The weekend arrives, and with it the inaugural Seattle Founders Day, more than a street fair, more than a block party (several of those this weekend elsewhere around town) in the heart of Belltown. Founders Day is in the nature of an urban "country fair," with plenty of food, crafts, live music, and actors costumed as historic Seattle characters on hand: Arthur Denny, Doc Maynard, Austin Bell, and the infamous Mercer girls, among others. Festival-goers are encouraged to come in costume as well.
The free event takes place at the intersection of Second Avenue and Bell Street, Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 14 and 15), from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Street closures in all directions; who knows what havoc that will wreak. The organizers say it's the "first annual," so we can expect repeats.