An Urban(e) Party hosted by Great City



On Thursday, February 25, Great City presents the Fête du Flâneur, a Fantastic Urban-Themed Party. The Fête, a fundraiser for the organization, will feature a limited-admission private reception with Great City founder and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, City Councilmember Mike O’Brien and Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith. Following the early reception will be a celebration of enlightened, if fanciful, urban living featuring music, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, an address by Mayor Mike McGinn, crowning of the Great City-Cascade Land Conservancy Mustache Challenge champion, Flâneur-inspired art, dancing and DIY costumes.

What: Great City’s Fête du Flâneur

When: February 25th, 2010

Where: Melrose Market, 1535 Melrose Ave, Seattle (On Capitol Hill between Pike and Pine Streets just East of the freeway. click for map)

VIP Reception: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

  • With Special Guests: Mayor Mike McGinn, Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith and City Council Member Mike O’Brien
  • VIP Tickets: $145.00
  • Includes all drinks

General Admission: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Open to the Pulbic
  • General Admission Tickets: $45.00
  • Includes all drinks

Event Details

  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm VIP reception with Great City’s founder, Mayor Mike McGinn and former board members, Deputy Mayor
  • Darryl Smith and Council member Mike O’Brien
  • Silent Auction
  • Inspired art and DIY costumes
  • Performance Art
  • An address by Mayor Mike McGinn
  • Overview of Great City’s 2010 Work Plan
  • Hosted bar and snacks

About the Theme:

The “Fete du Flâneur” takes its inspiration from a mid-19th Century movement in Paris which celebrated walking the city and reveling in the street life. Here in Seattle, we have an opportunity to make our streets engaging and active for walkers, bikers, shoppers, school children, and everyone in between – the flâneur movement has arrived!

Event Sponsors:

Gold ($2,500 and greater)
Jabe Blumenthal, Cascade Bicycle Club, Cascade Land Conservancy, CleanScapes, Dunn + Hobbes LLC, Eagle Rock Ventures LLC, GeoEngineers, GGLO, SvR Design Co., Vulcan, Doug and Maggie Walker

Silver ($1,000)
Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law, The Fearey Group, The Freehold Group, McCullough Hill, ReadWagoner, Jessie Israel, Via Architecture

Bronze ($500)
The Pike Brewing Company, Rainier Plaza LLC



Note: This just came in via Diana Vergis Vinh (one of Great City’s new board members) who recently co-founded Urban Farm Hub, a website devoted to providing stories, news, research and resources on our local food system. Here’s the press release:


Urban Farm Hub – Get Down and Dirty

One day while drinking tea Diana Vergis Vinh and Ashley DeForest started dreaming about how great it would be to create a resource that brought together their love of farming, food and community. Urban Farm Hub was born.

Diana grew up visiting family farms in Iowa and Montana and now farms an urban yard, complete with goats and chickens. When she’s not busy collecting eggs, Diana serves as a public health nurse for Public Health Seattle & King County’s Healthy Eating and Active Living Program. Ashley grew up in dairy country New York living large with the cows and now works on policy issues and community engagement through web design.

Their vision is to combine their skills and passions to bring a needed resource to the Puget Sound region. From national food policy news to local urban farming lore, Urban Farm Hub brings it all together in one place.