Festive spirit visits the Train Depot

December 8, 2008

Heide Steilberg, insistent she is ‘3 and three-quarters’ years old, enjoys dancing with her mom Rachel, of Tiger Mountain, to the tune of ‘This Land is Your Land,’ played by The Unusual Suspects. Photo by Greg Farrar.Heide Steilberg, insistent she is ‘3 and three-quarters’ years old, enjoys dancing with her mom Rachel, of Tiger Mountain, to the tune of ‘This Land is Your Land,’ played by The Unusual Suspects. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Holiday cheer was overflowing Dec. 5 at the Train Depot, where the Issaquah History Museums hosted its annual holiday open house and the old building rang with the sounds of people having fun. 

Children, parents, musicians, craft makers and Santa himself were on hand for the festivities. Santa, of course, was a major draw for the children, who never seemed to be unsure of what they wanted for Christmas.

“I was telling him I want a ‘High School Musical’ dance mat,” said Mikaela Hincy, a 5-year-old visiting Issaquah with brother Andrew, 3, sister Audrey, 14 months, and dad Mike.

Andrew was equally certain about his Christmas wish. Read more

Arts Calendar

December 8, 2008

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Art Whispers presents a free group art show from 1-9 p.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot. A variety of paintings, drawings, collages, jewelry and illustrations from this talented and varied media group of artists will be on display. Refreshments will be served. Call 378-7965. Read more

Ready for a new experience

December 8, 2008

Skyline High School sophomore Brennan Bartel, one of 15 musicians chosen to participate in the Experience: The Band project, practices on his guitar.ContributedSkyline High School sophomore Brennan Bartel, one of 15 musicians chosen to participate in the Experience: The Band project, practices on his guitar . Contributed

 

Jimi Hendrix gave us one of rock’s most classic albums, “The Jimi Hendrix Experience.” Later, the city of Seattle built one of the most unique museums, The Experience Music Project, in tribute to its native son. Read more

‘Nutcracker’ fills the season with wonderment

December 8, 2008

Pacific Northwest Ballet Co. dancers and PNB School students in ‘Nutcracker.’ Photo by Angela Sterling.

Pacific Northwest Ballet Co. dancers and PNB School students in ‘Nutcracker.’ Photo by Angela Sterling.

Whether you’re an annual viewer, an occasional ticket holder or a newcomer, young or old, the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker” is a feast of wonderment for the eyes and ears. 

This year’s 25th anniversary production is no exception. McCaw Hall itself drips with holiday magic and the possibility that makes this season so bright. 

But it’s truly the performers who bring “Nutcracker” to life.It’s hard not to feel wonderment as the rich costumes and sets fill the stage and as Clara’s dreams transport her to other worlds. 

It’s a timeless story created by PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and world-famous children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”) that will have Seattle’s “Nutcracker” celebrating its 1,000 performance Christmas Eve. Read more

Recipe for a homemade gift

December 8, 2008

Scour the Internet and you’ll find many Web sites that offer step-by-step instructions to make an inexpensive Christmas gift.

Here’s one from 

www.flowerpossibilities.com: Read more

Instant gridiron classic

December 8, 2008

Spartans fight off feisty Eagles to win fourth championship in school history  

Skyline players hoist the state 4A championship football trophy after their 20-15 victory over Issaquah Dec. 5 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Skyline players hoist the state 4A championship football trophy after their 20-15 victory over Issaquah Dec. 5 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo by Greg Farrar.

As the Skyline High School football team exited the field at the Tacoma Dome late Dec. 5, someone handed Ryan Somers the trophy they’d all worked so hard for.

As the Skyline High School football team exited the field at the Tacoma Dome late Dec. 5, someone handed Ryan Somers the trophy they’d all worked so hard for.

No one seemed to be worried about Somers dropping it — not with the night he’d just had.

The senior’s interception with 2:06 to play helped seal the Spartans’ 20-15 win against rival Issaquah in the Class 4A state championship game. The win capped a second consecutive undefeated season by the Spartans and gave them their fourth state title in school history. Read more

Issaquah, Skyline take their rivalry to new heights

December 8, 2008

Skyline's Gino Simone (right) and Issaquah's Sean Stuby, friends off the field, embrace after the game. Photo by Greg Farrar.Skyline’s Gino Simone (right) and Issaquah’s Sean Stuby, friends off the field, embrace after the game. Photo by Greg Farrar.

It hadn’t happened before in Washington — two teams from the same school district battling for one state 4A football championship trophy.

Skyline High School, No. 1 in the state all season and ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation, was looking for its second straight undefeated season and second straight state title. Read more

First-half miscues haunt Eagles in loss

December 8, 2008

Grant Gellatly (5) scores a touchdown for Issaquah in the third quarter as Skyline's Gino Simone (1) defends and Issaquah quarterback Joey Bradley (7) pumps his fist.Photo by Greg Farrar.Grant Gellatly (5) scores a touchdown for Issaquah in the third quarter as Skyline’s Gino Simone (1) defends and Issaquah quarterback Joey Bradley (7) pumps his fist. Photo by Greg Farrar.

 When a pass was tipped by a defender, and then caught by an Issaquah High School wide receiver on a potential game-winning drive, it appeared the Eagles had caught a break.

When a second pass was tipped by two players before being caught by an Issaquah receiver, it started to seem as if the Eagles had seized fate.

Turns out, they hadn’t.

Issaquah outgained favorite Skyline by more than 100 total yards, yet still fell in a 20-15 defeat to the Spartans in the Class 4A state finals Dec. 5 at the Tacoma Dome. Read more

Sports Calendar

December 8, 2008

 

Adult Sports 

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

Dec. 13, 9 a.m. — Tiger Mountain No. 2 and No. 3, 8 miles. Call 281-8465.   Read more

Basketball teams each eyeing a way to improve

December 8, 2008

Eric Peterson (32), Liberty senior forward, defended by Ingraham's Jameko Gipson, looks for two of his team-high 16 points Dec. 3 in a 62-42 loss to the Rams. By Greg Farrar.Eric Peterson (32), Liberty senior forward, defended by Ingraham’s Jameko Gipson, looks for two of his team-high 16 points Dec. 3 in a 62-42 loss to the Rams. By Greg Farrar.

 

Issaquah

The Issaquah boys basketball team may have some new faces on the court and in the coach’s box, but don’t expect the Eagles to change much.

Fresh off of a 17-10 season in which Issaquah missed the state tournament by two wins, the Eagles expect to fly up and down the court like usual. Read more

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