Odds in your favor for fun on Poker Tour

When was the last time you played a tourist in your own city? For the past two years, I have had the best time doing just that by participating in the “Poker Tour” held in downtown Renton, in conjunction with our beloved Spring Festival sponsored by Piazza Renton. For those of you who haven’t been yet (shame on you!), the Spring Festival is a wonderful way to spend the day in the park, visiting vendors that provide handcrafted items such as jewelry, clothing and handmade goodies. The Spring Festival and Poker Tour are April 19 this year.

When was the last time you played a tourist in your own city? For the past two years, I have had the best time doing just that by participating in the “Poker Tour” held in downtown Renton, in conjunction with our beloved Spring Festival sponsored by Piazza Renton. For those of you who haven’t been yet (shame on you!), the Spring Festival is a wonderful way to spend the day in the park, visiting vendors that provide handcrafted items such as jewelry, clothing and handmade goodies. The Spring Festival and Poker Tour are April 19 this year.

After you’ve exhausted the festival and are ready for a little exercise, you can sign up for the Poker Tour. Even a novice like me can play poker (Sorry, dad. I didn’t retain the information that you taught me very well), because essentially this poker game is just a “game of chance.” Here’s how the game is set up.

For a suggested donation of $1 or a canned good (both benefit the Renton Rotary Salvation Army Food Bank), you can play the game. More than 30 local businesses are participating this year. As you visit the stores, you will collect a playing card and you’ll build your hand. The most fun, however, is getting to step inside all of those businesses you keep meaning to visit as you are whizzing down Third Street. Common Ground, the cupcake shop, is participating again this year. Grab a card, a cupcake and a cup of joe to go, and continue down the street. Stop at Garland Jewelers for your next card, oogle your next birthday present and say “Hi” to Gary, the longtime owner. Haven’t been to Sweetgrass yet? Build your Royal Flush, and check out all they have to offer in gifts and decorations for your home. (The most beautiful chimes imaginable!)

Check out businesses

I’m looking forward to checking out some of our newest businesses including Renton Laptop and Happy Delusions. And don’t forget our old favorites, St. Charles Place Antiques and Antique Country Station. Have you been inside Merrill Gardens yet? It’s a fabulous space. And when you get hungry, don’t forget to stop for lunch in one of our fabulous downtown eateries. Can you tell I’m excited? There is so much to do in Renton! And, I didn’t even get to the prizes! Get a little exercise, play a little poker, be a tourist in your own city and celebrate at the Piazza and downtown Renton. Aren’t we all glad spring has finally arrived?

Susan Bressler is active in a number of Renton organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce. E-mail her at scbressler@comcast.net.


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