Over the last week we’ve gone into high gear learning all we can about paranormal sciences. One of our new experts in the field, Ben Blankenship, has been experimenting with various means of apparition detection to build automated photo traps! It turns out there’s a lot of debate as to the best means to scientifically detect phantasms, but we’ve been having some promising tests using negative ion detection, static detection, and simple sound threshold triggers! You’ll be the first to know if we hook anything on our line!
Our research team has dug up some impressive history on the haunted Colonial Hotel that Smash Putt currently resides in, and it’s just freaky to us. Side note, is it fitting that Smash Putt will depart the world in a haunted hotel? We think so. There are three distinct periods of time that we believe may contribute to the psychic disturbances at the Colonial Hotel. We’ll look today at the earliest of these notable points in the history of this grand edifice.
Jacob Gardner Kenyon was a traveling magician, ventriloquist, and inventor. In Spring of 1862, with monies earned by patent of an improvement to the modern vehicle axle, he purchased the property to build his dream hotel in his adopted home city of Seattle. Throughout design and construction, Kenyon worked side by side with the architect and builders to construct a building meeting his exacting specifications… and possibly to integrate designs of magics learned from his studies of the occult.
Kenyon, however, was fated to die mysteriously before completion of the building. It is clear that the floor upon which Smash Putt! currently resides is the among the few floors completed when Kenyon passed on, and possibly the exact floor upon which he chose to take rooms.
We are left asking of this period of time, under what circumstances did Jacob Gardner Kenyon depart this realm? Ever the inventor, did he perhaps fall victim to an experiment in the occult? Or worse yet, did one of his experiments succeed? Did Jacob Gardner Kenyon design and build the Colonial Hotel as a paranormal mechanism to concentrate psychic energies?
Sorry, we really don’t mean to scare you off. This is truly an amazing venue. Tell ya what, we’ll give you a discount to come check this out.
Use code ‘jacobgardnerkenyon’ for %20 off tickets this week! While you’re here, think of his spirit stuck between worlds and raise a toast to Mr. Kenyon!
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Smash Putt! is going away forever in just a few weeks and we can’t stand leaving you all alone, so we want to use our last breath to tell you about some of the artists and institutions that we dearly love, that they might bring you comfort in the years to come!
CoCA, Center on Contemporary Art, is a long lived artist hub started by artists for artists back in 1980. CoCA provides forums for artists and challenges us all to do amazing work. In the last two decades we’ve seen CoCA events and exhibits at several locations throughout Seattle, always these locations have presented provocative art that often pushed beyond of the mold required at other galleries. It’s wonderful to have an institution in Seattle that gives as much to artists that create hard-to-define and experimental work in mediums such as performance, sculpture, and machine/electronic art as much as they do with more traditional art forms.
CoCA currently has a gallery in Pioneer Square’s TK building and has supported artists at all stages of their creativity with an artist in residence program, CoCA Lab, since 2014.
From March 2-4 and April 6-29, CoCA will feature its members in this year’s annual Members’ Show, Make America Create Again, at their Pioneer Square gallery. March dates will highlight experimental and time based artists using sound, performance and video then the April show will feature the artist members that have work hanging on walls and sitting on pedestals.
More info and an announcement of the selected members participating in the show will be on their website soon! CLICK HERE for details!
We cannot say enough about how the work presented by CoCA has influenced us as artists.
Please follow CoCA or get involved at http://www.cocaseattle.org/
Every year we find a new location for Smash Putt! and we’ve come to the sober realization that the building we’re in this year is most definitely haunted. We certainly are not a group prone to belief in the occult, but a series of undeniably odd events have left us with absolutely no doubts. For our finale year, we are located in a 120 year old building that was originally a hotel for transients, sailors, and prospectors trouncing through Seattle in the midst of the Klondike gold rush.
Weeks ago, while we were first installing Smash Putt, we began to encounter a series of hard to explain events. First there was Max, one of our builders, who insistence that heard whispers whenever we left him alone in the venue. And then we had several instances of some our machines starting up in the middle of the night and run even when not connected to any power at all, a state which persists until the observer would approach to within twenty paces. Myriad staffers have had cold flashes and the feeling of being watched. Finally, over this last weekend, Jon Darby witnessed a most strange vision while he worked alone in the dead of night, doing some routine repair work. Jon turned to find himself in the company of a doll, again twenty paces away, seemingly levitated 3 foot off the ground and looking directly at him. When he dropped his drill, a not-quite childlike laugh came from the not-quite doll. The doll then evaporated as Jon approached to investigate.
Ok, we admit that we’re not the most sober of eye witnesses. But at this point, enough staff members have witnessed enough weird shit that we feel the need to ask for your help. Please let us know if you meet with the face of the unknown while you’re attending Smash Putt! And please share any photos or recordings that might capture our ghostly visitors!
We invite you to come and hunt this apparition, we don’t know if it’s friendly.
Use the code ‘specter’ to get 10% of your ticket price. Buy tickets now at http://smashputt.com
We’re in touch with some archivists that might be able to shed some more light on this subject, we’ll keep you informed!
Douglas is walking away with his choice of our one of our awesome Smash Putt tshirt designs for capturing his amazing squad in action! Kudos for sneaking that gnome into Smash Putt, I’m pretty sure he won the night!
Want to have a party at Smash Putt? We’ve got a super discount for ya!
With just 11 weekends left, there won’t be much more time to get your hands on a VIP room or schedule a private party, so we want to encourage you to do it now! Enter the code ‘genuineballer’ to get a 20% discount on your room! Get your room on at http://www.smashputt.com/parties-and-groups/
Reserve your room now, this deal is only around for a week!
So, please tag your Smash Putt! images with #smashputt and/or check-in at our venue and we might give you a free t-shirt!
We pick our favs every week and give away shirts! Get silly at Smash Putt!
Get your date on at Smash Putt! Turns out that Smash Putt! is possibly one of the best dates on the planet, and it’s getting even better! This weekend we’re offering a simply fantastic deal to kick off your Valentine’s weekend just right!
Buy tickets w/ code ‘brownchickenbrowncow’ and get two for one tickets! Hit smashputt.com to get your tickets for this very romantic weekend!
The bar will feature some very romantic cocktail specials!
Now, we don’t have any medical degrees, so take the following as totally and definitely fact:
It turns out your brain cannot differentiate the mix of norepinephrine and adrenaline released by your body when you’re falling in love from the chemical cocktail released in response to the exciting stimuli offered by Smash Putt! Therefore, taking someone you’re in love with to Smash Putt! will make you fall double triple in love or just rekindle some romance with your steady someone! Smash Putt! truly is a little love boat in this sea of uncertain times! Science.
So take your special someone to our venue which is totally currently under peer review and participate in one of the most important citizen scientists experiments going on this weekend!!