Happy birthday, Seattle 🎂

Happy birthday, Seattle 🎂

There’s a lot of love here. Top: Ranny Nguyen (the one with the two hair buns!) with her fam; Bottom: Amanda Clark with her Grandma “Mommom” Norma Hanson, and Tramale Turner with his 17-month-old daughter, Isabella.
(📸: Courtesy of Ranny Nguyen, Amanda Clark, and Tramale Turner)


What keeps each of us in Seattle? For some of you, it’s about roots. The people you love most have built a strong place here, and by extension, so have you — both now, and (👋 Isabella!) into the future.

Here are three striking perspectives readers Ranny Nguyen, Amanda Clark, and Tramale Turner, shared with us, paired with the (beautiful) pics above. 

“My ancestors emigrated here from Norway at the turn of the 20th century. They were indigenous Sami people who brought reindeer husbandry to the Inuit people of Alaska, stopping along the way at Woodland Park Zoo. They came back and settled in Poulsbo. Our history is here. We’ve fought to be here, leaving cultural oppression and poverty in Norway. Four generations of my family live in Seattle or the surrounding area. Our history is here; I couldn’t imagine leaving that.”
Amanda Clark

“My parents were sponsored from Vietnam as teenagers and relocated to Seattle, where Vietnamese culture continues to be embraced through the growth of Little Saigon and Columbia City. Simply put, if we moved anywhere else we wouldn’t be able to have our regular groceries, medicines, sweet treats or social capital network of diverse peoples with an active or former refugee status.”
Ranny Nguyen

We are a reflection of our experiences. I have had a number of great experiences in and around the city. Still, Seattle is problematic for a number of reasons. Start with our income disparity, our housing crisis, people experiencing homelessness, and our challenged public school system. I stay because I want to live in a place that reflects me as much as I reflect it. It is the place where my daughter was born, and where she will be raised.”
Tramale Turner

Thanks to everyone who’s been sharing what keeps them in Seattle! Do you have strong family ties that make this place home? Share them out with each other here, and stay tuned for more of your stories tomorrow.


Royal cello. So maaaaybe you heard something about a prince getting married last Saturday? Well. The cellist who stole the show at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle (here’s the clip) is coming to Seattle this fall. His name’s Sheku Kanneh-Mason, he’s 19, and the trip’s kind of a big deal. His Seattle Symphony performances October 18-20 will mark Sheku’s U.S. debut. (KING 5)

That’s National Nordic Museum to you. Our new Nordic Museum’s been open a whole two weeks, and it’s already getting ambitious. One of our senators, Maria Cantwell, is working on putting the word “national” in its title, given that it’s the only museum in the country “dedicated to Nordic history, culture, and art,” and no other city in the country can really compete with the Scandinavian vibes we got going on around here. On a related note, the museum café serves dill-infused cocktails and a mean smoked salmon smørrebrød. (Curbed Seattle, Eater Seattle)

None of that. If someone is being a creep on the bus, there’s something you can do about it. “Sexual misconduct is off-limits on Metro,” goes a new ad campaign you’ll see around the bus and light rail. If someone harasses you, you can tell your driver — they’re all trained to help handle it — call King County Metro Transit Police at 206-296-3311 or just dial 9-1-1. (KUOW)

‘I thank God that I was raised in the CD.’ There’s a new podcast in town, and it’s shouting out the stories of people who live in one of the fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods in the city — the Central District. The CD was 70 percent black in the ‘70s, and that population’s dwindled down to just 20 percent today. Jill Freidberg started recording people’s stories back in the summer of 2016, and the first episode takes a look at the CD’s music scene — with all that funk, soul, and jazz. “We hope that neighborhood stories can inform the way we think about community,” goes the promo, “what it means to have it, and what it means to lose it.” Want to hear it on the radio? Tune in to 104.9 FM today at 5 p.m. Thanks for the heads-up, Jen Calleja! (Shelf Life podcast)

Thank you, DeCharlene. Speaking of the CD, Seattle is honoring a neighborhood legend this week. DeCharlene Williams, who died on Sunday, ran a beauty salon, started the neighborhood’s chamber of commerce and the Central Area Youth Association, wrote a two-volume history of the place, served on 13 committees as recently as 2016, and just meant the world to her neighbors. ❤ Thanks for sharing DeCharlene’s story with us, Cynthia Brothers. (The Seattle Times, The Seattle Globalist)


🙏  TODAY: Meditate with the help of a brain tracking app at the next Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

📖  May 30: Hear where Seattle stands on immigration policy and how you can welcome immigrants to the city at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn. (Pioneer Square)

Want to partner on your event with us? Here’s how.



🗣  Get lost in local stories at The Moth (Downtown)
🎈  Run around with the kids and go on a scavenger hunt (Burien)
🗣  Listen to stories from indigenous women (Pioneer Square)
💡  Hear from someone who lived on the International Space Station (Queen Anne)
Learn how to help local immigrants at Impact Hub’s Lunch + Learn, an Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)


🍿  Catch a short movie or two (Queen Anne)
🎶  Hear original songs by local artists inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale (Fremont)
🍴  Eat local to support West Seattle neighbors (West Seattle)
🗣  Ask about the forthcoming U-District light rail station (University District)


🍺  Grab a bite to eat and try new beers on a boat (Wallingford)
🎶  Hit the dance floor to help out your LGBTQ+ neighbors (Belltown)
🎟  See a play about three women’s “web of personal, cultural, and national identity crises” — through June 3 (Downtown) — thanks for the rec, Cynthia Brothers!


💡  Learn Fremont’s past from a local historian (Fremont)
🎈  Head to this popular Street Scramble scavenger hunt (Gig Harbor)
🎈  Take the fam to the Northwest Folklife Festival with the fam — through May 28 (Queen Anne)


🎶  Sway to some jazz (Greenwood)
🍿  Watch films about the Asian immigrant experience (Downtown)
🏞  Ooh and ahh at minerals, gems, and fossils (Lake City)
🍴  Eat pancakes and hear Bach played on a marimba (Capitol Hill)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership.


We’ll see ya tomorrow. — The Evergrey  

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