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July 31, 2014 at 3:40 AM

Postcards from the past, 1966 Hydroplane racing

Posted by Colin Diltz

LARRY DION / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The six finalists in the Seafair Trophy Race on Lake Washington charged across the starting line with their roostertails showing on Aug. 8, 1966. The boats were, from top to bottom, Miss Budweiser, Wayfarers Club Lady, My Gypsy, Dixi Cola, Tahoe Miss and Miss Madison. The heat was stopped when The Miss Budweiser flipped. Tahoe Miss won the rerun and My Gypsy won the race.

Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

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July 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Pianos in the park

Posted by Colin Diltz

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Wyatt Stanley, right, gives his cousin Andre Alvarado a piano lesson at Greenlake on an instrument decorated by artist Vikram Madan, one of 20 "Pianos in the Parks," on July 30, 2014, in Seattle. "PianoBot and Friends" is the title of the working piano.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

"Maple Leaf Piano" by artist Arica Schuett is at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kathy Greisen, of Kenmore, approaches "Maple Leaf Piano" by artist Arica Schuett, at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kathy Greisen, left, of Kenmore, plays "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin on the "Maple Leaf Piano" by artist Arica Schuett, at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. The only more appropriate tune to play would have been "Maple Leaf Rag" by Joplin. Listening in bliss is Nancy Moser, at right, who lives in the neighborhood.

July 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Inverted over Elliott Bay

Posted by Colin Diltz

GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Upside down over Elliott Bay, Air National Guard aerobatic pilot Lt. Col. John Klatt, center, in his Xtra 300L airplane and aerobatic pilot Jeff Boerboon in his 1929 WACO replica "Jack Links Screamin Sasquatch" practice ahead of their performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday over Lake Washington in between heats of the hydro races. Boerboon's plane is powered by a Pratt and Whitney 450HP engine and additionally it has a jet engine mounted under the plane for an added 2950 pounds of thrust. The added jet allows Boerboon to briefly hover vertically in the air.

July 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM

U-pickin blueberries

Posted by Colin Diltz

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Kaitlyn Hackmann, 2, of Redmond and her friend Naia Graydon, 2, of Kenmore admire a few of the blueberries that actually made it into their bag at the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm on July 28, 2014. The farm sits between Bellevue Way, Interstate 405 and Interstate 90, has been supplying blueberries to U-Pickers and local residents for decades. John Sem, an employee at Bill Pace Fruit and Produce, who operates the farm said, "this summers crop is way better than last year."

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Berries picked by Sara Doctorow will be turned into jam and pies.

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Sara Doctorow, 7, with her brother Joshua, 2, of Seattle, pick berries to make jam and pies.

July 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM

A paddling tour

Posted by Colin Diltz

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A line of paddle boarders tour past downtown and the Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57 on Elliott Bay in the afternoon on July 28, 2014.

July 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

The Herbfarm restaurant

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

LEFT: The Herbfarm's chef Chris Weber grew up in upstate New York and graduated from Rhode Island's Johnson and Wales Culinary Institute. When Weber became The Herbfarm chef, he was the youngest leader in any AAA Five Diamond restaurant in the United States. RIGHT: During The Herbfarm's "Nine Songs of Summer" menu, the first course "Our Woodinville Farm," featured a smoked vegetable broth with tomato, radish, zucchini, squash blossom, omelet from their hens and Gloucester Old Spot Country Ham.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

LEFT: Carrie Van Dyck, center, talks about edible flowers and herbs during The Herbfarm's pre-dinner garden tour in Woodinville. RIGHT: The Herbfarm restaurant in Woodinville houses two pot-bellied pigs- Basil and Borage.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

LEFT: The Herbfarm restaurant grows Pellegrini Beans at their farm in Redmond, Wash. RIGHT: During The Herbfarm's "Nine Songs of Summer" menu, the second course "San Juan Cove," featured Washington coastal albacore tuna, seaweed noodle frond, pickled oyster, clams, clam and lemon thyme emulsion and borage.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

LEFT: During The Herbfarm's "Nine Songs of Summer" menu, the third course "Neah Bay," featured lavender-smoked, slow-roasted salmon, new-dug potatoes in tempura, crush carrot, Olympic foothills saffron and new garlic sauce. RIGHT: Dusk falls on The Herbfarm restaurant in Woodinville, Wash. The restaurant offers nine-course dinners matched with five or six wines based around the seasons.

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July 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Pista sa Nayon

Posted by Colin Diltz

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Moa Arquiza, left, and Jeanne Magbag get dressed to perform with the University of Washington's Filipino American Student Association Sayaw Dance Troupe at Pista sa Nayon, Seafair's Filipino-American festival on July 27, 2014 at Seward Park. The performing-arts group showcases dances that share different regions, stories and ways of life in the Philippines. Arquiza said she left the Philippines at age 7 and that the dance troupe allows her to connect with her community and heritage.

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Tita Mejino, from left, Cher Templora, Richard Roxas and Orlando Morales practice before hitting the main stage at Pista sa Nayon.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The IDIC Young Once Choir performs at Pista sa Nayon, Seafair's Filipino-American festival Sunday at Seward Park.

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July 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Galloping through the Seafair Torchlight Parade

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Performers from the Latin American Dancing Horses of Washington get their horses to whip their heads forward and backward during the Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle Saturday, July 26, 2014. The 65th annual parade features giant balloons, parade floats, precision drill teams, swashbuckling Seafair pirates, marching bands, and its featured co-grand marshals -- Seattle Sounders FC players Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin.

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