Alki Family Fun Day, report #1: Dog parade, python, and people!

September 12, 2010 1:06 pm
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(Our 2nd Alki Family Fun Day report, with video from 3 performances, can be seen here)

We’re at Alki for the first-ever Alki Family Fun Day, which continues till 7:30 tonight with family activities, food, entertainment, and more, centered around the 2-years-old-this-month Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. Our video shows the dog parade that kicked off the festival – the dogs drew lots of attention, but so did this woman and her non-canine pet:

That’s Jessica and Albie the 11-foot albino python. Family Fun Day, by the way, is a production of the Alki Community Council, so be sure to stop by the ACC table while you’re there:

From left, Larry Carpenter, Randie Stone, and Eilene Hutchinson – today’s event was spearheaded by Libby Carr and Paul Carr (not pictured – we’ll catch up with them later!), who led the plaza project. (ACC’s next meeting, open to the public, is this Thursday, 7 pm, at Alki UCC.) Lots of other booths and groups to check out too – Karen Berge is here on behalf of West Seattle Be Prepared – with winter coming, it’s time to think preparedness! – and the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains’ Network (which meets September 28th):

We’ll have more coverage later, including the kids’ talent show, and the bluegrass concert that’s scheduled to cap off the day at 5:30 pm. The sun just broke through for a few minutes, so the weather’s a lot nicer than it might look from through your window, if you haven’t been outside today!

ADDED 3:33 PM: The performances have begun – just watched the final two performers in the children’s talent show (no awards – “everyone’s a winner” – but everyone did get prizes, including a complimentary brick in the plaza!) and talent show organizer Antonio Fernandez‘s beat-boxing – will substitute video when back at HQ:

That’s the same stage where Dysfunction Junction will play a free bluegrass concert starting around 5:30. Earlier, we dropped by the authors’ table, which has rotated West Seattle authors interested in talking about their book – from left, Conrad Wesselhoeft, author of the upcoming “Adios Nirvana,” and Peter Stekel, whose “Final Flight” is out:

They were sharing the table earlier with Moreah Vestan, whose books include “Pleasures and Ponderings: From Nun to Nudist to Now”:

You’ll find food concessions by the Alki Bathhouse, too – including barbecue, corn on the cob, crepes, and ice cream, as this all continues into the early evening.

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