Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show, August 1st & 2nd 2014

Elliott Bay Chaline Ouellet

Just a friendly reminder that the Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show is this Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd.

Summerfest has been a community favorite sponsored by the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce for over 50 years, and a Seafair community event since 1985. The festival will have all of the following activities: the annual Art Show, the annual Merchant’s Sidewalk Sale, live music, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, pony rides, inflatable rides, clowns and magicians, beer garden, and the Seafair Parade and Kid’s Parade.

Schedule of some of the Summerfest Events:

Art Show: Located at Magnolia Ballfield. Artists Reception is Friday August 1st from 6:45 –                    7:30 . Awards announced at 7:30.

Seafair Parade: Saturday, August 2nd, beginning at 10:30 AM.

Youth Talent Show: Friday, August 1st, at 7 PM (Check in is at 6:30 PM) on the hill behind                                   the Magnolia Community Center.

Outdoor Movie: This year’s movie is Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Friday, August                           1st at 9 PM.

 

The Fort Lawton Riot

Fort Lawton Riot

The Fort Lawton Riot was a tragic event that took place during World War II, and involved late-night violence between Italian prisoners of war and US soldiers at Fort Lawton in Magnolia.

On the night of August 14th, 1944 a group of African Americans and a group of Italians came across each other after a night of drinking, and words were exchanged. One thing led to another and a fight broke out between the two groups. After the riot was over, Italian prisoner of war Guglielmo Olivotto was found dead. The result of this riot was the court-martial of 43 soldiers–all of whom were African American. 28 US soldiers were ultimately convicted and imprisoned.

In 2005, Jack Hamann wrote a book called On American Soil which played a significant role in helping convince the U.S. Army Board for Correction of Military Records that there were extreme errors committed by the prosecution and and that all convictions should be reversed. Hamann called the Fort Lawton Riot the “most overlooked civil rights event in American history.”

In 2008, President Bush signed a decree ordering the Army to compensate the defendants or their family for the errors made throughout the investigation.

This event has a ton more information, twists, turns, etc…we just tried to provide a brief summary, so if you’d like to learn more please check out Wikipedia for an overview, The Seattle Times article on the apology to the soldiers, or possibly even the book On American Soil.

 

Mixed-use Development (Finally) coming to Magnolia

32nd Buildings

The buildings located at 2406 32nd Avenue West (Down from Ace Hardware and Across from the Magnolia Garden Center) have long been empty, boarded up, and covered with graffiti. However, a four story apartment building with retail space on the ground floor is in the works.

The new building, is reportedly going to have 24 one and two bedroom units, as well as 32 parking spaces in the basement, and 6,300 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

The Architects of this new development got the “OK” from the Design Review Board, and are now just waiting on the final permits, which should take around 4 months. Construction is then estimated to take about one year.

It will be great having some bright, new buildings coming to Magnolia in the near future, they should be a wonderful new addition to our community!