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Expect more than cars to cruise in to Fenders on Front Street

By Laura Geggel
Issaquah Press
Mountains to Sound Greenway Summer 2011 kicks off this weekend.

Dick Baker drove Harley motorcycles for 25 years until he switched to classic cars.

“My wife has always called me ‘motorman,’ because if it has a motor, I’m probably going to like it,” said Baker, of Issaquah. “I was born that way.”

One of his prize cars, a 1932 Ford Roadster, will be on display for all to see at the sixth annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise this Father’s Day, June 19.

Car registration is free, as is admittance to the show.

“If anyone has a nice car or a fast car or an interesting car, we’re going to open it to anybody coming down and showing it,” Fenders on Front Street co-chairman George Naumann said.

Mountains to Sound Greenway and the DownTown Issaquah Association are organizing the event.

The show is somewhat weather dependent. Last year, pouring rain kept some car owners home, and crowds saw about 200 cars at the show. In sunny 2009, more than 600 cars lined up on Front Street North.

“If the weather’s good, they all show up,” Baker said.

Fenders on Front Street caters to the whole family. The first 250 children who come to the show will receive a free toy car from White Horse Toys.

Bands from the Kaleidoscope School of Music will play the whole day. The Studebakers will play at 11 a.m. at the Evergreen Ford Zone near Spirelli’s Artisan Eatery and Cascade Spa, while at the same time a band at Vino Bella will begin making melodies.

Springfree Trampoline, of Issaquah, will bring its trampolines for bouncing, and Gravity Janes will provide CrossFit athletes to work the handcart on the trolley tracks downtown. About a half-dozen people can fit on the handcart at one time.

“You can get it going pretty fast if you got the human power behind it, and we do,” Gravity Janes CrossFit Gym Owner Dave Young said. “It’s a great way to get a different kind of a workout in and have fun at the same time.”

Meanwhile, at the car show, judges will inspect each vehicle and award prizes at the historic Hailstone Feed Store. Some of the winners will be featured on next year’s advertising posters, drink coasters and dash plaques.

With so many car lovers in and around Issaquah, Father’s Day is an opportune time to show them, Naumann said.

“It’s a real nostalgic thing,” he said. “American men, they’ve always had a love affair with cars, and the style and speed and how they handle. I think it’s always been about freedom.”

Sponsored charities

Though the event is free, its organizers are raising money for two nonprofit organizations, through donations and drawings.

The Issaquah-based nonprofit Life Enrichment Options, better known as LEO, helps individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their life goals through supportive housing, recreation and employment opportunities, and community education.

LEO already has two houses in Issaquah where adults with special needs can live independently; volunteers have raised enough money to build a third house in the Issaquah Highlands. Any donations will go toward building a fourth house, LEO co-founder Leo Finnegan said.

The second nonprofit, Art with Heart, also has Issaquah roots. Art with Heart helps sick children use the creative power of art as a form of therapy.

When she was 1, doctors diagnosed Hallie Holton with neuro-blastoma, a rare childhood cancer. It reoccurred throughout her childhood, and when chemotherapy wasn’t enough, doctors gave her a stem cell transplant, her mother, Reisha Holton said.

Hallie spent 40 days in the intensive care unit, but her body fought back. Now age 16 and a sophomore at Skyline High School, Hallie has been cancer-free for 10 years.

Her early days of treatment inspired the formation of Art with Heart.

“A friend of mine, Peggie Zuckerman, stayed overnight with Hallie in the hospital,” Reisha Holton said.

The next day, Zuckerman had a business meeting with graphic artist Steffanie Lorig, and shared the story about Hallie. That conversation stayed on Lorig’s mind, and she had a dream that night about how to help hospitalized children like Hallie.

“The dream was the brainchild of what is now Art with Heart’s ‘Oodles of Doodles’ therapeutic activity book,” Lorig said.

Hallie’s younger sister Katie Holton also inspired a book, “Magnificent Marvelous Me,” a publication aimed at the siblings of sick children.

LEO and Art with Heart will have booths at Fenders on Front Street. The goal is to raise $3,000 total, Naumann said.

Live music schedule

Six bands from Kaleidoscope School of Music will perform nonstop rock, pop and blues hits from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 195 Front St. N. The headlining adult band is Dorian Blu. The headlining teen band is Electric Foot. The complete schedule is:

  • 9 a.m. — Zero Side Effects (teen band)
  • 9:50 a.m. — Electric Foot (headlining teen band)
  • 10:50 a.m. — Dorian Blu (headlining adult band)
  • 12:45 p.m. — Diecast Players (adult band)
  • 1:45 p.m. —Batteries Not Included (middle school rock band)
  • 2:15 p.m. — Aftertaste (teen band)
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