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Friday, August 15, 2008

Smoke Farm

posted by on August 15 at 13:23 PM

You know what you should do this weekend?

Go to Smoke Farm, that raw, 360-acre wonderland just an hour north of Seattle that is slowly becoming the place where I want to die—down by the river, on a late spring evening—and let the coyotes chew on my bones.


(Briefly: Smoke Farm is a former dairy farm run by a few well-intentioned people—Stuart Smithers, a UPS philosophy professor; Craig Hollow, a local architect; others—where good things happen. It has hosted theater and literary retreats, education programs, medieval cook-outs with the best chefs in Seattle, and so on. There’s a field where people camp, a river where people swim, a rustic kitchen where people congregate and meet and cook and drink: It’s pretty much paradise.)

Smoke Farm’s third annual performance festival begins tomorrow. It’s $25, including dinner and camping. (Cheap!) The acts will vary: some of last year’s performances were awful, one—by Implied Violence—was shattering, and the dinner was prompt, plentiful, and delicious.

This year’s roster has some promising folks:

Circus Contraption
Doug Nufer
Matthew Richter
Left Field Revival
and others

Dinner by Seth Caswell (formerly of the Stumbling Goat). Good weather by God.


More information here.

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Oh Stuart Smithers. God, he was one of my favorite professors.

Posted by blaire with an e | August 15, 2008 1:31 PM


Isn't there a smog warning and a burn ban in place?

Seriously, don't you guys follow the news ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 15, 2008 1:33 PM

It's hotter than Baltimore out there! Huh.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | August 15, 2008 1:39 PM

The decline of the dairy farm in this region is so sad. It's probably infinitely more enjoyable as a dairy farm than what it is now.

But, as a former dairy farmer, I'm probably a bit biased.

Posted by sigh | August 15, 2008 1:41 PM

There is a burn ban. Outdoor fires are illegal (unless it's charcoal in an approved appliance).

Posted by Fnarf | August 15, 2008 1:45 PM

Reading the title "Smoke Farm" I had imagined a refuge from Mayor Nichols and Gov. Gregoire's behavior laws...a place where you could light up a Camel indoors, enjoy a bourbon, water your lawn at any time and watch some exotic dancers without fear of being labeled a "Denier".

Posted by John Bailo | August 15, 2008 2:06 PM

@6 - it's called the basement where you live.

And keep the windows shut.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 15, 2008 2:53 PM

I meant to ask the last time there was a post about the Smoke Farm and the big outdoor meat cook-off. How does one get an invite? I would love to see a wild boar or steer cooked over a spit and would pay for the privilege.

Posted by elswinger | August 15, 2008 2:56 PM

They sell tickets, elswinger—you should go next year. It was great.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | August 15, 2008 4:00 PM

Hey Blaire.

What's up.

Posted by Sir Learnsalot | August 18, 2008 12:18 PM

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