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Friends of the Market Newsletter

October 2016

 

Two Market Figures Pass 

Summer saw the passing of two long-time Market advocates.

In late July, the Market lost craftsperson Thomas Graham. Tom started his time at the Market as agent for his mother. Eventually, he built his own silkscreen business, selling from the daytables since 1990.  Besides adding to its retail vitality, Tom served the Market with his role in the Constituency, which he chaired for more than a dozen years, bringing steady leadership to sometimes contentious issues.

Of even longer tenure in the Market was Michael Yaeger, who passed away in August. Michael's energetic involvement during the many phases of Market history earned him the title Mayor of the Market. Whether greeting customers at Studio Solstone, where his wife's art work is offered for sale, or speaking out at PDA Council meetings, or simply in conversations on the  Market bricks, Michael's insight and wit helped to steer the Market through good times and bad.

The Market feels deeply the loss of these beloved community members, but we are better for having had them among us. Their legacies of commitment will live on.


MarketFront Final Phases

The skyline of the Market is taking a new shape with the finishing of the MarketFront.  The low income housing building, the grain silos for Old Stove Brewery, and the steel structure for the canopy over the new daytables: all add new dimensions to the architectural structure of the Market.  In advance of the opening of the retail spaces, we eagerly look forward to the availability of expanded parking in the new parking garage.
 

Composter Trial Ends

As new structures come, another structure has departed. The hulking green canister, intended to turn food scraps into liquid fertilizer, is now removed from Pike Place.  It seems that, despite assurances to the contrary, there was the occasional emission of, shall we say, a unique miasma emanating from the harvester that was not conducive to sales at a food-selling venue. It was a good idea and a valiant effort--maybe someday...!
 

Behind the Table Event

On October 21st, from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Economy Building, the Daystall Community will present the third annual Behind the Table event. This fun evening offers food, entertainment, and an auction of handmade crafts. The proceeds benefit the Community Safety Net, a program that offers assistance to anyone in the Market in times of financial crisis.
 

Briefing on Victor Steinbrueck Park

At the October 12th meeting of the Market Historical Commission, Marvin Oliver will give a briefing on the story of the totem poles located in Victor Steinbrueck Park.  As the Seattle Parks Department continues its planning, this presentation will be a welcome look back at the history of these treasured features.  The briefing is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. (The time might vary, depending on other Commission business.)
 

Friends of the Market Annual Meeting

Here is earliest notification of the upcoming Friends of the Market Annual Meeting.  Our traditional date is the Monday after election day, which falls on November 14th this year. There will be the election of four Board members, and a presentation on the history of streetcars and Market shopping given by Heather McAuliffe. Hope to see you there!

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


Written by Christine Vaughan, christinevaughan@speakeasy.net 

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