Another 2020 holiday bummer: Capitol Hill Christmas trees will be a little harder to come by

It brings CHS no joy to deliver such Grinch-y news.

In 2020, it’s better if you keep your Thanksgiving feasts small and socially distanced.

And it’s not going to be easy to find a Capitol Hill Christmas tree.

Stevens Elementary, site of one of the neighborhood’s big annual holiday tree sales, has announced what you probably might have expected — there will be no trees at the North Capitol Hill school this year: Continue reading

A ‘Capitol Hill Cooks’ classic recipe post with Thanksgiving inspiration from 12th and Madison to 15th Ave E

Thanks so much to Em for so many great ideas… and pie

Distanced from friends and loved ones, you might consider channeling your love directly into your belly this Thanksgiving. For those who decide to cook on their own, there are sure to be a few experiments and new skills developed as neighborhood chefs try to spread their turkey wings to achieve full feast menus including maybe taking on some of those classics usually left to mashed potato expert friends and cranberry dressing connoisseur family members.

The CHS archives might help broaden your offerings a little. Our Capitol Hill Cooks series from a few years back now qualifies as “classic” CHS content. Below, we’ve selected a few Thanksgiving 2020-appropriate highlights and a helping or two of nostalgia for the Capitol Hill and Central District kitchens of the early 2010s.

Have a favorite recipe to share? Let us know in the comments.

Capitol Hill Cooks Thanksgiving Cookbook

  • Sweet Potato Pie inspired by 12th and Madison: This pie makes sweet potato and marshmallow magic; you fold mini marshmallows into the sweet potato filling and they disappear, leaving a sweet and fluffy pie with little hint of the marshmallow secret.Sweet Potato Pie
    Adapted from Cutie Pies: 40 Sweet, Savory, and Adorable Recipes, by Dani Cone
    Pie crust, homemade or store bought (here’s my favorite), including extra dough for turnovers or muffin-pan minis
    4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” chunks
    1 c. milk
    ¾ c. brown sugar
    3 eggs, lightly beaten, plus one more if you’re making turnovers
    1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
    2 Tbsp. melted butter
    1 Tbsp. cinnamon
    ½ tsp. ground allspice
    1 tsp. salt
    5 c. mini marshmallowsPreheat oven to 375. If you are making turnovers, lightly oil a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper. Continue reading

A Capitol Hill Easter ritual, Pastor Kaleb brings his Sunday Service online

Your Sunday best and Easter bonnets might be limited this year by COVID-19 restrictions, but Pastor Kaleb won’t let his congregation down even if the crowds can’t gather inside E Pine’s Century Ballroom.

The long-running Capitol Hill tradition will be broadcast live on the internet Sunday at noon. You can tune in here.

CHS visited the celebration of spiritual affirmation and sartorial wonder here if you’re looking for a little inspiration on what to wear.

Pastor Kaleb, legend goes, gave his first sermon in the streets of Seattle’s WTO protests in 1999. Continue reading

Family of Twitch CEO celebrates parents’ 40th anniversary with free admission at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

A Capitol Hill family is celebrating 40 years of love and commitment with a gift for everybody. The Volunteer Park Conservatory will offer free admission for the holidays and to start 2019.

“We grew up walking to the Conservatory during my whole childhood, and I know my parents want everyone to be able to enjoy this beauty and peace,” Emmett Shear said in an announcement from Seattle Parks. “In their honor, I’m excited to be able to invite people to come for free to the Conservatory again.” Continue reading

Shop Africatown at Saturday’s Soul Holiday Market

Goods from Shades of Color will be part of the offerings Saturday at the Soul Holiday Market

With demolition and redevelopment looming, Midtown Center still stands at 23rd and Union. The shopping center is still in the game. Saturday, it will host a celebration and last minute holiday shopping event — the Soul Holiday Market is Saturday 1 to 8 PM:

Soul Holiday Market

The Africatown-sponsored event will feature games, music and food trucks.

Midtown Center, meanwhile, might hang around a little longer. Wednesday night, a combined East and Central Area review board voted to send the latest design proposal for the seven-story mixed-use project planned to rise on the block back to the drawing board for further refinement of its community art plans.

As for holiday shopping, expect a busy weekend around the Hill and the CD. For more fun things to get out and do, check out this week’s On the List. You can also find more local shopping and gift ideas on the CHS Shop the Hill page.

Pikes/Pines | A Capitol Hill Christmas tree story

I’m not going to pretend that every person who reads Pikes/Pines participates in the tradition of putting up a tree for the holidays. I generally see Christmas as wasteful, contributing to the consumer nightmare that is the contemporary United States. I’m also a solidly secular individual. However, it’s a time of year when I get to see distant friends and family, eat wonderful food, and I rather like getting thoughtful presents. The trees themselves are also a gift, of sorts, bringing a piece of forest life into Capitol Hill homes and neighborhood hangouts.

When I was in high school, I worked at a Christmas tree lot in Seattle. All our trees came from a family farm near Shelton, Washington and I got to know the different species intimately. We had Douglas fir, noble, and grand firs, the odd blue spruce, and a few pines.

According to a 2012 census by the USDA, Oregon and North Carolina produce 79% of the Christmas trees in the United States. Lewis and Mason Counties in Washington are our state’s largest producers, but are far behind counties like Ashe County, North Carolina and Clackamas County, Oregon. Only a small portion of real trees in the country are from u-cut operations, where you show up and cut your tree, or from non-agricultural sources, individually harvested on National Forest Service land. Most are grown as monocrops and shipped around the country. Fraser firs are the most-sold US tree, noble and Douglas firs second and third. Continue reading

Happy Hilladays: Mark your calendar for Neighbours Alley celebration, Holiday in the Park

A caroler in the snow at a Holiday in the Park past (Image: CHS)

If you’re like CHS, you probably aren’t totally feeling the holiday season yet. That’s cool. But next week, you better get ready to be festive.

Next Thursday night brings a double header of celebration to Capitol Hill including a very Pike/Pine venue — the Neighbours Alley.

Organizers from the effort to redesign the alley to enhance the neighborhood and surrounding streets are holding a party along with the monthly Capitol Hill Art Walk:

Neighbours Alley Celebration

It sounds like a good party: Continue reading

What’s open on Capitol Hill Thanksgiving 2018

Let us give thanks. For the baristas and the bartenders. The budtenders. The Amazon Prime delivery people. Bike shares. And your neighbor’s wi-fi. Below, we’ve compiled our annual roster of coffee joints, grocery stores, etc. where your friends and neighbors will be working to make sure you have the happiest holiday possible. As for getting a post-feast cocktail, that list is up to you. Take a chance. Make sure to tip. And be thankful.

COFFEE

    • Vivace — Brix and other locations- Closed, Walk-up open from 7am-430pm
    • Ladybug drive-thru – Busy signal, you tell us in the comments
    • Starbucks Roastery 7am -11pm, Roy Street – 630am-330pm
    • Fuel 19th – 8am – 1pm
    • Victrola 15th, 7am-3 or 4pm (the baristas weren’t sure) and Victrola Pike 630am – 2pm
    • Caffe Vita – 7am-2pm

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