Ballard HolidayFest at Bergen Place this weekend

Bergen Place will be transformed into a holiday wonderland this weekend, with the Ballard Holiday Fest taking over the park this Saturday, Dec.1 from 3 to 6pm.

The festival will have all the markings of the holiday season, with photos with Santa, hot chocolate and cider, live music and more. Hosted by Visit Ballard, they’ll also announce the winners of the “Tomte Trail adventure”, which is the end of a month-long hunt for a small Tomte figurine, hidden in Ballard’s shops. The organizers created a downloadable “Tomte passport” in which participants collected stamps or signatures each time they found him.

All Tomte passport holders will receive a prize at the Holiday Fest, and those who have 10 or more stamps will be entered to win the grand prize: a Family Plus Nordic Museum Membership with reciprocal benefits at over 850 museums in North America.

Photo from Visit Ballard

 

 


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I have an idea. Let’s just boycott Christmas in Ballard.

Hobo Santa
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Hobo Santa

Sleighbells ring, are listening
Junkies scream, are you listening
A degenerate sight, we forced to witness tonight
Walking in O’Brien’s Wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay the jailbird
He sings a love song
To his junkie lover he’s done wrong
Walking in O’Brien’s Wonderland

In the meadow we can build a toilet
Then pretend that we’re in social justice town
Junkies say, Are you married?
We’ll say, No man
But you can rip us off
When we’re out of town

City Council, will conspire
As we dream by the fire
Tax, scheme, and replace
And ruin Ballard each day
Walking in O’Brien’s Wonderland

fumanchu
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fumanchu

Pure, unadulterated genius!

Robby
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Robby

Ah, MyBallard.com. The place where a few good-for-nothings come and rant in the comments section of every article with derogatory terms and never come up with any solutions.

Uff da
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Uff da

You just aren’t reading very closely or listening to conversation, Robby, on MyBallard, or on the streets or in the grocery store where substantive conversations occur. Lots of solutions, but Seattle’s version of “progressive” and the ACLU don’t want to hear them. Maybe you are an obstructionist. Get rid of the dopers and their suppliers, and south of the border mules bringing drugs into Sanctuary city and maybe things will improve. Let’s also start electing leaders that recognize the interests of businesses and the property taxpaying public. How’s that for a start?

Robby
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Robby

What exactly does this have to do with the holiday fest?

Uff da
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Uff da

Read my comment below, Robby. Bergen Place Holiday Fest and street bums and druggies in the vicinity don’t seem to go together so much. If you try real hard to connect policy maker lack of action/activists + street bum presence + otherwise fun community activity, I’m sure the dots will connect for you….eventually.

And, hey you are the person saying others don’t have solutions. Guess I and many others here are, to use your term, “good for nothings” that take responsibility for their lives, while asking others to do the same. There is a key lesson there, dude.

HoHoHo!
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HoHoHo!

Hey Seattle City Council, just are reminder that Santa isn’t real – just like the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Social Justice. These are all things made up to make children’s lives more enjoyable, but we abandon these fictions as we mature and understand how the world really works. You can’t tax away social problems and use leveling tactics to make everyone “equal” and you can’t ensure equality of outcome; you can only provide the opportunity for people to compete in an unfortunately unfair and sometimes cruel world. Restricting the rights of others, or making them pay for the misfortunes of others – especially misfortunes they were WARNED ABOUT REPEATEDLY FROM AN EARLY AGE is unfair to those who are responsible for their own actions and will only harm those who made the proper choices in life. Please be considerate and remember that generous charity is for people who suffer from real setbacks and tragedies, not for people who DECIDED to have 5 kids they cannot pay for or DECIDED to use hard drugs or sleep with dozens of people unsafely. If we spend all the charity on selfish and self-destructive people, there simply isn’t anything left for people… Read more »

Robby
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Robby

Did you know that this isn’t the most efficient way to contact the city council? Ranting online is just that. Ranting online. If you’d like things to change, maybe you should figure out how to actually get ahold of them.
Also…did you know this article has absolutely nothing to do with the city council? Your rant is literally crazier than anything I’ve ever witnessed from an addict on the street.

HoHoHo!
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HoHoHo!

O’Brien supporter detected. Be sure not to text while driving and be sure to pick up after your dog baby!

Robby
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Robby

Trump supporter detected. Be sure to lie about your racist rants and sexual assaults.

HoHoHo!
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HoHoHo!

Huh. Are you accusing me of sexual assault for…criticizing the City Council’s ruining of Ballard? Nowhere did I mention Trump or anything that should be remotely controversial. Careful, if people start associating logic and clear thinking with conservatism, you may have a hard time keeping people coming to your cat lady rallies. You can keep the Tooth Fairy.

Hey, I have a fun fact for you: our last DEMOCRAT mayor was a PEDOPHILE and our CURRENT MAYOR supported him. Merry Christmas!

Robby
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Robby

Using your own logic…Are you accusing me of texting while driving for…trying to educate you that your words won’t actually reach City Council by posting rants on a blog? Nowhere did I mention O’Brien or anything that should be remotely controversial. Careful, if people start associating logic and clear thinking with progressivism, you may have a hard time keeping people coming to your pointy white hat, cross-burning rallies. You can keep Pro-Life Fairy.

Hey, I have a fun fact for you: our last DEMOCRAT mayor was in fact decades ago. Our elections currently are non-partisan and their affiliation is not listed. Happy Hanukkah!

Uff da
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Uff da

Robby, I guess you forgot Bergen Place is just across the street from spots on Market where some of the druggies panhandle, shit and leave their junk on the sidewalk. They also do that in Bergen Place, but it seems to get cleaned up a bit faster. There still are hobos that hang out there by the way – who can remove them? Why your City Council, if they will let police do their jobs. I think you take the “mental midget of the day award,” (and certainly meaning no disrespect for my height challenged little people friends).

Robby
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Robby

who can remove you?

Uff da
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Uff da

Do you have a problem with factual statements? Guess so.

Robby
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Robby

Do you have a problem with making relevant statements? Guess so.

HoHoHo!
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HoHoHo!

Yep, Seattle Liberals ™ hate facts 1000x more than they hate criminal junkies or their own pedophile politicians and the first thing they want to do is “ban people” or censor speech that points out all their insane cognitive dissonance. They’re petty authoritarians, really, so of course they use all manner of passive aggressive little tactics.

Enjoy the wrath from them for paying your taxes and remanding accountability from the overpaid diversity hustlers at City Hall!

Ms. Claus
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Ms. Claus

If we’d all stop shouting at each other and agree that holidays are wonderful and magical for kids–and even some of us cynical adults–and take a minute to appreciate the festivities in Ballard and elsewhere that connect us–even vaguely–to that magic—-before we start ranting about homeless people shitting on the streets–then wouldn’t that be nice?

PLEASE:
Stop flinging insults around!
Stop having to be right!
Stop sucking the joy out of every community event that is meant as an antidote to despair and the inequities of screwed-city life.

Better yet, read A Christmas Carol and remind yourself that Scrooge wasn’t a villain, he was a hero. Because he found real joy and compassion.

Dr.Clipper
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Dr.Clipper

For you anti Christmas progressive types don’t harrass the Salvation Army bellringers at Fred Meyer like you did last year cause your cowards and know the bellringers can’t fight back to uphold the traditional professional against your hate and the fake news story about that they discriminate against LBGT is not true and your snow flake children already bought into the story so thanks for f@c+in up Christmas in Ballard and throughout King county !

Concerned Ballard Millenial
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Concerned Ballard Millenial

What?