Getting Ready for the 2019 Bloomsday Run

Running a 12K Race

On Sunday, May 5th, Spokane is gearing up for the annual Bloomsday Run. This 12K race is not for the faint of heart, and it’s only a few months away! If you’re planning on participating in this celebration of spring, you should start training now so you’re in top shape for the marathon. Registration for the 2019 Bloomsday Run is open now on the event’s official website, or you can register by mail; those who want to participate but don’t register in time can pay an additional fee for late registration on or before May 4th.

Bloomsday will be an all-weekend event, with the Friday and Saturday before the big day featuring a trade show devoted to the hobby of running, health, and fitness. It’s one of the country’s largest free shows dedicated to fitness-related products! There will also be a post-race party and awards show.

The 2019 Bloomsday Run website also has a number of resources for those who want to get in shape in time for Bloomsday. Training clinics are available throughout March and April, Providence Health Care offers a Training Program, the top coaches at RunDoyen are offering their services to runners, and you can even check the official site for recommendations regarding your health.

Here at George Gee Buick GMC, we are definitely looking forward to this year’s Bloomsday festivities.

Buick and GMC at the 2019 North American International Auto Show

NAIAS | Liberty Lake, WA

The 2019 North American International Auto Show took place in January from the 14th to the 27th in Detroit, where refreshed models, concept vehicles, and innovative new technologies across the entire auto industry were revealed for the first time.

As one of the biggest auto shows in the world, the NAIAS is the place to be for the latest cars, SUVs, and trucks, especially from GM brands like Buick and GMC. Neither Buick nor GMC released a new concept at the Detroit Auto Show, but they did show off the new versions of their popular lineups.

Buick showed off the ultra-luxurious Avenir line, which takes Buick’s premium vehicles and elevates them even further. The Enclave Avenir, Regal Avenir, and Lacrosse Avenir have a vehicle style for everyone while providing the latest features, unbeatable comfort, and smooth, powerful performance.

The GMC lineup was also presented at the Detroit Auto Show, though it’s rumored that GMC plans the debut the 2020 GMC Sierra HD Denali at the Chicago Auto Show in February.

GMC teased the all-new Sierra HD with a video released during the NAIAS, showing styling similar to the Sierra 1500, with the same platform and powertrains as the 2020 Silverado 1500. Sporting the exclusive MultiPro tailgate, the upcoming Sierra Denali HD promises state-of-the-art tech and performance.

Here at George Gee Buick GMC, we can’t wait to learn more about the upcoming lineup of Buick and GMC vehicles.

Visit the Bing Crosby House this Holiday Season

Bing Crosby House

Without realizing it, many of us know Bing Crosby’s voice exceedingly well. Crosby is one of the most famous holiday singers of all time, and his rendition of “White Christmas” is the best-selling single of all time, boasting over 50 million sales. His single “Silent Night” also makes this elite list, ranking as the third best-selling single ever with 30 million sales. This holiday season, pay homage to this American favorite by visiting the Bing Crosby House in Spokane, Washington.

The Bing Crosby House was built by the singer’s father and two uncles in 1911. Bing spent his childhood living in the home, and now it stands as a tribute to his memory with its collections. On the main floor, the home presents the Bing Crosby Collection, which includes over 200 items of significance. You can view Bing’s gold records, various trophies and awards, and even the official Academy Award he received in 1944 for his performance in Going My Way.

A visit to the house with the family is the perfect way to shed some light on your favorite Christmas songs and teach your children a bit about America’s top performers of the twentieth century. Admission is free to the public, and the house is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Here at George Gee Buick GMC, we hope your holiday season is both merry and bright.

Looking for a Local Halloween Event? Head to Scarywood Park

Local Halloween Events

The month of October is full of fun stuff to do, but for those looking for a unique local Halloween event unlike anything else, Scarywood Park delivers both the thrills and the chills. Silverwood Park, a popular local attraction in the Coeur d’Alene area, transforms into scary-good fun for the fall season, providing rides, games, and excitement, as well as costumed monsters and various haunted activities.

Open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from September 27th until October 27th, Scarywood Park offers attractions and activities like Silverwood’s signature rides, seven different “scare zones,” and 5 walk-through haunted attractions. For 2018, visitors will have access to the brand-new Pharoah’s Curse haunt, filled with stolen treasures and awakened evils. If that’s not your style, you can head to scare zones like Clown Town or Scarecrow Corner, or even the new Dillusion show!

Ticket prices for this local Halloween event in Silverwood Park vary depending on the day. Prices are most affordable on Thursdays, but Fridays and Saturdays have longer hours. Scarywood Park is not recommended for children under 12. Whether you’re coming with friends, family, or bringing a date, this event is sure to be a great time for everyone – if they’re brave enough, that is.

If you need a way to get there, consider a new vehicle from George Gee Buick GMC

Visit the Mary Poppins Gala in Spokane

Mary Poppins Gala

Fans of Mary Poppins will love the Mary Poppins 72nd Season Gala in Spokane, WA. Held from September 14 to October 14, this event will be held at the Spokane Civic Theatre from Thursdays to Saturdays until 7:30pm and Sundays until 2:00pm. As one of the most popular Disney movies of all times, Mary Poppins  has held an important place in American culture and entertainment for decades.

According to Visit Spokane, the event celebrates Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s version of Mary Poppins  to bring you a performance like never before. Following the eccentric—and magical—nanny Mary Poppins as she meets and cares for the Banks family, the story has a range of unforgettable song and dance numbers. Mary Poppins has been nominated for nine Olivier Awards and seven Tony Awards over the years.

The performance is bound to be especially popular with Mary Poppins Returns, a new Disney film set to hit theatres sometime in late 2018. Starring Emily Blunt, the new film is a musical fantasy directed by Rob Marshall and featuring truly great songs. Inspiring for children and adults alike, Mary Poppins is all about how “anything can happen if you let it.”

Hop in a new car from George Gee Buick GMC and visit the Spokane Civic Theatre to see the Mary Poppins Gala. Perfect for those looking for a night out or for those who simply want to have a fun time with the kids, the Gala is bound to be practically perfect in every way.

Fourth of July Activities in Spokane, Washington

4th of July activities in Spokane, WA

Independence Day is right around the corner, so it’s time to start checking out activities to do during the holiday that will keep you having fun all day long. Here are some of the best Fourth of July activities in Spokane!

Festivals

Of course, the Fourth of July festival at Riverfront Park is a classic. Spend the day snacking on food from local vendors, watching live music from noon all the way up until the fireworks start at 10pm, and grab a beer form the No-Li Brewhouse beer garden. Then watch the fireworks go up over the Spokane River Gorge!

If a festival sounds good to you, there are plenty going on in surrounding towns and cities, like the Kendall Yards celebration at Olmsted Brother Green Park, where you can eat local ice cream from Brain Freeze Creamery.

You can also try the Liberty Lake Fourth of July Celebration with live music from Robbie Christmas, or the Coeur d’Alene Hometown Fourth of July Celebration, which features an American Heroes Parade in the morning and festivities throughout the day until the fireworks start.

Alternative Activities

If you’d prefer an alternative to a festival, check out the Spokane Indians baseball game, which will end in a fireworks display over the stadium, or visit Silverwood Theme Park and spend the day on roller coasters before their own fireworks.

If you require a vehicle to get you to all of these incredible Independence Day activities, be sure to stop by George Gee Buick GMC.

Spokane Spring Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Spring Event in Spokane

If you’re like our staff here at George Gee Buick GMC, then you look forward to the coming of spring all throughout the year. Not only is spring the perfect time to get out and enjoy a scenic drive, but it’s also a great time of year to experience all the Spokane area has to offer. Here are some of our top picks for Spokane spring events that you shouldn’t miss.

Sound of Music

You can experience the award-winning Sound of Music in a brand new production coming to the INB Performing Arts Center this March 22 – 25. Whether you’re a big musical fan, or just curious to find out what the production’s all about, be sure to catch this musical’s limited run.

National Geographic Live

 Visiting the INB Performing Arts Center on March 28, former International Space Station Commander Terry Virts offers stunning video and images of our planet and beyond, and interesting insights into a huge variety of subjects.

Spokane County Raceway

 From NASCAR to drag racing, the Spokane County Raceway has a particularly exciting schedule of events for the 2018 season. Things kick off April 7, so be sure to make plans to check out some incredible racing this spring.

Paw Patrol Live

 Kids and families of all ages will love this live-action performance of Paw Patrol, coming to the INB Performing Arts Center April 7 and 8. This wholesome production is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family, so be sure not to miss it.

With the arrival of spring, you’ll find that the Spokane community offers plenty of enjoyable activities.

Visit the Upcoming Spokane Great Outdoors and Bike Expo

Great Outdoors and Bike ExpoDo you love the outdoors? Then come check out the Spokane Great Outdoors and Bike Expo. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, virtually everyone can enjoy the upcoming Expo. This showcase will not only show you the latest products on the market, but there are also contests, giveaways, and much more. We at George Gee Buick GMC couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming show, which is just a short drive from Liberty Lake, WA.

According to Visit Spokane, the Great Outdoors and Bike Expo will be held on February 24 to 25 from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday. The event will be at the Spokane Convention Center, and there is a $10 admission charge at the door. This is a great activity for the family or even for a date.

The Expo will feature a variety of displays and activities. This two-day event will focus on outdoor recreation and travel, but it will also have things like free clinics, product demonstrations, and speakers. For those who love riding, you can test mountain bikes, road bikes, commuters, and even electric-assist models. There’s cornhole, horseshoes, and other outdoor games, and there will even be a rock climbing wall.

In short, this is one event you won’t want to miss. The Pacific North West is heaven for anyone who loves the outdoors, and the Bike Expo is one way to make the most of your experience in and around Spokane.