What’s on this weekend

Summer is in full swing, and so are the outdoor events: this weekend is the annual SeafoodFest, starting tonight in the heart of downtown Ballard. Also on the agenda is the Ballard Locks Centennial Boat Parade, with about 50 historic boats passing through the Locks on Sunday morning.

Here’s the full weekend line-up:

Friday, July 7:

  • SeafoodFest, 5-10pm. Beer gardens, food trucks, and live music to kick off the three-day event. Music starts with a DJ at 6pm, #All4Doras at 7pm, and Nite Wave at 7:45pm.
  • Live Music:
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). Chris Johansen Quartet at 7pm. $12.
    • Jason Groce & The Joy Tyrants album release party, David Bavas,and Mike Giacolino atat Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8

Saturday, July 8:

  • SeafoodFest, 11am to 10pm. Live music, salmon barbecues, Festi-bowl skateboarding event at Ballard Commons, and more. Full info, click here.
  • Blood drive at Ballard First Lutheran, (2006 NW 65th St) 9am to 3pm.
  • Golden Gardens Forest Restoration, 9am to noon. Tools, gloves, and training are provided. Meet at restroom near parking lot for dog park. For info email Doug at doug@greshamenvironmental.com or call at (206) 794-4520.
  • Live Music:
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). Market Street Dixieland Jazz Band, 7pm, $10 cover. Chris Morton Trio at 9pm, $8.
    • Aaron Crawford w/ Malie Mae & Scout at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8pm. $12

Sunday, July 9:

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Ballard Locks Centennial Boat Parade, 10am at the Ballard Locks. The schooner Adventuress will lead the way, with 50 boats parading to Lake Union.
  • SeafoodFest, 11am to 10pm. Live music, salmon barbecues, a lutefisk eating contest at 3pm, and more.
  • Live Music:

Backyard Bard coming soon to Ballard

The Bard is coming to Ballard: Shakespeare in the Park will be at Salmon Bay Park on Sunday, July 23.

Known as Backyard Bard, the traveling theater takes over small parks around the city for free, live performances of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The Salmon Bay Park plays will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 3pm, and Hamlet at 4:30 pm on the 23rd.

If you can’t make it to the Ballard performance they’ll also be nearby at Sandel Park on August 6 with the same plays and show times.

The plays are put on by GreenStage, a performing arts company that has been operating in Seattle for 29 years. They’re putting on 62 free performances in 21 different parks around the city this summer, from July 14 – August 19. For the full Backyard Bard schedule, click here.

Schooner Adventuress to lead Sunday’s Locks Centennial Boat Parade

This Sunday, July 9 is the Locks Centennial Boat Parade, and the historic schooner Adventuress will lead the pack. The classic sailboat will enter the large lock around 10:15 am Sunday morning, joined by around 40 other vessels in a parade from Salmon Bay to Lake Union.

The opening 1917 parade was led by the SS Roosevelt, which had, about a decade earlier, returned from the North Pole under the command of Admiral Robert Peary. At 184 feet, it was built for Arctic travel with a hull 30 inches thick in places. According to History Link, Peary reached the North Pole in 1909, and little more than a year later, the Roosevelt was sold to ship salvager John Arbuckle. After his death in 1912, the boat changed ownership three times in the next three years, and by the time she reached Seattle in April 1917, the Roosevelt had been converted to a supply-transport boat for the United States Bureau of Fisheries, which planned to use her in the Pribilof Islands of Alaska.

The Adventuress was built in 1913, and according to Catherine Collins, Executive Director of Sound Experiencethe schooner one of only two National Historic Landmark (NHL) sailing ships still in active operation on the West Coast and is a Puget Sound icon. And, like the Roosevelt, she was built in a Maine shipyard.

From Collins:

Adventuress can normally be found in Port Townsend undergoing maintenance or restoration in winters, but during the spring, summer and fall, she goes sailing. Since 1989, the ship has been owned and operated by Sound Experience, a nonprofit dedicated to the Salish Sea through education, empowerment and inspiration. More than 60,000 “youth of all ages” have sailed on day and overnight programs in the past two decades, and Adventuress sails not for one, but for all. This year, her crew sport the motto, “We Are All Shipmates.”

Long and lean, the 133-foot Adventuress was designed along the lines of a fishing boat, a yacht whose maiden voyage was to the Arctic in search of a Bowhead Whale specimen for the American Museum of Natural History. They didn’t find a whale, and Adventuress went into service for the San Francisco Pilots soon afterward, navigating the shifting sands of the bar to deposit knowledgeable pilots aboard incoming ships for decades.

For more information about sailing aboard Adventuress, call Robin at 360-379-0438, extension 1; or email robin@soundexp.org.

Photo by Jan Anderson, courtesy Sound Experience

Development Update July 6: North Ballard subdivision application

Just one subdivision application in North Ballard makes up today’s development update, as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD).

1537 NW 90TH ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6582771. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Comments may be submitted through 07/19/2017.


Mittelstadt Mortuary/Ballard Blossom nominated for landmark status

The Mittelstadt Mortuary/Ballard Blossom building could be designated as a historic landmark.

The building that now houses the busy florist shop was originally a mortuary, built in 1906. According to the nomination document, a permit from 1915 indicates that the building had three uses: residential on the upper floor where the owners, the Mittelstadt family, lived and the first floor divided between the mortuary on the eastern side and a grocery on the western side. Remodels in 1923/24 took out the grocery store, and it became a full mortuary. In 1928, a garage was added, expanding the mortuary to include ambulance service. Mittelstadt was an undertaker and embalmer, and his business was originally called an undertaking parlor, according to the nomination.

In 1956 it was remodeled to look more modern, the garage taken out, and a chapel added. The mortuary was sold to Wiggen & Sons funeral directors in 1979, consolidating the mortuary business in the Wiggen & Sons Funeral Home building at 2003 57th Street NW. It was remodeled yet again in 1984, and was taken over by Ballard Blossom, which still exists there today.

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination of the building at 1766 NW Market Street at a public meeting on Wednesday, August 16 at 3:30 pm at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Floor L2) in the Boards & Commissions Room L2-80.

A copy of the nomination is available for public review at the Ballard Library or online.

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can submit written comments regarding the nomination to the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by 3 pm on August 15:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Photo circa 1937, courtesy Puget Sound Regional Archives

Data visualization tool offers detailed collision info by neighborhood

A local website developer has built a data visualization tool that shows traffic collision information by neighborhood.

Tim Ganter created the website using information gleaned from the Seattle Department of Transportation collisions website. He breaks down the data by neighborhood, comparing not only the number of collisions, but also the resulting injuries and the cost associated, the number of people, cars, and pedestrians or cyclists involved, causes of collisions, and even the weather on the day of the collisions.

For example, since the beginning of the year, there have been 4,695 collisions in Seattle, involving 6,732 vehicles, and 9,310 people, resulting in eight fatalities and 44 serious injuries. The data shows that 28.59 per cent of collisions happened on rainy days; 49.24 per cent were on partly cloudy or clear days.

In Ballard, perhaps unsurprisingly, most collisions happen along NW Market St. Since the beginning of 2017, there have been 17 collisions on NW Market St east of 20th Ave NW, and 32 collisions near the intersection of 15th Ave NW. Ganter’s website is highly detailed; using an interactive map, it’s possible to zoom in on each individual accident to learn the details such as the number of people involved and the weather at the time of the collision.

Ballard’s collision page shows that the average number of collisions per month in our neighborhood is 23, according to 10 year’s worth of data. The most common type of collision over the past 10 years has involved a parked car (873), with rear-ending the second most common (528).

Our neighborhood actually ranks quite low on the number of overall collisions in the past decade; Ballard is 15th out of 103 Seattle neighborhoods counted. However, we’re 5th on the list for number of parked cars hit.

Ganter is further developing the site, one day hoping to provide a geolocation tool so users can search for nearby collisions.

Screenshot courtesy http://seattlecollisions.timganter.io/collisions

SeafoodFest is this weekend

Get ready for Ballard’s fishiest festival: this weekend, July 7-9, is SeafoodFest, set to fill central Ballard with salmon barbecues, local music, arts and crafts and more.

The festival will kick off on Friday, July 7 at 5pm, with live music, a beer garden, and food trucks. Music starts with a DJ at 6pm, #All4Doras at 7pm, and Nite Wave at 7:45pm.

On Saturday, July 8, from 11am to 5pm, there will be a game area set up, including corn hole and ladder ball, a trampoline, a “doggy splash town pool”, giant dice, giant Jenga, giant dominoes, an AstroTurf lounge and a rock climbing wall.

There will also be a skateboarding event and competition on Saturday, called Festi-Bowl at the Ballard Commons Park, hosted by Skate Like a Girl. There will be clinics and lessons provided by Skate Like a Girl, a sidewalk slalom event, a 12-and-under bowl jam, a ladies division contest and an open contest.

Saturday’s music starts at noon. The line-up includes: The Pro and the Con, Honcho Poncho, Bread & Butter, Hobosexual, Dude York, La Luz, and Strand of Oaks.

On Sunday, July 9, the big event is the lutefisk eating contest, starting at 3:30pm at the intersection of NW Market St and 22nd Ave NW. If you want to compete, get there early; there are only 10 spots available, on a first-come, first-serve basis. It costs $10 to enter, and every contestant will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Participants will be served with 2lbs of lutefisk in four heats of competitions – each heat requires consumption of 1/2 pound of lutefisk. Only the fastest will move on to compete in the final round. The winner will take home $300, second place gets $150, and $50 will go to third place.

Sunday’s music will start with a free zumba class at 11am, put on by the Ballard Health Club. Live music follows with School of Rock, Evening Bell, The Warren G. Hardings, Vaudeville Etiquette, The Lil Smokies, and The Dip.

There will be kid’s activities all weekend on the “Kid’s Deck“, with face-painting, art projects, magicians and more.

The organizers are still taking volunteers; to sign up, click here. They still need help in the beer garden, crab shack, info booth, salmon barbecue, set-up and tear-down and more. All volunteers get a free salmon dinner for their efforts, plus a beverage token.