MV Kirkland Honored at New Houghton Beach Playground

Thanks to a story written by Greg Johnston in the Kirkland Patch, we learned of a new Kirkland playground with a charming new name…MV Kirkland.

The MV Kirkland was a special vessel with an interesting history and one that Argosy Cruises will never forget.  The old ferry boat, built in 1924 and originally called the Tourist No. 2, was used for transportation from Astoria, Oregon to Illwaco, Washington.  In 1994 she became part of the Argosy family and underwent a complete refurbishment before making the city of Kirkland her home.  Fittingly, the vessel was renamed the MV Kirkland, weaving her into the eastside community.  On August 28, 2010 a faulty engine‐room wire led to a fire on the 86‐year old vessel, causing damage too severe for the wooden vessel to survive.

The new playground at Houghton Beach is a wonderful way to commemorate the sad loss of the old ferry boat that was loved by many.  According to the Kirkland Patch, the playground was voted on by kids of Lakeview Elementary and will represent a ship…perfect for its new name, the MV Kirkland.

Read the full article in the Kirkland Patch to learn more about the new Houghton Beach playground.

Tillicum Village on King 5’s New Day Northwest

Tillicum Village

Thank you to King 5’s New Day Northwest for the exciting sneak peek into the new revamped show at Tillicum Village.  Argosy’s CEO, Kevin Clark, and Creative Director of EXCLAIM, John Schuler, made a live guest appearance on New Day this morning to highlight the new unique experience guests are sure to expect this year at Blake Island!

Kevin Clark

Studio guests at King 5 were wowed by the energetic performance by three Tillicum Village dancers who performed the parade of masks.  This dance is performed with beautifully carved native masks weighing 45-65 pounds.  The mask dance is only one small part of the new 25 minute show carefully created to accurately portray storytelling and dance of the area’s Coast Salish tribes.  See for yourself why Tillicum Village is the talk of the town and a must-see Seattle attraction!

Watch the full New Day Northwest show featuring Tillicum Village!

Learn more about the 4-hour Tillicum Village experience at our website.