(WSB photo from 2011 West Seattle Lights)
We know, we know, the jack-o-lantern is still on the stoop and the Halloween candy isn’t gone yet. But November means time to think holidays – and here’s something you’ll want to plan ahead for: A free concert featuring a Grammy-nominated musician will highlight the lighting ceremony for the set-to-music West Seattle Lights display this year! Here’s the announcement from the lightmaster himself, Jim Winder:
On Saturday, November 24th, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Judy Pancoast will be presenting an outdoor Christmas concert at the home of Corey and Taylor Helmstetler at 3908 SW Charlestown. The public is invited free of charge, but attendees are asked to bring a donation for either West Seattle Food Bank or NW Parkinson’s Foundation.
Pancoast is visiting West Seattle as part of her third annual “The House on Christmas Street International Tour” in support of her new CD, “Christmas with Mrs. Claus.” Concerts on the tour are performed on the lawns and in the driveways of the decorating enthusiasts who have become her biggest fans and use her music in their animated lighting displays. The Helmstetler home is well known in the area for its magnificent annual display. This is the first year that they have hosted Pancoast’s tour.
Last year West Seattle Lights collected nearly 1,500 pounds of food for the West Seattle Food Bank and nearly $3000 for both the Food Bank and NW Parkinson’s Foundation.
Singer-songwriter Judy Pancoast is well known among families for her four albums of original music for children and her outrageously fun family concerts. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album in 2011 for her CD, “Weird Things are Everywhere!”. Pancoast’s concert in West Seattle will feature original songs from her two Christmas CDs as well as traditional favorites and sing-a-longs and is sure to put you and your family in a festive mood for Christmas.
After the concert, Pancoast invites attendees for a “meet and greet” during which she will sign autographs, pose for photos and offer CDs and tour tee shirts for sale. Ten percent of the proceeds from her sales will also benefit the West Seattle Food Bank and NW Parkinson’s Foundation.
Jim Winder, the creator and brains behind West Seattle Lights, said, “I’m looking forward to having Judy do a live concert for us that will benefit our charities and bring smiles to all those who attend.” The concert begins at 7 pm on Saturday, November 24th at 3908 SW Charlestown.
P.S. Seattle’s Best Coffee will have baristas on hand and giving away free coffee before and during Judy’s concert to promote the opening of a Seattle’s Best Coffee drive-thru-only in the SODO area. SBC will also be donating 100 one-pound packs of coffee to the West Seattle Food Bank.