Results from our 2010 Wine For Our Times Event

We had a great time at our 2nd annual WINE FOR OUR TIMES event!

See Dina’s 100+ pictures here.

We got to know more neighbors and tasted some good wines – and some not so good ones – that won’t break the bank.  We were able to raise more money than we hoped for the Building Fund of the Highland Park Improvement Club.  Meeting our fundraising goal, combined with the opportunity to meet new people in our community, makes this event a very successful one for us. Thanks to all who were a part of it!

Our TOP THREE wines:

#1        Trader Joes Reserve Syrah, Paso Robles 2007
#2        Haystack Needle Syrah
#3        Novella Zinfandel, Paso Robles

Wines that made it to the final taste off:
J Lohr 7 Oaks Cabernet, Paso Robles 2007
Little Penguin Shiraz
Cline Viognier 2008
Menage a Trois Red 2008
Trader Joes Coastal Syrah 2007
Yosemite Road Cabernet
GR Shiraz 2007
Primitivo Puglia 2005

Honorable Mentions from each table:
Trader Joes Coastal Syrah (another one!)
Cline Viognier 2008 (another one!)
Haystack Needle Syrah (another one!)
Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines 2008
Knoll Haven Merlot
Dog House Merlot
McManis Pinot Noir
Arcachon Cellars Pinot Noir/Willamette Valley
Estancia/Monterey Pinot Noir 2008
Zeller Schwarze katz white wine
Bridgeview Blue Moon Riesling 2007

Thank you to all of our guests that joined us this year, to the table captains who played a big part in coordination of the event, to the merchants who donated our prizes and raffle items, to all who helped prepare the wonderful food and desserts, and to those who helped plan the event!

We all had such a good time planning this event, and look forward to seeing you all next year.  We’d love to hear your feedback – what worked, what didn’t, and suggestions for improvement – so we can make the event even better next year.



Event Planning committee: Nicole, Rhonda, Julie, Gretchen, Kay, Nickie, Becca, Martha, Shawn

Neighborhood Table Captains: Ken, Marilyn, Jane, Mike, Barbara, Laura, Heather, Troy

HPIC Giant Group Rummage Sale – Saturday May 8

Only one week to go, but you can still take part, or help with HPIC Giant Group Rummage Sale!

  • Yes there are still a few tables left if you suddenly realized you are overburdened with stuff around the house!  RSVP to this email or Contact Kay @ 206-762-2266 to reserve a table.
  • Yes-we are also looking for donations of baked goods to sell at our bake sale table, lead by the terrific Ingrid! If you have food you can bring by, please contact her at:

This year part of the West Seattle Community Sale! We will be on the large map (we are site #154) of West Seattle published by the West Seattle Blog!!! Great publicity!

When: Sat., May 8, 2010  9am-3pm (setup 8am)

Where: HPIC parking lot (indoors if rainy)

corner of 12th & Holden

Wine For Our Times – Coming Up!

This Saturday, April 24
We are expecting a big crowd, so come early!
doors open at 6/tasting at 7
$10 donation
plus 1 bottle of wine $10 or under

Prizes for 3 top wines,
plus raffle prizes

Pictures from last year: (and see more here)

Have a taste!
Have a taste!
Wine For Our Times, 2009
Wine For Our Times, 2009

Highland Park T-Shirts are here!

photo by Dina Johnson

HPIC President Rhonda Smith says:

Get your retro style HIGHLAND PARK T-shirt now in time for those picnics at the park, a walk through the greenbelt, or just relaxing with friends. The T-shirt comes in two color combos: yellow shirt with royal blue lettering or black with gray lettering. Sizes range from SM-XXL. Get one in each color!   Email us or talk with one of the club officers if you want to order a shirt, $20 each.


photos by dinazina

Another Dance This Saturday Night

If you like to dance, this is the place!

Lauren Petrie, keyboards and vocals, has a repertoire that spans the decades.
He also has a following and they love to dance.
He’s here again next Saturday night, March 27
7pm – 10pm, only $5 donation, byob.
All are welcome!

Highland Park Improvement Club
1116 SW Holden St
Seattle, WA 98106

The Greening of HPIC

Spring clean brings…new trees!

rorys pruning clinic
Four new trees were welcomed into the asphalt.

Rory makes the finishing touches, while the some of the crew takes a rest.
The chairs have been aired, and are drying off from their cleaning.

blair and becca digging
Blair and Becca prepare to place the guard posts.
kip cutting concrete
Kip gets things started…

Meanwhile, Nicole sets off to clean up the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, Nicole sets off to clean up the neighborhood.

And Nickie takes on the closet.
And Nickie takes on the closet.

Other missions accomplished:
•  reorganized the kitchen and broom closet
•  reorganized the upstairs storage
•  washed the windows
•  pressure-washed the building and parking curbs
•  weeded 12th and Webster traffic circle
•  picked up trash at 16th and Webster bus stop

Still to come:

A new sign and kiosk!
A new sign and kiosk!

And see the West Seattle Blog’s article here.

Vintage Dance this Friday

Here’s a message from Bridget, of NW Vintage Dance and
This Friday Night please join us for Vintage Music and dancing!
Jan 15th  7-10 p.m.

What kind of dances do we do??
One Step/Blues One Step, Tango,Waltz, Foxtrot, Two Step, Charleston, and more to early ragtime and jazz and blues!
What kind of music do you play?
We play original (and reproduction) recordings of popular music from roughly 1900 to the early 1930’s. Also, stride and ragtime pianist Paul Asaro will play a few sets in between the recorded music for your continued dancing pleasure.
What do I wear?
Vintage dress encouraged but not required.   We love any excuse to get dressed up!
What else do I need to know?
There’s plenty of parking and a great dance floor.  BYOB and snacks of any kind.
How do I get there?
We dance at the:
Highland Park Improvement Club
1116 SW Holden Street
Seattle, Washington  98106

Here are some directions from I-5

Michigan-Corson Exit (Off I-5, North or Southbound)

  • Michigan-Corson exit.
  • Right onto S. Michigan St.
  • Follow Michigan to 1st Ave. Bridge, taking ramp onto bridge.
  • Take FIRST exit (W. Marginal Way/South Park).
  • Right at end of ramp; left at signal.
  • Left at Highland Park Way (up the hill).
  • Take first right turn onto Holden,
  • Right onto 12th Ave. S.W.
  • Help keep vintage music and dance active in the Puget Sound!

    Jan 15