Seattle Outsider Musings

After a bit of a summer hiatus, SEATTLE OUTSIDER MUSINGS is baaaack…
First came the new position as Greenwood Senior Center’s Lead Cook.

Maggie at the Viking

Wordsmith Maggie celebrating her arrival in Newport atop the historic Viking Hotel.


Then there was the whirlwind trip to the other (East) coast for a nostalgic stay in Newport, Rhode Island (home of Maggie’s alma mater and the International Tennis Hall of Fame where her father is enshrined), vintage car races to attend at Lime Rock, Conn., over the extended Labor Day weekend, and finally on to Dover, Del. to load up her belongings that have been sitting in a storage locker for two years and drive them back to Seattle in a rental truck. You’ve heard what they say about how you don’t know how much stuff you’ve got til you have to move it?  IT’S TRUE!
Anyway, it’s great to be back in sunny (yes, sunny!) Seattle.  The Pacific Northwest rain spigots don’t get turned on for about another month, so sun-worshipers are actually still able to work on their tans outdoors…

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But, knowing how hungry you must be for other news by now, here goes:
We can’t help but begin by mentioning yesterday’s “Super” grudge game between the Seahawks and the Broncos.  Without rubbing it in too much (we do have friends who are Denver fans, after all…), the best team won, again. ‘Nuf said on that subject…

And, now a word from some other local treasures worthy of support…

Rebirth totem pole SW HS logo

Tickets go on sale at our website, with early-bird deadline of Oct. 8

Young, old or anywhere in between, there is no better place for you to be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, than our Champagne Gala Brunch at Salty’s on Alki.

Tickets are on sale NOW and are $75 if ordered by the early-bird deadline of Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Thereafter, tickets will be $85. You can reserve tickets by calling 206-938-5293 or visiting our website.


VIDEO: Marty Riemer invites you to 2014 Champagne Gala Brunch!

The program features West Seattle deejay Marty Riemer and a half-dozen West Seattle-based music luminaries. See details and Marty’s video invitation here:

Marty Reimer


Three in Schmitz family to speak of legacy, civic duty and gratitude

It also features the mother-son-daughter combination of (from left) Vicki Schmitz-Block, Dietrich Schmitz and Julie Schmitz Broker:

Schmitz family


NEW! Totem wine and coffee,
plus drawing for a Totem Cruise

The 2014 Champagne Gala Brunch theme is “Rebirth: Celebrating Restoration of the Admiral Totem Pole.”

The theme will be reflected in special Totem Red and Totem White wines and Totem Breakfast Blend coffee that will be on sale at the event and can be pre-ordered now:

totem wine

Photo by Patrick Robinson, West Seattle Herald

The theme also is carried out in a brand-new feature, a Golden Ticket Drawing in which the prize is a one-week Totem Cruise for two on the luxurious MS Westerdam of the Holland America line:

(Golden Tickets go on sale in-person only later this month.)


4th Annual Garden Photography Workshop
Focus on Composition • with Ray Pfortner


The best photos are not made by the best cameras; they are made by a
thoughtful, imaginative person behind the camera.

Explore the principles of how to design a compelling, evocative photograph.
Shoot at the Seattle Chinese Garden in the best light of day and photograph whatever
draws your eye – architecture, plants, water features, rockery, or birds.

Share the results during the final session for group critique.
Ray’s popular annual workshop is open to photographers or visual artists
with any type digital camera and any level of experience from beginner to advanced.

October 1: Wednesday, 7–9 pm • Classroom session (bring 4 photos to show)
October 4: Saturday, 6–9 am & 5–8 pm • Shooting in the Garden
October 22: Wednesday, 7–9 pm • Classroom review of your best photos

Limited to 14 participants, so register early.

Tuition: $160 for Garden members, $190 for nonmembers
To Register: Contact the Garden at 206.934.5219 or

For more details, download a flyer at

Ray Pfortner is an educator and professional photographer whose work
focuses on nature, landscapes, environmental issues, and gardens, especially Asian gardens.
Ray loves to coach new talent and his workshops are fun.

For more information about Ray:
For questions about the workshop:

Please join us for a festive evening to celebrate
and support the Seattle Chinese Garden

~ 5:00 to 6:00 ~
Sunset Stroll in the Lantern-Lit Garden
(North Entrance at South Seattle College)

The Brockey Center at South Seattle College
(South Entrance)

~ 5:30 to 7:00 ~
Registration & Reception
Feng Shui Advice Center, Teahouse Exhibit and Tasting, Raffle

~ 7:00 to 9:00 ~
Lion Dance Procession
Dinner, Live Auction and Raise the Paddle

$125 per person
$1,250 nonprofit organization or friends of the garden table
$1,500 corporate patron table

Please RSVP by October 17.

For more event information and options for making reservations
online, by phone, or by mail:

Support Soaring Dragon and the Garden by Donating
an Item to the Live Auction !

Items should have a value of $500 or more or potential to be
combined in a package with other compatible items.
All items included in the live auction are tax deductible.
Donors will be recognized in the Soaring Dragon program.

Popular Items Include
Chinese artwork, crafts, and furniture
Getaways to a mountain, beach, or desert house
Fine wines or winery tours
Lunch or dinner for four or more at a special location or with special people
Garden services, plants, and garden decor
Fun Experiences • Adventures • Behind the Scenes Tours
Tickets to sports events or cultural performances
Certificates for a night or two at a wonderful hotel or resort

To explore inclusion of your item in the auction, please contact:
Margaret Britton ~
or or 206.934.5219
Download an auction donation form at
and mail it to the garden for review.
Seattle Chinese Garden
6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106

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That’s it for now, dear readers… Stay tuned for more SEATTLE OUSIDER MUSINGS, etc. from wordsmith1maggie. Got news to share? Let her know!

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