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Pancake Paddle Special Edition -- Green Lake Luminata Tribute Paddle, Wednesday, Sep. 22, 7PM.
I am sad to report that Green Lake’s much beloved Luminata appears to have fallen victim to the Covid economic downturn. The Casual Kayak Meetup’s Luminata tribute paddle on Lake Union has also been cancelled.
ABOUT THE GREEN LAKE LUMINATA
The Luminata was Seattle’s annual festival of light, arts, performance and music held along the shores of Green Lake in celebration of the change of seasons. Luminatas always began at dusk on the fall equinox. A thousand or more people packed the Green Lake Aqua Theater and surrounding shoreline to watch performance art productions dreamed up anew each year by the Fremont Arts Council ( my favorite was the year they did the giant owl ). At the conclusion of this performance, as darkness fell over the lake, the entire grandstand emptied out to much music, dancing, drums and circus then formed into a grand parade that wound its way along the western shore, headed for the “Secret Feast” which was always held in the grove by the Bathhouse Theater. At the Secret Feast more lights, arts, performances, music, magic in addition to the aroma of foods of all kinds cooking or roasting over small stoves and fires. It was a wonderful thing to behold from the water and even more wonderful to go ashore and partake of.
The Pancake Paddle will honor the tradition of the Green Lake Luminata when we paddle Green Lake on this year’s equinox, Wednesday Sept. 22nd. While our celebration will be small, if nothing else it may at least serve as a tiny thread of continuity to the next Luminata, should it ever return. It is encouraged, but not required, to bedeck your paddle craft with lights, lights and more lights in the spirit of Luminata.
Of the many people walking Green Lake on equinox evening, we may identify more than a few confused folks looking for the Luminata. We will recognize them by the lights they carry and the costumes they wear. And they will recognize us. We may even go ashore to greet them—or to mooch some food, should we spy a cooking fire or two in the grove.
HERE’S THE PLAN
Let’s meet at 7PM at the swimming beach by the Green Lake Community Center. That parking lot can be busy, so you might want to give yourself a little extra time to park. The sun will have just set. We will do a 2 mile circumnavigation of motorboat-prohibited Green Lake which should take about an hour. Unfortunately there is no rental availability for this paddle.
Because this is a night paddle, in addition to your PFD make sure that you bring at least one light to signal with in case we need to locate you to give assistance. And bring a whistle for the same reason.
AFTER THE PADDLE
For those so inclined, at the conclusion of our paddle we will pay a brief visit to the warm, inviting (and notorious?) confines of the Little Red Hen—which is just around the corner from the Green Lake parking lot—to toast the Equinox and the Old Luminata. No cover charge.
See you then!
ABOUT THE LAKE UNION PANCAKE PADDLE
Eat Swedish pancakes. Then paddle. Beginners are most welcome. If you don't own a kayak, SUP or canoe, they can be rented by the hour at the dock we launch from. This group is open to all paddle craft and gathers regularly at 9AM on the first Sundays of every month on the top floor of the Swedish Club which is open to the public for their monthly Swedish pancake breakfasts. We enjoy the ten million dollar view and have a Swedish pancake breakfast together to the accompaniment of live Scandinavian folk music. No waiting in line for pancake paddlers. Then we take the short walk down to the lake and leisurely paddle for an hour or so on the placid urban waters of Lake Union, the most unique lake in the world.
We also do "Special Edition" paddles on the lakes, rivers and coasts of WA. Special Edition paddles often have no rental availability.