West Seattle scenes: School’s-out street party

(WSB photos)

The street party is on, rain or shine – note the jackets accompanying the leis – on a block of 48th SW near Ercolini Park tonight. The occasion: Today was the last day of classes for Seattle Public Schools, and these neighbors are Schmitz Park Elementary families, marking a double-milestone occasion: This was their students’ last day at Schmitz Park, with the new Genesee Hill Elementary opening in September.


The band Däd – with the umlaut! – was delayed a bit due to the rain, but the show must go on:


Greeters Amy and Brooke explained part of the inspiration for the party was the pig-roast prize won at the school fundraising auction; a few of the neighbors had the winning bid. Summertime also brings “Aloha Friday” get-togethers at the park, and since the last day of school was a Friday this year, the theme just fit:


P.S. Thanks for calling to let us know about the party!

11 Replies to "West Seattle scenes: School's-out street party"

  • wsres June 24, 2016 (9:18 pm)

    Dad is gut! we are enjoying the music. Now I know why there is a band playing!

  • WSince86 June 24, 2016 (10:41 pm)

    So much fun!!!  Thanks for putting on such a great time!!!!

  • WSMama78 June 25, 2016 (7:32 am)

    When I took my daughter (who is a Schmitz Park student) to Ercolini Park this afternoon I saw that the road was closed and the sign about the party and band. I asked a man who was helping set up about the activity and mentioned that we live a block away and maybe we would come listen to the music later. He informed me it was a “private party.”  I was definitely  feeling the “Seattle Freeze.” 

    • WSB June 25, 2016 (7:44 am)

      A public street is public space so perhaps the person to whom you spoke was misinformed. They made a point of calling to tell us about this and we would have had it up as more of a “happening now” if not for the fact we were on an errand off-peninsula at the time – TR

  • WSMama78 June 25, 2016 (9:08 am)

    Yes, I know that a city street is public property and we could’ve crashed their party if we had wanted to.  And unfortunately I don’t think he was misinformed. I recognized him from other Schmitz Park events and know that he is friends with the dads in the band. It’s all good….we could hear the band loud and clear from our deck. 

  • karisue June 25, 2016 (9:24 am)

    Heard the band too last night. Would have been nice to know why. Live 1/2 block away from “main stage.” 

  • Lola June 25, 2016 (1:17 pm)

    I looked on the blog first as I live over on 50th and we did not know where the band was playing. Did not see anything on the blog so went over to where we heard the music coming from and saw that it was a block party of some sorts.  We thought maybe it was for Pride or a private B-day party. 

  • Brooke June 25, 2016 (2:29 pm)

    we let our neighbors on 48st know in advance – it is required by the permit to block the street – but also to invite them to join the fun. We had such a great time and met so many new neighbors who came to listen to the band, connect with others and dance! We feel very fortunate to have so many great neighbors and friends, both with koddos at Schmitz park,and without.

  • Julia June 25, 2016 (2:49 pm)

    This is such a wonderful example of our awesome west Seattle community! We enjoyed the live music & festivities and were especially happy to hear that the proceeds from the band DAD went back to the schools music program. We hope to see more of these community celebrations!

  • Andrew Smith June 25, 2016 (5:31 pm)

    I really enjoyed seeing folks from the neighborhood come out of the woodwork for this event!! Sure, the beer and pig roast were private, but I still enjoyed the band for free. I love Seattle! Met so many new people. No Seattle freeze here!

  • West Sea Neighbor June 27, 2016 (8:13 am)

    I live on the block, but no kids (I wasn’t the “target” partygoer). At first I felt like I didn’t know anyone, but in the end met a lot of great folks from the neighborhood. I wish WSMAMA78 had crashed the party–would be nice to get to know even more neighbors!

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