The Christmas Ships

2013-11-10_1635It won’t be long before the holidays are here, which brings the Argosy Christmas Ships.  Here are some of the dates where Beach Drive neighbors may be able to enjoy the festive scenes from the comforts of your home.

DEPARTS: Elliott Bay Marina, 3:30pm-5:50pm
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
PERFORMANCES: 4:20-4:40 Lowman Beach Park*; 5:10-5:30 Alki Beach Park*

DEPARTS: Elliott Bay Marina, 7:00pm-9:45pm
CHOIR: Holy Names Academy Choir
PERFORMANCES: 8:05-8:25 Manchester City Park*; 9:15-9:35 Salty’s on Alki*

PS: Don’t forget to send us your holiday pics if you would like them shared with neighbors (and the wide world on the web) on Beach Drive Blog.

5th of July Hangover

This morning my husband, also known as Scupper on BDB, and I decided to grab a big garbage bag to pick up debris from fireworks that took place at Emma Schmitz last night. I was surprised to see just how much was left behind.


One of last night’s partiers forgot an unopened can of beer in the tall grass.


Argosy Christmas Ships Cruising by West Seattle tonight

Quick reminder: the Argosy Christmas Ships will be stopping by Manchester and Salties on Alki tonight. With our nice clear weather, we should have a nice view from our homes or you can go down to Salties to enjoy!

PS: If you have holiday photos of your Beach Drive homes or pets, please feel free to share them with us! Happy Holidays!

Argosy Christmas Ships cruising past Beach Drive

There are two dates when you may be able to see the Argosy Christmas Ships from your Beach Drive homes.

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 4:20-4:40 Lowman Beach Park*, 5:10-5:30 Alki Beach Park*
Christmas Ship Departs: Pier 55
Christmas Ship with Choir, 3:30-5:50pm Book Now
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-5:50pm Book Now

Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6pm Book Now
Santa Brunch Cruise 11am-1pm Book Now

CHOIR: Pacific Sound Chorus
Performances: 8:05-8:25 Manchester City Park*, 9:15-9:35 Salty’s on Alki*
Christmas Ship Departs: Pier 55
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:45pm Book Now
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:45pm Book Now

Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:45pm Book Now


Share your Halloween Photos

Is your Beach Drive home, pets, pumpkins or tiny goblin all tricked out for Halloween? Please share your frightening photos and we’ll post them here on Beach Drive Blog.

PS: We’re still having our quasi photo contest where your Beach Drive photos will be shared as our Facebook header…I admit, we’ve been a little slow in posting new headers. I’ve popped up a Halloween photo from last year and will unveil a new photo from one of our readers after Halloween. Please keep your photos coming!



Have a FUN and SAFE Independence Day… and SPD Safety Newsletter

From our home to yours, we wish you a fun filled and safe Independence Day!

Speaking of “safe”, you’ll want to read the latest Seattle Police Department Community Newsletter (click here) .  Apparently someone who works for Comcast on contract, driving one of their trucks, had used his position at Comcast to scope out a house for a possible burglary. If you have not made an appointment for Comcast (or any service) and they show up at your door, lock the door and call Comcast (or the company) to verify that service is needed BEFORE letting them in your home.

The SPD newsletter also has important summertime crime prevention tips… and a reminder for Seattle Night Out which is on August 6th this year.

If you have a Seattle Night Out event planned in your Beach Drive neighborhood, feel free to post in on our Facebook page or let us know – we’re happy to help promote it.

Happy 4th! :)

Beach Drive Holly Jolly Homes

A couple more homes decked out for the holidays to share with you. If we’re missing your Beach Drive home, pet dressed up as on of Santa’s helpers or you have a favorite holiday recipe you’d like to share with your Beach Drive neighbors, please let us know!

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More Ho Ho Homes dressed up for the Holidays

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Beach Drive Holiday Homes

We thought we’d share some photos of neighborhood homes that are decked out for the holidays along Beach Drive.   

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You could say this home by Lowman Beach is being “ducked” out for the holidays.
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We like Santa’s four legged friends on the deck of this home.
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Perched above Beach Drive
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Joy to all!

Would you like to have your festive Beach Drive home or decorated pet featured on Beach Drive Blog? Please send us a photo!

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 (

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  Interview arrangements and other information is available at, or by contacting Libby Carr, Executive Producer,  at; 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.