Green Lake Happenings Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

October 30, 2014 6:21am

IMG_3524Last Wine Tasting at Greenlake Wines
Where: Green Lake Wines, 1400 N 80th St #101,
When: Thursday, Oct. 30 5-9p.m.
Price: Varies
About: Green Lake Wines is closing. Come enjoy a final tasting.

Pumpkin Swim
Where: Evans Pool
When: Friday, Halloween 7 – 8 p.m.
Price: Free
About: Just like it sounds… come swim with some pumpkins. All ages welcome.

Washington Ceasefire Day of Rememberance
Where: Green Lake Bathhouse 7312 Green Lake Dr. N
When: Sunday, Nov. 2 11 a.m.
Price: Free
About: Washington Ceasefire will be planting daffodils as part of our annual Day of Remembrance honoring the victims of gun violence in Washington State over the past year. Come join us and support I-594. For more information, go to:

Community Conversations: Facing Our Current Reality with Honesty with Dr. Paul Johnson, faculty, School of Oceanography, UW
Where: Bethany Lutheran, Green Lake 7400 Woodlawn Ave N.E.
When: Monday, November 3 6-8:30 p.m.
Price: Free
About: An opportunity to engage in respectful, reflective dialogue on significant social/spiritual issues. 6:00 Soup Supper (vegetarian/vegan options available) 6:30-8:00 pm Conversation Circle. Please RSVP for dinner if you can: , 206-523-4454.


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Friends of Green Lake Call For Help From Residents

October 28, 2014 6:15am


A message on the Friends of Green Lake (FOGL) Facebook page earlier this week caught our eye. FOGL, the folks who monitor Green Lake for water clarity, temperature and other factors have raised several red flags to show how much Green Lake is deteriorating. Recently they shared concerns of wildlife leaving the area because of the condition of the lake and pointed to a graphic of a Great Blue Heron standing in murky (algae polluted) water. They are urging the community to reach out to City Council members to ask them to budget for an alum treatment, which was last added to Green Lake eight years ago and helped keep the water clear.

Here’s their letter:

Green Lake is ill. For three straight years, toxic algae blooms have kept swimmers and dogs out of the water in late summer and fall. This jewel of a lake needs help. A successful alum treatment in 2003 brought eight years of clear water. Please write a message to the City Council Members, urging them to budget for the studies and permits for another alum treatment. Send your message as soon as possible. They are currently working on the budget. If you can’t think what to say, some ideas follow.

Write to the City Council at USPS mail to Councilmember Nick Licata, Attn: Emilia Sanchez, Deputy City Clerk, PO Box 94728, Seattle, WA 98124-4728; or fax to (206) 386-9025; or e-mail to Council@Seattle.Gov.
What you might write:
“Dear Council Member,”
• I love to go to Green Lake, but there are closure signs all around and in places it looks and smells disgusting.
• or) I like to walk at Green Lake, but in places the lake looks and smells bad.
• or) I love to swim across Green Lake, but the lake has been closed to swimming all fall.
• or) Our children love to swim at the Green Lake, but the beaches were closed early this year because of the toxic algae.
• or) My granddaughter is in the rowing program at Green Lake and I have warned her not to swallow the water if her shell capsizes.
• or) I wanted to rent a stand-up paddle-board (or canoe, or kayak, or sailboat) but the concession was closed because of the toxic algae.
• or) My business depends on people who come to Green Lake, but fewer people come when the lake is sick.
• or) I live near Green Lake and don’t want my property values to go down because Green Lake is toxic.
“Please allocate immediate funding for the studies and permitting that are essential for cleaning up Green Lake. Without 2015 funding, there will almost certainly be two more summer/fall seasons of toxic algae and lake closures. Thousands of people use Green Lake every day. Please fund its clean up!
“_____________________” (Name) “_____________________” (Neighborhood)


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Unsolved Mysteries – Green Lake’s Sidewalk Grave

October 27, 2014 6:05am

Twilight. Crunching leaves as your theme song, you’re walking back from the lake and have turned up Ashworth Ave. to zig zag back up to Tangletown. In a planting strip you see a clump of purple coneflowers, petals shed, whose spiky seed heads look like medieval weapons. Moving in closer, what you see next stops you, well, dead.


So, is there a BODY under there?

Not likely, for several reasons.

First, the one person we could find sharing those initials and dates is a Collin Miles Elliott, buried in Washelli Cemetery on Aurora (thank you, and a Washelli staffer says he has been there (as far as they know) since 1943. He was married to Nora Parker Elliott, who died in 1925, and they had a son, Wellington Minor Elliott, who died soon after in 1926.

Collin Miles Elliott findagrave

Second, this is not the marker’s original location, here in the planting strip near 57th and Ashworth. Rather than being a remnant from WWII-era Greenlake, it was actually placed by the home’s current owners,  Jeff Mosier and Tamra Chandler, who bought the property in 2002.  Amid a major remodel, a contractor unearthed the marker from the backyard in 2004, and the couple stowed it away until, when redoing their sidewalk strip, Jeff was inspired to incorporate this piece of local history.

Jeff’s theory is that the marker may have been part of one of the original stone walls in the yard.  “I obviously know nobody’s buried there,” he says, but he adds, “I don’t know how it ended up here.” That remains the big question.  Jeff was curious himself, but his research at the time came up dry.

"Looking toward Greenlake in 1890" Judge McDonald and his daughter are pictured. Seattle P-I archives

“Looking toward Greenlake” c. 1891. Judge McDonald’s residence.  Seattle P-I archives

As far as the home’s history, Jeff says it is one of three on the street built by prominent developer Judge Frederick A. McDonald, including his ow home, shown above to the south shown above. (Note how far the lake edge extends!)

Who are the Elliotts? Did they live here?

If these are the right Elliotts, it would be great if they lived at this house. That would make a tidy closing, but that’s not apparently the case.  Join us down the rabbit hole. According to Census and City Directories, Collin and Nora lived in at least five different places in West Seattle and downtown – none of them anywhere near Greenlake. Collin describes his occupation variously as a window decorator, treasurer for a shirt company, and a salesman for “men’s furnishings”.

Census and directory records from 1922-1958 show  the home’s residents as patriarch Lulu Sander and siblings Carlton A. and Dorothy L. Sander, with no apparent connection in their family trees to the Elliotts.  (A Sander-McDonald connection is that the Judge’s daughter Hellen McDonald married William Sander, Carlton’s brother, and many grandkids lived in the other McDonald-built homes.)

A neat tidbit is that in 1930, Carlton was working as a chief clerk for – wait for it –  the “cement works” (brief moment of excitement – maybe  it was a demo he brought home from work?).  By 1940, however, he was chief clerk for the Washington Athletic Club.  He was still living there in 1942 -according to  his draft card – but what happened in 1943 – the year Collin Elliott died – is a mystery.

Lots of red herrings, no closure. Any local history buffs out there? Can you help us solve these mysteries?


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Costumed Corgis Parade Green Lake

October 25, 2014 4:18pm

Photography by Mike Lemmon

The rain held off just long enough this morning for the Corgi meet up to make their annual costumed trot around the lake.

Corgis of all shapes and sizes were festooned in halloween costumes for the annual Corgis Howloween – part of the Corgis R Us meet up group that frequently walks Green Lake.

Group organizer Kathy Losaccio said that 175 corgis were signed up for the meet up and as the corgis started showing up she lost count at 50. She said this year was by far the best turn out over previous years.


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Rainy Day Bucket List at Green Lake

October 24, 2014 6:30am
Photo courtesy of Modo Yoga Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Modo Yoga Facebook page.

Alright, it’s (just about) time to face the music. November is almost here and we must accept the fact that soon enough the days will get shorter and colder. I promise you now, that at some point, rain will ruin an epic Green Lake run or activity you had planned. But never fear, the neighborhood has great indoor alternatives.

Here’s five ideas to plan for the rainy days ahead:

  1. Treat Yourself to a Fancy Coffee. True Seattle form, Green Lake has more than 10 coffee shops in  a two mile radius. But if you’re like me (and perhaps I’m a rare breed), you haven’t spent much time in the coffee shops themselves. On a rainy day try Revolutions Coffee. They’re tucked away next to Road Runner Sports and have plenty of seating and board games that tempt you to stay.  If you’re on the other side of the lake, pop-into Bauhaus Coffee for a coffee and a treat. We hear good things about the ham and cheese croissant and their quinoa salads.
  2. Go on a Recipe Hunt at PCC. A good rainy day just beckons for cooking. Take a trip to the PCC (two Green Lake locations – Aurora and Green Lake Village) and steer towards their pamphlet display. Usually near the entrance, the display has free recipes and guides to cooking with seasonal ingredients.  How to cook an acorn squash? Probably there. Find a recipe that speaks to you and go fetch your ingredients.
  3. Have a Boot and Bavarian Brezel at Prost. Prost in Phinney Ridge is a German style pub, with the name German equivalent to the English toast “cheers.” Bring your friends, grab a stool and order a 2 liter glass boot for $18 (+ $50 breakage deposit). The custom is that once you buy the boot, it has to be passed within your group and cannot touch the table. Satisfy your hunger with a Bavarian Brezel, a fresh morning star Bavarian pretzel served with salt and German mustard.
  4. Try Hot Yoga.  You know you’ve thought about it. Green Lake currently has two yoga studios that offer hot yoga. I Love Hot Yoga offers hatha, vinyasa and yin yoga classes, heated between 95-110 degrees. I Love Hot Yoga does not require instructors to teach set sequences, so every class is different.  New student package includes 10 classes for $30. Modo Yoga, is a green, clean hot yoga series that stretches, strengthens and tones the muscles while detoxifying the body and calming the mind.  The studio offers an intro special your first month, $49 for unlimited classes.
  5. Curl up with a Good Book (First, Get a Library Card). Libraries are still alive and well, and Seattle’s Green Lake branch has an active pulse with monthly calendars of events, children  readings and more worth looking into. To sign-up for a free card, bring your photo I.D. as well as a recent piece of mail to prove your address. In less than 10 minutes you’ll walk out the door with a card and access with thousands of books. If you’re not satisfied with the Green Lake’s collection, reserve books online and have them delivered to the branch. They have a great mobile app that makes it even easier.

What are some of your favorite Green Lake rainy day activities? Add them below!


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Green Lake Happenings October 25-27th

October 23, 2014 7:00am

A Very Corgi Howloween at Green Lake
 Green Lake Park – starting at Green Lake Small Craft Center
When: 11 a.m. , Saturday Oct. 25
Price: Free
About: The annual corgi costume walk, hosted by our friends at Corgi’s R Us. Prepare yourself for the silliest and cutest walk around Green Lake of the year. Dozens of corgi’s will trot around the lake, sporting costumes of all shapes and sizes –  from a sushi roll to a piece of bacon. You don’t want to miss. Take a look at last year’s photo gallery and you’ll understand, courtesy of KOMO 4. For more information, click here.

Boogie Nights 5K & Dance Party
 Green Lake Park and Community Center, 7201 E Green Lake Drive N
When: 5pm-10pm, Saturday, Oct. 25
Price: $45-$60
About: Run or walk  the Green Lake Loop in costume, for the Boogie Nights 5K. Following the run, party the night away at a dance party inside Green Lake Community Center. Live DJ spinning tunes, beer from Fremont Brewery and free food. Registration fee gets you entry to the 5K,  an event t-shirt, free food, entry to the dance party and one free drink. This event is for those 21 and up, only.For more information, click here.

Pumpkin Decorating Party at Green Lake Village PCC
Where: Green Lake Village PCC, 450 NE 71st St.
When: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday Oct. 25
Price: Free
About: Kids 12 and younger can decorate their very own pumpkin to take home! PCC will supply free pumpkins, decorating supplies and healthy snacks to stir those scary, creative juices. For more information, click here.

Ways to Wellness Series: Mental Wellness 
Where: Green Lake Library meeting room (7364 E. Green lake Dr. N)
When: Sunday, October 26th  from 2 – 3 pm
Price: Free
About: A presentation on “Mental Wellness”, the last in Seattle Public Library’s “Ways to Wellness” series.  Speakers from National Alliance for
Mental Illness (NAMI) will talk about a variety of brain disorders, answer your questions, and hopefully, take the mystery and misinformation out of mental illness. Healthy snacks provided and free library parking.

Climb for Clean Air Info Meeting.  Climb a Mountain, Make a Difference.
Where:  Green Lake Public Library, 7364 E. Green lake Dr. N
When:   Monday, October 27, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Price:  Free and open to the community
About:  Climb Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood or Mt. Adams with the Climb for Clean Air.  Previous experience not required.  Life changing adventure guaranteed.  Training and guide services are covered by your fundraising.  Climb for Good.  Climb for Free.  To learn more, join our  info meeting in your community or visit


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Green Lake Wines Closing

October 23, 2014 6:00am

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Green Lake Wines + Wine Bar will serve its last wine tasting next week. After six years at the Green Lake location, owner Richard Kinssies said he decided to consolidate his wine businesses – closing Green Lake Wines and operating solely out of Wine Outlet, his store on Elliott Avenue.

In a note to his customers Richard said the decision was not an easy one:

“I live just a few blocks from the Green Lake location and I’ve made connections with so many of my neighbors through the store. I met some folks when they were expecting a child and now I see that child go by the store on his way to school at Daniel Bagley Elementary. I’ve gotten to know many neighborhood kids over the years as they stopped by the store to raid my candy jar on their way home from school. And I’ve gotten to know their parents when they stop by for a bottle of wine for dinner or to chat over a glass.

Two of my customers who met at the wine bar got along so well that they got married. After their wedding ceremony they had photos taken in their wedding attire at the place where they met. No, this was not an easy decision.”

Kinssies has planned a few events before he closes his doors.

Last Wine Tasting at Greenlake Wines – Thursday, Oct. 30 5-9pm
Last Open Day at Greenlake Wines – Saturday, Nov. 1 3-9pm
BIG SALE at Wine Outlet – Sunday, Nov. 2 12-5pm

Cheers to you Richard! Best of luck on your consolidation! 



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