Here’s what a September celebration of Pride looked like on Capitol Hill — Plus, a new CHS Calendar

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Here’s what a September celebration of Pride looked like on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, you can also help CHS bring back an important feature to help the community create and organize events like PrideFest Capitol Hill.

An usual Labor Day weekend celebration of Gay Pride on Capitol Hill was not exactly socially distanced but the two-day festival stretched its celebration across five blocks of Broadway on Saturday and Sunday leaving plenty of space for choices on just how you wanted to mix and match your proximity to other humans.

Marking the era, masks were fashionable and, just like the good old days, a good time “was had by all.”

“It may have been different than expected but love was felt everywhere, community came together safely and fun was had by all,” Seattle PrideFest organizers wrote in thanks to supporters and volunteers for the Labor Day weekend festival. “Please remember to support our local talent, businesses, drag queens and vendors ALL YEAR long.”

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After 16 months, you can attend Capitol Hill’s St. Mark’s Compline Service again

Kevin Johnson/Saint Mark’s Cathedral

For 16 months, the 65-year tradition of the Compline Service at Saint Mark’s has continued through the pandemic — but in an empty cathedral. Sunday, full life returns to the Episcopal Cathedral on Capitol Hill as the weekly service reopens to the public:

During the pandemic, the safety of the congregation and the choir members has been a priority, with careful consideration given to ventilation of the space, protocols while in the cathedral, and isolation after possible exposure. There have been no known instances of COVID transmission inside Saint Mark’s Cathedral. All singers are fully vaccinated, and the choir remains masked at all times. Following current guidelines, masks are recommended for those attending the service at this time. A portion of the seats in the church are set apart as a “distanced section,” and those who choose to sit in that section are required to remain masked and distanced from others.

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Juneteenth 2021 in the Central District: Jackson’s Catfish Corner Grand Opening, Freedom March, Northwest African American Museum Jubilee

Over the weekend, the City of Seattle reversed course and issued a permit for a small Juneteenth event in Cal Anderson Park on the one-year anniversary of the formation of the occupied protest zone on Capitol Hill. While many of the battles of last year’s Black Lives Matter marches have transformed into plans and initiatives at Seattle City Hall, 2021’s Juneteenth celebrations will again center equity and equality as Black communities across the Seattle area mark the holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

By this time next year, the day will be an official Washington state holiday.

Below, we’ve featured the upcoming Juneteenth events in Central Seattle including where you can find the Seattle Buffalo Soldiers. We’ve also included pictures from last summer as thousands took to the street for the Juneteenth Freedom March across the Central District.

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City reverses course, issues permit for CHOP Art Juneteenth Celebration in Cal Anderson

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The City of Seattle backed away from creating a mountain of controversy and issued a last-minute permit to allow the CHOP Art group to hold a Juneteenth celebration in Cal Anderson Park this weekend, organizers say.

A collection of tents and shades went up along the park’s Bobby Morris playfield Friday along with a small stage area.

Thursday, the ACLU of Washington and the Public Defender Association threatened legal action on behalf of the group that formed out last year’s occupied protest in an effort to preserve and continue the artistic work from the protest zone. Continue reading

Seattle Parks makes call for Cal Anderson summer event ideas — Organizer planning ‘CHOP Block Party’ in June: UPDATE

The Seattle Parks department is offering planning and and funding help for events in Cal Anderson, one year after the Capitol Hill occupied protest that filled the park and nearby blocks became a center of the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle.

Meanwhile, an organizer who has focused on the art of the protests, has announced a CHOP Block Party weekend next month to mark the one-year anniversary of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’s formation. Continue reading

Organizers making plans for safe in-person Pride celebration on Capitol Hill later in summer — UPDATE

It won’t happen next month but organizers are making plans for a large in-person summer 2021 Pride event on Capitol Hill.

“If it can be done safely, we will be doing it,” PrideFest head Egan Orion tells CHS.

As Seattle’s annual June Pride parade and festivities are already set to be online only again next month as the pandemic continues to slow, work is underway to bring together a safe festival around Broadway and Cal Anderson — even if it means waiting for later in summer.

“We’re working closely with the city on those plans and if all goes well, we expect to be one of the only non-sports festivals that will take place this year,” Orion said. “It will be a two day event, all on Capitol Hill.” Continue reading

The Capitol Hill Art Walk returns

The newly opened Museum of Museums is on the walk

One thing certain after months of the COVID-19 crisis is how much heavier we weigh the calculated risks of daily life. As you search for balance, Thursday night brings a little bit of life back to Capitol Hill.

Whether the return of the Capitol Hill Art Walk is for you is, well, up to you. But a handful of area venues and shops are getting back into the rhythm of the monthly “second Thursday” event:

We have some socially-distanced, masked art viewings happening this Thursday, Nov. 12th!
Check each venue’s website for details on their hours, COVID-19 accommodations & more…

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COVID-19 cancellation: No Capitol Hill Block Party in 2020

(Image: Capitol Hill Block Party)

2020’s Capitol Hill Block Party musical festival, one of the largest annual events in the neighborhood every July, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, organizers announced Thursday.

“Due to the current situation with COVID-19, Capitol Hill Block Party 2020 is unable to move forward as planned,” CHBP organizers write. “Our top priority is the health and safety of our community, artists and attendees. We hope everyone is being smart, responsible, and thinking of others during these unprecedented times.”

The annual three-day music festival is looking ahead to 2021, producers said Thursday. Ticket holders can save their passes for next year or request a refund, according to the statement. Continue reading

CHS Calendar: 15th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle, Washington Beer Open House, Tax Amazon March

Now that you have your grocery shopping done, get ready to enjoy a busy weekend around Capitol Hill. Here are a few highlights to plan for.

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A first Second Thursday — Free admission at Seattle Asian Art Museum joins Capitol Hill Art Walk

Samy will probably not be there (Image: Seattle Art Museum)

Second Thursdays are now even more art-y on Capitol Hill. The longtime schedule for the neighborhood’s monthly art walk is now also part of the expanded roster of free admission days for the newly reopened Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park.

Both happy events including the first Second Thursday free opening at SAAM and late hours until 9 PM and a special Valentine’s edition of the Capitol Hill Art Walk coincide for the first time Thursday night.

At SAAM, part of the process to plan the museum’s $56 million overhaul and expansion was a new lease for the city-owned building that included an expanded suite of community benefits including free school visits and a wider schedule of free admission days. Second Thursdays are only part of the fun: Continue reading