Maybe you’ve seen them out on Lake Union: a long, colorful boat, and a group of people paddling it. In cadence. Real fast. That is a dragon boat. And those are the Seattle Flying Dragons.
Dragon boating started in China more than 2,000 years ago. What’s it look like and feel like? » Watch our video with the crew to find out. 🐉
The Seattle area has a bunch of dragon boat clubs; the Flying Dragons launch from the Kenmore Air dock on the south end of Lake Union.
Some folks train for races with other teams around the region, while others just want to get out and enjoy the scenery. Either way, some die-hard fans are paddling away in South Lake Union. And you don’t have to be an athlete to join. These Dragons will fly with everyone.
Up for checking out a dragon boat? Practices are either 60 or 90 minutes every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and the first three practice sessions are free. There’s no need to sign up; just stop by the Kenmore Air dock during a regularly scheduled practice, and let us know how it goes! Stay tuned for more in our neighborhood spotlight of South Lake Union.
South Lake Union seen a lot of change over the last decade. (Case in point: The neighborhood’s sometimes called “Amazonia,” after our local tech giant, but was once mostly known as Cascade.)
Curious about SLU’s history and culture? We want to know what questions you have about the neighborhood, whether it’s something about its big tech scene, a cool piece of public art, the backstory of a local business, or more context on how the community’s grown. Anything goes.
» Send us your questions here by Monday, Feb. 4 at noon. We’ll put the best ones up for a vote to your fellow readers that week, then answer the one you most want us to answer.
Want some inspo for crafting for your question? Here’s what Evergrey readers asked about the Central District — and the question we ultimately answered — for our first Seattle neighborhood guide. Know someone doing awesome things in South Lake Union? Hit reply to tell us about ‘em.
🎥 TODAY – Feb. 9: Bring your family to giggle at the 14th annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle (Capitol Hill)
💰 TODAY: Learn how to stay on track during sales meetings at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🍹 Tuesday, Feb. 5: Calling all spirit and cocktail nerds! Craft Rum libations with Jared at this Foundation workshop. (South Lake Union) 🆕
💻 Wednesday, Feb. 6: See how you can use banking and insurance tools to build and protect your business at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🎨 Join The Evergrey for a night of DIY screen printing (Central District) — it’s sold out!
👋 Learn about the intersection of fashion and tech at this Seattle Gents meetup (Queen Anne)
💪 Go analog and learn how to survive Seattle without a smartphone (Downtown) — Check out our Q&A with teacher/flip phone fan Michael Valeri.
💪 See how you can up your sales meeting game at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)
💡 Hear from Seattle Black Panther Party cofounder Aaron Dixon (Central District) — Check out our Q&A with Aaron here.
🍿 Catch a film about Yayoi Kusama, the artist behind that viral “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit (University District)
🍴 Fill your belly (and your heart) at FareStart’s weekly Guest Chef Dinner — thanks for the rec, Kristenelle Coronado-Kaiser! (South Lake Union)
🎟 See and hear dance, poetry, and music about issues impacting the black community at MoPOP (Queen Anne)
🎟 Gasp at this twisted cabaret show — through Feb. 24 (Ballard)
🗣 Hear stories, songs, and confessions from your indigenous neighbors (Central District)
🎊 Celebrate the Year of the Pig and Chinese New Year over beers (Ballard)
🎶 Sway to soulful tunes at this Sassyblack concert series (Fremont)
🏞 Check out an 8K run/walk or take a stroll to say goodbye to the viaduct (Downtown)
🎊 Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Wing Luke Museum (International District)
🎈 Take the family to play games and see cool boats at the Seattle Boat Show (Pioneer Square)
🎈 Bring your little ones to watch trapeze students fly through the air (SoDo)
👋 Meet students from around the world (University District)
🍻 Sip tasty brews at the Belgian Beer Fest (Queen Anne)
🎈 Ooooh and aaaah with the fam at this cabaret brunch — through Mar. 24 (Downtown)
🎟 Get your history geek on at MOHAI’s “WWI America” exhibit — closes Feb. 10! (South Lake Union)
🎈 See all things vintage at the Antique & Collectible Show (Puyallup)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. Learn what our emojis mean here. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.
We’ll see you tomorrow. 👋 — The Evergrey