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SUNDAY: First-ever Central American festival coming to Westcrest Park

A first-of-its-kind festival is happening in West Seattle this Sunday! Here’s the announcement we received for Festival Centroamericano, coming to Westcrest Park:

The first festival in Seattle that is dedicated to learning and sharing the cultural expressions from Central America, the Festival Centroamericano, will bring together members of the various Seattle Neighborhoods that are from Central America or have family from the seven Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama).

Embracing our Central American heritage and culture to a community that is not well exposed to it can also offer a great opportunity to learn something new especially with the different ethnic groups (Indigenous, African, Mestizo, Latino) that are involved in the festival. The organization will unite the different ethnic groups from each of the Central American countries to exchange cultures and learn from one another.

The Festival Centroamericano will be a family-oriented and free-for-the-public event, therefore, everyone is welcome to experience a Central American community at Westcrest Park, 9000 8th Ave SW on August 28 from 11AM to 7PM. The festival will have live performances and vendors providing food, art, information, other great services, and more!

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CONTINUING SUNDAY: Arts In Nature Festival 2016 @ Camp Long


Want to be outdoors – and be cool? The meadow at Camp Long is the perfect place right now. We just arrived at the Arts In Nature Festival, presented by Nature Consortium, which is sponsoring WSB right now to promote the annual festival. It’s on until 9 tonight, and again 11 am-6 pm Sunday – you still have lots of time to get here to see this evening’s headliners in the meadow at 7 pm, Big World Breaks, playing on the Nancy Stage [named for NC founder Nancy Whitlock, who’s here right now, as is former NC leader Merica Whitehall and David Bestock of DNDA, with which NC is merging – photo below].


Big World Breaks is in fact doing a sound check right now, before Etienne Cakpo (video added below) takes the stage around 6 pm.

And this is just the main stage – one of four major spots around the park that you’ll find music, dance/performance, or activities. Most of the latter two are done for the day, but music continues until 9, as does the Beer Garden (top photo), where you can also buy and drink Ethiopian coffee:


Camp Long’s famous cabins have artists in residence throughout the weekend, with “installations that mix sound, auditory arts, music, and visual arts.” (Added) That includes poetry, and you can write your own:


Lots more to explore:


On the south end of the meadow, YAMS (Yesler Art Mobile Studio) is here with all-ages activities.


Festival ticket info is here; the park is at 5200 35th SW, with the main entrance off northbound 35th at Dawson.

P.S. One more addition from Saturday evening – the installation inside the Camp Long Lodge that managed to make its subject (“Dust Motes”) seem magical:

(Mouse over the image to reveal the “play” button so you can click it.)

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Delridge Day 2016!

(Los Mixtecos on the Delridge Day cultural stage – schedule here)

11:34 AM: We’re in the park outside Delridge Community Center in the first hour of this year’s Delridge Day festival, presented by VIEWS, happening until 11 am, with music, cultural performances, giveaways, treats, skateboarding demonstrations and contests, more. Local groups and businesses are here, as are Seattle Police, since the annual “Picnic at the Precinct” is melded into this again this year (police horses and K-9s will be presenting demonstrations).


West Seattle’s own Ellis Brothers (below) are the first musical act – at noon, it’s Widowed Cactus; 1 pm, The Slags; 2 pm, Valerie Cavell.


Get down to Delridge/Genesee and enjoy yourself – the festival runs until 3 pm – more updates to come.

11:50 AM: Be sure to roam around and check out all the giveaways while you’re here. Free water and ice cream (courtesy of the Seattle Police Foundation) in the SPD area on the west side of the festival zone; free backpacks with school supplies inside the community center:

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Many of the groups here have tchotchkes – we’ve brought a few leftover WSB-branded ice scrapers from festivals past; you never know when actual wintry weather might return, and it’s a cooling thought here on another summer day going into the 80s. Cool things for sale, too – in the Delridge Day info booth, right next to us, you can buy Delridge Day T-shirts, $10 kids, $20 adults. And don’t miss Davin the emcee at the Cultural Stage!

12:29 PM: So much going on. In the clip above, that’s MC Davin with SPD Officer San Miguel and Pele the K-9 in training.

(The officer informed the emcee, not like Pele the soccer player, but rather, Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire.)

In the shade under a big tree, martial-arts demonstrations with Coach Sonia Sillan and others from Elite Brazilian Jiu-jitsu of Seattle (WSB sponsor), headquartered here in Delridge, just blocks away.


In the field in the center of the festival zone, sack racing for anybody who shows up:

On the music stage, Widowed Cactus is performing:

Chas Redmond from VIEWS, the music coordinator (for this and so many local festivals!), points out that many of the performers are local youth. Meantime, over at the skatepark, mini-contests are getting going. And on the Cultural Stage, the Arabaka Trio is performing:


The wading pool’s open too, if you’re coming with little ones who would like to splash around (stick your toes in too).

1:03 PM: Midway through the festival … if you’re hungry, note that Yummy Box, which bills itself as “Seattle’s #1 Asian fusion food truck,” is here.


So are a tamale vendor and a shave-ice stand. And as we mentioned, you’ll find free ice-cream treats over in the SPD zone. Meantime, on the music stage, The Slags have just started to play.

And come say hi to all the volunteers and organization/agency reps who are here – cool people we know from so many meetings and events – they do a lot for the community, and that includes the festival-coordinating VIEWS folks – consider buying a T-shirt (info above) and/or poster to support the festival.

1:26 PM: Here’s a walk-around of some of the booths here:

On the Cultural Stage right now – Van Lang Vietnamese Cultural School.

1:56 PM: The Cultural Stage also is featuring announcements from time to time, including information from some of the organizations who are here – right now, the Delridge Grocery Coop is talking about its ongoing effort to get to the point where it can open a grocery store; in the meantime, you can catch up with them every Thursday, 4-7 pm, at their farmstand next to the Delridge P-Patch. The West Seattle Democratic Women had the microphone for a while too, talking about their new focus, climate change. Emcee Davin Stedman asked them for recommendations of where to get accurate information online and they said they’ve been adding links to their website.

2:12 PM: We’re into the last hour – it’s warm but there’s lots of shade, in tents and other trees, if you haven’t been here yet. … We’re hearing that Mayor Ed Murray is expected to stop by around 2:30 pm. He visited the festival last year too.

Last act on the Cultural Stage is Dance Brazil:


2:39 PM: The mayor is here now and Pete Spalding of VIEWS, and the Delridge Neighborhood District Council – one of the groups the mayor recently decided to cut off from city support – is asking him to rethink the decision, pointing out that this event is coordinated by people from DNDC and community councils, “the lifeblood of the neighborhood.”


“We’ll work with you, we’ll work with you,” Murray was heard to tell Spalding.

Murray was subsequently seen at the West Seattle Food Bank booth (an organization Spalding long served as a board member), buying a fundraising raffle ticket, according to WSFB’s Judi Yazzolino, who sent the photo below:


2:46 PM: The mayor just offered a few words onstage, where MC Davin urged him to drop the mic, as he had done with SW Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith earlier (Lt. Smith really did literally drop the mic). And now the mayor’s back over at the festival info booth, buying a Delridge Day T-shirt.

3 PM: Festival’s over! Thanks to everyone who came to Delridge Day, and a special shoutout to the nice folks who stopped by our table to say hi.

P.S. West Seattle’s next summer festival is Nature Consortium‘s Arts in Nature Festival next weekend at Camp Long.

DELRIDGE DAY ON SATURDAY! One last festival preview

Eastern West Seattle’s biggest festival of the summer is just hours away. The community volunteers of VIEWS (Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle) are ready to bring you Delridge Day 2016, 11 am-3 pm at Delridge Community Center Park. Among the highlights:

*Music, performances, demonstrations on two stages (previewed here)

*Grand opening of new Fitness Zone exercise area by the playground

*Skatepark activities for skaters 12 and under, presented by Alki Bike & Board and Skate Like a Girl (as previewed here – clinics 10 am-noon, mini-contests noon-2 pm)

*Kids’ games/activities (including sack races), with prizes, presented by Trader Joe’s

*Free massages by Massage Envy

*Dozens of booths with organizations and businesses (and festival co-sponsors including WSB)

*2 food trucks and a tamale tent; shave ice from Have An Ice Day

*Neighborhood Tent – not too late to have your neighborhood council or organization featured there, VIEWS tells us

Before the festival, you can help raise money for programs at Delridge CC by running in the Run for Recreation ($25 entry) at 10 am. Big day ahead – see you there!

Delridge Day 2016, one week from today!

West Seattle’s next festival is one week away: Delridge Day 2016 (presented by VIEWS, with co-sponsors including WSB), 11 am-3 pm Saturday, August 13th, in the park by Delridge Community Center. First, this is a two-stage festival, and the lineup for the stage toward the west side of the festival ground has been shared. The SPD events are part of the “Picnic at the Precinct” component that has been blended with Delridge Day the last few years; other performers on this stage are part of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association Cultural Events Series that’s also been blended into this year’s festival:

11:10 – 11:40: Los Mixtecos
11:40 – 11:50: SPD Canine demonstration
11:50 – 12:00: SPD Announcements and drawings
12:00 – 1:00: The Arabaka Trio
1:00 – 1:10: SPD Mounted Patrol demonstration
1:10 – 1:20: SPD Announcements and drawings
1:20 – 2:00: Van Lang Vietnamese Cultural School
2:00 – 2:15: SPD Arson/Bomb Squad Demonstration
2:15 – 2:45: Dora Oliveira and Dance Brazil

The music stage, on the south side of the festival zone, will feature Wild Within, the Ellis Brothers, The Slags, and Valerie Cavell.

Also part of the festival again this year – a skating competition at Delridge Skatepark! Alki Bike and Board and Skate Like a Girl are the sponsors, and the tentative plan is:

Twelve and under, NO ENTRY FEE skate competition

10-12 pm: clinics

12-2 pm: mini contests
Time trial around park 12-1

Awards for
Best times
Best style
Best attitude
Best helmet
Best cheers

Best Trick “jams” on different obstacles

Awards for
Best Trick
Most Creative
Best attitude
Best Style
Best tumble

All of the above, plus games, food, booths featuring vendors and local organizations (we’ll be there!) – 11 am-3 pm next Saturday, 4501 Delridge Way SW. Watch here for more Delridge Day previews as the week goes on – including details on bonus pre-festival events, a Friday night outdoor movie and a Saturday morning fundraising run!

Alki Art Fair thanks you & needs you!

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(WSB photo, July 24th)

West Seattle is “between festivals” this weekend, so we’ll be doing some looking ahead and looking back. One of last month’s festivals, the Alki Art Fair (co-sponsored by WSB), has a message for you that does both:

Thank you to all that attended and participated in our 19th annual Alki Art Fair on the beach last month! This year we had more artists’ booths, more musical performers, more food vendors, and more attendees than ever before. We owe a special thank you to our community and our sponsors! Sponsors this year were: Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gutter Helmet, Renewal by Andersen, West Seattle Blog, Seattle Web Works.

As we look forward to next year and the celebration of our momentous 20th year of the Alki Art Fair, we are looking for fresh board members & volunteers to fill our performance, technology, fundraising, and PR chair positions. Think you’d like to be part of the fun next year? Please contact us at volunteers@alkiartfair.org

This year’s AAF was held July 23-24; we covered the first day here, second day here.

Arts in Nature Festival 2016: Here’s who’s headlining

August 3, 2016 2:58 pm
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(Photo courtesy Arts in Nature Festival)

Nature Consortium has announced another headliner for the upcoming Arts in Nature Festival (WSB sponsor) at Camp Long, now less than three weeks away:

Arts in Nature and the NW Folklife Festival are thrilled to present the band Big World Breaks (BWB), led by Aaron Walker-Loud, to the new amplified “Nancy Stage” (named after festival founder Nancy Whitlock.) BWB has worked with Janelle Monae, Macklemore, Digable Planets, Reggie Watts and other major recording artists, and is comprised of some of the best local Funk, Soul, World Music and Jazz musicians – many of whom are alumni of the internationally-acclaimed Garfield and Roosevelt High School Jazz ensembles.

The 2016 Arts in Nature Festival takes place Saturday, August 20, 11 am-9 pm, and Sunday, August 21, 11 am-6 pm, at Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave SW.

Tickets are $10 per day for adults (or $16 for a weekend pass) and $5 per day for kids 12 & under. Get tickets online here, or buy them at the festival.

A convoy of food trucks including GAI BOX, PICNIC, POP UP and ATHENA’S keeps you energized for art-making, dancing, and nature trail exploring. For an added dose of hoppy happy, Fremont Brewing is providing “beers of distinction” for the beer garden!

Art Installations & Interactions: Interaction ranges from using duct tape-wrapped chopsticks to hammering out a jam on Benson Smith’s “Junk Chime” to physically entering Installation Artist Markel Uriu’s “Bowers” to climbing aboard the converted RV that is YAMS, the Yesler Arts Mobile Studio, providing hands-on art and craft making for all.

A perfect example of the “arts in nature” concept encouraging artists and audience members to engage in active participation is the piece Inner Galactic, created by Maya Soto (choreographer) + Nico Tower (composer/multidisciplinary artist). The “Innernauts” explore the poetry of geology and the magic of time and sediment. They transform a cabin into a fantastical moon-like cave of crystals, craters, stalagmites, shadows and light representing deep matters of the heart using light + shadow boxes, visual design/art installation and original sound composition to create a new interactive sound environment. Visitors contribute through writing and sound-making.

Look for the performance and art schedule on the festival website as it gets closer.

COUNTDOWN: 2 weeks to Delridge Day!

July 30, 2016 9:41 am
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We’re sharing the official poster for Delridge Day to remind you that the free, fun festival in the park outside Delridge Community Center, presented by VIEWS, is exactly two weeks away – 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, August 13th. Plan to be there to be entertained, informed, and engaged … watch here for more details soon. (WSB is a Delridge Day sponsor again this year, so we’ll be there too.)

ONE MONTH TO GO! West Seattle Car Show on August 27th

(WSB photo: Little car, big hit, at last year’s West Seattle Car Show)

This year’s West Seattle summer fun has a long way to go, so we’re reminding you here and there about what’s yet to come. We are exactly one month away now from the West Seattle Car Show, which is moving up this year into August, and happening on a Saturday instead of a Sunday. It’s on Saturday, August 27th, 10 am-4 pm, on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus for the second year, and signups are happening right now. Whatever kind of motorized vehicle you have, there’s probably a trophy for it:

Alt fuel/EV
Ladies/Female owned
Junior (under 21)
Best “un-restored”/survivor (any class)
Judge’s choice – best stock
Judge’s choice – best modified
People’s choice / Michael Hoffman award
Sponsor’s choice
SSC choice – for best student car (judged by SCC staff)
1954 and under domestic
1955 – 1959 domestic
1960 – 1964 domestic
1965 – 1969 domestic
1970 – 1974 domestic
1975 – 1989 domestic
1990 – current domestic

Go here to sign up. There’s room for more vendors and sponsors, too. The show is presented again this year by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (both WSB sponsors) and they have a LOT planned, not just vehicle-viewing – see last week’s preview for details.

VIDEO: Alki Art Fair, day 2

July 24, 2016 2:24 pm
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2:24 PM: Another spectacular day at the beach, and you have almost four more hours to go wander the Alki Art Fair. Booths are open until 6:


A food truck and food booths are set up along the promenade and on the street, and music continues on two stages. We’re the sponsor for the “Busker Stage” toward the west end.

Stop inside the Bathhouse to bid on silent-auction items; the official Alki Art Fair T-shirt is on sale outside the Bathhouse; and nearby, you’ll find the Seal Sitters booth – ask them about the first pup this season to turn up on a West Seattle beach, just last night on Alki. Maybe it was here for the Seal Sitters-benefiting Spud chowder deal too.

P.S. One more reminder about the free shuttle from Admiral – details on the Alki Art Fair home page.

9 PM: The fair’s a wrap for this year. We stopped by for a bit this evening, in time to catch some of the show by the final band of the night, The Fuzz:

HAPPENING NOW: Alki Art Fair 2016, day 1

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That’s the east end of the Alki Art Fair on the promenade at the beach, on until 6 pm today with art, music, food, and family fund, all in a low-key, “just hanging out” atmosphere – sit on the lawn by the stage east of the bathhouse and enjoy some of the music (there’s a “Busker Stage” further west on the promenade, too).


And if you’re not riding or walking already – consider the shuttle bus from The Admiral District; it’s how we got down the hill post-parade:


It’s a yellow school-bus marked ALKI ART FAIR SHUTTLE and you can catch it on the northwest corner of Admiral/California, outside the Metro shelter by the Chevron station. Music continues tonight until 9 pm, by the way. While there, get your T-shirt:


And if you buy chowder from Spud across the street this weekend – $1 goes to Seal Sitters, who have a booth at the festival too.

WEST SEATTLE CAR SHOW 2016: Remember, this year it’s in August, and on a Saturday!

July 21, 2016 2:49 pm
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West Seattle Car Show sponsors Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (also WSB sponsors) want to remind you that this year’s show is a little more than five weeks away!

Saturday, August 27th, 10 am-4 pm, South Seattle College (WSB sponsor)

Registration’s open NOW – go to this page on the official website. See the list of trophy categories here – this is NOT just about the typical “classic” cars.

First 200 vehicle registrations get dash plaques

What’s planned so far:
*Live music and a DJ
*Kids’ activities
*Seattle Fire Department
*50/50 raffle
*Drawing for a donated drone
*Food trucks

SSC will have its Northwest Wine Academy open on West Seattle Car Show day for tours and purchases, as well as beer sales. You’ll also be able to tour the SSC Automotive Technology and Auto Body programs. If you’d like to join the list of Car Show sponsors or vendors, find the applications here.

Alki Art Fair this weekend! See who’s performing

July 20, 2016 9:32 am
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(WSB file photo, Alki Art Fair Busker Stage)

The music schedule is out for this weekend’s Alki Art Fair, 10 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday on the promenade, with music continuing until 9 pm Saturday, 8 pm Sunday. Two stages – the main stage is by the Bathhouse, and we’re sponsoring the “Busker Stage” further west, closer to the picnic-shelter area. See the schedule here. The fair is free to attendees; you’ll find artists showing and selling their work, as well as kids’ activities, a silent auction, and more. Plus: A free shuttle from the West Seattle Bridge park ‘n’ ride and from Admiral Junction – details are on the Alki Art Fair home page.

ALL WEEKEND: Mediterranean Fantasy Festival 2016 in West Seattle

July 16, 2016 4:00 pm
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(WSB photos. Above, Benu Rising from Eugene)

Looking for something to do this afternoon? Go to Hiawatha Community Center and see the dancers at the 29th Mediterranean Fantasy Festival!

The performances are close to continuous – here’s the schedule – inside the gym and on the outdoor stage to its south, up until 7 tonight. And browse dozens of vendor booths/tables:


You’ll meet interesting people from near and far, like dancer/artist Dina Lydia Johnson of Highland Park:


Admission is free, and the festival continues with another full slate of performances 11 am-5 pm tomorrow.

THIS WEEKEND: 29th annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival at Hiawatha

July 15, 2016 3:05 pm
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(Photo by Dina Lydia Johnson from 2015 Medfest – she also made the banner, with which dancer Deann is posing)

In case you haven’t noticed it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – this weekend brings the 29th annual Mediterranean Fantasy Festival, aka “MedFest,” back to Hiawatha Community Center and its south/east lawn areas. Hundreds of belly dancers and musicians will be performing 11 am-7 pm Saturday and 11 am-5 pm Sunday – the dancer lineup is here – on outdoor and indoor stages. Dozens of vendors offer shimmering attire and accessories, and food too (here’s the vendor lineup). MedFest is presented by the Babylonian Ensemble – read up on their history here, and the festival’s history here, and feel like an insider when you get there. No charge to watch the performances, by the way.

West Seattle Summer Fest 2016: Sunday’s final report



2:34 PM: Final hours of West Seattle Summer Fest 2016 and it seems like EVERYONE, and we do mean EVERYONE, is here. This is your last chance for festival deals, for one thing – above, that’s the Easy Street Records tent, right outside their store, where, according to their Instagram post, you’ll find “3 for $5 LPs, CDs & DVDs. Tons of 45s too.”

Steps away, in the Pet Junction zone outside Next to Nature, you will find the answer to a question that’s been asked for months … “When is The Hydrant opening?” :


It was Summer Fest last year when The Hydrant was announced as “coming soon” for the former Junction Bakery/Coffee to a Tea space. The banner above the window there, in the Pet Junction zone, explains that the proprietors had to deal with a death in the family but that the “place for people and pets” really will be opening.

2:57 PM: While you’re here, don’t miss GreenLife, at the south end of the festival zone. While SeattleTinyHomes.com has been drawing a lot of interest, as we’ve shown you in the past few days, GreenLife has a lot more going on. There’s a petting zoo, for starters, and booths with local groups and businesses focused on sustainability. Among them, Tamsen Spengler from the West Seattle Timebank, who sent us a note talking about networking happening here – her organization, for example, has a new member because of connections they’ve made here: The Urban Homestead Foundation:


We reported on the UHF during recent coverage of the Admiral Neighborhood Association, when they came to talk about their plan for the Genesee Hill ex-substation:


You can catch up with them (and the Timebank) at GreenLife, before 5 pm. And just about anywhere in the festival zone – be on the lookout for impromptu performances:

They’re with Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby, which you’ll find on the south side of the Info Tent/Community Tent. Now, we’re off to check out the 3 pm band, The Swearengens.

3:26 PM: And here they are:

Today’s headline band is coming up at 4 pm – last band of the day – The Dusty 45s. While you’re headed north to the stage, some places to stop – we see Seattle App Academy (WSB sponsor) on the sidewalk outside West Seattle Computers on the east side of California just south of Oregon, and in that same vicinity, the Bella Maps booth caught our eye:


Maps in laser-cut wood!

Meantime, also ahead at 4 pm, your second-to-last chance to get into a We Love The Junction group photo, just north of the Info Tent. And while you’re in the vicinity, take one last look at all the info we have about upcoming summer events (grab a free West Seattle Outdoor Movies button, and make plans to join us for the first movie next Saturday – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”).

4:21 PM: The Dusty 45s are onstage right now (photos added):


One more reminder – today’s the one day that the festival ends at its official announced closing time; at 5 pm, the breakdown and cleanup begins, so that the streets will be cleared no later than midnight. But first – right at 5 – one last “We Love The Junction” group photo, so if you’re here, come to California and Alaska, by the YMCA and QFC booths, and make it the biggest one of the weekend. Plus – last call for deep-fried PB&Js, gigantic stacks of french fries, elephant ears big enough to sleep on, etc…. (And coconuts or fruit kabobs from QFC across the way.)

5:03 PM: And … it’s over. But not before that last group photo – video:

And if you’re wondering why Ladder 11 is at the end of SW Alaska with its ladder extended … just there for festivalgoers to see.


They tell us you’re welcome to stop by for a look!

P.S. Remember that it will be late tonight before the Junction streets reopen and bus reroutes end. We’ll put up traffic cameras later in the evening so you can check, and we’ll keep watch, too.

11:28 PM: Still closed, as shown on the 42nd/Alaska camera (looking west):

When the “road closed” barricades are gone, that means it’s open again.

West Seattle Summer Fest 2016: Sunday report #1

July 10, 2016 11:30 am
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11:30 AM: The last day of West Seattle Summer Fest always goes fast. We’re in the Info Tent again today, with volunteers from the WS Chamber of Commerce as well as team members from the West Seattle Junction Association, which presents the festival every year. In the Community Tent sections (same tent, west and south sides) right now are the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network, West Seattle Wildcats Football and Cheer, Empower Mentoring Network, and the West Seattle Community Orchestras:

Come try an instrument! Then steps away from us, the kids’ rides are in full swing, including this one (Saturday photo):

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The all-day ride pass today is $18, a little less than the previous two days, since everything ends at 5 pm. (Single tickets are $1.25 and the rides/bouncy toys – on SW Alaska west of California and in the lot behind Wells Fargo just north of there – cost 1 to 5 tickets each.)

Music starts in an hour and a half – four bands today on the main stage (California north of Oregon):

1 pm – Featherbones
2 pm – Marieke and the Go Get ‘Em Boys
3 pm – The Swearengens
4 pm – The Dusty 45s

12:28 PM: Lunchtime at the fair. If this is your first visit, all the food booths are on SW Alaska east of California – but many year-round restaurants have special carts and/or seating areas out front, just for the weekend, so check them out too! And the fruit kabobs/coconuts are at the QFC stand across from the Info Tent – look for the orange umbrellas. One thing we should mention about the food booths – if you have an allergy, be sure to ask before you buy – a mom called us to say her teenager wound up with something with undisclosed peanuts, and that was a scary close call.

Speaking of scary – if you lose or find a child at Summer Fest, come to the Info Tent and folks here will get the word out and contact police. They’re dealing with one right now – usually these are resolved quickly but if one ever isn’t, we’ll add the info here.

And thanks as always to everyone who’s been stopping by to say hi. Al from West Seattle Bike Connections visited right after the “Mini-STP” got to the festival – and showed off the new WSBC T-shirts:


Today’s your last chance to come down, meantime, and find out about lots of local businesses in one place – many have booths among the visiting vendors. Another WSB sponsor who’s here is GoodMed Direct Primary Care, which is offering a new way to ensure you have access to primary health care:

Come talk to Dr. Ryan Campbell and Dr. Wendy Hueners (both NDs) from GoodMed at their booth, on the east side of California a little ways south of Alaska.

12:51 PM: Getting close to the top of the hour, and the next We Love The Junction group photo at California/Alaska. Look for the banner, which should be unfurled shortly, and for photographer Peder Nelson:


If you miss the 1 pm photo – four more after that, at 2, 3, 4, and 5. Top of the hour also means the music is starting on the main stage.

1:31 PM: Just wandered up to check out the first act, Featherbones:

The beer garden’s next to the main stage. Next up, Marieke and the Go Get ‘Em Boys at 2.

Just north of all that, don’t miss Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), where your editor here just picked up her second Mexi-Mocha of the festival. Cayenne and all. Enhances the wakefulness required for Info Tent duty.

Booths on the north end include Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), whose booth includes a trivia game. They’re on the east side, north of Oregon, and on the west side, you’ll find WSDOT, talking about the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, aka the tunnel project. For kids, they have a show-and-tell about what kind of soil the tunneling machine has been going through:


For adults – we talked with today’s booth reps about the most frequently asked questions. “When’s it going to be done?” was one; the other, how people from West Seattle are going to get onto and off Highway 99 once the tunnel’s open. For all the times we’ve covered that, one thing we didn’t realize – not only will the Battery Street Tunnel be decommissioned, it will be filled in and filled over, and that will be a north-end connection to the grid.

2:08 PM: Another We Love The Junction walking tour is about to take off from here at California/Alaska, 2:15 pm – hear about the stores in The Junction’s past. The SW Seattle Historical Society just took its 2 pm group shot – each starts with a countdown:

Next one, 3 pm. And we’re about to launch our second and final report of the day to track the last few hours of the festival, which will go by SO fast – it’s sunny, busy, and fun.

West Seattle Sunday: Summer Fest, day 3; Farmers’ Market; ‘Mini STP’ ride; more

Our calendar highlights start with one more day to jump into the biggest West Seattle party of the year:
(Thanks to Sarah for sharing that photo of Truman at West Seattle Summer Fest)

WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST, DAY 3: Today’s festival hours are 11 am-5 pm, and this is the one day that everything does end at the official closing time, so if you’re coming to the festival, don’t procrastinate!

Music lineup (main stage at north end of festival zone, California south of Genesee, first band Featherbones @ 1 pm, last band The Dusty 45s @ 4 pm)
Vendor list
Food info
Kids’ area (free AND fee activities – rides are open until 5 pm, they cost 1-5 tickets at $1.25/ticket or [updated] $18/day pass)
GreenLife (south end of festival zone, California/Edmunds)
Southwest Seattle Historical Society group photos (top of each hour, noon-5 pm) and walking tours (12:15, 2:15, 3:15 pm) activities

At Summer Fest and need info/help/directions/etc.? Come see us and community-group volunteers in the Info Tent, center of California/Alaska, headquarters for our as-it-happens festival coverage.

STREETS CLOSED: The closure zone is on California Avenue SW between SW Edmunds and SW Genesee (with SW Oregon remaining open to east/west traffic), and SW Alaska between 42nd and 44th.

BUS REROUTES: From the Metro “alerts and updates” page, which will be in effect until late tonight (after the festival closes at 5 pm Sunday, breakdown and cleanup usually take several hours):

C Linehere
Route 22here
Route 37here
Route 50here
Route 55here
Route 57here
Route 128here
Route 773 Water Taxi Shuttlehere

Also in West Seattle today:

MINI-STP BIKE RIDE: This is one way to get to the festival – or just to have a fun bicycle ride. West Seattle Bike Connections‘ “Mini-STP” ride – Seattle (Street) to Portland (Street), and then on to Summer Fest. Meet at 9:15 am at Hamilton Viewpoint Park in North Admiral – more info in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, the market DOES happen during Summer Fest – back in its old location in the lot behind KeyBank, just for one day. 10 am-2 pm. (44th SW/SW Alaska)

WSUU RUMMAGE SALE: 10 am-3 pm are the hours for the second and final day of this legendary rummage sale presented annually by the West Seattle Unitarian Universalists. (7141 California SW)

COLMAN POOL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AGAIN: This weekend’s swim-meet closures are over (until next Friday-Saturday) and the regular Colman Pool schedule resumes, noon-7 pm.

CAT ADOPTIONS: Kitty Harbor is open noon-4 pm today with 47 kittens and 11 adults available for adoption. (3422 Harbor SW)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, your next round of chances to tour the Alki Point Lighthouse free – be there no later than 3:40 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (3201 Alki SW)

SEATTLE OPERA PREVIEW: Lecture previewing Seattle Opera‘s “Count Ory,” 2 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. Free. More info here. (2306 42nd SW)

WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST 2016: Saturday, report #2

(TODAY’S INFO is here; FIRST SATURDAY REPORT is here; DAY 1 COVERAGE here, is here, and here)

(Our 4 pm view from the Info Tent)

4 PM: Though technically we’re two hours away from tonight’s “closing time” at West Seattle Summer Fest, most of the action continues on into Saturday night – food and rides into at least the mid-evening, music until about 11:30. But if you want to check out the shopping – both The Junction’s year-round stores as well as the booths – get here sooner rather than later.

As we’ve mentioned before, the Info Tent is the place to stop (our side facing north at California/Alaska) for info on not only this festival, but also much of the upcoming West Seattle summer fun – we have flyers/cards for West Seattle Outdoor Movies (starting one week from tonight!), Alki Art Fair (two weeks away), Summer Concerts at Hiawatha (six Thursday nights starting July 21st), West Seattle Garden Tour (July 17th) … And elsewhere at Summer Fest, you can find out all about other upcoming events. For example, the Float Dodger 5K before the West Seattle Grand Parade on July 23rd:

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Sign up for the race at the West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) – Elite Sports and Spine booth on the east side of California between Oregon and Alaska. (In our photo above are Lori McConnell from WSR and Dr. Nate Moore from ESS.)

Also publicized here at Summer Fest – the month-long Stuff the Bus diaper drive for WestSide Baby:

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The biggest day is July 24th, when you can bring diapers to “stuff the bus” at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction (41st/Alaska), but there are other dropoff spots and drives all month long.

HomeStreet has a booth here at the festival, we should mention … on Day 1, we photographed Eric, Melodie, and Cody:

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4:19 PM: Hot toy of the day seems to be a Nemo (you know, Dory’s friend) -themed bubble blaster that also makes a spooky little noise when bubbling. Have seen and heard this in the hands of many a child; not sure of the source, but they are suddenly everywhere. Children in general are abundant, too, as they are in most of West Seattle, as observed King County Executive Dow Constantine at last Monday’s 4th of July Kids’ Parade (speaking while holding his toddler daughter).

Popular questions include “kettle corn?” (short answer: no) and “festival T-shirts?” – that too is a “no” but there are places you can seek West Seattle-themed shirts including Seattle Logo Pro (west of us at California/Alaska) and Shockwave Tees (on California south of Alaska). And a really popular feature – the Tiny Homes display at GreenLife, though the one we’ve seen these past few days isn’t THAT tiny:


5:01 PM: If Summer Fest had a turnstile, we’re speculating this might be the biggest turnout ever. And this is the peak time – late afternoon, Saturday.

(The view from Cupcake Royale, closest recharge spot for our laptop)

Still some sunshine. Doesn’t feel like you have to see absolutely EVERYTHING, because there’s still one more day (and let us mention again, YES, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market will be happening 10 am-2 pm as always tomorrow – but in the lot behind KeyBank, the one day a year it can’t be out in the street).

5:45 PM: Major hang-around time, now. Shopping time is wrapping up – as we’ve said before, don’t miss the year-round stores as well as the booths. Twilight, on SW Alaska west of California, had cool Seattle-themed art on display today:


At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) at 4540 California SW – east side, a little ways north of Alaska – stop by the shop to register for a Fatboy hammock giveaway.

Another longtime WSB sponsor, Dream Dinners-West Seattle, is based in The Junction – but a little ways out of the festival zone (outer east side of Jefferson Square), so you’ll find them in a booth here at the festival:

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Ask them about festival specials/deals – and check out their current menu here.

6:44 PM: As crowded now as it was at mid-afternoon! Meantime, up at the stage, we got a bit of video of the 6 pm band, Christian Mistress:

Still four bands to go tonight, and music on the GreenLife stage too – see our first report today for both lineups.

7 PM: We’re the last ones out of the Info Tent, folding up for the night, but Summer Fest goes on! Sunday hours are 11 am to 5 pm – and it’s the one day that everything really DOES end at that announced closing time, because hours of cleanup/breakdown will follow.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Summer Fest Saturday, report #1

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(TODAY’S INFO here; DAY 1 COVERAGE here, here, and here)


11 AM: One hour into West Seattle Summer Fest 2016, day 2, and it seems like the whole town’s here already. It’s the biggest day of the festival and we’re live in the Info Tent again today with festival updates. Including …

CORONATION: In half an hour (at 11:30 am), West Seattle Hi-Yu will crown Haley Beebe as this year’s Senior Court Queen on the main stage (California SW, north end of the festival zone, between Oregon and Genesee) Update: photo added:


After that, you’ll find Hi-Yu royalty, ambassadors, and volunteers, plus this year’s parade float, on SW Alaska east of California, across from the food zone.

‘WE LOVE THE JUNCTION’: Come write down why you love The Junction, on the blackboard at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s booth – here are photos of what some festivalgoers wrote on Friday. And be part of 360-degree photos and walking tours with SWSHS executive director Clay Eals and other local experts:


The photos are happening at the top of each hour, noon-5 pm, and the tours, at 12:15, 2:15, and 3:15 pm – find the SWSHS booth on the west side of California just north of Alaska, across from Easy Street Café.

TODAY’S MUSIC: Here’s today’s lineup on the main stage (north end of festival):

(The Hollers include, center, Frank Gross of Thunder Road Guitars [WSB sponsor])

Noon – The Hollers
1 pm – Danny Newcomb and The Sugarmakers
2 pm – Tomten
3 pm – Donormaal
4 pm – Draemhouse
5 pm – Crater
6 pm – Christian Mistress
7 pm – Bread & Butter
8 pm – Hobosexual
9 pm – Pillar Point
10:30 pm – Grace Love & The True Loves

HIGHLIGHTS ON THE GREENLIFE STAGE … which is at the south end by California/Edmunds:
Noon – Indian dance performance
1 pm – Dance: Odissi By Urvasi Dance Ensemble
2 pm – Discussion of growth/development
4 pm – Electric-bike demonstration
4:30 pm – Music with Aji Piper
5:30 pm – Poetry with Raven Matthews x DoNormaal
6 pm – Music with Richie Dagger’s Crime
7 pm – Music with Sendai Era
8 pm – Music with The Brodcast

11:42 AM: Not EVERYTHING is on the schedule – wouldn’t be a festival without some unscheduled performances, and one is happening right now just east of our Info Tent HQ, with D&G Dance Beatfeet:

11:56 AM: The youth-led #BlackLivesMatter demonstration is about to start – looks like at least 50 people gathering on the west side of California/Alaska.

Organizer Lashanna Williams just spoke briefly to invite people to join.


They’ll be photographed by the same crew that is about to take the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s first group photo, Clay from SWSHS then announced.

12:15 PM: The demonstration is still going by – with more people joining as they proceed around the festival’s perimeter.


We’ll have more photos later. Meantime, Deb Barker is taking off on the first SWSHS walking tour from right in front of the Info Tent.

12:58 PM: The demonstration just ended with a gathering at California/Alaska, where it began – here’s our Instagram video panning across part of the group:

“Carry peace through your day,” Lashanna urged them, in closing.

1:20 PM: While the clouds have moved back in, we’re seeing some blue sky to the west. All the same, if you haven’t been here yet, you might consider bringing a jacket or sweater.

3 PM: Crazy busy! Part of what we checked out last hour – a panel discussing West Seattle growth and development at the GreenLife Stage:


Lots of viewpoints on how our community can and should grow. Next up on the GL Stage – 4 pm, electric-bike demo with Alki Bike and Board. Our coverage continues shortly in today’s 2nd report …

West Seattle Saturday: Summer Fest day 2, and more!

Welcome to Saturday – day 2 of West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction, and more! First, what you need to know about the festival today:

(‘Live’ SDOT cameras from the festival zone)
The festival, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association (with co-sponsors including WSB), opens at 10 am today.

Music lineup (main stage at north end of festival zone, California south of Genesee, first band The Hollers @ noon, last band Grace Love and The True Loves @ 10:30 pm)
Vendor list
Food list
Kids’ area (free AND fee activities – rides are 1-5 tickets at $1.25/ticket or $20/day pass)
GreenLife (south end of festival zone, California/Edmunds)
Southwest Seattle Historical Society group photos (starting at noon) and walking tours (starting at 12:15 pm) schedule

Vendor booths are open until at least 6 pm; rides run until 8 pm; music until about 11:30 pm. If you have questions, come see us and community-group volunteers in the Information Tent at California/Alaska, where you’ll also find local nonprofits participating in the Community Tent.

STREETS CLOSED: The closure zone is on California Avenue SW between SW Edmunds and SW Genesee (with SW Oregon remaining open to east/west traffic), and SW Alaska between 42nd and 44th.

BUS REROUTES: From the Metro “alerts and updates” page, which will be in effect until late Sunday night (the festival ends at 5 pm Sunday but breakdown and cleanup last for several hours):

C Linehere
Route 22here
Route 37here
Route 50here
Route 55here
Route 57here
Route 128here
Route 773 Water Taxi Shuttlehere

Also today:

ROWING REGATTA: The Duwamish Rowing Club’s first regatta, with races against two other clubs, is set for 8 am-noon on the Duwamish River, with spectators invited to watch from spots including Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park. Full details in our preview. (7900 10th Ave. S.)

LUNA PARK COMMUNITY CLEANUP: 9 am-noon, join the first in a series of community cleanups in the area just north of the Luna Park district – details are in our preview.

WSUU RUMMAGE SALE: 9 am-5 pm today, it’s Day 1 of the West Seattle Unitarian Universalists’ “legendary rummage sale” – details here. (7141 California SW)

DEMONSTRATION: Noon-1 pm, a demonstration titled “Black Lives Matter: Silent march for youths and friends is planned in The Junction starting from the northwest corner of California/Alaska.

COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: Swim-meet closure again today at the outdoor pool in Lincoln Park.

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm (be there by 3:40 pm), you’re invited to tour historic Alki Point Lighthouse with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Free. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage presents “Pericles at the amphitheater in High Point Commons Park, free, 7 pm. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

LOTS MORE GOING ON – see the listings on our complete calendar.

Tacocat wraps first night of West Seattle Summer Fest 2016

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(WSB photos. Above, singer Emily Nokes)

A near-perfect first day for West Seattle Summer Fest 2016, with Seattle’s own Tacocat taking the stage to wrap it up, delighting a curb-to-curb crowd in The Junction’s streets.

(Drummer Lelah Maupin)

Their set included a song all too appropriate for our Jultober weather, “Bridge to Hawaii,” and one for X-Files fans, “Dana Katherine Scully.”
(Tacocat’s Eric Randall in left background, Bree McKenna in right foreground)

Introducing Tacocat was West Seattle’s own Brent Amaker:

Saturday’s music lineup starts at noon with The Hollers, includes Hobosexual at 8 pm, and runs through Grace Love and The True Loves at 10:30 pm.

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