Sunday

Now, with more weird Seattle goodness!


Seattle is about as far West you can go without falling off the edge.  People who moved here just kept going and going until they couldn't go any further.  Rain, long winter nights, the often-gray skies -- these things have caused many around here to delve deeper into themselves and follow their hearts, eccentricities and all.  People here aren't any weirder than anywhere else, we're just not afraid to show it.

Friday

Seattle's "Holiday Tree" lights up the neighborhood all year 'round


Photo by Ryan Whitney , Creative Commons

Since the mid-70's, Herb Allwine and his wife, Mary Lou, have decorated the tree on the corner at their house for every holiday. Each year it became more elaborate to the delight of all the neighbors. Mary Lou passed away a few years ago, but Mr. Allwine still decorates the house in honor of his wife. Here's a video below with the whole story.

Thursday

Purple Power - Lilac wishes and lavender dreams at the Purple Store in Seattle


Yes, there is a store in Seattle called the Purple Store and yes, everything in it is PURPLE!
You can get purple furniture, purple kitchen appliances, purple goth items and even stuff for your purple wedding!  Visit it online or in person at


The Purple Store is located at 7616 Aurora Ave N. Seattle, WA 98103

Tuesday

Sound of Light Reflector Art Installation


Artist Dick Elliot has created an incredible public work of art that you can see from your car or get out and examine more closely. The cool thing is you can see it even at night, as it's made out of reflector buttons that light up as autos pass by.



The Sound of Light is a public art piece that enhances the Hudson Wall Of Seattle’s Sound Transit light rail corridor. It is composed of 35 reflector panels attached to the retaining wall. The largest panel is 5’ wide by 20’ tall. It was installed in the fall of 2007 and was recognized by American's for the Arts Recognition for Innovation in Public Art. The piece runs for 2 blocks along Martin Luther King Way on the Seattle Sound Transit Light Rail Corridor between Dawson St. and Hudson St. It can only be seen when driving north.


Here's a photo of Richard Elliot in front of his creation.  He passed away in 2008. 

Friday

Nevertold Casket Company on Capitol Hill


If you've got a thirst for gore, goth and the macabre, you'll love the Nevertold Casket Company, a strange and wonderfully unusual shop located on Capitol Hill in Seattle. As you can see, they sell things "old or new, made of gold and diamond or of simple paper mâché, mass produced or painstakingly hand made. It may be a fragile object d’art or a durable part of everyday life. A haunted good is an object of desire. It is haunted and it haunts. It instills the most sublime awe, even fear in the person that owns it and yet to the one haunted by it, there is nothing so beautifully perfect and comforting." Started first in the basement of an old apartment building and now located in a storefront by Seattle University (the exact address is 509 13th Ave, Seattle WA 98122)


You'll love Nevertold Casket Company if you like weird things like stuffed chicks standing on their hind legs, random pieces of taxidermy, old funeral items made out of human hair and other ephemera.  This shop is the very best example of what makes Seattle weird!

Weird Steve's Awesome and Incredible Home on Beacon Hill in Seattle

My friend Steve Bard lives on Capitol Hill and he's a pretty private guy, but a few years ago he let the crew of Antiques Road Show into his home to take a little video tour. Here it is!

Steve has worked most of his life as a Boeing engineer and just retired a few years ago. What is he doing in his spare time? Buying more stuff!

Seattle's Luna Park Cafe - Still crazy after all these years



The original building constructed by Chris Boysen right after World War II. You can still see his namesake on the adjacent apartment building. Originally built as a neighborhood tavern, the building went through various identities over the decades. The last one being the infamous “Pat & Ron’s Tavern” which closed in 1988. After months of work on the space, it reopened on March of 1989 as Luna Park Cafe. The name coming from the former boardwalk park that existed in West Seattle in the early 1900’s. Over the years it has become a museum of sorts for all generations to enjoy. With a 1958 Seeburg Jukebox, other coin-ops like Pepe the Dancing Clown and the mini Orchestra above the front door and plenty of nostalgic decorations, this diner is a haven to it’s regulars and a spectacle to newcomers. The idea behind the cafe is to serve delicious food and great milkshakes in a 1950’s diner atmosphere and they definitely succeed! 

 Luna Park is located at 2918 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 98126


Wednesday

Sunday

Fremont Solstice Parade

The Fremont Solstice Parade takes place on Summer Solstice Saturday in downtown Fremont.  The historic Fremont Solstice Parade is produced solely by the Fremont Arts Council, a non-profit organization, and they have been delighting crowds at the Center of the Universe with fantastic floats, marching bands, and other free-spirited street performances since 1989.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the Solstice Parade. Public art workshops are held early May through June to prepare for the parade.  For more information on joining the parade, please contact volunteer@fremontartscouncil.org or visit the website www.fremontartscouncil.org  for more information on ways to get involved.
The parade has been made famous (infamous!) by the inclusion of the Solstice Cyclists (Solstice Cylists.org), a celebration of 1500+ naked-but-painted bike riders, who are released onto the parade route before the start of the Solstice Parade.  This event celebrates the rebel in all of us!  It is a “nude not lewd” event, where families are welcome to watch their friends bare all, paint up, and ride through the streets of Fremont!
The parade ends at Gas Works park where you will find food trucks, a beer garden, art installations, and four stages of band performances.