The Seasons is active approximately 20-24 days a month from September to May. On average, 12 of these events are hosted by regular rental clients (Restoration Church and The Yakima Salsa Dance Company). On average, The Seasons presents three monthly events, outside promoters present roughly three events and the remainder of the events are private rentals which are either public cultural events or private events. Throughout the summer months, programming at the Seasons slows but the venue is still used for a variety of uses including weddings.
The Seasons Programs:
The Seasons presents three distinct music series and one major event: The Seasons Presents Series, A Jazz Series, a Classical Series, and one event called Salsa in The Streets. Over the course of the years, The Seasons has presented headlining artists like Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, Chris Hillman from the Byrds, Chick Corea, and Cody Chestnutt. We have also presented independent artists of all kinds such as Bonnie Prince Billy, The Dusty 45's, Hey Marseille and Blitzen Trapper. Jazz and classical musicians through the region have come to know The Seasons as a place to perform frequently. Last season, The Seasons presented 13 shows from September through December and 21 shows from January through May.
The Seasons actively works with independent promoters to bring national performers to the venue. Outside promoters have booked Judy Collins, James Otto, T-Pain, Leon Russell and Paula Poundstone among many others. We work with a number of local arts and presenting groups such as The Yakima Valley Opera Company, The Yakima Symphony, Allied Arts of Yakima Valley and others to produce events and activities.
The Seasons is currently licensed as a nightclub and serving alcohol during our events is routine. While following proper procedures, we are also able to remain an all-ages venue.
Our shows are staffed generally by volunteers and 1-2 Seasons staff members. We have an amazing base of around 75 volunteers who come to work front of house at public events.
The Seasons has two venues (both located inside the church). The larger performance hall can seat up to 420 people. The smaller acts as host to the Yakima Light Project which programs a small art gallery which also doubles as a reception room for our larger shows.
The Seasons plans two annual fundraising events to support our mission: Light Night and Yakima's Got Talent. Together these events net around $20,000- 25,000 annually. Light Night is a joint fundraiser done in collaboration with The Larson Gallery. We are also responsible for raising approximately $100,000- 150,000 in other donated revenue which has historically come from private donors.
In 2014, The Seasons will work with The Fresh Hop Ale Festival Committee and The Yakima Valley Museum to produce The Fresh Hop Ale Festival and will be the recipient of a portion of the event proceeds.