Friday, June 27, 2014

Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration 2014

I had the good fortune to be in Leavenworth on Saturday, June 21, 2014. It was day 3 of the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration. The Northwest Accordion Society has been hosting this event for over 25 years.

I can't think of more perfect setting than Leavenworth, Washington to have this 4 day festival with its "Bavarian Village" theme, nestled in Mission Valley on the Wenatchee River and surrounded by the Cascade Mountains.

Leavenworth, Washington.

My Dad, Al Fabre, would have had a blast today! He was an exceptionally gifted accordionist of many styles and played professionally for almost 50 years. I kind of felt like I was his ambassador this day and really enjoyed meeting a few of his old friends that knew and/or studied with him.

Accordions on display at the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration.

So many beautiful accordions of all sizes and colors. I haven't been around accordions for several years with the exception of catching an occasional performance by John Giuliani Jr., another family friend and gifted musician.

Accordions of every color and size in Leavenworth WA at the Accordion Festival, June 21, 2014.

I want to get this on my calendar for next year soon. I only had the one day to be there but seeing all of these accordions and hearing some great players in the Front Street Park in Leavenworth really made a call to my soul.

A beautiful wood grain Petosa accordion.

Dad met Joe Petosa Sr. back in the late 1940's and ever since then he exclusively played Petosa Accordions for the rest of his long career. They had a great friendship and a lot of respect for each other. Petosa built him a few one of kind custom accordions to fit his slender fingers and added a few extra keys to his liking.

As I mentioned above, Dad played clubs for years and had a very loyal base of fans that followed him everywhere he played around the Pacific Northwest. He also taught lessons in our home in Earlington, Renton, Washington in his studio downstairs. Hardly a day went by we didn't hear accordions most of the day growing up. Great memories!

Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration
Northwest Accordion Society
Petosa Accordions

Ballet, untitled 1980

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Love those big flat bottom boats.

The Washington State Ferries.

I can’t imagine a Washington without those big flat bottom boats. They’re part of our Pacific Northwest consciousness. So many of our towns around here are on the waterfront. For me it’s a fun way to get somewhere, but for thousands everyday it’s part of their daily commute.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Arctic Club Seattle

The Arctic Club building in Seattle was built in 1916. It's now a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. I worked on the 2nd floor for Northwestern Title Company from 1984 to 1990 when the building was owned by the City of Seattle. It's a beautiful old building and I love the Northern Lights Dome Room. This huge room has a leaded-glass domed ceiling complete with Rococo motifs. The light is filtered through the domes colored glass and makes for a wonderful atmosphere. As a hotel, it's was beautifully restored in 2008 with great attention and detail to its original glory.

The Arctic Club Seattle - a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.

The Arctic Club was a fraternal organization originally formed in 1908 by those who returned to Seattle after striking it rich in Alaska in the Klondike Gold Rush.

The Arctic Building     The Arctic Club Seattle

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fircrest Golf Club

Over the years I’ve attended several events at the Fircrest Golf Club. In late March I was at the annual Realtors® Awards Luncheon to celebrate achievements of my long time clients and friends.

It was a great afternoon and so much fun! Last week I was going through my camera and I came across this particular take from a bunch of shots I took when we were leaving. I was with my good friend and colleague Janet Matzke. When I saw this scene I yelled, “Pull over, pull over!” I think I startled her, yet she knows me and we both enjoy those wonderful moments of discovery.

I’m reminded what a beautiful place this truly is, the Fircrest Golf Course, on this rather moody sunny blustery late afternoon in spring.

Looking over the green at the Fircrest Golf Club at a tree in bloom in late March 2014.

The Fircrest Golf Club opened in 1924 and resides within the small incorporated City of Fircrest, Washington, adjacent east to University Place and (more or less) surrounded by the City of Tacoma. It’s a beautiful little community that incorporated in 1925 with a population of just under 6,000 residents in about 2,500 households.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Jealous in Seattle.

Driving through downtown Seattle the other day and at the red light I was thinking a coffee sounded real good and there's Starbucks at 4th and Union. I was tempted for a second to use the parking space right out front but noticed the sign...

CONSUL LICENSED VEHICLES ONLY... TOW-AWAY ZONE.

Now that's what I could use. My very own reserved parking spot downtown and just for me!