(Live SDOT webcam looking north on California from Alaska)
11:49 AM: The third and final day of West Seattle Summer Fest 2012 has begun! The weather is getting better by the minute – sun as well as clouds, the mist has (mostly) stopped, just a bit of breeze, lots of people here. One more time, here are the quick info links:
Vendor list and map: 3 ways to view – searchable list, PDF list, zoomable map – and if you haven’t shopped the year-round Junction merchants’ sidewalk sales, last chance!
Music schedule: Here
Alaska Stage schedule: Here
GreenLife schedule: Here
One thing you will NOT find in The Junction today – turns out that Rocksport sold out of food and liquor last night, and will NOT reopen today – last night was it. Here’s the sign on their door:
Lots of places you CAN go, though – all the restaurants/bars along both sides of California SW are welcoming Summer Fest visitors with open arms, and many with specials, in addition to the temporary fair-style food booths. More than a few people have asked us about caramel corn – there IS a booth at the far south end of the festival, at SW Edmunds.
Which leads us to a great photo that just came in – an amazing overview of the entire festival zone:
That’s from John Peck of QuickShows.com – they shoot with a mast-cam. Back down here on street level, if you’re looking for any festival information, we’re in the Info Booth with West Seattle Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, plus flyers about a variety of other summer events still to come. And the music has begun – we’ll add video from the first act of the day, Black Bangs, in a few minutes.
1:07 PM UPDATE: As promised, here’s that clip:
So glad to see the weather isn’t keeping anyone away – just as busy as yesterday. Also relatively quiet so far – in the past half-hour or so, we’ve seen Seattle Police Lt. Ron Smith, who’s been in charge of the Summer Fest force, and Officers Luckie and Lucas, and they have nothing major to report. We HAVE heard (mostly via e-mail) from folks pointing out that parking enforcement on 44th is being taken seriously, with towing again today – the “no parking” zones are posted there so buses rerouted from California/Alaska can get through. (Remember there will also be lots of no-parking signs in advance of West Seattle Grand Parade/Float Dodger 5K day next Saturday, too.)
1:44 PM UPDATE: Bunnies!
You’ll see them at GreenLife on the southwest end of the festival zone, alongside Bikram Yoga (WSB sponsor) and east of the Chase drive-thru. This is also a great day to find out why it does NOT have to be sunny for solar power to work at your home/business:
Solar Epiphany is putting on frequent demos at GL. And GreenLife – presented by Sustainable West Seattle and WS Nursery – also is where you can test putting your bike on a Metro bus-style rack (like the one that’s been out in front of Alki Bike and Board (WSB sponsor) in the Admiral District, whose proprietor Stu Hennessey is at GreenLife too):
On the north end of the festival zone, near SW Oregon, don’t miss the Art Dive – lots of artists showing and selling their creations.
2:20 PM UPDATE: The SUN is now out. (Check the live cam atop this story – refresh the page if the time stamp isn’t current – for proof.) We just knew the forecast was overplaying the clouds. Meantime, another Summer Fest sight – the impromptu skatepark right behind the Info Booth:
A popular question at the Info Booth today – where are the community organizations, like Seal Sitters or West Seattle Be Prepared? They’re time-sharing at the community spot over near the ex-Petco. Meantime, we’ve been hanging out in the Info Booth with WS Chamber ambassador Don Bazemore, who’s been talking to people about his glam-rock group’s next gig – Matt the Hoopla (after playing Ballard Seafood Fest last night) plays the Alki Art Fair in two weeks, July 28th.
3:18 PM UPDATE: Still time to get here for the final performances/demonstrations of Summer Fest – Hobosexual is the last scheduled music act, on the California Stage at 3:45 pm. At GreenLife, Backyard Beer Making is the last scheduled demonstration/workshop, 4 pm. Meantime, here’s a music clip from earlier – the Duwamish Dixieland Jazz Band was on the Alaska Stage earlier this afternoon:
4:45 PM UPDATE: Festival’s waning minutes – and the first missing-child report of the entire three-day festival (hopefully the last!) has just happened – 5-year-old boy reunited quickly with mom after, we’re told, he walked up to a police officer at California/Oregon.
4:52 PM: Second lost-child report, also a 5-year-old boy, Ben, blonde, gray T-shirt. Police and festival staff are searching. Meantime, if you have lost any items during the festival – the official lost/found was at the festival office, on California SW next to the now-ex-Super Supplements (they just opened their new Morgan Junction location this past Friday).
5:00 PM: Festival closing time. Some of the vendors may linger – the food booths near the info booth still seem to be in action – but before too long, some of the load-out will begin. It usually takes several hours for breakdown, so the streets will remain closed for a while. **2nd lost child found.**
ADDED 11:56 PM: A few photos shared with us post-festival – first, Eric took this one of Ben Harwood from Hobosexual, performing this afternoon:
And from Jana, a montage of tiny participants in the West Seattle’s Got Talent showcase held at the Alaska Stage:
Festival breakdown wasn’t done yet when we passed through The Junction about two hours ago, but the California/Alaska SDOT cam shows the streets are clear now. Thanks again to everyone who stopped by the Info Booth to say hi – we had a terrific time and hope you did too.
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