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Discovering Duck Dodge: a Seattle sailing tradition

June 3rd, 2014 by Cara

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All images from www.duckdodge.org

For members of Seattle’s sailing community Duck Dodge on Tuesday evenings is an essential part of Seattle summer’s on the water. Begun in 1974, Duck Dodge (originally subtitled: Lake Union Beer Can Regatta) is celebrating it’s 40th year of coordinating Seattle sailboats in a casual race around buoys or markers on Lake Union. Truly a homegrown tradition, Duck Dodge is entirely volunteer run and hosts over 50 boats on the most beautiful summer evenings.

From shore Duck Dodge looks, pretty odd. Boats seem to be sailing somewhere with purpose but where and why? And what on earth are they wearing? Each week Duck Dodge has a costume theme, some more popular than others. You may see sailors  in togas, hula skirts, or dressed as pirates depending on the week.

Click the image above to visit the Duck Dodge "Histerical" Page for history

Click the image above to visit the Duck Dodge “Histerical” Page for history

So what does Duck Dodge entail?
Beginning in June, sailors (and drinkers) come out of hibernation to cruise around Lake Union on a somewhat logical race course.  Starting at 7:00PM the Race Committee (aka the amazing volunteers making it all happen!) runs 4 starts for “Fast Boats”, “Half-Fast Boats”, “Slow or Cruising Boats”, and “Dinghy (small) Boats.” The buoys or marks that are the racers destinations are associated with nearby landmarks such as “Aurora” for the mark closest to the Aurora Bridge and “AGC” for the tall building bearing those same letters in gold just behind the “Red Nun” buoy the boats sail around.

After zig-zagging around the lake avoiding paddlers and of course, ducks, the participating sailboats cross the finish line. For each start the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place boat receives a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Duck sticker, respectively. These Ducks are displayed on the sailboat’s mast or boom (the metal part sticking straight up or the one perpendicular to that) and add to the boat’s street (or water?) cred.

The Raft Up on Lake Union

The Raft Up on Lake Union

Following the race is the Raft Up where participating boats gather in a meandering line and tie up alongside one another. Boats of every shape, size, and condition become neighbors while their sailors catch up, welcome Duck Dodge “virgins,” and celebrate Seattle’s long evenings.

A "perfect" evening for Duck Dodge

A “perfect” evening for Duck Dodge

So this evening, or next time you are along the waterfront on a Tuesday evening (there is an especially good view from Gas Works), keep an eye out for all those boats dodging ducks and having too much fun. Curious about the theme of the week? The schedule is here. Interested in joining in on Duck Dodge? You can visit the Duck Dodge Facebook group or just ask a sailor!

Congratulations to founders Ron Lloyd, Mike Rice, and Bruce Gilbert for not only dodging plenty of ducks but creating a terrific Seattle tradition.

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Schilling Cider set to open cider bar in Fremont

May 22nd, 2014 by Cara

Fremont has a bounty of bars and boasts several breweries as well. However, something new is on its way to please people’s palates. A cider tasting room! Schilling Cider’s tasting room to be specific.

Just over a year ago, Colin Schilling and Mark Kornei founded Schilling Cider across the Fremont Bridge in Colin’s Queen Anne home. These two young entrepreneurs were eager to leave the business world behind and use their MBAs from Willamette University in a new way.

Colin had been making cider at home since college and became increasingly innovative. He and Mark saw an opportunity to apply their educational backgrounds in business and entrepreneurship in a less-than conventional manner. They felt that what Seattle, and the beverage market needed was a well-made, drinkable cider. The result: Schilling’s Original Hard Cider

You can find Schilling Cider on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SchillingCider

You can find Schilling Cider on Facebook here.

It is an exciting time for Schilling Cider, after setting up shop south of Seattle in Auburn just over a year ago, they are currently moving to a new, larger production facility in the same area. Additionally, they want to establish a home for their company near its roots and amongst the beverage-heavy culture that inspired it, so a Schilling Cider tasting room and cider bar is on its way! The cider bar will be located at 708 North 34th Street adjacent to Old School Custard and Impinj, a tech company.

Mark and Colin are very excited about this new phase and have a strong vision for what they want the bar to be. They hope it introduces people not only to their cider but also to the greater world of cider. They plan to encourage this philosophy with a cold case featuring ciders from around the world, a demonstration of cider production, as well as an instillation about the Schilling brand name. With over 30 handles in the new cider bar Mark and Colin hope to not only showcase a variety of Schilling’s ciders but also encourage customers to explore the modern cider industry and its growing offerings.

For the younger generation, A. Schilling & Company was well-known spice brand on the West Coast that was eventually bought out by McCormick. Following this acquisition, McCormick continued to use the Schilling brand name in the region until the early 2000s. The spice company’s namesake and founder August Schilling was Colin’s great-great grandfather. Colin feels a strong connection to this heritage as he begins his own company.

Just as Schilling’s spice company aimed to provide outstanding quality products at reasonable prices, Colin and Mark hope to do the same with cider. Like many new Seattle companies, Schilling Cider also takes sustainability into serious consideration as they produce and market their products. All of these factors have helped shape a unique business plan for the young company.

Schilling Cider has not yet announced an opening date for their tasting room. The team will be working on renovating and designing the space in the months to come. In the meantime, you can find their ciders on tap at several local bars (most often at The Barrel Thief, Brouwer’s, and Outlander Brewing) and on the shelves at PCC, Whole Foods, and BevMo. The company recently announced their expansion to several East Coast states as well. The current seasonal cider is the Grapefruit Cider a unique and tasty twist on the traditional style and available in 22oz bottles.

Cheers Schilling Cider! Welcome to Fremont!
Schilling Cider's newest seasonal offering: Grapefruit Cider

Schilling Cider’s newest seasonal offering: Grapefruit Cider

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Seeking Beer Pouring Volunteers!

May 12th, 2014 by Cara

Bold Hat Productions, the Fremont-based company that brings us Hopscotch Beer & Scotch Festival, the Fremont Fair, and Oktoberfest is partnering with the NW Folklife Festival this year to make Memorial Day an even more festive occasion!

Bold Hat Productions is still seeking volunteers to pour beer during 4 hour shifts in exchange for two drink tickets to use in the Beverage Gardens as well as “a great chance to give back to your community and meet some amazing people in the process!”

There are shifts available from May 23-26th. All volunteers must be 21 years or older and you can register to volunteer here.

There are also volunteer opportunities for the Fremont Fair as well!

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The Way Station Wanders Next Door

May 9th, 2014 by Cara

On the western edge of Fremont, in what some would call Frellard, after 35th Street turns into 36th Street and turns once more in Leary Way there is a coffee shop with a subtle presence but a strong following.

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Which way to the Way Station?

The Way Station (formerly Short Stop Coffee) serves clients as diverse as the mixed residential, commercial, and industrial areas surrounding it. Fabricators, engineers, business owners, passerby on the Burke-Gilman, artists, and the local firemen all frequent the Way Station for what brings so many Seattleites together: Delicious coffee.

The Way Station is currently located just past the Brown Bear Car Wash with only a parking lot separating the building and the Burke-Gilman Trail. This month the Way Station will be making the leap next door to the former home of Emerald City Gardens, a garden shop that closed its doors to downsize in 2013 with more of a focus on online sales and a pop-up shop. This will place the Way Station right along Leary with increased visibility. Hopefully the regulars won’t have too hard of time finding it!

The Way Station's Future Home

The Way Station’s Future Home

The new location will offer all the same services as the current one. Known for extremely friendly and always cheery baristas, The Way Station serves up a full selection of café beverages, including Dillanos on drip and a Drive-thru window. Breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and lunch sandwiches are available to fill customers up and combat the jitters. Local muralist Ryan Henry Ward sells his signature Henry canvases here as well. One of his murals featuring a flock of birds is on an exterior wall alongside the current drive through which is in fact the rear of the Way Station’s new building.

Next time you pass by on Leary slow down and see if they’ve made the leap! Either way stop by the Way Station for a great beverage and grab the latest copy of the Stranger all while in a cheery atmosphere surrounded by the curious creatures of Henry’s imagination.

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Have you heard? It’s time to GiveBig!

May 6th, 2014 by Cara

Many folks may have heard from the various organizations they participate with or donate to about today’s Seattle-wide fundraiser, GiveBig. The Seattle Foundation, a community foundation whose mission is “to foster powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make King County a stronger, more vibrant community for all” puts on this annual event.

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GiveBig is a one-day (May 6th this year) charitable giving event conducted completely online and benefitting over 1,600 nonprofits in the region. Why not just donate to the organizations? For each donation (up to $5,000 per individual) made before midnight tonight to a non-profit, that non-profit will receive “a prorated portion of The Seattle Foundation’s matching funds, or “stretch pool.” The amount of the “stretch” depends on how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day.” Donors also have the option to donate directly to the “stretch pool” if they aren’t sure which organization to contribute to.

The “stretch pool” has a limited amount of funds (depending on how many donate) so the amount the Seattle Foundation matches varies. In 2013 the “stretch pool” grew from $850,000 to $1 million over the course of one day! Along with organization-specific donations the online campaign generated $11.1 million in contributions last year.

Some Fremont-area organizations participating in GiveBig are:

Fremont Community School

Fremont Abbey Arts Center

Fremont Community Therapy Project

The Moisture Festival

Stone Soup Theater

APRIL Small Press and Independent Literature Festival

Facing Homelessness

Literacy Source (previously written by Fremont Universe here)

The Seattle Public Library

Solid Ground (formerly the Fremont Public Association)

There are hundreds of other wonderful organizations listed in the Seattle Foundation’s Giving Center. Many of these are grouped into categories such as Basic Needs, Neighborhoods & Communities, Environment, and (probably a Fremont favorite) Arts & Culture.

Whether it’s giving to your favorite non-profit, one you just learned about, or contributing to the “stretch pool” let’s all GiveBig today!

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Food is Fun!

May 5th, 2014 by Cara

Seattleites bid farewell to the warm temperatures and sunshine this weekend and instead embraced cooler temperatures (mid to high 50s oh my!) and sudden showers. In traditional NW fashion the weather did not slow many folks down, especially when it came to the Mobile Food Rodeo this past Sunday in Fremont.

The Fremont Sunday Market occupied it’s normal end of North 34th Street with a wide array of crafts, vintage finds and other wares. Then came the taco trucks, the crepe trucks, the mediterranean trucks, waffle trucks, hamburger trucks, on and on. A feast for the eyes, nose, and of course, the mouth.

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Regular market patrons and visitors alike quickly left the Sunday Market scene and were surround by the Mobile Food Rodeo. This year’s rodeo featured 45 local food trucks, over 20 of which participated in the Taco Libre Showdown sponsored by University VW Audi. Foodies vote throughout the Rodeo for the best taco, in 2013 Marination Mobile took home top honors. Also unique to the Mobile Food Rodeo, each participating truck offers a $5 sample plate so you can taste the variety of their menu and sample even more trucks.

Part of the crowd toted “VIF” badges and were clearly on a mission. A limited number of these “Very Important Foodies” purchased passes for $25 (one-day) to skip the lines and have a minimal wait in the VIF lines.

In additions to the food offerings themselves the variety of truck setups from pig shaped, an impressive custom Mercedes truck, to trailers and retired trolleys livened up the line up. The cast of characters working inside added to the festive air. Full and contented patrons strolled the overcast streets and the showers held off until late afternoon. It’s much easier to be rained on with a full stomach!

Some favorites such as Marination Mobile (previously a regular on N 35th Street), Flair Taco (open 7 days a week next to Piece of Mind), and Off the Rez (previously a regular on N 36th Street) were present. Off the Rez won this year’s Best Taco award to boot! You can check their Facebook to see where they’ll be next.

Other food trucks acted as an extension of a physical location such as Pel Meni Tzar Russian Dumplings (tucked between N 35th and N 36th streets on Fremont Place), Skillet Street Food (with Skillet Diner locations in Ballard and Capitol Hill), Veraci Pizza (located just over on Market Street) and of course, Ezell’s Express serving up the local chain’s famous chicken.

Not done feasting at the food trucks?

You can check out the Seattle Food Truck website or Roaming Hunger to see where your favorite food trucks might be. There are also several food trucks each week at the Fremont Sunday Market so hold off eating until you get there! Also, the Mobile Food Rodeo will be making it’s next appearance at the Seattle Street Food Festival August 8-9th in Capitol Hill.

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A Doodle Distraction

April 30th, 2014 by Cara

Stuck inside on this lovely day? Distract yourself with these Doodles! Google is polling for their 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition. All across the country students from Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit their Doodle idea following the theme announced by Google. The 2014 theme is:

“If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”

Not a bad thing to think about on such a beautiful day! Here is the State Finalist from Washington:

The State Finalist from Washington

Image from the Doodle 4 Google competition site

Title: Brighter World through Binoculars
Doodler
: Renaise Kim, Lake Washington High School, WA

The Doodle 4 Google Competition

From the initial group of entries Google employees and Guest Judges narrow the Doodles down to 250 State Finalist and from there selects the 50 State Winners. This is when the public comes in! Everyone is invited to vote for their favorites amongst the 50 by selecting one from each group of grades (K-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12). Votes may be cast until 11:59PM on May 9th.

The results of this voting will be announced at Google Headquarters on May 21st. One finalist for each grade group will be selected for a total of 5 National Finalists. Finally, the National Winner will have their Doodle displayed on the Google homepage for 24hours on June 9th.

The grand prize? In addition to some cool tech stuff the winning student receives a $30,000 college scholarship and their school receives a $50,000 Google for Education grant.  The other 4 National Finalists receive a $5,000 college scholarship.

Not quite sure what a Doodle is? Read the history here!

Vote here!

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Seattle due for a sunny week!

April 28th, 2014 by Cara

As many people’s allergies will tell you, it has been a lovely spring, showers included. Seattle has been in full bloom, the grass has gone haywire, and we have seen some dramatic skies. There have been clouds of course, many of them dark and delivering downpours, but the temperatures have remained rather temperate and Seattlites appear eager to be outside again.

This week forecasters are calling for not just sun (note it is forecasted to be “Sunny” not just “Mostly Sunny” for a few days!) but also warmer temperatures. Get ready to bare that sun-deprived skin, dig out your sunglasses, and enjoy!

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Forecast from the National Weather Service.

What are you going to do during this nice weather? BBQ, sun bathe, swim, build something awesome?! Share your plans with us on our Facebook page!

 

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Really Responsible Recycling

April 28th, 2014 by Cara

The future is here! Electronics, devices, and screens are everywhere in our lives! But as we approach more milestones since the inventions of our many devices; for example, color television is 60 years old, home computers have been around for over 35 years, and digital cell phones are 23 years old. As new generations of products come and go whatever will we do with the ones we aren’t using?

Luckily Seattle residents have a couple of options. The Seattle Public Utilities department recommends the following two programs for recycling unwanted electronics, TVs and Computers being some of the most common. Many of these electronics are banned from curbside containers as they contain toxic materials (so that’s how it works!).

Here are some options when it’s time to ditch those old electronics:

- Contact www.ecyclewashington.org or 1-800-RECYCLE for free computer and TV drop-off locations.

-  Visit www.takeitbacknetwork.org  for cell phone and fluorescent light bulb drop-off locations. Some charge a fee.

- Seattle Public Utilities will pick up and recycle TVs, computers and other electronic items from your curb for a $20 fee. Call 206-684-3000 to request an electronics collection. Apartment residents should contact their building manager to arrange for electronics collection.

For Fremont residents the InterConnection Computer Reuse and Learning Center is located just over on Stone Way and 34th.

“InterConnection’s focus is charitable reuse and responsible recycling. The Computer Reuse Center makes proper use of the tons of usable electronic items that are discarded daily, teaches computer maintenance and repair skills to local community members, and provides refurbished computers and monitors to organizations in underserved communities around the world. All data is securely erased from computers received and InterConnection complies with all federal and state regulations for data destruction. A tax deductible receipt is provided for donations.”

This donation site is also InterConnection‘s outlet store with refurbished electronics, low income specials, and trade in offers. InterConnection has been providing recycling, refurbishment, and charitable services since 1999.

SPU also deal with mattresses too! So if you can’t give it away to a college kid or on Craigslist (ever heard of FreeCycle?) please don’t leave it on the street! Contact the Take It Back Network for options.

Earth Day was just a week ago, but we can be aware of our impact everyday! As Fremont and Seattle residents we are fortunate to have a wealth of resources focused on sustainable and environmental causes. If you are unsure how to recycle something or interested in learning more about certain public programs email us at tips@fremontuniverse.com and we will be happy to look into it for you!

 

 

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2014 by Cara

IMG_20140410_133736_642Happy Earth Day everyone!

All across the media, at schools, workplaces, and on the Google homepage our society is recognizing Earth Day. We are lucky to live in a place that places such great emphasis on sustainability, innovation, and recognizing our environmental impact.

For what takes place on Earth Day beyond the shared images of planet earth, healing hands, and woodland critters (which are very cute) visit www.earthday.org According to their site, “More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

More Celebrations to Come

Less than 2 months until we can celebrate the Earth in a uniquely Fremont fashion! The Solstice Festival and Fremont Fair will take place on June 20-22 and you don’t want to miss a minute of it!

New this year will be the Solstice Concert Series and the parade moves to a new time. Keep an eye out for Fremont Universe’s coverage of the event and our Festive Fremonster Guide with tips for local Fremonsters and friends during the festivities.

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Simple and Sunny: The Yellow Dot Cafe

April 16th, 2014 by Cara

One morning this week I was desperately in need of three things: coffee, breakfast, and wifi. Fremont has many options for cafe culture but I had yet to try the Yellow Dot Cafe at the intersection of Fremont Ave and N 34th.

On this particular morning a tasty scone or pastry would not satisfy my hunger so I thought Yellow Dot’s selection of breakfast burritos might do the trick. I crossed Fremont Ave just near the Fremont Bridge, passed behind the Interurban Sculpture, and stepped into a crisp and brightly lit environment.

This is the second Yellow Dot Cafe location, the original is located on Westlake in South Lake Union. The Fremont location opened last November, occupying a space that had been vacant for sometime just east of the Fremont Bridge. Business has been slowly picking up since then and the Cafe recently added an outdoor seating area that is sure to be popular in warm weather.

Owner Ziyi Li explained that she opened the Yellow Dot Cafe as a result of her own dining experience and finding something lacking. Her objective was for a “casual” and “convenient” dining environment that provides quality food options while keeping things simple and easy. One of the ways the cafe delivers this convenience is by having customers order at the counter in lieu of table service. Ziyi feels this allows patrons to order and dine more at their own pace. Additionally, the breakfast menu includes savory items because she herself is often dissatisfied with sugary options at coffee shops.

Originally from China, Ziyi spent time in Florida and later Manhattan before moving to Seattle with her husband. She says misses Manhattan but loves the urban environment here. The sleek and modern interior, both practical and intriguing shows she has brought some New York influences with her.

The interior of the Yellow Dot Cafe. From the Yellow Dot Cafe's Facebook page

The interior of the Yellow Dot Cafe. From the Yellow Dot Cafe’s Facebook page

Why the “Yellow Dot” cafe? Ziyi says that when she first moved to the United States certain business names were difficult to remember and she wanted to avoid that. She wanted a name that was east to remember, happy, and simple much like her cafe.

The Fremont location of the Yellow Dot Cafe is also unique in that it provides dinner options, staying open until 8:00PM and offering beer and wine. Menu items range from $5-10 and include wraps, sandwiches, salads, and of course, burritos! Happy Hour is from 3PM until close and features $4 beers and $5 BBQ Sliders.

More information about the Yellow Dot Cafe’s Menu and hours can be found here. The cafe regularly posts the Soup of the Day on their Facebook page as well.

Although it’s somewhat belated, Welcome to Fremont Yellow Dot Cafe!

The Yellow Dot Cafe's new outdoor seating area. Image from Yellow Dot Cafe's Facebook page.

The Yellow Dot Cafe’s new outdoor seating area. Image from Yellow Dot Cafe’s Facebook page.

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It’s Time for the Fremont Troll Stroll!

April 10th, 2014 by Cara

Of course Trolls stroll! And so should you! The 13th Annual Troll Stroll takes place this Saturday April 12th from 1:00-5:00PM throughout the Fremont Neighborhood.

What does this Troll Stroll entail? Besides a fabulous rhyme, it also supports The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, while participants get to enjoy some sipping and tasting their way through Fremont. That’s right, as participants stroll about the Center of Universe they get to do a Fremonster’s favorite activity: eating and drinking.

Remember, this is consumption for a cause! The event benefits The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, whose focus is searching for a cure to this disease which affects approximately 30,000 people in the United States.

“Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening, genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. People with CF inherit a defective gene that causes a buildup of thick mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs.” – from cff.org

While research and new developments have increased the life expectancy for those with Cystic fibrosis there is still much to be done. So this Saturday do what you can, have a drink, and raise awareness!

Today is the last day to register at the $45 price ($60 day of) or there is the option for VIP Check-In for $75 ($20 tax deductible). Participants receive a drink ticket for each participating bar and select appetizers will be available as well.

Participating locations include:

Nectar Lounge
Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse
Ballroom
The Dubliner
High Dive
Nickerson Street Saloon
Red Star Taco Bar
9 Million in Unmarked Bills
The Red Door
LTD Bar & Grill
Woodsky’s
The George & Dragon Pub

Fremont Troll Stroll

 

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Some Fun Fremont Bridge Facts!

April 9th, 2014 by Cara

There are other bridges out there, other Fremont bridges in fact, but the history, color combo, and operation of our Fremont Bridge adds up unlike any other. Of course its unique, its Fremont!

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The bridge raises an average of 35 times a day

The Fremont Bridge opened on June 15, 1917 (it’s 97!) and the centennial is not that far off. The blue and orange paint job was chosen by a 1985 poll by Fremont residents and facilitated by the Fremont Arts Council. Below the surface, the Fremont Bridge had some serious maintenance done starting in 2006. It was a $41.6 million restoration to be specific, with the final tests conducted in 2008.

Pedestrians, cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, bikes, and boats. Every day the Fremont Bridge sees it all. The bridge crosses the Fremont Cut, part of the Lake Washington Ship canal, which is part of several inter-connected bodies of water linking Lake Washington to the Ballard Locks and through the Locks, the Puget Sound.

It is a “double-leaf bascule bridge” yes, we had to look that one up. For the casual observer it is essentially a drawbridge and opens in the center. What the casual observer may not see but might appreciate knowing is that it is opened with a weighted system using huge concrete weights and minimal motor power. Oh and there is someone up there in that tower! The bridgetender!

While it’s obviously shorter than the neighboring Aurora Bridge, by any standards the Fremont Bridge is not very tall at all. The clearance below the bridge is only 30 feet! This means any sailboat with a mast taller than that has to signal (one long horn, one short horn) and request the bridge be raised.

For obvious reasons the bridge isn’t raised from 7-9AM and 4-6PM. However, it is still very frequently raised, sometimes as often as 35 times a day. Often times the Fremont Bridge is referred to as one of the busiest drawbridges in the U.S. or even the world. Since we don’t have the data to back that up we’ll just say it is a VERY busy bridge.

Some other fun bridge facts:

The Bicycle Counter is Seattle’s first bicycle counter and came to be through the efforts of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Cascade Bicycle Club. It is located on the Northwest side of the bridge and greets cyclist and pedestrians alike with the count of how many bicycles have cross the bridge for the current day and over the current year. Bonus: The data collected by the bike counter is presented with Tableau software, a Fremont-based tech company!

Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Let the bridge down! Oh…wait a minute…

Located in the Northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge Rapunzel stands out just above the Bicycle Counter and enlivens our imaginations as we pass by. The artist, Rodman Miller, is a Fremonster and had a hand in much of the art that characterizes Fremont. Be sure to wave Rapunzel a “hello” next time you go by! It looks rather lonely up there.

Image courtesy of rodmanstudio.com

Image courtesy of rodmanstudio.com

The Elephant and the Alligator located in the Northeast tower of the bridge is based on a tale from Just So Stories For Little Children by Rudyard Kipling, the author of The Jungle Book. The scene depicted here is from “How the Elephant Got His Trunk.” (Hint: the alligator tugs on it!) This is another neon installation by local artist Rodman Miller.

Image courtesy of www.seattleoutdoorart.com

Image courtesy of www.seattleoutdoorart.com

More information about these two neon installations can be found in the Fremocentrist’s Public Art Inventory.

So next time you find yourself crossing the Fremont Bridge, take a look around and consider just how old, colorful, well-functioning, and quirky that bridge is!

Also, an interesting piece from the Seattle Times archives by Connie McDougall which includes the bridgetenders’ perspective.

Sources from SDOT, the Seattle Times, and the City of Seattle.

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Poetry Reading Tonight at the Fremont Library

April 7th, 2014 by Cara

April is recognized as National Poetry Month by the Academy of American Poets and with spring in the air it seems the perfect time for Fremonsters to embrace their inner poet.

This evening from 6:30-7:45 pm the Fremont Library will host An Evening of Poetry featuring Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Jennifer Bullis, and Michael Schmeltzer.

An Evening of Poetry is a quarterly event series hosted by Seattle Public Libraries where local poets read from their work and discuss poetry with the audience. Tonight’s event is presented in partnership with Floating Bridge Press, a local non-profit focused on recognizing and promoting the work of Washington State’s poets.

Don’t let National Poetry Month end this evening! Check out 4Culture’s Poetry Bus program or the Academy of American Poet’s list of 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Fancy yourself a poet? Send us your Fremont inspired poetry by Friday April 18th and you could be featured on the blog! Email us at tips@fremontuniverse.com

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Check out Fremont Universe on Instagram!

April 4th, 2014 by Cara

While we are all about words here at Fremont Universe sometimes in Fremont you need to see it to believe it! Check out Fremont Universe’s new Instagram for all the wonderful things, big and small, in Fremont we want to share with you.

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Hey #Rapunzel I dig your long locks #publicart #fluorescent #Fremont

Have a photo you’d like us to share? Send it our way at tips@fremontuniverse.com with the appropriate photo credit. And heck, while we’re at it #fremontuniverse

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