Spend Saturday in the neighborhood at Queen Anne Day

The annual Queen Anne Day festival is just two days away, this Saturday, July 15th. This year, Queen Anne Day is one jam-packed day of fun, local shopping, and a run around the Crown of Queen Anne.

Start your day with the Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run. Haven’t registered yet? Don’t worry, you can do so the morning of the run. The Fun Run starts at 8am sharp at Queen Anne Lutheran Church at 8th Ave W & W McGraw St, and ends in front of Coe Elementary on 7th Ave W. Start your day circling the top of the hill, then spend the rest of the day checking out the festivities at Big Howe Park and along Queen Anne Ave N:

Next up, the family-friendly Queen Anne Day festival at Little Howe Field, next to the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W). Expect food vendors, a beer, wine & cider garden, live music, and activities for all ages.

And, finally, the Sidewalk Sale along Queen Anne Ave N. Starting at 10am, the Sidewalk Sale includes great deals and samples from Queen Anne businesses. You can check out participating shops here.

Stick around Queen Anne this Saturday to celebrate the neighborhood with festivities all day long!

Celebrate Queen Anne Days this Saturday

Queen Anne DaysThis Saturday, July 9th, is going to be a busy one on Queen Anne. The Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run kicks off first thing in the morning, with the Queen Anne Days festivities taking over the remainder of the day at Big Howe Park/West Queen Anne Playfield.

Plus, expect a side appearance of both runners and bulls in the Queen Anne Running of the Bulls on Queen Anne Ave.

Here are the highlights of Queen Anne Days:

Fun Run/Walk – 8AM

Brought to you by the Queen Anne Helpline! Run or walk to support neighbors in need in our community. Onsite registration opens at 7AM! Click here for more information or to register ahead.

Dog & Kiddie Parade: 11AM

Get your costumes and decorations ready for the big event. Parade participants gather at West Queen Anne Playfield at 10:30am. Parade begins at 11:00am.

Queen Anne Days Festival: 11AM – 8PM

Brought to you by the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, featuring:

  • Wine beer and cider garden
  • Live music
  • Art walk
  • Pottery demonstrations
  • Car show
  • Doggie and parade
  • Bands that kids and adults will love
  • Raffle prizes
  • Food trucks
  • Carnival games, bouncy houses, crafts, dunk tank, cotton candy, sno cones, sack races, water balloons, face painting, clowns, and more!

Sidewalk Sale

Get a deal, patronize a new business and support your local entrepreneurs! All day Saturday and Sunday, all along Queen Anne Avenue.

SIFF’s Women in Cinema Festival Kicks Off This Wednesday

SIFF’s Women in Cinema (WIC) festival kicks off this Wednesday at SIFF Uptown, celebrating films from women directors around the world.

Wednesday’s Opening Night features Hannah Arendt, followed by a reception at SAM’s Taste restaurant (note: limited tickets for Taste reception). The festival runs through Sunday, January 27th, featuring a selection of the best new films from women directors. Films will be shown at SIFF Uptown, and a free panel discussion entitled “Beyond the Director” will be held at SIFF Film Center on Saturday. (reserve tickets in advance)

The festival highlight’s SIFF’s “interest in the exceptional contribution of women in the world of cinema” and has curated a range of films for this year’s festival, from documentaries to shorts to feature films, including:

  • Hannah Arendt – Opening Night film
  • The Dandelions
  • Ginger & Rosa
  • Lore
  • Love, Marilyn
  • Midnight’s Children
  • Satellite Boy – director Catriona McKenzie in attendance
  • Vanishing Waves
  • The World Before Her – Skype Q&A with director Nishna Pahuja and President of Friends of the United Nations Population Fund Valerie DeFillipo on Saturday
  • WIC Shorts – a collection of films from women short filmmakers from around the world

SIFF’s official Women in Cinema trailer:

Northwest Folklife gearing up, seeking volunteers

The Northwest Folklife festival, which will have a Bulgarian theme this year, may be two months away, but with the turning of winter to spring the annual Memorial Day Weekend celebration seems to be just around the corner. For those planning the festival, it is.

“This year we celebrate our 40th Anniversary Festival and have received a proclamation from the Mayor’s office that declares May 27th to 30th Northwest Folklife Weekend,” writes Folklife Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator Holly Decker.

Folklife, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to create “opportunities for individuals and communities of the Pacific Northwest to celebrate share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations,” is very much a product of the community, and relies on community members to keep itself going every year all while staying free for the public.

“Though many believe we are funded by the city because our Festival takes place on the Seattle Center campus, we receive very little city funding. The organization is able to sustain its self and have the Festival remain free to the public mostly in thanks to individual donors (financial support) and volunteers (approximately 800 volunteers),” says Decker. “Since this Festival, the nation’s largest free community arts festival takes place right here on Queen Anne, I thought, let’s get this community even more involved. Volunteer opportunities for people of all ages!”

This year Folklife is looking for volunteers to work at the festival, and help make preparations in the months leading up to Memorial Day Weekend. According to Decker, the festival accepts volunteers of all ages, though those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The festival, which runs runs four days (May 27, 28, 29, 30), is in need of volunteers to fill shifts from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to help set up and tear down the Festival the week before and the week after. There are no hour requirements for volunteers, and typical shifts range from 2.5 to 3 hours.

There are a number of position available, from volunteering as a Vera Gallery assistant, pre-festival merchant aide, office assistant, and “a bit of everything else in between,” Decker says. For a full list of available volunteer opportunities click here (.pdf).

“The area we need help in most is in our Greeter department. Greeters are the heart of our Festival. Greeters staff our entrances and make sure every patron is acknowledged while entering or exiting the Festival. Greeters hand out program guides to patrons and encourage them to make donations as they enter or exit the Festival. This position is for individuals who are friendly and embody the spirit of Folklife. A  typical Greeter shift is 2.5 hours and requires the ability to stand for a majority of the shift,” Decker says.

“A great new program we’ve introduced this year is entrance “sponsorship”. Northwest Folklife does not allow organizations to purchase booth space at our Festvial, but this year we are allowing community groups with similar mission statement to “sponsor” a Festival entrance for a day. That means they provide volunteers to work the entrances and in exchange are allowed to distribute outreach materials for their organization. This is also a great project for any groups who want to volunteer.”

Groups interested in volunteering at Folklife this year should contact Holly directly at holly@nwfolklife.org. Individuals who’d like to volunteer can go to www.nwfolklifefestival.org, click on the “Get Involved” tab and complete the online application.

Hempfest sues city in effort to obtain 2011 permits

Seattle’s annual cannabis festival and reform rally, Hempfest, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn, the director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, the director of Seattle Center, and the chairperson of the Seattle Special Events Committee over permitting issues for the 2011 festival, the group announced in a press release this week.

Festival goers gather at the booth-lined Myrtle Edwards Park at Hempfest 2009.

The suit, filed in United States District Court Thursday, “seeks relief under the U.S. Constitution and the Washington Constitution, and was filed in an effort to obtain a 2011 permit to produce the annual free speech rally to reform America’s laws prohibiting cannabis,” the group wrote.

The festival, which has been an annual event in Seattle since 1991, has been held on the waterfront at Myrtle Edwards Park since 1995. Last year the Seattle Special Events Committee requested that the group seek out alternative locations for the festival in 2011–it’s 20th anniversary year. From Hempfest:

Upon the suggestion of the Special Events Committee, Hempfest contacted the Seattle Center in October 2010 to see if that venue would be suitable for 2011. After a few months Seattle Center representatives decided the center could not adequately host Hempfest until 2013 because of pre-existing reservations on some facilities as well as planned Seattle Center construction.

When the group filed a permit to host the festival at its usual spot at Myrtle Edwards Park, they were told that a conflicting construction project (the West Thomas Overpass Project, a pedestrian overpass that will link Lower Queen Anne with the waterfront, and was given the green light back in August) may interfere with the group’s plans to hold the festival in late August, its usual time.

Artists rendering of the West Thomas Overpass project, which would run from Thomas Street on Queen Anne all the way across to Myrtle Edwards Park.

From Hempfest:

The suit asks the city to issue an appropriate permit for Seattle Hempfest in August 2011 and, if necessary, to enjoin Seattle from implementing the “West Thomas Overpass project” in such fashion as to interfere with the use of Myrtle Edwards Park in August 2011. Planned summer construction of the sky-bridge in Myrtle Edwards Park, the location of Hempfest since 1995, has displaced the mammoth event which routinely draws more than 100,000 attendees annually.

Well aware of the slow-moving nature of the Seattle Special Events permit process, Hempfest submitted its special event application earlier than ever, in early November 2010, hoping for a decision within the 60-day period set forth by law. However, after months of negotiations Hempfest organizers find themselves with neither a date or a venue for the annual summer “protestival,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

“It is with heavy hearts that we take this action against the city that we love,” Hempfest executive director Vivian McPeak said in the release. “We thoroughly wanted to spend the months leading up to Hempfest’s 20th anniversary working on the best event ever. Without a date or a venue that is almost impossible.”

“We are very excited about the prospect of a new foot bridge into Myrtle Edwards Park, but after initially being told by the city that the project would not impact our event, we were suddenly informed we needed to hold the event in June or take Hempfest somewhere else. We’ve been, and we still are looking for alternatives to Myrtle Edwards Park. However, there are few venues that are adequate and after many months of meetings we are simply running out of time. We hope we can work with the city to find a workable resolution soon and get back to producing our event,” McPeak added.

Hempfest organizers are holding a members party tonight, Friday, February 11 to discuss the lawsuit and other organizational news. The event will take place at Studio 7 in SoDo, at 110 S. Horton St., starting at 7 p.m. More information about this event can be found here.

Holiday Magic comes to Upper Queen Anne Friday

Update 12/2 4 p.m.: As Friday inches closer, new Queen Anne merchants have joined the long list of those participating in the Holiday Magic celebration. Check it out below.

Upper Queen Anne’s annual Holiday Magic festival is coming up this Friday, December 3 from 3 to 9 p.m. on Queen Anne Ave N, from McGraw to Galer.

The celebration, put on by the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, will be chock-full of holiday fun, including discounts at local businesses up and down Queen Anne Ave, snacks, songs courtesy of the John Hay Chorus (from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting at HomeStreet Bank), a visit from Santa Claus (at HomeStreet Bank), art projects for kids, a firetruck from Station 8, prize drawings, chair massages, the annual tree lighting at Bethany Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m., and more.

According to the chamber’s marketing director Mary Chapman, the the merchants along Queen Anne Ave pay out of pocket to cover the costs of the festive street tree lighting—all the more reason to invest in LED lights for the trees along the street.

“Yes, we are going green, using less electricity and we have an agreement with Artist Touch Landscaping to do our lights for the next 5 years,” she says. “They store the lights and put them up the following year.  Previously cheap electric bulb strings were bought, cut down and thrown away each year.”

We’re still waiting to hear what particular festivities will be in store at participating merchants. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

Can’t make it to Holiday Magic? Celebrate the holidays in Lower Queen Anne on Friday, December 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Roast Toasty Holiday Event in Counterbalance Park.

Update 9:30 p.m.: Check out the list of participating merchants, and the holiday festivities they’ll be hosting:

  • HomeStreet Bank:  Free photos with Santa from 4 to 7 p.m., plus holiday treats
  • Twirl Cafe:  Cookie decorating and a “Lyle the Crocodile” activity based on the Seattle Children’s Theatre production at Twirl Cafe (with paid admission)
  • Queen Anne Baptist Church: Free crafts and snacks at Queen Anne Baptist church from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Bethany Presbyterian Church: Tree lighting at 6 p.m., followed by crafts and snacks in the main hall
  • Chocolopolis:  Cheese, crackers & chocolate along with samples of drinking chocolate and raffles to visit the Chocolate Surplus Room
  • Queen Anne Dispatch: Elves with treats and discounts
  • Once Upon A Time: Christmas carols and snacks
  • Metropolitan Market: Delicious treats for all
  • Eat Local: Tasty holiday treats
  • My Dressing Room Consignment: 10% off all holiday jewelry, gift with purchase and book signing
  • Robert Samuel Salon: 25% off all Aveda products, wine and hors d’oeuvres
  • Smiles by Smita Orthodontics: Complimentary treats and a kids’ art project
  • Video Isle: A free drawing for video rentals
  • Communique: A free drawing for a nutcracker of your choice
  • Starbucks: Warm drinks and an art activity for children
  • Wink Cupcakes: Children can decorate a free holiday cookie
  • Paragon: Happy hour specials
  • Emerald City Smoothie: Free smoothies
  • Queen Anne Books: Discounts all day, author signing, holiday treats
  • Sully’s: Happy hour specials
  • Emmer & Rye Restaurant: Happy hour specials
  • Betty Restaurant: Happy hour specials
  • Homegrown (new shop at corner of QA Ave. and Boston St.):  Treats and coloring activity for kids all day
  • Queen Anne Books:  Discounts all day, author signing, treats
  • Queen Anne Frame: Refreshments, open house featuring stocking stuffers, fun jewelry, unique ornaments, photo frames & delightful gifts
  • Skookum Clothing: Queen Anne jewelry artist, Joanna Morgan, will offer a trunk show from 4 – 8pm with refreshments
  • Blue Highway Games: Roll a dice and get 1-20% off purchase
  • Key Bank on Upper Queen Anne: Free hot chocolate and candy canes
  • Prorobics: Cookies, candy canes, hot cocoa, and hot apple cider
  • Five Spot Cafe: Free hot cider or hot chocolate and coffee cake
  • Zaw Pizza: For every $50 in gift cards you buy, receive an additional $10 gift card for free. Free samples of their handmade chocolate chip and double chocolate cookies
  • Mimisan & Laurie Swanson Massage: Free 5 min. chair massages at Mimisan from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Enza’s Restaurant: Complimentary glass of wine with purchase of a dinner entree
  • Portage Restaurant: Spiked hot cider for only $3
  • Tenoch Mexican Grill: Happy hour specials
  • Four Winds: 15% off total purchase, including great gifts and stocking stuffers
  • Marquise Fine Jewelry: Complimentary wine and treats – come see their selection of beautiful jewelry
  • Queen Anne Real Estate: Create a snowflake to put in the window with your $1 donation to the Queen Anne Helpline
  • Vitality Medispa and Wellness Center: Offering $99 hydrafacials and peels

At the Queen Anne Farmers Market today

It’s going to be another busy day on the top of the hill and at the Queen Anne Farmers Market, where it’s ‘stylin’ day.’ I’m not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds like fun! Check out the lineup:

  • 3 to 5 p.m.—Music by Dustin James
  • 4 p.m.—Chef Demo with Zephyr Paquette of Elliott Bay Cafe
  • 5 p.m.—Check out a Fashion Show sponsored by Queen Anne Dispatch
  • 5:30 p.m.—Portrait Photo Mini Workshop with Valentina Vitols
  • 5 to 7 p.m.—Music with Dustin Darnold
  • 5 to 7 p.m.—Free 5-Minute Chair Massages by Laurie Swanson, LMP
  • 6 p.m.—Cooking Demo with Seattle Food Geek‘s Scott Heimendinger
  • ALL—Cookbook exchange! Bring one, take home another!

The featured nonprofit this week is Friends of Seattle Public Library. As always the market will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on W Crockett Street at Queen Anne Ave N.