Did you realize that the Seattle Home Show is part of Pacific Northwest History?
The McDonald boys were part of Vaudeville in the 1920s, and did a number of morale building shows for troops stationed in the Puget Sound region and around the country. Vaudeville pretty much dried up about the time the Great Depression hit.
As the Depression deepened, FDR commissioned the boys to put together a number of “Back to Work” events in support of the recovery effort. This brought the brothers in contact with the building trades, contacts that would be mutually beneficial when the economy began to get back on its feet. Eleanor Roosevelt was on hand to open the very first Seattle Home show in 1939.
With the theme “Things Look Fine for ’39”, that show opened at the old Civic Auditorium, and began what would become generations of home-owner dreams and plans. The Home Show has been operated by the McDonald Family ever since; Bill McDonald took over in 1951, finally retiring in 2002. Bill’s daughter and son in law, Pam and Mike Kalian, have been active in management for the last two decades, and their daughter Tara has worked in all aspects of Show management.
The Seattle Home Show has always been about home owner dreams and ambitions. The show is now the oldest and one of the largest in the country, and has expanded to a Spring and Fall Event. The theme for the Fall 2012 event is “Get Your Dream On”.
Every conceivable Home Improvement technique or project will be on display somewhere during the show. The event draws exhibitors showing their wares to improve the home both inside and outside. Anything from landscaping, gardening, and siding to roofing, flooring, or the latest in window blinds will be on display.
In addition to the fun vendors display, there are always a number of informative seminars at the Home Show. Topics will include Surviving the Remodeling Project, Solar Energy for the Home, Custom Cedar Homes, Sustainable Building and Remodeling Practices, “Top Ten Tips For a Better Night’s Sleep”, Redesign on a Budget, Solatube lighting, and many more.
The kitchen has always been the center of the home, and as more people are spending their time there, the Home Show will feature a number of Chef Demonstrations on the Viking Stage over the weekend. Seating is limited for these fun demos.
Parking should be less of a problem. Purchasers of etickets will be able to enjoy free parking at the CenturyLink Event Center Parking Garage and the Safeco Field Garage. There is also a “Four Or More Park Free” promo in designated lots.
Black Pine Spas has been a part of the Seattle Home Show since the days in the Kingdome, and we are happy to see all of our friends in the CenturyLink Field Event Center. Just like years past, our staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions about the latest in spas and hot tubs, as well as billiards, swim spas, and infrared saunas. We will have a couple of our spas filled and operating, but sorry, even after walking around the Event Center all day, we can’t let you soak your feet!
Come on down to the Seattle Home Show and be sure to stop by the Black Pine Spas display.
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