‘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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Issaquah Wine Walk returns tonight

February 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 6, 2015

Cheers! You are hereby invited to the Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk Series.

The monthly events return from 6-9 p.m. the first Friday of the month between February and May.

The first Wine Walk of the year is tonight. Future dates are March 6, April 3 and May 1.

“It’s just a nice Friday night out,” said Karen Donovan, executive director of Wine Walk sponsor the Downtown Issaquah Association.

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In Woodinville Wine Country, vino, veritas

July 8, 2014

Does winding through Woodinville’s wine country sound like a fantastic way to spend a day? You’re right — it is.

A number of wineries have bloomed in the bursting local industry along the northwestern tip of Lake Washington. When world-famous Chateau Ste. Michelle winery settled in the area in 1976, it brought with it a gradual wave of other wineries and, of course, wine lovers.

Currently, more than 100 wineries call the Woodinville area home. Now, you can experience those on the Woodinville Wine Country shuttle, every first and third Saturday from July 5 to Sept. 20.

By Peter Clark Above, John Bigelow, JM Cellars co-owner, stands on the bocce ball court that doubles as a wedding venue.

By Peter Clark
John Bigelow, JM Cellars co-owner, stands on the bocce ball court that doubles as a wedding venue.

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Tiger Mountain Winery wins double gold

June 3, 2014

Tiger Mountain Winery won a double gold medal at the second annual Great Northwest Wine Competition.

A wine wins gold when three of four judges vote it as such. Double gold requires a vote from all four judges.

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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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