West Seattle festivals – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:03:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 West Seattle weekend scene: Westwood Village Street Fair http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-westwood-village-street-fair/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-westwood-village-street-fair/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:42:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919883

From the little train to the big bouncy toys, it’s been a day of fun at Westwood Village. The annual street fair moved to Sunday this year. We even saw a hint of winter:

Among the vendors and organizations … Ginger’s Pet Rescue, with adoptable dogs:

If you haven’t been yet, there’s still time to get over to the center at 26th/Barton … this is scheduled to continue until 5 pm.

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Morgan Junction Community Festival 2018, as it happened http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-morgan-junction-community-festival-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-morgan-junction-community-festival-2018/#comments Sat, 16 Jun 2018 18:06:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919737 (SEE THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – entertainment, activities – here)

11:06 AM: Perfect almost-summer day at the Morgan Junction Community Festival, presented by the Morgan Community Association, spread across multiple spots in and around Morgan Junction Park (west side of California, just north of Fauntleroy)! The performances have begun:

The food vendors are up and running – The Tamale Guy, Jones BBQ, and Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream are in the lot on the north side of Beveridge Place Pub:

And kitty corner from the park, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is serving up a benefit barbecue with proceeds going to keep the festival free and fun.

While you’re wandering, be sure to see the vendors and community groups behind Whisky West (WSB sponsor) and Zeeks Pizza:

Along with local business, a few local departments/agencies are there – Sound Transit (got questions about West Seattle light rail?) and the Department of Neighborhoods (kicking off this year’s Your Voice, Your Choice voting – more on that post-festival). In the heart of the park right now – Bubbleman!

Lots of ways to participate, not just watch – like chalk art:

We’re in a row of booths just north of the park, with the West Seattle Timebank, Emergency Communication Hubs, and kids’ arts and crafts. The festival’s on until 4 pm – more coverage to come!

12:19 PM: Second musical act of the festival!

Here again is the schedule for the day. Many activities are continuous – face-painting, kids’ art, etc. – so no matter what time you drop by, you’ll find something happening. You’ll also find public-safety personnel, including SPD:

At left is the Southwest Precinct’s longtime second-in-command, Operations Lt. Ron Smith, who’s on his farewell tour of festivals – he’s retiring at month’s end. On the south edge of the park, artist Desmond Hansen started his mural-painting early and has drawn an audience:

1:08 PM: Speaking of painting, if you’d rather do it than watch, one of this festival’s unique activities is under way – the Splatter of Morgan:

You can come down and blast paint at the canvas draping the fence at the future Morgan Junction Park addition, just north of where we are. Another unique activity, the Bark of Morgan dog parade and contests, is coming up at 2 pm. Meantime, another SPD delegation:

1:21 PM: Every year we’ve boothed at festivals, we’ve had a standing offer: Candidates who stop by get photographed. First candidate of the year, Shannon Braddock, who’s running for the open 34th District State Senate seat, just stopped by:

She and other candidates will be at the <strong>West Seattle Democratic Women‘s forum June 18th and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s forum later in the summer (date to be announced). Speaking of politics, the festival’s emcee, MoCA vice president Phil Tavel, confirms he’s considering running for City Council again next year (he finished third in the crowded August 2015 primary).

2:14 PM: We’ve had a city official visit too, interim Neighborhoods director Andres Mantilla (a West Seattleite):

And a small but spirited dog parade has gone by:

More live music right now, too – Deal is onstage.

Festival’s on until 4 if you haven’t been here yet!

2:37 PM: The Tamale Guy is sold out of tamales. And the SFD engine that was here, 32, just had to leave on a call, minutes after we snapped a photo:

Medical call, according to Real-Time 911. Speaking of medical, while you’re here you can find out about Good Med Direct Primary Care (WSB sponsor):

Drs. Ryan Campbell and Wendy Hueners can tell you all about their unique model for keeping you healthy. You’ll find them and other local businesses, organizations, etc., behind Whisky West/Zeeks. In the park, meantime, we looked in again on muralist Desmond Hansen:

Thanks yet again to all the kind people who’ve stopped by to say hi and thank us for our work – community collaboration has been what WSB’s been about for more than a decade now, and we appreciate the continuing tips, questions, suggestions … westseattleblog@gmail.com, or text/voice 206-293-6302 any time.

3:30 PM: Final half-hour for the festival. Gary Benson is onstage – mellow music for a mellow afternoon.

Also just talked with a couple more people who stopped by – Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail, who is on the governor’s new task force about orcas, saying it’s time for bold action to try to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales; Karimah Edwards from Seattle Parks, telling us they’ve had a good day of talking to people about the future development of Morgan Junction Park’s expansion site to the north. Look for an online survey starting next week, with options for park design and potential elements (we’ll write a separate story when it goes live).

4 PM: The festival’s officially over – but live music will stretch out a little longer; Servants of the Rich missed their slot earlier, getting caught in multiple traffic jams while headed this way from the south, but they’re here now. We’re headed out. Thanks to MoCA and festivalgoers/participants for a great day!

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SATURDAY: Morgan Junction Community Festival – entertainment & activities schedule, plus food menus! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/saturday-morgan-junction-community-festival-entertainment-activities-schedule-plus-food-menus/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/saturday-morgan-junction-community-festival-entertainment-activities-schedule-plus-food-menus/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 23:41:29 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919681 Just hours until summer’s next big West Seattle event, the Morgan Junction Community Festival, 10 am-4 pm Saturday at and around Morgan Junction Park [map]. We’ve already published multiple previews, but here are two sets of specifics that might help you finalize when you want to be there:

Music and Entertainment Schedule

10:00 Endolyne Children’s Choir (MJP music stage)
10:45 Bubbleman (MJP)
11:45 Soyaya (MJP music stage)
12:30 – 2:00 Spatter of Morgan (MJP expansion site)
1:00 Servants of the Rich (MJP music stage)
1:00 Live Mural Painting by Desmond Hansen (MJP)
1:45 – 2:05 Bark of Morgan Pooch Parade and Contest (MJP expansion site next to Eddy Street)
2:15 DEAL (MJP music stage)
3:15 Gary Benson (MJP music stage)

Children’s Activities (Eddy Street side of MJP)
10:00 to 4:00 Crafts with Janet Taylor
10:00 to 4:00 Face Painting
10:00 – 12:30 Sidewalk Art with Chalk Artist David Toledo
10:00 – 2:00 Balloon Artist

First Responders Units (California Ave in front of MJP)
10:30 – 3:00 Seattle Police Dept Mobile and Mounted Patrol
1:00 – 3:00 Seattle Fire Department Engine 32

Now, food details:

Sweet Bumpas Handmade Ice Cream. Owner/chef Matt Bumpas is excited to be participating again for his 4th year! Flavors he’ll be serving up:
Hokey Pokey (Sweet Cream w/ Honeycomb Candy)
So Vanilla
Strawberry Vanilla
Garden Mint w/ Cocoa Cookie
Peach Dreamsicle
Lemon Sesame Street (Lemon Sesame Ice Cream w/ Black Sesame Honeycomb Candy

The Tamale Guy, Juan Garcia. is again offering three kinds of his wonderful homemade tamales, served with a choice of great sauces and pickled vegetables.
Hickory smoked chicken
Pork belly
Vegetarian: charred cauliflower and roasted potato
Chips and salsa
Beveridge: strawberry-lime agua fresca

Jones Barbeque
Chopped Pork Sandwich
BBQ Chicken w/Southern Slaw
Strawberry Short Cake
Assorted Beverages

West Seattle Thriftway’s fundraiser for the festival will be grilling hamburgers (and will include a soft drink and chips) in front of the store from 11:30 am until approximately 3 pm. (Southeast corner of California/Fauntleroy)

The vendor/community group list is here; Bark of Morgan details are here. See you there!

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Countdown continues! Who you’ll see at Morgan Junction Community Festival on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/countdown-continues-who-youll-see-at-morgan-junction-community-festival-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/countdown-continues-who-youll-see-at-morgan-junction-community-festival-on-saturday/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 05:21:47 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919496 The weekend gets ever closer and so does the 2018 Morgan Junction Community Festival, 10 am-4 pm Saturday at Morgan Junction Park [map]. Tonight, the list of vendors and community organizations you’ll find there, from festival spokesperson Susan Madrid:

This year’s festival will feature more than 30 vendors, many returning. All but three will be in the vendor area in the parking lot behind Zeeks Pizza and Whisky West. West Seattle Blog, Seattle Emergency Hubs and West Seattle TimeBank will be on Eddy Street to the north of Morgan Junction Park. For-sale items feature handmade jewelry and crafts by local artisans; products from a West Seattle backyard bee keeper; handcrafted candy; and specialty dog treats. The Cal-Mor Circle Residence Council will be selling bottled water to support its recreational activities. A number of commercial vendors will provide information on their services and/or products. Community and government organizations are eager to educate festival attendees about their activities and how interested citizens can get involved. Of note, Seattle Parks and Recreation will have an information booth highlighting the planned expansion of Morgan Junction Park and will be seeking public input. The Department of Neighborhoods will provide information on its programs and incentives. Seattle Department of Transportation will provide project information about 35th Ave SW Phase 2, the 34th Ave SW Neighborhood Greenway, and the Avalon Paving Project.

West Seattle/Morgan Junction Area Businesses
Good Med Direct Primary Care
Leaps and Bounds
Madrid Frame, LLC
Second Gear Sports
Super Supplements
West Seattle Blog
West Seattle Electric & Solar

Edibles, Food/Meal Solutions
Dolcetta Artisan Sweets
Dream Dinners
Emerald City Apiaries
Puddles Barkery
Smith Brothers Farms

Handcrafted Jewelry/Crafts
Flying Feather Designs
Ginger Jewelry Design
Penguins Designs
Queen Beads

Community Organizations
34th District Democrats
Church of the Nazarene
Endolyne Children’s Choir
Morgan Community Association
Peace Lutheran Church
Seattle Fair Growth (SCALE)
West Seattle Be Prepared – Seattle Emergency Hubs
West Seattle Democratic Women
West Seattle Food Bank
West Seattle TimeBank
Westside Neighbors Network

Government Organizations
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON)
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Seattle Public Library
Sound Transit

Our previous previews include the Bark of Morgan dog parade and contests here, 5 festival highlights here, the food lineup here. As a co-sponsor, we look forward to seeing you there!

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5 days to Morgan Junction Community Festival! 5 reasons to go http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/5-days-to-morgan-junction-community-festival-5-reasons-to-go/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/5-days-to-morgan-junction-community-festival-5-reasons-to-go/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2018 04:36:47 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919320 We’re continuing the countdown to West Seattle’s next major summer event – the Morgan Junction Community Festival on Saturday (June 16th), 10 am-4 pm at Morgan Junction Park [map].

Five unique reasons to go:

*See Desmond (Graves) Hansen paint a mural, live! His signal-box art has rocked West Seattle from Morgan to Luna Park, and now you can watch him in action, starting at 1 pm.

*Bubbleman – the bubbly entertainer performs from 10:45 am to 11:30 am

*Bark of Morgan – show off your dog(s) in a parade and contests, 1:45 pm

*Spatter of Morgan – it’s colorful, it’s deliberately disorganized, it’s fun! 12:30-2 pm

*Sidewalk chalk art with David Toledo, 10 am-12:30 pm

Plus kids’ activities (face-painting, balloon-twisting, crafts), food, live music, more. More in our next festival countdown! We’re among the co-sponsors and we’ll see you in the sunshine Saturday!

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West Seattle Summer Fest 2018 is one month away! Here’s your official heads-up http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-summer-fest-2018-is-one-month-away-heres-your-official-heads-up/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-summer-fest-2018-is-one-month-away-heres-your-official-heads-up/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:49:29 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919259 West Seattle’s biggest party of the year is one month (plus two days) away. The West Seattle Junction Association is providing the official neighborhood notification about Summer Fest, and as a festival co-sponsor, we’re sharing it with you:

WHAT: West Seattle Summer Fest

WHERE: West Seattle Junction – California Ave SW from SW Edmunds St to SW Genesee St, SW Alaska St from 42nd Ave SW to 44th Ave SW

DATE(s): July 13-15

TIME(s): 10 am – 11 pm Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm Sunday

WHO: West Seattle Junction Association

CONTACT: Lora Swift 425.445.5672 Oliver Little 206.403.8507

On July 13th-15th, our organization The West Seattle Junction Association will be producing a special event in the Junction neighborhood called Summer Fest. The Junction Neighborhood has hosted Summer Fest for 36 years. We are thrilled to host Summer Fest in your neighborhood and it’s important to us that we are communicating clearly with you, the neighbors.


• Event hours are from Friday, July 13th 10 am to Sunday, July 15th 5 pm.

• We will be loading in beginning at 6 pm on July 12th, and will load out until 11 pm on July 15th.

• We will leave your neighborhood as we found it: litter and recycling will be handled by Recology and Waste Management.

• During the event hours, we expect between 5,000 to 15,000 attendees per day.

• Streets may be closed or have limited vehicle and/or pedestrian access between the hours of 4 pm on July 12th through 11 pm on July 15th.

• We will have amplified sound during the hours of 12 pm to 11 pm on July 13th and 14th and 12 pm to 4 pm on July 15th.

• Sound will be from the North stage on California Ave near Genesee. (See map)

We are working closely with the City of Seattle Special Events Committee to minimize the impacts of the
event. Our goal is to create an enjoyable and positive experience in your neighborhood.

If you or any of the surrounding residents and businesses have questions or comments about impacts of
this event, please email us at:

Lora Swift, Executive Director, West Seattle Junction Association lora@wsjunction.org
Chris Swenson, Chair, City of Seattle Special Events Office chris.swenson@seattle.gov

And there’s lots more festival info online here.

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Countdown: One week until Morgan Junction Community Festival 2018! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/countdown-one-week-until-morgan-junction-community-festival-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/countdown-one-week-until-morgan-junction-community-festival-2018/#comments Sun, 10 Jun 2018 05:15:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919134 Just one week until the next major summertime community celebration in West Seattle – the Morgan Junction Community Festival is next Saturday, June 16th, in and around Morgan Junction Park [map]! It’s presented by the Morgan Community Association. We’ve already previewed one festival event, the Bark of Morgan – you and your dog(s) are invited to be part of it! – and other highlights will include the ever-popular Bubbleman performing 10:45-11:30 am, plus live music, community groups and vendors, and Seattle Parks with info about the long-planned park expansion. Another festival feature – food! That includes the Saturday barbecue at nearby West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor):

We photographed Michele and Curtis at today’s benefit barbecue; next Saturday, starting at 11 am, barbecue proceeds all benefit the festival, to help keep it free and fun for everyone. (Sponsors are a big part of that too, and WSB is again part of the sponsor team.) Other food options at the festival will include The Tamale Guy, Jones Barbecue, CJ’s Hot Dogs, and Sweet Bumpas Ice Cream. Tomorrow – we preview the entertainment and activities! Festival hours next Saturday are 10 am-4 pm, and we hope to see you there.

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Morgan Junction Community Festival 2018 to fetch Bark of Morgan comeback http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/morgan-junction-community-festival-2018-to-fetch-bark-of-morgan-comeback/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/morgan-junction-community-festival-2018-to-fetch-bark-of-morgan-comeback/#respond Sun, 03 Jun 2018 23:46:50 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=918552 What a summer this will be for West Seattle dogs and the people who love them. First, we had news of the PAWrade preceding next month’s West Seattle Grand Parade in the Junction. Now, the Morgan Junction Community Festival – less than two weeks away – is bringing back the Bark of Morgan! From festival communicator Susan Madrid:

The Morgan Community Association is pleased to announce the return of the Bark of Morgan Dog Show at the Morgan Junction Community Festival on June 16, 2018. Our thanks to Morgan Junction businesses Pet Elements and The Wash Dog for sponsoring the event.

The Bark kicks off at 1:45 pm with the Pooch Parade through the festival grounds followed by several audience applause-judged contests.

This is the 13th year of the popular festival, held in and around Morgan Junction Park in West Seattle. As in past years, the Festival and the Bark of Morgan will occur rain or shine!

Here are the Bark of Morgan details:

1:45 pm – Pooch Parade:

Leashed dogs and their humans assemble by 1:30 pm north of Morgan Junction Park in SW Eddy Street. Contestants will traverse through the festival grounds back to Eddy Street. Costumes are encouraged.

2:00 pm – Canine Contests:

The contests take place north of Eddy Street after the Parade. Contest categories are:

• Cutest Puppy
• Loudest Bark
• Smallest and Largest Dog
• Best Trick
• Best Costume
• Best Owner/Dog Lookalike

Three winners will be awarded for each contest. Contest winners are based on the audience applause-o-meter as certified by Festival Master of Ceremonies.

The Morgan festival, 10 am-4 pm Saturday, June 16th, will also include live music, Bubbleman, and more. WSB is a co-sponsor again this year and we’ll have more info in the days ahead!

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One 2-festival weekend! Morgan Junction, Westwood Village http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/one-2-festival-weekend-morgan-junction-westwood-village/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/one-2-festival-weekend-morgan-junction-westwood-village/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 18:56:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=918043 (WSB photo, 2017 Morgan Junction Community Festival)

Now that Memorial Day weekend is past, it’s time to continue looking ahead to the rest of our sure-to-be-spectacular summer. Just added to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar: Westwood Village has announced the date for this year’s Street Fair at the shopping center – 11 am-5 pm Sunday, June 17th. The past few years it’s been scheduled concurrently with the Morgan Junction Community Festival, but this year it’s the day after, so if you want to go to both, you’ll be able to do that without festival overload! WSB is again a co-sponsor of the Morgan festival, which will be presented 10 am-4 pm Saturday, June 16th, by the Morgan Community Association, in and around Morgan Junction Park (California just north of Fauntleroy) – live music, Bubbleman, the return of the Bark of Morgan dog parade, and more. Details on both as we get closer.

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The lineup’s out! Sub Pop Records reveals who’s playing 30th anniversary party on Alki Beach on August 11th – Mudhoney and more! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/the-lineups-out-sub-pop-records-reveals-whos-playing-30th-anniversary-party-on-alki-beach-on-august-11th-mudhoney-and-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/the-lineups-out-sub-pop-records-reveals-whos-playing-30th-anniversary-party-on-alki-beach-on-august-11th-mudhoney-and-more/#comments Tue, 29 May 2018 16:25:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=918025 (WSB photos/video)

9:25 AM: We’re at KEXP‘s Seattle Center headquarters for the announcement everyone’s been waiting for … who’s playing at Alki Beach for Sub Pop Records‘ already-much-previewed 30th-anniversary party? Sub Pop just announced it! The poster here tells the toplines:

Or, if you prefer the text version, from Sub Pop’s news release:

Beach House, Clipping, Kyle Craft, Fastbacks, Jo Passed, Loma, LVL UP, METZ, Moaning, Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Parade, plus Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its, and The School of Rock West Seattle House Band

“Special guests” are promised too. We first reported the party plan back in January. It’s expected to draw thousands to Alki for a free four-stage music-and-more festival noon-10 pm on August 11th – 30,000 was the estimated turnout for Sub Pop’s 25th anniversary in Georgetown in 2013.

(WSB photo added: Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper in-studio at KEXP)

Right after Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper (a West Seattleite) and team’s announcement, Shabazz Palaces is playing live at the KEXP Gathering Space, and we’re staying for some of that.

Before entering the studio, Jasper told us she’s “so excited” to finally make the lineup public. Updates to come!

9:49 AM: The Shabazz Palaces mini-show has just begun (streaming live here).

Meantime, also announced by Sub Pop, three other events that weekend – not in West Seattle but you might be interested – details are on the special SPF 30 website.

And if you’re just tuning in to all this, Sub Pop reps have been visiting the Alki Community Council and Admiral Neighborhood Association for months to discuss logistics and answer questions, given the magnitude of the event – here’s our most-recent report.

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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/ 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.


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!


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.


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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