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Mercer Island Farmers Market eats & treats

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Whether looking for something savory or sweet, a hearty dish or something refreshing to drink, the Mercer Island Farmers Market boasts an impressive list of vendors as it strives to provide the widest array of Washington foods fresh from the farm, the field or sea.

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Here’s to another Island Summer! In this issue of 98040, we offer just a sample of the many activities available to Islanders young and old — right here at home. Summer Celebration! is set for July 11 and 12 in the Town Center. See our center section for a pull-out listing of Summer Celebration activities.

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Many Island favorites turn out for the Mercer Island Farmers Market, like the artfully-crafted caramels, toffees and marshmallows of Island Treats. • • • • • • • • • •

Sidhu Berry Farm Skagit Sun Berries Sky Valley Family Farm True Her Garden 11 Olives A Taste of Eden Britt’s Pickles Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt High 5 Pie Island Treats

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French Sister City delegation to visit Mercer Island in July A delegation from Mercer Island’s sister city, Thonon-les-Bains, France, will visit Mercer Island to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our jumelage (sister city relationship) from July 6 through July 12. Guests will include Thonon’s Mayor Jean Denais and his wife, Françoise, Deputy Mayors Christian Perriot and Alain Coone and members of the Thononles-Bains Sister City Association. Our guests will be on hand for Summer Celebration! and visit places of interest both on Mercer Island and around Puget Sound. Visitors are being hosted in Mercer Island homes by Mercer Island Sister City Association board members and community members. The Mercer Island Sister City Association board invites the community to join us in greeting our Thonon visitors at Summer Celebration! On

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Saturday, July 11, members of the French delegation will be riding in classic cars early in the Summer Celebration Grand Parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. in the Town Center with good viewing spots all along 78th Avenue S.E. Immediately following the parade, a special ceremony will be held at the pergola at the corner of Mercerdale Park together with the VFW Post 5760 to honor the role of the Americans in the liberation of France during World War II. Also, the 15-year anniversary of the sister city relationship between Mercer Island and Thonon–les-Bains will be marked with Mayor Jean Denais of Thononles-Bains and Mayor Bruce Bassett of Mercer Island signing the official resolution rededicating our two cities to the sister city relationship. For details about the Thonon-lesBains delegation visit, as well as more about Thonon-les-Bains, France and the Mercer Island Sister City Association, visit www.mercerislandsistercity. org or contact Rich Conrad, 232-9174 or Linda Todd, 232-4570.

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June 7 – Oct 11 & Nov 22 Your favorite farmers and vendors return with an abundance of Washington grown fresh produce and artisan foods.

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I-90 Seafair and Blue Angels Closures

Thursday, July 30: 9:45 a.m. - noon; 1:15 - 2:40 p.m. (Practice)

Friday, July 31: 11:50 a.m. 2:40 p.m., (Practice)

The annual Seafair festival begins when the pirates land the first week of July and ends with the Blue Angels flying over Lake Washington in a spectacular display of aeronautics. The Washington State Department of Transportation's (WSDOT) role is to ensure drivers and pilots are safe during the annual event. The Federal Aviation Administration requires WSDOT to close Interstate 90 while the Blue Angels practice and perform for the safety of both drivers and pilots.

Saturday, Aug. 1: 11:50 a.m. 2:40 p.m., (Full show)

Sunday, Aug. 2: 11:50 a.m. 2:40 p.m., (Full show)

Which roads and ramps will be closed? Interstate 90 will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, eastbound and westbound, mainline and express lanes, between Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island:

* The bridge highrises will still be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. However, no one on foot or bike can travel beyond the highrises up to 30 minutes prior to posted closure times.

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The annual Blue Angels show means road closures around Mercer Island. I-90 ramp (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice)

*I-90 east of Mercer Island will NOT be closed during the performance, although drivers should note that heavy congestion during these closures often restricts access to the exits.

Which ramps will be closed?

76th Avenue to westbound I-90 (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice)

Island Crest Way to westbound I-90 (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or

Northbound I-5 to eastbound I-90 ramp (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice) Southbound I-5 to eastbound

Southbound and northbound Rainier Avenue ramps (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice)

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Eastbound I-90 to West Mercer Way (closed up to 30 minutes prior to show or practice)

East Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (closed up one hour prior to show or practice)

West Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to one hour prior to show or practice)

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PIRATE SWORD FIGHTS EVERY HALF HOUR (11am - 6:30pm) Skate Park Grass 9am Obliteride Kids Ride - Mercerdale Park 10am “The Pirates Return!” Grand Parade 78th Avenue SE, downtown MI (Sponsored by the MI Community Fund)

10:45 - 12pm Veteran’s Recognition & Sister City Welcome - Pergola Stage, Mercerdale Park With a performance by the band Charlie & the Flashbacks (Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island VFW)

10:30am Boat Ride Around the Island (Ticketed Event) Luther Burbank Park Docks -Boarding begins at 10:00am, tickets at community center or info booth at festival (Sponsored by Kitchen Plus)

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Street Fair (Crafts, Food, Booths) - Mercerdale Streets

MIVAL Junior Arts Show - Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot (Sponsored by MI Visual Arts League)

Souvenirs & Information Info Booth Near Old Recycle Center

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12 - 1:15pm Twisted Dixie Rockin Country Windermere Stage– Mercerdale Park 12:15pm Black Powder Cannon Show & Historical Display - Skate Park grass, Mercerdale Park

available at the community center or info booth at festival (Sponsored by Kitchen Plus)

1:15 - 2pm Bilgerats & Pyrettes - Pergola Stage, Mercerdale Park - Pirate Band

Sounders Women Soccer Game vs. Arizona Strikers

2pm Wooden O Theatre “As You Like It ” Luther Burbank Amphitheatre - Shakespeare in the Park Play (Sponsored by the Mercer Island Arts Council)

3pm, Saturday July 11th Mercer (Island High School Stadium)

2 - 2:45pm Alleyoop - Windermere Stage, Mercerdale Park Children’s Concert

9am to noon, Sunday July 12th (Mercerdale Park near stages)

2:30 - 3pm My First Garden - Between entertainment stages Hands on Children’s Planting Activity– kids leave with a pot of flowers (FREE)

(Sponsored by Windermere Real Estate & Wells Medina Nursery)

2:30pm Boat Ride Around the Island (Ticketed Event) Luther Burbank Park Docks -Boarding begins at 2pm, tickets available

at the community center or info booth at festival (Sponsored by Kitchen Plus)

2:45 - 3:30pm Steffan Soule’s - Pergola Stage, Mercerdale Park Magic Show (Sponsored by the Friends of the MI Library)

3pm Women’s Sounders Soccer vs. Arizona Strikers Stadium - Mercer Island High School Women’s pro-am soccer match (Sponsored by Mercer Island FC)

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(continued) 3:30 - 4:45pm The Edsels - Windermere Stage, Mercerdale Park 50’s & 60’s favorites 3:45pm Black Powder Cannon Show & Historical Display Skate Park grass– Mercerdale Park 4:45 - 5:30pm Bilgerats & Pyrettes - Pergola Stage, Mercerdale Park Pirate Band 5:30 - 7pm In Cahoots - Windermere Stage, Mercerdale Park Sweet & Sour Power Rock 6:15pm Black Powder Cannon Show & Historical Display - Skate Park grass, Mercerdale Park 7pm - 10:30pm Firework Celebration Festivities Luther Burbank Park 7:15 - 8:15pm Outrageous Rock N’ Roll Comedy Hypnosis Show - Luther Burbank Park Comedy & Hypnosis

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8:15 - 10:15pm The Rhythm Nation - Luther Burbank Park Diverse mix of classics & current hits (Sponsored by True Value Hardware)

Approx. 10pm Fireworks (Sponsored by the Roanoke Inn) Luther Burbank Park

Sunday July 12th - 10:00am - 5:00pm PIRATE SWORD FIGHTS EVERY HALF HOUR (10:30am - 4:30pm)- Skate Park Grass 9am – 12pm Swedish Pancake Breakfast Mercerdale, at entertainment stages (Sponsored by the Sons of Norway Cascade Lodge of Mercer Island)

10am - 3pm Car Show - Farmer’s Insurance Parking Lot (Sponsored by S.R. Schill & Associates)

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Souvenirs & Information Info Booth

Children’s Fun Zone (Inflatable Rides & More) Mercerdale Park (Sponsored by Bright Horizons Mercer Island)

(Mercerdale Park start ride Parade route)

Street Fair (Crafts, Food, Booths) Mercerdale Streets

MI Arts Council Kids Craft Tent Mercerdale Park

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MIVAL Junior Arts Show Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot (Sponsored by MI Visual Arts League)

Obliteride Kids Ride: 9am, Saturday July 11th

11:30am - 12pm Uncle Stinky’s Magic Show Pergola Stage, Mercerdale Park Family Magic Show 12 - 1pm Sonic Funk Orchestra Windermere Stage, Mercerdale Park 70’s & 80’s hits 1 - 1:45pm Bilgerats & Pyrettes Pergola Stage, Mercerdale Park Pirate Band 1:45 - 3pm The Dogtones Windermere Stage, Mercerdale Park Classic Rock & Pop Hits 3 - 3:45pm Bilgerats & Pyrettes Pergola State, Mercerdale Park Pirate Band 3:45 - 5pm Surround Sound Windermere Stage, Mercerdale Park R&B, Soul & Funk

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Expanded summer calendar JULY 4 Where to buy fireworks? The Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis Club and Mercer Island VFW manage the sale of “consumer” fireworks each year, using the event as their primary fundraiser. All of the funds collected are returned to the community in support of services and projects. Fireworks will be for sale between June 28 and July 4 in the Rite Aid parking lot on S.E. 32nd Street at the corner of 78th Avenue S.E.

JULY 6-12 Mercer Island to celebrate Sister City

Mercer Island and its Sister City, Thonon-les-Bains in France, are celebrating their 15-year relationship. French delegates, including the Thonon-les-Bains Mayor Jean Denais, will be visiting Mercer Island from July 6 to July 12. There will be a free Welcome Potluck at 7 p.m. on July 6 at the VFW (1836 72nd Ave. S.E.) and a Soiree at the Seattle Yacht Club on July 10 with farm-to-table Northwest local dishes and wines. That event costs $90. RSVP by June 30. The delegates will visit Pike Place Market, the Chihuly Museum, EMP, Space Needle, Pioneer Square, Tillicum Village, Boeing Everett Plant and take a tour of Mercer Island. They will also ride in the Summer Celebration! Parade. During the visit, the Mercer Island Sister City Association will present Twin Foxes sculptures by Georgia Gerber. One sculpture will travel to Thonon-les-Bains, and the other will remain on Mercer Island and installed in a public location.

JULY 18 Fire station opening The city will host a Formal Dedication at 10 a.m. on July 18 for the opening of the Island's new fire station. Mayor Bruce Bassett, the Mercer Island Fire Department, and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 1762, invite all citizens to the ceremony at the site of the new Fire Station 92, located at 8437 S.E. 68th Street. The old structure was deemed "seismically unsound," so Mercer Island voters approved a bond for its replacement. The new station will also feature a public art piece created from steel and concrete salvaged from the World Trade Center in New York City.

JULY 31-AUGUST 2 Blue Angels at Seafair At this year's Seafair festival, the jet

squadron will perform on Friday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 2. In 2016, the Blue Angels will fly on Friday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 7. The Blue Angels, along with the hydroplane races and torchlight parade, are one of the traditional and most popular features at the Seafair summer festival each year. Altogether, Seafair includes more than 75 events during an eight-week span. In 2014, nearly 2 million people took part in one or more Seafair-related activities.

AUGUST 8-9 Camp Burbank Community Camp Out The campout, put on by city’s Parks and Recreation Department, is a great way to “get away from it all” and still be close to home. Parks and Rec does all the hard work, like cooking, cleaning and coming up with fun things to do. Just bring a SUMMER EVENTS | PAGE 10

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SUMMER EVENTS | FROM 8 tent, personal items, and sleeping bags. Activities will include fishing, beach play, swimming, volleyball and more in Luther Burbank Park. The campsite, Saturday night dinner, s'mores, snacks, drinks and Sunday morning breakfast are provided with registration price ($45 ages 13+, $35 ages 4 - 12, $5 ages 1 - 3, Free 0 - 11 months).

AUGUST 22-28 Movies in the Park The city will show “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 to continue the pirate fun from Summer Celebration!, and “Ratatouille” at 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 28. The movies are held in Mercerdale Park on a giant inflatable screen.

Art UnCorked Art UnCorked will be an evening of wine tasting, art, music and food at the Mercer Island Outdoor Sculpture Gallery at Sunset Blvd. & 78th Ave S.E. The street will be closed for the event, which begins at 6 p.m. The evening will feature 10 local wineries, many with Mercer Island connections, juried artists from both Mercer Island and the Seattle area with a selection of fine handmade artworks, live music and iconic food trucks offering interesting fare. It is presented by the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce and Mercer Island Visual Arts League. For more, go to www.mercerislandartuncorked.eventbrite.com.

Mostly Music schedule All concerts are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted, in Mercerdale Park. Admission

is free. In case of rain, concerts may be cancelled and possibly rescheduled. Call 206-275-7609 on questionable weather days for concert updates.

Thursday, July 23: West My Friend - Indie folk Thursday, July 30: Wings N Things - Paul McCartney Cover Band Thursday, Aug. 6: SuperSones - Cuban Salsa Roots Thursday, Aug. 13: The Warren G. Hardings - Traditional String Band Thursday, Aug. 20: The Fabulous Roof Shakers - Rhythm & Blues Special Bonus Concert: at 5 p.m. at Luther Burbank Park Amphitheatre Sunday, Aug. 15: Russian Chamber Music, Foundation of Seattle Chamber music performed by accomplished and exciting musicians

Shakespeare in the Park schedule Sponsored by the Mercer Island Arts Council, Wooden O presents two Shakespeare plays with multiple performances at the Luther Burbank Park Amphitheatre in July and August. With open seating and an outdoor setting, Wooden O brings the Shakespeare plays to life engaging audiences of all ages. Visit www.mercergov.org/artsevents for play descriptions.

"As You Like It" - July 9, 10, 16, 17, 18 - 7 p.m., July 11 - 2 p.m. (Special Summer Celebration! performance), Aug 2, 6, 9 - 7 p.m. at Luther Burbank Park "Henry IV, Part One" - July 12, 19, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 - 7 p.m., Aug 1, 7, 8 - 7 p.m., Aug 9 - 2 p.m. *Aug. 9 is a double performance, with both shows in one day: "Henry IV" at 2 p.m. and "As You Like It" at 7 p.m.

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101 years at the ‘Rowy’ The venerable Roanoke Tavern is 101 years old By Celina Kareiva

Through the years, the Roanoke has been called a living room, a tavern and a brothel. This summer, the Island fixture turns 101 and there is no shortage of memories made behind these old walls. Leading a tour of the space, owner Dorothy Reeck points out quirks and vignettes the untrained eye could never find: a bullet hole behind the bar that Reeck’s bootlegging father-in-law is responsible for; an ancient cash register now defunct; windows once blacked out during World War II. The Roanoke was built in 1914 by George McGuire as a “chicken-dinner” restaurant servicing the Island’s early settlers. A ferry dock at the North-end made it a popular destination; its original owners could make a run to Seattle for ice cream and other goodies not found on the Island. The place changed hands several times during the Great Depression before eventually evolving into a tavern, housing boarders on the top floor and, some say operating as a brothel during Prohibition years. In 1943, Edwin and Laura Reeck bought the building. That’s when Dorothy enters the picture. She met and married their son, Hal. As her mother-in-law aged, she took on more responsibilities. “I call myself the caretaker. I have to take care of this place and pass it on to the next generation.” Reeck points to an old phone booth off the main dining room—a sort of symbol of the Roanoke’s many incarnations. The booth used to bring in $10-20 a month. Now emply, the booth

hosts a witch for Halloween and Santa hangs out at Christmas. “I don’t know how I managed to keep the status quo going. It’s a full-time job of running the staff and making it ready for customers,” said Reeck. “You’ve got the building, the grounds — how do you fit into a neighborhood with a bar? You learn an awful lot.” Preserving the tavern’s history while making sure it fits its surroundings, is a balancing act, admits Reeck. When staff paint, they stay true to a color palette available in early 20th century America; the windows are the same drooping glass and antique panes as were installed decades ago; even the garden, which Reeck insists everyone has had their hands in, is a mess of some of the original blooms planted. But as the Roanoke’s recent centennial neared, Reeck thought about retiring. She wasn’t sure she was the right person to carry the tavern into its next chapter, so she began talks with potential buyers: “When we went back to the attorneys to talk about it, he said— ‘you’re not ready to go.’ Certainly, I couldn’t deny it. I felt like it wasn’t the time.”

She says the memories are what sustain her. “I am so thankful for all the good people that come here and find happiness and provide a little cheer.” During snow storms or power outages, many neighbors have warmed themselves by the Roanoke’s generator. The dimly lit dining room has seen proposals and wedding ceremonies. For many Island youth, working there is a sort of rite of passage. This year, Roanoke management is a sponsor of the Island’s Summer Celebration fireworks display! On a recent drippy Friday, when summer still felt a long ways off, volunteers were upstairs folding T-shirts and sweatshirts for the event. “This is our way of saying thank you,” said Reeck. As for the Roanoke’s next 100 years, Reeck has hired a general manager and says as he learns the ropes, she will consider who best to inherit the legacy. She has ideas — a better and wider wine selection, small tweaks to the menu. It will still be “the neighborhood bar but with a fresh coat of paint.”

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5 things you didn’t know about the Roanoke Tavern: 1) Like any good neighborhood bar, the Roanoke has ruffled a few feathers over the years. A family near the Roanoke Inn filed a claim against the city in 2006, calling the historic establishment an “ongoing cancer in the neighborhood.” The aggreived party alleged that the bar sold alcohol to minors, created traffic congestion and was a constant noise complaint. The resulting lawsuit was eventually dismissed. 2) Owner Dorothy Reeck grows pumpkins in a small garden just north of the tavern. The orange squash each weigh hundreds of pounds. 3) Legend has it that when the Roanoke used to accept boarders on the second story, some of the rooms operated as a brothel and was a favorite spot for gambling during the Prohibition era. 4) The Roanoke’s covered porch is heated, but Reeck admits while a popular refuge during the winter months, it’s not too effective when the wind blows. 5) The Roanoke operated as a grocery store for a number of years, even opening an ice cream window after Prohibition, where kids, who weren’t allowed inside, could buy cones or other small grocery items. During WWII the Roanoke had one of the only grocery stores accessible to Islanders.

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FIREWORKS Saturday July 11, 2015

Luther Burbank Park 2040 84th Ave. SE Mercer Island, WA

10:00 pm

Come Celebrate Summer with Us! Roanoke Inn is the proud sponsor of the 2015 Summer Celebration Fireworks Show.

To show our appreciation to our patrons and the community who have supported the Rowy for so many decades, we are again sponsoring the local fireworks show during the city’s Summer Celebration event Saturday, July 11th.

The Roanoke Inn has witnessed a lot of change since its construction in 1914. Horseback was the principal mode of transportation and patrons came to visit via ferry from the Leschi neighborhood in Seattle. Two World Wars were fought, abolitionist policies have come and gone, great depressions were weathered, and floating bridges were constructed to support the growth of automobiles. The introduction of both radio and television and now the evolution of the computer generation has changed many things. But no matter what the Inn has witnessed, The Rowy has always been Mercer Island’s extended living room to discuss all the topics of daily importance. The Rowy cherishes its role as the informal gathering spot for all class reunions from those who graduated from the local schools. The place to be for all those attending college to come back home and reunite with their buddies, and in many cases the place to have your first beer when celebrating your 21st birthday.

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