More than 100 people gathered on a chilly (for Seattle, at least) evening to welcome in the holidays with caroling and a countdown for the first annual lighting of the “Glow Cone” on the historic air raid siren at the corner of Phinney Avenue North at North 67th Street.
The siren, a Cold War reminder built in 1953, is now home to a cheerier aspect – a 17-foot-tall, 20-spoked, 6,000-LED-light “Glow Cone” that shines on the Phinney Neighborhood Center.
PNA director Lee Harper kicked off the lighting saying the Glow Cone and 150 monkey holiday lights are something only our neighborhood can claim.
“What if an animal escaped from the zoo and ran up and down Phinney and Greenwood? And the monkeys were born,” Harper explained to the crowd. “It is unique. A lot of people, including my partner, said ‘I don’t get it. Monkeys?’ Exactly. But you’re talking about it and you’re not talking about the lights and trees in Ballard.”
Here’s a shot of the crowd singing carols before one lucky kid got to flip the switch on the lights. (Thanks to Mike Veitenhans for the two photos.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!