from the director: july

It’s All Downhill from Here

This 4Culture e-newsletter will reach you just in time for the arrival in Seattle/King County of the fifty-four vintage Ford Model T’s that set off to cross the country along the back roads of 12 states to reenact the Ocean-to-Ocean Automobile Race, which launched the opening of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle in 1909. Like the original race, members of the Model T Ford Club International will drive west along nearly 4,000 miles of this country’s oldest highways from New York to Seattle’s University of Washington Campus, the site of the 1909 A-Y-P Exposition. Visit the Model T Club’s website to read daily blogs about the cross-country trip.

One of the highlights of this year’s A-Y-P Centennial celebrations, the Model T Rally will conclude in King County July 9-12, with a series of events called, It’s All Downhill from Here. When the T’s arrive at Snoqualmie Pass the evening of July 9, they will be greeted with speeches, live music (Cornucopia Concert Band), a no-host bar and a gourmet hotdog picnic. At dusk, the Ellensburg Film Festival will present the classic film, The Great Race on an outdoor screen. On July 10, the T’s will follow historic highways down from the pass, traveling through North Bend and stopping for a Salmon Bake lunch, catered by the Snoqualmie Tribe Canoe Family, at Meadowbrook Farm from 12 – 2pm. The public will have an opportunity to view the cars at Meadowbrook, while enjoying the music of the Pony Boy All-Star Big Band and the Snoqualmie Tribe Canoe Family Drummers. The T’s will then make their way to Issaquah via Snoqualmie, Fall City, Preston and High Point. On Saturday, July 11, drivers and crew will spend the day sprucing up their vehicles and mingling with the public at the Issaquah Depot Museum. On Sunday morning, July 12, the T’s will drive from Issaquah to Renton, up Rainier Avenue, through the Arboretum to end their run at Drumheller Fountain on the UW campus.

These events are open to the public and free of charge, with the exception of food and drink. For more information visit www.aype.org or www.ayp100.org. Come be a part of history, and join your community in the celebrations!

Jim Kelly
Executive Director