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FIRST REPORT, 2:24 PM: In, and out, of the sun – the Fauntleroy Fall Festival is on!
Above, our quick Instagram clip showing some of the decorated cakes awaiting the Cake Walk – you are encouraged to admire them and vote:
Then join in the 3:15 pm walk (for which some not-as-ornate-but-yummy-looking-too cakes are available as well). The cakes are in the Emerald Room (downstairs) at The Hall at Fauntleroy in the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Other festival activities are in and around the schoolhouse (including a petting zoo on the west side):
… and Fauntleroy Church / YMCA across the street – look for the tent with pumpkin painting, birdhouse making, and more. Address here is 9131 and 9140 California SW, and the festival’s on until 5 – get here!
2:47 PM UPDATE: Lots of music at the festival – the Epitones Jazz Quartet at the schoolhouse right now:
Elsewhere on the festival grounds, Toni Reineke was in brass mode; you probably know her best for her leadership of what’s now the West Seattle Community Orchestras:
And a festival fave – the Endolyne Children’s Choir:
The official festival schedule shows you the full lineup – including the West Seattle Big Band at 3:45 in The Hall at Fauntleroy’s Emerald Room, inviting you to indulge in a little (or a lot of) swing dancing.
3:42 PM UPDATE: SFD’s Engine 37 is a hit:
It’s parked by the church. That’s also where you might meet royalty:
That’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court Queen Bianca Carufel.
4:23 PM UPDATE: The festival’s three-hour span goes by so fast – but many have come to enjoy the afternoon:
That includes the indoor crowd for the cakewalk we mentioned earlier:
In the cake-decorating contest, the winning entry was a double-entry by Carolyn Tucker:
In the first-timers’ category, Lindsay Morgan Tracy‘s Frankencake scared up the win:
Still more to show you … as the all-volunteer-produced festival goes into its final half-hour.
5:22 PM: Festival’s over, cleanup’s on. We’ll be adding more photos and video – caught the WS Big Band’s final number …
Some classic rock on the church-parking-lot stage with B Sharp Studio & the 5 Buck Band …
and also some earnest last-minute birdhouse-making:
The festival was free for visitors, supported by community donations and sponsors like the Fauntleroy Community Association, which is now set up to accept online membership payments (if you’re a local resident/business/organization interested in joining) and festival donations – see the donation button here! (And see many more photos on the festival Facebook page, whose editor Irene Stewart was making the rounds of the festival grounds all afternoon long.)
P.S. Next Sunday afternoon, you’re invited back to Fauntleroy to help drum, sing, and chant to call the salmon home – 5 pm (October 26th) by the Fauntleroy Creek overlook, across from the ferry dock.