Storefront Studio in Roslyn

Stop by the Roslyn Visitor Center in the historic NWI Company Store building, this Friday and Saturday for the return of the University of Washington’s Storefront Studio. This is a great opportunity to learn about Roslyn and the economic redevelopment projects underway. Friday evening is a reception to welcome the 14 architecture students to Roslyn and hear from community members about the town. The reception runs from 5PM until 8PM. If you want more information about this project, please contact the Roslyn Downtown Association at (509)649-3650 or via email at  This year the project will focus on the NWI Building, the Roslyn Visitor Center, Postmaster Sylvia’s House, the tourism map for the side of the City of Roslyn administration building, and for developing a community-wide recycling program for Roslyn residents. Come on up and learn more about Roslyn!

Chili Cookoff This Weekend in The Teanaway

Teanaway Grange Chili CookoffThe Swauk-Teanaway Grange Chili Cookoff & Cowboy Concert is happening this Saturday, March 19th and the Teanaway Grange Hall outside of Cle Elum, WA (map).  The feast will go from 5:30-8:30 pm.  Enjoy great food and country western music and storytelling from various artists.  Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite chili or side dish, and judging will begin at 6:00 pm.  Tickets are $7 for adults and kids get free admission.  Come one, come all and taste over twenty different varieties of chili.   Click the link to see a full schedule of upcoming Roslyn / Cle Elum events or click the following link if you are just interest in Grange Hall events.

If you have any questions about the Chili Cookoff & Cowboy Concert, feel free to call and contact Grange Hall and Claire Lucke at (509) 857-2580.

Village Pizza – Roslyn

Village Pizza RoslynVillage Pizza has been a mainstay in Roslyn WA for over 20 years.  It was an abandoned bar named Slim’s when Harry and his girlfriend approached the owner of the building with their concept to open a pizza place.  And ever since then they have been making pizza that some say is the best pizza on the east side of the Cascades.  Despite having different ownership, the pizza has been consistantly good.

Village Pizza almost ended in the mid 1990’s when a tragic fire burned the entire building to the ground.  Harry, who had started the pizza place, tragically past away that night, not from the actual fire, but from the sight of his business going up in flames: he suffered a fatal heart attack.  Village Pizza was rebuilt, carried on by his daughter, and now by new ownership.  The 4 bedroom Roslyn hotel above Village Pizza was named in his honor: Harry’s Inn.

Today, you can enjoy a pizza in the “new” Village Pizza with the same good old pizza as always.  The kid friendly Roslyn restaurant can get packed so do not be surprised if seating is limited, especially on weekend nights.  Nevertheless, the wait is never too long and if seating is limited then you can always get it to go.  When sitting you can play trivia with the Trivial Pursuit cards at all the tables while you enjoy a pitcher of beer or some root beer.  They also have salads to get you started.

So if you visit the Cle Elum / Roslyn WA area, look for Village Pizza in the middle of Downtown Roslyn at 105 W Pennsylvania – basically across the street from The Brick.

And if you are in a hurry or want to pick up a pizza to go, call ahead and order over the phone (509) 649-2992.

St. Patrick’s Dinner – Cle Elum Eagles

Cle Elum EaglesCorned beef and cabbage dinner will be served at the Cle Elum Eagles this Saint Patrick’s Day – that’s March 17th for the non-Irish.  I believe non-members are welcome for the dinner, but you may want to call the Eagles to confirm if you are thinking about going 509-674-2385.  But even if you are not a member, generally a member will sign you in as a guest with no questions asked if you just introduce yourself, especially at event like this.

The Cle Elum Eagles were established in 1903 and are located 220 North Pennsylvania Avenue just off a block of the East 1st Street (the main street through Cle Elum).

According to a recent article in the Daily Record News the Cle Elum Eagles have been struggling of late.  The membership is off from 1100 down to about 600 which makes it difficult to pay operation costs.  The Eagles are not going without a fight though.  They recently raised $11,000 at an auction/dinner and have regular weekly events, like all-you-can-eat spaghetti on Tuesdays, as well as other yearly events.  People attending events is the best way to keep a club going.  All the more reason to have corned beef and cabbage on Thursday night to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Cle Elum Eagles.

23rd Annual Spittoon Race at The Brick

Spittoon RacingThis Saturday, March 12th, is the 23rd annual Spittoon Race at The Brick Tavern in Downtown Roslyn.  People racing everything from matchbooks to soap.  So that no one gets too much of an advantage, the races are divided into classes by type of boats and there are some strict size and weight guidelines.  In years past, the weighs in started around 11 AM (11:00 in the morning to be really clear) and racing started around 1 PM.  The races, which pit two spittoon racers at a time, can go into the night depending on how many people compete.

So if you are a connoisseur of spittoon racing, get some rest and get to The Brick early.  There will be some heavy competition in Roslyn, WA this weekend.

The Mountain Mermaid in Roslyn

The Mountain Mermaid is located in the old American Legion building on East Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Roslyn.   The Mountain Mermaid is the perfect place to do about anything.  Looking for something to eat?  They have sandwiches, soups, cookies, breakfast croissants, etc.  Looking for coffee?  Order an espresso.  Want to buy some art or random toys, books, or other knickknacks?  Got that too.  Want to know about anything in Roslyn area?  Ask them – nearly every person working there has lived in Roslyn their entire lives and knows the area like the back of their hands. Want to rent your next vacation room?  The Mountain Mermaid has hostel lodging on the second floor with shared bathrooms and kitchenette with prices starting as low as $40/night depending on size of the room and the time of the year.  If you are looking for something nicer, they manage over 60 other places to stay including Harry’s Inn and individual homes in the Roslyn / Cle Elum area.  For more information follow the link to Roslyn vacation rentals.

So whether you need a place to stay, lunch, a cup of Joe, or just needs some directions – stop in Roslyn’s Mountain Mermaid –  they can help you.

Fifth Annual Suessapalooza Dinner and Auction

The annual Seussapalooza chili dinner and auction in Roslyn is happening this Saturday, March 5th from 6-9 p.m. at the NWI Building.  This is the fundraiser’s fifth year, the proceeds of which are used to benefit the Roslyn Library.  Come hungry as over 15 different chilies will be served, and spirits are available for purchase.  Auction items will include a variety of homemade arts and crafts, household items, and local services among others.  The proceeds are used to buy technological equipment and books for the library.  Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children, available for purchase at the library.  Come one, come all and enjoy some good chili while helping out a great cause.

The New Old #3 in Ronald, WA

Old #3Just a mile or two down State Road 903 from Roslyn is the town of Ronald.  Driving through Ronald, only a few blocks long, you come across the Old #3 Restaurant and Bar.  I call it the “new” Old #3 because years ago the whole place burned down and thankfully they rebuilt the place.  And when they did, they made it better in ways, but it also lost a little charm, although the Old #3 is gaining it back.  Over the years the hat collection on the ceiling has been replenished, and the dollar bills with handwritten notes have again covered the walls.  To some the Old #3 might be a little rough around the edges, but really it is a fun restaurant and bar to bring your entire family to.  When you enter you can see the whole place: a couple video game machines to your right, the restrooms to your left.  In front of you is the dining area with rows of tables that can be pushed together for as big as group as you have.  Farther down on the left is the kitchen, and then straight ahead is the bar with televisions, etc.  The food for the most part is typical bar food –  burger and fries, jalapeno poppers, etc. but they do have a good salads including their taco salad and the chef salad.  But probably their most famous meal is “The Mother Load.”  A huge cheese burger with at least a couple patties and as many fries and onions rings as any human could eat.

The Old #3 is a popular place all year round and for both lunch and dinner.  It is not uncommon, especially during the winter, to have to wait for a table.  Snowmobilers tend to converge on the Old #3 in the early evening on winter weekend nights.

If you are ever in the Cle Elum / Roslyn area, then head down SR 903 towards Salmon La Sac and stop at the Old #3 in Ronald.  It is a friendly place to get a “Mother Load” and beer or pop.

Snow Causes I-90 Closures

I-90 Snow ClosureHeavy snowfall has been hitting the area as of late, and 1-90 was closed for a couple hours Monday due to dangerous routes.  Roslyn nor Cle Elum were accessible from approximately 11:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., when DOT reported all lane were open again.  Nearly 8 inches of snow had fallen since early Monday and over 70 miles of 1-90 was closed.  Although the interstate is open once again, be careful on your commutes to Roslyn and Cle Elum as there is still a lot of snow in the area.