A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


100+ carolers gather for first Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy in Phinney Ridge Saturday night

December 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Thanks to Mike V for sharing photos of Saturday night’s first annual Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy at Greenwood Avenue North and North 75th Street. Here’s an overview shot of the crowd, estimated at about 150 people, at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair.


The Phinney Neighborhood Chorus helped lead the caroling around the firepit, and Ken’s Market provided free cider. Passing the hat raised $571.60 for The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.


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Santa, caroling, and book store’s birthday party in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

December 20th, 2013 by Doree

We know everyone’s busy getting ready for Christmas, but there are a few holiday events happening in the neighborhood this weekend.

The Seattle Santa will be at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 76th Street by Tasty and Sip & Ship from 3-7 p.m. Friday. Get your photo taken and make a donation to Santa’s favorite homeless charities, then redeem your donation card for free hot chocolate at Tasty or coffee at Sip & Ship.

Couth Buzzard Books has Japanese Koto and Classical Guitar Concert with Silk Strings and Robert Vierschilling, Jessica Papkoff and Matthew Anderson from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Friday; then an all-day celebration of the store’s fourth birthday on Saturday. Stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. for a sale, treats, raffle, and plenty of live music, including Jim Page at 7:30 p.m.

The first-ever Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy from 5-6 p.m. Saturday at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair, 7414 Greenwood Ave. N, with the Phinney Neighborhood Chorus leading a sing-along. Firepit, hot cider, and lyric sheets provided. Donations accepted for The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

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Greenwood holiday house featured on ‘Evening Magazine’

December 13th, 2013 by Doree

Vern Comstock’s heavily-decorated house on 81st Street in Greenwood was featured on last night’s “Evening Magazine” on KING 5. His tiny front yard features more than 61 holiday figures (including a porpoise with a Santa hat) and 6,000 lights.

Thanks for the holiday spirit, Vern!

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Santa Claus is coming to corner of Greenwood & 76th on Dec. 20

December 11th, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children and be available for portraits from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 76th Street, in the parking lot next to Tasty and Sip & Ship.

Wear your holiday attire for a Kodak moment worthy of sharing! Donations will be collected by Santa and Mrs Claus to support charity activities they do for the folks having a hard time this winter. Your photo donation will be rewarded, not just with a picture perfect memory, but with your choice of hot drinks: visit the Sip & Ship café next door at 7511 Greenwood for a hot cup of joe, or if your pleasure is hot chocolate, redeem your donation card at Tasty!

The Seattle Santa hosts a walk for the homeless of Seattle on Christmas Eve morning. Your donations help make it happen and everyone appreciates that! Ho Ho Ho!


Photo courtesy The Seattle Santa.

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Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir performs Christmas songs Friday night

December 9th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir performs “’Round the Glory Manger” at 7 p.m. Friday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. The event is billed as a “A Christmas candlelit evening of spirited songs.” A free will offering will support the church’s Outreach Fund, which provides emergency help for those in need.

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Naked City Brewery’s Christmas tree now lit

December 5th, 2013 by Doree

Lee sent us this photo of tonight’s tree lighting at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.


“Brew Santa” is also there for this family-friendly event.

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More than 100 artist and craft vendors at this weekend’s PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

December 4th, 2013 by Doree

The 33rd annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. There will be constant live entertainment by hundreds of musicians and dancers, 115 artists and craft vendors, lunch food and treats for sale. Check out the full entertainment schedule here.


Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general, children 12 and under are free. Please also bring a can of food to donate to the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank.

While you’re there, consider picking up a tag from the Giving Tree to help local children and families in need. The PNA is sponsoring two more Giving Trees, at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.) and Umpqua Bank (7120 Greenwood Ave. N).

(PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Winter Festival.)

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Tree lighting and ‘Brew Santa’ at Naked City Brewery on Thursday

December 2nd, 2013 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a special family-friendly tree lighting, visit with Brew Santa, and release of its holiday Bing Spiced Cherry Ale from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

Aged on a blend of Washington Bing and Montmorency Tart cherries, cinnamon, and cloves, Naked City Bing is Christmas in a glass. The holiday hit’s base beer is the Knowledge, an English-style strong old ale brewed with dark malts and balanced with hops. The Knowledge is its own reward, but Bing sweetens the deal.

Get your picture taken with Brew Santa in front of the majestic fourteen-foot Christmas tree glittering in the Walrus Beer Garden or on the Naked City brew deck. Bing Spiced Cherry Ale will be tapped at 5pm when Brew Santa arrives from the North Pole Brewery. The tree lighting takes place soon after dusk. All ages are welcome.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus will lead carols to raise money for charity

December 2nd, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus will lead caroling under “Gary’s Canopy” (that’s Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair) at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N. from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. Donations will go to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

Come enjoy a fire pit and hot apple cider courtesy of Ken’s Market. The Phinney Neighborhood Association will provide song sheets.

Organizers say all voices are welcome, whether they’re in tune or not!

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Phinney Ridge ‘Holiday Tree’ is back

December 27th, 2012 by Doree

Many people know the regularly-decorated tree on the corner of 65th and Palatine as the “holiday tree.” It’s decorated with lights and ornaments for nearly every holiday.

But, a PhinneyWood reader wrote to us in mid-December, concerned because the tree was not decorated. So I asked our friend and frequent contributor Mike Veitenhans to investigate, since he lives nearby. Mike said tree owner Herb Allwine told him that after converting to LED lights a few years, the plugs and connectors began to fail quickly. So, he had to string up new lights this year, which took longer than usual, and he finally got it lit in time for Christmas.


And here’s a close-up shot from the daytime.


Thanks to Mike V for all the information and photos, and thanks to Mr. Allwine for the holiday cheer!


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Greenwood Food Bank needs last-minute toys and gift cards after donor falls through

December 13th, 2012 by Doree

One of the Greenwood Food Bank‘s donors was not able to follow through on their commitment of toys and gift cards for food bank families.

VOA Greenwood will need gifts for children of our food bank families. Ideally, we’ll need them by our Holiday Party this Saturday, December 15th. Gift cards for places like Fred Meyer/Toys’r’us/Target etc (places that sell toys and/or clothes) or cash donations are welcome, though we will continue to take donations through the week. Please contact us at (206) 782-6731 or greenwoodfoodbank@voaww.org to help.

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Thief cuts down 10-foot tree in front of Phinney home

December 12th, 2012 by Doree

Elizabeth and John tell us that someone cut down one of their front yard trees sometime during the night.

Today, December 12, we walked outside our home and discovered that our highly prized, beautiful and unique Mt Hood hemlock has been cut down and removed, probably for someone’s Christmas tree.

We live just off Greenwood Ave N and planted the tree some 10 years ago where it grew to over 10 feet high while still retaining a snow shedding width of probably not more than a few feet. It was planted just back from our retaining wall next to the sidewalk and was apparently within easy reach for someone standing on the sidewalk below with a saw to cut it down.

Despite being at home during the hours of darkness when this happened and having our bedroom almost directly above, we did not hear anything to alarm us.

This is, therefore, a heads up that, besides those types who will steal your Christmas packages off your porch, there are even crueler more heartless “people” (I use the term “people” loosely) who will cut down and steal a tree off your property; one that you have loved, nourished, and treasured for many years to help celebrate their twisted idea of the Christmas/Hanukah/Holiday season.

Any tips on the criminals involved in this will be appreciated.

Here’s what the tree looked like.

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