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I posted a video update yesterday. Just a few thoughts about who we are as a country. 

This email came through recently. As I love artisanal stuff, and the vibe of farmer’s markets, this looks like a great deal of holiday fun.

 

December 5th Everett Holiday on the Bay

 

 

Boats on Parade at the Port of Everett 6pm on Saturday December 5th

2015 Everett Farmers Market: Holiday Craft Fair

 

December 5th from 12 NOON to 6:30pm plan to shop local and support some of the many Vendors you have visited during the 2015 Everett Farmers Markets season.

 

Everett Farmers Market will have 33 Vendors in the Waterfront Center 1205 Craftsman Way. click here to see map for directions.

 

Plan to do your holiday shopping with local business.  Click the link below to see who will be at Holiday on the BayMake your list today!

See Vendors at the Holiday on the Bay click here

Print your Schedule of the day click here

 

 

School breaks close upon me, causing me to wonder: what shall we do with this gift? Trails to bike and hike, beaches to gaze out from, museums, festivals…so very much to consider.

This year I plan to, well, plan better. Instead of, in September, wondering about all the stuff undone. I’m starting a list, but am not sure what shall end up on it just yet. Here’s where my brain is now:

The Hibulb Cultural Center on the Tulalip reservation. Nearby, yet I’ve never visited there.

Seattle Center cultural events. Always something interesting going on.

More hikes! Just some day hikes. More fleshing out needs to be done.

Mountain bike trails. More research needed, but I’d like to include Steven’s Pass’ Bike Park and the Burlington indoor park.

The basics of a start. We’ll have fun enriching this list. Let me know your ideas.

A new business seems to be up and running in Lynnwood. Breakfast and Burger Bar looked open and serving customers when I drove past this morning.

So, let’s welcome our new neighbor!

Breakfast and Burger Bar

My family’s habit: head to Bellingham for New Year’s Eve. Personally, I enjoy the calmer vibe. Having lived downtown Seattle, I had my fill of crowded mayhem.

We spend the day wandering Fairhaven. For me, a stop at Tony’s is a must. Lunch at Avenue Bread or at Colophon are other favorites. My favorite bookshop, Village Books, has a great sale over the holiday. Plus, simply walking through Boulevard Park makes for a great time.

I delight in this town and always enjoy time spent here. Bellingham owns a piece of my heart.

I’ve lived the vast majority of my life in this region, yet I still find long-standing, recurring events that I’ve never heard of. Here’s one: Festa Italiana. Part of the Seattle Center’s grand array of cultural events, celebrating the multitude of cultures converging in Seattle.

Starting on Friday the 27th with the Taste of Italy, followed by the actual Annual Italian Festival on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th. The website has all the details.

My favorite part: starting at 3;30 pm on Sunday, the Spectrum Chamber Players will present a selection of classical Italian pieces. That is worth your time all on its own. Add the grape-stomping, book-signings, wine-tastings…quite a comprehensive list of things to experience.

Yesterday, my family spent our day celebrating Fatherhood with KEXP. The Eighth Annual Father’s Day Kid’s Dance Party was heck-of-a-lotta fun. Big plus ones to EMP for hosting, Pagliacci Pizza for providing dough for pizza tossing, and to the Vicious Puppies Crew for bringing their b-boy chops to the event.

VPC was the main draw for us. I love watching talented artists of all disciplines using their passions. My son struggled the rest of the day to control his dance steps (a bit of a problem in the restaurant for lunch…), so inspiration was partaken.

Soon there will be photos uploaded to the KEXP Flickr Stream. Until then, I have a few shots up on my Flickr page.

Here’s the most popular VPC video on YouTube. Enjoy!

Two events yesterday drove home a key piece of Seattle culture. One: guy with Illinois plates driving maniacally through my line of cars, with extreme frustration clearly displayed. Two: freeway backup due to a car fire.

Item one demonstrated the laid back style of Seattle driving. No sense of hurry, nor urgency. This is visible at any stop sign, where we have the old Mac & Tosh routine. “No, after you. No, no…after you.” We often deal with paralysis by politeness. Polite-alysis?

With item two, we have the Seattle ogle. Now, this fire was dramatic: Corvette’s front end was gone, foam everywhere. But the firetrucks were long gone. Yet, traffic crawls by so we can all get a good look. Amen continues even after we’re well past. Craning their necks to keep it in view. Causes tons of accidents, all on its own. Funny, I guess.

Ok, I like lingonberries fine, but maybe not that much. Swedish pancakes are lovely, though.

Anyway, growing up Lutheran, I’ve had a great deal of interaction with Nordic culture. Whether the glorious delights of desserts (yummy lefse), or the abomination that is lutefisk,  I’ve seen a great deal.  Therefore, I, with a deep whole-heartedness, recommend you experience a Nordic heritage event.

Below are two Seattle area ones. I won’t be able to make either this year, but several friends attend them.

Syttende Mai, May 17, Seattle; and Poulsbo Viking Fest, May 17-19

More details here (link is to the Seattle Times):

Just read over at My Edmonds News about this weekend’s “Celebration of Food” festival.

Sadly, I’ve yet to step foot inside the Lynnwood Convention Center. I guess I need to check out their calendar of events more often (read: >0 times).

Anyway, combine the local nature of this with a celebration of food, and this is one I really shouldn’t miss. I’ll plan to head over.

More details about the event at Edmonds Community College and at the Food Revolution Snohomish County’s Facebook page.

And, lastly, a video with some additional background.

Hope to see you there!

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