another’s company. If it rains, we’ll reschedule.

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday, July 16th, 7:00 PM – Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Pope Joan, by Donna Cross

” Pope Joan has all the elements one wants in a historical drama – love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets.” In this international bestseller and basis for the 2009 movie, Cross brings the Dark Ages to life in all their brutal splendor and shares the dramatic story of a woman whose strength of vision led her to defy the social restrictions of her day. For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter.

April 2018 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

Every day is a surprise—snow, rain, snow, clouds, a peek of sun…..we’re ready for April and SPRING! Rain or shine, come join us for all the fun things we have planned this month.

Lunch Bunch—come with us to Dinkytown for lunch with a Mediterranean twist

Coffee Break—enjoy breakfast or just coffee at YUM!

Flicks & Fun—take in The Leisure Seeker and Happy Hour at Edina Grill

Afternoon on the Town—join us for a fun mid-day escape—lunch and a play

Books and Booze—discuss “The Night She Won Miss America”

Garden Tours—visit the fragrant MIA for Art in Bloom

Morning Walkers—meet us a Southdale

Needlecrafters—come learn or bring your project to Patisserie Margo

See you there!   Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, April 3rd, 1:45PM—The Leisure Seeker & Edina Grill Happy Hour

Edina’s Landmark Theater , 50th & France

“This dramatic comedy is a character study featuring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a loving married couple facing serious health problems in old age. They escape their overprotective children by embarking on one last road trip in the old Winnebago RV they’ve named The Leisure Seeker. As the couple travels from Boston to Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West, they recapture their passion for life. The road trip provides revelations and surprises up to the very end.”

The movie starts at 1:55PM, we’ll meet at 1:45PM just to the left of the theater’s refreshment stand to introduce ourselves and walk into the movie together. Later we’ll go to the Edina Grill for happy hour and conversation.

RSVP by Monday, April 2nd to LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org

There’s free 5-hour parking in the upper levels of the municipal parking ramp behind the theater. Access the ramp from Lunds’ parking lot or 51st Street.

 

NEEDLECRAFTERS: Thursdays, April 5th & 19th, 1:30PM—Pattisserie Margo

Valley View at Wooddale

Whatever your knitting or crocheting skill level, we’d love to have you join us! Come to learn or just chat over your latest craft or mending project. We meet every other Thursday. Enjoy coffee, food/bakery treats and great conversation. If you have questions contact Sara at Sara5217@aol.com 

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, April 11th, 10:00AM— YUM!

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

Back by popular demand, YUM is our April coffee destination. The bakery and cafe, is serving breakfast till 11:00.

RSVP by Tuesday, April 10th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy 100 North to Mtka Blvd. Turn East in the direction of Minneapolis/ Bde Maka Ska, formerly known as Lake Calhoun. It is just a few blocks on Mtka Blvd.

  

LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, April 17th, 11:00AM Departure—Kafe 421

421 14th St. SE, Mpls.

This is a cute little restaurant in the UM’s Dinkytown which has been rated 4 1/2 * and the cost is moderate.  Parking is an issue, as there is basically on street parking only. The manager at the restaurant (we tried it out yesterday) said there is usually parking available weekdays, if we come before noon.  We strongly suggest carpooling. Menu at http://www.kafe421.com/menu/

A carpool will leave Edina at 11:00AM. Email Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org participate. Or meet us there at 11:30AM.

RSVP by Sunday, April 1th to CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org or JudyS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: 35W North to University Ave. Turn RIGHT (E) to 14th Ave SE, Restaurant is in the second block on the left.  

 

AFTERNOON ON THE TOWN: Wednesday, April 25th, 11:45 Departure—Buffet Lunch and Play

Bloomington Eagle’s Club, 9152 Old Cedar Ave. Bloomington

Don’t miss this delicious lunch followed by “Drinking Habits!” —another fun Day Tripper’s Theatre comedy.        Buffet features:

Entrees: Chicken Kiev, Roast Loin of Pork, Country Sausage with Sauerkraut

Salad Bar: Sliced Beets, Salami, Cheese, Assorted peppers

Sides: Red Potatoes, Cut green beans, Green leaf salad, Rolls and butter

Dessert: Spice cake                           Refreshments: Tea and coffee

Luncheon at 12:15 PM, Play at 1:15PM       Cost: $39.75 (includes tax and tip)

Romances gone wild, mistaken identities, the threat of an international spy syndicate. If you think all nunneries are humdrum houses of worship, you’ve never encountered the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing. In this outrageous farce, two nuns have been secretly making wine to keeps the convent’s doors open. But a reporter and former lover hot on their trail go undercover as a priest and nun. Their presence spurs paranoia that spies sent from Rome will shut the convent down. Wine and secrets are spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

A carpool will leave the Edina Senior Center parking lot at 11:45 AM or meet us there at Noon.

RSVP by Wednesday April 21st with your $39.75 check to Marilyn Freund at 5225 Grandview Square #309, Edina, MN 55436. Please indicate if you plan to car pool. For more info contact Marilyn at maraf309@comcast.net

Directions to Senior Center: Hwy 100 N to 50th/Vernon exit. Turn 2 immediate RIGHT turns off the exit ramp onto Eden Ave. Perkin’s will be on your left. Cross the bridge to Grandview. Turn LEFT onto Grandview. Edina Senior Center is on your right.

Directions to Theatre: Hwy 494 East to 77 South (Cedar) exit. Turn RIGHT (W) at Old Shakopee Road. Go 1 block just past the Shell gas station. Watch for the Eagle’s Club sign on your right —NW corner of Old Shakopee Rd and Old Cedar Ave.

  

GARDEN TOUR:  Thursday, April 26th, 10:30AM Departure —Art In Bloom

Minneapolis Institute of Arts—240 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.

Come join us at the MIA.  View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 34th annual Art in Bloom.  There is a public tour of the floral arrangements at 11:15  The flowers are beautiful and the fragrance is lovely. If time permits, there is also a wonderful gift shop to browse.  After the tour, we’ll do lunch at Harriet’s Inn, 4000 Lyndale Ave.S. https://www.harrietsinn.com/

A carpool will leave S. Mpls. at 10:30AM or meet us at the MIA at 11:00AM. Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive. 

RSVP by Tuesday, April 24th to BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions to MIA:  Parking can be a challenge, so allow plenty of time. Street and ramp parking available.  Hwy. 62E to 35WN to 31st /Lake Street exit.  Turn LEFT on 31st and proceed to 1st Ave.  Turn RIGHT to 24th Street.  Turn RIGHT on 24th to 3rd Ave.  Turn RIGHT onto 3rd Ave. to paid parking.

 

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

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

** NOTE NEW TIME AND LOCATION!

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.

This very new “Cahill Bistro” is already getting rave reviews.  This smaller “hidden” gem serves fabulous hospitality along with Peruvian delights.  The space is so comfortable for “books and booze” along with scrumptious reduced price appetizers ($6-$8) and wines, homemade sangria and margarita’s at $4.  Drinks first, discuss book – then eat!  Just come–even if you have not read the book.

RSVP by Friday, April 27th, to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy. 100 to 70th exit. Turn RIGHT (W) and follow 70th as it turns to the RIGHT (W) at light. Continue to Amundson and urn LEFT (S). If you get to Cahill Rd. you can still turn LEFT. Restaurant is next to Domino’s and Asian House.  

 

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

NOTE NEW MEETING SPOT

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 at the bench outside Jimmy John’s. Located just inside Hennepin County Service Center entrance on the East side of Southdale.

COMING UP

 NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, May 21st, 7:00PM

Me before You, by Jo Jo Moyes

“They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life–steady boyfriend, close family–who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life–big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel–and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: June—-Date TBD

Burying Place by Brian Freeman  

A stunning, clever and unputdownable thriller for fans of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly.
Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when peace is shattered. A rich doctor’s baby is kidnapped. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby’s disappearance, the relationship between the doctor, his wife and neighbors begins to disintegrate.              

March 2018 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

It’s almost Spring! Come out and play with us…..

Coffee Break—Meet us a cozy MugShots for something warm

Night-Time Book Talk—discuss The Danish Girl

Knitting/Crocheting Group—you’re welcome whatever your level of expertise

Garden Tour—think Spring at the Galleria Flower Show

Lunch Bunch—Keep thinking spring a Bachman’s Patrick’s Bakery

Walking Clubs—meet at Southdale for an hour of exercise

            See you there!  

Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

KNITTING/CROCHETING GROUP: Thursdays, March 8th & 22nd, 1:30PM—Patisserie Margo, 4510 Valley View Road, Edina

We had a great turnout at our meeting and have decided to meet every other Thursday. Sara will email the entire group once a permanent venue has been decided. Beginners and more experienced needle-rafters welcome!

RSVP by February 6TH to Sara5217@aol.com

 

COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, March 14th, 10:00AM – MugShots

10518 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN  952-977-9660

New in 2015, MugShots has an open, airy setting with a comfortable atmosphere. The menu includes breakfast sandwiches, bakery, and hand-crafted beverages. Cute motto “Your mug matters.”

RSVP by March 13 to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: South on France, pass 102nd Street, right on Bailiff Place.

 

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, March 19th, 7:00PM—Byerly’s Mezz

Lunds and Byerly’s, France/Hazelton Rd.

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California born wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled; would he slip into a pair of women’s shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish the painting on time?  “Of course,” he answers.  “Anything at all.” With that, one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century begins.
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, March 17 to Sara5217@aol.com 

 

LUNCH BUNCH:  Tuesday, March 20th, 11:30AM— Patrick’s Bakery at Bachman’s Garden Center

6010 Lyndale Ave. So., Minneapolis

Let’s add a little greenery to our month of March to celebrate a late St. Patrick’s Day or start thinking about your garden prep.

RSVP by Sunday, March 18th to CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org or JudyS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy. 62 East to Lyndale exit. LEFT (N) one block to Bachman’s on your left.

 

GARDEN TOUR: Tuesday, March 27th, 10:30AM—“Spring is in the Air” Flower Show

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

Flower lovers, there’s a new bloom in store! Bachman’s and the Galleria are resurrecting Macy’s Flower Show tradition in Edina! Bachman’s, and designer, Jack Barkla, who teamed up on 50+ downtown shows are now collaborating with the Galleria to create a new two-week “floral experience”. The public areas and entrances of the Galleria will be festooned with flowers 3/25-4/8. Hyacinths, tulips and more springtime favorites, all planned to bloom early for the show will fill garden beds, hanging arrangements and raised installations throughout the main-floor level of the Galleria. We will eat lunch at Big Bowl about noon.

RSVP by Monday, March 26th to BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

MORNING WALKING CLUB: 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 at the new Hennepin County Service Center located on the East side of Southdale.

 

AFTERNOON WALKING CLUB: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30PM—Southdale Center

We meet outside Ruby Tuesday’s on the west side of Southdale. We’ve got slow and fast walkers. We’ll pair you up with someone your speed to go as long or far as you’d like.

 COMING UP

AFTERNOON ON THE TOWN: Wednesday, April 25th, 11:45AM—Lunch and Theatre

Bloomington Eagles Club, 9152 Old Cedar Ave. Bloomington

Daytrippers Theatre presents “Drinking Habits”, a hilarious comedy about a group of nuns who turn to boot-legging to save their convent from financial ruin. Menu and further details will be in April newsletter.  

Cost of $39.75 (including tax and tip) covers delicious buffet luncheon and the play. Your check must be received no later than Wednesday April 21st. Mail to Marilyn Freund at 5225 Grandview Square #309, Edina, MN 55436.

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: April Date TBA: 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.

 

LAKE GENEVA TRIP:  Tuesday, May 29st-Thursday, May 31st

Price per person is $499.00   Details attached. So far we have 8 people planning to go. The trip will be cancelled if we don’t have 30 to fill bus.  Please invite your friends to come along.

Email CathyO@TheWanderersMSP.org if you are a for sure, or a maybe, or with any questions.

Full payment must be received by April 20th.  Checks payable to Cathryn Opsahl, 1927 Grant Road, Arden Hills 55112

February 2018 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. Plus–read on to see and plan for all the spring events we have coming up.

Knitting/Crocheting Group—get involved with this new group whatever your skill

Coffee Break—warm up at the Lucky Oven Bakery

 Lunch Bunch—Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at Wok in the Park

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

Books & Booze—meet us for happy hour at Macy’s

Walking Clubs—talk and walk at the mall

See you there!   Sally                   Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

KNITTING/CROCHETING GROUP: Thursday, February 8th, 1:30PM—Patisserie Margo

4510 Valley View Road, Edina

We’ll be planning the future meeting schedule for our new group. Please join us if you are experienced or just want to learn. .

RSVP by February 4TH to Sara5217@aol.com

 

LUNCH BUNCH:  Friday, February 9th, 11:30AM—Wok in the Park

2998-3028 Utah Ave. S., St. Louis Park            952-657-5754

Come celebrate Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rabbit – with the Wanderers.

Want to carpool?. . .please indicate and we’ll try to hook you up! Or, meet us at the restaurant at 11:30AM.

RSVP by Wednesday, February 7th. to CarmellaA@TheWanderersMSP.org or JudyS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Take Minnetonka Blvd. East from Hwy. 169 or West from Hwy. 100 to Texas Avenue. Wok in the Park is on the SW corner of intersection. It does not face M’tonka. Located on west side of D & D Auto.

 

COFFEE BREAK: Tuesday, February 13th, 10:00AM – Lucky Oven Bakery

5401 Penn Ave S, Mpls, MN 55419.    612-353-6232

(Yes–this is not our usual Wednesday) New in Fall 2017, Lucky Oven has a bright, inviting cafe setting with delicious foods and friendly staff. The menu is small, but ranges from decadent to healthy.

RSVP by February 12th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org

Directions: Hwy 62 East to Penn, North to 54th.

 

FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, February 20th, Flick and Showtime TBA

Lynn Johnson is organizing a monthly movie outing. Lynn would select a movie in advance at AMC, St. Louis Park Mann or Edina (based on the reviews) and email the title and time to the group several days ahead. Since several theaters* in the area offer $5 flicks on Tuesdays, we’ll start there. Post-matinee the FUN would include Happy Hour to visit and discuss the show.

RSVP by Friday, February 16th to LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org so she has an idea about who’s interested.

*Join the AMC Stubs at https://www.amctheatres.com or ICON Extras at https://www.showplaceicon.com/Browsing/Loyalty/Clubs/3

 

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

Macy’s Southdale—Lower level

“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…..

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

RSVP by Sunday, February 25th to BarbaraD@TheWanderersMSP.org

 

MORNING WALKING CLUB: 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 at the Hennepin County Service Center located on the East side Door #13. Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!  

 

AFTERNOON WALKING CLUB: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30PM—Southdale Center

We’re the “non-morning” people who like to lounge a bit before we really get going.  By 2:30 we’re roaring to go! Meet us at the bench by Ruby Tuesday restaurant.  Covered parking is right outside the door—West side of Southdale.  We’ve got slow and fast walkers. We’ll pair you up with someone your speed to go as long or far as you’d like.

 COMING UP

NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, March 19th, 7:00PM—Byerly’s Mezz

Lunds and Byerly’s, France/Hazelton Rd.

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California born wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled; would he slip into a pair of women’s shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish the painting on time?  “Of course,” he answers.  “Anything at all.” With that, one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century begins.

 

AFTERNOON ON THE TOWN: Wednesday, April 25th, 11:45AM—Lunch and Theatre

Bloomington Eagles Club

Daytrippers Theatre presents “Drinking Habits”, a hilarious comedy about a group of nuns who turn to boot-legging to save their convent from financial ruin.

Cost of $39.75 (including tax and tip) covers delicious buffet luncheon and the play.

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: April Date TBA: 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.

 

LAKE GENEVA TRIP:  Tuesday, May 29st-Thursday, May 31st

Price per person is $499.00   Details attached. The trip will be cancelled if we don’t have

30 to fill bus.  Please invite your friends to come along.

Please email CathyO@TheWanderersMSP.org if you are a for sure, or a maybe—or with any questions. 

 

 

 

 

January 2018 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

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

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

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

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

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

Lunch Bunch—check out the new Cahill Bistro

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

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

See you there!         Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

To RSVP simply click on the red email addresses below

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

9700 Portland Ave., Bloomington            

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

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

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

 

LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, January 25th, Noon—Cahill Bistro

7078 Amundson Ave., Edina

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

ALL ABOUT US

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

December 2017 Newsletter

 Note from our President –

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

So, my annual gift to you is this advice: Let go of just a little this year, and take more time for you! If only I can follow my own advice! Join us at all, or some of the wonderful activities we’ve planned—they’re guaranteed to relieve a little stress, put you in the holiday spirit and help you touch base with busy old and new friends.

Holiday Lunch & Play—come laugh along with us

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

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

Books & Booze teetotalers and non-readers are always welcome

See you there!

            Sally      

 

ACTIVITIES

 

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

Day Tripper’s Theatre, Bloomington Eagles Club

9152 Old Cedar Ave. Bloomington

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

Pork Loin with Cherry Glaze

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Wild Rice Pilaf

Tossed Green Salad

Pistachio Salad

Rolls and Butter

Christmas Cupcakes

Coffee and Tea

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

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

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

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

RSVP AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org  

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

APPETIZERS

ceviche

lobster deviled eggs

dumplings

simple salad

ENTREES

bolognese pappardelle

wild mushroom ravioli

romaine caesar salad with 4 oz. chicken breast

cup of soup + 1/2 sandwich

DESSERTS

tres leches cake

raspberry chocolate mousse

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

 

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

Macy’s Southdale—Lower level

“The Grave Soul” by Ellen Hart (MN author)

When Guthrie Hewitt calls on restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless, he doesn’t know where else he can turn. Guthrie has fallen for a girl—Kira Adler. In fact, he was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve. But his trip home with Kira over Thanksgiving made him uneasy. All her life, Kira has been haunted by a nightmare. In the dream, she witnesses her mother being murdered.

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

COMING UP

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

Hazelton and France Ave.
Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

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

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

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

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

November 2017 Newsletter

A Note from our President –

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

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

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

Lunch Bunch—meet the gang at the Crossroad Deli

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

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

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

See you there!         Sally Ebnet    Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

ACTIVITIES

                       To RSVP simply click on the colored email addresses below

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

9700 Portland Ave.        Bloomington             

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2795 Hedberg Dr., Minnetonka

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

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

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

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

Hazelton and France Ave.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING UP

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

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

Day Tripper’s Theatre, Bloomington Eagles Club

9152 Old Cedar Ave. Bloomington

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

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Wild Rice Pilaf

Tossed Green Salad

Pistachio Salad

Rolls and Butter

Christmas Cupcakes

Coffee and Tea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

BOOKS & BOOZE: Thursday, December 28th“The Grave Soul” by Ellen Hart (MN author)

When Guthrie Hewitt calls on restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless, he doesn’t know where else he can turn. Guthrie has fallen for a girl—Kira Adler. In fact, he was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve. But his trip home with Kira over Thanksgiving made him uneasy. All her life, Kira has been haunted by a nightmare. In the dream, she witnesses her mother being murdered.

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

2018 List – The Wanderers Books & Booze Book Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 2017 Newsletter

 A Note from our President –

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

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

Garden Tour—explore Caponi Art Park

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

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

Books & Booze—discuss The Residence at Macy’s

            See you there!         Sally Ebnet     Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org

 OCTOBER ACTIVITIES

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Advance Group Tickets are $23. 

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

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

 

 

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

Macy’s Southdale—Lower Level

The Residence by Kate Bower

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

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

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

 

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

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

No need to RSVP – just come.

COMING UP

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

Miss Hazel & the Rosa Parks LeagueJonathan Odell

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

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

BOOKS & BOOZE–December 2017 

“The Grave Soul” by Ellen Hart (MN author)

When Guthrie Hewitt calls on restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless, he doesn’t know where else he can turn. Guthrie has fallen for a girl—Kira Adler. In fact, he was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve. But his trip home with Kira over Thanksgiving made him uneasy. All her life, Kira has been haunted by a nightmare. In the dream, she witnesses her mother being murdered.