Harvest Festival followup #2: West Seattle Amateur Radio Club’s behind-the-scenes parade role

October 26, 2015 at 1:46 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Another big part of Sunday’s West Seattle Harvest Festival success – the biggest Costume Parade yet! How do you get a parade through a crowded festival? Ken Iverson from the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club reveals a big part of the secret:

(Photos courtesy WSARC)
The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club was proud to have 9 of its members provide radio communication and coordination for the 2015 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival Parade. Members included Jon, KG7WSN, Brian, KG7WRK, Tom, N7OEP, Adeline, KG7EUL, Meredith, KG7EUM [youngest WSARC member but holding a full General Class license], Dave, AF7CW, Jim, WS7JIM, Ken, AB7X and all coordinated by Tammy, WA7TZ who was our ‘net control.’

Members with hand-held radios positioned themselves at the beginning, middle and end of the parade, and reported the progress of the parade.

You can see our parade video in our as-it-happened Harvest Festival coverage.

P.S. If you’re a local amateur radio operator – you’re welcome to join WSARC’s weekly check-in, tonight and every Monday night at 6:30 pm.

West Seattle Harvest Festival followup #1: Chili competition raises $2,500+

October 26, 2015 at 12:54 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(WSB photo from Sunday, with 4 of the chili contenders, L-R: Todd from Elliott Bay, Amber from Freshy’s, Dave from West 5, Matt from Easy Street)

First of two followups this afternoon on Sunday’s mega-successful West Seattle Harvest Festival in The Junction (co-sponsored by WSB): Full results, including fundraising, from the festival’s chili competition. We reported the winner in our as-it-happened coverage – here are the full results, from Judi Yazzolino at the West Seattle Food Bank:

Thank you so much (to the participants) in our very successful 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off. The West Seattle Food Bank and the clients we serve are most appreciative. We raised an incredible $2,025 in tastings and single serving sales and $357 in straight donations, for a total of $2582! Now for all of the voting results! Congratulations to Jeremy at Shadowland for taking home the beautiful trophy and bragging rights for a year with 41 votes. Here’s how the rest of the votes came in:

Elliott Bay Brewery with 36
The Westy with 26
Easy Street Café with 20
Husky Deli and West Seattle Brewery with 17 each
Freshy’s with 13
West 5 with 6

Everybody who bought a flight for a $10 WSFB donation got a vote; the participants all donated a huge vat of custom-cooked chili plus somebody to serve it, so it was a big contribution, and everyone was a winner, really, with the competition’s popularity – “where’s the chili?” was the most frequently asked question in the info booth.

VIDEO & PHOTOS: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2015!

October 25, 2015 at 10:16 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 17 Comments


10:16 AM: We’re in the heart of The Junction – middle of Walk All Ways at California/Alaska – and the West Seattle Harvest Festival is under way! From our spot, if you look north, it’s the Farmers Market (above), and if you look south, it’s harvest activities (cast a line at Emerald Water Anglers [WSB sponsor], below):

The activities continue all the way until 2 pm, as does the market; at 11 am, you can buy a flight of chili ($10, goes to the West Seattle Food Bank) and vote for your favorite; at 11:30 am, it’s the Costume Parade from Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska; at noon, you can trick-or-treat at Junction businesses! In the meantime, stop by our booth for our Halloween stickers, while they last:

In the costumes we’re seeing so far, Star Wars wins the day. We’ve seen new costumes – Kylo Ren from Episode 7) mingled with the classics – Princess Leia in her Episode 4 gown:

And pint-size Wookiees like this one:

Queen Amidala (Episode 1) showed up too:

Finally, a Jedi!

Plus – space, not so long ago and not so far away:

11:02 AM: The chili competition is under way! Get to the KeyBank corner of California and Alaska, donate $10 (all goes to the WS Food Bank), and get samples of the contenders – here’s who made, donated, and is serving chili for the occasion:

Easy Street Café
Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub
Husky Deli
The Westy Sports and Spirits
West 5
West Seattle Brewing Company

Vote for your fave, and we’ll find out later who won! Activities are continuing, on Alaska and on California south of the Farmers’ Market … and the Harvest Festival Costume Parade is coming up at 11:30, starting from Junction Plaza Park, with the West Seattle High School Marching Band in the lead – it’ll wind through the market and festival. Lots of kids and grownups in costume here from the start:

Check out this ensemble costume:

And luchadores!

(Later – an entire luchador family:)

Business trick-or-treating starts at noon. More to come – we’re reporting live for the duration – but first, stay tuned for parade coverage.

11:39 AM: This is the biggest Harvest Festival Costume Parade we’ve ever seen – by far! – and it’s still winding its way through the market and festival, now heading southbound on the west side of the street. Video:

Longer version, iPhone video via YT:

11:50 AM: Now it’s almost time to trick or treat, as the parade turns the corner eastward onto Alaska and back to the park. Be sure to go see the businesses north of the closed-street zone, too! We still have stickers to give away, and on the other side of our booth is the festival-presenting West Seattle Junction Association team (don’t tell them we told you, but THEY have candy). Speaking of merchants – this is the first Harvest Festival since Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) moved to The Junction, and look who’s at their storefront on the east side of California between Alaska and Edmunds:

And just when we thought we’d seen it all today … we’ve just seen Santa Claus.

12:37 PM: We are in the heart of trick-or-treating.

The “harvest activities” continue too – art projects, like this one at the booth for Dream Dinners-West Seattle (WSB sponsor):

West Seattle Nursery had a DIY photo booth with harvest/autumn greenery:

“Plinko” was the game in the Westside School (WSB sponsor) booth:

And more costumes!

All around us, we’re seeing friends and neighbors greeting each other – same vibe as West Seattle Summer Fest here in The Junction – glad the weather has held, after an early morning shower.

1:00 PM: Last hour for the festival and the market – if you haven’t been here yet, hurry! We found some street art:

Also just announced: The chili competition winner – Shadowland got the most votes!

In 2nd and 3rd, Elliott Bay and The Westy. They’re still tallying how much money the chili raised for the WS Food Bank. We can verify it was a hit – not only did we get a steady stream of people asking us where to find it, we’re told they sold out of sample flights long before they ran out of would-be voters.

1:29 PM: Half an hour to go. Rabbit Stew is playing old-time Americana right here at California/Alaska, drawing some dancers and toe-tappers now and then:

Many of the market vendors got into the spirit too. Thanks to the folks who pointed out Whistling Train Farm’s themed signs:

2 PM: The festival flew by! Market’s wrapping up too. Thanks to everyone who came to The Junction, everyone who offered activities and treats, everyone in the parade … Adding more photos when we’re back at HQ.

4:32 PM: Just finished adding more photos, above. Here’s the last costumed child we photographed before the end of the festival, with her non-costumed dad:

Sabrina, daughter of County Executive and lifelong West Seattleite Dow Constantine and wife Shirley Carlson, is just two weeks shy of a year and a half old.

COUNTDOWN! What you can do at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival this Sunday

October 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo from the first Harvest Festival in 2012)
You ARE going to the fourth annual West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival on Sunday, we hope? It’s not just kid stuff. Everybody’s welcome to join the costume parade, vote in the chili contest, shop the Farmers’ Market … the festival is about 37 hours away (not that we’re counting)! Here are your essential festival facts. First, the schedule:

*Early morning-late afternoon: California closed between Oregon and Edmunds, Alaska closed between 44th and 42nd
*10 am-2 pm: Farmers’ Market
*10 am-2 pm: Harvest activities (most booths south of Alaska)
*11 am: Chili competition (fundraiser for West Seattle Food Bank, buy your “flight” – which entitles you to vote – at SW corner of California/Alaska)
*11:30 am: Costume parade from Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska), led by West Seattle High School Marching Band, directed by Ethan Thomas
*Noon: Trick-or-treating at Junction businesses

Next, some of the activities (all free), presented at booths on and south of Alaska:

*Putt-putt golf – West Seattle Eagles
*Spooky tree photo-op – West Seattle Nursery
*Giant Tic-Tac-Toe and hay bales to play in – Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and EQ Fitness
*Cotton-candy maker – Eastridge Church
*Origami and puppies – West Seattle See Dogs
*Scary-face photo ops – WSB

And now, from the festival-presenting West Seattle Junction Association:

Full list of activity providers: Alki Art Fair, Bitter Cherry Tree, City Mouse Store, Cupcake Royale, Dream Dinners, Eastridge Church, Emerald Water Anglers, Endolyne Children’s Choir, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Holy Rosary School, Hotwire Coffee and EQ Fitness, Infinite B Canvas Creations, Pagliacci Pizza, PCC Natural Foods, School of Rock, Snooter Doots, SSC Coop Preschools, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, The Little Gym of West Seattle, The Office Junction, West Seattle Art Nest, West Seattle Blog, West Seattle Calvary Chapel, West Seattle Hi-Yu, West Seattle Kiwanis, West Seattle Nursery, West Seattle See Dogs, WestSide Baby, Westside School

And thank you, sponsors, for helping to produce this event: Bakery Nouveau, West Seattle Blog, Westside School, Curious Kidstuff, Pagliacci, Eastridge Church, Easy Street Records, Elliott Bay Brewery, Swanson & Seepersad Chiropractic & Massage Therapy, WestSide Baby

Forecast so far – cloudy but dry. See you in The Junction on Sunday!

West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2015 countdown: Meet the chili competition contenders!

October 16, 2015 at 5:19 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Just nine days until the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival – four fun-filled hours, 10 am-2 pm on Sunday, October 25th, including activity booths (all four hours), a costume parade (11:30 am), business trick-or-treating (noon), and the chili competition benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank – you buy a flight of samples and vote for your favorite! The West Seattle Junction Association has just announced the competitor lineup:

Easy Street Café
Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub
Husky Deli
The Westy Sports and Spirits
West 5
West Seattle Brewing Company

Each competitor is bringing and donating 2 1/2 gallons of chili, and it goes fast, so don’t miss it at 11 am during the festival – one week from Sunday! – on the southwest corner of California/Alaska. (WSB is among the festival co-sponsors again this year, and we’ll be among the activity providers again too – see you there!)

VIDEO, PHOTOS: From critters to crafts to cakes, it’s the 2015 Fauntleroy Fall Festival

October 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm | In Fauntleroy, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 3 Comments


3:17 PM: At the 2015 Fauntleroy Fall Festival, the sound of birdhouse building (video above) is mingling with the sound of music (video below):

Lots to do AND lots to see – kids can also make salmon hats (don’t forget to wear them to help drum the salmon home next Sunday – more on that later):

As is the petting area, behind the schoolhouse:

The festival is in full swing, until 5 pm, with a huge array of fun for all ages, in the 9100 block of California SW.

4:26 PM: The afternoon has gone by in a blink. Still half an hour for you to get here – and, among other things, hear and see the West Seattle Big Band:

And you can grab a snack – maybe call it early dinner! WSB sponsor Endolyne Joe’s is here, with pork sliders, in the church/Y parking lot:

We couldn’t resist buying a bowl of the curried butternut-squash soup that Tuxedoes and Tennis Shoes is dishing out outside The Hall at Fauntleroy (its event venue) – awesome. The full festival menu is here. More photos later!

ADDED 8:41 PM: As promised, more photos! The Seattle Fire Department brought Engine 37 from Sunrise Heights:

The Fauntleroy Community Association booth had bubbles:

Pumpkin-decorating is a festival tradition:

So is salmon-hat-making, as mentioned above – here’s Judy Pickens, wearing her “Fauntleroy Creek watershed steward” and “volunteer” hats, helping a young festivalgoer put on her salmon hat:

If you brought home one of those – wear it to the next big Fauntleroy event, at which you’re certain to see Judy – the annual drumming to call the salmon home, at the Fauntleroy Creek overlook (across from the ferry dock), 5 pm next Sunday, October 18th. Judy, by the way, also was a winner in the cake-decorating contest:

Along with her autumn-leaves cakes, other winners included Charlie Perry, with this spider:

(Spiders were a popular theme, but none quite like that one.) Ann Dawson‘s scarecrow cupcakes were winners too:

As was Abigail Dwyer‘s basket of Reese’s Pieces:

And the beginners’ award went to Claudi Levy, for banana bread – sorry we didn’t get a photo! By the way, if you want to vote on the cakes, be sure to get to the festival early next year:

A whole ‘nother batch of cakes was available for the subsequent Cake Walk – kind of like musical chairs, but with cakes:

The festival is volunteer- and donation-powered. This was the festival’s 13th year; see even more of the fun at the official FFF FB page.

NEXT SUNDAY: Fauntleroy Fall Festival 2015! See the schedule now

October 4, 2015 at 1:30 pm | In Fauntleroy, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo from 2014 Fauntleroy Fall Festival)

One week from today, you’re invited to spend Sunday afternoon, October 11th, at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, three hours full of fun for all ages. As usual, the venues are in and around the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, Hall at Fauntleroy, and Fauntleroy Church/YMCA, 9131 and 9140 California SW. Here’s the official schedule, forwarded by Judy Pickens:

See it here as a PDF.

P.S. If you’re interested in contributing a cake to the Cake Walk – go here to see how that works. And if you haven’t been to the FFF before – check out WSB coverage from last year.

Junction Harvest Festival 2015: Chili cookoff returns! Now seeking competitors

September 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(WSB photo: Serving up Harvest Festival chili tastes for judges – that means you! – during 2014 festival)
Which West Seattle restaurant will win this year’s Harvest Festival chili competition, delighting tastebuds and raising money for the West Seattle Food Bank? Just announced – the field is open for entries:

The West Seattle Junction Association is sponsoring a fundraiser for the West Seattle Food Bank at our 4th Annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 25th. Our neighborhood restaurants will bring their best pot of chili and compete for bragging rights of Best Chili at Harvest Festival – 2015. It’s free for restaurants to enter. The West Seattle public will vote by buying a flight of chili and choosing their favorite! 100% of the donations collected will go to the West Seattle Food Bank to help our community. In the past two years, this competition has raised over $4500 for the food bank!

Some logistics and rules to enter. Participants must:

* Be a West Seattle business.
* Bring 2.5 gallons of hot chili made in commercial kitchen. We’ll have chafing dishes but bring it hot!!
* Provide a chili server who has a current Food Handlers Card. Restaurant owner, lead chef, or manager preferred.
* Be ready to serve at 11 am! With 2.5 gallons of chili, we’ll be able to serve over 100 flights and the competition will be done by 1 pm.
* We have room for only 9 competitors. First come, first serve, don’t delay.

We’ll provide everything else. To register, please e-mail susan@wsjunction.org with your business name, contact person, and agreement that rules will be followed. Deadline Friday, October 16th.

Last year, West Seattle caterer Deano’s was the winner; the year before that, Husky Deli.

P.S. Along with chili, trick-or-treating (at noon and not a second sooner) is part of the Harvest Festival, as is the costume parade (now confirmed – West Seattle High School Marching Band will lead the way again!), harvest activities, and the Farmers’ Market, all happening in the street in the heart of The Junction, 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 25th.

West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2015 is on! Time for activity providers & sponsors

September 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm | In How to help, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo, 2014 Harvest Festival)
It’s on! Fall’s biggest festival returns to The Junction in just six weeks. And it’s time now to jump in if you’re interested in providing an activity – and/or sponsorship – for this year’s Harvest Festival:

The Junction’s Harvest Festival will be Sunday, October 25 from 10 am till 2 pm. You’ll find the West Seattle Farmers Market in its new permanent location on California Ave, community groups and businesses offering kids’ projects, the costume parade at 11:30, and trick-or-treating starting at noon.

If your organization or business would like to help create a wonderful day for West Seattle families by offering a “Harvest Activity,” please visit the event’s announcement page for an application.

You also can support this beloved community event through sponsorship! Find it on the same page.

If you’d like to volunteer at the event, please email Junction Association Director Susan Melrose at susan@wsjunction.org

New here? Check out our coverage from last year – the 3rd annual Harvest Festival – or the year before.

NEXT FRIDAY-SATURDAY: Holy Rosary WestFest schedule out!

September 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo from 2014 WestFest)

Just announced – the schedule for Holy Rosary School‘s WestFest next Friday and Saturday:

WestFest is almost here and it’s going to be FABULOUS! Come and join us at Holy Rosary School (4142 42ND AVE SW) from 6 pm-10 pm on Friday 9/18 and 10 am-10 pm on Saturday 9/19!

· Last call for discounted wristbands! If you haven’t yet purchased yours yet, stop by the Holy Rosary School office (at the above address). Prices do go up at the event, so get yours now!

Bring your preschoolers to Toddler Time at WestFest! Holy Rosary is bringing the Carnival of Community to our younger West Seattle residents this year! From 10 am-12 pm on Saturday, they can enjoy a discount on 3 rides exclusively for them! We are also featuring a clown who will twist up creative balloon animals. There are a lot of food options to add fuel to all this activity, so stick around for lunch and treats too! At 3:00, enjoy Raymond the Magician!

· We brought the book sale back, so bring your family and friends to WestFest to browse! You can “Fill A Bag For $2, Or A Donation” during the last 2 hours of the sale (4 p-6 p) on Saturday.

· We are proud to announce our 2015 Stage Lineup:

6:30 PM Comerford Dancers – Celtic Arts Northwest
7:30 PM Ruby-Seattle U Redhawk
8:30 PM Inner Voices

10:30 AM Toddler Time Tunes w/Friendly Clown
12:00 PM Mode Music Studio- Student Performances
2 :00 PM lo: Eclectic Mix Live Music
3:00 PM Raymond The Magician
4:00 PM Cavalcade of Pets! – Step right up and introduce your animal on center stage
5:00 PM Intermission
6:00 PM West Seattle’s Got Talent – Who’ll take the prize?
7:00 PM Mode Music Studio- Rock Bank
8:15 PM Raffle Winners Announced!
9:00 PM Acid Tounge

· You can also play some bingo, try many delicious food options and treats, proudly wear a WestFest shirt, try your luck at the Cakewalk, play games and enjoy the rides—there are too many activities and choices to name them all! Come and experience all the Carnival of Community has to offer your family!

HAPPENING NOW (& Sunday): Arts In Nature Festival @ Camp Long

August 22, 2015 at 6:50 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

That’s one of dozens of short poems on cards lining a path into Camp Long as you enter this weekend’s Arts In Nature Festival, presented by the Nature Consortium. It’s on until 9 tonight and again from 11 am-6 pm tomorrow, and it’s a chance to immerse yourself in art experiences of many kinds, from words to music to ethereal creations woven between tree branches:

You might find performance artists wandering the grounds, like this otherworldly duo:

We first encountered them by a work in progress that’s unfolding all weekend long:

The painting started between two trees and will grow, we were told, to show how the built environment is obscuring nature and greenspaces; go see for yourself by the cabin between the north end of the meadow and the south side of the pond. Some of the comforts of civilization, though, are lining the central meadow – food trucks including the vegan Luchador Taco Company:

There’s a beer garden behind Camp Long’s historic lodge, too. Wander the grounds and you’ll find something to see, do, or hear, almost everywhere – at the small amphitheater on the south side of the meadow, we found these musicians:

Be sure to take several turns around the festival grounds – you might miss something behind a curtain or around the bend, first time you pass. Here’s the full schedule; ticket information is here – online sales are over but you can pay at the tent just past the gates of the park, which is at 5200 35th SW.

You can help! Holy Rosary WestFest seeking volunteer performers

August 22, 2015 at 12:55 pm | In How to help, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Looking ahead to fall’s first festival in West Seattle – Holy Rosary School’s WestFest, four weeks away, is putting out a call for volunteers to entertain festivalgoers. Tiffany (a volunteer herself) is in charge of lining up stage entertainment and says, “We could use bands, musicians, magicians, etc. WestFest is Friday, September 18th, 6 pm-10 pm, AND Saturday, September 19th, 10 am-10 pm.” If you’re interested, please e-mail Tiffany at westfeststage@outlook.com.

NEXT WEEKEND: Nature Consortium’s Arts in Nature Festival is back!

August 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(Owl puppet from 2011 Arts in Nature Festival Species Parade)

Music, dance, art, nature, a beer garden, food trucks, and the Species Parade — it’s all in the works for Camp Long next weekend, as West Seattle’s own Nature Consortium brings back the Arts in Nature Festival, 11 am-9 pm Saturday and 11 am-6 pm Sunday (August 22-23). After taking a year off while the organization changed leadership, with Merica Whitehall succeeding founder Nancy Whitlock as executive director, NC invites you to explore the festival’s big slate of activities, which you can preview here – be sure to follow all four tabs, Saturday, Sunday, all weekend (where you’ll find the food trucks listed, including Full Tilt Ice Cream and FT’s new venture, vegan Luchador Taco Co., plus Thai-U-Up, a frequent sight at Roxbury/30th, and Highland Park-founded Athena’s), and “around the next corner.” Arts in Nature is a festival where you can participate and experience, as well as watch and listen. Proceeds support the nonprofit Nature Consortium’s work, restoring the West Duwamish Greenbelt as well as offering arts education to youth; you can buy tickets in advance online.

P.S. Want to enjoy the festival for free? Volunteer!


August 8, 2015 at 11:29 am | In Delridge, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

11:29 AM: Sunbreaks and a pleasant breeze are gracing the opening hour of this year’s Delridge Day festival, presented by VIEWS (Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle). Come join hundreds of your neighbors at Delridge Community Center Park and enjoy live music …

That’s Quarter Past 8, first of today’s four bands. The stage is next to the community center, where you’ll also find two food trucks in the driveway:

More to come!

NOON: Hour 2! The skating competition is back this year, and from our booth, we can hear the cheers from the skatepark a few yards away – if you’re not competing, go watch, and cheer!

You can also find out more about a variety of community organizations and projects – for starters, you can talk with city reps about the Delridge Action Plan and the upcoming Find It/Fix It Walk:

You can also come sign up for an ORCA or ORCA LIFT card, find out about becoming a member of the Delridge Grocery Coop (WSB sponsor), and talk with organizations including South Seattle Co-op Preschools (next to our booth), West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network, West Seattle Be Prepared, West Seattle Food Bank (buy a raffle ticket), 34th District Democrats, West Seattle Democratic Women, West Seattle Timebank, and that’s just one row – we have to wander over to take a look at row 2 soon!

12:28 PM: Current Delridge Day visitors include Mayor Murray and Police Chief O’Toole:

And the music continues:

Back over at the Community Center, if someone in your family needs a backpack for school – just go inside! A backpack giveaway is on until 3 pm.

1:30 PM: Time is flying here at the festival – so many cool people. Here are two of them – Seattle Police Explorers, and twin sisters, Christina and Rebecca:

One more reminder that the police “Picnic at the Precinct” is part of Delridge Day again this year and is over on the 26th SW side of the park, including free ice cream, so don’t miss the chance.

(At right, Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith, pitching in with ice-cream operations.) Also here: Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor), which is headquartered here in North Delridge – we recorded a quick Instagram clip of the demonstration under way at SBG’s booth:

Straight Blast has classes and programs for all ages. Speaking of spanning age groups – West Seattle Community Orchestras are all about that too, and they also are here:

WSCO’s new season will start in the fall – watch for information on how to join.

2:01 PM: Last hour already! Still time to come down and check things out. More skating!

And more music.

3 PM: The festival’s wrapping up. We have lots more photos – will either add them here after we get back to HQ, or possibly a second report. Thanks to everybody who came by and said hi!

ADDED 12:44 AM: Our additional photos made more sense as part of this report, so they’re added throughout, including, below, a few more of the people who stopped by – first, we always photograph candidates who stop by our booth at festivals, and today there were two – City Council District 1 candidate Shannon Braddock:

And School Board Position 6 candidate Leslie Harris:

Patricia London, a new WSB sponsor via her Independent Living Skills/Etiquette Factory classes, also stopped by:

So did Southwest Precinct Captain Pierre Davis, seen below with Deb Greer and Karen Berge of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network:

WSB was among the sponsors of today’s festival. Presenting organization VIEWS plans to donate a portion of festival fees to the scholarship fund at Delridge CC.

TOMORROW: What you can see and do during Delridge Day

August 7, 2015 at 12:31 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

The 10th annual Delridge Day festival is less than 24 hours away. VIEWS, the organization presenting the festival again this year, shares more about what you’ll find during the 11 am-3 pm festival at Delridge Community Center Park/Skatepark. From the final pre-festival announcement:

*A large vendor area, food trucks where you can grab a bite to eat [awaiting names], kid- and family-friendly field games, bouncy houses, the wading pool …

(WSB photo from Delridge Day 2013)
*Alki Bike & Board-hosted competition at the Skatepark: Registration starts 9:45 am; cash/product prizes. “At 11 am – 12 and under will begin the skate competition, followed by men’s 13 and over at noon, then at 1 pm women’s 13 and under will take center stage. At 2 pm get ready for the pro/am main event, and at 3 pm the awards and all-star best trick competition will begin.”

(WSB photo from Delridge Day 2014)
*”With the continuing support of The Seattle Police Foundation, the Southwest Precinct Picnic will be back for the third consecutive year. The Seattle Police Department plans to make many officers and units available. Last year, they brought cars, a canine police officer, mounted patrol, a Bomb Squad robot offering candy, and free ice cream and popcorn.”

*Music (as previewed earlier this week):

11:00 am – Quarter Past 8 – rock
Noon – Ellis Brothers – jazz
1:00 pm – Yesod – psychedelic world music
2:00 pm – Oldies But Goodies – classic Rock/R&B

Again, Delridge Day is 11 am-3 pm tomorrow in the Delridge Community Center’s park at Delridge/Genesee – WSB is among the sponsors and we look forward to seeing you there again this year.

West Seattle summer: One week until Delridge Day 2015!

August 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(Photo courtesy VIEWS)
The banner is up and the final-week countdown is on – Saturday, August 8th, you’re invited to Delridge Community Center/Park/Skatepark for the Delridge Day festival, presented by VIEWS. It’s a full day of excitement packed into four hours, 11 am-3 pm. For the first time in a few years, this year’s festival will include a skate competition, presented by Alki Bike and Board; whether you want to skate or just watch, that’ll be high-energy fun. Field games, a bouncy house, community groups, vendors … plus the Seattle Police Foundation is again sponsoring “Picnic at the Precinct” as part of the festival, with visiting police officers and vehicles, and free ice cream. The park’s at Delridge/Genesee – see you there!

P.S. On Delridge Day eve, Friday, August 7th, at 7:30 pm, you’re invited to a free outdoor screening of “Big Hero 6” in the park, presented by Delridge Community Center and Southwest Youth and Family Services.

Alki Art Fair this weekend: Art, music, food, and a new shuttle route!

July 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 3 Comments

(WSB photo from 2013 Alki Art Fair)
Another full weekend of summer fun ahead – with highlights including the Alki Art Fair, on the boardwalk tomorrow and Sunday. Along with artists/vendors under canopies, you’ll find live music on three stages, two by the Bathhouse and one on the boardwalk. The schedule is still being finalized, festival organizers tell us, but some acts/times are listed here. You can also visit Seal Sitters at the Alki Art Fair, and they tell us Spud is giving their group $1 of each chowder sale during the festival. Speaking of food, here’s what the festival says about its vendors:

Lemongrass Restaurant will be offering a variety of Asian food, David and Sons Kettle Corn – Pop! will be offering Kettle Corn, mini donuts and slushies, Baskin Robbins will be offering ice cream, JJFROYOGO will be offering a variety of soft serve yogurt and ice cream products.

The festival runs 10 am-6 pm both days, with music until 9 on Saturday and 8 on Sunday, so you have the opportunity to have dinner at the beach, too – you might consider making reservations at our two WSB sponsor restaurants at the beach, Phoenecia and Cassis.

Back to what’s offered at the fair: Check out the silent auction and a children’s art activity area for make-and-take arts and crafts. And if you aren’t already planning to walk, run, bus, bike, or paddle to Alki Art Fair, here’s another option – the shuttle bus – different route this year:

A free shuttle bus will be running both days 9:30 – 6:30 from the Park and Ride area under the SW Spokane Street bridge up Admiral stopping at California to the Alki Art Fair and circling back about every 1/2 hour to expand our parking options.

A few more details are on the festival website.

HAPPENING NOW: Dance, dance, dance @ Mediterranean Fantasy Festival, day 1

July 18, 2015 at 3:56 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

With today’s warm weather, it’s not much of a stretch to feel positively Mediterranean at Hiawatha Community Center‘s park. Of course, the annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival‘s dancing, costumes, music, and backdrops all help. We stopped by briefly after the West Seattle Grand Parade for a few photos – there’s so much going on, even a short visit will immerse you in the exotic ambience. That includes a lawn full of vendors:

Along with dancing on the outdoor stage, it’s happening in the gym, too – here’s the lineup of continuous appearances. And inbetween applauding the artistry of the dancers, you can browse and buy all manner of adornment:

The festival – MedFest for short – is on until 7 pm today, and continues 11 am-5 pm tomorrow, no charge for admission. It’s in its 28th year and is presented by the Babylonian Ensemble, whose members explain here how it was created 28 years ago.

THIS WEEKEND: Mediterranean Fantasy Festival shakes up Hiawatha

July 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

(WSB photo: Rachel George dancing at 2014 MedFest)

Once again this year, right about the same time the West Seattle Parade heads south from California/Lander, nearby Hiawatha Community Center starts shaking with this year’s Mediterranean Fantasy Festival, MedFest for short. It’s two days of dancing on outdoor (east lawn) and indoor (gym) stages, plus vendors and food, free admission – 11 am-7 pm Saturday and 11 am-5 pm Sunday. The list of who you’ll see and when starts here.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Summer Fest 2015, day 3!

July 12, 2015 at 11:56 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

11:56 AM: The sun’s out and so are hundreds of people, already here at West Seattle Summer Fest in hour 1 of day 3! Above, that’s the view from our side of the Information Booth in the center of the California/Alaska intersection, looking north. Here’s the map of the festival grounds, on California between Genesee and Edmunds (Oregon remains open to traffic, so please use the crosswalks and lights there), and on Alaska between 44th and 42nd:

Up by the stage, on the north end of the festival zone, east side of California north of Oregon, you’ll find the official Summer Fest Beer Garden – where it’s Happy Hour all day today, $1 off. Here’s the music lineup:

1 pm – The Solvents
2 pm – Memphis Radio Kings
3 pm – Stereo Embers
4 pm – Sick Sad World

Here’s who you’ll find in the Community Tent (along the south side of Easy Street, on Alaska west of California) today:

11 am – 2 pm
South Seattle College Parent Cooperative Preschools
See Dogs

2 pm – 5 pm
Seal Sitters
Empower Mentoring Program

Also a full slate at GreenLife today – next up, Chef Doug from Salty’s (WSB sponsor) is making desserts from fresh Farmers’ Market produce, 12:15 pm.

And here in the Info Booth – besides answering your questions – our boothmates today are from the Junction Association - buy your Summer Fest T-shirt! (east side of the booth) – browsers and shoppers are stopping by (tweeted photo added):

Also, from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society – guess how many Lincoln Logs are in their jar! (west side of the booth) – and from the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, offering free copies of the new West Seattle business guide (west side of the booth). We also still have free buttons and schedule cards for West Seattle Outdoor Movies, the six-Saturday-night series that starts next weekend (“Zoolander,” July 18th, dusk, in the courtyard at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse [WSB sponsor]).

Hot question so far remains, “Where’s the Farmers’ Market?” Answer – where it used to be, 44th/Alaska:

It’s on until 2 pm as usual. And next week, it’s back here in the street, on California between Alaska and Oregon.

12:16 PM: Somebody just tried to steal a food vendor’s money bag – and didn’t get far:

Police are questioning the suspect right now in the breezeway north of 4730 California. Lt. Ron Smith says it’s the first incident of that type that he recalls at the festival in recent years. (Added: The suspect, a West Seattle man, was arrested and will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of felony theft robbery, according to Lt. Smith.)

12:55 PM: Music’s about to start up – see the schedule above. (added – Instagram clip of band #1, The Solvents):

Meantime, even if you’ve already been to the festival, you’ll likely find something new today, and deals too; for example, right across from where we are, north of the Info Booth, the QFC booth has discounted its coconuts – $3 today. A few storefronts north, on the east side of California, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) is continuing its sale – all kids’ goods are 30 percent off, including colorable placemats.

Along with shopping, all around the festival, you can spend a few dollars to help local nonprofits and get a chance at cool raffle prizes – from the Orca Network (booth #26), to the West Seattle Food Bank (booth #111) and the West Seattle Helpline next door (booth #109).

Visit HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) at booth #144 and enter to win a Seahawks piggy bank:

At HomeStreet’s Junction branch, 41st/Alaska, it’s WestSide Baby Stuff the Bus time one week from today (July 19th) – if you can’t stop by next Sunday to donate diapers, visit the branch any time this week and drop your donation off.

3:35 PM: This is the point where the rest of the festival roars by. An hour and a half of fun remains – last band, Sick Sad World, is up at 4 pm (as mentioned earlier, Happy Hour at the Beer Garden by the stage – $1 off). And with the sun finally out today, it’s been perfect for features such as the dog pools up at Pet Junction.

You might find just the perfect thing for your house/apartment/garden … a guy just walked by with metal yard art, a fish made from rusted horseshoes.

Earlier, we mentioned some of the raffles – this one, we previewed before the festival, and here’s one more reminder about your chance to try for this outside the Senior Center:

Or – no need to take a chance at the MaxMobile – just take a new friend home!

Still throngs of people, with and without pets, here. Sidewalk sales continue outside the year-round stores:

3:58 PM: Here is the vendor we’ve been asked about most often:

The airplants seem to have a lot of fans.

4:09 PM: Final hour! Things you can do right now -

-Come to the Info Booth and get a free West Seattle Community Resource Guide from Chamber reps
-Watch street performers
-Have an early dinner at the many Junction venues with festival-only outdoor seating, and people-watch until the end
-Last call for fair food – elephant ears, deep-fried PB&J, chocolate-dipped cheesecake…
-Shop! Easy Street has tons of music on sale
-Go see Seal Sitters in the Community Tent and find out about caring for local wildlife

Though an election is coming up – ballots go in the mail this Wednesday – we haven’t seen much campaigning today. We did get an Info Booth visit (our longstanding offer: We’ll photograph candidates who stop by) from School Board incumbent Marty McLaren:

And the folks from the Chamber, next to us in the Info Booth, will also be glad to tell you about the City Council District 1 candidates’ forum they’re presenting at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) this Wednesday night (5:30 pm July 15th)

4:45 PM: Quick Instagram clip from the final band, Sick Sad World:

Sure sign this is wrapping up: The QFC booth has run out of coconuts. Looks like a few fruit kabobs are left. Elsewhere, signs of cleanup and packing up – the festival breakdown takes several hours, so don’t expect the streets to reopen until relatively late tonight (we’ll publish an update when we find out). By our informal observation, Summer Fest has been VERY well-attended! Some who have stopped by the Info Booth have asked how to apply for a booth next year – the West Seattle Junction Association presents the festival, and usually puts out the call in winter, so watch wsjunction.org.

5:05 PM: It’s a wrap! Thanks so much to everyone who came to Summer Fest (which we co-sponsored again this year) to shop, browse, wander, explore, dine, drink, dance … and thanks to everyone who stopped by the Info Booth to say hi. Stay tuned to WSB for info on all the summer fun yet to come.

MIDNIGHT NOTE: Traffic cameras show Junction streets still closed as cleanup continues.

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Summer Fest 2015, day 2, report #2

July 11, 2015 at 4:09 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(Today’s first report is here; Friday coverage is here and here)

4:09 PM: The biggest day of West Seattle Summer Fest has REALLY been big. Lots and lots of people. And dogs! We couldn’t resist snapping the ones above, who were just outside the fence at the temporary outdoor seating at Talarico’s, one of many Junction venues that have outdoor seating – temp AND permanent – during the festival. If you’re just getting here, the basics, again:

Until 6 pm for vendors (some might choose to stay open longer, especially food)
Until 8 pm for kids’ rides (ticket purchase required; free kids’ activities end earlier)
9:30 pm, last band (The Cave Singers) – full schedule here
Until 9 pm, events on the GreenLife stage

Bus-reroute info here
Road closures – California from Oregon to Edmunds, plus south half of the block between Genesee and Oregon (which remains open west-east); Alaska between 44th and 42nd
Parking – Look for The Junction’s three free lots, plus the Seattle Lutheran lot at 41st/Genesee
More info on the festival website’s “Getting Here” page

4:58 PM: The Gray Sky Farms critters are still at GreenLife – don’t miss it at the south end of the festival zone:

Sheep too:

GreenLife is presented by Sustainable West Seattle; the people you’ll meet there include Stu Hennessey of Alki Bike and Board, who’ll be talking at 4 pm Sunday about “The Future of Cycling in Seattle.”

Also tomorrow at GreenLife, visit The Whale Trail, which will have an exhibit there. Donna Sandstrom of TWT says, “At 3 (Sunday) I’ll be talking about orcas on the GreenLife stage, followed by a game of Orca Bingo. Everyone is welcome to play! This is a special edition of a game we invented, customized especially for West Seattle Summer Fest.”

As we’ve been mentioning, the festival is a great chance to check out the always-here merchants as well as visiting vendors. Brian Presser runs Touch Tech Systems, inside the breezeway between Oregon and Alaska on the west side of California, but he’s on the sidewalk for Summer Fest:

The team from Emerald Water Anglers, usually found in their 42nd/Oregon shop, are in booth #156 for Summer Fest:

Outside CAPERS, you’ll find the famous “As Worn by Eddie Vedder” West Seattle T-shirts:

You can get mugs with the logo, too. Also keeping it mega-local: Maps of Puget Sound are are the Mountain to Sound Outfitters booth, along with kayaks and gear:

And back on the T-shirt front, Summer Fest tees are still on sale in the Info Booth – about another half-hour tonight, then during the festival’s final day (already?) 11 am-5 pm tomorrow.

5:49 PM: Up at the stage, Black Whales are wrapping up their set.

Next up at 6 pm, it’s S. The music schedule is this hour’s top topic at the Information Booth – we have it taped to the tablecloth, so you can just walk up and take a peek. It’s right next to our schedule cards for West Seattle Outdoor Movies – now a week away – one guy who just stopped by was stoked to see that “Zoolander” is kicking off this year’s slate.

Back to the booths – another of the upcoming events you can learn about here is the Alki Beach 5K, a fundraiser on August 23rd to help breast-cancer patients via Northwest Hope and Healing, whose Shari Sewell was at the booth when we stopped by:

More candidates today – we’re still catching up on photos. Just saw Port Commissioner candidate Norman Sigler walk by – remember, candidates who stop by the booth and say hi will get a picture – School Board candidate Nick Esparza just did:

Another School Board candidate, Leslie Harris, has stopped by too:

And earlier, we photographed City Council District 1 candidate Phil Tavel and family:

6:43 PM: Some vendors are still open – not a bad strategy, since lots of people are still roaming, all ages. Music ahead – Fame Riot at 7 pm, Kithkin at 8 pm, Voxmod at 9 pm, and the much-awaited The Cave Singers at 9:30 pm. Some are looking ahead to tomorrow already, and again asking the question: What happens to the Farmers’ Market tomorrow? 10 am-2 pm, usual hours, in its old location, the lot at 44th/Alaska, and then next Sunday (July 19th) and beyond, it’s back here on California SW between Alaska and Oregon.

7:06 PM: We’re wrapping up the info booth – back tomorrow by 11 (remember the festival opens an hour later on Sunday morning) – but first, a few more scenes:

The sidewalk drumming team got props from a fan. And minutes ago – another round of bubbling:

The youngest festivalgoers are still out in full force, strollers to teens.

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Summer Fest 2015, day 2, report #1

July 11, 2015 at 11:13 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

One hour into Day 2, and West Seattle Summer Fest is abuzz! Until 2 pm, visit the Community Tent along the south wall oF Easy Street Records, and you’ll find members of the West Seattle Community Orchestras:

Also in the Community Tent right now – the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network. Throughout the festival, you’ll find reps of cool community groups there, to tell you more about what they do and how you can get involved. The Community Tent schedule for the rest of the festival:

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network
West Seattle Community Orchestras

Saturday 2 pm – 6 pm
West Seattle Be Prepared
Southside Revolution

Sunday 11 am – 2 pm
South Seattle College Parent Cooperative Preschool
See Dogs

Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm
Seal Sitters
Empower Mentoring Program

You’ll find some other local nonprofits interspersed with the vendor booths. Among them, the West Seattle Food Bank – west side of California between Oregon and Alaska – where you can buy a $5 raffle ticket for some great prizes.

And since lunch time is approaching, we thought we’d offer a quick video tour of the food zone today – the first :15 Instagram clip is the east half (east of the alley between the two new Junction 47 buildings), the second one is the west half.

Note the traditional fair food – deep-fried PBJs, elephant ears, curly fries – as well as heartier fare (including local restaurants Bang Bar and Matador). And if you haven’t been to The Junction since last Summer Fest, note some additions – Pagliacci Pizza is now open for slices, Coastline is open across the street from there (burgers), among others. Outside the food zone, you’ll find a few other spots, such as the QFC booth north of us, selling fruit kabobs ($3 or $4 with chocolate), coconuts ($4), water ($1), soda pop ($1), peanuts in the shell ($1).

Speaking of water, bring your own bottle and get it refilled at the GreenLife area toward the south end of the festival zone. GreenLife also has ongoing demonstrations, talks, and performances – the schedule is here.

12:24 PM: Compared to the heat wave we went through in recent weeks, today feels almost a little chilly. But nice. We’ve also noticed a few light droplets from the sky … major rain is NOT in the forecast so far but be ready for anything. Music’s under way up at the stage – right now, it’s Pig Snout, which is a family group, playing family music.

Concertgoing is a family adventure too:

The stage, if you haven’t been here yet, is at the far north end of the festival, as is the beer garden, and that’s just north of Pet Junction (bet you can guess what that’s about). Electronic duo Navvi is up at 1 pm.

Back here in the heart of the festival zone, if you saw our item last night about applying here for an ORCA LIFT card – you can do that at the green-tent Metro booth just west of us:

Be sure to bring along the verification info they need. Metro’s not the only transportation agency here – if you have questions about the Highway 99 tunnel project, WSDOT is on the east side of the block between Alaska and Edmunds:

1:26 PM: Had our first missing-child situation a little while ago – hope it’s not information you need while here at the festival, but if you do, come to the Info Booth, and we’ll summon help – festival staff, police, etc. Speaking of the latter, we’ve just checked in with Southwest Precinct Lt. Ron Smith, who supervises the officers assigned to the festival, and he says it’s been pretty quiet.

1:35 PM: We mentioned the WS Food Bank raffle earlier – another benefit raffle you’ll find here at Summer Fest is at the Orca Network booth (#26, on the east side of California between Alaska and Edmunds) – $1, you don’t have to be present to win; winner will be drawn Sunday night and you’ll be contacted if it’s you. Here’s the flyer listing all the prizes, donated by local businesses.

2 PM: Timbre Barons are on stage now. When you head up that way, duck into the beer garden photo zone!

Susan Melrose of the Junction Association shared the photo of Josh Sutton and Susan Sutton. And speaking of tropical … the sun is finally starting to make a cameo appearance; the temperature’s been perfect, but it’s been cloudy all day – now, a sunbreak off to the west. Another contributed festival photo – this one from Ryan:

The mound o’fries is a popular choice in the food zone on Alaska east of California; on the west, it’s shift change at the Community Tent, with West Seattle Be Prepared and Southside Revolution there now, until 6 pm. Just talked to WSBP reps – be sure to get the new postcard showing where the Emergency Communication Hubs are – 13 in West Seattle now!

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Summer Fest 2015, day 1, report #2

July 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(EARLIER COVERAGE: Day 1, report #1, is here)

That’s a quick Instagram clip of Gibraltar, the kickoff band at this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest, less than an hour ago.

We’re continuing our as-it-happens coverage from the Summer Fest Info Booth in the heart of The Junction – where you can get a festival program, an info-card for the upcoming West Seattle Outdoor Movies series (six Saturday nights starting July 18th), the West Seattle Grand Parade (also on July 18th), and – just added – info about Alice Enevoldsen’s Plutopalooza fly-by watch on July 14th. More scenes from the festival, coming up. Infolinks:

SUMMER FEST MUSIC (stage is on California between Genesee and Oregon)
SUMMER FEST VENDOR MAP (cross-reference the numbers from the list)

While tonight’s official closing time is 6 pm, that’s mainly for merchandise vendors; food tends to stay open later, the kids’ rides (for which you have to buy tickets or wristbands) run until 8 tonight; the last band is at 9:30 pm.

4:23 PM: The rides are a mix again this year, some motorized:

Some human-powered:

While the main ride zone is on the west side of Alaska, between California and 44th, don’t miss the area with the free activities, including crafts and facepainting – just turn north, under the Wells Fargo overhang. This was organized by West Seattle Art Nest:

That’s Lashanna, who has long been delighting local kids with facepainting here (and other events like Hometown Holidays).

In today’s first report, we showed the West Seattle Hi-Yu float”Around the Sound,” now appearing in parades around the region, and getting ready for the July 18th West Seattle Grand Parade. Also making the rounds are Senior Court Queen Kelly and Junior Court Queen Emily:

If you see them, and have a dollar to spare, consider buying a Hi-Yu button – helps them cover the costs of showcasing West Seattle around the region, as well as the activities here at home (the Hi-Yu Concert in the Park, for example, is coming up next Tuesday, July 14th, 7 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha, with the West Seattle Big Band).

4:59 PM: After a few years’ break, the festival-presenting Junction Association is selling T-shirts again this year. You have several options in colors and styles – including those worn in our photo by Emelie, Megan, and Annie:

You can buy a T-shirt at the Info Booth – from the team on the east side (facing the food zone), until about 6 tonight, then again 10-6 tomorrow and 11-5 Sunday, provided supplies last! Meantime, a quick shout-out to some of the WSB sponsors you’ll see at Summer Fest – first, Dream Dinners, in booth #62:

Dream Dinners, which you’ll find the rest of the year on the outer east side of Jefferson Square, is where you can sign up for sessions to prep recipes for meals you then take home and freeze until you’re ready to cook them – a great time-saver if you don’t have the time and energy to make everything from total scratch. Also here, Office Junction, which is part of the GreenLife sustainability expo at the south end of the festival:

OJ is West Seattle’s only coworking center – also an awesome hybrid of sorts – you don’t have to work in a cube but you don’t have to work alone. And right across from us, north of the Info Booth at California/Alaska, is the West Seattle YMCA, which got a visit today from a gaggle of adorable preschoolers:

The booth features activities including hopscotch – at which we’ve seen people of all ages trying their luck today. The Y is headquartered in The Triangle, where it’s getting ready to expand.

6:30 PM: Many, but not all, of the vendors have closed up for the day; the kids’ rides continue until 8 pm (ticket booth is on the south side of Alaska by the rides); the music’s continuing for a few hours too. Right now, Deep Creep is onstage.

At 7, it’s The Shivas; at 8, La Luz; then DJ Lance Romance at 9, and The Thermals closing out the night at 9:30. A popular question here at the booth is, where’s the stage? Answer: At the north end of the festival zone, north of Oregon.

7:19 PM: We’re wrapping up at the Info Booth – back 10 am tomorrow. When you come tomorrow, one thing you can do – register for the July 18th Float Dodger 5K! It’s a presentation of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), which has a booth y:

You’ll find them in #150, east side of the street, between Oregon and Alaska. The 5K – wear costumes! – is right before the West Seattle Grand Parade. We’ll take a look later at more of the not-so-obvious things you can do while visiting. Meantime, people are still asking us a question looking ahead to Sunday: What about the Farmers’ Market? Answer: It’s back in the “old” spot, just for this Sunday (the lot at 44th/Alaska) – same hours, 10 am-2 pm (though the festival itself starts an hour later on Sunday, 11 am).

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Summer Fest 2015, day 1, report #1

July 10, 2015 at 11:26 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

11:26 AM: An hour and a half into the first day of West Seattle Summer Fest 2015 – just about everyone is set up and the fun has begun. Again this year, live WSB coverage is headquartered in the Information Booth, in the middle of the Walk-All-Ways intersection at California and Alaska. It’s a bigger booth this year – we have company! The West Seattle Junction Association – which presents Summer Fest – is selling festival T-shirts on the east side, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is on the west side – with their jar-full-of-Lincoln-logs guessing game, and more!

And as in years past, we’re on the north side – with festival programs as well as free info-cards and buttons for West Seattle Outdoor Movies, which start their six-Saturday run in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard on July 18th. Meantime, before we get to some more festival info, here are our quick infolinks:

SUMMER FEST MUSIC (first band, Gibraltar, at 3 pm; stage is on California between Genesee and Oregon)
SUMMER FEST VENDOR MAP (cross-reference the numbers from the list)

11:42 AM: Some of what you’ll see:

12:21 PM: Don’t breeze by the booths too quickly – you might miss something like this:

In the meantime, it’s lunchtime. The food court is on the east side of Alaska, with traditional fair food like corn dogs, elephant ears, and curly fries – so tempting, this family stopped for a photo op with theirs:

Bang Bar is in the food zone again this year too, in addition to their year-round Thai restaurant on the east side of California north of Edmunds.

1 PM: Two hours until the music starts at the north end of the festival zone, with Gibraltar onstage at 3 pm, on California north of Oregon. Just south of the stage area, it’s Pet Junction, including not only the pet pools …

… but also some vendors and even organizations like the Coalition for Off-Leash Areas (a frequently hot topic in West Seattle, which has just one off-leash area, at Westcrest Park in southeastern WS). Speaking of animal advocacy … all the way from Whidbey Island, Howard Garrett of the Orca Network is at Summer Fest today:

It’s the first time the Orca Network is at the festival – booth #26, which is on the east side of California, between Alaska and Edmunds.

1:44 PM: Local merchants are a huge part of the festival – it started as the annual “sidewalk sale” many years ago. You’ll find lots of deals outside and inside stores. And you might even spot a few local businessfolk sneaking in a quick break:

In case you don’t yet recognize them on sight – from left, Jack Miller of Husky Deli, Dave Montoure of West 5, and Matt Vaughan of Easy Street Records.

2:02 PM: We have a longstanding offer to photograph any candidate or elected official who stops by the Info Booth – so far today, one visit, from District 1 City Council candidate Chas Redmond:

He and other D-1 candidates will be featured in a forum Saturday afternoon, 2 pm, in the GreenLife zone toward the south end of the festival. (Follow that link for the GreenLife schedule – at 3 pm, there’s a talk about e-bikes; at 4 pm, find out about going solar.)

West Seattle Summer Fest 2015: Final pre-festival updates – Community Tent, extra parking lot, water-bottle-refill station

July 10, 2015 at 2:07 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

As the “live” SDOT cameras in The Junction show, West Seattle Summer Fest setup is well under way; the festival officially begins at 10 am today! We’ve been counting down to it with advance info all week (and well before that), and have a few more things to mention:

EXTRA PARKING LOT: Seattle Lutheran High School is opening its lot at 41st/Genesee for festival parking; Susan Melrose of the West Seattle Junction Association says WSJA “greatly appreciates Seattle Lutheran’s thoughtful generosity during West Seattle’s biggest community event.”

WATER-BOTTLE REFILL STATION: Cut down on waste and cost – bring your own water bottle to Summer Fest; you’ll find a refill station at the GreenLife expo on the south end of the festival, sponsored by Bikram Yoga.

QUILT RAFFLE: From West Seattle Quilters:

You could win a handmade quilt and support the Senior Center at the same time! West Seattle Quilters have completed their 2015 raffle quilt to benefit the Senior Center. Tickets are $1 each, and all the money raised goes directly to the West Seattle Senior Center. Ticket sales begin July 10 at West Seattle Summer Fest (look for us outside the Stop and Shop) and in the Senior Center at the main desk. The drawing will be held October 30, 2015, during Rainbow Bingo at the Senior Center.

Every year, the West Seattle Quilters creates a quilt to raffle to benefit the Senior Center. This year’s quilt, titled, “Flying to the Stars” features soft blues and greens.

It would look lovely on a queen-size bed or hanging on a wall. West Seattle Quilters meet at the Senior Center on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 7 to 9 pm. Newcomers of all ages are welcome!

DIAPER DONATIONS: From WSB sponsor HomeStreet Bank:

HomeStreet Bank is ready to accept your diaper donations for WestSide Baby’s Stuff the Bus Event! We will again be accepting diaper donations this weekend at our Summer Fest booth and also passing out frozen treats (while supplies last) at our Branch to help folks beat the heat.

HomeStreet’s booth is #144 on the map. Its branch is just east of the festival zone, at 41st/Alaska.

COMMUNITY TENT SCHEDULE: These are the great local nonprofits/volunteer groups you’ll find in the community tent:

Friday 10 am – 2 pm
Senior Center of West Seattle
Navos Mental Health Service

Friday 2 pm – 6 pm
34th District Democrats
Seal Sitters

Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network
West Seattle Community Orchestras

Saturday 2 pm – 6 pm
West Seattle Be Prepared
Southside Revolution

Sunday 11 am – 2 pm
South Seattle College Parent Cooperative Preschool
See Dogs

Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm
Seal Sitters
Empower Mentoring Program

*The basics
*The music
*The kid stuff
*The transit info
*Vendor list; ride-zone hours

VIDEO: West Seattle Summer Fest Eve in The Junction! WS Art Walk too.

July 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm | In West Seattle Art Walk, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

6:39 PM: The barricades are up and people are walking in the street – must be West Seattle Summer Fest Eve in The Junction! The festival itself officially starts at 10 am tomorrow (see the basics here) but with the streets closed to vehicles – aside from those involved in setup, like the one in which festival producer Oliver Little and West Seattle Junction Association director Susan Melrose just rode by:

With outdoor dining/drinking areas set up, and live music at some venues, tonight brings a party all its own, especially with West Seattle Art Walk under way. Wander over to 42nd SW, across from Jefferson Square, where you’ll find artist Jessica Creager at Wallflower Custom Framing (WSB sponsor):

More to come! Better yet, just come down and see for yourself. And take the chance to play in the street, before all the tents get set up…

7:06 PM: Another Art Walk stop is Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) on California north of Alaska, where artist Hannah Viano is featured tonight:

Also at Click! – a Summer Fest sale! Outside *and* inside throughout the festival – check out the details here.

Another important reminder tonight: The bus reroutes are now in effect:

We have them all linked here – each route, and the PDF describing where the stops have moved to, from now through late Sunday night.

7:42 PM: Sweet sounds from the Jazz Night School All-Star Big Band – we have a minute of video:

They’re playing outside West 5, one of the places you’ll find outdoor seating set up just for the festival. Another one is Bin 41, which has a “wine garden” going, while The Beer Junction, of course, has a beer garden.

8:31 PM: The tent, stage, and ride setup work is getting more intense, but it’s still a beautiful night to stop down. We’ll add a few more photos back at HQ. (Like this one …)

(Photo by Duane Bakke – starring Peg)

Watch for one more round of Summer Fest info later tonight – and then we’ll see you at the festival tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday!

West Seattle Summer Fest countdown: See the vendor list! Plus, ride-zone hours

July 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

Two quick updates as West Seattle Summer Fest gets closer (this Friday-Saturday-Sunday):

VENDOR LIST GOES LIVE: If you’ve been awaiting the festival vendor list, your wait is over. You can see it now on this page of the Summer Fest website.

KID-STUFF FOLLOW-UP – RIDE-ZONE HOURS: After our preview of the kids’ activities, the question was asked – what hours will the rides/bouncy toys be open? Today, we have the answer – 10 am-8 pm Friday and Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday.

*The basics
*The music
*The kid stuff
*The transit info
*“Summer Fest Eve”

…more tomorrow!

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