Blue Angels encore
Assuming that the weather cooperates (a by-no-means certain proposition), the U.S Navy's Blue Angels will be doing their regular Seafair thing this year, which means practice sessions and performances over the Lake and, not incidentally, very-low-flying jets above Madison Park. For those of you who need some advance warning so you can brace yourselves (and your pets) for these noisy forays, here's the Blue Angels' flying schedule while they're in Seattle:
- Thursday, Aug. 4: 9:45 am - noon/1:15 - 2:30 pm (Practice)
- Friday, Aug. 5: 12:45 pm - 2:40 pm (Practice)
- Saturday, Aug. 6: 12:45 pm - 2:40 pm (Full show)
- Sunday, Aug. 7: 12:45 pm - 2:40 pm (Full show)
Of course we love those Blue Angels, loud as they may be. They always put on a spectacular show, one that brings a lot of people to Madison Park to watch from many vantage points, including the waterfront road ends. Expect traffic flow and parking to be impacted on the days of the shows.
Swim for Life
The Puget Sound Blood Center's Swim for Life Across Lake Washington will arrive at Madison Park Beach on Wednesday, August 17, with literally hundreds of swimmers (and escorting kayakers) scheduled to participate. Last year there were 80 teams involved, each with a maximum of four swimmers plus one kayaker. More than $50,000 was raised for the PSBC through their fund-raising efforts.
Though registration is still open for this year's event, there are only 30 swimming spots left; so you better move fast if you want to get in on the swimming or kayaking side of this charitable endeavor (more information is available here). And if you still need a reason for swimming, kayaking, or contributing money to the cause, a good synopsis of why this is a worthy event is provided by a two-time Swim for Life participant here.
The 2.2 mile Swim begins at Medina Beach at 7:30 am and should begin arriving at Madison Park Beach about an hour later. Since it's a staggered-start affair, teams will be arriving here throughout the early morning.
As was true last year, this year's event specifically benefits the national Be the Match bone-marrow donor program.
Music in the Park returns
It's now a tradition that in August there is a weekly musical celebration in the Park, open and free to all. This year is no exception, with a different group performing on each Thursday evening during the month, beginning at 6:30 pm. Three of the four groups slated as part of the Music in the Park series are popular performers from the past, and one (The Ben E Band, shown above) will be presenting their music here for the first time.
This is the weekly lineup: