Enjoy the Holidays in SLU
Naughty, Nice or Nautical
Enjoy a nautical twist to your holiday celebrations with Cookies, Crafts & Carols, to be held on December 10 from noon to 4pm at Lake Union Park. It is your opportunity to board historic vessels such as the Tug Arthur Foss, Steamship Virginia V, Schooner Adventuress, Queen of Seattle and others; to decorate cookies and make hand-crafted cards and ornaments; and to enjoy music by the Village Carolers and others.
"The event is a combined effort of all of the vessels on dock to open their boats," said Dan Leach, with the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB). "It is a fun event for us and an opportunity for organizations to be introduced to more people." He added that the CWB will have their dock house open and pond boats available for sailing in the model boat pond.
The event is sponsored by the At Lake Union Park Working Group. Admission to the event and to board the vessels is free; some crafts and food items have a suggested donation. For more information, refer to the CWB website or the activities calendar at Lake Union Park.
With the holidays coming up and the Mercer construction continuing, remember retail businesses and restaurants are still open and easily accessible. "The construction has created a perceived barrier between north of Mercer and south of Mercer," said Tom Larvis, Executive Vice President of Operations for Schwartz Brothers, which manages Daniel's Broiler and Chandler's Crab House. Larvis explained that the occasional closures of the I-5 Mercer ramp, the lane closures and the street closures have also added to the perception that SLU is difficult to get to. "The construction has confused people," said Larvis. He is working with other neighborhood businesses and the WA DOT to minimize the future disruptions as construction continues into mid-2013. In the meantime, support you local businesses—they are still very accessible.
Give Back with Your Talent, Donations or Corporate Sponsorship
For over 30 years, SLU's Morningside Academy has been changing lives for students who otherwise are not successful in school. The private, non-profit elementary and middle school has 80 full-time students with learning differences, who benefit from the small class sizes and high academic expectations.
Morningside's annual gala and fundraiser will be held March 23 and they are currently seeking local talent to participate in auditions—the registration deadline is December 16, so don’t delay. Consult the auction website for an audition application, or to donate an item for the silent auction, or to offer corporate sponsorship.
What's New in SLU featured Morningside Academy in a previous issue.
The Schooner Adventuress all dressed up for the holidays.
Photo by Zach Simonson-Bond