Meet the group working on one of West Seattle’s biggest events in the works for summer’s end: The Alki Community Council “Family Fun Day” – from left, Laura Sue Hoover, Paul Carr, Libby Carr, and Antonio Fernandez. We met at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza – for which, you’ll recall, Libby and Paul led the charge three years ago – to talk about the big event they’re planning on Sunday, September 12th, for what you might call the second anniversary of the plaza’s dedication. And with only a month to go, they’re casting a net right NOW for sponsors as well as for entrants in the youth talent show as well as the dog parade – you do need to sign up in advance! – read on for the details:
Libby insists the idea was sparked when we asked after last year’s September time-capsule event at the plaza, “What are you going to do in September of NEXT year?” It’s not unreasonable to assume that people are getting accustomed to September events there – in September 2007, the recast Statue of Liberty was installed and celebrated; in September 2008, Statue of Liberty Plaza was dedicated; in September 2009, a time capsule was placed.
Now, fast-forward to the plan for September 12, 2010. “Family Fun Day” is set for noon-7:30, concluding with a concert. As Libby explains it, this is another way for the ACC to show its stewardship of the Statue of Liberty Plaza, which happened when the Plaza Project – led by Libby and Paul through the campaign to raise money for the plaza, and beyond – disbanded.
Family Fun Day is jampacked, including a children’s talent show directed by Antonio Fernandez – who also will be performing one of his own specialties, beatboxing (sound effects) – a dog parade organized by Laura Sue Hoover, a magic show by Jonathan Doctor, and, concluding the event, a bluegrass concert. (Paul, a musician himself, was still screening potential performers when we spoke.)
The talent show will be rehearsed ahead of time, so that’s why they are asking for entrants now, 1st through 12th graders. They’ll have three microphones and a sound system set up. There are also plans to produce a YouTube clip promoting the show. And while the talent focus will be on the kids, organizers say it’s OK if a parent participates in a supporting role (music accompanist for a singer, that type of thing).
For the dog parade, they’re also taking advance signups – they’re planning multiple categories, though the details aren’t fully finalized. Registration will be limited to 45 “owner/dog pairs”; one dog per owner, please. All dogs wll have to be on a leash at all times. Laura Sue knows that “best costume” will be one of the categories for sure. (Working with her on the dog parade is Nancy Hansen from Puppy Perfectors.)
In addition to the aforementioned activities, they’re also planning on food and craft vendors, and a “lawn competition” – no, that’s not for who’s got the best one, but rather, games to be played on the grassy area near the Statue of Liberty Plaza – 3-legged races, that type of thing.
And as for sponsors – which are being sought right now, as is the case with just about any major event – full details are in this story on the Alki Community Council website.
There’s room for vendors, too. If you are interested in participating in any way – the talent show, the dog show, being a sponsor or vendor – e-mail Libby ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org – or call her at 206-938-8721.