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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!

 

Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.

 

Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level
http://www.irishclub.org

Get ready to taste and have fun this March in Madison Park and Madison Valley! The following events are certain to delight.

Throughout March: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In March, the workshops offered are as follows:

Throughout March: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout March for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • March 3rd, Ca del Baio Piedmont, 2-4pm
  • March 4th, Spanish Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • March 10th, Woodward Canyon, 2-4pm
  • March 11th, French Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • March 11th, Eric Brown Artist Reception, 3-5pm
  • March 17th, Alcesti, Sicily, 2-4pm
  • March 18th, South American Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • March 24th, TBD, 2-4pm
  • March 25th, Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • March 31st, TBD, 2-4pm

March 1: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

March 12: Rover’s Winter Pop Up IX
6:30pm | Luc
Enjoy an evening of fine dining with much-loved Chef Thierry Rautureau and the Luc team for a Rover’s Pop Up! On March 12th, the evening will feature a multi-course dinner and wine pairing. Tickets are $350/person (includes tasting menu, wine pairings, tax and gratuity). Reserve your seats soon, as these events tend to book up quickly.

March 18: St. Patrick’s Day Sunday Supper
6pm | Volunteer Park Cafe
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Volunteer Park Cafe with a special dinner from Chef Ericka Burke. Dishes include a beer cheese spread and soda bread, corned beef with colcannon, creamed cabbage, honey glazed carrots, and an Irish apple cake for dessert. The cost is $45/person, and reservations are required.

March 22: Faustino Wine Dinner
6:30pm | The Harvest Vine
The Harvest Vine is hosting Maria Stevens from Bodega Faustino for a wine dinner on March 22nd. There will be five courses and wine pairings, with special food delights from Chef Joey Serquinia to feature Faustino’s wonderful wines. Tickets are $125/person and include dinner, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

Photo: Jony Ariadi

Has someone ever done something kind and unexpected for you? Have you ever wanted to return the favor? Saturday, February 10th is designated as Neighbor Day, a day set aside for random. or planned, acts of kindness.

So what does Neighbor Day entail? Seattle.gov posted a helpful list (see above link) of ideas and ways to extend kindness in your community and beyond. It’s a way to reach out (often neglected in our busy, digital world) to an individual or group of people. It’s initiating conversation or good works with a neighbor or even a stranger, and to pay it forward. Unlike commercialized holidays with often added stress and expectations, people don’t expect anything on Neighbor Day, so are often pleasantly surprised when someone reaches out to do something nice for them.

We live in a world where events are currently accelerating at a rapid pace, and not always in a good way. But even in the midst of war (physical and digital), shady political agendas (usually not in our favor), and weather intensified by global warming (fires, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis), there are always individuals striving, and making, a positive difference in someone else’s life. We don’t need to wait for a catastrophic event to take action: it can be found in the brownies we bake, the laundry we carry/wash for someone, the dog we walk, or a smile or word to lighten your neighbor’s day.

Let’s strive, in some small way, to make every day a Neighbor Day.

Check out some of the things to do in Madison Park and Madison Valley throughout February…

Throughout February: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In February, the workshops offered are as follows:

Throughout February: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout February for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • World Wine Values, February 3rd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, February 4th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fruilli & Veneto Tasting, February 10th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, February 11th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Spanish Wine Tasting, February 17th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, February 18th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Animale Tasting, February 24th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, February 25th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

February 1: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

February 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner in Madison Valley
5pm — Close | Madison Valley
Several of the top restaurants in the neighborhood are offering a special prix-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. The Harvest Vine’s is five courses for $90/person, Cafe Flora is offering a four-course vegetarian menu (vegan available) for $75/person, and Luc is offering one, but details are TBD.