Highline Vintage Jazz Cruise On The Virginia V Is Saturday, Dec. 19th

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It’s both a fundraiser for the 2010 Highline Vintage Jazz Festival, and a jazz cruise, and it’s going to happen on the historic Virginia V on Saturday, Dec. 19th with an evening of jazz featuring the Dave Holo Quintet.

The evening cruise will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and dancing as well as a rendezvous with other lighted ships.

Costumes from the 1920s and ’30s are encouraged but not required.

And while we’re talking about it, be sure to mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Highline Vintage Jazz Festival, which will happen on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010.

Here are the full cruise details:

WHAT: Jazz Cruise Fundraiser for the 2010 Highline Vintage Jazz Festival on the historic Virginia V

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 19th, boarding begins at 8pm, cruise at 8:30pm.

WHERE: On board the Virginia V, which is docked at the Center for Wooden Boats at the foot of Terry Avenue, on the south end of Lake Union.

COST: $49 per person; tickets are available online here, or via phone at 206-624-9119.

INFO: From a press release:

Make your plans now to join your friends Saturday, December 19th aboard the classic 1922 Steam-powered SS Virginia V, the only remaining vessel from the famous “Mosquito Fleet”, as hot jazz enthusiasts mingle with vintage ship lovers for a nostalgic evening of dance music, lots of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and fine wine.

Burien Arts and the Virginia V Foundation have combined to present this two-hour cruise as a preview of the 2nd annual Highline Vintage Jazz Festival coming up in Burien on February 20th, 2010.   The preview jazz cruise features the Dave Holo Quintet (Dave on cornet, Dave Loomis – trombone, Peter Kok – piano, Jeff Norwood – bass, Lance Haslund – guitar).

Board the beautifully decorated Virginia V at her moorage at the Center for Wooden Boats at the foot of Terry Avenue, south end of Lake Union.  Then enjoy the music, dancing, food, wine and other holiday-lighted ships as we sail Lake Union and Lake Washington, all for only $49.00.  Boarding begins at 8:00 pm, departure at 8:30 pm.

For tickets (only 100 tickets available) and additional information about the Virginia V Foundation, contact www.virginiav.org. or phone 206-624-9119.

Launching a fundraising effort for the S.S. Virginia V and Burien’s Highline Vintage Jazz Festival, the vintage ship will leave the dock for a two and ½ hour cruise amidst holiday decorated boats on Lake Union and Lake Washington. The ship will be fully heated! This is the first time the two notable non-profits have joined forces to present an event.

“Steamship Virginia V has been hit hard by the economic downturn,” says Steamer Virginia V Foundation General Manager Kim DuBois. “Partnering with another non-profit organization facing the same financial challenges we do just makes sense. Particularly in these tough economic times, we all need to support each other. That’s what building a quality community is all about.”

S.S. Virginia V provides a unique living history experience to the general public, to over 40 groups in education, health and wellness, parks, education, law enforcement, and over 300 Puget Sound school-aged children.

Marine training programs also introduce inner-city youth to careers in the maritime trades.

In addition to public access of the vessel, Virginia V Foundation has contributed over $50,000 in in-kind access to the vessel in the form of cruises, dockside events and educational programs. S.S. Virginia V offers educational history experiences unlike any other in the Puget Sound.

The 88-year-old Steamship Virginia V is the Puget Sound’s own National Historic Landmark treasure. At one time, she made 13 stops between Tacoma and Seattle carrying freight, fruit, wood, mail and people. During WW II, she even carried supplies and workers between Poulsbo and Keyport Naval Torpedo Station.

Mosquito Fleet routes in the Puget Sound from 1880 until about 1930 were brimming with ferryboats, freighters, schooners, sidewheelers and sternwheelers. They were named Mosquito Fleet because in their bustle, they resembled a swarm of mosquitoes. Now S.S. Virginia V is the last remaining operational steam vessel from this Fleet.

To pay tribute to S.S. Virginia V history, Highline Vintage Jazz Festival Preview, presented by Burien Arts, will feature jazz music from the heyday of the Mosquito Fleet.

In addition to managing a vibrant art gallery, Burien Arts also supports a summer performing arts series, manages an education annex which showcases the talent of local high school students, partners with other arts groups, civic organizations and the City of Burien to host innovative outdoor installations and community festivals, and much more.

So, come help support Seattle’s very own national treasure, the arts, education and culture while you dance, snack on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and taste fine wine. What better way to spend the holidays than by giving support to your local community while you enjoy a cruise aboard the decks of this beautiful vintage ship?

More information on the Virginia V is at www.virginiav.org.

More information on the Highline Vintage Jazz Festival is available at: www.burienarts.org.

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