Just Around the Corner: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

After being cancelled last year, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is well underway, running through April 30. The two main sites where you can visit and take photos are: Roozengaarde:  www.tulips.com Tulip Town:  tuliptown.com Visit the websites to purchase tickets before arriving. — Photos by David Carlos Mountlake Terrace resident David Carlos often submits photos and videos profiling…

Just around the corner: Tolt Congregational Church, Carnation

A brief history… Probably one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city of Carnation, the chapel wasn’t the original building for the church. The first church was destroyed in a fire in 1936. To help raise funds for a new chapel, Nan Fullerton Stuart, the wife of wealthy Carnation Farms owner Elbridge Stuart, started…

Just Around the Corner: Aplets and Cotlets nearing end of road

Probably going out of business: The 103-year-old Liberty Orchards, maker of Aplets and Cotlets, announced it will cease operations this June after fruitless attempts to find buyers of the company. If necessity is the mother of invention, that’s at the core of this enterprise. Farmers had lots of apple surpluses (to be expected in the…

Just Around the Corner: Marymoor Park windmill

The windmill at Marymoor Park in Redmond is on property originally owned in the early 1900s by banker and developer James Clise. Cattle and horses were raised on the property, which was called Willowmoor Farm. During a visit to the Netherlands, the Clise family fell in love with the windmills. Upon returning home, they had…

Just Around the Corner: Shoreline’s Black Coffee reopens

Black Coffee Northwest, at 16743 Aurora Ave. N. in Shoreline, has reopened after two days of being closed due to vandalism. This past Tuesday, swastikas were spray painted on the outside walls. Three months ago, Molotov cocktails were used to try to burn the building. The Black-owned coffee house has survived its first three months…

Just Around the Corner update: Green Lake Spud building is no more

The building housing the Green Lake Spud Fish and Chips in Seattle is no more. The 1959 building designed by architect Edward L. Cushman did not qualify for landmark status, and was torn down this week to make way for a 59-unit apartment complex. Spud Fish and Chips will return at the same spot once…

Just Around the Corner: Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

Here’s a video and commentary from David Carlos, who often submits photos profiling interesting places nearby. The Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve near Olympia is 445 acres containing hundreds of these bumps on the ground. There’s no conclusive explanation for how they got here. Theories range from the plausible–glacial ice melted, leaving deposits of soil…

Just Around the Corner; Custer — former home of Loretta Lynn

As of the year 2000, there were 299 residents in Custer, a small town just south of the Canadian border. Back in the 1950s-early ’60s, there was one special resident: Loretta Lynn, before she became a country star. Loretta, then 14, and her 21-year-old husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn, moved to Custer from Kentucky in search…

Just Around the Corner: Celebrating the Year of the Rat

The Seattle International District celebrated the Lunar New Year Saturday, Feb. 7, at Hing Hay Park. Events included lion and dragon dance performances, a hula dance, costume parade, martial arts demonstrations, children’s book reading, Korean and Hmong cultural performances, and Japanese Taiko drums. You are a “Rat” in Chinese Zodiac terms if you were born…

Just Around the Corner: The end of another Seattle landmark

First & Pike News at Pike Place Market closed Dec. 31 after 40 years in business. The corner news stand has been a local landmark at Pike Street and First Avenue, once offering over 2,500 types of magazines and newspapers from all over the world. Owner Lee Lauckhart, 78, plans to retire and work on…