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.

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

brochure_RoslynNow it’s easier than ever to explore Roslyn and find fun and interesting things to do!  The “Welcome to Roslyn” guides, which were extremely popular last year, have been updated and are available at no cost from Roslyn area businesses.  The guides include an area map, an index of businesses, an events calendar, dining recommendations, and suggestions on things to do and see.  Frankly, the included map would better be described as art with function.  Not only does it serve to guide you around the lovely and historic City of Roslyn, it also does a great job depicting the charm and local flavor of this unique area.   It is the product of local artist Kathleen Michael and prints or canvas versions can be requested via email.  To see more of her work, be sure to visit her shop, From Roslyn With Love, embedded in the back of Maggie’s Pantry. 
Roslyn Map

Roslyn is certainly not limited on things to do, see, eat and drink. Still, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite picks – which we believe everyone should try at least once.

  1. Red Bird Café – The Corned Beet Reuben: This unique, vegetarian sandwich at the Red Bird Café will not disappoint. Brined and sliced beets, Kraut, Swiss cheese and 1000 Island dressing on Rye bread makes a marvelous meat free Reuben that will satisfy anyone.
  2. Red Bird Café – Bird’s Nest Stacker: Have you ever had an “Egg in the Basket” or a “Toad in the Hole”? These are colloquial names for an egg fried in a hole within a slice of bread. Red Bird Cafe - StackerDelicious in its own right, but now imagine two of these serving as the toast on a breakfast sandwich consisting of ham, bacon, and Havarti cheese. Hidden to the side of the menu, this dish is a fantastic way for any egg and meat lover to start their day.
  3. The Roslyn Theatre – The Loge: Many folks already know the building with the Marlon Brando mural is the Roslyn Theatre. It’s a great little theater with a modern digital projector and a fantastic sound system. Likewise, there is no better way to watch a movie at the Roslyn Theater than from seats in the Loge. The Loge is a small balcony area, perhaps about 15 total seats, that gives you a great vantage point for watching the film. Call ahead and reserve seats, because Loge seating goes quickly.
  4. The Roslyn Theatre – Popcorn with “Gravy”: We’ve all had popcorn at the movies, but the Roslyn Theatre serves popcorn reimagined. The “gravy” we recommend consists of butter and brewer’s yeast. Add a touch of salt, and you will have a tub of popcorn that keeps you content regardless of what movie you’ve chosen to see.
  5. Carek’s – Landjager: Around here, you hear a lot about Owen’s Meats. That said, if you’re in the mood for some delicious German style landjager, Carek’s in Roslyn has you covered. It’s available for purchase by the pound, and you can’t go wrong with either the traditional or Jalapeno flavor.
  6. Mama Valones: Bagna Cauda: Okay, we are cheating a bit to include a recommendation from Cle Elum, but this dish is too great to pass up. The Bagna Cauda is a traditional Italian dish centered around a simmering dip of oil, butter and garlic. The dip is heated at your table on a portable burner, and you are given a wide assortment of vegetables to cook up in the delicious garlic and oil stew (think fondue). Cabbage, artichoke hearts, olives, baby corn, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini typically come in the appetizer. The Bagna Cauda dinner also includes meat options. Either are a fun and tasty dish to share with everyone at the table.
  7. The Roslyn Café – Pulled Pork Sliders: Anyone in Roslyn will tell you the folks at the Roslyn Café know their way around smoked meat. The pulled pork sliders include smoked, then “low and slow” roasted pork served with tangy BBQ sauce and topped with coleslaw. Then, just to make them extra special, they are served on pretzel buns.
  8. The Village Pizza – Honey on your Pie: We’ll be honest, you can’t go wrong with any pizza from Village Pizza. They are all made with care and love and they never miss a opportunity to delight. However, many fail to notice the honey bottles sitting amongst the condiments on the table. Before a visit to Village Pizza, we never would have considered dipping pizza crust in honey, but it’s encouraged here, and it’s fantastic.
  9. Basecamp – Breakfast Sandwich: This is a traditional breakfast sandwich that includes thick country ham on a kaiser roll. The thing that makes this menu item stand out above other traditional breakfast sandwiches is the hand crafted Beecher’s cheddar cheese that tops it.
  10. Roslyn Brewery – IPL & Root Beer: Everybody knows and loves the Brookside and Roslyn Lagers that are available at the brewery and in stores. One might not know that the brewery often has options which are not available in stores. Often, the India Pale Lager is available on tap. It has the hoppiness of an IPA with the light, refreshing, body of a lager. The #9 Root Beer, also only available at the brewery, is another local favorite. Stop into the brewery to enjoy either of these, but be advised the tasting room is for ages 21 and over, so bring a growler if you want to grab some root beer for the road.

These are just some picks that we feel should be on any visitor’s bucket list.  Did we miss some of your favorites?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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.

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!

 

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!