Friends of the Market Newsletter
Summer is here, and with it comes all the busy-ness of the season. As calendars fill with all there is to do during the summer months, here are some dates and events you may want to consider.
First, of course, is the long-awaited opening of the new MarketFront on June 29th. Literally years in the planning, this marvelous Market expansion will be celebrated with guest speakers, music and demonstrations.
The tenants of the Producers Pavilion are readying their spaces for opening later in the summer. The Producers Pavilion will exemplify of the Market's "Meet the Producer" tradition, as each of the occupants will be making product on site. Each producer is already part of the Market, but now in a different location: Honest Biscuits will be moving from its spot above the Atrium, and Indi Chocolate from its current location in the downunder. The owner of Jarrbar will be moving across Western Avenue into Little Fish; and Old Stove Brewery, from its present location on First Avenue.
Only Old Stove Brewery will have an actual operating presence when the MarketFront first opens. Supported by the First Avenue location, a temporary place is being provided to drink refreshments while drinking in the view.
The opening of the first new construction in decades has been touted in many publications, from the Alaska Airlines magazine to the Seattle Times to ParentMap, which offers suggestions on how to engage children of each age group when visiting the expanded Pike Place Market.
City Center Connector
There are two key briefings to be held at Market Historical Commission (MHC) meetings in July.
On July 12th, the Seattle Department of Transportation will be bringing the latest information on the Center City Connector, with focus on the streetcar station designs. (On July 20th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Atrium Loft, there will be a slide show depicting the history of streetcars in the Market. Heather McAuliffe will be the presenter. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Market and the Market Foundation.)
Victor Steinbrueck Park
On July 26th, the MHC will hear the latest on the plans for Victor Steinbrueck Park (VSP), the membrane replacement and park design. Market Historical Commission meetings are held at 4:30 p.m., at 93 Pike Street, upstairs from the Atrium, and time is provided for public comment.
Don't be alarmed if you notice that the totem poles are suddenly missing from Victor Steinbreuck Park. The poles will need to be removed for the membrane replacement project. The city has procured a reasonable bid for the de-installation, storage and re-installation of the poles, so having them removed now avoids last minute scheduling conflicts and the rising costs of doing it later. It also provides the opportunity to do the conservation treatments that the totem poles receive every five years as part of the city's public art collection. The totem poles will be returned to VSP in the spring of 2019.
Stamets Photography Exhibit
To help celebrate the Market's 110th Birthday, a special exhibit is being planned for August 17th. John Stamets photographed the people and architecture of Seattle for forty years, often within the Pike Place Market. The plan is to develop twenty of his Market photos, poster-size, and display them throughout the Market at the actual spot where the picture was taken. Since the pictures are from the mid-1980's, it will be interesting to see how (little?) the Market has changed.
On August 18th, the Market Foundation's annual Sunset Supper will be held; but, this year, for the first time, the venue will be the MarketFront, with its sweeping views of Puget Sound.
Summer Off-Site Farmers Markets
If, during the summer rush, you find yourself in need of fresh produce, but without the time to visit the Market itself, there are four other options on given days. Pike Place farmers offer their harvests on Tuesdays at the City Hall Plaza (600 4th Avenue), on Wednesdays at the Denny Regrade (7th Avenue and Lenora), on Thursdays at South Lake Union (410 Terry Avenue N.) and on Fridays on First Hill (9th Avenue and University Street). Each of these markets are open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and will operate until October 14th.
New City Appointments
There are a couple of appointments announced by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods that are pertinent to our historic Market. Richard Fink II has been hired as the new director in the Community Assets Division, overseeing Historic Preservation, Major Institutes and the P-Patch Community Gardening programs. Richard has a background in historic preservation and open space, as well as experience in communications and marketing.
Sarah Sodt, who was serving as Acting City Preservation Officer, is being named City Historic Preservation Officer.
Friends of the Market Board Meeting
Finally, one more date to mention: the next Friends of the Market Board meeting will take place on July 24th, at 4:30 p.m., in the Goodwin Library. A topic of discussion may be the possibility of hosting one of the monthly meetings of the Association of King County Historical Organizations (possibly in October?). This Association is a group of organizations and individuals which promotes heritage issues county-wide and brings lobbying pressure to bear on preservation issues. Seems like a good fit, don't you think?
As usual, questions, comments and suggestions are welcome at my email address below.
Written by Christine Vaughan, firstname.lastname@example.org.