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Friends of the Market Newsletter

January 2018


New Executive Director

As of January 8th, Mary Bacarella is at the helm of Pike Place Market PDA. Mary has a history of involvement with other Seattle institutions, among them:  Seattle International Film Festival, the Space Needle, the Dale Chihuly Exhibit at Seattle Center, Unexpected Productions, and membership on the boards of Mary's Place and Seattle Central College.These experiences give her a unique Northwest perspective as she begins her tenure at Pike Place Market. 

Mary served 14 years as Vice President of Brand Management at the Space Needle. There, she was responsible for the overall performance and care of the Space Needle brand, including increasing the revenue and attendance at the facility.   

Citing her "energy, passion and drive", PDA Council Chair Matt Hana, says that Mary "has proven skills in managing operations and marketing that will serve us well as the historic Pike Place Market meets a rapidly changing cityscape." We wish Mary well as this new chapter begins!

Construction Challenges

The Market will have need of all of Mary's marketing skills! The Seattle Times recently ran a long article on the severe traffic problems expected in the downtown area caused by construction, including building a streetcar line on First Avenue and demolition of the viaduct. KOMO radio aired a listing of these projects, all but recommending that people avoid coming to Seattle altogether. The tourists will find Pike Place Market; but, if the Market is to remain true to its historical purpose as a place for locals, ways must be found to lure Puget Sound shoppers in spite of the inconveniences of construction!

At the Market Historical Commission (MHC) meeting on January 24th, there will be a briefing on the coordination of county and city transportation projects in downtown Seattle. The briefing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. MHC meetings are held upstairs, at 93 Pike Street. Perhaps some solutions for construction-frustration will be offered...

Market Talent

The Market has traditionally been a place for individuals to follow their dreams. As such, it also harbors a variety of talents.

Some of that talent was on display this month as Therese Diekhans (who, in her other life, is an agent on the daytables) appeared in the one-woman show "The Most Dangerous Woman in America". This play was written by Dave Christie, a jewelry maker and Crafts Permitholder on the Market daytables for 30 years.

Therese's performance, held at the theater 18th & Union, on Capitol Hill, told the story of Mother Jones and her fight against unfair labor practices, especially those perpetrated against children. During her one hour on stage, Therese played fifteen different characters, ranging from John D. Rockefeller, to union leaders, to the child mine-workers. She relied only on a change of posture and dialect to bring these diverse personages to life. Particularly inspiring was her portrayal of Mother Jones, who with her fiery language and fearless presence, reminded the audience of the efforts required to work against society's inequity and poverty.

Market Foundation

Through the Market Foundation and the work of its partners in service, Pike Place Market plays its part to alleviate the hardship of poverty. To that end, the Food Bank has added 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday afternoons, to its distribution schedule, giving an option to those who cannot make the Tuesday/Thursday hours.

The Market Foundation has also begun plans for Arcade Lights, one of the year's major fund-raising efforts. The event will be held on March 23rd. Tickets are already available. There is more information on the Foundation's website.

Victor Steinbrueck Park

Other dates of interest: on February 7th, at 4:30, the MHC Design Review Committee will be briefed on Victor Steinbrueck Park. The plans for renovation are said to be 60% complete. Although there will not be opportunity for formal public comment at this meeting, it will provide a chance to see what direction the planning is taking.

FoM Board Meeting

On January 22nd at 4:30 p.m., the Friends of the Market will hold the first Board meeting of the year at the Market Commons in the new MarketFront. Officers will be elected and a course for the year set. All members are welcome! 

And so 2018 is well-begun...

As always, questions, comments and suggestions are welcome at my email address below.


Written by Christine Vaughan, 


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