‘Discover the Past’ during the history museums’ first fundraiser

September 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2015

The “Discover the Past” event is the first major fundraiser ever put on the by the Issaquah History Museums.

Or it is, at least, the museums’ first big fundraiser in a couple of decades, Issaquah History Museums Executive Director Erica Maniez said.

One reason for the lack of major fundraising was that the museums didn’t have anyone on staff or even on its board with experience in putting together bigger events. That changed when Robyn Barfoot, well known as the former curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoo, joined the museum board.

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Sister Cities benefit features jazz and wine

April 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 30, 2015

Spring Fusion: A Sister Cities Celebration will bring together the best of Issaquah and its sister city Chefchaouen, Morocco, at 7 p.m. May 15 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

Join in for a selection of Mediterranean-inspired hors-d’oeuvres, a selection of local beer and wine, and several varieties of jazz.

Tickets are $30 and available online at http://springfusion.brownpapertickets.com.

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Beat the winter blues with winter brews Feb. 27

February 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 26, 2015

The Beat the Winter Brews Fest is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Possibly because of the close loss of the Seattle Seahawks in the Big Game, the winter blues seem to be extra potent this year. Luckily, according to the sponsoring Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, there is an antidote in the form of beer, wine and spirits in a festive indoor/outdoor setting.

Bring on the nasty weather, promoters say, dress warm and help your friends and neighbors toast the warmer, drier days to come.

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Weekend Wanderer goes to Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest

October 7, 2014

If you have a bucket list, THE place to celebrate Oktoberfest is, of course, the site of its origin, Munich, Germany, where a wedding feast was thrown in 1810 in the city’s outskirts to celebrate the union of Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen.

By David Hayes The horse-drawn keg cart brings up the rear Oct. 4 in the traditional kick-off parade of Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest.

By David Hayes
The horse-drawn keg cart brings up the rear Oct. 4 in the traditional kick-off parade of Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest.

But if you can’t drop more than $2,000 to join more than 6 million of your friends for a 17-day celebration, might I suggest the next best thing a little closer to home — Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest.

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RAM Restaurant & Brewery opens Sept. 30

September 24, 2013

The Issaquah Highlands’ RAM Restaurant & Brewery will open its doors to customers Sept. 30.

Known for legendary hand-crafted burgers and award-winning craft beers, the newest restaurant is at 965 N.E. Park Drive.

The company’s 11th Puget Sound location will span more than 6,500 square feet, and accommodate seating for 260 diners.

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SipFest tickets on sale now

April 9, 2013

SipFest invites interested epicureans, oenophiles and amateur beer cicerones to explore the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer May 11.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Pickering Barn, 20 wineries, 10 breweries and 10 local restaurants will bring their best libations to tantalize the palates of discerning aficionados. Wine, beer and food will grace the menu for those wishing to support the benefit for Encompass, a local nonprofit organization that serves the needs of children and families in the Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie Valley communities.

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