1st post-festival report: A “Sustainable” success


We’re just back from the first-ever Sustainable West Seattle Festival in The Junction, and by all accounts, and our observations, it was a smash hit. SWS president Bill Reiswig said in closing remarks less than an hour ago that what he found really “moving” was all the interaction going on, between exhibitors and participants and festivalgoers — a fulfillment of the “building community, creating connections” mission you may have seen on the posters for the SWSF.


That’s what we experienced too; we had a great time not only spreading the word about West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, but also meeting so many people who are out there in WSB-land, including some folks we’ve “known” via e-mail for many months but never before met in person … thank you all SO much for stopping by to say hi. We’ll have a full wrapup later tonight with more festival pix and video. Congratulations to Sustainable West Seattle, which made a daring move by putting on a major event like this after less than a year in existence … and succeeded big-time.

3 Replies to "1st post-festival report: A "Sustainable" success"

  • Jo May 4, 2008 (5:44 pm)

    I was able to stop by the Festival for a short time today and was totally impressed with the exhibitions. Lots of kids and their parents looked totally captivated with it all.
    Got to say ‘Hi’ to TR, also.
    Good job to the organizers of this greatly successful WS Sustainable Festival.

  • Sue May 4, 2008 (7:33 pm)

    I also was impressed with what they were able to put together – good job to all those involved!
    I enjoyed the Transit Forum over at Arts West, but only wish it wasn’t at 10:30am, as only a dozen people showed up – I think it could’ve been better attended at a later hour. I also wish they had left more time for Q&A – even with a dozen people in attendance,they only had time to take questions from 2 or 3 of them. I did hear that they were filming it for the Seattle Channel – any idea when it might air there for those who missed it? I couldn’t find anything on their website.
    I was disappointed to miss the Undriving Forum – considering that I’m interested in transit and car-free solutions, I was interested in both the Transit Forum and that one, and they both occurred at the same time – it was a shame to have to pick one over the other, and I would’ve loved to have met the Bus Chick, my inspiration for selling my own car 18 months ago.

  • Melissa May 5, 2008 (9:17 am)

    Due to the crazy long time it would take to take the bus to my job on Mercer Island, I’m thinking of getting an electric-asissted bike to ride so I can stop driving my single occupancy vehicle. One of the guys at the Cascade Bike Club tent was INCREDIBLY helpful about what to look for, what would last well, and which batteries would weigh less. Great info.

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