A little piece of our local history: KCTS public television recently aired a special called “The Boys of ‘36” regarding the 1936 USA rowing team that unexpectedly won gold at the Olympics held in Berlin, Germany during Hitler’s reign. These young men were from the University of WA rowing team, and came from humble origins: sons of loggers, fishermen, and shipyard workers. They overcame great odds (financially, physically, and emotionally) during the Depression era to accomplish this. One of them even joined the team so he’d have enough food to eat each day. Recently, the last remaining member of the team passed away in his 90’s.

A book entitled “The Boys in the Boat” was written by local author Daniel James Brown about this team, which became a bestseller. This Olympic event was an important moment in not only Seattle’s, but our country’s history.

beerFremont Oktoberfest is this weekend, Sept. 20-22nd. Enjoy live music, mingling in the streets and of course beer! The festival is divided into two parts. The Village is free and open to all ages and will include chainsaw pumpkin carving and a 5k. The Tasting Garden is open to those 21+ where you can use tokens to purchase 5 ounces of beer in a mini mug. There will be over 100 seasonal brews to choose from. There are three ticketing options available. $20 gets you admission to the festival and vouchers for four non-alcoholic beverages. For $25 you receive admission, a 5 oz mini mug and 5 drink tokens which will allow you to fill you mini mug 5times or for $30 you can get ten tokens. Additional tokens are available for purchase. If the 5 oz mini-mug just isn’t big enough for you you can purchase a Buxom Stein in the Buxom Beer Garden in addition to one of the admission packages. Bring the family or a group of friends and remember to drink responsibly!