The 2009 Christmas push seems to have started before I swallowed my last bite of turkey. Retailers aren't wasting any time and I've got to say, I can't help but to follow their lead. On Friday I threw out our pumpkins and then we put up some lights, placed the pointsettas, and dragged the decorations out. After years of resistance, we even purchased an artificial tree and our floors are amazing needle-free now.
Did you go to the tree lighting downtown Kirkland on Saturday? WAY better than last year. What a fun surprise to have all the streets blocked off, with big fires, carolers, music, vendors, etc. Wish we had gotten there earlier! Photos of some fun street dancers to the left. And all of the downtown lights look fabulous!!
If you're still brimming with cheer and want to treat the family to tea with Santa, you're in luck! This Saturday, December 5th from 2-4 the Woodmark Hotel will be hosting its first annual Holiday Tea with Santa. There will be photo opportunities, holiday treats and cookie decorating. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hopelink (cost is $40/per adult, $20/per child). Call for a reservation: 425-827-1986.
Or- if you find yourself at Carillon Pt but your kids are deathly afraid of Santa, (this could likely STILL be my children. And Steve) there's an idea for you too. The Beach Cafe has just revamped their 'blunch' menu for kids and adults. Kids can choose from a “little kids” menu,
featuring mini cheeseburgers, pizza, and mac n’ cheese with
chicken (all for $4) or choose from a “big kids” menu, where you'll find slightly
bigger meals including fish and chips, salmon and mashed potatoes, and roasted
chicken (all for $7). Blunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 7 am – 2
p.m. (the kids menu is available after 10 am). 425-889-0303.
And don't forget to stop in the Third Floor Fish Cafe before they close on Dec 19th. This has been a Kirkland mainstay (15 years!) so it will be sad to see it change. Plans are still in the works to remodel and possibly turn it into a private event space that could accomodate up to 200 people. Where will I go when I crave their grilled romain salad? :( We'll miss you guys!
And happy holidays to the Proposed Annexation Area! You voted, but our City Council is actually just going to decide things for you anyway- welcome to the city! :-) Steve is just stewing to share his thoughts with you on this one. He may actually come out of his blogger semi-retirement. But that would require him to put down his Blackberry for an hour. I'd give it a 50/50 chance. Stay tuned. ~j