Beauty of June

June is a month of many…

  • Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival, June 17-19
  • Fleur de Lis Festival & Art in the Vines, Westport, June 26
  • Inspiring Beauty: 50 years of Ebony Fashion Fair, Bellevue Art Museum, through August 14th
  • See the Afrodisiacs perform at Tulalip Resort Casino, Thursday evenings
  • Farmers Markets abound
  • Posing Beauty in African American Culture, Northwest African American Museum, through September 4th
  • Drive Hwy 20 and beauty surrounding the North Cascades National Park
  • Seattle PrideFest, June 26
  • Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age, Bellevue Art Museum, through June 26th
  • River Rafting in eastern Washington
  • Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration, Leavenworth, June 16-19
  • America’s Classic Jazz Festival, Lacey, June 23-26
  • Cool Desert Nights, Richland, June 23-26
  • Taste of Tacoma, Tacoma, June 24-26
  • Explore the many cuisines, specialty restaurants, bakeries and bars on Capitol Hill, Seattle. Too many to name. Someday.

Summer Guide

The Seattle Times does a great job of compiling their annual Summer Guide that showcases the many things to do in the Puget Sound area .  Whether it be a favorite picnic spot, weekend-by-weekend events, festivals, concerts, farmers markets, 4th of July events, and more… you’ll be sure to find a variety of fun events that support your local community or are ‘within 4 hours reach’.  Check out the sampling here:  http://www.seattletimes.com/category/summer-guide/

It’s May so Let’s Play

So many fun things to do in May.

  • SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival, May 19-June 12
  • 18th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour, May 7-8 and May 14-15
  • Savor Spring Food, Wine & Spirit Tour, Camano and Whidbey Islands, May 14-15
  • Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle (Ballard), May 11-14
  • Windermere Cup Regatta / Opening Day of Boating Season, Seattle, May 7
  • Go to a car show in Monroe or Downtown Everett
  • Penn Cove Water Festival, Coupeville, May 14
  • Nordstrom Beat the Bridge Run/Walk, Seattle, May 15
  • 8th Annual Flower Festival, Pike Place Market, May 7-8
  • 71st annual ’49er Days Celebration, Winthrop, May 7-8
  • Spring Release Weekend, Walla Walla, May 6-8
  • Apple Blossom Festival, Manson, May 13-14
  • Untapped Blues and Brews Festival, Kennewick, May 13-14
  • Play Ball!  Check out a Seattle Mariners game
  • Rhododendron Festival, Port Townsend, May 16-21
  • Artisan Food Festival, Port Townsend, May 28
  • Roots and Vines Festival, Yakima, May 14
  • Northwest Folklife Festrival, Seattle, May 27-30
  • Juan de Fuca Festival, Port Angeles, May 27-30
  • Summerfest, Long Beach, May 28-30
  • See a movie… like Captain America – Civil War
  • and more…

National Park Service Centennial

Last week was National Park Week.  Did you #FindYourPark?  If so, which one?  Also, it is the National Park Service (NPS) 100th Anniversary this year.  Check out https://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/index.htm for a variety of centennial activities in your area.

http://findyourpark.com/ is not the most user-friendly site but a decent list of parks can be found at the nps.gov site.  Bam!  For WA, the list is located at https://www.nps.gov/state/wa/index.htm ~ so which one will you choose for Spring 2016?

There is a variety of parks and forest within each state…here are some examples for Washington State:

  • City Park – Bellevue Downtown Park
  • County Park  – Ravensdale Park
  • State Park – Deception Pass State Park
  • National Forest – Mt.Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
  • National Park – Olympic National Park
  • and recreation areas, lakes, trials, open spaces, and more…

 

Northwest Washington weekend

Spending time in Northwest Washington, even in winter, will make your weekend or weekday a good one.  It’s March and at this time of year you’ll see budding trees and flowers as you make your way from one city (or town) to another.  You just might experience a rain and wind storm too.

Start the weekend off right with a wine tasting at Hellams Vineyard in La Conner and go in search of daffodil fields.  Enjoy a tasty dinner at A’Town Bistro in Anacortes. End the weekend with a day in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

While in Friday Harbor, stop in at San Juan Island Cheese for sparkling wine and the World Board.  The cheeseboards and lunch plates  are delicious at this small family-owned local cheese counter and lunch bistro.  Sip wine, taste cheese, eat lunch, eat in or take it to go.

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So Satisfied.

Elwha watershed = booming with life

A road (and ferry) trip to the Olympic Peninsula is on the list.

The Elwha watershed is booming with new life, after the world’s largest dam removal. Read more…

http://projects.seattletimes.com/2016/elwha/

Join reporter Lynda V. Mapes for a discussion about the Elwha dam removal, hosted by the Seward Park Audubon Center. March 8th event is sold out but a second date is tbd. http://m.bpt.me/event/1376853