Trolley returns, and supporters prepare for rides to start in October

August 28, 2012

The next stop for the Issaquah Valley Trolley is downtown Issaquah.

Traffic is stopped at Front Street North and Northwest Dogwood Street as the restored Issaquah Valley Trolley Project car makes its way to the Issaquah Train Depot barn. By Greg Farrar

On Aug. 23, a vintage streetcar completed a 1,659-mile trip from Ida Grove, Iowa, to Issaquah aboard a specialized flatbed trailer. The arrival marked a milestone in the $744,700 effort to refurbish the vehicle, restore downtown railroad track and prepare the streetscape for streetcar traffic.

Organizers plan to start offering rides to the public starting Oct. 14, a day after a celebration for the Issaquah History Museums’ 40th anniversary. The planned route stretches about a half-mile from the Issaquah Train Depot to the East Fork of Issaquah Creek at Darigold.

“It looked every bit as good as we expected it to — and probably better,” Issaquah Valley Trolley Project Chairwoman Jean Cerar said. “If you gave it just a cursory glance, actually, it kind of looked like the car that left, only brighter.”

Crews repainted the streetcar in the same cream-and-red color scheme, but beneath the surface, workers installed modern systems and revamped the battered interior. The result “has that new trolley smell to it,” Cerar said.

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Issaquah History Museums unveils oral history treasure trove

August 28, 2012

For decades, old cassette tapes sat squirreled away in the Issaquah History Museums’ expansive collection.

The cassettes, long relegated to gathering dust, contained oral histories from early residents and intimate details about a bygone era — Issaquah in the early 20th century, as a coal- and timber-fueled boom started to wane and decades before explosive growth transformed the area into subdivisions and shopping centers.

The cassettes in the oral history collection ranged in date from 1958 to 1993, but little information accompanied the tapes, so museum staffers and volunteers could only speculate about the contents.

Until now.

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Theater troupe goes outdoors with William Shakespeare

July 10, 2012

Free Shakespeare performances are coming to a park near you.

The Wooden O Shakespeare Co. is set to delight outdoor theatergoers this summer with productions of “Twelfth Night” and “The Winter’s Tale.” There will be a total of four performances, as both plays will be held at two separate locations on different dates.

Love has everyone unglued in “Twelfth Night.” Castaway Viola disguises herself as a boy to find work and gets caught in a compromising love triangle.

This comedy brims with wild infatuations, delightful antics and beloved comic characters, according to Wooden O Shakespeare.

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Issaquah Train Depot film series presents ‘Bluebeard’

July 10, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and stars from a bygone era.

The next entry in the popular series is “Bluebeard” from 1944. In the film, John Carradine stars as Gaston, a puppeteer — and a wanted serial killer. Gaston has high expectations for his models, and he strangles them if they fail to please him. Model Lucille (Jean Parker) vows to bring the monster to justice.

The film plays at 7 p.m. July 14 at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency 4Culture.

Since the film program launched in October 2009, it has featured series of Bing Crosby films, train-themed films, films set in Washington and noir classics.

Issaquah Train Depot film series presents ‘My Man Godfrey’

June 6, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and stars from a bygone era.

The next entry in the popular series is “My Man Godfrey” — a 1936 film about a high-society scavenger hunt gone awry. Socialite Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) stumbles upon a vagabond named Godfrey (William Powell) and offers him a position as a butler. But the bum is, in fact, the heir of a well-to-do family.

The films plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency 4Culture.

“Bluebeard” concludes the film series July 14. In the 1944 film, John Carradine stars as Gaston, a puppeteer — and a wanted serial killer. Gaston has high expectations for his models, and he strangles them if they fail to please him. Model Lucille (Jean Parker) vows to bring the monster to justice.

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Popular film series pulls into Issaquah Train Depot

May 8, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and stars from a bygone era.

Films play at 7 p.m. at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency 4Culture.

“Quicksand” starts the series May 12. In the 1950 film, auto mechanic Dan Brady (Mickey Rooney) meets a blonde temptress (Jeanne Cagney) and tries to impress her. But Brady gets into trouble as minor embezzlement escalates into more serious crime.

On June 9, audiences can see “My Man Godfrey” — a 1936 film about a high-society scavenger hunt gone awry. Socialite Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) stumbles upon a vagabond named Godfrey (William Powell) and offers him a position as a butler. But the bum is, in fact, the heir of a well-to-do family.

“Bluebeard” concludes the series July 14. In the 1944 film, John Carradine stars as Gaston, a puppeteer — and a wanted serial killer. Gaston has high expectations for his models, and he strangles them if they fail to please him. Model Lucille (Jean Parker) vows to bring the monster to justice.

‘Easter Parade’ ends Issaquah Train Depot film series

April 10, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! departs the station soon.

The last film in the spring series plays at 7 p.m. April 14 at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture.

“Easter Parade” concludes the series. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire sing and dance across the screen. In the romantic musical classic from 1948, a dancer (Astaire) and a chorus girl (Garland) join forces in order to show up his former dance partner, Nadine (Ann Miller).

Shakespeare on the Green to return to community center

March 13, 2012

Timeless comedies come to the Issaquah Community Center lawn in July and August as Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s Wooden O returns for Shakespeare on the Green.

Catch performances of “Twelfth Night” and “The Winter’s Tale” at the community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

“Twelfth Night” is a bewitching comedy centered on a shipwrecked — and cross-dressing — castaway in a strange land. “The Winter’s Tale” unfolds as a suspicious king accuses the queen of high treason.

Catch “Twelfth Night” on the community center lawn July 12 and “The Winter’s Tale” on Aug. 2. Organizers encourage attendees to bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets for the shows.

The city Arts Commission and King County cultural service agency 4Culture present the Shakespeare on the Green performances at no cost to attendees.

“I’m so very thrilled that many of our shows will involve so many talented artists who are also audience favorites,” Seattle Shakespeare Co. Artistic Director George Mount said. “It’s a wonderful roster of plays, and I can’t wait for us to share them with our patrons.”

Issaquah Train Depot film series returns

February 7, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and mega-stars from a bygone era.

Films play at 7 p.m. at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency 4Culture.

“My Favorite Brunette” launches the series Feb. 11. The 1947 film stars Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.

The classic “His Girl Friday” is scheduled for March 10. “Easter Parade” is due to conclude the series April 14.

Since the film program launched in October 2009, it has featured series of Bing Crosby films, train-themed films, films set in Washington and noir classics.

Who’s News

January 10, 2012

Local truck driver is recognized for safety milestone

Cheryl M. Wilson, of Issaquah, has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for eight years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer.

Wilson has been driving professionally for eight years and currently hauls general freight.

The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by Shell Rotella and is designed to recognize and reward OOIDA members for their safe, accident-free years while operating a commercial vehicle. Safe driving awards are available to all eligible OOIDA members who qualify based upon the number of years for which the member has operated a commercial vehicle without being involved in a preventable accident.

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