If you live in and around Roslyn, you may be aware of some of the fun summertime events happening in and around the city. Next month, Suncadia Resort will be hosting the much anticipated Suncadia Cycling Festival the weekend of Friday June 27th, one long weekend, with 3 amazing rides! This cycling event is the perfect mix of pavement, dirt and gravel cycling, and a wonderful way to explore the Suncadia grounds. The festivities will begin Friday evening with a mountain bike course, followed by a Saturday morning road bike ride, and a Sunday morning gravel ride. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Suncadia by bike!
Another upcoming event to put on your calendar is the 8 hour Cyclocross mountain bike race on Saturday July 26th in Roslyn. This new event called MFG Nine2Five presented by BMC is going to office catergories for solo riders, as well as teams of 2-3 participants. Sign-up for this all day event is available until Monday July 21st, and this event is limited to 500 participants, so secure your spot to race today! As an added bonus, if you register for the event before June 1st you will be entered in a raffle to win 2 of the newly released Trail Fox series of bicycle. Hope to see you there!
Cle Elum’s Upper County 12U Babe Ruth Softball team beat out Hoquiam girls in a close game that could have gone either way, according to their coach, Kevin Kelly. After a well played championship game the girls head to the National tournament in Alchua, FL on August 1st to compete in a a game, and experience they will likely remember for a lifetime. Kelly said he will meet with parents to discuss ways to fundraise for the trip, so if you’d like to help contribute, keep your eyes and ears open this weekend. This same group of gals also won the 10U tournament last year, but there are only National tournaments for 12U and 16U teams. The Warriors are one of 20 teams headed to the tournament this year, and we wish them well. Go Warriors!
The Suncadia Resort started 2013 hot with a spike in real estate sales. Suncadia Real Estate Sales Company reached more than $27 million in the first half of 2013, and sales are predicted to continue rising throughout the remainder of the year, and 2nd homes in the PNW continue to rise according to the Wall Street Journal.
Photo credit: Suncadia Resort
The growth came after an impressive 2012, when Suncadia had more than $42 million in sales, the resort’s best year since 2008. The resort has sold mroe than 1,300 homes and condos since properties went on the market in 2003, and the sales success of 2012 almost doubled that of 2011 sales. According to the Journal, 60 new homes will be developed in 2013, an increase from 40 in 2012. For more information on Suncadia Resort Real Estate, visit Suncadia’s website today.
Come celebrate the holiday festivities this season, and join the Roslyn Chamber of Commerce and Cle Elum community for the annual Parade of Lights! Upper Kittitas County is celebrating the Merry Holidays next Friday and Saturday with the Hospice Friends “Tree of Love” lighting ceremony. Afterwards, take your little ones to the Children’s Christmas Party Saturday at the Cle Elum Eagles Center, and get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
If you’re not around that weekend, or too busy holiday shopping, don’t forget that Santa is visiting Roslyn Christmas Eve, at the City of Roslyn Fire Department! You won’t want to miss out on their festive neighborhood holiday events. Tis the Season to Enjoy Christmas in Roslyn!
Investigators reported earlier this week, that the Taylor Bridge wildfire erupting in Eastern Washington may have began near the Cle Elum Bridge, and Firefighters have been working to control the hazardous fire ever since. Yesterday afternoon, the Seattle Times reported that the fire had burned some 22,600 acres, and firefighters were able to contain 25% of the flames. Firefighters are probably a week or so away from fully controlling the fire, and so far there has only been one person injured, a firefighter who received treatment for minor cuts and burns.
As of this morning, reports claim that the firefighters working through the night had a successful night, and ended up evacuating 50 people from their homes near the Lauderdale and Riverview neighborhoods, bringing the total evacuated number up to 500. There are around 900 firefighters currently working to calm the fires and keep them from crossing Interstate 90, and Highway 970 where clumps of timber would likely fuel the flame. For round the clock updates on the fire’s progression, visit the Seattle Times.
The Northwestern Improvement Company Building is located on a busy corner in the historic center of Roslyn’s happening commercial district. It’s the largest building in Roslyn, and also the sole remaining structure in the city associated with the Roslyn Coal Field. Built in 1889 with locally produced bricks, the original round-arched storefront was remodeled around 1916, to the cast iron and glass structure that stands today.
The Lane House, Photo Courtesy of the Roslyn Downtown Association
The Lane House was originally listed in the National Register of Historic Places Inventory as the “Silvia House” and was built by City Councilor Joseph Lane in 1895. According to the Historic Structure Report, the house is currently the only full scale example of high-style architecture in town. The home is vacant, and located at 103 E. Idaho Ave, between 1st and 2nd street, and is noted as one of the most intact residences in Roslyn, dating back to early settlement times. If you’d like more information on these two Historic structures in town, contact the Roslyn Downtown Association, and learn how you can get involve to preserve and restore the city’s history.