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For six days every year, ending on Labor Day, Spokane’s Riverfront Park fills with food vendors, music stands and people. This annual event is known as “Pig Out in the Park”. It marks the end of summer, the beginning of the school season and fall. It’s a popular event that’s been around for almost 40 years.
Admission is free for those who just want to listen to one of the dozens of musical acts performing on the concert stage. But the reason most people come is to enjoy great food. This year there were 47 food vendors selling everything from lemonade to teriyaki to sausage dogs. Seems everyone was carrying around several food items as they looked for a cool shady …
A popular spot for families visiting Spokane’s Riverfront Park is this interesting piece of functional public art, a massive Red Flyer Wagon, the largest of its type in the world.
Built at a cost of $36,000 in 1990, and made of 26 tons of steel and concrete, it stands 12 ft high and is 27 ft long. The wagon is designed to be a slide and you’ll often find lots of kids waiting in line waiting to use it. It can hold as many as 300 people.
I like the simplicity of the piece. I had a small version of this type of wagon as a child and used it to haul around all kids of things, from vegetables in my mom’s …
Spokane is a small city in eastern Washington state. It rests between two great mountain ranges, the Cascades to the west and Rockies to the east. Generally it is a place people drive through instead of being a travel destination. But it is in a lovely setting and does have several sites of interest, like Manito Park on the city’s South Hill.
Within Manito Park you’ll find Duncan Garden, a classic 3 acre European Renaissance-style garden (characterized by mirror-image symmetry, a central water feature, and geometric planting beds). During the summer months the garden includes many beds of assorted and colorful annuals, making it a popular spot with locals. The flowers are largely planted by volunteers.
The garden was originally called …
Came across this lovely old car parked in a shopping mall in Spokane.
It’s a Ford from the early 1950s that seems to have been reworked somewhat, especially its grill, making it a little hard to pinpoint. I expect a 1952 or 1953 vintage, but a lovely classic convertible. I found it interesting that it has its old dealer plaque, Stoddard-Wendle. Wendle is still a popular Ford dealership in the city.
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One of the things I enjoy about blogging is sharing less commonly visited but interesting destinations. The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden in Spokane, Washington, certainly fits that bill. A smaller garden, well known to locals but not to many tourists, it has its charms! When I lived in Spokane I’d commonly stop by as it was midway between the hospital where I worked and the library I frequented. I enjoy the calm nature and beauty of Japanese gardens. They are places where nature, tranquility, gardening skills, and art merge.
The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Garden sits on the site of the old zoo (closed in the 1930s). The garden was designed by Nagao Sakurai, a master garden architect (who at one time was …
Today is Halloween and to celebrate the season I’ve put up some images of a pumpkin patch and field of ripe pumpkins.
Green Bluff is a farming mesa just north of Spokane, popular with fruit and vegetable growers. There are a number of festivals in the area throughout the season, but undoubtedly one of the most popular is October’s ‘Harvest Festival’. These pictures were taken a few years back and bring back some pleasant memories of when my kids were young and got very excited about carving pumpkins or going trick-or-treating.
Enjoy the day!
Lilacs have always been special to me. I was born in the late spring and besides making me a birthday cake each year, I vividly recall my mom cutting a lovely bouquet of lilacs — just for me. It all made me feel like royalty! For this reason and because of how wonderfully fragrant their scent is, and how striking beautiful a bush of lilacs looks when in bloom, these have always been one of my favorite flowering plants.
Spokane, Washington, my former home city, has held an annual Lilac Festival for over 75 years and bears the nickname, “Lilac City”. Within the city’s main park, Manito Park, there’s a lovely Lilac Garden where these photos were taken. This garden …