Upper Kittitas County is brimming with talented, burgeoning artists, and this is your chance to come out and experience it in person.  This Saturday, for Roslyn’s annual Student Art Walk, the city’s many businesses will become home to a vast collection of local art. Students from pre-school through high school have been working hard to prepare pieces, and all will be on display.  Moreover, in Roslyn, art is not just a spectator sport. Students young and old can make original art at “Try-It” stations that will be located throughout town.
The event will also feature local student music! The high school jazz band and choir will be performing at Stonehouse 101, and soloists from the elementary school will be playing at Basecamp Books and Bites.  So, bring the family and show your support of the arts while enjoying the works of aspiring local artists and musicians… you’ll be glad you did!

 

Glenn BurkhartFor 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.Roslyn Trails App

boatsThe Brick Saloon is well known for its 23 foot long running water spittoon at the foot of the bar.  But on Saturday, March 11th, 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.

Do you want to experience Winter in Roslyn, but can’t actually make it here to visit this year?  Now you can enjoy a 360 degree video experience! Use your mouse to navigate within the video below, or view it in any YouTube compatible virtual reality device.  Of course, it’s not as good as the real thing, but we hope it makes you feel a bit like being here!

Santa and FriendsThe snow is falling and the Christmas season is in full swing in Roslyn! In addition to the great restaurants and shops worth visiting, there is also plenty of holiday fun to be had. First, don’t miss your chance for photos with Santa and friends in the historic NWI building mall. They’ll be here for a visit between noon and 3pm on Saturday the 10th and 17th. The mall hosts some fantastic local businesses, including Fused, Roslyn Rags, Hope Gallery, and Willy Nilly Antiques and Relicology. On Saturday, December 10th, the Red Bird Café (located across the street from the NWI building) will also be offering free gift wrapping with all donations going to support a local woman who is currently battling leukemia.

On Saturday December 17th at 3pm, come celebrate the Solstice at the Roslyn Yard. Create your own yule log, then take a luminaria lit walk through the Roslyn Urban Forest and enjoy a short story by fire light. A donation of $20 for families and $10 for couples is suggested (proceeds to support the Roslyn and Ellensburg Outdoor Schools).

There is also plenty going on at Suncadia during Winterfest 2016. Experience the thrill of downhill tubing through the snow with the ease of a rope tow to bring you back to the top! Three hour time blocks are $20 per person and includes use of the tube and the rope tow (weather permitting). Suncadia also offers ice skating at the outdoor rink located at the Village Pavilion. These are just a couple of the activities in Suncadia, so check out the 2016 Winterfest Guide for full details on times, costs, and scheduled activities.

While in the area, be sure to check out the other great shops and restaurants in town, including:

Suncadia Tubing


Labor Day Weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year in upper Kittitas County. On Saturday, the two day High Country Log Show starts at 1pm, providing a weekend of entertaining logging competitions and fun for the entire family. Saturday night, consider visiting the Roslyn, Ronald, Cle Elum Heritage Club’s All Nation’s Heritage Night celebration at Hawthorne Hall in the neighboring town of Ronald.  The event celebrates all nations and will feature live music, Glondo’s sausage, a dessert table, and even a raffle.  The Heritage ParadeClub will also be holding the traditional Coal Miners Crowning of King Coal at the Miners’ Memorial in Roslyn on Sunday at 10am, just before the annual parade at noon.  While in town, be sure to explore the great downtown shops (including those in the historic NWI building) take in some music at The Roslyn Yard,  and browse the popular Sunday Farmers Market! Come for a day or come for the weekend, either way, you’ll be glad you did!

 

DuckfestIf you’re out at the Brick for Happy Hour this Friday and you hear some nearby quacking, it’s likely you have just waddled into a 10 years running local event called Duckfest.  Originally started as a neighborhood BBQ back in the Summer of 2007, Duckfest has evolved into a local tradition that includes royalty, special handshakes, majestic attire, rubber duck races, and good times with friends new and old.  To organize the first Duckfest, it was decided a royal court needed to be formed to manage the planning, and thus, the first King and Queen of Duckfest were crowned.  The first year was a potluck style party where neighbors came together with food and home brewed beer to spend an evening under the stars chatting and playing guitars around a fire.  Over time, new traditions developed, including the rubber duck races that commence in the Brick’s 23 foot long running water spittoon (Friday, August 19th this year).  The races usually kick off with a toast given by the reigning King and Queen over a round of Duckfarts.  Following the races, the Duckfesters and new found friends parade to other establishments, often with instruments and dressed in grand attire.  The Friday festivities are open to anyone who wishes to participate in this Roslyn style fun.  Just show up at the Brick and join in with the crowd.   Later in the weekend, a locals only Duckfest event is held to celebrate the company of friends, enjoy live music, and crown the new King and Queen, who will carry the tradition forward into the following year.  Duckfest is just another example of how fun it is to live in the unique and wonderfully quacktastic city of Roslyn.

doggie_olympicsThis weekend, Roslyn is once again going to the dogs!  The ARRF Animal Rescue Doggie Olympics will be held Saturday July 23rd at Runje Park.  The annual ARRF Doggie Olympics supports a great cause and is fun for the entire family!  Bring the kids and bring the dogs for a morning packed full of fun K9 competitions, including:

  • Doggie Dash
  • Dunking for Dogs
  • Peanut Butter Lick
  • Musical Hoops
  • Most Unusual Trick
  • Frisbee Throw
Registration opens at 9:30am with the games kicking of at 10:00am.  Each competition is $5 to enter and you may pick and choose the competitions you’d like to participate in.  Of course, all proceeds go toward helping ARRF ensure every pet has a home!

Come celebrate the arts during the 2016 Roslyn Art Festival on August 5th and 6th.  In addition to the many different types of art on display, you can look forward to a Friday night street dance, a Saturday wine reception,  and “try-it” stations that enable anyone to exercise their inner artist.  Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed between 1st and 2nd street starting at 7:30pm Friday night for family friendly street dancing. The wine reception Saturday will take place from 7pm to 9:30pm at Basecamp Books and Bites and include hors d’oeuvres crafted by Rustic Root Catering Company (tickets for the reception can be purchased at roslynartfestival.org).  The Roslyn Art Festival aims to promote art and artists and also celebrate the historical qualities of Roslyn, Washington.  So come on out to show your support and celebrate the Arts, Roslyn style!