Volunteer Park Pride Festival’s 2018 headliner, Tacocat
Born in 2019, the annual festival has grown into one of the city’s largest free music parties
The shifting personality of the annual Volunteer Park Pride Festival into one of the largest free music parties in Seattle was celebrated Tuesday with an announcement of the fest’s 2019 lineup live on KEXP.
Marco Collins, a longtime Seattle DJ credited for helping fuel the city’s grunge explosion on the national music scene and now part of the lineup of voices at the city’s nonprofit music giant KEXP, took to the airwaves Tuesday morning to announce “Seattle-based band and phenomenon” Thunderpussy as the 2019 headliner. Collins is curator for this year’s Volunteer Park Pride Festival and will help host the June 8th event along with drag queen Betty Wetter.
The KEXP announcement was a contrast with the lineup announcement for this summer’s Capitol Hill Block Party which typically is done live on the station but took a quieter route in 2019. Continue reading
A view from above Capitol Hill, 2015
With reporting by SCCI Insight
Council member Kshama Sawant has decided that 2019 is the year to push for rent control in Seattle — even though there is still a statewide ban on it. She held a rally in April announcing that she would be introducing rent control legislation to become effective if and when the state lifts its ban, and she invited the Seattle Renters Commission to present in her committee (video here) on why they are recommending that the city implement rent control.
I’m not an economist, not a landlord, nor a renter. But since we’re having this debate, I went to the UW Library and pulled the literature on rent control so I could understand the issues, the studies, and what the experts conclude. Here is what I found.
Capitol Hill and the nearby lends itself to great imagery. Social media is filled with images of the places and streets around us. We share some of the best here. To be included and help us find your stuff, use the #capitolhillseattle tag on Instagram or ping @capitolhillseattle or @jseattle via Twitter.
We still also have lots of love for the CHS Flickr Pool and its more than 36,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill shutterbugs. With changes at Flickr, its days of an amazing, free for most repository of great photography have shifted but we’re still watching.
There is no better way to support the farming community, and your healthy eating habits, than purchasing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Box. When you purchase a CSA you are not only purchasing farm fresh produce, but you are also making a statement that you care about feeding your family certified organic, ecologically grown vegetables. You are declaring that you care about the sustainability of farm land in the Sammamish Valley.
Ecolibrium’s CSA runs for 20 weeks from mid-June through mid-November. Each week’s box will contain a selection of the freshest from the farm: classic favorites and specialty ingredients all picked at the peak moment of freshness. You will also receive a weekly email containing a recipe to learn how to use some of the more interesting items in your box.
As a CSA Member, you are at the heart of Ecolibrium’s community. It feels essential that we celebrate this connection, so on top of your delicious weekly yield – you will be invited to join all CSA Members for a Fall Harvest Party including a fantastic farm-to-table meal prepared by our in-house Culinary Team. Experience how the farm operates, meet your fellow shareholders, and enjoy a delicious late-summer evening meal on the farm.
The Riveter: Capitol Hill
1517 12th Ave
About Ecolibrium Farms
At Ecolibrium it is our mission to change the way people think about food. What if we brought the same keen sense of discernment we use when making decisions regarding technology, human interaction, or our jobs and schools to the choices we make regarding the food we feed ourselves and our families? At Ecolibrium we grow food, cook food and bring people together around food. We see connections at every step. We believe protecting the land that supports and nourishes our families also strengthens our bodies, our businesses, and our economy. We think of success in terms of generations, not years. A thriving and sustainable agricultural system will support our entire community, feed us and our descendants in perpetuity, and provide a space for people to celebrate and enjoy nature.
Thanks to the FoodArt Collection, Capitol Hill can lay claim to a homegrown pop art movement. Now the work of artist Genevieve St. Charles has busted out onto the streets of Pike/Pine.
Earlier this year, CHS reported on the link up between E Union’s cycling culture-centered Metier and the food+drink folks at Homegrown. That tandem is now riding smoothly and the combination has added a new mural to the neighborhood’s collection of giant sized art. Continue reading
With a final price tag of $219 million, the Seattle City Council has finalized the Seattle Library levy proposal for the August ballot.
CHS wrote here about the core seven-year property tax proposal that will replace an expiring levy and will provide about 25% of the system’s budget.
“From story time to summer learning programs to adult learning classes, our libraries advance equity, education and opportunity for all who call Seattle home,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement to CHS about the levy. “If we are going to build a city of the future, then we must build the libraries of the future, too. By renewing our shared investments in The Seattle Public Library, we can lift up the places where communities come together, open up doors to learning, and make Seattle a more equitable place to live.” Continue reading
It is the start of a new hiking season on Capitol Hill. Trailhead Direct bus service, paid for by the county, private sponsors, and the City of Seattle to help deliver outdoor enthusiasts to the region’s closest, most popular, and most parking constrained hiking destinations, begins Saturday.
“We’re bringing back Trailhead Direct with more routes to more trails in more communities,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in the announcement of the second full season for the program. “Our popular transit-to-trails service has succeeded in many different ways. We have made our spectacular mountain forests accessible to more people, reduced dangerous overcrowding at popular trailheads, and made it easy to hike without having to drive or park.”
The 2019 season of Trailhead Direct has added more pick-up sites including the Tukwila International Boulevard Station with service to more trailheads, including Little Si near North Bend and the Sky Country Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Continue reading
From Rocket Taco
Who can resist a Churro Waffle?
Rocket Taco has officially launched brunch at its 19th Avenue location. Every Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3:00pm Rocket Taco guests can now order breakfast items, and new boozy drinks from the bar. Some of the new menu items include:
- Breakfast Tacos with fillings such as egg and bacon, poblanos and cream, and chorizo potato.
- Huevos Rancheros
- Breakfast bowl with cheesy chipotle grits, sautéed kale, and your choice of protein, topped with pico de gallo, and
a free-range egg.
- Breakfast Burritos
- Mollete with Macrina Volkhorn loaf with seasoned smashed avocado, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and a side of mixed greens.
- Churro Waffles
- And more.
People looking for Brunch offerings along 19th Ave now have some new flavors to choose from making the area pretty well rounded for diners looking for a lot of variety along the block.
Brunch Menu (PDF)