Scarecrow Kick…Transformer?

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Internet has changed the media industry. Blockbuster and Hollywood Video went bankrupt. And our Scarecrow Video (a Wallyhood sponsor) has been struggling, as well.

But unlike Blockbuster and Hollywood, Scarecrow believes it still has a place in the post-VHS world:

The past 25 years have seen Scarecrow’s collection grow from 600 titles to over 120,000, to become the single largest library of VHS, laserdiscs, VCDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. In fact, it’s very likely the largest single archive of movies in the world…With the explosion of home video in the 1980’s came the birth of the direct-to-video industry. Countless direct-to-video films have never been released as16mm or 35mm prints. Thousands of these films never made the jump to DVD, and continue to be overlooked during the digital migration. Scarecrow keeps these nearly lost classics alive and available to viewers. 

3128450763_d01470b8d8_mBut, with revenue tumbling, they know they can’t keep the doors open under the existing model.

That’s why they’ve launched a Kickstarter to fund the “The Scarecrow Project, a new non-profit which proposes to assume management of Scarecrow Video to preserve and grow the vast library.”

The Grand Illusion Cinema, also a non-profit, will become the fiscal sponsor of the Scarecrow Project, and the existing owners will donate Scarecrow’s existing video collection to the new entity. If successful, the existing Scarecrow storefront will remain open and active:

 In the last year The Screening Room has hosted DVD release parties, interactive press screenings, book signings, local film previews, shadow puppet shows, and presentations by Seattle art legend Larry Reid, Troma film founder Lloyd Kaufman, and Oscar winning film editor Thelma Schoomaker. With something going on every night of the week, one can also find free movie screenings, weekly trivia nights, fan meet-ups, and film club nights. But this is just the beginning. It is just laying the foundation for The Screening Room to reach its full potential with more events with local filmmakers, more collaborative, cross-purpose events, more guest visitors/speakers, and even more innovative ways to use the space that haven’t even been dreamed of yet.

Want to give them a kick? Check out the Scarecrow Project Kickstarter page.

As of this writing, they are 60% of their way to their $100,000 goal.

(Photo by Lairdcrumb)

Music at Wallingford Farmers Market

There will not be music at the Wallingford Farmers Market this Wednesday, unfortunately. Colleen Kurke, who has been organizing the monthly addition of live music to our weekly mini-festival writes:

We had complaints from the vendors and others neighbors of the park that the threeperson drum circle [that played at the market in July] was too loud and their display distracted people from the Farmers Market.  I disagree I thought it was a great addition to the market and the drums were non amplified and mellow. I’m working with the FM coordinator on the Sept 10th event hoping that it will be OK’d.
I have to say I’m disappointed. I’ll admit that I wasn’t there that week, so I have to base this on what I imagine music would be like, but it sure seems like kids, picnics, food, and games just pairs so nicely with a little music. If it was too close to the vendors, I would think they would just move it back.
When I was out for Seattle Night Out, I talked to some folks who lived right next to the Farmers Market, and they complained a bit about how difficult it was to find parking next to their own homes during the market. But then they shrugged, and said, effectively, “but hey, it’s worth it to have that great market.”
Again, with the caveat that I wasn’t there, I’m surprised the neighbors don’t take the same “live and let live” attitude towards the music, cutting it a little slack, for a couple hours per month. But I’d be interested to hear from those who live near it, if I’ve got something wrong.

Spanish School and Dance Classes

It seems like summer will never end, but we’ve torn off another sheet on the calendar and planners are starting to plan for the Fall.

Here are a couple options for kids from Wallyhood sponsors. Manuela Slye from Cometa Playschool on Stone Way writes:

CometaAd-300x300Bienvenidos! We are currently enrolling for the 2014-2015 school year. Our unique approach and innovative curriculum encompasses early learning and second language acquisition in a fun, stimulating environment. We have created a beautiful space for children to learn about themselves, their community and the world we live in.

Our native speaker instructors have a passion for their profession, are CPR and First Aid Certified and trained in Positive Discipline. We incorporate music, art, math and science to foster children’s natural curiosity and imagination while providing them with the opportunity to learn a second language.

Come see us! For more information or to schedule a tour please visit or email [email protected]

And Vivian Little of Dance Fremont writes:

dance-fremontDance Fremont! is now accepting registration for their 2014-15 school year program.

Dance Fremont! inspires a life-long love of dance in each student. The dance instructors are experienced professionals who are innovative, motivational and caring, and believe that every student can enjoy the spirit and soul of dance, regardless of body structure or image. A whole child approach permeates this dance school which has created a family atmosphere full of joy and creativity. Dance Fremont! is a place for children from ages 3-18 years to grow and learn in dance, and along the way they will feel part of something very unique and special. Please join us for a remarkable journey. Visit for more information.

Chuck Gates Passing

Mike Ruby let us know that there’s a note in the window of Tweedy and Popp that Chuck Gates, past long time owner of the historic Wallingford hardware store, passed away in June. From Tweedy and Popp’s Facebook page:

10438919_10152280499497638_1088611536014382873_nWe are deeply saddened to announce the passing of past long time owner of Tweedy & Popp Hardware, Chuck Gates. Chuck died peacefully in his sleep after brief hospitalization for a recent illness.

Chuck was a Wallingford icon, having attended St. Benedict Catholic Grade School and Lincoln High School. He began working at Tweedy & Popp while in high school and eventually bought the store in the 1960′s. Chuck was truly Seattle’s “Mr. Hardware” and in 2007 received the Estwing Golden Hammer Award for 50 years of service in the hardware industry.

In retirement Chuck and his wife Marlene moved to Sun City West, AZ where they indulged their passion for golf; they often entertained friends and family visiting from the Seattle area. The family will hold a gathering of Chuck’s friends later this Summer to celebrate and honor his life.

Comics Dungeon Block Party

14379433272_a79a683c32_zFor comic book fans, there are two, count them two (2) reasons to head to Wallingford this weekend.

First, Comics Dungeon (319 NE 45th St) is having an anniversary sale / mini-convention / block party this weekend, August 9th and 10th:

This will be our biggest summer sale yet! With the support of our neighbors at Frame Central we are taking over the block! We will be bringing in dozens of back issue boxes from our convention stock and setting up tables on the sidewalks and the Frame Central parking lot. We will also have 2 food trucks here for each day of the event! Plus cosplayers every day, and customers are welcome to show up in costume!

There look to be about a dozen or so special guests throughout the weekend. Check out their Facebook page for details.

Coincidentally, we think, Deborah Mallory of the Sophisticated Swine writes:

I will be having a Wallingford Comic Con Estate Sale on Saturday, August 9th from 9:00-4:00.  There are over 1,000 collectible toys for sale.  There are many items never out of the box.  I have Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Battlestar, Star Trek, Dunny’s, Muppets, Halo Nightmare before Christmas, Corpse Bride and many more. Come in costume.  Door prize for best dressed.
Address:  2312 N 57th St. All proceeds go to Clients Childrens’ Scholarship Fund.

I’m not sure what the Client’s Childrens Scholarship Fund is, or whether it’s supposed to be capitalized. but there ya go.

(Photo by Kozy Shack)

Wallingford / Fremont Landscape Makeover

Hailey writes:

Wallingford Landscape Makeover

Saturday, August 9th, 9 am – noon 
Meet at the northeast side of Aurora & N 46th intersection, 915 N 46th St. Seattle, WARSVP here

Join the Seattle Tree Ambassadors for a neighborhood work party to clean up the 46th Ave & Aurora bus stop and staircase and give it a new look! We’ll be pulling weeds, picking up garbage, and mulching to make the area safer and more pleasant for transit users and pedestrians.

Please join your neighbors, meet new friends, and offer a hand. We’ll provide tools, gloves and refreshments.

No prior experience necessary—work options for all ages. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Makings: Journals of Grandma Tillie

Here’s a bit of culture for your Thursday night:

makingsOn Thursday August 7, San Francisco Bay Area based composer/musician Jesse Olsen Bay will perform his new song cycle Makings, as part of the Wayward Music Series at the Good Shepherd Center’s Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle. Makings is an original song cycle, based on unpublished writings by Bay’s grandmother, legendary author/activist Tillie Olsen. The album was released in July, and Bay is currently touring the West Coast. For this concert, Bay will be accompanied by acclaimed Seattle percussionist Paul Kikuchi.

Also appaering will be Meghan O’Donoghue-Williams, a vocalist and composer who since 2008 has been living in Java, studying Javanese vocal music. She will be presenting songs from her upcoming album, Peshawar. The performance begins at 8pm. Admission is $5-15.

Jesse Olsen Bay is an award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his art-folk duo Ramon & Jessica as well as his collaborations with dance and film. For Makings, Bay worked with unpublished writings by his grandmother, author/activist Tillie Olsen (1912 – 2000). Tillie wrote books, short stories, and essays about the lives of women and working class people, earning her reverence and respect from her readers. Makings was created from Tillie’s unpublished journals, which she called her “Blueys”: blue sheets of paper that she covered in ideas, notes, bits of poetry and prose.

In Makings, Bay sings and accompanies himself on guitar, percussion, piano, toy instruments and found objects, weaving Tillie’s words into a vivid tapestry of emotion and imagery. The songs explore history and memory, the cycles of life and death, and awe and reverence for the beauty of nature. Bay spent the past 8 years composing and recording these songs, and tonight will celebrate the album’s release. He will be joined by Casey Van Portlfeet on percussion.

Give a listen, see if it’s your speed, on the Makings web page.

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