West Seattle, Washington
If somehow you missed it last week … and/or missed all the advance notice … and/or forgot: Tomorrow is the second week for the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in its new location out in the middle of the street on California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska. While the market hours are 10 am-2 pm, that one block is off-limits to vehicles 7 am to 4 pm (so don’t leave a car parked there overnight!). The debut last week was wildly popular, according to market managers – triple the usual attendance (they actually have people walking the market every half-hour to count – that’s what research has shown is the average length of a market visit). One special feature this week: Since it’s Father’s Day, any dad who stops by the management tent (check the map above) will get a gift, a $2 Market Buck.
P.S. The market’s new location is year-round, except, management asked us to remind you, on Summer Fest Sunday (July 12th this year), when it will move back to the 44th/Alaska parking lot just for that one day.
The biggest party on Gatewood Hill tonight is at the Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation church at California/Othello – in honor of Rev. Peg Boyle Morgan (above), who’s retiring after 13 years. The party includes a lasagna dinner …
… and marimba music:
Rev. Morgan’s tenure with WSUU included its purchase of, renovation of, and move five years ago into the Gatewood church building, a home of its own after two decades of meeting in rented space. WSUU will welcome an interim minister, Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock, in August; she’s coming from the same role with a congregation in Anchorage, Alaska. But first, Rev. Morgan will preside at tomorrow’s 10:30 am service, at which she’ll be formally installed as WSUU’s Minister Emerita and will share her “best hopes for Westside’s future.”
(Photo taken from southwest West Seattle, by Chris Frankovich)
Maybe you saw the big smoke plume to the south this past hour – we’ve received multiple calls/messages about it. It’s a marina fire in the Tacoma Narrows area – here’s what The News-Tribune is reporting so far. It was so visible from the U.S. Open golf tournament course, we’re told it was mentioned during the broadcast. According to a Pierce County tweet, the fire is at a repair facility.
10:48 AM: It’s on! The 10th annual Morgan Junction Community Festival has officially begun, at and around Morgan Junction Park and vicinity, on both sides of California north of Fauntleroy. Vendors and activities until 5, music until 6. … The booth in our photo, at the entrance to the park, is where you want to stop first, for festival info and for the free “Bite of Morgan” tickets while they last.
11:27 AM: Bubbleman‘s about to start his show in the park! When you come, be sure to wander the festival grounds all the way from south to north – we’re on the latter side, just north with the West Seattle Garden Tour, West Seattle TimeBank, Southwest Seattle Historical Society, West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network, and Neighborhood Emergency Communication Hubs.
11:48 AM: Above, a quick Instagram clip of Bubbleman!
Lots of delighted shrieks from the heart of the park, as his show continues. And lots of cool people stopping by the booth – among them, several who’ve said they’re new to West Seattle – summertime is a great time to really plug into the community by visiting events like this, browsing the vendors and organizations who are here.
NOON: If you’re looking for lunch, many options here. Food trucks are in the Washington Federal lot on the east side of California, across from the park; on the southeast corner of California/Fauntleroy, look for the barbecue tent outside West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), where you can buy fresh-grilled lunch with the proceeds all going to help cover festival costs (the festival-presenting Morgan Community Association is an all-volunteer, nonprofit community council).
(Michele at the Thriftway grill)
And there are restaurants in the vicinity too, along California both north and south of Fauntleroy. Meantime, coming up: 1 pm, the “Candidate Corral” opens alongside Beveridge Place Pub; 1:30 pm is the Bark of Morgan pet parade, followed by contests.
12:34 PM: The “Writer’s Realm” meet-the-author area continues – Allan Batchelder was holding court when we stopped by around noon:
Our preview didn’t have the exact-times schedule, so we photographed it over by the tent:
12:50 PM: Just got word the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol has arrived – an officer’s here with Chance – over on the south side of the park.
And along with taking advantage of everything at the festival, don’t miss Morgan Junction’s other attractions. Tom from West Seattle Cellars just stopped by to say hi and mentioned they’re having a rosé tasting 2-5 pm today – they’re at 6026 California SW.
1:16 PM: Also just arrived, Seattle Fire Engine 37.
Go see it before it gets called away on an emergency!
We’re also less than 15 minutes away from the “Bark of Morgan” dog parade. Meantime, we’re told the candidates are ready for your questions at the “Candidate Corral” for the Seattle City Council District 1 race.
(L-R, Pavel Goberman, Phillip Tavel, Brianna Thomas, Shannon Braddock, Chas Redmond, Lisa Herbold, Arturo Robles)
It’s a rare chance to ask what YOU want to know, instead of going to a forum and hearing just what the moderators ask.
1:44 PM: The dog parade has gone by, and now contests are under way west of where we are, on the north side of the park. Adding a quick Instagram clip above, photos to come. (Added:)
2:40 PM: Celtic music on stage now, with McKenzie’s Folly; the Tongan Singers/Dancers are coming up at the top of the hour – we see some young members of the group gathering on the sidewalk south of us. Speaking of the sidewalk – chalk art made today:
In the park, kids’ craft activities continue until 4 pm.
The vendor zone behind Zeeks/Feedback is open until about 5 (get here sooner rather than later) – people you’ll find there include Megan from Flourish Dance Project (WSB sponsor):
From the Seattle Public Library, Diana and Kristina – when you go to your nearby public library, ask them about Summer Reading Bingo (for adults!):
You can also find out more about the US Tennis Association‘s summer tennis camps at the Solstice Park courts near Lincoln Park:
USTA is advertising the camps on WSB to get the word out. Another WSB sponsor you’ll find here every year – award-winning Ventana Construction – here’s co-proprietor Anne Higuera:
(added) A view of the park during the Tongan group’s performance:
4:09 PM: Last hour for vendors and organizations – things have slowed down and some are packing it in already. Thanks yet again to all the wonderful people who have stopped by to say hi; we’ve had a great time hanging out in a new spot this year.
ADDED SUNDAY: A few more festival scenes from our photo reel. Here’s “Archer Addy” and mom Tracy Nachtrieb in the “Meet the Authors” zone:
Also talking with readers, Mike Hickey:
King County’s Doug Marsano with a young festivalgoer at the county’s booth explaining the ongoing local wastewater-related projects:
Nothing but sunshine, all day long!
Thanks to pilot/photographer Long Bach Nguyen for the aerial view of the heart of Morgan Junction, where you’ll find today’s biggest spotlighted event. It’s in this highlight list from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
MEGA-PARKING-LOT SALE: 8:30 am-4 pm today (and again tomorrow), it’s the second day of this big sale in the lot at Shorewood Christian School, as explained here. (10300 28th SW)
ERCOLINI PARK EVENT: A group of West Seattleites plans to be at Ercolini Park today “passing out free snacks and coffee, facilitating giant games like Jenga and checkers, and sharing a Father’s Day craft table from 9 am-1 pm. Why? All because they LOVE our West Seattle Community. Feel free to come out to Ercolini and join them for the fun!” (4542 48th SW)
WESTWOOD VILLAGE STREET FAIR: 10 am-6 pm at Westwood Village Shopping Center, it’s the annual festival with a big lineup of entertainment and activities, including bouncy toys and the ever-popular train ride – details here. (2600 SW Barton)
BENEFIT CAR WASH: 10 am-3 pm, get your vehicle clean at West Seattle High School cheerleaders’ benefit car wash at Les Schwab. (Fauntleroy/Alaska)
MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: 10:30 am-6 pm at Morgan Junction Park and in the lots behind Zeeks Pizza (WSB sponsor) and Feedback Lounge and alongside Washington Federal, you’ll find live music, kids’ activities, dog contests/parade, food, even local authors and City Council candidates. The festival is presented by the Morgan Community Association, with co-sponsors including WSB; lots of info here (and live coverage here on WSB once the festival starts) – see you there! (California/Fauntleroy)
SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN WORK PARTY/TOUR: Stop by any time between 10 am and 4 pm to join in – details here. The garden is on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)
**NO LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY***: No tours at the Alki Point Lighthouse today but the US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers want you to know it WILL be open for tours tomorrow afternoon (which as you probably know is Father’s Day).
SOLSTICE SUNSET VIEWING WITH ALICE: 8:45 pm, be at the Solstice Park overlook to enjoy the sunset and to learn about astronomy with Alice Enevoldsen of Alice’s Astro Info and Skies Over West Seattle. The park is uphill from the tennis courts across from the north end of Lincoln Park. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)
LIVE MUSIC: Listings for C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), The Skylark, the West Seattle Eagles, Feedback Lounge, plus more West Seattle nightlife, all on the calendar.