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8 Seattle and Renton Art Street Fairs You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Lifestyle, Renton, Seattle | Posted: June 19, 2019

The sun is shining, and city calendars are overflowing with activities. Farmer’s markets, festivals, parades, and beer gardens are brimming all over the Seattle area.

There is so much to celebrate, blue skies, perfect weather, a sparkling Lake Washington and a market filled with creative, talented makers from around the country. Pull on your favorite summer outfit, grab some friends, and peruse the artsy side of the city.

 

Seattle:

  • Celebrate the First Thursday of every month except July in Occidental Square. Located just inland off of Pier 48 in where the ivy hangs thickly off of red brick buildings and the cruise ships drop thousands of passengers off flooding the streets with happy travelers. This lovely outdoor square is covered with overarching London Plane trees creating a beautiful shaded canopy overhead. Concrete ping pong tables will keep your kids happy while you shop. Every First Thursday from April through October except for in July, 55 of Seattle’s artisans set up booths here from 12-9:00 p.m., it has an atmosphere like a European market under the trees.
  • Art on the Rocks at the Bar Shoppe and Lounge is a neighboring event, and it’s also on the First Thursday of every month. Hit up the market then wander over to Art on the Rocks in Pioneer Square. They house a monthly art show with local artists who set up across three rooms inside the bar. You can enjoy craft cocktails and a DJ with no cover charge. If you haven’t yet discovered this venue you should give it a shot, it’s really cool. The bartenders are masters at their craft and are happy to customize drinks on the spot with only your preferences to go off. Take a look at their Facebook page; they’re beverage artists.
  • The Full Moon Market June 8 & 9, July 20 & 21, August 24 & 25, September 21 & 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you like modern jewelry, bohemian designs and clean, trendy looks this market is for you. Located in the Stumptown Coffee Roasters building downtown, a team of Pacific Northwest makers creates a fresh exchange of products that look like they leaped off a modern, stylish Pinterest board.
  • The SODO Flea Market located at the Epic Antique parking lot at 3701 7th Ave South takes place the second and last Saturdays of every month. Enjoy free parking at this event where you’ll find vintage and antique furniture from stylish local vendors. The SODO Flea Market was recognized as one of the best flea markets in the country. Don’t be fooled by the title; they house vendors selling more than the typical flea market finds. You’ll find products here like, handmade jewelry, dyed textiles, ceramics, vintage clothing, housewares, and even fresh cut flowers. Food and coffee trucks will keep you fueled up for the hunt.
  • Urban Craft Uprising 2019 Summer Show on June 22 & 23, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This is one of Seattle’s largest craft shows, it’s held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. People line up around the block to be one of the first ones in for this event. The whole family is welcome. Hopefully, you’ll leave with ambitions and creative ideas flooding your head for potential projects.
  • Urban Craft Market and The Seattle Street Food Festival held on July 6 & 7, Fourth of July weekend, a marriage of two of the best festivals ever have combined forces to drain your pocketbook and make your home awesome. A massive celebration of makers, artists, and chefs are working together to create this fabulous downtown festival located at 217 9th Avenue in Seattle. Bring the family; there will be something here for everyone.

 

Renton:

  • Rummage Sale July 20, from 3-9:00 p.m. Located at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. Come treasure hunt to find that perfect something you’ve been looking for to complete your home décor or a rare vintage cameo necklace. You never know what to expect at this annual event. The best part is, it doesn’t start until three o’clock in the afternoon. For those of you who never make it to early morning garage sales, this one’s for you.
  • Summerfest July 20, in the Piazza Park, Renton is celebrating summer alongside the Rummage Sale. Live music, an art exhibit, and food trucks will be open for business downtown. A beer garden will keep the adults happy, and the evening will end with an open-air movie in the park.

 

Meeting so many artists and crafters might inspire you to create something wonderful. Come and visit If not for the artists, for the food trucks, culinary inspiration is great too.

Seattle Area Running Races

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Lifestyle | Posted: June 6, 2019

This summer, challenge yourself to do something new, run a race with hundreds of others under the cool canopy of evergreens. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or new to the game, there are hundreds of competitions around the beautiful State of Washington this summer. Signing up for one will keep you on your toes and help you commit to a running plan.

For some, running is very addictive. The feeling of kicking off your dress shoes and lacing up your sneakers can be cathartic and feel amazing after a day of wearing work clothes. Plug in your earbuds and hit the trails. What happens next is euphoria. The workday stress melts away, and the daily commute disappears as you commune with the forest floor.

Pine needles crunch and soft summer breeze fill your nose. If you aren’t already a runner, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start years ago. The Pacific Northwest is a haven for runners, hundreds of miles of trails lace through towns and forests in all directions. A great way to start or continue running is to pick a race, every one of them has incredible greenery and beautiful forests towering overhead. Register early, the best ones go first.

It’s not too late to start the Summer Trail Run Series, every other Tuesday from May through August you can join a run with distances from 4k to 10k with different locations in Bellevue, Seattle, Redmond and Kenmore, each in a different park. Choose to run only one or make it an every other Tuesday tradition and run several. Your scores and times will be recorded so you can challenge yourself to beat your previous time with two weeks in between for training.

If you go often enough, you’ll meet other runners and discover new jogging spots along the way. At the end of each race, your hard work pays off with a cookout, veggie and pork hotdogs, and watermelon for dinner on these sunny summer evenings. Register now, if you’re ready to commit, there’s a discount for multiple races.

Taylor Mountain Trail Run, June 22, located halfway between Renton and Issaquah this trail goes right through the heart of the mountains. A 12.8-mile loop with a slow 1,900-foot ascent. Sign up for a half or full marathon through the beautiful Issaquah Alps. It can be steep in stretches and starts with a river crossing where you’ll get wet and cool off at the start.

Sunshine Salutation is one of the Summer Trail Run Series located at the Redmond Watershed June 25, at 6:30 p.m. choose to run 5 or 10 miles after work during the Eastside edition of the trail to grill run series. Take this course through the stunning Redmond Watershed, famous for soft, wide read: easy to pass, trails.

Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series #3 in Newcastle on July 13, join in on a 5k, 10.8- or 19.5-mile run benefiting King County Parks. Give back to a good cause for hundreds of runners who utilize their trail systems every day.

The Capitol One Torchlight Run in downtown Seattle on July 27. If you’re not a fan of trail runs choose the torchlight, it’s a 5 or 8k run through downtown and across the piers during the famous and historic Seafair festival covering a variety of events over ten weeks of celebrations.

Tiger Peak Challenge August 3, sign up for a half, full or 50 kilometers (31 miles) run through 13,745 acres of Tiger Mountain Park. The race covers two out of three mountain peaks at the park and finishes with flat trails to help you recharge while finishing strong.

Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series #4 in Newcastle on August 10, top your last time and distance from the Trail Series #3 during this race you’ll get another shot at the same trails during this 5k, 14.5- or 26.2-mile run through Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

Summer Blast at Redmond Watershed located in Redmond on August 17, only fifteen minutes North of Sammamish you can choose between 5 miles, 10 miles, half or full marathons to run in this lush, green, forested race.

Middle Fork Trail Run in North Bend on September 7, Just a quick 30-minute drive east from Sammamish and Renton. Choose a race of 10k, half marathon, 22 miles or a 50k. During the competition, you’ll follow the river valleys up and down through sloping valleys and mountain slopes with river views, through forests and incredible cliffs. Find detailed course descriptions on the website.

Run with the Kokanee at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah on October 12. Run a short 5 or 10k race that’ll benefit recovery work for the Kokanee salmon living in the lake.

Enjoy the outdoors with a run, take note of how you feel before and after you begin running, for many, they sleep better, eat healthier, and are naturally happier. If you surround yourself with like-minded healthy trail runners, you may end up with a whole new community of friends in your new city.

How Seattle Celebrate Memorial Day 2019

Categories: American Classic News, Lifestyle, Washington | Posted: May 15, 2019

There’s nothing more exciting than Memorial Day in Seattle! The unofficial opening day of summer and a time to celebrate our freedom by remembering those who fought for it.

No matter how you’d like to spend the holiday, you don’t need to go far for museums, beach days, parks, shopping, or hiking. Try to put away your home projects and forget about work this weekend. It’s time to enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful State you call home. Celebrate like a Washingtonian and pull out the bicycle, fire up the grill and throw on a salmon or two. Living this close to the open water has its benefits.

Blue Star Museums is a program opening up on Memorial Day for active duty families granting them free access to participating museums all summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 27 Museums all over the Seattle and Tacoma area participate in the program. Art, history and children’s museums participate. There’s something for every age and interest level to enjoy with this fantastic service member benefit.

The Museum of Flight located in South Seattle, just below the Boeing Airfield, will be celebrating Memorial Day with live music by the Boeing Employee Concert Band and a special ceremony. Memorial Day is the grand opening of a brand-new Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park with a B-52G Stratofortress plane as the main focal point and a memorial statue and tribute wall. Guest speakers and jet flyovers will celebrate this momentous event. Veterans and active duty military are allowed free entry.

48th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center, this is a free festival located on the Space Needle grounds. It’s an anything-goes kind of festival, and there’s a market place full of goods from all over the world, street performers, musical instrument workshops, 20 stages and 5,000 entertainers and performers, food stands and lots of hippies. It’s a love it or hate it kind of a place, so if you don’t like crowds of smelly strangers, you might want to avoid it. But, if you’re up for an adventure, you’d like to meet interesting folks, enjoy excellent entertainment and unique food you’ll love it.

Newcastle Beach Park, bring a blanket and spend the day in this 29-acre green space. A lovely swimming area is roped off in Lake Washington keeping the space wake free for your little ones to swim safely. Take a walk on the trail or steak out a spot on the dock. A play structure will keep the kids busy, and public grills are available for lunch so you can spend the whole day enjoying the views in the great outdoors.

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is one of the most popular beach parks in Renton. It’s a large, 57-acre space with views of Mount Rainer. Gene Coulon is situated on Lake Washington with a large playground, a boat launch, trail, barbeque grills, and a swimming area. Come early especially on Memorial Day weekend, it will be busy, and parking can be tricky. A strict no-dog policy is in play here with hefty fines if you’re caught with one in the park. If you don’t have time to plan a picnic, no worries, Ivar’s Seafood and Kidd Valley burger both have locations in the park.

Sammamish Landing Park is an eight-acre park on Lake Sammamish. Three beaches are favorite spots to soak in the sunshine. This is the only public access point on Lake Sammamish and can be busy, so come early and stay for the day. For a different change of pace on Memorial Day head over to Pier 59 downtown. There are more than enough activities to keep the whole family happy for the day.

The Seattle Aquarium will be hosting a Family Science Weekend. Shows, exhibits and educational opportunities are offered all weekend. You’ll have the chance to explore the sea life living in the Puget Sound. After the aquarium, you can enjoy dinner on Elliot Bay at one of the dozens of eateries with water views. Ride the Ferris Wheel overlooking the city and the Bay and wander along the waterfront while taking in the sounds of the city. There is more than enough to keep the family busy here for a weekend.

Follow the Orca Network and find whales. The Orca Network is a public group where anyone who spots whales of any kind (not only orcas) will post their findings, the time and location. If you watch closely, you could use this information to chase and spot whales of your own. You may be required to hop a ferry to find them, leading to a day of adventure and warm family memories.

There are dozens of ways to celebrate this Memorial Day. The most important thing is to leave your to-do lists behind and revel in your freedom.

Spring Beer Festivals and Wine Tastings Abound in and Around Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Lifestyle | Posted: April 29, 2019

When it comes to wine and beer, the creativity of Washington’s residents shine. The craft beer and local wine grower scene here are off the charts, and the rest of the country has taken notice. Washington recently brought home 17 medals in the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, one of the biggest, most prestigious beer competitions in the country. Internationally at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards Washington won 39 awards and accolades.

The wine and beer world in America has changed immensely within the last few years with the explosions of small-batch brewers and thousands of propagated acres across Eastern Washington. It was all started by happenstance because of the devastating drought in California. Vintners moved north in search of wetter pastures finding a gold mine of inexpensive, vitamin-rich, rocky soil that mimics much of the old-world wine regions of Europe.

Not only do we have grapes, but the Yakima valley grows 75% of the country’s hops. They come in handy in a State with the second largest number of breweries in the country. Move over California; there’s a new region shaking things up. Breweries and tasting events have popped up all over Washington for the last few years. You can happily keep your carbon footprint small by drinking local and still enjoy some of the best beer and wine in the country.

Bacon and Beer Classic Saturday, May 4, located at the T-Mobile ballpark in Seattle. Get your fill of bacon at this annual event. Try bacon-themed snacks from 23 participating restaurants and beer from 50 breweries attending this gigantic event. If you enjoy eating while you party, you’re welcome to join in on the bacon eating contest sponsored by who else but Hormel, the bacon people. A range of tickets are available for purchase from $69 – $125. All tickets include an unlimited number of beer tasters, bacon sampling, and the opportunity to have a fantastic day in the stadium with hundreds of new friends

Downtown Issaquah Wine and Art Walk Saturday, May 4, located in Issaquah, come for wine tasting, art, and live music. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tasting glasses and you can shop while you drink!

Seattle Beer Week May 9 – 19, This is an enormous event located in multiple locations from North to South Seattle. All week beer and food pairings will be offered throughout the city. Check the map and calendar to find out which locations are participating. A full roster of events are happening every day, bocce tournaments, beer tastings, beer and brunch, Beer-B-Q, trivia, chefs menus, discounts, release parties, pine box beer can derby, mother’s day events, even a Bothell block party. You can vote in a number of competitions between German and Seattle Beers, not sure if they know they’re competing. Participate in coffee infused beer and donut pairings, and you can even drink beer and hold a bunny! This week can’t get any better. Don’t miss the ridiculousness.

Pours In Stores Saturday, May 18, located in Issaquah at the Grand Ridge Plaza. Shop and sip while tasting wine and ginger beer and enjoying live music.

Jet City Rosé Saturday, June 1, located at the Charles Smith Winery Jet City hanger. For those of you rosé lovers who feel like you’re left behind by the celebrated reds of the wine tasting world, this one’s for you. Back for the third year in a row, this event has sold out the previous two years. Buy your tickets early. Three live bands, food trucks and 25 of the top rosé cellars in the country will be there to savor.

Renton Wine Walk on Friday, June 7, located in downtown Renton. You’ll have the opportunity to wander through downtown businesses while sampling wine and getting to know your neighbors.

Washington Brewers Festival is on June 14 – 16 in Redmond. Taking place Father’s Day weekend, this gigantic beer festival will make your honey happy. Located at Marymoor Park, come taste over 500 Washington beers with live music and 20 food trucks. There will be entertainment for the kids at this all ages festival, a root beer garden, bounce houses, and balloon animals will keep the little ones happy while you grab a drink.

Viva la Vino! Showcase of Spanish-Style Washington Wines Tuesday, June 18, located downtown at the World Trade Center Seattle. If you love a dark, bold Spanish Tempranillo, you’ll fancy this event. A celebration of Spanish varietals that grow beautifully in the rocky dry soil of Eastern Washington. The soil has a similar mineral composition to Spain creating comparable styles and varietals at your fingertips.

Seattle International Beerfest July 12 – 14, located at the Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center.  This Beerfest has been going strong for 17 years. It’s located on the green where there is enough space for 1,000 visitors, bring your blankets and sunscreen.

Choose from beer gardens, live music, food trucks, and hundreds of beers imported from all over the world. The entry fee will buy you a tasting glass and wrist band. Don’t toss them, they’ll get you back in all weekend to try more beer, dogs are welcome. You’ll have a blast at any brewery or wine tasting room you choose, it’s inevitable, bring good friends and enjoy the fabulous Pacific Northwest weather all spring and summer long.

7 Local Cinco de Mayo 2019 Locations in Seattle to Attend

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Lifestyle, Seattle | Posted: March 29, 2019

This year Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday, a lucky thing about that is that you can make a weekend out of it. Local Seattle events will be happening Saturday and Sunday this year so you can expect lots of the neighborhood Mexican restaurant and bar will be packed and offering drink specials. Here’s a list we’ve compiled for celebrating Seattle locals to check out this holiday.

We’ve compiled a list of the biggest bashes in Seattle.

Waterways Cinco de Mayo Party Cruise May 4, book now for a party cruise $62 saves you a spot on board including one free drink and a taco bar. You’ll be dancing down the lake on this party boat with a live DJ and sparkling water below.

Fiesta 5k Ole! & Food Truck Festival May 4, located the in Volunteer Park. Register to run in the 5k starting at 9:30 a.m. and stay for two live bands and a DJ in the beer and margarita tent. Food trucks from all over Seattle will be joining in the fun bringing fresh, Mexican inspired meals to the party. It will last until 5:00 p.m. when the crowd will let loose on Capitol Hill joining in on other parties throughout the city.

15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party located at Tacos Guaymas in Green Lake Sunday, May 5, this event is so big that you might want to call into work the next day. Even the evening news will be here filming. The day’s events include a jalapeño eating contest, a rotation of live music and DJs, a margarita bar, beer garden, prizes, giveaways and of course, Mexican food.

Cinco de Mayo located at Las Palmas Restaurant in SeaTac on Sunday, May 5, register now to guarantee yourself a free ticket and reserve VIP seating. DJ’s will play Latin dance music all night beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Cinco de Drinko Sundaze May 5, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. if you’re tired of the same old bars here’s a different idea entirely. Hosted by event planners, this second annual affair will take place in a pretty Seattle event space, Studio 116. Buy tickets ahead of time or pay double at the door to enjoy drink specials and a DJ.

Tim’s Tavern May 5, the show starts at 5:00 p.m. come in for three live bands; Los Flacos, Amigos Nobles and Thomas Del Real from Chile. All these bands are playing for only a $5 suggested donation.  Tim’s is an excellent, little, community dive bar. If you love little digs with full vegan menus Seattle style, you’ll love this space.

The Substation May 5, the show starts at 9:00 p.m. Substation is a night club in Ballard, Come out for live bands Grunge Tree, 627, and More Shade than Sun.

Cinco de Mayo is always a good time, no matter where you go you’ll find good music, old and new friends and (arguably) some of the best food in the world.

 

Where to Take your little Easter Egg Hunters in Seattle 2019

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Lifestyle | Posted: March 14, 2019

Spring is officially here and with it comes Easter! This year the holiday falls at the end of April, leaving more chances for sunny skies during egg hunts and Easter bunny visits. Hundreds of egg hunts take place all over the city, and you’re guaranteed to have at least one in your neighborhood. Most egg hunts fall on Saturday, April 20th leaving Easter morning for church services and Easter bunny baskets at home.

Don’t forget to bring your bags or baskets for your little ones to use while hunting. Some egg hunts limit children’s ages check your desired location to see if your kids fit within the guidelines.

Local community centers and parks offer Hundreds of Easter egg hunts look here for an extensive list of events in your neighborhood. The most important thing is to get there early. Egg hunts don’t last long and sometimes are over within minutes. Give your family plenty of time to avoid sad little hunters missing out on the fun.

 

Seattle

Woodland Park Zoo Bunny Bounce April 20, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. the zoo will be open for children to hunt Easter eggs for free with admission. Egg hunts will take place all day long with different hunts for younger and older children. Quests are for ages 1-3, 3-5, and 6-8 next to the North Meadow. The zoo animals aren’t left out; they’ll have special treats given to them in Easter baskets throughout the day. Check the schedule to find out when your favorite animal will chow down on a special Easter snack.

Montlake Community Center April 20, at 10:00 a.m. come out for a traditional Easter egg hunt with thousands of colored plastic eggs littering the church grounds.

 

Bellevue

Kelsey Creek Farm Park April 13, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This event is only for children ages 5-7. They’ll have the opportunity to find real eggs in the chicken coop, compare duck, goose, and chicken eggs, and participate in an Easter egg hunt. A small petting zoo will be open. Pre-registration and a fee of $25 for Washington residents are required, $30 for non-residents.

Kids Quest Children’s Museum April 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Children will hunt for eggs hidden throughout the exhibits while enjoying the museum. Easter themed games, and Art projects will be available. Pre-register to secure your space. It’ll cost $8 for museum members, $13 for non-members when pre-registering.

 

Redmond

Redmond Town Center The Spring Eggstravaganza April 20, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Coordinators of this massive event are expecting over 2,000 kids! The first 2,000 will receive a scavenger card and a prize bag at the end. Art tables, sports games, bouncy houses, trampolines, balloons, and face paint are only a few of the activities planned for the loads of children who attend.

 

Kirkland

Inglewood Presbyterian Church, The Great Finn Hill Egg Hunt April 20, starting at 11:00 a.m. This egg hunt takes place in a church and is open to everyone in the community. They encourage people to come early to the event for children to decorate a bag for their treasures. Easter egg hunts are separated by ages, toddler, pre-k and elementary. Feel free to bring food for a food drive the church will be hosting.

 

Newcastle

Seattle Revival Center in Newcastle on April 20, at 11:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required, this big event will have separate hunts for toddlers, 3-5-year old’s and 1st – 5th graders. Stay after the hunt to play games and jump in bouncy houses. Kids will be given free hotdogs for lunch.

 

Mercer Island

The Pebble Preschool Easter Egg Hunt and Potluck Brunch on April 20, at 10:00 a.m. This fun event is a great way to meet new people. Reserve your place ahead of time, bring a dish, and stick around for a delicious brunch with new friends.

 

Off Beat Easter:

Duvall Doggie Egg Hunt

Homeward Pet Adoption Center Easter B’egg Hunt on April 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Register your dogs to join in on a doggie egg hunt. Dogs will run free while sniffing out treat-filled Easter eggs throughout the grounds. It’s a free event, and donations will be accepted for pets in the Adoption Center.

Seattle Adult Bar Hopping

BunnyCon Easter Bunny Bar Hop 2019 April 20 & 21, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Join up with a few hundred friends dressed like chicks and rabbits hopping from bar to bar all day long in downtown Seattle at this marathon event. Tickets start at $5 for early registration and get more expensive the longer you wait to sign up.

There are endless options to take your little ones this Easter rain or shine. Be sure to get out and create memories; these photo opportunities only come around once a year.

6 Cool and Unusual Things To Do Around Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Seattle | Posted: March 8, 2019

Historically the climate and landscape in Seattle have brought all types to the PNW, fishermen, tourists, outdoor enthusiasts, and most of all artists. Quirky personalities who lose themselves in conversation over a fair-trade coffee or an IPA homebrew love to call this place home.

The Emerald City is a fitting name for Seattle in more ways than one. Not only is it the city of evergreens and lush forests, but it has as much art and imagination as Alice and Wonderland. Seattle has a personality of its own and die-hard locals are working to keep the old city alive with art and music. Below are just a few of the places that make Seattle quirky.

Café Racer and the Official Bad Art Museum of Art (OBAMA) Room located on the North end of the University district. The bar is often packed full of engaging artists that work with all mediums from music to murals. The Café Racer calendar is full of entertaining shows, open night mics, cartoonist work parties, board games, comedy, improv and writing groups, any night of the week you might find artists painting or sketching at the bar. Thursday through Saturday there’s a revolving door of live music acts across all genres and Sundays are reserved for Jazz. For those who love art, but don’t take it too seriously, Café Racer is worth checking out, they’ve got everything, entertainment, great food, stiff drinks, bad artwork and a sense of humor.

Henry’s Murals, hopefully, you’ve noticed the abundance of colorful, and curious cartoon murals painting the streets of Wallingford, Ballard, and Fremont. Ryan Henry Ward is the artist, he signs all of his pieces Henry. This prolific artist is brightening up dark and boring spaces all over town from pet stores to dingy alleys.

Henry brings creativity and imagination to life while creating vibrant and lovable spaces. He paints big, bright silly characters straight out of his imagination and onto the wall, a whimsical window to his soul. Make a day of it and drive around looking for his pieces, they grace hundreds of walls and storefronts throughout the city.

Seattle Metaphysical Library is an underground library that is literally underground. Tucked away downstairs in the Kress building on NW Market Street in Ballard. This secretive little spot is worth finding if you’re into the quirky and unknown.

All types of offbeat subjects from spirituality to aliens are tucked away on the shelves of this little space. It’s worth a visit to anyone interested in secrets. The books, papers and newspaper clippings that pack the shelves are all hard to find and wouldn’t be at a regular library. $40 buys you a one-year membership allowing patrons to take home three books at a time, or you can come to browse the shelves and read in the stacks for free.

The library hours are odd, it’s run by volunteers, so you never quite know if it’ll be open. Check the schedule and look for the sign on the sidewalk, the building isn’t marked. The front door can sometimes be locked by residents who live upstairs, so if they’re open, you might need to give them a ring to come let you in.

UPS Waterfall Garden Park is a tiny little pocket park within the limits of the busiest section of the city in Pioneer Square. This little gem has a 22-acre waterfall creating a relaxing bubbling oasis to drown out the sounds of the city. Security guards make sure the area stays clean and available for anyone who needs a moment away from the crazy. The park was created as a commemoration of the very first UPS that was developed here in this spot in 1907 before it became the powerhouse company that it is today.

The Fremont Troll is one of the most unusual neighbors in Fremont. Located underneath the Aurora bridge the Troll has been guarding this space for almost 30 years and has turned this little cove into a tourist attraction.

An 18-foot cement troll appears to come out of the darkness with one shiny metal eye looking out from the depths. His left hand appears to be crushing an actual Volkswagen Beatle, which he dwarfs it in his enormous hand. Visitors are encouraged to climb on his face and take lots of pictures.

Hat ‘n’ Boots at Oxbow Park, this hilarious 1950’s roadside attraction was once very popular. It drew in massive crowds of tourists to the gas station whose owners commissioned it, making them a lot of money.

The 22-foot-tall boots once housed the gas station bathrooms and the 44-foot hat held the office. The Hat ‘n’ boots heyday was over when the interstate I-5 was built. After falling to decay, Georgetown residents fought against letting the accessories go out of style. They had them revamped and moved to Oxbow Park where residents can enjoy them daily while the kids play next door.

The weird, the obnoxious and the peaceful are only a few of the amusing and wacky oddities found within city limits. Keep your eye out, there are interesting people and pockets around every corner.

 

9 Awesome Music Venues Around Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Seattle | Posted: February 13, 2019

Often cities have things they’re famous for, something that’s ubiquitous to the town name. Orlando has Disney World, New York City never sleeps, Nashville and country music. Up until the last ten years when Microsoft and Amazon moved into town changing Seattle’s vibe, our legacy was Nirvana. The grunge era started in the rainy city and spread like wildfire across the United States. Music in Seattle didn’t die with Curt Cobain, it’s still here alive and well. You just need to know where to look.

It’s been swallowed up with the recent development of high rises, caramel macchiatos, and techies. If you dig deep enough you can uncover the soul that made this town. The great thing about live events is that you can catch them everywhere from world-class historical theaters to funky local coffee shops.

Click on theater titles for a calendar of events.

 

  • Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle, Dimitriou’s has been a staple here for 30 years. Pick any act off the calendar and it will not disappoint. It’s a swanky affair, so leave your jeans at home and get dressed up for a night out. The food is a bit pricey and you can probably have a better dinner elsewhere but come early to get a good spot. Choose between seating downstairs or in the mezzanine, everyone has a view of the show whether it’s side or center. The music is set up well, with just the right with a fabulous sound that won’t send you home with hearing loss. Dining in just for dessert and or drinks is available and it’s all ages, except for the bar. Bring your teenagers for an unforgettable night out and teach them what good music is. This venue has had a number of famous acts through the years and won’t disappoint.
  • Egan’s Ballard Jam House Ballard, Egan’s is an old school intimate venue small enough to entertain only 35 people. It’s so much fun to see a local band close up in such a small space. The bands decide the door fee, usually around $10. Egan’s is all ages until 11:00 p.m. which is usually when the bands stop playing anyway, impress your kids with an exceptional night out. With everything growing and changing it’s nice to know these little spots are still here in pockets. Check the schedule before you come, they’re closed Sunday – Tuesday and close on nights when they don’t have performances.
  • Paramount Theater is Seattle’s most opulent, historic theater originally built in 1928. The Paramount is a classically beautiful Seattle theater that has been a place of inspiration and creativity for 91 years. The gold-leafed interior is hand painted, enormous chandeliers dripping with crystals hang overhead. The Paramount shows all types of entertainment from rock bands to orchestras, plays, and musicals. Choose from multiple mezzanine balconies allowing every seat to have clear views of the performers.
  • The Neptune Theater Seattle, The Neptune is another classic theater originally built in 1920. The theater doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Paramount, but the sound quality and the shows are first class. Originally built as a single screen movie theater it continued as a theater all the way up until 2011 when the building changed hands to the Seattle Theater Group. It was converted to a multi-use theater with a state-of-the-art sound system and now plays a variety of shows, music, and theater.
  • The Showbox Seattle has been around since 1939, this place has lived through dozens of music genres. it’s a fantastic, mid-sized venue, the stage is visible from everywhere on the floor with areas for seating and dancing. Come early to get a bite and a reasonably priced drink at the historic, Kerns Music Shop next door, they’ll let you in ahead of the crowd if you’re waiting for a show.
  • Tractor Tavern Ballard, don’t let the name fool you, the Tractor Tavern plays a wide variety of genres, including country music. In Seattle that can be a rarity. It’s a small venue with exposed brick and wooden accents and affordable entrance fees, usually under $20. Check the calendar for nights with free entry.
  • Soul Food Coffee House Redmond, this is the quintessential coffee shop, exactly what you would expect out of the Pacific Northwest. Soul Food serves organic coffee right off the bike trail next to the Sammamish River. It has a cute little artistic gift shop filled with trinkets from local and global artists. Local talent regularly plays guitar on their little stage, perfect for low key, unplugged listening, also open for poetry nights. There’s a children’s area to keep your little ones happy while you relax and listen to free live music.
  • The Lime Kirkland, keep an eye on the events calendar, they tend to host live music once a weekend. The Lime is a neighborhood favorite bar with rave reviews from loyal followers. It’s definitely a dive bar, no theater clothes needed. You can doubly entertain yourself by playing darts and pool while watching the band.

No matter what type of venue you’re looking for and what your budget is, there are a number of options in and around Seattle, from coffee shops to theaters. Check calendars often to find your jam.

Should I Build a Single-Story Home?

Categories: American Classic News | Posted: February 11, 2019

Building a home presents an incredible amount of challenges. But you’ll need to answer this question before doing almost anything else: should you build a one-story or two-story house? There are many advantages and disadvantages of each. Of course, in the end, it will come down to your personal preference. What works better for your family? How long are you going to live here?

Here are a few advantages to building a single-story home.

Lower Heating and Cooling Costs

A single-story home is an excellent return on investment when it comes to heat and air conditioning. Since heat rises and cold air falls, people with two-story homes end up paying nearly double in costs just to keep their upstairs and downstairs at a comfortable temperature.

With just one floor to heat or cool, single-story homes are more cost and energy efficient. That’s a double win.

Maintenance is So Much Easier

Do you know what’s not fun? Carrying a vacuum cleaner up and down a set of stairs every week. Everything is on the same level in a single-story home, so there’s no need to run up and down floors carrying laundry or cleaning supplies. It may not seem like this would be a big deal, but all that work adds up and makes chores even more unappealing.

This is true for outside your home too. Washing your windows, cleaning your gutter, or painting is all easier when there’s only one floor to deal with.

Planning for Your Safety and Future

Another point to consider is whether you’re planning to live out your later years in this home. If you plan to retire and continue living in this home for the rest of your life, a one-story home may be better. After all, stairs can be cumbersome or dangerous for people with limited mobility. That’s why most senior living communities feature single-level homes.

But this consideration isn’t just for older folks. Familiar with small children may want to avoid adding stairs too. Falling down stairs is a real danger for crawling or barely walking kids.

For either of these reasons, or if you just don’t want to run up and down stairs every day, then a single-story home is the way to go.

In Case of Fire…

Nobody likes to think about the worst case scenario. But in the event of a fire or another disaster, it’s easier to get out of a one-story home. Evacuating from a ground floor window is undoubtedly better than jumping out a window higher up.

It may be unpleasant, but it’s necessary to consider this in your planning.

So, what are you sacrificing by building a single-story home?

One of the most significant downsides of a single-story home is a lack of privacy. When your bedroom is on the ground floor, you’re potentially open to people walking down the street or cars driving by. Additionally, there’s no separation between your home’s “public” and “private” spaces. This becomes especially important during the holidays or if you’re hosting a party with guests.

If you’re designing the floor plan, you can avoid some of this exposure. But even so, a multi-story home would offer additional privacy and protection.

Consider too that building is going to be expensive. First, because your home has a larger footprint and therefore requires more land. Second, you’ll need more materials for the foundation, roof, and windows.

It All Comes Down to Personal Preference

Are you looking for an easier layout design? More prefab options? Go for the single-story home.

There are many benefits of single-story homes, from inexpensive heating to easier maintenance. And there are certainly cons, like a lack of privacy or higher building costs. But ultimately, it comes down to your personal preference.

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of different home styles will help you make a more informed decision about what type of home to build.

Fabulous Ferry Day Trip Ideas from Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Seattle | Posted: January 29, 2019

The Washington State ferry system is the fourth largest in the world and the largest in the United States. Not only is it a relaxing way to travel, but it’s also beautiful. With such an abundance of marine life at our fingertip’s ferries are the best way to see marine life while you travel. For example, whales can be seen any time of the year, but they are most frequently spotted from April through September from the ferries!

Ferries are fun, like a vacation in and of themselves. You can go out on the open water, stand in the breeze and float with the seals while on deck. Make sure to bring snacks and enjoy the ride threading through magical islands with mountain views while riding the waters of the Sound like the whales. If you can score public transportation you might be able to hop aboard without even paying for parking. And note that you can even bring a bike on, which is great because you can arrive in town with your own transportation and enjoy dozens of parks on neighboring islands.

No matter where you go, ferry day trips feel like mini vacations, you’ve stepped off of dry land onto another planet. Although the ferry destinations are close to Seattle, island life is different, laid back, slow moving and a little bit funky. Leave the hustle and bustle for the day and enjoy a complete change of pace right at your fingertips.

From the Seattle Port, you can head to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton. Bainbridge Island is also just a quick 35-minute ferry ride away, lots of little eateries and restaurants are within a few blocks walk off the ferry in the historic downtown, with museums, art, and recreational parks.

  • Come out for First Friday, you can hop right off the ferry terminal and appreciate wine and art on the First Friday of every month.
  • Pegasus Coffee is a darling little coffee shop to try out in a redbrick building covered with ivy and oozing with character, it’s been serving up coffee for 40 years.
  • Bruciato is a beautiful venue with pizza to match, this place alone is worth the trip.
  • Saturday mornings from April-September you’ll find a farmer’s market with fresh colorful local ingredients, artwork, bread, fresh caught fish and flowers.
  • Parks, Parks, and more Parks. This island is loaded with trails and parks. Lakes, forests, coves and beaches, you’ll find hiking, camping, boating, kayaking, biking and even scuba diving here. Including Fort Ward Park 137 acres of waterfront park with an underwater park for scuba divers. Bike trails connect Fort Ward to 40 acres of Blakey Harbor Park.
  • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art the architecture and exhibits here are beautiful, it’s free admission and definitely worth a visit. Check out their schedule, they often have live music and other events. The café inside is delicious and activities are available for children.

Bremerton hop on the ferry for a one-hour ride to Bremerton, the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula. Bremerton is the largest Naval base on the West Coast with thousands of crew members and a palatable Naval vibe. If you’re into U.S. history, this is your ferry. This area has been home to the men in white since 1891.

  • USS Turner Joy is a U.S. Naval Destroyer ship that has been converted into a museum. This is a fun museum for kids and history buffs to wander the halls, climb into the gun mount and check out the engine room. It paints a picture of what life was like on board.
  • Puget Sound Navy Museum is completely run by volunteers and free to visit. This beautiful old building is revamped with hands-on activities and plenty to keep visitors of all ages happy.
  • Parks and trails, it wouldn’t be the PNW without parks. Come and enjoy dozens of them with disk golf and green spaces without the crowds of Seattle.
  • Harborside Fountain Park is over two acres of a downtown plaza. What’s impressive about this plaza is five giant fountains with wading pools at their bases. Kids love to splash and play at the base of the fountains in the summertime and they’re lit up beautifully at night.

From Fauntleroy (Just Northwest of White Center) head to Vashon Island.

Vashon Island is a true release from the city, if you really want a day to get back to nature this is the place to do it. Accessible only by boat with a population under 11,000 people. You’ll need to bring your car unless you’re ready for a challenging five-mile uphill bike ride to town. Vashon is a darling little funky town with artsy restaurants and a great live music scene, but for the most part, it’s pretty sleepy.

  • Point Robinson Lighthouse, the lighthouse itself is not open to tours but is a beautiful building to visit and makes a perfect focal point for photos sitting on top of a 10-acre shoreline park featuring sandy beaches, a saltwater marsh, woodlands and views of the East Passage and Mount Rainer on a clear day.
  • 19 stunning parks and recreation areas with all of the benefits that you’ve come to expect from Washington’s thousands of meticulous parks and trails.
  • First Friday, an eclectic group of artists lives on the island, and you can find them with their artwork at nine participating galleries and locations on the First Friday of the month.
  • VIGA Farmer’s Market April through the fall they offer a Saturday farmers market with live music.
  • The Vashon Island Coffee Roastery is a must visit while on the island, it’s a landmark in a 100-year-old building and character seeps out of its fragrant, old island, fir pores.

Seattle not only is an incredible city, but the opportunities for stay-cations and micro-adventures just outside your door are endless. With so many opportunities you should never stop exploring.