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
Sunday night, CHS found the Shamash lit and the menorah inside E Pike’s Kaladi Brothers awaiting the start of its cycle of illumination. The serene scene of cafe contemplation and study was counterbalanced by activities on E Pine. Continue reading
Seattle Girls Choir Presents Carmina Angelorum: Songs of the Angels
December 13, 8:00 PM
St. Joseph Church
Seattle Girls Choir invites you to an elegant and reflective concert celebrating the holiday season.
The program includes Benjamin Britten’s stunning choral masterpiece, A Ceremony of Carols for harp and treble voices. You’ll also hear beautiful new setting of ancient carols by John Rutter, Paul Carey, and Sarah Quartel. Featuring Prime Voci of Seattle Girls Choir, Juliet Stratton on harp, and Susanna Valleau on piano.
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
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.
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
With warm latkeh and a grand menorah, Chabad of Capitol Hill celebrated the eighth night of Chanukah in Volunteer Park on a chilly and wet Sunday in Seattle.
The ceremony marked the final night of the Jewish holiday for the group dedicated to reaching “every Jew” in Seattle. Continue reading
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
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.
- 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