Best bets for this weekend: Scotch festival, cherry blossoms and aebleskivers

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jan 24, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

We’re in the running for Puget Sound’s rainiest March on record, if you’re hearing the predicted splish-splash outside your window. More soggy than salubrious, we’d say. So — if April showers bring May flowers, what do March downpours bring? Wet feet. Pack some dry socks and get out of the house for these diversions this weekend:

Warm up here: The moist moors of Scotland were good training grounds for spring drinkers, though the whole idea of kilts just sounds like a good way to get fresh spring breezes in places you don’t need spring breezes. Join the brotherhood at the Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival this weekend in Fremont. See

Cheer up with cherries: Thanks to our cool March, the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival actually almost coincides with this year’s cherry-blossom season — if the latest rain doesn’t wash away all the petals. Celebrate Japanese culture at Seattle Center, and show support during that country’s troubled time. Details at

More floral festivals: It’s been a bit cool for tulips so far, but the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival kicks off this weekend, with plenty of daffodils in bloom. See “Weekend Highlight” or And if daffodils do it for you, get a preteen peek at next week’s big Daffodil Festival doings in Pierce County, as Tacoma hosts its Junior Daffodil Parade on Saturday. Details at

Take the A-train: That seems a logical name for the first train of the season. Snoqualmie Valley Railroad launches its season of 5-mile train excursions on antique railroad coaches. See

Oh, rats: Some day we’ll grow up, but until then we just can’t resist listing Ratapalooza, an annual expo for pet rats and the people who love them. It’s Saturday in Seattle. See

Oh, delicious day: We occasionally mention the monthly Swedish Pancake Breakfast (this Sunday at Seattle’s Swedish Cultural Center; see But on Saturday, Enumclaw’s Danish Hall offers the Aebleskiver Breakfast and Bake Sale. Sounds tasty. See our online Weekend Calendar and search for “aebleskiver.”

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