Feb. 8, 2010 at 9:20am

Valentine's Celebration this Friday at the Seymour Conservatory!

Chocolate, Strawberries, Wine, Flowers ... Love

Spring is on its way and love is in the air!

Come celebrate this Friday evening at the WW Seymour Conservatory.

Start the Valentine's weekend off right!

Wine & chocolate amidst the floral displays at the Seymour Conservatory at Wright Park.

Cost is $20/person and includes wine & champagne from Wildside Wines, decadent truffles from Affairs, non-alcoholic beverages (for those so inclined).

The event runs from 5:30 to 7:00pm on February 12. There will be a door prize drawing at 6:30pm for a lovely Hilltop Artists glass vase.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Conservatory Foundation's education program and other efforts.

Tickets are available at the Conservatory and at Metro Parks HQ on 19th Street, as well as at the Centre at Norpoint. We are not able to take debit or credit cards, so be sure to bring cash or a check to purchase your tickets.

Hope to see you there!

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Sep. 10, 2009 at 9:15am

A Musical Farewell to Summer

Second Sunday Music at Wright Park

OUT OF SIGHT/OUT OF MIND Sunday at Seymour Conservatory

Y'all may know this, or maybe you don't ...

The second Sunday of every month, there's an event called ... yep ... Second Sunday Music and it happens at the WW Seymour Conservatory, which is the jewel of Wright Park, which is, itself, one of Tacoma's precious jewels. The music starts at 1:00 PM and ends at 2:30.

You should, of course, come every month and enjoy the music, the sights and smells of the lush paradise within those glass walls, and the lovely expanse that is Wright Park. But, there's an extra special reason you should get down there this Sunday: we're playing.

We? Who's "we?"

Out of Sight, Out of Mind ... that's who.

It hurts to hear you ask, "Who are they?"

Don Izenman ... I put me first because I'm the one writing this. I play guitar and mandolin and sing songs written by other people. Some day, perhaps, I'll join my band mates in writing some of my own material. Hmmm ... maybe I can put this email to music.

Joe Izenman, not so coincidentally shares my last name. He also plays guitar and mandolin, writes songs in his sleep, eschews (when he can), like his father, the infernal combustion engine, and never litters (it's not just a good idea ... it's the law). It is a pleasure to make music with one who shares some of your DNA.

Goodwin Trent is the tallest of the bunch (and we're all pretty tall), and is incapable of keeping his puns inside himself ... they burst out, without warning, in conversation and in song. He plays the electronical bass guitar, and other stringed instruments. He writes songs with warmth and humor (did I mention his puns?) and he has an adorable Airedale puppy named Sparky.

All three of these dudes do some singing.

It all adds up to good sounds, good smells (we're talking about the plants mostly, but we do, as a band, commit to good hygiene ... not the law, but a good idea, nonetheless) and a jolly good time.

The facts:

This Sunday, September 13th.
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
WW Seymour Conservatory at Wright Park
316 S. G St. ... in beautiful Tacoma.

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Jul. 29, 2009 at 7:45am

This Friday ... Summer Garden Party @ Seymour Conservatory

Win beautiful local glass art!


Summer Garden Party @ Seymour Conservatory

Jul 31, 2009
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location - W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy wine, champagne punch, light hors d'oeuvres and live music by the Musig Christensen Brooks Trio at this fun event. Your ticket enters you into the drawing for a beautiful Hilltop Artists glass piece. The drawing will be held at 6:30 pm - you must be present to win.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at W.W. Seymour Conservatory, Metro Parks Main Office, The Centre at Norpoint and the Pacific Northwest Shop.

For more information, contact:
Mary Anderson (
(253) 591-5330

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Jul. 24, 2009 at 8:55am

Summer Garden Party @ Seymour Conservatory

A fun event next Friday @ Wright Park

WIN BEAUTIFUL LOCAL GLASS ART ... I'll remind you again next week, but you should get your tickets now ...

Summer Garden Party @ Seymour Conservatory

Jul 31, 2009
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location - W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

Enjoy wine, champagne punch, light hors d'oeuvres and live music by the Musig Christensen Brooks Trio at this fun event. Your ticket enters you into the drawing for a beautiful Hilltop Artists glass piece. The drawing will be held at 6:30 pm - you must be present to win.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at W.W. Seymour Conservatory, Metro Parks Main Office, The Centre at Norpoint and the Pacific Northwest Shop.

For more information, contact:
Mary Anderson (
(253) 591-5330

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Jul. 7, 2009 at 2:00pm

Pretty in Pink

Taking fame where you find it

Most of my local fame seems to come from being the dad of Izenmania. So, a little public notice of my own is, I suppose, welcome. Music is fine, but it's hard to beat puppies and babies:

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Jun. 17, 2009 at 9:42am

Hotel Murano spearheads successful effort to chase Wintergrass out of Tacoma

We're too good for bluegrass

The Hotel Murano has won a number of local awards, and I'm sure they deserve every one of them. Here's one I know they deserve:

Most Successful Effort in Ridding Tacoma of Lowbrow Musical Events

Yes, they've gotten rid of Wintrgrass and sent it to Bellevue. Congratulations! Who needs tourists and their money, especially at the end of February, when occupancy rates are, I'm sure, at their highest. And don't forget: many of these tourists play banjos. Who needs that at a classy hotel like the Murano and a classy city like Tacoma? Cellos maybe ... but banjos?

For 15 years, the Sheraton hosted Wintergrass with no unresolvable issues. Then, the Murano came along and decided it was too good for bluegrass. They bought and installed new, expensive, fragile furniture that was unable to withstand the rigors of being used by the public in a hotel lobby. When the furniture broke down, they blamed festival-goers for being hooligans.

They added a charge of vandalism, claiming that festival-goers had thrown beer bottles into one of the glass sculptures. It turned out to be Travis Tritt fans from a Tacoma Dome show who had done this particular deed, but hotel management continued to blame Wintergrass for this, long after they knew better.

This led to the hotel demanding numerous changes to the way the festival was run this past year. Hearing about these changes, many people from out of town decided not to attend, and attendance was down precipitously.

The festival is losing money, the staff is not being paid, and one or two more years is likely all we would get under the current terms. The hotel's attitude apparently was along the lines of "where else will they go? We're the only game in town, so we'll continue to gouge and make demands."

It turns out there was somewhere else to go: Bellevue. The Hyatt offered everything the Murano wouldn't. The head of the chain that owns the Murano then accused Wintergrass of holding the city and the hotel hostage, that the festival should consider it an honor and a privilege to be gouged by such a high-class hotel.

I'm sure the Hotel Murano is quite well-versed in all the ways a business can blackmail and squeeze a city for concessions. In fact, I'm betting they're experts at the process. I think it may be time for the city to look into any and all concessions it has made for the Murano and consider taking a few of them back.

It's always easy to blame city government when something like this happens, but this time, it won't wash. The hotel sweeps this award category pretty much single-handedly. They claim they would lose money if they made concessions to the festival. I'm sure there's a waiting list of groups that want to fill the hotel the last weekend of February.

For myself, I'm a member of a couple of organizations that use Murano facilities for some of their events. I'm going to do whatever I can to convince those organizations to look elsewhere for future events.

So, congratulations to the Murano for ridding the city of Tacoma of bluegrass music. If we're ever going to be a truly high-class city, what we really need is a snooty hotel and no banjoes.

You can read Ernest Jasmine's piece about this in the TNT. By the time this gets posted, others will probably already written about this. This is my take, as a long-time festival volunteer.

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Mar. 6, 2009 at 8:55am

Izenmania plays with flowers

Mister Fusion headlines Seymour Second Sunday


By now, everyone should know what that means ... music at the W.W. Seymour Conservatory at Wright Park. Every month on the second Sunday of the month, cool and groovy local musicians showcase their talents at the Seymour Conservatory from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

That's at 316 S. G St.

This month, the headliner is Mister Fusion, a duo comprised of our own Joe Izenman and his buddy, Erich Sachs. They write their own songs and then sing them out loud using their very own voices. There are guitars involved, as well as a doumbek (it's a drum) and sometimes even a Melodica (image provided ... ignore the dad in the background ... couldn't crop him out). They are committed to bringing their youthful energy and talent to this venerable location, and have promised to scare neither the flowers nor the assembled patrons.

We (that's me) hope y'all will consider making these Second Sunday events a regular part of your musical and botanical education. They (Joe and Erich) hope you'll start doing so, if you haven't already, this coming Sunday.

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Feb. 6, 2009 at 8:35am

Here we go again ...Second Sunday Music at WW Seymour Conservatory

The Hayburners ... and one last look at Chihuly

Once again, it's time for me to remind you of the fabulous music event that is Second Sunday Music at the WW Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park. The music runs from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

It's a small venue, in among the flowers (and in front of the gift shop). The Chihuly glass exhibit is there until February 22nd, so this is the last Second Sunday music event that will have that additional attraction.

This month, we have The Hayburners, a male/female singer/songwriter duo comprised of  Jennifer Spector and David Tieman. They moved to the Puget Sound from Arizona a couple of years ago. They write most of their own songs, and accompany themselves, mostly on guitar. You can find samples of their music on their website.

I'm looking forward to seeing them (and meeting them) this weekend. You should, as well.

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Jan. 9, 2009 at 10:04am

What's this Sunday? Why ... it's the Second Sunday (of January)!

That means there's music in the fragrant air of the Seymour Conservatory

LET KATHYE LONG ENTERTAIN YOU THIS SUNDAY. Once again, I'm here to remind you that on the Second Sunday of every month, the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park hosts a music concert. These concerts run from 1 PM to 2:30 PM.

This month, the featured musician is Kathye Long. She is a singer/songwriter who writes smart, funny, and touching songs about the marvelous and the mundane. She interprets the songs of others (how about something by The Kinks?), as well, and plays some mighty fine guitar to go along with it all. She's been know to pull out a classical instrumental or two from her formidable bag of musical tricks.

We like her a lot, and we know you will, too. All you have to do is show up.

Usually, admission to the Conservatory is free. Until February 22nd, there is an amazing Dale Chihuly glass installation nestled in among all the flora. In order to pay for the security needed for this fragile installation, they are suggesting a $5 donation.

It's worth it. Kathye's worth it. You're worth it. Aren't you?

I'll be back Sunday morning to remind you. And, don't forget the Feed's Calendar section.

For more information about this monthly event and other cool stuff offered by Metro Parks, you could visit their website.

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Dec. 14, 2008 at 10:14am

Don't forget the music today at the Seymour Conservatory

Tom Brooks Trio plays

Don't forget the Second Sunday Music at the WW Seymour Conservatory, today from 1:00 to 2:30.

It's warmer inside the conservatory than almost anywhere else in town, so don't let the snow stop you.

Check out my Wednesday post for more information.

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Don Izenman ... retired mailman ... occasional musician ... proud father ... happily married (this time for sure!) ... contented non-driver ... interested in all things local and all things Tacoma. Oh yeah ... food, beer, and wine!

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