December 18

Virtual Happenings

Enjoy these SLU exhibits and experiences from the comfort of your own home.

COVID-19 restrictions continue to keep in-person events at a minimum, but there are plenty of ways to find entertainment while supporting SLU businesses and organizations. Check out these virtual happenings in the neighborhood.

MOHAI Mercantile goes online

It’s not quite an event, but still worth mentioning as we move deeper into the gift-giving season. MOHAI Mercantile, the museum’s gift shop that’s known for celebrating Seattle’s rich tradition of creativity and innovation, is opening its online space. The shop includes a range of products from local artists and vendors, and a collection of books covering diverse aspects of Seattle’s history. MOHAI Members receive 15 percent off online purchase. Curbside pickup is available through December 23.

Side note: if you like podcasts, local history, and / or brilliant teenagers, MOHAI’s Rainy Day History podcast is for you. The show, which is written, produced, and hosted by teens, explores the city’s history to uncover what it means to be a Seattleite both in the past and the present. Give it a listen.

Interior view of the MOHAI Mercantile shop; view has kiosks filled with books, cards, and souvenirs.

Down at the Boathouse

Speaking of podcasts, The Center for Wooden Boats has its very own called “Down at the Boathouse.” It’s a fun way for the CWB to continue its maritime education effort during the pandemic. The podcast’s second covers the history of rowboats in the Northwest.

Dancing in the streets

With live performances canceled until further notice, Khambatta Dance Company and The Seattle International Dance Festival pivoted to reimagine their programming. “A Dance View of South Lake Union” is a celebration of the neighborhood and dance — the program offers up stunning imagery of dancers posing with SLU landmarks and iconic art works.

Speak like a Swede

The Swedish Club offers weekly language classes for all skill levels. The classes use language textbooks written by one of the instructors. Learn to speak the language and while you’re at it, take your brunch to the next level with this Swedish pancake recipe.

Up your pie game

Learn to make Tom Douglas’s classic triple coconut cream pie at one of Hot Stove Society’s virtual cooking classes. The Zoom class will walk you through the recipe and will even show you how to roll and crimp pie dough. You can register for the class and get your ingredient kit here.

Story by Ethan Chung and photographs by Marcia Davis, courtesy Khambatta Dance Company, and MOHAI.

At The Center

SLU is the geographical center of Seattle