So, it’s the start of the new year ~ what do you want to see and do this year? Here are 16 (for 2016!) that you might want to consider:
- Visit Deception Pass and the Rosario Beach/Bowman Bay area
- Head East from Seattle to Suncadia Resort ~ taste, relax, play
- Snoqualmie Falls
- Stay at Fort Flagler State Park
- Wine tasting in Walla Walla ~ make a long weekend of it as there is much to taste
- Explore the Kalaloch area of the Washington Coast
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Attend at least (6) six festivals or fairs (ex: Washington State Fair, Poverty Bay Wine Festival, Bumbershoot, Fremont Fair, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Bellevue Arts & Crafts Fair, Issaquah Salmon Days, Ellensburg Rodeo, Bremerton Blackberry Festival, Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, Taste Washington… just to name a few).
- Take a hike and see Silver Falls at Silver Falls State Park in Silverton, OR. It’s just short of 4 hours reach.
- Run/Walk a 5-K
- Haven’t been camping in awhile? Maybe this is the year.
- Take more pictures (and less selfies)
- Visit (and support) the beautiful area of the Methow Valley. Winthrop, Twisp, Mazama and more… the activities and beauty abound.
- Go crabbing in the waters near Anacortes
- Leavenworth ~ take in Oktoberfest, Christmas Lighting Festival or visit anytime of the year
- Do it Local. See: an Everett Silvertips hockey game. Hear: local musicians. Smell: the fresh air of a nearby beach or park. Taste: a meal at a new restaurant or food truck. Touch: shop at a neighborhood boutique.
This year, I will describe Bumbershoot, which takes place every Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center… in a word search (by just using the words). These words showcase the first day of Bumbershoot as a whole, as my experience (and maybe yours):
VIBE SUN BUMBERSHOOT SEATTLE CENTER SPACE NEEDLE ANNIVERSARY LAWN PROGRAM INTRODUCTION SAMPLING EXPOSURE KIDS WORDS INTERNATIONAL FOUNTAIN SHORTS FILM MUSIC DANCE PERFORMING VISUAL ART COMEDY LINEUP ACT GALUMPHA ELVISTRAVAGANZA JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND THE HEAVY LEAD SINGER BAND AWOLNATION RECORD CD BOOK SIGNING JOHN WATERS AWESOME THE JAYHAWKS AND MORE BEER GARDEN WHITE CORN DOG VARIETY ARMORY FOOD OPEN MIND AMERICANA SOUL FUNK ROCK JELLO WALL GLASS SKYWARD INDIE TWEET SEPTEMBER SATURDAY ONE REEL
Bumbershoot 2012 runs September 1-3 – now get ready to go!
Do you know what a Bumbershoot is? it is an umbrella. Seattle hosts (and One Reel organizes) this an annual three-day music festival on Labor Day weekend called Bumbershoot…which lists both local and international acts. It is located at the Seattle Center, which has the grounds and venues to carry it off. The format changes a bit each year. 2011 was more indie focused with less well-known (but high quality) acts. The headliner for Monday, Labor Day was Daryl Hall and John Oates. This year, for the first time, Bumbershoot hosted Youngershoot…activites and music for the family. There is also art, film, and of course, food. The type of music often depends on which stage they are performing on…whether it be the Starbucks Stage , the Fountain Lawn Stage, the Fisher Green Stage, the EMP Level 3 Stage, the Exhibition Hall, the Intiman Theatre (comedy), or the Bagley Wright Theatre (dance, theater)… and others. Most stages has its own sponsor. The Key Arena hosted the mainstage acts.
I was able see a variety this year… the Trey McIntyre Project, Legendary Oaks, Quadron, Wayne Federman and The Gregory Brothers, Dennis Coffey, Charles Bradley, Fitz and the Tantrums, and part Daryl Hall and John Oates and The Reverend Horton Heat. All were great choices and I’d have to say my faves were Dennis Coffey (funkn’ it out), Charles Bradley (the Screaming Eagle of Soul), and Fitz and the Tantrums. That is what is interesting (and fun) about Bumbershoot, there are so many genres and options. There are so many choices, that you undoubtedly miss those you wish you could have seen too, especially if you only go one day. You could certainly enjoy something each day of the festival.
You can bring your own chair and food in, which is helpful if you’re there for all day, which you should be! Park across the street and you’ll have access to your vehicle without much trouble. This year mind you we had 80 degree weather… but whether rain (Bumbershoot needed) or shine, you’ll have a good time and see a band, comedy act, dance troupe, or other that you haven’t seen before.
If you didn’t get to it this year – maybe try it next year! Cool!