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August 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Sketched Aug. 18, 2012
A wedding party arrived at the Wallingford Dick’s Drive-In as I was sitting in the car with my family, ready to enjoy our ice cream. My wife took a few photos with her iPhone and I made this quick sketch in my pocket sketchbook. The bride and groom later stood in the parking lot near their limo to eat their burgers and fries. You gotta love Seattle’s best-known drive-in!
More drawings at Dick’s from the Sketcher archives:
Mr. Spady, I vote for a Dick’s Drive-in in Lynnwood
I had my first hamburger at Dick’s drive-in
On Veterans Day, I say thank you to Dick Spady, of Dick’s drive-in
August 12, 2011 at 8:34 PM
Sketched Aug. 10, 2:29 p.m.
The labyrinth of steel pipes and boiler towers in the Gas Works Park play barn is getting a colorful facelift.
Originally a compressor room when the plant operated from 1906 to 1956, the space became a brightly-painted play area when the park opened in 1975. “It was a real transformation of a grim industrial facility into a real children’s play area with a carnival-type atmosphere,” said Patrick Waddell, a member of Friends of Gas Works Park.
Over time, layers of grafitti and patches of mismatching paint muddied the fun palette, but last month Waddell’s group persuaded the city to restore the Dr. Seussical colors.
Parks Department paint-crew chief Chris Reed this is the first end-to-end paint job in the barn since 1985.
For park visitor Amy Coughlin, 33, the change brings back memories of playing here as a kid. “It’s pretty awesome,” she said.
Sketched Aug. 10, 3:40 p.m.
New brown paint on some other park structures is also noticeable. Reed said they were painted the last week of June to get the park ready for 4th of July, which is something they do every year. The ultimate goal, he said, is to cover them all in a uniform coat of brown to deter graffiti, but resources and time are limited, which explains why this tower I sketched didn’t get the full treatment.
More Gas Works Park drawings from the Sketcher archives:
- Golden Sculptures wake up at Gas Works Park
- Performance artist to fly 121 kites from Gas Works Park
- Sketching at Gas Works
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November 10, 2009 at 2:49 PM
10:21 a.m. [Click images to view larger]
I didn’t choose a good weather day to come to Dick’s drive-in in Wallingford. The rain got my sketch all wet, but it’s no big deal. I’ll surely remember this day, not only because I had my first Dick’s hamburger — the Dick’s Deluxe with two patties, but because I met owner Dick Spady, who opened this restaurant, the first of five in Seattle, on January 28, 1954. (For the record, I’ve had the milkshakes in the past, but never a burger!)
I really enjoyed talking to Dick and did a sketch of him that I’ll be posting tomorrow, Veterans Day. Dick served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and with the Air Force during the Korean War. All day Wednesday, to thank veterans for their service, his restaurants will be providing free cheeseburgers to any veteran with an ID or in uniform. “We appreciate our country and the people who defended it in the past and in the present,” Dick said.
Many people were already lining up before the drive-in opened at 10.30 a.m. I talked to Adrian Wright, of Tacoma, right after he bought an ice cream, a milkshake and two burgers for his party waiting in the car. He is in town to attend a job fair and took the opportunity to come to Dick’s. “It’s kind of a landmark,” he said. “It’s not a chain, it’s local, it’s good food.”
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