December 31, 2014
Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.
Here are those stories, in no particular order:
Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish
Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.
December 3, 2014
The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce honored Issaquah resident David Harris, and other top community members, at its 2014 Diamond Awards ceremony Nov. 20.
Harris received the evening’s top honor — the Mayor’s Award, presented by Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri.
August 19, 2014
The BrickHouse Show Band brings a decade worth of hits to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 26 at the Issaquah Community Center.
Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so come early to stake out your spot.
The high-energy dance band performs virtually every style of music. A group of three vocalists backed by a powerful rhythm section will perform hits from decades of music.
July 29, 2014
And now, the rest of the story
Over the years here at The Issaquah Press, I’ve been privileged to interview some fascinating people. Thinking back, however, some interesting tidbits from these interviews didn’t make the story. So, I thought I’d share three of my favorite looks behind the scenes of what can unexpectedly happen during a routine story assignment.
The first was a feature about a group of families that were homeschooling their children. Homeschooled children undeservedly earn a bad reputation as being not socially well adjusted or being underserved by learning from home. On that day, when I arrived at the home they took common lessons from, a group of six or eight were playing a friendly game of soccer in the front yard. Looked pretty socially adjusted to me.
July 29, 2014
July 1, 2014
After 18 years, David Harris feels he’s got a pretty good feel for the pulse of Issaquah when it comes to the city’s music scene.
As the scheduler of musical talent for the annual Concerts on the Green series, Harris knows it takes more than a bar band to draw a large crowd to the lawn in front of the community center on a Tuesday night.
“We’ve got a broad, variety of music, most of it danceable,” he said. “I’ve found, over the years, Issaquah likes to dance, to get their feet tapping.”
June 10, 2014
Someone has to make music and it might as well be the whole community.
For the second year in a row, the Downtown Issaquah Association will lead the city to join the rest of the world in International Music Day on June 21. With festivities highlighting the talents of the community, the day will offer plenty of opportunities to listen to and make music.
“It’s going to be pretty significant,” DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said. “We’re going to have over 25 bands in seven outdoor locations, four regular venues and six nontraditional spots.”
October 1, 2013
David Harris is still bookin’ rock ‘n’ roll after 30 years
David Harris’s earliest recollections of Salmon Days are of the festival being more like a town parade that featured the high school band, the Issaquah Indians football team, the National Guard and a fire truck with a guest appearance by JP Patches and Gertrude.
Little did the British expatriate know that in fall 1970, just a year after moving to Issaquah, he’d soon have a hand in shaping the town’s music scene for decades to come.
The 26-year-old had uprooted his wife and two children from southern London to take a job as an engineer with The Boeing Co. in 1965.
“I remember getting on the plane and literally not knowing where we were going,” Harris said.
October 1, 2013
After 30 years of booking musical acts for the Salmon Days Festival, David Harris has made contacts with more than 450 bands. To mark the anniversary, Harris is calling in some favors and assembling a final festival act to remember — The Northwest All Star Salmon Jam.
The act will fill the final time slot Oct. 6, from 4:30-6 p.m., and Harris said he’s already been given the green light to go long, if necessary. That’s a good thing, too.
The All Star band will actually cycle through 25 of the Northwest’s most renowned musicians, including vocalists Larry Strobel and Christy Wheeler, guitarists Roger Wheeler and Ron Smevik, and drummers Alan White and Rich Nalum, to name a few.
September 3, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2013
The Salmon Days Festival’s mainstage will bear the name of an important Issaquah legend beginning this year.
The David Harris Rainier Boulevard Stage honors the man that has dedicated 30 years to the annual event.
Harris, a member of the Issaquah Hall of Fame, has long overseen much of anything that has to do with musical entertainment in this town. That includes organization of the music for both Salmon Days and Concerts on the Green.