Author: Mary Jo Manzanares

11 Ways to Spend a Rainy Seattle Memorial Day Weekend

11 Ways to Spend a Rainy Seattle Memorial Day Weekend
It may be the official launch of summer, but here in Seattle the 2010 Memorial Day weekend is off to a very soggy start.  If you’re heading to Northwest Folklife this weekend, dress warmly and bring your umbrella or other rain gear. What are some other rainy weekend entertainment options?  Here are...
May 29th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Lake Stevens Grad Heads Props for Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA

Lake Stevens Grad Heads Props for Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA
Lots of kids may dream of growing up and joining the circus, but for Lake Stevens High School graduate Jeff Carlton that dream is a reality.  I was excited to have a chance to interview JC, as he prefers to be called, to learn how a guy from the Pacific Northwest winds up with Cirque du Soleil. Prop...
May 27th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Free Summer Museum Admission for Military Families

Free Summer Museum Admission for Military Families
The Blue Star Museum program promises a red, white, and blue summer by offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families.  Over 600 museums across the country will extend the complimentary admission between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as a way of say thanking our military...
May 26th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Rock & Roll Respect: Jimi Hendrix Gravesite

Rock & Roll Respect: Jimi Hendrix Gravesite
Jimi Hendrix, one of the rock and roll GREATS, was born in Seattle on November 27th, 1942.   Jimi showed an interest in music as a young child, playing the broom as if it were a guitar.  He moved onto the ukulele, after his father found him a one-string wonder, and from there his music interest and...
May 25th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Antiquing at Aurora Antique Pavilion

Antiquing at Aurora Antique Pavilion
Antique shopping has become a popular past time, and with the increasing popularity of television shows that highlight incredible values found in someone’s basement, it’s no wonder that it’s developing an almost cult-like following.  While there are legitimate stories of a shopper paying $1 for...
May 24th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Memorial Day Weekend at Skamania Lodge

Memorial Day Weekend at Skamania Lodge
There’s still time to make plans for a Memorial Day weekend getaway.  You’ve been putting it off and now you’re feeling stressed for time, but you can still  celebrate and enjoy the weekend in style with a trip to the Columbia River Gorge and a stay at Skamania Lodge. The sun rising over the...
May 23rd, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Modern and Contemporary Art at The Henry on University of Washington Campus

Modern and Contemporary Art at The Henry on University of Washington Campus
Located on the University of Washington campus, the Henry Art Gallery was founded in 1927, and was the first public art museum in the state of Washington.  In the late 1990’s the museum went through a major expansion, quadrupling in size, and focuses on research and teaching in addition to providing...
May 22nd, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Northwest Folk Life Festival Kicks Off Seattle Summer

Northwest Folk Life Festival Kicks Off Seattle Summer
Memorial Day Weekend launches the Seattle summer season, and one of the classic holiday weekend events is the Northwest Folklife Festival.  Now in its 39th year, Folklife is an eclectic combination of music, dance, storytelling, and play that brings the community together in a giant weekend celebration. ...
May 21st, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Seattle’s Own Chicks in the City

Seattle’s Own Chicks in the City
The chicks are out on the town!  Not those four fashion-plates from Sex and the City, but real chicks – of the feathered, egg-laying, “aren’t they cute” variety. Seattle city ordinances allow residents to keep up to three chickens per standard city lot, enough to supply you with a weekly dozen...
May 19th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Mount St. Helens: It Was 30 Years Ago Today

Mount St. Helens:  It Was 30 Years Ago Today
Volcanic ash is no stranger to the Seattle area, and today celebrates the 30th anniversary of the eruption of our own volcano – the active stratovolacano, Mount St. Helens.  Located about 100 miles south of Seattle, the mountain gave warning of a pending blow, with activity that included a moderate...
May 18th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park

Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park
The Seattle weather forecast is for sunny weather this weekend, with temperatures ranging in the low to mid 70’s.  It’s a perfect chance to get out to a local park for a little outdoor fun. Don’t have a favorite park?  Why not give Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill a try? Originally named Lincoln...
May 13th, 2010 | Photo Highlights, Seattle | Read More

Uff Da! It’s Viking Fest

Uff Da! It’s Viking Fest
Head across the water this weekend to the charming Norwegian city of Poulsbo.  Although relatively small in population, it’s heavily Scandinavian, a fact borne out in the accents of its residents, the architecture of main street, and the city’s annual Viking Fest. In honor of Norway’s Constitution...
May 13th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Take Your Kids Howl-in this Summer

Take Your Kids Howl-in this Summer
Wolf Haven International, a sanctuary for captive-born and injured wolves in Tenino, is bringing an environmental focus to its annual summer “Howl-in” with children’s activities that are both fun and environmentally friendly. If you’re looking for a fun family event for the kids, take a look...
May 12th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Seattle’s Pioneer Square Pergola

Seattle’s Pioneer Square Pergola
At the triangular corner of Seattle’s Yesler Way and First Avenue, is Pioneer Square Park’s Pergola.  The Pergola was originally built in 1909 as a shelter for passengers waiting for the Yesler Way cable car.  Built in Victorian Style, out of iron and glass, the Pergola offered riders 60 feet...
May 10th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Building Skills & Fun at Children’s Museum of Seattle

Building Skills & Fun at Children’s Museum of Seattle
Warning!  All adults must be accompanied by a child!  The Children’s Museum of Seattle encourages and celebrates the joy of discovery for visitors of all ages, but most especially for children.  Located on the first level of the Center House at the Seattle Center, the museum is designed for children...
May 9th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle’s New 24-Hour Policy

Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle’s New 24-Hour Policy
Here’s an idea who’s time is long overdue – a Seattle hotel that actually wants you to stay for the day rather than limit your time!  No more waiting till after 4 pm to check in.  No more hurrying to check out by 11 am or noon, or hoping that you can arrange a complimentary later check out. ...
May 7th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Authentic Neapolitan Pizza at Tutta Bella

Authentic Neapolitan Pizza at Tutta Bella
How do you like your pizza?  Deep dish vs. flat?  Thin crust vs. thick?  Heavily sauced with lots of ingredients vs. minimalist?  Many pizza enthusiasts swear that the definitive choice is an authentic Neapolitan pizza pie. If your pizza leanings are for the authentic, give Tutta Bella Neapolitan...
May 6th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Sequim Irrigation Festival Celebrates the Water

Sequim Irrigation Festival Celebrates the Water
Spend a weekend in Sequim discovering Where Water is Wealth at the community’s 115th Irrigation Festival. The Olympic city peninsula is know for it’s mild climate, and is frequently referred to as Washington’s banana belt.  I’m not sure that it’s quite THAT warm there, but it is far more temperate...
May 4th, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Seattle Storm Home Opener on Mothers’ Day

Seattle Storm Home Opener on Mothers’ Day
The WNBA storms into town on Mothers’ Day when the  Seattle Storm launch the 2010 season with their home opener against the Los Angeles Sparks. Doppler, the Seattle Storm Mascot Offering a fan friendly environment, the Storm bring a competitive team to the court while keeping the the game environment...
May 3rd, 2010 | Seattle | Read More

Washington State May Festival Schedule

Washington State May Festival Schedule
It’s officially festival season in Washington State, and there are plenty of events going on each weekend to get you up and moving about the state.  Pick an event based on your interests, or go to a location you haven’t been to before, or just try something new – there’s plenty to choose from. The...
May 1st, 2010 | Seattle | Read More