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. The Heritage Club will 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, you’ll be glad you did!
Just before you reach Roslyn, nestled on the East side of the 903, you’ll find the recently opened Coal Chute Cafe & Pub. Care and craftsmanship has gone into making the environment inviting and the food delicious. There is ample seating indoors, and also an outdoor patio that overlooks the Duck Town neighborhood of Roslyn. The restaurant serves both breakfast and dinner, and offers coffee, espresso drinks, beer, and specialty cocktails. We visited for breakfast (served until 11am) and pored over a menu featuring classic breakfasts, skillets, scrambles, specialty egg dishes, and more. I landed on the Meat Lover’s Skillet (pictured) and found it to be both tasty and filling. A nearby patron was very pleased with his Eggs Benedict while his family enjoyed Pancakes and Fresh Fruit. If you’re visiting Roslyn, be sure to consider this great new dining option on your way into town.
There’s nothing quite like Roslyn Summer nights, and now there is a great way to enjoy them! From now until early October, Basecamp Book and Bites is hosting an outdoor cinema series in The Roslyn Yard. Admission is free (though donations to the Roslyn Fire Department are a welcomed way to show your appreciation). Movies will begin at sunset and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring a blanket so you can relax with your family and enjoy the feature. The full schedules can be found below:
- June 23 – Northern Exposure Episode 1
- June 30 – Northern Exposure Episide 2
- July 7 – Northern Exposure Episide 3
- July 14 – Northern Exposure Episode 8
- July 21 – Toy Story
- July 28 – Northern Exposure Episode 5
- August 4 – Little Mermaid
- August 11 – Lion King
- August 18 – Up
- August 25 – Meet the Robinsons
- September 1 – Walle
- September 8 – Monster’s Inc.
- September 15 – Explorers
- September 22 – Incredibles
- September 29 – Goonies
- October 5 – How to Train Your Dragon
Upper Kittitas County is brimming with talented, young artists, and Saturday, March 24th, is your chance to come out and experience their talent first hand. Roslyn’s Annual Student Art Walk will feature hundreds of unique pieces of art on display in local businesses. Students from pre-school through high school have been working hard to prepare pieces, and all will be on display. The high school jazz bands will also be performing at Stonehouse 101 starting at 3:30pm. And in Roslyn, art is not just a spectator sport. Artists young and old can make original art at “Try-It” stations located throughout town. So, bring the family and show your support of the arts while enjoying the works of aspiring local artists and musicians this Saturday between 2pm and 5pm. You’ll be glad you did!
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!