Must Park ItPARK(ing) DayFriday (9/20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) — Parking spaces throughout the city will morph into lounge-worthy mini-parks chock full of activities, music and more for the city’s annual PARK(ing) Day. We especially recommend the artful approach in front of Seattle Art Museum.
Honestly, there aren’t enough hayrack rides (aka hayrides) anymore. At least I don’t think so. I grew up mainly in Kansas, and took my fair share of hayrack rides, so I could be biased. But come on! Riding around with a bunch of pals snuggled up on the back of a cart surrounded by hay bales? That’s a good time – especially if you have the right drink in a mug, flask or other beverage-holding device. If you can’t actually get on a hayrack ride this year, I suggest at least putting a couple bales in the backyard and making one of the following to honor the tradition.
This weekend, the biggest and best Northwest food festival is taking place in Portland. Seventy food media and at least that many star chefs--from Philly, New York City, Charleston, Austin, LA and Seattle--are taking over the Rose City for Feast Portland, a nonstop food blitz: tasting events, lectures, wine and beer events, collaborative dinners, and woah, are there some after-parties.
But if you're not already going, you're not going, since almost everything's sold out.
Most Seattleites have done plenty of walking in Ballard. Between the buzzing farmers’ market, the Chittenden Locks (the perfect go-to for out-of town visitors) and the too-cute boutiques, Ballard practically begs to be explored by foot. So what inspired me to hoof it over there on a rainy Sunday afternoon for yet another stroll?
Rick Rochon, owner of PhinneyWood's Ludlow Home and purveyor of all things stylish and tasteful, is hosting his first ever sale on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22. Shoppers will save 20 percent on all vintage and upholstered furniture, which includes some of the finest items he carries in the store. What's not on sale (jewelry, larder items including jam, tea, salt, shrubs and body care) are also worthy of your perusal to round out your Ludlow Home shopping experience.
Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert hosted Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash), representative of Washington State's 7th District, as part of The Colbert Report's 435-part series "Better Know a District." Colbert playfully highlights Seattle's weather (it's sooo rainy!) and iconic landmarks such as Pike Place Market, but most memorably stumps McDermott with the uncomfortable question, "Do you like big butts?" (referring to Seattle native Sir Mix-a-Lot's Baby Got Back.)
Three cheers to the awesomest Seahawks fans for braving the elements on Sunday, including a dramatic, game delaying thunderstorm and shattering the make-some-noise Guinness World’s Record at an eardrum-testing 136.6 decibels. High fives and fist bumps all around!
Can some of that effusive enthusiasm be credited to the debut of the 12th Can? Sure, why not?
I’m patriotic as the next person, so I believe (though I may hem and haw somewhat when the summons arrives) that taking part in the judicial process is a part of being a good American citizen. However, I don’t believe you should have to chew through a bad lunch because you’re in the midst of your duty -- especially because jury duty tends to involve a nice long lunch break. With that, here are a few suggestions for satisfying lunchtime treats the next time you’re summoned to a downtown Seattle court.
It's hard to know what to root for this time of year: More of this sensational summer weather, long dinners on the patio, meals at home that come together almost too easily with just a sliced ripe tomato and some cheese to start, something off of the grill for the main, and peak season fruit to finish. Or for the soothing cool mornings of autumn, sweater weather, the coziness of meandering walks through dry leaves, trips to the pumpkin patch, apple sauce and cider.
Must ViewInscape Arts Open HouseSaturday (9/14, noon to 6:00 p.m.) — The former INS building turned artist hive opens its doors this weekend, inviting visitors to see (and buy!) paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, textiles, metalwork and beyond from more than 50 Seattle artists.
Sometimes the minute I glance at a designer’s website or see their work in person a bell goes off in my brain: ding, ding, ding, we’ve got a winner. And that happened with Seattle-based jewelry maker, Rachel Ravitch.
Her work is interesting and makes a statement, but thanks to the materials she works with (leather, hand-dyed silk and horsehair), imminently wearable and somehow very soft.
Madrona’s getting a new store. The paper is almost down off the windows at Hammer + Awl, a men’s accessory boutique fixing to stock what sounds like great American-made goods for dudes, and women who like things like Olo perfume from Portland, Shinola watches, Field Notes notebooks and finery from The Portland Collection from Pendleton.
Stay tuned for news on their opening date.