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There are only a few days left of this year’s Fleet Week on the downtown waterfront. Five, large ships are in port from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Royal Canadian Navy. And you may have noticed the over 5,000 sailors, many in spotless white uniforms, who are also in port. Fleet Week has been a longstanding Seafair tradition, dating back 67 years, in honor of the civilians who serve our country.

One of these naval ships is docked near Belltown (see above photo). To see it from this vantage point, walk west two blocks on Lenora Street from Western Avenue. This will take you beneath the 99 overpass, past a parking lot on your right, and out onto a bridge walkway. And just for kicks, when you’re done looking out over the waterfront, look down over the railing at this fun mosaic at your feet.

The mosaic at your feet.  Photo: Alethea Myers

Free, informative ship tours are still available at Pier 66, 69, and 90 on Elliott Bay from Friday, August 4th through Sunday, August 6th. Here are two sources to read more specifics about the Fleet Week schedule:

http://www.seafair.com/p.aspx?pID=schedule/294&
http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/08/02/ships-arrive-seafair-fleet-week/534074001/\

 

Get out and about in Belltown next month! Here are some fun things to put on the calendar…

Thursdays in August: Live Music in the Olympic Sculpture Park
6 – 8pm | Olympic Sculpture Park
Enjoy live music, skilled DJs, art, kids activities and more on Thursdays at the Olympic Sculpture Park this summer! Food trucks will be pulled into the park, for easy access to tasty bites as you listen. The Thursday Summer at SAM events are August 3rd (also Dog Night), August 10th, August 17th, August 24th (also Bike Night), and August 31st (also Sculptured Dance).

August 4: First Friday Wine Share
6 – 8:30pm | Arthouse Apartments
Each month, a different business or individual in the neighborhood will host the monthly First Friday Wine Share. In August, the event will be hosted on the roof top at the Arthouse Apartments, with tapas provided by the newly relocated Pintxo. Check out the details of the event here. Bring a bottle of vino to share and friends welcome!

Saturdays in August: Free Yoga, Zumba in the Olympic Sculpture Park
9am – 3pm | Olympic Sculpture Park
The Summer at SAM program continues on Saturdays each week, with free yoga in the morning from 9 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., followed by SAM Creates art participation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Zumba from 2 – 3 p.m. August Saturdays include August 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.

August 5: Pizza Class
9:50am – 11:30am | Serious Pie Virginia
Serious Pie on Virginia Street is offering a pizza class on Saturday, August 5th. Learn about the pizza and ingredients used at Serious Pie, plus get hands-on instruction and experience stretching and shaping the pizza dough, topping it with your choice of ingredients, baking and turning it to cook it perfectly, and finally, eating your ‘za with a glass of wine! Classes are limited to 12 people, and the cost is $50/person.

August 5: Free Tour of The Paramount Theatre
10am – 11:30am | The Paramount Theatre
On the first Saturday of each month, The Paramount Theatre offers free tours of its historic facilities. This month, the tour is from 10 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. on August 5th. Meet in the main entrance of the theatre by 10 a.m. to participate.

August 10: Belltown Art Walk
6 – 9pm | Belltown Community Center
Belltown’s August Art Walk begins at the Belltown Community Center then sends walkers off to local businesses, galleries, dive bars and venues to enjoy works by local artists. Start at the neighborhood community center to pick up a gallery map and snacks between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10th, and then wander throughout Belltown to check out the work of various artists and establishments participating in this monthly event.

August 26: Belltown Crush Block Party
2 – 6pm | Bell Street Park
Enjoy a fun neighborhood summer wine and beer festival this August 26th, with street food, live music and grape stomping! The 4th Annual Belltown Crush Block Party is from 2 – 6 p.m. in Bell Street Park. Tickets are $25/person, and includes 10 tasting tickets (additional tickets are $2 or three for $5).

As all locals know, Seattle is home to a bevy of deliciousness in the worlds of both food and drink, and the list is growing daily. We are also blessed to enjoy stunning views from basically every angle and a vibrant and eclectic culture, buzzing with life and activity. At no time does this city become more alive and beautiful than during the summer.

Sipping locally made beer, spirits, and wines so good they will make you forget the name Napa Valley, all while enjoying the warm sun and refreshing ocean breeze are essentially par for the course around here in the summertime-and that’s just for starters.  The idea of encapsulating all of the magical aspects of Seattle Summer in a single evening seems overwhelming, if not impossible. That is until you experience Pike Place Market’s Sunset Supper.

Yet another incredible event hosted by the Pike Place Market Foundation, Sunset Supper brings together countless local artisans and vendors of finely crafted foods and beverages for a fun and flavor filled evening in the heart of the beautiful, world-famous Pike Place Market. Sweet, savory, brewed, distilled or fermented, if it’s local and delicious, chances are, you’ll find it at Sunset Supper.

For Sunset Supper, the Market transforms into the perfect venue for a party of 1,400 guests featuring live entertainment and over 90 of the Pacific Northwest’s best wineries, breweries and restaurants. Cap of this night of enchantment with dancing under the stars, for something straight off the Silver Screen.

Your ticket to this memorable night includes unlimited food and drink while supplies last, and unlimited good times too!

At Sunset Supper, you can feel good about the great time you’re having too, as proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation in their fight to end hunger, care for the sick, educate kids, and find homes for those without.

See the list below of the fabulous vendors participating in this year’s event and visit their website to learn more about this incredible event and all the work the Pike Place Market Foundation does to help better and give back to our amazing community.

 

From the website

VENDOR LIST:

Savory:

Athenian Seafood Restaurant

Café Campagne

ChefSteps

Davids & Co

DeLaurenti Food & Wine

Etta’s

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Hitchcock Restaurant

Ivar’s Acres of Clams

Kaspars Special Events & Catering

Luc

Maree Bistro & Bar

Matt’s in the Market

North Bend Bar & Grill

Outlier

Paseo Caribbean Sandwiches

Pike Place Chowder

Shaker + Spear

Succulent Catering

That Brown Girl Cooks!

The White Swan Public House

Thomas Management Cuisine

Uli’s Famous Sausage

Whole Foods Market

Sweet:

Bluebird Ice Cream

ChefSteps

Choukette – éclair’art

Ellenos Greek Yogurt

Fran’s Chocolate

Le Pichet / Café Presse

Los Agaves

Macrina Bakery

Seattle Pops

Shug’s Soda Fountain + Ice Cream

Storyville Coffee Company

The Essential Baking Company

Scarlata Chocolate

Spirits:

3 Howls Distillery

Black Rock Spirits

Copperworks Distilling Company

Heritage Distilling Co.

Sidetrack Distillery

Westland Distillery

Brews & Beverage:

Dirty Bucket Brewing Company

DRY Sparkling

Elysian Brewing Company

Fremont Brewing Company

Georgetown Brewing Company

Hellbent Brewing Company

Iron Horse Brewery

Jones Soda Co.

Louis Raison Cider

Lowercase Brewing

Number 6 Cider

Old Stove Brewing Company

Pear UP Cider

Pike Brewing Company

Silver City Brewery

Wine:

Alexandra Nicole Cellars

Armstrong Family Winery

Array Cellars

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Coral Wines

Damsel Cellars

Desert Wind Winery

Dusted Valley

Forgeron Cellars

Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery

Latta Wines

Lauren Ashton Cellars

Mackey Vineyards

Market Vineyards

Naches Heights Vineyard

Patterson Cellars

Portlandia Wines

Precept Wine

Rainier Wine

Sinclair Estate Vineyards

Structure Cellars

Succession Wines

The Woodhouse Wine Estates

Three of Cups Winery

Torii Mor Winery

Tranche Cellars

Treveri Cellars

Wilridge Winery

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market-

Friday August 18th 7:00 PM-11:00 PM

Tickets:
General Admission | $175 | 7:30PM admission. Enjoy food, wine, spirits and dancing under the stars on the NEW MarketFront!

Patron table (10 seats) | $2,750 | Reserve a table for 10 guests! 7PM admission. A place for you and your friends and family to retreat to under a tent with exclusive beverage and wine service. Enjoy impressive waterfront views on the NEW MarketFront!

Individual Patron Seating | $275 | Reserve seats at a table for you and your guests! 7PM admission. A place for you and your guest(s) to retreat to under a tent with exclusive beverage and wine service. We will assign you a table! Enjoy impressive waterfront views on the NEW MarketFront! Please indicate upon checkout if you would like us to seat you with specific guests and we will do our best to accommodate.

 

Sunset Supper is poised to be a night to remember, and likely an event you’ll want to return to every year!

Seattle is a great city for fun summer events, and while many of them are very affordable, it’s so much better when they’re free! The Olympic Sculpture Park is the setting for fun free events every Thursday and Saturday through September 3rd, under their “Summer at SAM” program.

The program kicked off last week, with live music from The New Triumph, The Mighty Mockingbirds, Peace & Red Velvet, and DJ Toya B, as well as art making, tours, food trucks and more. Thursdays through July and August will be similar, with live music performances, themed art projects, tours, food truck offerings, wine and dinner from TASTE and a kids corner from 6 – 8 p.m. each Thursday, July 20th and 27th, and August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. This Thursday, July 20th is Member Appreciation night with giveaways from card-carrying SAM members.

Saturday, July 15th was the first weekend day of the Summer at SAM program, and set the tone for how all of the other Saturdays this summer will look. Each week, there will be an offering of free fitness classes for all levels, as well as art engagement opportunities and park tours. The schedule is Vinyasa Flow Yoga from 9 – 10 a.m., Hatha Yoga from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., SAM Creates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Public Tour at 1 p.m. and Zumba from 2 – 3 p.m. This part of the program is on Saturdays July 22nd and 29th, and August 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. Next Saturday, July 29th is Family Field Day, with special community partner activities for the whole family.

Featured photo source: Summer.Site.SeattleArtMuseum.org.

Head to the heart of Belltown this weekend for an open house and fun all-ages event on Saturday, July 8th. The Seattle Fire Festival will take place in Bell Street Park between 5th and 3rd Avenue, and Station 2 will have an open house from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be antique and modern fire equipment, skilled demonstrations, a meet-and-greet with children’s author TJ Spencer (a real firefighter), education about the Great Seattle Fire, and more.

Smokey Bear will be there for kiddos to take pictures! Plus, your little ones can get excited about firefighters by enjoying fun themed activities such as trying on real gear that firefighters use and wear, learning to tie a knot or wear a rope belt like a fire recruit, and even simulate putting out a fire using an old-fashioned pump can ‘fire extinguisher’. There will also be a fire-themed bouncy house to play in.

Fire Cadets and Fire Explorers from around the region will also be at the event to share their experiences and answer questions.

The Seattle Fire Festival is put on by Seattle Parks and Recreation and Page Olson, a member of The Last Resort Fire Department. The festival used to be known as the Pioneer Square Fire Festival, and has been a community celebration almost every year since 1971. Last year, it was renamed the Seattle Fire Festival and moved from Pioneer Square to Belltown.

According to Seattle Parkways, “The first Fire Festival was held in June of 1890 to celebrate the first anniversary of the fire, the rise from the ashes of the new commercial district, and the resilient spirit of the Seattle residents.”

This event is free and all ages are welcome!