Christmas spirit and Seattle’s Benaroya Hall
Monday, December 16th was the inaugural journey for the South Sound Senior Services “Rebel by Bus” adventure. The Rebels by Bus is an initiative encouraging people to use public transportation while seeking fun, low cost, and “green” adventures. Mary Williams, Rebels by Bus originator, planned and lead this trip to the lovely Benaroya Hall in Seattle. We had a delicious lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s counter at the Hall before listening to an amazing organ concert. The (free!) concert featured holiday themed music by the Hall’s 4590 pipe organ. A couple of the pieces were so powerful you felt you had to hang on to your seat! Immediately after the concert the very enthusiastic Benaroya Docent manager told us about the Hall (did you know it sits on a series of rubber and steel layers?). It truly is a magnificent building, which we appreciated all the more after hearing some of the interesting details.
We left the hall just after 2:00 pm, dividing into two groups to further explore the city, or head back to our bus stop. Four of us really enjoyed walking under the bright blue sky and feeling the Christmas spirit. We visited the Fairmont Olympic Hotel to see their elegant tree and decorations in the foyer as well as the Teddy Bear Suite. Next we walked a few blocks to the Sheraton Hotel, which hosts the annual Gingerbread Village. The designs (and engineering feats) were spectacular. Next we checked out the Nordstrom and Macy Christmas decorations (we preferred Nordstrom). Our last, but not least, stop was at the Macy’s corner window at 4th and Stewart which features a magical train village. If you place your hands on the “mittens” on the window, you make the train run! We all exclaimed that it had been years since we walked around Seattle at Christmas time. What fun…
We strolled the last few blocks to our bus stop at Lenora and 4th. The bus was right on schedule. Unfortunately, by the time we reached Tacoma we were stuck in a total traffic jam due to the freeway shutdown. Instead of getting back to Olympia before 6, we arrived at 9:00 pm. We felt like family (one group decided we should have a reunion) by the end of the evening!
What a wonderful group of adventure seekers…all who are now Rebels by Bus!