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30 Necessities Tea Party 31 Around the Sound Ted Baker
32 Savvy Shopper McAuliffe's Valley Nursery
13 Schooled in Fashion: Tamara Musser 67 Dining Guide
68 Sips of the Season 35 Five Minutes to Fresh and Fabulous 38 Trail Review Wallace Falls
70 Mixing Tin Woody Manhattan 72 Review Chanterelle 73 Seven Great Tastes
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15 Lasting Image 17 Calendar May & June
75 Featured Event Chuck Close
18 In the Know Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival 19 In the Know Book Reviews
19 In the Know Who Knew? 20 Community Spring into STEM
41 Mid-century in Medina
21 In the Know Schack Art Center's Juried Art Show
44 A Kitchen with a View
76 Events 78 Out of Town
21 In the Know Apps We Love
79 The Scene H'Arts Auction
22 Five Faves Lavender Farms
10 Letters to the Editor 47 Inspired & Inspiring 12 Meet the Team Inspirational Women 54 Welcome Aboard! 24 Spotlight Artist Matika Wilbur
80 Final Word
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omen in leadership make a vital difference in Snohomish County. We honor the teachers, artists, tribal leaders, professors, activists, librarians, executives, politicians, doctors, lawyers, mothers, and other community leaders whose accomplishments inspire others. They build on a legacy of Washingtonian women who have led the nation in historic firsts. Seattle’s Bertha K. Landes became the first female mayor of a major American city in 1926. Washington made history again when Christine Gregoire was elected governor in 2004. She joined Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to hold the state’s three highest public offices—a first for women. Still, the need for progress remains. Washington State ranks far behind most other states in terms of the gender gap in income, and the income gap disproportionately affects women of color. Some have suggested the state’s dismal rankings are due to the growth in manufacturing and technology sectors, which generally offer male-dominated and well-paying jobs. Among the five women in our “Inspired & Inspiring” feature article, we honor the accomplishments of Dr. Elaine Scott, dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at UW Bothell, who encourages women and other underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in STEM fields. We also honor the tremendous contributions of Inez Bill, rediscovery coordinator at the Hibulb Cultural Center; Cassie Franklin, CEO of Cocoon
House; Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries; and Tina Aufiero, artistic director at Pilchuck Glass School. We spotlight photographer Matika Wilbur’s Project 562, currently exhibited at the Hibulb Cultural Center. Wilbur attended La Conner High School and is a member of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes. Her ambitious project is to photograph individuals from every federallyrecognized tribe in the U.S. Also in this issue, we interview the owners of Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, a fixture in Seattle for more than 25 years. Diane Symms and her daughter Kerri Lonergan-Dreke serve up the best Italy and Washington State have to offer—a winning combination that rewards in fresh, flavorful, authentic meals. “Welcome Aboard! Washington State Ferries” is a feature which celebrates the 65th anniversary of Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division. We note the weird and wonderful ways in which travel by ferry has become an iconic part of life in the North Sound. You’ll love the behindthe-scenes look at the experiences of the captain and crew of the Kitsap, as well as history and trivia about the ferry system. Just in time for you to set sail on summer adventures. Wherever your travels take you, we hope you’ll bring us along for the ride. We think our magazine is just the thing to take along on a drive, a flight, a ferry ride, or even just for a day at the beach. Enjoy the sun!
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Savannah Jantsch Savannah graduated from Western Washington University last spring with a degree in English: Creative Writing and Film Studies. She’s been filming and editing movies since she was ten, and loves all things related to cinema. She enjoys stargazing with her telescope, writing, and cruising around town in her yellow Fiat 500. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest has given her a love for coffee (anytime of day), exploring the outdoors, and Twin Peaks. Savannah is passionate about pursuing a career in visual journalism and video production. p. 20
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JENN: There are so many inspirational women in my life—my grandmother, neighbors, friends, and certainly my mother—but the person who immediately came to mind is my lifelong best friend, Rita Foster. Rita is an exceptionally talented artist whose work has inspired me greatly. I have her art throughout my home and cherish it daily. I have never known a more humble, honest, caring, loving, and to the core talented individual, and that is something truly inspiring to me.
KAITY: I cherish my relationships with the women in my life—family members, friends, and colleagues. But if pressed to name an inspiration, I’d like to express gratitude for the many exceptional women who were my teachers, librarians, professors, and mentors. Through their smart, passionate, and accomplished work, they opened doors for me into new worlds, new ways of thinking and being. For that, I am forever grateful. BABETTE: I’m lucky to have my grandmother, Genevia Fulton, a.k.a. the “Pie Lady” of Oklahoma, in my life as she inspires me everyday to be a better person. A local country radio station presented her with a jacket to commemorate her pies and community involvement. She was made citizen of the year, volunteers at the Western Heritage Museum, works on the election board, and volunteers at the senior citizen center. She is the most active 87-year-young person and turns out around 300 pies for Thanksgiving. Her pies win countless blue ribbons and one coconut cream went for $250 at an auction.
TINA: My mom is the biggest influence of my life. She subconsciously fed me her weakness to become my super powers, and her enormous heart has given me the lifeline to surround myself in love, compassion, and spirit. She has a special gift to reach in and touch the soul of everyone around her. I am honored to carry her grace.
LISA: I know it sounds simple, but truly, my mother Ingrid Moon inspires me. As I continue to grow as an adult, I often reflect back to my youth and am amazed at all she did and accomplished. Being a married woman, raising 5 children, 8 at times with my stepsiblings, being a business owner, and working full time. I look back often and draw from her strength and resilience. She instilled in me work ethic, how to be a strong woman, yet be kind and loving. Move forward, look back, learn not to keep score and always, always treat others respectfully. I don’t tell her enough I love her for this and so much more.
FRANCES: It is impossible for me to choose a single woman who has inspired and influenced me the most, so I’m going with my Cabal. You’ve read their books, shared their memes, posted their articles to your timeline, seen them on television, retweeted their quips, and bought their merch. Some are gathered into a specific group, some aren’t really joiners, but they’re all feminists, and every damn one of them inspires me.
MELISSA: The most inspirational woman in my life is my mother, Lisa Karlberg. Not only is she a woman of all trades being the owner/publisher of this entire company, but she has also been my backbone in the most difficult times of my life. Without her on my side, I wouldn't be where and who I am today! I LOVE YOU MOM!
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Schooled in Fashion: Tamara Musser WRITTEN BY MADELINE TAKATA | PHOTOGRAPHED BY LISA DILLS
ou can hear the clicking of heels throughout Meadowdale Middle School hallways, and they aren’t your average heels. They are bright yellow, spiked high heels worn by intensive learning teacher Tamara Musser. Once you catch a glimpse of her, you may think she took a wrong turn on her way to a Paris fashion show, but this high-end fashion collector is right where she belongs, teaching. Whether she is wearing Dior, Alexander McQueen, or Dolce & Gabanna to the classroom, Musser is unapologetically herself. “I am fearless,” Musser said. “If I feel like wearing a gown to work, I’ll wear a gown to work. I dress how I feel.” Musser began collecting high-end fashion pieces when she was thirty years old, and ultimately acquired a dream closet. Everything in her wardrobe is both well loved and well made. It’s not about the name brand for her, but it’s about quality, distinctiveness, creativity, and inspiration—qualities which catch her eye and speak to her personality. The many components to Musser’s wardrobe reflect the many facets of her personality. When she is feeling crazy and fun, she sports her one-of-a-kind Valentino dress and matching boots, and when she is feeling serious, she puts on Alexander McQueen. … continued on page 16
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“A person can’t tell who I am by what I wear, because there are so many different parts of me."
“A person can’t tell who I am by what I wear, because there are so many different parts of me,” Musser said. If you’re looking only at her clothing, the part of Musser you might miss is her heart for children and her passion for teaching. It’s not often you see an intensive learning teacher rocking a Pucci gown, but it’s within the realm of possibility for Musser’s students. A Portland native, Musser has spent that last 30 years teaching in the Edmonds School District after earning an undergraduate degree in psychology from Lewis and Clark University and a master’s in education from Puget Sound University. She specialized in behavioral science and has worked with students with developmental delays, autism, or behavioral issues. Even at the expense of a broken heel or two, Musser loves what she does. Her verve and confidence spark 16 NorthSoundLife.com
creativity in the classroom as well as throughout Meadowdale Middle School. Her boldness encourages her students to be themselves. Students are interested, Musser said. She even has had students ask her to lead a fashion club. “People know me because of my two reputations. Either the difference I am able to make in students’ lives or because of the way I dress,” Musser said. She is recognizable, but the attention isn’t always positive. Although her students have never taken issue with the way she dresses, Musser has contended with complaints from parents in the past; although, she says it’s never been the parents’ of her students, but others who happen to see what she is wearing. Musser confesses she has been trying to behave a little better, but she has no plans of denying herself who she is and what she wants to wear.
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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Weekend The Hungry Pelican, Snohomish May 7 & 8, 11 a.m., reservations required historicdowntownsnohomish.org
Silent Movie and Pipe Organ Night: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Historic Everett Theatre, Everett June 3, 7:30 p.m. historiceveretttheatre.org
Mother’s Day Celebration Country Village, Bothell May 7–8 countryvillagebothell.com
Ice Fest Skating Competition Olympic View Ice Arena, Mountlake Terrace June 5, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. seattleskatingclub.net
Sunsets in Snohomish Wine Walk Historic Downtown, Snohomish June 11, 5 p.m. historicdowntownsnohomish.org
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Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEN BRANTINGHAM
assive flocks of snow geese winter near Stanwood to the delight of local birders. Winter is the high season for bird watching. “Other times of the year you aren’t going to see all these kinds of birds,” said Barbara Guthrie, a lifelong birder from Shoreline. The snow geese will return home to Siberia sometime in April and return again in the fall. Despite their numbers, snow geese can be elusive. Veteran birders scoured well-known hot spots during the 11th annual Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival, which took place February 27–28 in Stanwood. Visitors who may not be as familiar with these hot spots rely on maps to locate flocks. The snow goose is one of many intriguing bird species in the area’s sloughs, farmlands, and marshes. Philip Setel, a Seattle photographer, sought the snowy owl, the famed great white owl of the Arctic tundra. “It’s the holy grail,” he said. But at the Big Ditch Wildlife Recreation Area, located 10 miles north of Stanwood, Setel found only a reedy marsh. On Leque Island, west of Stanwood, veteran birders Bill and Sally Lider watched flocks of starlings and dunlins dart 18 NorthSoundLife.com
across the distant horizon. They spotted a short-eared owl perched on a treetop. It lifted off, its large wings gracefully swinging, and circled a few feet above its prey in the brush. A northern harrier hawk entered the marsh and crossed to the other side at eye level. A short distance away at Camano Island’s English Boom Historical Park, Barbara Guthrie and Ken Romdall of Edmonds joined others watching a bald eagle atop a tall cedar, its huge nest silhouetted against the sky. Northern pintails, widgens, and the common merganser swam nearby. Across Camano Island at Iverson Spit, Blaine’s award-winning photographer Wayne Diaz found only a single great blue heron deep in the marsh. “I did the bus tour and saw flocks of snow geese and trumpeter swans, eagles, and a Cooper’s hawk by Conway,” he said. The yearly festival offers birding information, guided hikes, speakers, and bus tours. Local artists showcase their creations at festival headquarters in downtown Stanwood.
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May 22, 3 p.m. Lauren Groff dives deep into the marriage of Lotto (a nickname for Lancelot) and Mathilde, well below the surface, to offer a realistic story of a relationship from both perspectives. They meet as undergraduates at Vassar. The first half of the novel is told from Lotto’s perspective, and the second from Mathilde’s. The prose is lyrical, intense, and so lovely that you won’t want to come up for air.
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, you’ll be transported to the world of MarieLaure, a French child who comes of age during World War II. As her eyesight deteriorates, her father teaches her to orient by the sounds of the world around her. Waves abound throughout the story, sound waves, radio waves, waves made by the French Resistance, and the waves washing ashore St.-Malo, France.
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Born in Snohomish, Karen Thorndike always heard the call of the sea. In 1998, she became the first American woman to sail solo around the world after a two year and two week journey. She sailed 33,000 miles on her 36-foot yacht named Amelia, after Amelia Earhart.
Actress Anna Faris moved to Edmonds with her family at age six, and made her acting debut at the Seattle Repertory Theater at age nine. She’s appeared in several comedies throughout the years including Scary Movie, The House Comedy, and more recently the voice of “Jeanette” in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. She is currently the lead role of “Christy” in the television comedy Mom.
A brilliant scientist and advocate for women in the technological revolution, Dr. Anita Borg spent part of her childhood in Mukilteo. Among the many honors and awards she won throughout her lifetime, in 1999 she was appointed to the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology. She created the Systers online community for women working in technology fields, which has over 6,000 members today.
The Everett Women’s Book Club was established on June 10, 1894. Its members spent more than a decade gathering books, petitioning the city council, and running a library from several different locations. In 1905, they received a Carnegie grant to build a public library. Today the club still works to meet community needs and address social issues.
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Spring Into STEM WRITTEN BY SAVANNAH JANTSCH
pring Into STEM is a three-month long expo whose goal is to inform students, teachers, and family members of all ages about the job opportunities that can sprout from developing an interest in and pursuing education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The exhibitions are taking place all over the county and consist of many interactive activities and presentations from prominent advocates of STEM. The Snohomish STEM Network is producing the expo. The STEM Network formed in 2013 and is funded by a grant from the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County and Washington Alliance for Better Schools. “The Network strives to raise awareness and provide learning opportunities to foster home grown students for the high demand jobs that are in the county,” said Deborah Squires, director of the Snohomish STEM Network. “Washington is ranked first for STEM jobs, and we are the second densest manufacturing area in the U.S., yet we are ranked 49th for preparedness.” With a rich economy and big aerospace companies like Boeing and Blue Origin, the region has some of the fastest growing, best paying jobs. Such expos as the ones made available during Spring Into STEM could lead those who participate to wonder, “Is a career in STEM for me?” The Expanding Your Horizons event, which occurred March 22 at Edmonds Community College, was geared toward girls in eighth grade and high school. The event included experiments with robots and the opportunity to learn about genetics with gummy worms. The event’s keynote speaker was Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, a high school teacher turned astronaut. On April 5, 2010, MetcalfLindenburger boarded a shuttle flight for the International Space Station (ISS). She worked as a flight engineer and robotic arm operator, among other things. She was the lead
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inside the space ship while two of her crewmembers, Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson, did their spacewalks. They returned to Earth after docking at the ISS for eleven days. “STEM will provide the answers to many of the toughest questions facing Washington, the United States, and the planet,” Metcalf-Lindenbuger said in an interview. “We need many people solving problems that are already happening due to climate change, drought, extinctions, disease, lack of food. We need people designing solutions and working with alternate energy.” Metcalf-Lindenburger taught earth and space science for five years at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, WA. She is currently co-teaching at Edmonds Community College while working towards getting her Master of Science degree at the University of Washington. Her passion for science and education is one of the primary reasons she was chosen to speak at the Expand Your Horizons event. There, MetcalfLindenburger discussed her journey of becoming an astronaut and how she started acting on her dream of flying amid the stars when she was in middle school, high school, and college. Another event, the Students of Color Career Conference occurred March 24. The STEM Network extended invitations to underrepresented middle school and high school students and anticipated more than 2,500 attendees. With a focus on women and students of color, the event was meant to show that STEM is for everybody. Squires said that she wants to tell young students from all backgrounds that we need them in STEM. Spring Into STEM events continue until June 6, when the programming concludes with the Innovation Expo, produced by Everett Public Schools. Held at the XFINITY Arena, the events include demonstrations and presentations, an industry partners showcase, keynote address, and the STEM Student Competition for students in fourth through ninth grades.
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he Schack Art Center’s 2016 Juried Art Show marks the twentieth time the biennial exhibit has graced downtown Everett’s hub for the arts. The Schack hosts various shows by nationally and internationally © Schack Art Center / Sally Anaya known artists throughout the year and works to promote and celebrate the arts in Snohomish County. What makes the Juried Art Show unique is the rare opportunity it affords emerging artists to have their work presented in a professional gallery setting. “There are very few venues in Snohomish County for artists to show their work,” said Schack Art Center’s Gallery Director Carie Collver, “and many of our exhibits are already set, so this is one exhibit that anyone can apply to be a part of.” This year local artists submitted approximately 400 entries in a wide range of media, divided into the two-dimensional (2D) category, which includes paintings, photography, collage, and colored pencil among others, and the three dimensional (3D) category featuring works made of wood, glass, metal, and paper. Three well-known artists from the North Sound served as judges for this year’s show: photographer Jim Arrabito, painter Chris Hopkins, and sculptor Verena Schwippert. Together, they had the difficult job of winnowing the hundreds of entries. “They [were] looking for quality work and a well-rounded exhibit, choosing pieces from all art mediums,” said Collver. In the end, the jurors selected 128 pieces for the show, awarding 28 honorable mentions, as well as first, second, and third prizes in each category, and one grand prize. “Being asked to judge the heartfelt labors of anyone is an uncomfortable task,” said Hopkins of his job as juror. “However, if the quality of the art is at a high level then the discomfort will be off set by the pleasure. For me it was a pleasure.” As challenging as it was to decide which artists to include in the show, Hopkins said the most difficult part of the process was selecting the various place winners. First prize in the 2D category went to fiber artist Terri Shinn’s Meadow Lane (top). Created from cotton, wool, silk, and metallic threads and ribbons, the jewel-like piece, at first glance, appears to be an impasto painting until a second look reveals it to be the skillful knotting, stitching and layering of colorful fabric and thread. In the 3D category, weaver Sally Anaya’s basket took first prize. Titled Dragons and Winds (bottom), the intricately woven work of dyed rattan, cane, and waxed linen with an ash base features a sinuous teal dragon gamboling across a golden-brown background. The jurors awarded top honors and the grand prize to Rick Holst’s 3D Target Rising. Consisting of tiny circles of blue, red, yellow, and green Color-aid paper painstakingly applied to acrylic sheets, Holst’s work is a mesmerizing creation of concentric rings layered with an exacting, kaleidoscopic precision. These pieces, and the many others selected for the Juried Art Show, showcase the variety of mediums and styles used by artists working in and around Snohomish County today. The result is a refreshing and eclectic look at local art, in all of its diversity.
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PELINDABA LAVENDER Zulu for â€œplace of great gathering,â€? Pelindaba Lavender is just that. Open to the public, you often find people walking, biking, and children scampering through the vast amount of lavender fields on this San Juan Island farm. Taking the environment into consideration, this farm uses sustainable agricultural practices in order to ensure environmentally sound choices and even hand cuts their lavender. It first started as an open space preservation project in 1998, and 18 years later has evolved into a place for gatherings. Friday Harbor, pelindabalavender.com
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Matika Wilbur WRITTEN BY GAREN GLAZIER
atika Wilbur hit the road in November 2012. The photographer was on a mission: to make portraits of members from each of the federally-recognized tribes in the United States, which numbered 562 at the time. Inspired by a dream she had in the mountains of Peru and funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, Wilbur inaugurated Project 562 by visiting 13 tribes in California. Since then she has crisscrossed the country multiple times, been invited to the White House, exhibited locally and nationally, and photographed individuals from more than 250 of the tribes on her list, which now numbers 566. Her goal is to provide a new canon of Native American representation based not on old and lingering stereotypes but on the reality of contemporary American Indian experience. “In my work I seek and photograph positive indigenous role models from this century,” she said in a TED talk she delivered in Seattle in 2014. Her lens has documented native scholars, musicians, teachers, farmers, culture keepers, chiefs, and children, among many others. The portraits she captures are honest, unvarnished, beautiful. And they’ve made an impression. Her work has been covered extensively in the press, with articles appearing in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, and, most recently, O, The Oprah Magazine. The Project 562’s Facebook page has nearly 12,000 likes and she has given more keynote addresses to universities and cultural organizations than she can count. Her work
Sharlyce and Jennie Parker (Northern Cheyenne), 2014.
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Dr. Mary Evelyn Belgarde (Pueblo of Isleta and Ohkay Owingeh), 2014.
has been featured in The Tacoma Art Museum, with exhibits coming up in Harvard, the Silva Gallery in New Jersey, and the Fenimore Art Museum in Upstate New York. Currently, 42 of her portraits are on view at the Hibulb Cultural Center in Tulalip. The show at the Hibulb is a homecoming of sorts for Wilbur, who is a Native American woman of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes and a graduate of La Conner High School. The exhibit focuses on the idea of home and is titled, “Natural Wanderment: Stewardship. Sovereignty. Sacredness.” As stated on the introductory gallery panel, the photos are a tribute to “the most important truth Wilbur has discovered on her journey to-date—that ancestral land is the basis of Native American identity.” Indeed, many of the black-and-white and hand-colored silver gelatin prints appear to have two subjects: a tribal member in the foreground and the land of their ancestors behind them. “I have had to experience for myself the incredible range of homelands of tribal nations,” Wilbur said, “to interact with peoples in their ancient territories is to grasp how the connection to natural places makes us who we are.” This deep connection to the land has important implications not only for Native American identity, but also for the stewardship of ecologically fragile areas that have been nurtured and held sacred by tribes for generations. But the relationship between person and land is only partially brought to life by Wilbur’s photos, exceptional
though they are. The rest of the story is told through the interview excerpts that Wilbur has collected along the way, and the profiles of people and tribes, which are an integral part of the exhibition. Wilbur, whose first name means messenger in her tribal language, pairs each portrait with an accompanying text that underscores the meaning and message of the work. These stories are powerful. They speak to prejudice, autonomy, identity, pride, joy, sorrow, and, most of all, to the centrality of the natural world and ancestral land to the experience of being Native American. There is Chief Bill James of Lummi Nation standing on the shores of the Sound. His story is about preservation: “I believe in protecting this territory, because the spirits are always with us.” There is Charlotte Logan of the Mohawk Tribe, a molecular and cellular biologist, framed by a vast sky. Her story is about returning to her roots: “Knowing that there is something sacred about this place grounds me. I can look up and see that mountain every day, and it reminds me who I am.” Michael Frank of the Miccosukee. His story is about respect. Desi Small Rodriguez of the Northern Cheyenne. Her story is about strength. Their words, and the words of the 38 others included in the exhibition, resonate alongside the portraits. Wilbur is helping to create a powerful new narrative and legacy of representation for Native Americans. One photo at a time. project562.com
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The Vintage Company No. 7 WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON BLACK
andra Chhuon, owner of The Vintage Company No. 7, is sure spoken and wise beyond her 29 years, a vision of passion-driven entrepreneurship with bright red shoes and paint on her skirt. “There’s nothing I own that doesn’t have paint on it,” she confesses. “I can’t control myself sometimes.” When the daily need to paint furniture strikes, Chhuon dives in no matter the outfit. This joy-centered creative enthusiasm permeates every square inch of The Vintage Company No. 7, which is tucked into Bothell’s charming Country Village, where chickens and ducks walk amongst shoppers and around every corner waits a new hidden treasure, be it a shop, windmill, or water feature. Chhuon and many of her store’s other vendors specialize in giving classic furniture pieces a new lease on life with a smart, stylish fresh coat of paint, new hardware, and sometimes re-imagined features. Inside the shop you’ll also find a mix of vintage and handcrafted home and garden decor, sign art, accessories, candles, bath accoutrements, paper products, and other lovely tidbits. With nine inventive vendors arranged throughout the two-story space, you won’t be disappointed with the selection. Though all the items at ... continued on p. 29
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budget and no furniture they began snatching up thrift store finds that Chhuon would restore with elbow grease, paint, and imagination. This lead to an “obsession,” as she calls it, which lasted well after furnishing their home. The second life event occurred after being laid off, along with the rest of her professional unit, at her well paying corporate job. With some severance pay, a wide-open calendar, and a renewed passion in furniture, the moment to open her own shop had arrived. “I went through four corporate jobs without being happy,” Chhuon sighed. “I knew it was a huge risk, but I had to take it, and I have been so completely happy over the store ever since. I think ‘having it all’ is just being happy, whatever that looks like to you.” Anytime is a good time to be happy at The Vintage Company No. 7. If you want to make your time extra special, try visiting during Country Village’s once monthly Ladies’ Night Out, which
takes place the second Thursday of the month and includes refreshments and a chance to win free swag. Or, if you want to try repurposing one of your own pieces, sign up for one of the shop’s Saturday night painting classes. All you need to do is bring the furniture you want to paint and the shop will provide the non-toxic chalk paint, food, drinks, and fun. You’ll leave with one of your very own finished furniture masterpieces. A fair warning for when you do visit—you may walk in just to browse, but leave with a new dresser for the bedroom, chair for the kitchen, necklace for your friend’s birthday, garden art for mom, a smile worthy sign for where you’ll see it most, and Chhuon’s hand poured “Jamaica Me Crazy” soybased candle for your son’s room that needs to smell human again, and a handmade bath bomb for later because, really, shopping is hard work. 826 237th St. SE, Suite B, Bothell thevintagecompanyno7.com May | June 201629
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Here Comes the Sun Ted Baker London Opens in Bellevue Square WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER
atch as a slender cigarette boat cuts a brilliant path across the Atlantic leaving a trail of frothy sea foam in its wake. At the bow, a smartly dressed, sunglasses-clad couple laughs and cavorts, while a man in a navy blue blazer steers Baker’s Boat. The scene is awash in the turquoise haze of vintage film. This is the sun-kissed video loop on the splash page of Ted Baker’s website for U.S. customers. It is emblematic of Ted Baker London bringing “six star style” across the pond. Break out the bone china and bake some tasty scones, the British are coming! The British Invasion happened in March—just in time for Seattleites to start singing “Here Comes the Sun”—as the luxury-clothing brand opened its store at Bellevue Square, introducing Ted Baker’s Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear, menswear, and accessories to the Pacific Northwest. The sun-soaked collection recalls the 1960s. Retro-inspired advertisements entice with all the elegant charms of an idyllic summer holiday spent waltzing along the promenade at the Strawberry Islands. Gorgeous prints abound in a variety
of styles and stripes, as do classic silhouettes for both him and her. From dapper crew neck knit sweaters and collared t-shirts in mustard, a color which feels both classic and contemporary, to crisp white dresses with splashes of green floral and checkered patterns paired with structured coats and mod, red sunglasses, these are ensembles worthy of Don and Betty Draper. A lifestyle brand that reflects traditional and contemporary influences, the store’s offerings also include bags, active wear, audio, and home fragrances. The 2,965-square foot store is inspired by a “high tea” party, which is meant as a nod to the Pacific Northwest’s love of coffee. The decor features pastel tones of pink, blue, and mint, and includes a wall of framed lace doilies, artful arrangements of teaspoons, elegant silver tea services fixed to walls, and tiered cake-stand light fixtures suspended, as if they were edible chandeliers, from the ceiling. Near the cash desk, a delectable collection of knitted cakes and sandwiches, including such classics as egg and cress sandwiches and bourbon biscuits, displayed on vintage wood trays are sure to tempt your appetite. Ted Baker London is known internationally for its stylish, sophisticated clothing marked by detail, beautiful designs, and high-quality fabrics, and finishes. The brand has earned a reputation for exemplary customer service and good humor. The international retailer now has more than 34 locations in the U.S., with the nearest West coast location in San Francisco, and it plans to open an additional five stores in North America this year, including two in New York and three in Canada. If you find yourself mourning the finale of Downton Abbey, then Ted Baker London promises to be the best place for stylish Anglophiles to shop away their sorrows. You might be sad, but at least you’ll be well-dressed. Pip, pip, cheerio!
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McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON BLACK
THE SHOP On historic Springhetti Road surrounded by hundred-year-old, generationally-owned Snohomish Valley farms is a gem of a nursery. McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery occupies an old dairy barn and farm, which was once owned by the well known Stocker family of Stocker Farms. Only a short five minute drive from the shops and restaurants of downtown Snohomish, McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery farm-to-retail space occupies 55 acres of growing land and a retail stamp of roughly five acres for customers to wander and enjoy. 32 NorthSoundLife.com
KEY PEOPLE Jamie and Tiffini McAuliffe own and care for the nursery along with their green-thumbed dedicated staff of growers and gardeners. Before opening McAuliffe’s in 1999, Jamie owned and operated his own landscape business, which his son now spearheads. Previous to opening the nursery, Tiffini specialized in retail sales and management. Each brilliant background paved the way for the nursery’s current success.
THE ATMOSPHERE Clearly the nursery belongs to people who love beautiful design and all things that grow. Methodically patterned brick pavers line the driveway and parking area and lead up to the nursery. The tastefully updated dairy barn still maintains the charm of days gone by. The contemporary deep grays on the walls and clean whites of the planter boxes accentuate the chartreuse greens of plants and brightly colored flowers. You can bring your dog and grab a cup of coffee in the barn before immersing yourself in plant heaven amongst the babble of rustic water features and visually interesting and sometimes quirky sheds made of bricks, rocks, and bowling balls.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND McAuliffe’s seemingly has it all, except maybe typical big box store petunias, but really, you can find those anywhere. What makes McAuliffe’s special is their assortment of more than 200 varieties of trees and shrubs, all grown on-site, including deciduous, coniferous, and flowering types. Jamie and his team expertly prune and train specimens for years before they’re ready to sell, and because of that, you’ll find beautifully sculpted trees rather than bushy messes. Tiffini likes to keep the nursery stocked with unique annual and perennial flowers, grasses, edibles, bare-root berries, shade plants, and ground covers. You’ll also find Aw Pottery and Greenman Stone garden sculptures and pots—both products from Washington State—sprinkled throughout and in their own sculpture house. Birdseed, birdhouses, garden care products, and other outdoor touches can be found in their home store, which is located in the barn. If you need help putting it all together, McAuliffe’s also offers landscape design services and consultations.
OWNER FAVORITES Every growing season brings a new favorite, so be sure to ask when visiting. Currently dwarf conifers take the cake with Jaime for their yearround color and simple, lowmaintenance growing pattern that only gets better year after year. Tiffini loves the Abies nordmanniana variety, or “Golden Spreader,” for its striking, low mounding color, especially in winter gardens. 11910 Springhetti Rd., Snohomish 360.862.1323 mcauliffesvalleynursery.com
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Five Minutes to Fresh and Fabulous WRITTEN BY SHANNON MERCIL
aise your hand if you have more than an hour a day to do your makeup? Okay, now if your hand is raised, then use it to keep turning pages because this tutorial is not for you. (You’re an everyday “glamazon,” and I completely admire and respect you for that). As for the rest of us, take heart. It’s possible to look fresh and fabulous even if you are short on time. I don’t know about you, but the last time I left the house, I was in such a hurry I didn’t realize I put on mismatched ankle boots before I walked out the door! If you are like me, you may be balancing parenting, a demanding career, and other responsibilities and obligations. This article is for you. You are not alone, my friends! … continued on the next page
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I want to share with you the tools and tricks you need to create a fresh, fabulous, and finished look in five minutes flat. For these two looks, I’ve included budget conscious and natural product alternatives.
Meet Andrea, a 25-year-old dental assistant who says her biggest makeup challenge is covering up dark circles. Her skin type is normal to dry. She describes her approach to makeup as “one extreme or the other.” Andrea said, “I either get glammed up completely, or I wear absolutely nothing. I would really like to learn how to do
a makeup look that is natural that just makes me feel like an enhanced version of myself.” After her makeup demonstration, Andrea said, “This is perfect, I love how natural it is, and that the lips are a stain. I feel very girly and fresh. This
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have straight lashes. Start at the base of the lash where your lid meets the root and apply gentle but firm pressure. Hold for two seconds and move up the lash curler just a touch and repeat for another two seconds.
STEP 1: COVER
STEP 3: CONTOUR
For normal to dry skin, apply small dabs of foundation to your forehead, nose, and cheeks. Then, blend with a synthetic sponge in a downward motion. Use a slight stippling (patting) motion for added coverage. We used MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation ($33). Almay Smart Shade CC Cream ($10) is a great alternative. My favorite sponge used to be the Original Beautyblender ($20) until I discovered Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5), which we used here. This sponge gives your skin a nearly airbrushed finish; it’s amazing!
Use a bronzer to achieve an easy contoured effect in a minimal amount of time. For dry skin, I recommend applying a cream bronzer with a brush to the top of the forehead and under the cheekbone, along the jaw line and subtly to both sides of the nose. A synthetic brush is best when working with cream blushes or bronzers, as natural hair brushes tend to soak up cream products. We used Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer ($11) in warm tan. This product is an excellent alternative for Chanel Bronze Universel ($48). I honestly can’t tell the difference, and who doesn’t love a deal?
STEP 2: CONCEAL AND HIGHLIGHT
STEP 4: BROWS
STEP 7: MASCARA
For dark under eye shadows, try IT Cosmetics Eyelift In A Tube ($29). It allows you to use one end to conceal and the other to apply a gorgeous, semidewy highlight. Use the applicator by applying the “Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer” from the inner corner, covering any shadowy areas and blemishes, to the sides of the nose. Next use the “Hello Light Liquid Brightener” under the eye, on top of the cheekbone, and up to the temple in the center of the forehead. Also apply above the center of your top lip. Then fully blend using a stippling motion with your sponge. Available at a fraction of the price, e.l.f. Studio Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter ($3) works similarly.
Naturally full looking brows hit the runway this season, so tinted brow gels are the way to go. Select a shade that matches your brow color, or one that is a few shades darker if your brows are naturally blonde. We chose to warm up Andrea’s brows slightly with Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel ($22) in auburn. Comb the brow tint upward through the brows and then gently lay the hairs down at the top combing toward the outward corner. Replicate the look with NYX Cosmetics Tinted Brow Mascara ($9).
For full lashes in a hurry, sweep one or two coats of a volumizing mascara from root to tip on the top and bottom lashes. I love Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Volum’Express ($6).
STEP 5: CURL Curling your eyelashes is optional, but do consider including this step if you
STEP 6: SHADOW With your pointer finger, sweep a neutral cream shadow from lid to crease and blend softly onto the brow bone just above the crease. Andrea is wearing MAC Indianwood Paint Pot ($22.) For a less expensive alternative try Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Cream Shadow ($6) in “Bad to the Bronze.”
STEP 8: LIP AND CHEEK Want a fresh look? Use the applicator to stripe a line of Benefit Posietint ($30) cheek stain just above your cheek contour on the apples of your cheek. Pat and blend. Next, apply the stain to your lips and blend with your fingertip. For a less expensive alternative try Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint ($8). For a glossy texture, add a dab of gloss to the center of your lips. May | June 201637
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QUICK STATS Length: 5.6 miles round-trip Elevation gain: 1,300 feet Trail Condition: Dirt Directions: Take US-2 to the city of Gold Bar. Turn onto 1st Street and continue for .4 miles to a four-way stop. Turn right onto May Creek Road and continue for 1.5 miles. The sign for Wallace Falls State Park is on the left. Take the entrance road to the parking lot and trailhead.
Wallace Falls WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEN BRANTINGHAM
ake to the Woody Trail for a sensational journey up the Wallace River. It’s one of Snohomish County’s premier hiking venues. Bring a lunch and a camera, and prepare for Wallace Falls to entice you to the top, persevering through an elevation gain of some 1,240 feet in 2.75 miles, though many don’t venture past the middle falls overlook. It’s a family friendly hike and good for all ages. The river and falls pound with forceful, furious action. You can hear its fury even when out of view—but what a sight! The trailhead begins within the Wallace Falls State Park located just outside Gold Bar’s city limits. This is a popular hike, so there are more than a hundred parking spaces, with extra parking along the entrance road. Useful information packs the kiosks. One board illustrates the trees to look for en route. Common are the Douglas fir and Western hemlock, but you also may see Pacific yew, a smaller hardwood conifer whose seeds look like berries. This trail may be short on wildflowers, but there are plenty of edible blackberries, salmonberries, red huckleberries, and thimbleberries. Watch for Western sword ferns, deer ferns, and the licorice fern. This last fern is an epiphyte that grows on other plants. “Any time you see a fern growing out of a tree in clumps, it’s a licorice fern,” said Vickie, who was hiking with her grown daughter Maggie. “The first time we came up here I 38 NorthSoundLife.com
carried her on my back. This hike is great. You get so much for your effort.” The trail starts off flat and forks after a few hundred yards. Stay to the right on the Woody Trail, which is adjacent to the broad, rushing Wallace River. The trail remains wide and shored up where necessary. Considering that the hike is classified as moderately strenuous, the well-built trail provides ease of travel. Large wooden bridges and railings made almost entirely of logs allow passage over several tributaries. It’s a long but relatively easy 1.8 miles to the lower falls viewpoint. This area is a maturing forest, with lots of moss in the trees and as ground cover. Various ferns, salal, and Oregon grape fill the undergrowth. At the lower falls, the river cuts a break in the trees for almost complete viewing of the 275-foot Wallace Falls. This is a good place to stop for a snack or to have lunch. A covered shelter features several picnic tables under a covered shelter, with plenty of room to rest. The next leg to the middle falls overlook is just three-tenths of a mile further. The trail continues to gradually ascend. In these upper stretches, the river disappears and may be inaudible. A precipice at the middle falls overlooks a full view of Wallace Falls plummeting over a rock ledge. It then re-forms into a wild, mist-spewing river as it drops down into the valley.
For Regan Edwards of Redmond and Lisanne Cormier, the middle falls is the end of the line, and they aren’t alone. “This is my first hike,” said Edwards. “I just ran a half-marathon and this hike is working a different group of muscles.” The women agree to pick up some Epsom salts on their way home. “I’m from Maryland near the water,” said Cormier. “We don’t have hikes like this. Highly impressive. It compares to New Zealand.” The final ascent to the upper falls is difficult, and there are switchbacks. Surprisingly, one of the better views is on the way. Take the few steps off the path at the sign reading “valley overlook.” A railing prevents you from plunging to your death and there are tiered benches. The sun, if any, hits this spot wonderfully. On your left the cascading waterfall continues. Below is the deep gorge of the Wallace River. On the right are a mountain range and the fertile hills near Gold Bar. The upper falls viewpoint is level with the top of Wallace Falls, and you can see its rough waters approaching the edge. It’s a partial view of the falls yet very worth the climb. The return trip is nearly three miles on weary legs. If you start early, it would be about midday. At this time, the trail will have more hikers. It’s best to take it slow, and the views actually improve with the afternoon sun. Wallace Falls is an essential yearround hike for those exploring Snohomish County trails. The trail itself is kept in first class condition and even toddlers can make the picnic area. The popularity of this hike cannot be overstated. Yet, most everyone is friendly on the trail, and it’s ideal for solo hikers.
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n updated landscape is just what this Medina property needed after it underwent a major remodel. Heidi Skievaski of Sublime Garden Design delivered a landscape design and install that complemented the newly renovated mid-century exterior. â€Ś continued on the next page
One of the challenges of a landscape remodel is incorporating existing elements. For example, homeowners desired to keep the giant Empress tree that functioned as the focal point of the garden. There was also an existing basalt retaining wall and a hedge of arborvitaes on a neighboring property that Skievaski integrated while designing. Skievaski transformed an aggregate, crumbling patio into a fresh, inviting backyard patio and garden infused with warmth and character. The homeowners requested a clean, simple palette of white flowers, so Skievaski worked in mass plantings of hellebores, ferns, pachysandra, and laurel hedges. She selected Limelight hydrangeas and white astilbes for white floral accents. To add interest, she planted several specimen trees, including Japanese maples and a dove tree, which is known for its pairs of delicate, drooping white bracts. She warns against overusing specimens. “Sometimes people do too many specimens. You really don’t want a specimen tree to compete for focus,” she said.
The homeowners also requested a cutting garden. The cutting garden was in keeping with the all-white color scheme, including white varieties of Echinacea, phlox, anemone, and lilies. Skievaski recommends strategically selecting the site for a cutting garden. “It’s nice to have the cutting garden somewhere that isn’t in full sight or a main focal point, so you don’t feel bad cutting the best blooms. They work well along a fence or beside the vegetable garden.” One of Skievaski’s favorite parts of the design was a last-minute decision prompted by code challenges specific to the site. When it became clear that planned concrete steps would not be possible to implement, a stone alternative proved to be the better choice. “In the end, we all ended up liking it better,” Skievaski said. Other features include a cedar privacy screen to camouflage the carport and view of parked cars on the driveway, an L-shaped raised concrete planter of boxwoods, a concrete patio with a covered barbecue that complements the pitch and style of the home.
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Skievaski recommends strategically selecting the site for a cutting garden. “It’s nice to have the cutting garden somewhere that isn’t in full sight or a main focal point, so you don’t feel bad cutting the best blooms. They work well along a fence or beside the vegetable garden.
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A Kitchen with a View WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER
nce a cramped, walled off room with limited natural lighting, this Lake Stevens kitchen now benefits from an open concept and expansive lake views thanks to renovations led by Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs. DuByne delivered a design that reflects ample input from the homeowners and rings true to the home’s 1960s mid-century architecture. DuByne said that her first impression of the kitchen was that it was dark and dated, with very low, old cabinets outfitted with soffits. She focused initial design conversations on replacing the cabinetry. “When we’re selecting products for a kitchen remodel, I generally start with cabinets, because that is the material you see most,” she said. “So I help homeowners make their selection and then we work from there.” She looked to one of her preferred vendors, Architectural Cabinets in Arlington, the oldest cabinet shop in Snohomish County, to design custom bamboo cabinetry with golden
undertones and sturdy contemporary cabinet pulls with similar tones. She and her clients visited the showroom to select wood finishes and discuss custom details. One of their main requests was for a built-in espresso machine, and the custom cabinetry design even included a slender drawer that pulls out below the espresso machine to offer a countertop surface for preparing coffee. “It was all custom,” DuByne said. “That was a really special feature.” Architectural Cabinets also built the island’s pillars to match the cabinets and trimmed them with cherry, as well as the cherry light box that illuminates the island, which was designed with input from the homeowners, who wanted industrial style lighting with metal rods. DuByne worked with a structural engineer to design the load-bearing pillars, which took the place of a wall that blocked the kitchen from the rest of the main floor and its wall of windows that offers a premier view of Lake Stevens. She honored the homeowners’ wishes and incorporated into
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the design the kitchen’s original brick wall. The wall’s reverse is a brick fireplace. A piece of glass protects the brick behind the stove. “My clients were comfortable mixing and matching finishes, which is kind of fun,” DuByne said. “I’m always happy to do that. I don’t like things to look too precise or over-thought.” For example, the kitchen’s faucets are in stainless steel, while the cabinet pulls are a bronze finish and the bar stools are white vinyl with a chrome finish. A blue glass mosaic tile was selected for the backsplash and DuByne transformed the backsplash into an accent wall by tiling the wall to the ceiling. A white quartz countertop brightens the space. Several custom details add a luxurious feel to the kitchen, including the under cabinet toe lights and heated tile floors. Combined with the built-in espresso machine, this kitchen makes for a mighty fine place to fix a steaming cup of morning coffee, while standing in warmth and comfort.
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argaret Riddle started the Snohomish County Women’s Legacy Project eighteen years ago while she was working as a history specialist at the Everett Public Library. It emerged as a response to the absence of women’s stories in archival newspaper clippings. The project consisted of a group of volunteers who set out to research and write about the women who played active, creative, and influential roles in the shaping of Snohomish County. These newly created written histories honored the legacies of women such as Madame Luella Boyer, the first African American businesswoman in Everett, and Jean Bedal Fish, an elder of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe who devoted her life to cultural preservation. In a similar spirit, here at North End Metro, we have sought to make women’s stories a regular part of our publication through our “Wonder Woman” column, which honors the achievements and contributions of women in leadership roles throughout Snohomish County. This issue we are pleased to expand that column into a special feature article, which highlights the ways five local women are making a difference. They are accomplished community leaders who actively work to help others reach their potential. We applaud their efforts, as well as the efforts of many other women like them who make Snohomish County a better place.
Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory Executive Director, Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries is one of the largest library systems in Washington State in terms of customers served and annual operating budget. It serves more than 700,000 residents by operating 21 libraries throughout Snohomish and Island counties. Casting the vision for “a forward-thinking, financially stable library district” is Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director. She managed the library system so that it maintained financial stability throughout the recession without cutting services or reducing staff, and is committed to ensuring that Sno-Isle Libraries remains relevant in the Information Age by delivering vital community services. “I do love to read, but I don’t think that’s what drove me to become a librarian,” Woolf-Ivory said. “I believe that people deserve information in a variety of formats that are readily accessible, regardless of whether they can afford to buy them, regardless of background, economic status, or neighborhood.” Woolf-Ivory was hired as the managing librarian at Marysville Public Library in 1985, and a year later was promoted to assistant director of Sno-Isle Libraries. At the time, Sno-Isle Libraries was a much smaller organization, one with just over 180 employees. She served as assistant director for 15 years before she was appointed executive director in March 2002. Today, under her leadership, Sno-Isle Libraries is a multimillion-dollar organization with about 500 staff members and an annual operating budget of more than $51 million. A tour of the Sno-Isle Libraries Administrative and Services Center revealed the organization’s tremendous impact. Remarkably, for a large organization, Woolf-Ivory knows her employees by name and paused to honor their accomplishments throughout the tour. For example, a visit with Nancy Pursel, volunteer program administrator, turned into an occasion for celebration. “Last year we had 654 volunteer give over 23,000 hours.” said Pursel, volunteer program administrator. “They are wonderful people. They really generously give us their time.” While walking through the IT headquarters, Woolf-Ivory pointed out the computers and electronic equipment that were sent to the Service Center for repairs or to be repurposed 48 NorthSoundLife.com
for other use, as well as the new equipment being prepared for installation. Currently the library system makes available more than 500 computers for public use, free of charge, which can make all the difference in helping community members cross the digital divide, learn to use technology, search for and apply to jobs or college, and access online information—all regardless of income. Shelved materials await the book mobile, or “Library On Wheels” program, which brings requested items and other materials to homebound individuals, nursing homes, senior residents, and remote communities, making more than 5,400 stops each year. A special section of board books, picture books, and educational activities supplies the story time the book mobile delivers to preschools and daycare centers. They receive a box of materials for the month and free continuing education for childcare providers. During a stop in the cataloging and processing department, Woolf-Ivory said that Sno-Isle Libraries will process more than $6 million worth of books, DVDs, electronic equipment, and other materials in 2016. This is in addition to the more than 1.06 million books, CDs, DVDs, and e-books already in circulation. Last year, customers borrowed more than 6.7 million library items. In addition to making information accessible, WoolfIvory’s vision for Sno-Isle Libraries includes fostering opportunities for civic engagement. A function of the public library is to bring people together to talk about important ideas. As a result, Sno-Isle Libraries launched the Issues that Matter series of events, which brings together a panel of experts representing diverse perspective to host community conversations about important, sometimes contentious, issues. Similarly, last year’s TEDx-Sno-Isle event brought 23 speakers together to share ideas. Woolf-Ivory said, “There are millions of ideas out there. Some ideas I think are wonderful; some ideas I think other people would think are wonderful. But a major value of public libraries is that we all deserve the right to access information, regardless of who thinks the ideas are wonderful.”
Rediscovery Coordinator, Hibulb Cultural Center
Inez Bill, the rediscovery coordinator at the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve has taken on the formidable challenge of preserving cultural traditions that colonization sought to systematically erase. “There was a time in our history when parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles were the teachers,” Bill said. “But our history has been very difficult, with the boarding school and the different tribes moving onto Tulalip reservation—the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, and other allied bands that were moved here.” A publication of the Hibulb Cultural Center, “Between Two Worlds: Experiences at the Tulalip Indian Boarding School,” describes in devastating detail the experiences of young Indian children who were removed from their homes, their families, their tribes, and their cultures, and forced to assimilate in American boarding schools. In 1893, Congress passed a law mandating Indian education and requiring parents to send their children to boarding schools under threat of punishment. One of the publication’s contributors, Andy Fernando, writes of helping his aging mother, Violet Lyle Fernando, an Upper Skagit Indian and former boarding school student who is now in her 70s, recall the Skagit word for “salmon.” She remembers being punished for speaking the Skagit language with her schoolmates, so as a young girl she learned “not to do the things that were Indian.” Andy Fernando writes of this grave cultural loss, saying, “I have learned my Skagit language not at my mother’s knee, nor from the teaching of my grandparents, but in a college classroom . . . It saddens me to think that because my mother was taught to block out her Indian-ness, my whole family has lost a piece of our cultural history.” He asks, “Who will show us younger generations how to be Skagits? What will we have to share with our children? How will we recognize the right medicines, make cedar canoes, find spirit power? How will we know how to say ‘salmon’ in Lushootseed?” These are the kinds of questions that motivate Bill’s work in the rediscovery program. Through demonstrations, workshops, and lectures, she imparts knowledge of traditional practices, such as basket weaving, clam drying,
“It’s important to learn to do these traditional practices in the proper way, in a way that reflects our culture, teachings, and values.” berry gathering, and the harvesting and uses of native medicinal plants. “I think the work is really important and vital for our people,” Bill said. “This is another avenue for passing on the lifeways of our people, which are important for our young people to learn.” Virginia Jones, one of Bill’s coworkers and friends, said, “Inez is a cultural pillar of our community. She has always stood up to help uphold the traditional teachings and cultural values. She carries the teachings of many generations. During the time that I have worked with Inez she has encouraged me to spend time with our oldest teachers, the plants, and wildlife.” As she looks to the future, Bill expresses concern over a range of environmental issues that threaten the lands and waters that are essential to the Tulalip Tribes. Conservation is at the heart of the Hibulb’s 50-acre natural history preserve. “These teachings and values are so important,” Bill said. “They’re in every aspect of everything we do as a people. For example, preparing food for an event. I say when we’re sharing our Indian food, we’re not only nourishing the people that come to visit, but we’re also nourishing their spirits.” She emphasizes that the rediscovery program involves much more than simply helping young people to acquire knowledge and develop skills. It’s also about passing on respect and reverence for cultural traditions and cultivating connections to tribal values and teachings. Bill said, “It’s more than just the mechanics of making baskets, it is also about passing on the teachings, the values, and the histories that can be shared while we work. It’s important to learn to do these traditional practices in the proper way, in a way that reflects our culture, teachings, and values.”
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Dr. Elaine Scott
Dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, UW Bothell
Dean Elaine Scott has led the School of STEM at the University of Washington, Bothell, during an exciting time industries. UW Bothell’s School of STEM is preparing students of growth and change. Hired four years ago as director for these careers. More than 90 percent of the school’s of the Science and Technology Program, she oversaw the graduates remain in the Puget Sound region to work in reorganization of two existing programs into the School of industry or research. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scott holds not one, but two doctorates in engineering from and was named dean. Michigan State University, where she studied both agricultural Today, it is the fastest-growing school at UW Bothell, which engineering and mechanical engineering. Her research in the is the fastest-growing university in the state. Since the School study of heat transfer has led to innovative biomedical, power of STEM’s creation in 2013, Scott has developed fourteen electronics, and aerospace new degree programs, and applications. She worked doubled the number of “We need these different perspectives in with NASA to quantify faculty members, research STEM, not just for the benefit of women and the thermal aspects of proposals, and enrolled complex materials and students. To accommodate underrepresented minorities, which is very determined how to measure such rapid growth, the important, but also because thought diversity the localized distribution of school moved into the newly leads to better, more varied solutions.” heat that vehicles experience constructed Discovery Hall in during atmospheric re-entry. 2014. The sustainably built, In 2015 she earned the School of STEM’s first Fulbright state-of-the-art $68-million science and academic building award to travel to Australia, where she developed curriculum offers 75,000-square-feet, including a 200-seat lecture hall, and established international connections. Earlier this three classrooms, 14 science labs, and 26 offices. year, Scott received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni “We’ve grown tremendously, and we are continuing to Medal from the University of California, Davis, where grow,” Scott said. This year the school expects to hire as many she earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in as fifteen new faculty members. Under Scott’s leadership, the agricultural engineering. school prioritizes inclusivity and is committed to fostering Reflecting on her early experiences as a professor of the diverse perspectives of women and underrepresented engineering, she recalled, “When I first became a professor, minorities in STEM. Forty percent of UW Bothell’s computing I was the only woman in my department.” Though women and software systems faculty are women, which far outpaces and people from diverse backgrounds have made gains in the national average. Of incoming first-year students, one third engineering and other STEM fields in recent years, the need are the first in their families to earn a four-year degree, and for progress remains. “There are so many opportunities for half are from diverse backgrounds. women in STEM,” Scott said. “We need these different perspectives in STEM, not just for Thanks to Scott and the School of STEM, its graduates will the benefit of women and underrepresented minorities, which impact the future of STEM, the Puget Sound region, and more. is very important, but also because thought diversity leads “I really can’t imagine doing anything else. There are lots of to better, more varied solutions,” Scott said. “It’s a matter of opportunities to better the world through STEM if you’re importance for our nation’s economy.” thoughtful,” Scott said. “Solve problems, advance science, It would be hard to overstate UW Bothell’s impact on the make discoveries, create new technologies, help people, protect economic vitality of the Puget Sound region. Statewide, jobs the environment, and make a positive impact on the world— in STEM are projected to grow by 24 percent in the next two that’s what I hope our students graduate and go out and do.” years, thanks to thriving technology, biotech, and aerospace 50 NorthSoundLife.com
Cassie Franklin CEO, Cocoon House
Cassie Franklin keeps a paper snowflake taped to her office window year round. The snowflake was a gift from a former resident of Cocoon House, a non-profit that serves homeless youth in Snohomish County. At each of the snowflake’s points, the paper was carefully cut into the shape of a tiny butterfly. Butterflies are emblematic of the transformation that takes place at Cocoon House and appear in the organization’s logo. Though Franklin removed the blizzard of snowflakes from her office window, she has kept this one snowflake for several years, a poignant reminder of the predicament of homeless youth—they are often young enough to craft wonderfully sweet gifts from printer paper and safety scissors, yet forced to become self-sufficient, demonstrating responsibility and independence beyond their years. Franklin is an Everett City Councilwoman, who was elected in 2015 after running against five-term councilman Ron Gipson, and has served as CEO of Cocoon House since 2011. She shares the organization’s vision “to see every young person in our community safe and thriving.” Homelessness poses a significant challenge to young people in Snohomish County, where schools reported 3,200 homeless youth last year. Still, young people, remarkably rise to the challenge. Franklin recalled a young man who became homeless, but somehow, never missed a day of school. A current Cocoon House resident recently celebrated a 4.0 GPA with a pizza party. “I don’t know how they do it. The strength of these kids is shocking. They are absolutely inspiring,” Franklin said. “Regardless of the trauma or horrific pasts they’ve had, they are smart, intelligent, playful, and are so strong, resilient, and resourceful. And they go through all the things that any teenager goes through and yet they’re doing it while trying to survive.” For 25 years, Cocoon House has been the only agency in the county that focuses exclusively on serving at-risk and homeless young people and their families. The organization’s services include outreach, housing, and prevention. Cocoon House operates an Outreach Drop In Center in Everett, but its advocates also go to wherever homeless young people are in Snohomish County, bringing with them food, first aid, and offers of assistance. It operates emergency homes in Everett
and Monroe and long-term homes in Everett and Arlington, including one, which is specifically for homeless teen mothers and their children. They also work with families to prevent teen homelessness. This partnership is so important, as 75 percent of homeless youth are never reported missing by their guardian. Cocoon House is an inclusive organization, and it is a safe and affirming place for teens who identify as LGBTQI. This means its staff respects gender identity, sexual orientation, and clients’ names and pronouns. Further, Cocoon House works to hire diverse staff members, many who identify as LGBTQI. Not only are these values important because they protect the human rights of homeless teens, but also because a disproportionate percentage of homeless teens are LGTBQI, as many as 40 percent. In fact, Franklin is currently a key collaborator in a nationwide research project to help end the national crisis of LGTBQI homeless youth, called 3/40 BLUEPRINT. The project is the result of a partnership between the University of Illinois Chicago, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and is funded by a $900,000 federal grant. Franklin says that a highlight of each year is the annual Butterfly Graduation, which honors several Cocoon House clients. The first Butterfly Graduation was held for a young man who advocated on his younger sister’s behalf, in order to ensure that his sister would be safe. He refused to be placed in foster care without his sister. “Every year we recognize a number of kids for advocating for each other, staying clean and sober, graduating school. We have kids who are living on the street who are graduating, getting their GED, reconnecting with their family, and rebuilding relationships. This is hard work, and it should be celebrated.” During the graduation ceremony the honorees deliver speeches. Franklin says that they are a tough act to follow, and she chooses not to go on stage after them. “It’s unscripted, but they’re eloquent, grateful, respectful, and so amazing. It’s a neat way that we have found to honor the kids,” Franklin said. “We put Kleenex out on every table. They just shine as they share pieces of their stories. I love it.”
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Artistic Director, Pilchuck Glass School
Tina Aufiero first attended the Pilchuck Glass School in 1978, when she was nineteen years old and a student in Dale Chihuly’s glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). “If you wanted to work with glass, you had to study at Pilchuck Glass School,” Aufiero recalled. “As a young student, it gave me many connections to artists I could talk to about making things, working with different materials, and developing my career.” She returned to Pilchuck Glass School to teach summer sessions throughout the 1990s and served as artist-inresidence for the PAIR Residency (1998) and the Hauberg Residency (2011) before she was named its artistic director in 2013. “If you invite artists someplace a little remote, where they dine, lodge, and work together, then that develops into a network of artists who keep coming back,” Aufiero said. “That’s sort of what happened to me. I just kept coming back.”
“Being up here on this mountain, the horizon is imprinting on me.” The school is founded on Chihuly’s philosophy of “artists teaching artists,” and Aufiero excels as both an artist and teacher. She is charged with leading Pilchuck Glass School into a new era of innovative instruction. “The school was an experiment for a long time, and we’re committed to keeping it alive and vital for the future, marked by exploration and collaboration.” she said. “Pilchuck strives to remain unique, forward thinking. There’s a lot of surprise here.” Aufiero holds a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture and glass from RISD, and a master of fine arts in Design and Technology from The New School’s Parsons School of Design, with master’s studies at New York University’s Gallatin Division in feminist theory and performance. She taught for 15 years at Parsons and has exhibited her artwork and 52 NorthSoundLife.com
lectured internationally. That she studied with Dale Chihuly helps her to lead with a similar spirit and appreciation for synergy. “I saw what Dale could bring together in the cross over between disciplines,” she said. Moving to the North Puget Sound has infused Aufiero’s own artwork with new energy and a sense of place. “Where I live has got my attention. The sky, the horizon, the landscape, this view everyday, which every hour is a little different,” she said, gesturing toward the window and its expansive view of the Sound. “The blueness, the horizon, the 16:9 ratio is really affecting me, so I’m blowing cylinders that are washes of blue and opening them up flat into horizontal panels. Being up here on this mountain, the horizon is imprinting on me.” The migratory snow geese and swans that winter in the Skagit Valley have also captured her imagination. She says that she can often be found in the fields equipped with balloons and small cameras in order to record images and sounds of migrating birds. This work culminated in “project_swancam,” in which she outfitted a swan with a small camera. The results are mixed media works that incorporate video, photography, and sculpture. Her obsession with swans led to a Fulbright Research Award to study flocks of migratory birds in Iceland and lecture at the Iceland Academy of Art’s ceramics department. She then followed migrating swans throughout Europe and photographed them. Her work has exhibited at The Heinneman Collection at The Corning Museum of Glass, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Musée des Art Décoratifs, and Venini S.p.A. Today, Pilchuck hosts more than 500 students and artists each summer and is guided by a forty-one-member Board of Trustees. According to Aufiero, the original core values of the school endure: to inspire creativity, transform individuals, and build community.
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Welcome Aboard! WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT AND KAITY TEER
elcome aboard the Washington State Ferries. May I have your attention please? The familiar recording issues a pleasant greeting and several instructions as the engines throttle. The Kitsap pulls away from the ferry slip, our view of Anacortes fades into the mist, and we’re sailing west, bound for Lopez Island. Commuters sip coffee and read the day’s newspaper, a pair of sweethearts brave the rain to pose for selfies against the railing of the passenger deck, weekenders chase after toddlers while managing backpacks and snacks, and a few lone travelers pass the time by picking at the pieces of the puzzles arranged on tables between booths. After all, cell phone service is sometimes spotty out here. Of course, just as many passengers opt to remain in their vehicles parked on the car deck, dozing with their seats reclined or listening to a podcast or the radio. Nearby, a school bus transports children eager for the adventure of a field trip. Perhaps few modes of public transportation inspire more delight than travel by ferry, fewer still attract tourists. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Ferries Division is iconic, appearing frequently in television shows or movies set in the Puget Sound. It is the largest ferry system in the nation and an integral part of the state’s transit operations, offering goods and services to nearby islands and serving as a tourism gateway to the San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula, and British Columbia. To celebrate the ferry system’s 65th anniversary, we got a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the operations aboard the Kitsap, meeting the captain and crew and touring the pilothouse and the engine room below deck. We’re eager to share with our readers what we learned.
Photo Courtesy © Washington State Ferries
Once Upon the Water A HISTORY OF THE WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES
s long as people have lived in and around Puget Sound, the waterways and sounds that connect us have been busy with marine traffic. The relationship people have to the water here is inextricable. Before first contact, Native Americans navigated the straits and sounds of the Salish Sea in cedar canoes. With the first settlers—mostly traders with the Hudson’s Bay Trading Company—came ferries and schooners that zipped from Olympia and points south to Alaska. They became known as the Mosquito Fleet, traversing the coast picking up and dropping off passengers, goods, and mail. Our ferries today still follow many of the traditional trade routes that have been in place for thousands of years.
Timeline 12,000–8,000 BCE
The very beginning of the Mosquito Fleet— the collection of steamers and schooners that operated as ferries in the Puget Sound.
Paleo-Indians enter the Pacific Northwest. The Salish Sea is a common trade route among islands, connecting tribes and fishing camps from what is now Olympia to Makah country in northern coastal Canada. Tribes used sturdy, seagoing cedar canoes. 56 NorthSoundLife.com
The first ferries to enter the Sound arrived in the 1830s. The Beaver and the Otter were commissioned and run by the Hudson’s Bay Trading Company, and primarily for the fur trade with Canada. In 1888, the Beaver crashed on rocks just offshore at what is now Stanley Park, and pieces of the wreckage are still housed in the Vancouver Maritime Museum. As the Fraser Valley boomed with gold and Bellingham became the home base for prospectors, ferry service up and down the Fraser River to Bellingham picked up. The ferry system took on historical significance when, in 1860, a 14-year-old slave named Charles Mitchell stowed away on a ferry to escape into Canada. Mitchell was seized by
The schooner Exact brought passengers to Alkai Point, which was the first settlement to become what is now Seattle. Olympia becomes first settled town in Pacific Northwest.
The first ferries arrive in Puget Sound, regular ferry service begins.
The Carlisle II is built in Bellingham. The Carlisle II is still in service between Bremerton and Port Orchard.
authorities four miles outside Victoria and kept aboard in “close confinement.” The black community of Victoria prepared to welcome Mitchell, and a Canadian judge ruled that in British waters, the young man should be granted freedom. He was eventually taken into custody by Canadian officials who brought him to Canada to live out his days as a free man. There are reports he returned to Maryland to find his family after the Civil War, but there is no real documentation of what happened to him after his successful escape.
Paddle, paddle, George E. Starr, How we wonder where you are. Leaves Seattle at half past ten. Gets to Bellingham, God knows when.
Mosquito Fleet splits into Puget Sound Navigation Company and the Kitsap County Transportation Company.
Last year, 23.9 million people rode the ferries.
The total number of autopassenger ferries in the WSDOT fleet.
Each year the ferry system carries 10.2 million vehicles total.
The busiest route, Seattle/Bainbridge Island, sees 6 million riders annually.
State of Washington buys out Puget Sound Navigation and creates the Washington State Ferries.
A strike forces Kitsap County Transportation Company out of business. The Puget Sound Navigation Company becomes commonly known as the Black Ball Line.
Three orca pods are regularly seen from San Juan Islands ferries during summer months (pods J, K, and L).
1,332 The miles of shoreline along Puget Sound.
The number of counties in which the ferry system operates.
1,800 WSDOT Ferries Division employs more than 1,800 people.
Twenty ferry terminals are served by ten routes.
The Gold Rush years were full of tales and stories of storms and ghosts. As the ferries churned through the Sound, two major ferry companies emerged: the Puget Sound Navigation Company and the Kitsap County Transportation Company. In 1935, the Puget Sound Navigation Company put the Kitsap County Transportation Company out of business, and in 1951, what we think of as the Washington State Ferries was formed. The fleet was expanded in the 1950s and 1960s. The next big expansion happened in 1997 with the arrival of the Jumbo Mark II-class vessels, Tacoma, Puyallup, and Wenatchee, each of which carries 2,500 passengers and 202 vehicles.
BY THE NUMBERS
6,000 The number of cyclists who ferry their bicycles to Bainbridge Island each year for the Chilly Hilly bike race.
Four engines power the Jumbo Mark II Class, Jumbo Class, and Super Class vessels.
The Washington State Department of Transportation forms out of the Toll Bridge Commission and the Highway Commission.
Washington State commissions the first Evergreen class ferry to carry 87 vehicles and 983 passengers.
The year Chief Engineer Maureen McGarrity and oilers Ashley Hansen and Elizabeth Adams made history by becoming the first ever all-female engine room crew.
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The San Juan Islands
San Juan Island
Coupeville 3 Port Townsend
Sequim Port Angeles
Clinton Olympic National Park
Mukilteo Port Gamble
Washington State Ferries
Bainbridge Island Bremerton
Fauntleroy Southworth KEY Ferry Port Ferry Route Road
Tahlequah 10 Point Defiance Tacoma
Annual ridership and vehicle statistics provided by WSDOT Ferries Division, based on 2015 statistics.
10 Terrific Routes 1
Anacortes — Sidney, B.C. This seasonal route transports international travelers to Canada’s Vancouver Island. Sidney-by-the-Sea is a charming British beachside town.
Annual Ridership: 120,269 Annual Vehicles Carried: 41,861 Crossing Time: Variable
Anacortes — San Juan Islands You’ll want to make a vehicle reservation, especially if you’re traveling during peak summer holidays. Check the schedule carefully, too, depending on which of the four islands is your destination.
Port Townsend is worth the trek. Tourists flock to see the Victorian architecture and shop for antiques in this maritime town.
Annual Ridership: 4,113,029 Annual Vehicles Carried: 2,237,947 Crossing Time: 20 minutes
Annual Ridership: 6,361,927 Annual Vehicles Carried: 1,957,700 Crossing Time: 35 minutes
Fauntleroy — Vashon — Southworth There are no traffic lights on the sometimes overlooked Vashon Island. We think this crossing is one to add to your list, if you haven’t made the trip yet.
Southworth — Vashon The Southworth terminus offers access to the Kitsap Peninsula and Port Orchard, an historic town with galleries and antique stores. Annual Ridership: 174,990 Annual Vehicles Carried: 88,114 Crossing Time: 40 minutes
Seattle — Bainbridge Island This route’s claim to fame is that it’s the busiest, transporting the most passengers each year of any route.
Lots to see on this route, whether you’re peeping waterfront homes or enjoying views of the Olympic Range.
Annual Ridership: 2,925,008 Annual Vehicles Carried: 1,722,982 Crossing Time: 20 minutes to Vashon, 40 minutes to Southworth
Mukilteo — Clinton Clinton is located on the south part of Whidbey Island, the largest island in the Puget Sound. Visitors look forward to the island’s ample sunshine and sandy beaches.
Seattle — Bremerton
Annual Ridership: 2,659,813 Annual Vehicles Carried: 670,688 Crossing Time: 60 minutes
Annual Ridership: 787,391 Annual Vehicles Carried: 362,203 Crossing Time: 35 minutes
Edmonds’ downtown waterfront is an idyllic place for setting sail. Enjoy a nice lunch or shop while you wait. Kingston is a popular gateway to the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. Annual Ridership: 4,103,307 Annual Vehicles Carried: 2,124,721 Crossing Time: 30 minutes
Annual Ridership: 1,974,239 Annual Vehicles Carried: 909,195 Crossing Time: Variable
Port Townsend — Coupeville
Edmonds — Kingston
Point Defiance — Tahlequah This quick trip links Vashon Island with Tacoma. All sorts of urban destinations, including the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium are located nearby. Annual Ridership: 768,574 Annual Vehicles Carried: 450,258 Crossing Time: 15 minutes
Notes from the Pilothouse MEET CAPTAIN DOUG SOWDON
aptain Doug Sowdon’s career with the WSDOT Ferries Division set sail in 1977, when he took a summer job aboard a ferry to support himself during college. He recalled loving the ferry ride to his family’s property on Lopez Island while growing up, so he figured he’d enjoy the work. He was right. The summer job was so enjoyable that he left the first “suit and tie” job he landed after graduation in order to return to life on the water. Eventually he worked his way “up through the hawsepipe,” from the cabin to the pilothouse, a process that can take more than a decade. “It’s a good job,” he said. (Captain Sowdon told us that the hawsepipe refers to a pipe in the bow section of a ship through which the anchor chain passes. The phrase “through the hawsepipe” refers to officers who do not attend a maritime academy, but rather, like Sowdon, climb the ranks while accumulating sea time and passing qualifying courses and examinations.) Sowdon met his wife, Betsy Carroll, while working on the ferry. They met as deckhands and both worked their way up together. Carroll was the third woman in Washington State to achieve the rank of ferryboat captain. Now retired, she wrote a graphic novel, Course Made Good, about her career in the maritime industry. When asked how many women captains currently work in the ferry system, Sowdon answered, “Not enough.” It takes time to rise through the ranks, and Sowdon said there just aren’t that many women in line. Though, he pointed to Port Captain Beth Stowell, the first female port captain, and expressed hope that her example would inspire others. Ferry captains are called upon to do everything from commanding a vessel and ensuring passenger safety to taking courses on new electronic navigational equipment to attending ribbon cuttings, as when the Anacortes/Sidney, 60 NorthSoundLife.com
B.C. route re-opens each spring. They also are responsible for leading the crew, as Sowdon is for the crew of the No. 3 Anacortes vessel, though the crew re-bids for assignments for each season’s schedule. When Sowdon’s crew joined us in the pilothouse, his leadership skills shined. “The crew is a lot of fun. I like the people,” Sowdon said. “What you may not know is that there is a lot that has to go right in order for this boat to work. We do checks every morning, and every job is important. The engine crew does all kinds of amazing things to keep us going.” Even as he expressed admiration for his crew’s expertise, he told cautionary tales of good-natured teasing, especially when asked to teach us a bit of nautical jargon. Don’t fall for it if another crewmember asks you to head below deck and ask the chief engineer for “relative bearing grease.” Spoiler: it doesn’t exist. A relative bearing is a navigational term that describes another boat or ship’s position relative to the ferry. Similarly, it is not advisable to attempt to gather a “fog sample,” even if you’re handed a garbage bag along with the serious request. Captain Sowdon invited us to watch the ferry land at Lopez Island from the vantage point of the pilothouse. It’s one of his favorite parts of the job. “It’s fun landing the boat,” he said. “If you’ve done a few thousand of those, the experience loses only a little glimmer. But it gets exciting in the wind or if some other challenge.” Even though it was an ordinary landing without any special challenges, it was indeed exciting to watch the landing alongside the captain, enjoying the front row view from the pilothouse.
Meet the Crew Mid-morning, Captain Sowdon’s crew gathers to participate in the Seattle Times “Super Quiz,” a trivia section of the daily paper. Chief Mate Brandon Moser rings the bell to call the assembly to attention before the captain proceeds with reading the quiz aloud. The day of our ride along on the Kitsap, the quiz topic was “inventors.” We won’t admit to how few answers we guessed correctly, but the crew astounded us by correctly matching all the inventors to their devices—identifying everyone from Elias Howe, who invented the sewing machine, to Linus Yale, Jr., who invented the lock. Answers were met with the ringing of the bell and cheers: “Pulled it out of the cobwebs, Bobby, way to go!” We even found out bonus pieces of trivia. Did you know that “Ahoy!” was the first word spoken through the telephone? In honor of our favorite crew, we present a quiz for our readers. Can you identify the crewmember title if given a summary of their duties?
Super Crew Super Quiz 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
A ____________________ is responsible for lubricating engines and mechanical systems. Sharing navigation responsibilities with the captain is all in a day’s work for the ____________. Thanks to the _______________ _______________, you can be sure that the ferry vessel is spic and span. The _________ ______________ sees to the loading and unloading of vehicles. Below deck, the __________ _____________ ensures that the vessel’s engines and mechanical systems are all in tip-top shape. The ______ ______________ ___________ is the AB foreman and directs vehicle loading and unloading. The buck stops here. The _____________________ assumes responsibility for full command of the vessel and passenger safety. Moving up the ranks, the ____-____ assists the mate at the help and keeps watch. You’ll find the ___________ in the engine room cleaning work spaces and machinery.
CHIEF MATE Brandon Moser
Chief Mate Moser is passionate about the history of ferries. He and his husband Steven Pickens run the website evergreenfleet.com, which documents the vessels, both current and from our storied ferry past. Pickens has also published Ferries of Puget Sound, a compendium of historical information about the ferry system drawn from his personal collection of photos, postcards, and other memorabilia. They not only document the WSF, they also include San Diego, Alaska, and Oregon ferries as well. Moser has given presentations to the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and other organizations on the history of the ferry system. Moser is quite the collector, from an old Geiger counter he picked up in the Hanford gift shop to the extensive memorabilia from the ferries, he is a huge fan of history. He wears the traditional hat of the ferry uniform, of which there are only a handful still worn today. His cap bears a chinstrap that belonged to a retired captain who has since passed away. Captain Larry Brewster was among the last captains of the Black Ball Line before the formation of the WSF system. “We’re a very traditional bunch here.”
From left to right: Brandon Moser (Chief Mate), Jennifer Roberts (Ordinary Seaman), Doug Sowdon (Master), Pamela Baughn (Ordinary Seaman), Robert Laconetti (Able-Bodied Seaman), Raymond Francois (Ordinary Seaman) Answers: 1. Oiler. 2. Mate. 3. Ordinary Seaman. 4. Able Seaman. 5. Chief Engineer. 6. Able Seaman Bosun. 7. Master/Captain. 8. AB-OM. 9. Wiper.
He is likely the only man in the world to have calibrated a Geiger counter using a living cat. His cat received radiation as part of a treatment for a thyroid condition, and Moser whipped out his Geiger counter to test her levels. Another true Moser fact? He is the bell–ringer for the Super Quiz.
Photo Courtesy © Washington State Ferries
nlike, say, local buses or airplanes, ferries are sought out for life’s biggest moments—couples marry on them, families scatter loved ones’ ashes into the waters of Puget Sound from them; even babies are (well, okay, accidentally) born on them. The Washington State Department of Transportation has some guidelines and recommendations for those who want to plan a special occasion on a ferry. For those unplanned births, well, you’re in good hands.
Each deck hand in the Washington State Ferries system is trained in emergency response, and though they use their training for plucking stranded boaters from waters or scooping up overwhelmed kayakers, every once in a while, they are called upon to assist in a birth—a skill they also have. As reported in the Seattle Times in 2012, baby Lucy made an early appearance on board the Bainbridge-Seattle route. Lucky for her mom, there just happened to be an OBGYN nurse and two EMTs on board in addition to the ferry crew. Baby Lucy arrived safely, and she and her mom were met at the ferry dock by Seattle Fire’s emergency crew, who rushed them to Swedish Medical Center. Mom and Lucy were in ship-shape and doing great. Two years later, also on the Bainbridge route (bainbridgereview.com), Zoë Hammond made an appearance on October 22. The 2nd Mate Scott Schrader was informed when the Hammond family boarded that mom Christina was in labor. The ferry crew requested medical help over the loudspeaker, and had so many professionals respond, they had to turn some away. Captain Russell Fee fired up all four engines and raced to the Seattle dock, but Baby Zoë didn’t wait. A year later, Zoë and her family celebrated her first birthday on the ferry with the crew.
Speaking of birthdays on ferries, yes, you can celebrate your special day onboard. Though you may bring your own food, outside catering is not allowed. The Washington State Ferries likes to know the time and route so they can alert the crew. They recommend traveling at non-peak times, and scratch the birthday candles—no open flames are allowed on ferries. 62 NorthSoundLife.com
Big Moments on the Ferries Weddings
No, it is not true that every ship captain can perform a legal wedding ceremony. The captains on board the Washington State ferries, for example, cannot marry you. But you can get married on a ferry. The Department of Transportation recommends that you aim for non-peak hours and let them know the exact time so the captain and crew can be prepared. Unless you want all the commuters as your wedding party, small weddings make the most sense. Outside catering is not allowed, and you can’t get married in the private areas of the ferries (darn, no engine room nuptials). You are on a public ferry, so there aren’t places to change clothes and the loading and unloading of cars at destinations might preclude being able to drive on (if you’re ceremony includes dancing, long toasts, drunken stumbling, etc.). Photographers should be aware that pathways and walkways need to be clear for the crew in the event of an emergency (now there’s a memorable wedding story…the Great Storm on Your Wedding Day), and there may be other logistics that you need to check with the ferry system. About 20 weddings take place aboard ferries each year.
Worried about ferry safety? Don’t be. Not once in the history of the WSDOT ferry system has there been a sinking or a fatality. In fact, because crew members are trained in emergency response, there were more than 145 lifesaving events credited to ferry personnel in 2015.
A moving tribute to a family member who was close to the water, or wanted to be, is to scatter their ashes from a ferry. With more than a hundred memorials a year, the Washington State Ferries requires a reservation at least five days in advance. The ashes must be contained in a biodegradable container (called a journey urn). Unlike scenes in movies, you cannot open the urn and scatter ashes, you simply release the urn. The limited routes for memorials are SeattleBremerton, Mukilteo-Clinton, Seattle-Bainbridge, Port Townsend-Coupeville, Edmonds-Kingston, and AnacortesFriday Harbor.
Animal Sightings “We see everything you could imagine,” Captain Sowdon told us. “Deer swimming around, whales, sea lions, seals, even sea elephants with their little trunks. I’ve seen them twice.” We were starting to get our sea legs so we questioned the veracity of the captain’s claims about the sea elephants, but Chief
Mate Moser assisted. Moser said, “It’s a real critter. Elephant seals are very, very large.” “A year or two ago we saw a pod of white-sided dolphins, a couple hundred of them, and they’re incredible,” Captain Sowdon said. “Though they’re more common further north.”
Often Seen Harbor Seal California Sea Lion Harbor Porpoise Dall’s Porpoise
CALIFORNIA SEA LION
Occasionally Seen Orca Gray Whale River Otter Minke Whale Stellar Sea Lion
Rarely Seen Humpback Whale Pacific White-sided Dolphin Sea Otter
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DINE 8 Great Tastes · Dining Guide · The Mixing Tin
Lombardi’s Restaurant and Wine Bar WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER
ombardi’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is an establishment that has grown up with Seattle’s food scene. Diane Symms opened the original Lombardi’s in Ballard in 1987; it was then known as Lombardi’s Cucina. Symms’ vision was to bring to Seattle authentic Italian food, like the dishes she enjoyed while living abroad for several years as a teenage. “People asked me why on earth I was opening an Italian restaurant in Ballard. They asked me as if it was the craziest thing they’d ever heard of,” Symms said. Much has changed for both Seattle and Lombardi’s over the years. “Seattle hasn’t always been the food mecca that it is today,” Symms said. “It used to be pretty meat and potatoes. You wouldn’t recognize it as the same city if you lived here thirty years ago.” Today, Symms manages the restaurant’s two locations—a waterfront location at the Everett marina and another situated about halfway between Bothell and Mill Creek—with Kerri Lonergan-Dreke, her business partner and daughter. …
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The mother-daughter-duo has worked together for 29 years, and their successful partnership contributes to the restaurant’s staying power. Symms oversees the restaurant’s operations, including its decor, wine list, and seasonal menus, while Lonergan-Dreke manages the business operations. Their enthusiasm for authenticity has taken them to Italy many times, occasionally they have even brought along their staff. Symms can trace Lombardi’s menu items, such as the lasagna and the limoncello, to the Italian seaside cafes and eateries where she first encountered the dishes that inspired them. The lasagna, for example, often surprises customers, who expect the traditional American-style lasagna that drips with cheese, meat, and spinach. At Lombardi’s the lasagna consists of many very fine layers of pasta. “It may not look quite like what you’re expecting, but it has more depth and character, and the flavors are incredible,” Symms said. This underscores the fact that in addition to the powerhouse women behind Lombardi’s success, it’s the high-quality, well-prepared, authentic Italian dishes that make the restaurant memorable. Lonergan-Dreke recalls word processing the original menu. Though the menu offerings have changed with time (the heavy cream sauces popular in the 80s have been updated with lighter, healthier, vegetable-based sauces, for example) several original recipes, like the tortellini and the paella, remain fixtures. “We’ve become more adventurous over the years,” Lonergan-Dreke said. “Believe it or not, people were resistant to pesto when we first opened. ‘What is this?’ they’d say.” Executive Chef Matthew Romeo crafts signature, seasonal menus that succeed on presentation, quality, technique, and, most importantly, taste. This spring, the seasonal fresh sheet features a beautiful Beet Carpaccio starter, with baby arugula, goat cheese, and gray salt, as well as the Mahi Mahi Ligurian entrée of grilled fillets topped with a concasse of kumato tomatoes, castelvetrano olives, and capers and served with a spring pea risotto and seasonal vegetables. The menu includes suggested wine pairings culled from the restaurant’s wine cellar, which focuses on labels from both Washington and 66 NorthSoundLife.com
Italy, as well as the Washington cask wines, which are available on tap. When I visited, I tried the bruschetta (a helpful reminder: to order authentically, pronounce this with a hard “k” sound, as in “school”) sampler. The toppings are delightful and can be ordered in combination, your choice of olive tapenade, fig and raisin compote, chive goat cheese, angelica delle morte, and traditional tomato. Lombardi’s sources its bread fresh from Essential Baking Company, whose baking also starred in the bread service with roasted garlic and extra virgin olive oil. The bread was rustic and coarse with plentiful pockets of air. This is a key characteristic of a meal at Lombardi’s, which sources its ingredients from Italy and many local Washington suppliers. My Chicken Marsala arrived to the table cooked to perfection, and it was the kind of meal that had me wishing for less conversation, though I enjoyed it, and more concentrated eating. My dining companions’ plates looked equally appetizing. The Tuscan Meat Pizza, from the Pizza Napoletana section of the menu, was cooked in a hearth stone oven and the crust was enviable, as was the Seafood Panzanella Salad with wild salmon fillet, chilled prawns, and toasted bread, and the Penne Siciliana. Lombardi’s sauces are made from scratch and never sourced from a can, and though pasta plays a starring role in the menu, gluten free options are available to accommodate guests with dietary restrictions. Though Symms doesn’t show signs of slowing down, she says she expects that she will miss the connection with people when she eventually retires. “Regulars keep coming back because they know you, they know your food, and they expect to see you,” she said. “I really enjoy that part of it, and I suspect I will miss it the most.” Symms and Lonergan-Dreke have established a warm, welcoming, and delicious Italian restaurant, and either Snohomish County location is well worth visiting again and again. 19409 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell 1620 W. Marine View Dr., Everett lombardisitalian.com
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BOTHELL BONEFISH GRILL Seafood 22616 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell 425.485.0305, bonefishgrill.com By combining fresh seafood, a relaxed, romantic atmosphere and pleasant waitstaff, this Mill Creek restaurant has evolved into a favorite among Snohomish and North King County residents. Top choices include the succulent, spicy Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer, an assortment of grilled fish with your choice of signature sauce and, if you’re not in the mood for fish, the Fontina Chop is one of our favorites. Happy Hour is a must to experience — come early, the drinks are amazing, food fabulous, and the place gets hopping early.
Preservation Kitchen is located in the historic 1916 Kaysner home built for the mayor of Bothell and once was a French cuisine kitchen ran by Parisian, Chef Gerard Parrat in the 1970s. With such grandeur hidden in the bricks, it’s astounding that the food surpasses its past. Whether you choose something off the Farm to Kitchen Fresh Sheet or pick the fan favorite, Duck & Grits highlighting local Yakima sweet corn grits; innovation abounds. Don’t let their high-brow menu give you the wrong idea, they welcome all ages. With a kids’ play area adjacent to their patio, youngins can sample the sumptuousness without feeling out of place. On the next nice day, take advantage of the rare outdoor seating option and dine al fresco beneath their large, resident firs and thirty-year old Rhododendrons.
THE CAMANO ISLAND INN BISTRO American 1054 S.W. Camano Drive, Camano Island 360.387.0783, camanoislandinn.com The Camano Island Inn Bistro on Camano Island is a destination worth the drive or ferry ride. Consider it for a romantic getaway, and reserve a room at Camano Island Inn to make a weekend out of it. A buffet-style breakfast is complimentary for inn guests every morning, serving up an assortment of pastries, seasonal fruit, beverages and a daily special. Soups, salads, sandwiches and other specialties are offered shortly afterward for lunch, but the dinner menu is truly the star of the show! Enjoy fresh seafood and fine meat selections or explore an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu for your evening meal. Those seeking a more casual dining experience should make an appearance at the Bistro between 3–5 p.m. for happy hour.
EVERETT CURRY BISTRO Indian 1907 Hewitt Ave., Ste. A, Everett 425.258.2900 Downtown Everett’s Indian cuisine finds its nest in the ever-popular Curry Bistro restaurant. The prompt servers stay busy filling flavorful orders of tender Lamb Vindaloo, generously thick Chicken Masala, and any other classic curry your heart could desire. Genuinely rich, complex and reliably mixed to hit the spot, the curries serve the flavors of traditional Southeast Asian while providing a soul-fulfilling encore. For those with the constitution for a day’s size meal, be sure to try the Bistro’s beautifully served lunch buffet, with all the fine quality, consistency and flavor you’d hope for in a family-sized Indian dinner — and all for a reasonable price, too!
BAR DOJO Asian EMORY’S ON SILVER LAKE
8404 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds 425.967.7267, bardojo.com
When longtime friends Andrew Leckie and Shubert Ho decided to open a restaurant, they wanted to create a culinary blend of cultures that would result in a new kind of dining experience in the Edmonds area. Executive Chef Ho incorporated his Chinese-American background and Leckie brought influences from family roots in the former Yugoslavia. Together, they created a modern menu of Asian Inspired comfort foods. To start, try the Coconut Prawns with mint chutney; they are mind bending. As for comfort food, tiny sliders with cilantro aioli and shallots on crisp sesame brioche buns offer a delicious twist on the common hamburger. But the Noodles may be most indicative of their fusion of backgrounds and that’s exactly why you should try them.
PRESERVATION KITCHEN American 17121 Bothell Way N.E., Bothell 425.408.1306, preservationkitchen.com
11830 19th Ave. S.E., Everett 425.337.7772, emorys.com Enjoy pristine views of Silver Lake and fine American cuisine with global influences at Emory’s on Silver Lake. Featuring a vast, varied menu of house favorites, even the most selective diners will find something at Emory’s to please their appetites. For lunch, try the Mediterranean Chop Chop or the Crab & Shrimp Panini served with your choice of soup, clam chowder or French fries. At the dinner hour enjoy the Organic Beet Salad followed by the Creamy Seafood Risotto. If you’re overwhelmed with the plethora of appealing dishes, Chef Oscar’s Three-Course Dinner might be the key for expedited selections. Of course, their wood stone pizzas are also light, satisfying and deliciously diverse, created right in front of your eyes in their wood stone oven.
THE CHEESEMONGER’S TABLE Cheeses 203 Fifth Ave. S. #1, Edmonds 425.640.8949, cheesemongerstable.com As its name indicates, The Cheesemonger’s Table is all about cheese. Enjoy the vast selection of more than 100 cheeses from around the world on a sandwich, platter or as a complementary addition to a house special. Cheese enthusiasts should visit the new location at the Old Milltown Plaza in Edmonds. The Table hosts a cheese sampling every Saturday, which is best enjoyed with a drink and a handful of the housemade truffled popcorn. Try the hot Caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The Table makes it easy to share your love of cheese with friends and family by sending a gift basket of select cheeses, nuts, fruit and other treats, which can be shipped anywhere in the United States.
PIROSHKY & CREPES: EUROPEAN BAKERY AND CAFE Bakery 1327 112th St. S.E., Everett 425.225.6694 Treat yourself to a sweet or savory treat at Piroshky & Crepes: European Bakery and Café near Silver Lake in Everett. A piroshky is a Russian baked bun stuffed with a variety of fillings and glazed with egg for a golden, crisp exterior. Most piroshkis are filled with meat, fish, vegetables, potatoes or cheese, but this European bakery also offers sweet varieties filled with fruit and served with whipped cream or chocolate. You can also order sweet and savory crepes. Pair your treat with your choice of more than 100 loose tea varieties or an espresso beverage.
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Sips of the Season The Loft at Latitude Forty-Eight Five WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT | PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAITY TEER
n March 12, guests gathered—many of them North Sound Life event regulars—at The Loft for an afternoon of wine and small plates. Dan “The Wine Guy” Radil presented wines from Lost River Winery located in Winthrop and Chef Steven Engels of The Loft created small plates to pair with the wines. Bellingham transplants John Morgan and Barbara House own Lost River Winery. Barb’s son Liam Doyle assists with marketing. Lost River self-distributes and specializes in European-style wines. The first wine of the afternoon was a 2014 Pinot Gris. Radil recommended that Pinot Gris be served at room temperature, belying the expectations for white wine. “If it’s too cold, you can’t get those wonderful fruit flavors,” Radil explained. Chef Engels paired the wine with an arugula salad with a citrus vinaigrette, orange wedges, and walnuts. A lovely balance of sweet, tangy and spicy, the salad paired beautifully with the slightly fruity wine. 68 NorthSoundLife.com
Excitement was building as the salad plates were taken away and everyone received chopsticks. Nothing bad ever comes with chopsticks. Radil presented a 2012 Nebbiolo, traditionally an Italian wine. The wine has strawberry and cherry tomato notes with a hint of black licorice. Smoky and earthy for a lighter red, it paired very well with Engels’ second course—ahi yellowfin tuna rolls. Radil had concern about the wasabi served with the rolls, but the wine stood up well to the piquancy of the wasabi. The sushi was fresh perfection, jewel-like, and the wine and tuna were particularly strong together. It seems unfair to call the preceding two courses a warm-up, given how excellent they were, but the third pairing was exquisite: a 2013 Barbera and beef tenderloin. Chef Engles said, “I wanted a really earthy plate to go with that wine, so I thought meat and potatoes. Can’t get earthier than that.” The tenderloin was served with a crisp potato and bleu cheese croquette. The Barbera was a perfect wine for a fine dinner with close friends and some perfectly cooked tenderloin or filet mignon. This was a pairing made in heaven. The final dessert pairing was delightful—a lovely semillon and créme caramel served with Chantilly cream and a lattice of chocolate, almond, and orange. Radil’s recommendation about dessert wine is to ensure your wine is sweeter than the dessert, or the sugar of the dessert will overpower that of the wine. Radil and Engles carefully considered this pairing, and the marriage of the semillon and créme caramel was a beautiful one. Lost River wines are available at the Bellingham Community Food Co-op, Haggen, and Seifert and Jones Wine Merchants. Our Sips of the Season for this month was sponsored by Overhead Door and the Bellingham Community Food Co-op. We wish to express our gratitude to the Loft and to Lost River for providing the food and wine. We also wish to thank all the businesses that contributed discounts, merchandise, and coupons for our swag bags and raffle prizes. Our next Sips of the Season will be on July 9. Stayed tuned to northsoundlife.com for details and updates.
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TOKYO HOUSE Fusion/Japanese
Woody Manhattan Ingredients: Woodinville Whiskey Rye, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Angostura bitters | $12
ye whiskey crafted by Woodinville Whiskey Co. stars in this classic cocktail of whiskey, vermouth, and bitters served at Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant’s bars and lounges. The Manhattan is a classic cocktail that’s been around for about a hundred years, regardless of which origin story you believe. Some believe it was named for the bar that first served it, the Manhattan Club, and trace its debut to a party thrown by Winston Churchill’s mother in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden, which makes it the perfect drink to order during a presidential election. Others attribute the drink to a bartender at NYC’s Hoffman House, William F. Mulhall, who wrote that it was invented by one of the bar’s regulars, Mr. Black. Maybe you can make this a life goal, to establish yourself as a regular and invent a cocktail whose legacy far outlives you. Lombardi’s bar and lounge areas are especially amenable to regulars and are staffed by bartenders who remember guests’ names and drink orders. “When a guest walks into our bar, and our bartender greets them by name, asks if they would like their regular drink, or starts talking to them about something from a previous conversation,
500 S.E. Everett Mall Way, Everett 425.347.6557, tokyohouse.org Tokyo House’s perfection-driven cuisine provides patrons a joyful balance of fine quality ingredients and prompt, attentive service (and without Emerald City prices). An order of spicy tuna is served exquisitely fresh with a delicate texture and rewarding flavor of vegetables, spice, rice and thinly sliced tuna. Each sushi offering is served to order by a traditional sushi chef who greets and smiles at customers, and prepares special orders with enthusiasm. The Teriyaki Chicken is simply excellent, while the vegetable Gyoza is crisp, flavorful and cautiously fried. Tokyo House’s clean environment and inviting Japanese décor — elegant Shoji screens and bamboo-style framing — create an enjoyably soft and refreshing ambience for relaxed dining.
LAKE STEVENS BRUNO’S PIZZERIA Italian 430 91st Ave. N.E. #10, Lake Stevens 425.334.2066, brunoslakestevens.com Enjoy distinguished Italian dishes and ambience at Bruno’s Pizzeria and Ristorante in Lake Stevens, formerly Luca’s Pizzeria and Ristorante. Bruno’s specializes in wood-fired pizza with numerous cheeses, homemade sauces and savory toppings like sausage, mushrooms and roasted red pepper. All of which makes them a popular dinner selection. Other dinner specials include specialty pasta like Butternut Squash Ravioli, Linguine Gamberoni, and Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo. Finish your meal with Tiramisu and other tasty desserts. LUCKY DRAGON PHO Vietnamese 303 91st St. N.E., Ste. A503, Lake Stevens 425.377.8888
that’s really special. Nothing can replace that personal connection,” said Karen Lawler, marketing and communications manager at Lombardi’s. We think the friendly, personal service is the maraschino cherry on top of this delicious mixed drink. 19409 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell 1620 W. Marine View Dr., Everett lombardisitalian.com
Lucky Dragon Pho, a Vietnamese noodle house, located in Frontier Village next door to Albertsons, is a great place for a simple, inexpensive meal. The Pho, a soup of rice noodles with vegetables, and your choice of meat in a unique and flavorful broth, is sure to become a favorite winter comfort food (or hangover cure). Vermicelli noodles, served with tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, cilantro and crispy fried shallot, all topped off with your choice of hot prawns, pork, short ribs, or all three in a sticky, slightly sweet, garlic sauce is a perfect light meal, like a salad and a main dish in one. Both require a bit of preparation on your part (they bring you accompaniments like basil, garlic chili paste, lime, etc.) but it’s kind of fun to play with your food, and the end result is totally worth the effort. –
LYNNWOOD INDIGO KITCHEN & ALEHOUSE Gastropub 2902 164th St. S.W. Ste. F, Lynnwood 425.741.8770, indigowa.com Although Indigo is located in a busy shopping center, its surroundings are nearly forgotten when you enter the warm ambience of this Lynnwood alehouse. The rich wood furnishings of Indigo’s interior entice patrons in for lunch, dinner and happy hour seven days a week. Between the happy hour prices and portions, Indigo is the place to be for hearty appetizers at a sound price. The happy hour menu features items like Gumbo, Meatloaf Sliders and Baby Back Ribs for $3–$6. With more than 20 beers on draft and a variety of comfort foods, including Cider-brined Pork Chops, Chorizo Clam Linguini and Flat Iron Steak, it’s no wonder this restaurant is busy from open to close. In a land of strip malls and chain restaurants, Indigo Kitchen & Alehouse is a breath of fresh air (and sweet potato fries!) for those seeking delicious food and refreshing beverages in a pleasant atmosphere.
with a large side of sweet, delicious fish sauce. Diners will find the restaurant’s dim lighting, well-spaced seating and pleasant décor a relaxing addition to a filling portion of traditional Vietnamese flavor.
MARYSVILLE TULALIP BAY Regional NW 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip 360.716.1500, tulalipresort.com If you are looking for fine dining in Marysville, look no further. This award-winning restaurant strives for perfection in every way. The menu has a Pacific Northwest flair, offering a variety of steak and seafood. The wait staff is impeccable, portions are generous, food well-prepared and the suggested wine pairing spot-on.
One visit to Taqueria La Raza, and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu is simple, and the food is overwhelmingly flavorful; the large portions will leave you plenty to save after the first few satisfying bites. An order of four tacos come artfully packed with tenderly seasoned strips of soft chicken, topped with fresh onions, peppers, cilantro and a generous sprinkle of cheese. The Chile Rellanos are slim and crisp, with a fine balance of cheese and gently fried flavor. A thick Habanero Mango Salsa is among a few of the not-so-secret secret sauces that will add a sweet, spicy kick to your already rich meal. The friendly staff prepares your food fast, and offers to remove any unwanted toppings or sides in anticipation of picky eaters. As you wait for some of the tastiest Mexican cuisine to grace the Northwest, you’ll receive a complimentary bowl of tortilla chips with fresh, tangy home-chopped salsa as a prologue to an excellent meal.
by Mandarin, Szechuan, and Hunan style cuisines. Clean lines and modern décor are juxtaposed with heaping piles of both familiar and unfamiliar Chinese classics. The menu is designed to give the customer plentiful options, with choices of combinations like crab cheese wontons, Mandarin sesame chicken and fried rice, or breaded almond chicken, broccoli beef and fried rice. Each comes with either egg flower or hot and sour soup to start.The dishes are as expected, fried, sweet, tangy and flecked with vegetables. With a vast menu containing lists of dishes in each protein category, there is something for everyone. For dinner, the restaurant accommodates larger parties with familystyle menus.
RUSTY PELICAN CAFÉ American
MILL CREEK CHINA CITY Chinese
6815 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood 425.775.7526
15704 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek 425.585.0525, rustypelicancafe.com
TAQUERIA LA RAZA Mexican
15310 Main St., Mill Creek 425.337.3600, chinacityrestaurant.com Owner Jack Ng began his restaurant career as a dishwasher and worked his way up to owning two restaurants on Whidbey Island and now one in Mill Creek. Each shares the same goal of serving comforting meals inspired
The Rusty Pelican Café is just what Mill Creek needs—a welcomed departure with their great menu options reminiscent of Maltby Café. This breakfast and lunch cafe may be located inside a strip mall off-shot from the bustle of Bothell-Everett Highway, but once inside locals can cozy up with a steaming cup of hot coffee and their acclaimed Corned Beef Hash. For those who love thick-cut bacon, powder-sugared crepes and fluffy omelets, be sure to come hungry. The Rusty Pelican has
AMERICAN CHINESE HAPPY HOUR • TAKE OUT • SPECIAL EVENTS
TASTE OF PHO Vietnamese 20101 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood 425.977.4311, tasteofpho.net Enthusiasts of Vietnamese cuisine will not be disappointed by the extensive menu of soups, noodles and rice dishes offered at Taste of Pho. Specializing in Vietnam’s signature beef broth dish of noodles and tender meat, Taste of Pho provides diners with delightfully satiating flavors, fast service and prices well beyond the dreams of frugal eaters. The classic Chicken Pho soup is kindly spiced with a mix of fish and beef sauce, hints of basil and lime, and a generous helping of freshly cooked rice noodles. The tofu spring rolls are a grandiose appetizer, stuffed with carrots, cilantro, bean sprouts and other fresh fillings, and served
425.337.3600 Mill Creek Town Center 11- Close Lunch & Dinner
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Chanterelle Hometown Bistro
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t home on Main Street in the quaint waterfront town of Edmonds, the Chanterelle Hometown Bistro is nestled in an historic building that was once the first hardware store in town. Owned and managed by husband and wife Randy and Brooke Baker since 1997, Chanterelle offers a cozy atmosphere, helpful and courteous staff members, and an eclectic variety of international dishes that make this small eatery worth the stop. This bistro serves up cozy, Pacific Northwest comfort, with its traditional bar, landscape wall hangings, twinkle lights, burlap, soft background music, and antique light fixtures. A wall of high windows wraps around the eatery, beckoning customers in off the street. Whether you’re looking to drop in for a cup of joe and a piece of sweet Marionberry pie on a blustery spring day, or to celebrate an anniversary with friends over a four-course meal, Chanterelle offers a variety of dishes, suitable for most any occasion. With flavorful bites served throughout the day, the eatery offers everything from Benedicts and omelets to paninis and seafood pastas. If a light seafood lunch is what you’re after, order the Open-Faced Crab Melt, a ciabatta roll topped with a thick helping of crab meat and melted cheese, and served with a side Caesar salad. This meal is perfect for those with a lighter lunch appetite. If you’re looking for a flavorful midday meal, try the Chicken Mozzarella Caprese Panini. Served with potato chips, a side salad, or cup of soup, this hot sandwich boasts thick, hot slices of mozzarella cheese, large chunks of chicken meat, tomatoes, basil and a thick and palatable, full-flavored pesto spread. If you’re in the mood for something heartier, consider the spicy, yet savory Cioppino. A popular seafood dish prepared to perfection, this fish stew serves up a hearty portion of richly flavored succulent mussels, clams, bay shrimp, salmon, and large chunks of whitefish in a tomato broth blended with onion, garlic, and herbs. Offered on both lunch and dinner menus, this filling dish is accompanied by crisp garlic toast or tomato bisque, soup du jour, or salad. Whether you’re searching for a taste that’s south of the border, such as yellowfin or salmon tacos, Italian-inspired linguini with clams, or a three-egg breakfast scramble with smoked salmon, you know where to find it. Chanterelle serves breakfast and lunch daily and dinner everyday except Sunday. 316 Main St., Edmonds 425.774.0650, chanterellewa.com
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huge-portions–you won’t feel like it’s too much, but you will leave full. With an Eggs Benedict dish that hits the mark for Hollandaise lovers, breakfast foodies will find that this reincarnation of the original Seattle restaurant is a new favorite brunch joint. Must-try dishes are the Farmer’s Pelican Skillet dish and the Dungeness Crab Omelette.
TABLAS WOODSTONE TAVERNA Mediterranean 15522 Main St., Mill Creek 425.948.7654, tablaswt.com Upon entering Tablas in the Mill Creek Town Center, a friendly staff and circular fire welcome your arrival. This MediterraneanSpanish fusion restaurant features some of the best tapas around, whether it’s for lunch, dinner or happy hour. Reflective of the restaurant’s name, the kitchen boasts a wood stone oven to cook dishes like Baked Brie, a sweet combination of apple confit, hazelnut and honey glaze, and Diamond Knot IPA mussels, made with chorizo and Mukilteo’s Diamond Knot IPA. Apart from Tablas’ wood-stone menu items, their custom dips, spreads and pizza-type flat breads are certainly worth trying as well. The House Paté is a creamy consistency with a kick of green peppercorns and perfectly paired with rustic baked bread. Try the Steak and Red Onion Compote Flat Bread, complete with chèvre cheese, for a savory flavor that will stimulate your taste buds. Tablas’ happy hour features the best compilation of their entire menu at a tasty price.
The following selections have made it past our taste bud test and into our top eight this issue. Step out and give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Spice things up a bit with the Greenleaf IPA-Jalapeno Hummus at Beardslee Public House. beardsleeph.com
The Whidbey Island Penn Cove Mussels at Russell’s are a special treat served in house smoked salmon cream sauce. russelllowell.com
Brave the rules and the cashonly policy at the Grouchy Chef and you’ll enjoy a oneof-a-kind four-course meal.
DIAMOND KNOT BREWERY AND ALEHOUSE
For a delicious Indian dinner, order the Malai Chicken at The Copper Pot in downtown Edmonds. copperpotwa.com
621 Front St., Mukilteo 425.355.4488, diamondknot.com When in Rome, don’t forget to bring a good brew. Otherwise, you may as well visit the Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse, where the only thing overshadowing their magnificent selection of Northwest ales is a selection of phenomenally authentic Roman-style pizzas. The extra-thin, crisp-bottomed crust comes finely draped with a tangy layer of secret marinara, spread hidden under an unusually stupendous combination of mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheeses. Other joyous offerings include a delicious Blackened Salmon Sandwich, served mid-grill on a sizzling hot plate, or an appetitecrumbling Apple Crumble dessert, delivered hot from the kitchen for those whose hearts long for home. Diamond Knot offers patrons true Italian-style pizza — among a menu of many fine meals — accompanied by top-notch service and some of the Northwest’s finest ales.
Reading Mary-Louise Parker’s new book? Try it with a side of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Tavern on the Square on the campus of McMenamin’s Anderson School.
Find pizza by the slice at Snohomish’s Cathouse Pizza, or order a 16-inch Veggie Wedgie. cathousepizza.com
Try the Distiller’s Club sandwich at Bluewater Organic Distilling, made with wild salmon and berkshire bacon and served on a toasted ciabatta bun.
Tender, savory Lamb Chops topped with roasted shallots, kalamata olives, and feta cheese await you at John’s Grill in Mukilteo. johnsgrillmukilteo.com
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THE SCOTSMAN BISTRO Scottish/American
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11601 Harbour Pointe Blvd. #101, Mukilteo 425.493.1191, mukilteorestaurant.com The Scotsman Bistro has an extensive scotch library curated by co-owner George Black. Black hails from Scotland and is a scotch connoisseur. The establishment offers a full lunch and dinner menu, beer, cocktails and wine. Much of the menu is made up of recipes straight from Black’s family in Scotland. Some customer favorites include caprese salad, Gran’s Steak Pie, and George’s Ginger Chicken Curry. Special events are held regularly, including a Scotch tasting on the third Saturday of each month and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
SNOHOMISH MALTBY CAFÉ Homestyle 8809 Maltby Rd., Snohomish 425.483.3123, maltbycafe.com Maltby’s famed Cinnamon Rolls — roughly the size of your head — are the prime draw to this country-quaint café, but are just the start of a menu filled with home-style cooking and grandiose portions. Choose from breakfast all day, with menu items such as Northwest Potatoes & Eggs or the Prime Rib Omlette. Voted Best Breakfast Place by Evening Magazine viewers 2009–2011, you can’t go wrong. The lunch menu includes a vast selection of sandwiches and burgers (try a Blues Burger with homemade blue cheese dressing) as well as salads, entrees and desserts. –
WHIDBEY ISLAND TOBY’S TAVERN Seafood 8 Front St., Coupeville 360.678.4222, tobysuds.com Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Their famous bowls of Penn Cove mussels — served by the pound! — come fresh from the adjacent cove, and keep shellfish connoisseurs clamoring for a regular fix. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit. Fish and chips arrive hot, deliciously flakey, and generous in size, with sides of sweet coleslaw and fries deserving mention for their merit. For those waiting among the weekend crowd of regulars, a giant chocolaty brownie will drive your mind insane, and keep your appetite satisfied before the main course earns its way into the dining room.
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Chuck Close: Prints, Process, and Collaboration May 12–Sept. 5
xperience world-renowned artist Chuck Close’s creative and technical processes firsthand as Everett’s Schack Art Center hosts “Chuck Close: Prints, Process, and Collaboration” in its main gallery. Nearly 90 large-scale prints and working proofs will demonstrate the artist’s groundbreaking innovations in printmaking mediums. Exhibition curator, Terrie Sultan, worked alongside Close to select the works that will be exhibited. Chuck Close was born and raised in Snohomish County. He attended Everett High School and Everett Community College before attending the University of Washington. “This is the first time I have had a major exhibition of my work in Snohomish County or Everett,” Close said of the exhibit, “I feel honored, and it’s great for people who knew me when to see what I am doing now. It is particularly gratifying to know that my work will be shown where I grew up.” Schack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett 425.259.5050 schackartcenter.org
performance will include classic pieces by Strauss, Rachmaninoff, and Chabrier. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds 425.275.9595 edmondscenterforthearts.org
R. KELLY: THE BUFFET TOUR MAY 14, 8 P.M.
Singer, songwriter, producer, and threetime Grammy Award-winner R. Kelly brings his tour to Everett. Kelly adds his signature soulfulness to every song on his new solo album, The Buffet. With sounds ranging from R&B and pop to blues and country, the album is a musical “buffet.” Fans will experience R. Kelly’s eclectic tastes and musical influences.
SUMMER CONCERT JUNE 5, 3 P.M.
Come celebrate the beginning of the summer season with classical music. This concert features “Concertino for Flute, Viola and Strings” by Bloch with flutist Lynn Douglas-Nicolet and viola player Agnes Chen. Compositions by Ibert and Shchedrin will also be performed.
Xfinity Arena 2000 Hewitt Ave, Everett 866.332.8499 xfinityarenaeverett.com
First Presbyterian Church 2936 Rockefeller, Everett 425.743.0255 pacificachamberorchestra.org
TICKET TO BROADWAY: CAROUSEL-A CONCERT VERSION!
JUNE 11, 3 P.M.
The Edmonds Center for the Arts presents Carousel-A Concert Version! This wonderful concert version of the beloved musical Carousel will be performed by the Sno-King Community Chorale, come join in! Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds 425.275.9595 edmondscenterforthearts.org MUSIC AT THE MARINA THURSDAYS STARTING JUNE 23, 6:30 P.M.–8:30 P.M.
Come and enjoy beautiful waterfront views and good tunes. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, and your dancing shoes. Featured musicians include Dusty 45s, Fly Moon Royalty, and Chance McKinney. Port Gardner Landing 1700 W. Marine View Dr., Everett 425.257.7107 everettwa.gov
CLASSICAL ORGAN SYMPHONY MAY 9, 7:30 P.M.
The Cascade Symphony Orchestra presents Organ Symphony featuring soprano singer, Kimberly Giordano. The
MY HEART IS THE DRUM APRIL 29 –MAY 22
This original musical celebrates strength, courage, and love that sustains through even the most harrowing circumstances. It follows a young woman from the small village of Kafrona in Ghana as she sets out to follow her dreams. She is determined to attend university, but when her education is denied she defies her parents’ wishes and moves to the big city. The story is woven together by rich and inspiring characters and driven by exciting African rhythms. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett 425.257.8600 villagetheatre.org
VISUAL ARTS PROJECT 562 ONGOING EXHIBIT
MUD BAY JUGGLERS MAY 7, 11 A.M.
Experience the unique performance of theater, dance, comedy, and juggling. For 35 years the Mud Bay Jugglers have wowed audiences with their surprising and inventive juggling. The troupe performs choreography and juggling set to lively music for a mesmerizing performance. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds 425.275.9595 edmondscenterforthearts.org
Exhibited at the Hibulb Cultural Center, Matika Wilbur’s captivating photography project, Project 562, features individuals from more than 562 Tribal Nations in the United States. Each individual portrait in Wilbur’s collection seems to tell its own story; the collection as a whole aims to challenge stereotypes of Native American representation. The Hibulb Cultural Center 6410 23rd Avenue NE, Tulalip 360.716.2600 hibulbculturalcenter.org CAMANO ISLAND STUDIO TOUR
THEATER LATE NITE CATECHISM LAS VEGAS: SISTER ROLL THE DICE! MAY 7, 7:30 P.M.
What happens in Vegas stay in Vegas, but God sees everything! Come enjoy this sinfully funny comedy. When the convent needs a new roof, the order asks Sister to organize a Las Vegas night. With her extensive gambling experience running Church Bingo, Sister is up for the challenge. She tackles topics including magicians, show girls, live animal acts, and even drive-through marriage chapels. The Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.6766 historiceveretttheatre.com
MAY 6–8 AND MAY 14–15, 10–5 P.M.
Camano Island’s 18th Annual Island Tour is the biggest single event on the island. This self-guided art walk is free and consists of more than twenty studios and artwork of many forms. While perusing the artwork, wander around the island and visit local businesses. Each year the array of artists and galleries that are chosen continue to diversify, making the tour an ever-expanding event. Camano Art Association PO Box 2530, Stanwood www.camanoarts.org
MUSEUMS FAMOUS FIGHTERS/FATHER’S DAY, FREE FLY DAY JUNE 18, 10–5 P.M.
Celebrate Father’s Day with a day trip to
the Flying Heritage Collection. Portions of the event are free, but a museum ticket will include an up close look of some vintage aircrafts, an autograph signing session from well-known pilots, and a spectacle in the sky as some renowned aviators—including father-and-son team Steve and Steven Hinton among others— fly legendary aircrafts.
WINNER OF 10 TONY AWARDS
Paine Field 3407 109th St. SW, Everett www.flyingheritage.com
FAMILY FRIENDLY TIMBERBOWL RODEO JUNE 25–26, 6–9 P.M.
Grab your cowboy hat and put on your boots for the rodeo event of the summer. Join the Darrington Horse Riders Association as they host contestants from all over the Northwest and Canada for the annual Timberbowl Rodeo. The whole family is invited to enjoy bull riding, barrel racing, pony rides and much more.
Score by music legend Elton John
42109 State Rte. 530 NE, Arlington darringtonrodeogrounds.com MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION MAY 7–8, 10 A.M.–8 P.M.
Based on the Smash-Hit Film
Spend the day spoiling mom at this year’s Country Village Mother’s Day Celebration. Take her shopping at specialty boutiques, treat her to lunch at one of the many restaurants, and don’t forget to pick up flowers from a local famers market vendor. Several stores will be participating in Mother’s Day specials. There will also be an opportunity to create a complimentary bracelet just for mom. 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell 425.483.2250 countryvillagebothell.com WANDERLUST CIRCUS SPRING TOUR
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MAY 1, 7–9 P.M.
Wanderlust Circus is coming to town to dazzle the crowd. This team of acrobats, contortionists, aerialists and hand balancers from Portland, Oregon, will perform at the Everett Historical Theatre for one night only. Don’t miss your chance for a night of family fun at this one of a kind circus act.
Summer campS Musical Theatre Acting Singing Dance
2911 Colby Ave, Everett 425.258.6766 historiceveretttheatre.org
Register at VillageKidstage.org
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OUT OF TOWN TACOMA EDVARD MUNCH AND THE SEA: SEE BEYOND THE SCREAM APRIL 9 – JULY 17
Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Summer Evening, 1895. Aquatint and drypoint, 9¾ × 12½ inches.
To celebrate Pacific Lutheran University’s 125th anniversary and Norwegian heritage, the Tacoma Art Museum is honored to host Edvard Munch and the Sea. “While he’s best known for his iconic work The Scream, Munch explored a host of other subjects. This exhibition focuses on the sea as a profound element in his work. He used the sea as the subject of landscapes, as a backdrop for human interactions, and as a metaphor for love, longing, grief, joy, and other tumultuous emotions,” shared Margaret Bullock, curator of collections and special exhibitions. This exclusive exhibit will inspire you whether you make your home by the shores of the Puget Sound or the fjords of Norway. Tacoma Art Museum 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma 253.272.4258 tacomaartmuseum.org
SEATTLE BEYONCÉ—THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR MAY 18, 6 P.M.
Alert the Beyhive: Queen Bee herself is coming to Seattle as part of her upcoming tour around the world. Sing and dance along with this international music sensation as she wows the crowd with her chart topping hits and sure-to-be phenomenal performance. Tickets are on sale now. Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Angst, 1896. Color lithograph, 161/2 × 151/8 inches. Epstein Family Collection, EFC 061.0. Photo by Philip Charles. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
CenturyLink Field 800 Occidental Ave. South, Seattle 260.381.7555 ticketmaster.com
VANCOUVER, B.C. VANCOUVER CRAFT BEER WEEK MAY 27 – JUNE 5
Now in its seventh year, Canada’s first craft beer week is back and it’s bigger and better than ever! Ten nights of craft beer events promise delight for beer aficionados of every stripe, including the Belgian Showcase (a night of wonderful Belgian beer and food) and Forbidden Fruit (an evening of fruit and sour beer). The 2016 VCBW Festival (June 3–5) will bring together more than 100 breweries & cideries to pour over 400 craft beers & ciders from across North America. The festival also includes a full music program, featuring three stages.
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H’Arts Auction to Benefit Schack Art Center On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the Schack Art Center held its 34th annual H’Arts (Helping the Arts) Benefit Auction at the Xfinity Arena. More than 300 guests attended the social event, which included three silent auctions and a live auction hosted by auctioneer Ian Lindsay. More than $250,000 was raised to support the Schack’s exhibits and outreach programs, including $90,000 earmarked for the arts education program that funds teacher training, field trips, student art contests, and free monthly arts events for teenagers. Local artists, including James Madison, Dan & Joi LaChaussee, Cheri O’Brien, and Jack Gunter, donated more than 300 fantastic works of art and art experiences to the auction. Incredibly, the auction even included the opportunity to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime studio visit and lunch with artist Chuck Close in New York City. For more information on supporting the Schack Art Center, visit schack.org.
The Full Monty (Python) For the sake of Millennials, Ken takes the “hat” off male egos WRITTEN BY KEN KARLBERG
used to love being male. I didn’t need a great job; I just needed to be the primary breadwinner in the household and all the benefits of prior male-dominated generations were bestowed upon me. Pure magic, it was. As long as I brought home the financial bacon, not much else mattered. I could lose my hair, gain 50 lbs., shower occasionally, shave infrequently, and sit on the couch and watch sports for hours, all the while “my woman” cleaned house, prepared meals, raised the kids, dieted constantly, and did everything imaginable, even unhealthy things, to look beautiful for me. Ah, the good old days. Most of us were the poor man’s equivalent of Donald Trump, who had no chance of “attracting” his beautiful wives but for his money regardless of the size of his hands. Remember the old cartoon of a 60+ year old couple at the beach, each with identical physical profiles from the side — sagging backsides and protruding bellies — and the husband says, “You aren’t going out like that, are you?” Well, there’s your thousand words worth in one cartoon. Not anymore. On behalf of all over-40 males, I want to apologize to millennial males — we totally screwed up a good thing. No thanks to us, you have had no choice — you had to step up your games. The tectonic inter-continental shelves of male and female socialization, once frozen in perpetual gridlock, have shifted, permanently, with women in the workplace. Of course, those of us from the 50s, 60s, and 70s may still be riding the wave, but even our days are numbered. Women have a habit of talking to each other. How dare they? Oh sure, we brag about our conquests in life and competing in the business world, but the glass ceiling exists to protect us from competition from females, not just to keep women in their place. And why? Power and control, yes, but fragile egos play an equal part, too. Men are simply not as challenged by losing to a man as they are to losing to a female. This fear threatens us at a primal level. As the great protectors and hunter gatherers, what are we if we aren’t the dominant sex? The truth is few old-school males want to answer that question. Instead, many of us cling to our wallets, our Emperor’s clothes, to maintain our exalted positions in relationships. We may not admit it, but our attitude and actions speak louder than words. I recall a bumper sticker from the early days of the recent recession when Democrats 80 NorthSoundLife.com
and Republicans were fighting over tax breaks for the most wealthy to stimulate the economy. The sticker said, “I am a job creator, kiss my butt.” Sound vaguely familiar, guys? Feel free to nod in private. Am I being overly harsh? Absolutely. The burden of being the primary breadwinner is underappreciated, and has exacted a heavy physical toll on generations of husbands and fathers health-wise and families in general. Just ask any single parent today. Life is hard — every day is a battle to survive financially. So let me be the first to say, unequivocally, that spouses and partners deserve to be loved, honored and appreciated for this, the scariest of burdens of them all — to be the only one between your family having a roof over their heads or being on the street. But the point isn’t how we organize as couples and partners. After all, every partner in a relationship brings qualities to the table and one or the other or both may be the breadwinner. My point is simply that we need to organize in an emotionally healthy and respectful way, one where each partner’s contributions are respected and honored without one partner lording over the other. This lesson doesn’t come easily to men of my generation and older — before you blame men, however, our mothers set the example just as much as our fathers. Progress is slow, of course, glaciers are melting faster. But thanks to the positive, transformative role models of Millennials, yes, Millennials, I am learning to contribute in ways that my father and my grandfather never did. I used to love being male. Now I kiddingly say that I am not sure it isn’t a birth defect. However, fear not, guys, not all is lost. There is a silver lining to women in the workplace. My annual check-up last year was performed by a female physician. As I turned my head and coughed, I thought to myself, “I’m not telling my wife about this.” I can hardly wait until my next appointment. Hey, once a male, always a male. Okay, I still love being male!
Up to 25 Breweries, 50 Beers & Appetizer Buffet!
June 25th 2016 3p.m.-7 p.m.
North Bellingham Golf Course
Stage Schedule Heebee Jeebies Sonia Alexis Seabreeze Jazz Sam Ben-Meir Band
3p-3:45p 4p-4:45p 5p-5:45p 6p-7p
Tickets include souvenir glass, beer, appetizers, music and fun. Supporting Brigadoon Service Dogs
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