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Pacific Distillery makes traditional absinthe

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

“Once you know the science, that’s where the art comes in,” explains Marc Bernhard, owner and master distiller at Pacific Distillery in Woodinville.

Bernhard produces absinthe and gin in small batches, and seven years after absinthe became legal in this country, Pacific Distillery is one of the largest and oldest absinthe producers in the U.S.
“It was never very popular in the U.S., even when it was legal” — which was about a century ago, Bernhard said. “Americans, for the most part, don’t have a taste for anise seed and fennel.”

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Live music and Christmas magic: Northshore’s Nutcracker delights close to home

  • Written by Emily Hamann

There are few songs more instantly associated with Christmas than the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. For more than a hundred years, The Nutcracker has delighted audiences and signaled the beginning of the Christmas season.

Northshore’s own performance of The Nutcracker opens on Dec. 6, and runs for two weekends. The show is at the Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell, and is put on by Emerald Ballet Theatre in Bellevue.

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The hunt for the perfect tree: A guide to cut your own Christmas tree

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Maybe in your family, it’s a tradition to get bundled up, pile into the car and stomp through the woods or a tree farm, looking for the perfect tree to cut down and carry back to the car. Or maybe your family usually goes to the nearest pop-up tree lot to pick out your tree, or assembles the plastic tree from the cardboard box in the attic.

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A pioneer in her field, radio astronomer Nan Conklin dies at 88

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Nannielou Dieter Conklin was an astronomer who never stopped studying the mysteries of the universe. She was a pioneer in her field and a Woodinville resident. She died on Nov. 16.
Conklin was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1926. She went to Goucher College, where she took an astronomy class. She was hooked. Although her professor and mentor, Helen Dodson, was a woman, in 1946 the field was dominated by men.

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