Tag Archives: rockit space

Tuesday Folk Club celebrates a year of music on Tuesday, 12/27

The Tuesday Folk Club at ROCKiT Space has been happening for a year now. To celebrate this year of folk music and community participation, there will be a holiday/anniversary party on Tuesday, December 27 at 7 p.m. The site is the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S.

The party starts with a casual open mic, followed by a barn dance, complete with callers. There will be light refreshments, and drawings for ROCKiT gear. ROCKiT Space and Beacon Rocks! t-shirts will also be available for sale.

Admission is $5; ROCKiT members and kids under 12 get in for free. Donations for food and drink are welcome. For more information, see the ROCKiT Space website.

Singers and planners needed for local groups

A La Carte performing at last summer's Beacon Hill Festival at Jefferson Park. Photo by Wendi.
Three local organizations are seeking new members. Perhaps you are someone they are looking for.

ROCKiT Space, the music and art organization that puts together events such as Beacon Rocks!, Tuesday Folk Club, Songwriters’ Circle, and more, is seeking board members. If you are interested in being part of ROCKiT Space’s future, contact them for further information.

Two Beacon Hill a cappella vocal groups are also seeking new members. A La Carte is looking for any and all vocal ranges, from both men and women. To audition, please prepare a two-minute vocal piece to be performed a cappella, and contact ALaCrteACappella@gmail.com.

The Beaconettes performed at the opening of Lander (now Roberto Maestas) Festival Street in December 2009. Photo by Jason Simpson.
The Beaconettes won the “People’s Choice” and “Most Creative” awards at last year’s Figgy Pudding Caroling contest with their satirical and left-leaning tunes. Now, they are seeking an alto to join the group, as well as prepping for this year’s contest on December 2. Please contact the same address as above: ALaCrteACappella@gmail.com.

If you don’t want to sing, you can also help by contributing to the Beaconettes’ Figgy Pudding fundraising drive here.

Create art chairs with painter Fulgencio Lazo

Art Chair #1, painted by Kathleen McHugh earlier this year. Photo courtesy of ROCKiT space.
ROCKiT space is hosting a work party on Saturday, November 5 as part of a continuing project to decorate art chairs for community events. The “Have a Seat, Beacon” project, which began earlier this year, will create 45 chairs that are also individual works of art. This free workshop with Oaxacan and Seattle-based painter and print-maker Fulgencio Lazo will provide participants with the opportunity to transform a plain metal folding chair into a painted art chair.

Lazo, who resides on Beacon Hill with his family, will share his technique and aesthetic approach at the workshop, as well as painting two chairs himself. His work has been exhibited extensively in Mexico, Japan and the United States. Sue Peters of the Seattle Weekly wrote about him in 2005: “There’s a simplicity and joy to Fulgencio Lazo’s work that’s refreshing. His oil paintings evoke Paul Klee and Marc Chagall in their vividly whimsical celebration of family, heritage, and community in his native Oaxaca.”

Space is limited, so the free workshop is open to the public by reservation. No experience is necessary, and the workshop is bilingual. For more information or to reserve a spot in the workshop, contact Sheba Burney-Jones at shebabj@gmail.com or 206-669-4574.

(Wendi Dunlap also contributed to this article.)

Harvest Fair comes to Garden House on 10/22

Mark your calendar for the Beacon Hill Harvest Fair, Saturday October 22 from 2-9 p.m. Activities for all ages include apple cider pressing, art, music, and dancing. On the edible side of things, there will also be a bake sale, food vendors, a Food Forest demonstration, and, to share the harvest’s bounty, a donation drive for the El Centro de la Raza food bank.

The Harvest Fair is free and will take place at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S.

Here’s the planned schedule of events:

  • 2 p.m. until dark:

    • Apple cider pressing with 300 pounds of apples grown here on Beacon Hill at the Jose Rizal Park orchard. If you have extra home grown apples you would like to share, bring them to be pressed.
    • El Centro de la Raza Food Bank food drive
    • Beacon Food Forest demonstrates a “fruit tree guild”
    • Beacon Hill Garden Club members talk to interested folks about membership in their organization
    • ROCKiT space bake sale
    • Food vendors
  • 2-5 p.m.: Create an Art Chair with Kathleen McHugh. For all ages, no experience required.
  • 3 p.m.: Hamanah Don plays West African Malinke harvest rhythms.
  • 5 p.m.: Aaron Hennings leads the Mercer Middle School eighth grade orchestra.
  • 6 p.m.: Jefferson Community Center-based break dance crews perform.
  • 7-9 p.m.: Harvest Fair Barn Dance featuring the Small Time String Band (Oliver Abrahamson on fiddle, Eli Abrahamson on banjo, Terrie Abrahamson on guitar, and Danny Abrahamson on bass), with Sherry Nevins calling dances that are fun for the whole family—no lessons or experience needed.

ROCKiT space says: “Thanks for the apples!”

Betty Jean Williamson from ROCKiT space writes:

ROCKiT space would like to recognize the generous efforts of our neighbors and partners City Fruit and Jose Rizal Park Orchard for picking and delivering 300 pounds of apples to Garden House! These little beauties will be pressed into cider at the Beacon Hill Harvest Fair October 22. The cider will be shared with neighbors who attend the event. Folks should bring clean jars or containers to take some home!

The Harvest Fair will run from 2-9 p.m. on October 22 at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S. Stay tuned for more information later this week!

Potluck, music night cancelled; celebrate Food Forest instead

ROCKiT space has cancelled two events, the community potluck and all-ages music jam, that were scheduled for tonight as part of the “Family Orbit” series of events. They suggest that neighbors head down the street instead to the Jefferson Food Forest final design celebration at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S.). The celebration will include free food, a viewing of the final schematic design, and a tour of the Food Forest site by flashlight.

One Family Orbit event, Hi-Chair Happy Hour, is still happening today. From 3:30-6 p.m., it’s a BYOB-B (Bring Your Own Baby/Bigger Child and Beverage) social for parents and their little ones at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S. It’s $5, or free for ROCKiT members and kids under 12.

Songwriters’ Circle tonight

Working on a song? The Songwriters' Circle welcomes you. Photo by Delwin Steven Campbell via Creative Commons.
If the recent musical activity of Beacon Rocks! and the NEPO 5K Don’t Run inspired you, you may want to attend tonight’s monthly installment of the Beacon Hill Songwriters’ Circle. It’s a casual group for songwriters at all levels to get feedback and support from other songwriters.

The Songwriters’ Circle is held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (including tonight, September 13), at Betty Jean and Jay’s house, 5919 Shaffer Ave. S. There is a $5 suggested donation, free to members of ROCKiT space.

For more information, contact beaconrocks@gmail.com, or call Paul at 206-658-3622.

Lineups announced for Saturday musical events

We’ve got further information on some of the activities that will be happening on Beacon Hill during Saturday’s NEPO 5K Don’t Run art event.

ROCKiT space will be hosting a concert at the Garden House from 6-10 p.m. Suggested donation is $5, ROCKiT members free. The concert will feature Jessie McKenna and Colour Project, Decatur Buff, and Random Axe.

Before the concert, you are invited to relax in the garden and enjoy dinner by Gourmet Your Way, who will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, and lumpia from 4-10 p.m. After dark there will be an outdoor fire spinning show by Eric and Miranda. The Garden House is located at 2336 15th Ave. S.

Also on Saturday night, The Station is holding their Summer Block Party 2011 from 5-10 p.m. The event will feature Khingz, Black Stax, Greg and Jerome, and more. See the event poster here. The Station is located at 2533 16th Ave. S., just north of Beacon Hill Station and the new Roberto Maestas Festival Street.

NEPO 5K Don’t Run brings art, music, and food to the Hill

Summer vacation may be ending, but art happenings on and around Beacon Hill are still in full swing. This Saturday, September 10, the NEPO 5K Don’t Run will bring participants on a 5K walk from Occidental Park in Pioneer Square up to the NEPO House on North Beacon Hill (1723 S. Lander St.). Along the way, over 80 artists will present site-specific installations, performances, art gallery events, and more, finishing at NEPO House, which will have its own art show.

Other venues on the hill are also participating. The Station coffee house is hosting a Festival Street car show, with live music, food, drinks and more, on Roberto Maestas Festival Street next to Beacon Hill Station. ROCKiT space is hosting cabaret, food, and drinks at the Garden House (2336 15th Ave. S.). And at 17th Ave. S. and S. McClellan Street, you’ll find a German Garden, including refreshments, dirndls, lederhosen, and a Bavarian Village Band playing polka tunes.

The NEPO 5K Don’t Run is free to the public and welcomes participants of all ages to walk, hop, crawl, stumble, moonwalk, or otherwise make their way along the 5K route. Participants will gather at Occidental Park at 2 p.m., then follow the route through Pioneer Square and the International District to Beacon Hill. Most Beacon Hill events will take place from 6-10 p.m.

See the website for more information, including descriptions of the various exhibitions, and a list of participating artists.

Click this image to see a larger copy of the event map:

BBQ, lawn bowling, and blues come to Beacon Hill this weekend

This is a busy weekend on and around Beacon Hill, with events including music, BBQ, lawn bowling, and more taking place throughout the next few days.

Today (August 26), the US National Lawn Bowling Championships continue at Jefferson Park through August 28. Here’s the schedule of events. All games are open to the public.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Beacon Blues and BBQ starts at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S. On the menu are Quarter House BBQ glazed chicken, salads, and dinner rolls, catered by Gourmet Your Way. The meal is followed at 7:30 pm by an acoustic concert featuring the Smokin’ J’s. The concert is $10 (free for members of ROCKiT space and kids under 12), and the price for dinner and the concert together is $22.

Saturday, August 27, at 9 a.m. is the Second Annual Beacon Avenue Health Walk, a benefit for Japan earthquake relief. The walk will begin at Jun Hong Kung Fu (4878 Beacon Ave. S.), and then take the Beacon Avenue walking path south to Van Asselt Community Center (2820 S. Myrtle St.) for a water stop, and back to Jun Hong Kung Fu. The total distance is approximately three miles, and the event should finish at noon. Registration for the event closed on August 25.

Just north of the Hill, on Saturday night, is the Chinatown-International District Night Market. The Market will include local vendors of arts and crafts, as well as international cuisine. Performances will include Chinese lion and dragon dances, Brazilian and traditional martial arts, live painting demonstrations, and a free outdoor showing of the new Karate Kid movie at 8:45 p.m.

On Sunday, August 28 from 1-6 p.m., the final Beacon Rocks! music event of 2011 comes to Roberto Maestas Festival Street (S. Lander St., just north of Beacon Hill Station). Along with the usual musical performances, this event will include a ceremony to rename Lander Festival Street as Roberto Maestas Festival Street. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, representatives from El Centro de la Raza, and other dignitaries will attend, and new memorial street signs will be unveiled during the ceremony. The event will also feature bubbles for the kids and a beach ball volley contest with prizes.

ROCKiT space will be hosting a clothing exchange at Beacon Rocks! to help neighbors of all ages and sizes prepare for the new school year, so bring new or gently used clothing to trade. Leftovers will be donated to Wellspring Family Services. Everyone and all sizes are welcome.