Thursday, October 16, 2008

Holiday Wacktastic Light Show

Two Greenwood-Phinney residents want to light up the neighborhood and “make the rest of Seattle sit up and take notice.” But they need your help to do it.

Beegee Tolpa and Kelly Davis, local residents who are also illustrators and graphic designers, want to generate excitement and pride about living in the neighborhood. “We want to get to know our neighbors. We want Greenwood-Phinney to become a destination neighborhood.” The neighborhood is “full of wonderful shops that can benefit from holiday shoppers so let’s create an excuse to get them here!”
So the excuse they’re creating is the Holiday Wacktastic Light Show. They’re inviting neighborhood businesses and residents to think creatively and light up their yards, fences, mailboxes, street signs, garbage cans and driveways with lights.

“This is not a show of how much money you spend on lights but rather how creative you get. Each display doesn’t have to be big but we want to get as many people involved as we can so that people from other neighborhoods will see Greenwood-Phinney as a destination.”

And to promote involvement, they’ve turned the event into a contest as well. They’ve recruited three local “celebrity judges;” Robynne Raye, an award winning graphic artist; Rocket Man Houlihan, mascot for the Rat City Rollergirls; and Jennifer Worrick, author of “The Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life” and the “Worst-Case Scenario” books. First, second and third place winners will receive big “loot piles” of goods donated by local businesses. They will also get bragging rights and a chance to judge next year’s contest.

At this writing, Kelly and Beegee are still working out some of the details but information should soon be available at

They’re hoping the Light Show will be “a great way for Greenwood-Phinney to come together and add sparkle to the wet winter days ahead!”
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