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FOLLOWUP: How much helping you did with those West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival Chili Cookoff helpings

(WSB photos from Sunday)

As reported in our as-it-happened West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival coverage Sunday, Duos Catering won the Chili Cookoff. But thanks to all nine contenders who donated and served chili, and the hundreds of people who bought tastes and voted, the real winners are the West Seattle Food Bank‘s clients – Lora Radford of the WSJA (above left) sends word via Judi Yazzolino of WSFB (above right) that the cookoff raised $3,400 to fight hunger. Plus, the Root Beer Garden raised $130 in tips for WSFB.

The folks from The Beer Junction ran the garden again this year. As a festival sponsor, we were there to cover it all – see our as-it-happened report here and bonus photo gallery here!

GALLERY: More scenes from West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2018

Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

As promised – more views from the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, which filled the streets in the heart of The Junction with four hours of fun on Sunday. (Here’s our as-it-happened coverage.) Costumed canines were part of the fun:

The festival began as a fusion of the Farmers’ Market and Junction business trick-or-treating – and has continued to grow, but both of those components are still part of it:

The Farmers’ Market can take on a sort of town-square character, where you see your friends and neighbors. The Harvest Festival, like Summer Fest, is something of a supercharged version:

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AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2018!

October 28, 2018 10:39 am
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10:39 AM: One of the changes for this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival – the chili cookoff started earlier than usual, so if you head here right now, it’s awaiting you! On the southwest corner at California/Alaska, $10 donation to the West Seattle Food Bank gets you a flight of chili tastes by all the contenders, and a vote.

More chili than last year too. Also happening now – free activities presented by dozens of local businesses and organizations, including Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor):

And Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor):

Somehow this fish escaped being hooked:

Costume parade is at 11:30 am (starts from the park on the northwest corner of 42nd/Alaska) but costumes are already here in abundance. Activities are on California between Alaska and Edmunds; the Farmers’ Market is on California north of Alaska; the Root Beer Garden ($3.50 for root beer with Husky Deli ice cream) is on Alaska west of California, next to chili. More coverage to come!

11:02 AM: Costumed adults aplenty, too. Above, masquerading as an emoji, is Jennifer Danner, SPD’s Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator. Family costume themes are everywhere:

11:30 AM: The costume parade is starting!

Overheard on the parade sidelines: “Santa? What’s Santa doing here?”

11:45 AM: The parade has circled back to Alaska/42nd, with the WSHS Band wrapping up with “Thriller.” Now it’s almost trick-or-treat time.

12:15 PM: Above, the Junction Association volunteers with whom we’re sharing the Info Booth during today’s festival have candy – so if you’re trick-or-treating at California/Alaska, see them on the south side of the booth. WSJA’s executive director Lora Radford is here, in costume of course.

Thanks to Steve Thiele for the photo. Besides our as-it-happens pics, we have photographer Leda Costa roaming for festival scenes and we will publish a separate gallery later.

12:41 PM: Bulletin – the Chili Cookoff is sold out. And that’s with more this year than past years! Winner (a flight got you a vote) will be announced shortly. Meantime, our vote for best Farmers’ Market vendor costume – a murder of crows at Whistling Train Farms:

And sunshine!

1:08 PM: The chili-cookoff votes were tallied and announced a little earlier than planned. Duos in a landslide:

For the win – a trophy, medal, and apron.

Meanwhile, though the election is just nine days away, we’ve had only one political sighting today:

I-1631 is one of four state initiatives on your ballot. Whomever and whatever you’re voting for, Tuesday, November 6th, is the deadline.

1:40 PM: Last scheduled event of the festival – kids’ pie-eating contest – just wrapped up!

Festival concludes at 2, same time as the Farmers’ Market. Great turnout – thanks to everybody who’s been part of it! Gallery later! (Added: Here it is.)

SUNDAY: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, rain or shine!

(2013 WSB photo)

The forecast for tomorrow looks less rainy than tonight, but still probably showery. That’s no obstacle to the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival (10 am-2 pm Sunday). Just look how much fun it was in soggy 2013. Many activity providers are under canopies anyway. The list of who’s doing what is here (and you’ll find a few more by festival time). Here’s the map of the festival zone, expanded beyond the usual Farmers’ Market footprint:

Activities are free – bring $ if you’re interested in the chili cookoff ($10 donation for a flight of tastes, goes to the West Seattle Food Bank and gets you a vote – availability starts at 10 am this year) and/or Root Beer Garden. If you only show up for one thing, the Costume Parade (11:30 – start gathering at 11:15 am at Junction Plaza Park, 42nd/Alaska) would be our pick. We’re a festival sponsor and we’ll be in the Info Booth at Walk-All-Ways tomorrow – see you there!

COUNTDOWN: The kids’ activities you’ll find @ West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival on Sunday

October 25, 2018 2:04 pm
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(WSB photo from 2017 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival)

Only three days until our area’s biggest fall celebration, the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm on Sunday, with the Farmers’ Market plus Applepalooza, Chili Cookoff, Costume Parade, Root-Beer Garden, Trick-or-Treating … and free activities offered by local businesses and organizations! Here’s a list with most of them (a few participants were still finalizing their plan):

ArtsWest – Coloring contest
Be Smart for Kids – Coloring with superheroes
Child Evangelism Fellowship – TeaLight Lantern-making
Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor) – Pumpkin placemat to color
Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) – Fly casting for kids with practice rods
Endolyne Children’s Choir – Musical beanbag toss, music-themed coloring sheets
FIT4MOM West Seattle – Beanbag pumpkin toss; making ghosts with tissue paper
Full Circle – Coloring
Holy Rosary School – Giant Plinko game; hand-turkey decorating
Lil’ Bug Studio – Create a jack o’lantern on a foam pumpkin shape with stickers
Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) – Tiny Modes demonstration (musical instruments and Caspar Babypants music) and a wheel for older kids to spin for prizes
Outer Space Seattle – “Moon sand play area” sensory tables
Pagliacci Pizza – Learn to toss pizza
PCC (WSB sponsor) – Trail mix
Pecos Pit Barbecue (WSB sponsor) – Paint the piggies
Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) – Coloring activity
School of Rock – Button-making booth, free short guitar lessons
Snip-it’s Haircuts for Kids – Temporary hair color for kids, giant Connect 4 game
Southwest Lacrosse Club – Tent with a taped “goal” to target a beanbag or “dead” ball
The Little Gym of West Seattle – Obstacle Course if weather permits.
Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) – Costume Contest
West City Rope Ninjas – Jump-rope demos and learn-to-jump activities
West Seattle Christian Church – Photo backdrops and props for pics
West Seattle Eagles – Fishing booth for kids
West Seattle Junction – Cornhole game
West Seattle Performing Arts – Photo cutout of a dancer for photos, cutout station for coloring a ballerina and hip-hop dancer
Westside Collaborative Law – Hula hoop contest

(Plus free – tips encouraged – face painting!) Most of the activity booths will be south of the Farmers’ Market, on California SW between Alaska and Edmunds. The costume parade starts at 11:30 am from Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska, led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band. And trick-or-treating at booths and businesses begins at noon. A new pie-eating contest will be at 1:30 at the info booth – which is where you’ll find us (co-sponsoring the festival again this year and reporting as-it-happens). See you there, rain or shine! Activities are free; bring $ for food/beverages (the Chili Cookoff flights, for example, are a $10 donation that goes to the West Seattle Food Bank – that starts right at 10 am this year and is on while supplies last).

COUNTDOWN! What’s happening where at Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

October 23, 2018 4:47 pm
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Just in – the map of what’s happening where at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival this Sunday! Even if you’re not planning to go, remember that the festival “footprint” is close to West Seattle Summer Fest – the streets will be festival-filled (and off-limits to motorized traffic) on California SW from Oregon to Edmunds and on SW Alaska from 44th to 42nd. The festival runs 10 am-2 pm, concurrent from the Farmers’ Market (which will be on its usual block, California between Alaska and Oregon), and one popular feature will start earlier this year- the Chili Cookoff “flights” go on sale just as the festival begins, 10 am on the KeyBank corner. (More flights for sale, too – 400 this year – $10 donation to the West Seattle Food Bank gets you a taste of the contenders‘ chili offerings plus a chance to vote!) Other times are the same as past years, costume parade at 11:30 am (start gathering by Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska at 11:15) and trick-or-treating at noon. We’re a Harvest Festival co-sponsor and will be reporting as-it-happens from the Info Booth at Walk-All-Ways – see you there, rain or shine.

P.S. In our next preview, get a sneak peek at this year’s lineup of free festival activities!

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Fauntleroy Fall Festival 2018!

2:55 PM: The sun has arrived! And the Fauntleroy Fall Festival is on, until 5 pm, at the church/schoolhouse/Y in the 9100 block of California SW. Here again is what’s happening and who’s here:

(If you can’t view what’s above, here’s the PDF version.) Among the attractions: The Falconer:

3:35 PM: This is an outdoor-indoor festival – something going on at every turn. Music, too! Inside The Hall at Fauntleroy on the west side of the street:

Elvis is in The Hall, too!

Meantime, outside the church/Y on the east side of the street, here’s who was playing when we arrived:

To get between them, you’ll be assisted by volunteer crossing guards!

This is all free (except for food/drink) – this year funded in part by a city Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Grant.

5 PM: Festival’s over! Big turnout, all ages. Adding more photos/video in the next hour-plus. Starting with pumpkin-painting:

ADDED: More video – first Elvis:

The West Seattle Big Band:

Festival vendors included Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) with a multigenerational team:

And Wildwood Market with proprietor Lonjina:

Climbing was easier with a little help:

And it’s not the Fall Festival without salmon-hat-making (supervising off-camera, Judy Pickens):

By the way, Fauntleroy welcomes you back next Sunday (October 28th) – drum to welcome the salmon home (and bring fish jokes!) at 5 pm at the fish ladder across and upslope from the ferry dock.

Fauntleroy Fall Festival 2018: Here’s the fun awaiting you Sunday!

October 18, 2018 9:28 pm
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(WSB photo, 2017 Fauntleroy Fall Festival)

Three days until three hours of fun await you at this year’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival! Tonight we have the schedule for what you’ll be able to see and do during the festival 2-5 pm Sunday (October 21st):

(Note: Updated version substituted Friday night. If you can’t view what’s above, here’s the PDF version.) The festival happens at and around the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse/Hall and Church/YMCA grounds, across the street from each other in the 9100 block of California SW:

Crossing guards make sure you can get back and forth safely. Everything’s free except food/drink – just show up and be ready for a great time! And remember that if you enjoy baking, contenders for the cake-decorating contest and donations for the cake walk are welcome – here are those details. See you at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival (looks like it’ll be sunny)!

LAST CALL! Be part of the 2018 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

October 18, 2018 9:31 am
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(2017 photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

With a week and a half to go until this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, here’s one last call for your business/school/organization to be part of it by offering an activity! More options mean more fun for the festival, which happens in the heart of The Junction 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 28th – an ever-growing extravaganza involving not only activities, but also a costume parade (11:30 am), trick-or-treating (noon), the Farmers’ Market, chili cookoff to raise money for the West Seattle Food Bank, a root-beer garden, and more. A few booth spaces remain – here’s where to register for one.

VIDEO: Children’s Moonlight Festival @ Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle

(WSB photos/video)

It didn’t have to be nighttime for the lanterns, and smiles, to shine brightly during the Children’s Moonlight Festival today at the Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle. We arrived just in time for the lantern parade:

That was the culmination of today’s three-hour event at the center, the traditional autumn celebration known as Tết Nhi Đồng, featuring activities, games, and treats including moon cake.

Group photos are a tradition at center events.

The center’s longtime director is Lee Bui:

If you’ve never visited, the center is often open to visitors on Saturday afternoons (2236 SW Orchard).

SUNDAY: Children’s Moonlight Festival @ Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle

(2017 photo by Lynda Bui)

Early reminder about one of tomorrow’s highlights: The annual Children’s Moonlight Festival at the Vietnamese Cultural Center, 3-6 pm Sunday at 2236 SW Orchard (just north of Home Depot). Games, activities, entertainment, refreshments including the traditional moon cake, all free, all ages welcome. Here’s the flyer with details.

PHOTOS: Fall Festival fun in the sun @ Forest Lawn

October 13, 2018 11:39 am
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(WSB photos)

Look at all those pumpkins waiting to be decorated! Just one of the activities at the Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor) Fall Festival, free fun happening now. Or take a carriage ride:

Treats too!

Other activities include face-painting. Get out in the sunshine and go visit before 2 pm!

Calling all cake bakers!

October 9, 2018 3:17 pm
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(WSB file photo)

Less than two weeks until the Fauntleroy Fall Festival – time to start planning your cake, if you’re up for baking one! From Judy Pickens:

The judging of decorated cakes and an old-fashioned cake walk are popular activities at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, this year on Sunday, October 21, 2:00-5:00 pm, and cake donations are needed for both. Demonstrate your creativity by decorating a cake with a fall, Fauntleroy, or West Seattle theme. Judging will be by level of difficulty and both adults and kids are encouraged to enter. If decorating isn’t your thing, simply bake and frost a donation for the cake walk. It can be just one layer, a small sheet cake, or a cluster of cupcakes. Plan to bring your creation to Fellowship Hall in Fauntleroy Church by 1:00 pm on festival Sunday.

The festival happens in and around the church and schoolhouse, across the street from each other (and there’s a crossing guard during the festival!) at 9131 and 9140 California SW.

COUNTDOWN: From costumes to chili – get ready for the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

September 27, 2018 2:34 pm
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harvestfestival_01(WSB file photo)

One month and one day until the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! 10 am to 2 pm Sunday, October 28th, in the street in the heart of The Junction. It’s multifaceted fun – the Farmers’ Market, harvest/fall-themed kids’ activities, a costume parade, trick-or-treating, and a benefit chili cookoff! The chili cookoff field is set – you buy, you vote, proceeds go to the West Seattle Food Bank: This year’s contenders are Elliott Bay Brewing, Husky Deli, Easy Street Café, The Westy, Duos Catering, Pecos Pit (WSB sponsor), Girls Gone BBQ, The Bridge, and Shadowland are this year’s competitors. Also: Whether you chow down on chili or not, you’ll be able to quench your thirst at the Root Beer Garden! And something new this year: A pumpkin-pie-eating contest.

P.S. If your business/organization can host an activity booth, there’s still time to sign up for that – no charge! Just use this form. Volunteers are also welcome to be part of the fun – sign up here.

Bring diapers to Holy Rosary School’s WestFest ‘carnival of community’ Friday and Saturday

September 12, 2018 2:26 pm
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Your next chance to help WestSide Baby amass diapers for local babies/toddlers in need is just days away. This year Holy Rosary School is holding a diaper drive throughout its WestFest festival – 6-10 pm Friday, 10 am-10 pm Saturday at the school, off SW Genesee north of 42nd SW. From organizers:

Did you know you can’t use food stamps to buy diapers and most day cares require you bring your own? An undiapered child is a health and safety concern that affects our entire community. That’s why we’re holding a diaper drive in support of WestSide Baby.

You’ll find collection bins all around the festival grounds. (Not familiar with WS Baby? Here’s what they do.) While you’re there, enjoy WestFest – games, rides, entertainment, food!

2018 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! How to be part of it

(WSB photo from 2017 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival)

It’s a little chilly, a little cloudy – technically still summer for another two weeks but it’s really feeling like fall. So – it’s time to talk about your opportunities for being part of this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 28th, in the street, in the heart of The Junction. New here? Here’s how the West Seattle Junction Association explains it:

Now in our seventh year, the Junction’s Harvest Festival has become a favorite event for West Seattle. With California Ave closed, the streets are filled with colorful farmers and local vendors, fun art activities for kids supported by West Seattle businesses and community groups, plus a costume parade lead by West Seattle High’s marching band, the Farmers Market Applepalooza and a root beer garden. The Harvest Festival is good community fun!

(Here’s our as-it-happened coverage from last year.)

*WSB is proud to be the Harvest Festival media sponsor again this year. The festival welcomes sponsors to help cover the costs of presenting a free and fun event for the community – want to be one? Go here to sign up!

*Can your business/organization provide a free arts-and-crafts activity booth during the festival? Go here to sign up!

*Can you provide chili for the West Seattle Food Bank-benefiting Chili Cookoff at the Harvest Festival? (Note that you must cook and prepare the chili in a commercial restaurant/facility.) To sign up, e-mail lora@wsjunction.org!

*The Root Beer Garden will be back for a second year and needs volunteers. Can you help? Go here to sign up!

And of course – you can be part of the festival by just showing up as a participant, spectator, chili taster, costume-parader, trick-or-treater … Whatever your plan, we’ll see you in The Junction on October 28th!

You’re invited to Camp Long for this year’s Mountain Fest

August 31, 2018 9:58 am
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(Schurman Rock photo courtesy Seattle Parks)

Just one week until the next Mountain Fest at Camp Long! Here’s the reminder from Seattle Parks:

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Camp Long for Camp Long Mountain Fest, a celebration of Seattle’s vibrant outdoor community and Camp Long’s place in mountaineering history. This free, family-friendly event will take place at the Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (5200 35th Ave. SW) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

All participants of Mountain Fest will enjoy a day of free access to rock climbing, rappelling, mountain-themed games and activities, and opportunities for nature-based learning. Event participants can develop outdoor living skills and experience an array of programs offered by Camp Long and other local organizations.

Mountain Fest activities will be made accessible to all people, regardless of their experience level, allowing beginners, intermediate, and advanced climbers and adventurers of all ages to enjoy the event*.

The goal of Mountain Fest is to continue the tradition started by Judge William G. Long and Clark Schurman, two of the founders of Camp Long, of providing access to outdoor recreation and education to all people, particularly underserved youth.

For more information about the event, please call 206-684-7415. Camp Long Mountain Fest is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Associated Recreation Council, Mountain Madness, Vertical World, 4-H, and the Falconer.

*Space for climbing and ropes course is limited, so we encourage early arrival to the festival and sign-up. Waivers are required for all climbing activities and will be available at the lodge. Participants need to wear closed-toed shoes. High ropes course is limited to height and weight that fit harnesses and to those who have the physical ability to participate safely.

5 scenes from Arts In Nature Festival’s 2018 finale

August 26, 2018 11:07 pm
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Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

Joining a breakdance workshop with the DogPound Crew – above are Dan, Robert, and Sammy – was one of the many ways to spend the second and final day of the 2018 Arts In Nature Festival, presented at Camp Long by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. The dancers were inside the park’s historic lodge, but much more was happening outside – especially at the cabins:

Above, at Cabin 1, Degenerate Art Ensemble‘s “Skeleton Flower Seed Ceremony” invited people to anonymously share their stories of dealing with challenges. Below, at Cabin 7, Paul Kikuchi presented an interactive sound installation in collaboration with his brother Joel Kikuchi:

Visitors at “Robotic Ensemble” played traditional Japanese instruments remotely using low-fi robotic hands, blending with pre-recorded soundscapes. Meantime, at Cabin 8:

That’s part of Celeste Cooning‘s “Cut Paper Meets Digital Media.” All around Camp Long, art was happening, including Angelina Villalobos creating a painting:

This is the third year that DNDA has presented the festival, whose founding organization Nature Consortium became part of DNDA in 2016.

Dog Day @ West Seattle Beer and Music Festival

1:43 PM: The final afternoon of the first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival is under way, and you’re invited to bring your dog today. The spotlight right now is on the City Dog Magazine Cover Dog Model Search, on stage here at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW), with the $10 entry fee for that competition benefiting a rescue organization – and getting your dog primped for the occasion with experts to assist.

It’s not mandatory that you have a canine companion, of course – you do have to be 21+ to enter. If you were here Friday and/or Saturday, you are invited back today, too. Even if you’re not a major beer aficionado, other beverages are available courtesy of local purveyors – for example, Jay and Mike from Whisky West in Morgan Junction (WSB sponsor) is here with a cocktail they’re calling “Bring Us a Shrubbery”:

In it – Noble Oak bourbon, house-made strawberry shrub, Montenegro, simple syrup, and basil. Find it (and other local purveyors’ offerings in the Spirit Lounge area.) The festival continues until 6 pm; ticket info’s here.

2:21 PM: The dog judging’s under way now; host Joey Jeannot‘s announcing the contest onstage. He’s also pointed out that today’s food offerings include tacos from Matador as well as hot dogs and Sisters and Brothers Nashville-style fried-chicken sandwiches.

3:04 PM: 4-year-old Coral won this session of the model search!

(Substituted for our original cameraphone photo, above are Coral and her humans Audrey and Erica)

The competition’s over, but dogs remain welcome at the festival today.

DJ Indica Jones is spinning until 5 pm.

DAY 1: What you can see, hear, and do at the 2018 Arts In Nature Festival

August 25, 2018 5:11 pm
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Just back from Camp Long, where the first day of the Arts In Nature Festival continues until about 8:30 tonight. One of the unusual sights – Aaron Haba and more than 900 marigold plants. Tomorrow, they’ll be offered free to festivalgoers, and he hopes people will send him photos when they bloom – his plan is to turn the photos into a collage. We also noted West Seattle artist Natalie Fobes‘s work “Spring/Fall Convergence”:

While our photographer was at the festival, we received a note from Natalie, who explained:

This eight-piece exhibit celebrates the nature around us.

Each mobile is made of a single photograph that is printed on the front and back of one sheet of paper. Fall is represented on one side with Spring on the other.

As the wind catches the mobiles, two-dimensional photography becomes a kinetic three-dimensional experience for the viewer.

For the last couple years I’ve tried to figure out how to make photography more interactive and more than two-dimensional prints on a wall. For this exhibit I used over 800 fishing swivels and jewelry findings to put the mobiles together. (My apologies to the fishing community for buying all the size 10 swivels at Big 5 multiple times in the last few months!)

Thanks to the DNDA for choosing me as one of the artists for the Festival.

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, now parent organization to the festival-founding Nature Consortium, presents Arts In Nature, an experience for creating as well as viewing.

All ages are welcome to do that. And the arts are spoken and written as well as visual:

That’s Seth Zuckerman reading essays. The festival is indoor-outdoor … with artists and art throughout the park (which is at 5200 35th SW) including inside the historic lodge. Explore the website for full details, including the schedule and ticket info, before you go – highlights in the hours ahead are onstage in the field, with Naomi Wachira at 6 pm, Nikkita Oliver at 6:50, and music headliner Rev. Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir at 7:15. If you don’t get there tonight, the festival runs noon-6 pm Sunday too.

PHOTOS: 2018 West Seattle Car Show – see the winners!

11:48 AM: The rainshower’s over on Puget Ridge and spectators continue wandering the 11th annual West Seattle Car Show on the north side of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus! Show admission is free and you can get lunch for only $5:

The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is grilling burgers and hot dogs this year – you can get one with chips and water for only $5. That’s also what you’ll pay for tasting (five tastes, we hear) inside the Northwest Wine Academy, adjacent to the show zone:

Free kids’ activities inside, too. Back to the cars – bright colors under the gray skies!

West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsors) are co-presenting the show this year, and proceeds are supporting SSC’s Automotive Technology program (which you can tour while you’re here) – you can help by buying 50/50 Raffle tickets ($1 each or 25 for $20) at the show tent on the east side of the lot – T-shirts for sale too, plus that’s where you can cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award. (Trophies get handed out starting at 2, so get here by then!)

1:44 PM: The winners have been notified and are moving up to their front. If you were still planning to come to the show, hurry! Meantime, one of the nice folks who have stopped by our booth to say hi (thanks, everybody!) shared some photos from a West Seattle car show of the past:

The Alki car show called it quits some years back. The photo provider said the pics were from the late ’80s/early ’90s. Meantime, we’ll update this with today’s winners later!

9:40 PM: The winners’ list (as best we could transcribe – if any spelling corrections, please let us know! Meantime, we’re still adding photos):

Up to 1939 – ’39 Ford, Rich Edmondson

1940-1949 – Cadillac Coupe, Nick Mastradea

1950-1959 – ’56 Chevy Magoo

1960-1969 – ’69 Mustang, Vern Enns

1970-1979 – ’76 Buick Wagon, Chuck Houston

1980-1994 – ’94 Corvette, Robert B.

1995-present – 2018 Camaro, Mike Thomas

Best Truck – 1969 Chevy, Sean T. Wiggins

Best European – MG MAG, Mike McCullough

Best Muscle Car – ’68 Chevelle, Fred Collins

Best (car owned by someone) Under 21 – 1991 BMW, Blake Cotton

Best Survivor – 1979 Lincoln, Chuck Houston

Best Modified – 1960 Falcon, Randall Ricci

Wild Card – 2018 Polaris, Jon Catlow

Double winner, People’s Choice and Best Woman-Owned Car – ’55 Ford Fairlane, Carrie LeBlanc

Judges’ Trophy – Corey Parkhurst’s DeLorean

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Beer and Music Festival, night 1

(WSB photos)

The first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival has begun! The boards up outside the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction tell you what’s happening – including the featured restaurants and breweries.

It’s not just brewers who are in the spotlight, it’s also local beer specialists like The Beer Junction:

From left are Chris, Allison, and Morgan. The festival’s on until 10 pm; part of the proceeds benefit WestSide Baby.

The Masonic Center is at 4736 40th SW, and you can get your tickets – which include food and drink – here. Tomorrow has two sessions, afternoon and evening, and then the festival finale is Sunday afternoon, when you’re invited to bring your pup.

FRIDAY: First day for first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival

Tomorrow evening, it begins: The first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival, four sessions over three days at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW). Here are the highlights at a glance:

That’s just part of what’ll be offered. As the organizers explain, “Our goal is to provide craft beer drinkers with an amazing selection of unique beers so they can discover new and old favorites. … Not only will there be craft beer, the festival will feature ‘Sips and Bites’ from our local culinary stars pairing up with festival brewmasters and funky local bands & Dj’s keeping us movin’.” It’s a “cashless” festival – food and drink tokens are included in the ticket prices; see the options here – including VIP levels if you’re interested – for the Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon sessions. Sunday, you can bring your dog(s)! All three days are 21+

P.S. The featured breweries are listed here.