In it’s 42nd year, it’s hard to believe I’ve never been to ONE Bumbershoot! It’s only the biggest entertainment shindigs in Seattle. This year it takes place September 1st through 3rd and instead of attending, we’ll be camping and boating at Big Bear Lake. But I still daydream about someday partaking of the adventure of Bumbershoot; hopefully before I’m wheelchair-bound invalid. We literally just returned from our big Washington trip a week ago for my 20 YR HS Reunion, mass quantities of quality family time and a jaunt to San Juan Island, so we’re still recovering from the jam-packed family adventure.
“Since 1971, Bumbershoot has drawn artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend. North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot takes place in the heart of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center. Over 100,000 visitors from near and far spend the weekend reveling in the world of Bumbershoot, experiencing everything from regional favorites to international superstars across all arts disciplines.” – Bumbershoot.org
In addition to all the great musical acts, comedy, art and film elements, the new Words and Ideas program featuring literary arts and lectures sounds especially intriguing. Words and Ideas features:
“Conversations, performances, panel discussions, and readings exploring the points where pop culture, new media, literature, theories, and trends intersect and explode into new cultural phenomena.”
Check out the entire lineup. It appears Goyte will be performing and that would be a show for me to see! Janeane Garofalo in the comedy series would be incredibly awesome too! Youngershoot for families and kids also sounds appealing. There are so many things to see and do at Bumbershoot, it would be hard to choose how to divide your time. I will definitely put this on my calendar for Labor Day 2013, but in the mean time, I will be stalking from the sidelines at our camp site via Bumbershoot’s Twitter, Facebook and Tumblershoot Blog.
Brandi Carlile is coming to concert to the House of Blues Anaheim August 21st and yours truly will be there!
Brandi is a girl from my own roots – Maple Valley, Washington – with a gravelly, folk rock sound. Love, love, love!
I’ve picked up the guitar again and started lessons, so I’m hoping to learn a few of her songs.
Brandi Carlile, The Story
|Brandi Carlile’s New Album, Bear Creek|
Speaking of natural beauty, Happy International Surfing Day!
In celebration of Earth Day, I will remember and honor my roots. Bellingham, Washington – the hub of all things eco-friendly and natural.
|Chuckanut Drive vicinity of Bellingham Bay, Washington by UW Digital Collections, on Flickr|
Some of my fondest memories include the great outdoors of Washington. Lake Padden, Lake Whatcom, Whatcom Falls, Bellingham Bay, Lake Samish, Interurban Trail, Mount Baker and so much more. Outdoor recreation abounds. Shout out to the granolas of Fairhaven!
|Fairhaven Festival, Ski to Sea Race 2010
Photo Credit: Fairhaven.com
I do my part to nurture Mother Nature in Orange County by serving on the executive committee of the Newport Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, enjoying the OC parks, trails and beaches. I reduce, reuse and recycle as a good citizen should. As a matter of fact, I recently bought a big bag of gently-used designer clothes at Laura’s House Resale Store in Lake Forest – a win for me, the charity and the environment.
Individuals can only do so much, but they should take small steps towards lessening their overall footprint so the generations to follow will have the chance to fall in love with the great outdoors too.
Check out this super fun Earth Day activity at the Muth Interpretive Center in Newport this Sunday: Earth Day at the Bay, 10 am – 4 pm.
This post is dedicated to Joe Chorvat, my childhood friend’s husband who passed away April 16th at the age of 40. Joe left behind a 10 year-old son and countless friends and family who love and miss him deeply. May you soar in heaven Joe!
I LOVE that my hometown of Bellingham, Washington is nicknamed the City of Subdued Excitement. It explains a lot…
It’s even on Wikipedia, so it must be true: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellingham,_Washington.
Here is a quirky website showing the interesting character of Bellingham. Looks like the same dude has an album of the same name.
I’ve also recently discovered that an opportunist has built a website business – http://www.bellingham-subdued-excitement.com/ - to capitalize on it. But she’s not a Bellingham native; just a newbie so she doesn’t count.