17th of May Festival Happening This Weekend in Ballard!

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It’s that time of year again! This Sunday, May 17th the streets of Ballard will fill with as many as 25,000 spectators and Norway enthusiast to celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day. The parade will feature more than 100 groups, including marching bands, Norwegian-American lodges, drill teams, classic cars and so much more.

The party kicks off with a dance party on Saturday night, May 16th, held at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. $10 at the door, snacks provided as well as a no-host bar.

Sunday, the daylong annual Nordic party will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is sure to be a really great day in the name of Norway! See below for the schedule of events.

 

ENTERTAINMENT AT BERGEN PLACE

10 AM – 5 PM

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Intersection of Market St., Leary Ave., and 22nd Ave.

Join emcee and musician Lori Ann Reinhall at Bergen Place stage for an incredible musical line-up featuring a number of acts with Nordic flair!

10:00 Opening Festivities with honored guests:
10:10 Invocation with Prof. Rolf Grankvist, Trondheim
10:15 National Anthem – Combined Norwegian Choruses
10:30 Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle
11:00 Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle
11:30 Traditional Dance with Leikarringen and Fiddler Bill Boyd
12:00 Matt Jorgensen Jazz Trio
1:00 Accordion favorites with Karl-Ivar Petersson
1:30 Barne Jam with Mäd Fiddlu
2:00 Children’s Dance with Barneleikarringen
2:30 Sing-along with Lori Ann Reinhall & Pianist Aaron Otheim
3:00 Traditional Fiddling with Seattle Lilla Spelmaslag
3:30 Skandia Kapell Folk Ensemble

LUNCHEON
NOON – 2:30 PM
LEIF ERIKSON LODGE

Grab some traditional Norwegian grub with Leif Erikson’s Grand Marshal and Honorary Marshals!
Address: 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle WA
Phone: 206-783-1274

 

BARNELEKER (CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES)

10 AM – 3 PM
Nordic Heritage Museum
Children can enjoy easy craft projects at the Nordic Heritage Museum. The crafts are free and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Address: 3014 NW 67th St, Seattle WA
Phone: 206-789-5707

NORDIC CAFÉ

10 AM – 4 PM
Nordic Heritage Museum
Free Museum admission all day! Enjoy Scandinavian food and beverages available for purchase.
Address: 3014 NW 67th St, Seattle WA
Phone: 206-789-5707

17TH OF MAY PARADE

4 – 6 PM 

Come early to save your spot! This year’s featured emcees are local radio personalities Tim Hunter & MJ McDermott.

 

 

Easter Brunch In the Ballard(ish) Area

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Besides the Easter bunny and eating your weight in chocolate, Easter means one thing: brunch! If you’re not preparing a meal at home while the little ones hunt for eggs this Sunday, you could choose to let someone else do the cooking for you at one of these Ballard (and surrounding area) restaurants, all offering delicious spring-inspired menus.

All three of chef Maria Hines’ restaurants will be offering special three-course menus for Easter. Albacore tuna benedict, blueberry apricot scones and omelets will be on offer at Fremont’s Sicilian-inspired Agrodolce. Oh, and most importantly: bottomless mimosas. $25 per diner. At Hines’ Ballard outpost, the Mediterranean-influenced Golden Beetle, diners can sample housemade yogurt, pork shank hash and rosewater baklava, among other offerings on the menu. $25 per diner. A little further up the hill in Wallingford, Tilth will offer a three-course menu for $30, or $40 including a mimosa and coffee.

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery on Ballard Avenue will be serving baked-to-order frittatas and Easter treats such as creme yvette and lemon curd milkshakes, along with a “brunch punch.” Sounds delicious!

Vif Wine and Coffee in Fremont will host a three-course brunch featuring a sweet and savory pastry board with house-made jam, polenta with spring vegetables, poached egg and ham, and buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb compote and pistachio shortbread. If that doesn’t get you in the mood for spring, we don’t know what will! $25 per diner.

 

5 Guys Coming to Ballard

Thanks to this tip from MyBallard.com it looks like the popular and delicious 5 Guys Burger chain will be expanding into Ballard. While some details have yet to be released it appears that they will move into the retail space of one of the new apartment buildings being built at 15th Ave NW and Market St.

5 Guys offers a limited menu with few burger options but they offset that with what feels like unlimited toppings that you can add as well as large portions of hand cut fries. Ballard already has its fair share of burger restaurants most notably Red Mill, so we will have to watch how 5 Guys fits in. As you drive by the new construction on Market St. keep your eyes open for the grand opening!

 

Man Calls Police to Report Finding a Leg

This past Friday a Ballard man (according to this report on the Seattle Police Department Blotter) called 911 to report that he had found what he believed was a leg on top of a building on the 2600 Block of NW Market Street. The Ballard man told the Seattle Police that it did not appear to be a leg belonging to an animal, however it was unclear whether that is true or not. Police have sent this to the medical examiner for further information but no details have been released on this.

We will monitor the SPD Blotter for more information on this strange case and update the blog if we hear any more information.

Ballard Robber Caught while taking an Ice Cream Break

Just before 8:00 PM last Saturday at the Safeway on 15th and Market St in Ballard,  the Seattle Police received a call from the security staff that they had just confronted a man suspected of shoplifting. According to the SPD Blotter, the suspect then pulled a knife on the security guard, dropped his basket of groceries, and took off running. Here’s where the story takes an unexpected turn. 

The police quickly found the suspect a few blocks away sitting next to a dumpster eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. While the suspect denied that he had stolen anything from the Safeway when questioned, the police conferred with the security staff who quickly confirmed that this was in fact the same man.  When the police asked the suspect a second time what had occurred he simply stated “all I did was not pay for items”.

He was then quickly arrested.

$2 Ice Cream at Ballard’s Cupcake Royale

According to our friends at MyBallard.com, starting today and for each of the five Tuesday’s in the month of July, Cupcake Royale will offer $2 scoops of their fantastic ice cream to celebrate national ice cream month. Currently they offer twelve different flavors as well as two additional ones which are based off of their award winning cupcake recipes. If you are in the mood for salted caramel cupcake and cream or for a little more traditional, Oregon Hill Strawberry, head on down to Cupcake Royale and let us know which flavors you think are the best!  

To check out all the current flavors of ice cream as well as their cupcakes, you can go to their website at CupCakeRoyale.com.

Ballard’s Busy Intersection Makes the List

According to a recent story by the Seattle PI, the intersection of NW Market Street and 15th have NW is one of the most dangerous crossings for pedestrians in Seattle. The list (that you can find here) stated that over the past three years there has been four reported accidents at this one intersection. The collisions were recorded by the Department of Transportation and based off of the location descriptions given by the responding police officers.  While a reason as to why this Ballard intersection has more accidents than most was not provided, the high volume of traffic and large number of lanes to cross surely plays  a role.

 

Best Seattle Bars to Watch the Olympics

If you’ve been keeping up with any of the Olympics this year, you’ve probably noticed that there is quite a handful of local Washingtonians representing the United States, as well as other countries at the London games this year. Our state is represented by hot shot swimmer Nathan Adrian,  Basketball Star Sue Bird, and Adrienne Martelli in women’s rowing. If you’ve been busy outside enjoying the sunshine, or holed up at work during prime Olympic hours, we’ve got a handful of local neighborhood bars that are playing the games non-stop through August 12th, so you can catch team USA in action.

If you’re in Capitol Hill the newest sports bar in town 95 Slide open from 2-2, and the bar is planning on having food and drink specials during major Olympic events such as the basketball finals. If you’d like to feel like you’re in London, hit up one of the  sister English pubs, in Ballard the Market Arms or George and Dragon (operated by the same English owner). Spit Fire and Buckley’s in Belltown will have specials during popular Olympic events, and Spitfire will be hosting a closing ceremony party, similar to the big event they had on opening night. Come on out and experience the Olympic tradition, and success of team USA with your neighboring sports fans through August 12th!

Seattle Apartment Vacancy Rate at All Time Low Now, but Will Ballard be Overbuilt?

Ballard Hjarta IIAccording to a Seattle Times article, apartment vacancy rates in Seattle are at an all-time low. In the past few years, the Seattle rental market, especially in Ballard, has shifted from a tenant-market to a landlord-market. What does that mean for people searching for apartments? High rents.

Using the basic economic theory of supply and demand, there hasn’t been much new supply. The amount of new apartments is one-third of what was offered in 2009. Additionally, demand is higher, MUCH higher. People who can afford houses are fearful to buy, so they are staying in apartments, despite the evidence that it may be more affordable to buy. Additionally (and this is my own theory), the economy is picking up, meaning more young professionals can afford to move out or live with fewer roommates than before. Demand has skyrocketed and that has caused the Seattle vacancy rate to be under 5%! The higher rents are definitely noticeable in Ballard.

Fortunately, Ballard is working hard to meet that demand. It is impossible to not see the cranes that dot the horizon as you look across Market or look up 15th or 24th. Tenants should feel some rent relief in the next year or so. However, some are worried that Ballard may be overbuilt. In my opinion, I think people will continue to flock to the neighborhood. But I’ve said that in previous posts. What do you think?

If you’re interested in seeing what’s available in the apartment market in Ballard and the surrounding areas, use the search tool here.

Celebrate Norwegian Heritage Day and Run the Leif-to-Leif 5K in Ballard

Couldn’t get enough of the St.Paddy’s Day Dash, but still a traditional Ballardite at heart? Lace up your red, white, and blue running shoes and warm up for the Leif-to-Leif 5K Run/Walk this Saturday, March 24th. The race goes from the Leif Erikson Lodge to the Leif Erikson statue at Shilshole Marina and back. Check-in begins at 8am and the race starts at 9am. For more information, please visit the Leif Erickson Lodge website. It’s all a part of the Norwegian Heritage Celebration taking place in Ballard.

If running isn’t your forte, you can still honor Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day. The Leif Erikson Lodge is hosting numerous family-friendly activities to participate in, including a Taste of Norway. Starting at 10am, you can sample traditional Norwegian cuisine, such as pickled herring, krumkake, smorbord (open faced sandwiches), rommegrot (cream porridge), and more. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, and even dance to the traditional Norwegian music, provided by the various choirs and bands. For more information, please visit the Norway Embassy website here.

Embrace your inner Norwegian (whether truly or honorary) and stop by the Leif Erikson Lodge on Saturday, March 24th. Festivities will go from 10am – 4pm. Admission is free. It will truly be an event honoring the culture of the people who settled Ballard and made it what it is today.