Mark Your Calendars: October Short Forays and more…


AAA Journey Magazine (bimonthly) is a good source of upcoming events.

Looking for something interesting and fun to do in this Indian Summer?

Sept 30-October 2ndTrucktoberfest second annual…a large selection of food and drink from local food trucks, outdoor film festival and family-friendly day fun on Sunday, South Lake Union Discovery Center. Details were not all in at time of publication so call 206.547.2577. Plan B: so much going on in this neighborhood, check out the calendar of events.

October 7th, 8th and 9th – I really advise you to get tickets to the Seattle Pops series. They sell out!

First up: Cirque de la Symphonie returns to the Benaroya Hall stage with an all-new program of awe-inspiring physical feats of power and beauty! Paired with the music from blockbuster movie classics, including Indiana Jones, Batman, Back to the Future, Harry Potter and West Side Story, this thrill ride includes the spectacle of acrobats, jugglers and aerial flyers soaring high above the heads of the orchestra.

And, look at all the other offerings this year and ticket deals!

Early Warning – Sneak Peek: Look for the $29 sale, which is from the 8th to the 15th of October. You can visit the website – essentially a large number of concerts in the season will be available for $29 orchestra level tickets with a minimum of a three concert purchase.  Info will be on the website by October 5th.

Again, this is one of my favorite culture venues in Seattle with its wonderful acoustics, vast programming and good deals: Create Your Own Series, My Symphony, Teen Tix and Family Connections a few more to look into!

October 7-8thFall Arts Walk Olympia WA – Businesses open their doors to artists with demonstrations, hands-on activities and street performance

Place to stay: We loved the Best Western Plus Lacy rated number 1 on Trip Advisor. (I’ll be writing more about our 2 days away in Olympia last week-end.) Other options include some interesting looking B and B’s…all full last week-end when we were there.

October 7-9th
St. Demetrios Greek Festival, a popular event with lots going on. 9pm on Friday, October 7th; 10am – 9pm on Saturday, October 8th and noon – 7pm on Sunday, October 9th. Seattle’s Greek Festival remains one that still offers free admission and parking, with free shuttle service offered from both the Seattle Prep Parking Garage and Montlake Elementary School Playground on Saturday and Sunday during festival hours.

And more to take you through to the end of the month, (finger crossed on the good weather!) and the next October event:

Silent Reading Party invented by the editors of the Stranger…every first Wednesday of the month at the Sorrento hotel in the Fireside room they say you may not get a seat. An evening of reading silently while food and drinks are served and the piano plays softly in the background with Paul Matthew Moore at the keyboard. All ages, free.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor’s Center– “Arrive curious. Leave inspired.” Free, next to Seattle Center, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. Free group tours may be schedules in advance.

Seattle’s Most BORING Exhibit SR 99 Tunnel Project– You love to hate it… but, would you like to see it up close? Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm, Wednesdays-Fridays, Noon to 1pm, Saturdays Noon-1pm and 3-4pm. Free.

Skyview Observatory Floor 73 at the Columbia Tower (click the link to see the view!) – 10am-8pm – $14.75 adults, $9 seniors 55 & over, same for military and children 6-12, under 6 free. They have a Café. Happy Hour 3-6 and all day Sunday.

Smith Tower once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi. An historic exhibit and Café and bar. – $10-$12, 206.624-0414. 206-624-0424

October 29-30
Dia de Muertos – Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead (“remembering our departed”)…music, dancing arts and crafts. Seattle center, free. One of my favorite souvenirs we ever bought was a miniature mariachi band of skeletons stuffed in a little traditionally painted worry doll box from one of our trips south. We are Day of the Dead fans!

Two News You Can Use Items:

Use DowntownSeattleParking.com – garage rates are either $3/hr or $7 flat rate (tax included).

The Stranger Fall Performance Guide…browse the issue….see you at some of the events…you’ll read about some as well in upcoming blogs.

Bonus: This season makes me want to cook comfort food. I wanted to share my family’s very favorite easy fall cake recipe. This recipe I got when my oldest was in kindergarten and they had their Thanksgiving feast (30 some years ago!) – so simple and so good:

Gingerbread Apple Walnut Cake

Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cake and Cookie Mix

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

  1. Pour mix into ungreased 8 or 9 inch square pan
  2. Add 1 ¼ cups water and an egg, stir till well mixed with a fork
  3. Cut up one apple in small pieces sprinkle over mix (I love Honeycrisp or Jonagolds)
  4. Break up walnuts into pieces about a ½ cup or so
  5. Use fork to mix up a bit
  6. Sprinkle a handful of brown sugar over the top
  7. Bake per instruction 30-40 minutes and check to see toothpick comes out clean.

When cool enough to cut.Take squares of cake and sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar and lemon juice. Serve and sit in front of a fire and enjoy with tea or coffee.

Whipped cream can’t hurt!

The cookies are pretty good as well – recipe on box.

One more for you at Sunset magazine: Apple Cream Torte

Enjoy…Let me know what you are cooking up for fall favorites and for your Short Forays – click on the “leave a reply” link below.

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