Thanksgiving is nigh, Seattle! This holiday ranks in my top 2 favorites (toss-up with Halloween) and let’s face it, we all know why – the feast! With Visit Seattle’s recent launch of Instagram (that just happened!), we wanted to think of a great, seasonally appropriate way to get people involved with the account that would also highlight all of the amazing things about our city. The plan - tell us what you’re thankful for, Seattle! Continue reading
Seattle Street Art – photo by: Megan Hooks
Chances are if you have visited Seattle in the last 50 years, you have in your possession a photo of the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, a ferry boat, and more recently, a snap of you or a family member in front of, or likely pointing at, the original Starbucks. While all these postcard-worthy shots play a role in why so many love Seattle, they capture just a fraction of what makes this city so special. Continue reading
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After 18 years, and hundreds of NCAA Championships, the pinnacle of college sport is returning to the Emerald City; this December, KeyArena is set to host the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. Four teams will arrive the week of December 16th, and through all of the pomp-and-circumstance, they will aim to leave KeyArena on December 21st with an NCAA Championship trophy in their possession.
Being the sport-enthused town that Seattle is, there is no surprise that all 15,500 seats in KeyArena are on pace to be filled. It does not take a volleyball savant to enjoy these wonderful matches, only a lover of competition at its finest and a seeker of athletic thrill; or perhaps a simple historian looking to enjoy an occurrence absent from our city for far too long. Continue reading
Photo by Joe Decker
Let me tell you about a place so awe inspiring and dramatic you could be convinced that you’ve stepped out of this world and into the Promised Land.
It was a hot summer day when I made my way from the dusty parking lot just outside of Leavenworth, Washington and into The Enchantments of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Continue reading
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Jonathan Borofsky’s “Hammering Man,” 1991, at the Seattle Art Museum. Photo credit: Spike Mafford Photography.
23 years ago when I moved to Seattle with my husband, who grew up on nearby Vashon Island, I had some inkling of Seattle’s 1% for Art program, since the architectural office where we worked up until our move had received a commission to reimagine Piers 62/63 on the Seattle waterfront. Even in those days when the City of Seattle’s Public Art Program was not quite two decades old, it served as a national model of a robust effort to include the work of artists in the envisioning of the public realm.
For someone who had mostly lived in Manhattan, the shock of the move (I’d only lived in apartments and now suddenly was in a house that came with a yard that needed tending and a feral cat that looked to me for food and, oh yeah, I had to learn to drive, too) was offset by all those things that make Seattle so “liveable” – its natural beauty, its easy access to outdoor recreation and its creative culture with its multiple art, theater and music venues. And that other unique aspect of Seattle – its abundant public art.
Fast forward to 2013: I work at the city’s Office of Art & Culture, where we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Seattle’s public art program. Continue reading