by Kirby LindsayThis coming Saturday, May 1, several activities have been scheduled which appear to have absolutely nothing to tie them together except that they all have a connection either in or to Fremont. Yet, a common thread does exist – all bring people together and build community.
Celebrate the Village
For a second year, a celebration will be held on May 1 of the oft-overlooked Fremont Village (the area also known as Upper Fremont.) A full day of activities – from 10a to 10:30p – will give everyone a chance to experience what this community has to offer up the hill from ‘downtown’ Fremont.
Most activities take place at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, including a performance by singer/songwriter Andrew Vait, dance demonstration by the Karin Stevens Dance company, and swing dance lessons by Kevin Buster and Amy Best. Also expect to find face painting, sidewalk chalk art, self-defense demonstrations and a community painting project in addition to culinary arts demonstrations and information on urban farming.
Nearby businesses will offer discounts, including Caffé Vita, Via Tribunali and Rialto Pasta Bar. Giveaways will be done of prizes like local music CDs and family passes to the Woodland Park Zoo, especially geared to celebrate the opening of the new meerkat exhibit up the street at the zoo.
All activities are open to all ages, with the most family-focused activities scheduled from 2p – 6p. At the Abbey, the day also includes a series of workshops, and will conclude with an evening concert featuring Carrie Akre, Curtains For You, Grant Geertsma and guests. For further information, check out the Facebook page.
Drawn Together By Trash, History, Acupuncture, Fun
From 9a to Noon, the Fremont Neighborhood Council will clean up Fremont Avenue – and any other nearby areas they can get to. Starting at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North) they will have bags and gloves, and only ask neighbors to bring their enthusiasm and energy to help out.
At Noon, the Fremont Historical Society (FHS) will host a reception of their annual May display at the Fremont Branch of the Seattle Public Library System. In honor of National Preservation Month, various members have put together histories on nine historic (but not landmarked) Fremont properties. Visitors can check out the displays throughout May, but during the reception FHS members will be on-hand to answer questions on these buildings, and any other historic matters about Fremont.
Grassroots Community Acupuncture, as part of a national campaign, will offer free community acupuncture from 10a.m. – 4p.m. Everyone is welcome to come experience this new approach to acupuncture, or drop-in to see the clinic, located on the ground floor of Planet Earth Yoga Center. Acupuncture done in a group setting, the clinic has 8 recliners for clients to relax in. Clinic owner Marit Hanson explained, by email, “I liken the experience to adult nap time with acupuncture!”
To finish out the day, members of the Fremont Arts Council (FAC) will gather for their annual May Day celebration. Attendees dance around a may pole, celebrate spring and feast picnic style. The dress is white, with a springtime headdress, and the location will be Lower Woodland, with the start sometime around 5p.m. The event is entirely free, but everyone will be expected to contribute their own food and pack out their trash. While it is open-to-the-public, membership in the FAC is encouraged – and after a fun and frolic, joining may well feel like a privilege.
May Day offers a lot to those within Fremont – and for those who want to come play, explore and build community for a day!
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