🤓 We’re off to chainsaw-carving school

🤓 We’re off to chainsaw-carving school

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What Seattle is talking about

Our social media feeds have been lit up with scenes of cotton-candy skies the past couple of days, including this stunning Instagram pic from Mayur Kamat. ☝️

But the scene became a little less sweet yesterday, when word got out that the rosy tint is being caused by wildfire smoke flowing down from Alberta, Canada.

This isn’t the first time that distant fires have led to spectacular Seattle sunsets. Back in 2012, we were all talking about “Siberian sunsets,” caused by plumes of smoke getting pushed across the Pacific Ocean from Russia.

That was, of course, before our city started getting cloaked in smoke for several days each summer. Now we’re all on edge waiting to see if the pattern repeats itself this year.

The good news? The Alberta fires are unlikely to cause a seriously smoky event here in Seattle, meteorologists tell The Seattle Times.

But the bad news is that the season is just getting started. And with much of our region already experiencing drought conditions, a smoke-free summer seems unlikely.

In other news…

As the humpback whale population continues to recover, scientists say collisions involving marine vessels could become more common in Puget Sound. A juvenile whale is presumed to have died after it was struck by a Bainbridge Island-bound ferry on Tuesday night in Elliott Bay. (KUOW)

A so-called “McMansion ban” would limit the size of new homes being built on single-family lots in Seattle. Councilmember Mike O’Brien says he’s introducing the legislation as a way to encourage property owners to add value with accessory units like backyard cottages — rather than squeezing in as giant a house as possible into one lot. (The Seattle Times)

Would congestion pricing fix Seattle’s traffic woes? Probably not, but it could lead to a serious reduction in our city’s carbon emissions. (Curbed)

It’s the end of an era for Belltown Pub, a neighborhood mainstay that poured its last pints earlier this week. The tributes shared on the pub’s Facebook page are a good reminder to support your local shops and watering holes. (Facebook)

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George Kenny, center, with a group of chainsaw carving students.
(📸: Provided by George Kenny)

Today’s how-to

Get ready to be covered in sawdust.

At George Kenny’s chainsaw carving school (yes – chainsaw carving school) in the Hood Canal area, students are able to work on their works of art and take home the chainsaw they used for the weekend.

“The first questions I get asked from people contemplating taking they class, they say, ‘Listen, I’ve never handled a piece of power equipment, and I can’t draw a straight line,” George said. “I’ll tell them, ‘You’re the perfect candidate.'”

Learn more about George and how he started his chainsaw carving school.

Wanna join George but need a way to get there? ReachNow, our Hood Canal series sponsor, has you covered. Check out their promotions on long-term BMW and MINI rentals this summer, plus they also partnered with Xscape Pod to get you the camping gear you need at a discounted price.

New to ReachNow? Download the app and get ready to explore your wild side in the comfort of a BMW or MINI. Plus, every BMW comes equipped with free entry passes into Washington and Oregon State Parks.


Let’s get together

🍓 What even is a shrub? Not the bush, the drink. If you haven’t had one, it’s a delicious vinegary concoction that we’ll be making ourselves in this month’s Crafting Passions Class with The Works on Monday, June 10. (Capitol Hill)

🤗 It’s speed-friending time! Interested in meeting some amazing other locals in a fun setting? Come join our next Speed Friending gathering on Wednesday, June 12. (Belltown)

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Our Partner Events

🏙️ Tomorrow: Come together in civic community to reflect and connect with other passionate Seattleites (Hillman City)

🔥 Wednesday: Get civic on the current state of wildfires and the history of fight for LGBTQ civil rights (Downtown)

🦁 June 8: Explore downtown’s hidden architectural animals at this Seattle walking tour (Downtown)

🌞 June 8: Break the freeze with young professionals that love to party and make friends — use code THEEVERGREY for 20 percent off (SoDo)

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Around town


🎉 Celebrate The Evergrey’s past, present, and future at this member party (SoDo)

💰 Walk through our city’s history of treasure hunting (Pioneer Square) —all summer long

⛱️ Peruse this summer solstice night market full of tasty treats and greets (Sand Point)

🍹 Party with a mojito in one hand, while “petting” a hippo with the other (Fremont)


🗽 Engage with Seattle’s civic community at this Evergrey partner event (Hillman City)

🌲 Join forces to clean up our trails at this volunteer work party (All over)

🎒 Dress to questionably impress at this ’90s pub crawl (Downtown)

🚲 Dance and bike in support of a community-powered bike shop (Central District)


✨ Prepare for Pride by pitching in to clean up Seattle’s gayborhood (Capitol Hill)

🐳 Kick off Orca Action Month and learn how you can take action (Waterfront)

🕹️ Game the day away with friends and family at the NW Pinball Show (Tacoma)


👋 Join your Evergrey neighbors for a meetup at Hellbent Brewing (Lake City)

🎶 Dance over to the Vera Project for a night of R&B tunes (Queen Anne)

🎙️ Discuss the ways feminista hip hop can transform communities (University District)


🐙 Walk the beach and check all the marine life with the aquarium (Downtown)

🙌 Empower local entrepreneurs through the iFundWomen pitch competition (Capitol Hill)

🤓 Test your Rick and Morty knowledge at this trivia night (Beacon Hill)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram.

Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in the next newsletter.

One more thing...

Around these parts, Paradise isn’t just a state of mind — it’s an actual place. And the historic Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park might look a little different the next time you visit.

The hotel’s annex just re-opened after more than a year of upgrades, one of which involved lifting the entire 20,000-square-foot building up on jacks to replace the stone foundation. Crosscut’s Knute Berger has all the details on what it takes to preserve a century-old building in one of our region’s most rapidly changing environments.

Have a good weekend, everyone. We’ll see you on Monday.

— The Evergrey

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