Dig That Jazz...Hits the Groove at Evergreen Washelli
By: Paul Elvig
The sign at the entrance of Washelli Saturday evening August 6th said it all: “JAZZ EVENT”. Arrows directed one to the center of Washelli to a place where public events are held.
“Dig That Jazz” was a ‘tickets required’ benefit held in one of the oldest areas of Washelli Cemetery, located up against a 90-year old grand mausoleum, a benefit for “The Snowman Foundation” which provides the gift of music to children.
This was Evergreen Washelli’s second annual jazz event, and seemed to be a real hit with the crowd of over 100 which brought their own blankets, chairs and ice chests for a 3-hour groove featuring the very popular Seattle jazz ensemble “Deems Tsutakawa & the New Seattle Groove.” The event was supported by Winestyles of Bothell and Seattle All Catering. Wine and Cheese plates along with a variety of beer and hot dogs in a controlled environment … a most unlikely mix of beverage and food, but so is jazz and a cemetery, or is it?
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Beginning of School
A Story By: Cathy Seehuetter.
September, the advent of fall, seems almost like a reprieve from the difficult summer months that bring with it concentration on family activities. Maybe you had in previous years rented a cabin on the lake or camped, held 4th of July picnics, days at the beach, and trips to the fair. But with the death of your child, summer can be an excruciating time of year. Therefore, with August’s demise, September is almost a breath of fresh air. There are no major holidays to contend with. Granted, the “Big 4” is on the horizon, but still far enough away not to fret over. Though, at first glance it may appear innocent enough, we may be surprised to find that September isn’t as innocuous as it appears and with it can come autumn angst. Personally it is difficult for our family because September is the month of Nina’s birth. In particular, this year would have been her Golden Birthday (24 years old on the 24th). Even when Nina was very young she looked forward to this birthday, as if there was something magical about it. When her sister had hers at six years old and her brother at five years old, she would furrow her brow and say, “No fair! I have to wait until I am 24 years old before I can have mine!!” Sadly, Nina would never experience an earthly Golden Birthday, as she died much too young at 15 years old. Then there is the beginning of school. I was surprised to find out how much this affected me. I guess our child attending school didn’t seem like such a momentous occasion; that is, when they were alive.
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National POW/MIA Recognition Day
In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. POW/MIA Recognition Day honors the commitments and the sacrifices made by our nation’s prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. This day was established by an Act of Congress; it is one of six days that the POW/MIA Flag can be flown.
On the 16th at 10:00am, the National POW/MIA Recognition Day Program will be held at the POW/MIA Memorial on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. For other events in the area, please click here. Please click on the following links to read more about POW/MIA Recognition Day:
National League of POW/MIA Families
Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
Heroes and Dignitaries: Joel S. Jones
Jones was a Civil War veteran who died on his own birthday. Joel S. Jones was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut on September 17, 1843. Both of his grandfathers had served in the War of 1812, so it seemed only natural that Jones would carry on the family tradition of military service by volunteering at the outbreak of the Civil War. Only 17 years old when he enlisted as a Private on June 21, 1861, he later re-enlisted on December 21, 1863, was then wounded on May 25, 1864, and mustered out on August 1, 1864, serving in Company F, CT 5th Infantry his entire military career. His regiment fought in the Battle of Cedar Mountain, in which every officer except three was wounded, captured, or killed. He also accompanied General Sherman on his march to the sea, which had Jones taking part in all of the numerous engagements along the way. Sometime after returning from the military, Jones served four years as president of the Soldiers’ Relief Committee in Chicago. He was also deputy sheriff and later chief of police for Fitzgerald, Georgia. In 1883, Jones came to Seattle, where he served in Stevens Post, Grand Army of the Republic, first as junior vice-commander in 1909 and later as commander. On April 1, 1909, at age 65, he began his final job of eleven years as bailiff in Judge J.T. Ronald’s section of the Supreme Court. During Seattle’s heavy snowstorm in early 1916, the then 72-year-old Jones took a fall that broke several of his ribs. Although he soon dutifully went back to work, he never fully recovered his health. In early 1920, he was stricken with pneumonia. Again, the resilient 76-year-old managed to return to work, but the following August he suffered a paralyzing stroke, from which even he could not recover. Jones passed away in his home at 4207 Woodlawn Park Avenue on September 17, 1920, which happened to be his 77th birthday. Of his devoted bailiff Judge Ronald remarked, “I may say I have never known a braver, truer man in my life.”
Art in the Columbarium: Call For Entries
Evergreen Washelli is accepting submissions for the 2012 Art in the Columbarium exhibition. We will be hosting up to six solo shows for local, emerging, new artists. Each solo show will run from four to six weeks. We are seeking a portfolio of original artwork that is appropriate for a columbarium setting.
Eligibility: All 2- and 3-dimensional media are acceptable – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and installation.
How to Enter: Submit 12 high resolution digital images of your work, image list (detailing media and artwork sizes), resume/cv and artist’s statement to: email@example.com. An artist statement/bio and price list will be displayed accompanying the exhibit.
Preferred image size: 900 pixels on longest side of image, 72 dpi. Only submit work that is available for exhibition – please do not submit sold or unavailable works. The application deadline is April 21st, 2012.
Acceptance: Artists will be notified of acceptance by May 4th, 2012. The number of artists and amount of work accepted into the exhibition will depend on media, size, and number of entries.
Commission: The artist will receive 100% on any sales of artworks sold through the gallery. Evergreen Washelli does not take any commission from artwork sales.
Artwork Delivery: Artists are responsible for packing/delivery/shipping and retrieval of works from the Gallery. Delivered works MUST be framed, ready to hang and/or exhibition ready. Artwork must arrive at the gallery no later than five days before the scheduled opening of the show.
Contact Allison Brundage, Gallery Coordinator
Upcoming: War of 1812 Bicentennial Monument Dedication
In honor of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, The Washington State Society, U.S. Daughters of 1812 cordially invites you to attend the dedication of:
War of 1812 Bicentennial Monument
Veterans of the War of 1812 Who Died in Washington Territory.
On Saturday, June 23, 2012, 10:30am.
Washelli Veterans Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98133.
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