CHS Pics | Athos, Porthos and Aramis — and d’Artagnan, too — in Volunteer Park

Friends share an inflatable couch while watching themes of friendship, loyalty, pride, love, and ambition in Volunteer Park

The plays were the thing this weekend in Volunteer Park as the annual Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival filled the public green space with drama, comedy, and, thanks to the hot summer temperatures, a general appreciation for more matter with less art. CHS stopped by Saturday’s Greenstage performance of The Three Musketeers. Continue reading

Pinocchio, The Three Musketeers, *and* King Lear spotted on Capitol Hill? Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival returns to Volunteer Park

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The Volunteer Park amphitheater stage is being lined up for replacement but it will continue to provide a worthy backdrop to a weekend of outdoor theater this weekend.

The 2018 Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival comes to the Capitol Hill park this weekend with two days of Shakespeare and more: Continue reading

Police search for suspect after car reportedly stolen on Capitol Hill with teen girl inside

(Images provided by SPD)UPDATE: SPD says they have taken the suspect into custody:

South Precinct Anti-Crime Team officers, with the assistance of the Department of Corrections, identified and arrested a 37-year-old man in connection with the auto theft reported Friday morning. Officers found the suspect at a South Seattle residence and took him into custody without incident.

Original report: Seattle Police are asking for help identifying a man who allegedly stole a BMW left running with a teenage girl inside on Capitol Hill Friday morning.

The suspect reportedly dumped off the teen at an International District park after a frantic ride across the city as the girl texted her mother about the unfolding situation and police attempted to track the vehicle.

He then left the BMW sedan running in a S Maynard parking lotw here he was caught on security camera leaving the area on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 25-35 years old, 5’8″ tall, medium build, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, blue Seattle Mariner’s cap, and grey sweatpants and black tennis shoes.

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CHS Pics | Celebrating Capitol Hill’s ‘only holiday’ at the Volunteer Park Pride Festival

Was supposed to rain but didn’t” is pretty much the way Pride celebrations roll every June in Seattle. Saturday, around 12,000 people enjoyed the sun breaks at the annual Volunteer Park Pride Festival.

The event has morphed from a family picnic into a day of information and action — there were more than 100 booths this year — and music.

“Earlier today we were standing in the drink line and my bandmate Eric said, ‘This is the only holiday I give a fuck about,’ and I thought that’s a good point,” Lelah Maupin of Tacocat, this year’s “secret” act at the festival. “It’s celebrating love and positivity, you can low key guarantee anyone you run into is a good person. It’s a higher concentration of people more like me.”

Ryan Williams, an Amazon employee found at the festival’s “Glamazon” booth, said “the sense of community, the tight knit atmosphere and inclusiveness” is the big draw at the Volunteer Park gathering. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Eritrean Independence Day in Volunteer Park a sign Capitol Hill summer is near

One of our favorite signs that Capitol Hill’s summer is coming played out again Saturday as hundreds of members of Seattle’s East African community filled Volunteer Park’s amphitheater meadow for a celebration of Eritrean Independence Day.

The annual celebration marks the 1991 arrival of Eritrean People’s Liberation Front forces in the capital Asmara following a 30-year-long battle against Ethiopia’s military regime. 2010 estimates put the Eritrean population of Seattle at around 6,000 to 8,000 residents. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Getting medieval in Volunteer Park — Plus, Capitol Hill Memorial Day things to do

CHS found the kids from Capitol Hill’s Bright Water Waldorf School holding their annual Medieval Games Thursday in Volunteer Park. Let their archery, swordplay, and sunshiny jousting be inspiration for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Below, you’ll find a few highlights from the CHS Calendar for things to get out and do and see this weekend starting Thursday night with a celebration of five years of the greenest office building in the world, a Saturday party for Eritrean Independence Day that fills Volunteer Park annually with its colorful celebration, and a Memorial Day Monday filled with remembrance — and free hamburgers. Details, below. Continue reading

94-year-old Highland Apartments lined up for seismic overhaul — But first, is it a landmark?

One of the next Capitol Hill buildings to be considered for City of Seattle landmark protections this summer is going through the process before it can also get another sort of important protection — from earthquakes.

The Highland Apartments, the 1924-built masonry condominium building in the 900 block of 11th Ave E just across from Volunteer Park, is lined up to be reviewed in June “in order to ascertain its historic nature prior to a proposed major alteration to the property,” according to the nomination report prepared on behalf of the building’s owner. Continue reading

Pared back plan for new Volunteer Park Amphitheater still has one crucial rainy Seattle feature: a roof

On a cold and drizzly weekend, let us think of summer days on the Volunteer Park lawn, enjoying music and maybe a cup of wine. That stage where the music is coming from? The plan to create a new amphitheater in Volunteer Park is moving steadily forward from dream to reality.

Volunteer Park Trust is continuing to look for opportunities for support for the Amphitheater Project, including applying for a Major Projects Challenge Fund grant,” the group’s Jeff Crandall tells CHS. “In doing so, we are seeking letters of support from community organizations for the project. We have been working with public officials on obtaining funding support from city and state funding sources. And in order to make the fundraising more manageable, we’ve been working with ORA Architects on a design review to seek cost savings from the original estimate.” Continue reading

Victim warns of North Capitol Hill groper

Police investigated Wednesday night after a woman reported she was assaulted and groped on 15th Ave E in North Capitol Hill.

In addition to reporting the attack to SPD, the victim reached out to CHS to make sure others in the area are aware of the assault.

“I reported this to the police but not much could be done,” she writes. “I’m just hoping to make the community aware as this is a spot I typically feel safe and it was in daylight on a busy street.”

The Capitol Hill resident tells CHS she was walking on 15th Ave E where it slopes down to become E Boston St when she was grabbed. “About midway down the Boston hill a man ran up behind me and grabbed my behind really hard,” the victim writes. “Before I could realize what happened, he was sprinting back up the hill.”

She reported the assault to police but there were no immediate arrests. The suspect is described as an unknown race male around 5’7″ or 5’8″, with a stocky build, and wearing jeans and a black hoodie with the hood pulled up at the time of the Wednesday night assault.

If you have information about the incident or can help identify the suspect, call 911.

With eye toward 2019 reopening, officials break ground on $54M overhaul of Volunteer Park’s Seattle Asian Art Museum

A ceremonial lifting of paving stones where construction will add an accessibility enhancements as part of the $54 million overhaul of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park

Leaders of the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation project commemorated the official start of construction with a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon. Parks and Recreation officials gave remarks and encouraged the community to continue their support of the $54 million renovation.

The prospect of neglecting the museum’s need for upgrades “would have been terrible and it would have been terrible for Capitol Hill,” said capital campaign co-chair Mimi Gardner Gates who greeted the audience. “Great cities are great because citizens step forward and make a difference.”

Seattle Art Museum is just is just $3 million shy of their $33 million commitment to the project and encouraging community support to reach the total.

The audience of about 50 bristled in the windy weather, gathered beneath a canopy to hear speeches from capital campaign co-chairs Gates and Gursharan Sidhu.

Superintendent of construction Jeremy Jones stood in the audience as the lineup symbolically broke ground with crowbars painted gold. It took seven people to lift two courtyard stones with golden levers for the audience in Volunteer Park. Continue reading