It’s Father’s Day on Sunday. Is Dad a little down in the dumps about lawn mowing and gutter cleaning? Does he just need to get out of the house for an out-of-town getaway? Here are some ideas for this weekend.
Got a young dad who needs to stretch his legs? I mean, really stretch? If he can brave the Skagit Valley bridge detour he might be the right material for Seek the Peak, the annual 16K relay race up the punishing Grouse Grind trail, which climbs straight up Grouse Mountain, just north of Vancouver, B.C. (If you missed it last August, here’s a link to Seattle Times writer Tan Vinh’s story about grunting up the Grind.) It’s Saturday morning. Day-of-run registration is $65, or $260 for a team of two to four. Proceeds help to fight breast cancer.
If he’s more of a diner than a doer, this might suit Dad. “It’s chic to reek” is the slogan for the Northwest Garlic Festival, in the little beach burg of Ocean Park on the Long Beach Peninsula. This is the 32nd year for this celebration of the “stinking rose” that goes so well with seafood. Founders Jimella Lucas and Nanci Main, who formerly ran Nahcotta’s famed Ark Restaurant, are still involved in the festival and will serve their garlic ice cream. In addition to aromatic food of all kinds, look for garlic-shaped birdhouses and wind chimes, garlic soap and even jewelry. Free admission; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, at 258th and Sandridge Road.
If Dad’s more at home in Nashville than Nahcotta, pickin’ and grinnin’ will be the fashion of the day in Cashmere (proud-as-punch home of Aplets & Cotlets), where it’s predicted to warm up to 87 degrees this weekend with partly cloudy skies and a 100-percent chance of bluegrass music. It’s the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival at the Chelan County Expo Center, Friday through Sunday. $25 a day, Friday and Saturday; $10 for Sunday morning gospel show. Headliners include The Gibson Brothers, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and more.