Happy Seafair weekend! Whether you love or hate the Blue Angels, they’re here to dazzle the crowds at Seafair and their practice tomorrow, Friday, and performances on Saturday and Sunday will close the I-90 bridge and snarl traffic a bit.
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Blue Angels Practice and I-90 Closure: Friday 12:15 to 2:40pm
Blue Angels Performances and I-90 Closures: Saturday & Sunday 12:15pm to 2:40pm
Summer weather continues, it’s a great time to get out on your bike! And, with the Spoke & Food event, you can ride your bike to dinner tonight (Tuesday, July 29) and have 20% of your bill go to a local non-profit that rotates each year.
Spoke & Food has partnered with Seattle restaurants for the event, with the host restaurants donating 20% of their evening’s revenues to Outdoors for All Foundation – a non-profit that provides instruction in outdoor recreation for people with physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities. The organization’s programs “encourage and enable more than 2,000 children and adults with disabilities to exercise their abilities outdoors.”
Grub is the only Queen Anne restaurant on the list, so grab your bike and head to Grub tonight. Additional Seattle restaurants are listed on the event’s web site.
UPDATE: if you were like me and sat in the hot sun at Kerry Park… the Blue Angels were a no-show! Why? According to KIRO: “The F/A-18s were planning to fly over the waterfront and by the Space Needle before landing at Boeing Field but ran short on time.”
The Blue Angels are arriving tomorrow for their scheduled Seafair performances. They’re also going to be in the skies around Seattle (and Queen Anne) tomorrow, Monday, July 28th.
According to KIRO, the Blue Angels will be flying over Seattle tomorrow afternoon. They’re scheduled to pass the Space Needle around 12:30pm – a photo opportunity for the media, fans, and both professional and amateur photographers. Expect views similar to this Queen Anne View photo from 2011, taken from Kerry Park:
The Blue Angels Seafair schedule is as follows (reminder: I-90 closed)
Practice and I-90 Closures: Thursday 9:45 a.m. to noon; 1:15 to 2:40pm
Practice and I-90 Closures: Friday 12:15 to 2:40pm
Performances and I-90 Closures: Saturday & Sunday 12:15pm to 2:40pm
Consumer research company Nielsen has been using PRIZM since the 1990s to categorize US consumers. PRIZM segments US consumers into 66 different types based on demographics and behaviors.
Today, the Seattle Times published an interactive map of the city that you can hover over to see how Seattle neighborhoods fall into of Nielsen’s segmentation.
According to Nielsen’s data, Queen Anne is home to 3 types:
Bohemian Mix (blue): A collection of young, mobile urbanites, Bohemian Mix represents the nation’s most liberal lifestyles. Its residents are a progressive mix of young singles and couples, students and professionals, Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans and whites. In their funky rowhouses and apartments, Bohemian Mixers are the early adopters who are quick to check out the latest movie, nightclub, laptop and microbrew.
Young Digerati (violet): Young Digerati are the nation’s tech-savvy singles and couples living in fashionable neighborhoods on the urban fringe. Affluent, highly educated and ethnically mixed, Young Digerati communities are typically filled with trendy apartments and condos, fitness clubs and clothing boutiques, casual restaurants and all types of bars-from juice to coffee to microbrew.
Money & Brains (tan): The residents of Money & Brains seem to have it all: high incomes, advanced degrees and sophisticated tastes to match their credentials. Many of these citydwellers, predominantly white with a high concentration of Asian Americans, are married couples with few children who live in fashionable homes on small, manicured lots.
Check out the interactive map by clicking on the image below:
Seattle’s famous sky-high tourist attraction is still standing after police received reports of a drone crash Tuesday at the Space Needle.
Space Needle security called police just before 8:30 PM after several guests reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the Needle, and possibly crash into an observation Deck window. Witnesses then saw the drone—described as a white, quad-propeller unmanned aerial vehicle, equipped with a camera—glide to a hotel two blocks east of the Needle, where it landed inside a fifth floor room.
Police found no signs of damage to the top of the Space Needle.
Security staff pointed out the fifth floor hotel room where the drone had landed, and officers went and contacted a man inside. The man told police he’d just flown his drone past the Needle, but disputed he’d struck anything.
He then showed officers video he’d captured during the drone’s flight, which showed it hovering over the Space Needle’s observation deck as tourists waved. Nothing on the video indicated the drone had hit the Needle.
The man told police he was an Amazon.com employee visiting from out of state, and had recently purchased the drone at a hobby shop. Officers then gave the man a crash course on some of Seattle’s recent drone-relatedcontroversies, and he agreed not to fly his drone in public while in town.
The video footage the drone captured was posted to YouTube, but has since been removed. However, many images still hit online articles and Buzzfeed has short video images embedded in their site. You can see people on the observation deck waving to the camera, as well as shots of the city and the Seattle Center:
EDIT: I spoke/wrote too soon… it’s raining. But, it’s not pouring and the Queen Anne Farmers Market goes on, rain or shine! Plus, and update to the live music – rather fittingly, Right as Rain is performing from 5pm-7pm.
It may still be grey outside, but it’s not raining – so head over to Crockett St for the Queen Anne Farmers Market! Here’s today’s lineup, courtesy of the QAFM:
Live Music, Picnic Lawn
3:00-4:30 – Seattle Suzuki Cello:Peter Williams & his talented cello students perform their favorite music.
5:00-7:00 – Right as Rain: Band that features two Queen Anne residents!
Event Tent: Michael Gifford, How to Cook a Wolf 5:30pm - We’re so fortunate in Seattle to have such a rich food & wine culture. Among the restaurants putting the city on the map is How to Cook A Wolf. Please join Chef, Michael Gifford, for a great cooking demonstration that will elevate your experience with fresh market produce.
At 10:05am today a fire broke out at Seattle City Light’s Broad Street substation. The fire knocked out power in areas around the Seattle Center. 325 customers are without power due to the fire, including the Space Needle, EMP, Key Arena and Seattle Center.
According to Seattle City Light: “Fire happened in a capacitor bank, which regulates the quality of power flow.”
Nothing says summer like Shakespeare in the park – or, even better, Shakespeare in a Queen Anne park!
Green Stage’s Backyard Bard performances brought Shakespeare comedies to David Rodgers Park last summer, playing to a full lawn of adults, kids, and even dogs. This year, they’re back with two plays at Rodgers Park.
The theatrical spectacle begins this Saturday with a double feature of All’s Well That Ends Well and The Comedy of Errors. Then, on Saturday, August 9th, the troupe returns for an encore performance of The Comedy of Errors. Each performance is about 45 minutes long and four actors perform all the roles. Hilarity ensues!
Green Stage is performing across Seattle through August 16th. Last year’s performances were a lot of fun, so grab a blanket or chair, a picnic or snacks, and head to Rodgers park this Saturday or August 9th.
Performances begin at 7pm both dates and are free to all!
Earlier this week, the City of Seattle and King County Parks launched Pianos in the Parks, a summer campaign that runs from July 17 to August 17. Twenty pianos that were nearing the end of their lives have been refurbished and made into works of art by the Gage Academy of Art faculty, students and friends.
Seattle Center piano, courtesy of Pianos in the Parks
Fifteen Seattle parks and public locations each got a piano as part of the program.
According to Mayor Ed Murray, “We are delighted to host the pianos at 13 city parks, Seattle Center and City Hall plaza. Pianos in the Parks will enliven our parks and engage communities through the power of art and music.”
Each piano is open to the public and play is encouraged! Plus, to invigorate a sense of competition, KEXP has joined in to sweeten the pot with a Facebook contest. All you have to do is play the Seattle Center piano (or any of the other pianos outside of our neighborhood), upload your performance to the Facebook page, and wait for the “likes” to pour in.
Your music selection must be original music or a piece from the public domain, and you have to be ready to perform! The 5 most-liked videos will be judged by a community panel and the winner will have a feature performance at the August 22nd Concerts at the Mural event.
At the end of the summer program, the pianos featured in the parks will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds will benefit Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, Seattle Symphony, KEXP and Gage Academy of Art.
Plus, you can help out the market by purchasing a leaf, a bird, a heart or a wise owl for the Big Tree. The fundraising effort demonstrates the community support behind the market! Plus, t-shirts, posters, and totes are available at the Information Tent, with all proceeds benefitting the market.
Here’s today’s line-up to help plan your trip to the market:
Kid’s Story Time
4pm-5pm: Join us for some farmers market-themed stories for the littles followed by an open hour of art creations for kids of all ages. A delightful way for kids to participate in their community market.
Live Music On the Picnic Lawn
3:00-4:30pm: David Guilbault: Seattle-based singer-songwriter David Guilbault performs soulful music to get your market day started off beautifully.
5:00-7:00pm: Phil Hansen: Continue your afternoon on the lawn with the rag-time blues music of Phil Hansen.
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