Say Välkommen To The Holiday Season At Yulefest!

Ready or not, it’s officially the holiday season.

The music has started, the decorations are going up, and each night, another house is lit up in the most festive of colors. If you ARE ready for some good ol’ fashioned Holiday cheer (so, basically unless you’re Scrooge?), hop across the bridge to Ballard and head down to the Nordic Heritage Museum’s Annual Yulefest this Saturday and Sunday, November 18th and 19th!

Yulefest features all things Scandinavian and all things holiday, making it the perfect event to get in that ’God Jul’ (Merry Christmas) spirit!

 

Enjoy traditional Nordic-inspired items from many different vendors, plenty of delicious Scandinavian sweet and savory treats at the Nordic Cafe (even get some to go for later!) and traditional and contemporary Nordic music and dance will be performed on three different stages.

Kids are encouraged to have fun and get crafty with plenty of kid-oriented crafts,  a raffle and the opportunity to meet the man we all want a visit from in December, Santa Claus (or, Julenissen in Norwegian, Jultomten in Swedish)!

Grown-ups are also encouraged to have plenty of fun and toast the season in the Valhalla Beer Garden (which will be nice and toasty warm!) with a tasty beverage including the Nordic-fav hot mulled wine, glögg. Skål (cheers!) to that!  

This year, Yulefest celebrates its 40th year of bringing Scandinavian holiday fun and flair to our community, and it will be the last Yulefest celebrated at the Nordic Heritage Museum’s current location, before they move on to bigger and better things for 2018.

Yulefest is a wonderful celebration of culture, the holidays and community. If you’re ready for some serious holiday spirit, good food, fun music and maybe even some holiday shopping, Yulefest is the place to be!

God Jul!

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!

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

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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/

 

Nordstrom’s Designer Preview Coming to Magnolia!

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Seattle’s favorite fashion retailer, Nordstrom, will be holding its annual Designer Preview next month!

The Designer Preview is meant to duplicate the feeling of an international runway event, and it will be taking place on Thursday, July 24th, at the Smith Cove Event Center on Pier 91, in Magnolia.

Nordstrom will be showing off collections from some of their top designers, such as Prada, Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten and many others, worn by both male and female models.

The proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Seattle Art Museum, where they will fund a show titled ‘Pop Departures,’ which will debut in October.

The Design Preview will also include food trucks, a live DJ, and a Vogue fashion editor talking current trends.

 

 

2012 Farmer’s Markets Summer Season Updates

If you weren’t out enjoying this lovely turn of the weather this weekend you were one of few; as the sun starts to come out, so do the summer crops and the local farmers markets will open in a few weeks with a ton of fresh new produce. The 2012 farmer’s market season took off running this year, with some markets already up and others soon to follow in the next few weeks. The surrounding Seattle areas will have a few new faces like the Shoreline Farmer’s Market that will open June 16th and will close down others like the

Photo Courtesy of Zachary D. Lyons, copyright from the 2011 Wallingford Farmer's Market

Georgetown market, who didn’t see enough foot traffic the last few years, but hopes to return in the fall with more people coming in and out of the neighborhood. Keep in mind the U District and West Seattle Markets run year round; here is a list of openings to look out for when you’re in the neighborhood:

Burien: 11am-6pm Thursdays

Columbia City: 3-7pm Wednesdays ( and will open early to chefs only to check out the loot before the crowds, from 2-3pm)

Lake City: 3-7pm Thursdays, beginning June 14.

Phinney: 3-7pm Fridays, starting June 3rd.

Madrona: 3-7pm Fridays beginning May 18th.

Magnolia: 10am-2pm, Saturdays starting June 9th.

Queen Anne: 3-7:30pm Thursdays, beginning June 7th.

Wallingford: 3:30-7pm Wednesdays beginning May 30th, (opening early for chefs only from 3-3:30)

 

Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend!

The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce is helping the Wallingford neighborhood celebrate Earth Day this weekend with it’s much anticipated 3rd annual “Operation Beautification Wallingford” on Saturday. The clean up crews will be gathering from 11am to 2pm around the Wallingford Center to begin cleaning, and will also host face painting, a bake sale and live music. If you’d like to help beautify the neighborhood but aren’t able to work outdoors, you can donate items to the bakes sale! All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wallingford Community Senior Center and the Chamber for their endeavors and dedication to keeping the community clean, and to “eat, live and work well.” If you’d like more information on volunteering in and around Wallingford for Earth Day, please find more information here.

Photo Courtesy of theCrimsonCrow.com