I spent Saturday downtown. That is, after I got a good sleep-in, two solid cups of coffee and eventually slithered out of the house. It was a mild day, no real rain, but lots of gray clouds. Every year, Olympia’s community spills to the streets to participate in the Procession of the Species for ArtsWalk as a way to mark the incoming of spring, nature, and the general beauty around us. I managed to catch a few of the galleries, respectfully restrained from photos within each exhibit, and headed to the Cascadia Grill to listen to The Burren Boys. They put on a great set of uptempo Irish music in a relaxed atmosphere. I love seeing the community come together to celebrate art, music, nature in one weekend. If only downtown always had such a joyful bustle to it….
…is how I describe the Fremont Solstice Parade. Colors, Art, and Laughter are the main themes to ring in Summer. This eclectic neighborhood of Seattle used to be the location of office when I was living in Seattle and working for Creative Living Services. Let me describe Fremont for a moment; the neighborhood motto is “delibertas quirkas,” the freedom to be peculiar. This suits the art community and free spirits of the Seattle Area. The homes are interesting and beautiful, the view of the city is breathtaking on a clear day. It is home to GasWorks Park, which on a sunny day, can be sprinkled with sunbathers, kites, and general relaxation. Many beautiful days I found myself migrating towards the top of the hill there to read and take in the view of the Emerald City. The Troll also lives there, and he is a great representation of the artistic view on urban living that Fremont residents have. It is a fun community with great places to have a bite to eat, visit, and enjoy.
The Solstice Parade has a community of its own. Before the “actual” parade, a large group of folks strip down, paint up, hop on their bikes and take to the road in a colorful and hilarious showing of guts and humor.
Community Groups get together to celebrate summer in the ways they know best, art, dance, music. Pure Joy.