There is a heron hanging out in the “duck” pond at Denny Blaine Lake Park with its turtle friends (see turtle to heron’s right). The heron looks to be calling the pond home, because it has been there for days. Maybe it is one of the heron’s from Commodore Park near the Ballard Locks. Maybe we will see more herons in Denny Blaine and the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods. Just in case, pull over as you are driving by the “heron” pond to see it while you can.
It only took me two months to discover it, put the New York Times created a slideshow called “Seattle, Post Grunge” this past September. In the 7 picture slideshow, Denny Blaine was featured twice with a photo of the Viretta Park bench which is a makeshift memorial to Kurt Cobain and another picture of Kurt Cobain’s Denny Blaine home where he lost his life.
The Seattle Christmas Ships will be viewable in the Denny Blaine area several times over the next couple weeks. The next chance to see the Christmas Ships will be Saturday night down the hill from Denny Blaine at Madrona Park. The ships will actually be the grand finale of the Very Merry in Madrona this Friday and Saturday. The Christmas Ships, a Seattle tradition for 62 years, will stop in front of Madrona Beach between 9:25 and 9:45 PM on Saturday night (December 3rd). Come and enjoy brightly decorated ships and the holiday songs by the Dickens Carolers while standing by a warm bonfire on Madrona Beach on the south side of the Spectrum Theatre.
Flashlights and warm clothes are recommended. The Seattle forecast looks to be clear but cold.
If you have little ones at home, the Madrona Christmas Ship schedule may be late for your family. You may want to consider going to Mount Baker neighborhood on Sunday night where they will have three shows: Ferdinand Street Park (the boats will be in the bay between Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard) from 5:40 to 6:00 PM; Stan Sayres Memorial Park (aka The Pitts) from 6:15 to 6:35 PM; and Mt. Baker Beach Park from 6:45 to 7:05 PM. Monday the Christmas Ships will be at Seward Park starting at 8:25 PM or you can wait until Saturday, December 17th when the Christmas Ships will be at Madison Park Beach from 4:55 to 5:15 PM. You can also check the full schedule of stops to find a date and place that is convenient to you.
Tuesday, April 5th was the 17th anniversary of Kurt Cobain‘s death and to honor him a statute of a guitar was unveiled at a local park….in Aberdeen, WA. When I first saw the headline I assumed the statute was erected at Denny Blaine’s Viretta Park where fans have gather year-round to celebrate the life of Cobain. This Seattle park is near Cobain’s Denny Blaine home where he took his life in 1994. No official remembrance is at Viretta Park despite fan’s wishes for one.
Viretta Park, in the Denny Blaine neighborhood of Seattle, has been the location where fans have gather year-round to celebrate the late Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, since his death in 1994. Cobain and his family lived in a home on Lake Washington Blvd., the same house where the singer committed suicide in the garage. An article was published recently in the Seattle Times about the number of fans across the country that come to see the home and pay tribute by gathering only yards away at Viretta Park on Cobain’s birthday (February 20th). This year, the Viretta Park Repair and Seattle Green Partnership groups were cleaning up the park that day, and expressed hope for a permanent memorial at the park. However, some surrounding residents counter that Cobain was a short-time resident and his time spent in Denny Blaine were not his brightest of day. While those neighbors’ sentiments could be understood, particularly since the small neighborhood park has no parking and surrounded by homes, it does make sense to have some formal recognition since the park bench has become the unofficial memorial where fans visit despite any formal acknowledgment to Kurt Cobain’s life and achievements. Cobain and Nirvana, truly represents the popular grunge era in the 90’s, and, like it or not, will always traced back to Seattle, Denny Blaine and Viretta Park. In this case, build it or not, they will come.