Come Support the Fleet!

Survival Suit racers jump in Salmon Bay at Fishermen’s Terminal. Photo courtesy of: FishermensFallFestival.org

Saturday, September 23rd is the Fisherman’s Fall Festival! Doors open at 11 am and continues until 6 pm, staffed by over 200 volunteers. Entrance is free and open to the public, and the entire event is family-oriented. The festival celebrates the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to the terminal, and all benefits go to support the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation, providing support for families who have lost their loved ones at sea. Donations are greatly appreciated.

A model boat sits near real ones at the 2016 Fishermen’s Fall Festival.  Photo: Alethea Myers

Did you know that Seattle has the largest commercial fishing fleet in the world? And this festival is all about the fishing and the seafood. There’s a great variety of activities to choose from: seafood demos, vigorous contests (lutefisk eating, oyster slurping, salmon filleting) and the exciting survival suit races. The safety gear used in these races are what’s featured on “The Deadliest Catch”.

There are craft and educational opportunities here for both kids and adults as well. The Reptile Man will be here again this year. And the live music provided covers a wide gamut from taiko drumming, rock ‘n roll, sea shanties, to country music. There’s also a comedy performance and plenty of seafood to eat, including a salmon BBQ. Brush up on your seafood and fishing trivia for a chance to win great prizes from local merchants, too.

Where the event is held at Fishermen’s Terminal.  Photo: Joe Mabel

Come support our fleet families!

For Sale: Fort Lawton

Exterior of one of the Fort Lawton buildings.  Photo: Fort Lawton Homes

If you’ve ever frequented historic Fort Lawton, located within the 534 acres of Discovery Park, one can imagine how it must have felt to live there over 100 years ago when the army base served as an outpost to protect Seattle from outside naval threat. And second, ironically, to protect Seattle from itself: by curbing rampant lawlessness in newly-formed Seattle.

Panoramic aerial views of Fort Lawton.  Photos: Fort Lawton Homes

The panoramic views are still incredible today, and the beautiful old homes, which are registered as national landmarks, have been fully renovated inside while retaining the character of the original build: the original windows, woodwork, fireplaces, and often a roomy three stories + a basement. As many Magnolia natives know, Fort Lawton is also very convenient to the downtown Seattle core: only 15-30 minutes away.

Historic photo of Fort Lawton and soldiers.  Photo: Museum of History & Industry. All rights reserved.   Neg# SHS7164

In 2011, the last military presence occupying the site, the Army Reserve, relocated to Marysville, WA. The U.S. Navy personnel who were then living in the dwellings were moved. And the historic residences, built in 1900, went on sale in 2015. Many people have applied to buy these 26 homes: well over 2,000 people, in fact. As of this writing, the somewhat smaller homes located along Montana Circle and the larger Officers’ Row homes have all sold with the exception of two: 4002 & 4216 Washington Ave. W. (plus an additional one pending). The remaining two are priced at $1.79 million and $1.975 million.

Fort Lawton, in the course of its long history, has seen many things. 20,000 U.S. soldiers were processed through, whether embarking or returning from four different wars. It held German and Italians prisoners of war during World War II. A riot against Italian prisoners’ privileges erupted, resulting in a murder and numerous injuries. African-American soldiers were accused of the murder on shaky grounds, and years later the army publicly apologized for these soldiers’ imprisonment, reinstating honorable discharges, and provided back pay to their families. Native Americans protested their rights to the land and encamped at the site when the surplus land was decommissioned in 1970, which resulted in the formation of the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. A fire broke out in one of the buildings being renovated only a year ago. And our city’s largest park (and most pristine in this writer’s humble opinion), Discovery Park, began when the military gave the rest of the surplus land to the city.

Interior of Fort Lawton home.  Photo: Fort Lawton Homes

Many of Fort Lawton’s Colonial Revival buildings have withstood the test of time. And now you can tour the restored homes, in-person (at least for the moment), or vicariously peruse the photos below.

Photos and video of the Fort Lawton homes:
http://ownfortlawton.com

http://seattlerefined.com/the-home/the-most-unique-new-neighborhood-in-seattle

https://seattle.curbed.com/2016/9/16/12938138/fort-lawton-officers-row-homes-4002-washington

The Market’s Opening Soon!

The seasonal Magnolia Farmers Market will be opening on June 3rd!  Because of our unusually long rainy season this year in WA State (the longest on record in modern history), some of the farm vendors understandably had a delay with their crops. But our warm season is firmly underway now, as are abundant produce, herbs, and artisanal goods!

Recently, Seattle was rated 4th in the nation for being the most fit city. One of the reasons cited for this improvement was the increase in the number of farmers markets in our area: a positive indication that unprocessed, natural food can make a difference in one’s health.

If you would like to visit other farmers markets in other neighborhoods as well, here is a complete list of places and hours from The Seattle Times. The Magnolia Farmers Market will be on Saturdays, from 10 am-2 pm through October 14thth (except July 29th) . Bon appetit!

Film Comes To Life In “Film Is Dead” Exhibit

In the midst of the digital age, many are astounded that film still even exists. Everyone has digital film and video capabilities, and film Is very expensive, so, why bother right?

While that may have been what you thought once upon a time, your mind will be forever changed once you see the brilliant art made on and with film by artist Jennifer West at her Seattle Art Museum installation “Film Is Dead”.

In this revolutionarily inventive show, West uses 70mm, 35mm and 16mm analog film strips to create beautiful and visually compelling works of art. She treats the film with common household items including food coloring, nail polish, coffee, vinegar, bleach and more to create patterns and unplanned but stunning effects by eroding the films emulsion, staining it and letting the film take one whatever characters it might.

West’s SAM exhibit features film strips and remnants that have been treated and manipulated by the artist in this way, hung from the ceiling, and spanning almost the entire length of the gallery.

In addition to the physical installation at SAM, West has taken many of these works and digitized them to create a film that explores the differences and relationship between the analog and digital qualities of the film medium, creating another layer to this thought provoking artistic experiment.

Jennifer West is a Los Angeles based artist with some history in the Seattle. West received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia before returning to her home state of California to earn her Masters in Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.

West’s works have been displayed in various solo and group exhibitions across the country and the world including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR and many more.

Her love affair with film dates back more than ten years and she boasts a very interesting and varied portfolio of works including photographic and video works using different and rare types of film and film techniques, light play, performance and her unique film quilts and magic lantern works. West’s style and aesthetic are likely different from any you’ve seen before, exploring and challenging the differences between modern digital photographic art and classic analog film techniques. Her style simultaneously evokes nostalgic feelings and encapsulates a modern and almost futuristic aesthetic, and over all seems to challenge films obsoleteness and the digital waves supremacy.

If you share a love of visual arts, interesting techniques, the fusion of arts and science or simply subscribe to the thought that everything old is new again, “Film Is Dead” is a show worth seeing, if for no other reason than to see something beautiful before it’s gone.

 

 

 

 

JENNIFER WEST: FILM IS DEAD . . .

Exhibit on display through SUN MAY 7 2017

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

THIRD FLOOR GALLERIES

Magnolia Real Estate Report for 2015 (Thus Far)

August Real Estate

It is not a secret that the year 2014 was a huge success for the real estate market in Seattle, and particularly in the Magnolia neighborhood. Homes were purchased, sold, and tons of transactions were agreed upon last year. Now that we are a couple of months into 2015, let’s get an update on what the Magnolia real estate market is looking like thus far.

According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service from January 1, 2015 – March 19, 2015, there has been 59 homes sold in Magnolia. The median sales price of those 59 homes was $685,525. The homes that sold so far this year averaged being on the open market for a total of 58 days before they were purchased. Of the 59 houses sold, 48 have been residential homes and 11 have been condominiums. The total volume of those 59 transactions totals $40,446,032. 2015 is certainly not off to a bad start!

As you can see by the statistics provided above, the year 2015 is off to a good start for real estate transactions in Magnolia. With spring and warmer weather right around the corner, expect the market to continue to heat up even more! For more information on  Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.

Commercial Condo Available in Magnolia!

Commercial Condo for Sale

A 2,036 square foot Magnolia condo in the Chez Nous building located at 2100 Thorndyke Avenue West is available for purchase.

This particular unit allows for both commercial and residential uses, however the unit has only been occupied by commercial tenants thus far.

Shower, closets, appliances, and kitchen would need to be installed if unit were to be used as a residential space.

The Seattle condo features large, westerly facing windows which look out onto Puget Sound and downtown. The space also features a convenient, open layout with a kitchenette and high ceilings.

The asking price for this Magnolia space is $475,000.

Tours are by appointment only, and can be scheduled with Ewing & Clark broker Brian Mayer. Brian can be reached at (206) 441-7900.

 

Seattle Animal Shelter Open House this Saturday

Golden Pup

The Seattle Animal Shelter is participating in Pawsitive Alliance’s third-annual Shelter Open House event this Saturday, October 4th.

The event runs from noon to 6 PM, and those who attend are able to meet adoptable dogs, cats, and critters, learn about shelter volunteer opportunities, and find out how to obtain a pet license or low cost spay/neuter surgery.

Saturday’s event will offer a special “Fall in Love with a Pre-owned Pet” promotion, where pet adoptions are only $15 +  two-year licensing fees through October 12th. The adoption fees include a free health exam, initial vaccinations, spay or neuter, microchip and more.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call (206) 386-7387, or view animals available for adoption online at www.seattleanimalshelter.org

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Avenue W.

Fisherman’s Fall Festival this Saturday, October 4th

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The 26th Annual Fisherman’s Fall Festival is taking place this Saturday, October 4th from 11 am – 6 pm.

“The Festival celebrates the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to the terminal, works to increase the public’s knowledge of the importance of the fishing industry as well as Fishermen’s Terminal to Seattle while raising money for the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation.”

The Festival is free to attend, and has tons of activities for the entire family to take part in, like art projects, wooden boat building, trout pond, live music, ship canal tours, The Reptile Man, beer and wine garden, salmon barbecue, and much more!

The proceeds from activities within the festival are donated to the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial to assist families of fishers lost at sea.

For more information about this event, please check out: http://www.fishermensfallfestival.org/

 

Magnolia Real Estate Report for the Month of August

August Real Estate

The month of August has come and gone, but the Seattle real estate market continuesto show no signs of slowing down, particularly Magnolia, which has been thriving for months now.

According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, August brought about the sale of 33 single-family homes at a median sales price of $639,000. There were 55 active homes for sale in August. Of the 33 single family homes that did sell, they averaged being on the open market for only 19 days. Real estate transactions are obviously moving pretty rapidly in Magnolia these days!

Condominiums were also a hot commodity in August.  11 condos were sold in Magnolia at an average sales price of roughly $293,000 for the month.

As you can tell from the statistics reported above, the Magnolia real estate market has continued to stay hot, and shows no signs of slowing down at this point. That is great news if you’re looking to buy or sell a condo or single-family home. For more information on Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, contact your local real estate agent today.

1st Annual Memorial Football Classic this Weekend!

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To celebrate all of the Seattle Public High Schools playing in the same sports league for the first time in over 12 years, the 1st annual Memorial Football Classic is taking place this weekend at Memorial Stadium!

This awesome two-day event will raise money for Seattle Public high school athletics, as well as celebrate the reunification of the Metro League, and build support for the new Metro League going forward!

The Classic will feature five great high school football games, including the three schools that are rejoining the Metro League — Ballard, Roosevelt, and Garfield.

Friday, September 12th:

5:00 PM : Seattle Prep vs. Kennedy Lancers

7:45 PM : O’Dea Fighting Irish vs. Mariner Marauders

Saturday, September 13th:

12:00 PM : Bainbridge Spartans vs. Cleveland Eagles

3:00  PM : Roosevelt Rough Riders vs. Ballard Beavers

6:00  PM : Garfield Bulldogs vs. Franklin Quakers

Student ticket prices are $5 per day and adults are $10 per day or $15 for both days.