July 31, 2012
The Downtown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk returns from 5-9 p.m. Aug 3. The community is invited to enjoy art, music and more.
Dozens of artists will present their work along Front Street and in the shops. New this month, ArtWalk founding members Michael Johnson and Greg Spranger will display and sell their artistic creations at Pedestrian Park, at the southwest corner of Front Street and Sunset Way.
July 3, 2012
The Downtown Issaquah Association’s next ArtWalk is from 5-8 p.m. July 6.
Stroll the various businesses that host local and regional artists, including Artists in Action at the artEAST Artist Alley, and a wood carver at the historic Shell Station. ArtWalk venues include artbyfire, Centennial Park, Confetti Cupcake, Christian Science Reading Room, Eastside Audiology, Experience Tea, Fischer Meats, Hailstone Feed Store, Illuminate, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Issaquah Library, Mills Music, Museo Art Academy, Opus Bank and Thrive.
Scattered along the walking route are musical acts, including Acoustic Couti, Sold Only As Curio and the Kaleidoscope School of Music.
Event maps will be available in front of the library, 10 W. Sunset Way, and the historic Shell station, 232 Front St. N.
To accommodate the ArtWalk, Northwest Alder Place will be closed from First Place Northwest to Front Street from noon to 10 p.m.
Learn more at www.downtownissaquah.com.
May 1, 2012
ArtWalk returns May 4, as the Downtown Issaquah Association launches the spring and summer tradition.
The event is from 5-8 p.m. along Front Street and Sunset Way. The event is held the first Friday of each month, May to September.
Artists from local high schools add a special feature to the season’s first ArtWalk, Downtown Issaquah Association Executive Director Karen Donovan said.
Look for the young artists’ works at the historic Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., and the former Stella’s Vintage Clothing, 195 Front St. N.
ArtWalk participants can also listen to live music. Kaleidoscope is due to perform in front of the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Hear the Issaquah Singers at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way. Participants can also listen to music at the feed store.
Downtown restaurants, businesses, galleries and other venues plan to participate as ArtWalk launches its 11th season.
October 11, 2011
One of the staples of the Christian Science religion is its reading room.
Usually, it’s a quiet atmosphere that lends to the pursuit of thoughtful prayer, studying Bible lessons, reading Christian literature or investigating the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist.
With the church located on 238th Way Southeast, leaders have long had to rent out space in Issaquah for a reading room to serve its congregation of fewer than 200.
However, Issaquah’s last reading room didn’t have an ideal location for its intended pursuits in the Brandt Building on Front Street, not with its neighbor — The Kaleidoscope School of Music — pursuing its intended purpose.
September 6, 2011
Eastside Baby Corner’s second annual Pants Party collection event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at the EBC Warehouse, 1510 N.W. Maple St.
To help fill the need for its No. 1 most requested item, Eastside Baby Corner seeks donations of children’s new or gently used pants (sizes 5 to 14) that will directly benefit local children in need. Their goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of pants, especially for boys, for low-income and homeless children for the back-to-school season.
“We had a few hundred pants and a few hundred people last year at our first event, so for the second year we thought we’d bump up the goal,” said Mia Reyes, communicates and development coordinator.
Reyes expects turnout to triple this year. Festivities are free, and include cupcakes from Cupcake D’Lish, arts and crafts booths from Macaroni Kid, and kid-friendly entertainment by the Kaleidoscope School of Music.
Now in its 21st year, Eastside Baby Corner gives children what they need to thrive by distributing almost everything kids, birth to age 12, through a network of family-assistance agencies. Learn more at www.babycorner.org.
August 2, 2011
ArtWalk returns to downtown Issaquah on Aug. 5.
The summertime event runs 5-8 p.m. along downtown streets and in Gilman Village.
In rain or shine, regional artists set up temporary shows in downtown businesses and on street corners for the evening.
The teen group Electric Foot plans to play a final performance at the Issaquah Library during the August ArtWalk. Catch the set at the library, 10 W. Sunset Way, from 4:45-6:15 p.m. Other bands from the Kaleidoscope School of Music also plan to play at the library throughout ArtWalk.
The last ArtWalk for the year is Sept. 2. ArtWalk is scheduled to return in May 2012.
June 14, 2011
Dick Baker drove Harley motorcycles for 25 years until he switched to classic cars.
“My wife has always called me ‘motorman,’ because if it has a motor, I’m probably going to like it,” said Baker, of Issaquah. “I was born that way.”
One of his prize cars, a 1932 Ford Roadster, will be on display for all to see at the sixth annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise this Father’s Day, June 19.
Car registration is free, as is admittance to the show.
“If anyone has a nice car or a fast car or an interesting car, we’re going to open it to anybody coming down and showing it,” Fenders on Front Street co-chairman George Naumann said.
Mountains to Sound Greenway and the DownTown Issaquah Association are organizing the event.
The show is somewhat weather dependent. Last year, pouring rain kept some car owners home, and crowds saw about 200 cars at the show. In sunny 2009, more than 600 cars lined up on Front Street North.
“If the weather’s good, they all show up,” Baker said.
May 3, 2011
The DownTown Issaquah Association’s 10th annual ArtWalk season kicks off May 6. The popular event, the first Friday of every month through September, invites visitors to meet local business owners, enjoy free music, watch artists in action, and shop and dine in downtown Issaquah after normal business hours.
ArtWalk draws hundreds of visitors to traditional art destinations such as artEAST’s Art Center and the newly expanded Museo Art and Design School on Front Street. In addition, nontraditional locations open their doors to the event throughout downtown Issaquah and Gilman Village.
Typically, the event ran from 5-9 p.m. in the past. But by popular request, that has changed.
“The event now runs from 5-8 p.m. with a soft close at 8,” said Annique Bennett, cultural events coordinator for the DownTown Issaquah Association. “Those with signs out front of their businesses can now pull them in and go home at 8, or they can choose to stay open as long as they want to.”
For May, artEAST opens a new exhibit, “150 Feet of Art,” at Up Front Art. More than 100 pieces of art on one-square-foot canvases will be displayed and available for purchase during the monthlong auction.
April 27, 2010
The Kaleidoscope School of Music returns for its fourth year outside the Issaquah Library with five student rock bands to help kick off the DownTown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk.
Three teen bands and two adult bands will perform about 50 songs, covering classics from the ’60s to some of today’s modern rock.
Teacher Charles McCrone said the students have been rehearsing since October to get ready. The teen groups will perform 30- to 40-minute sets while the adult bands get one hour each.
“We’ll keep on performing until they stick a hook out and pull us off stage,” McCrone said.
McCrone started the rock ensemble classes at Kaleidoscope in 2001 and his students made their debut in 2004 at the Fenders on Front Street car show. Read more
February 23, 2009
Drummer misses fame with Alice in Chains; creates class for next generation of aspiring rockers
Looking back at the burgeoning Seattle music scene in the early ’90s, drummer Jeffrey McCormack, while not bitter, can’t help but wonder, “What if?”
McCormack’s tale is somewhat a replay of Pete Best’s. Before The Beatles shot to super stardom, they jettisoned Best in favor of Ringo Starr.
McCormack left on his own accord to pursue other musical interests, leaving a group of musicians that went on to grunge acclaim — Alice in Chains. Read more