Archive for June, 2015

Summer Event Calendar

June 30, 2015  |  Announcement, Event, Families, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett


FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK on 2 July from 6 – 9 pm. Seattle’s original Art Walk features more than 50 participating galleries and venues on the first Thursday of every month. Free and open to the public. Free parking with voucher at participating garages.

DANCING TIL DUSK on 9 July from 6 – 9:30 pm. A night of free music, dance lessons and dancing in Occidental Square Park. Event is free and open to the public.

DANCING TIL DUSK on 16 July from 6 – 9:30 pm.  Another night of free music, dance lessons and dancing in Occidental Square Park.

GO KLONDIKE LEGACY DAY on 17 July from 11 am – 7 pm. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is offering a family day of food, music, gold panning, dog teams, living history shows, old time photography, kids activities and more. Event is free and open to the public. For a full list of summer events at the Klondike, visit

OUT TO LUNCH CONCERT SERIES on 17 July from noon – 1:30 pm. Weekly free concerts scheduled throughout downtown. This week in Occidental Square Park features the Jambalaya brass rock band, Tubaluba.#OTLconcerts. Concerts are free and open to the public.

PIONEER SQUARE SKID ROAD PUB CRAWL: Loggers and Lagers on 25 July, start time 3 pm. An exploration of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood via Pub Crawl. Honor the origins of Skid Road dressed like a lumberjack or lumberjill. Features include a “battle of the beards” contest and end-of-night karaoke. 21 and over only, ticket required.

OUT OF SIGHT from 30 July thru 2 August. A temporary art exhibit in the historic King Street Station. Featuring Pacific NW contemporary art with work from over 80 artists in a 24,000 square foot space. 30 July at 7 pm kicks off with an early preview and opening night celebration, tickets available now. Exhibition times vary, 31 July and 1 August from noon – 8 pm and 2 August from 11 am – 6 pm. 


ART OF THE CITY STREET FEST on 1 August from 11 am – 11 pm. An entire day of indoor and outdoor arts and activity at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts. Event is free and open to the public. On Prefontaine Place S between Yesler Way & S Washington Street.

FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK on 6 August from 6 – 9 pm. Seattle’s original Art Walk features more than 50 participating galleries and venues throughout Pioneer Square. Free and open to the public. Free parking available with voucher at participating garages.


OUT TO LUNCH CONCERT SERIES on 3 September from noon – 1:30 pm. The downtown concert series continues in Pioneer Square with horn-driven funk from Polyrhythmics. #OTLconcerts. Concert is free and open to the public in Occidental Square Park.

FIRST THURSDAY ART WALK on 3 September from 6 – 9 pm: Seattle’s original Art Walk features more than 50 participating galleries and venues throughout Pioneer Square. Free and open to the public. Free parking with voucher at participating garages.


Prepare in the Square – Classes near you!

June 24, 2015  |  Food, Fun, Prepare in the Square, Residents  |  2 comments

By Beth Berube

“The longer the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.” Ralph W. Sockman.

Being an avid DIY kind of person, I was delighted to discover a few establishments in our neighborhood that offer classes. I thought the only type of course I would stumble upon would be culinary, but that proved to be false. Here is what I uncovered in a brief stroll through the square, and I am sure there are more:

Smith Mercantile, located at 208 1st. Ave. S., offers a class called The Art of Pickles and Preserving. Put on an Iron Chef apron and fire up your Betty Crocker alter ego. You will learn how to preserve lemon, make fruit shrubs and prepare pickles. They also offer a Cocktail Class Series. Learn about tools and ingredients and impress your friends by whipping up magical cocktail concoctions. You have the option of taking a single class or a series of three demonstrations. Schedules change, so you can check out their website is

Speaking of cocktails, The Bar Shoppe, at 117 Yesler Way, offers hands on sessions. They will show you how to prepare classic and signature cocktails and demonstrate the use of bar tools. I was impressed with the extensive selection of bitters. My favorite was licorice. They also serve an assortment of small bites. Information can be found on their website,

A perfect dinner party starts with a stylish table. DryGoods Design at 301 Occidental Ave. S, will ensure oohs and ahhs from your guests. If you want to sew a tablecloth with matching napkins, this is your go to place. If you haven’t touched a sewing machine since high school home economics, you can enroll in a class called “This is a Sewing Machine” to get acquainted with their machines. There are general sewing classes for apparel as well as private classes and studio time by the hour. They also sell fabric and notions. Their website is

Nothing sets the tone for a special dinner gathering like flowers. The London Plane will teach you how to create imaginative flower arrangements which you can take home with you. It is located at 300 & 322 Occidental Ave. S.  You can find out about the classes on their website. The class schedules can be found under Online Store.

Of course, I DID find a number of cooking classes, from a variety of cuisines.

Holy Cannoli! Chef Luigi teaches his students the rhythm of an Italian meal: Appetizer, first course, second course and dessert, with hands on demonstrations at his restaurant Al Boccalino, located at 1 Yesler Way. For more information, go to   Hint: Sometimes you can find half price coupons on Groupon.

Marcela’s Creole Cookery offers classes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoon. The pricing is for two students, so make it a date! The location is 106 James Street and information can be found at

Diane’s Market Kitchen located at 1101 Post Avenue teaches students through demonstration as well as hand on classes. I have taken classes from Diane. The classes are small and her guests relax on chairs around an island while she prepares the meal. It felt similar to dining in a friend’s very large kitchen. I liked it much better than sitting at a cluster of tables lined up in rows. She shops Pike Place market for regional and sustainable ingredients. She also sells delicious oils. You’ll find her website at

If you know of other classes in Pioneer Square, please pass along your suggestions.

Summer Farmers Market is Open

June 17, 2015  |  Announcement, Food  |  1 Comment

by Courtney Crockett

Pioneer Square’s Express Farmers Market is Open!

In addition to Seattle’s original farmers market, Pike Place Market operates weekly Express farmers markets at City Hall, First Hill, Pioneer Square and South Lake Union. The Express market brings fresh and local produce, flowers and food to Pioneer Square residents and workers every Wednesday from June through late September and offers a fresh list of participants each week. Due to construction, the market location this year is moved from Occidental Park to the plaza at King Street Station.

Pioneer Square Express Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 17 June  – 30 September 
from 10 am – 2 pm

at King Street Station Plaza on 3rd Ave S and S Jackson St

Farmers Market Sweet Peas

Today’s Participants Include:

  • Shong Chao’s Farm – Flowers and Produce
  • Chue Neng Cha Farm – Flowers and Produce
  • Martin Family Orchards – Orchard Fruit and Cider
  • Sidhu Farms – Berries, Honey and Jam
  • Magana Farms – Orchard Fruit and Produce
  • Lyall Farm – Orchard Fruit and Produce
  • Honest Biscuits – Artisan Biscuits
  • El Chito – Tamales
  • Paul’s Peppers – Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Herb n Farm – Dried Herbs, Herbal Rubs and Herbal Vinegars

Farmers Market Vegetables

Express markets operate as members of the Washington State Farmers Market Association. Fresh Bucks SNAP matching is offered at all Pike Place Market farmers markets. For additional information visit

Stop in for a taste or fill a tote and help our neighborhood summer Market thrive.

Blessed Bee Thy Name

June 12, 2015  |  Announcement, Call to Action, News  |  3 comments

By Beth Berube

Drones, workers, guards and queens. These words evoke images from a Dungeon and Dragons game. They are, in fact, names given to classify a being of the Apoidea family – having a hairy body, feeding on sweets; whoa…so far, Wikipedia is describing my husband. No, it also says that bees hardly stop working. What was I thinking?

Today, my bee consciousness was expanded when I met Daniel, a Pioneer Square apiarist. In my mind, honey hives should be perched under apple trees in an orchard or stacked up like vertical crates among fields of lavender.

DanSmileCranebkgndDaniel Petrzelki works for Tether, a branding design agency on the fourth floor of the Burke Building in Occidental Park. He is also an urban bee keeper. We walk through a door and climb about forty stairs to the building’s roof. I am captivated by the view. The Smith Tower reaches out to me to the north and the blue waters of the Puget Sound seem just a stone’s throw away. But the most impressive view is three hives surrounded by a flurry of these clever and complicated creatures. They are buzzing to and fro in pollinator paths that resemble shipping lanes. Some of them are fanning their wings at the hive portal to keep it cool. Most of them are delivering pollen to make into honey.

HiveCloseI asked Daniel why the hive in the middle had so little activity. He explained that for an unknown reason, the bees in that hive died. Perhaps it was a virus in that hive that led to the colony collapse.

Daniel was the recipient of a grant called The Hive Project that propelled him to craft three hives from cedar (he is also a woodworker) last April. He now has about 20,000 bees collecting pollen in Pioneer Square in about a three-mile radius from their rooftop home.

Albert Einstein said if the bees die out, four years later, mankind will follow. As I write this, there is large scale death in the honeybee population. What is really scary is that scientists cannot pinpoint the exact cause for this devastation.

IMG_1828What WE can do to help sustain their population is to plant flowers and shrubs that bees love, such as zinnias and lovage. Google can help you do that. I planted Scarlett Runner beans on my deck and now Daniel’s bee friends buzz around my glass of Chablis like a swirling breeze. We get along fine. I think of them as my gardening companions. Be “pro- bee- active” when planting flowers in your garden that are purchased from stores like Home Depot or Lowes. Make sure that they were not sprayed with pesticides that are not bee friendly. Some types are toxic to bees.

You can find out more about the Hive Project here: The Hive Project. If you have any questions that you would like to ask Daniel, you can email him at

Take a Trip Back in Time

June 11, 2015  |  Families, Fun  |  1 Comment

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by RaNae Vodder

There are approximately 400 National Parks (inclusive of parks, monuments, forests, sites, etc) in the United States according to the website howmanyarethere.  Did you know that one of those parks is in our own neighborhood!?  I have to admit, that I did not.  My journey to this discovery started two months ago when I visited Petrolglyph National Monument where I bought a National Park Passport.

My visit there inspired me to learn more about our National Parks and to fill my passport with cancellations and stickers.  I decided to start by looking for parks in the Pacific Northwest.   The Klondike Gold Rush National Park is only two blocks or so from my condo in Pioneer Square so it hit the top of my list.

Klondike Location

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to become a “power” National Park visitor and just get my passport stamped as fast as possible, I am really committed to being a tourist in my own neighborhood.  I was delighted by everything about the park and really got a sense of the less romantic side of the Klondike Gold Rush!  Not a lot of people became millionaires and most had a pretty grueling experience.  The exhibits are interactive and thorough, with five stories of people who participated in the gold rush.  There is a replica of what a ton of gold would look like and newspapers with Gold! headlines.  I was impressed with the interior of the space, it is so clean and welcoming!  There is a section dedicated to Seattle and a section dedicated to Yukon/Alaska.  There is a lot of information about the impact on the local communities and native populations during the rush for gold.

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Visit the website before you go to the park to learn more about the activities that are offered!  Entrance to park is free but donations are welcome!




Volunteer for Art of the City Fest

June 5, 2015  |  Art, Call to Action, Event, Food, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett 

Images Courtesy of Art of the City Fest

Images Courtesy of Art of the City Fest

The Tashiro Kaplan Building (TK Artist Lofts) is busy programming its second annual Art of the City Street Fest slated for Saturday 1 August. The event is an entire day of indoor and outdoor celebration featuring artists, musicians and food from Pioneer Square and Seattle at large.

Last year’s event was a smashing success with nearly 3000 attending the closed-off street at Prefontaine Place S and the TK Artists Lofts interior. This year, Art of the City Fest is asking for a little help from the Pioneer Square community to make the event equally vital and an annual neighborhood happening. Pioneer Square residents can help make this year’s event an even bigger success by making an individual donation and neighborhood businesses can contribute through sponsorship. Volunteers are also needed for security, to act as guides, and as people power to set up and tear down structures.

AotCF valiseLocal creative talent is offering live music, dance, conceptual and visual arts. Food trucks and artisan booths, interactive installations, live painting and street art are also in the mix. In addition, artist studios and galleries are open for viewing inside the TK Lofts. To grasp the size and scope of this event, take a look at the list of participants and performers from last year’s lineup here


Art of the City Street Fest –  Saturday 1 August at Prefonaine Place S – From 11 am to 11 pm – Event is Free and Open to the Public 

AotCF stage

For individual contributions, please donate directly at

To arrange sponsorship or volunteer, please contact Jay Mason, Development and Community Outreach at or call 206.334. 5203.

A Golden Opportunity — Opening of a Special Exhibit at the Klondike

June 3, 2015  |  Announcement, Event  |  1 Comment

By Beth Berube

I visited the gift shop at the Klondike Museum once, to admire their collection of cute, little stuffed mammals and to buy a National Forest Recreation Day Pass to hike up at the pass. The gallery is, after all, part of our National Park System.  I never beyond the gift shop into the museum to explore their exhibit.  Until today, that is.

Seattle had many businesses that outfitted those eager to make a fortune and stake a claim in Alaska at the end of their journey.  Many of those companies were located in Pioneer Square. The museum puts you in the shoes of these hopeful, northbound adventurers.  I have agonized about what I need to stuff in my backpack for a two night wilderness trek.  If I was one of these starry-eyed souls, I fear my hopes would be dashed by disillusion before my mule and I crossed Pike Street on the journey north.

This Friday, the Klondike Museum is treating its patrons to something very special.  Meg Bye and Leeann Davignon are artists creating a special exhibit called “Under the Midnight Sun,” a compilation of moments, memories and mementos.  Meg’s display is tactile.  Visitors are encouraged to pull and push doors, revealing objects and recollections of our Native American and immigrant forefathers.

While I was there, Leeann was creating a poignant collage representing personal recollections in the form of letters that visitors can remove from envelopes and read.

This Friday, June 5th, is opening night. There will be story telling by Gene Tagavan, from the Raven Clan.  Tall Tales based on fantastical stories of historical events will by narrated by Ingrid Nixon and Caleb Kerr, a local actor, will read the poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee.”

You have until November to see this special exhibit, and this is something that kids will enjoy too.  To learn more about the weekend schedule, go online to and search Under the Midnight Sun.

First Thursday Art Walk at OK Hotel Gallery

June 2, 2015  |  Art, First Thursday, PI  |  No Comments

by Courtney Crockett

With the waterfront redevelopment and the tunnel project, all of the rude construction makes it easy to neglect our neighborhood offerings on Alaskan Way South. That is one reason to go to the OK Hotel Gallery on 4 June First Thursday Art Walk. Another is to support the OK Hotel and its historic relevance to Pioneer Square during the days of yore as a bar and venue for Seattle’s epic music scene. Another reason still is to check out the one-night only exhibition called, Strange Coupling.

Originating in 2002, Strange Coupling is a University of Washington student run organization whose purpose is to generate meaningful connections between professional artists and art students. Students are selected by jury and partnered with a Seattle artist and the pair collaborate over a 2 month period to culminate in a one-night group exhibition. This year marks their twelfth annual event.

Artists participating in Thursday’s opening are Neddy award winning and have previously shown works at Frye Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery and the neighborhood’s own, Greg Kucera Gallery. This year’s artist lineup includes-

Amber Barney + Rodrigo Valenzuela
Christie DeNizio + Gretchen Bennett
Coley Mixan + Gary Hill
Danielle VonLehe + Nat Evans
Ellen Xu + Neal Fryett
Hami Bahadori + Alejandra Salinas & Aeron Bergman
Pattique Shi + Paul Berger
Paul Baughman + Sol Hashemi
Paulo Castillo + Anne Fenton
Søren Nilsson + Matt Offenbacher

The OK Hotel Gallery is located at 212 Alaskan Way South; now a residential property with artist studios open to the public every First Thursday Art Walk from 6-9pm.