Festivals/Annual Events

Junction merchants were enthusiastic about Summer Fest and many had strong sales during this year's three-day festival.

"I thought it was amazing," said Gretchen McAllister, a barista at Cupcake Royale and Verite Coffee, which recently opened a store at Alaska Street and California Avenue.


Merchants were pleased with the 2006 edition of the Junction summer festival, which brought an estimated record-breaking 50,000 people to the business district during the three-day event.

The crowd size was estimated by examining bank transaction records at automatic teller machines in the Junction area and by tallying food sales at the July 14-16 festival, said Danielle Bennett, spokeswoman for The Workshop, a professional event management company hired to run this year's event.


In case you'd like one item of interest for any write-up on last weekend's street festival, I write to report the results of the 34th District Republican Organization's "dart board" poll.

Our question this year was: Viaduct Retrofit ($0.8 billion)?


Congratulations and thank you to the West Seattle Junction Merchant's Association for the wise and compassionate decision to have an "Animal Education Center" at this year's festival, instead of the cruel and outdated pony rides and petting zoos of years past.

Thank you also to Next to Nature for sponsoring this event and including Seattle Humane Society, Friends of the Animals and Homeward Pet Adoption Center. Our children were able to learn about animals and how to treat and respect them (instead of inhumanely exploiting them for human entertainment).


July marked the start of music making in White Center with the Music Nights festival which features a wide variety of live musical performances in various cafes located in downtown White Center.

Music Nights will be on the second Friday of every month with its first event held last week.


U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, encouraged fellow Republicans attending a party fundraiser in Normandy Park on July 2 "to get a vision for America.

"That vision is freedom," declared Reichert, the former King County sheriff who now represents Washington's Eighth Congressional District.

Reichert spoke at the second annual Take Back King County event, sponsored by 33rd District Republicans at The Cove, which was attended by almost 200 party members.

"We've got to get pumped by being Americans," he continued.


Take a walk on the wild side when fire dancers, acrobats and entertainers of every stripe transform Olde Burien into a one-of-a-kind summer block party on Saturday, July 15.

From noon to midnight, the Southwest 152nd Street Block Party also features children's diversions galore, competitions to scarf the most sausage or ice cream, spectacular store specials and a $500 shopping spree.

The second annual block party is a thank you from Olde Burien merchants to their customers and the community for their support.

When Southwest 152nd Street in Olde Burien clos


It's that wonderful time of year again when West Seattleites of all ages come out of the woodwork and spill onto the Junction streets for three fun-filled days of shopping, feasting, mingling with neighbors and toe tapping to tunes.

Referred to in the past as the Junction Festival, the West Seattle Street Fair, the Sidewalk Sale and HiYu among others, the 24th annual event has been recently renamed the West Seattle Summer Fest for 2006.

"The decision was made by the festival committee in an effort to better incorporate all of West Seattle, not just the Junction, and the n


MAJOR WESTSIDE FESTIVAL. A view of the crowds at last year's Junction Festival sets the bar for the 2006 edition. Referred to in the past as the Junction Festival, the West Seattle Street Fair, the Sidewalk Sale among others, the 24th annual event has been recently renamed the West Seattle Summer Fest. File photo by Tim Robinson.

She'd been standing nearly still, ankle-deep in the receding tide for about half an hour when I summoned Aya toward the trail leading away from Discovery Park's South Beach. With none of the prompting that human interactions usually entail, to my surprise Aya called "Thank you, little water!" 'Little water', hmm.


The Nordic Heritage Museum has completed a $5.1 million deal to purchase the Fenpro Building on Market Street to build a larger and more modern facility to meet its growing needs.

This is the prime location the museum Board of Directors was seeking. "We wanted to be very visible," said Executive Director Marianne Forssblad .

Now that the deal has been finalized, the first phase of the Nordic Heritage Museum Capital Campaign is done.

A long list of donors made the property acquisition possible.

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