Seattle Outsider Musings

It might seem a tad early to announce Labor Day weekend event bookings, but who could resist with these three 2014 Bumbershoot headliners?
  Classic rocker Elvis Costello
Pop band Foster the People
Pioneering rap group Wu-Tang Clan

Seattle’s famed music & arts festival will showcase over 100 acts for the three-day event, to be held Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 at Seattle Center.  My personal fave, among other headliners, is multiple Grammy Award-winning American Chicano rockers, Los Lobos, scheduled to perform Sunday.  Should folk music be your thing, you’ll not want to miss Seattle’s own indie band The Head and The Heart, who will return to perform at the Memorial Stadium venue.
Tickets are now available for three-day passes ($120), day-specific, single-day tickets ($50), and flexible “any day” tickets ($55).  Visit or call (206) 701-1482 for a complete lineup and additional ticket info.

Oh, and btw, bumbershoot is NOT a Britishism for umbrella, as commonly thought…
According to a Nov. 4, 2011 Slate magazine article by Ben Yagoda titled “Cheerio, Bumbershoot!”, the Oxford English Dictionary identifies the word as “originally and chiefly U.S. slang.”  To further convince us of the term’s proper non-British etymology, Yagoda went on to state that the digital archive of the Times of London, comprising over 7.6 million articles published between 1785 and 1985, yielded “precisely zero hits for ‘bumbershoot’.”  (Delving more deeply into bumbershoot’s origins, turns out it was first documented in a letter to the editor of the New York Times that it had been commonly used in Dutchess County, NY, back in the early 1880s.)  Go figger…
So, by all means, bring your umbrella to Bumbershoot, but leave your other faux Britishisms home!

In Other Noteworthy Upcoming Regional Event News

Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society has extended an open invitation to all history-loving folk to partake in the June 6 public unveiling ceremony of the beloved Admiral totem pole.  The colorful hand-carved wooden “story pole” that had originally welcomed residents and tourists alike at the city’s Belvedere View Park from 1966 to 2006 has been fully restored by Artech Fine Art Services.  The lovingly-restored “story pole” will proudly stand next to the Log House Museum in it’s native-plant garden, facing east along the 61st Avenue SW arterial, just one block south of Alki Beach.

“City Parks [and Recreation] gave us the 1966 totem pole on the understanding that we would restore and raise it [again] at our museum”, said Southwest Seattle Historical Society board president, Marcy Johnsen.  “We are thrilled that after eight years of planning, fundraising and other work, the day is drawing near when it will stand tall again in West Seattle–‘the birthplace of Seattle’.”
Call (206) 938-5293 or go to for further info.
Be there or be ☐!
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