Christmas Ships Are Coming To Town!

If you’ve never done it before, the Christmas Ships are a Northwest tradition worth checking out!

The Argosy Cruise Christmas Ship Festival is an annual Pacific Northwest tradition, going strong since 1949. Each year, the Argosy Christmas Ship, adorned with twinkle lights and Holiday cheer, sets sail from a different port around the greater Seattle area. On board the Christmas Ship,  a local choir serenades passengers  with a 20-minute performance of beloved Christmas Carols.

The Carols are broadcast to the entire community through a state of the art speaker system, so if you can’t be on the ship, you can still enjoy the Christmas magic from a distance. Folks from all around the neighborhood gather on the shore to behold the glimmering lights of the beautifully decorated ship and to hear the Carols being sung on board. It’s a great opportunity for a bonfire and mug of cocoa with the kids!

There are multiple opportunities to see or be a part of the Christmas Ship, at over 65 different waterfront locations in the greater Seattle area.  Each Lead Boat has tons of fun going on board, like

* Choir performance on board

* Santa Claus reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

* Ho, Ho, Ho Contest and other holiday activities

* Holiday Gift Shop on board

* Kids holiday craft area and activities

* Full-service bar and snacks available for purchase

Argosy generously donates a portion of all tickets sold to the Seattle Time’s Fund For The Needy, so your purchase of a ticket goes to help those in need, right here at home.

The Christmas Ships Festival is a beloved tradition around here for a reason. Be sure to experience it for yourself this year!

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“Safe Seattle” Meeting Tonight

safetyfirstIn a city as beautiful as Seattle, it’s easy to forget some ugly truths that linger beneath the surface.

A local group calling themselves “Safe Seattle” is having a meeting tonight, bringing to the forefront the growing public safety issues facing the city and calling the city’s inhabitants to action.

This meeting was organized by Cindy Pierce, a resident of Magnolia,  to shine a light on and address the growing problem of drug dealing and use, theft, illegal encampments and other public safety problems that are increasingly impacting residents and business owners in various areas of the city such as Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia, to name a few.  The goal of the meeting is to bring together residents of the community to talk about and demand action in regards to these issues, which, some say are reaching crisis level.

The meeting is expected to earn a potentially big turnout, due in large part to the response it’s had on social media. The meeting will include representatives from city hall and people from different neighborhoods throughout the city speaking on the issue.

The meeting will be held tonight, January 6th, from 6:30-8:30 PM at United Church of Christ in Magnolia 3555 W McGraw St.

Greek Festival is Back!

A tradition since 1960, the St. Demetrios Greek Festival returns this year,
September 13, 14 and 15 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood. Traditional Greek food, music, dancing and culture will be in abundance when St. Demetrios Church’s grounds and parking lot, located at 2100 Boyer Avenue East, transform into a Greek paradise. 

Visitors will have plenty of time to enjoy all that the Greek Festival has to offer this year, with hours of operation from noon—9pm on Friday, September 13th; 10am—10pm on Saturday, September 14th and noon—7pm on Sunday, September 15th. As always, admission and parking are free, with free shuttle service offered from both the Seattle Prep Parking Garage and Montlake Elementary School Playground on Saturday and Sunday during festival hours. Bike racks will also be available all weekend

If you are looking to get outside and enjoy our extended summer this weekend, make the short trip from Ballard over to Montlake and enjoy everything the Greek Festival has to offer. For more information make sure you visit their website at SeattleGreekFestival.com.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out what is going on around the Sound on this fabulous day of LOVE!

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Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? Forget to make reservations at your hunny’s favorite spot? Check out one of these restaurant’s to indulge with your significant other!

Bastille– If you’re in the Ballard neighborhood tonight, Bastille is offer his and her punch for $10 a glass (his:Stockade, hers:Sainte Marie), and various Parisian style entrees that are sure to please the pallet; including a platter of a dozen Hama Hama oysters on the half shell with caviar and Washington Ver Jus Mignonette, yum!

Cafe Flora– This vegetarian Madison Park cafe is celebrating it’s 20th Valentine’s Day, and offering a prix-fixe menu themed dishes such as the “savory embrace” (a bok choy and cheese filled pastry) and “layers of love” (a macadamia nut crusted filo stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus and a butternut squash sauce). Dinner runs $45 a person, from 5:00-10:00pm.

Spinasse– This lovely Capitol Hill restaurant is offering two amazing prix fixe menus at one of the “best 7 restaurants that define Seattle Now” according to Seattle Magazine. Dinner specials are sure to make diners feel as if they’re dining at a cafe right in the heart of Rome at this authentic Italian hot spot. Dinner is $70 per person with a $40 wine pairing option.

Restaurant Bea– Cozy Madrona candlelit dinging experience for two, with chef Jim McCarthy serving up a three course meal off of their comfort food menu, and offering three choices for each course. Dinner is $50 per person, with an optional cocktail or wine pairing for $22 per person.

Hunger-Indulge in a 5 course menu including beef tartare, oysters, and a special rose will be delivered for your significant other when you’re bellies are nice and full of love. $150 per couple, with an optional $25 wine pairing.

Bon Appetite!