West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:35:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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West Seattle Big Band @ 2014 Hi-Yu Concert in the Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-west-seattle-big-band-2014-hi-yu-concert-in-the-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-west-seattle-big-band-2014-hi-yu-concert-in-the-park/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:17:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279501

That’s a quick clip from “In the Mood,” the Glenn Miller classic with which the West Seattle Big Band started tonight’s annual Hi-Yu Concert in the Park. They’re just a few songs in, so there’s lots of time to get to the east lawn of Hiawatha (Walnut south of Lander) for the rest of the free concert – bring a chair or blanket, picnic if you want, and enjoy the music.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: More photos and video from the concert. It’s a tradition for Hi-Yu royalty to speak to the crowd at intermission:

Their upcoming public appearances include Hiawatha Fun Fest on Friday afternoon and the West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday. Meantime, WSBB’s Jim Edwards, a former Hi-Yu president, and daughter Michelle Edwards, 2006 Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen, showed off the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Community Service that’s been updated for this Saturday’s parade (they’re both part of the parade-coordination team too):

As reported here Monday night, this year, the trophy honors community volunteer/advocate Earl Cruzen, best known for West Seattle’s murals, a project that expanded to include the Walking on Logs art installation. He’s scheduled to ride with it in the parade.

Back to the concert – the band, with director Donn Weaver at left:

(We met a concertgoer who was excited to be there because she had been a student of Weaver’s in high school!) Next, vocalist Sarah Ackers:

Still working on the video.

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West Seattle summer: 1 week until Hi-Yu Concert in the Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-summer-1-week-until-hi-yu-concert-in-the-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-summer-1-week-until-hi-yu-concert-in-the-park/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:40:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278701

(WSB file photo)
Just in case this isn’t already on your calendar: A West Seattle summer-outdoor-music tradition is just one week away – 7 pm next Tuesday (July 15th), the West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park, featuring the West Seattle Big Band. Bring your family, friends, picnic dinner, blanket and/or chairs, and enjoy great music for free on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California, but the concert area faces Walnut, to the east).

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4th of July scene: West Seattle Hi-Yu float in Burien parade http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/4th-of-july-scene-west-seattle-hi-yu-float-in-burien-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/4th-of-july-scene-west-seattle-hi-yu-float-in-burien-parade/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:16:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278284

(Click picture for larger view)
Thanks to Jim Edwards for our first look at this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu float, participating in this year’s Burien 4th of July Parade this afternoon. As seen in our earlier coverage, Hi-Yu Junior Court members were in today’s West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade, minus float, but you’ll be able to see the float and both Senior/Junior Court royalty (and volunteers!) two weeks from tomorrow in the West Seattle Grand Parade (for which Jim is longtime co-coordinator) – 11 am Saturday, July 19th, with an easy-to-remember route – California SW between Lander (north side of Hiawatha) and Edmunds (south end of The Junction).

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Video: West Seattle Hi-Yu coronates Senior Court Queen Lorelei http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/congratulations-west-seattle-hi-yu-coronates-queen-lorelei/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/congratulations-west-seattle-hi-yu-coronates-queen-lorelei/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 00:51:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273844

5:51 PM: Coronated at this afternoon’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Tea & Silent Auction: New Senior Court Queen Lorelei McFadden. (Added: Video of the announcement and the crowning of the Senior Court:)

She, Nina Coluccio, and Hang Thao (first male Senior Court candidate since Hi-Yu updated its rules) will reign over this summer’s Hi-Yu events, including parade participation around the region aboard this area’s last community-created float. Queen Lorelei is at center in our photo, with her predecessor April Davis at left, and Miss Seafair Emily Rio Barber. We’ll be expanding this story later with more from this afternoon’s Hall at Fauntleroy event.

ADDED 8:23 PM: Today’s emcee was, from the Seafair Clowns, West Seattle-residing “Officer Lumpy” emceed:

Past royalty at the tea included the 2012 courts – Senior Court Queen Kayli Schulz and Junior Court Princess Elena Kline, Queen Thea Pulido, and Princess Amanda Elders:

And of course, there was tea, in beautiful china:

P.S. Our partners at The Seattle Times also had a photojournalist at the coronation; you can see their photo gallery here.

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Got a spot for float work? West Seattle Hi-Yu is looking; plus, hear Senior Court candidates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/got-a-spot-for-float-work-west-seattle-hi-yu-is-looking-plus-hear-senior-court-candidates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/got-a-spot-for-float-work-west-seattle-hi-yu-is-looking-plus-hear-senior-court-candidates/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 21:10:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272552

That’s a sketch of this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu parade float, as shown at last night’s Hi-Yu meeting, and the organization is looking for someplace where they can work on it before parade season. That’s one of the headlines from last night, at which the three Senior Court candidates read essays on which they’re being judged, essays about their childhood dreams, written a week ago but not practiced – the video starts with introductions, with the reading starting about 3:40 in:

The judges were all West Seattle community leaders – Joe Gong, Dawn Leverett, and Mark Swanson:

Judges’ evaluations will be figured into the results for who becomes this year’s Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen or King, who will be coronated at the May 18th Hi-Yu tea (details in our story from last weekend). Also noted last night, rather than being part of another afternoon-tea event as in the past, the White Rose Ceremony featuring past and present royalty will be part of a Hi-Yu meeting in June. And this year’s travel schedule will be minus one customary stop; Hi-Yu won’t be taking the float to Fathoms O’Fun in Port Orchard, because there’s a schedule conflict: The Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki is earlier this year, scheduled for June 28th, and West Seattle events take priority for Hi-Yu, so royalty and volunteers will be here instead of in Port Orchard.

P.S. So, do you happen to have or know of covered-garage space where Hi-Yu can work on the float? With electrical outlets? If you do, please let them know! There’s contact information at westseattlehiyu.com.

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Tea and royalty! Two weeks until West Seattle Hi-Yu Tea & Senior Court Coronation http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/tea-and-royalty-two-weeks-until-west-seattle-hi-yu-tea-senior-court-coronation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/tea-and-royalty-two-weeks-until-west-seattle-hi-yu-tea-senior-court-coronation/#comments Sun, 04 May 2014 18:02:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272328

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
In case you missed meeting them here back in March, from left with their sponsor banners are this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court candidates Hang Thao, Nina Coluccio, and Lorelei McFadden, with reigning queen April Davis. After talent performances at the breakfast event, the candidates are continuing with judged events leading up to the big celebration you’re invited to attend: Two weeks from today, Sunday, May 18th, coronation and tea! It’s a festive afternoon tea service at The Hall at Fauntleroy; chair Danette Carufel shared a table-setting photo:

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Hi-Yu)
You can still get your ticket(s) for the 2-5 pm tea/silent auction event on May 18th – $25/person, or bring your friends and fill a table of 10 for $250, supporting this all-volunteer nonprofit community organization – by contacting Danette at 206-935-6517 or via e-mail.

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West Seattle Hi-Yu: Community breakfast Saturday, float crowdfunding NOW http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-hi-yu-community-breakfast-saturday-float-crowdfunding-now/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-hi-yu-community-breakfast-saturday-float-crowdfunding-now/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 18:11:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272073

Two things you can do to keep the West Seattle Hi-Yu tradition going strong: First, a crowdfunding campaign is under way to save the float – last community float in the entire city; as shown in WSB video above, the float is even featured in the Seafair Torchlight Parade every year. Does Ballard have a float? No. Capitol Hill? No. Wallingford? No. West Seattle? YES. But not without you! Here’s the donation page.

Second: This Saturday (May 3rd), start your day with a buffet at the Hi-Yu Community Breakfast, 8 am-11 am at the Alki Masonic Center (40th/Edmunds), $6 adults, $3 for kids under 12. If you’re there at 9:30 am, you’ll see the three Hi-Yu Senior Court candidates (including Hi-Yu’s first-ever male candidate!) present their judged talent performances.

P.S. This year’s Senior Court coronation isn’t far away, either – 2-5 pm Sunday, May 18th, at the Hi-Yu Spring Tea and Silent Auction. Ticket info’s on the Hi-Yu website.

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West Seattle Hi-Yu coronation set for Spring Tea this year http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-hi-yu-coronation-set-for-spring-tea-this-year/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-hi-yu-coronation-set-for-spring-tea-this-year/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:44:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268466 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!

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Meet West Seattle Hi-Yu’s 2014 Senior Court candidates! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/meet-west-seattle-hi-yus-2014-senior-court-candidates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/meet-west-seattle-hi-yus-2014-senior-court-candidates/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:29:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267694

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.

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Meet West Seattle Hi-Yu’s newly coronated 2014 Junior Court! http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/meet-west-seattle-hi-yus-newly-coronated-2014-junior-court/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/meet-west-seattle-hi-yus-newly-coronated-2014-junior-court/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 05:05:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258626

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.

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Tonight: North Delridge Neighborhood Council, West Seattle Hi-Yu http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/tonight-north-delridge-neighborhood-council-west-seattle-hi-yu/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/tonight-north-delridge-neighborhood-council-west-seattle-hi-yu/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:26:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258599 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).

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