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.
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!
The 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:
- Shops: From Roslyn with Love (now inside Maggie’s Pantry), Basecamp Books and Bites, Gypsy and James, The Kitchen Sink, Roslyn Candy Company, The Roslyn Grocery, Ride Roslyn, Cicely’s Gift Shop, Roslyn Herbs, Fabi’s Barber-ette, Harper’s Lumber.
- Food and Beverage: The Brick Saloon, the Roslyn Roadhouse, The Roslyn Café, Roslyn Mexican Grill, Village Pizza, Maggie’s Pantry, Marko’s Place and the Hideaway, and the Roslyn Eagles (members and guests only).
- Entertainment & Attractions: The Roslyn Theatre, the Roslyn Museum, The Roslyn Cemetery.
If 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.
Basecamp Books and Bites has some great new additions. The downstairs bar is now open and so is the back patio. With a direct connection to the neighboring Roslyn Yard, this spot is quickly becoming a popular place to eat, drink, and enjoy the city of Roslyn. The bar offers a handful of beers on tap, as well as an assortment of bottles and cans. Wines and specialty cocktails round out the beverage menu, and Friday Night Flights is an opportunity to try something new. Can’t decide what to order? Let us recommend the Bloody Mary. Served with stuffed olive, pepperoncini, celery, lime and a strip of bacon, the Mary is a fantastic way to star your day.
If you’re coming to visit Roslyn, be sure to plan enough time to stop into the new #9 Miner’s Grill for lunch or dinner. Formerly the Cruise-In Diner, this newly revamped establishment brings the feel of a traditional roadhouse, complete with complimentary peanuts and a license to discard your shells on the floor as you please. We stopped in for lunch and had a fantastic cheeseburger with all the fixin’s and a trip through the salad bar. Steak and chicken sandwiches, elk burgers, a fish sandwich, fish and chips, and even a BLT are examples of other items that grace the lunch menu. Of course, the highlight of the dinner menu is the steaks! New York, flank, and flat iron steaks are proudly sourced from Cle Elum’s own Owen’s Meats. No roadhouse grill would be complete without a selection of cocktails, wines and beers. There are no draught beer options currently, but the beer selection includes a wide range of traditional lagers and a solid assortment of Ales in 22 ounce bottles (including options from local brewers like Icicle, Roslyn, and Iron Horse). So, when you’re heading into town, be sure to bring your appetite because the #9 Miner’s Grill is ready to serve.
Make Roslyn your basecamp to outdoor recreation with Basecamp Books and Bites. As the name implies, Basecamp is a community gathering place, it’s a spot to grab a bite or read a book, and it’s a terrific starting point for any Roslyn area outdoor adventure. Located in the center of town (in the building known for the historic miner mural), the comfortable setting allows for indoor and outdoor seating while you enjoy an espresso drink, a snack, or even a light meal. If you’re not sure what the rest of your day has in store, there are plenty of trail guides and hiking books available to help you pull your plans together. And don’t worry, there are lots of snacks and trail mixes available to provide you nourishment when you hit the trails. Basecamp is open seven days a week, so come on out to Roslyn and start an adventure!
UPDATE: Wild Earth Brewing has closed their doors, at least temporarily. More information is available on their website. With the recent opening of Wild Earth Brewing Company, Roslyn is now the proud home to two breweries, with style options that will satisfy any beer lover. Wild Earth Brewing is an artisanal brewery and taproom with a focus on handcrafted, flavorful, small batch brews. We caught up with owner and head brewer, David Kilgour, to learn more about Roslyn’s delicious newest addition.
If you frequent Roslyn, but haven’t yet stopped off at Carek’s Meat Market, you’re missing out on a destination that’s as historic as Roslyn itself. Established in 1913, Carek’s has been providing quality meats to the surrounding community for over 100 years. The Jerky, Peperoni, and Landjaeger might just be the best you’ll ever taste. They even make Jalapeno Landjaeger for those that might prefer a little extra spice. Still, it’s not all about snacking on the go. Carek’s carries an awesome selection of meat cuts, including New York Steak, pot roast, tip roast, ground beef and pork, franks, bacon and more. Of course, you can also find a delicious array of homemade smoked specialties including bratwurst, Polish and German sausage, summer sausage, and spare ribs. Whatever your preference, if you like meat, you’ll love Carek’s Meat Market. Keep an eye out for their new sign on the East side of the highway as you roll into town – your taste buds will thank you. Need directions? Click here!
Is your pup ready to win a gold medal? Find out next weekend when Roslyn hosts the 2013 Doggie and Troll Olympics. The annual event supports ARRF Animal Rescue and Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. The Doggie Olympics will include the following competitions:
- K9 Sing Off
- Dunking for Dogs
- Fetch a Troll (with your dog!)
- Peanut Butter Lick
- Most Unusual Trick
- Frisbee Throw
- Doggie Dash
The Troll Olympics (born of Foxie Chimpanzee’s love for troll dolls) will include the following competitions:
- 3-Legged Troll Race
- Troll Shot Put
- Guess the # of Trolls in the Bin
- Troll Toss
- Troll Relay
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