CLASSIC HOME TOUR

Looking South from 6756 17th Avenue NW

Looking South from 6756 17th Avenue NW

On June 10th tickets go on sale for the 2016 Ballard Classic Home tour. Organized every three years by the Ballard Historical Society, this year’s tour will be comprised of eight homes built between 1892-1934. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2530147) or the Ballard Public Green Market, the Secret Garden Bookshop, and Scandinavian Specialties.

The town of Ballard was settled in 1887 and remained an independent entity until 1907 when it was annexed by the city of Seattle. Despite only existing as an autonomous entity for 20 years, Ballard retains much of its original independent identity as a small town.  Housing in Ballard ranges from early pioneer farm houses, to post-war ranch houses.  The majority of the housing stock reflects Ballard’s history as a middle-class enclave.  Small Queen Anne houses, early-twentieth century catalogue cottages, craftsman bungalows, and Cape Cod-style houses are very prevalent. Despite their modest sizes, many of these homes feature impeccable craftsmanship, fine millwork, leaded glass, and unique architectural detailing.

All proceeds from the Ballard Classic Home Tour go to the Ballard Historical Society, which supports community projects, presents free lectures, and maintains extensive archives.

Ballard SeafoodFest Is This Weekend!

seafoodAs a neighborhood with deep maritime roots, it’s only fitting that Ballard would have an entire festival devoted to seafood. The 40th anniversary of the Ballard SeafoodFest (and second iteration of the accompanying BeerFest), takes over Market Street and Ballard Avenue this weekend with more than 20 food vendors offering everything from Filipino-style seafood to Northwest crab cakes and, of course, the traditional salmon barbecue.

BeerFest has expanded this year, and will be featuring some familiar names from around the neighborhood at its new spot near the main music stage at 22nd Avenue NW and Ballard Avenue. Look for Hilliard’s, Reuben’s, Stoup, Bad Jimmy’s, NW Peaks, and Peddler, along with many more breweries from around the Northwest. 14 ounce beers are $5.00, and there will be wine for $7 for all of you non-beer-drinkers. For more family-friendly activities, head to Ballard Commons Park for the skateboard competition, the giant kids’ slide, and vendors offering a wide array of stuff just for kids. Make sure to come back on Sunday afternoon for the kids’ superhero costume contest and the raffle drawing – the grand prize is two tickets on Iceland Air!

Festivities are slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and BeerFest wraps up at 10:00 each night. Click here for a full schedule of the events!

Ballard Breweries Well Represented At Seattle Beer Week

Ballard breweries represent a large slice of the Seattle-made beer pie, and with Seattle Beer Week starting today and running through May 18, you’ll have another reason to go out and explore some of the neighborhood’s (and city’s, for that matter) best local brews. To begin your beer journey, head up to Chuck’s Hop Shop on NW 85th all day today and tomorrow to sample rare sour beers from Almanac, The Bruery, Cascade, Black Raven, Deschutes and more. Here’s a rundown of the other SBW events happening in Ballard this weekend:

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Thursday, 5/8

Friday 5/9

  • The Bruery Draft Takeover at Bitterroot BBQ. A selection of 10 beers including Autumn Maple, Saison de Lente, and Tart of Darkness. 3:00-11:00 p.m.
  • Porkchop & Co. will be serving bread made from spent grains used by Reuben’s Brews and Fremont Brewing alongside meats, cheeses, mustards and sweets (and Reuben’s and Fremont beers, of course). 3:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Willamette Valley’s Block 15 night at The Noble Fir. 4:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Friday Night Trivia with HUB at Ballard Station. 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Chrome Satan finally in cans! Release party at Hilliard’s from 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Saturday, 5/10

  • Chuck’s 85th will be pouring 30 IPA’s all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Rye Beer Fest at Reuben’s Brews with 16 rye beers on tap! Noon-6:00 p.m.
  • All Saison, all the time! Saison Fest at Urban Family Public House, featuring Jolly Pumpkin, Prairie Artisan Ales, Lost Abbey and more. Noon-6:00 p.m.
  • Block party at 418 Public House with beer from Hood River, Oregon’s Double Mountain and California’s Black Market Brewing. Outdoor beer garden, local bands, BBQ and more! 2:00-9:00 p.m. rain or shine.
  • Hilliard’s beer tasting at BevMo! Ballard. Fill up a growler before you leave! 4:00-7:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Annual Bluegrass & Beer Festival at Hale’s Ales has paired up breweries and will feature the resultant beers from collaborations between Diamond Knot & Skagit River, 7 Seas & Port Townsend Brewing, and many more! 5:00-10:00 p.m. Tickets here.

Sunday, 5/11 (Don’t forget your mom while you’re out drinking beer)

  • New Belgium Mother’s Day Dinner at The Leary Traveler. This ticketed event will benefit Seattle charity The Benevolent Guild and features a four-course meal along with five beer tastings from New Belgium. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets here.

Click here to see a full list of Seattle Beer Week events happening all over the city!

If Ice Caps Melt Ballard Will Look Like…

According to Jeffrey Lin, a campus planner at University of Washington with a background in geography, Ballard would look a whole lot different than it does today if all the ice caps in the world melted. With new geographical names such as Phinney Peninsula, Crown Point, Loyal Headlands, and a new Bay of Ballard, the make up of Ballard would change dramatically.  While the idea that this will take place in the near future is far fetched at best, it is interesting to see how our geography could change in the future.  See his illustration of what Ballard could look like below.

Greenwood Street Soccer

Saturday August 10th is the 2nd annual Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament put on by Naked City Brewery, Summer Streets, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Innovators Network. This 3 on 3 soccer tournament will take place on Greenwood Ave between 85th and 87th with sectioned off fields lining the street. If you are interested in putting a team together you are encouraged to pre-register as only a limited amount of teams will be allowed to participate. 

Friday night Naked City Brewing will host a pre-tournament party from 7-10pm offering up drink specials to get everyone fueled up for the following days games. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research.  For much more information about this event, please visit their website here.

  • Price: $150/team
  • When: Fri-Sat August 9th-10th
  • Where: Greenwood Ave between 85th-87th
  • Why: Sounds like a good time

$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.

Free Self Defense Classes in Ballard Next Week

Next Week Umpqua Bank and Fighting Chance Seattle are teaming up to offer free self defense classes to the neighborhood. The class will be taught by Fighting Chance Owner Jordan Giarranto, and the workshop will include a demonstration of advanced fighting and self defense techniques from martial arts Muay Thai kickboxing to Tang Soo Da karate. Umpqua Bank

The class will be held next Wednesday Jan 23 from 6-7pm at Umpqua Bank on Market Street, and is open to everyone interested in learning more about safe self defense. For more information visit Fighting Chance Seattle.

Nordic Film Festival Comes to Seattle

You heard it here first- the Nordic Heritage Museum will present the fourth annual Nordic Lights Film Festival next month, the weekend of January 18-20. The festival will include documentaries, short & feature length films from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The festival kicks off with a reception at SIFF at 6pm on Friday, followed by a film called Beyond starring Noomi Rapace from The girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Two Movie Tickets In Front Of A Take Clapperboard And A Reel Of Movie Film

Both Saturday and Sunday festivities begin at 10:00am, and have some wonderful films of note lined up, such as Silence, a drama about the 2nd World War, and how Finland was among one of the only nations to take home their casualties to be buried in their homeland, and Teddy Bear, a Drama from Denmark about a body builder from Copenhagen who has never known love. After his father finds a companion in Thailand, he goes on a quest to find a woman of his own.  Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for single day passes ($10), or entire weekend passes ($55).

No Charge November – Free Extra Leaf Collections

It’s half way through November and if you’re wondering how you’re going to cram all those leaves out front into your yard waste container, we have a solution! Through the month of November, Seattle Public Utilities is coming to the rescue, and collecting excessive bags of yard waste left by your container free of charge. They’re warning that the excessive bags should be filled with only leaves, and should be packaged and contained properly.

Seattle Public Utilities usually charges around $3.20 per gallon bags collected, but this month they’ll pick them up for free to help prevent drain blockage and flooding issues that could occur in the fall. Leaves can also be placed in your home compost piles, as their compost experts have determined that under most circumstances, you will not have to worry about contaminants such as gas or oil affecting the leaves. If you’d like to help the community and Seattle Public Utilities, sign up with their adopt-a-drain program to help clear Seattle drains of debris.

Large Lock Closed For Maintenance at Ballard Locks

It’s been brought to our attention that the large Ballard Lock will be closed through November 20th for it’s annual maintenance, so those big boats will have to find an alternative route between Lake Washington and Puget Sound for the next two weeks.

According to Komo news, vessels smaller than 115 ft long and 26 ft wide can use the small lock in the next few weeks during the closure. The BNSF Railroad Bridge near the locks will also be closed through November 18th for repairs, so boat operators of tall mast boats who aren’t able to use the small lock will not be able to pass through this route either. For more information about the Ballard Locks and upcoming closures, visit the City of Seattle website.