Victory for the EaglesThe Eagle’s Club took the trophy this year at the Second Annual Roslyn Bar Wars Water Balloon Battle.  The trophy that sat proudly for a year in the window at Marko’s Place is now sitting inside the Aerie 696.  Though the Eagles took the prize this year, the real winners are ARRF and the Roslyn Library, who will be splitting the $1000 raised at this year’s event.  The event was well attended at both venues and the streets were crowded with innocent observers and under-aged insurgents.

This year’s battle was scored on 3 criteria: most spirit and enthusiasm (won by Eagle’s), hardest fought battle (won by Marko’s), and most money raised (won by Eagle’s).  In addition to over 2000 balloons, participants on both sides battled with hoses, buckets, super soakers and squirt guns.  The Eagles had a massive slingshot to launch balloons deep into Marko’s territory, but Marko’s didn’t go down easy.  In one instance, the Marko’s team even pushed into Eagles territory and stole some of their ammo. Thanks to all who participated!  More photos are available here!

Water Balloon War


2015RoslynArtFestivalPoster_smThere’s no end to the fun you can have in Roslyn this weekend during the Second Annual Roslyn Art Festival! In addition to a variety of different types of art, you can look forward to local chocolates, champagne and wine tasting, unique appetizers, and even a wine grab.  During the days (Aug 22 and 23), the merchants in the NWI building will be offering opportunities to make unique arts and crafts along with an Art Festival craft mercado and merchandise shop. At Basecamp, Bites and Books, there will be a beautiful display of artwork as part of the festival’s first juried art show.  Second street (near the bike shop) will be full of fun bicycle decorating and all over downtown will be “try’-it” stations, where you become the artist.  Live music will be filling the streets and most of the shops in Roslyn will be joining in and welcoming all!  So come on out and celebrate the Arts, Roslyn style!

Roslyn Bar WarsOn Saturday, August 22nd, Marko’s and the Roslyn Eagles will be hosting the 2nd Annual patio vs patio Roslyn Water Balloon War.  This event is sure to be an awesome way to beat the heat and have fun doing it.  Doors open at noon at the Eagles (members only) and at 2pm at Marko’s.  So come on down, choose your allegiance, and prepare for the water fight at 4pm.  Like last year, Marko’s will be playing to raise funds for the Roslyn Library and the Eagles Club will be playing for ARRF.   A donation to your side’s cause is requested to participate in the battle.  Water balloons will be provided, and you are also welcome to bring your own balloons and super soakers.  The Eagles will be manning the grill, offering $6.50 burgers and fries from 2pm until supplies are depleted.  Food costs are being covered by the Eagles, so every dollar spent toward food will be donated!  There will be fun-in-the-sun raffle prizes as well.

This water balloon war is for a couple of great causes, so come on out and show your support (please note, this is an age 21 and over event)!  Visit here for more information and a recap of last year’s event!

doggie_olympicsThis weekend, Roslyn goes to the dogs!  The ARRF Animal Rescue Doggie Olympics will be held Saturday July 11th at Runje Park.  Roslyn will also be home to the Puget Sound Dock Dogs Northwest Regional Championships taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This young and unique, water based, doggy team sport consists of high jumps (Big Air), Long Jumps (Extreme Vertical), and speed competitions (Speed Retrieve).  This is the first time these two events have ever happened together!

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:

  • K9 SingOff
  • Dunking for Dogs
  • Peanut Butter Lick
  • Musical Hoops
  • Most Unusual Trick
  • Frisbee Throw

Dogs must already be registered to compete in the Dock Dog competition, but registration for the Doggie Olympics is open to all and starts at 9:30am with the games kicking of at 10:00am.

Dock Dogs


Roslyn 4th of JulyIt’s going to be a beautiful weekend in Upper Kittitas County for the 4th of July.  Beat the heat by taking a dip in Roslyn’s nearby lakes and rivers, or by doing some hiking in the shade of the Roslyn Urban Forest (trail maps available on the Roslyn Trails Alliance website).  While in town, you won’t want to miss the Roslyn Farmer’s Market on Sunday from 10am to 2pm, and Cle Elum will be brimming with activities all weekend long in celebration of Pioneer Days.  The downtown Cle Elum activities will include the annual 4th of July parade (10am Saturday), the Cle Elum Idol Competition (immediately following the parade), and a vendor and food court open all day.  Unfortunately, due to the hot and dry weather we are experiencing this year, the aerial fireworks display has been cancelled this year in order to ensure a safe holiday is had by all.  Nearby Suncadia Resort is also hosting a series of 4th of July Celebration Events, so you’ll have no shortage of options for celebrating the fourth!


Roslyn Farmers Market LogoThe Roslyn Farmers Market starts this weekend and will be open every Sunday until September 13th.  Be sure to swing by for music, arts and crafts, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, tasty treats, activities and more.  This year, the market is shifting a block to the West in order to take better advantage of the new Roslyn Yard. Come for the market and stay for the day, there is plenty of fun to be had in Roslyn!

Swandive Food Truck For some time, the Swandive Food Truck has been stationed at the edge of the roundabout on the way into Roslyn. But recently, the Swandive moved into town and now shares the property with the Roslyn Coffee Company. This makes it much easier to roll in for a taco when you’re exploring Roslyn on foot. Delicious fish, shrimp and pork tacos are available at the truck, and they are also home to a grilled Owen’s bratworst served on a pioneer role with caramelized onions, pulled pork, and BBQ sauce! Soda is available from the truck, but their close proximity to the Roslyn Coffee Company makes an ice latte or mocha pretty irresistible. Meals are made to order and you can also phone ahead so that your food is ready when you arrive (a perfect way to grab a bite if you’re heading out to play in the woods!)

Swandive and Roslyn Coffee Company

Ladies_Night_mayGather your girlfriends and come to Roslyn this weekend for Ladies Night.  Every third Saturday of the month, from 5pm to 8pm, independent business owners in Roslyn join together to extend shopping hours and host a festive, themed evening.  Entertainment, pampering, wine tasting, art exhibits, chocolate, appetizers, and more are waiting for you to enjoy during Ladies Night.  Most of the downtown businesses participate in the event, including the merchants inside the NWIC building.  Local restaurants and bars also offer dinner and drink specials, late night music, and dancing.  There’s no cost to attend and, although it’s called Ladies Night, gentlemen should not feel shy about attending.  Participating businesses include Fused Glass Workshop and Gallery, Hope Gallery, Roslyn Rags, Crazy Horse Trading Company, From Roslyn with Love, the Red Bird Café, and more!



Red Bird CafeHoagie sandwiches, soups, and  salads are the main focus of the new Red Bird Café, which recently opened just across the street from the historic NWI building.  One look at the menu, and you’ll see that Red Bird is not your typical sandwich shop.  The delicious and unique creations include such delights as “The Roslyn Ridge” – which has hummas, cucumber, carrot, radish, red onion, red pepper and “goddess dressing”.  The sandwich I enoyed was the deliciously garlic drenched “Bagna Beef” – which is basically a beef Bagna Cuada disguised as a sandwich (and it was fantastic!).   Also on the menu is a “Beet Rueben” that puts a unique spin on a traditional corned beef and kraut rueben by replacing the meat with brined and sliced beets.
The café is a very comfortable spot to enjoy a cup of coffee (Batdorf and Bronson) and a meal.  Wifi is available, and the cafe even has a miniature play kitchen for the kids.  Stop in between 9am and 6pm, seven days a week.  If you are on the go, take out is also available and select sandwiches from Red Bird Café are also available at the Roslyn Grocery across the intersection.  Sandwiches will even be made available at Marko’s in case you get the late night munchies.

Bagna Beef

Cute Easter BunnyEaster egg hunts aren’t just for the little ones anymore.   On Saturday, April 4th, kids and adults ages 12 and up are invited to Cle Elum’s 4th Annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt.  The event kicks off at 6:30pm at the Cle Elum – Roslyn Middle School ball fields, and the hunt will take place just after dark.  For $15 dollars per person, participants will have the opportunity to win some great prizes.  The lengthy list of prizes includes a week’s accommodations in Mexico, a 50″ Flat Screen TV, a Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet, a propane fire pit, Seahawk’s jerseys, gift certificates to local restaurants, and more (click here for the full list of prizes).  This Saturday, grab your flashlights and bring your friends because the hunt is on!