All Ways West Seattle
A podcast where the people, places, happenings and history of West Seattle intersect.
Building Community With Positive Energy
In this episode, we hear from people who live and work in West Seattle about what connects them to this community, and have a chat with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s Treasurer John Sweetland about the invaluable role he’s played as a volunteer in keeping things rolling at the Log House Museum, and what fuels his own positive spirit.
This episode is a program of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
May Agenda with Loop the 'Lupe mastermind Brian Callanan
The first of the month means it's time to talk about our picks for can't-miss events in West Seattle, powered by the West Seattle Blog Event Calendar.
Special guest Brian Callanan of Seattle News Brews and Views podcast shares the scoop on Loop the 'Lupe, and why May is your time to get prepped for the wildest, wettest, and *only* urban obstacle course in the whole city of Seattle!
We're also talking about...
[6:55] ZACH at ArtsWest May 3-28, and our favorite 90s teen sitcoms
[7:58] Weekend plant sales and a May 6 compost...
Forging Connections in the West Duwamish Greenbelt
In this episode, we talk with Judy Bentley and Craig Rankin of the West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails Group, a volunteer-run organization working to connect the people of the Duwamish Peninsula to their namesake nature area, Seattle’s largest contiguous forest.
Learn more about the West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails Group and download their interactive trail map at https://wdgtrails.wordpress.com/
On April 22 2023, join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails Group at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center for West Duwamish Greenbelt Stories, featuring guided hikes followed by an oral history panel pr...
Season 4 begins with the April Agenda!
We're back for Season 4, with a new format for timely episodes on the 1st of every month!
Guest co-host Whitney Moore of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce joins us for a chat about select April events in West Seattle, including the Chamber's "Cheers to 100 Years" Centennial Event.
Poetry In Motion: Creating Connections Via The Bridge
In this episode, we celebrate the reopened Jeanette Williams Memorial Bridge through poetry inspired by routes of connection past and present. With special guests Judith Camann of the Highland Park Improvement Club, Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith, and local historian & Seattle Times contributor Clay Eals.
Dough Joy Donuts
Meet the duo behind Dough Joy, partners in business and life bringing a different kind of donut to the Duwamish Peninsula... and maybe the world! Find out why they chose West Seattle for their base of operations, and get a taste of what’s to come from their vegan business ventures.
Pride on the Peninsula
LGBTQ Pride isn't limited to June on the Duwamish Peninsula! Hear firsthand stories behind the ever-expanding Alki Beach Pride celebration coming up Aug 13-14, and the triumphant return of White Center's Lumber Yard Bar after the original location was destroyed in a devastating fire.
A Storied History: The Log House Museum's Past and Future
In this episode we check in with Maggie Kase, the newly-named Executive Director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, who shares her journey into that role and her vision for the organization. And with the Log House Museum's 25th anniversary this year, we explore the history of this storied structure before it became a museum. Plus, the People of West Seattle reveal what a museum of their own lives might look like.
The Heron's Nest: Building Community By Giving Back
In this episode, we mix and mingle with members of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce who recently gathered at the Log House Museum, and hear from people volunteering their time and effort to build The Heron’s Nest, a community-led project where giving back is being taken to new heights.
History, Here and Now: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society
This episode marks an all-new season of All Ways West Seattle, and a new partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. What better topic to begin with than the Historical Society itself?
We’ll start with origin stories from the early days with Gini Stimpson, daughter of Elliott Couden who led the vision for a local historical society. Next we hear from Maggie Kase, the Historical Society’s current Curator and Interim Executive Director, about what’s in store for the organization and Log House Museum in the near-term. And we also chat with Board President Kathy Blackwe...
Justin Huertas: Bringing Magic and MONSTERS to Life at ArtsWest
After nearly two years of pandemic shutdowns and uncertainty, ArtsWest Playhouse in the Junction returns to live theatre productions with a whole new season, kicking off with We’ve Battled Monsters Before, a new musical created by and co-starring Seattle-based playwright and composer Justin Huertas. We talk with Justin about the magic found in this creative collaboration, the Filipino culture it celebrates, and returning to the ArtsWest stage to perform for in-person audiences.
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Lora Radford: Happy Trails and Light Rail
Join us in a toast to Lora Radford as she reflects on her time as Executive Director of the West Seattle Junction Association, and looks forward to her new role at Sound Transit in bringing light rail to West Seattle.
Huge thanks to Lora and the West Seattle Junction Association for being the first-ever sponsor and supporter of this podcast!
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Spirit Returns 2.0: Duwamish History Comes Home
Spirit Returns 2.0 A Duwamish and Settler Story is a revival exhibit being presented by two West Seattle cultural institutions in their respective locations with refreshed perspectives. We talk with Jolene Haas, Director of the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, and Maggie Kase, Curator for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society's Log House Museum about these two explorations into our shared local history and what they say about our past, present, and future.
Plus, upcoming November events from West Seattle Blog!
Field to Fork + Farmbox Greens: West Seattle homegrown
This episode is a "feed drop" of a new podcast: Field to Fork, a deep dive into the local food systems of the Puget Sound area. This debut episode tells the fascinating story of Farmbox Greens, a homegrown "vertical farming" business that has its roots in West Seattle. Field to Fork is produced with support from Charlie's Produce and Seattle Restaurant Week.
For more info on Field to Fork, visit https://srweek.org/charliesproduce/
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Senior Center at 50: Going for the Gold
In this episode we check in with the Senior Center of West Seattle as it celebrates its 50th anniversary! We hear from the people working to keep the Center running and evolving, including Executive Director Amy Lee Derenthal and Development and Communications Manager Nathan Box. And we stop by the monthly birthday lunch to chat with volunteers and members who make the Center their home away from home for engaging and essential connections.
The Senior Center of West Seattle kicks off it’s 50th anniversary celebration with a virtual fundraising breakfast on Tuesday September 28th, featuring world-renowned mag...
The Art of Music
In this episode we hear about the Art of Music, a free series of live music performances created and curated to accompany the monthly West Seattle Art Walk. We’ll also hear some poetry about music composed in West Seattle by typewriter poet Sean Petrie, and look ahead to event highlights for September brought to you by West Seattle Blog.
All About Ice Cream
This episode is all about ice cream, as we get the scoop on two very different styles of desert deliciousness in the neighborhood.
First we chat with MOTO chef-owner Lee Kindell for a Tastemaker deep dive on the unique soft serve he’s paired with some of the most sought-after pizza in Seattle. And how does one get the chance to create their very own ice cream flavor for Husky Deli, one of West Seattle’s oldest and most iconic businesses? Find out firsthand from the most recent flavor creators, Marcy Johnsen and Joey Richesson, and how this...
Bigfoot Is here... for a movie premiere!
In this episode, the legendary Bigfoot comes to town for the premiere of HUNTING BIGFOOT, a new locally-produced movie opening August 20 at the Historic Admiral Theatre. Are there Bigfoot believers in West Seattle? We find out by hitting the streets to hear firsthand from The People of the Junction. And you can’t miss our exclusive interview between Bigfoot and West Seattle’s own most elusive famous figure! We’ll also get some suggestions for your end-of-summer reading list from Eric Ogriseck at Pegasus Book Exchange.
Ain't No Cure For the Summertime Woo
Peak summer returns to West Seattle, but in this particular post(?)-pandemic season, nothing's the same as it ever was. We meet the new manager of the West Seattle Farmers Market for a taste of what's fresh and new, and check in with Kisha Vaughan for the Hot Dish on reconnecting with family and getting back in the groove at Easy Street Cafe.
Loop the 'Lupe and Record Store Day
Get the rundown on Loop the 'Lupe 5k fun run with a twist from race organizer Brian Callanan, including a special offer for our listeners!
And, ahead of the second Record Store Day event of the year happening July 17 at Easy Street Records, we discuss some top picks from this latest batch of must-have limited releases with our own in-house musical tastemaker, Corianton Hale.
Summer Fest Flashes Back
The second weekend of July is when we’d typically be gathering in the Junction to mix it up with neighbors and friends, catch some live music, and enjoy a rare opportunity to eat and drink al fresco. But while Summer Fest as we’ve come to know it is taking another pandemic-induced break, there’s still plenty happening in connection to this annual event that celebrates community.
In this episode, we’ll get the complete rundown on what's happening for Summer Fest this year from organizer Lora Radford of the West Seattle Junction Association. We’ll also talk...
How We See Ourselves
Get to know Wes Olsen, a longtime West Seattle-ite who’s discovered a new way of viewing and valuing his community through his passion for street photography.
One of the things I love about street photography is the way that people are captured in very candid moments, not posing for pictures or framing themselves in a particular way. In the age of the selfie, it’s definitely a refreshing take. And sometimes the results can be pretty surprising, including to the subjects of the photos themselves, because street photography creates opportunities for people to see themselves in a ve...
Matthew Lee Johnston: The Mind Behind PMA Magazine
Ever since this podcast began, I’ve been talking to people in West Seattle about the various pandemic-related pivots they’ve made in their personal and professional lives. In this episode, I get to know more about a member of our community who made a big bold move well before the whole world changed, motivated by his own internal thinking, his desire to try something different, and the drive to connect people in a positive way.
His name is Matthew Lee Johnston, and what he created back in 2018 to deliver on these ideals is called PMA Magazine. It’s...
Jet City Laboratory Takes Off
As we begin to emerge from our protective pandemic bubbles, opportunities for in-person community connection of all kinds are starting to appear. One such happening is brand new: it’s called Jet City Laboratory, a cultural incubator and collaborative space taking shape in the former 8 Limbs Yoga studio that sits just above the heart of the Alaska Junction. While the business is brand new, the enterprising mind behind it is someone you’ve probably seen or heard around the neighborhood plenty of times: it’s local DJ Derek Moon, who we caught up with to learn more about his latest...
This episode is a real mouthful!
First we hear from local dental hygienist Lynn Imel about navigating her job at Kae Dental through the pandemic. Find out what it's been like working at COVID ground zero, and if West Seattle could qualify as a certified "fresh breath zone."
We’ll also learn more about the new local baking operation known as Patch Pocket Productions, owned and operated by pandemic-inspired entrepreneur Wendy Scherer. Hear the origin story of her thriving new business, recently recognized in The Seattle Times as one of the top new pop-ups in to...
Best Books: Spring Edition
In this Spring edition of our seasonal West Seattle book report, we hear from people in the Junction about their latest and greatest reads, from classic science fiction to modern-day politicians. If you've got a book you want the world to know about (starting with West Seattle), share it on our social channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, all under the handle @allwayspodcast
Next we check in with Eric Ogriseck from Pegasus Book Exchange to discuss his three picks:
The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Massod
Wild Remedies: How...
Getting Over It
Now that we’ve passed a full year without the West Seattle Bridge, how are people dealing with the loss of our primary connector to the rest of the city? We find out if anyone’s been able to find a bright side to the bridge closure. And as local parents prepare to send their kids back to school, we check in with Kisha Vaughan for her Hot Dish on the homeschooling experiment, and her own new ventures in bringing connection to the digital realm.
Back in Action
That spring feeling hits the Junction with the post-pandemic resurrection of neighborhood mainstay, the Poggie Tavern. We find out what’s in store for this legendary watering hole from one of the new owners, Joel Stedman. Plus, the West Seattle Farmer’s Market expands its offerings to welcome back old favorites and new vendors.
Food & Wine Magazine recently decreed that the best sandwich in the state of Washington is made right here in West Seattle, at neighborhood mainstay Seattle Fish Company. Go for a deep dive into the story behind this famous fish sandwich and more with Seattle Fish Company owner Jon Daniels. Plus, the Jeanette Williams Memorial Time Machine goes back to another great moment in West Seattle seafood history: the opening of Alki Spud Fish & Chips.
Voices of Experience
The podcast hits its one-year anniversary with a look back at how far we’ve come and gratitude for all the support that got us this far. We talk with Paul Casey about his KKNW radio show, Voices of Experience, and what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur, then replay the interview segment on his show that first introduced us.
Words on the Street
Get to know “typewriter poet” Sean Petrie who discusses his on-the-spot approach to creating poetry, including West Seattle-focused works collected in his book, “Listen to the Trees,” created with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and published in 2020 by West Seattle-based publisher Documentary Media. And in part two of our interview with West Seattle Blog editor/co-publisher Tracy Record, we talk about commenters and what it takes to maintain a community forum, plus the allure of our area’s natural wonders, publishing highlights, one thing West Seattle could use more of and another that hopefully won’t change much.
When you think about who or what has played a pivotal role in defining our community, do West Seattle Blog, Rolf Neslund, and the West 5 Mai Tai come to mind? They will once you hear the fascinating backstories of these everyday icons.
Dakota Street Divas
Dakota Street sits on the top end of the Junction, just above where a new beginning is underway for artists over 50 led by Fogue Gallery and its inspiring owner/founder, Patti Curtis. Right across California Avenue, local singer Cheryl Serio is spreading joy with impromptu performances from her apartment balcony. Plus, the Jeanette Williams Memorial Time Machine explores the history of Dakota Street for its inaugural run.
More Good Stuff: Bonus End-of-2020 Episode
In this follow-up to our last full episode of 2020, Eric Ogriseck from Pegasus Book Exchange shares thoughtful insights on his personal picks for Top 5 books of the year.
The Good Stuff
In our last episode of 2020, we find some bright spots in this tumultuous year and look forward to what’s next with Easy Street Records’ Matt Vaughan, Eric Ogriseck of Pegasus Book Exchange, and the people of West Seattle.
Markets and Turkeys and Bears, Oh My!
Polar bears are popping up in West Seattle, spreading cheer and charity via the first-ever Polar Bear Challenge. Learn how it got started and how you can take part! Next we talk turkey and more Hot Dish with Kisha Vaughan, and meet Shane Clyburn, the new manager of the West Seattle Farmers Market.
Sphie: A Powerful Voice
Sometimes music can be more than just a melody. Get to know Sphie, a multitalented singer, songwriter, and producer making beautiful music in West Seattle with deeply personal intention. [Music used by permission from Sound Embodied Records]
With Election Day at hand, the hottest spot in the neighborhood is the Junction’s ballot drop box. But there’s a surprising twist to the unprecedented turnout. Also, get the inside scoop on the Southwest Seattle Historical’s Society’s new exhibit on the history-making Alki Suffrage Club
The Music Man
Get to know Ahmahd Odom, who turns the crosstown traffic of the Alaska Junction's Walk All Ways intersection into a magical mystery tour of music.
Digital History, Digital Future
With the pandemic keeping people apart, two of West Seattle’s most significant cultural institutions are exploring the digital realm to carry on traditions and break new ground. Hear how it’s happening with Michael King of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and ArtsWest’s Mathew Wright.