West Seattle festivals – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 22 May 2018 12:46:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Bee Festival 2018 http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-west-seattle-bee-festival-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-west-seattle-bee-festival-2018/#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 17:53:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917148

10:53 AM: As the West Seattle Bee Festival ramps up to full buzz – with the parade coming up at 11 am – we’re seeing other creatures too:

That’s Gamma the python, one of the creatures you’ll see inside Neighborhood House – which is the venue for the festival’s indoor component, at Sylvan/Lanham [map]; the latter street is closed to motorized vehicles for the vendor fair, where we and dozens of other community organizations and businesses are boothing (officially starting at 11 am, but most are set up already); and there’s the West Seattle Bee Garden itself on the north end of High Point Commons Park. Here’s the bright and bzz-y schedule:

And what would a Bee Festival “bee” without honey?

11:31 AM: The Big Bee led the parade a short time ago – here’s a bit of video:

Lots of people here and the sun is out. Dog-friendly, too. Just ask Frankie:

We’re about to take a stroll along the vendor fair – here’s the map of who’s where. Lots to be learned – it’s not just vendors, but also community organizations!

NOON: Live music is about to start, and the International Finger Food Buffet is getting going inside Neighborhood House. And Seattle Fire Engine 37 is here:

About that music we mentioned:

12:17 PM: Back inside Neighborhood House, we’ve also spotted Tut the tortoise:

And the sewing pop-up is under way:

It’s a day to express yourself. Marco has a beard of bees!

12:55 PM: One thing that’s impressed us, boothing here at the festival today – a turnout of all ages, from babies to seniors, and people from all over West Seattle (at least judging unscientifically by those who have stopped to say hi). And we’ve even spotted a bee in the wild:

The bee-attracting lupins are in the pollination garden borders around the Bee Garden itself, where Puget Sound Beekeepers are ready to talk with you about the stars of today’s festival:

That’s at the north end of the festival – all along its west side on Lanham is the vendor (etc.) fair:

As mentioned in our Admiral Neighborhood Association report published last night, SDOT is here to talk with you about the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway (or any other project you have a question about):

1:24 PM: More music!

And along vendor-fair row, it’s photo op time:

Woodland Park Zoo is busy inside and out here at the Bee Festival, which continues until 2!

1:53 PM: Since it’s all about the bees, we checked back with the Puget Sound Beekeepers for the final word on today’s festival (which by the way is hosted by the Events Committee of the High Point Open Spaces Association). They tell us they sold out of all 21 cases of honey they brought – 50 percent more than last year! – and that the turnout was great, lots of people curious about bees and prepared with good questions. The Bee Garden, by the way, is open year-round for visiting.

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UPDATE: Hundreds gather to help thousands @ West Seattle Food Bank’s 2018 Instruments of Change http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/hundreds-gather-to-help-thousands-west-seattle-food-banks-2018-instruments-of-change/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/hundreds-gather-to-help-thousands-west-seattle-food-banks-2018-instruments-of-change/#comments Mon, 14 May 2018 03:19:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916570 (UPDATED MONDAY with fundraising tally from Saturday’s event)

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“Tonight we are here to be sure all our friends and neighbors in West Seattle have enough to eat.”

That’s how auctioneer/emcee Ian Lindsay summarized things for about 250 people who gathered last night for the West Seattle Food Bank‘s annual Instruments of Change dinner and auction.

The celebration at the Seattle Design Center honored a job that can’t go undone – but, the WSFB’s 17-year executive director Fran Yeatts (above), acknowledged, would ideally be unnecessary. “I am really sorry that we have to do this work,” she began, while explaining that it will make a difference for about 10,000 people in the community this year – some, just once; some, over and over again. Ten thousand also is how many people in West Seattle live below the federal poverty level, according to a video shown at the event.

The stats are eye-opening:

*1.8 million pounds of food to be distributed this year
*35,000 pounds a week
*Up to 250 households served by mobile food bank and home deliveries
*Backpack Program serves up to 400 children each weekend
*Bookcase Program up to 10000 donated books
*Pet Pantry up to 12,000 pounds of donated food

Since moving to the shopping model last year, up to 40 percent more households have been coming through their doors. And about 20 percent of those nearly 2 million pounds of food delivered to all those people has to be purchased, rather than received as donations.

The WSFB has many partners. Each year at this event, one is honored with the Instrument of Change Award – this year, the honoree is locally owned grocery store West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor).

On hand to accept the award were Brian Bixenman, store director (above left), and owner Paul Kapioski (above right)– another reason for the store to celebrate this year, along with its 30th anniversary.

Thriftway was honored for giving to the WSFB in a multitude of ways, donating thousands of pounds of food, as well as cash through a receipt turn-in program, and its annual shopping-spree raffle (in which, the WSFB notes, the winner often donates the shopping-spree food to the WSFB, which becomes a double winner in the deal).

“We’re just a small family-owned grocery store that’s trying to help the community,” Kapioski said in accepting the award. “We’re happy to be part of this community and help in any way we can.”

And Ben Viscon, president of the WSFB board – on which he’s served for nine years – said the need increased exponentially over the past year, bigger than it’s been in the food bank’s 30 years.

“Folks that were never on the bubble before, are on the bubble.” He ticked off numbers from the headlines. One in three people in the neighborhood come to WSFB for something. “This is a growth number we don’t want to have.” He also talked about the dignity of the shopping model to which WSFB moved. His role is to “push what’s next, how can we serve better,” he said, in asking eventgoers to dig a little deeper into their pockets.

The event featured live and silent auctions. Many of the items were very personal to the donors – for example, longtime WSFB volunteer Rosslyn Shea, a local public-school worker who launched the Backpack Program, donated an authentic Kenyan dinner for 10, which went for $1400.

Shea grew up in Kenya. Other donated auction items included getaways, sports-ticket packages, jewelry, even an audio system.

WSB was a co-sponsor of Instruments of Change. Other sponsors include these local businesses/organizations who are also on the WSB sponsor team: CHI Franciscan Health, HomeStreet Bank, Metropolitan Market, Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle, Verity Credit Union, Viscon Cellars. Table hosts included another WSB sponsor, NCompass Construction:

(Drew Foster and Stefan Hansmire from NCompass)

Leaders of other nonprofits are a fixture at Instruments of Change, as the organizations work to support each other in lifting up our community’s neediest people. Seen next to table host Amy Daly-Donovan (second from left below) was one whose own organization had its own successful fundraiser just three weeks earlier (also emceed by Lindsay), Nancy Woodland of WestSide Baby:

Big night for the Food Bank’s development director Judi Yazzolino, below right with C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) co-proprietor Cameron Moores:

We’ll add the fundraising tally when it’s available. (The Dessert Dash alone raised $14,000, Lindsay announced.) Couldn’t be there? Here’s how to help the WSFB, any time.

ADDED MONDAY: Judi Yazzolino updates us: “Total for Instruments of Change is $160,705, not counting any employer matches. This is $12,000 more than last year’s total of $148,400. A huge heartfelt thank you to our sponsors & guests from the West Seattle Food Bank!”

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ONE WEEK AWAY: What you’ll find at West Seattle Bee Festival 2018! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/one-week-away-what-youll-find-at-west-seattle-bee-festival-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/one-week-away-what-youll-find-at-west-seattle-bee-festival-2018/#respond Sun, 13 May 2018 03:24:34 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916569

(2017 Bee Festival photo: The Big Bee, which led the parade)

The almost-summer fun has just begun. One week from today, the West Seattle Bee Festival will fill the heart of your Saturday with free fun. It’s headquartered at the West Seattle Bee Garden in High Point, starting with the Honey Run at 9:30 am, and continues until 2 pm. From festival spokesperson Karen Berge, a preview:

HONEY RUN: The Honey Run leads off the festival at 9:30 AM. It’s a free, informal, fun run for all ages that takes place in High Point Commons Park. One lap around the park is 1K. Participants compete to see how many laps they can do, and in how short a time. No registration required. Just show up and run/walk/roll!

PARADE/PARADE PREP: Face painters and balloon twisters will be on hand from 10 to 11 inside Neighborhood House to help get everyone decorated for the costume parade, which begins at 11. Everyone is welcome to join the parade – pets too! No experience needed, just follow the Big Bee!

From 11 until 2, many festival activities will take place concurrently.

VENDOR FAIR: This includes sustainable organizations, businesses, and community groups. Tilth Alliance will be there with their popular worm bin, info about their Master Composter Sustainability Steward program, and the Garden Hotline. Members of the High Point Resource Coalition will be there. Camp Long will be back with science activities — last year, their Naturalists brought microscopes so that attendees could look closely at bees, bugs, flowers, and other natural things. The SW Precinct plans to be there with the mobile precinct and some of the CPT officers. SFD is bringing a firetruck. Deb Greer will be there with info about West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network. New Hub Captains, Robert Landis and Johnny Schmidt, will host the West Seattle Be Prepared booth.

PLANT SWAP: This is part of the Vendor Fair again this year. People can bring their excess plants, seeds, tools, or anything gardening-related … and take home others that they find! No need to bring a plant in order to take a plant!

ANIMAL AMBASSADORS: Woodland Park Zoo will be back again with their live “animal ambassadors.” Their Up CLOSE program, “Pollinators: Little Animals, Big Job,” will be located inside Neighborhood House. They will also host a “Pollinator Party” outdoors at our Vendor Fair.

POP-UP SEWING: This is a hands-on workshop. People can bring torn clothes and learn to repair them, to minimize what ends up in landfills. People can also learn how to make items that they need. The goal is to promote sustainability and the idea of buying less. Last year, many of the participants made handbags or reusable shopping bags.

STARTING AT NOON

Noon – Bee Garden creator, Lauren England will give a Bee Hive demo; Krista Connor will narrate and explain what is taking place and why.

Noon – 2 PM, Puget Sound Beekeepers will host an Open House in the Bee Garden. They’ll have local honey available to taste and to buy. Beekeepers will field bee-related questions and are also happy to answer questions about plants.

Noon – 1 PM, enjoy international finger foods inside Neighborhood House. Free for low-income residents – contributions are welcome!

MUSIC

10 – Noon: DJ Arlo and DJ Nate Prudhon: They’ll put together family-friendly, fun, eclectic international music, “Break BEEts and Dance Music from around the Globe.”

Noon – 2 PM, enjoy live music by Mississippi Jones, followed by jazz with Bell and the Bees.

MISSISSIPPI JONES: Find out more about them here.

BELL AND THE BEES: A group of young jazz musicians from Garfield High School.

ORGANIZERS

The West Seattle Bee Festival is hosted by the Events Committee of the High Point Open Spaces Association. Deborah Vandermar is the Chair of the committee. Leslie Skavland is arranging the food and entertainment, and managing the logistics. This year’s festival is again a team effort that includes Asmeret Habte, Janell Gonyea, Zach Chupa, Terry Hirata, Tram Chung, Megan Demeroutis and others who live or work in the High Point Community.

WSB is a co-sponsor of the Bee Festival and we look forward to seeing you there!

P.S. Not sure how to get to the Bee Garden? Scroll down this page for a map.

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MUSIC: Here’s the lineup for West Seattle Summer Fest 2018! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/music-heres-the-lineup-for-west-seattle-summer-fest-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/music-heres-the-lineup-for-west-seattle-summer-fest-2018/#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 02:11:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916225

Announced tonight by the West Seattle Junction Association, the music lineup is out for West Seattle Summer Fest 2018, now just two months away, July 13-15!

Music is once again taking center stage with a stellar lineup that includes some of the best bands in the Northwest. Big names for this event also include Kinski, Dude York, Spesh, and The Black Tones.

West Seattle’s Ben Jenkins and Troy Nelson, co-founders of Killroom Records, booked the event lineup and had this to say: “We had a lot of fun rounding up the artists for West Seattle Summer Fest 2018. Showcasing artists that are making a significant impact in our city is something we focused heavily on this year. We also wanted to represent all genres from our vibrant music scene. We’re excited to see this lineup come together!”

In addition to the headliners, festival goers can catch more than 20 artists performing on the California main stage Friday through Sunday. The diverse lineup includes artists like Mirrorgloss, Dusty 45s, HYWAYS, Trick Candles and Versing.

This FREE 3-day party in the streets celebrates West Seattle as a thriving music and arts community.
Sidewalk cafes, shopping, Gaming Tents, GreenLife, kids’ rides, and a beer garden next to the festival
stage, means there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Find lots of festival info on the official Summer Fest website. As usual, we’re a co-sponsor, so we look forward to seeing you at West Seattle’s biggest party of the year!

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WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST! 3 ways for nonprofits, community groups to be part of it http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-summer-fest-3-ways-for-nonprofits-community-groups-to-be-part-of-it/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-summer-fest-3-ways-for-nonprofits-community-groups-to-be-part-of-it/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:54:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912130 IMG_4606(WSB photo from Summer Fest 2016 – community tabling at the Info Booth)

On this chilly spring day (38 degrees as we type), let’s talk summer! Less than four months to go until West Seattle Summer Fest 2018. And now’s the time for nonprofits and community groups to make their move to be part of it. Three ways, according to the West Seattle Junction Association, which presents Summer Fest – apply ASAP:

*Community tabling FREE! Deadline May 19th. (Apply here)

*Green Life, for nonprofits who are focused on sustainability and conservation, in the Green Life area (Junction Plaza Park & Alaska). $75 for all three days. Deadline May 19th. (Apply here)

*Summer Fest main festival, for nonprofits who wish to be in the main vendor row – $350 for all three days. Deadline extended through March 28th. (Apply here)

This year’s Summer Fest dates are July 13, 14, and 15.

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TALK ABOUT IT! Sub Pop’s August Alki party on the agenda at two West Seattle meetings http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/talk-about-it-sub-pops-august-alki-party-on-the-agenda-at-two-west-seattle-meetings/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/talk-about-it-sub-pops-august-alki-party-on-the-agenda-at-two-west-seattle-meetings/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:27:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910671

Two months have gone by since we brought you first word of Sub Pop Records‘ plan for a huge 30th-birthday party at Alki Beach. The August 11th bash is still five months out, but it’s time to talk about it – if you have questions, Sub Pop wants to hear them, and will be at two community groups’ regular March meetings next week for exactly that purpose. The announcement:

Sub Pop Records is celebrating its 30th Anniversary of putting out somewhat well-regarded records, CDs, and tapes. In honor of that, we are hosting an entirely FREE music festival at Alki Beach on August 11th, 2018.

We are expecting a large, fun-loving, and respectable crowd of 30,000 music lovers. Our event will include: 4 stages of live music, beer gardens, merch booths and non-profit tables, and a family-friendly area complete with inflatables, food trucks, and live music for, and perhaps by, kids. This festival will take place from noon to 10 pm along Alki Avenue SW.

Sub Pop will be answering questions regarding all of this at two upcoming neighborhood-association meetings:

Admiral Neighborhood Association:
March 13th, 7 pm at the Sanctuary at Admiral – 2656 42nd Ave SW.

Alki Community Council:
March 15th, 7 pm at Alki UCC – 6115 SW Hinds St.

One question we can answer … no, the band lineup hasn’t been announced. Yet.

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IN THE JUNCTION: West Seattle Summer Fest community chat; flower baskets available to adopt; Wine Walk tickets http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/in-the-junction-west-seattle-summer-fest-community-chat-flower-baskets-available-to-adopt-wine-walk-tickets/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/in-the-junction-west-seattle-summer-fest-community-chat-flower-baskets-available-to-adopt-wine-walk-tickets/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2018 20:52:04 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910617 Three ways you can get involved with downtown West Seattle – via the Junction Association:

SUMMER FEST COMMUNITY CHAT: After last year’s West Seattle Summer Fest, you might recall, WSJA circulated a survey seeking your feedback. Now, you have a chance to come be part of a community conversation about Summer Fest and share your ideas – 6:30 pm Thursday, March 15th, at Great American Diner and Bar (4752 California SW). Not just what you think about last year or other past festivals – but what you want to see in the future! This year’s Summer Fest is still four months away, so it’s a perfect time to talk. Everybody welcome.

ADOPT A FLOWER BASKET: For the second year, the Junction Association is offering you the chance to adopt one (or more!) of its famous flower baskets. They’re growing right now, and going up sometime in May, but about half of the 90+ adoptable baskets are still looking for adopters – sign up and pay online. No, you aren’t expected to maintain “your” basket – but your adoption fee does get you a cool plaque that’ll be displayed with it, all season long. (We’re adopting one again this year.)

WEST SEATTLE WINE WALK: Got your ticket(s) yet? 15 wineries partner with local businesses to pour you a fun night of wandering and sipping. This too is happening for the second year (here’s our coverage of the first one) – date is Friday, May 18th; last year sold out so you will want to get in on it sooner rather than later. Advance tickets are $5 cheaper, too. Buy yours here – 10 tasting tickets, snacks, plus a souvenir glass, all included.

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THINK SUMMER! 2018 Seafair Pirates Landing vendor application time http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/think-summer-2018-seafair-pirates-landing-vendor-application-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/think-summer-2018-seafair-pirates-landing-vendor-application-time/#comments Sun, 04 Feb 2018 05:22:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907955

This dim time of year, we’ll take any excuse to show a sunny summertime photo. Above, that’s part of the Alki Beach seawall crowd that awaited the Seafair Pirates’ Landing last July. The date is set for this year, and applications are open for vendors. From event producers:

Seattle Seafair Pirates Landing – Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Seattle Seafair Pirates Landing is seeking the following:

• Vendors with pirate/nautical/maritime themed art, crafts, and products who would like to vend at the landing
• Face painters, psychics, henna artists, etc. who would like to provide services to event attendees
• Food trucks to feed the hungry pirate masses
• Commercial/merchant sponsors who want to show their support for our Seafair Pirate community
• Nonprofits interested in providing a pirate/nautical/maritime-themed kids activity in exchange for complimentary booth or tabling space

If any of that interests you – here’s where to go. (And in case you missed it last month … it’s application time for West Seattle Summer Fest, too.)

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WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST 2018! Here’s how to be part of it http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-summer-fest-2018-heres-how-to-be-part-of-it/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-summer-fest-2018-heres-how-to-be-part-of-it/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:40:41 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906439 (July 2017 Summer Fest early-evening photo by Paul Weatherman)

One month into winter … we have another look ahead to summer! The West Seattle Junction Association is planning the peninsula’s biggest party of the year, Summer Fest 2018 – now less than six months away – and wants to let everyone in the community know that applications are open for:

*Vendingapply here
*Food apply here
*Performingapply here
*Sponsorshipsapply here
*GreenLife sustainability expo – apply here
*Pet Junctionapply here
*Free community-partnership boothapply here

(Each of those links also includes qualifications/description info.) The dates for this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest are July 13, 14, and 15, in the street, in The Junction, as always!

P.S. In other big-Junction-event news, the date for the second Wine Walk will be May 18th, and we’re told tickets will be on sale soon.

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YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU! Be part of VIEWS http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/your-community-needs-you-be-part-of-views/ Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:31:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=901556

That photo from September is an example of just part of what the organization VIEWSVisualize Increased Engagement in West Seattle – does, supporting other community organizations with proceeds from the annual Delridge Day festival. Want to help magnify that kind of good – while being involved with events that bring joy to so many West Seattle neighbors? Pete Spalding of VIEWS shares an invitation:

Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle (VIEWS) is a nonpartisan community organization comprised of local citizens creating programming to educate, engage, & mobilize West Seattle citizens to sustain & improve the quality of life & services available across the peninsula.

VIEWS is best known for two big ongoing events: Gathering of Neighbors and the annual Delridge Day festival. The 2018 Delridge Day Festival will be held on Saturday, August 11th.

We are beginning the planning process for the 2018 festival. In light of this, we are reaching out to the West Seattle community, seeking community-minded individuals who are interested in volunteering to help VIEWS make our West Seattle community a more-welcoming community for all. We are seeking community members who have graphic design skills, creating marketing material skills, want to help organize the Kids Zone area of the festival, want to help with the skate park activities, are interested in helping to coordinate our volunteers for the festival, want to assist in the acquisition of sponsors and/or vendors, or just want to pitch in and help VIEWS with the overall coordination and implementation of the Delridge Day festival logistics.

If you are intrigued by the prospect of becoming more actively involved in our West Seattle community on a local level please reach out to VIEWS by contacting bayouwonder@comcast.net.

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FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2017, by the numbers http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/followup-west-seattle-junction-harvest-festival-2017-by-the-numbers/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 02:34:35 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=899238 (Photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

If you were part of Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival – here are three numbers that reiterate that it rocked:

From Lora Swift at the West Seattle Junction Association – 35 community businesses, groups, and nonprofits donated time and materials for free games and activities. … Almost 300 root-beer floats were served up by The Beer Junction in the first-ever Root Beer Garden … and the biggest number of all is from the Chili Cookoff:

From Judi Yazzolino of the West Seattle Food Bank:

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off to taste the delicious chili at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival on Sunday. All proceeds went to the West Seattle Food Bank, and what a success – we raised $3,146 from the tastings and $160 from the Beer Junction Root Beer Float Garden tips. We’d really like to extend a special thanks to the nine establishments who not only donated their fabulous chili but their time serving it: Brookdale Senior Living, Duos Catering, Easy Street Café, Elliott Bay Brewery, Fresh Bistro, Girls Gone BBQ, Husky Deli, Pecos Pit, and The Westy. Congratulations to Joshua & Benjamin from Duos Catering for being our 2017 winner by a landslide!

See our as-it-happened festival coverage, with video and photos, here.

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AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2017 – costume parade, chili winners, more! http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/happening-now-west-seattle-junction-harvest-festival-2017/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/happening-now-west-seattle-junction-harvest-festival-2017/#comments Sun, 29 Oct 2017 17:08:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=899075 (TRAFFIC/TRANSIT INFO: California is closed between Oregon and Edmunds … bus reroutes are linked here … festival schedule is here)

(Updated WSB photo – Root Beer Garden got busy a little while after our original photo)

FIRST REPORT, 10:08 AM: That’s the first-ever West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival Root Beer Garden – on the west side of the California/Alaska intersection. The festival has just begun, and continues until 2 pm, and our as-it-happens coverage starts now! Here are the key schedule points:

From 10 am to 2 pm: Free activities/games (mostly on California between Alaska and Edmunds)
From 10 am to 2 pm: Farmers’ Market (on California between Oregon and Alaska)
Starting at 11 am: Applepalooza at Farmers’ Market booth on east side of California/Alaska
Starting at 11 am: Chili Cookoff ($10 for 9 tastes & voting) on SW corner of California/Alaska
Starting at 11:30 am: Costume Parade (gather at Junction Plaza Park, 42nd/Alaska)
Starting at noon: Trick-or-treating (Junction businesses, some festival booths)

10:30 AM UPDATE: If you’re looking for the Scavenger Hunt, find it at the Farmers’ Market management booth on California south of Oregon. That’s a popular question here in the Info Booth in the midst of Walk-All-Ways. Just south of us, games are on – here’s Dave McCoy from Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor – their shop is at 42nd/Oregon) with the fishing game:

Next to EWA, you can jump with RopeWorks:

One of the most popular booths – Seattle Police crime prevention coordinators, with “button making machine, Halloween ring toss, SPD coloring books and many free goodies for children and adults!”

They’re about midway down the east side of the south block of California. And if you head over to the park (42nd/Alaska), you can make a music/rhythm instrument to get ready for the 11:30 am costume parade!

11:11 AM: The Chili Cookoff is on! KeyBank corner of California/Alaska, go buy your flight before the chili’s gone!

Your $10 gets you a vote (who will win? big trophy this year!) and 9 tastes AND knowledge you helped the West Seattle Food Bank. Meanwhile, we are seeing some amazing costumes – and the parade hasn’t even started yet! Family costumes too – like parents as chefs and their wee ones as lobsters.

And a young astronaut!

Almost parade time – we hear the West Seattle High School Marching Band warming up to lead it.

11:50 AM: After 20 minutes, the parade has ended, after circling the festival blocks. Above, the start – that’s Jim Edwards from the West Seattle Grand Parade (and West Seattle Big Band) leading the parade on his motorcycle. Below, some of the paraders on the southbound march:

(Added – More video from the parade:)

Next, trick or treat time at businesses and booths, starting at noon. Meantime, the chili is going fast – might be gone before the scheduled 1 pm cutoff.

12:14 PM: Candy collection is happening, big time.

(Above, rock ‘n’ roll trick-or-treating at Thunder Road Guitars [WSB sponsor]; below, trick-or-treating at Bikram Yoga)

And Lora Swift from the West Seattle Junction Association – the merchants’ organization that presents the festival – says the chili is sold out, 225 trays gone in just a little more than an hour! We’ll find out a bit later who won the vote.

12:52 PM: The results are in! Chili winners –

#1 Duos Catering (64 votes)
#2 Pecos Pit (35 votes)
#3 Easy Street (26 votes)

(Photo added below – from left, Joshua from Duos, Judi from WSFB, Benjamin from Duos, Lora from the Junction Association:)

Congratulations, especially to the WSFB, whose clients benefit from the participants’ donation of chili and the 225 tasters/voters!

1:09 PM: Last hour and the sun is starting to break through! Perhaps because the Comerford School of Irish Dance is performing just south of us in the Walk-All-Ways intersection:

Meantime, the costume-watching continues, including canine costumes:

Though there’s no gate for an official count, we would have to say anecdotally that this is the most-attended Harvest Festival yet!

1:36 PM: If you’re just getting here – we can’t guarantee you candy (the Info Booth folks sharing this tent have run out) but activities continue until the end. We’ve added a few more photos above and below. The crowd’s thinned a bit – maybe since the Seahawks’ game has started.

Among those with activity booths – the Junction Neighborhood Organization:

If you live and/or work in The Junction, that’s your community council.

1:52 PM: Final minutes. Soon, this’ll be history …

We’ll have even more photos later, including more from the chili trophy presentation. And stay tuned for the Junction Association’s big winter-holidays events, including the Tree Lighting on December 2nd!

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: More unique costumes. Edward Scissorhands made an appearance:

Willy Wonka was in the WSHS Band:

An aspiring band member:

We found a family of volcanologists:

And a family of recyclers:

R2D2 was not someone in costume – it’s a real replica that has an Instagram page:

ADDED LATE SUNDAY NIGHT: One more round of photos ahead – these are by Leda Costa for WSB:

The crowd:

Trick-or-treating:

Spooky sight in the window at West 5!

Seen in another shop window:

Another non-candy treat, spotted at the market:

Some vendors were in the Halloween spirit:

Another costumed canine:

And did we mention the crowd?

Just might add a few more!

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What you need to know about Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/what-you-need-to-know-about-sundays-west-seattle-junction-harvest-festival/ Sun, 29 Oct 2017 03:34:57 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=899034

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Just hours until our area’s biggest fall fun at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm Sunday. Here’s what you need to know:

STREET CLOSURES: The festival closes an extra block of California SW, which will be off-limits to motorized vehicles between SW Edmunds and SW Oregon from early Sunday morning until late Sunday afternoon, as will SW Alaska between 44th and 42nd.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, it’s part of the festival, in its usual spot on California north of SW Alaska, usual time, 10 am-2 pm. The market includes Applepalooza – taste fall’s fave fruit, starting at 11 am, plus a scavenger hunt.

HARVEST ACTIVITIES: You’ll find most of these on California south of Alaska, *free* fun presented by more than 30 organizations and businesses during the entire duration of the festival. (See the long list of activities here!)

ROOT BEER GARDEN: Bring $3.50 if you want to try a 16-ounce root beer with Husky Deli ice cream – Easy Street corner of California/Alaska.

CHILI COOKOFF: Nine venues are competing for this year’s title – bring $10 to buy your flight of a taste from each starting at 11 am at the KeyBank corner of California/Alaska, and you’ll get to vote on who you think should win! The money goes to the West Seattle Food Bank.

COSTUME PARADE: Gather at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) before 11:30 am (you can make a musical instrument there starting at 10) and follow the West Seattle High School Marching Band around the festival grounds!

TRICK-OR-TREATING: Businesses will have treats starting at noon – some of the booths, too.

WHAT’S NEW – IRISH DANCING: Late addition to the program, Celtic Arts Northwest will perform at California/Alaska at 1 pm. (That’s where we’ll be throughout the festival, with as-it-happens coverage … see you there!)

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COUNTDOWN: Five days to West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2017 http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/countdown-five-days-to-west-seattle-junction-harvest-festival-2017/ Tue, 24 Oct 2017 23:29:35 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=898597 harvestfestival_01(2016 Harvest Festival photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

Of all the fun stuff in the WSB Halloween (Etc.) Guide – the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival is the biggest (just look at all these photos from last year!), and it’s now just five days away (10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 29th).

Some notes as it gets closer:

*Can you volunteer? Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association – which presents the festival – says, “We’re still hoping to fill a couple volunteer slots at the kids’ music tables and the Farmers’ Market Applepalooza.” Here’s how to sign up.

*Planning to be part of the costume parade (11:30 am)? Make maracas or a music box at Junction Plaza Park (also the parade starting point, NW corner of 42nd/Alaska) first – 10 am-11:30 am.

*Four of the nine competitors in this year’s Chili Cookoff (the West Seattle Food Bank benefits from your $10 for 9 tastes, and you get to vote for the winner – KeyBank corner of California/Alaska starting at 11 am) are new – Duos Catering, Pecos Pit BBQ (WSB sponsor), Girls Gone BBQ, and Fresh Bistro. They’re going up against defending champs The Westy Sports and Spirits (WSB sponsor) and return competitors Easy Street Café, Elliott Bay Brewing Company, Husky Deli, and Brookdale Senior Living.

The festival starts with the Farmers’ Market in its usual mid-street spot and other local businesses and organizations offering free fun activities on California, which will also be closed to traffic, south of Alaska – see the list on the WSJA website. Business and booth trick-or-treating starts after the costume parade, at noon. And don’t miss the Root Beer Garden on the Easy Street corner of California/Alaska!

WSB is a co-sponsor of the Harvest Festival – see you in The Junction on Sunday. Weather looks dry.

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COUNTDOWN: One week to West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2017! http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/countdown-one-week-to-west-seattle-junction-harvest-festival-2017/ Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:59:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=898435

One of the freshest things at today’s West Seattle Farmers’ Market was the sign being created to remind everyone that next week’s WSFM will be part of the 2017 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! It’s a market and much more – 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 29th: For one, the street closure for that day only will extend south to Edmunds, and the extra block will feature local businesses and organizations offering FREE harvest-themed games and activities, starting right at 10. (The list of activities is on the West Seattle Junction Association website.) Then:

11 am – Chili cookoff at the KeyBank corner of California/Alaska ($10 donation for the West Seattle Food Bank gets you a flight of tastes from all 9 chili competitors, and the chance to vote for your favorite)

11:30 am – Costume parade starting from Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska), led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band, heading west into, and then around, the festival – everyone’s welcome to participate!

Noon – Business and booth trick-or-treating

New at the festival: A root-beer garden (California/Alaska, by Easy Street Records) – $3.50 for root beer (from The Beer Junction) topped with vanilla ice cream (from Husky Deli) and Applepalooza as part of the market.

WSB is a co-sponsor of the Harvest Festival and we look forward to seeing you in The Junction next Sunday!

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