Festivals/Annual Events

The 2010 Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival rolled on Sept. 5 with a surprise appearance from the sun bringing out droves of festival-goers.

This slideshow from day two of Bumbershoot 2010 features:

  • The Physics
  • Dolorean
  • Fences
  • The Bouncing Souls
  • David Bazan
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow
  • The Crash Kings
  • The Lonely H
  • Fresh Espresso
  • Horse Feathers
  • Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme

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09/06/2010
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Michael Harthorne

P Smoov of Seattle group Fresh Espresso gets up close and personal with his fans Sept. 5 during the second day of Bumbershoot 2010. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

The 40th annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival got underway Sept. 4 with local talent like Great Waves and Visqueen, legends like Bob Dylan and Solomon Burke, and even a few Ballardites sprinkled in.

This slideshow from day one of Bumbershoot 2010 features:

  • Solomon Burke
  • The Cute Lepers
  • Balkan Beat Box
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Atlas Sound
  • Wheedle's Groove
  • Zo Muth & The Lost High Rollers
  • Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs
  • Idiot Pilot
  • Great Waves
  • Grynch
  • Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin' Daddies!

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09/05/2010
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Michael Harthorne

The "King of Ballard," rapper Grynch (2004 Ballard High School graduate John Overlie), kicks of Bumbershoot 2010 on the Fisher Green Stage Sept. 4. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

The annual Ballard Art in the Garden Festival returned to the Ballard P-Patch from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21.

Hundreds of Ballardites roamed amongst the beds of sunflowers, artichokes and tomatoes while listening to music and admiring pieces from 25 local artists.

A lot of people in the neighborhood don't know the Ballard P-Patch, located at Northwest 85th Street and 25th Avenue Northwest, is there, said Mark Cooper, who tends a plot in the garden.

Art in the Garden is a great way to get attention for the P-Patch, Cooper said.

In addition to music, art and, of course, the gardens, the festival featured a flower sale, children's painting, a bake sale, a puppet show, a barbecue, a silent auction and more.

Cooper said, though it's cliched, a community garden is not really about the garden, it's about the community.

"It's great to be among fellow gardeners," he said. "There's a real sense of community to it."

Click the image above for a slideshow from the 2010 Art in the Garden Festival.

08/21/2010
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Michael Harthorne

Hundreds of Ballardites viewed work by 25 local artists at the 10th Annual Ballard Art in the Garden Festival Aug. 21 at the Ballard P-Patch. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

For neighborhood residents ready for a break from the crowded, noisy summer street festival scene, the Ballard Art in the Garden Festival is here to help.

The annual festival at the Ballard P-Patch returns for its 10th year Aug. 21. Event Chair Kelly Ryan said he credits Art in the Garden's longevity to the venue.

"The whole concept of music and food and art in a garden is so relaxing," Ryan said. "There's something pretty special about walking around and smelling that food and hearing that music."

The nature of gardening itself has also helped keep the festival going for a decade, he said.

"Gardening is a thing that once you get it in your system, it doesn't go away," Ryan said. "It's a lifestyle."

Ryan, who is also a gardener at the Ballard P-Patch, said the festival is a way for gardeners to showoff and give the community a taste of what can be done with the soil.

Now is a fitting time to do that, with long waiting lists for P-patches and parents starting to teach their children to garden again, he said.

08/21/2010
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Michael Harthorne

Attendees enjoy art, music and food at the Ballard P-Patch during Art in the Garden 2009. The festival returns for its 10th year Aug. 21.

The Pasefika Festival, produced by the community services arm of the White Center Assembly was held Saturday, Aug 14 at White Center Heights Elementary School at 10015 6th Avenue Southwest and featured multi cultural displays, music dancing and a lot of food.

This was the seventh annual event in the series that was begun by the church which also uses the school as its assembly hall on Sundays.
They had "Barbecue, traditional Samoan food, arts and crafts, information booths, and more," said Vili Talaepa head of security for the event.

King County Executive Dow Constantine came to speak at the event as he has in years past, and Sili Savusa and Sue Godding both Highline School Board members also had some thoughts for the crowd.

Pastor Mable Magalei said, "The purpose and focus of the festival is to bring the Pacific Island community together, to see each other but also to celebrate our heritage and culture."

The event featured performances from Fiji, Micronesia, Samoa, Hawaii, Tonga and elsewhere.

08/14/2010
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Patrick Robinson

Dancers from the group T and T demonstrated a series of dances from different island cultures during the seventh annual Pasefika Festival held at White Center Height Elementary School on Aug. 14

Thousands of people young and old lined the streets of Greenwood July 28 to bear witness to the 60th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade.

Politicians and princesses waved to the crowd, marching bands played, giant meerkats posed and children swarmed to the free candy being tossed their way.

The Greenwood Seafair Parade truly feels like a neighborhood event as business owners and patrons watched from windows and doorways, old-time residents came out of their homes to line the sidewalk and inhabitants of the newer apartment developments watched from their balconies.

Seafair 2010 continues July 31 with the Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle.

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07/29/2010
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Michael Harthorne

Members of the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op had onlookers seeing red during the 60th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade July 28. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

At 87, Bill Wurster is a man of many talents. Business owner, family guy, hydroplane racer and one of the seven founders of the Seattle Seafair Pirates, he attributes much of his success to his good friends and his father’s mantra that he could do whatever he wanted, if he applied himself.

Wurster’s father died when he was 17, placing Wurster at the head of the household.

“He has a very deep devotion to his family that continues to this day,” said lifelong-friend John Dowbroski.

Though he was still in high school at the time of his father’s death, Wurster lied about his age and landed a job with Boeing.

In 1948, after a short stint as a commercial artist, Wurster opened his own advertising agency. It was in advertising that he would learn the business skills needed to succeed in what would seem to be a very different career path – that of a hydroplane racer and Seafair Pirate.

That same year a new owner called Seafair Inc. appropriated the hydroplane races and summer parades that would become defining features of today’s Seafair celebration.

07/26/2010
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Courtesy of Bill Wurster

Several of the founding members of the Seafair Pirates. Bill Wurster is in the stripped shirt. CLICK PHOTO FOR ANOTHER IMAGE.

The Alki Art Fair, which took place over the weekend of July 24 and 25 got outstanding weather with virtually cloudless days and temperatures in the 80s.

While many people were there for the beach alone, thousands took the time to stroll through the art on display by more than 70 artists.

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07/24/2010
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Patrick Robinson

Life, liberty and the pursuit of art were the watchwords for the day at the Alki Art Fair July 24 on Alki Beach,

Winners of the parade judging announced

The 77th Annual West Seattle American Legion Grand Parade held on Saturday, July 24 beginning at 11:00 am was hot, sunny, and punctuated with loud booms set off by the Seafair Pirates. Grand Marshall's for the event were West Seattle's own well known radio and podcast personalities Marty Riemer and Jodi Brothers.

HERE ARE THE WINNERS

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Riemer said, "Jodi and I are truly humbled by this honor. And that's saying something because you walk around for a day with the title Grand Marshall attached to your name and it gets hard to be humble. Like Supreme Leader. Thank you, West Seattle!"

The grand parade featuring 78 entries began in the Admiral District and headed south down California Ave SW for 1.5 miles from Lander Street to Edmunds Street. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles flew down the parade route as it got underway.

07/24/2010
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