Monthly Archives: April 2014

Queen Anne Events: 14 Things to Do in May

From the Swedish Club NW, to Twirl Café and other local businesses, there are some fun Queen Anne events for families this month…

  1. Wednesdays in May – Wine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Half priced wines by the bottle (select variety) will be available for purchase as well.
  2. Fridays in May – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.) presented by Video Isle, and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs.
  3. May 2 – First Friday Jazz in May at the Swedish Club NW: The Swedish Club hosts a fun jazz night on the first Friday of each month, and it’s on May 2nd this time around! Enjoy tunes from Rat City Brass as they play Herb Alpert hits! The event begins at 7:30 p.m.
  4. May 3 – Heritage Choir Festival at the Swedish Club NW: Chorus groups from around the region will be performing on May 3rd at 2 p.m. at our Swedish Club Northwest on Queen Anne. Enjoy the Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle, Norwegian Ladies’ Choir of Seattle, the Finnish Chorale Society, two Swedish choirs from Portland, an Estonian choir, the Gesangverein Arion German choir, the Svea Male Chorus and the Swedish Women’s Chorus from Seattle. $10 donation requested.
  5. May 4 – Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration: Featuring Lions Ambition, the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration is coming up on May 4th, free at the Seattle Center Armory from 11:45 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  6. May 9 – 35th Annual Career Fair for WA Women in Trades: With 35 years of connecting women with non-traditional opportunities, inspiring students, and supporting & mentoring working tradeswomen, the Annual Washington Women in Trades Career Fair is coming up on May 9th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion.
  7. May 10– Celebration of West African Culture: With live performances, a fashion show, an African marketplace, music, dance, art, workshops and traditional food, there will be an exciting Celebration of West African Culture at the Seattle Center Armory on Saturday, May 10th from noon until 8 p.m.
  8. May 11 – Seattle 2014 Color Run: The craziest 5K race is back! Seattle’s Color Run will take place on Sunday, May 11th. The start line window opens at 8 a.m. The race goes from the Seattle Center through Downtown and back again, to finish at the Space Needle with lots more fun.
  9. May 14 – May Queen Anne Book Co. Storytime at Twirl: On the second Wednesday of every month, Tegan from the Queen Anne Book Co. does a FREE storytime at Twirl Café! Come join us for this fun event for kids of all ages on May 14th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  10. May 15 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce May Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on May 15th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  11. May 17 – A Glimpse of China Festival: Enter Seattle’s own Chinese garden and experience cultural traditions featuring 5,000 years of China’s history in this celebration of one of the world’s oldest cultures. “A Glimpse of China” explores the rich traditions of China’s dance, music, martial arts and brilliant costumes on May 17th, starting at 11 a.m. at the Seattle Center’s Armory and Center House Stage.
  12. May 21 – Date Night at the SkyCity: Enjoy complimentary valet parking and one entrée for 50 percent off when you dine at the Space Needle’s SkyCity restaurant on May 21st, in their monthly Date Night.
  13. May 23-26 – 43rd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival: Coming up May 23rd through 26th, it’s the 43rd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center! With live music, activities, booths, food trucks and more, the Seattle area celebrates music and diversity with this fun annual festival.
  14. May 31 – May Mimosa Brunch at Twirl Café: On the last Saturday of each month, Twirl Café is holding a fun Mimosa Brunch with a food special! French Toast with berry compote is the food special for the May 31st event, with a mimosa on the side (alcoholic or non). Regular play admission is free when you spend $20+ on food and beverages.

Featured photo from TheColorRun.com.

Queen Anne Real Estate Recap: March 2014

Single family homes and condos are flying off the shelf in Queen Anne. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 42 single family homes closed in March of this year at a median price of $725,000.  That dwarfs the 17 sales at a median price of $655,000 in March of 2013.  42 new single family listings came on the market in March compared to 41 a year ago.  When you see the amount of sales in a month almost identical to the number of new listings hitting the market you have yourself a seller’s market!

Queen Anne condo sales also rose sharply from last year with 48 sales in March, 2014 compared to 27 in March, 2013.  The median price remains steady at $316,000 compared to $315,000 in 2013, and the amount of new condo listings hitting the market last month was 44 compared to 51 a year earlier.

To say the Queen Anne real estate market is strong is an understatement.  If you are curious about the Queen Anne real estate market, ask me about it when you see me in the neighborhood or feel free to contact me sooner.

Taylor Shellfish Opens This Week

We’re very much looking forward to the grand opening of Taylor Shellfish in Queen Anne, this coming Wednesday April 23rd! The restaurant will be opening at 4 p.m. this week in their brand new Uptown location.

Taylor Shellfish will offer a seafood-enthusiast’s dream menu at their new restaurant at 124 Republican Street in Lower Queen Anne, in the ground floor of the EXPO apartments across from the Key Arena.

The announcement on their Twitter page came as no surprise to the neighborhood, which has been expecting an opening this spring. Both Zagat and the Queen Anne View reported last November on the impending opening, mentioning the history of the premier Taylor Shellfish location on Melrose. “[It] debuted in 2011 to rave reviews … Oyster fans poured into the place to feast on Kumamotos, Shigoku and Totten Inlet Virginicas while sipping oyster-friendly wines … The shop evolved into more of an eatery, the casual atmosphere warm and inviting. The new spot will have a similar mission,” according to Zagat.

The new Queen Anne restaurant is by far and away the most anticipated spring restaurant openings in the city, according to a poll on Seattle Eater. Taylor Shellfish at Queen Anne will be serving bivalves, beer, wine and cocktails to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown residents and visitors. There will be both raw and baked oysters, steamed clams and mussels, chowders, crab and geoduck salads, and more.

Not only is Taylor Shellfish Farms touted to be the largest farmed shellfish producer in the U.S. (sourcing from Washington and British Columbia), they have a keyed-in focus on sustainable shellfish. “Sustainability has become an important consideration in the seafood world, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of that movement … But to us, being truly sustainable means more than just nurturing the surrounding environment; it means sustaining the health and prosperity of our community through robust community engagement and philanthropy,” according to their website.

Psst! Taylor Shellfish will also be opening a Pioneer Square location later in 2014.

Featured photo from Taylor Shellfish’s Facebook page

Queen Anne News: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Lower Kinnear Park

Celebrate the improvements and changes made to Lower Kinnear Park! In recent Queen Anne news, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration at Lower Kinnear Park on April 26th.

RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

The event will include live music, games, a scavenger hunt, nature activities and guided walks. Attendees can learn in a talk about native birds, or explore on a hike of a newly restored trail at the park. There will be other guided walks to check out native plants, such as the copper beech tree, which has noteworthy environmental contributions (it diverts more than 3,000 gallons of stormwater runoff each year) and has therefore been named a City of Seattle Tree of Significance.

Other events at the celebration include ‘Tennis Fun’ at the newly refurbished tennis and/or pickleball court, and tours of the renovated dog park at the west side of Lower Kinnear Park.

Lower Kinnear Park is located at the southwest edge of Queen Anne hill, and rests on land originally owned by George and Angie Kinnear. The couple donated the land to the city in 1887 for use as a park.

The park includes 10 acres of forest and open area. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration is commemorating the completion of updates, renovations, and improvements to the park. These improvements were paid for by almost $1 million raised by the Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark) and others. In addition to restoring trails, refurbishing the tennis court, and renovating the off-leash dog area, other improvements included the widening of park pathways, removing invasive plant, and expanding views to the park’s interior.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Lower Kinnear Park are sponsoring this ribbon-cutting ceremony next Saturday at Lower Kinnear Park.

When: Saturday, April 26th from 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: Lower Kinnear Park, 601 West Roy Street, Seattle 98119
Cost:  Free! Bring non-perishable food items for the Queen Anne Food Bank

Featured photo from FOLKpark’s Facebook Page.