Washington has an abundance of social organizations that bring folks together to share interests and hobbies. Explore the clubs near you.
If you have a love for literature, check out the Book Club of Washington, based in Seattle. Book collectors and scholars have shared their special interests here for 30 years. The group hosts several activities a year including tours of private and public collections, education lectures and regional road tours to libraries and bookshops. Members receive The Journal (a collection of essays on book history, book collecting, bookselling and more), a newsletter and limited edition keepsake publications. Learn more at www.bookclubofwashington.org.
The Seattle Wine Society offers many ways to appreciate the relationship between wine and food while meeting new friends in the Puget Sound region. The group gathers monthly to taste specialty wines accompanied by food provided by the area’s chefs. If you’re ready to enjoy fine vino and tasty eats responsibly in a friendly atmosphere, then check out www.seattlewinesociety.org or call 206-706-3771.
The Tacoma Garden Club has been promoting gardening in the community through education and civic improvement events since 1925. Those who enjoy gardening and protecting the quality and beauty of the environment will feel right at home here. TheTacoma Garden Clubwon the 2010 Garden Club of America Public Relations Award, and hosts several events each year to provide educational opportunities to men and women of all ages. Past events include lectures like “Winter Color in the Garden” and “Saving our Gardens, Honoring our Past.” Get more details at www.tacomagardenclub.org.
The North Olympic Peninsula is home to the Klahhane Club.
This hiking group always has an exciting adventure planned for their 150-plus members who come from Port Angeles, Sequim and the surrounding areas. Year-round hikes through the Olympic Mountains and beyond provide ample time to take in the region’s beauty. In the warmer months, there are potluck meetings at the rustic clubhouse at Lake Dawn. Weekly hikes are open to members and prospects and are conducted at different paces, varying from mild to strenuous. Even though the average hiker’s age is 60, anyone 18 or over is welcome to join. Visit www.klahhaneclub.org for details.
Whatever social activities and hobbies pique your interest, there’s a good chance that Washington has a group for you. Take some time this season to explore your options and make some new friends.