CHS Pics | A socially distanced dance party in Cal Anderson and ‘See you in 2021’ promises for Capitol Hill tricks and treats part of Hilloween 2020

Under a dry, crisp fall sky and with promise of a full moon, Capitol Hill’s trick or treat zone was much quieter than normal Saturday night and even Pike/Pine’s nightlife scene was subdued if not sober as Seattle marked a Halloween of social distancing and masks under masks amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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CHS Pics | Blessing of the Capitol Hill Animals

For many Capitol Hill pets, the pandemic has answered prayers. Humans are home nearly all the time. Walks are plentiful. Sunday, at Capitol Hill’s St. Joseph Parish, the congregation again marked the feast day of Francis of Assisi with a Blessing of the Animals. Several furry friends attended and gave thanks while sniffing the lawn along 18th Ave E. Continue reading

CHS Year in Review 2019 | The year in pictures

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Happy New Year. Here is a look at the year that was through the lens of CHS and longtime contributor Alex Garland. Each image links to its CHS post so take a minute to explore the stories from the year. We thank you for being part of CHS and look forward to bringing you more images and stories from around Capitol Hill in 2020.

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Capitol Hill Pets | Goober and Rusty, the well behaved Capitol Hill newbies

Goober, a nine-year-old Chihuahua, and Rusty, a three-year-old Dachshund, are both rescues and new members to the Capitol Hill community. Jason, human, lives a few blocks away from the E Olive Way Starbucks and walk the Hill most mornings. While they may appear well trained, Jason assures us he’s done absolutely nothing, and they’re just good dogs. Continue reading

I drank this *in the Central District*: Paper Plane at The Neighbor Lady

The bartender at E Union’s The Neighbor Lady, Tom, let CHS know it wasn’t a fancy cocktail bar, before he made us a fancy cocktail. He did not waste his time informing us that we were in the Central District for an episode of “I drank this on Capitol Hill.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | The Spider House rules: 50+ pictures from the Capitol Hill trick or treat hot zone

It was crisp and cool and it did not rain. Shenanigans were mostly peaceful. Lots of neighbors on 16th, 17th, and 18th Aves along E Aloha put on most excellent shows again including the classic Bates Motel and the Spider House. And the candy was copious. CHS’s visit to the Hilloween Trick or Treat Hot Zone(™) is a nearly annual tradition and the 2019 edition of the fully organic, people-run night of great costumes and good times did not disappoint. CHS saw a dinosaur dancing. And skeletons dancing. And a creepy goblin on a swing. We also saw a human-sized Bop It, the trick or treating Eurythmics, and a tribute to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Were you out and about? Let us know what you saw.

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CHS Pics | Hilloween 2019 weekend pics — Plus, where to trick or treat on Capitol Hill

Unless the actual big day falls on a Friday, Hilloween always begins on a Saturday. You should know that. CHS hit the streets of Pike/Pine over the weekend for a look at what the fashionable costume set was wearing this year. Many of the get-ups we found along E Pike were deep cuts — CHS might need your help sorting out the various pop-culture references. Or you can just let us squirm.

If you are planning to add some trick or treat action to your Hilloween, we’ve included the famous CHS Trick or Treat Hot Zone map, below. It show the area of Capitol Hill where you’ll find scenes like the above — and buckets and buckets of candy. Here’s a message from the “Red Zone.” They’re waiting for you. Also make plans to stop by the Trick or Treat House of Montlake. Happy Hilloween.

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CHS Pics | The super power heroes of POWHAT

In the early hours of Friday morning, many residents of the Pine-Olive-Way-Howell-Area-Triangle were going through a night most of us can only imagine in our worst nightmares: no electricity, no TV, no internet. CHS visited the streets of the neighborhood to check out the darkness and found a heroic effort underway. Continue reading

CHS Pics | An E Union visit to Pistil Books’ Annual Outdoor Book Sale

Sean Carlson and Amy Candiotti, are the co-owners of Pistil Books. Their first store started where Bimbo’s currently sits.

CHS stopped by an E Union summer tradition last weekend that made for a most excellent warm-up for another big event coming this weekend that will also feature good deals and bargain hunting on special, one of a kind treasures. Sunday, you can join the fun at the 2019 Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day centered around Cal Anderson Park Alliance’s community sale. Check out for details.

Las weekend, the alley behind 1415 E Union was the center of the action as independent book retailer Pistil Books held its yearly book sale featuring “hundreds of books in all categories, including fiction, science, history, poetry, art, how-to, biographies, and more. Many like new. Paperbacks $1, Hardbacks $2″… and free lemonade! Continue reading

CHS Pics | Kinky Boots in Cal Anderson

Three Dollar Bill was forced to scale back its annual schedule of LGBTQ-favorite outdoor movies in Cal Anderson Park this summer after a longtime source of funding from the city fell through thanks to the most bureaucratic of reasons. You missed it.

CHS stopped through Friday night for the only screening of the season, a showing of Kinky Boots that brought out a good crowd on a 70F+ night. The pictures will have to satiate your Three Dollar Bill Cinema appetite for now. More will come. Three Dollar Bill also produces the annual Seattle Queer Film Festival starting October 10th. Continue reading