January 2017 Newsletter



A Note from our President –

Join us as we ring in another great year of fun and welcoming women to our great group. You’re welcome to attend several activities prior to joining.

Check out our new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wanderersmsp/

In the meantime, have a Happy New Year!

Coffee Break—join us at Wuollet’s

Garden Tour—get warm at the Como Conservatory

Night-Time Book Talk—discuss “A Man called Ove”

Games People Play—have some laughs at Elaine’s

Lunch Bunch—meet us at Pattaya—a new Thai spot

Walking Club—make this your new year’s resolution




COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, January 11th, 10:00AM—Wuollet Bakery

3608 West 50th

Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea with one of Wuollet’s beautiful pastries.

RSVP by Monday, January 9th to Brenda@TheWanderersMSP.org


GARDEN TOUR: Thursday, January 12th, 11:00AM Departure— Muffeletta & Como Conservatory

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

We’ll have lunch first at Muffeletta, offering simply & perfectly prepared scratch cooking (muffuletta.com).  After lunch, we’ll visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, where we’ll  enjoy the exotic plants and beautiful displays in their various gardens.  If you don’t join us for lunch, we will meet at the front desk at 1:00 p.m.

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

RSVP by Tuesday, January 10th to Barbara@TheWanderersMSP.org


NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, January 16th, 7:00PM—Byerly’s Mez

Byerly’s at France and Hazelton

Bring book ideas for our March meeting. Beverages are available on mez level.  Take-out food and snacks can be brought up from the grocery store.

“A Man Called Ove”, Backman      Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon; the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him ‘the bitter neighbor from hell’. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

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


LUNCH BUNCH: Wednesday, January 25th—11:30 Departure—Pattaya Thai Restaurant

11056 Cedar Lake Road, Minnetonka, 952-595-5713

Let’s try this new restaurant offering authentic Thai food that the owner/chef perfected while living and working in Thailand.

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

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

Directions:  Hwy 169 north, exit right onto Cedar Lake Road. Turn left (west) at top of exit. Restaurant is less than a mile on right in strip mall before you reach Hopkins Crossroads. 



GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Tuesday, January 31st, 7:00PM—at the home of a member

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

RSVP by Saturday, January 28th to Elaine@TheWanderersMSP.org


WALKING CLUB: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30AM—Southdale Center

Need motivation to get out, move, and keep off those holiday pounds? 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 (moved from the library) which is located on the East side of Southdale, between the Penny’s and Herberger’s entrances on the lower level–below the bus terminal. Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!


BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, February 28th, 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill, Southdale Center

Book: Gertruda’s Oath by Ram Oren

Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, traveled to France, leaving Michael in the care of his mother and Gertruda Bablinska, the family’s devoted Catholic nanny. When Michael’s mother had a stroke, Gertruda promised the dying woman that she would make her way to Palestine and raise him as her own son.

RSVP by Sunday, February 26th to Barbara@TheWanderersMSP.org