Join the holiday cheer at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

There’s plenty of holiday cheer happening in Volunteer Park and at the Volunteer Park Conservatory between now and the end of 2012, brought to you by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Friends of the Conservatory and the Volunteer Park Trust.

Today from 6 – 8 p.m., there will be a special Holiday in Volunteer Park event where guests can enjoy carols and music performed by nine choral groups, complimentary holiday treats and drinks, and a stunning display of more than 300 holiday lights and luminaria.

The event takes place at Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E, on the concourse between the water tower and the Conservatory.

Guests should also visit the Conservatory where the main attraction is a 75-foot, elevated model railway that winds its way through mountains of poinsettias and holiday trees decorated in splendid Victorian décor. Docent “engineers” are scheduled throughout the month to assist children of all ages to run the train.

This special event is sponsored by MTH, one of the largest manufacturers of toy trains in the world, and features standard gauge replicas of Lionel’s tinplate trains from the 1920s and 30s. The trains on display at the Conservatory are the largest tinplate toy trains ever produced.

Enter to win an authentic Lionel vintage replica train set with a retail value of $500. The No. 269E O Gauge Freight Train was cataloged in 1935. Reintroduced for 2006, this classic tinplate train set features a locomotive and tender, an oil tank car with the popular Sunoco logo, a dump car with tilting bin, and a caboose. You can see the train on display and purchase tickets at the Gift Shop.

Tickets are one for $10 or six for $50. The drawing is Friday, December 21 at 3 p.m. at the Conservatory. Entrants need not be present to win. For more information about the train, please click here.

Harpist Bill McJohn entertains again this year with his harp. He will be at Seasonal House 3 in the Conservatory from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays through Christmas, December 16 and December 23.

The Conservatory display was produced entirely with donated time and materials. Hundreds of volunteer hours went into creating this fabulous display, complete with a miniature village and representation of the Alki Lighthouse. Please see our website for details: www.volunteerparkconservatory.org

The display will remain open through January. The Conservatory will be open to the public two special Mondays, December 24 and December 31. The Conservatory’s Holiday Display and lights will remain until January 1.

For more information, please call the Conservatory at 206-684-4745 Tuesday through Sunday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please call to confirm holiday closures.

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Green Lake Pathway of Lights to be held on Dec. 8

        Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Green Lake Community Center Advisory Council with the help of our community partners, Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149 and Green Lake Windermere Real Estate help continue a Seattle tradition with the 36th annual Pathway of Lights. This year’s event will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 rain or shine – the second Saturday of December every year. It is free and open to the public.

 

Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

 

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool (Sponsored by Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center)

Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for nonperishable food items for local food banks.

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria, and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 3:30 – 5 p.m., and the lighting of the candles takes place at 5 p.m. Cleanup is from 8 – 9 p.m.

Become a fan of the Pathway: facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights and find out where your favorite music group will perform.

For more information, please contact Jeff Skinner at 206-684-0780 or by e-mail at jeff.skinner@seattle.gov.

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Green Lake Pathway of Lights is Dec. 8 this year

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Green Lake Community Center Advisory Council continue a Seattle tradition with the 36th annual Pathway of Lights. This year’s event will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, rain or shine. Admission is free.

Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool featuring Langston Hughes Performing  Arts Center artists

Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for nonperishable food items for Northwest Harvest.

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria, and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 2:30 – 5 p.m., and the lighting of the candles takes place at 5 p.m. Cleanup is from 8 – 9 p.m.

Become a fan of the Pathway: facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights

Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle. For more information on ARC, please see http://www.arcseattle.org/.

Musicians and volunteers are still needed. For more information, please contact Jeff Skinner at 206-386-4235 or by e-mail at jeff.skinner@seattle.gov.

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35th Annual Green Lake Pathway of Lights Set for Saturday, December 10

Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Green Lake Community Center Advisory Council with the help of community partners, Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149 and the Hearthstone will host the 35th annual Green Lake Pathway of Lights on Saturday, December 10, from 5 – 8 p.m. The lighting of the path around Green Lake will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. 

Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Visitors to the event are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.  

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
  • Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • the arch on the east of side of the community center/pool 

Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for non-perishable food items for Northwest Harvest.  

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations, and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 3:30 – 5 p.m., and the lighting of the candles takes place at 5 p.m. Cleanup is from 8 – 9 p.m. 

Become a fan of the Pathway of Lights Facebook page to receive regular updates about the event: facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights 

Musicians, volunteers and partners are needed. For more information, please call Carl Bergquist at 206-684-0780 or e-mail him at carl.bergquist@seattle.gov

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Green Lake Pathway of Lights — This Weekend

Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Green Lake Community Center Advisory Council with the help of our community partners, Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149, the Hearthstone At Village Cove and Green Lake Windermere Real Estate help continue a Seattle tradition with the 35th annual Pathway of Lights. This year’s event will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, rain or shine. Admission is free.

Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool.

Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for nonperishable food items for Northwest Harvest.

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria, and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 2:30 – 5 p.m., and the lighting of the candles takes place at 5 p.m. Cleanup is from 8 – 9 p.m.

Become a fan of the Pathway: facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights 

Musicians and volunteers are still needed. For more information, please contact Carl Bergquist at 206-684-0780 or by e-mail at carl.bergquist@seattle.gov

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Celebrate the Holidays at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Come and see the Volunteer Park Conservatory at its magical holiday best at several events where visitors can catch the spirit of the holidays surrounded by some of the best in Northwest horticulture. 

Volunteer Park Conservatory “After Hours”

Friday December 3, 2010, 5 to 8 p.m.

Join us for Live music, holiday lights, and shopping. Friends of the Conservatory (FOC) members will enjoy a 25% discount on purchases from the Gift Shop.

The event is free and open to the public.

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Live Harp Music by Bill McJohn

Sundays December 5, 12, and 19 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Free and open to the public!

The Volunteer Park Conservatory is located at 1400 E Galer St. FOC phone is 206-322-4112, and email is foc@volunteerparkconservatory.org.

The Conservatory was built in 1912 to propagate and grow flowers and other plants for public display. Since then it has evolved to include five “houses,” each with a specialty collection: The Bromeliad House, the Palm House, the Fern House, the Cactus House, and the Seasonal Display House, which changes seasonally to provide year-round horticultural presentations. 

The Friends of the Conservatory, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1980 to advocate for the Volunteer Park Conservatory and its collections, and to encourage public participation and education. For more information on the Friends of the Conservatory, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/volunteerpark/conservatory.htm.

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