Have you ever wanted to go back in time and see Roslyn when it was the bustling coal mining town of the late 1800s and early 1900s? Roslyn Through Time, a new book by author Sue Litchfield, might just be the next best thing. The 96 page book is filled with interesting history and anecdotes about the rise of Roslyn and the people who called it home. Each page contains a modern day recreation of an historic photo, along with insightful information about the places, dates, and events captured within them. While the recreation of the photos was undoubtedly no small effort, they provide amazing context to the original photos by orienting the reader. Likewise, seeing just how much things have (and haven’t) changed over the years is an adventure unto itself. Roslyn Through Time is and joy to read and is a must-have book for any fan of Roslyn and the city’s rich history.
The Brick Saloon is well known for its 23 foot long running water spittoon at the foot of the bar. But on Saturday, March 10th, the bar stools are removed and the spittoon will be transformed into a 23 foot river raceway that attracts boating competitors from far and wide. There are four separate race classes, but the most fiercely competitive category is the wooden boat class. The Brick will open at 10am on the 11th for weigh in, and the races will kick off at noon. Following the races, be sure to stick around for The Brick Nautical Ball. If you enjoy good beer, fun folks, the spirit of competition, and music that gets you dancing – there is no better event to attend than the Spittoon Races and Nautical Ball at the Brick Saloon.
Official Classes and Specifications:
- Class 1: Soap/Wax boats (can’t weigh more than 1 oz.)
- Class 2: Wood boats (can’t weigh more than 1 oz.)
- Class 3: Paper/Plastic boats (can’t weigh more than 1 oz.)
- Class 4: Motor & Experimental boats (can’t weigh more than 1.5 oz.)
All boats may be waterproofed but must not exceed 3” long, 1 ½” wide and 3” in height. There are no mechanical or other means of propulsion allowed except in the “Experimental Class”. There is a $10 entry fee per boat in all classes except for wood. The wood category is $5 per boat because it is run in a single elimination format until it gets down to the final four, at which time the races turn to double elimination. All other classes are double elimination from start to finish. Visit the Brick or the Brick’s website to ensure you have the most up to date information and rules, and check out past videos to get a sense of what it’s all about: 2012, 2011.
Visiting Roslyn with your pets? Don’t worry if you forget any supplies because Whole Pet has you covered! Recently opened on the corner of West Washington and North 2nd Street, Whole Pet won’t leave you or your furry friends wanting more. Food, treats, toys, leashes, collars, and grooming supplies are just a sampling of the items waiting to delight your dog or cat. We even found a full assortment of pet garments ranging from sweaters to socks! Once your four legged loved ones have had their fill, there is plenty appease their pet loving humans; like stickers, mugs, greeting cards, coloring books and more. So don’t forget about your animal pals when you come to town – show them you care with a gift from Whole Pet!
Bar Wars was another epic event this year – the biggest battle yet! Congratulations and thanks for all of the great participation, donations, and outstanding sportsmanship! For those that don’t know, Bar Wars is an annual water balloon war between the patios of Marko’s Place and the Roslyn Eagles. This year, the trophy went to Marko’s, but the real winners are the charities this event is designed to support. The event raised nearly $3000 to split between ARRF and the Roslyn Library.
As previously noted, the only word that accurately describes this year’s event is “epic!” All totalled, over 12,000 water balloons were thrown. Eagles came on strong early, barraging Marko’s with a torrent of balloons. Paired with the blaring Star Wars Soundtrack echoing out of the Eagles patio sound system, the 696 were truly laying down liquid terror from the sky. However, before long, Marko’s was able to push their way out into no-man’s land and fight from the alley (thanks largely to custom shields many participants made in advance of the battle). In addition to balloons and shields, there was also no shortage of super soakers, giant sling shots, and water buckets. Marko’s even had an archer (armed with a water balloon firing bow) laying down sniper fire from the neighboring Hideaway’s patio. Then, just as the mayhem seemed to reach its peak, insurgents joined in from the street with the full power of the Roslyn Fire Department. Both the Eagles and Marko’s had no choice but to endure the drenching wrath of the fire hoses – which many likened to being affronted by one of the dragons in Game of Thrones. Through it all, both sides battled fiercely until every Bar Wars T-Shirt worn by the Eagles and every superhero costume worn by many of the Marko’s fighters were soaked to the core. About 45 minutes after the battle began, referee Gus blew the horn to signal war time had once again transitioned back to peace.
Thanks also to everyone who went above and beyond to raise money ahead of the event as well. Raffle prizes and fund raising efforts supported by The Roslyn Candy Company, The Roslyn Grocery, Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company, Hope Gallery, Cicely’s Gift Shop, Roslyn Rags, Fused, Whole Pet, Jeb’s Pet Supply, the Eagles, The Roslyn Roadhouse and WhyRoslyn were all essential to the success of the event! Congrats on a great Bar Wars, and see you all again in 2018!
The Roslyn Farmers Market starts this weekend! It runs from 10am to 2pm on Sunday, and will be open every Sunday until September 10th. Be sure to swing by for music, arts and crafts, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, tasty treats, activities and more. Come for the market and stay for the day, there is plenty of fun to be had in Roslyn!
In July, Roslyn goes to the dogs with the city’s first ever Canine Festival! The main attraction of this dog gone day is the DockDog Competition. This will be the second time DockDogs have brought their competition to Roslyn to face off on a 40 foot dock looming over a 26,000 gallon pool that will be constructed in Runje Field. Owners and their dogs compete in three categories: Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve. This year, first timers are even welcome to register and try out some dock diving. Between waves, you’ll have no lack of entertainment as you’re invited to visit the vendors or enjoy the beer garden. It’s going to be a great time for you and your furry friends, so come on out to Roslyn July 7, 8 and 9th.
For owner Glenn Burkhart, the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company (NBIC) is a labor of love. Though it opened in 2014 on 2nd street, the bicycle rental and service shop only recently moved to its current home on Pennsylvania Avenue. The bike shop rents and services bicycles and also carries a wide assortment of products to ensure you have everything you need to ride the roads or the local trails.
Glenn has enjoyed bike riding for as long as he can remember, so the most important goal of the shop is to help spread the joy of riding in Roslyn. “I’m really passionate about the area. I love the climate, I love the ecology that we have here,” Glenn says, “secondly, I want to support the community.” The staff is always happy to provide local trail information to help you on your way. In the Spring and Summer, the NBIC also organizes group rides, often on Saturday mornings, where bikers can just show up and join a ride. “It’s just an awesome, magical thing when people are group riding, enjoying each other’s company, enjoying the weather, and enjoying riding bikes.” Keep an eye on their Facebook page for those opportunities and be sure to check out the interactive Roslyn trail map available on their website.
The name of the shop, NorthWest Bicycle Improvement Company (a play on the historic Northwest Improvement Company that served as the company store during Roslyn’s coal mining era) is only partially tongue and cheek. The team provides a wide set of bicycle maintenance, tune-up, and repair services to help you keep your bike performing at its best. Likewise, since the team at the shop possess decades of combined experience working on bicycles, you can be sure you’ll have only top talent repairing or optimizing your ride.
One thing visitors to Roslyn are quick to notice is the number fat tire bikes. While not exclusively used for Winter riding, fat bikes are ideal for riding in snowy conditions and they help make riding a year-round recreation. The wide tires provide more grip in the snow, and when the snow melts, they’re great for sand as well (of course, fat tire bikes are available for rent at the shop). Another emerging trend is bikepacking. As the name implies, bikepacking is like backpacking, except you load up your bike with the necessary provisions and make your escape for days at a time. If you’re feeling adventurous, a variety of gear and carrying systems are available for transforming your ride into a two wheeled caravan.
If you’re not comfortable on wheels, Snowshoes are also available for rent. However, if you’re looking to enjoy a ride in Roslyn, regardless of whether you have a bike or need a bike, there is no better place to start your adventure than the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company! Stop by and let Glenn get you started on your Roslyn ride!
Need a hand finding your way around the Roslyn network of trails? The Roslyn Trails Alliance, with support from a large group of local sponsors, maintains a detailed trail map that will help you on your way. The map is available here as a standalone PDF file. When paired with the Avenza Maps App, your phone’s GPS will place you within the map so you can easily navigate the area. Both the map and download instructions for the Avenza Trail App are available at the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company’s website.
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