march for marriage #equality #r74 — @andyf98155 via Twitter
CHS found communities of every stripe busy on Capitol Hill this Sunday. Hundreds marched from Cal Anderson in an afternoon Faith Ballot-Drop Walk:
Nearly 400 people of faith representing more than a dozen congregations took to the streets of Seattle today. The occasion was a show of support for approving Referendum 74 that would affirm LGBT couples’ right to marry in the state of Washington. This was the latest in nearly 400 faith-based events that have occurred around the state supporting the freedom to marry.
We posted earlier about the busy get-out-the-vote efforts around the neighborhood.
There were also lighter pursuits. Powered by “grant #10” from the Awesome Seattle Foundation, neighbors got together Sunday and painted a new mural on the alley wall of the Capitol Club:
Tom, our 10th grantee, isn’t actually an artist. He’s a Software Engineer who wanted to get to know his wider neighbors better. As he said in his application, “I don’t really know my neighbors and that’s a problem. I don’t mean the people that live across the hall or in the building next door, but rather neighbors in the greater Capitol Hill neighborhood. I think that this is a problem for most of the people that live in cities and I want to help fix it.”
Rather than shrugging his shoulders, inviting his friends over, or throwing a potluck, he decided the way to bring people together was by doing an art project. He wanted to paint a community paint-by-number mural in Capitol Hill that would encourage anyone walking by to see that they could contribute, and meet some new people!
Tom reached out to UrbanArtworks where he connected with Kathleen Warren, a project coordinator, and Mark O’Connell, a local artist. Mark came up with a design to focus on the community, and the three proposed it to the Capitol Club.
Meanwhile, a group of handy Seattleites were putting a Seattle U meeting hall to use to host a day of bartering and gardening and sustainability workshops.
The Urban Food Fair’s workshops, raffles, pie and jam contests were all well and good — but we found the Backyard Barter session particularly fascinating. Artisans, hobbyists and etc. brought their goods, provided some documentation their offerings and found partners for trade. Mead for bagels? Sure. Lucky Charms ice cream for your small press book? You bet. We’re told the ba
rter sessions have been held regularly in other parts of Seattle and there are plans for more. We’re thinking Capitol Hill is handy enough to make a neighborhood session a regular thing. You can learn more about the Backyard Barter sessions at facebook.com/BackyardBarter.
Finally, the Broadway Performance Hall was holmes, er, home to two days of hardcore nerding out at the first ever Sherlock Seattle Convention:
The Sherlock Seattle Convention is a celebration of all things Sherlock and as such will feature many interesting and informative panels, fun and entertaining events, as well as a large screen presentation of BBC’s television production, SHERLOCK: Season 2 – A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of Baskerville, and The Reichenbach Fall!
And to think CHS just watched it alone. Organizers said they’re hoping to hold more events but were sorry to inform this reporter that the group had just begun the Season 2 finale and wouldn’t be available for a picture until it completed. You’ll instead have to make do with a picture of this mysterious wallpaper hat.