November 29, 2011
DownTown Issaquah Association needs volunteers to help with its annual holiday events, starting with stringing lights from Sunset Way to Dogwood Street on Front Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3. Meet at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. Learn more at www.downtownissaquah.com.
November 29, 2011
All around Issaquah, it’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays.
From downtown Issaquah to Gilman Village to the historic train depot, signs of the coming holidays are starting to sprout.
Gilman Village Merchants and the Cascade Team Real Estate are the primary sponsors for a holiday happening from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at St. George’s Square in Gilman Village, 355 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
November 15, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2011
The city and the DownTown Issaquah Association volunteers should start fanning out across downtown in the days ahead to determine if the historic district needs more parking.
Municipal officials and representatives from the merchants group, partnered to conduct a downtown parking study to understand the demand for existing public and private parking stalls.
The effort is meant to update a 1998 downtown parking study. The city should release results from the latest effort early next year.
Throughout the study, volunteers plan to check downtown stalls’ occupancy. The effort runs at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. If weather causes delays, organizers plan to reschedule the survey until later in November.
November 1, 2011
The undead creaked and rasped to life in Issaquah hours before sunset Oct. 29, as zombie hordes menaced motorists on a downtown street and overran a festival in the Issaquah Highlands.
The zombies, groaning and ashen-faced, clad in blood-spattered and torn clothes, started to creep south along Front Street North just after 3 p.m.
October 29, 2011
NEW — 8 p.m. Oct. 29, 2011
The undead creaked and rasped to life in Issaquah late Saturday afternoon, as zombie hordes menaced motorists on a downtown street and overran a festival in the Issaquah Highlands.
Zombies, groaning and ashen-faced, clad in blood-spattered and torn clothes, started to creep south along Front Street North just after 3 p.m.
Traffic decelerated to a crawl as zombies shambled down the centerline and along the lanes’ edges as motorists — some bewildered, some bemused — aimed cameras at the horde. Others stared straight ahead in stunned silence as zombies peered inside and tapped on windows.
October 29, 2011
October 25, 2011
The undead shuffle across TV and cinema screens. Zombies chomp across bestseller lists. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created a droll guide to surviving a zombie apocalypse.
The zombie zeitgeist is ceaseless. Just like a horde of the undead on a mindless search for brains.
The pop culture phenomenon reaches Issaquah on Oct. 29 as revelers dressed as the undead shuffle downtown and in the Issaquah Highlands just before Halloween.
The most able-bodied zombies plan to inch to the Green Halloween Festival and the Issaquah Library to duplicate the complicated choreography from the 1983 Michael Jackson epic, “Thriller” — a 14-minute MTV masterpiece from “An American Werewolf in London” director John Landis.
Zombies plan to re-create “Thriller” at 2 p.m. for festivalgoers and at 4 p.m. at the downtown library. Then, zombies around the globe plan to gather for Thrill the World, a simultaneous attempt to dance to “Thriller” and set a world record. In Issaquah, 6 p.m. is the designated hour for the Thrill the World attempt.
September 6, 2011
NEW — 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6, 2011
The second-to-last 2011 Music on the Streets features local band Shaggy Sweet performing funk, rock and soul at the historic Shell gas station on Issaquah’s Front Street.
The concert is 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Hailstone Feed Store, the 1940s Shell gas station, at 232 Front St. N.
The last Music on the Streets is 6-9 p.m. Sept. 14, again at the feed store, and features the return of Sub-Motive, a group playing blues, funk and soul. The group performed at a Music on the Streets in August.
All Music on the Streets events are free and open to the public. The events are held rain or shine.
Music on the Streets is sponsored by the DownTown Issaquah Association and the city Arts Commission. Commercial sponsors are the Hilton Garden Inn, Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation and Eastside Audiology.
August 23, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 23, 2011
Hotbox, an Everett-based cover band, is the headlining act for the next Music on the Streets event produced by the DownTown Issaquah Association.
Covering songs from the 1960s to the 1980s, Hotbox will perform from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.
The association put together 10 Music on the Streets events for this summer, running every Wednesday through Sept. 14. Events are held rain or shine.
Upcoming shows include Peacemaker Nation playing blues, jazz, R&B and hip-hop on Aug. 31; Shaggy Sweet, playing funk Sept. 7; and Sub-Motive, playing original rock and blues Sept. 14.
Learn more about Music on the Streets at www.downtownissaquah.com or call 391-1112.
Music on the Streets is sponsored by Eastside Audiology, the Hilton Garden Inn Issaquah, and Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation.
July 12, 2011
To lure more visitors to downtown Issaquah this summer, the Music on the Streets program returns for its sixth year, with an overhauled lineup and on a new night.
Music on the Streets was designed by the DownTown Issaquah Association as a vehicle to bring additional shoppers to downtown businesses. In previous years, musicians performed live music in various locations along Front Street on Thursday through Saturday nights. However, for the 2011 season, the schedule was truncated to one night a week at one location.
Concerts start at 6 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.
July 13: Ramshackle — ’60s dance
July 20: Undercover — ’70s and ’80s and Beatles covers
July 27: The Rainieros — Western swing
Aug. 3: Train Wreck — ’60s and ’70s dance
Aug. 10: Kellee Bradley — folk-rock, pop
Aug. 17: Sub-Motive — blues, funk, rock
Aug. 31: Peacemaker Nation — blues, jazz, hip-hop
Sept. 7: Shaggy Sweet — funk, soul
Sept. 14: Sub-Motive — blues, funk, rock.
“We weren’t getting the feet attendance at shows we were hoping to,” said Annique Bennett, DownTown Issaquah Association cultural events coordinator.
She said the feedback the association received from restaurant owners showed people were already attending musical programs at their establishments and not necessarily the Music on the Streets performances.
“They preferred attracting additional foot traffic on Wednesday nights,” Bennett said.
So the Thursday through Saturday schedule was scrapped and replaced with 10 weeks of Wednesdays at the historic Hailstone Feed Store at 232 Front St. N.
Next, Bennett enlisted the aid of local promoter and talent agent Carol Tingstad to fill out the entertainment lineup, offering a wide variety of music styles for everyone to enjoy each week. Ramshackle, Undercover and Train Wreck are all local bands; the rest are Seattle-area bands. Bennett said one signing was a special coup for Tingstad.
“Kellee Bradley, who performs folk-rock and pop Aug. 10, has opened for the likes of Steve Miller, Jo Dee Messina and Chicago,” she said.
Bennett said the location at the historic gas station should provide the perfect venue for the bands to perform, especially in inclement weather.