Tuesday, 16AUG, early AM it was off to the airport for the departure of the Pitres (Rebecca, Raymond, Jaxson & Mason); then back to Sultan to collapse & recover from theirs & son Joe’s short visit! The next several days were spent removing all traces of the kids & grandkids visit.
Saturday, 20AUG, the Seattle area was still experiencing more record heat. Late that morning we headed to Rich & Jan Formisano for their annual Riverwalk gathering. Rich is a Coast Guard friend & classmate of Dan’s; & we were lucky enough to be neighbors in Novato, CA, back in the early 90s. The Riverwalk is an annual party/BBQ they put on every summer for neighbors, old fiends (like us) & family. Their house is on the banks of the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River. The tradition is that at some point guests are encouraged to walk across the river & back. Corrie made it part way, Dan didn’t even attempt it. A great time!
Sunday, 21AUG, after record heat the temperature drops 15 degrees cooler than yesterday? So we bundled up & went to the Fresh Paint art show at the Everett Marina. This is a jury selected show for “new” artists & crafters. Our main interest was to the art work of Dan’s cousin Jennifer Hayes. It turned out to be a pretty big event, w/very good talent. We tried not to interfere w/Jennifer interacting w/potential customers, but did manage to have a nice visit her & husband Mike.
Saturday, 27AUG, it was into Seattle for a walkabout. First stop was Espresso Vivace started in 1988 by David Schomer & a partner. Why a coffee shop in the hometown of Starbucks & thousands of excellent coffee stands? Because Schomer has “researched” the perfect expresso for years to the nth degree; & is regarded THE world’s expert on the perfect cup expresso. Baristas come from all over the world to train under him. To his credit, he stays small & local.
From there it was a walkabout on Broadway, the “main street” on Seattle’s capitol hill. Then to the Seattle Center for Festal Tibet. As we have discussed in this BLOG, these Festals are sponsored by local expats and/or descendants of the noted culture. Some are great & some are poor; Tibet was average. They had great crafts on display, but the opening ceremonies dragged on forever; & we thought there was no “local” food. But after fastfood for lunch we discovered Tibetan foods outside (but there was no indication about the food available inside?). Arriving back at our car, we find many people (many costumed as super heroes/heroines) outside the Streamline Tavern for “Ring Around the Needle” a pub crawl (7 total) to benefit an ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) charity.
Sunday was the annual end of summer get-together at Hans & Martha Dankers for their neighbors on Reiner Rd. As described in the below BLOG link this a gathering where they provide the entrees & everyone else brings a dish. Again, a very good time.