Let this be the weekend that you slow down, turn off the gadgets and enjoy some of the old-fashioned pleasures of summer. Five ideas below.
The Volunteer Park Conservatory celebrates its 100th anniversary Sunday with tours, horse and carriage rides and a croquet tournament. Some of the activities are fundraisers, so there’s a price tag attached, but others — like a 5 p.m. champagne toast with cake — are free. Visit the conservatory’s website for more information.
Lake Washington Boulevard is closed to motorized traffic Sunday from Mount Baker to Seward Park for Bicycle Sunday. Enjoy a two-wheeled waterfront ride, without any cars whizzing by. Details here.
Or: Take ye out to the ballgame — the small-town sort, up north at Everett Memorial Stadium. At 7:05 Friday, the Everett Aquasox take on the Boise Hawks. Tickets run as low as eight bucks on the team’s official site.
Not old-school enough for you? Go waaaaaay back with the Camlann Medieval Village Summer Festival in Carnation, or the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire in Bonney Lake. Both run Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget your armor.
Update, Aug. 10: Let’s make it SIX old-fangled things to do, with the addition of a little stargazing. I just read Lynda V. Mapes’ story about the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks Saturday night. Don’t miss this rite of summer in the Northwest.
(Photo of the Volunteer Park Conservatory by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times.)