Climbing the stairs of Queen Anne

Queen Anne stairs mapWednesday, May 28, was a banner evening for attendees at the annual meeting of the Queen Anne Historical Society at the Queen Anne Branch. Thomas Horton, an architectural designer, gave a fascinating and colorful presentation on the public stairways of Queen Anne Hill, showing various types of stairs, the materials of which they are made and some history of specific stairways. At the end of the talk, a folding map, created by Mr. Horton and the Queen Anne Continue reading “Climbing the stairs of Queen Anne”

Summer reading program — for adults!

watermelon on stack of booksIt’s Summer Reading time! String up the hammock, pour a glass of lemonade and dive into those beach reads you’ve waited all winter to enjoy. Read, or listen to, three books, write brief reviews and turn in your entry form at any Seattle Public Library. Your reviews will be anonymously displayed to give your neighbors ideas of what to read next, and your name will be entered into a drawing to win a beautiful Booklover’s Bag featuring the artwork (left) of Seattle artist Margaret Chodos-Irvine. We’ll give away one book bag at each branch each week throughout the summer.  A huge thank you to the Friends of The Seattle Public Library for their support of this program.

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All Robbins all evening: a Pacific Northwest Ballet Preview

Pacific Northwest Ballets dancers inDiscover the artistry of choreographer Jerome Robbins at a lecture and video preview of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s program, All Robbins. All Robbins includes three ballets: Fancy Free, In the Night and The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody) with music by Leonard Bernstein and Chopin.

Doug Fullington, Educational Programs Manager at PNB will discuss the cheorographer and the three ballets and answer questions Continue reading “All Robbins all evening: a Pacific Northwest Ballet Preview”

Historic Preservation in Fremont

Fremont HouseIf you’re familiar with Fremont you know it has old and interesting architectural treasures gracing its streets. Ever wondered what the history of these buildings might be? Come to the Fremont Library during the month of May and see the marvelous display provided by the Fremont Historical Society celebrating preservation and adaptive reuse of historic Fremont buildings. Volunteers contributed time researching the buildings’ histories, interviewing current and former property owners Continue reading “Historic Preservation in Fremont”

Reflecting on Baltic Rites of Spring IV

Traditional Estonia Village Dance performed by Thousand Winds dancersphoto courtesy of Leszek ChudzinskiAfter weeks of cold weather, co-hosts Leszek Chudzinski and Maryte Racys awaited this year’s Baltic Rites of Spring with trepidation. To produce a joyful celebration, Primavera’s arrival at 1000 Fourth Avenue (the Central Library) in Seattle was an absolute must. Would She ever arrive?

Finally, She appeared on April 26! Trumpets flared and Thousand Winds, the Estonian Seattle Dance Group, took the world over. They evoked the spirit of Tallinn, their ancient capital, the Baltic Coast, forests and meadows. As they danced, we rejoiced with them. Soon, too soon, the Thousands Winds swept off the stage; promising to return, one day.

Lietutis performing a Lithuanian Star pattern, photo courtesy of Leszek Chudzinski

 The applause had not died out, images of merry dancing were still swirling in the air, when Lietutis, (Gentle Rain), the Lithuanian Dance Group , stormed the stage. First, the adult dancers made the world fly with the Fight of the Swallows, and other traditional dances.

Next, 12-year-old Vaiva Palunas sang a cappella like a meadowlark, as if in a chapel. The Lietutis Children’s Group pranced on stage and won everyone’s hearts, for children never take a wrong step and get Continue reading “Reflecting on Baltic Rites of Spring IV”