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Entries from June 2010

Collaborative Poem from Fremont Fair

June 24th, 2010 by master

Words, when thrown together by complete strangers, can sometimes result in “something new” that reflects their own experiences: lost love, reactions to our spastic spring/summer and of course, Solstice.

On Saturday, June 19 at the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade, local “Teacher/Writer/Word Nerd” Taylor Houston – who also runs the Writer’s Cramp at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center – set out a blank canvas at the Fremont Abbey Arts for All tent and asked anyone and everyone to add a line to a Collaborative Poem. Each writer was asked to read a few lines back and use the images, ideas, and associations generated by the lines written previously by other authors to continue the poem.

About 20 writers of all ages and backgrounds added lines to the poem (15 of the authors who gave their names as listed are shown after the poem). Houston said, “the result is a rich mix a whimsical imagery mixed with tones of longing and nostalgia.” See for yourself:

Let! the Sun Shine

The Frost gone,

the rain splashes gently growing trees

our heart are warm and full…

My face gets wets I catch the ball

And in the stillness of the solstice I stop

to hear the sound of your footsteps approaching softly

against the sunny pavement! Oh, summer.

We love your warm caresses

Pots and lids of honey morning dew SPILT

Fun for everyone who doesn’t get hurt.

Press on regardless

The end is the beginning of something new

That something is breakfast…fruit loop pancakes!

Hurry before I give in and eat something else!

Eat something else–Like an Elephant–Yikes!

But save some berries for me.

Berries are the sweetest when gathered at dawn

A full moon Champagne Sunset lights my darlings eyes.

I must avert my gaze before our eyes

Get lost in each other’s stare

Just the blue haze of memories between us

Lasting long enough till autumn comes

And then floundering two bits in the careless wind of time

Winter is almost here, feel the breeze far and near

So soon the sun becomes less and less and the evening flame dies too soon.

– Authored by Linh, Bob, GM, Scott, Tom, Kateri, Terrance, Julianne, Rose, Moreah, Chantra, Chris West, Ashish Singru, Ani SeShetler, Lauren Marshall, and a few anonymous authors.

This is Writer’s Cramp first such project, and hopes to stage other similar projects at future Seattle events. Writer’s Cramp is a writing class that meets Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N. in Seattle. The class is open to adult writers of all levels and interests. For more information, please see the web site or check the events listing at Writer’s Cramp is also on Facebook and Twitter (@writerscramp1).

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Stars of “Twilight” kick off Fremont Outdoor Movies this Saturday

June 23rd, 2010 by master

Two of the stars of the Twilight movie series will appear at the 2010 opening night of the Fremont Outdoor Movies this Saturday (6/26). “New Moon” will be the featured presentation, with actresses Nikki Reed (Rosalie Cullen) and Elizabeth Reaser (Esme Cullen) doing a special meet and greet.

Doors open at 6pm and the screening starts at dusk (around 9:30pm). The screening is free and wristbands will be available for the event beginning at 11:00am at the Fremont Outdoor Movies box office, located at 3501 Phinney Ave North underneath the outdoor movies screen.  An exclusive never before seen clip from the upcoming Twilight series movie “Eclipse” will also be shown.

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Woman wakes up to find stranger sleeping in her living room

June 23rd, 2010 by master

Around 8am on June 19, a woman in the 4600 block of 3rd Ave NW woke up to see that the front door of her condo was wide open.  She then saw a man sitting in a chair in her living room.  She grabbed her keys and cell phone and ran out of the condo to call 911.  Officers later confronted the man inside the condo, only to find he was asleep.  The man had broken the window on the woman’s car, grabbed the remote control to the garage door, and broke in the house.  He told officers he thought he was at his friend’s house.  Officers talked to a woman who lived in the condo next door who admitted she and the man had been out drinking at some Fremont bars but had gotten separated.  The man was taken into custody.

Meanwhile, a quick trip to the grocery store ends on a sour note when two people returned home to find a burglar had struck.  On June 19 about 9pm, one of the residents saw a man walk by the side of the house in the 600 block of NW Bright Street.  The residents left a short time later for the store and came back to find the home was burglarized.  The basement door had been kicked in and items had been stolen from all three levels of the house.  One of the victims told officers the man she’d seen earlier walking by the house appeared odd and she believes he could be the person responsible.  That man is described as white, late teens to early 20’s, blond hair, slim build, wearing a black hoodie.  Police were able to lift fingerprints from the scene.

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Kylie’s Chicago Pizza “Breast Friends” Fundraiser Wednesday

June 22nd, 2010 by master

Eat in or carry out from Kylie’s Chicago Pizza (3601 Fremont Ave. N. #101) Wednesday, and 50 percent of the day’s sales will go toward a group participating in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day walk.

Owner Lance Brough said, “A couple of months ago I was approached by some regular customers about supporting their participation in the Susan G. Komen 3 day walk. I suggested we could do what we are doing tomorrow, where we have a day when we donate a portion of the sales to their fundraising.”

Brough said the customers, who live in Queen Anne, have been coming to the restaurant since it opened seven months ago.

“It was just something I was looking to do to support the community, we have done few other things, giving away pizzas and gift certificates to Fremont events, but this was the first thing that was participation driven,” said Brough, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. “We are a new, small restaurant but we will be doing it for all sales tomorrow, so dine in or pick up, 50% of the money will be going to research a cure for breast cancer.”

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Prepare for road closures Saturday

June 22nd, 2010 by master

More than 25,000 runners are expected to hit the streets during Saturday’s Rock’n’Roll Marathon. The race will have a major impact on drivers from Tukwila to north Seattle.

Both directions of Highway 99 will be closed at 39th Street to the north and Diagonal Ave. S. to the south starting at 5:30 a.m. All southbound lanes are expected to open at 1:15 and the northbound lanes of the viaduct at 4 p.m. with the stretch from the viaduct to 39th St. opening at 2 p.m. One northbound lane will be open for local traffic only, between Roy St and Queen Anne Drive.

The course map of the marathon can be found here (.pdf). A list of the road closures available here (.pdf).

Saturday is also the annual Greenwood Car Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Greenwood Ave. N. will be closed from N 67th St. to N 90th St.

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The view of the parade from Wallingford

June 20th, 2010 by master

Our friends at our sister blog in Wallingford have posted photos from the end of the Solstice Parade at Gas Works Park.

The big highlight — besides the naked cyclists, of course — was this giant inflatable ball that bounced around Gas Works after the parade.

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Fremont Fair entertains crowds despite the weather

June 19th, 2010 by master

While most people showed up in Fremont today to watch the Solstice Parade, a lot of folks took time out to enjoy the Fremont Fair.

School of Rock kicked off the day on the Redhook Main Stage. It’s made up of students from the rock music program and drew an equally young audience.

There were also plenty of activities to keep kids entertained, from a super slide to chalk painting in the streets.

Adults enjoyed the Art Car Blowout with dozens of decorated vehicles.

Many parade watchers made their way up to the Fremont Troll where an acting group performed scenes from Shakespeare.

You can find a list of tomorrow’s fair events here.

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Scenes from a drizzly Solstice Parade

June 19th, 2010 by master

Raindrops and overcast skies didn’t keep thousands of people from crowding Fremont’s sidewalks for the annual Solstice Parade.

The nude bikers led the way encouraging everyone to stand up and yell.

After a delay between the bikers and the parade itself, and a few verbal confrontations from people in the crowd jockeying for a good view, the first band made its way through the heart of Fremont. 

From bellydancers to street performers to elaboarate floats, this year’s parade had plenty of colorful entries to brighten up a dreary weather day.

Almost all of the parade entries took time to mix with the crowd and pose for pictures. One band even performed two songs for the appreciative crowd.

The crowd was also in a very giving mood, opening their wallets to make cash donations to make sure there will be a parade next year.

Earlier, we posted a few photos of the naked bicyclists warming up for the event. And here are photos from the Fremont Fair, as well. Our sister site MyWallingford also has a photo gallery of the parade from the Wallingford side and from Gas Works Park.  Oh, want more naked cyclists? The Kozy Shack has posted a bunch on Flickr.

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Naked cyclists paint up, warm up via Ballard

June 19th, 2010 by master

Hundreds of cyclists headed to Fremont this morning and braved the chilly weather to prepare for their annual naked ride at the Solstice Parade.

As is customary, many got painted up at Hale’s Palladium.

Then they jumped on their bikes and headed to Ballard for a warm up ride, surprising unsuspecting drivers and whooping it up down Market St. before returning for the noon start of the parade.

We’ll post more parade and fair coverage throughout the day…

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Last minute preps for the Solstice Parade

June 18th, 2010 by master

Finishing touches are being put on the floats for Saturday’s Solstice Parade.

We met up with Rodman Gilder Miller of Fremont who was finishing up this float, which will be quite musical during the parade.

The Beatles will be represented along with the yellow submarine. Artists have only been working on the submarine for a few weeks but we’re told they’ve spent countless hours constructing it in that short amount of time. Music will be blaring and The Beatles themselves will be there.

The floats will be moved into position on Friday night for the start of the parade on Saturday, which gets underway at noon.

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