Category Archives: festivals

Cherry blossoms bring out the crowd in the “other Washington.”

Now that I’m retired my days are pleasant and predictable, so I appreciate the occasional surprise. Earlier, my husband and I decided we would visit the University of Washington campus this spring to see the cherry trees in bloom. But … Continue reading

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Unforgettable music festivals

There are music festivals and then there are music festivals.  I’ve been to only two in my life, years apart. I’ll remember the first one forever. The Isle of Wight Festival was held in 1969 at its namesake off the Southern Coast … Continue reading

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Flower and Garden show paves way to English conversation

It should be obvious why I had to make my annual trek to the Northwest Flower and Garden show, based on the first photo, which I took outdoors while waiting for a bus. Gloomy skies, wind, forlorn trees and crows. Compare … Continue reading

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Dancing to honor the dead

Dancing for the dead is a time-honored tradition at the annual Seattle Bon Odori festival, which is why I stumbled through three dances last Sunday to pay my respects to my mother and two friends who died within the last … Continue reading

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May Day: from celebrations to demonstrations

What do spring pagan festivals have in common with demonstrations for immigrant and workers’ rights?  They both take place on May 1. Since I couldn’t think of any other commonality, I decided to do a little research to find out … Continue reading

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Tulipmania

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival website boasts that one million people a year attend this event every April.  I believe they all came today.  Who can blame people for wanting to take a road trip on this, the warmest, sunniest … Continue reading

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Read it, then eat it

By now all the entries in today’s Seattle Edible Book Festival will have been judged and eaten.  Change that to most of the entries, since not all looked tasty enough for folks to consider putting them in their mouths; nonetheless, together they formed … Continue reading

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Holiday spirit

This week I saw a blog by one of my ESL students, in which she posted the three Christmas cards she had made in last week’s class, and praised her creative teachers. Following this, I received an email from old … Continue reading

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I’m dreaming of a white what?

I’m dreaming of a what?  A white Thanksgiving? Bad dream.  I got the wrong holiday.

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The state fair: food, farm animals and fun

A state fair is a small slice of Americana and a large slice of Americans.  My husband and I “did The Puyallup” yesterday, as the slogan goes, The Puyallup being the annual Western Washington State Fair.  The beauty of not having to … Continue reading

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