File added: Linked Restaurant list, Alternate Hotel Lists.

Folks, I just added a couple files to the header up above, that Pbarb & Pthomas created, a linked list of restaurants close to the Olympic Hotel and also a list of alternate hotels. This will also be in pre-convention info &/or registration, and is available on Facebook also.

Psusan

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Convention Registration Form is now available!

In the header of this site, click on “2015 TWS Convention Registration Form”, and then click on the link on that page, to open up a PDF of the Registration Form. Send it and your money in (snailmail or electronic choices) to reserve a spot in the Convention fun!

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Experience a bit of Pseattle culture before the 2015 Convention

If you’d like to get a bit of the Pseattle feel of things before 2015, here are a few online treats.

Let’s start your Saturday night off right with The Swing Years And Beyond (kuow.org/swingyears). This radio program, on the University of Washington’s public radio station 94.9 FM (“nearly 95!”), “features popular music of the 1920s – 1950s, from familiar favorites to lesser-known gems”. It airs every Saturday night from 7pm-Midnight Pacific time. But you don’t need to stay up late to hear it, there are podcasts available online. KUOW has an app for most smartphones & tablets, too. Check your app store for “kuow”.

Next up is jazz in general – all kinds, all times – via KPLU. They also have an app available for a variety of devices, but you can listen online at http://kplu.org/listen-live in a number of ways. KPLU is mostly jazz, but does have news & programs during (Pacific time zone) commute hours and weekends. So they kindly offer Jazz24, which is exactly that – just jazz, 24 hours a day.

Sunday nights there is the Compline Service at St Mark’s Cathedral. A lovely oasis of music and contemplation, all are welcome at 9:30pm every Sunday. Information about St Mark’s and the choir is available: http://www.saintmarks.org/Worship/Music/Compline.php

You can enjoy this service online via http://complinechoir.org/listen/ via podcasts.

You can hear the service live on the radio at 98.1FM, KING FM, Seattle’s subscriber-funded classical radio station. (And there’s a great organ program immediately following it)  KING is available online at king.org.

 

You can get an eyeful after that earful, by visiting the Seattle Art Museum webpage: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/ Along with all the visitor info you’ll need for next year’s visit, you can browse some collections online from your armchair. One of my favorites is Keet Shagoon by Preston Singletary, in the Native American collection, along with Canoe Breaker by Robert Davidson. You can also explore the Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Park Sculpture Park.

There’s also the Seattle Symphony, which plays in Benaroya Hall. http://www.seattlesymphony.org/symphony/

Near the Convention site is the Fifth Ave Theater. https://www.5thavenue.org/

A few more blocks away is the Paramount Theater, with a Wurlitzer organ for Silent Movie Mondays. http://www.stgpresents.org/paramount

And in North Seattle we have the theater that has staged, and continues to stage, Wodehouse adaptations – the Taproot Theatre http://taproottheatre.org/

There’s a whole lot more out here in Seattle, these are just a few to get started. We’ll continue listing information as the days go by!

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Get in the Seattle mood with these TV shows

Wondering what it’s like to live in Seattle?  Well, you can get a taste of what Hollywood thinks it’s like, by watching some of these shows or movies, and get in the mood for the Psmith in Pseattle Convention in 2015!

Of course, any listing of Seattle tv shows must start with the famous “Frasier”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frasier

You can watch “Frasier” online on Hulu.com – http://www.hulu.com/frasier

The most common question I was asked when traveling England a few years ago was “Have you been to Frasier’s apartment?” Alas, no building exists that has the view from Frasier’s apartment. You can see a similar view by going to Kerry Park
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_Park_%28Seattle%29, a popular photography spot for views of downtown Seattle.

An artist has drawn a floor plan of Frasier’s apartment (and many other sets):
http://nikneuk.deviantart.com/art/Frasier-s-Apartment-Floorplan-V2-327376838

Here’s a discussion of the apartment: http://southgateresidential.blogspot.com/2011/03/tv-and-movie-houses-dr-frasier-cranes.html

And from Ken Levine, one of the Frasier writers, is an article about the apartment:
http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2009/09/frasier-living-room.html
Ken’s blog has many entries about the Frasier show, quite good reading.

Frasier and his brother Niles spent a lot of time in Cafe’ Nervosa, a coffee shop that also doesn’t exist in Seattle. There are many claims as to which cafe in which city was used as a basis for Nervosa, but no definitive answer from the set designers that I have found. While you’re here you can try many of our cafes in Seattle to see which one YOU think is the inspiration!

The most frequent claim was that Elliott Bay Bookstore cafe was the inspiration. The store has moved, though, and the cafe no longer exists. Here’s one person’s exploration a few years ago: http://www.iamnotastalker.com/2010/10/14/elliott-bay-cafe-the-inspiration-for-cafe-nervosa-on-frasier/

For further research on living in Seattle, here is a list of tv shows set in Seattle. Have fun watching!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_shows_set_in_Seattle

 

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The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel has been a landmark in the Northwest since opening in 1924. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington’s most preeminent hotel is just footsteps from the area’s finest shops, restaurants and entertainment attractions. Featuring Italian renaissance architecture and lavish amenities, the beautifully historic 450-room hotel combines traditional warmth with 21st century convenience and personalized service.

The tattered pages of a copy of The Seattle Daily Times from 1924 tell the beginnings of a story, still true over eighty years later:

In words of highest praise, praise for the indomitable spirit of the men who conceived and carried it through to completion, praise for the civic pride that made it possible, praise for the hands and minds that accomplished the artistry with which it is wrought, The Olympic was dedicated to the Queen City in a series of programs following the opening banquet last night.

It was a celebration of the highest caliber when The Olympic opened in the midst of the Roaring Twenties. The opening night dinner and dance held December 6, 1924 are considered a milestone in the history of the Pacific Northwest.  More than 2,000 Seattleites and guests attended the gala, with hundreds more lining the streets to glimpse the new hotel.  Its opening introduced new standards for lavish social affairs, previously only found in large East Coast cities.

Now The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, the beautiful building in the center of Seattle’s downtown still reflects the same degree of elegance and civic pride seen through the eyes of that newspaper reporter in 1924.  A current publication describes The Fairmont Olympic as the center of social life in the Seattle and King County area.  Indeed, thousands of current and past residents of the Seattle area can recite stories of senior proms, debutante balls, engagement parties, wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations and civic galas from recent years or distant memory.  All were made that much more beautiful because they took place at The Olympic.

Built on what was originally the site of the first campus of the University of Washington, The Fairmont Olympic has evolved from the grandest inn west of Chicago in 1924, with a hotel room rate of $3.50 a night, to Washington’s premier luxury hotel. Fully restored in the mid 1980s and renovated again in 2005, the 450-guest-room hotel, which includes 216 suites, has been lauded for retaining and, indeed celebrating, the old world charm of its Italian renaissance architectural design.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, the hotel continues to receive national and international recognition.

On August 1, 2003, a new era was ushered in when Fairmont Hotels & Resorts assumed management of The Olympic Hotel. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel joined such landmark properties as The Fairmont San Francisco, The Fairmont Banff Springs and The Savoy in London.

In honor of this continuing legacy, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel published The Olympic: The Story of Seattle’s Landmark Hotel in celebration of 80th anniversary of the hotel.  “The history book truly cements The Fairmont Olympic’s place as Seattle’s community hotel.  I am very proud of the hotel’s history and excited to share our stories with all of those who have special memories of our hotel,” says Fairmont Olympic General Manager Dennis Clark.

Written and published by HistoryLink and authored by Alan Stein, the book traces the hotel’s history from the original site of the University of Washington to its place as a leading hotel in Seattle.  Distributed by University of Washington Press, the history book is available at University Bookstore and Barnes & Noble as well as the gift shop in the Olympic Hotel.

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Pssst. Psmith in Pseattle, the 18th TWS Convention, is coming 29 October to 1 November 2015. Keep it under your hat. The wheeze will be at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Pseattle. The folks at Anglers’s Rest have big plans for the event, but it’s early yet, so watch this pspace for more news. If you are on Facebook, you can join the Group TWS 2015 Seattle for plans as they develop and general information on Pseattle. If you are active on that series of tubes known as the interwebs, you can find information at the convention website at http://tws2015seattle.org. It’s too early to register for rooms, but have a look at the convention hotel’s website at http://www.fairmont.com/seattle/

 

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Psmith in Pseattle, what ho what ho!

Welcome to the website of the 2015 Wodehouse Society Convention, to be held in Seattle, Washington, USA.  Dates are October 29th to November 1st, 2015. We will be at the Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.  More info very soon, and keep an eye on the blog for more info and fun in the days leading up to the Convention!

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