Friday, July 4, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sunday, May 18, 2014
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 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
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.
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
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!