August 29th, 2012 at 4:36 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap
The last Beacon Rocks! of 2012, a neighborhood Peach Party, the Neighborhood Night Out, and more, all captured in photos from the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr. Thanks to those who have contributed! Do you have photos of life on Beacon Hill? You’re invited to add them to the pool, too!
Neighbors enjoy themselves at the recent Beacon Hill Peach Party. Photo by Bridget Christian.
Annabella of Lushy claps to the beat at Beacon Rocks! Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
Neighbors took part in a “Backyard Barter” at Beacon Rocks!, trading homemade and homegrown food and veggies. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
Some neighbors took over a neighborhood street earlier this month for the Beacon Hill Night Out. Photo by SergeyS87.
Grilling peaches at the Peach Party. Photo by Bridget Christian.
Dancers from Splinter Dance perform at Beacon Rocks! Photo by Beacon Hill Music.
More fun at the Peach Party. Photo by Bridget Christian.
Enjoying Tumbuka at Beacon Rocks! Photo by Beacon Hill Music.
August 22nd, 2012 at 3:48 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap
Fun and Zumba dance was enjoyed by all at July’s Beacon Rocks! Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
This Sunday, August 26 from 1-5 p.m., the last Beacon Rocks! event of 2012 returns to Roberto Maestas Festival Street with music and dance performances, kids’ activities, vendors, and even some old-fashioned bartering.
The lineup this time includes Jean Mann (“alt-folk indie-pop singer-songwriter”), Mister K and the Rhythm Rockets Kids’ Show (“Cab Calloway meets Mr. Rogers meets Vince Guaraldi”), Splinter Dance Company (“thought-provoking dance performances”), Lushy (“Cal Tjader meets Stereolab meets Brazil 66 in a bar in Berlin”), and Tumbuka (“a marimba band that plays African music drawn from traditional and contemporary styles”).
Alongside the performances, the focus is on local food and gardening. There will be a BarterFest from 2-4 p.m. Backyard Barter invites the community to trade their homegrown and homemade food and related skills. To participate, bring homegrown veggies, fresh eggs, plants, baked goods, garden tools, kitchen skills, and more to share or trade. No money allowed. (Save your money for the several food trucks and carts that will be on hand, instead.)
Representatives from the Beacon Food Forest will also be on hand with a presentation about the urban farming project currently being developed at Jefferson Park. People for Puget Sound will also be there to demonstrate creative ways to reduce pollutants flowing into stormwater drains.
Here is the performance schedule for the day:
1:00 Jean Mann
1:45 Mister K and the Rhythm Rockets Kids’ Show
2:30 Splinter Dance
3:45 Splinter Dance
Here’s a video of Lushy performing at the Beacon Hill Piñata Party at Stevens Place Park in July 2010.
July 30th, 2012 at 3:19 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap
The latest Beacon Rocks! took place this Sunday under perfect blue skies. This installment of the music series had more vendors than any of the previous events—there were five or more food providers, along with vendors selling jewelry, greeting cards, and other items. There was a good crowd of neighbors in attendance and everybody seemed to be having a great time.
Here are a few photos of the day:
Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
The guest of honor: the whale weathervane from the Garden House. Funds are being raised to restore the whale and put it back in its place on top of the house. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
July 29th, 2012 at 1:57 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap
Just a reminder that this month’s Beacon Rocks! event is today from 1-5 p.m. on the Roberto Maestas Festival Street just north of Beacon Hill Station. The theme “Save the Whale”, with an afternoon full of performers, “mini-beach” wading pools, a volleyball contest, a “Save the Whale” haiku contest, visits by local whale biologists showing real whale bones, and more.
July 25th, 2012 at 3:37 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap
The guitarist of the band Nigel Mustafa performs at the June 2012 Beacon Rocks! Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
“Save the Whale” at Sunday’s Beacon Rocks! event, with an afternoon full of performers, wading pools, a volleyball contest, and a “Save the Whale” haiku contest. The day’s performance schedule includes bands, Zumba demos, and poetry, all on the Roberto Maestas Festival Street just north of Beacon Hill Station on Sunday, July 29, from 1-5 p.m.
June 25th, 2012 at 3:48 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap
Yesterday’s Beacon Rocks! was one of the biggest yet, with multiple food carts and vendors on site to complement the music and poetry on the stage. The theme was Transportation (of all kinds), so representatives were there as well from Sound Transit, Feet First, and Beacon B.I.K.E.S. The weather stayed good, and by all accounts, the day was a success.
Here are some photos of the event. All photos are by Wendi Dunlap unless marked otherwise. Did you take photos yesterday? We’d love to see them. You can submit them to the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.
The Feet First giant chicken helped pedestrians cross busy Beacon Avenue.
The new art chairs painted by neighbors last year made the site colorful and welcoming as the event opened to the public. Photo by Melissa Jonas in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.
Bassist Anton Beck of the group Nigel Mustafa plays at Beacon Rocks!
Neighborhood kids enjoy climbing around on a fire truck under the watchful eyes of parents and firefighters.
There were several food vendors at this event, including the taco truck that is usually at 16th and Festival Street, a hot dog cart, an ice cream cart, and this crepe truck, serving both savory and sweet crepes.
Joanne Klein sings. We are told she was a last minute substitute performer when the group Audio Couture had to cancel, but she did a fine job stepping in on short notice.
June 24th, 2012 at 7:59 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap
Did you enjoy today’s Beacon Rocks! event at Roberto Maestas Festival Street? Did you take any photos? If you did, we’d love to post them tomorrow on the BHB. Please add your photos to our Flickr photo pool. We look forward to seeing Beacon Rocks! through your eyes!
June 18th, 2012 at 2:25 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap
Ichi Bichi performing at last year’s Beacon Rocks! Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
The schedule has been announced for the first Beacon Rocks! event of 2012 on next Sunday, June 24 from 1-5 p.m. at the Roberto Maestas Festival Street next to Beacon Hill Station. The event’s theme is “Transportation Exploration,” so along with four local bands and four poets, the afternoon will include a “slow bike race,” pedestrian info and walking maps, a visit from Sound Transit with information about the Link light rail system, and a transportation-themed haiku-writing contest with prizes in multiple age categories. We hear there will also be a visit from a giant chicken, to tell us why he crossed the road.
Food vendors will be at the site including a taco truck, a crepe truck, and Full Tilt Ice Cream. There will also be info tables on site for several local groups.
Here’s the entertainment schedule:
1:00: Random Axe (folk/jazz duo Jack LeNoir and Betty Jean Williamson)
May 30th, 2012 at 5:02 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap
Volunteers are needed to help put on the Beacon Rocks! summer music series. Help is needed for these roles (at all three events unless noted):
“Set up” shift, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: unloading tables and chairs, setting up canopies, creating an information booth, helping folks cross at the crosswalk, helping performers get set up, setting out garbage/recycling cans, putting up signage, supporting youth volunteers and vendor set up.
Sound system technician, June 24 and July 29, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Poetry facilitator, June 24
Event emcee, August 26, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“Running the show” shift, 12 noon – 3 p.m.: vendor support, information booth, assisting performers’ set up, crosswalk assistance, support of youth volunteers
“Break down” shift, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.: rounding up and putting away tables, chairs, canopies, signage, garbage/recycling.
Volunteers will get a free t-shirt. To volunteer or for more info, call or email ROCKiT Community Arts Volunteer Coordinator Liz Walsh-Boyd at email@example.com or 206-324-6351.
The events’ themes have been decided. They are:
Sunday, June 24: “Transportation” theme. Light rail representatives and possibly Metro transit will be there
Sunday, July 2 “Save the (Weather-vane) Whale” theme. Water fun and a project to restore the “fallen” whale to the top of the Garden House
Sunday, August 26 “Barter Your Way” theme. An assortment of services/products and people who “trade” in these items.
Each event will also have a poetry activity.
These folks volunteered their time and labor to make the first Beacon Rocks! series happen in 2010. Photo by Julia Cheng in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool.
February 20th, 2012 at 3:37 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap
Ichi Bichi performed at Beacon Rocks! last summer. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
The Beacon Rocks! summer music series will be back for its third season on Roberto Maestas Festival Street this summer, and performers are needed. This year’s family-friendly events will be June 24, July 29, and August 26, from 1-5 p.m.
Though the festival “Rocks!”, all styles of music and performance are welcome. Previous performers in the series have brought us trip-hop, blues, jazz, marimba, folk, and various kinds of rock, along with belly dancing, martial arts, modern dance, and more.
Performers may audition by sending links to music samples or descriptions of their performances to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beacon Rocks! is presented by ROCKiT Community Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making music and art available to everyone.