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I know what I’ll be doing this coming May.

Any chance we can do some of this stuff  together?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

7:00 PM

Wide World Books

4411 Wallingford Ave.

Seattle,  WA  98103

206-634-3453

Adventures at the End of the Road: As a former world traveler who now calls herself an expert at staying put, Vivian Swift has a message for all travelers, homebodies, writers and art journalers about the most fantastic journey you’ll ever take – the one in your own backyard. Discover the creativity and inspiration that lurks close to home by taking her sure-fire Travel Tips for Staying Put and learn to see your everyday life as if it were a tourist attraction. Slide show, with Q&A.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

6:00 PM 

Teacup

2128 Queen Anne Ave. N

Seattle,  WA  98109

206-283-5931

teacup@seattleteacup.com

Tea Cup Travel: Vivian Swift loves tea so much that she wrote a Tea Memoir. Whether it’s India tea in England or China tea in Ireland, served in Sevres on the rugged Brittany sea coast or in Spode with millionaires in Rio de Janeiro or in shot glasses with nomads in the Sahara – these are just some of the places where tea time has been her passport into a memorable experience of time and place. What’s your best tea memory? Come share stories and a cup of tea, and help create a new tea culture for the 21st century.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

10:00 AM – noon Workshop

 Langley Public Library on Whidbey Island

104 2nd Street / P. O. Box 365

Langley,  WA  98260-0265

360-221-4383

Art Journaling for Experts and Beginners: Vivian Swift’s 2-hour workshop is for beginners who want to take their journaling to a new level and for experienced journalers who want to refine their vision. No matter what your level of expertise, you will have fun and benefit from this program’s tips on how to generate good ideas, how to strengthen your own creative style, how to find meaning in memories, and how to institute strategies for getting work done.

You will take part in writing and sketching exercises that will teach you how to capture the present moment or preserve one from the past.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Afternoon book event

Seaside Public Library

1131 Broadway

Seaside,  OR  97138

503-738-6742 

Based on her experience of becoming a first-time author/illustrator at age 52, Vivian Swift will give her “pep talk” to travelers, homebodies, writers and art journalers about finding the artistic and literary truth of yourself at any age. Discover the creativity and adventures that are close to home by taking her six sure-fire Travel Tips for Staying Put and learn to see everyday life as if it were a tourist attraction. Slide show, with Q&A.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Evening book event

 Broadway Books

1714 Northeast Broadway

Portland,  OR  97232

503-284-1726

Adventures at the End of the Road: As a former world traveler who now calls herself an expert at staying put, Vivian Swift has a message for all travelers, homebodies, writers and art journalers about the most fantastic journey you’ll ever take – the one in your own backyard. Discover the creativity and inspiration that lurks close to home by taking her sure-fire Travel Tips for Staying Put and learn to see your everyday life as if it were a tourist attraction. Slide show, with Q&A.

Vivian Swift is the former Bio-terrorism Administrator for the Tea Association of the USA. She is also a gemologist diamond grader and was the Faberge expert for Christie’s auction house in New York. With no experience as an illustrator or a travel writer Vivian decided to create an illustrated travel memoir, teaching herself how to paint with watercolors in order to produce over 300 illustrations for When Wanderers Cease to Roam. Her follow-up book about her travels in France will be published by BloomsburyUSA in 2012.

11 comments to What to do in Seattle and Portland

  • august

    I’m stealing this: “Vivian Swift is the former Bio-terrorism Administrator for the Tea Association of the USA.”

    She shoehorned her breasts into the leather bustier, strapped a Glock to her leather-clad thigh, and winced at the scent of bergamot. She’d brewed orange pekoe, not Earl Gray. Smelled like perfume on roadkill–and Vivian Swift took her roadkill straight, no chaser.

  • Love, love, love this post and wished I lived nearby.

    When are you going to be in Ann Arbor, MI???

    xoxo

  • Shelley

    Sounds like a wonderful Pacific NW tour (wish I was closer to Whidbey Island as the workshop sounds wonderful). Hmmm, maybe a vacation is in order. Wish I could stowaway with you for the entire trip!

    Things to do in Seattle ~ The Pike Place Market which is one of my favorite places ANYWHERE http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/

    From there, a visit to the downtown waterfront, maybe a ferry boat ride. On a clear day, Mt. Rainier will be visible in all it’s glory (or as we say “the mountain is out today”).

    While you are in Seaside, OR if you might want to make a side trip to Cannon Beach.

    In Portland, there is the Chinese Classical Garden http://www.portlandchinesegarden.org/ which also has a lovely Tea House!

    How long will you be in Portland?

    Shelley

  • Mindy

    I live in Portland and will definitely see you at Broadway Books. If your schedule allows I would love to meet you for lunch or tea.

    There are great things to do in Portland including both a Japanese Garden and a classical Chinese garden.

  • JOAN

    How I wish I could be there to meet you face 2 face! I would love to take your workshop since I dabble in watercolors…

    When will you do a tutorial on “how I paint” either on You Tube or linked to your blog or a DVD? This would be a treat for those of us unable to come to your workshop. Many painters have made wonderful, helpful DVD’s…or maybe a new book dedicated to how you “do it”….journaling, painting, layouts, etc. I’d buy it for sure.

    Hope you have a wonderful time in Seattle…the scenic beauty is beyond the beyond.

  • Susie

    Please, I’m seconding Joan’s idea for a book and/or DVD on how you ‘do’ it. I’ll be in line behind her to buy.

    So many of your readers will be with you in spirit on your West Coast interlude from staying put….happy travels!

  • Shelley

    I left a comment yesterday about your upcoming trip, and it said it was “waiting for moderation”, and now it’s disappeared…Did I do something to offend?

  • Vivian

    Vivian here: No, not at all! Your comment got caught in the Spam filter and I was away from my computer for 24 hours so I didn’t catch it until this (Tuesday) morning. The information looks fantastic and I’ll be in touch soon — thanks!

  • Sandy

    Oh I wish I could attend them All!! You need to do these closer to home (CT)

  • I know you are busy – check your e-mail re Morgan.

  • emily m

    your schedule way west sounds wonderful. Knock ‘em dead.

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