Mark Your Calendars for DennyFest—Sunday, September 8th!

Mark Your Calendars for DennyFest—Sunday, September 8th!

Mark your calendars! FHNA is pleased to host its annual DennyFest, a celebration of family, food, music, and arts for the Finn Hill Neighborhood, on Sunday, September 8th. The event will take place from 12 noon to 4 pm at O.O. Denny Park, on the shores of Lake Washington. As always, admission is free. DennyFest will feature live music, a dog show, chili and pie contests, guided hikes, and activities for kids.

O.O. Denny Park is located at 12032 Holmes Point Drive, about a mile off Juanita Drive. Get onto Holmes Point Drive either at the intersection where Fire Station 25 is located, or across from Inglewood QFC.

Live Music

Several musical acts will perform at DennyFest. Eastside favorite, Finn Hill Jazz, with vocalist Kay Bailey, is returning this year to entertain the crowd with their special blend of vocal jazz standards, and a mix of Latin, Blues and contemporary tunes. This year, DennyFest is also pleased to welcome The Geoffrey Castle Band. Geoffrey Castle is a pioneer on the electric six-string violin. His Celtic Soul music brings an innovative twist to traditional Celtic music and pushes the boundaries of what is possible on a violin—he even plays Jimi Hendrix.

Dog Parade and Contests

Always a fan favorite, the dog parade and dog competitions will return this year. The parade will begin at 1:30 and will be followed by a variety of competitions including Most Talented, Best Dressed, and the ever-popular Dog-Owner Lookalike Contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top dog in each category. Registration occurs at the event. If you’re interested in more information, e-mail Meg Tally at

Chili Cook-off and Pie Contest

Everyone always enjoy samples supplied by contestants in the chili cook-off contest and dessert competition. Looking for bragging rights? The top three vote-getters, as determined by the attendees, will receive a medal commemorating their efforts. If you have a great chili recipe, contact Jane Burgan at To enter a delicious pie, contact Marianne Christian-Griffith at or Marlien Paine at for details. It’s a fun, popular event, and the more participants the better.

Trail Tour

Lou Berner will be leading an interpretive forest walk as part of the DennyFest celebration. Lou will share his passion for the outdoors and describe area vegetation, wildlife, and history.


     Numerology Readings, by Intuitive Coach Deborah Stelfox, will be offered this year. The numerology she does is called Pythagorean Numerology, which is based on the work of Pythagorus, a Greek mathematician and philosopher who lived about 2,500 years ago. Deborah sees the analysis of all the individual numbers in a person’s chart as looking at the threads that, when woven together, make up the tapestry that is uniquely them. It is all for more self-actualization and assistance with clearer direction with life choices.

Activities for Kids

DennyFest will include fun activities and entertainment targeted specifically at kids. Children can look forward to organized arts and crafts and hands-on interactions with fire trucks. Ruben Barron will also be returning this year to entertain young and old alike with his entertaining magic tricks and great sense of humor.  Additionally, Wild Child Portraits will be sketching her subjects with fur and feathers, webfeet and wings, channeling a Noah’s ark of creatures from our own woodlands and waterways — and beyond.

Kirkland Fire Department and Other Participants

The Kirkland Fire Department will be offering public safety awareness information, with the City of Kirkland also having representatives from different departments on hand. The City of Kirkland’s Juanita Corridor Study team will also have a booth at DennyFest. The Corridor Study is designed to address safety needs for all travel  modes, maintain the unique identity and natural landscape of the corridor, engage the  community in a shared vision for future improvements, protect the extraordinary natural environment, and provide financially feasible, strategic and realistic priorities for the corridor. Stop by their booth to get an update on this ongoing project.

 Volunteers Welcome

You can be a part of DennyFest if you would like to volunteer.  Volunteers are needed to help with the Arts and Crafts projects (one hour shifts), the Dog Show, set-up, and clean-up.  Please contact if you would like to help. Tents, tables and chairs are also needed for the day of the event.  Please contact if you can loan us any of these items.

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