Remembering DeCharlene Williams, Central District celebrates Juneteenth ‘freedom day’

The Buffalo Soldiers Of Seattle, 9th-10th Cavalry (Image: Karen Toering)

With reporting and photography by Alex Garland

Seattle is marking Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom and the end of slavery in the United States, with parties and events again in 2018 though it has lost one of its driving forces behind the holiday.

The King County Council issued a proclamation this week recognizing the importance of the celebration. “Juneteenth is now the closest occasion for there being a true ‘freedom day’ to celebrate in this country for people of African descent,” said council member Larry Gossett, the sponsor of the proclamation. “Now, more than ever, people of Martin Luther King, Jr. County should understand the significance of Juneteenth.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | A happy, ‘open-minded’ Capitol Hill Easter from Pastor Kaleb

Pastor Kaleb, legend goes, gave his first sermon in the streets of Seattle’s WTO protests in 1999. This weekend, he returned to the pulpit of the Century Ballroom for his annual Easter service, “a tradition started many years ago, is for the open-minded of all age and kind.” Continue reading

In 2018, Seattle Parks again not using Cal Anderson for an egg hunt — which means you can, bunny

After a few years of larger scale events in the city’s parks, Seattle is downsizing its Easter egg hunt efforts once again in 2018. Again there won’t be an egg hunt in Cal Anderson — and the Central District’s parks and community centers also won’t see the free egg hunts again this year.

Family with young egg hunters will have to plan a visit to nearby community centers or organize hunts of their own with family, friends, and neighbors. Here are two community center hunts to add to the list: Continue reading

CHS Comics | Capitol Hill Valentines

Thanks for the inspiration, Seattle Walk Report!

If you’re sticking around Capitol Hill, Sun Liquor serving famous aged eggnog by the glass

(Image: Sun Liquor)

Last year, the hype was as thick as the nog and Sun Liquor couldn’t scale production to meet demand. This year, it sounds like the market has evened out for Sun Liquor’s aged eggnog and there are still bottles on the shelf at the Total Wine chain where it is distributed.

But, especially in its native Sun habitat, the eggnog remains a special drink.

As one of the lucky souls remaining on Capitol Hill this holiday weekend, you can take advantage of geography and stop in the original Sun Liquor Lounge for a glass with your neighbors Friday night through Christmas eve:

Our Aged Eggnog will be available by the glass at Sun Liquor Lounge this year Friday December 22nd through Sunday December 24th. We will be closed Christmas Day.

Also toast the longtime Summit watering hole after a big year of change for the company.

Last winter, we reported on Sun Liquor’s plans to move its distillery off E Pike to a larger facility near University Village. Its E Pike lounge shuttered along with the move of the production facility — the East Trading Company bar project from the Oasis Bubble Tea family of businesses is lined up to eventually open in the space.

Meanwhile, the E Pike Sun bottle shop — where people used to line up for a small release of bottles of the aged eggnog — is also being prepared for future plans. Merry Christmas.

Sun Liquor Lounge is located at 607 Summit Ave E. You can learn more at sunliquor.com.

December Capitol Hill Art Walk: $100 and under art, La Croix art, Noble Neon art

Empty that Amazon shopping cart and head out Thursday night for a stroll through the Capitol Hill Art Walk and a collection of venues putting on special shows as part of the holiday edition of the monthly neighborhood event.

The weekend, meanwhile, brings another handful of holiday fun including the The Seventh Annual March of the Mistletomosexuals. You can check out the CHS Happy Hilladays Calendar for more.

FoodArt Collection: La Croix

Annual Hundred and Under Group Art Show Opening Reception


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CHS Pics | Waiting for the Santa train at Holiday in the Park

The Conservatory’s Holiday Express train always delivers

Volunteer Park Trust’s annual celebration of the holidays provided some seasons greetings warmth on a frosty Thursday night in Seattle. Now in its sixth year, the community group’s Holiday in the Park event again featured pathways lit with luminarias and plenty of caroling thanks to community sponsors. The trust continues its work on projects large and small across the park including new efforts to create safety fencing around the lily ponds and a lighting overhaul. This year, it can also celebrate the last steps before construction can finally begin on a $54 million overhaul of the park’s Seattle Asian Art Museum, a project VPT has supported.

Looking for more holiday spirit around the Hill including Santa appearances and the return of the Punk Rock Flea Market? Check out the Happy Hilladays section of the CHS Calendar, below: Continue reading

Happy Hill Holidays: The No Parking on Pike Baby Doll Tree is back

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the surest sign of the start of the holiday season on Capitol Hill appeared. Yes, it’s that time of year. The No Parking Baby Doll Tree is back on E Pike.

“I have read different theories about what different things represent on the tree and I find them pretty hilarious,” No Parking thrift shop owner Linda Young tells CHS.

But she says not to read too much into the bizarre holiday display that has helped make the thrift shop she runs with husband Billy Hutchinson a Pike/Pine season of light photo op. It was really a happy accident. A few years back, the couple’s seven-year-old son Liam had a great idea. Continue reading

Shop local, Shop the Hill 2017

It’s the season of giving and showing love. CHS is once again teaming up with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Broadway Business Improvement Area to share local gift ideas and deals from Capitol Hill area merchants at capitolhillseattle.com/shopthehill/

You can let us know about your favorite shops here via Facebook and we’ll add regular updates to share through the holidays.

To learn more visit capitolhillseattle.com/shopthehill or follow Shop the Hill on Facebook, on Twitter @shopthehill and on Instagram @shopthehillSEA

If you’re looking to help spread the joy, here are 2017 donation drives, feed the hungry, and volunteer opportunities around Capitol Hill.

Help set the table local style with Melrose Market Turkey & Trimmings party

Whether you are planning to spend the day with family or at a classic Capitol Hill “orphan’s Thanksgiving” with friends, you can get your fixings local style this year (complete with slow-growth turkeys imported all the way from NorCal, if you act quickly) as Melrose Market will host a Turkey & Trimmings party on Sunday, November 19th:

Melrose Market Turkey & Trimmings Thanksgiving Event

Capitol Hill butcher Rainshadow Meats is already sold out of some sizes but still had small and EXTRA LARGE turkeys available for sale as of Thursday afternoon.

Customers picking up their birds will be part of the show on the 19th. You can also check out a live jazz quartet and enjoy a cocktail while you shop. Melrose Market’s new Marseille Bottle Shop will also be ready to help you pick out a bottle to bring to Turkey Day.

The Hill’s restaurants, cafes, and shops also offer a cornucopia of Thanksgiving-worthy trimmings, pies, and desserts. You can let others know about any favorites in comments.