Photo courtesy of Ballard Historical Society
Peterson girl band.

At Large in Ballard: Party for the love of Ballard

By Peggy Sturdivant

My editor Ken Robinson warned me I would have only half the usual column space this week. Unfortunate timing. I have a lot to share. Over 100 volunteers have neglected home and health documenting and assessing 7308 pre-1965 structures. We’re ready to reveal our findings and celebrate with a big party. But I’ve only got half as many words???

Just in case the editor cuts off my final sentences I’ll spit them out now. The Ballard Historical Society’s Department of Neighborhood’s funded project Mapping Historic Ballard: Shingletown to Tomorrow invites you to a community party on Saturday, June 4th at Sunset Hill Community Association Clubhouse at 6 p.m. There will be an exhibition gallery, refreshments, presentation findings, and awards for top structures and volunteers.

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Syttende Mai Parade attracts thousands to Ballard, some from Norway

Thousands of people thronged the streets of Ballard yesterday for the annual 17th of May (Syttende Mai) parade.

People dresses in customary bunaders danced to traditional Scandinavian songs and spectators speaking Norwegian could be heard amid the crowd. Norwegian flags were flown by many of the parade attendees, some of which traveled from Norway for the celebration. Among the assemblage was the Norwegian Parliamentary Leader, Trond Helleland, and Norway’s Minister of Culture, Linda Hofstad Helleland.

According to parade volunteers, there were close to 80 entrees for the parade this year, which was a slight dip compared to last year with numbers closer to 100.

There was also a thinner crowd compared to last year, which volunteers attributed to the parade being on a weekday rather than over the weekend.

Still, there was a good turnout with a heavy showing of people on N.W. Market, especially at the 22nd Avenue N.W. intersection. Even Ballard’s Fire Department (Seattle Fire Department Station 18) joined the crowd at the intersection where firefighters watched the parade perched on top of a fire engine.

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Pat's View: Up, Up & Away Mom

By Pat Cashman

Mother’s Day, yesterday, seemed to go just fine. But after over three decades of being married to the same woman, you would think a guy would have a pretty solid knowledge of a spouses likes and dislikes. But on Mother’s Day---not so many years ago---I had a brain cramp.

I thought that surprising my wife with a balloon flight would be the ideal gift. It turned out to be about as perfect as buying a vegan a rack of beef.

If the Wright brothers hadn’t invented the airplane, we might have the Montgolier brothers to thank for our everyday air transportation. They’re the guys who around 1783 invented the hot-air balloon.

Things would be a bit different if today’s airports featured balloon travel instead of planes. It would be slower certainly---a flight from Seattle to Chicago might take several weeks---so at least a couple changes of underwear would be a must.

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