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Magnolia Historical Society Annual Meeting

March 27th, 2015 by Sara

All are invited!

IN MAGNOLIA’S BACKYARD:

HOW FORT LAWTON AND ITS HISTORIC DISTRICT CAME ABOUT AND WHERE IT’S GOING

 Speakers: Mimi Sheridan, Historian and Preservationist and Gary Blakeslee, THRIVE Communities

 A look at the tug-of-war history of the Fort’s growth over a century, the creation of Discovery Park and the Historic District to the restoration and protection of Officer’s Row and the Non-commissioned Officer’s Housing.

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Cavalry maneuvering on Oregon Avenue in the Fort. Barracks buildings are in the background. At one time the Fort was equipped to care for up to 768 horses. Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, Discovery Park Photographic Archive, Photographer’s File#12710, Source File #7-164. Circa 1914.

MEETING:

April 16th, 2015

Magnolia Lutheran Church

7-9pm

FREE

 

 

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Little League Parade tomorrow in the Village

March 27th, 2015 by Sara

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Don’t miss the Magnolia Little League Parade, this Saturday, March 28th.  All are invited to line the streets of downtown Magnolia and catch “baseball fever” as the Little Leaguers march in their finest, starting at 10:30 am.

This year, look for the Mariner Moose,  Police and Fire Departments and Boy Scouts, as well as players, coaches, umpires and volunteers.

Players should wear their uniforms but no cleats!

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Gray Sky Gallery officially opens

March 25th, 2015 by Sara

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Magnolia’s newest art space, Gray Sky Gallery and Art Studio, held their Grand Opening Celebration this week at Interbay Worklofts. Over 200 hundred visitors attended the event to view work by local Magnolia artists Julie Jacobson, Corrie Ebel, Laura Van Horne, and Julie Devine. For more information about Gray Sky Gallery, member artists, and classes/summer camps offered, visit their website.
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Check out some of their art:
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Julie Devine workspace

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Town Hall Meeting April 9th

March 25th, 2015 by Sara

All are invited to join the Magnolia Community Council and the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce for a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, April 9th, from 7-9pm.  The meeting will be held at Catherine Blaine School in the cafeteria.

Invite your friends & neighbors and participate in the discussion about the future of Magnolia, especially the Village. Attendees will learn about the Magnolia Community Council & the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and the work they do to make Magnolia a better place for their citizens.

And don’t forget to buy your tickets for Vino in the Village this Friday!

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Did you see this car accident?

March 23rd, 2015 by Sara

Heather writes:

Hoping you can help. My car was parked just past the bus stop at 29th and W. Tilden St. on Wednesday, March 18th. It was parked there from approximately 1:45pm to 5:30pm, and when I went outside I noticed the drivers’s side mirror was shattered and pushed back as if it had been hit by someone or something. No one was polite enough to leave a note, so I’m hoping perhaps someone saw it get hit or could identify the person or vehicle that hit it. Any information anyone has would be much appreciated! 

If you noticed anything, you can let us know at tips@nullmagnoliavoice.com.

 

 

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Still time to comment on proposed policies for Seattle’s industrial lands

March 23rd, 2015 by Sara

MV reader J writes:

Hello,

I recently went to a meeting at Q Café regarding the future of Interbay. The meeting was put on by the Seattle Department of  Planning and Development and it was sparsely attended. The city is looking for input from interested parties, but there were very few Magnolia residents at the meeting.

The current city proposals aim to protect the industrial land use and limit development of office buildings and small businesses. As a resident, I’d love to see many of the abandoned and run down properties converted to office buildings and small businesses. I would like to see restrictions lifted – not the proposed actions.

I would expect other Magnolia residents might want their voices heard on the issue. The email below offers surveys on the proposed policies.

Here is the email from Seattle Department of Planning and Development:

This month we held three meetings on proposed updates to the industrial lands policy in Seattle. We went to three neighborhoods, Ballard, Interbay, and Georgetown, and met with over 100 local residents, property owners, and business-people to hear their thoughts on the proposed policy. We gathered numerous comments, participated in some great discussion, and came away with a lot of useful information. Thank you to everyone who came out to discuss the future of our city’s industrial lands.

If you missed out on these meetings and would like to participate, you can view our meeting materials, background documents, and more on our Industrial Lands website. We also have two online surveys available through the end of March:

We will continue to gather and study comments before making our final policy recommendations to City Council as part of Seattle 2035, the major Comprehensive Plan Update. Questions or comments? Email Tom Hauger.

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Another Village burglary

March 23rd, 2015 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

DSC04126 Golden Nails and Spa, at 34th and West McGraw, got hit by an unknown perpetrator about 1 a.m. Saturday night, according to the owner. Entry was made by breaking the glass in the front door, following an unsuccessful attempt to pry open the entrance. An undisclosed amount of money was taken with no other losses noted, he said.
Repair of the door was underway Sunday evening after business was concluded for the day.

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Magnolia Coop Toy and Clothing Sale Saturday

March 20th, 2015 by Sara

Bring a big bag and line up early for one of Magnolia’s most-anticipated sales of the year.

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Magnolia Cooperative Preschool’s annual Toy and Clothing (and bake) Sale is this Saturday (3/21) from 9am-2pm at the United Church of Christ -3555 West McGraw Street.

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More than 20 families are selling their items this year.  You will find tons of high-quality, upcycled baby and kid’s clothes, (sorted by gender and size from infants to children size 10ish), with brands like Baby Gap, Gymboree, Mini Boden, Nordstrom, Juicy Couture and many others at up to 90% off retail. In addition, you’ll find toys, games, books, décor and general baby/kid gear, including large baby items like strollers, nursery furniture, highchairs and car seats.   Most items go for half-price at 1pm.

Because this sale gets so busy, organizers ask shoppers to leave young children at home. A portion of the sales from this event support the Coop’s scholarship fund, and all leftover items are donated to various NW charities. For more information, click here. Cash and local checks with valid photo ID accepted.

Disclaimer- the editor of Magnolia Voice is the chair of the Magnolia Coop sale. She invites you to come to the sale-it is fun, you will find lots of amazing deals, while snacking on delicious bake sale items and fresh coffee.

Curious about the Coop? Magnolia Cooperative Preschool will also have an open house on Saturday March 21 from 10am-Noon. Stop by to tour classrooms, meet the teachers, talk to parents, and learn why Magnolia Cooperative Preschool is the largest and oldest cooperative preschool in Seattle. The playground will be open, so please bring your kids to play! They offer a flexible schedule of classes for children ages 1 to Pre-K.

The Magnolia Coop is in the basement of the MUCC church (below the toy and clothing sale), so feel free to stop by before or after your shopping trip.

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Who, What, When, Where, How and Why

March 20th, 2015 by Sara

John Maynard reporting.

Hi everyone, and a big Western howdy to you. Especially to those who took the time to write in to let me know this posting is a blight to all blogs. Thanks, but I already knew that.

When we last met, I was promoting my party/dance band (The Turdles) playing on Valentine’s at the Swedish Club. Stellar turn-out that night, about 140. Many Magnolians showed up. The night really did light up with a positive vibe. We randomly gave everyone name tags of famous couples, like Popeye & Olive Oil, Ward & June…. The object was to find out who you paired up with and dance. Worked really well. So if you were there, thanks a bunch.

Now, onto business: there are a couple of streets in the hood that will put the hurt big-time on your shocks. One is that fly-over deal that takes you over 15th to the Ballard Bridge. Who paved that?!? I’m thinking Les Schwab, to drum up some more business. Or maybe it’s an homage to the Oregon Trail. It’s brand new, but those concrete boys must have stayed way too late at The Gim. B-b-b-b-b-bumpy.

Another street that at least has an excuse is Barrett, in front of Our Lady of Fatima. You get two shock-busters in one block. One of them is because of Wolf Creek. It used to meander creek-like down to the bay, but now runs underground through a pipe, raising the road and bouncing your Buick. It continues under the playfield, runs almost directly beneath the men’s shirt section at Le Roux, burbling below the unsupervised post office (callback for devout readers) and all the way down 32nd to its outlet in the bay. It kind of reminds me of a gigantic vein that just leaks into the surf. Anyway, that’s all a part of Magnolia lore, and I’m a big fan of lore.

DOUBLE PARKING AT THE UNSUPERVISED POST OFFICE

Many normally law abiding Magnolians apparently believe it’s just fine to double park while they run in to drop off a letter. DON’T DO THIS ANYMORE. It confuses motorists. They can’t figure out how to just drive around. They are the same ones who sit and wave you through an intersection until three weeks from Sunday…and it just doesn’t dawn on them…they can just drive around.

It’s the same thing when you roll down the window and stop your car to say hello to a neighbor. The motorist behind you – even if there is plenty or room – will be confused and just sit looking unhappy. Because why? Say it: Magnolians are incapable of…driving around. The Post Office included. And besides, if a supervisor is on duty, you cannot buy a stamp.

Now if I may go serious on y’all for a moment, I’d like to say Magnolia Patrol is on task and you’ll be hearing more good news soon. A positive step in holding burglarizing cretins (polite term) at bay.

So, there’s my two cents. Go ahead and fire in your complaints.

Warm regards,

Cub reporter John Maynard

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Historical Perspective: Magnolia Historical Society – A history of volunteering…

March 17th, 2015 by Sara

By Monica Wooton, Board member

  Books: Fifteen years in December since Book One: Magnolia: Memories & Milestones was published. A great volunteer effort!


Books: Fifteen years in December since Book One: Magnolia: Memories & Milestones was published. A great volunteer effort!

Magnolia’s award winning history book: Magnolia: Making More Memories, worked on 15 years ago and published before Christmas of 2000 was the beginning of a massive volunteering effort over the years that literally has changed Magnolia history.

Magnolia Community Club Board members, all volunteers, procured two Department of Neighborhood Grants which required volunteer matching hours; and, that got the ball rolling. The MCC asked me, just retiring as a MCC Board member, to design a process to collect Magnolia history in a book format that could be published. Unlike the previous history they had published, Magnolia: Yesterday and Today, a slim volume of folksy stories and urban legends by Aleua Frare, I wanted more. So I gathered a corps of 13 Magnolian residents, all volunteer writers, who set about to put together a substantial, well-documented history with reliable first person narrations and archival photographs. All those writers enlisted many other volunteers who spent countless more volunteer hours being interviewed, producing scrapbooks, recollections and images never before published.

Hal Will was the first to join the endeavor and became an enthusiastic force. He was struck by polio at in his 20’s and was a paraplegic. But, that did not stop him in life nor in participating in the book process. Will had already written his memoir of Magnolia memories and had ready ideas and a work ethic for long hours of volunteering. He was responsible for 2 chapters; Dumb Stunts……his writing of a boy’s life in the 30’s is a classic. He insisted the book needed a thorough index and single-handedly produced it. Many others stepped forward – Rick Malsed, Sam Sutherland, Joan Santucci, Patty Small, Scott Smith, Nancy Worssam, Rob Hitchings, Roy Scully, Bob Kildall – all donating monumental energy, their own money and volunteer time to the over year-long intensive process.

Front to back, left to right.  The first corps of volunteers. 1st row: Joy Carpine (and  Petey), Hal Will, John Hendron. 2nd row: Scott  Smith, Monica Wooton, Patty Small, Roy Scully.  3rd row: Jonathon Wooton, Joan Santucci,  Rob Hitchings, Shirley Will, Betty Ivie. 4th row:  Gail Perterson-Martini, Cindy Howell, Rob  Wilson. Back row: Steve Erickson, Nancy Worssam,  Dan Kerlee. Invisible: Claudia Callan, Bob Kildall, Rick Malsed,  Sisi Sedgewick, Mimi Sheridan, Sam Sutherland.  Photo Paul Dorpat.

Front to back, left to right.
The first corps of volunteers. 1st row: Joy Carpine (and
Petey), Hal Will, John Hendron. 2nd row: Scott
Smith, Monica Wooton, Patty Small, Roy Scully.
3rd row: Jonathon Wooton, Joan Santucci,
Rob Hitchings, Shirley Will, Betty Ivie. 4th row:
Gail Perterson-Martini, Cindy Howell, Rob
Wilson. Back row: Steve Erickson, Nancy Worssam,
Dan Kerlee. Invisible: Claudia Callan, Bob Kildall, Rick Malsed,
Sisi Sedgewick, Mimi Sheridan, Sam Sutherland.
Photo Paul Dorpat.

From that group, the Magnolia Historical Society was founded in 2001. In 2007, a second award nominated history book: Magnolia: Making More Memoires was written with 32 volunteer authors.

In 2010, The Society, commissioned and worked with Magnolia artist John Leglar producing with the MHS Board, for in its 10th anniversary, a beautifully hand-carved bas-relief sculpture that sits in outside Windermere today and also documents Magnolia History. Magnolian Art Van der Well, volunteered to place it outside his building and pay the required yearly insurance.

Will, Small, Santucci, Scully, Malsed, Van der Well and Kildall have passed on leaving a huge gap of ready workers and first-hand knowledge of Magnolia’s history. Most small organizations are having problems getting volunteers. In an age of virtual facetime, texts and tweets if seems as if volunteering is itself becoming history…a thing of the past. Without new residents and young Magnolians stepping up, this community stands to lose a lot of its residential feel and memories of a past that will give us a strong sense of place and help us create the future we want to make.

A photo that was found and published for the first time in Magnolia's first history book. Salmon Bay Charlie and what appears to be  officials shortly before he was taken to one of the reservations. Photo by Clarence Langstaff. Circa 1900.

A photo that was found and published for the first time in Magnolia’s first history book. Salmon Bay Charlie and what appears to be
officials shortly before he was taken to one of the reservations. Photo by Clarence Langstaff. Circa 1900.

Today, the books are available at Magnolia’s Bookstore and through the Society; but, sales are lagging and their use as fundraisers to do more Magnolia history is compromised. MHS is seeking seasoned volunteers, new residents and young leaders to carry on important work that defines Magnolia’s past and future. We are a good group and meet once a month, do events we think folks will enjoy, have 2 free memoir writing workshops a year and take the summers off.

Go to www.magnoliahistoricalsociety.org to order books and volunteer. The stories of the past and the future of this place we call home – Magnolia are truly at stake. Our Annual Meeting will be held April 16th, Magnolia Lutheran Church, 7-9pm, Free: In Magnolia’s Backyard: Fort Lawton – Then and Now

(The History of Fort Lawton and How The Historic District Came About and It’s Future.)

Our next writing workshop will be May30th, Magnolia Library, 12-4pm, also free. Space limited for that RSVP through website, president@nullmagnoliahistoricalsociety.org

 

 

 

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