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Prentis Frazier was a prominent Seattle businessman and frequent contributor to Seattle’s weekly black-oriented newspaper The Northwest Enterprise.

Prentis Frazier was an active member of the Republican Party and a member and generous contributor to the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. He always lived in the Central Area, residing the last ten years of his life at 410 23rd Avenue E. When the gully behind his home was designated a mini-park, relatives and neighbors recommended it be named for him because of his contribution to the community as a philanthropist and business entrepreneur. In 1983, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department changed the name of the 0.3 acre Harrison Street Mini Park to the Prentis Frazier Park.HistoryLink

EPACC will convene at 8am on Friday 20th January 2017 at Prentis I. Frazier park. Here’s a map.


Because it will be quite cold, EPACC will meet at 8am on Friday 13th January 2017 inside the Washington State Convention Center on level 2, at the south end of the building in the “International Meeting Place” near Juicy Cafe. You can’t bring your bike inside, nor can you use a camp stove. However, we are adjacent to Freeway Park if you need to step outside. We will be able to observe and discuss Jenny Holzer’s artwork Selections from Truism, Living and Survival Series. Says the WSCC: “Jenny Holzer’s work excerpts text from three of her early series, addressing power, violence, war, and death with succinct statements on LED signs.”

Here’s a map. Probably the easiest way to get there is to enter the convention center on Pike Street and take the escalators to level 2.

A result of largesse from UPS


Photo credit: John Seb Barber

  • 1907: James Casey founded the company that would later become UPS on this site.
  • 1948: James Casey started the Annie E Casey Foundation, named for his mother, which sponsors NPR among other things.
  • 1978: The Annie E Casey Foundation built this park.
  • 1981: The park won a landscape award from the American Association of Nurserymen.
  • 2017: The En Plein Air Coffee Club will convene on 6th January 2017 at 8am for coffee at Waterfall Garden Park. The park opens at 8 so it’s possible that the gate might be closed if you get there early. Here’s a map.

Follow the compass


EPACC will convene at 8am on Friday 18th November 2016 at Roanoke Park. Here’s a map.

Just keep drinking coffee


On 23rd July 1969 the corner of E Spring St and 15th Ave was a parking lot. By 26th August 1971 it was a park. That’s about all I know. EPACC will convene at 8a on Friday 11th November 2016 at Spring Street Mini Park. Here’s a map.

Try to comptrol yourself

sylvan theatre

The Sylvan Theatre at UW was constructed using some wooden columns salvaged from the University’s former site downtown. The theatre may or may not be haunted by the ghost of Professor Edmond Meany, formerly of the history department. EPACC will meet in the Sylvan Theatre at 8a on Friday 4th November 2016. Here’s a map.

En Plein Air Coffee Club has a team for Washington Bikes Ride in the Rain Challenge! Learn more and sign up here.

Originally from Miami

Ed Pratt was Executive Director of the Seattle Urban League and a prominent black leader in Seattle, who “pushed hard for school and workplace desegregation, the de-ghettoizing of neighborhoods, and an end to police harassment.”1 Pratt was assassinated in front of his home on 26th January 1969 at the age of 38. EPACC will convene at 8a on Friday 7th October 2016 at Pratt Park. Here’s a map.

For more about Pratt see: History Link, BlackPast.org

Not enough Myrtles these days


EPACC will convene at 8a on Friday 30th September 2016 at Myrtle Edwards Park. “The City proposed naming today’s Gasworks Park in Edwards’ honor, but her family objected to the preservation of the old coal gas refinery.”1 Edwards was a prominent Seattle City Council member, who died as the result of a car crash in 1969. Here’s a map.

Co-op de ville

“Dedicated on Nov. 21, 1921, around the time the historic photo was taken, St. Demetrios was built partly with donations by communicants who worked in nearby Greek restaurants. The sanctuary cost around $50,000 – about the same amount the Overall Laundry Service paid for the building in 1963 when the congregation moved to its dazzlingly modern Byzantine house of worship on Boyer Street. The Cascade neighborhood’s fortunes have fared little better. Light industry and businesses have encroached on the community, filling it with warehouses, parking lots and truck traffic.” −Paul Dorpat

The original St. Demetrios was demolished in 1995 to build the REI flagship store. Overall Laundry Service was sold to Aramark in 2006. EPACC will meet at 8a on Friday 16th September 2016 at the southwest corner of the “porch” outside the main entrance. Here’s a map.

Also EPACC has a Twitter account now, which I will try to use to notify about late-breaking location changes should they occur. Feel free to follow or just check in if you show and can’t find anyone.

She looks like an orca from the side

tumblr_n98n29tQhz1sh40y2o1_1280En Plein Air Coffee Club will convene at 8am on Friday 9th September 2016 under this boat in South Lake Union. For more information on Blanche, the sound art installation pictured above, visit the Public Art Archive.

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