December 10, 2013
Events are great; a parade would be better
We have been dismayed that Issaquah has been slow to promote itself during the holidays with a big commercial push the way downtown Bellevue does with its Snowflake Lane. But we are impressed with the number of holiday activities that are sprouting up for family activities and shoppers.
Some of the events are new, others are becoming annual traditions.
Among the new: Christmas caroling at the train depot and “White Christmas” onstage this weekend at Issaquah High School. The Issaquah Senior Center will host a Scandanavian Julefest on Saturday. Last weekend, more than a hundred turned out for the first Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Sammamish (in spite of the cold). The trolley has been running the last two weekends after a fall hiatus. And Santa has been available at more places than ever to meet with good boys and girls, including a Pancake Breakfast this Saturday at University House.
Back to capture our Christmas spirit once again was the Skyline High Holiday Bazaar last weekend. Sing Along Messiah! at St. Michael’s church is this Sunday; concerts by the Evergreen Philharmonic, Eastside Master Chorus and Sammamish Symphony; and more visits by Santa; the Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo; and chopping your own tree at one of Issaquah’s many tree farms all add to the fun.
Still, Issaquah can do more if it is to be known as a shopping destination. A holiday parade with dancing elves, snowmen, sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers is needed to really kick off the holiday events and the first big arrival of Santa. The Downtown Issaquah Association is aiming for next year to make it happen.
It happens when people volunteer to get it organized. If Christmas carols just make you smile, then step up and help Issaquah make Christmas merry and bright.