Pike Place Market in Seattle

Saturday, November 5th, 2011 — 11:45am PST
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Seattle’s Pike Place Market is not only an icon, it’s an attraction that draws over 10 million visitors each year as well as locals who are fortunate enough to have so much fresh fish and produce at their fingertips.

Pike Place Photowalk

I met up with Ben Franz-Knight, Executive Director of the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (“PDA“) for a quick tour this past week. We convened next to Rachel the Pig, in front of Pike Place Fish which is famous for their salmon-slinging staff.

Map via Seattle Met

Here’s the rundown for the oldest continuously running market in the United States: There are about 300 commercial businesses (from artisans to florists, collectors, bakers, and butchers), 85 farmers (Pike Place is where you can Meet the Producers of your food), 240 craftspeople, 325 buskers (you’ll find them near on the music notes that have been painted on the ground), and 500 residents (many of them in low-income housing).

Pike Place Photowalk
Make a donation to the Market Foundation via Rachel the Pig

We walked by Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, where gallons of milk are trucked and pumped in daily and public can view the cheese-making process first-hand through the ground-to-ceiling windows around the building. Further down the roadway we stopped into Starbucks store #1. It’s not the original location but this one has been here since 1976 and only serves what Starbucks offered back then: coffee (no cranberry bliss bars or paninis).

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Rick at Jack's
Rick from Jack’s Fish Spot

Pike Place Photowalk

Crossing the street to the North Arcade I learned that every single morning vendors vie for their spots. There’s an opening bell and, based on seniority, vendors here in the arcade get to select their stalls – meaning they setup all of their wares, from scratch, each day.

Pike Place Photowalk

The arcade was bustling with buskers on guitar or violin; vendors with jewelry, belt buckles, and clocks; pots of honey, strips of jerky, packs of cheese; dresses, hats, scarves, and tie-dyed shirts.

Pike Place Photowalk

Pike Place Photowalk

We made our way Down Under where three more levels of the market expand down and reach the waterfront from the Hill Climb stairs. In this fully covered mall-like area of the market, permanent shop owners sell everything from collectibles and books to magic supplies.

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Strapping on a hard-hat we walked past the notorious Gum Wall (or Wall of Gum) that was voted the 2nd most germ-laden attraction in the world (the Blarney Stone taking the top spot). The safety gear was so that we could check in on the Market Theatre and the Economy Building renovations.

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Looping back around I finally had an understanding of the small “city within a city” that is Pike Place Market. From the fresh rain-drenched air of the Main Arcade, to the wandering aromas of Corner Market, Triangle Building, and the North End. Baked goods, cheeses, spices, and fruits tickle your nostrils and perhaps even your taste buds as many samples are being offered out on the street.

Pike Place Photowalk

Pike Place Photowalk

Everywhere you look, there are unique touches that were either contributed by former cornerstones of the community, artists, organizations, or colourful characters.

Pike Place Photowalk

The next time you visit you can take a guided tour, spend hours exploring (and tasting) on your own, or hop in and out to get ingredients for a home-cooked meal. Follow @Pike_Place on Twitter or Facebook for more information and check out their upcoming special events for the Pike Place Market Foundation.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

Friday, November 4th, 2011 — 10:00am PST
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The temperature has dipped and this weekend our clocks on the West Coast will fall back an hour. The remaining multitude of colour that was once up in branches will tumble to the ground and get washed away. November is now in full swing and I’m pleased to present the 50th collection of photos From the Miss604 Flickr Pool.

Autumn at Kits Pool
Photo credit:
Ruth and Dave on Flickr

The beginning is near. photo
(Left) rommy ghaly (Right) Beaulawrence on Flickr

North view from the Residences at Georgia
Photo credit: [travelfox] on Flickr

Nelson St and Granville Street
Photo credit: bcbusinesshub on Flickr

PHOTO - Today in Vancouver: Sentinels of Stanley Park
Photo credit: [travelfox] on Flickr

Perfect fall day Autumn in Vancouver Tree #processed
(Left) Chris_TseWong (Middle) westcoasta79 (Right) .stv. on Flickr

project365 - Day 297 of 365
(Left) Questa_Durron (Right) rob.masefield on Flickr

Photo credit: jesterlaffs on Flickr

Head No. 1 #publicArt Dominion Cambie & Smithe
Photo credit: stv. on Flickr

Autumn in Vancouver
Photo credit: Zorro1968 on Flickr

Photo credit: Kyler Storm on Flickr

As always, click on each image to see more from each photographer and please feel free to share your photos with the group. There are almost 500 members in the group that you will be sharing with and weekly, I hand-select a few photos for feature.

Rogers Santa Claus Parade 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 — 3:35pm PST
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The 8th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade will once again brighten up the streets of downtown Vancouver on December 4, 2011 but with a slightly different route this year.

Rogers Santa Claus Parade
Photo credit: kiwi_cam on Flickr – from the Miss604 Flickr Pool

According to a press release that I received from the organizers, the Vancouver Art Gallery grounds will not be available (I’m assuming because of Occupy Vancouver) so they’re moving the festive headquarters to Thurlow.

Our focus is on working with the City to make sure we have a route that can accommodate Parade goers and allow us to raise as much food and funds for the Food Bank as possible,” explained Parade producer Robyn Jones-Murrell.

The Capital Saving Christmas Square will be located on Thurlow between Georgia and Melville from 10:30am to 1:00pm. The parade will start at 1:00pm heading East from West Georgia and Broughton but then turn left on Burrard (instead of right on Howe like before) and end at Cordova.

Spectators are reminded to bring donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society as this event is an important fundraiser each year. Since 2004, more than $96,200 and 63,500lbs of food have been collected at the parade.

The new route map is published on the parade’s website.

Update November 8, 2011: First responders in Vancouver have been named the Grand Marshals of the parade. The Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services and the BC Ambulance Service will be participating.

MythBusters in Vancouver – Giveaway

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 — 8:40am PST
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November 8, 2011 contest announcement: See below to enter to win a pair of tickets.

Discovery Channel’s Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are bringing their myth-busting show on the road and will appear in Vancouver for one night only January 22, 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Mythbusters Publicity Image

MythBusters: Behind the Myths,” promises to be a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approach to science.

I know that there are quite a few fans out there including our friend John Biehler who, somehow, got the announcer of the show (Robert Lee) to record his own voicemail message.

Aside from their successful show, countless media appearances, and a collection of honorary association memberships, Hyneman and Savage were even hand-picked by the President of the United States to re-test a legend.

Tickets for this unique show will go on sale on November 12, 2011 at 10:00am through Ticketmaster online, by phone, or in person.

Update I have managed to secure two tickets to this show to give away to one lucky reader, thanks to Paul Mercs Concerts. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win tickets to see #MythBusters in Vancouver from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/7mM3L

I will draw one winner at 3:00pm on Friday, November 11, 2011. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:00am.

Update The winner is Rebecca! (Comment Nov 9th)

(c) 2011 Discovery Communications, LLC. MythBusters and logo are trademarks owned by Discovery Communications, LLC., used under license.

November 2011 Events in Metro Vancouver

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 — 1:30pm PST
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The local news station had a “guaranteed high of 9 degrees” today. November is here and it’s going to be getting pretty chilly around Metro Vancouver. Luckily, events and activities still abound indoors, outdoors, and up on the sugar-dusted mountains. The following events have been contributed to Miss604.com:

foggy morning
Photo credit: aloalo* on Flickr – from the Miss604 Flickr Pool

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Shout for Somalia! Fundraiser
Green Screen Film Festival in West Vancouver
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Green Screen Film Festival in West Vancouver
Thursday, November 3, 2011
A Stranger A Day
David Suzuki – Lecture: The Global Eco-crisis: Is It Too Late?
4th Annual SCENE fundraiser for Pacific Cinematheque
1 to 10: Stories that Shape the World
Fall Into Market at Granville Island
Green Screen Film Festival in West Vancouver

Movember in Vancouver 2011

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 — 10:20am PST
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Last day thousands of men around the world shaved one final time before taking a 30-day hiatus from the razor. Movember is back again and your friends, colleagues, brothers, sons, and fathers are growing out their facial hair in exchange for pledges that will support prostate cancer research in their communities.

Adam Garone, Co-Founder, Movember

Back in 2009 I met with Movember’s founder, Adam Garone of Melbourne, who started the campaign with his friends in 2003. Since that time, Movember has grown into a worldwide movement with over 118,000 participants in Canada last year (raising over $22 million). “Of the original group, two of the guys had dads with prostate cancer so we started researching,” Adam told me during our interview. He said they found there was a significant gap in awareness and fundraising for this particular cause at the time.

“Prostate cancer is over 90 per cent curable if detected and treated in its earliest stages. in addition to investing in research, Movember raises awareness and ultimately saves lives. Together we are changing the face of men’s health.” – Steve Jones, CEO and President, Prostate Cancer Canada. About Movember Canada.

Last year, I noticed many more companies getting on board by offering up specials or themed products for Movember participants. Granville Island Brewing is doing a photo contest this year and Rickard’s has mustached beer cans.

There are also prizes available for participants that will awarded at the local parties at the end of the campaign. Vancouver’s wrap-up gala will be December 1, 2011 at the Commodore and there’s a Mo-Off concert at the Biltmore on November 30th with The Matinée, Redbird, and Portage and Main.

Visit Movember Canada to find a team, individual, or make a general donation. If you want to support someone random, I’m going to recommend my pal Gus Fosarolli who has been a “MoBro” for the last three years and is leading his company team this time around. Good luck to all the MoBros and MoSistas (who will watch the wild facial hair grow) over the next month.