100 years old & looking maaarvalous!

Two Beach Drive beauties are turning over the century this year. According to King County Records, this gal was born in 1913…


Sweetheart, you haven’t changed a bit!


Not sure of the year but check out the ride out front!


The next centurion is actually a remodel that was finished up in 1913 replacing a lens-lantern atop a wooden post. This is an excerpt from Lighthouse Friends .Com

After the government purchased an octagonal parcel at the tip of the point from Edmund Hansen for a sum of $9,999. the present concrete fog signal building with attached, thirty-seven foot octagonal tower was completed on April 29th, 1913, and the station was activated a few weeks later on June 1.



 Photo courtesy of University of Washington archives


Circa 1959 from Washington State Digital Archives

Here’s a few pics of the beacon taken earlier today from the S.S. Scupper. Notice the blue tent out front of the Coast Guard residence. They’re preparing for grand birthday party tomorrow to commemorate the 100 year anniversary. The Log House Museum is also hosting a shin-dig from noon to 4!




Weather is predicted for the high 60’s tomorrow.

 Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Orson Memorial Water Bowl unveiling Monday 4/15/13 at 7PM (water fountain @ Emma Schmitz Overlook Park)

 If we had a category for this post it would read “Just for the helluvit”! The idea comes from an unknown kind soul that planted a purple bowl beneath the drinking fountain last year for all our 4 legged friends to drink out of. That bowl must have blown away during one of the winter storms so… we want to pay it forward this year with a stainless dog bowl in memory of an old friend named Orson that used to hobble (on a good day) out to that section of Emma Schmitz park. Rain or shine, bring your walking buddy out to the fountain at 7:00 tomorrow night for the first slurp of the season!

Orson walked the strip from 2005 to 2012

Bailey & Rosie, Sophie, Oliver, the baying hounds, Ottie & Sailer, Seyward, Winston, Gizmo, Cheeto & Paddy, Molly, Sammy, Tazi and the rest of ya tail waggers are cordially invited! 

Great day for a beach cleanup

 A dozen or so folks from a young organization named Operation Sound Beach stormed public beaches along Beach Drive this afternoon.  The group is centered out of Snohomish County and mentioned that this is as far south as they’ve been… so far.  If you happen to pass by them this afternoon, please give them your appreciation for the fine volunteer work!

Operation Sound Beach is a citizen-volunteer task force founded and based with the objective of maintaining the purity, cleanliness and uninterrupted beauty of our beaches up and down the Puget Sound coast line. We are not affiliated with any political or religious agenda. We do not hold restrictions over volunteer membership. We are simply Puget Sound citizens taking care of our beloved Puget Sound communities. Long Live Sound Beach!

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OSB tackles the beach at Emma Schmitz Overlook. Thanks!!

Scupper reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Don’t Miss “Santa’s First Magical Ride: The Musical”

We received this press release from Libby Carr and had to share it with you!

PREMIERES IN SEATTLE  Dec 7 –  23,  2012
Local Author & Playwright team up to create new Christmas musical
Seattle, WA, November 24, 2012:    “Santa’s First Magical Ride: The Musical” is a new tale about why Santa took that first magical ride and his life with the North Pole Elves.   It features original music, songs and lively dance numbers, and was written by Ricky Gene Powell and Paul S. Carr III. The new musical is being performed at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Seattle the three weekends just before Christmas.  All tickets are $15, and can be obtained through Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com).

The musical is based on the book, “Santa’s First Magical Ride,” written by Paul S. Carr III and first published in December 2011.  The book, written entirely in rhyme, tells the story of Santa’s birth and adoption by the North Pole Elves, his magical upbringing, and the story of his first magical sleigh ride.  Ricky Gene Powell and Paul S. Carr III are both professional singers and musicians who combined Paul’s story with Ricky’s expertise as a playwright and director to create a charming new musical story with original bluegrass, celtic, and folk music that will make you want to dance along with the Elves.  Bring cameras since children can visit with Santa afterwards and parents can take a free picture.

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets by calling 1-800-838-3006 or at www.brownpapertickets.com.  Interview arrangements and other information is available at www.yulestory.com, or by contacting Libby Carr, Executive Producer,  at libby@yulestory.com; 206-938-8721.  We also welcome groups and organizations who want to enjoy this experience together and we will promote their attendance on Brown Paper Tickets. Call Libby Carr (206-938-8721) for more info on how your group can celebrate by attending this event together.   

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What:    The premiere of “Santa’s First Magical Ride:  The Musical”
When:    Twelve performances on Dec 7-9; Dec 14-16; Dec 21-23
(2:00 PM Matinees on Sat & Sun & 7:00 PM Fri & Sat nights)
  Where:   Youngstown Cultural Arts Center Theatre (West Seattle)
                          4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA  98106
  Who: Written by Paul Carr & Ricky Gene Powell, Director: Ricky Gene Powell; Executive Producer: Libby Carr
Why:  To present a fresh new Christmas musical that tells the story of where Santa came from as a young child and how he was raised by the North Pole Elves.  Important questions like “How DO the reindeer fly?” (and much more), are finally answered.  A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Ignite, a local organization encouraging young girls to go into the sciences, technology and engineering.

Support your local Veterans

We just received this email from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 is hosting a spaghetti dinner that is free for veterans and their families. 

We are also holding a donation drive on November 11 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm to collect items that will be used to create care packages for a group of JBLM soldiers who recent deployed to Afghanistan, who have been adopted by American Legion Post 160 and Auxiliary Unit 160.  Donation suggestions include, but are not limited to:  toothpaste, shaving cream, soap, non-perishable snacks (beef jerky, cookies, sunflower seeds, etc.), and coffee.  Any cash donations will be used to purchase care package items and/or pay for shipping charges.

Both events will be held at American Legion Post 160, located at 3618 SW Alaska Street in West Seattle.  Please contact the Auxiliary at ALAUnit160@gmail .com with any questions.

This is a great opportunity to show our gratitude to those who have served our country.

Happy Veterans Day!

“Emergency Reach Out” event today at Arbor Heights Elementary

Today from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Arbor Heights Elementary, Emergency Reach Out will be taking place. 

Emergency Reach Out

From the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network blog:

The full schedule of presentations is as follows:

10:00 – 10:30 West Seattle Be Prepared

10:30 – 10:45 West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network and Seattle Public Utilities

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:00 SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Activily Prepare)

Noon – 12:30 Break

12:30 – 1:15 Red Cross

1:15 – 1:35 Seattle Animal Shelter

1:35 – 2:00 Seattle Fire Department

As noted above, FREE Latte and Pastry Cart from 10:00 to Noon. Snacks and grill items are available for purchase from BigFood Trucks. Amazing Raffle Prizes and Gifts for attendees!

Hat tip: West Seattle Blog

See Beach Drive and a few of your neighbors on the big screen

Ira Finkelstein's Christmas is coming to a theater near you (well, almost near you).  This just in from the Director, Sue Cocoron:

If you want to buy tickets to see Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas on the big screen, THE BOX OFFICE IS NOW OPEN!  Seattle International Film Festival 2012. 


SIFF Cinema Uptown on May 22nd at 7pm

Everett Performing Arts Center on May 27 at 1pm

AMC Pacific Place 11 on June 9th at  11am

Parts of this movie were filmed at a home located on Beach Drive and along the beachs of Alki. 

Practice makes more perfect for various rescue agencies

Blakely Rock off the northeast of Bainbridge Island is the scene of several public agencies working on polishing their on- shore & near-shore rescue techniques and procedures.  Among the participating agencies include the Coast Guard, various city fire departments, police, and the Washington State Fish and Wildlife.


The recent coverage from the Bainbridge Island Review mentioned that this is not the first year for these rescue exercises at Blakely Rock (a popular destination for Puget Sound divers & kayakers at low tide).  Corey Williams, technical trainer for Northwest Maritime Rescue was quoted…

“We are going to be running a couple different scenarios based on some search and rescues from last year; panicked swimmers and divers, … A lot of agencies have no problem getting the kayaker out of there, but they don’t know what to do with the kayak,” Williams said. “If they leave it there, will they go through the proper procedures of reporting the kayak?”

Given warmer weather approaching and the popularity of personal sized paddle craft, this is time well spent by these agencies. You never know when one those guys trolling for salmon from a paddle board actually catches something and gets yanked off their boards!

Scupper, for Beach Drive Blog

Seattle Night Out is August 2, 2011

SNOIt's that time of year… time to start thinking about planning your neighborhood Seattle Night Out event.  This year, Seattle Night Out takes place on Tuesday, August 2, 2011.  

This is a great "excuse" for neighbors to get together.  Knowing your neighbors is key to preventing crimes.  

Past events I've attended on Beach Drive often include a casual pot luck and catching up with what's going on in our neighborhood.

If you're Beach Drive neighborhood is planning a night out event, please let me know.  You can email or comment below.  We also have a page on Facebook at www.fb.com/beachdriveblog 

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is TODAY

WsGARAGESALE The West Seattle Community Garage Sale officially begins at 9:00 this morning and wraps up at 3:00 this afternoon with 259 registered sales taking place!

According to the interactive map, we have a couple of garage sales taking place in the Beach Drive neighborhood, including:

#193: 5617 Beach Drive – Estate sale with furniture, antiques, vintage dishes, art and so much more.

#46:  5319 SW Angeline – Multi-family.  Good household stuff, decor, collectables, salt and pepper

#39:  4136 Beach Drive SW – Multi-family sale.  All proceeds going to American Cancer Society.

#26:  3618 61st Ave SW – Toys! Baby Gear! Furniture! Clothes! Snacks!

#109: 6212 SW Spokane – Electic mix of framed art, furniture, households, jewelry, planters, books.

PS: Many additional garage sales have popped up.  Feel free to add photos and locations at www.facebook.com/beachdriveblog