This is a GREAT chance to get a look at a piece of Seattle history. (http://www.asme.org/Communities/History/Landmarks/Georgetown_Steam_Plant.cfm)
Besides the usual attractions, May 8 is the day of the annual steam engine display and barbecue picnic:
The picnic is free and open to the public. Being a potluck, a suggested donation of $2 a person is requested if patrons do not bring a dish. The museum supplies coffee, organic hamburgers and hot dogs, and veggie burgers. In addition to a duplicate of the steam meets, the front yard is filled with operating steam, air, and hot gas engines.
From the Web site above:
The Georgetown Steam Plant, a surprisingly complete and operable steam power plant after a career of nearly seventy-five years, was built in the early 1900s when Seattle's inexpensive hydroelectric power attracted manufacturers.
Much of the power produced at this plant operated the streetcars. It marks the beginning of the end of the reciprocating steam engine's domination in the growing field of electrical energy generation for lighting and power.
Click to see some photos from the location. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/espressobuzz/sets/72157621451817510/)