Spring is a time for markets, parks and theater

May 24, 2011

By Staff

Apples abound at the Issaquah Farmers Market.

The fun never sets at the farmers market

Nothing says summer like the sweet aroma of deep-fried delicacies wafting through the streets of Issaquah.

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., people from all over flock to Pickering Farm to get a taste of the Issaquah Farmers Market. The market offers activities for people of all ages and is reminiscent of Salmon Days.

While most people believe that the farmers market is simply a place to buy fresh produce, they might be surprised to find the host of unique experiences awaiting them around every corner. Each booth has something different to offer and contribute to the great culture and diversity of Issaquah.

There are booths offering beautifully handcrafted jewelry, purses, quilts, garments, woodwork, soaps and candles. Others offer exquisite paintings and masterfully crafted glass ornaments. Step into the barn for information about intriguing activities and experiences in the city of Issaquah.

The market boasts a smorgasbord of fairground favorites, including crepes, doughnuts, kettle corn and homemade ice cream, along with many types of meat and sandwiches. There is a multitude of cultural cuisine, including Mediterranean, Chinese, Italian and Mexican.

There are free samples galore. As you walk about trying to decide what to purchase, you’ll likely end up with one of everything! But this market is not devoid of the traditional farmers market appeal. It is an organic lover’s paradise, with fresh produce from various trees, bushes, stalks, stems and vines.

There is a particularly large variety of apples. Gardeners offer beautiful bouquets of fresh-cut flowers. Live music creates a pleasant backdrop to the perfect Saturday on a summer morning.

Sammamish Farmers Market opens to fresh fanfare

Let’s all run around in circles and scream, because it’s May. Finally, the sun reminds us that it does exist. And with its arrival, we can also be excited about the arrival of fantastic new activities in our community.

On May 18, the Sammamish Farmers Market opened for the season. The Wednesday market sets up next to Sammamish City Hall with vendors all around the building. I had the opportunity to check out these happenings on opening day, and I’ve concluded that it is really worth going to. As soon as you walk up, you will be overwhelmed by the variety of activity. You might even have a bad case of indecisiveness.

On this day, there were adorable little kids talking about their arts and crafts club; art stalls with blown-glass pieces; a unique jewelry counter; fresh fruits and vegetables; food vendors (including Mexican, Mediterranean, a bakery and pizza); stunning flowers; a stall with different types of honey; and live music. This will be an experience that you just cannot pass up.

All of the people there are so passionate about what they grow, create and sell, and they are psyched to be there every Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. until September.

Drama program honored at Liberty High School

On May 14, alumni, volunteers and students from all generations of the Liberty High School drama program gathered at a benefit gala. They were there to perform one last time on the school’s stage before it is torn down in June as part of the school’s ongoing remodel project.

Performances from the night included improv, songs and scenes. Jill Landback, the creator of the drama program at Liberty, was featured in video clips in which she recounted some of her most memorable experiences in the theater.

From the theater’s very first performance — “Cheaper by the Dozen,” directed by Landback — to the most recent “Mystery of Edwin Drood” last month, one thing has always been true of the Liberty stage — it is a place not only where shows are put on, but where memories are made.

Proceeds from the night will go to the program in its new location. Liberty’s new performing arts center is set for completion in fall 2012, and will include a main theater with more than 500 seats, a black box theater, new choir and band rooms, and a video production studio.

What’s the Haps’ at Pine Lake?

It’s that time of year again: Spring has sprung. After several monotonous weeks of rain, the sun has finally started to shine. As the weather warms up, the school year is coming to a long-awaited end.

Believe it or not, there are only three weeks left until we are free for the summer! When school ends, we teenagers find ourselves eager to fill the hours of leisure time between late June and early September.

Pine Lake Park in Sammamish gives several options to pass the time enjoying the sunshine. Fishing season has been in full swing since late April, and will continue throughout the rest of the summer. Soon, the dock at Pine Lake will be filled with swimmers, anglers and sunbathers of all ages. In July and August, there will be Concerts at the Park every Thursday. What could be better than lounging in the grass with a picnic, listening to music free of charge?

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Shakespeare in the Park at Pine Lake on July 16 and 23. Fill your summer season with the fun events and activities that your community has to offer.

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