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Tomorrow: Celebrate the neighborhood at the Beacon Hill Festival

Students perform on unicycles at the 2012 Beacon Hill Festival. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
Tomorrow, Saturday, June 1, from 11 to 4, the Beacon Hill Festival returns for a fine day at sunny Jefferson Park. (It’s June already?!) This is the 21st annual event; it’s a neighborhood fair, but also a fundraiser for scholarship programs at Jefferson Community Center.

At noon, Mayor McGinn and other local dignitaries will be there for the American Planning Association Great Places Award ceremony, honoring Beacon Hill as one of the APA’s “Great Places in America.”

The day will also include live performances from local schools and artists; a silent auction; 40 vendors, food including hot dogs, teriyaki, and burgers; bouncy houses, Frisbee demos, and we are also promised the chance to “play catch with a robot from Franklin HS Xbot Team!”

More festive images

A ton of photos came in to the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr this week. Here are a few — please visit the pool to see even more great photos of Hill life and events. Thanks to the great photographers who contributed!

Folding balloons at the Beacon Hill Festival. Photo by K. Shuyler.
A player in the Samoan Cricket League keeps his eye on the ball at Jefferson Park on May 26. Photo by Matthew Mar.
Neighbors toured the Beacon Food Forest site on Saturday. Photo by K. Shuyler.
Glenn Herlihy (right), shown here with (l to r) North Beacon Hill Council President Judith Edwards and City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, was one of several neighbors honored at this week's NBHC meeting for their contributions to Beacon Hill. Photo by Melissa Jonas.
Skater catching air at Jefferson Park. Photo by Matthew Mar.
Tasty food at the Beacon Hill Festival. Photo by K. Shuyler.
Good night, lion! Photo by K. Shuyler.

Festive images

The sun came out on Saturday for the Beacon Hill Festival at Jefferson Park—though, unfortunately, so did the wind. Neighbors enjoyed music, food, art, and games throughout the day. We hope you enjoy these photos of the festivities. (Photos are by Wendi Dunlap unless otherwise noted; all are from the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr. Your photos are welcome in the pool as well.)

Kids from Seattle Schools Cirque and Acrobat Teams performed for neighbors at the Beacon Hill Festival.
A SCATS member juggles.
The gusty winds caused problems for many of the shelters at the Festival. Here a worker in the Sound Transit booth is holding up the booth's roof after a strong gust.
A row of carnival games was set up for the kids.
Musical performances entertained neighbors throughout the day.

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Tour and imagine the Beacon Food Forest this weekend

This is the site that will become the Beacon Food Forest. Construction will start later this year. Photo courtesy of Friends of the Beacon Food Forest.

The Beacon Food Forest team invite the community to visit the Food Forest site during the Beacon Hill Festival this Saturday, June 2, to imagine what will soon be.

Christina Olson tells us: “The Food Foresters will have their site ‘planted’ with over 40 varieties of fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, compost bins, beehives, and everything else needed to realize a great community gathering spot and food resource.”

There will be signs in the ground to show what will eventually be planted or built in each location. Olson says, “You stroll along the path, you see a sign that says ‘#1: Apple’ then you look at the handout and see that #1 is the Chehalis Apple, which is large, yellow and sweet; it ripens in September. You stroll further and see #40 and read that that is the location of the beehives. And on and on. There are over 45 trees, berry bushes, or built elements that will be located.”

Grading of the site will begin in July, after which it will be a construction zone for a while as waterlines, retaining walls, paths, and other features are constructed. This weekend is the best opportunity to visit the site and visualize the future Forest before the mess begins.

The Beacon Food Forest is located immediately west and downhill of Jefferson Park, on the big grassy slope along 15th Avenue South between Dakota and Spokane Street. Follow the signs along the Park footpath to the tour starting point.

Beacon Hill Festival is next week

The silent auction at last year's Beacon Hill Festival. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
The 20th Annual Beacon Hill Festival is only a week away! Make plans for next Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S. (You won’t be able to miss it. The event is big!) There will be food, musical performances, bouncy toys, carnival games, vendors, a silent auction, and more. Admission is free for the whole family, and money raised through the vendors and silent auction will go to support scholarships and programs at the community center.

Mark your calendar for summer festivals

Cotton candy vendors sell their wares at the 2011 Beacon Hill Festival. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

Early warning! Mark your calendar for a couple of the Hill’s major summer events.

On June 2, the Jefferson Community Center is hosting the 20th Annual Beacon Hill Festival, with entertainment, local food, carnival games, bounce toys, and a silent auction. Proceeds of the event will go to support programs and scholarships offered at the center. All ages are welcome.

Vendors, non-profits, schools, and others: for booth information, contact Doreen Deaver at 206-684-7481 or doreen.deaver@seattle.gov. Registration deadline for vendors is May 4.

On July 21, festival fun comes to South Beacon Hill with the Taste of Van Asselt. There will be food, live music, arts and crafts, face painting, and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Event organizers are are looking for local restaurants to participate in this event
as vendors to sell their unique culture foods. Jewelry and craft artists are welcome to sell handmade jewelry and crafts as well. All vendors will be required to have a City of Seattle business license. Musicians are also sought to perform. For more information,
call 206-386-1921.

A sunny day at the Beacon Hill Festival

The Beacon Hill Festival was Saturday, and this year the weather was great! Sunny and warm, but not too hot—it felt like we might actually get a summer this year after all. Here are a few photos of the day. Were you there? We’d love to see your photos, too. Please contribute them to the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr. Thanks to Furchin for contributing some wonderful photos!

Members of More of Anything, with their colorful ties. Photo by Furchin.
The audience enjoys More of Anything's performance. Photo by Wendi.
The Beacon Hill Music/ROCKiT space/Beacon Rocks! folks were cheerful, even near the end of the day. Photo by Wendi.
Cool drinks were a hot commodity. Photo by Wendi.
Checking out the silent auction. Photo by Wendi.
Children performing on the main stage. Photo by Furchin.

Beacon Hill Festival features extra music this year

This lion dancer performed at the Beacon Hill Festival in 2009. Photo by Jason.
The nineteenth annual Beacon Hill Festival is coming soon! Next Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Festival will bring music, dancing, acrobatic performances, local food, carnival games, a silent auction, and more to the Jefferson Community Center. This year the event will have two performance stages and sixteen free performances to enjoy. The second stage will highlight local singers and songwriters.

Here is the schedule of performers:

Main Stage

  • 11:00 Jun Hong Kung Fu and Sports Association
  • 11:45 Kimball
  • 12:30 Dearborn S.C.A.T.
  • 1:30 Jumbo
  • 2:15 Chava Mirel
  • 2:45 More of Anything
  • 3:30 Ala Carte

Small Stage

  • 11:15 Nelson Wright
  • 11:45 Stefanie Robbins
  • 12:15 Jack Lenoir
  • 12:45 Jim Marcotte
  • 1:45 Leaf Color
  • 2:15 Hank Davis
  • 3:00 Jean Mann

As always the event is open to everyone! Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S.

Beacon Bits: Tomatoes, piñatas, and free ice cream

We heard that some folks showed up to buy heirloom tomato starts on Sunday and were disappointed, because the tomato sellers from Feed were already gone. However, we hear they will be back at 19th and Lander from 2-4 pm this Sunday with more tomatoes, but you should check their website for the latest info.

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Steel drummers will play at the Franklin High School Arts Festival on May 14. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Lowry.
Heirloom tomato plants are also one of the attractions to be found at this weekend’s Franklin High School Arts Festival, on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Elizabeth Lowry writes:

This year, Francis Roque, a Franklin alum and ceramicist, has worked with FHS art students to create approximately 100 mugs called Quaker Cups, which we will sell at the festival for just $15 each. And, Principal Dr. Jennifer Wiley’s steel drum band will perform, along with the lion dancers, jazz band and other groups. Habesha, a group of East African students, will present a fashion show.

The National Honor Society will sell heirloom tomato plants (the best deal in town!), and other student clubs will have games, rummage sales, sno cones and so on.

May 14 also is the Orca Plant Sale and the open house for Fire Station 30 just down the street from Franklin – oh, and the Mt. Baker yard sales! Big weekend!

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A quick reminder—save the date of June 4 on your calendar for the Beacon Hill Festival at Jefferson Park, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. As usual, there will be music and other entertainment, food, booths showcasing local groups, and more. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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You should also save a date for the annual Beacon Hill Piñata Party, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 from 12-3 p.m. at Stevens Place Park (sometimes known as Triangle Park). The event will include live entertainment, music, food, dancing, and piñatas. All ages are welcome. The event is free. Please stay tuned for more information as the date approaches.

The event organizers are seeking neighbors to make or donate six piñatas for the event. If you would like to be a part of the planning process or have a donation, please contact Jon Gould at: jon@childrensalliance.org.

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Hello Bicycle at 3067 Beacon Ave. S. has recently remodeled, so they are having a Grand Re-opening sale throughout this week. To celebrate, they are giving out free ice cream on Saturday, May 14 (while it lasts). The folks there also want you to know that the shop’s hours are changing; they will be closed on Mondays instead of Tuesdays, but open every other day from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Beacon Hill Festival needs you

Pottery for sale at last summer's Beacon Hill Festival. Photo by Jason.
The Beacon Hill Festival is now accepting applications for vendors, donations, and volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Chris or Doreen at the Jefferson Community Center (206-684-7481) or email chris.ertman@seattle.gov for more information. The festival is being held on Saturday, June 4 from 11-4 p.m.