Amateur singers invited to Christmas caroling event

December 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014

Embrace your jingle with an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 18.

Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

Fred Hopkins, Issaquah Arts Commissioner and local musician, will lead the chorus with some help from a Sammamish Symphony quartet. Come and help sing all of the classics, like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bell” and “White Christmas.”

All ages are welcome to this family friendly event. Bring a ukulele or tambourine or just yourself and be prepared to sing.

Opening the Archives

December 9, 2014

2002.027.011 Riders on the Issaquah Valley Trolley Inaugural Run, 2001 p121, #191 Arcadia book caption: Various dignitaries attended the Issaquah Valley Trolley’s inaugural run on April 30th, 2001. These included King County Executive Ron Sims (left-hand seat, third from front), Issaquah’s Chief of Police Dag Garrison (standing at back of car, in sunglasses) and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger (across the aisle from Sims). The trolley runs from the depot to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center; in the future, the Issaquah Historical Society hopes the trolley will continue to points beyond. Actually, as of 2012, the trolley itself is in the process of being restored. It is anticipated that it will eventually run between the Depot and Gilman Village.

2002.027.011
Riders on the Issaquah Valley Trolley Inaugural Run, 2001
p121, #191 Arcadia book caption:
Various dignitaries attended the Issaquah Valley Trolley’s inaugural run on April 30th, 2001. These included King County Executive Ron Sims (left-hand seat, third from front), Issaquah’s Chief of Police Dag Garrison (standing at back of car, in sunglasses) and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger (across the aisle from Sims). The trolley runs from the depot to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center; in the future, the Issaquah Historical Society hopes the trolley will continue to points beyond. Actually, as of 2012, the trolley itself is in the process of being restored. It is anticipated that it will eventually run between the Depot and Gilman Village.

Downtown association’s Shop Small program connects the community

November 25, 2014

“You get out and support your community, the dollars stay local and you find unique items you won’t find elsewhere,” said Karen Donovan, chairwoman of the Downtown Issaquah Association.

Inside her White Horse Toys in Gilman Village, owner Debra Lewis said there are mass-market products and there are specialty markets.

“We try to stick with the specialty items,” she said, adding that bigger chain stores or online retailers can’t match her in terms of customer service and overall shopping experience.

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Discover Issaquah’s seedy past during Halloween Pub Crawl

September 16, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums will host a Halloween-styled Historic Pub Crawl from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 30.

The event starts at the Train Depot. Make your way through five of Issaquah’s downtown establishments, each featuring a small cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives and juicy tidbits about the people of Issaquah and times gone by. The event ends at the Hailstone Feed Store with champagne and chocolate.

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Autumn Downtown History Walk is Sept. 6

September 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 4, 2014

Join Issaquah History Museums Director Erica Maniez Sept. 6 on a walk through the history of Issaquah, from the American Indians to the present day.

Maniez will lead an exploration through Issaquah’s downtown, the location for many of its oldest buildings and early stories. Check in at the Train Depot, 78 First Ave. N.E., five minutes prior to the 11 a.m. guided tour.

The walk will cover roughly two miles of level sidewalk and will last about two hours, rain or shine. Bring water and snacks, and leave animal companions at home.

Register in advance here. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for members (does not include fees).

Call 392-3500 or email info@issaquahhistory.org.

 

ArtWalk returns June 6 to downtown

June 3, 2014

Who says 13 is unlucky?

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.

Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.

By Greg Farrar A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar
A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.

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Issaquah Valley Trolley service starts soon

May 13, 2014

The vintage Issaquah Valley Trolley resumes service downtown May 17.

The car will run from the Train Depot to the east fork of Issaquah Creek and back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Passengers purchase boarding passes at the depot ticket window, 78 First Ave. N.E. Fares, a suggested $5 donation per person, includes admission to the Depot Museum and Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children 5 and younger are free, as well as History Museums members with membership cards.

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Gunners FC opens its season May 17

May 13, 2014

The Issaquah-based Puget Sound Gunners FC soccer team will open its season with a May 17 matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23.

The team, led by head coach and Issaquah resident Jimmy Ball, features athletes from across the Northwest region and beyond, including Issaquah High School graduate Michael Roberts.

Players from the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University will suit up for the Gunners.

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Join a night of caroling in downtown

December 3, 2013

The Downtown Issaquah Association presents an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

All ages are welcome to this family friendly event. Bring a ukulele or just yourself and be prepared to sing classics such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas” and more.

Fred Hopkins, city of Issaquah arts commissioner, will lead the singing.

Shop small businesses Saturday

November 26, 2013

Shoppers this holiday season are being asked to join the nation in paying tribute to local venues when purchasing gifts for family and friends.

Several locations throughout Issaquah will participate in the national Small Business Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 30.

In a bit of serendipity, shopping options this year include the new Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands and Gilman Village celebrating its 40th anniversary. The two locations are in addition to the shops in the downtown corridor.

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