A Note from our President –
When March arrives can spring be far away? Enjoy the company of your fellow Wanderers
while taking in all our fun March activities.
Coffee Break—Enjoy bakery treats and good conversation at Patisserie Margo
Needlecrafters—Join others doing their favorite crafts at Patisserie Margo
Night-Time Book Talk—Discuss Elephant Companyat Lunds & Byerlys Mezz
Flicks and Fun—See the movie “Emma”with happy hour after the movie
Galleria Floral Show & Lunch Bunch—Take a stroll through the flowers & lunch at Crave
Friday Night 500—Play 500 at Mary’s
See you there! Sally Ebnet Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org
WALKERS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30AM—Southdale Center
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 Hennepin County Service Center entrance on the East side of Southdale. Just come!
NEEDLECRAFTERS: Mondays, March 9th & 23rd, 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, join us. Enjoy coffee, bakery treats, food, and great conversation at Patisserie Margo. Just show up!
Questions? Contact Sara5217@aol.com
COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, March 11th, 10:00AM—Patisserie Margo
4510 Valley View Road, Edina.
Margo’s is a local family-owned coffee shop/bakery. They serve breakfast and lunch, not to mention the assortment of freshly baked pastries and breads. Spring is almost here!
RSVP by Monday, February 10thto GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org
NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, March 16th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Elephant Companyby Vicki Constantine Croke
In 1920, Billy Williams came to colonial Burma as a “forest man” for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the intelligence and character of the great animals who hauled logs through the jungle, he became a gifted “elephant wallah.” Elephant Companychronicles Williams’s growing love for elephants as they provide him lessons in courage, trust, and gratitude. It’salso a tale of war and daring. When Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams operated behind enemy lines. His war elephants carried supplies, helped build bridges, and transported the sick and elderly over treacherous mountain terrain. Cornered by the enemy, his company attempted a risky trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled group of refugees in tow. Part biography, part war epic, Elephant Companyis an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism.
RSVP by Saturday, March 14th to Sara5217@aol.com
FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, March 17th—“Emma” the theater and time will be announced when they become available.
Jane Austen’s beloved novel Emmahas been reimagined in a delicious new film adaptation. One critic characterized the film as being immaculately crafted and perfectly charming. In it rich, clever Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee in her sleepy little English town. In this satire of social class and growing up, Emma must go through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. This film received an 88 percent favorable rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Afterward we will go to a nearby restaurant for happy hour.
RSVP by Monday, March 16thto LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org
FRIDAY NIGHT 500: Friday, March 20th, 7:00PM—at the home of a
If you enjoy playing 500 cards—or would like to learn–please join us. Or, just come for the conversation. We will play tables of 4. If you want to learn, let me know. There’ll be a beginner’s mini class from 6-7PM. Dessert will be served; Keurig beverages and water will be available. Feel free to bring a beverage of your own or a snack to share.
RSVP by March 19th to MaryH@TheWanderersMSP.org
GALLERIA FLORAL SHOW & LUNCH BUNCH: Tuesday, March 31st, 10:30AM—Galleria
Meet inside the door near Big Bowl (NW entrance) Galleria Mall, 70th/France Ave
The Galleria Floral Experience is back with a sugar coated twist for 2020year’s event you will explore the sweeter side of spring, full of fabulous florals and oversized candy sculptures. There will be plenty of photo opportunities at this extravaganza with an extra sweet setting including a 6-foot-tall gummy bear in a floral forest and a 13-foot-high ring pop. And don’t forget to look up throughout the experience to spot the charming cotton candy clouds.
We’ll enjoy lunch at Crave at noon after our stroll through the mall.
RSVP by Sunday,March 29th, to MaryJoS@TheWanderersmp.org
VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Wednesday, April 1stfrom 1:50PM Departure—VEAP
9600 Aldrich Ave. So., Bloomington. We need to arrive by 2:15PM, check in through door A, and ask for Courtney. Returning at 5:15PM
VEAP provides food for needy people in the community. We’ll be sorting checking donations, bagging produce, and performing other tasks, as needed. Wear closed toed shoes, such as tennis shoes, and clothing that’s okay to get dirty. It’s also suggested that you bring a water bottle.
Carpooling is preferred as parking is limited. Indicateif you’re carpooling, if you are willing to drive, or will meet us there. Carpoolers meet behind AMF Southtown Lanes, American Blvd./Knox, for a 1:50PM departure. If driving yourself: Drive to the west side of the building (overlooking 35W) and park as far back as possible. Enter through Door A marked “VEAP Volunteers and Staff.” A volunteer will buzz people in. Overflow parking is available across Lyndale Ave. at US Bank.
RSVP by Saturday, March 28thto BarbD@TheWanderersMSP.org
Note: We plan to volunteer at VEAP every other month so please add this activity to your calendar.
BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, April28th, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro
7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)
We are so excited – this is the first time that a Minnesota author will be joining us.
NOTE: THE AUTHOR WILL BE JOINING US—The event is limited to the first 15 people who RSVP! NOTE: A fee of $5 will be charged to provide a small honorarium to the author and pay for her drinks/food.
Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb (Mystery)
After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents’ home on Lake Superior to pull herself together—only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman’s curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman except for Kate who has seen her before, in her dreams…One hundred years ago, a love story ended in tragedy, its mysteries left unsolved. It’s time for the lake to give up its secrets. As each mystery unravels, it pulls Kate deeper into the eddy of a haunting folktale that has been handed down in whispers over generations. Now, it’s Kate’s turn to listen. As the drowned woman reaches out from the grave, Kate reaches back. They must come together, if only in dreams, to right the sinister wrongs of the past.
RSVP to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org There will be a waiting list. A confirmation will be sent to the first 15 people who register.
THEATRE OUTING: Wednesday, May 6th, 10:30AM Departure – Old Log Theater
5185 Meadville Street, Greenwood, MN 55331
11:00AM Lunch (Maynard’s, 685 Excelsior Blvd.) & 1:30 PM Play – The Dixie Swim Club
NOTE: April 8th is the RSVP DEADLINE!
The Dixie Swim Club, has been a favorite for many of us! Let’s see it again! This touching comedy centers around five Southern women who became friends on their college swim team. The group sets aside a long weekend every August to recharge their relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The play begins 22 years after they graduate from college. “The Dixie Swim Club” focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce and aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of ‘teamwork’, rally around their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. It is really a study in friendship and how it grows and changes through the years.
Cost:Lunch on your own at Maynard’s, play costs $26.88) (Ten people are needed for Wanderers to obtain this cost which is for group pricing.)
Carpooling: A carpool will leave the back parking lot of Kohl’s at Knollwood (Hwy.7/#169) at 10:30AM.
Questions? Contact AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org
Directions to the Old Log: Hwy. 7 West to Excelsior. Turn RIGHT (N) at Christmas Lake Road stoplight. Turn LEFT (W) onto Excelsior Blvd. Go three 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 the theatre immediately on your right.
NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, May 18th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
The Traveling Cat Chroniclesby Hiro Arikawa (limited copies in library)
A life-affirming anthem to kindness and self-sacrifice, The Traveling Cat Chroniclesshows how the smallest things can provide the greatest joy. We take journeys to explore exotic new places and to return to the comforts of home, to visit old acquaintances and to make new friends. But the most important journey is the one that shows us how to follow our hearts… An instant international bestseller, this book has charmed readers around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe… With his crooked tail–a sign of good fortune–and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.
SUMMER ROAD TRIP: Monday, June 8th-11th—Lanesboro and Galena
NOTE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29THRESPONSE DATE!
Summer’s coming! I’m making plans now for a trip to these two historic towns in SE MN and NE IL. Join Me!
Here’s the scoop: Limited to 8 women. We will travel in two cars.
Tentative price is $270.00 including: 3 nights double occupancy lodging (single rooms extra), 2 continental breakfasts, car travel expenses, water and Happy Hour snacks. Everyone will have her own Q or K bed.
Not included: 1 Breakfast, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Happy Hour beverages for 3 nights
Optional theater outing. tours
Tentative itinerary: a visit to the Spam museum in Austin, Amish country tour. Spend the first night in Lanesboro with Happy Hour on the porch and dinner out. We can go out to breakfast, or bring some yogurt and fruit. We’ll go on to Historic Galena for nights two and three, including a breakfast of fresh scones, etc. There we can tour museums (home of General Grant), shop, take in a ghost tour or theater performance, etc. Of course more eating and drinking.
RSVP by Saturday, February 29th to Sall@TheWanderersMSP.org if you are definitely interested or a maybe. From there we can finalize more details.
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DO YOU PLAY MAHJONGG?
We’re looking for Wanderers who love to play mahjongg. We know that there are several of you that play and we would love to hear from you. We are trying to put a group together that might like to meet during the day at a time convenient for all. If you are at all at “least” interested please contact MarciaMTGroth@aol.com ASAP