Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Beloved Seattle

Since we moved north of Seattle over a year ago, we don't have the opportunity to drive into the city as much any more.  Last weekend I had the chance to get back for an event at the Seattle Center.  This is the area of the city filled with tourists, as well as hometown folks.  Here you'll find the historic Space Needle, the Seattle Science Center, the Experience Music Project, the Northwest Ballet Center and so many other museums and performing arts buildings.  Acres of city set aside for all to enjoy, all ages, all types of interests, all of the time.

I love this place because of all it has to offer.  Not only does it allow everyone to sit in the center of the park, while watching a fountain ball of water, (really something to experience as well), or sun on the acres of grass while watching or experiencing entertainment all around.  This is the spot where many festivals are held, the Bumbershoot Festival every Labor Day weekend, the Bite of Seattle every spring, not to mention the Nutcracker Ballet at the NW Ballet Center.  There's never a dull moment here, no matter the time of year.

As I walked through the grounds, there were pole banners with the list of events for the year.  It reminded me of so many of the annual events that we have participated in over the years.  The Bite of Seattle is a taste of many of the restaurants in the Seattle area.  Each of the restaurants set up stands throughout the Center grounds.  People walk and eat the day away.  We've been to the Bite many times and have a great time trying new foods and restaurants.

Bumbershoot is the end of the summer season celebration.  A bumbershoot is an umbrella.  So we celebrate the end of summer or maybe the beginning of the rainy season.  It's another fun festival with music, crafts, shows and more.  Over the years we've seen some artists like the legendary Jackson Brown.  Such a great place to walk and experience all aspects of life.

The Space Needle holds some fond Christmas memories.  When my daughters were young, we would go to the restaurant at the top of the Space Needle for Christmas Eve brunch.  The girls would get all dressed up in their Christmas dresses and dine in the round with a 360 degree view of the city (the restaurant rotates).

Seattle is such a diverse town and the Seattle Center is one of my favorite places to visit.  Now I get to experience it all again with my grandsons!  Can't wait for the adventures with them!

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