West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:19:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Hi-Yu invites tweens/teens into its new ‘Ambassadors’ program http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-hi-yu-invites-tweensteens-into-its-new-ambassadors-program/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-hi-yu-invites-tweensteens-into-its-new-ambassadors-program/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 16:48:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322146 West Seattle Hi-Yu has just announced a new way for local youth to be part of the long-running community festival:

It’s application time for the new West Seattle Teen Ambassador Program for teens 13-16 that live in West Seattle in zip codes 98106-98146, as approved at the West Seattle Hi-Yu meeting Sept. 7th.

This new opportunity for teens expands the West Seattle Hi-Yu offering opportunities for community service to teens and fills the gap between the Junior Court and Senior Court.

We are looking forward to having teens and their parents participate in the West Seattle Hi-Yu community festival, parades and other events in the coming year.

Please pass the information on to teens and encourage them to apply. They will gain confidence, have fun and be able to have recognition as a leader in the community as an Ambassador.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students and their parents to join the West Seattle Hi-Yu and join in the fun, have opportunities for community service and gain poise & confidence.

An orientation session is planned for teens and their parents at 7 pm Monday, Sept. 28th, to explain the program and answer questions.

West Seattle Hi-Yu meetings are on the first Monday of each month, and all Mondays in July. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Please pass the information on to other parents with teens age 13-16.

Deadline is Oct. 1st. with interviews scheduled Oct. 1st and Oct. 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Final selection at the Oct. 5th West Seattle Hi-Yu meeting 7:00 pm at the Admiral Congregational Church, 4320 SW Hill St. (3 blocks North of Admiral Way on California Ave SW)

Here is the link for the West Seattle Hi-Yu Teen Ambassador Program application, duties, benefits and community service opportunities for students age 13-16.

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VIDEO: 2015 Concert in the Park swings with West Seattle Big Band tunes, honors Donn Weaver with Orville Rummel Trophy http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/video-2015-concert-in-the-park-swings-with-west-seattle-big-band-tunes-honors-donn-weaver-with-orville-rummel-trophy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/video-2015-concert-in-the-park-swings-with-west-seattle-big-band-tunes-honors-donn-weaver-with-orville-rummel-trophy/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:03:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316667

On the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center last night, they sat on the lawn and soaked up the sound of the West Seattle Big Band during this year’s Hi-Yu Concert in the Park – here’s a two-song section of the show:

Midway through, it was time for a special presentation – the band’s former longtime director Donn Weaver was honored with the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Community Service in advance of this Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade:

Find out more about Weaver and the Orville Rummel Trophy in our Tuesday story.

He was presented with the trophy in view of neighboring West Seattle High School, where he taught music for decades, with students including his successor as WS Big Band director, Jim Edwards:

Edwards is also a co-coordinator of the parade, in which Weaver will ride toward the start with the trophy; the parade is this Saturday (July 18th), leaving California/Lander in The Admiral District around 11 am, headed southbound to California/Edmunds in The Junction. Meantime, after the presentation, the band played on:

And on the sidelines, a couple danced:

The Big Band’s main mission is to raise money for school music programs. You can track the band’s public gigs via its online calendar – next up, the Ballard Locks this Sunday (July 19th) at 2 pm.

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Concert in the Park next Tuesday, featuring West Seattle Big Band plus honors for its longtime leader Donn Weaver http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/concert-in-the-park-next-tuesday-featuring-west-seattle-big-band-plus-honors-for-its-longtime-leader-donn-weaver/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/concert-in-the-park-next-tuesday-featuring-west-seattle-big-band-plus-honors-for-its-longtime-leader-donn-weaver/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:59:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316049

(2014 WSB photo, with Donn Weaver at left, directing the West Seattle Big Band @ Hiawatha)

If this isn’t already on your calendar, save the date! Next Tuesday night (July 14th) is your chance to come hear the fab West Seattle Big Band‘s annual Hi-Yu Concert in the Park performance at Hiawatha Community Center, and to applaud the WSBB’s former leader Donn Weaver – he will be presented at Tuesday night’s concert with the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Community Service, an award given every year in connection with the upcoming West Seattle Grand Parade (which is coming up Saturday, July 18th). Weaver is also a longtime music teacher at West Seattle High School and former students/colleagues are especially welcome to come cheer for him. The concert’s free, at 7 pm Tuesday on the east lawn at Hiawatha (along Walnut) – BYO chair/blanket/picnic dinner and get ready for a good time with great music.

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2 weeks before West Seattle Grand Parade, Hi-Yu float shown off in Burien http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/2-weeks-before-west-seattle-grand-parade-hi-yu-float-shown-off-in-burien/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/2-weeks-before-west-seattle-grand-parade-hi-yu-float-shown-off-in-burien/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=315598

This morning, West Seattle Hi-Yu royalty led the 4th of July Kids’ Parade in North Admiral; hours later, they rode on this year’s Hi-Yu float in Burien’s Independence Day parade. The photo is from Jim Edwards, who co-coordinates the West Seattle Grand Parade, in which you’ll see the float (and others!) two weeks from today. As we reported back in January, this year’s float/theme “Around the Sound” incorporates elements of designs proposed by then-Senior Court Queen Lorelei McFadden (who competes for the Miss Seafair title later this month) and Junior Court Queen Emily Cain.

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West Seattle Hi-Yu crowns Kelly Crum as new Senior Court Queen http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-hi-yu-crowns-kelly-crum-as-new-senior-court-queen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-hi-yu-crowns-kelly-crum-as-new-senior-court-queen/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:58:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311994

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Congratulations to Kelly Crum, West Seattle Hi-Yu‘s new Senior Court Queen. Kelly is at right in our top photo, crowned by her predecessor Lorelei McFadden, during this afternoon’s Hi-Yu Tea and Silent Auction at The Hall at Fauntleroy.

Queen Kelly has just graduated from Holy Names Academy and is going to Gonzaga University this fall. She is the lone member of the new Senior Court after a last-minute withdrawal by the other candidate, Aislyn Crane, citing family reasons. Watch for Queen Kelly and the Hi-Yu Junior Court at upcoming events and on this year’s traveling Hi-Yu float, themed “Sound Respect,” at this summer’s parades, including the West Seattle Grand Parade along California Avenue from The Admiral District to The Junction on July 18th.

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West Seattle scene: This year’s Hi-Yu Senior Court candidates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-this-years-hi-yu-senior-court-candidates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-this-years-hi-yu-senior-court-candidates/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 04:00:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309201

In four weeks, one of these young women will be crowned as this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court queen. Tonight, Holy Names Academy senior Kelly Crum (left) and Chief Sealth International High School senior Aislyn Crane (right) read their essays to a panel of judges during the monthly Hi-Yu meeting. The topic: “What are my dreams for my future?” The series of judged events will culminate in the coronation during this year’s Hi-Yu Tea and Silent Auction, 2 pm Sunday, May 31st, at The Hall at Fauntleroy – details (including ticket info) here.

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West Seattle Hi-Yu Tea & Silent Auction: Five weeks from today http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-hi-yu-tea-silent-auction-five-weeks-from-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-hi-yu-tea-silent-auction-five-weeks-from-today/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:22:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308310

Five weeks from today, you are invited to join West Seattle Hi-Yu in celebrating its Spring Tea and Silent Auction, featuring this year’s Senior Court coronation. Hi-Yu volunteer Danette Carufel shares the photo and invitation:

Please join us at the West Seattle Hi-Yu Spring Tea and Silent Auction. It will be held on Sunday, May 31st, from 2-4:30 pm 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 that represents West Seattle in parades throughout the Puget Sound. This year we will also be crowning the new West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen. Tickets are $25 per person, or bring your friends and fill a table of 10 for $250. For reservations, call 206-935-6517 or e-mail info@westseattlehiyu.com. Hope to see you there!

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‘Sound Respect’: Button-design vote next for West Seattle Hi-Yu’s 2015 theme honoring Puget Sound & what’s in/around it http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/sound-respect-button-design-vote-next-for-west-seattle-hi-yus-2015-theme-honoring-puget-sound-whats-inaround-it/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/sound-respect-button-design-vote-next-for-west-seattle-hi-yus-2015-theme-honoring-puget-sound-whats-inaround-it/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 19:06:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299858

Inspired by those two proposed float designs (backstory here), West Seattle Hi-Yu‘s 2015 theme is “Sound Respect” – as in, respecting and caring for Puget Sound – and the next step is choosing a button design. Like the float, it’ll be chosen from community-generated designs brought to tomorrow night’s Hi-Yu meeting:

The button design does not have to include any or all of the elements. Use your imagination. Draw several ideas, with color, in a circle that is the size of a Hi-Yu button (2″ across the center of a round button) … After the button design is selected, a graphic designer will make the necessary adjustments to refine it for the button to be printed and the buttons will then be made for the 2015 Hi-Yu Festival.

Hi-Yu buttons are sold at events throughout the summer as a fundraiser for the all-volunteer nonprofit. Tomorrow night’s meeting is at 7 pm in the lower-level meeting room of Admiral Congregational Church (California/Hill).

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West Seattle Hi-Yu: New float to combine two queens’ designs; busy year previewed http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-hi-yu-new-float-to-combine-both-queens-designs-busy-year-previewed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-hi-yu-new-float-to-combine-both-queens-designs-busy-year-previewed/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 06:48:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297176

(WSB photos)
When two rounds of voting were over at tonight’s West Seattle Hi-Yu meeting – two proposed designs for this year’s parade float were tied. In a subsequent vote, it was decided that the two designs – both with marine elements – will be combined, with the wording of the official theme/slogan to be worked out later.

The two winning themes were proposed by the two current Hi-Yu queens – Senior Court Queen Lorelei McFadden sketched out a float celebrating local nature and sustainability – even featuring one of Puget Sound’s iconic orcas:

Toward the point of “sustainability,” she pitched the fact that the theme could reuse much of the basic decor from last year’s float. In the spirit of a “Save Our Sound” type of theme, it will be incorporated with elements of Junior Court Queen Emily Cain‘s design, which was anchored by a ferryboat:

Other designs proposed tonight by royalty past and present included a day at Alki Beach, a night at the movies, tropical rainforests, Seattle landmarks including Pike Place Market and the International District, and flowers.

Turning the design into reality is an all-volunteer effort that happens between now and late spring, when the float hits the road for a tour of parades starting in Sequim. Hi-Yu’s new president Jay Murray suggested tonight that Hi-Yu might even be able to make it into the Daffodil Parade in Pierce County this year – an event that moves between four communities over the course of one day in April – by bringing back the 2014 design (an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party theme that also highlighted Hi-Yu’s 80th anniversary).

The float is seen here in its home neighborhood every year during the Rotary Club of West Seattle-sponsored Grand Parade, which is on the Hi-Yu master 2015 schedule – reviewed tonight – for July 18th (though the date isn’t final until parade organizers officially announce it later in the year).

Hi-Yu is also hoping this year to bring back what used to be a summertime tradition, the All-West Seattle Picnic in Lincoln Park. That would likely be in August, sometime after the Hi-Yu float’s biggest appearance of the summer, the Seafair Torchlight Parade (July 25th this year, according to the Hi-Yu schedule grid).

More than 20 people attended tonight’s meeting, from current and past organization leaders to new members, and Hi-Yu is hopeful of more volunteer help. They’re also hoping to raise money via sponsorships from local service clubs who would be showcased on a covered-trailer for the float, which itself needs replacement, as a much-repaired ’60s-era vehicle that is said to go through “a gallon of transmission fluid” per parade. And they’ll soon finalize a full slate of new officers; longtime photographer Joanne Murray has been filling in with extra duties in the meantime. She also spoke tonight about Hi-Yu’s plan for more community outreach, participating in events beyond the ones traditionally on their schedule; last month, for example, Hi-Yu joined in a West Seattle Art Walk event, and hopes to do so again as soon as next month.

Keep an eye on the website at westseattlehiyu.com for events and ways to join in, including the monthly meetings – next one 7 pm February 2nd at the regular meeting location, Admiral Congregational Church (4320 SW Hill).

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Summer fun starts with winter volunteering! West Seattle Hi-Yu & you http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/summer-fun-starts-with-winter-volunteering-west-seattle-hi-yu-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/summer-fun-starts-with-winter-volunteering-west-seattle-hi-yu-you/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 20:56:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297096

(WSB photo, July 2013: Hi-Yu float work behind the scenes – it’s not just about parade waves!)
The arrival of January puts us midway between the last round of summer fun and the next one. Festivals, parades, concerts … none of it happens without a lot of planning and preparation, most if not all thanks to volunteers who are busy all year long. If you haven’t jumped in to help yet – maybe this is your year. One of the first opportunities comes tomorrow night, as all-volunteer West Seattle Hi-Yu meets for the first time in 2015, with a big agenda item: Choosing this year’s theme, the one you’ll see on the parade float and benefit buttons. All are welcome, 7 pm at Admiral Congregational Church (4320 SW Hill, just west of California SW), and the announcement from new Hi-Yu president Jay Murray notes, “The new officers are excited with the possibilities of having wonderful events throughout the year for the community. Your participation will help to make it possible.”

Two other/additional ways to get involved as the new year begins:

MEMBERSHIP: Support Hi-Yu by becoming a member, $20/year. (You can even pay online.) Money raised by the nonprofit organization not only supports the events it presents, but also scholarships for the Junior Court (just chosen!) and Senior Court (see below) who serve as its youth ambassadors each year.

SENIOR COURT APPLICATIONS: Students ages 17-22 will be able to apply soon, as applications will be made available for starters via local high schools and South Seattle College (WSB sponsor).

(WSB photo from 2014 West Seattle Grand Parade)
And a P.S. about the float, from Hi-Yu: “The budget for this upcoming year includes a covered trailer for the float. It will be possible to purchase one with the help of the West Seattle Service Clubs as sponsors with their logo printed on the sides of the trailer. This will allow our Hi-Yu float to be able to travel to parades more safely and with less set-up and take-down work for the parades, and advertise the service clubs.” Thanks to Hi-Yu, West Seattle is the last city neighborhood with its own float. Last year (above), the theme honored Hi-Yu’s 80th anniversary; in 2013 (top photo), it was “Alki Deep”; in 2012, “Secret Garden“; in 2011, “Sparkling Seattle“; in 2010, “Dreams Do Come True.” This year? Be there tomorrow night!

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Meet the new 2015 West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/meet-the-newly-coronated-2015-west-seattle-hi-yu-junior-court/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/meet-the-newly-coronated-2015-west-seattle-hi-yu-junior-court/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:28:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294640

Congratulations to the new West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court, coronated Monday night at Admiral Congregational Church. They are Queen Emily Cain (center) and Princesses Emma Maffeo (left) and Audrey Kline. They will succeed the 2014 Junior Court, Queen Bianca Carufel and Princesses Sadie Botuchis and Callie McFadden, with them in our photo below:

Admiral Church, where Hi-Yu members and volunteers gathered along with family members, is the organization’s new regular meeting place.

The next meeting will focus on designs/themes for 2015 Hi-Yu. Everyone’s welcome and volunteers are very much appreciated – watch westseattlehiyu.com and the Hi-Yu Facebook page for meeting and event info.

P.S. Next gig for Hi-Yu – they’ll be at West Seattle Windermere in The Junction this Thursday night (December 11) for the holiday edition of West Seattle Art Walk, 6-9 pm. You can buy one of their blown-glass fundraising ornaments there, too!

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West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court candidates – time to apply! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-hi-yu-junior-court-candidates-time-to-apply/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-hi-yu-junior-court-candidates-time-to-apply/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:03:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292207

Girls and boys ages 8-12 who want to have fun being community ambassadors are invited to apply – right now! – to be part of the next West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival Junior Court. As outlined on the flyer you can browse above, the application deadline is less than two weeks away; interviews are on December 3rd, and the new court will be coronated on December 8th. The application form is linked from this page of the Hi-Yu website. Good luck!

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West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2014 set! Want to host an activity? Or volunteer? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-junction-harvest-festival-2014-set-want-to-host-an-activity-or-volunteer/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-junction-harvest-festival-2014-set-want-to-host-an-activity-or-volunteer/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 23:46:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284613

(WSB photo, 2012 Harvest Festival)
Shopping, trick-or-treating, more shopping, costume parade, more shopping, kids’ activities … plan to be in The Junction on Sunday, October 26th, for the third annual Harvest Festival, officially announced today by the West Seattle Junction Association. Created in 2012, this event moved the Sunday Farmers’ Market out into the street, folded in the annual business-district trick-or-treating, and added a costume parade as well as games and other activities for kids, and it’s been a fun-filled four hours each time, rain or shine. The hours again this year:

*Festival runs 10 am-2 pm
*Costume parade at 11:30 am
*Trick-or-treating at noon

If your business, group, or organization would like to offer a Harvest Activity as part of the festival, find the application here. If you can volunteer at the festival, please e-mail Junction Association director Susan Melrose at susan@wsjunction.org

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West Seattle Hi-Yu float wins Seafair Torchlight Parade award http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-hi-yu-float-wins-seafair-torchlight-parade-award/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-hi-yu-float-wins-seafair-torchlight-parade-award/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:21:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280645

(Torchlight Parade photo courtesy West Seattle Hi-Yu)
Congratulations to West Seattle Hi-Yu for its award-winning appearance in Saturday night’s Seafair Torchlight Parade. The craftsmanship and creativity that went into the 80th anniversary Hi-Yu float – which features a steam-emitting teapot – won the Seafair Workmanship Award. Hi-Yu’s Denise Davis told us via Facebook, “Duane (Davis), the driver/builder, said the judges were beaming when they saw the teapot steaming and the cake spinning and the court members dancing to ‘Welcome to my Tea Party’.”

UPDATED P.S. Thanks to Hi-Yu for sharing the parade photos – look closely at the one above this line to see driver/designer Duane!

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West Seattle Grand Parade 2014, report #4: Hi-Yu royalty http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-4-hi-yu-royalty/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-grand-parade-2014-report-4-hi-yu-royalty/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:02:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279946 It’s West Seattle Hi-Yu‘s 80th anniversary – so here’s a separate look at their West Seattle Grand Parade appearance:

This year’s contingent included the first male Hi-Yu royalty to appear in a West Seattle parade, Senior Court Prince Hang:

Last year’s Senior Court queen, April Davis, is on the left below, riding with other participants in the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women – that coronation at next Saturday’s Torchlight Parade downtown:

After their time on the parade route was done, this year’s royalty gathered to watch the rest of the parade:

They’re scheduled to be in the Torchlight Parade too. And if you know a young lady or gentleman who might want to be part of Hi-Yu next year … watch westseattlehiyu.com for information on how to apply.

PARADE COVERAGE: One more photo gallery ahead, later Sunday – with the people and sights not already shown here or in these previous reports:

#3: The winners
#2: The Kiddie Parade
#1: First quick clips

(Also, a separate report on the Float Dodger 5K)

All our Grand Parade coverage over the years is archived here.

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