West Seattle Hi-Yu coronation set for Spring Tea this year

March 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

We introduced you eight days ago to this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court candidates (at right) Lorelei, Hang (first male contender since Hi-Yu rules were changed), and Nina. Today, here’s your invitation to the coronation, from Hi-Yu:

The West Seattle Hi-Yu Spring Tea and Silent Auction will be held on Sunday, May 18th from 2-5pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Enjoy great tea, company, and delicious food provided by caterers and businesses in our community as well as a fun silent auction to help raise funds for our scholarship program and building the float the represents West Seattle in parades throughout Puget Sound. This year we will also be crowning the new West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court King or Queen. Tickets are $25 a person, or bring your friends and fill a table of 10 for $250. For more information or tickets, please contact Danette at 206-935-6517 or e-mail danettecarufel@hotmail.com. Hope to see you there!

Meet West Seattle Hi-Yu’s 2014 Senior Court candidates!

March 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Back in October, we reported on West Seattle Hi-Yu‘s historic decision to open applications to male candidates for their Junior and Senior Court. As Hi-Yu gets ready for its Senior Court coronation, the candidates include the first-ever boy. 17-year-old Hang Thao is pictured (at this month’s Hi-Yu meeting) with, at left, 17-year-old Lorelei McFadden and, at right, 19-year-old Nina Coluccio. Hang and Lorelei are seniors at the Arts and Academics Academy in White Center, while Nina is a student at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor). We’ll find out who becomes Hi-Yu Queen or King at the coronation on May 18th.

Meet West Seattle Hi-Yu’s newly coronated 2014 Junior Court!

December 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Just coronated during West Seattle Hi-Yu‘s holiday party at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church: The new Hi-Yu Junior Court! In our photo, from left, are Queen Bianca Carufel, and Princesses Callie McFadden and Sadie Botuchis. The community group made some changes this year; instead of a mid-summer coronation during the Hiawatha Fun Fest, the application, judging, and coronation were moved to fall. Boys were also invited to apply for the first time, but the seven candidates at tonight’s event were all girls. They were joined by the past Junior Court for this photo, also featuring 2011 Junior Court Queen Taylor Nichols (second from left), who emceed:

Next up – time to choose the Senior Court; applications are due December 20th, and you can find the form on the Hi-Yu website.

Tonight: North Delridge Neighborhood Council, West Seattle Hi-Yu

December 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Missed the chance for a daily preview this morning – so before the evening rush, a quick mention of two events tonight: The North Delridge Neighborhood Council meets at 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), with the agenda including the upcoming opening of DESC’s Cottage Grove Commons and some changes to the NDNC bylaws. Also, West Seattle Hi-Yu has its December meeting, potluck, holiday party, and Junior Court coronation all in one, 7 pm at the St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church Hall (California/Hanford).

West Seattle Hi-Yu royalty: No longer just for girls

October 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

Stopping by the West Seattle Hi-Yu table at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival on Sunday, we found out Hi-Yu has just announced a big change: Boys are now welcome to apply to be Hi-Yu royalty, as well as girls.

The full announcement is on the Hi-Yu website, along with this link to the Junior Court application (which will download as a Word doc). The application has to be in by November 5th; this year’s Junior Court coronation is planned for the Hi-Yu Community Breakfast on November 9th. Girls and boys 8-12 years old are welcome to apply.

The Senior Court also will be open to both male and female candidates, and Hi-Yu says it’ll announce the application period soon. The next royalty will be part of a milestone – Hi-Yu’s 80th anniversary!

If you would like to get an application in person, Hi-Yu reps will be at the Hiawatha Community Center Halloween carnival this Friday night (one of the events are in the just-launched WSB Halloween Guide).

West Seattle Grand Parade countdown: Judy Pickens presented with Rummel Trophy

July 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

We’re at the West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park, with the West Seattle Big Band serenading concertgoers on the east lawn at Hiawatha, and a few special guests – including Judy Pickens, above with WS Grand Parade co-coordinators Dave Vague (left) and Jim Edwards, who presented her with the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community (named after Hi-Yu’s founder). We’ll add video and another photo or two later (plus a separate story about the concert), but Judy’s key point was to urge people to find something “bigger than yourself.” Her many years of service have included helping kids with reading and with a salmon-raising program that benefits not only the youth but also local waterways – particularly Fauntleroy Creek, where she is a watershed steward. The crowd here gave her a couple good rounds of applause, but please show your support for community volunteerism and cheer Judy as she goes by toward the end of this Saturday’s Grand Parade (11 am start at California/Lander, heading south to California/Edmunds).

ADDED 11:19 PM: Listen in as Jim and Dave introduce Judy, and she offers words of thanks and wisdom:

Our parade countdown continues Wednesday!

Outdoor music Tuesday: West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park

July 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

More major summer events ahead this week – starting with Tuesday night’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park. Bring a chair/blanket to the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center/Park (the Walnut Avenue side) and enjoy the West Seattle Big Band at 7 pm Tuesday (July 16th). Hi-Yu royalty will be there – so, though the concert’s free, bring a few dollars if you can and buy a button to support the city’s last traveling community float (which you’ll subsequently see in next Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade). During a break in the music on Tuesday, you’ll also get a chance to applaud this year’s Orville Rummel Community Service Award honoree, local watershed advocate (and more) Judy Pickens, who will also be in the parade, with the trophy that’s being presented Tuesday. Hope to see you at the concert Tuesday – it’ll be a great way to cool down after a day that just might make it into the mid-80s.

West Seattle Grand Parade 2013 updates: Grand Marshal, Rummel Award winners; Hi-Yu request

July 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm | In West Seattle Grand Parade, West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 9 Comments

Three updates today as the 2013 West Seattle Grand Parade, presented by American Legion Post 160, gets closer (11 am Saturday, July 20th). First, parade coordinators have announced the two community honorees who will lead the parade:

ANN ADKINS CHOSEN AS GRAND MARSHAL: Generations of swimmers at the West Seattle Y (longtime WSB sponsor) know Ann, who just retired after a very long run as its aquatics director, according to Josh Sutton from the Y:

During her almost forty years, tens of thousands of kids in West Seattle learned to swim and be safe around the water, thousands of seniors engaged in water exercise classes that kept them healthy and active, and hundreds of youth competed on the Y swim team, took lifeguarding classes and started their first job under Ann’s tutelage.

Throughout, Ann has been an indefatigable leader, working within the community, the Y and with other organizations like the Arthritis Foundation and the Red Cross to ensure highly trained staff and volunteers leading high-quality programs at the Y. She does this quietly and without much need for fanfare. In addition, Ann and her husband Ron have lived in West Seattle since the 1970′s, raised their kids and grandkids, just west of the Junction.

We are so happy that Ann has been chosen as the Grand Marshal, and Y staff & volunteers look forward to celebrating with her as we walk the parade route this year!

JUDY PICKENS RECEIVES RUMMEL TROPHY: The Orville Rummel Award for Outstanding Service to the Community (named after the parade’s founder and explained in this 2010 WSB report) goes to Judy Pickens:

Judy’s decades of community service and advocacy have included a longrunning project bringing together education and environmental stewardship – Salmon in the Classroom, working with hundreds of local students and teachers every year (despite government budget cuts for program support) to raise salmon fry at schools, later released into Fauntleroy Creek, where Judy has long been a watershed steward, which in turn involves many other types of volunteer work. The other side of the salmon lifecycle sees her gathering volunteers to watch for returning spawners in the fall, after a popular annual drumming event at the creek overlook to call them home. Judy also currently edits the Fauntleroy Community Association newsletter, which is a beefy look at community news, the type that many community councils used to produce but seldom do any more.

Congratulations to Ann and Judy, who will be officially honored pre-parade during the West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park two weeks from tonight – 7 pm Tuesday, July 16th — on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center.

Speaking of Hi-Yu:

HI-YU SEEKING JUNIOR COURT ‘ALUMS’ FOR PARADE: That’s this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival float, peering into the “Alki Deep.” In this year’s Grand Parade, a special group will march, according to this announcement Diane Szender asked us to share:

**** Calling all Past Hi-Yu Junior Court members ****

Come join in the tradition of carrying the Hi-Yu Banner and the Business Sponsor banner in front of the float during the West Seattle American Legion parade on Saturday, July 20th at 11 am. We’d love to have you participate in Hi-Yu reds and white, wearing your tiaras and Hi-Yu sashes. If you’d like to join in, please call 206 932-1704 for more details.

More parade previews in the days ahead! It starts at 11 am July 20th from California/Lander in the Admiral District, proceeding down California to SW Edmunds in The Junction (see the route on the parade website) – following the second annual West Seattle Float Dodger 5K. The parade also continues to welcome donations to help defray the costs of permits and signage.

No West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court coronation during Hiawatha Fun Fest this year

June 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

While the West Seattle Hi-Yu float is in Port Orchard tonight for the Fathoms O’Fun parade, Hi-Yu leaders have had to make another tough decision: They say the traditional Junior Court Coronation will NOT be happening during this year’s Hiawatha Fun Fest on July 19:

The 2013 Board has decided that we are not able to select a Junior Court for 2014 during this year’s Summer Festival. We have been unable to line up enough nominees for the 2014 Board. Without adequate leadership for the Hi-Yu Summer Festival, we can’t assure a great experience for Junior Court members in 2014. If we are able to fill the open 2014 Board positions, then the Junior Court Coronation will be rescheduled (likely in the Fall). … We are sorry for the girls that have been looking forward to the event and the possibility of serving on the Junior Court. If you would like information about open positions on the Board and their responsibilities, please contact us at info@westseattlehiyu.com.

You can also find out more about being part of Hi-Yu by going to the general meeting this Monday (July 1st), 6:30 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (California/Hanford).

Pop-up pond and first-time fishing with West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club and Hi-Yu

June 1, 2013 at 9:15 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Just before the 8 am whistle blew and fishing began at the annual West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club Kids’ Fishing Pond, all eyes were on the collection of bamboo poles prepared for the young participants (14 and under). Then it was off to the trout-stocked temporary pond:

Good turnout right from the start in the morning sunshine, so if you’re going, don’t wait – it’s happening till 11 am, first 100 kids or as long as the fish last, at Seacrest (1660 Harbor Avenue SW). And while you’re there, say hi to Hi-Yu royalty:

Junior Court Princess Emily was the first one there. Hi-Yu would also love to see you at next Monday night’s general meeting, as they gear up for the heart of the summer event season – 6:30 pm June 3rd, St. John the Baptist Church Hall, California/Hanford.

West Seattle Hi-Yu update: Fishing pond Saturday; meeting Monday

May 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(Photo courtesy Mowery’s Photography)
Updates from the West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival crew, which is just about to start its busiest season:

This Saturday, June 1st, the 2013 West Seattle Hi-Yu Court will be attending the West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club Fishing Pond at Seacrest Park from 8-11 am. We would also like to thank the many businesses that contributed to the Gala (Auction, Coronation and White Rose Event), Donations raised help fund the scholarship program for these young ladies and the last community-owned float. We are also looking for board members; if you are interested in volunteering, contact us at westseattlehiyu.com or come join as for our next General Meeting, Monday, June 3rd, at St John the Baptist Episcopal Church at 6:30 pm.

We previewed the fishing event earlier this week – find out more about it here. And read on for the Hi-Yu acknowledgments from the recent Gala:

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West Seattle Hi-Yu celebrates royalty, as new Queen is crowned

May 11, 2013 at 3:52 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

A royal night at the West Seattle Hi-Yu gala Friday – from left, new Hi-Yu Queen April Davis, her predecessor Queen Kayli Schulz, and Miss Seafair Veronica Asence, who will crown her successor in July. We photographed them before April’s coronation, so Queen April’s new sash was still waiting:

Also holding court at the gala, from the current Junior Court – from left Princess Emily, Queen Madison, and Princess Winter:

The night also incorporated a fundraising auction and the Hi-Yu White Rose Ceremony for the sisterhood of those who have reigned.

P.S. The next event on the Hi-Yu calendar: The West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club-sponsored kids’ fishing pond, 8 am June 1st at Seacrest.

Will West Seattle Hi-Yu reach its 80th anniversary? Not without you…

May 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

“This is the 79th year for West Seattle Hi-Yu and it could be the last.” Those words of warning come from the volunteer leaders who are working hard to keep the Hi-Yu traditions – including the last neighborhood-powered traveling parade float in the entire city of Seattle – going. In addition to financial support – business sponsors and annual program-book advertisers – they need people. Hi-Yu relies on a volunteer board, and wouldn’t have one right now without the parents of current court members stepping in to “do everything to keep it going,” explains Regina Arceo-Schulz. But they need successors, and “we need the community to keep the tradition going. Please help support West Seattle Hi-Yu – attend the event, advertise in the souvenir book, volunteer to decorate the float and shadow the board members.”

Want to find out what that entails? Show up for the general meeting tomorrow night (Monday, May 6), 6:30 pm at St. John the Baptist Church (California/Hanford). And then on Friday night (May 10th), be there for the first big Hi-Yu event of the season:

West Seattle Hi-Yu Annual Gala
Auction, Coronation and White Rose Ceremony
7:00 -10:00 pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Life Center
7000 35th Ave SW

Hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar
Tickets are available for $30 per person or $300 for a table of 10

Buy yours from the link on the right side of the Hi-Yu home page at westseattlehiyu.com.

West Seattle Hi-Yu announces 2013 Queen: April Davis

February 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Just announced by West Seattle Hi-Yu: This year’s queen! From Regina Arceo-Schulz:

Congratulations to April Davis, 2013 West Seattle Hi-Yu Queen. She’s a senior at Bishop Blanchet and an alumni of Holy Rosary School. Some of the activities she enjoys are volleyball, dancing, singing, and working with children. Mark your calendar to see her crowned: West Seattle Hi-Yu Coronation and Auction Event, Friday, May 10, at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

P.S. Hi-Yu can always use more volunteer help – details here.

Summer’s in view, and West Seattle Hi-Yu needs you!

February 2, 2013 at 9:33 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

As decided in November, starting with the sketch above, “Alki Deep, An Undersea Adventure” is this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival theme. Now that it’s February, summer’s in view – and there are two ways you can help with Hi-Yu this year. From Regina Arceo-Schulz:

West Seattle Hi-Yu is looking for your button design. This year’s theme is Alki Deep, An Undersea Adventure. If your design wins, you’ll be participating in this summer’s American Legion Parade (7/20) with the West Seattle Hi-Yu Court. Please bring your button drawings (2″ diameter) to the General Meeting, Monday night (6:30 PM), February 4th at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California Avenue SW. We will make a decision on the winning design later in the week.

Also, we are desperately short of volunteers for this year’s festival! It is time to begin float construction, enlisting business sponsors for the souvenir book , and procuring items for this year’s coronation and auction night. We have a great Junior Court, with their families, and a small group of diehard volunteers, but we will not be able to continue preparation for the Summer Festival, if we don’t have more help. This is a great opportunity to fill some of our dreary winter nights & weekends working with other interesting & fun West Seattlelites. Please check out our website westseattlehiyu.com or our Facebook page if you are able to help.

Soundgarden-autographed guitar raffle to benefit West Seattle Hi-Yu, which has other big news

November 9, 2012 at 12:54 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Next Monday, as part of the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) party for the new Soundgarden album release, a guitar autographed by Soundgarden will be raffled – with ticket sales benefiting the West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival. It was explained at this week’s general Hi-Yu meeting that the guitar was donated by the brother of Hi-Yu’s new treasurer, Susan Stanley-Jones. Raffle tickets are only $5, available from Hi-Yu (contact info’s on their website at westseattlehiyu.com) or during the party Monday night at the Feedback. Also keep an eye out for Hi-Yu Junior Court members selling tickets in The Junction this weekend – times TBA.

More big news from Hi-Yu – they have chosen next year’s theme: Alki Deep – An Undersea Adventure. That was one of more than half a dozen theme suggestions at the meeting:

Now that a theme is set, float ideas are next – you’re invited to the December 3rd holiday open house; bring yours, and/or be there to vote. Speaking of the holidays, it’s benefit ornament time:

They have 60 to sell, at $20 each, for starters. P.S. November 30th is the deadline for Senior Court candidates to apply – scholarship money up for grabs! The application is here.

West Seattle Hi-Yu: Float ideas at meeting tonight; scholarship-program applications continue

November 5, 2012 at 1:13 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo of Hi-Yu float/royalty in this year’s West Seattle Grand Parade)
Parade lover? Your idea could inspire the next West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival parade float, traveling around the region. The discussion starts tonight at the Hi-Yu meeting – open to anyone, 6:30 pm, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church Hall (California/Spokane, just south of West Seattle High School). Hi-Yu also is taking pre-orders for its trademark benefit Christmas ornaments made from hand-blown glass, $20 each, and till the end of this month, applications will be accepted for the scholarship program choosing a Senior Court for next year. Full details are in our original announcement from last month; here’s the direct link to the application.

Scholarships available! Application time for Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu

October 9, 2012 at 9:15 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Even as winter approaches, it’s time to look ahead to the 2013 West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival, now accepting applications from prospective royalty – with scholarship money up for grabs:

Candidates benefit from our commitment to personal, professional, and academic development. The program offers individual mentoring by a successful businesswoman, cash scholarship awards, community service opportunities, and career preparation sessions in public speaking and presentation.

The Scholarship Program was revised in 2011, shortening the commitment from 2 summers to 1 summer. Judged events and Coronation take place in the Winter and in Spring with the newly crowned court moving right into the Summer festivities. A Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu Queen and two Princesses are crowned receiving scholarships of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Additional individual achievement scholarships, such as academic, performance, athletic, or entrepreneurship are typically awarded by community sponsors.

Click to read the rest of Scholarships available! Application time for Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu…

Video: West Seattle Hi-Yu (and more) at Seafair Torchlight Parade 2012

July 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

In case you were watching the Seafair Torchlight Parade on TV and missed the West Seattle Hi-Yu float because, we’re told, they went to a commercial break – here you go. This year, they were fairly close to the top of the running order, so it wasn’t even dark yet when Queen Kayli, Junior Queen Thea, and Junior Princesses Elena and Amanda passed by our spot in the photography zone close to the TV cameras and bleachers at Westlake.

West Seattle’s neighbor South Park was represented too:

Ahead – the West Seattleite-led All-City Band, for starters:

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West Seattle Hi-Yu: Community breakfast today; Grand Parade views

July 22, 2012 at 7:30 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

This morning, 8-11 am, you are invited to come support West Seattle Hi-Yu by joining in the annual Community Breakfast (at the Alki Masonic Hall, 4736 40th SW, suggested donation $6 adults/$3 kids). It’s been a big week for Hi-Yu royalty and volunteers – especially Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade:

This year’s Junior Court – from left, Princess Elena, Queen Thea, and Princess Amanda – and Senior Court Queen Kayli showed off their synchronized moves while riding on the “Secret Garden” 2012 float. Here’s our video:

If we haven’t said this often enough, ours is the last Seattle community to have “its own” float, and Hi-Yu represents West Seattle in parades around the region, from late spring through fall; community support is vital to keeping it going, though – donations and volunteers. Saturday marked James Kline‘s first year in the parade as Hi-Yu president:

Each year, the designers of the official Hi-Yu button – sold at various major summer events around Seattle – get to ride in the parade too, and this year, that happened to be last year’s Junior Court royalty, so they got a parade encore!

Tonight, Hi-Yu’s float and entourage will be part of the Chinatown Seafair Parade; next Saturday night, look for them in the Seafair Torchlight Parade downtown.

ADDED: One more view of Team Hi-Yu on Saturday – courtesy of J.P. Peck at QuickShows.com:

One more reminder that the new Web address for Hi-Yu is westseattlehiyu.com – where you’ll find an updated calendar and the latest Hi-Yu news.

Meet your newly coronated West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court!

July 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

2:04 PM: The newly coronated West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival Junior Court for next year, with the current Junior Court and Senior Queen, from our crew at Hiawatha Community Center.

2:53 PM UPDATE: The new court has three princesses, one more than the current court. Thanks to WSB summer apprentice Callan Carow for gathering the information, working with photographer/co-publisher Patrick Sand. The new court:

Jr. Queen Madison Stanley-Jones — age 10, goes to Our Lady of Guadalupe (interests include music)
Jr. Princess Winter Williams — age 12, goes to Denny International Middle School (interests include underwater robotics)
Jr. Princess Emily Galvin — age 12, goes to Shorewood Christian (interests include art)
Jr. Princess Olivia Efird — age 9, goes to Schmitz Park Elementary (interests include dance)

ADDED 3:59 PM: The clip above includes all 11 candidates.

West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park 2012: A breeze!

July 18, 2012 at 1:51 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

That photo sums up the not-completely-summery conditions at Hiawatha on Tuesday night for the annual West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park: Note Hi-Yu president James Kline and Junior Court Princesses Amanda and Elena in long sleeves, while in the background, Hi-Yu past president Tim Winston tends to the festival banner, which had been tousled by the wind. Even Jim Edwards of the featured West Seattle Big Band joked that it felt more like a fall concert. And yet the kids danced on as WSBB performed songs such as “Bye, Bye Blackbird”:

Next up for Hi-Yu: The Junior Court Coronation, also at Hiawatha, at 1 pm this Friday (during the noon-3 pm Kids’ Fun Fest) – then their star turn in the West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday, and the Community Breakfast on Sunday (details in our recent preview). P.S. Reminder that the official Hi-Yu website has a new address – westseattlehiyu.com.

West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival updates: Big week ahead, from concert to breakfast; plus, button-sales success!

July 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

As mentioned in our continuous West Seattle Summer Fest coverage, WS Hi-Yu royalty and volunteers were busy at the festival – and you’ll see even more of them in the days ahead. Four big events for West Seattle Hi-Yu in the coming week: First, the Hi-Yu Concert in the Park brings the West Seattle Big Band to Hiawatha’s east lawn (along Walnut, south of Lander) on Tuesday night (July 17th), 7:30 pm – free! On Friday, the West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court for next year will be coronated, also at Hiawatha, during the noon-3 pm Fun Fest – coronation’s at 1 pm. On Saturday, your Hi-Yu float and current royalty will be in the West Seattle Grand Parade (starting around 11 am from California/Lander and headed south). And Hi-Yu president James Kline just confirmed that the Community Breakfast is back on for Sunday (July 22nd) at the Masonic Hall, 4736 40th SW, thanks to volunteers and a donation. Keep up on festival happenings at westseattlehiyu.com.

ADDED 8:14 AM MONDAY: During our weekend Summer Fest coverage, we mentioned the Hi-Yu button sales, including the prizes they gave after spotting random button-wearers at the festival (see one winner in our Saturday afternoon report). The sales were a big success, according to this update received this morning:

West Seattle Hi-Yu would like to thank the West Seattle Community for their fantastic support over the Summer Fest weekend! We sold approximately 400 buttons, 25 totem pole pins and received about $100 in donations. All of these funds go towards the float and our scholarship programs. Queen Kayli gave out 4 cash prizes on Saturday to random supporters wearing their “Hi-Yu Button” during the festival. It was a lot of fun and we hope to do it again next year. We hope everyone enjoyed seeing the float up close.

Button sales will continue this week and during the American Legion Grand Parade on Saturday. Thanks again, West Seattle!

West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival: Get your official booklet!

July 7, 2012 at 10:15 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

If you’re going to the Seafair Pirates’ Landing on Alki today, keep an eye out for the distinctive red polo shirts of West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival royalty (like Queen Kayli and Junior Court Princesses Amanda and Elena at right) and volunteers – they’re among the community groups helping out at the big event. Hi-Yu has also just announced that their summer booklet is now available – free! – at local businesses; it’s full of information about the festival, its events, and other West Seattle summer fun. You can also download (or view) it as a PDF – linked from this update on the new Hi-Yu website. You’ll also find copies at West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Among the other Hi-Yu events coming up are the free Concert in the Park (east lawn of Hiawatha with the West Seattle Big Band, 7:30 pm July 17th) and, as noted here last week, the Junior Court Coronation during Hiawatha Fun Fest, 1 pm July 20th (there’s still time for girls to apply to become Hi-Yu royalty – details here).

West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court: Girls 8-12 can become royalty!

July 2, 2012 at 10:33 am | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(West Seattle Hi-Yu photo from 2011-12 Junior Court coronation)
Girls who will be 8-12 by the start of September are invited to apply right now for this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court coronation – to serve as the Junior Court Queen and Princesses from this fall through next summer, right after the reign of current royalty (above, Princess Elena, Queen Thea, and Princess Amanda). Here’s the announcement we received from Hi-Yu this morning:

The Hi-Yu Summer Festival is in full swing and the float will be in the West Seattle American Legion parade on Saturday, July 21st, 11 am, PLUS traveling to the following communities soon: Burien – July 4th, Chinatown-July 22nd, and Torchlight-July 28th, to name just a few.

Also, it’s that time of year to look for NEW JUNIOR COURT ROYALTY FOR 2013. The current court of royalty will be crowning new girls on Friday, July 20th at the Hiawatha Fun Fest at 1:00 pm.

For an application, click here, print it, fill it out and mail it in BEFORE Tuesday, JULY 17th. ALL INSTRUCTIONS ARE ON THE APPLICATION.


The application form isn’t just an application, but includes lots of information about what’s expected of Hi-Yu Royalty during the year – event appearances and other involvement – as well as Junior Court members’ perks. (Our coverage of last year’s coronation event, with video, is here.)

This year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival float debuts – and wins

June 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

(Saturday photo courtesy West Seattle Hi-Yu)
The 2012 West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival float, with the theme “Secret Garden” (chosen last December, from an idea by Riley Fredericks), has made its debut – and brought home an award. At Saturday’s parade in Marysville, the Hi-Yu float was honored for “Best Floral Display,” as reported on the Hi-Yu website. Its next scheduled parade appearance is in Port Orchard on June 30th; three weeks after that, you’ll get to see it here at home in the West Seattle American Legion Post 160 Grand Parade on July 21st.

West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival announces 2012 White Rose Reception

June 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm | In West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(Hi-Yu royalty past and then-present at 2011 White Rose reception; photo by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
The West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival has just announced one of its signature summer events, the White Rose Reception:

The 2012 West Seattle Hi-Yu White Rose Reception will take place from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Fauntleroy Church, UCC, 9140 California Ave SW in West Seattle. This event is for women only and is a celebration of past and present Hi-Yu royalty. Come and share your Hi-Yu memories and learn about this year’s plans for our community festival. Past royalty are encouraged to wear or bring your crowns and memory scrapbooks. Tickets are available at the door for $10 and every ticket comes with two raffle tickets. For more information about Hi-Yu past and present: www.westseattlehiyu.com

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