1 week until West Seattle Summer Fest 2015! Countdown begins…

July 3, 2015 at 11:29 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

West Seattle’s biggest event of the year is now just one week away: West Seattle Summer Fest, the three-day street festival in the heart of The Junction!

The West Seattle Junction Association presents the festival, with co-sponsors including WSB, and over the next week we’ll be previewing more of what you’ll find when you go. Today, some basics:

DAYS/HOURS: Friday, July 10, 10 am-6 pm; Saturday, July 11, 10 am-6 pm; Sunday, July 12, 11 am-5 pm (on Friday and Saturday, music/beer gardens run later)

MUSIC SCHEDULE: See it here (as originally announced in May)

GREENLIFE SCHEDULE: The sustainability zone at the south end of the festival (California north of SW Edmunds) has posted its schedule, with events ranging from info you can use to make your daily life more sustainable (including backyard poultry at 1 pm Saturday and , to discussions of development (featuring District 1 City Council candidates, 2 pm Saturday) and bicycling’s future (4 pm Sunday)

SUMMER FEST FOR KIDS: Basics here – more info in our next countdown update.

PET JUNCTION: Just north of SW Oregon, including pools to keep your pup(s) cool

T-SHIRTS: Love the Summer Fest logo? Come to the Info Booth at California/Alaska to buy a shirt!

WHERE IT’S HAPPENING: If this is your first Summer Fest since moving to West Seattle – California SW closes for festival setup between SW Oregon and SW Edmunds around 6 pm Thursday night (July 9th, which is also West Seattle Art Walk night and has some informal “Summer Fest Eve” elements – more on that coming up) and stays closed to motorized-vehicle traffic until late Sunday night (July 12th). Most of the block between Oregon and Genesee is closed too – that’s where you’ll find the stage and beer garden – but Oregon stays open to through traffic. Festival admission is free, but bring $ for kid rides, food, shopping. See you there!

You can help! Be part of GreenLife at West Seattle Summer Fest

June 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm | In How to help, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | No Comments

Less than two weeks now until the biggest event of the year in West Seattle – Summer Fest, happening in The Junction Friday-Sunday, July 10-12. If you’re not already part of it as a vendor or volunteer, here’s a chance to help make it happen: Tamsen Spengler from West Seattle Timebank says not only can her group use some of your time, the sustainability expo GreenLife – where WST and other organizations will be headquartered – has volunteer openings too. Go here to find out how to pitch in.

REPORT #1: Seafair Pirates Landing 2015 on Alki Beach

June 27, 2015 at 1:32 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

1:32 PM: In case you’re not already at the beach but were wondering – no, the Seafair Pirates have *not* yet landed. Today’s schedule suggested we’ll see them around 2:15 pm; already a big crowd, and of course, the Pirates’ landlubbing getaway vessel vehicle, the Moby Duck, currently in use (top photo) as a photo-op backdrop.

More vendors than we recall seeing in previous years, plus live music, bouncy toys for kids (ticket purchase required), lots to see and do, both west and east of the Alki Bathhouse (at 60th/Alki – and we can attest to parking being maxed out for at least half a mile in all directions).

1:49 PM: We’re told the Pirates are about 10 minutes out; meantime at the stage, emcees are rounding up kids for a “pirate contest.” Next update, when they arrive.

2:05 PM: The Pirates landed about 10 minutes ago, if you’re keeping score. After multiple rounds of cannon fire, Global Diving and Salvage’s Prudhoe Bay brought them to the beach, and suddenly they were mobbed.

ADDED 3:46 PM: Adding a few more photos before we move on to other news, and then we’ll have a big treasure chest of pix in Report #2 later. Above and below, photos by Gary Jones, including the mayor giving the Pirates the key to the city (or did they seize it?):

Gary also noted a pirate-pet-quality bird in attendance:

More later!

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: 10th annual Morgan Junction Community Festival

June 20, 2015 at 10:48 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

Infolinks: *Music * For kids * Pet parade/contests * Food * Authors * Candidates * More

10:48 AM: It’s on! The 10th annual Morgan Junction Community Festival has officially begun, at and around Morgan Junction Park and vicinity, on both sides of California north of Fauntleroy. Vendors and activities until 5, music until 6. … The booth in our photo, at the entrance to the park, is where you want to stop first, for festival info and for the free “Bite of Morgan” tickets while they last.

11:27 AM: Bubbleman‘s about to start his show in the park! When you come, be sure to wander the festival grounds all the way from south to north – we’re on the latter side, just north with the West Seattle Garden Tour, West Seattle TimeBank, Southwest Seattle Historical Society, West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network, and Neighborhood Emergency Communication Hubs.

11:48 AM: Above, a quick Instagram clip of Bubbleman!

Lots of delighted shrieks from the heart of the park, as his show continues. And lots of cool people stopping by the booth – among them, several who’ve said they’re new to West Seattle – summertime is a great time to really plug into the community by visiting events like this, browsing the vendors and organizations who are here.

NOON: If you’re looking for lunch, many options here. Food trucks are in the Washington Federal lot on the east side of California, across from the park; on the southeast corner of California/Fauntleroy, look for the barbecue tent outside West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), where you can buy fresh-grilled lunch with the proceeds all going to help cover festival costs (the festival-presenting Morgan Community Association is an all-volunteer, nonprofit community council).

(Michele at the Thriftway grill)
And there are restaurants in the vicinity too, along California both north and south of Fauntleroy. Meantime, coming up: 1 pm, the “Candidate Corral” opens alongside Beveridge Place Pub; 1:30 pm is the Bark of Morgan pet parade, followed by contests.

12:34 PM: The “Writer’s Realm” meet-the-author area continues – Allan Batchelder was holding court when we stopped by around noon:

Our preview didn’t have the exact-times schedule, so we photographed it over by the tent:

12:50 PM: Just got word the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol has arrived – an officer’s here with Chance – over on the south side of the park.

And along with taking advantage of everything at the festival, don’t miss Morgan Junction’s other attractions. Tom from West Seattle Cellars just stopped by to say hi and mentioned they’re having a rosé tasting 2-5 pm today – they’re at 6026 California SW.

1:16 PM: Also just arrived, Seattle Fire Engine 37.

Go see it before it gets called away on an emergency!

We’re also less than 15 minutes away from the “Bark of Morgan” dog parade. Meantime, we’re told the candidates are ready for your questions at the “Candidate Corral” for the Seattle City Council District 1 race.

(L-R, Pavel Goberman, Phillip Tavel, Brianna Thomas, Shannon Braddock, Chas Redmond, Lisa Herbold, Arturo Robles)
It’s a rare chance to ask what YOU want to know, instead of going to a forum and hearing just what the moderators ask.

1:44 PM: The dog parade has gone by, and now contests are under way west of where we are, on the north side of the park. Adding a quick Instagram clip above, photos to come. (Added:)

2:40 PM: Celtic music on stage now, with McKenzie’s Folly; the Tongan Singers/Dancers are coming up at the top of the hour – we see some young members of the group gathering on the sidewalk south of us. Speaking of the sidewalk – chalk art made today:

In the park, kids’ craft activities continue until 4 pm.

The vendor zone behind Zeeks/Feedback is open until about 5 (get here sooner rather than later) – people you’ll find there include Megan from Flourish Dance Project (WSB sponsor):

From the Seattle Public Library, Diana and Kristina – when you go to your nearby public library, ask them about Summer Reading Bingo (for adults!):

You can also find out more about the US Tennis Association‘s summer tennis camps at the Solstice Park courts near Lincoln Park:

USTA is advertising the camps on WSB to get the word out. Another WSB sponsor you’ll find here every year – award-winning Ventana Construction – here’s co-proprietor Anne Higuera:

(added) A view of the park during the Tongan group’s performance:

4:09 PM: Last hour for vendors and organizations – things have slowed down and some are packing it in already. Thanks yet again to all the wonderful people who have stopped by to say hi; we’ve had a great time hanging out in a new spot this year.

ADDED SUNDAY: A few more festival scenes from our photo reel. Here’s “Archer Addy” and mom Tracy Nachtrieb in the “Meet the Authors” zone:

Also talking with readers, Mike Hickey:

King County’s Doug Marsano with a young festivalgoer at the county’s booth explaining the ongoing local wastewater-related projects:

Nothing but sunshine, all day long!

Countdown finale! Morgan Junction Community Festival tomorrow

June 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

It’s almost here! Tomorrow brings the Morgan Junction Community Festival (presented by the Morgan Community Association, with co-sponsors including WSB), in and around Morgan Junction Park, both sides of California SW just north of Fauntleroy Way, 10:30 am-6 pm. Our final preview includes two more new features of the festival – first, with City Council District 1 voting starting when ballots arrive in about a month, it’s decision time, and if you’re still making yours, this might help:

District 1 City Council “Candidate Corral”

We’ve arranged for each candidate to have a table in a central gathering area, the Beveridge Place Pub parking lot, where you can sit and have one-on-one time with each candidate. You can visit with as many or as few as you like. Don’t have anything to ask in particular? Hang around and listen in and we’re sure you’ll want to join the conversation. All the candidates have indicated they will be at the Corral (we hope they won’t have last-minute schedule changes!). The candidates will be at tables between 1:00 and 2:30-3:00 pm, just to talk with YOU.

Also new this year:

A first for the Festival! The Seattle Police Mounted Patrol will visit in the afternoon, targeting between 12:30 and 4:00.

While the Mounted Patrol serves the entire city, it’s headquartered here in West Seattle, on the edge of Westcrest Park in Highland Park.

Lots more info in our previous Morgan Junction Community Festival previews:

*Music schedule

*Kids’ activities

*Pet parade & contests

*Meet local authors


You’ll also find booths with local businesses and organizations you might be interested in finding out more about, both in the park and in the lot behind Zeeks Pizza (WSB sponsor) / Feedback Lounge – we’ll see you there!

Morgan Junction Community Festival countdown: The music!

June 18, 2015 at 9:40 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | No Comments

Two days away from the Morgan Junction Community Festival (presented by the Morgan Community Association, with co-sponsors including WSB), this Saturday in and around Morgan Junction Park, 10:30 am-6 pm. In this preview – the music lineup, as announced by festival organizers:

10 am – Allison Preisinger – Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter

10:45 am – Baker James – Acoustic Folk and a bit of Rock

(11:30 am, music breaks for the Bubbleman performance)

1 pm – Ellis Brothers – Jazz Trio

2 pm – McKenzie’s Folly – Celtic Music Group

3 pm – Tongan Choir – Pacific Islander Songs and Dances

4:15 pm – Alan Ehrlich – Varied Song Genres

5:15 pm – Acoustic set

6 pm – Festival ends

The stage is in Morgan Junction Park; the festival is on both sides of California SW north of Fauntleroy Way SW – in the park, behind Zeeks Pizza (WSB sponsor) / Feedback Lounge, and alongside Washington Federal. Previous previews:

*Kids’ activities
*Pet parade & contests
*Meet local authors

See you there on Saturday!

Morgan Junction Community Festival countdown continues: Food

June 16, 2015 at 11:56 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Another day closer to the Morgan Junction Community Festival (presented by the Morgan Community Association, with co-sponsors including WSB), this Saturday in and around Morgan Junction Park, 10:30 am-6 pm. In this preview – the food you’ll find! From festival organizers:

Food Trucks

This year the returning Hungry Me and the newly launched Nibbles, as well as Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream, will be in the Washington Federal parking lot at the northeast corner of Fauntleroy and California from 11:00 to 6:00. Hungry Me offers Asian fusion dishes, such as their signature “Kao Man Gai” (poached chicken and rice) and vegetarian, gluten-free “Peanut Sauce Curry.” Nibbles specializes in Southwest fusion dishes. Their “Smoky Meatloaf Sandwich” and “Grandma GG’s Shortcake” menu items sound tempting. This month, Nibble has been in the West Seattle Eagles parking lot and at the Des Moines Farmers Market opening day. Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream, meantime, promises “boldly flavored ice cream and treats from our cart.”

West Seattle Thriftway special promotion for the Festival

Thriftway will be holding a fundraiser BBQ again for the festival! This is much appreciated and is essential to our fundraising. This year, they will be grilling burgers and the suggested donation of $7 will also get you a bag of chips and a drink. Best deal around!

Plus: Beveridge Place Pub will again have a hot dog cart in their parking lot.

Bite of Morgan

Last but not least is the Bite of Morgan sampling, which starts at participating venues at 11:30 and goes until supplies run out. Six of our fabulous food businesses will provide free small samples in exchange for tickets issued at the MoCA booth in the park. Participants this year are:

Caffé Ladro – Mini-scone and a cold beverage (don’t miss this, it’s worth the couple blocks’ walk south of park)
Peel and Press – Pizza rollup
Zeeks Pizza – Pizza slice
The Bridge – Chocolate-covered strawberry
Domino’s Pizza – Breadstick
Pet Elements – Dog treat

Previous previews:
*Kids’ activities
*Pet parade & contests
*Meet local authors

Countdown time! Morgan Junction Community Festival this Saturday – see what’s in store for the kids

June 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | No Comments

Heading into summer-festival season, there’s always something big in view just days away – and this week, it’s the Morgan Junction Community Festival (co-sponsored by WSB), this Saturday in and around Morgan Junction Park, 10:30 am-6 pm. We’re planning daily previews, counting down to the festival – starting with a quick look at what’s planned for the youngest festivalgoers. From the festival committee:

Jennifer Young, owner of My Three Little Birds in south Morgan Junction, is coordinating the children’s activities. Chief entertainment for the kids is Bubbleman, of course. He begins his always-pleasing wild and colorful show at 11:30 in Morgan Junction Park.

(WSB photo from 2014)
Craft activities start at 11:00 and end at 4:00, include beading for older kids; and for the younger ones, making sailboats out of water noodles and paper jellyfish. In addition to the crafts, a face painter will be in the children’s area from 12:30 to 2:00, and LuLu Cakes will offer vegan cupcakes from 2:00 to 3:00.

We’ve already previewed the pet parade and contests you’ll find at the festival (here) and the author readings (here). Lots more to come – watch for the next round of preview info on Tuesday – and make plans to come to Morgan Junction on Saturday!

Delridge Day 2015: Two months away! Want to be a sponsor, vendor – and/or festivalgoer? Here’s what you need to know

June 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(WSB photos from 2014 Delridge Day)
Two months until the 2015 edition of Delridge Day – 11 am-3 pm Saturday, August 8th, at Delridge Community Center/Park, presented by VieWS (Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle), with co-sponsors including WSB. This year, look for the return of the skating competition – a natural feature, given that Delridge Skatepark is right there – family fun, food trucks, and more.

Read on for the full news release:
Click to read the rest of Delridge Day 2015: Two months away! Want to be a sponsor, vendor – and/or festivalgoer? Here’s what you need to know…

Morgan Junction Community Festival: Dog parade, contests back!

June 4, 2015 at 2:43 pm | In Pets, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(Photo courtesy MoCA, from last year’s Bark of Morgan)
If you weren’t already planning to come to the 10th annual Morgan Junction Community Festival at and around Morgan Junction Park on Saturday, June 20th – here’s some motivation: You have multiple chances to show off your dog(s)! The official announcement:

The Morgan Community Association (MoCA) is pleased to announce the return of the “Bark of Morgan” Dog Show at the June 20, 2015 Morgan Junction Community Festival. This is the 10th year of the popular Community Festival held at the intersection of California Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW in West Seattle.

The “Bark of Morgan” starts with the Parade of Pooches through the Festival Grounds. Costumes are encouraged. Canine contests are held after the Parade. There are six categories this year, with judging by audience applause. Here are the details:

1:30 pm – Pooch Parade: Leashed dogs and their human should line up by 1:30 pm north of Morgan Junction Park in SW Eddy Street. The parade will go through the Festival Grounds back to Eddy Street.

1:45 pm – Canine Contests: In SW Eddy Street after the Parade. Categories are:

* Cutest Puppy (under one year)
* Loudest Bark
* Smallest Dog
* Best Trick
* Best Costume
* Best Owner/Dog Look Alike

Contest winners are based on the ‘audience applause meter’ as monitored by the MC.

The “Bark of Morgan” will occur rain or shine!

WSB is a festival co-sponsor. See you there on June 20th, two weeks from Saturday!

West Seattle Car Show is saved! New community-suggested location

June 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 36 Comments

(WSB photo from 2014 West Seattle Car Show)
When the new presenters of the West Seattle Car Show had to regretfully announce one month ago that it wouldn’t happen this year, because the streets in The Junction wouldn’t be available, community commenters suggested South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) as an alternative. And now – it’s happening! Just in:

Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks are pleased to announce that the 2015 car show will happen on Sunday, September 13th, at South Seattle College! We are excited about this new collaboration with the college and thank the West Seattle Community for the idea. Registration and more information to follow soon!

WSAW and Swedish (both WSB sponsors) took over the show after its founder and longtime organizer Michael Hoffman died suddenly last year at age 47, and last September’s show was the biggest one yet.

You can help! Volunteer @ Morgan Junction Community Festival

May 26, 2015 at 10:30 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Summer festival season is about to get into high gear. But community-powered events need community – even just a few hours, as per this request:

The Morgan Junction Community Festival, celebrating its 10th year anniversary on Saturday, June 20, 2015, is looking for volunteers to help out the day of the event. Setup help is needed at 7:30 am; teardown/cleanup tasks start at 6:00 pm when the festival ends. We also need people to work two-hour shifts from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm during the day for traffic/parking control, Bite of Morgan coordination, and information booth staffing. Contact Tod Rodman, volunteer coordinator, for more information and to sign up for a specific job. Tod can be reached at 425-445-1213, or todrodman@gmail.com.

The festival is presented by the Morgan Community Association, with sponsors including WSB.

New at tomorrow’s West Seattle Bee Festival: ‘Lunchbox Cookoff’

May 15, 2015 at 9:30 am | In High Point, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(2013 photo: West Seattle Bee Festival parade)
Big weekend ahead. Tomorrow’s third annual West Seattle Bee Festival, at the WS Bee Garden in High Point, is part of it, and a new event has just been announced: The Lunchbox Cookoff. From the Events Committee of the High Point Open Spaces Association, which is presenting the festival:

Chef Chad Brown from Whole Foods Market has created three recipes just for the Bee Festival. He will demonstrated these easy-to-make, delicious, nutritious and fun lunchbox recipes for your family. You can sample his dishes and vote on which one you like the best. Come to the Events Committee table on the north side of Neighborhood House’s High Point Center [6400 Sylvan Way SW]. Get your free ticket for 11:30, 12:00, 12:30 or 1:00 demonstrations. Servings are limited.

Also happening at the Bee Festival:

*Come to the Honey Run at 9
*Make your own bee costume at 10, march in the parade at 11.
*Visit the Information Fair at 11:30 or tour the WS Bee Enclosure at 12.
*Enter the Bee-Ball Tournament or play Field Games at 12.

Find out more at westseattlebeegarden.com; the garden is at 31st/Graham, on the north side of High Point Commons Park.

West Seattle Summer Fest 2015: Here’s the music lineup!

May 12, 2015 at 10:09 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 30 Comments

Announced minutes ago by the West Seattle Junction Association – the music lineup for this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest, coming up July 10-12.

With a bigger emphasis on the musical portion of the event, the line-up includes some of the hottest bands in the Northwest including The Thermals, The Cave Singers, La Luz, Sisters, VOX MOD, “S,” Kithkin, The Fame Riot, and West Seattle’s own DJ Lance Romance among others. This FREE 3-day party in the streets celebrates West Seattle as a thriving music and arts community.

You can catch more than 20 artists performing on the California main stage all weekend from up-and-coming artists like Pig Snout (a father & his two kids-that ROCKS), NAVVI, Solvents, Evening Bell to Seattle music heavy hitters like Gibraltar, Sisters, and Black Whales.

Here’s a YouTube playlist put together by The Junction. And – the schedule:

2 updates, with 2 months to go until West Seattle Summer Fest

May 11, 2015 at 1:39 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB file photo)
Exactly two months from now, we’ll be in the midst of West Seattle Summer Fest 2015 – Friday-Sunday, July 10-12, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association (with co-sponsors including WSB). Two notes today as we look ahead to West Seattle’s biggest event of the year:


SUMMER FEST COMMUNITY TENT: It’s application time for West Seattle nonprofits and community groups interested in FREE space in the Community Tent. The Junction Association explains, “We will select groups who strive to benefit, strengthen, and educate our community.” Here’s what’s available:

Friday/Saturday: 4-hour slots
10 am – 2 pm, 2 pm – 6 pm

Sunday: 3-hour slots
11 am – 2 pm, 2 pm – 5 pm

The Community Tent will be located on Alaska St, east of California. Tent, tables, and chairs will be provided. Participants are encouraged to set up their table & area with displays which reflect their mission and contributions to the West Seattle Community. They are welcome to bring props, brochures and such, which will entice folks to stop and chat about their organization. NO SALES, PLEASE.

Interested neighborhood non-profits or community groups who would like to be a part of the Summer Fest Community Tent, please e-mail Jenelle by June 27th at jenelle@wsjunction.org.

No West Seattle Car Show this year, organizers announce

May 4, 2015 at 9:54 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 52 Comments

(WSB photo from 2014 West Seattle Car Show)
No West Seattle Car Show this year, according to Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (both WSB sponsors), who joined forces last year to make sure the show would go on despite the death of its founder. They have just sent this statement and asked us to share it with you:

Due to all the changes in The Junction, including scheduling and space restrictions, The Junction is no longer an option for a car show, and there is no other reasonable alternative at this time. We regret to inform the community that we are unable to put on a car show in 2015. We appreciate the community support we had last year in our first presentation of the show in honor of Michael Hoffman and all of the volunteers, sponsors, participants, and spectators that made it a great success – and the biggest in the show’s history.

The show had been an annual late-summer Junction tradition since its start in 2008, founded and organized by local entrepreneur Michael Hoffman until his sudden death at age 47 in March of last year.

FOLLOWUP: Potential ‘Summer Streets’ successor on Alki

April 15, 2015 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

(Photo of bicycle-parade participants gathering during 2014 Alki Summer Streets)
One week ago today, we broke the news that SDOT is changing its Summer Streets program this year and, after seven years, scrapping the street festival it had been presenting on Alki Avenue SW after the West Seattle 5K Run/Walk (which **IS** still on for May 17th – it’s a separately organized benefit for the WSHS PTSA). Unless, SDOT told us, someone in the community wants to organize the event. That immediately galvanized some Alki residents including Guy Olson, who’s been an organizer of the bicycle parade during Summer Streets the past two years. He says – keep saving the date! Here’s what they’re working to plan:

We are most likely calling it “Alki Daze.” We are planning on still doing the costumed bicycle parade, hiring Bubbleman, having at least two bands play, and having the first ever bicycle drag race on Alki, all happening on May 17th. This will all be starting around 1:00 pm. I will be blocking off the parking spaces on the 2600 block of Alki, on the south side of the street for bicycle parking. In addition, we will be making this a 2-day event, hence the “Daze.” On May 16th we are going to host a community meet-and-greet at a local bar or restaurant. After that, we are planning a community bonfire.

Guy says they’re also checking into whether any kind of campout might be allowed in the area. We asked him if they’re looking for volunteers, sponsors, etc. – not yet, and no further details, but they wanted to let you know that they’re working on it.

West Seattle Bee Festival returns May 16! Honey Run, parade, more

April 9, 2015 at 9:13 am | In High Point, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

The West Seattle Bee Festival will be back this year! It’s the third year for the celebration surrounding the WS Bee Garden in High Point, and we just received the official flyer (above) as well as this list of highlights for the festival on Saturday, May 16th:

*The Honey Run starts at 9 am at High Point Pond, SW Juneau & 30th (no registration necessary, just show up)

*Come to Neighborhood House (6400 Sylvan Way SW) at 10 am and make your own bee or flower costume (materials and help provided) so you can march in the Kids and Pet Parade in High Point Commons Park at 11 am

*Learn about Bee-Friendly gardening, food, books and activities at the Information Fair from 11:30 am-2 pm

*Taste healthy, delicious, easy-to-prepare food at the Lunchbox Cook Off from 11:30-1:30

*Take a tour of the West Seattle Bee Enclosure (SW Graham and Lanham Pl. SW) and Garden from 11:30-2 pm, where you can buy honey from the Puget Sound Bee Keepers Association

*Kids can participate in the Bee-Ball Tournament or Field Games in Commons Park

*Music by DA Productions will fill the park. Text your request to 57682 on the day

*Crafts, henna, face painting and more…..

The first festival in 2013 launched the garden, whose backstory is here.

No ‘Summer Streets’/car-free festival on Alki this year, city says, unless you want to organize one

April 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 18 Comments

(WSB photo from 2011 ‘Summer Streets’ on Alki)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After seven years, it’s the end of the road – at least for now – for the city-presented “SDOT Summer Streets” event on Alki.

We have just confirmed that with SDOT, after noticing that no announcements or sponsorship solicitations had been circulating, though it’s just a little more than a month until the West Seattle 5K Walk/Run, which “Summer Streets” has followed since 2009.

The street festival (part of a series around the city) debuted in 2008 as “Car-Free Day” – a program announced by then-Mayor Greg Nickels and then-SDOT director Grace Crunican as part of the city’s climate-change-awareness campaign. The two West Seattleites even came to the WS waterfront to make the announcement.


(WSB photo of ‘Car-Free Day’ announcement, July 30, 2008)

That year, the city closed almost the entirety of Alki and Harbor Avenues for the first “Car-Free Day,” noon-6 on September 7th, a warm, sunny day, as is so often the case in late summer. It drew reactions from controversy to giddiness:


(WSB photo, September 7, 2008)
The next year, 2009, the city renamed the program “Summer Streets” and moved it to May 31st to follow the WS High School PTSA-presented West Seattle 5K, which already was closing much of the beachfront route for the first few hours of the morning. May, however, is seldom truly summery, as evidenced in our photo of street art during the 2012 Summer Streets event:

That’s been typical of Summer Streets weather – no all-out-sunny days since the September 2008 “Car-Free Day.” Nonetheless, community organizations have soldiered on with activities and festivities each year, and bundled-up community members have come to the beach to join in.

In 2011, the city shortened the no-motorized-vehicles zone to between 56th and 63rd, recognizing that few activities had been happening east of the Alki business district anyway.

Flash forward to this year. Two months ago, the Summer Streets Facebook page featured the cryptic status: “Sorry for the radio silence. Summer Streets is undergoing some changes this year – please stay tuned for our event schedule and a big announcement.”

No announcement has ensued over those two months, so we pinged SDOT spokesperson Marybeth Turner, who replied today, “SDOT is redesigning the Summer Streets program. While SDOT will still continue to support and sponsor the West Seattle 5k, we will no longer be organizing the street festival that has traditionally followed the race. If a West Seattle community group would like to sponsor a Summer Streets event this summer, we are willing to assist. SDOT’s new Summer Streets program is being developed, not quite ready for a public announcement.”

Again, the WS 5K is still on (we’re a co-sponsor again this year), and that will still close the beachfront road until about 11 am on race day, Sunday, May 17th. But after that – for the first time in 7 years – you’re on your own.

Think summer! Application time for 10th annual Morgan Junction Community Festival

March 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo from 2013 festival)
Not trying to rush you, but it’s already planning season for summer festivals – including the 10th annual Morgan Junction Community Festival. From Susan Madrid:

Applications are now available for local businesses and organizations to participate in the Morgan Community Association (MoCA) 10th annual festival. This year it will be held on Saturday, June 20th, from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. As in previous years, participant booths will be located in open areas and parking lots near Morgan Junction Park. The festival will feature live music and entertainment throughout the day, as well as the popular Bite of Morgan and Bark of Morgan events.

The booth charge will be the same as last year; community groups and non-profits will be asked to make a $10 contribution and businesses to make a $20 contribution.

Contact Cindi Barker at cindibarker@gmail.com for an application form and further information. The deadline for applications is June 5. Announcements and applications are also available on the MoCA website www.morganjunction.org

West Seattle Summer Fest 2015 set for July 10-12 – vendors invited to apply now!

March 11, 2015 at 4:30 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(2014 West Seattle Summer Fest photo by WSB’s Katie Meyer)
The West Seattle Junction Association has set the dates for this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest – July 10-12. Four months away, but if you’re interested in being a vendor, the time to apply is now, and the deadline is April 1st! A brand-new Vendor Information Page is the place to start – westseattlefestival.com/vendors.

West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2014, report #3: Behind the scenes; behind the masks …

October 27, 2014 at 3:35 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(PREVIOUS REPORTS: #1, as-it-happened coverage; #2, Chili Challenge succe$$)

Just call that West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival-goer “Fire.” As for the next scene – how about “dog meets pumpkin”:

Take a minute and see 13 more views from the festival!

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West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, report #2: The $3,200 chili!

October 26, 2014 at 8:22 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Two more reports to share, following up on our “as-it-happened” report from today’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival. First: The WS Food Bank’s words of thanks for the Chili Challenge results:

The West Seattle Food Bank would like to thank the WS Junction Assoc., the nine participating neighborhood restaurants and all the tasters at the annual WS Harvest Festival. Congratulations to Deano Lucas at Deano’s for being the 2014 Chili Master winner. We raised $1580 and then Deano matched it with a $1600 check! WOW! A huge thank you to Deano and everyone! It was so much fun and some fabulous chili!

Corianton Hale shared this photo of the nine contenders:

Those who donated $10 for a flight of tastes got to vote. WSFB says Elliott Bay Brewery and Shadowland tied for second, followed by Terra Cole Butchery. Also particpating (which meant making and donating a BIG batch of chili): Easy Street Café, Husky Deli, Quadrato, The Swinery, West 5. Still to come: A photo gallery with more of today’s sights.

As-it-happened coverage: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2014

October 26, 2014 at 10:28 am | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 8 Comments


(Mini-pumpkin toss at the Potter Construction [WSB sponsor] booth)
10:28 AM: We’re in The Junction, where the Harvest Festival is on! Bundle up if you’re coming down – it’s chilly. But everyone’s in good spirits. Activity booths and Farmers’ Market vendors are lining the streets (California between Oregon and Edmunds, Alaska between 42nd and 44th).


*11 am, chili competition flights on sale, while they last
*11:30 am, costume parade
*noon-2 pm, business trick-or-treating
*Until the streets reopen: Bus reroutes

Festival’s on until 2 pm, and it goes fast, so come on over!

11:23 AM UPDATE: We’ve seen some showers, but hey, it’s fall. Diver Laura is here with us now and brought plankton, iPhone microscope, and even an ROV.

Come see, and pick up a free WSB ice scraper.

Look for the banner in our booth on Alaska just east of California.

Meantime, the chili competition is on across California from us by KeyBank, until 1 pm (or while the chili – $10, nine tastes, benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank – lasts).

And the costume parade is about to start – with the West Seattle High School Marching Band leading the way.

11:46 AM: The parade’s just wrapping up. Here’s the start:

Just a few of the adorably costumed kids:

Trick-or-treating is up next, starting at Junction businesses at noon. That, plus the activities and Farmers’ Market continue until 2.

12:52 PM UPDATE: One more hour of festival fun! We’re continuing to admire creative costumes:

And we’ve seen two candidates – WSB policy is to photograph candidates who visit the booth when we’re at festivals, and first one to stop by today is newly declared City Council District 1 candidate Amanda Kay Helmick:

She’s gathering signatures to get on the ballot for next year’s first-ever by-district council elections. Also visiting – judge candidate Phillip Tavel, and family:

He’s a West Seattleite who’s on the November 4th ballot for King County District Court.

1:28 PM UPDATE: Chili competition vote results are in – Deano’s wins! (And the WS Food Bank wins, from the proceeds of the chili donated by nine businesses, and paid by voters/partakers.) Instagram video of the big announcement:

Meantime, half an hour to enjoy activities and to stop by here for a look at what Diver Laura’s iPhone microscope is showing, and for kids to trick or treat. We’ll wind up adding many more photos after we get back – more than we can process in the field before it’s time to wrap up. It’s been great to see so many people out despite the chilly, breezy weather (and despite the fact the Seahawks game).

1:54 PM: The rain’s returning and we’re packing up. Thanks to everybody who came to the festival!

P.S. Adding this for future reference – roads reopened just after quarter past 4.

West Seattle Harvest Festival tomorrow: The big preview

October 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Despite tonight’s storminess, the forecast is still looking relatively promising for the third annual West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm tomorrow. It’s on, rain or shine – activity booths are covered, so are Farmers’ Market stands, and of course local businesses are happy to welcome you for shopping/dining – so we hope it’s on your schedule already. As a co-sponsor and activity host, we’ll be reporting live starting around 9 am, so check in here in the morning. (And remember that California will be closed to traffic between Edmunds and Oregon, with Alaska closed between 42nd and 44th)

Meantime, one last roundup of festival info! The basics, again, are:
*10 am-2 pm, activities
*10 am-2 pm, Farmers’ Market in the street
*11 am-1 pm, chili competition on southwest corner of California/Alaska
*11:30 am, costume parade from Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska, led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band
*Noon-2 pm, trick-or-treating at participating storefronts

We’ve already previewed several of the activities (including ours!) and here’s a more comprehensive list (apologies if we’ve missed yours – this is a compilation of info provided by the Junction Association and sent by those answering a call for info) – read ahead!

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Countdown to West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival: Activity previews

October 22, 2014 at 3:54 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Counting down to this Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival (by which time the weather is supposed to be better – showers likely, not steady rain!) – a few reminders and previews:

STREETS CLOSED: Even if you are not going to the festival, keep in mind that California will be closed from Oregon to Edmunds and Alaska from 44th to 42nd – the West Seattle Farmers Market and the festival’s “harvest activity” booths will all be out in the street for the duration of the 10 am-2 pm festival. This means transit rerouting, too – see the alerts on the Metro website.

HARVEST ACTIVITIES: Thanks to everybody who’s sending previews of what they’re planning. We’ll feature a few a day for the next few days. Today’s mentions: My Three Little Birds in Morgan Junction will be there with the chance for kids to “stop by and make a hanging decoration for their house on Halloween. They can make a witch hat or a spooky spider. We will also hand out candy for the kids and a coupon for parents or grandparents,” says proprietor Jennifer. … Infinite B Canvas Creations proprietor B. says, “At my booth kids will be painting handprint harvest inspired trees on canvas panels. I’ve attached display examples that my little nieces Lillian (6) & Zoey (3) made for my booth.”

Meantime, West Seattle School of Rock proprietor Phil says, “We will be running spontaneous 2-3 minute Little Wing activities throughout the day as large enough groups of little ones (about ages 3-6) walk up. We will also have electric guitars the kids can check out. We will have percussion instruments at our booth for the kids to use.” Also, WSB sponsor Potter Construction will be there with a mini-pumpkin toss in their booth. More previews tomorrow!

ALSO AT THE FESTIVAL: 11 am-1 pm chili competition (9-sample flight for $10, benefits the West Seattle Food Bank), 11:30 am costume parade from Junction Plaza Park, noon-2 pm trick-or-treating. Aside from the chili fundraiser and anything you buy from the Farmers’ Market, festival activities are free!

Next countdown: 1 week to West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

October 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

The banner’s up and we’re now counting down to West Seattle’s next fall festival – the WS Junction Association-presented 3rd annual Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm next Sunday (October 26th), with co-sponsors including WSB. Its components:

*10 am-2 pm, West Seattle Farmers’ Market vendors will be out in the street, on California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska

*10 am-2 pm, local organizations and businesses offer “harvest activities” at booths and tables that also will be out in the street – games, art, more

*11 am-1 pm, chili competition – buy a 9-taste flight at California/Alaska to vote; proceeds benefit West Seattle Food Bank

*11:30 am, costume parade starting from Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska

*Noon-2 pm, trick-or-treating at businesses throughout The Junction

We’ll get deeper into the details as the week goes by; make plans to stop by our booth for the return of the legendary (?) WSB-branded ice scrapers (haven’t had a bad winter since we gave them away two years ago; maybe it’s like garlic and vampires) and for our featured activity, iPhone microscope plankton-viewing with “Diver Laura” James.

P.S. Is your business/organization presenting an activity? Please let us know so we can mention it ahead of time, too, including in the Harvest Festival listing in the just-published WSB Halloween Guide. See you there!

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