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FERRY ALERT: M/V Kittitas out of service on Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run

July 14, 2019 10:30 pm
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Trouble again for the ferry Kittitas. It had trouble getting from Fauntleroy to Vashon, as Heidi tweeted, and once there, it was taken out of service; steering issues again, says WSF, which as a result canceled four trips and further delaying Southworth-bound passengers, who had to disembark at Vashon instead.

NEXT SATURDAY! Float Dodger 5K, PAWrade, West Seattle Grand Parade now 6 days away

Keep your energy up! More big events ahead … including these three next Saturday (July 20):

FLOAT DODGER 5K: We photographed West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) co-proprietor Tim McConnell this weekend at Summer Fest, modeling custom sunglasses available to registrants while they last. The Float Dodger 5K takes you from Hiawatha down the West Seattle Grand Parade route on California to The Junction and back on Saturday morning, starting at 9:30 (after a costume contest!). WSR presents the Float Dodger 5K, with proceeds benefiting West Seattle Helpline. You can register online through Thursday. or in person through Friday at WSR (2743 California SW) to save fees. Packet pickup is 3-7 pm Friday (July 19th) at the store, where participants can also take advantage of a 10 percent in-store discount on merchandise.

2ND ANNUAL PAWRADE: In The Junction right before the Grand Parade, you and your dog(s) are invited to be part of the second annual PAWrade. No entry fee – but registration is required; you can do it online here (scroll down the page) or starting at 10 am on parade morning at California/Genesee. The PAWrade starts there at 11 am and travels a short route in The Junction, right as the Grand Parade begins in Admiral.

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: Motorcycles! Bands! Pirates! Floats! Dancers! Community groups! The parade-presenting West Seattle Rotary Foundation says 80+ entries are expected this year as the West Seattle Grand Parade heads down California SW from Lander to Edmunds starting at 11 am Saturday (be in place by 10:30 am as the motorcycle drill teams often start sooner). Cheer for the special honorees (here’s our preview about them)! If you’re in The Junction, you’ll hear parade announcers Brian Callanan and Christa Callanan. We’ll roll out more previews as this week goes on.

UPDATE: Seattle Fire rescue response on Admiral Way hill

6:29 PM: Part of uphill Admiral Way north of the bridge is closed (map) for a rescue response. We are headed there to find out more.

6:38 PM: SFD describes the incident as “a person that fell down a hillside.” Per scanner, they have reached him and are bringing him up. Some of the responding units are being dismissed. We’ve passed the response on Admiral; traffic is still getting by both ways.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Summer Fest 2019’s final few hours


2:56 PM: What’s more summery than a bright floral backdrop? Victoria is modeling the selfie backdrop outside VAIN (WSB sponsor) on the west side of California south of Oregon – which awaits you before West Seattle Summer Fest wraps up at 5 pm. Also in the floral vein, a fleeting sighting:

It was on the corner of California/Alaska by the Fitness Together (WSB sponsor) booth … and then suddenly it was gone. Meantime, Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) has had visiting goats since about 1, scheduled to depart shortly:

But some festival features continue until the festival ends at 5 … like mural painting, either in Junction Plaza Park with West Seattle Art Nest or in the game zone north of Oregon with Stacey Sterling:

The finished creations will eventually be on display in The Junction.

3:28 PM: Three stages AND the open space here at Walk All Ways, if you’re looking for festival happenings:

The Community Stage just hosted the kids’ pie-eating contest – here are the contenders beforehand:

Speaking of kids and food – simplifying family mealtime is the mission of Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor):

They’re here at Summer Fest to talk with you – but year-round you’ll find them on the lower east side of Jefferson Square. As we’ve been spotlighting, the Summer Fest shopping scene is a massive mix of year-round businesses with special sales, West Seattle businesses from elsewhere on the peninsula visiting (like Dream Dinners), and visiting vendors like this one:

Up at the California (main) Stage, we dropped in during the Fix performance a bit earlier:

The Boss Martians at 4 pm wrap up the main-stage schedule. More to come.

4:17 PM: Final hour. So we wandered up to the main stage:

Here at California/Alaska, we have a balloon artist on the Easy Street Records corner and buskers playing at two other corners. The QFC booth across from us is selling everything for $2 (except the $1 water). Starting to fold up their orange umbrellas, too.

4:45 PM: That reminded us of Oranj, the company that declares it has the coolest T-shirts – local themes like these:

If you haven’t been there yet, they’re midblock on the east side of California between Alaska and Edmunds. Not far from the Wooden Instrument Stage, where Joe Ross was closing things out for an audience enjoying the shade:

Overall, the weather has been outstanding all weekend – not hot, not cold. A little overcast here and there, but ultimately sunshine all three days. … Though breakdown is starting now, it’ll be hours before the Junction streets are fully cleared, so detours and reroutes (linked above) will continue until then.

UPDATE: About the police response on Alki

Texted photo

2:40 PM: Sorry to have missed this unfolding during the hour we were mostly offline for the candidates’ forum, but reader texts and tweets tell much of the story: Police took into custody a man who had been in the water at Alki, holding what appeared to be a knife. One tweeted clip from just after noon shows officers standing on the beach facing the man; a texter just after 1 pm reported that police had the man in custody. We will be following up with police and will add anything more we find out.

3:38 PM: We found an officer here at Summer Fest who was familiar with the situation; it was a case of “person in crisis,” they tell us.

ADDED MONDAY MORNING: We followed up with SPD for details today. Det. Mark Jamieson tells us it indeed started as a “person in crisis” call around 11 am:

Officers arrived on scene and observed the subject 30 feet from shore and in waist deep water. The suspect was in possession of a knife and was displaying it to arriving officer. The subject made threats to harm self and officers. One officer was designated for CIT [Crisis Intervention] engagement with the subject. Negotiators and Harbor were notified and responded to the scene. Negotiators were able to build a rapport with the subject and he voluntarily released the knife. The subject then walked out of the water and surrendered peacefully. The subject was medically evaluated by SFD at the scene for hypothermia after being in the water for over two hours. The subject was then transported to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Summer Fest 2019, final day, first report


10:57 AM: That’s the Community Stage in Junction Plaza Park, where our District 1 City Council candidates’ forum kicks off the programming for this final day of West Seattle Summer Fest, at noon, about an hour from now. We’re already almost an hour into the festival finale, and the big question here at the Information Booth (California/Alaska) is “where’s the Farmers’ Market?” Answer:

Right behind the KeyBank building, directly south of the kids’ area. Meantime, if you’ve wondered, no major incidents of note reported so far this weekend – SPD always has a sizable presence; this photo shows two groups of patrol officers gathered just before the festival opened at 10:

As we type, officers are looking for a lost child; we have dealt with about half a dozen lost/found children so far, usually resolved quickly, but if you need help with a situation and don’t find an officer fast, come to the Info Booth. It’s also where you’ll find community groups, festival T-shirts ($27 cash, while they last). And these free neighborhood-pride buttons (east side of the booth):

More coverage to come!

11:43 AM: Also in Junction Plaza Park starting at noon, the third and final day of mural-making with West Seattle Art Nest:

The other community mural in progress is up at the giant-games (free to play!) area north of Oregon on California. And just east of the festival-food zone on SW Alaska, there’s a Seattle Fire crew with an amazing festival view:

We’re headed that way to get ready for the candidate forum, which will go until at least 1 pm. See you after that! (Lots of other cool folks holding down the Info Booth in the meantime.)

1:12 PM: Back in the booth! Thanks to everyone who came to see and hear the candidates – our forum lasted about an hour and included many of the questions asked by readers. We took this pic just before starting:

We’ll have coverage with video on WSB tonight or tomorrow. Meanwhile, just under four more hours to enjoy Summer Fest! The Community Stage will feature:
2:30 pm – Lavender Lucy
3 pm – Kids’ Pie-Eating Contest
3:15 pm – Sue Quigley
4;15 pm – Big Tooth

On the California Stage:

now – Projections on a Wall
2 pm – Fix
3 pm – Frond
4 pm – Boss Martians

And the Wooden Instrument Stage has acoustic music going until at least 4:30, too.

SPORTS: West Seattle Little League’s U12 All-Stars finish in district’s top two

July 14, 2019 10:35 am
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Congratulations to the West Seattle Little League U12 All-Stars for making it to the district championship game! Barry J. White shares the report and photos:

The U12 All-Stars from the West Seattle Little League saw their run through the District 7 tournament come to an end with a tough 4-3 loss in the championship game to Rainier District Little League on S morning at Bar-S field. After dropping a game to Rainier on Tuesday and moving to the elimination bracket, manager Otis Moore‘s WSLL side stayed alive with wins against Seattle Central and a 10-3 win vs. Rainier last night to force the deciding game.

Workhorse pitcher Caden Ross went to the maximum pitch count of 85 in four innings, giving up four runs but staying away from the big inning. Ross helped his cause with a long solo home run in the fifth to cut the lead to 4-3.

A crisp double play from shortstop Joe Sherick and second basemen Jesse LaBella got the team out of a bases-loaded jam in the first.

Sherick knocked in pinch runner Dex Pudduck for the team’s first run in the top of the third.

Reece Holmes followed with a sharp RBI single to tie the score at 2-2, but Rainier quickly retook the lead with two runs in the bottom of the frame.

Jones Kasperson came on relief to pitch a shutout inning in the fifth to keep the deficit at one, but the team could not get a baserunner in their final at-bat.

The U12s were attempting back-to-back District 7 championships following last year’s memorable run to the state title. WSLL’s U11 and U10 teams both won their district tournaments this season and are currently playing in their respective state tournaments.

Summer Fest finale, council candidates forum, much more for your West Seattle Sunday

Final day of West Seattle Summer Fest, including the relocated-for-the-day Farmers’ Market and a City Council candidates’ forum in the park. So that’s how we start:

(“Live” SDOT cam)

SUMMER FEST FINALE: The festival’s official hours today are 10 am-5 pm. We’re in the Information Booth as usual for as-it-happens coverage. Festival info links:

Shopping: 10 am-5 pm – here’s the list of both year-round merchants with sales and visiting vendors with booths
Kids’ area: 10 am-5 pm – here’s info and prices for the inflatables; other activities can be found throughout the festival grounds
Giant games: Play them for free on California north of Oregon
Food: Year-round food/beverage purveyors are offering “extended service,” which for many means outdoor cafés – here’s the list of those businesses plus visiting vendors
Music/entertainment/events: Three stages – California (main) Stage on California north of Oregon (schedule here), Community Stage in Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska, Wooden Instrument (unamplified) Stage on the west side of California just before Edmunds (schedules for all three stages are here – note one change – pie-eating contest at 3, not 2)
Beer garden: Next to the California Stage, north of Oregon
Community groups: In the Info Booth and a second “community gathering tent” a bit north on the east side of California – find the list of who’s where and when here
Pet Area: By Next to Nature, on west side of California north of Alaska – see the vendor list here
ArtYou can make it at Summer Fest! Community murals in the game area and Junction Plaza Park
Mothers’ RoomHosted by Nurturing Expressions (4727 44th SW, WSB sponsor) – a place for changing/feeding babies, etc.

ROAD CLOSURES/BUS REROUTES: All linked here – these will be in effect until festival breakdown is fully complete late tonight


MINI-STP RIDE, ADMIRAL TO GATEWOOD TO SUMMER FEST: Meet at 9:15 am, as previewed here, for this annual bike ride. All ages welcome! (California/Seattle)

WHERE TO FIND THE WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as usual, but because of Summer Fest, today only, it’s in the parking lot behind KeyBank/Bin 41/Pharmaca, its old home. (44th/Alaska)

CANDIDATES’ FORUM IN THE PARK: Haven’t been able to check out the evening forums? Drop by Junction Plaza Park between noon and 1:30 (or so – it might wrap up sooner, depending on how it goes) to see us question City Council District 1 candidates Phil Tavel, Brendan Kolding, and Lisa Herbold one more time. (42nd/Alaska)

A few non-festival highlights:

REGULAR ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, the historic lighthouse on Alki Point is open for tours with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Be there by 3:45 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

SPECIAL ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE WOMEN’S HISTORY TOUR: Special tour – also free – after today’s regular tours end, explained here. Be there at 3:45 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

3 PLAY RICOCHET: 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “Americana – traditional and modern acoustic music (bluegrass, ragtime, old-time, blues, country, jazz,…) with humor, taste and passion!” All ages. No cover. (5612 California SW)

ALL-AGES MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Doors at 5, music at 6, $5 cover. Pom Pom, King Sheim, Hoity Toity, Mr. Dinkles perform. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THERE’S MORE … on our complete calendar!

VIDEO: Blackie rocks West Seattle Summer Fest 2019 night 2 to a close

July 14, 2019 1:13 am
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A spectacular Saturday at West Seattle Summer Fest closed out with the Blondie tribute band Blackie on the main stage, introduced by Troy Nelson and Brent Amaker:

Lead singer is Dejha Colantuono:

On keyboards, Erin Rubin, proprietor of West Seattle’s own Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor), part of a big Mode representation/influence at this year’s festival:

One more big day of music-and-more at Summer Fest on Sunday – see the schedule for all three stages here.