West Seattle, Washington
In case you were worried about a possible teacher strike … Seattle Public Schools just announced that negotiators for the district and its teachers’ union Seattle Education Association have reached a tentative agreement, with a week and a half to go until SPS classes begin September 4th. No details yet, but the district promises it’ll post info here.
Third running-related story of the day: Just two months until the 2019 West Seattle Monster Dash. Set your calendar for 9 am-11 am Saturday, October 26th, when the costumes-encouraged event will return to Lincoln Park. Besides the 5K trail run, the Monster Dash also will feature kid dashes and a family-fun zone. Proceeds benefit the South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools. You can register right now at earlybird prices. (Here’s our coverage from last year.)
5:45 PM: Thanks to Emily for the tip at midday today that Alki Chicken and Waffles, months in the works at 2738 Alki SW, appeared to be open. We then went over and talked with proprietor Tom Lin, who said they weren’t open to the public yet but were doing a “friends and family” test run. He told us he’s expecting the restaurant will be open Monday (August 26th). It’s the spot where B’s Po Boy closed last winter.
7:54 PM: Kate from the Alki Chicken and Waffles staff says they’re planning a “soft open” 9 am-1 pm tomorrow.
The West Seattle Beer & Music Festival‘s second day is under way – but first, a toast to this year’s beneficiary, the West Seattle Food Bank! Those toasting were participants in this afternoon’s fundraising fun run, the .5K Run4Food. Festival organizer Joe Jeannot led the refreshing celebration at the finish line:
The run was literally around the block where the festival’s happening, at the Alki Masonic Center (40th/Edmunds) in The Junction:
Participants included the WSFB’s tireless executive director Fran Yeatts, who feigned fatigue at the finish line:
Go here to see what’s happening at the festival through 10 pm; it’s followed by the second-night #NotDoneYet afterparty until 1 am. (Dogs are welcome at the WSBMF until 7 tonight.) Ticket info’s here. Community co-sponsors are listed here (including WSB).
2:14 PM: A West Seattle teenager is attempting an endurance feat right now on the Olympic Peninsula. Sent on behalf of Riley Nachtrieb by her family:
West Seattle High School senior and Cross Country co-captain Riley Nachtrieb is running The Olympic Discovery Trail to set the first recorded FKT (Fastest Known Time) on Saturday, August 24th.
The trail is 138.5 miles spanning from Port Townsend to La Push. Riley is aiming to complete it under 45 hrs solo, supported by her family. This is not a race; there is no competition or award for completion. It is just her and her personal motivation as a new ultra-distance runner. Riley said, “I know I sound crazy, but I am very curious and want to understand how far we can actually push ourselves and where the mind goes to during a long duration like this attempt. Comfort is within the state of being uncomfortable.”
She recently completed a 27-mile trail run on the Tiger Mountain loop, with WSHS Cross Country teammates Tao Norsen and Addy Nachtrieb. This is a big step for her; however, she has been running for 4 years, and says, “After 20 miles, the pain is all the same. It just lasts longer. It’s the mental pain I’ve never met before at this distance.”
You can follow her on her Instagram (@rileyknachtrieb) for live updates on her Instagram Story!
She should be about six hours in by now.
6:12 PM: According to an Instagram update a few minutes ago, “Riley has completed over 38 miles of 140 miles” so far and should be in Port Angeles around 9 pm.
1:31 PM SUNDAY: Riley’s dad posted this on her Instagram account about half an hour ago:
I (Dad) pulled Riley from the course at 9:30am today, Sunday. I pulled her at 82 miles completed and drove her to La Push, the final mile to contemplate what a massive accomplishment this experience was for her, and a building block for her ultra career. Riley was complaining about the top of her foot last night, but said it was not a sharp pain and manageable. Today she was in difficulties running and slowing significantly. I looked at her foot and she had a contusion on the top of the foot which is now slightly bruising. Not sure what it is yet, but it’s too much trauma for me to be comfortable with her continuing. She’s not happy about it. She feels great otherwise, and besides the usual ups and downs, she felt mentally and physically strong. I decided not to let her push the injury further without me knowing what was going on. She’s frustrated, but understands. Thanks everyone for supporting her. The comments and messages we read to her, helped immensely!!!! You’ll see her out here again. She will post her own account and thoughts soon.
Haven’t been to the Arts & Crafts Fair at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) yet? You have until 2 pm to go browse items created by your neighbors!
It’s happening in the coffee shop’s sunny front yard.
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
The album, which released on Friday on the international label Cooking Vinyl, is Gundersen’s fourth solo record and was recorded in Seattle by producer Andy Park (Death Cab For Cutie, Pedro The Lion).
Easy Street proprietor Matt Vaughan introduced Gundersen, noting that he had played several times at Easy Street previously:
Gundersen was joined on stage for several songs by his sister and longtime collaborator Abby, on violin and vocals:
Video clips from the performance:
Gundersen’s manager Mark Cunningham, who also manages Brandi Carlile, was in attendance and said Gundersen would be touring the U.S. starting in September (including a date at The Showbox on Nov. 16) and will be touring Europe in 2020.
Upcoming in-stores at Easy Street are listed on their website, including Carrie Akre on August 31 and Jack West on September 6.
Welcome, weekend! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: Start your weekend by shopping local artists/crafters’ creations during this one-day event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 8 am-2 pm. (5612 California SW)
GROUP RUN: West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) invites you to the free Saturday group run, leaving the shop at 8 am. (2743 California SW)
GREAT CROSS-SOUND RACE: Sound Rowers and Paddlers‘ annual race from Alki to Blakely Rock and back, 7 miles, starting at 9 am. (2701 Alki SW)
(added) WEST SEATTLE APPRECIATION DAY: Visit the Living Computers Museum (WSB sponsor) in nearby SODO today, 10 am-6 pm, to learn about computing history and get a ticket discount if you buy online! More info here. (2245 1st Ave. S.)
SABAR IN THE PARK: 1-7 pm at Westcrest Park, two 2-hour dance classes with a 2-hour drum class inbetween, “featuring traditional Sene-Gambian West African music.” (9000 8th SW)
AXE THROWING: Haven’t tried it yet? Your chance is today at Ounces, 1-4 pm. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL: Day 2 of the second annual WSBMF begins with doors opening for VIP ticketholders at 1:30 pm, general admission at 3 pm. Music and beer lineup here; even more info’s on the ticketing page here. Dogs allowed today, 3-7 pm. Special highlight – .5K Run4Food at 2:45 pm, raising $ for the festival’s spotlight beneficiary West Seattle Food Bank. And the 10 pm #NotDoneYet afterparty! It’s all happening at Alki Masonic Center. WSBMF community co-sponsors include WSB. Attendees must be 21+. (4736 40th SW)
FLOORED FACES & GUESTS: Psychedelic rock starting at 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)