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July 14th, 2011 found the Corson Building immersed in the disguise of a vibrant and bustling Moroccan market for this year’s annual Bastille Day. Complete with the photo booth by Sol Hashemi, goat staring, chicken races, hookah bar, henna tattoos, magic, oysters provided by the Walrus and the Carpenter and crêpes by Wiley Bush and the Joe Bar, among the famous fare of the Corson Building; all to the sweet jams of Eldrige Gravy and the Court Supreme, Diminished Men, Bradley Dunn and music for the kids by Caspar Babypants, ending the night with an impromptu Célébration de la france parade and sparklers at midnight.

Click on the images to see more photographs by Sol Hashemi and the Bastille Day Fête photobooth!

-Miles

 

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Jennifer Sung is an inspiration. She decided 4 years ago to leave her chemistry job at Johnson & Johnson in San Francisco. She traveled for a year throughout Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain and China, then moved to Seattle, and started looking for jobs in the culinary world. There were some low moments when Jennifer almost got pulled back into chemistry but she knew what she wanted and held out. Sung first joined the food industry as an ice cream maker for Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. She then moved to Vashon Island and sous cheffed at Sea Breeze Farm’s La Boucherie where she honed her sharp cutting skills. Now Jennifer is a cheese maker at Kurtwood Farms and tomorrow she is teaching How To Cut A Chicken in The Adventure School Lecture Series. Sign up for the lecture and ask this woman more questions about food, adventure and how to live life.

Jennifer Sung

1. What skill do you want to learn?
Living off the land

2. Food & drink you don’t want to live without?
Neoguri and nettle tea

3. The scariest thing you can think of?
Drowning

4. Your favorite party supply?
Tequila

5. Your favorite book of the moment?

Growing a Farmer by Kurt Timmermeister, duh!

6. Describe your dream party place.
A beach, clear blue water, a reef, a fire pit to grill fish, and palm trees

7. What is the evil version of you like?
A fat girl who doesn’t share her food

8. What gives you confidence?

Accomplishing tasks well

9. Name four essential elements of a good party.
Fun people, a boat, a bullhorn, and cut-off shorts

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?
Feeling welcomed

11. Favorite adventure supply?
A sharp knife

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.

The best parties are the ones that appear out of nowhere. Flashdancing was one of them.

13. Hotel room or campsite?
CAMPSITE! with a foam pad.

14. Do you have a style icon?
My sister Amy Sung

15. Where is your next adventure destination?
Whistler!

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Brooke & Jesse are basically living my dream life. They run a small farm in a neighborhood in north Seattle, specializing in various strains of mushrooms (currently focusing on varieties of the oyster, AKA Ostreatus!). They’re lecturing at The Adventure School tomorrow, July 19th, at 6pm. Come learn how to grow your own mushrooms, and perhaps go home with a DIY kit. You can find them at the Wallingford Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays and the Madrona Farmer’s Market on Fridays. Read about their adventurous inclinations below!

 

1. What skill do you want to learn?

To poach eggs without losing the whites.

2. Food & drink you don’t want to live without?
Brooke: Ravioli with butter and sage or beans and rice
Jesse: Pho
Both: Coffee, coffee and more coffee!

3. The scariest thing you can think of?
Doing the same thing every day.

4. Your favorite party supply?
A fire pit

5. Your favorite book of the moment?

Brooke: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. I can’t believe I never read it before! It was a landmark in changing the way our nation dealt with labor rights and our food supply, and a darn good reason to avoid canned meat at all cost!

Jesse: Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets

6. Describe your dream party place.
A fiesta in a tiny town in coastal Mexico. We happened upon this very scene a few months ago and it was amazing.

7. What is the evil version of you like?
Tired because we’re too busy trying to avoid #3.

8. What gives you confidence?
Brooke: When I’m nervous I hum unconsciously. I think this forces me to breathe.

9. Name four essential elements of a good party.
Good music, good food, smiling faces and feats of strength

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?
The ability to make you feel effortlessly welcome, even if you don’t know anyone there.

11. Favorite adventure supply?
Fruit leather

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.
See #6

13. Hotel room or campsite?
Campsite!!! Or a friendly hostel.

14. Do you have a style icon?
Ummmm… Goodwill! (Can a store be a syle icon?)

15. Where is your next adventure destination?
The Yucatán

16. If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?
Mushrooms, for sure.

18. What is your spirit plant?
A mushroom, of course! (Although technically it’s not a plant…)

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I hope you got your tickets adventurers, because this time we’re going further than ever.

The Adventure School and The Corson Building are teaming up for an experience of titanic measure: Bastille Day Fete 2011. Here is a video of last year’s fab-o action. (http://vimeo.com/13386110)

It’s not too late to get your ticket, gang. If only for the experience of running from a gang of manic sheep or playing petanque against the backdrop of Casablanca.

If that does not convince you, there will be a goat staring contest. If the goat wins, it gets an alfalfa flavoured lollipop. If you win, you get one.

COME TO BASTILLE DAY, FOLKS.

GG

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**In case you haven’t yet heard, tomorrow, Tuesday July 12th, will bring The Adventure School’s very first lecture in our brand new storefront! Please join us from 6:30pm to 7:30pm for INTRO TO URBAN BIRDING, brought to us by sweeties Houston Flores & Austin Cockman. We are located at 610 2nd Avenue in Pioneer Square! Read below for more info on tomorrow’s presentation, as well as Adventurer Profiles for the lecturer’s!**

INTRODUCTION TO URBAN BIRDING

Feeling out of touch with Mother Nature? Want to look “cool” in the eyes of your friends and coworkers? Let local birders, Austin Cockman and Houston Flores, jumpstart your adventure with an Introduction to Urban Birding. Within the confines of our busy city, there lives a thriving community of birds. Every bush and every tree provides food and shelter to a surprisingly diverse amount of species. Join us on July, 12 at 6:30 and learn to identify our local avifauna while reconnecting with nature in your own backyard!

HOUSTON FLORES’ ADVENTURER PROFILE!

1. What skill do you want to learn?
Cold Fusion

2. Food & drink you don’t want to live without?
Food: Peanut Butter
Drink: Peanut Butter

3. The scariest thing you can think of?
Falling, or watching somebody fall…L

4. Your favorite party supply?
Dancing Shoes

5. Your favorite book of the moment?
Moby Dick (Reading it for the first time. It’s awesome!)

6. Describe your dream party place.
I’m mostly looking for an outdoor area with a big field, expansive views and warm weather.

7. What is the evil version of you like?
Houstini. He’s this horrible guy who mindlessly throws recyclables away.

8. What gives you confidence?
Experience

9. Name four essential elements of a good party.
Friendly strangers, friendly friends, endless food and a great DJ.

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?
Introductions

11. Favorite adventure supply?
While adventuring, it is really important to not forget to eat good food and drink plenty of water. It will help you keep your wits.

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.
Two words. Poop Party.

13. Hotel room or campsite?
Going to bed at dusk next to a busy river, waking up to the dawn chorus…Ahh!

14. Do you have a style icon?

Grandpas

15. Where is your next adventure destination?
Hawai’i!!!

16. If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?
BIRDS!

17. What is your motto?
Another Day in Paradise!

18. What is your spirit animal?
Vireo

 

AUSTIN COCKMAN’S ADVENTURER PROFILE!

1. What skill do you want to learn?

Spanish, rock climbing, gardening, insect and plant identification, long distance running, block printing, sewing.

 

 

2. Food & drink you don’t want to live without?

Fresh figs, mayonaise.

 

 

3. The scariest thing you can think of?

Sliding down a tube that gets smaller and smaller, until I get stuck.

 

4. Your favorite party supply?

Compostable plates

5. Your favorite book of the moment?

Moby Dick

6. Describe your dream party place.

Hands down, Tree House Point in Fall City.

7. What is the evil version of you like?

Lorena Bobbitt

8. What gives you confidence?

Practice

9. Name four essential elements of a good party.

Booze, food, activities, music

10. What do you appreciate most about a party host?

That they made it happen, and that I was invited.

11. Favorite adventure supply?

Magnifying glass, rope.

12. Describe the best party you ever attended.

I was 9 years old. My family road tripped out to McCarthy, Alaska, an old mining town perched up in the mountains in the middle of NOWHERE that you could only reach by riding inside a hanging cage that was hand pulled over a massive glacier fed river. During a late night blue grass music festival I joined ranks with an eclectic group of hippy kids to play the world’s best game of hide-and-go-seek tag, ever.

13. Hotel room or campsite?

A tent, in the wilderness

14. Do you have a style icon?

Buttercup from the Princess Bride

15. Where is your next adventure destination?

Hawaii!

16. If you could teach a class about anything in the world ever, what would you teach?

Natural History

17. What is your motto?

Evolution

18. What is your spirit animal?

Octopus

 

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