Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First Day of Spring Brings It On


Cedar, 5 1/2 years old, tries his hand at bubbleblowing today on Percival Landing, as Julia Crane-Jacobs, 6, upper left, does not seem to know that a bubble is following her home.

by Janine Unsoeld

A few brave, bundled up folks continued a 20 year tradition of greeting the first day of spring with a celebration near The Kiss statue on Percival Landing today. Bubbleblowing and camaraderie kept muscles moving throughout the noon hour.

"This is a lot harder than it looks!" said Hildi Flores, who participated in the celebration for the first time. Wind gusts often stole her bubbles away before they ever had a chance.

Cedar, 5 1/2, felt the heavier bubble wands played a factor in the making for better bubbles.

Gita Moulton said she has experienced snow flurries during the celebration on the first day of spring before, but heavy rain and sudden wind gusts are worse, and do not make for good bubbles. Brief bursts of sun were welcomed.

Sponsored by People-Who-Know-We-Live-In-A-Great-Place, come wind, rain, sleet, snow, hail, or high water, or maybe even sun, the celebration occurs regardless of the weather.

The weather today provided for some dramatic scenes, as a rainbow threatens to burst forth over The Kiss statue and Budd Inlet.