Author Thursdays: Guess Who’s Coming to the Wedding?

If you happen to find yourself in the vicinity of Maple Valley you should hike over to the Creative Arts Center and check out a local author’s local play, Guess Who’s Coming to the Wedding.

The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council’s Creative Arts Center, 23220 MV Hwy. SE, Suite 15, Maple Valley, will host the premier of local playwright, Ed Corrigan’s new drama, Guess Who’s Coming to the Wedding, on August 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Note: August 15, opening night is the Preview night with suggested donations at the door. Director: Rich Wiltshire. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online.

Event Rules: Adults – $12.00
Seniors/Students – $6.00
Performances are 2 hours long with one intermission
For audience members middle school age and above (PG)

See what the local folk are doing and catch a night of entertainment at the same time! On both Saturdays EJ’s Catering will have light dessert and drinks available.

Author Thursdays:

About this author and the creator/founder of Maple Valley Writers:

Rachel Barnard is a Pacific Northwester from Florida who is always looking to work the changes in her life into a story, plot, or character.

“Back in my day,” Begins 23-year old Rachel Barnard, referring to her early age writings, “not everyone had their own personal computer. Writers wrote with a pen and paper. That’s how I got my start.” Barnard had always been a voracious reader, seeming to swallow books whole, reading lengthy novels like The Three Musketeers and the Hobbit while her peers were reading Junie B Jones and the Diary of Wimpy Kid. While in school she discovered that such a thing as grades existed and her sense of competition was ignited. She went on to become AR Queen (following in the footsteps of her sister) and surpassing the closest competitor by near twice as many points. From that moment on Rachel looked for the competition in everything. She entered the Wings of Hope Speech competition and came in third in the state, meeting one of her idols Jane Goodall. After speech writing she turned to poetry, which kept her quite occupied throughout middle school. It was not until high school that she diversified her writing portfolio once more and began to write the great american novel which was a complete failure. Her vocabulary was immensely advanced whilst her realistic sense of plot and dialogue was lacking because she was still young and inexperienced in the world. Short stories soon followed while she continued with the poetry. It was during her last two years in high school that Rachel submitted her works to various competitions and got several of her better poems published, winning a couple of bucks along the way. Unfortunately, when she arrived at college, Rachel was too busy to continue inhaling fiction, instead focussing on her textbooks, her work in a restaurant, and an active social life. Rachel was amassing life experience and soon put all this knowledge to work when she began the great american novel attempt number two after graduating. Nine months later Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams was born. Rachel had published her young adult novel of a heroine’s adventures at the Academy through Amazon, doing her own editing and using her own picture as cover art. When she turned 23, Rachel joined a writing group in the Valley and wrote a children’s picture book and started on another young adult novel. She decided to form a local writing group in her hometown and is always looking for new and different challenges as she grows and learns as an author and a dreamer.

Foodie Fridays: Foley’s Produce


I love Foley’s! They improve the neighborhood immensely and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to buy from a local vendor who sells local produce with that local feel of your neighborhood market. Their produce is amazing in and of itself and they have screaming good deals on several things all the time (Granny smith apples $0.79/lb). They may be a small stand in the midst of a plethora of big box grocers but they have quite the variety, supplying organic options among the regular options, even providing such goods as homemade bread, eggs, honey, and jams. Foley even grows and sells some of his own plants. I highly recommend Foley’s and will be back again and again.

Phone: (4253012131
21409 Renton/Maple Val­ley RD SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038



Author Thursdays: Maple Valley Creative Arts Festival

Maple Valley Days this weekend!!!!


Taken from the website:


The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council proudly presents the Fifteenth Annual Arts Festival hosted at the Lake Wilderness Lodge (22500 SE 248th, MV). This popular event coincides with the annual community celebration, Maple Valley Days and is the must see highlight of the weekend. Arts Festival will include a live performance area (poetry, music, dance, etc.), indoor gallery space for display of visual arts, artists’ demonstrations and hands on art activities for children.

NEW this year will be a special Saturday Night Open Mic. We are adding this very popular event to celebrate our 15th anniversary of supporting and cultivating local artists .  Along with the amazing talent that Open Mic attracts, we will have our first Poetry Slam.  Also check out the Photo Page for last year’s Arts Festival award winning artwork.


Friday, June 7Opening Night & Artists Reception Gala,  7PM,  Tickets $10 per person

Saturday, June 8Free Admission:
                  12:00 pm – 6:00    Juried and Salon Art Show
                                         Youth & Children’s Art Show
                                          Children’s Art Activity Corner
                    1:00 pm – 3:00    Art Demonstration by Nicole Notch
                   12:00 pm – 4:00   Stage  Performances

Sunday, June 9Free Admission:
                  10:00 am – 5:00 pm   Juried and Salon Art Show
                                                    Youth & Children’s Art Show
                                                    Children’s Art Activity Corner
                   12:00 pm – 2:00        Art Demonstration by Clayopatra Arts Studio
                    1:30 pm – 4:30         Art Demonstration by Gary LaTurner
                  11:00 am – 3:00 pm   Stage Performances  

The Arts Festival is part of the Maple Valley Days:

Seattle Specific Saturdays: Maple Valley Specific

Maple Valley Market

What I call my “number two” store. You may not find your veganaise or less popular brands here but you can find the most important part of a community grocery store: the community.

They have local milk and honey and when the local produce is available they supply that as well.

I’m proud to support my local grocer and you should be too (wherever that grocer may be).

Wildlife Wednesdays: A hike

Wildlife Wednesdays: Wilderness Creek Trail

My friend can attest (quite heartily in fact) that I am notoriously bad with directions. I have gotten lost in buildings, parking lots, and whilst driving. Finding the Wilderness Creek Trailhead was no different. The little parking lot was tucked away and not very visible to either side of the road. However, I was quite proud that I only passed the entrance once. 
I quite liked how this trail was ripe with miniature bridges such as this winding one and the more standard one pictured below.

There were also many choices for side trails. The only thing the trail lacked was a spectacular view from the top. There was an indicated “end” or top but the trees were too tall to see anything spectacular. There was, though, a geocache just waiting to be found at the two benches you can sit on while trying to peer between the massive branches of the trees.