Beacon Rocks!

Beacon Hill does rock, and so do our friends over at Beacon Arts!   Besides collaborating with us on the Beacon Avenue Artwalk and the Jefferson Park Jubilee, Beacon Arts does a world of good producing concerts in the Garden House and on the Maestas Festival Street, as well as sponsoring everything from theatre to poetry readings to square dances.  So much of the work they do helps drive customers to our local businesses.  A great example will be this Saturday, as bands, vendors, volunteers and neighbors gather for the second-of-the-summer Beacon Rocks from 1-5 pm.   The last-of-the-summer Beacon Rocks will be on August 23rd, so save some time to enjoy our Festival Street.  Next year, as construction begins on the Plaza Roberto Maestas,  the concerts may move to a new location.   Visit to find out how you can help Beacon Hill’s growing arts organization.

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Beacon Avenue Art Walk this Saturday at 4 pm

This Saturday Beacon Hill will have its first ever business district Art Walk!  The Merchants Association, Beacon Arts, and local businesses are collaborating to bring shoppers and art lovers to our Avenue.

The self-guided artwalk begins at 4 pm at the Beacon Rocks street concert on the Maestas Festival Street, heads north to the junction of 15th Av S and Beacon Avenue, then turns south along Beacon Avenue for nearly a mile to Jefferson Park. There are over 30 venues, performances and installations, most accessible from the street and some inside local businesses.  Starting at 6 pm there will be live entertainment behind El Quetzal Restaurant, 3209 Beacon Av S, beginning with Danza Azteca.  At 7 pm enjoy the traditional Mexican street sounds of La Banda Gozona, Seattle’s premier Oaxacan banda, while savoring the delicious food and drink from El Quetzal’s back porch dining.  Expect great weather, great people, great food and great music!  Special thanks to Juan at El Quetzal for his generous support of this event. ArtWalkPoster

Other events planned for this Saturday include a Sustainability Walk through the North Beacon Hill business district beginning at the Festival Street at 11 am, the Beacon Rocks! concert from 1-5 pm, and a neighborhood check-in about improvements at the “Junction” of 15th and Beacon from 4-6 pm.   


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Jefferson Park Skate Art opening

Seattle to unveil skateable public art at Jefferson Park on June 21

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Red Bull, 4Culture and professional skateboarder Torey Pudwill are excited to unveil a permanent art sculpture that is “skateable” by skateboards in the northeast corner of Jefferson Park.

The Red Bull Skate Space, designed for the City of Seattle, will be opened in Jefferson Park on International Go Skateboarding Day, June 21, 2014, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. Pro skateboarders Torey Pudwill, Ryan Sheckler, Felipe Gustavo, Tom Schaar, Alex Midler, Ryan Decenzo and Joey Brezinski will attend the unveiling.

In the summer of 2013, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 4Culture and Red Bull conducted a call for artists to create a public art piece that would accommodate skateboarding. Forty artists applied and after an extensive interview process Oregon-based artist C.J. Rench was chosen to produce the skateable art piece.

C.J. Rench began designing, sculpting and fabricating metal sculpture full-time in 2005, working mainly with large-scale abstract design that reveals his dimensionality. His work, primarily in stainless and mild steel, is diverse, ranging from small tabletop hand-painted sculpture to monumental public installations.

He and Torey Pudwill began designing and fabricating the Red Bull Skate Space together in early 2013 and will officially begin installation in Jefferson Park on June 18, 2014. “Working with Torey and Red Bull to create art that invites interaction and participation has been a dream project,” Rench says.

“This project is a true collaboration with art and skateboarding, and Seattle is the perfect city to host this innovative work of art,” says Pudwill.

Red Bull Skate Space will be permanently located in Seattle’s Jefferson Park. Considered by many as one of Seattle’s most enjoyable destinations, Jefferson Park is the sixth largest park in the city and offers unparalleled views of the Duwamish River, downtown and the Olympic Mountains. Jefferson Park is a designated District Skatepark location in Seattle’s Citywide Skatepark Plan The Citywide Skatepark Plan identifies a network of safe, legal places throughout the city that can begin to change the way people think about and experience skateboarding in Seattle.


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Upcoming: Networking Luncheon, Beacon Art Walk and more!

BHFestival2014_1The Beacon Hill summer events red carpet has already rolled out with last weekend’s Beacon Hill Festival. We’d like to make sure you have other important happenings on your calendar too. We’ll fill this post with the rest of June 2014:

9th Annual Beacon Bazaar - Beacon Hill International School
Date:                        Saturday, June 14th
                      11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:                2025 14th Avenue S., 9814
Registration:       Download table registration form here (Word doc)
Beacon Bazaar Coordinator Leslie Stewart at (206) 329-1305 or
email: [email protected]

Networking Luncheon – Beacon Hill Merchants Association
It’s time to network - Bring your business card and be ready for a productive meet ‘n’ greet session. This is an opportunity to share your news, promote your retail/home business, make connections. Highlights will be shared from BHMA’s June Development Workshop and you’ll meet and see the piece work of home business owner Rickie Devereaux. Rickie is a master leather craftsman who runs a full-scale shop on Beacon Hill called, Sea of Art. 

Date:                           Wednesday, June 18th
                         11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:                  Kusina Filipina 
2524 Beacon Ave S., 98144
11:30am – 12:00pm | Purchase your lunch, mingle & socialize
(cost of lunch approx. $8.00 plus drink, tax, tip)
12:00pm – 1:00pm | Topic: Marketing your Home Business
If you plan to attend please RSVP to (206) 459-1430 or email
[email protected]

Beacon Ave. Art Walk/Beacon Rocks! - Beacon Hill Merchants and Beacon Arts
Come out for a twofer day of local food, music, live performance… and an adventure in art! Beacon Rocks! 2014 makes 5 years of FREE family friendly fun on Roberto Maestas Festival Street (learn more). Then take a little adventure to see work by mostly Beacon Hill artists on the Beacon Ave. Art Walk (learn more). The Art Walk will conclude with an outdoor party behind El Quetzal with a DJ and LIVE MUSIC from La Banda Gozona. Something for everyone and more!

Date:                               Saturday, June 28th
                             Beacon Rocks! 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                                        Beacon Ave. Art Walk 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Roberto Maestas Festival Street, followed by a self-guided tour
along Beacon  Ave S., 98144
Betty Jean Williamson (206) 658-0187
or email: [email protected]

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Official Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Beacon Hill neighbors are welcome to attend El Centro de la Raza’s Official Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 from 10:00am-11:00am. Help El Centro mark the opening of the new park and celebrate Children’s Day/Día de los Niños. There will be free refreshments and children’s activities! Rain or shine!

Location: 2524 16th Ave S / Seattle, WA 98144

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