You could hear the rumble from 1/4 mile down the road….Las Cruces PD led 100s of bikers on a parade from Dona Ana County Community College to New Mexico Farm and Ranch via Sonoma Ranch to University Ave.
All for a cause…new toys to benefit local children in need; presented by Las Cruces Motorcycle Clubs and Revolution120. Cyclists were rewarded for their efforts with food, drink, and entertainment after the ride.
I have to admit there was a tear in my eye seeing all those riders pass by with a wave, a smile, a toy, and a purpose.
Happy Holidays, y’all!
View and download pics here: https://gailannphoto.smugmug.com/Client-Galleries/2019/Las-Cruces-Motorcycle-Toy-Run/
…that was the theme for the traditional Champagne Gala Brunch for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society held at Salty’s on Alki. But how does that pertain to West Seattle? One could say we live at the “junction of music and history!” Matt Vaughn who started Easy Street Records shared stories about famous musicians who live, record, and jam in Seattle. Such greats as The Ventures, Jimmy Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Macklemore, Brandi Carlisle and Pearl Jam to name a few. Highlight of the auction was the sale of the rarest of all Eddie Vedder show posters – that of his first official solo show in West Seattle’s Kenyon Hall (attended by only 100 people) in 2008. Bidding went wild and sold for $5,400! This is always a fantastic event. I want to thank the society for keeping the history alive.
After all it is Halloween! I took a little drive to see what was happening in the West Seattle neighborhoods. Found lots of pets and kids (with parents) trick or treating up and down the street. The spooky decor was a little bit wicked. Ghosts hid in the shadows, spiders spun their webs, and skeletons celebrated the Halloween spirit!
I can’t believe I’ve been present at this event for the past 18 years! It is such an honor to be part of this community. And it was fun seeing how families have grown and seeing how diversified it’s become. So…thank you for coming to this year’s event. Here’s a peek at some of our guests!
It was a night of fancy flappers and dapper men as the West Seattle Food Bank held it’s 4th annual Speakeasy at the Sanctuary; a fundraiser for the local food bank that serves over 11,000 people in our community. There was plenty of gambling, tasty hors d’oeuvres, themed cocktails and an auction of frenzied bidding! A wonderful evening for everyone…
It was a beautiful day to play ‘tourist’ in my own backyard. I zipped on down to the Pike Street Market to join a few friends. We met by Rachel the pig and headed on down to the ‘gum wall‘; even though I have done many engagement portraits there as well as wedding photos it never seemed to be this crowded! As we walked down the steps there was a line of visitors from all over waiting to view this unique attraction. I got my turn, grabbed a few snaps and headed up to the market to find beautiful bouquets and lots of talented artisans… I’ll be back to shop for the holidays! Hope you enjoy my artistic interpretations….
In honor of Earth Day we headed out to LaConner and the tulip fields. First stop was Snow Goose Produce for some refreshment and a look at their wonderful offerings including produce, fish, plants, TULIPS and wonderful ice cream! Next on the agenda was Christisnson’s Nursery, a delightful stop where we found “Art in the Schoolhouse” and ‘found art’ throughout the nursery and gift shop. The adventure would not be complete without a stop at Roozengaarde for a walk thru the tulip fields! We had a little bit of sun, a little bit of rain, and a little bit of mud but it was well worth the trip. Not to mention the Kiwanis Salmon Bake. Yum!
Here’s some favorite pics…enjoy!