Seattle promises New Year’s Eve celebrations aplenty, everything from classy multi-coursed feasts to fireworks to sparkling parties brimming with bubbly and live music. Slip on your finest party shoes, grab a noise-maker and prep the vocal chords for a little “Auld Lang Syne,” then opt for one of these festive neighborhood NYE events.
MUST GLUGSun Liquor’s Exquisite Eggnog (Plus a Recipe to Make Your Own)Sneak out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (starting at 7 p.m.) to sip the delicious made-from-scratch eggnog at Capitol Hill’s Sun Liquor. Or make your own with this surefire recipe.
Seattle should start the new year by looking back in order to look forward. One hundred and fifty years ago, our sawmill town on Elliott Bay saw events that portended huge changes. In May 1864, a “cargo of brides” called the Mercer Girls arrived as potential mates for the male settlers, so the city could become self-propagating. In October of that year, Western Union—the Comcast of its time—brought the telegraph to Seattle, connecting us with the newly wired world.
Must SeeStroll Down Bellevue Square’s Snowflake Lane(Through 12/31, 7 p.m.) — ‘Tis the season at Bellevue Square’s ever-popular Snowflake Lane, where live toy soldiers march to festive music, a dazzling light show brightens the dark sky and snowflakes fall nightly.
The idea for SwopBoard (swopboard.com) was born out of necessity last January. “My daughter and I were transitioning her room from a little girl’s room to a big girl’s room, and we were left with an enormous dollhouse that my daughter no longer wanted,” says Magnolia mom and business owner Natalie Angelillo.
Must ShopUrban Craft Uprising(12/7 to 12/8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) — Shop the local, artisanal, indie offerings—including funky bags by Alchemy Goods, bodacious belts by Steel Toe Studios and lovely prints by Frida Clements—at this ultra-crafty two-day fest at the Seattle Center.
Must LaughThe Habit Comedy Show(12/1, 8 p.m.) — Seattle sketch comedy group The Habit is back with a new live show at The Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake. Bonus: Read Habit cast member John Osebold’s tips on upping your own comedic ante in our November issue.Must Kill the Mouse KingPNB’s The Nutcracker
When my husband and I moved to Seattle from Louisville, Kentucky, eight years ago, we were quickly given the scoop on the city’s culture. “It will be hard to find friends,” we were told (the Seattle freeze is real), people drink a lot of coffee, and depending on who you’re talking to, it may or may not rain all the time.
Edited by Lisa Wogan, Research by GMA Research and Niki Stojnic with Sunny Parsons and Sarai Dominguez
We are in the midst of the biggest change to health care since the creation of Medicare in 1965. Millions of Americans will have access to coverage and free preventive care for the first time. At the center of this sweeping transformation are the doctors, who are being asked to stretch in new directions to find ways to do more with less, to shift from fee-for-service care to accountable care that ties reimbursements to quality- and cost-control metrics, and to work more than ever before in multidisciplinary teams—while all along the way still delivering the expertise and skills for which we seek them out in the first place. It is in this new and changing landscape that we launched our 13th annual Top Doctors survey.We asked thousands of local doctors this question: To whom would you send a loved one for medical care? And more than 4,500 doctors submitted nearly 15,000 nominations. These are the doctors to whom other doctors turn when they or their families need care. Along with the Top Doctors list, we also take this opportunity to survey the impact of the Affordable Care Act (passed in 2010) in terms of what matters to you—from insurance coverage to what might change in the care you receive. Even with the promise of better access to care and the expansion of Medicaid in the state, there will continue to be those among us who need a helping hand. To reach these underserved populations, health care practitioners volunteer their time, staff clinics, launch programs and more. This year, we honor five individuals whose work—whether in the lab, at a desk or in the field—is having a far-reaching, profound effect. Their efforts, like those of our Top Doctors, save lives—and all of their stories inspire. Read on to get to the full list. View our Top Doctors Advisory Panel here. Read about how we conducted our Top Doctors survey or view the 6 doctors to avoid.
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On a concrete slab in a warehouse in SoDo squats a contraption worthy of Professor Potts: a stainless steel barrel, wrapped in insulation like a diaper and topped by two long copper pipes, tubes sprawling this way and that. But don’t be fooled. This humble, even ugly, apparatus is the work of Mike McCaw, whose stills boil and steam some of the region’s hottest local moonshine at 2bar Spirits in SoDo, Oola Distillery in Capitol Hill and several other distilleries in Portland.
Given its long history as a city of music, it’s a little surprising that Seattle hasn’t had a regular television show dedicated to emerging local bands. But that ends this month with the premiere of BAND IN SEATTLE (Saturday nights at 11 p.m., beginning 12/7, on local channel KSTW, aka CW11; bandinseattle.com). The brainchild of Conrad Denke, CEO of Victory Studios (an independent film and video production company in Interbay), Band in Seattle is 30-minute show profiling two bands in each episode.
Some of Seattle’s most spectacular architecture can be found in local churches, but those among us who go to church—perhaps only at this time of year—rarely explore beyond the familiar. A new book makes clear what a shame this is by showcasing the tremendous diversity found in church design. Inspired: Churches of Seattle, by Rick Grant (Documentary Media; $34.95), takes readers inside 52 area churches (including a few on the Eastside) and offers a brief history of each.
The dirt road up Flagg Mountain is not for the fainthearted—or the low-clearance car. It is steep and narrow, with hairpin turns snaking through woods and scrub. But the views at the top are more than worth the teeth-chattering drive: The craggy peaks of the North Cascades fan off to the west, and the Methow River meanders through a valley of meadows and pines. The majority of the land is publicly owned and undeveloped. Birdsong, chipmunk chirps and the wind in the trees are the only noises. It should be the most serene place in the world.