Lots of towns in Western Washington have hanging baskets. Ours are special. Starting in the winter, the local highschool FFA department begins growing plants and getting baskets ready to hang. The students do a wonderful job. They are hung after Mother’s Day through out Sequim and tended through the summer by the city. They always bring a smile to my face
Sequim is famous for it’s Roosevelt Elk. The City Fathers had metal elk sculptures installed at the off ramps on both ends of town. They adorn the streets signs in downtown Sequim. But now the elk have become a problem. Those who have built in their migration and grazing patterns are often surprised with elk staring in their windows or munching on their newly planted shrubs and trees. Who should go and who should stay? Unfortunately, I think I know who will win.
On Washington Street in Sequim is perhaps the smallest park in the world. Seal Street used to feed in to Washington. The City Fathers decided to “sidewalk” it off, put in a map, a Life Trail exercise point, and posted a sign. There is a lovely bench to sit and watch people and you are right beside wonderful flowers.
Western Washington is known to be cloudy and rainy, but pilots swear up and down when you fly over Sequim, the sky opens up. The phenomona is known as “The Blue Hole”. A local art cooperative gallery used a play on words, as their name. We have some very talented artists in this area and I originally posted a link to their website..only to find out it doesn’t work.
Doodlebugs is the place to shop in Sequim if you are a “scrapbooker” or you want to see the new and unusal in card design. They have a website, Doodlebugs where locals and those from afar can shop products and find out about upcoming classes.
In the Sequim area there are many opportunities to listen to and participate in musical events. At Carrie Blake Park we have a recently constructed band shelter. On Saturday afternoons during the summer you can listen to a variety of musical performances. Last weekend Sequim Marimba performed to a “packed’ lawn. The group has been together for about 10 years and performs mostly music from Zimbobwa (sp?)
Home of lavender, elk, retired people and their parents, Sequim is no longer the sleeply little agricultural community it once was. We unfortunately now have a Wally world, two-round-a-bouts, a lavender festival that reportedly attracts 30,00 plus people and a fancy dancy state of the art Costco. I’ll share all the wonderful things about living in Sequim, and a bit of the tongue in cheek grumbling of our locals (I would be one of them). Still, Purple Haze is one of my favorite places in the downtown area. Check out the Purple Haze website for more information.