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.

Lindas 25th Anniversary

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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

Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day is on hold (here are a few Jockstraps & Glitter pics to show that there is still plenty going on in Cal Anderson without it)

A year ago, the ninth annual Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day took place. If there is going to be a tenth, we’re sorry to say it won’t be this week. Meanwhile, as a reminder that there are still plenty of good things happening in Cal Anderson Park, here are a few photographs from last weekend’s Jockstraps & Glitter charity kickball game. Who won? Who knows — but money was raised for a good cause. You can also give to the AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway here.

From its earliest days, CHGSD was extremely grassroots and low overhead. It grew a bit thanks to help from neighborhood nonprofits joining CHS in wrangling participants and helping nail down space every year for the central community sale space. In 2019, the grassroots effort never really grew. CHS has been busy CHSing and our past partners also have had busy years.

Will there be a Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day in 2019? We’re certainly going to miss summer. But we’re looking at options for something different to keep the, um, streak alive as the event reaches its tenth year. Stay tuned.

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CHS Pics | Umoja Fest parade marches from 23rd and Union

Over the weekend, CHS reported on Wa Na Wari, a single-family style home just blocks from the multitude of change going on around 23rd and Union that has been turned into a center for community and the arts in celebration of Black culture and history in the Central District.

Saturday, a tradition in the Central Area since the 1940s returned to the neighborhood with the annual Umoja Fest Parade marching from 23rd and Union to Judkins Park.  Continue reading