Video: One last look at White Center Jubilee Days’ big night

July 21st, 2013 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

Just found out about that video by Blair Johnson from White Center-neighboring Highland Park – he included some of the Jubilee Days carnival rides on Wednesday night, and then the fireworks show. Great memories – thanks!

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Seen at the 2013 White Center Jubilee Days street fair

July 21st, 2013 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news 1 Comment »

The fog hadn’t burned off yet when we stopped by the White Center Jubilee Days street fair earlier today – so Deano the Clown‘s bright makeup and costume really stood out against the gray sky. Another standout element, as always: The volunteers who put in so much time and effort to make your community a better place, like White Center Food Bank board member Jun Tay, photographed at the WCFB booth:

And the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, whose booth was anchored by NHUAC members Liz Giba and Pat Price, along with Bob Price, when we visited:

Also on hand – robotics students from the Evergreen campus demonstrating their frisbee-flinging robot in the KeyBank lot:

Jubilee Days entertainment continues until 6 pm today. This is the 90th edition of the festival!

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Jubilee Days finale: Parade, pancake breakfast, more

July 21st, 2013 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center Kiwanis Club, White Center news 2 Comments »

White Center Jubilee Days 2013 wraps up today with the street fair continuing and the parade at 11:30 am. Do note that means 16th SW will be closed between SW 100th (end of the parade route) and SW 112th (the start) for a while. Today’s full list of events is on the Jubilee Days home page – starting with the White Center Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 8 am at Holy Family.

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White Center Jubilee Days notes: Carnival; fireworks; bus reroutes for parade

July 17th, 2013 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news 1 Comment »

Three White Center Jubilee Days notes this morning:

CARNIVAL STARTS THIS AFTERNOON: 3 pm, Steve Cox Memorial Park. The hours for the full five-day run are listed on the WCJD website.

FIREWORKS TONIGHT: Dusk, also at Steve Cox Park.

BUS REROUTES: Sunday brings the Jubilee Days parade, and that means temporary reroutes that day for Metro Route 120 and Sound Transit 560.

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White Center Jubilee Days 2013: Carnival starts Wednesday

July 15th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

The White Center Jubilee Days carnival starts Wednesday at Steve Cox Memorial Park, and by midday today, the Davis Shows Northwest trucks were there, with some of the festive, brightly colored ride components in view.

The carnival opens at 3 pm Wednesday (July 17) – lots of info here. And Wednesday night brings the Jubilee Days fireworks show at dusk, also at Steve Cox Park.

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Reader’s open letter: ‘Here is what I would like to see Jubilee Days do to rebuild some bridges’

May 3rd, 2013 Tracy Posted in Letters to the Editor, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news 6 Comments »

We’ve received another letter referring to the recent Jubilee Days-related controversy. This is from White Center business owner Justin Cline:

Yesterday a representative from Jubilee Days Board came in with the intentions of unburning some bridges. I think this is a wonderful start. Here is what I would like to see Jubilee Days do to rebuild some bridges.

Involve the community. All the smaller fairs in the area make it a point to include local businesses and art groups, not just take their donations. The Cambodian Festival, The Fair at Sacred Heart, and the various festivals and fairs that the WCCDA host throughout the year manage to bring in our local ethnic restaurants as vendors. Jubilee Days has the same guy selling hot dogs and Elephant Ears year after year. The parade has almost no local involvement. Instead groups from Eastern Washington and farther are paid well to march in our parade.

Thank the people that made your festival happen last year. Most of the people that put on the auction last year didn’t even get a mention in your program. Most of what they heard were complaints from the board. Is it a surprise they are not willing to help again? If you made some earnest and sincere apologies, I am sure it would go a long way.

Make good on the promises you made last year. Put up banners for all the businesses you forgot to last year. Put in the ads you forgot to print. Refund the money you took from Southgate Roller Rink.

Finally, elect a new President. Mike McGrath’s complete disdain for local business and the community in general is not doing you any favors. Last year when asked why he was blocking of the entry way to the Southgate Roller Rink. He said, “F**k them. I don’t have time for this. I am not here to make businesses happy, I am here to put on a festival.”

He said this in front of me and several other people. Southgate donated thousands of dollars in money and in-kind donations, and all they asked was that their entryway was left open so they could participate in the street fair. Mike deliberately cut them out. Even after the festival was over, Mike made no effort to correct this. He has a long history of burning bridges in this area using this festival. Chase Bank won’t donate to you again because Mike promised them a booth and an ad, took their money and then did nothing for them. No booth, no ad. He did something similar to a local couple that donated money for a memorial. They got nothing. It is time to find a new director for your festival if you are truly going to take this into a new direction.

Do that this year, and then come back next year and we will talk about donating again. Until then I will continue to encourage people to avoid this fair.

Justin Cline

The opinions expressed in letters are solely those of the writers, not of WCN. Letters can be sent to whitecenternow@gmail.com.

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Reader’s open letter: ‘There needs to be a conversational, emotional, and cognitive return to the original purpose of this event: The community’

April 9th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news 38 Comments »

On Monday, we reported local entrepreneur Vera Johnson‘s decision to change the name of the White Center garden tour she is sponsoring July 20th, after WC Jubilee Days asked her to do so, in a way that touched off a Facebook firestorm. Sara Sanford has followed up with an open letter to Jubilee Days organizers and asked if we would publish it. (Note that “today” in her letter refers to Monday.):

Dear David Krause, Greg McCorkle, Michael McGrath, Peter Mort, and Karen Padden,

Seven months after moving to White Center and immediately falling head-over-heels for the neighborhood, I had the opportunity to be one of three co-chairs for the annual Jubilee Days’ Spring Gala. It was truly a labor of love that ultimately gave me and the other volunteers the great gift of meeting vibrant generous community members we might not have encountered otherwise. Vera Johnson was one of these gracious humbling individuals.

In the midst of the chaos that typically accompanies community events and fundraisers, Vera Johnson – a stranger to me until then – found out we were in need of some last-minute miscellany. She and her employee threw together centerpieces and decorations and donated auction items to raise funds for the Jubilee Days event. After giving away her own time and materials, she refused a free ticket to the event and insisted on buying tickets for herself and several friends. I’m fairly sure that in the course of the evening we broke one of her vases and may have lost some decorations. She never cared. She thanked us for all our hard work and went on to run the Garden Tour that had been handed over to her at the last moment. I do not know all the behind-the-scenes that produced this garden tour – but I know the overall community impact was positive, as all events at her nursery have been.

Today, White Center Jubilee Days Board publicly posted a Cease and Desist letter to Vera Johnson on Facebook. They had already sent this letter to her in the mail, and she had received it Friday. She hadn’t even had an entire business day to respond before her name and business had been dragged through the mud by an organization she had assisted in the past. Again, I was not privy to all the behind-the- scenes action on this either – I just know that the overall impact on the community has been nothing but toxic.

As noted in the thread that ensued, there are endless ways to discuss where and how and why this was the poor choice.

There’s the technical/legal side of it all:

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Will a garden tour by any other name smell as sweet? One tour’s name will change

April 8th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news 4 Comments »

By Tracy Record
White Center Now editor

Nine months after the last White Center Jubilee Days festival and three months before the next one, the local business owner who organized last year’s WC Garden Tour in connection with the festival says she’ll run a tour under a different name this time. This, after the Jubilee Days board went public with accusations via Facebook, and sent her a letter demanding that she stop using the name “White Center Garden Tour.”

We contacted Village Green Perennial Nursery owner Vera Johnson for comment after readers pointed us to this post on the Jubilee Days FB page, accusing her of focusing last year’s tour promotion on her business instead of WCJD. Festival organizers also published a cease-and-desist letter on the Jubilee Days website. Here’s how Johnson answered our inquiry:

The WC Garden Tour was started by Peggy Weiss 20 years ago (she and I are in direct contact). Peggy fully supports me taking over the garden tour, as an educational tool/experience and fun community event.

However, to avoid any community conflict, I’d prefer to be respectful to the people who the tour is intended for, which are the gardeners and tourgoers; I will change the name of my garden tour to the ‘Village Green Tour of Gardens’… in White Center’ and move forward towards a happy and joyous gardening season and look about the gardens we have already lined up, visiting the gardens, and connecting with the tourgoers.

The ‘Village Green Tour of Gardens’… in White Center’ will still take place on July 20th; all information will remain the same.

According to the Jubilee Days website, the festival is having its own garden tour on July 14th.

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Live at White Center Jubilee Days: Final afternoon!

July 22nd, 2012 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news 1 Comment »

1:57 PM: WCN is live at White Center Jubilee Days for the first time ever – and Tina Holmes, who’s managing the vendors this year, just stopped by with a vendor who just received a big acknowledgment: At left in our top photo (with Tina at right) is Jean Remington of Remi E Jewelry, who’s been coming here for 20 years, all the way from Bonney Lake. She received the certificate on stage a little while ago (and is still selling her jewelry this afternoon).

3:10 PM: The music continues for a while longer – earlier this afternoon, the popular kindie-rockers The Not-Its played on the south stage:

That was right after the Jubilee Days parade – we’ll be adding some visuals from that in a separate story. Vendors are scheduled to be here till 5 pm; it’s been a bit breezy but there are sunbreaks and blue-sky breaks, and a pleasant stroll for all the folks passing through.

4:44 PM: The sun even came out! So did this robot – operated by a team with members from Highline, Evergreen, Kennedy, and Renton, meeting in Tukwila:

The visitors keep coming – and the vendors keep smiling – Lonjina and Jenny from Center Studio are here, with Jenny doing massage to raise money for WestSide Baby:

And the SWAC Football/Cheer booth has been offering free face-painting:

There’s been good food and fun all afternoon. And plenty of bubbles. Random bubble generators have been sending streams this way off and on – and that’s added to the cheery atmosphere. The vendors are scheduled to fold up soon but the carnival over at Steve Cox Memorial Park continues till 9 tonight, so the fun’s not over yet.

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Huge day in White Center: Parade today; street fair continues; Zippy’s contest; Library Guild yard sale; Saturday scenes

July 22nd, 2012 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

White Center Jubilee Days‘ grand finale today – highlighted by the parade (11:30 am) and the second day of the street fair – and did we mention the Zippy’s Giant Burgers burger-eating contest this afternoon? The WC Library Guild sale, too! Complete rundown after some scenes from Saturday:

(Photos by Patrick Sand for WCN)
That ’57 BelAir was part of Saturday’s Jubilee Days car show – these, too:

Unfortunately the car show does not continue today. But you’ll find vendors, entertainment, and community groups, like your North Highline Unincorporated Area Council:

NHUAC’s Richard Miller, by the way, told us that their next Public Safety Forum on September 13th will include the two candidates for King County Sheriff, current sheriff Steve Strachan and recently retired longtime sergeant John Urquhart. Speaking of public safety, North Highline Fire District is at Jubilee Days too:

By next year, depending on results of this November’s vote, White Center Jubilee Days might also be technically North Burien Jubilee Days. Local supporters of Burien annexation were on hand:

(P.S. in terms of equal coverage – we didn’t see a “no” booth or we would have photographed them too – we’ll look again today.) You also have a chance to support many hard-working White Center nonprofits, like the Food Bank, which again offers the chance for you to be photographed on a classic motorcycle – suggested donation $4:

If your taste in vehicles runs toward buses – check out King County’s RapidRide bus – though the C Line is ending in nearby Westwood instead of running all the way to WC as the current 54 does – the big red-and-yellow bus is there with “RapidRide Man”:

We’ll be at Jubilee Days today on behalf of WCN, noon-5 pm in a booth, covering it live. So here’s how everything unfolds today:

*10 am-2 pm – WC Library Guild rummage sale in the Muffler Shoppe parking lot
*11:30 am – White Center Jubilee Days parade (info including the route on 16th SW, here)
*Noon – Street Fair begins (entertainment lineup here)
*Noon-9 pm – last day of the Jubilee Days carnival at Steve Cox Memorial Park
*2 pm – Zippy’s Giant Burgers burger-eating contest (signups start at 10)

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Jubilee Days Street Fair, Car Show today!

July 21st, 2012 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

Day 1 of big fun – with live music starting at 11 and continuing late into the night – the schedule’s here. See you there!

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Bright lights, big fun: Jubilee Days Carnival, night 1, with fireworks

July 19th, 2012 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

(Photos by Nick Adams for WCN)
If you didn’t know the White Center Jubilee Days festival was in full swing, last night’s fireworks show announced it loud and clear.It was visible beyond Steve Cox Memorial Park as well as a thrill for those who watched from closer-up, including Arnie Lopez and 3-year-old son Simon:

The bright lights weren’t all in the sky; the first night of the Jubilee Days Carnival filled the park with colorful sights closer to the ground – here’s a view of the StarTrooper ride:

Classic carnival games abound:

They can take some concentration! Leon Falco gave the Clown Water Gun Balloon Game his best shot:

Jordan Brown and his 2-year-old son Zander were spotted duck-watching:

Along with traditional fair-style food, the Taco Time Traveler truck fed Jubilee Days-goers – offering free tacos:

(Its crew was tweeting from the carnival and fireworks show – see their tweets/photos here.) But the main dish is excitement.

That’s Johnny Huyan and Laura Rubles on the StarTrooper. The Dragon Wagon was a huge hit with younger festivalgoers:

Some braved the StarTrooper too – like 8-year-old Jordain Webber:

The carnival continues through Sunday – today, it begins with armband sales at 1 pm; on Friday, at noon; Saturday, 11 am; Sunday, noon (when closing time will be 9 pm – it’s flexible the other nights, depending on how late carnivalgoers keep showing up!).

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Jubilee Days carnival, fireworks just hours away!

July 18th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

Just dropped by Steve Cox Memorial Park to check on carnival setup – the rides are in place and everyone’s getting ready to go. Armbands for the rides go on sale at 3 pm today. And at dusk, it’s another big Jubilee Days fireworks show, also from Steve Cox Park (though you will see and hear it from the streets around the park, too). The carnival continues through Sunday; the street fair is Saturday and Sunday, and the parade is Sunday – lots of info on the official website.

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White Center Garden Tour 2012: One stop along the way

July 15th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

(Photos by Nick Adams for WCN)
This year’s White Center Garden Tour is a wrap! Coordinator Vera Johnson of Village Green Perennial Nursery (one of the tour stops) says today’s tour participants voted on their favorites, which won prizes as a result, and the one garden photographed for WCN came in first – #7, Russell Hodgkinson and Shelley Poncy‘s garden in White Center near 17th and 106th.

They get a $15 Village Green gift certificate and a 4-pound bag of fertilizer. Here’s one more view:

(The vintage trailer, we’re told, is a recent addition.) In third place, receiving a $10 gift certificate, was the Barton Street P-Patch; and in second place, with a $15 gift certificate, was garden #6 on the tour map.

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Today: White Center Garden Tour, part of Jubilee Days!

July 15th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

The Village Green Perennial Nursery-organized White Center Garden Tour is today – 10 am-4 pm, free! The map, first linked here July 5th, includes locations in south West Seattle as well as White Center; download it here, and/or get a printed copy at locations including Village Green, Full Tilt Ice Cream, and Proletariat Pizza.

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Jubilee Days: Golfers hit the green, in the sun, today

July 7th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Sports, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

Next White Center Jubilee Days event is today – though it’s happening a bit south of town. Glen Acres Country Club and Golf Course is the scene of the Jubilee Days Golf Tournament, starting at noon. There’s some info on the WCJD website – and lots more in this photo caption on the WCJD Facebook page.

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White Center Garden Tour: The map is out!

July 5th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

Village Green Perennial Nursery, sponsor of this year’s White Center Garden Tour, sends word that the map is available! The tour is part of White Center Jubilee Days; it’s free, self-guided, and coming up on July 15th – 10 am to 4 pm – just one week from this Sunday. The map includes locations in south West Seattle as well as White Center; download it here, and/or pick up a copy at locations including Village Green, Full Tilt Ice Cream, and Proletariat Pizza. P.S. The Garden Tour has a Facebook page; see it here.

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Speaking of fireworks … they’re back for Jubilee Days, on July 18

June 25th, 2012 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

Though the date hasn’t been widely publicized yet, we’ve confirmed that a fireworks show will again be part of Jubilee Days this year – we were wondering, while writing our previous report about personal-fireworks laws, and Justin from Full Tilt Ice Cream confirms the show will be at dusk July 18th, opening night of the carnival. (Here’s our coverage from last year.)

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Looking ahead: Pinewood Derby to raise $ for Jubilee Days

May 28th, 2012 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news 1 Comment »

It’s the calm before the storm … of summer activities. Another White Center Jubilee Days fundraiser is coming up, though, if you haven’t heard already: The 2nd annual Pinewood Derby at Big Al Brewing, all ages welcome, on June 23rd; doors open at noon, $10 per entry, which gets you a car kit. Food trucks, beer, prizes, trophies all promised, as well as live music featuring Rats in the Grass – more details on this Facebook event page.

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Party now, festival later: White Center Jubilee Days gala

May 6th, 2012 Tracy Posted in White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off


We stopped by Saturday night’s White Center Jubilee Days gala at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in the early going. Among the people already there, above from left, Vera Johnson of Village Green Perennial Nursery and Pat Price and Barbara Dobkin from the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council; below, Matt Tilton of Tilton Fine Metasmithing and Jesse Lovell of Company:


Among the auction items … a baseball bearing the autograph of Mariners’ legend Edgar Martinez!

We’ll be keeping watch for reports on how the night went. Jubilee Days is set for July 14-21 this year, and you can find the latest and greatest info any time at jubileedays.org.

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