Festivals/Annual Events

The 2009 Bumbershoot arts and music festival kicked off Saturday, Sept. 5 to spots of rain and sun, but the crowds didn't seem to mind.

Thirteen stages hosted musicians, comedians and artists throughout the day. There was also entertainment featured on the International Fountain Lawn and 1 Reel Film Festival.

Saturday's events culminated with performances by Sheryl Crow and De La Soul.

The festival continues today Sunday, Sept. 6 and Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7.

Slideshow Featuring:

Olympic Sound Collective

Kristen Ward

Everest

Natalie Portman's Shaved Head

Massy Ferguson

Mayer Hawthorne and the County

Os Mutantes

09/06/2009
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Local band Natalie Portman's Shaved Head rains down confetti on the Bumbershoot crowd's head during the first day of the festival. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

An estimated 150,000 people will swarm the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend for this year’s Bumbershoot, the nearly 40-year-old arts and music festival.

Bumbershoot is one of the largest music and arts festivals in the world, with hundreds of artists and acts appearing in more than 20 venues around the Seattle Center.

This year’s festival features such notable names as The Black Eyed Peas and Modest Mouse in music, Patton Oswalt and Eugene Mirman in comedy, and Melvin Van Peebles and Tom Douglas in literature.

Photos and interviews from Bumbershoot will be posted daily at www.westseattleherald.com. Be sure to check out our Web site over Labor Day weekend to get a glimpse of the wide array of arts and music the city will be offering.

09/04/2009
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The Space Needle towers over a large crowd in Memorial Stadium at Bumbershoot 2008.

Ballard will be represented amongst national acts

An estimated 150,000 people will swarm the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend for this year’s Bumbershoot, the nearly 40-year-old arts and music festival.

Bumbershoot is one of the largest music and arts festivals in the world, with hundreds of artists and acts appearing in more than 20 venues around the Seattle Center.

This year’s festival features such notable names as The Black Eyed Peas and Modest Mouse in music, Patton Oswalt and Eugene Mirman in comedy, and Melvin Van Peebles and Tom Douglas in literature.

In addition, Bumbershoot 2009 will be bringing a bit of Ballard to the masses.

Lo-Ball: The Local Ballard Comedy Show will have its turn in the spotlight at 4:45 p.m., Sept. 5 at the Comedy Stage West.

Lo-Ball is a sketch and stand-up comedy show produced by the People’s Republic of Komedy that takes place on the first Friday of every month at Live Girls! Theater in Ballard.

Photos and interviews from all three days of Bumbershoot will be posted daily at www.ballardnewstribune.com. Be sure to check out our Web site over Labor Day weekend to get a glimpse of the wide array of arts and music the city will be offering.

09/04/2009
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The Space Needle towers over a large crowd in Memorial Stadium at Bumbershoot 2008.

To celebrate the last day of summer before school is back in session, the Ballard Boys and Girls Club hosted their End of Summer Carnival.

On Sept. 2, after the Birds (kindergarten and first grade), Fish (second through fifth grade) and Mammals (sixth through eighth grade) headed out to their final field trips and activities of the summer, they came back to a transformed club of fun.

The End of Summer Carnival consisted of an inflatable waterslide, karaoke room, games and good eats from Dante's Inferno Dogs.

After today's events, the Boys and Girls Club will be closed for cleaning before they re-open for the Before and After School Programs during the school year.

09/04/2009
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The Ballard Boys and Girls Club held their annual End of Summer Carnival before the school year begins. The Birds (kindergarten and first graders) enjoyed the carnivals inflatable water slide.

The Fremont Outdoor Movies will host the Fremont Oktoberfest pre-party with an "Animal House" Toga Party closing the outdoor movie season, Saturday, Sept. 12 at dusk.



Watch as the hard partying, beer guzzling Delta’s take on the Omega’s and administration at Faber College in the 1978 classic comedy.

“It’s the perfect outdoor movie to hoot and hollar at while drinking a beer outdoors in Fremont,” said Fremont Outdoor Movie Coordinator Ryan Reiter. “We salute great flicks that compliment our audience and weekly theme. We can’t think of a better way to kick off the Fremont Oktoberfest than to get in the drinking spirit and relive your glory days.” 



There will be pre-show games and activities that keep with the fraternity and Oktoberfest themes, from toga style photo sessions to college party games. Winners of the games and photo contest are given prizes that include a chance to win tickets to the Fremont Oktoberfest.

An extended beer garden allows movie goers to drink along with the big screen fraternity mates.

09/02/2009
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The last showing of the Fremont Outdoor Movies this season, with a 21 and over screening of "Animal House," will kick of the annual Fremont Oktoberfest, which runs Sept. 18 through 20.

The White Center Community Development Association (WCCDA) hosted a "Luau in the Park" Saturday, Aug. 29 to benefit their organization. It was the WCCDA's third annual benefit and first to be held outside in the White Center Heights Park, at Southwest 102nd Street and 7th Avenue Southwest.

The non-profit group helped create the park.

Community members were invited to an evening of island-style merriment with a real pig in the “imu” (pit).

"I'm really happy to be here today," said Colette Ogle, a guest with Boeing's Global Corporate Citizenship to support local neighbors and neighborhoods. "It's gorgeous. The WCCDA is inspiring the residents by taking the lead to make the neighborhood healthy and strong."

Karen Veloria chaired the event and said she was thrilled that it was held outside and that the skies cleared up by early evening.

08/30/2009
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Edna Noga, volunteered out at the White Center Community Development Association's "Hawaiian Luau in the Park" benefit at White Center Heights Park Saturday, Aug. 29.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, I was doing some errands and driving down Holman Road when I saw a sign on the pedestrian bridge near Dick's advertising the Finland Summer Festival at the Crown Hill Activity Center.

After I finished my errands, I drove back and checked it out, and I'm glad that I did. I got a nice dose of Finnish culture and a reminder of how important it is to know where you come from.

Although this column is entitled the 21st Century Viking, my Scandinavian heritage is of the Finnish variety. The fact that Ballard has a distinctively Scandinavian history and flair is what drew me here in the first place.

My paternal great-grandparents and my grandmother immigrated to America from Finland in the 1920s and settled in Maine. If they were around today, I bet they would have enjoyed the festival.

There were a bunch of tables with people selling Finnish related items and promoting their organizations. I got tips on Finn organization meetings and where to take a Finnish language class.

08/29/2009
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An unexpected visit to the Finnish Summer Festival reminded this author to reconnect and remember his heritage.

The annual White Center Community Development Association Fundraising Dinner will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 29 with the theme "Luau in the Park" at White Center Heights Park.

The price of the tickets has been lowered this year to $35 for advance tickets, in part because of the weak economy, said Aileen Balahadia, executive director of the White Center Community Development Association.

Balahadia said the event is family-friendly and will feature authentic food, aloha attire and entertainment.

You can purchase tickets directly from the White Center Community Development Association Web site and brown paper tickets.

Tickets are $45 at the door and $35 in advance. The fundraiser dinner will take place at White Center Heights Park, 102nd and 7th Avenue Southwest, from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, visit the Web site or contact Ranell Asuega at 253-277-2388, info@wccda.org.

08/28/2009
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There will be several community and sports events this week, which could impact traffic, as the summer winds down.

Monday through Friday, Aug. 24 through 28

Mariners Games: Safeco Field, 7:10 p.m. each night this week.

Saturday, Aug. 29

El Carnaval: Street fair at Holy Family Parish in West Seattle. 20th Avenue Southwest will be closed between Southwest Roxbury Street and Southwest 98th Street from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Event is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Expected attendance is 750.

Sounders Game: Qwest Field, 1 pm, 34,000 fans expected.

Mariners Game: Safeco Field, 7:10 p.m., 20,000 fans expected.

Sunday, Aug. 30

El Carnaval: (See description above.) Street closure is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March for Youth: March begins at 3 p.m. from two separate points; one begins at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way South and South Walker Street. The other begins at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street.

08/26/2009
Hundreds show up to participate

Hundreds of people turned out and the traffic continued to build, overflowing the parking lot at Camp Long for the first day of the Nature Consortium's Arts in Nature Festival, Saturday, Aug. 22.

"I think about this all year long and do planning for it," Nancy Whitlock, founder of the Nature Consortium said.

The event, which continues on Sunday, features live music, printmaking, aerialists, face painting, 'Museum of Sound' art installations, experimental music and interactive art, as well.

The Nature Consortium is a grassroots, community based organization whose mission is to teach environmental lessons through the creative arts.

They perform a large number of community services, such as cleaning up area greenbelts but do so in a unique way inviting musicians to come with them for these efforts and keep the workers entertained and motivated.

Click photo for a slideshow of the event.

08/22/2009
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