Capitol Hill holiday fun this week includes December Art Walk, annual Holiday in the Park, and maybe a little more snow

The holiday season began over the weekend with snow on Capitol Hill and Christmas trees at Stevens Elementary. More Hill holiday good times are ahead.

The school’s parent teacher association held its annual tree and holiday wreath sale Friday night and Saturday morning, living on as Capitol Hill’s only charity tree lot on a cold and icy first weekend in December.

The cooler weather will continue but we’ll see mostly rain until Friday night and through the weekend when the National Weather Service says we should see a mix of rain… and snow.

Holiday things to do will continue, too, including Thursday night’s December Capitol Hill Art Walk and the annual Holiday in the Park event in Volunteer Park.

Check the CHS Calendar for Hill area holiday events and more. You can also check out Shop the Hill for holiday gift and shopping ideas.


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Capitol Hill Community Post | 2022 Stevens Elementary School PTA Holiday Tree and Greenery Sale — Plus, the return of the community pancake breakfast

From the Stevens Elementary School PTA

We’re gearing up for the 2022 Stevens Elementary Holiday Tree and Greenery Sale. This year also includes the triumphant post-pandemic return of the community pancake breakfast and holiday concert. Other than a pandemic year off the Stevens holiday tree sale fundraiser has been running since the mid-80s! Continue reading

Capitol Hill Knitters of Doom to again decorate Cal Anderson with gifts of scarves, hats, and socks

(Image: Capitol Hill Knitters of Doom)

A Capitol Hill knitting group is growing a new neighborhood tradition “decorating” the hedges near 11th and Denny in Cal Anderson Park with scarves, hats, socks, and other items to keep people warm.

The Capitol Hill Knitters of Doom tell CHS this year’s gifts will be hung with care in the park this Friday, November 18th.

The items, most handmade, will be in plastic bags labelled with the type of item, size, and fiber. The decorating will start around 1 PM and took about a half hour to complete last year. Last year, all the items were claimed by the end of the weekend. Continue reading

In Seattle, Indigenous Peoples’ Day finally gets full recognition

For the first time since proclaiming the remembrance eight years ago and pushing aside Columbus Day, Seattle City Hall is honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day with closed offices and an official holiday.

City leaders and workers have the day off and, yes, parking is free on Seattle’s streets. Transit is on standard schedules and the public schools are open but the libraries are closed. The U.S. Postal Service and most other federal offices along with institutions like banks are also closed though many regions across the country will mark the date as both Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Holiday in the Park returns

The Dickens Carolers sing Christmas carols outside an illuminated SAAM

The craft tent was a busy place

Masks can provide some unexpected comforts like keeping your face warm on a damp and chilly Seattle December night. With new ways of life becoming the norm, 2021’s holiday season in the city is a reopening, of sorts, with traditions returning. Thursday night in Volunteer Park wasn’t too far from years past as Holiday in the Park returned with its hundreds of glowing lanterns and even more seasonal cheer. The annual Volunteer Park Trust event on the stairs of the Seattle Asian Art Museum was one of many cancellations in December 2020 as the pandemic wore on. That crisis is still with us in 2021, of course, but, more and more, we’re learning to live — and sing carols — with the virus. Continue reading

CHS Pics | A holiday visit to the Capitol Hill farmers market — Revival Holiday Market set for December 12th

The Capitol Hill farmers market stretched across its new home at The AMP Plaza Sunday with signs of the holiday season popping up along with the usual bounty of the weekly showcase of seasonal produce and craft foods. For those shopping locally, the market is a weekly connection to farms and vendors from around the region. This Sunday, it was a also a day for a few Seattle holiday delights. Continue reading

‘The fight isn’t over’ — 2021 Seattle Juneteenth Freedom March crosses the Central District

With pandemic facemasks coming off and a year removed from last summer’s massive Black Lives Matter protests, the Juneteenth Freedom March crossed the Central District with calls  Saturday for stronger support for Seattle’s Black communities. Sunday, the celebration and activism continues with a festival of Black businesses in Jimi Hendrix Park.

“Pay the fee,” was one theme of the day as organizers King County Equity Now and Africatown continue the push for Black ownership of property and businesses to return to the Central District. “The fight isn’t over,” another sign read. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Easter Weekend: Pastor Kaleb stays virtual, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence invite you to ‘Get Drenched with Hope’

Pastor Kaleb

With Seattle facing challenges as it makes what many hope will be a push through to a more complete reopening, it’s a good time for hope and inspiration. Some traditions of Capitol Hill will help give you both this coming Easter Weekend.

  • Get Drenched with Hope by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Capitol Hill’s Wildrose Bar will host the Sisters for a Saturday ceremony to soak your spirit in the holy water of the Abbey of Saint Joan:
    It’s been a long, long pandemic and it’s not over yet. But spring has sprung, vaccine availability is increasing, and the days are getting warmer. Come scream (from a distance, with your mask on) and vent the frustrations of the last year out the sympathetic listening ears of of your favorite secular drag nuns, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of Saint Joan. We will cleanse you of your fears and sufferings from a socially approved distance with water guns. If you choose to make it into a wet t-shirt contest, that’s up to you. If you ask Shelley nicely, maybe she’ll sell you a hot toddy or some other tasty beverage shit. Other acts and surprises to come.
    Stop by starting at 5:30 PM Saturday for your cathartic squirt.
  • Someday we can all gather again

    Pastor Kaleb’s Sunday Service virtual again in 2021: The annual Capitol Hill Easter tradition returns for a second year of virtual service after the early restrictions of the pandemic in 2020 moved Kaleb Kerr out of the Century Ballroom and onto the internet. This year’s virtual service marks the 22nd year of the show:
    Pastor Kaleb’s Sunday Service
    Sunday, April 4th, 11:30am PDT pre-show, 12:00pm noon show
    Cost: Free, no registration required.
    It’s a theatrical Easter service produced with love and earnest satire by some of Seattle’s top comic, cabaret, and musical performers, now available to a broader audience.

    For Capitol Hill-area kids, there’s also a free Easter basket pick-up offered. Quantities are limited so sign up ASAP. This year, the show benefits nonprofit Plymouth Housing. You can donate to [email protected] via Paypal.

  • No City of Seattle egg hunts again this year: 2021 will mark the second year the city-organized hunts have been canceled. Lots of families will organize their own in neighborhoods and parks. If you live in an area with families or you think your neighbors might like to search for colorful plastic eggs and are feeling your inner Easter Bunny, it’s another good year to help organize a safe and socially distanced hunt.

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I-5 arrests part of Seattle MLK Day 2021 as thousands march from Central District

Seattle’s MLK Day 2021 celebrations Monday were a reflection of the times with marchers stepping off from the Central District socially spaced and masked and a protest effort that branched off and brought traffic to a stop on I-5 generating headlines across the country.

“BLM protesters arrested, cited with blocking Seattle freeway on MLK Day,” Fox News reported, wringing its hands with concern over “the acronym for Black Lives Matter” being painted across the traffic-snarled freeway.

There were 12 people arrested and at least two cars impounded, the Washington State Patrol reported. UPDATE: None of the dozen were booked into jail, the WSP tells CHS. The King County Jail refused the bookings, according to a state trooper spokesperson. We have not yet confirmed why they were not accepted. UPDATE x2: The refusals fall under current restrictions to reduce the number of people being held at the King County Jail during the ongoing pandemic.

Thousands more marched from 23rd Ave’s Garfield High to downtown in the city’s annual showing in respect to the slain civil rights leader. Continue reading