PHOTOS: Giant Cove To Clover Snake ‘Coyle’ Crashes Burien Council Meeting
Something very unusual happened at Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting.
No, it wasn’t that a local lawmaker suddenly acted nice, friendly and happy. Not at all.
Or that everyone finally agreed on at least one item on the docket.
It was the appearance of a snake. A very large snake. In fact, it was a 30-foot long snake named ‘Coyle,’ who is serving as the official mascot for the 3rd annual Cove to Clover fundraiser 5k Race (we’re Sponsors), which is coming up the weekend of March 11-13th.
‘Coyle,’ who crashed the council meeting around 7:20pm, was designed by noted local Artist Sarah Lovett, whose most recent Burien appearance was at last fall’s “Arts-A=Glow” festival when she premiered an oversized canine puppet named “Doggedy.”
BTB Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer was on hand to witness the spectacle at the council meeting, and he shares the following photos, along with this little anecdote:
“If ‘Coyle’ was put on a ballot last night, he would’ve lost by a 4-2 margin.
Only two councilmembers (Lucy Krakowiak and Jack Block, Jr.) actually responded to pleas from race organizer John Nelson to fill out an Athlete Angel sponsorship form and put it into the snake’s mouth.
All I can say about this serious lack of participation from the council for this 100% local, all-volunteer fundraiser is to make a rather nasty hisssssssing sound…”
Here’s more info on the Cove to Clover events:
- Fees for the Friday, March 11th Cove to Clover Pub Crawl will increase by $5 on Fri, March 4th, so register online now here. This pub crawl culminates with the official Cove to Clover Opening Ceremonies in Burien Town Square from 10:30pm – Midnight. It will be under a “Big Top Beer Garden” with live Celtic music, prizes and a leprechaun costume contest. Gifts for the first 100 registrants can be redeemed with your bib #. You can also register in person at Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub, the Highline Athletic Club, the Tin Room, 909 and Burien Press.
- On Saturday, March 12th, there will be a “Party before the Pain” Irish Gala from 7pm – 11pm at The Cove. Tickets are just $20 per person, and this includes a traditional Irish dinner, live music from The Haggis Bros., dancing, Guiness and Georgetown’s Mannys, Rogers on tap, a special appearance by a 30-foot Snake(!) and much more. There will also be a “Celtic Costumed Couple Contest” with the winner receiving dinner for two at Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub.
- The cool new Cove to Clover hats are now on sale at Mick Kelly’s.
- The Cove to Clover 5k Fundraiser Run (full details here) will be Sunday, March 13th (giving you a day to recover from the Pub Crawl on Friday, March 11th), and here are some new, exclusive insider details:
- C2C’s will have a new, Big Top Beer Garden in Town Square.
- Clover Coins will be the official tender of said Big Top Beer Garden.
- $5 each or 5 for $20 (spendable in the Big Top Beer Garden, only!).
- A Clover Coin will buy a Manny’s, Roger’s, an official C2C drink or a food item from one of the local businesses.
- Volunteer food runners will take your coins from stations on the perimeter of the Beer Garden and return with your food.
- All proceeds will go to charities.
To register for the race, click here.
- Cost per runner is $35.
- There will also be a Family Race.
“This is one of the hardest 5ks in the northwest,” said Race Organizer John Nelson. “So hard in fact that it is fast becoming a test piece for NW runners. For starters, ‘Snake Hill’ rises nearly 1,000-feet in the first mile of the course. Around mile two you’ll encounter ‘The Uprising,’ a runner obstacle that has been constructed in the middle of a live Celtic battlefield. For your suffering, you will be rewarded with on-course Celtic pipers and a finish line festival that delivers the goods (2 beer gardens, 2 stages with live entertainment, free root beer garden and free hot dogs for children). The Snake awakes!”
Cove to Clover is a 501(c)(3) umbrella charity which distributes all proceeds to local charities, including the Highline Area Food Bank, Hospitality House and Highline District Schools. The organization is very lean, and is run by passionate, local volunteers, and last year raised over $36,000 for local charities.
“Be assured, your participation will be making a positive impact on your community,” added Nelson.
For more info, including all the other related events, check out www.covetoclover.com.