West Seattle, Washington
Just found out late tonight about another local athlete to congratulate: Three days after graduating from O’Dea High School, West Seattle resident Dylan Ledbetter won the state 3A championship in shot put today. He’ll be playing football this fall for Eastern Washington University. Thanks to Cami MacNamara for the report; the photo is by Dylan’s proud mom Cheryl Orint.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
At sites along the Duwamish River, from West Seattle to South Park and beyond, a huge four-month art project is about to “open.” And you might already have seen signs of it … in one case, literally, signs:
When Jonathan tweeted a photo of that sign and called it to our attention Friday morning – with the backdrop at Port of Seattle-owned Jack Block Park, within view of the Shell oil rig Polar Pioneer – we had a hard time imagining that kind of sign could have been guerrilla-installed without port security noticing. Then WSB reader “Grayson Girl” texted us about it this morning and we went over to see for ourselves. She also mentioned another sign out on the pier – and that’s where we found the key clue.
A small label near that sign attributes it to Jack Daws and Duwamish Revealed.
Daws is a Seattle artist; Duwamish Revealed is the name of the big art project that is about to officially open at locations from West Seattle to Tukwila. And we do mean big: More than a dozen sites, and dozens of collaborators. Here’s the program with details (including Daws listed as one of the Jack Block Park artists):
Sarah Kavage and Nicole Kistler are the artistic directors for Duwamish Revealed, a project of the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, as explained here. (Kavage confirmed to WSB tonight that the Jack Block signs are part of DR, installed with authorization just two days ago.) We recorded them talking about their grand project at last month’s Duwamish Alive! opening ceremony:
Last summer, we published their call for artists – mentioning at the time that it wasn’t just intended for people who already consider themselves artists.
And indeed, the participants are from a range of backgrounds – including students from West Seattle’s Pathfinder K-8 School, whose work at T-107 Park on this side of the Duwamish involves “a sculptural interpretation of a Coast Salish fish trap,” in collaboration with Jennifer Bennett.
Back at Jack Block Park, as noted on the program shown above, you’ll see the Duwamish Lighthouse by George Lee – some of which he’s chronicling on Instagram – plus Jordan Monez‘s work Plant 2015: “To-scale replicas of the ersatz neighborhood built on top of Boeing Plant 2 during WWII are a tribute to the river’s wartime history and the act of revealing, and concealing, history.” Other West Seattle locations on the Duwamish Revealed roster include Terminal 105 and 107 Parks, Lafarge, and Harbor Island (if you can’t see the program embedded above, see it here as a PDF).
Ongoing performance-related art includes free workshops by Ballet Folklorico Angeles de Mexico, weekly in White Center and South Park.
In the photo provided by Duwamish Revealed are Ballet Folklorico’s Aurelia Ramos and Jose Antonio Malagon Garcia.
The grand-opening celebration for Duwamish Revealed is next Friday (June 5th) with soundscapes and sculpture at the installation site called The Estuary on the east bank of the river, 4651 Diagonal Avenue South – details and map here.
Other day/time-specific events along the way include the Water Festival in South Park, August 15-16, and “Revealing Coast Salish Cultures,” with canoe families landing at T-107 Park for an event there and across the street at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse on September 12th. Even sooner than all that, check out what’s on the calendar.
And for all you’ll find there, it’s just a drop from the river of visual art, performance art, and more that will comprise Duwamish Revealed – browse the official website to sample more.
Thanks to Lisa Brody for the photo and report:
Congratulations to the Chief Sealth International High School Girls 4x100m relay team. They placed 5th in the state at the Washington State Championships at Mt Tahoma High School in Tacoma today. They had a PR of 49.79 sec. Here they are with their Coach, from left to right: Imani Carey, Assa Kaba, Coach Billy Hairston, Chloe Myers, and Quinn Wiley. Chief Sealth’s Ronnie Parker also placed 5th in State in the Triple Jump!
Thanks to Tom Warnke for the photo and report:
For the first time since Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) opened its West Seattle Junction shop almost a year ago, its annual Fly Fest is happening at Lincoln Park, continuing one more hour, until 4 pm. While browsing and testing gear is certainly the star of the show, including casting tests in the not-yet-open wading pool …
… the fun also included food, to prove that fishing-trip cuisine doesn’t have to be dull.
The EWA guides‘ Gourmet Cookoff included proprietor Dave McCoy, above, making salmon tacos and melon salad; below, store GM Reid Curry making barbecue chicken sandwiches:
And Abbie Schuster with ceviche/shrimp tacos.
We’re checking back to see who won. Fly Fest is on until 4 at Shelter 5 in the upper park.
Four years ago after we published this note about then-West Seattle High School senior Nick Barnecut‘s acceptance to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, he has just graduated. Thanks to WSHS’s Shelley Yeigh for sharing the photo of Nick shaking hands with President Obama, who spoke at the academy’s 134th commencement ceremony on May 20th; the USCG says that presidents “traditionally address the graduating class at one of the federal service academies on a rotating basis. President Obama addressed the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2014 at West Point last year.” Now-Ensign Barnecut majored in civil engineering. (A gallery of USCG photos from the ceremony is on Flickr.)
12:59 PM: In case you’re heading this way from points north – note that I-5 southbound is not a good choice right now because of a crash near the exit to the westbound West Seattle Bridge. (Thanks to the person who tipped us! Check the newest WSDOT camera image here.)
SIDE NOTE: While we’re talking traffic, remember the bridge-ramp alerts for Sunday.
1:20 PM: SDOT says the ramp is open again; beware of residual backups.
FIRST REPORT, 12:25 PM: If you’re at Alki right now, watch for mermaids. The first-ever West Seattle Mermaid Parade was set to start around noon, after a gathering that started with bellydancing (in our short Instagram video above) by the Alki Statue of Liberty at 11.
Dozens of mermaids gathered in costumes from simple to ornate:
And they spanned the age range from young-at-heart to young:
The mermaids even had a wrangler:
(That’s Amber.) We had to move on before the start of the actual parade, but if you have a photo to share, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or share it to the WSB Flickr group, so we can add – thanks!
ADDED 1:14 PM: Thanks to Lynn Hall for sharing photos from the Anchor Park area, where she says the parade arrived about half an hour ago:
P.S. Thanks to everybody else who sent photos this afternoon – we’re reviewing to add more tonight!
ADDED 10:17 PM: Added photos – first, from Ann Anderson, who notes so many costumes were ornately detailed:
From Loren Beringer:
From Eva Talbot:
We’re checking with organizer Leslie Rosen to see if this is likely to become an annual tradition.
ADDED MONDAY: Leslie says no decision is likely before September, when she and the Sirens of Serpentine “re-group.” In the meantime, you can catch them at the Georgetown Art Festival, 3 pm June 13th. P.S. One more photo – thanks to Elizabeth D. for the group shot from Anchor Park:
From the “what’s that vessel?” file: Thanks to Lynn Hall and Don Brubeck for sending photos of this icebreaker/tug seen off West Seattle this morning – that’s Lynn’s photo above. Online information indicates that the Norway-built Tor Viking II is associated with the Royal Dutch Shell offshore-Arctic-drilling fleet; while most of the information involves its tasks from Shell’s 2012 Arctic efforts, this is one of the more than two dozen vessels listed in the U.S. Coast Guard “rule” for Puget Sound “temporary safety zones” related to Shell’s fleet.
(WSB photo: Seen from Pigeon Point on Friday. Today’s forecast: More sun!)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FLY FEST & GUIDE GOURMET COOKOFF: Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) invites you to Lincoln Park today, 10 am-4 pm, for free instruction and demos of fly-casting equipment, plus, at noon, the Guide Gourmet Cookoff (free food!) – details and schedule here. Find Fly Fest headquartered at Shelter 5 in the upper park near the main parking lot – signs will point you there. (Fauntleroy/Rose)
FREE E-CYCLING/SHREDDING: 10 am-1 pm in The Junction parking lot off 42nd between Oregon and Alaska, as previewed here.
PLANTS FOR PETS: The famous Furry Faces Foundation fundraising plant sale is back this year, 11 am-4 pm today and Sunday, with music today, 2-4 pm, by Tim Scallon. Almost a thousand plants! (3809 46th SW)
BENEFIT BARBECUE: 11 am-4 pm, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) invites you to stop by for its next benefit barbecue lunch, cooked right outside the store, this time raising money for the Children’s Autism Guild. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
WEST SEATTLE BOARD GAMES BENEFIT: Love games? Help raise money for Tim Bishop, as explained:
Today from 1-6 @ Delridge Uptown Espresso and Gameporium. West Seattle Boardgames is hosting a fundraiser for Tim Bishop, who will be facing around $85,000 out-of-pocket costs for cancer treatment. If you want to know more,
see this link
Why should you attend?
It will be an opportunity to play games with a large group of people. We will teach all the games!
*cash only * You can buy inexpensive raffle tickets $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Silent Auction has over 100 items, including rare games, rare magic cards , some valued over $300 all with low reserve. Over 150 games for raffle, many new and each prize pack is worth $75 to $200
The chance of winning should be pretty good given that we are expecting over 200 games to be available. There will be a silent auction for higher value games, some of which are new and popular. The auction will have a low reserve, giving you the opportunity to get these games inexpensively. Most importantly, it’s for a great cause. You don’t need to be present to win. Raffle And auction will be 5-6 pm
Uptown is at Delridge/Andover.
FYI: NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The Coast Guard Auxiliary, which leads Alki Point Lighthouse tours this time of year, says it is too low on volunteers this weekend, so no tours.
2ND-TO-LAST ‘ANGRY HOUSEWIVES’: 7:30 pm tonight and 3 pm Sunday are the final two shows in the extended run at ArtsWest, and as of this morning, a few tickets are still available. (4711 California SW)
LIVE MUSIC … see who/where on our calendar.