Summer Guide 2010: Georgetown

The resurgence of Georgetown is a success story that other neighborhoods would love to duplicate, an

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The resurgence of Georgetown is a success story that other neighborhoods would love to duplicate, and while the industrial vibe might not seem to lend itself to lighthearted summer revelry, in reality, the gritty streets bring plenty in the way of sunny pleasures.

Tour the Grounds

As part of Georgetown’s centennial (it was annexed to Seattle in 1910), the Georgetown Garden Walk on July 11 takes you through the verdant landscapes of quaint bungalows and elegant Victorians. Not coincidentally, you’ll encounter some killer yard sales on this day, as neighbors take advantage of increased foot traffic to unload some treasures. Pick up free maps of the garden walk at the Georgetown Bank of America (1112 S Bailey St.).

Dine Out(side)
After ogling flora and vegetables, replenish with a giant, mouthwatering Miss Piggy pork sandwich on the outdoor patio at Smarty Pants (6017 Airport Way S; 206.762.4777; smartypantsseattle.com), or a beer and a slice at the café tables outside Stellar Pizza (5513 Airport Way S; 206.763.1660; stellarpizza.com).

Insider’s Seafair Tip:
Looking for a different view of the Blue Angels? Test runs are held a few days before the Seafair airshow officially begins (August 6–8), and Monte Aversano, 72, born and raised in Georgetown, says you should plant yourself at the north end of Boeing Field and wait for the jets to take off. “The planes come straight at you,” he attests. “You’ll feel the earth move under your feet.”

Artopia (seattleweekly.com/artopia) takes over the streets of Georgetown on June 26 as countless resident artists open their studio doors, local bands crank it up (next to a beer garden, of course) and crowds thrill to enter-at-your-own-risk power-tool races. Yes, power-tool races. Souped-up or “kustom” circular saws and other power tools take the track in a competition that would have most high school shop teachers in a tizzy. (One year, someone turbocharged a weed trimmer.) Don’t worry: Barricades are in place to make sure onlookers can’t get too close to the stampeding tools. Artopia is free and also features street performers, carnival games and food, glorious food.

Originally Published in June 2010