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One thing 2021 has revealed is that there’s no shortage of people looking for things to do. Live music, food festivals and other events were among the most read arts and culture stories published by The Herald this year. So, to reminisce about 2021, here are the 10 most-read stories from our life section last year.

Former White Park cows owned by Burt Degroot in a pasture on Isle of Ebey on April 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)

ten. A Snohomish rancher raises an ancient breed of cattle (April 11): When you first see Burt DeGroot’s cows, you might feel like you’re visiting a zoo. You are not that far. DeGroot, of Snohomish, owns a rare breed of cattle. The old white cattle in the park are known for their distinctive appearance and preference for grazing.

A Katsu Burger with spicy fries at Katsu Burger on July 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A Katsu Burger with spicy fries at Katsu Burger on July 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

9. Now you can make Katsu Burger’s best-selling burger at home (September 14): Katsu is one of Japan’s favorite Western-style foods. It is a crispy fried cutlet of meat or seafood made with flaky Japanese panko breadcrumbs. If you’re craving katsu here, you’ll find it at Katsu Burger, which combines two loves: Japanese katsu and American burgers. In the article, chef Hannah Ha, who has stores in Lynnwood, Edmonds and Lake Stevens, shares her recipe for Tokyo Classic, the most popular menu item.

A beer is poured at UpperLeft Beerfest on August 24, 2019 in Everett.  (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A beer is poured at UpperLeft Beerfest on August 24, 2019 in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

8. Drink This: Beer and food truck festivals team up with Everett (August 24): After taking over from the now defunct Everett Craft Beer Festival in 2017, the Upper Left Beerfest, like most festivals, took off in 2020. It returned this year, again spotlighting the county’s local craft beer of Snohomish and taking over downtown Everett for a day.

Indie rockers Everett Moondoggies pose for a photo.  (Jason Neuerburg)

Indie rockers Everett Moondoggies pose for a photo. (Jason Neuerburg)

seven. Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll outdoors in Everett this August (July 19): When the all-ages event was canceled in 2020 by COVID-19 and city budget cuts, the Everett Fourth of July Foundation partnered with the Everett Music Initiative and Italian restaurant Lombardi to bring the music back at the marina in Everett. Eight outdoor shows were scheduled through August between the program and the Dicks Drive-In summer series.

Homeowners Wendy and Matt Poischbeg sit in the living room of their mid-century modern home on April 12, 2021 in Everett.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Homeowners Wendy and Matt Poischbeg sit in the living room of their mid-century modern home on April 12, 2021 in Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

6. Mid-Century Modern Marvel Featured on Everett’s Home Tour (September 10): Wendy and Matt Poischbeg’s home is a model of mid-century modern architecture. Their 1950 home was one of four featured in this year’s Historic Everett Home Tour. The 2,184 square foot home features a flat roof, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open floor plan. It has retained its original walls and moldings, as well as its exposed beams and bricks.

Bruce Watson, left, and Mick Jones of the band Foreigner perform in concert during their '40th Anniversary Tour' at BB&T Pavilion on July 13, 2017 in Camden, NJ (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Bruce Watson, left, and Mick Jones of the band Foreigner perform in concert during their ’40th Anniversary Tour’ at BB&T Pavilion on July 13, 2017 in Camden, NJ (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

5. Mainstays of classic rock Foreigner will perform in Everett (September 9): If you were a teenager in the late 1970s and early 1980s, you heard Foreigner everywhere – from rock ‘n’ roll radio stations to the eight-track tape recorder in your car. In September, people got to see them live in Everett. Foreigner, one of the best-selling rock bands of all time, performed at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on September 14.

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

4. How to prune a hydrangea without compromising its flowering (March 26): Steve Smith is the owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville and periodically writes a gardening advice column for The Herald. In this article, Smith aims to clarify how to properly prune hydrangeas, an extremely popular type of shrub.

Roger Fisher takes a break as he scrambles in the garden of his Monroe home on July 8, 2021. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)

Roger Fisher takes a break as he scrambles in the garden of his Monroe home on July 8, 2021. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)

3. Monroe resident Roger Fisher reflects on his time with Heart (Nov 28): You might not know his name, but you probably know his guitar intro. Heart’s original guitarist Roger Fisher wrote the riff for the song “Barracuda”. Fisher has lived in Monroe since 2008, was with the band Heart from 1967 to 1979, playing lead and rhythm guitar, steel guitar and mandolin. Now Fisher enjoys performing at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Often it’s a Valentine’s Day show because her birthday is February 14th.

Bob Fink at his home in Everett on July 31, 2021. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)

Bob Fink at his home in Everett on July 31, 2021. (Olivia Vanni/The Herald)

2. Schack delays planned art exhibit, says images are ‘inappropriate’ (5 August): Photographer Bob Fink, Schack Art Center’s Artist of the Year, spent two years working on a solo exhibition he was planning to open Aug. 5. But two weeks before the opening, Fink was informed by the administration of the Schack Art Center that his planned exhibition, “Indigenous Peoples: Photos from Around the World,” would be postponed. This was after the center received feedback on the exposure from a racial equity consultant. A Herald investigation published on October 3 deepened the controversy.

Zuri's Donutz display case filled with an assortment of donuts on July 18, 2021 in Lynnwood.  (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Zuri’s Donutz display case filled with an assortment of donuts on July 18, 2021 in Lynnwood. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

1. Here’s where to find the best donuts in Snohomish County (December 7): Reporter Ben Watanabe has shared a list of his favorite donut spots in Snohomish County. This article has been viewed more than 23,000 times in the space of a few weeks, making it the most read life story on The Herald website for 2021. Whether you agree with it or not Watanabe’s choices, we cannot deny the passion of our readers for their frying. Pastry.