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Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in October

Happy Fall! Check out these exciting and fun Queen Anne events coming up in October…

October 1: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on October 1st, with live music by Nordic Reflections, Nordic Spirit, and Bjarne Jacobsen. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

October 1: CroatiaFest
10am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Experience the vibrant culture of Croatia at the annual Seattle Center Festál celebration of CroatiaFest. On October 1st, the Seattle Center will host live performances, activities, a marketplace and food trucks/booths featuring aspects of Croatian culture and cuisine.

October 3: Fall Breakfast
8am – 9am | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting their annual Fall Breakfast fundraiser on Tuesday, October 3rd. There will be a presentation from King County Executive Dow Constantine and the future of STEM education. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

October 5 & 12: Last Two Queen Anne Farmers’ Market Days
3pm – 7:30pm | W Crockett St. and Queen Anne Ave N
The neighborhood farmers’ market is here through October 12th! Visit the Queen Anne Farmers Market at West Crockett Street and Queen Anne Avenue North on Thursdays each week for fresh produce, beautiful flower arrangements, locally made goods and your favorite food truck dining! Plus, market music and chef demos to enjoy.

October 14: TurkFest
11am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Seattle Center Festál puts on TurkFest on October 14th, as a free cultural event featuring Turkish foods, art, activities, programs and live cultural performances. Enjoy Turkish dancers and musicians, and engage in fun activities and workshops to learn more about Turkey and its people.

October 31: Costume Carnival
4pm – 8pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Visit the Seattle Children’s Museum on October 31st for a Spooktacular Halloween! There will be safe, indoor trick-or-treating for kids ages 10 and under. Costumes are encouraged, but please ensure family-friendliness and no masks. Tickets are $5 per person (adult or child), but free for museum members.

October 31: Dia de Muertos
11am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Honor deceased loved ones at the annual Dia de Muertos celebration on October 31st at the Seattle Center. There will be live music, dance performances, arts and crafts, altar offerings, ornamental displays, and lots of fun at this cultural celebration from Mexico.

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in September

As summer comes to a close, there are plenty of fun end-of-summer activities and Queen Anne events to mark on your calendar…

September 1, 2, & 3: Bumbershoot
9am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Since 1971, Bumbershoot has been one of the largest cultural festivals in Seattle, and one of the largest and most loved contemporary festivals in the U.S. Bumbershoot 2017 showcases a variety of multi-disciplinary arts such as dance, film, music, performing arts, visual arts, theatre, comedy, literary arts and much more. Passes are available for a single day ($149) or the full 3-day event ($249).

Thursdays in September: Queen Anne Farmers’ Market
3pm – 7:30pm | W Crockett St. and Queen Anne Ave N
The neighborhood farmers’ market is here through October 12th! Visit the Queen Anne Farmers Market at West Crockett Street and Queen Anne Avenue North on Thursdays each week for fresh produce, beautiful flower arrangements, locally made goods and your favorite food truck dining! Plus, market music and chef demos to enjoy.

September 9 & 10: Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Sunday, September 10th is the 10th anniversary event celebrating Hawaiian culture. The Live Aloha Festival includes lei-making workshops, hula dance lessons, live performances, and cultural foods and music to enjoy. Some events also take place on Saturday, September 9th.

September 10: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast is delayed one week due to Labor Day weekend. It features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on September 10th, with live music by Skandia Kapell, Folk Voice Band and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

September 10: Grandparents Day
10am – 5pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Celebrate our wonderful grandparents on September 10th, with a Grandparents Day celebration at the Seattle Children’s Museum. The museum’s daily programs will be themed around grandparents, and there will be a story time at noon. One grandparent gets in free with one paid child admission.

September 16 & 17: Fiestas Patrias
12pm – 9pm | Seattle Center
Celebrate the various cultures and arts from different Latin American countries at the annual Seattle Fiestas Patrias. There will be lots of latino dancing and music, with family friendly activities, visual arts, a marketplace, Latin American cuisine, live performances and more.

September 23: Talk Like a Pirate Day
10am – 5pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Dress up in your pirate costume and head to the Seattle Children’s Museum on September 23rd to talk like a pirate all day!

September 23 & 24: Festa Italiana Seattle
10am – 7pm | Seattle Center
It’s the 30th annual Italian Festival, coming to the Seattle Center on September 23rd and 24th! Come celebrate Italian culture and people with live performances, visual arts, activities, food and lots more! Don’t miss the Taste of Italy™ Wine Tasting and Opening Reception on Friday!

His Immortal Army

 

This warrior, at the Pacific Science Center exhibit, previously stood in a chariot holding reins, buried at the emperor’s tomb complex. The photo behind him shows terracotta soldiers standing in formation, in dug pits.   All photos:  Alethea Myers

Over 2,200 years ago, a 13-year old boy became the very first emperor of China. For all these years, his immense tomb site and complex remained hidden from the world, only to be discovered in 1973 by farmers near Xi’an, China when they unearthed shards of pottery while digging a well. Emperor Qin Shihuangdi (Qin Shi Huang) had created an unparalleled underground realm to continue his imperial rule and achieve immortality after death. A massive army of 8,000 life-sized soldiers and many other figures was created from terracotta clay to stand guard in the pits dug around his tomb. Only two museums in the United States have been approved by the Republic of China to host an exhibition featuring 10 of these ancient warriors and many other artifacts. The Pacific Science Center in Seattle is fortunate to be one of these, and the popular exhibit runs until September 4th.

A calvaryman stands by his horse. The depiction of the horse was so accurate, that the breed could be determined and traced to a certain region of China.

Why should I see this exhibit? A few reasons:

Sheer size and age: Nothing on this scale or size has been done for a royal burial in China before or after the Qin Dynasty. At 22 square miles, it’s the largest burial site in the world. Only 2,000 warriors have been uncovered so far and painstakingly reassembled out of an estimated 8,000 total. Each statue weighs an average of 300 pounds. It’s estimated that 700,000 workers labored over the span of the emperor’s reign to complete this massive project. Many of them were criminals or called up by draft. Although there were also skilled craftsmen and volunteers, some were there to serve out a punishment or to pay off taxes. Some workers were entombed.

There were also carved clay acrobats, musicians, armor, animals, and chariots. And real weapons, real musical instruments, and coffins with animal skeletons. The emperor wanted to be entertained in the afterlife.

Short reign, much accomplished: Although Qin Shihuangdi’s empire only lasted 36 years, he managed to leave a mark in various aspects. His burial site is unprecedented in size and scope. The republic had previously consisted of Warring States, which he unified in less than a decade.  As China’s First Emperor, he standardized the money (coins) of his realm; previously they had been every shape and size. He is sometimes credited with building the Great Wall of China, formerly a series of sporadic little walls.

A musical instrument, a bell, found at the burial site.

The best is yet to come: The most amazing section of the burial site has yet to be unearthed: the emperor’s burial chamber and tomb mound. According to historical records dating 200 years after his reign, an elaborate sub-chamber with two manmade, underground rivers filled with toxic, liquid mercury exist near his tomb. High mercury levels have been detected around the site, so it’s necessary to proceed with caution. Also, sadly, the bright paint on the warrior figures, after being buried for over 2,200 years, flaked off within 10 minutes of exposure to the open air. So technology might need to catch up to avoid this when Qin Shihuangdi’s tomb is finally opened. His manmade tomb mound, at 250 feet high, is larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

Qin Shihuangdi longed for immortality. And in the uniqueness of his burial, he has done just that.

Click here for Pacific Science Center ticket information.

Teatro Zinzanni Returns

For those who love Teatro Zinzanni, and were sorry to see it leave lower Queen Anne: Take heart. The 18-year old dinner theatre extravaganza still exists and has moved to a temporary location at Marymoor Park in Redmond while searching for a permanent home. They are opening a new run of their original, beloved show, “Love, Chaos, and Dinner” this autumn and winter.

If you haven’t seen one of their shows, it’s an evening of circus acrobatics, cabaret, a full-course meal, comedy, lively costumes, and beauty under a big top tent. This performance runs from October 19th, 2017 through April 29th, 2018, and some previous, seasoned cast members, some of which have worked overseas in similar venues, are returning. 

Tickets for the general public officially go on sale on August 15th, but if you sign up for their email list, you will start receiving access to tickets as early as August 1st. If orchestrating a number of people attending, then group tickets are available for booking now.

Viva, Teatro Zinzanni!