DennyFest

DennyFest is September 13, 2015!

Live music, a dog show, and the ever-popular Chili cookoff and Pie bakeoff are all on the menu of DennyFest this fall. So mark your calendars and make plans to stop by and join in. This year’s date is Sunday, September 13th, rain or shine, for the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance’s annual September “swan song to summer” festival.

What else can you look forward to? As in past years, there will be kids’ activities, guided nature hikes, and a barbeque. Also in store may be tours for kids of a few of the fire engines. An eclectic variety of other events are in the works, but more volunteers are needed.

Live music again this year, more to come as we book musicians.

If you can pitch in with your creativity or ideas, please use the contact form to volunteer.

All Finn Hill residents and friends of Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance are welcome to come and encouraged to share their talents and help. Details continue to be worked out, and plans will be announced as they are finalized.

DennyFest, always in O. O. Denny Park, will be held from 12 to 4 pm near the Clayton Rich Memorial Shelter. There is no admission charge.

Take a peak at past DennyFest events:

DennyFest 2015 in Pictures

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog, Denny Fest, Events | Comments Off on DennyFest 2015 in Pictures

DennyFest 2015 in Pictures

This year’s DennyFest was held after a rainy morning and in the wake of a Seahawks season opener that didn’t turn out the way the 12th Man wanted. But DennyFest was the perfect antidote to cloudy skies and deflated football fans. Several hundred Finn Hill residents came down to O.O. Denny Park and were treated to fantastic music, great burgers and hot dogs, a selection of pies and a tasty pot of chili. We had arts & crafts and a bouncy house for the kids, a massage tent for those who once were kids but are now feeling their age, and a dog contest for our 4-legged friends. Check out these photos from the event, taken by Leah Berner. To see more of the photos Leah Berner took, view the DennyFest 2015 Photo Album on Flickr. This slideshow requires JavaScript. And if you are kicking yourself for missing this year’s party, fear not – it will be back next year. We’ll let you know the date well in advance so that you can mark it indelibly on your calendar. For now, let’s give a big shout of thanks to those who made DennyFest 2015 a fun event: OUR PERFORMERS Jessie Oliver and her percussionist, Bim Finn Hill Jazz Band Geoffrey Castle and his superb band Ruben Barron, magician extraordinaire Edgars Klepers, sound technician (without whom nothing would have been heard) OUR SPONSORS Jim Lloyd, Windermere Realty – Bouncy House Michael “Smit” Smith, Windemere Realty – BBQ grill provider & master griller Bill Blanchard – Windermere Realty – Hot dog grill Inglewood Presbyterian Church, Pastor James Kumin – Shuttle bus service Zing HQ – Signs and ribbons Meadows Chiropractic – Free massages Fred Meyer – Food and beverage QFC – Food and beverage Dooley’s Dog House on Market Street – Dog show prizes Pup Scrub – Dog show prizes Denny’s Pet World Brix Restaurant in Juanita Village – Gift cards for pie & chili contest winners Amante at Finn Hill Shell – Pizzas Padria – Hummus and chips Plaza Garcia – Salsa and chips Starbucks in Juanita Village – Coffee Last but not least, OUR EVENT VOLUNTEERS Marc Ackerman, Meg Tally, Ed Hunt, Emma Hunt, Brian Freinik, Jeff Hoerth, Bill Blanchard, Lou Berner, Leah Berner, Cherish Maria Berner, Kurt Brunnenkant, Arthur Brunnenkant, Kristin Pascal, Jon Pascal, Mat Pruitt, Ted Marx, Ted McCagg, Jim Lloyd, Michael “Smit” Smith, Barbara McCurry, Pat Bray, Sherrill Hull, Jeannie Hanson, Stephanie Vaupell, Bobbi Bakony, Marlien Paine, Marianne Griffith-Christian, Francesca Lyman, John Bailey, Joey Cruz, Alex Hopkins, Dana Olson, and Pastor James Kumin,. (And please let us know if our list is incomplete. We don’t want to overlook anybody’s contribution to the success of this year’s DennyFest.) All photographs by Leah Berner. To see more of the photos Leah Berner took, view the DennyFest 2015 Photo Album on...

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Top Ten Reasons to go to DennyFest this Sunday

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Blog, Denny Fest, Events | Comments Off on Top Ten Reasons to go to DennyFest this Sunday

Yes, it’s that time again. DennyFest takes place Sunday, September 13, 2015 at O.O. Denny Park from noon to 4. Here are this year’s Top Ten reasons why you should be stopping by: 10. After Wind Storm 2015, O.O. Denny Park has room for a few more limbs. So bring yours. 9. Rumor has it these may be the last four hours of summer so make the most of it. 8. All the talk recently of an earthquake one day has us thinking it’s best to prepare the kids now by sticking them in the bouncy house. 7. Try the chili contest entries and watch your mouth get more inflamed than Donald Trump’s. 6. So you can’t walk on water. But with warmer weather this summer lowering Lake Washington by 20 inches, show your friends how you can walk on what was once water. 5. Hot dogs and burgers are going to get more grilled than Hillary by House Republicans. 4. Judge for yourself if music calms the savage beast while watching the squirrels during Geoffrey Castle’s violin playing. 3. See dogs compete for the local top prize before they leave for Iowa to roll over in the presidential primary. 2. Shuttle service from the Inglewood Presbyterian Church parking lot may be the only area route left not charging a toll. 1. Who knows — Kam Chancellor might be chillin’ at the park. Or maybe David...

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A walk down DennyFest memory lane

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Archive, Blog, Denny Fest, Events | Comments Off on A walk down DennyFest memory lane

A walk down DennyFest memory lane

The Top 10 Reasons to go to DennyFest from the past five years. Along with chili, pies, and dogs (both the edible and barking kinds), DennyFest wouldn’t be what it is without our annual list of reasons why you need to attend. Jeff Hoerth, former president of Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (now the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance) and the person who inspired the first DennyFest seven years ago, is the ghost writer of these lists. In a couple of days, we’ll issue Jeff’s list of reasons why need to go to DennyFest this Sunday. But if you want to recall all of the reasons why you should have gone in the past, take a look at what we’ve archived… Top 10 from 2014 10. There’s a chill in the air and chili in the pots. Get some fire in your belly before fall arrives. 9. Kids have you climbing the walls? Turn the tables and put them in the bouncy house. 8. Settle the argument once and for all whether it’s a hard ‘c’ pronunciation or soft ‘c’ as The Geoffrey Castle Band plays it’s brand of ‘c’eltic music. 7. No need to wring your hands over where the city should locate a new recreation center when O.O. Denny Park already gives you one in your own neighborhood. 6. With online dating not working out, maybe a numerology reading will give you better results. 5. Show your canine how well everybody’s else’s dogs behave and imagine for a few minutes it will make a difference. 4. No Seahawks game to distract you so you can discuss mutual Super Bowl plans with other fans at the park. 3. The chair massages are done with chairs on site so no need to drag your recliner to the park unless you want one more reason to get a massage. 2. Still haven’t completed your ice bucket challenge? There’ll be plenty of people with video cameras on their smartphones and Lake Washington beckons. 1. Pie. No more explanation needed. Just ‘pie.’ Top 10 from 2013 10.  Remember the days before vote by mail? Relive those times at the food competitions where you can stuff your ballot into a box after stuffing yourself with pie and chili. 9.  Magician Ruben Barron uses humor in his act so if you pester him with questions why, you end up with a grilled ruben on wry. 8.  Have you seen the cost of flights to Germany and Ireland? Save the airfare and see a Castle right here. Sure, it’s Geoffrey Castle and his band. But word it right and your Facebook friends don’t have to know the difference. 7.  Just stop with the Hop on Pop! Visit the Bouncy Toy instead. 6.  In the Dog/Owner Look-alike competition, try to figure out which is which. 5.  From what we see in your email and phone records we got from NSA, you could do with a bit more excitement in your life. 4.  The Seahawks game will be over by 1 so stop by and start your Monday morning quarterbacking a few hours earlier. 3.  A trail tour might have you stumbling upon who knows what kind of wildlife. No, not Miley Cyrus and the dancing bears. 2.  Between the city parks levy and the county parks levy, you...

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DennyFest at Kirkland’s O.O. Denny Park Sunday, September 13 Noon to 4pm

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Blog, Denny Fest, Events, Events Committee | Comments Off on DennyFest at Kirkland’s O.O. Denny Park Sunday, September 13 Noon to 4pm

DennyFest at Kirkland’s O.O. Denny Park Sunday, September 13 Noon to 4pm

Ready for some footfall? Then get over to Kirkland’s O.O. Denny Park on the shores of Lake Washington to hear the sounds of footsteps parading with dogs, lined up for food, and dancing to live music in the Finn Hill neighborhood annual celebration known as DennyFest. Sponsored by the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA), the fun takes place on Sunday, September 13th from 12pm to 4pm. All area residents and supporters of FHNA are welcome at the 7th annual event. 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 MusicThe rousing Geoffrey Castle and his band returns with his electric six-string violin explosion. Northwest University’s own Jessie Oliver is back with her personal songwriting vocals. And neighborhood namesake Finn Hill Jazz is back to perform its jazz, Latin, and blues music. See schedule of events below. Dog Parade and ContestsThe footsteps include lots of furry ones, too, with a dog competition. It starts with a parade of dogs around the park at 2pm. Then several competitions are held. Participants are asked to donate $2 for each competition entry. A panel of judges will handle the canine critiques and awards will be given to dogs judged tops in several categories. Bring your canine companion on a leash. Chili Cookoff and Pie ContestIt wouldn’t be DennyFest without a Denny feast. The popular chili cookoff has contestants vying to be named top flavor artisan. Contestants are asked to bring a campstove and at least two gallons of chili to serve to festival attendees. The top three vote-getters named by you get bragging rights for a year. The pie contest satisfies the sweet cravings of festival attendees with the same honors to those judged best. Interested participants can contact Kristin at kmpascal@comcast.net. Or show up on time and prepared to dish it out with the best of them. Food and BeveragesWe’ll have hot dogs and burgers, and salsa and chip to eat and sodas and water to drink. This year, Windermere Real Estate’s Michael “Smit” Smith is bringing his professional smoker and grill to DennyFest, so we should be able to turn out the dogs and burgers more quickly than before. Neighborhood PlanningWe will also have booths from local organizations and merchants – and this year we’ll have a booth for our neighborhood plan consultant, UW’s Green Futures Lab. Stop by and find out what we are doing to create a plan for Finn Hill that will accommodate growth while preserving the beautiful green spaces that make Finn Hill a fantastic place to live. Fun for the KidsThere will be an activity area for younger children. This is always one of the most popular activities with arts and crafts that entertain the young ones all afternoon. A bouncy house helps burn off lots of energy courtesy of Windermere Real Estate’s Jim Lloyd. Reuben Barron will entertain with his magic tricks and great sense of humor. Environmental EducationLou Berner will be leading an interactive environmental education activity. The area’s wooded acreage is one of the main reasons local residents love living on Finn Hill. Lou will describe the area vegetation, wildlife, and history. Shuttle ServiceA shortage...

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DennyFest Music Line Up

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog, Denny Fest, Events, Events Committee | Comments Off on DennyFest Music Line Up

DennyFest Music Line Up

Our swan song to the end of summer approaches—DennyFest is Sunday, Sept. 13th. This year we’ll have an incredible live music line-up, featuring the Geoffrey Castle Band, on electric six string violin: http://www.geoffreycastle.com Finn Hill Jazz, a four piece ensemble: http://finnhilljazz.com and Jessie Oliver, on vocals and piano: https://soundcloud.com/jessieoliver9 DennyFest is our annual neighborhood celebration of family, food, music, and arts for the Finn Hill Neighborhood. As always, besides live music, DennyFest will feature a dog show, chili and pie contests, guided hikes, and activities for kids. DennyFest will be held at O.O. Denny Park from 12 to 4 pm near the Clayton Rich Memorial Shelter. The festival is free to...

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DennyFest 2015!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Blog, Denny Fest, Events | Comments Off on DennyFest 2015!

DennyFest 2015!

Mark your calendars! The 2015 DennyFest will be Sunday, September 13th. DennyFest is our annual neighborhood celebration of family, food, music, and arts for the Finn Hill Neighborhood. As always, DennyFest will feature live music, a dog show, chili and pie contests, guided hikes, and activities for kids. DennyFest will be held at O.O. Denny Park from 12 to 4 pm near the Clayton Rich Memorial Shelter. There is no admission charge. Check out a YouTube video and some photos below from previous DennyFest events. This slideshow requires...

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