Admiral Neighborhood Assoc.: Summer Concerts @ Hiawatha; more

(Clip added Wednesday morning – Pearl Django, part of the just-announced Admiral concert lineup)
We’re at the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s monthly meeting at Admiral Congregational Church – busy meeting, headlined by the announcement of the lineup for the second Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series. So for starters, as announced by ANA president Katy Walum tonight, here it is:

July 29The Starlings

August 5Back Burner

August 12Pearl Django with special guest vocalist Greta Matassa

August 19Caspar Babypants and The Board of Education

August 26Camille Bloom

September 2 West Seattle Big Band

The series has more than a dozen businesses signed on as co-sponsors (including WSB), and there’s room for more – e-mail if you’re interested. Meantime, lots more discussed tonight, and there were guest appearances including two candidates. ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: The rest of the ANA meeting’s toplines – click ahead, including a sneak peek at the forthcoming Admiral T-shirts:

Counting guests, 15 people attended the ANA meeting. Other updates included:

ADMIRAL T-SHIRTS: It’s time for Admiral to have cool T-shirts like other neighborhoods, notably Alki, Walum said, and what you see above is the front of the forthcoming T-shirt, which will be sold to raise money for ANA. They’ll also be making jackets. The T-shirts and jackets will be sold at events including the Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, possibly the 4th of July Parade too.

CANDIDATES: The group heard from 34th District House Position 2 candidate Geoffrey “Mac” McElroy. He told them he’s running as an independent because “the two-party system is at loggerheads.” He described himself as a “social moderate/liberal” with a lot of concern about government taxation of small businesses. Asked about his background, he mentioned 10 years in the Navy, an MBA from the University of Washington, and “five years as my own boss” running the Triangle Tavern in South Delridge. He doesn’t support a state income tax and does support privatizing liquor stores. He summed himself up as: “I’m not in it for the politics, I’m just trying to get something done.” He’s vying for the open seat with three Democrats – Marcee Stone, Mike Heavey, and Joe Fitzgibbon. … Also appearing, Willie Gregory, who says he’ll be running for a Seattle Municipal Court judgeship but isn’t sure yet which one; he serves as a judge pro tem, and says he strongly believes in community involvement.

PARK LEVY PROPOSAL: Dennis Ross is spearheading an acquisition proposal. He said that the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund now has 95 proposals vying for a share of the money, with 26 of them acquisitions including the Admiral project, and they’ve been told that dates will be set in June for presentations to the levy’s Oversight Committee.

47TH/ADMIRAL SAFETY: This much-discussed intersection – scene of a pedestrian death in 2006 – is still a hazard, Karl de Jong pointed out, saying, “I think we have an opportunity to approach the city for our safety” and advocate for a pedestrian-activated warning system. His fellow ANA members agreed this needs to be brought back to the city’s attention.

ANA WEBSITE: As Sylvia Rolle noted, the ANA has “various online properties” right now (including the site for last year’s concert series and the ongoing Yahoo! Group) and she and Ann Limbaugh have volunteered to create one definitive website for the group. She said they’ll have two or three mockups to show the group at next month’s meeting.

4TH OF JULY KIDS’ PARADE CONCESSIONS: ANA is handling them this year, and president Walum said she’s secured commitments so far for donations including 200 red/white/blue cookies from Little Rae’s and 100 mini-cupcakes from Sugar Rush Baking Company. When she issued an open call for coolers, legislative candidate McElroy said from the audience that he might be able to help, with foam coolers he’ll be done with following this Saturday’s White Center Spring Clean.

OTHER UPCOMING DATES: The next quarterly Adopt-A-Street cleanup is June 5 (meet at Metropolitan Market [WSB sponsor] at 9 am); June 7, 6:30 pm, Hiawatha Community Center, is the next crime-prevention forum.

The Admiral Neighborhood Association meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7 pm, Admiral Congregational Church (California/Hill).

11 Replies to "Admiral Neighborhood Assoc.: Summer Concerts @ Hiawatha; more"

  • CurlyQ May 11, 2010 (9:24 pm)

    I don’t know the whole line-up, but what I do know is top notch. Yay for Caspar Babypants and Board of Education!!!

  • Ken May 11, 2010 (9:33 pm)

    Good stuff — Pearl Django is always really good. And my daughter loves Casper!

  • Manuela Slye May 11, 2010 (10:24 pm)

    I am looking forward to the concerts! And kudos to the new ANA leadership – you rock!

  • The Board of Education May 12, 2010 (10:39 am)

    Actually, our website is: (Central Services, is our “grown-up” music version of the band.

    We’re very excited to be playing this show!!

    • WSB May 12, 2010 (10:44 am)

      Thanks, TBoE – the fine Admiral folks saved me some searching by providing links and that’s the one they had; I will swap it out. See you there!

  • Alvis May 12, 2010 (12:18 pm)

    No disrespect to whoever chose its design, but I don’t see the T-shirt conveying a sense of local neighborhood or community. It looks to me like something that a teen employee is forced to wear in the food court of a 1970s shopping mall hundreds of miles from the nearest body of water. Sorry, but the T-shirt strikes me a way too generic and not local.

  • CurlyQ May 12, 2010 (12:28 pm)

    Thanks for adding the Pearl Django video–they’re amazing! I’m sure they’ll be a great combo with Greta Matassa.

  • Katy May 12, 2010 (1:11 pm)

    Hi Alvis – No offense taken; to each his/her own. However, I do want to clarify that the “Admiral” t-shirt logo, as well as a ship’s wheel logo (not pictured) were designed by Mike Barker, artist and owner of Admiral Tattoo right here in our neighborhood. Mike took this on as a pro bono project to “help out the community,” and to create something that would help draw attention to the area, while giving Admiral residents a cool way to show their neighborhood pride. What you’re seeing is a “mock-up,” enlarged and printed out on paper, of what the design will look like, more or less. I am confident that many will find the finished product quite appealing, and will want to purchase a shirt or jacket to support their neighborhood organization and display their Admiral love. Many, many thanks to Mike for his hard work on this – he is yet another reason we are grateful to live in this beautiful corner of the world!

  • diannet May 14, 2010 (6:37 am)

    regarding tee shirt design: I, for one, grateful that someone offered pro bono, but a tattoo-like design is not appropriate for the general public of Admiral. Keep it simple, and more sles will be made. The proposed design might be good on someone’s leg, chest or bum, but certainly not for a tee shirt! Also, they could be sold at Admiral Mail and dispatch, too, I’ll bet. Perhaps several designs should be proposed and voted on through WS Blog. Thanks.

  • diannet May 14, 2010 (6:38 am)

    happy about Hiawatha series. I’m sorry – is there a fee? what nights?

    • WSB May 14, 2010 (6:44 am)

      The dates are in the story. They’re all Thursday nights. Admission is free; these are outdoor concerts.

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