The second annual Victory Heights May Day was greeted with beautiful weather Sunday morning as neighbors gathered around a traditional may pole in order to festoon it with ribbons. Organized by Ann Forrest just across the street from the park, the revelers were able to recreate this British tradition. Afterwards they retired inside to assemble the paper flower baskets which they planned to hang on neighbor’s doors. Thanks, Ann, for putting together this great family event!
Starting at 10 AM until noon, gather at Ann’s house across the park at 10540 19th Avenue NE and assemble quick and easy paper May Day baskets (all materials provided). Then they can be filled with flowers and hung on neighbors’ doors. Rain or shine (we’ll be inside), it’s a great activity for the kids and a way to meet neighbors. For more info, write the blog.
Other upcoming events include an ice cream social in July (formerly the Neighborhood Night Out) and possibly a movie night in the park (if we can work out the details).
At a work party organized by Ann Forrest today, scores of paper baskets were made today that will be distributed as door hangers around Victory Heights with flowers on May Day (Friday). Mainly children (with some adult help) yesterday and today produced the colorful paper baskets and adorned them with ribbons and stickers wishing people “Happy May Day” or reminding them of our Neighborhood Night Out on August 4th this year (also organized by Ann). So this Friday, if you find a flower basket hanging on your door, now you know where it came from and what it represents. We hope to make this an annual tradition in Victory Heights and perhaps have a May Pole set up in the park next year.
The stretch of broken fence along the 19th Avenue NE side of Victory Heights Park will finally get some attention this summer via an alliance by two city departments. At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, newly elected President Victor Hernandez said he had spoken with Chris Johnson at Seattle Parks & Recreation. Johnson said he was aware of the issue of the fence (which has been that way since last November) but that Parks alone couldn’t “find time or budget” in order to get it fixed anytime before this autumn. But, teaming up with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to do the work, the hope is to have something by July.
Other highlights from last night’s meeting include a reminder of Saturday’s May Day basket making party (maybe next year if there’s interest we can put up a May Pole in the park as a fun family event), an April 29th “Community Conversation” in Lake City about the future of urban design there (see http://lakecityfuturefirst.org/ for details), and a District 5 city council candidates forum at Jane Addams school on May 18th.
Don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market starts up again on June 11th. Building on last year’s success, it will feature revolving food trucks, wine tastings, beer, and musicians. And lots of fresh veggies too!
The next meeting of the Community Council will be Tuesday, May 19th, when the speaker will be Art Brochet, SDOT’s communications representative who will provide the latest updates on the Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Project. We hope to see you there!
On Saturday, April 25th, neighbors in Victory Heights can gather for a morning of fun and neighborliness to make simple baskets out of paper, attach a handle, and a few decorations. On May Day (May 1st) you’ll be able to fill your baskets with a few flowers and hang them on your neighbors’ doors as a nice surprise. Organized by Ann Forrest, people can meet up at her house, 10540 19th Avenue NE (across from the park) starting at 9:30 AM on the 25th for the basket making. Please RSVP to help her prepare, either via email or phone 360-550-2234. We hope to see you there!