summertime!

Summer in Seattle! It's hard to find a more beautiful place to be. Why travel when you can play tourist in your own city?

Schedule a visit to the Amazon Spheres and grab a General Porpoise doughnut in the Understory, check out the Wing Luke Museum (we can't wait to see sashiko artist Megumi Shauna Arai's new installation), visit the stunning new Nordic Museum and stop at the Ballard Locks (live music every weekend!) and Totem House for a fish-wich and shake.

Summer at SAM Thursdays and Saturdays at the Olympic Sculpture Park July 12 - August 23rd  Live music, food trucks, art-making, yoga, zumba, and more, all with a view of the Sound and Olympics.

Georgetown Garden Walk July 8th Without a doubt, the most interesting garden tour in the city with a mix of modern development and old-school charm, industrial elements and Georgetown whimsey. Share a Manny's with your garden host and make new friends.

Capitol Hill art walk July 12th and Ghost Gallery  Check out field tripper and artist Chris Cites show, AUSTRALIANS, featuring recreated 1920's mugshots done with acrylic on paper bags, runs through August 5th.

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival July 20 - 22 Come for the street dancing and stay for the shortcake, escape the city for the island life. Skip the ferry lines and reserve an electric bike at Vashon E-Bike, kayak rentals too!

Bicycle Sundays  June 24th, July 8th, July 15th Cruise Lake Washington Boulevard in style while it's closed to car traffic, don't forget a picnic lunch and your swimsuit.

Shakespeare in the Park starting July 13th  Greenstage will be celebrating their 30th year of performing in over twenty parks all over the city.

Bastille Day at Le Pichet July 14th, with France in the World Cup finals, this year's celebration should be especially lively! Live music and Parisian street food...vive la France!

U-pick berries, raspberries and blueberries will be ripe any minute -- discover a new favorite spot and support local farmers.

Rent a kayak or canoe at the UW Waterfront Activities Center, paddle through the lilly pads of Union Bay and the Arboretum.

May the sunshine and ice cream be plentiful and your living easy!

 

 

hello June!

Happy June! As we scale back our offerings in the summer to take advantage of the weather, family and all the fun happening in and around Seattle - we won't leave you hanging without lots of field trips to take advantage of. Here's our list of June favorites:

Honk Fest June 1st - 3rd If you like music and marching bands, don't miss this unique festival taking place in Georgetown, White Center and Columbia City featuring players from all over the country.

Bicycle Sundays June 3rd, 17th and 24th Bring a picnic lunch and cruise Lake Washington Boulevard (closed to car traffic for the day) - one of Seattle's finest summer traditions carries on!

Georgetown Carnival June 9th noon - 10 p.m.  Experience the creative energy and fun of Georgetown - complete with circus acts, power tool drag racing, bands, food, art and spontaneous spectacles. It's sure to be a highlight of your summer!

Strawberry season starting mid-June, whether you get them at the farmer's markets or visit a u-pic stand (we love Harvold Berry Farm in Carnation but find your favorite here), take advantage of these ruby delights!

Pioneer Square Rummage Sale and Ice Cream Social June 23rd  Don't miss the chance to shop for treasures from the neighborhood's best boutiques in the Heritage Room of E. Smith Mercantile  on their final weekend (we're sorry to seem them go!).

West Seattle Garden Tour June 24th  Gather inspiration while visiting 12 different gardens throughout West Seattle ... from fruit trees and edibles to bee hives and water features, this year's gardens have it all.

Free garden classes at City People's Garden Store - ongoing  Get new skills and everything you need for gardening at this beloved neighborhood institution.

Penguins in the Desert with author Eric Wagner June 26th at the Royal Room, Columbia City  Take a journey to Argentina to learn about the Magellanic penguins of Punta Tumbo. 

Field trip inspiration:  Catch the Water Taxi from Downtown to Seacrest Dock in West Seattle, grab some kimchi fried rice at Marination Ma Kai and rent bikes from Alki Kayak Tours to cruise the boardwalk. 

Cheers to summer!

 

 

know your people

Do you know where your food comes from?

In our digital age of Amazon Fresh and Blue Apron meal kits, it is easy to lose sight of the people who grow the crops, raise the animals and harvest the produce that fill our fridges. While technology has made shopping easier than ever, it is just as simple to support local farmers, fishermen and herbalists through CSA (community supported agriculture) programs. CSA's allow farmers to plan for their crop output and receive "seed money" in advance for the season ahead.  Each week, month or year, members receive their share from the people that work and care for the land and sea. For busy people that don't have time to go to weekly farmers' markets, most CSA's offer local pick up (usually right in your neighborhood) or home delivery. In our fast-paced world, these programs offer the chance to support small businesses and producers doing things right.

Whistling Train Farm is a family farm based in Kent, WA, and a longtime and beloved fixture at the West Seattle farmers' market (their beet greens are divine).  This year marks the 19th season of their CSA program. From the all you can pick peas, green beans and flowers (note the beauties above) from their farm to potlucks and work parties -- subscribers have the opportunity to truly connect with the soil along with the family who works it (and if you're extra lucky, you might even get to meet Mary Kate).

Collins Family Orchards is a fourth-generation family-run orchard in Selah, WA. Their apples, cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches and pears are unsurpassed in flavor and beauty. Subscribers can choose seasons and frequency of delivery, as well as receive subscriber pricing at farmers' markets. All these spring blossoms will soon be fruit, don't miss out!

Drifters Fish  Each summer, Michael and Nelly Hand return to Cordova, Alaska to catch wild salmon from the Copper River watershed. Using sustainable gillnetting practices, this husband and wife team offer a CSF (community-supported fishery) in which subscribers place pre-season orders to pick-up (at an end of season party, total blast) or have shipped in the fall. The salmon is flash frozen, filleted and packaged in serving-size portions for ultimate freshness and ease. During summer, you'll find their fresh catch (flown in weekly) on the menus of Seattle's finest restaurants including Canlis, The Walrus and the Carpenter and Ray's Boathouse. 

A Wild Light Apothecary Using plants from her own garden, along with those ethically foraged from the woods, herbalist Fern Wynn creates bitters, flower essences, salves and tinctures to support seasonal health and well-being. Subscribers can pick up their monthly boxes at Sugarpill Apothecary on Capitol Hill or have them shipped directly to their door. For anyone wanting to practice better self-care or explore herbal medicine, this CSA is the perfect gift.

These are just a handful of our favorites, but our region is chockfull of outstanding farms and producers  -- to find a CSA to suit you (including farms with grass-fed beef, farm fresh eggs, honey, bread, even flowers!) visit Puget Sound Fresh.

Eat better, live sustainably, connect with the Earth and support your local community!

photos: Drifters Fish, Whistling Train Farm, A Wild Light Apothecary, and Collins Family Orchards

spring!

Maybe the warmer temperatures are only a tease, but we're running with it -- spring is here along with opportunities to explore, taste and discover:

Learn about Seattle's public parks (we have over 400 of them!) with Linnea Westerlind, author of Discovering Seattle's Parks: A Local's Guide.  March 20th at the Royal Room, get tickets.

Catch the works of local, artist savant, Gregory Blackstock, at the Greg Kucera Gallery through March 31st.  One of our all-time favorites! 

Shellfish foraging with Langdon Cook and Bainbridge Parks. If you've always wanted to know how to dig for clams and harvest oysters, this is the season to do it!  To learn more, go here.

Seattle Art Museum's REMIX March 30th -- a night of art, story-telling, performance and dancing with DJ Riz Rolllins (!!!) -- don your color and sparkles and don't miss this feast for the senses!

Arboretum Loop Trail grand opening, April 8th from 12 - 3. After three years in the making, the newly opened trail will create a 2.5 mile loop through the Arboretum, just in time for viewing the blooming azaleas, rhododendrons and fruit trees.

The Mariners (opening day March 29th) and Sounders are back, catch a day game and cheer on Ichiro's return.

"Despite the forecast, live like it's spring." - Lilly Pulitzer

holiday of affection

Valentine's Day ... the sweetest holiday of the year.

Not the one with a bouquet of obligation-red roses, not the one with chocolate-dipped strawberries and sexy lingerie ... but the one with conversation hearts, handmade cards, dedicated love songs on the radio and genuine acts of affection for all who are dear. Whether you have a significant other or are flying solo this year -- celebrate love with the people (and animals) you adore. Didn't score Hamilton tickets?  Here are our favorite ways to celebrate love (and curiosity) this week:

Laugh yourself silly listening to tales of debauchery and adventure with writer and comedian Mamrie Hart while she reads from her latest book I've Got This Round at the Rainier Arts Center, February 12, get tickets here.

An horological lecture that journeys through history, art, celestial navigation and mechanical magic. Field tripper Brittany Nico Cox of Memoria Technica kicks off the series on February 13th at the Stimson Green Mansion

Skate-a-roake at the Southgate Roller Rink - that's right, karaoke and roller skating February 14th, $10 includes your skate rental.

Say it with a Pizza Gram, have Big Mario's deliver your affection with a heart-shaped pizza, rose and custom message on the box! February 14th from 12 - 10 p.m.

Grab your honey and learn to swing-- a new session of dance classes starts at the Century Ballroom February 18th!

Stay in with some take out and Say Anything (filmed in Seattle) ... is there anything more romantic that Lloyd Dobler?

We love you field trippers! xoxo

 

 

welcome 2018!

There's nothing like a sunny new year's day to inspire hope for what's to come. The Field Trip Society is more excited than ever to create opportunities that build community, inspire discovery and allow for play and creativity.  We'll see you in the woods, on the water, on city streets, park trails and beaches, art studios, restaurants and kitchens in 2018 ... we can't wait to explore with you.  Happy New Year!

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man. - Benjamin Franklin

merry merry

'Tis the season for music, merriment, family, friends and fun ... to maximize your enjoyment, we offer our event and gift guide ... everything you need to make spirits bright:

The Great Figgy Pudding caroling competition December 1st Westlake Park -- a chance to hear your favorite carols under the city lights, ride the holiday carousel, and visit this year's futuristic Gingerbread Village (new location: the City Centre).

Hama Hama Winter Farm Dinner December 2nd  A full moon, bonfires and fresh oysters at their peak ... yes please!

Holiday Hootenanny and Sing-a-long at the Royal Room December 9th, shows at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. "A boot-stomping, hand clapping evening of holiday classics, obscurities and originals." 

Equinox Studios Holiday "Very Open House"  December 9th 6 p.m. until midnight, over 125 artists make up this Creative Complex, come for music, poetry, food trucks, demos, dance and more.

SAM Lights December 14th at the Olympic Sculpture Park , wander through the sculptures while sipping something warm -- a chance to create art, hear music and enjoy the glow.

The Life and Death of Stars at the Henry Art Gallery with Atlas Obscura December 21st  Celebrate the Solstice while learning how stars are born, evolve and die with astrophysicist Anand Thirmualai.

Aged egg nog at the Sun Liquor Lounge, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a beloved Seattle tradition.

Sound of Music sing-a-long January 5 - 7th at the 5th Avenue Theatre, need we say more? FUN.

While we always champion the idea of giving the gift of experience, who doesn't love receiving a beautiful package? Support the small businesses that make Seattle such a marvelous city:

Future Nostalgia: this charming spot in Hillman City has the perfect gift for the bon vivant on your list -- fragrance from I Hate Perfume, candles from Tatine, and an assortment of unique 'objets' from decades come and gone.

Grapheme: this small letterpress in the Central District carries beautiful gifts for the typography, book and paper lover on your list.

Ben's Breads: who doesn't love organic, naturally-leavened bread? pick up a loaf (or a dozen of his outrageously delicious english muffins) and gift card at one of his weekend pop-ups.

Sugarpill Apothecary: chocolates, jams, spices, honey, salt, bitters and so much more - every taste under the sun in this gorgeous shop on Capitol Hill.

Happy Holidays Field Trippers!  May your days be merry and bright. 

 

 

autumn

Nothing compares to the beauty of autumn -- take advantage of the season with these favorite field trip ideas!

While the soil temperatures are still warm and the rains will ensure proper watering, fall is the ideal time to plant bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees.  It's also an excellent time to take advantage of these great plant sales:

Peony Sale at Full Bloom Farm October 7th and 8th on Lummi Island - here you'll find rare and heirloom peony varieties grown without pesticides.  Can't make it to the island? Order online and have beauty in your garden for years to come!

Native Plant Sale at Seward Park Audubon Center October 14th and 15th - in addition to being easy to care for, native plants will bring birds, pollinators and beauty to your yard.

City People's Garden Store, not only do they offer fantastic and FREE gardening glasses, now is the time to stock up at their outdoor nursery sale.

New hobby: mushroom hunting!  Learn from writer Langdon Cook on our wild edible walk October 19th, then head to the Wild Mushroom show October 21st and 22nd at Bellevue Community College to see over 200 varieties of fungi in the flesh.  

While we're happy to forego the "pumpkin spice" madness of the season, it isn't fall until we've had the pumpkin doughnuts at the Original Bakery in West Seattle -- truly the best in the city!

Fall day trip -- after grabbing Original Bakery doughnuts for breakfast, hop on the Fauntleroy ferry to Vashon Island.  Explore the idyllic island and its wonderful farm stands, nurseries, hikes (look out for fungi!), orchards (don't miss the marvelous Nashi Orchards and a chance to taste their outstanding ciders and perrys!), and restaurants.

Don't have a whole day? Take a fall foliage walk through the Kubota Garden in Rainier Beach - the maples will leave you breathless. Even better -- free garden tours offered on Saturdays at 10 a.m. through the month of October.