The Long Hot Summer

The record Heat Dome followed the day after the fire that closed HPIC. Thus began our checklist of chores and waiting, while we gathered information. We thank all of you again for your support and donations! Here’s what we know so far:

SFD Fire Investigator’s Scene Report, via a Public Records Request through the City of Seattle:

INCIDENT SUMMARY:
IT IS THE OPINION OF THESE INVESTIGATORS THAT THIS FIRE IS UNDETERMINED. THE FIRE ORIGINATED ON THE LANDING AT THE TOP OF THE SHORT STAIRWAY ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING NEAR THE NORTHEAST CORNER. FIRE BURNED THROUGH THE STAIRWAY LANDING, EXTENDING FIRE TO THE ADJACENT CRAWLSPACE FRAMING. FIRE EXTENDED UP FROM THE LANDING, THROUGH THE ENTRY DOOR, INTO THE MAIN HALL AND TO THE SECOND FLOOR AND ATTIC ABOVE. EVIDENCE OF TRANSIENT ACTIVITY WAS FOUND IN THE ENTRYWAY. AN INTENTIONALLY SET FIRE COULD NOT BE RULED OUT. THERE ARE NO PERSONS OF INTEREST RELATED TO THIS FIRE AT THIS TIME.

Insurance
As of our latest Board meeting (Weds Sept 8) we are still waiting for an “official” determination from our insurance company as to how and when the building recovery/rebuild will be funded. In the meantime we have been creating a comprehensive inventory of Business Personal Property which will be covered, and also preparing a claim for loss of Business Income. We expect the official determination on the building coverage soon. We don’t expect the insurance to cover the full cost of the renovation and will be seeking additional funding – from the neighborhood and other funders – to make the renovated space as inviting and versatile as possible.

HPIC is the house our community built. A fire can’t keep us down.​

Nothing could have prepared any of us for waking up to such devastating news. While we share our sadness and loss with so many in this community, this moment is just a scar that will be woven into the fabric of our century-old story, and in the end will only serve to make us stronger. As we emerge from our shock, we are already focusing on how to rebuild our beloved space, as well as how we can continue to serve the community until our doors swing wide open again. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we are resilient and can adapt to the most challenging of circumstances, to still be an important presence to meet the needs of our community. Together, we’ve got this.

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Garage Sales will abide: July 10, Aug 14 and Sept 11

 September is sold out! Don’t miss this great end-of-summer sale!

This summer of almost post-pandemic we decided to triple the fun of our popular Giant Garage Sale – and then the fire happened. And then we realized the Garage Sales would be perfect – already outdoors with plenty of space and opportunity for vendors to show their wares and ingenuity and for shoppers and neighbors to show their support and gather again. We welcome the community to peruse the sales and keep our gathering space alive and active. We will have refreshments too. A fire can’t keep us down!

All the previously donated items for sale were lost in the fire, so if you still have saleable items you’d like to donate, write to us here, attention Garage Sale.

  • Three Saturdays (July 10, Aug 14 and Sept 11, from 10am to 3pm.
  • Music, food and beverages (including pop-up bar) will be available.
  • Can’t sell but have items? Donations of salable items accepted for HPIC table – all monies go to HPIC with BIG thanks!
  • Come have fun and support HPIC and our sellers

For Booth Rental:

  • Contact hpic1919@gmail.com attn: Garage Sale
  • Suggested donation for a 10×10 space and (1) 8-foot table is $30 ($60 for all 3 dates) – payment due in advance.
  • Rain or shine, sale will go on
  • Bring your own table, tent, whatever you need for your space – our utilities are currently unavailable
  • All unsold items must be taken with you after the sale. Due to Covid there are no donation trucks available for pick up of unsold items – and we have no place to store them anyway
  • No public restrooms (we will have porta-potties)

We will rise through the ashes!

We thank our resilient community for your on-going support as we work to update our gathering space and now – as we prepare to rebuild after the fire last night (June 25).

So thankful to whoever called in the fire and for our firefighters at Fire Station 11 on 16th and Holden.

See the West Seattle Blog coverage here.

Thanks to our much loved WSB – the first place we look when something’s happening!

We are regrouping and we will be back! We love our community!

Livestreaming from HPIC – Saturday June 5, 8pm

“Ron amazes you in many formats from Crack Sabbath to Suffering Fuckheads to Yada Yada Blues Band while charging forward on his Hammond organ. However, Ron moves to the upright piano on this show and provides you a window into the many Sunday nights at Vito’s where he has stayed up late and brought the lovely and lively sounds of his jazz trio. Geoff Harper joins him on upright bass. D’vonne Lewis is on the kit.”

Livestreaming from HPIC May 8 – Sat 8:30pm

Lucky Mystery Now Orchestra is a collective of prominent Seattle musicians and collaborators who perform and improvise over original, rudimentary, and minimalist works conceived by Joel Ricci, composer, trumpet player, and metaphysicist. These tunes are offered as vehicles for the various individual interpretations by the artists of the Orchestra, while simultaneously presenting a reflection of a functioning and flourishing collective ecstatic ceremony/ritual.

Please do tune in and lend your attention and intention to our musical and rhythmic efforts.

Livestreaming from HPIC May 1 – Sat 8pm

Evan Flory-Barnes is a sorcerer. Able to concoct large, swelling scores with symphonies following his precise baton or manifest nuanced, delicately woven narratives on his solo upright bass, the Emerald City virtuoso offers elegant, honest, approachable and magical music. With deep influences in hip-hop’s boom-bap, classical music’s delicacies and rock ‘n’ roll’s power, Flory-Barnes is a fire, centralized and for any to be made warm. His current Avant-Soul Pop Music features a love of classic soul and experimental pop, featuring talents as a bassist, composer/arranger and singer-songwriter. His songs touch on the cultivation of hard won self-love, personal sovereignty and experience relationships as both a catalyst and crucible in the developing of one’s soul and self.

Work in Progress

The work continues on HPIC’s Performance and Dance Space, with funding from a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for $25,840.

The project will improve indoor air quality, while upgrading the space to be even more supportive of performing arts and cultural activities. When we are able to re-open, we will have a refreshed and more accessible space for the community, as well as an improved venue for local performers and artists.

Neighborhood Matching Funds are all about volunteer match. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the building work, email us and we’ll add your name to our list.

Also, we value your input! Send us your ideas for the space, for programming, for virtual things we might do.

We thank King County and 4Culture for the Building Structural Improvements Grant, and also for support from the Covid Cultural Relief Fund, which has helped us pay our bills during this time.