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Every Monday night!
Games Night

7:00-? PM
Games Night is making a comeback as a regular weekly event at the home of Rondal (Jim) and Lynette Halter, Lynette will be hosting. Anyone is welcome, including well-behaved children who are old enough to participate. There are three cats in residence. There are usually between 4-8 people in attendance, but more can be accommodated with additional tables. Nominal start time is 7pm (sometimes people get there a bit earlier), and it ends between 9:30 - 11pm depending on people's schedule and when the games being played end. People can leave when they need to, no obligation to stay all evening. Munchkin is popular, as is Fluxx, as well as several different card games, a dominos game called Spinner, and others. Feel free to bring games for us to try. If someone wants to attend, you are welcome to just drop by, please call Lynette at 850-405-0246 for the address, to make sure the event is happening that night (sometimes things do come up and it has to be cancelled for the week), and any other information needed. In the way of refreshments, there is usually water, iced tea, ane various types of hot tea available, and sometimes will have other things as well. If someone wants to bring some goodies to share, it will be welcome, but this is not necessary.

August 5
Group Outing to Marianna Caverns
We went here some years back and it was a wonderful trip! We will meet at the Best Buy on Apalachee Parkway at 10 a.m. so we can carpool over. The admission to the park varies with how many people are in the car - $4 for a single occupant, $5 for up to 8 people in the car. The cave tour is $8 for people 13 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, and free for kids under 3. Once we have gathered and know how many people are in our group, we will call them to let them know the group size we have and possibly reserve space if they feel it is needed. After we arrive we will take the cave tour, perhaps walk some trails, and generally enjoy a beautiful part of our area. If you have never been or haven't been in a while, it is definitely worth going again! You can visit their web site here to find out more information regarding prices, trails, tours, etc.: Hope you can join us!

August 12
ExComm Meeting
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
The ExComm will meet to review any business before the board. We will meet at The Village Inn in its new location on Magnolia in Tallahassee. Please feel free to join us and see your Executive Committee in action.

August 16 (3rd Wednesday)
6:30 - whenever
Olive Garden, 1103 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, 850-878-2949
We have enjoyed meals here a few times over the years. They are able to accommodate groups, have a wide variety of dishes from which to choose, and you will not walk out hungry! You can visit their web site here: Hope you can join us!

Saturday, August 19
The Hobbit - movie event
3:00 - whenever
This will be the third and final of The Hobbit movies. Next month we will move on to The Lord of the Rings series. We will meet at 3:00 in the afternoon at 9757 Mahan Drive. Popcorn will be provided. Feel free to park anywhere you can fit your car in the driveway, the yard, or up on the road. If you need help or directions, call 850-443-1885. Feel free to bring your beverage of choice and any other snacks you wish to enjoy. Allergy notice - there are dogs and cats in residence. Take a Benadryl before you come if you need to, don't let a little sniffle keep you away from a fun afternoon!

Happy Birthday August People!
James Love 7-Aug
Jennifer Barrass 8-Aug
Holly Edenfield 10-Aug

Happy Mensaversaries for August!
Anthony Gee 17 years
James Rogers 5 years
Raymond Rodebaugh 3 years
Venkat Maddipoti 1 year

Past Events

The second of The Hobbit movies was an enjoyable afternoon. In addition to the popcorn, we got to enjoy cookies. Smaug was as impressive as ever. Big dragon!

Our visit to Vertigo Burgers took place on the kids eat free night, so it was a bit crowded inside. We gathered at an outside table that was mostly in the shade and it wasn't unbearable. The food was good and having the gluten free options was appreciated. We got to enjoy the company of a member that has not been able to attend much, and it was wonderful seeing her!

The first of The Hobbit movies was great fun. One of the attendees had never seen it before, which made it even more fun to rediscover it with a newbie. Such a visual feast!!

The Fusion Grill turned out to be an astonishing amount of food from which to choose! A large group of us gathered around a long table and we enjoyed a wide variety of foods. It was a great evening!

The Wakulla Springs trip was well attended and a resounding success. Several members have suggested making it an annual event. It is such a beautiful place1

The PIG*SIG at Riccardo's was well attended and the food was very good. Parking was a bit of a challenge. The conversation was exceptionally fun and provided, for me at least, a much needed break from the stress of daily life.

The final Bond event did not disappoint. To commemorate the event, we had some special treats to eat and reveled in the final 2 installments of the Bond run. It was very enjoyable. We will resume in June with The Hobbit. This has really been a fun monthly event!

Dinner at The Sahara was well attended. It was our first time at their new location, which appears to improve both the parking and the amount of seating. The Lebanese sweet tea was as delicious as ever and a good time was had by all.

The tour of the new Grove Museum was very nice! We had a group of 5 of us and we wandered through each story of the house, all over the grounds, checked out the on-site cemetary the family has, and learned a lot about the various figures that have lived in the spot. It was a fascinating trip into the history of both Tallahassee and Florida.

The ExComm meeting was held at the Village Inn and the group reviewed the business before the board, made plans for upcoming events, enjoyed some delicious food, and in general had a fun and productive meeting. Look for the minutes elsewhere on the site.

The Bond movie event brought us the first two with Daniel Craig, and they really are a continuation of each other with the second one picking up pretty much where the first one left off. So for one of our members who had not seen the first one, but had seen the second, the second one made a lot more sense with seeing the back story. We are down to the final two and then on to something new!

The meal at Jason's Deli was well attended and we all got to enjoy a blinding and beautiful sun in the western sky. The food portions are generous enough that more than once of us had a meal for the next day!

The trip to the Junion Museum was delightful and the Asian small clawed otters were great fun. We got to see them eating crabs, sleeping, playing in the water, and generally doing what otters do. We also arrived at the farm house in time for cookies fresh out of the oven, they were delicious!! It was a lovely day.

The Bond movie night finished out the last of the series before the "reboot" to the Daniel Craig movies. To round out the older movies, we watched the original Casino Royale with David Niven. I am looking forward to the Daniel Craig movies!!

The PIG*SIG at the Seineyard was well attended and delicious. We wound up with more people than the table was prepared to accommodate! Bring on the extra chairs!!

The Bond movies was again an enjoyable afternoon of delightful silliness. We are winding down to the reboot of the series. Several of us noticed how the "feel" of the movies changed after Cubby's death. This has been an interesting excursion.

The ExComm managed to soldier on in spite of illness keeping people home on that blustery and eventually tornado-filled weekend. But the business of the day was accomplished in short order and we all got home safely.

The PIG*SIG at China First was well attended and very enjoyable. The conversation was as free-flowing as the food and we had a lovely evening.

The PIG*SIG at Pepper's was so well attended we had to add extra tables. The food was generous to the point of many of us needing take home boxes. In spite of several at the table in various stages of recovery from colds, it was a lovely evening.

The walk at MacClay Gardens brought us a brisk day, perfect for the event. The maple trees were putting on a beautiful show and the place was all decked out for the holidays. It was lovely.

The PIG*SIG at Ruby Tuesdays was well attended and we had the distinct pleasure of meeting a new member to our group.

The Bond double feature was the predictable good time, although the general consensus was that Never Say Never Again was worst of the movies seen thus far. It was interesting seeing Timothy Dalton's interpretation of the role after seeing the prior 3 actors do the role.

The walk at the Lake Lafayette Heritage Trail Park was nothing short of fabulous! The weather was perfect, the wildlife was abundant, and we were treated to a train going by under us as we walked over the covered bridge! It was absolutely delightful and I look forward to going again!

The ExComm meeting was held at the new Village Inn location on Park Avenue. On the downside, it was a game day and the place was packed and unbelievably loud! On the upside, we had a productive meeting and there was lots of good information to share.

The Bond double feature provided the predictable laughs and the campy silliness the movies present. Christopher Walken's villain was great fun.

The PIG*SIG at Genghis Grill was another very well attended event that required several tables be aligned to accommodate the number of people there. The conversation was fun, the food was delicious, and the variety of dishes (given that everyone gets to make their own) was impressive.

The National Testing Day was well represented locally with so many people coming in for the test we held two different sessions in one day!

The Tallahassee Car Museum event brought us a beautiful day and we took a liesurely stroll around the facility. There are more cars, pianos, dolls, knives, and all manner of other things than can easily be seen and appreciated in a couple of hours.

The PIG*SIG at Olive Garden found a group of 12 of us setting up around numerous tables all put together. We got to welcome a delightful new member and saw the return of some members we haven't seen very often recently. It was a marvelous evening and the conversation and laughter was plentiful. A truly exceptional dinner out.

The fifth installment of the Bond event was well attended and great fun! We set a new record for popcorn made and consumed and the movies were as entertaining and silly as we remembered - several of us saw them when they were originally released in the theater.

The tour of the Goodwood Museum and Gardens was a lovely outing! The weather was very nice for touring the grounds and looking into the various nooks and crannies of the various gardens. As the weather warmed we headed up to the main house where we were the only members of the 11:00 tour. This resulted in our getting a long tour, lots of extra attention, and many questions answered. We even got to meet the resident cat who lives on the grounds. All in all, a lovely time!

The fourth installment of the Bond Double Feature found us watching the lowest grossing film, followed by the one many people think is the best - and Roger Moore says was his favorite of the ones he did. A study in contrast.

The August PIG*SIG was held at the Red Robin, and the food was plentiful and delicious. It is far more than just a burger place, and everyone in attendance seemed pleased with the food as well as the company and conversation.

The August outing to the Old Capital Museum was a great time! We could not have asked for better weather and the museum itself was filled with fascinating things to look at and read. The man at the front desk told us a variety of fun facts to know and tell and it was a a really enjoyable outing. Afterwards we decided to have lunch at Crispers, making the outing even more fun!

A small crowd gathered for the Bond Double Feature, and it was a wonderful time! There were enough seats for all and we went through multiple bowls of popcorn (alternating white corn and yellow corn for taste comparison), and enjoyed chocolate chip cookies that one attendee brought (a great way to get others to consume the high calorie treats you bought for yourself and later regret!! They were delicious!!). The two movies sparked lots of fun comments and laughter, this has quickly become one of my favorite events and is a really entertaining way to spend a Saturday!

The ExComm in July was held at the Village Inn and we had the pleasure of having our RVC, Thomas Thomas join us for the meeting. Much was accomplished and plans were made for upcoming events. The minutes will be available soon. The next ExComm has been scheduled for October.

The July PIG*SIG was held at Logan's Roadhouse and was very well attended. We grew to such proportions we overflowed into an additional booth as well as the multiple tables that had been combined together. The food was up to its usual quality and the conversation was quite enjoyable. I had just returned from Michigan the day before, and after 2 days driving, an evening with friends was a most welcome event!

The Third Bond Movie event was fascinating - we saw the last of Sean Connery's run and the single one done by George Lazenby. Two of us in attendance had not seen the second one since it was released in the theater. It was a fascinating contrast in interpretation of the character and sparked some great conversation! Sean returns again next month!

The PIG*SIG at BJ's was well attended. It was our first time there and the food was tasty and plentiful. The conversation was wide ranging and it was a really enjoyable evening.

The trip to Mission San Luis was great, we wondered all around the grounds, had some very entertaining conversations with some of the characters who work there, and afterwards we went to Red Robin for a very nice lunch. It was a great time! Hope you can make the next one.

The second Bond double feature was another success. The second movie was interrupted so we could watch the horse race. But with the exception of that entertaining intermission, James Bond was the focus of the afternoon. Plenty of popcorn to go around and chocolate chip cookies to share made for a salty/sweet event that was most enjoyable.

Our dinner at Pizza Hut was well attended and delicious! Our waitress was brand new and at the end of the meal confessed that our group was her very first time serving. She actually did quite well, only having made one minor mixup in who got which tea. We gave her a round of applause which pleased her. I like to think that in years to come she will remember us, her very first table, and it will be a happy memory.

We gathered at the Museum of Florida History and wandered through the labyrinth of exhibits and displays, playing with some of the interactive things, marveling at the artifacts, and generally having a fine time. That museum really is a treasure right in the heart of downtown Tallahassee!

The Bond double feature was great fun! The popcorn flowed freely with various topping options, the air conditioning negated the ridiculously high 91 degree weather outside, the movies were as fun and campy as I recalled them being, and we had a great time! Hope you can join us for the next one, there is plenty of seating available and we'd love to see you.

Nine of us gathered for a meal and good company at Sahara Greek and Lebanese Cafe. They have changed the menu since the last time we were there as a group, but we each managed to find our own particular choice of food. And we had the pleasure of a new member joining us for the very first time - which is always a delight! We wound up taking up several tables, the Lebanese sweet tea flowed freely, and the conversation was wide ranging and highly entertaining.

The ExComm meeting was held immediately following the Leon Sinks hike and we even had a member show up for it that we have not seen in some years! It was a pleasure to have her there and hear her input. ExComm meetings are open to all members, so feel free to join us for the next one, which will take place July 23 at the Village Inn on Apalachee Parkway. Watch for the minutes from the meeting to be published soon.

We could not have asked for better weather for the hike at Leon Sinks. It was a perfectly beautiful day, not too hot and the humidity was very low. We started off shortly after 10 and took the circular trail that covers about 3.5 miles and goes by numerous sink holes. The ending was a bit rushed so that those of us who needed to be there could get to the ExComm meeting in time, but the rushed ending did not in any way diminish the peaceful serenity of the walk that preceded it. Great company and conversation in a beautiful setting.

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