WSB Forums-organized potluck brings feast to ‘Nickelsville’

Before last weekend is too much further in the rear-view mirror, an acknowledgment of an event that WSB Forums members made happen: The potluck that wrapped up an open-house afternoon at the encampment that calls itself “Nickelsville,” now back on a previously vacant city-owned site on the southeastern edge of West Seattle. Forums member Kevin McClintic, who collaborated with member Joanne Brayden on three previous reports about the camp (here, here, and here), shares the photos, and this report:

Despite gray skies and intermittent rain, the Nickelsville Potluck was a great success thanks to everyone who helped make it happen. The camp had set up several open rain shelters, but they were not needed. The rain managed to stay away for the duration of the event.

This was no hot-dog-and-hamburger event. The food was first class. There were more than two dozen individual contributors who brought some outstanding homemade entrees. One generous contributor brought several dozen steaks, intended specifically for the residents.

According to Nickelsville resident/WSB Forums member Mike (miws), they were still eating leftovers on Sunday, and still snacking on homemade cookies and treats into the first of the week.

Pictured in the group photo from left to right (Scott and Peggy are Nickelsville staff. Everyone else, Nickelsville friends): Scott Morrow, JoB, Peggy Hotes, Linda, miws, the jamjets, EmmyJane, Rod Clark, angelescrest and her daughter, and Dennis Reilly (kneeling in front row)

Thanks to Kevin for the report/photos. Meantime, Nickelsville discussion, and lists of donated items the camp is seeking, can be found, ongoing, along with other topics, in the WSB Forums.

13 Replies to "WSB Forums-organized potluck brings feast to 'Nickelsville'"

  • CJ June 23, 2011 (7:53 am)

    I was sad to be unable to make this and am hoping it won’t be a one time event. Thanks to all who organized and supported this outreach.

  • Kayleigh June 23, 2011 (10:45 am)

    Nice! :)

  • miws June 23, 2011 (11:00 am)

    Thanks to angelescrest who initiated the idea, and to everyone else that contributed and made this such a success, and a fun event!



  • Wendell June 23, 2011 (11:16 am)

    Not to sound like a party pooper or anything, but seeing this squatter camp is an ongoing concern, shouldn’t the name be changed to McGinnville?

  • JoB June 23, 2011 (12:09 pm)

    What’s in a name?
    this was the best potluck i have been to in a long time… the food was incredible… but more than that.. it had that community feel we all look for in a potluck.
    thanks to Angelescrest and the 25+ WSB contributors and the residents of Nickelsville who really put the welcome mat out for a really great time.
    i can’t wait for the next one:)

  • Diane June 23, 2011 (12:30 pm)

    wasn’t it named after Mayor Nickels because he had them kicked out/arrested, threw away all their housing (tents, bags, etc)

  • miws June 23, 2011 (4:26 pm)

    Wendell, please elaborate on your ongoing concerns regarding this “squatter camp”.



  • proudpugetridger June 24, 2011 (12:14 pm)

    Definition of SQUATTER
    : one that squats: as a : one that settles on property without right or title or payment of rent b : one that settles on public land under government regulation with the purpose of acquiring title

  • miws June 24, 2011 (1:59 pm)

    I wasn’t asking for the definition of “squatter”, I would simply like to hear about Wendell’s concerns so that we may address them and try to be the best neighbors possible.


    But, instead of hearing concerns, so far all I am hearing are crickets…..chirp…..chirp…..chirp….



  • JoB June 26, 2011 (7:07 am)


    i see no intention of acquiring title…
    just permission
    and with that minor matters like water and sewage..

  • miws June 28, 2011 (12:42 pm)

    Psssttt! Wendell! I know this has dropped well off of the main page, but I saw you comment recently on another story, and I’m still waiting for your reply to my request for what your concerns are!



  • Tucker July 1, 2011 (3:27 pm)

    Uh yeah Wendell. What exactly are your “concerns?” Personally, when my job takes me to the many neighborhoods in Seattle and greater Seattle where no one knows thier neighbors I get “concerned.” I periodically used to stop by Nickelsville on Sunday mornings with my family when it used to be up in Lake City. Great bunch of people. Alot more friendlier then alot of people I come across during the rest of the week. “Concerning” wendell, very concerning.

  • miws July 2, 2011 (11:53 am)

    Thanks for the kind and supportive words, Tucker.


    I didn’t check in to NV until after they came back to our current location, but many of my fellow campers were at Lake City, and I will share your message with them.


    I’m going to give Wendell the benefit of the doubt, and presume, (note that I didn’t state assume) that he is still furiously working on that long, comprehensive list of concerns, and hasn’t had the time to check back in on this comment thread.


    I hope he realizes that he only has about three more weeks to comment here, though.



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