Celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions during this holiday season

By Kalvin Valdillez, Tulalip News 

In the Francis Sheldon Gym of Heritage High School, drumbeats echoed throughout the room as spectators filled the bleachers to enjoy a night of culture and Christmas. Hosted by Tulalip Youth Services and the Marysville School District, the Third Annual Christmas Powwow and Coastal Jam spread holiday cheer, with traditional song and dance, to the Tulalip community. Mr. and Mrs. Claus handed out presents to the children, donated by Toys for Tots. Led by MCs Randy Vendiola and Arlie Neskahi, the powwow presented the opportunity for community members to spend time with each other, while celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions during this holiday season.

December Holiday Happenings At Tulalip Resort Casino

Magical Recipes are Coming Together to Form Remarkable Holiday Dishes

Tulalip, Washington — It’s that holiday time of year, and the chefs at Tulalip Resort Casino have been busy checking their recipes twice to make sure they create magical dishes for all to enjoy. Every restaurant at the Resort is getting involved with this year’s festivities for Christmas and New Year’s.

Journeys East chef’s helpers will be busy in the kitchen whipping up specials during the week of Christmas Eve through New Year’s Eve. The chef and his band of merry cooks will create some tantalizing dishes for guests to sample, including Gan Poog Chicken a lightly fried chicken breast, tossed in a spicy Sichuan sauce for $16; a Drunken Chicken with steamed free ranged chicken, marinated with Shao shin wine and ginger, served with a trio of sauces for $18; Braised Pork Belly seasoned with ginger, cardamom, oyster sauce and green onions, with steamed baby Bok Choy for $18; and a Stir-Fried Ginger 1 3/4 Pound Lobster marinated with ginger, green onion, sesame oil, oyster, cilantro, and served in the shell for $55.

Journeys East holiday hours are Christmas Eve from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Christmas Day is 9 a.m. – 12midnight, New Year’s Eve on Saturday, January 31 from 12noon until 2 a.m.; and for New Year’s Day from 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. Reserve a table online via OpenTable or by phone at (360) 716-1880.

Cedars Cafe Chef Brent Clarkson has been planning his Christmas Day special all year: an 8 ounce thick cut Apple Wood Smoked Ham Steak grilled and served with a sweet chili glaze, mashed potatoes, house-made gravy, andouille sausage corn bread stuffing, vegetable du jour, and a choice of soup or house salad for $18 per person.The Cedars Cafe regular menu will also be available. Prices will vary.

The Cafe will be open during its regular scheduled time of 24 hours a day during the holidays. To reserve table, call (360) 716-1625, or email here. For more information, visit tulalipresort.com.

Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill and Bar is offering their signature Christmas Day dinner of Seared Duck Breast with a black fig demi Tillamook sharp cheddar and pear potato hash, Brussels sprouts with boar bacon, and a savory butternut squash-hazelnut bread pudding.

Blackfish will be open on Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Christmas Day during 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill and Bar will feature a New Year’s Eve special of Hazelnut Crusted Lamb Chops with huckleberry-port demi, sage beurre blanc, white bean-bacon puree, wilted rainbow chard, glazed carrots, and asparagus for $35 per person. Prices exclude sales tax and gratuity.

To book a spot at Blackfish, go to OpenTable or call (360) 716-1500.

Tulalip Bay’s Chef Jeremy Taisey’s traditional Christmas Day special is an Individual Honey Baked Ham with wild rice polenta and haricot vert with almonds. And here’s a chance to put a big ol’ smile on kids of all ages for this festive time of year. Tulalip Bay’s regular dinner menu will also be available on Christmas Day, and prices will vary.

The restaurant’s holiday hours for Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th are 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Christmas Day Sunday, December 25th are 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., New Year’s Eve Saturday, December 31 from 4 p.m. until 12midnight, and New Year’s Day Sunday, January 1, 2017, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

To reserve a table, go to OpenTable or call (360) 716-1100.

Eagles Buffet will feature its regular menu on Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with bunch items served until 3:30 p.m. and dinner features starting at 3:30 p.m. On Christmas Day, Eagles Buffet will be pulling out all the holiday stops from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. featuring specials all day with Brunch until 2 p.m. Their Christmas Day dinner showstoppers will start at 2:00 p.m. Pricing for Adults is $24.95 per person and $13.95 for children ages 2-10. Prices exclude sales tax and gratuity.

For New Year’s Eve, Eagles Chef John Jadamec will serve Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Dinner starting at 3:30 p.m. and going until 11 p.m. On New Year’s Day Sunday, January 1, 2017, Jadamec’s happy team of revelers will be serving amazing fare from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Seating at Eagles Buffet is on a first come first served basis.

Ring in 2017 at Tulalip’s Canoes Cabernet on Saturday, December 31 with great music to dance the year away by four decades of hits from Pop Offs, The Afrodisiacs, The Spazmatics, and Mr. Pink. Doors open and entertainment begins at 5 p.m. Table reservations range from $125 to $300 each, or a standing room only ticket option is $40 per person. To purchase tickets or reserve a table, see the Canoes Cabaret hosts in person or text them at (360) 502-1155.

Canoes Cabaret hours for Christmas Eve Saturday, December 24th are from 5 p.m. to 12midnight; Christmas Day Sunday, December 25 doors open at 7 p.m. until 12midnight; New Year’s Eve Saturday, December 31 with doors opening at 5 p.m. and New Year’s Day Sunday, January 1, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information about the holidays and Tulalip Casino Resort, visit tulalipresort.com.

World Flutist Gary Stroutsos for Native American Heritage Month Concert, Nov 19 Everett Public Library

Native American Heritage Month Concert

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, world flutist Gary Stroutsos and Everett Public Library present a concert of Native American music from a variety of tribes. This free concert will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday November 19 in the Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Avenue in Everett. There is no charge to attend.

Originally trained as a Jazz flutist, Stroutsos plays a variety of world styles, including Chinese, and Cuban. He has become best known, however, for his haunting work on the Native American flute, which he learned through journeying through many indigenous American cultures. He has worked and recorded with many Native American artists, including Navajo flute maker and Elder Paul Thompson. Stroutsos’s works express the enduring legacy of the Native American flute and its recent reintroduction into today’s society.

Stroutsos has performed in concerts throughout the United States, Japan, and Korea. His CDs Distant ShoresWinds of HonorThe Native Heart, and Echoes of Canyon de Chelley, with Thompson, have received national acclaim as benchmark recordings of Native American flute music. He has appeared on the soundtrack of Ken Burns’s Lewis and Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery, which led to a command performance at the White House for President Bill Clinton. He also has appeared on numerous other radio and television programs.

For further information, please call 425-257-8000.




Shake Your Groove Thing While Learning a New Dance at Canoes Cabaret

Afraid to hit the dance floor with those two left feet? Here’s a chance to have a great time, right those feet, and learn classic dances that will have even the stars envious! Instruction ranges from Latin and Ballroom to Disco and County Line Dancing. Beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5th (and the first Wednesday of the month thereafter), dancers and dancer-wannabes can take a group lesson from local instructors. Due to popularity, the classes offer first-come first-served seating, so arrive early to order a cocktail, sip the drink specials, and savor bites from Canoes Carvery.

Renowned DJ Chrissy Williams, dance instructor DeAnna Lee from KMPS FM, and the Boot Scoot Babes will kick things off with Country Line Dancing instruction on October 5th.

“Dance has been a very important part of every culture over time,” said Lisa Severn, Food and Beverage Director. “Dancing is a great way to get family, friends, and strangers together for a night of stress-free fun.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. with Happy Hour offerings from 7-9 p.m. October 5th bar specials include $3 Bud Bottles or a bucket of 4 for $10, and $5 Well Margaritas. Dance lessons and open floor dancing will take place until midnight. Guests 21 and over are invited to attend (sorry, no minors). Prices will vary. Visit Tulalipresort.com for more information.

Dance Wednesday Lineup:

November 2 – Swing Dancing with Daniel Newsome
December 7 – Ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot) with Olga Foraponova

January 4 – Salsa with Reinier Valdes 
February 1 – Tango with Gabriela Condrea 
March 1 – Cha Cha with Reinier Valdes
April 5 – Country Line Dancing with DeAnna Lee
May 3 – Disco with Chrissy Williams
June 7 – Ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot) with Olga Foraponova
July 5 – Samba with Reinier Valdes
August 2 – Jazz with Daniel Newsome

About Tulalip Resort Casino
Award winning Tulalip Resort Casino is the most distinctive gaming, dining, meeting, entertainment and shopping destination in Washington state. The AAA Four Diamond resort’s world class amenities have ensured its place on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold and Traveler Top 100 Resorts lists. The property includes 192,000 square feet of gaming excitement; a luxury hotel featuring 370 guest rooms and suites; 30,000 square feet of premier meeting, convention and wedding space; the full-service T Spa; and 7 dining venues, including the AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Bay Restaurant. It also showcases the intimate Canoes Cabaret; a 3,000-seat amphitheater. Nearby, find the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, Cabela’s; and Seattle Premium Outlets, featuring more than 122 name brand retail discount shops. The Resort Casino is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. just off Interstate-5 at exit 200. It is an enterprise of the Tulalip Tribes. For reservations please call (866) 716-7162.