Celebrate Halloween With the Kids This Weekend

Whether you have little cousins, nieces, nephews or goblins of your own, it’s always nice to find a safe place to show off their scariest Halloween costumes.

So this weekend, head on over to Cal Anderson Park for Hilloweeen 2014, Capitol Hill’s favorite kid-friendly Halloween event.

The day is filled with all kinds of family-friendly ways to show off a costume, find some candy and share in the Halloween spirit.
12:00 – 3:30 Carnival
3:30 – 4:00 Costume Parade
4:00 – 7:00 Broadway Trick-Or-Treating
5:00 – 7:00 Pizza Party
Plus, Circus performers, face painters, balloon twisters, jugglers, and a return of Fonzi the Dog!

Let us know if you attend. We’d love to show off your pics of the event.

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Congratulations are in order!

WMFHAThe Washington Multi-Family Housing Association represents 690 Apartment Communities. Every year, the WMFHA hosts the Emerald Awards, in which outstanding individuals and communities are recognized for their excellence and achievement.

We’re excited and proud to congratulate our team members who were nominated for an Individual Emerald Award.

    Morgan Ludlow – The Lyric Leasing Team
    Ricky Burnett and Paul Hansen – The Lyric Maintenance

And we’re also thrilled to announce that The Lyric itself was nominated for two Community awards:

    Community of The Year
    Best Curb Appeal

Thanks to the WMFHA for the nominations, and congratulations to everyone who continues to make The Lyric one of the premier apartment communities in the state.

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Fall is Here. Time to Reacclimate to the Indoors

It certainly was a glorious summer. But now we’ve flipped past that Autumnal Equinox, signaling that Fall has arrived. Enjoying the latter part of the year in Seattle sometimes requires more indoor activities than outdoor, so here are some upcoming localicious events to help get you back into your inside state of mind. 

Now until Sept 27: Sketchfest
You only have a few more days to enjoy this hilarious event, which is being hosted at the Annex Theatre at 1100 East Pine. SketchFest comes to town once a year, and brings the best sketch comedians from around the world to pair up with local favorites. This year’s travelling group include comedians from New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Winnipeg. Who knew that Winnepegians, Winnepegites, Winnepeggers, er – people from Winnipeg, were so funny?

September 27 @ 10:00 AM: Seattle AIDS Walk and 5K Run
Fine, it’s not an indoor event, but you can wear your Gore-Tex and carry an umbrella if you’d like. It’s worth battling a few raindrops to take part in this 5K march of support and remembrance through the streets of Capitol Hill. Proceeds benefit Lifelong and partnering community service organizations.

October 3 – 5: SIFF Cinema Egyptian Opening Weekend
It’s the return to Capitol Hill full-time for SIFF Cinema. The theatre kicks off with an opening weekend of community screenings featuring the biggest movie hits in the history of the Egyptian, including the theatre’s longest running film (Amélie), the first movie to play at the Egyptian (Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha), and a special tribute to Bruce Lee, co-presented by the Wing Luke Museum. As a thank you to the community who helped raise money, SIFF Cinema Egyptian is offering admission to the Oct 3 – 5 screenings for $5 or FREE with a receipt from any Capitol Hill business (dated October 1 – 5, 2014).

October 9: Capitol Hill Art Walk
On the 2nd Thursday of every month, you can explore all the galleries around Capitol Hill from 5:00-8:00pm. You may be surprised to find out how many galleries there are, especially around Pike and Broadway. See this map for details.

October 11: 5th Annual Cascadia Cheese Festival
It’s cheese, cheese and more cheese at this event, entering its 5th year at the Central Co-op at 1600 East Madison Street. Celebrate local artisan cheesemakers with tastings, workshops, a grilled cheese sandwich contest, and pygmy goats.

Do you have an upcoming event in the next few weeks we should be talking about? Let us know.

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News From Capitol Hill

We love sharing news about The Lyric and providing some ideas about neighborhood spots to enjoy. But we also know that we can’t provide ALL the data about news and events in the area. So here are some suggestions for some other great sources of news.

Do you have any favorites that we missed? The smaller and more eclectic the better. Let us know in the comments below.

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What’s With All The Sports Talk This Week?

If you are not a hardcore sports fan, you not understand why your sports-minded friends are in somewhat of an apoplectic shock this week. We want to make sure you have the proper talking points when you run into one of your adrenalin-filled co-workers or fellow residents in the elevator or by the water cooler.

So here are some easy responses to throw at them based on what they seem to be wearing or want to talk about.

MARINERS

The low down: For the first time in enough years that we would have to look it up on Wikipedia to get the answer right, the Mariners have a shot at the playoffs. 5 teams in the Three-Division American League “make the playoffs.” Each Division winner qualifies for the 2nd round, while the two best teams that don’t win a division play each other to decide who gets the fourth spot. It’s unlikely that the Mariners win their division, but as of today they are one of 3 teams (A’s, Tigers, Mariners) within 1/2 game of each other. Two teams will Qualify.

Your key questions:

  • Doesn’t Rodney scare you a little?
  • What happens if Ackley doesn’t come back?
  • Is it good or bad that we have so many games against the Angels?

Your key responses:

  • I’ll take either Felix or Iwakuma in a one game playoff.
  • Cano is going to turn these guys into winners.
  • It’s all going to come down to the games against the Angels.

SOUNDERS

The low down: After 26 of their 34 scheduled games, the Sounders have 16 wins, 3 ties and 7 losses, which gives them the most points (51) in Major League Soccer. They are almost guaranteed to make the playoffs, but in soccer there is prestige in finishing with the best record in the league and winning what is called the “Supporters Shield.” It’s quite the accomplishment to win the Supporters Shield and then also win the Playoff Tournament. Plus, they have a chance to win a tournament called the U.S. Open Cup when they play Philadelphia on September 16.

Your key questions:

  • Can the defense stop the Galaxy in the playoffs?
  • What is the deal with Pineda? Is he still in shape to lead the team?
  • Can anyone stop Dempsey and Martins when they are in form?

Your key responses:

  • I think Marshall is the key. If he gets hurt, we’re in trouble.
  • I really like Neagle off the bench. I think his speed is maximized against tired players.
  • If we’re healthy, we’re as good as anyone.

SEAHAWKS

The low down: The season just started, and in their first game the Hawks put a pretty good thwacking on the Packers. It’s too early to say that they will definitely defend their Super Bowl championship, but it’s not too early to say that they very well might.

Your key questions:

  • Man I can’t find a weakness with the team. What scares you?
  • Is there anyone on the roster who we just can’t afford to be hurt?
  • Who’s a bigger threat, the Cardinals or the 49’ers?

Your key responses:

  • Holy cow, Percy Harvin is a stud.
  • Oh my god, Richard Sherman is a stud.
  • I’ve always said, Russell Wilson is simply a stud.
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12 Things Residents of The Lyric Should Know About the Seahawks This Season

By now you know that our region’s favorite team, the World Champion Seattle Seahawks, start their regular season this Thursday. Now, for those of you who either just moved to Seattle or aren’t huge football fans, we have provided answers to 12 questions that will help you take part in any office cooler conversation.

1) 12 questions? Seriously, what’s the deal with all the 12’s?

Ever since the Seahawks moved into Century Link Field in 2002, the Seahawks have honored their fans by calling them the “12th man.” This represents the idea that when other teams come to play the Hawks, the crowd is so loud and has such an impact that the opponents are essentially playing 11 on 12. Hence, the 12th man. Right before every home game, the Seahawks have someone from Seattle history represent all the 12’s and raise the “12th Man flag,” which turns an already loud stadium into utter chaos.

Dilfer 12th Man Flag (Seattle p-i)

 

2) What is Beast Mode?

It was Jan 9, 2011 – Coach Pete Carroll’s first year with the team. Even though the Hawks only finished with a 7-9 record that year, it was enough for them to win their division (NFC West) and thus get to host the heavily favored New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs. Late in the 4th quarter, the Saints were mounting a comeback and the Seahawks were trying to hold on to the ball, up by four points. That’s when running back Marshawn Lynch took a hand-off and ran through just about everyone on the Saints defense on the way to the end zone. Lynch was said to go into “Beast Mode.”

 

3) What’s with the animosity between us and the 49’ers? San Francisco seems like such a friendly place.

Believe it or not, the Seahawks vs 49’ers rivalry does not go back too many years. The Seahawks switched divisions from the AFC West to the NFC West in 2002, long long long after the 49’ers dynasty of the 1980’s and 1990’s when they won five Super Bowls. But 49’ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll have both recently joined their teams, Carroll in 2010 and Harbaugh in 2011. And both had coached against each other in the Pac-10, Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-2010, and Carroll at USC from 2000-2009, so their NFL rivalry spilled over from college. It reached a fever pitch in the NFC Championship game last January when the Seahawks narrowly won the game to go to the Super Bowl. The 49’ers built a new stadium about 40-50 miles outside of the city this year, so a favorite insult is to refuse to call them “San Francisco” any more, and refer to them as the “Santa Clara 49’ers.”

Via SeattleTimes.com

Via SeattleTimes.com

4) Can I date Russell Wilson? He’s dreamy.

Well, Russell Wilson is single after separating from his wife in the spring. Rumors of him with a current girlfriend are sketchy at best. But keep in mind that he’s known for being in the Seahawks film room at 5:00am, being the last guy to leave the training facility and spending most of his Tuesday afternoon free time at Children’s Hospital talking to sick kids. That’s right, he’s not just an NFL star, but he’s a super nice guy to boot. So, even if you do nab him, don’t expect too much wining and dining from the gallant QB.

 

5) I’m going to the game. Where should I go before hand?

Oh wow, that’s a tough question. Once you are in Pioneer Square, every bar and restaurant is going to be filled with 12th men and women. Most Seahawks games are Sunday at 1:15pm, which gives you the chance to get down early for breakfast, watch most of the 10:00am NFL games, and then head over to the stadium about 12:15. You want to get to the stadium a little early so you can get settled in, and to let your ears slowly adjust to the mountain of noise that is building up towards kickoff.

 

6) Who is Richard Sherman and why does he bother fans of other teams?

When you are a leader of the Seahawks defensive secondary that calls itself the “Legion of Boom,” you are bound to ruffle the feathers of opposing fans. Sherman has always been known as an outspoken character, but his popularity (and anti-popularity) reached new heights at the very end of the NFC Championship game after he defended a pass that won the game. Either you think he is overly aggressive or you love his emotion. He kind of polarizes people one way or the other. If he played for Santa Clara, we probably wouldn’t be able to stand him.


 

7) What’s the deal with the phrase “Win Forever” and where did it come from?

This is Coach Carroll’s mantra. In fact, he has a web site and has written a book of the same rallying cry. Coach Carroll’s program for youth “develops a culture of high performance that is in a relentless pursuit of a competitive edge – for individuals and teams to become the very best they can possibly become.” He brings that same competitiveness to every Seahawks practice and game.

 

8) How should my friends or I get to the stadium?

You can drive, but it’s easy to hop in an Uber or Lyft down to Pioneer Square, although the bus is a pretty good option as well. Like we said above, once you get to Pioneer Square, you can meet your friends and enjoy the festive pre-game environment before walking to the stadium. Just wander around, find a place that suits you, and enjoy a leisurely build up to kick-off.

 

9) By the way, when are the games and who do we play?

Good question. Here’s a technical answer to wow your friends with. The Hawks play 16 games. 6 are against their NFC West rivals Santa Clara, Arizona and St. Louis (3 at home, 3 away.) This year, all of the teams in the NFC West will also play the 4 teams in the AFC West; Denver, Oakland, San Diego and Kansas City (2 at home, 2 away) and NFC East; Washington, New York Giants, Philadelphia and Dallas (2 at home, 2 away.) The divisions they play against rotate every year. Finally, because the Seahawks were the winners of their division last year, they play last year’s winners of the 2 other divisions in their conference; Carolina and Green Bay (1 home, 1 away.) They do that on purpose to make it harder for the good teams to do as well, and easier for the bad teams to do better than the year before. Got it? Well here’s the full schedule with actual dates and times.

 

10) When’s the last time a team won Back to Back Super Bowls? Can we do it again?

So far there have been 48 Super Bowls, and Back to Back titles have only happened 8 times – Green Bay (1967, 1968), Miami (1973, 1974), Pittsburgh (1975, 1976 and 1979, 1980), San Francisco (1989, 1990), Dallas (1993, 1994), Denver (1998, 1999) and New England (2004, 2005). Looking at the trends, this is the longest the league has gone without a repeat champion, so it does seem like the time is right.

 

11) Since we won it last year, will the Super Bowl be in Seattle this year?

No, that’s not how it works, sadly. The Super Bowl location is chosen years in advance – usually in a warm weather city, unless there’s a brand new stadium the league wants to show off. This year’s Super Bowl is in Phoenix, and then the next ones are in Santa Clara (NOT San Francisco), Houston and Minneapolis.

 

12) I want to buy a jersey. Whose number and name should I get?

Excellent, excellent question. Good for you for your team spirit. The easy and popular choices are Russell Wilson (3), Marshawn Lynch (24) or Legion of Boom standouts Richard Sherman (25) and Earl Thomas (29). Now these are great choices, and Wilson, Sherman and Thomas will be with the team for years, so the jersey won’t be out of date for a while. If you like something less trendy and like little guys, two sophisticated choices would be wide receivers Percy Harvin (11) and Doug Baldwin (89). Less trendy choices for big guys would be the quiet but tough center Max Unger (60) or left tackle Russell Okung (76). Or maybe you want to pick someone from your college. Check out the roster here. And there’s always just the #12. That’s always a solid pick.

Via Faniq.com

Via Faniq.com

Have more questions about the Seahawks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Specialty Drinks for Your Summer Party

Last week we brought you some recipes to elevate your BBQ to the next level. This week, we have some suggestions for tasty libations. Capitol Hill is home to some fantastic bartenders. So here are some drinks based on each of our favorite spirits, from some of our favorite localicious neighborhood bars.

Note: Most of these recipes don’t list measurements for each ingredient. In general, start with 1.5oz of the alcohol involved, and distribute the rest to taste. You’ll probably just need a dash of things like bitters, peppers and lime juice, and a little more soda or other fillers. Most of these are meant to be served in a cocktail or martini glass, which only hold 5 – 6 oz total.

Vodka

  • Witness Bar: I’m Your Huckleberry – Huckleberry-Infused Vodka, Lemon, Simple, Huckleberry Cordial Drizzle
  • Knee High Stocking Company: Grape-Beri Knee High – Raspberry Vodka, Chambord, Lemon and Soda

Whiskey

  • Bait Shop: Lion’s Tail – Bourbon, Lime, Allspice, Bitters
  • Witness Bar: Son of a Preacher Man - Bourbon, Black Pekoe Tea, Lemon, Honey Liqueur
Son of a Preacher Man from Witness Bar

Son of a Preacher Man from Witness Bar

Tequila

  • Barrio: Mezcal Mule – Espadin Mezcal, Lime, Ginger beer, Sal de Gusano
  • Knee High Stocking Company: Sayulita – Tequila, Luxardo, Lemon, Shaken with Cucumber

Gin:

  • Bait Shop: Rosemary’s Baby – Gin, Strawberry, Rosemary and Lemon
  • Tavern Law: Garden in a Glass – 1.5 oz Oola Gin, ½ oz yellow Chartreuse, ¾ oz lime, ½ oz simple syrup, 2 dashes celery bitters, Cucumber slices, shake and serve over rocks.
Tavern Law's Garden in a Glass

Tavern Law’s Garden in a Glass (Photo via BarNotes.co)

Share your favorite homemade cocktail recipes with us in the comments below.

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Breakout the BBQ

We’ve flown through Fourth of July and sailed through Seafair. But everyone in Seattle knows the sun will be shining another couple of months, with sunsets that stretch clear into the late evening. And what is a better way to celebrate the back half of summer, than grilling on the rooftop of your building?

You may or may not remember that you have a handy gas grill up there, with great views and plenty of room to cook for, entertain and delight your guests. So over the next two weeks, we thought we’d provide some tips and recipes to take your barbecue past the burgers and hot dog stage and into something completely memorable.

Tips from an Expert

Before we get started with some recipes and other helpful resources, let’s get some grilling advice from an expert. Andrew Brays is the owner of Pinky’s Kitchen, one of the finest places to enjoy barbecue in the Puget Sound. Pinky’s is located in a little truck in Wallingford, but the small location packs huge flavor. Pinky’s has giant smokers where they season their meats for a long period of time, but we asked Andrew for his number one tip for using a gas grill.

“Here’s a general tip to help every beginner. Keep an eye on the “hotspots” on the grill. Inevitably most non-commercial grills have hotspots and things will cook unevenly especially, when trying to sear at high temperature. Keep an eye on them and be ready to shuffle things around to get even cooking and sears. Also, when cooking steak use a internal thermometer probe (they are cheap and easily available) if you want to really be sure you are doing rare, med rare, med and well done requests. The thermometer is also great for chicken and sausages. Pull the meat immediately as soon as it hits 165 (or less if you want rarer meat) to stop it from drying out.”

Seattle Barbecue Recipes

Next, we found some Puget Sound recipes that will make you look more like Bobby Flay than Ronald McDonald. Here are some links to some great recipes from Seattle’s famous restaurateur, Tom Douglas.

For the meat eaters, we have Grilled Flank Steak with Soy Chile Glaze. And for the fish lovers, of course it has to be Salmon with Fennel and Onions.

Besides his grilling tip, Andrew provided us a recipe that’s not on his menu at Pinky’s. As a native Australian, he knows a little about Shrimp on the Barbie. Here’s his authentic Australian recipe.

Pinky's ShrimpIngredients:

  • 2lbs Easy-peel headless shrimp
  • Jar of Mama Lils Honkin Hot Peppers
  • 4 TBSP oil from the Mama Lils jar
  • 1 head cilantro
  • 15-20 medium to large Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup orange juice with pulp
  • 1 TSP salt (or to taste)
  • 4 limes halved
  • Metal or soaked wooden skewers

Instructions:

  • To make fresh whole shrimp easy peel, simply remove heads and snip open their backs using scissors down to the tail. Clean under running water if necessary. Prepping them this way enables the marinade to permeate and the shells easy to remove when eating.
  • Cut the stalks off the cilantro just under where it starts to bushel.
  • Rough chop all the ingredients EXCEPT the lime in a food processor using the pulse, or fine chop by hand. You want a consistency that is a little runny and not too combined so the ingredients still stand alone. A medium to fine chop.
  • Place prepped prawns in a zip lock and add the paste. Mix it around well by squeezing the bag to get the paste into all the nooks and crannies of the prawns.
  • Place in fridge for 2 to 4 hours. (If you are pressed for time 1/2 hour works.)
  • On a tray double skewer the prawns (don’t refer to the picture they are not single skewered). But this is VERY important because the cook time is fast and if you are dealing with hot and cold spots on your grill you want to be able to flip them and move them without them spinning. To double skewer like in the picture but you put two skewers parallel to each other through the prawn about 1/2 inch apart.
  • Heat your grill to as high as it will go. You want to char the shells before the prawns are overcooked ideally. If you can’t get it hot enough for a rapid char, don’t worry. It’s more important to just pull the shrimp off before they overcook.
  • Place skewers on grill. There should be a definite sizzle. Cook for two to three minutes a side depending on the prawn size. Flip them the first time when the colour has changed half way through and hopefully the shells have charred. You may need to shuffle them around. The prawns are cooked the minute the opaqueness is gone in the centre of the prawn.
  • While they are cooking, liberally squeeze lime juice over them.
  • When cooked, remove skewers and serve in a bowl with a bowl for shells. Grab plenty of napkins and some extra lime wedges.

Where to Get Meat

The epicureans among you will know that the best and worst chefs in the world can benefit from high quality ingredients. So we found a place in your neighborhood if you want to step up your meat and serve something really special.

Rain Shadow Meats Rain Shadow Meats/ at Melrose Market is a full service butchery featuring all local meats, house made Charcutiere, and a custom curing room. it’s located a few blocks away, on the edge of Pioneer Square. Their goal is bring back the local neighborhood butcher, and works with local farms to provide them a way to reach people like us. Not just your source for great meat and cheese, you can also learn about food at their classes, as well as get custom cuts and special orders.

Rain Season Meats
Source: SeattleBySarah.com

Get Wine

What night on a rooftop deck with a gourmet meal would be complete without the perfect bottle of wine? Again, if you want to go a class above your typical grocery store, we suggest a trip to your neighborhood wine store where you can ask the proprietor for a selection hat will go perfectly with you menu.

Vino Verite at 208 Boylston Ave N is Capitol Hill’s own wine cellar, with more tnan 1200 different wines from all over the world, with a special emphasis on Northwest and French wine. They taste and approve almost everything in the store, and try to pick out the best values for their customers.

Next week we’ll bring you some recipes for Specialty Cocktails from your local neighborhood bars. If you have a favorite recipe or BBQ tip to share with the community, tell us in the comments below.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Seafair Hydros

If you are new to Seattle, a natural reaction would be, “Man, you guys really have an irrational love for hydros.”

So for all of our new Puget Sounders, and for those young enough to not quite understand the obsession, here’s what you need to know about Seafair.

Hydro Flipping

1) How it Started
Seafair goes back to 1950, and according to Seafair.com, the first one “featured parades, boat races on Green Lake, amateur athletic events, royalty, community festivals like West Seattle Hi-Yu Days, Rainier District Pow-wow, Wallingford Pirate Days, the University District Kid’s Parade, and the Ballard Festival, and were highlighted by the nightly Aqua Follies performances. Seafair was deemed a success and the festival would grow the next summer with the addition of the unlimited hydroplane racing class on Lake Washington.”

If you’ve been to Green Lake, you will have seen an oddly placed amphitheatre situated at the south end of the lake. According to Seafair.com, “the 5,000 seat Aqua Theater (built specifically for Seafair) on the southwest shores of Green Lake was home to a dazzling “swimusical” known as the Aqua Follies.  Aqua Follies included a diving show with breathtaking high dives as well as comedy skits and diving.  The Aqua Dears, 30 female synchronized swimmers, performed ballet in the water while the Aqua Darlings, 24 dancers presented the stage ballet.  The nightly shows, including moonlight matinees that started at 11:15 p.m., were the entertainment highlight of the world’s greatest water carnival.  Bob Hope, Bert Parks and a number of Olympic divers were just some of the famous performers at this unique outdoor venue.  The Aqua Follies played a significant role in the Seafair festival between 1950 and 1965.”

So yes, not only did Bob Hope perform at Green Lake, professional swimmers actually dared enter the water at one point in time. And there was such a thing as a “swimusical” which we can’t believe doesn’t exist anymore.

Greenlake Swimmers

2) What’s the deal with the Blue Angels?
Early on, the U.S. Navy and Seafair started working together. Before the Blue Angels were the main draw, gigantic Navy ships docked in Elliot Bay, giving civilians the opportunity to tour them. So while Seattle men were touring the ships, the Navy sailors were touring Seattle and joining in the summer celebration. There are no published reports of Seattle women lodging any protests about this.

While the Blue Angels were formed in 1946, it wasn’t until 1972 that they became a fixture at Seafair. They now perform full shows on Seafair Saturday and Sunday, but also practice over Lake Washington on Thursday and Friday, giving everyone a chance to check out their maneuvers. If you are planning on crossing I-90, here are the times to avoid, since it will be closed. (Source: WSDOT)

  • Thursday, July 31: 9:45 a.m. – noon; 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
  • Friday, Aug. 1:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Practice)
  • Saturday, Aug. 2:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 3:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)

BlueAngels 2

3) So What’s The Obsession With the Hydros?
According to the SeattleP-i.com, “It’s been said that the hydroplane racing boat called Slo Mo Shun IV invented summer in Seattle. In 1950, (Stan) Sayres and the Slo Mo captured the Gold Cup at Detroit — the hydroplane equivalent of winning the Super Bowl. That brought the race out West for the first time since 1904, and started the tradition of hydroplane races in Seattle.”

So it started with civic pride in 1950. But let’s be realistic for a second. 64 years later, Seafair fans are not necessarily enthralled with the race itself. The race is simply an excuse for everyone with a boat to congregate in one general area, tie up to the log boom, and engage in one of the world’s largest cocktail parties on a lake.

Seafair Logboom

4) That sounds fun. How do I get to do that?
Every Seafair weekend, boat owners become the most popular people in the Puget Sound. If your friend lives anywhere on Lake Washington, they’ll have their pick of friends and acquaintances to invite to the party. If you really want to be part of the Seafair experience next year, it’s good to mix in a question like, “So do you like boats?” in any conversation with new potential friends.

5) So if I don’t have one of those friends, what can I do?
If you don’t have access to a boat, your best bet is to head down to Genesee Park for all the events through the weekend. There will be beer gardens, exhibits, and things for the kids. You don’t exactly get to just drive down, park and walk in the same way you would a Seahawks game, so plan accordingly. Shuttles and Light Rail run from several locations.

To wrap it all up
The bottom line is that Seafair goes back 3 generations now. Most people don’t have any idea why we love it, but it’s our tradition. New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Milwaukee has Summerfest, Nevada has Burning Man, and we have Seafair.

Bob Hope, supersonic jets, crazy fast boats that flip over, a giant water based party and even crazy clowns. It’s uniquely Seattle, and couldn’t be more localicious.

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It’s Summer – Grab a Date and Explore

Summer in the Puget Sound brings all of us out hibernation. Whether we’re married, in a relationship or enjoying the single life, it’s our time to grab a partner and entertain ourselves with an unending array of interesting experiences.

So let’s forget about dinners, movies and bars for a little while and go find something a little more experimental. Here are a few “less conventional” and localicious ideas for fun dates near Capitol Hill.

Century Ballroom
915 E Pine St | Yelp Review

It’s the spot for experts and amateurs alike. The Century Ballroom caters to beginners with introductory lessons for a variety of dance styles on different nights of the month. Take a one off-class or take a series teaching the basics of Bachata, East Coast Swing, Kizomba, Lindy Hop, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Waltz, or West Coast Swing. After your 30 minute introductory lesson, the real party starts and you spend the rest the rest of the night you get to drink and dance the night away.

Century Ballroom

Japanese Garden
Washington Park Arboretum, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E | Yelp Review

Built back in 1959, the Seattle Japanese Garden was the first Japanese-style garden on the Pacific Coast constructed after World War II. Featuring Japanese maples, koi in the pond, turtles, flowers, water lilies, and plenty of foliage, it’s a perfect spot to find your zen. You can just wander around the 3.5 acres hand in hand with your date, or pick a specific event to attend, such as the Moon Viewing Festival on August 23.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Teatro ZinZanni
222 Mercer St | Yelp Review

Just a short Uber from The Lyric, you will find the most bizarre and intriguing dinner theatre experience you can imagine – or possibly can’t imagine. Teatro Zinzanni is a fun-filled, fast-paced date – part chaos, part circus, part comedy show, part cabaret and part dinner. Audience participation is not just encouraged, but expected, so you definitely want to choose someone fun to join you.

Teatro Zinzanni

Chant with the Compline Choir
St. Mark’s Cathedral 1245 10th Ave E | Yelp Review

Now here’s something completely different. Maybe you were a little too wild on Friday and Saturday and need some time to mediate and relax. Every Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m. St. Mark’s Cathedral’s all-male Compline Choir leads a formal choral service that is a Seattle tradition. You may ask, “What’s a Compline Choir?” The clip below will give you some idea. The service attracts more than 500 people each week, so you definitely won’t be alone.

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