CLASSIC HOME TOUR

Looking South from 6756 17th Avenue NW

Looking South from 6756 17th Avenue NW

On June 10th tickets go on sale for the 2016 Ballard Classic Home tour. Organized every three years by the Ballard Historical Society, this year’s tour will be comprised of eight homes built between 1892-1934. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2530147) or the Ballard Public Green Market, the Secret Garden Bookshop, and Scandinavian Specialties.

The town of Ballard was settled in 1887 and remained an independent entity until 1907 when it was annexed by the city of Seattle. Despite only existing as an autonomous entity for 20 years, Ballard retains much of its original independent identity as a small town.  Housing in Ballard ranges from early pioneer farm houses, to post-war ranch houses.  The majority of the housing stock reflects Ballard’s history as a middle-class enclave.  Small Queen Anne houses, early-twentieth century catalogue cottages, craftsman bungalows, and Cape Cod-style houses are very prevalent. Despite their modest sizes, many of these homes feature impeccable craftsmanship, fine millwork, leaded glass, and unique architectural detailing.

All proceeds from the Ballard Classic Home Tour go to the Ballard Historical Society, which supports community projects, presents free lectures, and maintains extensive archives.

Ballard High School Set to Perform Urinetown

Get ready for the next great Ballard High School Performing Arts musical, Urinetown. Next Thursday March 6th is opening night where the Ballard Foundation will host a meet and greet with the cast, a buffet dinner, and various speakers who will highlight the work done by the performing arts. Tickets to this opening night event are as follows.

  • Individual Tickets Upper Level $45
  • Individual Patron Tickets Lower Level $75
  • Tables for 8 $360
  • Patron Tables for 8 $600

If you cannot make opening night, you will have plenty of chances to catch this hilarious musical. Ballard students will also perform this on Friday & Saturday March 7 & 8th as well as the following week March 14 & 15. For more information about this musical and purchasing tickets, please visit the Ballard High School Performing Arts site.

If Ice Caps Melt Ballard Will Look Like…

According to Jeffrey Lin, a campus planner at University of Washington with a background in geography, Ballard would look a whole lot different than it does today if all the ice caps in the world melted. With new geographical names such as Phinney Peninsula, Crown Point, Loyal Headlands, and a new Bay of Ballard, the make up of Ballard would change dramatically.  While the idea that this will take place in the near future is far fetched at best, it is interesting to see how our geography could change in the future.  See his illustration of what Ballard could look like below.

Ballard Burglary

Around 3 AM early Wednesday morning a female burglar broke into the garage of a Ballard residents home. If you plan on leaving your house for Halloween festivities tonight, you may want to double check that your house is secure.

According to the SPD Blotter.

A female suspect is seen on video entering the victim’s garage. This morning just shortly after 3:00 a.m., residents were asleep in their home in the 8300 block of 9th NW when a noise woke them up. Upon checking they found their main garage door open.  The homeowner closed the garage door and went back to bed.

They then heard the garage door opening.  They returned to the garage and did not see anyone.  However, they saw some of their tools moved over to the garage door area and found their vehicle had been rummaged through with paperwork being taken.  The residence has video cameras.  Upon review of the video footage they saw the suspect in their garage. The female suspect was wearing gloves.  She is seen opening the door that leads into the residence, but does not enter.

The suspect is then seen leaving the garage and walking down the street. Officers conducted an area check for the suspect with negative results.

The suspect is described as a white female, 5’6, slim build, wearing a white or beige knit hat, scarf, and gloves with a white shopping bag.

Skateboarder Hit by Car After Smashing Window

Last night at the intersection of 15th Ave NW & NW 80th Street there was an altercation between a mini van and an adult skateboarder. According to the Seattle Police Department blog, the skateboarder was blocking the path of the van and began to smash the hood of the vehicle, shatter the windshield, and yell racial slurs toward the driver. While this was going on the van drove forward running over the skateboarder and pinning him underneath the vehicle.

By the time the medics and police responded, other bystanders had lifted the vehicle off the ground and got the injured person out. The injured party was transported to Harbor View Medical Center with what is being reported as serious injuries. According to the SPD blog, the mini van driver was released pending the results of the investigation. No updated has been given yet of the skateboarder.

Greek Festival is Back!

A tradition since 1960, the St. Demetrios Greek Festival returns this year,
September 13, 14 and 15 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood. Traditional Greek food, music, dancing and culture will be in abundance when St. Demetrios Church’s grounds and parking lot, located at 2100 Boyer Avenue East, transform into a Greek paradise. 

Visitors will have plenty of time to enjoy all that the Greek Festival has to offer this year, with hours of operation from noon—9pm on Friday, September 13th; 10am—10pm on Saturday, September 14th and noon—7pm on Sunday, September 15th. As always, admission and parking are free, with free shuttle service offered from both the Seattle Prep Parking Garage and Montlake Elementary School Playground on Saturday and Sunday during festival hours. Bike racks will also be available all weekend

If you are looking to get outside and enjoy our extended summer this weekend, make the short trip from Ballard over to Montlake and enjoy everything the Greek Festival has to offer. For more information make sure you visit their website at SeattleGreekFestival.com.

Historic Ship Set for Auction in Ballard

According to the Seattle PI, the 303 foot historic vessel Sahara is being auctioned off on September 25th at 11 am at the Stabbert Maritime, located at 2629 N.W. 54th St. near Ballard. This is part of a settlement from a lawsuit brought against the owner of the Sahara as a result of the death of a worker on the ship. According to the article this ship started out as a US government oceanographic research vessel in the 1960’s.

In 2009 it was purchased for $1.5 million with the idea of turning it into a luxury floating hotel. Because of the economic decline and no way to fund the remodel the project never got off the ground. With a $2 million reserve on the auction make sure to bring your best offer forward.

For more information about this auction please check out this Seattle PI article.

Apodments coming to Ballard?

According to this KIRO 7 report, a group of Ballard residents are attempting to stop a plan to build a 27-unit apartment complex on the 1400 block of NW 62nd St. These apodments are small apartments that are increasingly being built by developers in Seattle. In this case the 27- unit development would replace one single family residence. 

Among the greatest concerns by neighbors in the KIRO 7 report was the parking. They wonder how will they find a place to park when a single family home is being replaced by 27 units? Other concerns expressed in the report included what would be the impact on their property values with such a development constructed on their street? While the developer stated that the concerns by neighbors were being overblown, he did not provide details as to why that may be true.

What do you think about these apodment developments in Ballard?

 

Ballard Viking Day’s Starts Saturday!

It is once again time for the annual Viking Days at the Ballard Nordic Heritage Museum this Saturday & Sunday August 17-18. This annual event will feature authentic food, live music, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Each day starting at 9:00 am there will be a Swedish pancake breakfast followed by a full day of activities lasting until 5:00 pm. 

Along with the various Nordic themed food items, they will also feature authentic music and dance from different local groups. For kids they will have low cost craft stations set up as well as the Nordic Spirit ship available to take pictures with.

For a complete schedule about this Ballard tradition, please visit their website here.

5 Guys Coming to Ballard

Thanks to this tip from MyBallard.com it looks like the popular and delicious 5 Guys Burger chain will be expanding into Ballard. While some details have yet to be released it appears that they will move into the retail space of one of the new apartment buildings being built at 15th Ave NW and Market St.

5 Guys offers a limited menu with few burger options but they offset that with what feels like unlimited toppings that you can add as well as large portions of hand cut fries. Ballard already has its fair share of burger restaurants most notably Red Mill, so we will have to watch how 5 Guys fits in. As you drive by the new construction on Market St. keep your eyes open for the grand opening!