Our first Holiday Bazaar

Here are some pictures from the Holiday Bazaar, thanks to Dina Johnson! And thanks to all the fabulous vendors and to the wonderful dancers (and Jenna!) from Gildenfire Dance.

All Kinds of Fabulous Vendors at the Holiday Bazaar

Shop local and find some cool stuff from these vendors! Holiday in the ‘Hood, Saturday November 27, 11am-4pm, 1116 SW Holden. Plus, children’s dance performances from Gildenfire Dance beginning at 1pm and 3pm.

Meet some of the vendors:
Leonarte: Art tiles with an Italian accent
Grace Hitchman, Gracious Designs: Jewelry and wood turning (pens, bottle stoppers, etc)
Erin Schiller, Pottery Buzz: Holiday ornaments to be painted at the Bazaar
Sheila R. Shilley: Hand knits
Denise Conger: Aprons, potholders, Christmas decorations, magnets, Christmas stockings
Rhonda Smith: Gourmet organic caramels, Highland Park t-shirts
The Dreaming Dane Catering Co: Holiday baked goods
Amy R. Bradley, Dragon Tamer Design: Beaded jewelry, digital art & cards
Noel Beach: Handmade re-useable shopping bags, women’s clothing & accessories, Christmas ornaments
Brittany Von Spreccken, Crafty Clementine: Candle holders and cake stands
Marion Lisko, Cookie Lee Jewelry: Fashion jewelry
Julie Gramm: Beaded bracelets & earrings, small crocheted bags
Kristina Collins Photography: Matted prints and framed prints
Julie Ericson, PartyLite: Home fragrance, food, home spa
Ashley Little, Silpada Designs: Sterling silver jewelry
Gretchen Harmon, Elfinn Designs: Baby blankets, art smocks, burp cloths, playdough, cards
Karen Rau, Scentsy: Scentsy warmers and fragrance items
Misha Sakura: Winter vintage coats, vintage jewelry boxes, crafts, baskets, vintage plates, teacups
Corie Brooke: Photography
Hipnotic Apparel/Troupe Hipnotica: Water bottles, tote bags, handmade & wholesale clothing, handmade & wholesale jewelry, makeup
Amaranta Sandys, Art Maranth Ceramics: Handmade ceramic trays, tiles, herb tags
Evelyn Killough: Hats, scarves, baby blankets, crocheted items
Jennifer Castillo/ArT Image Creations: Art activities for kids
Girl Scout Troop 1775: Bracelets made by Girl Scouts

And, to keep you going,  Street Treats will be selling their delicious homemade baked-from-scratch desserts in the parking lot.

Holiday Bazaar – Sat Nov 27 – 11am to 4pm

What else is there to do on the Saturday after Thanksgiving but shop? (Well, there might be other things…) But whatever you’re doing, stop by the HPIC and check out the goods and talents of our local folk! We’ll post a list of vendors soon, and if you want to be on the vendor-side of the table with your own fabulous creations, rent a table for only $20. Download the Vendor Registration Form here.

Don't miss it!
Don't miss it!

Highland Park Outlanders Run/Walk a Success!

Some of the Outlanders Participating in the Great Kilted Run at Magnuson
Some of the Outlanders Participating in the Great Kilted Run at Magnuson

We had four faithful walkers and one happy dog turn out last night for our walk.  Deviating from the planned route a bit, we walked the trails north of Riverview Playfield and learned from Parks employee Rory Denovan what new plans are being made for restoring the natural habitat in the woods.  After completing a three mile loop, we started talking about training for an upcoming local race.

Club Northwest is a nonprofit running club that puts on a “series for all seasons” at Magnuson.  With one organized run/walk per month, participants can chart their progress over the course of a year.  They typically offer a 5K (3.1 miles), a 10K (6.2 miles), and a 15K (you guessed it: 9.3 miles).  And you and a friend can be a relay team, both running or walking a 5K, then having your combined times added up for your total 10K finish time!  They also usually offer a kids fun run, lining up the little ones dash 200 or 400 meters (just over a tenth or two tenths of a mile).  Check out their full schedule of events here: http://magnusonseries.org/schedule.html.  With a $10 early entry fee and great snacks post-race, it’s one of the best deals in town.

The Outlanders have decided to participate in the upcoming Halloween Run put on by the group.  Of course there will be prizes for best costume, so who knows – we may send a few Elvi (is that the plural of Elvis??) to represent the Club.

Hope to see you at our next run/walk on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 6.30pm at HPIC.  If you’d love to participate but need a better day of the week or time, feel free to let me know and we can perhaps make adjustments to our schedule.  For more info, contact Ingrid Mattson at ingrid.mattson@gmail.com.

Delridge Days Walk – Saturday June 5

Hey Neighbors!
Join us for a walk to the Delridge Days event:

Saturday, June 5th – 10:00am

We’ll start our walk at the Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden) at 10:00 AM, so arrive by 9:45 so we can get organized.  Wear your Highland Park Shirt!!! If you don’t have one, we’ll have them available to purchase for $20, all proceeds go to the HPIC building fund.

There will be points of interest along the way that we’ll be stopping by.  We’ll be taking pictures and picking up trash along the way, because there are prizes that we can win!!!

5 Categories to Win:

  • Groups with the largest number of walkers
  • Groups taking the nicest photo of the Delridge area
  • Groups taking photos of the most distressed area needing special attention
  • Groups that pick up the most litter on their journey to the event (we”ll provide bags and grabbers)
  • Groups that visit the most Delridge “Points of Interest” (we’ll provide you with a location map, and bus passes if needed)

More info on Refresh Southwest at www.youngstownarts.org/refresh2010
Hope to see you there!

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

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

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.