Festivals/Annual Events

White Center has had various summer festivals over the years that offered a numbing array of events and competitions.

The first was a one-time event called the Great Fair held in early August 1923. It featured a carnival, a sideshow, a contest to determine the biggest baby, and a sermon against capital punishment. The beauty pageant back then was called a "popular lady contest."

During the rest of the 1920s, White Center residents were invited to West Seattle's annual picnic in Lincoln Park.


White Center's eight-decade run of summer festivals will be broken this year due to volunteer burnout.

A group of five stalwarts, who've been instrumental in keeping July Jubilee Days going for the past 20 years, reluctantly voted to cancel the 2007 festival.


CROWD AT JUBILEE DAYS. People watch a show at the 2005 Jubilee Days. The operators of the long-running festival say they have reached burnout and the festival will be on hiatus for 2007, leaving the future of the White Center festival in doubt. Photo from Jubilee Days Committee.

If you ever attended school you were supposedly taught things like algebra, chemistry, language arts and history. But how often did you ever care? How often did you want to learn, and how often did you fully understand what you were being taught?

More commonly than not, school systems drive their students into a realm of intellectually exhausted apathy.


Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. announced it is donating $550,000 for a flurry of construction in June to make more use of White Center Heights Park.

The park is about 5.5 acres largely hidden on Seventh Avenue Southwest, south of 102nd Street. Its northern section is an open grassy playfield with a few scattered benches. Green's Pond, site of White Center's first sawmill, is at the southern end.


Pity the student who was asked this question in last week's geography bee at Madison Middle School: "Women traditionally wear an abbaya, over modern clothes, in Manama, the cosmopolitan capital city of which country?"

Worse, the question was not even multiple-choice.

Twenty-five students from all three grades entered the seven-round preliminary competition at Madison Middle School.


In the Morgan Junction, loyal customers came together generously offering up generators to keep the doors open during recent wind storms. Friends gathered on communal couches in the English-style setting and toasted pints to the new year. Stories, laughter and the sound of clinking glasses from 'round the world filled the air.

Something's brewing at Beveridge Place Pub.


BEVERAGES AT BEVERIDGE PLACE. Bartender Lorraine Jensen handles a pitcher of beer behind the bar at the Beveridge Place Pub in Morgan Junction. The tavern intends to move across the side street to the building that previously housed the West Seattle Video Vault. That building is under renovation. Photo by Amber Trillo.

Persons interested in supporting this year's Relay for Life will have a chance to learn more about the national fundraiser at a 7 p.m. Kick-Off Party in Burien on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

The party at Highline Medical Center's Somers Auditorium, 16255 Sylvester Road S.W.


OK, I was warned but I let bad weather and an earlier commitment get in the way and I missed the Ballard Community Service Awards session last week. I had no idea that this would be one of the events of the year.

There were a lot, like a real lot of awards. Here we alter the script for the event to get as many names in as we can in the space allowed.

The Oz Award for extraordinary service behind the scenes went to three people.


Thank you people of West Seattle for your attendance at the West Seattle Kiwanis 60th annual Pancake Breakfast Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Alki Masonic Hall. Boy Scout Troop 284 and their families filled in the Kiwanis ranks so the pancakes were well served. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus stopped in for a visit long enough to have their pictures taken with the young and young of heart.

What a friendly generous gathering See you folks again next year.

Shari Sewell


West Seattle Kiwanis Club


Home displays of Christmas lights again brighten dark evenings this holiday season.

If you have a festival of lights in your yard that attracts drive-by holiday viewers, or have favorite displays in the Highline area that you enjoy seeing, please let us know.

A list of home displays based on readers' references will be published in the Dec. 20 Times/News so others can enjoy them, too.

E-mail the street address or block where these displays are located to newsdesk@robinsonnews.com by 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec.

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