Irish Eyes Are Smiling! Seattle Center’s Festal presents the 2018 Irish Festival

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!


Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.


Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level

Madrona Neighbor Awards 2018

The 5 recipients of the 2018 Neighbor Awards.   Photo: Madrona Community Council

On February 10th, Seattle celebrated Neighbor Day, a day set aside for kind acts toward neighbors and strangers. Some of Madrona’s residents take being a good neighbor in the community to a higher level, spreading their goodwill and works throughout the year, or over a series of years. In the spirit of this, Madrona Community Council recognizes these worthy individuals and organizations each year by handing out Neighbor Appreciation Awards. Madrona School also honored some of their local stars on award night, too.

Madrona Community Council recently posted the names of this year’s recipients, as well as why they received their award. Read more at the link below:


Free Solar Educational Workshop

Interested in finding out the benefits of powering your home with solar? A free, educational workshop is taking place at Garfield Community Center in the nearby Central District on Thursday, February 8th. It will cover different aspects of implementing and using this affordable form of energy.

Evan Leonard, Vice President of Artisan Electric with 8 years experience in the solar industry, also worked previously as an environmental educator in Japan and has spearheaded environmental causes for the past 10 years. He will be leading the workshop for homeowners from 6-7:30 pm, and will cover many commonsense topics as well as handle any questions from attendees. Topics likely to be covered:

  • how solar energy and panels work
  • how solar actually thrives in gloomy Western Washington
  • financial aspects including federal and state incentives + ROI + a breakdown of cost + different ways to finance
  • how solar works with various types of roofing
  • battery back-up systems and powering your home in an outage or disaster
  • go into depth concerning realistic costs and help the attendees get a realistic view of potential they may have for solar

Artisan Electric is a local solar contractor based in Georgetown. Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union, who often partners with them, has a 0% down financing plan that some homeowners may be eligible for. They are providing free pizza and refreshments at the event.

For more information, check out the workshop Facebook page:

Event held at:
Garfield Community Center
2323 East Cherry Street
Seattle, WA  98122

Coffee, Community, & a Cut

Squirrel Chops’ logo

Located near the corner of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street, Squirrel Chops inhabits one of the street-level business spaces in a newer mixed-use building. Follow the overhead woodcut sign with the squirrel drinking coffee inside for a fresh drink or a fresh haircut. The interior is painted in black and interspersed with natural wood slab and steel surfaces, with unshielded warm bulbs throughout. The music inside varies according to who’s working: country, cool Latin grooves, strong female singers, more.

Entry to Squirrel Chops and the building location at 23rd and E. Union Street

Sharon Blyth-Moss and Shirley Henderson, joined in life and in business, run the shop together. They started this to combine their love of coffee and hair with a sense of community. Sharon, who was acknowledged as “Best British Hairstylist” by Seattle Metropolitan magazine in 2009, currently handles all hair styling, although this may change in the future with a salon reorganization to allow for more hair stylists (potentially with barista skills). The hours Squirrel Chops is open may be extending in the future as well, most likely when the new building construction across the street is completed.

Sharon Blyth-Moss at work.

Their cuts & cafe clientele are extremely varied, according to Sharon, including long-term salon clients, “a lot of strong females”, construction workers, LGBTQ peers, and the “wonderful daily regular” who live across the street in the tiny home encampment. People in the surrounding neighborhood, frustrated with worsening traffic in Seattle, seem now to more frequently seek out places nearby, such as this one.

Over the past year, part of their dream has been realized, as Squirrel Chops has become a community hub. On a daily basis, people form new friendships through conversations, pass around the NY Times crossword puzzle to contribute a word, discuss politics, or find a table to work on their novel or studies.  Blyth-Moss and Henderson recently held a poster-making party here for those who planned to participate in January’s Women’s March. They offered $1 drip coffee for those who marched on Martin Luther King Day. In March, they’re hosting a book release party for one of their regulars who wrote part of her book on the premises. Shirley once contributed her own banjo for an impromptu music jam! Stuff happens here.

Squirrel Chops offers pastries, fine coffee or tea, different toasties (British/Australian hot sandwich pockets), tacos, wine, beer, sake, Bloody Marys and Mimosas. And haircuts. And good conversation.

Choices, choices.

NW Boychoir features Madrona students

The NW Boychoir.  Photo: Ben VanHouten

The Northwest Boychoir proudly presents its 39th annual A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series, featuring eight regional performances in December. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle.

Three members of the Northwest Boychoir live in or near Madrona:
Gabriel Sharp, 14 (8th grader at The Northwest School)
Xander Uyttendaele, 16 (11th grader at Lakeside School)
Leo Winkler, 12 (6th grader at The Northwest School)

Photo: Ben VanHouten

Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.

A Festival of Lessons & Carols concerts are open to the public, and will run December 9-22, 2017 at various venues throughout the Puget Sound Region. Concerts have reserved seating.

For Advanced Tickets and More Information: or (206) 524-3234. These concerts often draw sold-out audiences. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged.

Maria Johnson, Executive Director
Joseph Crnko, Music Director

Sat. Dec. 9, 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood
Reserved seating

Sun. Dec. 10, 7:00 pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
4400 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island
Reserved seating

Sat. Dec. 16, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Sun. Dec. 17, 7:00 pm
Holy Rosary Church
4210 SW Genesee Street, Seattle
Reserved seating

Tues. Dec. 19, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Wed. Dec. 20, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Thurs. Dec. 21, 7:30 pm
St. Alphonsus Church
5816 15th Avenue NW, Seattle
Reserved seating

Special Event
Friday, Dec. 22, 7:30 pm
Benaroya Hall
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Presented by the Seattle Symphony with Northwest Sinfonia
200 University Street, Seattle
Reserved seating
Tickets through Seattle Symphony:
206.215.4747 or

Madrona Real Estate Report – November 2017

The Seattle real estate market continues to be the talk of the nation. As Seattle continues to grow, so do home prices. Madrona and Leschi continue to stay strong in King County. There were 19 totals sales in the area last month, compared to 7 in November 2016.

Sold last month in Madrona for $1,260,000

The median sales price for a single-family home in Madrona jumped from $1,000,000 in November 2016 to $1,280,000 last month (11/17). The highest sold price increased from $1,345,000 (11/16) to $3,000,000 (11/17). According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, Madrona hit the $1 million club. The average sold price was $1,414,250 and the average list price was $1,395,995. The cumulative days on market also dropped from 35 days to just 12 days this year.

Sold last month in Madrona. (View)

The neighboring village of Leschi had 8 sales last month, compared to 1 townhome last year that sold for $450,000. The median sales price this past November was $1,150,700 and the average sold price was $1,271,175. There was one condominium sale in the Leschi area that was listed for $499,000 and sold for $500,000

There are currently 10 active listings and 12 pending.


Luna in the Laundromat

If you’re in the mood for quality, locally-made ice cream, look no further than the Madrona Laundromat. That’s right, Molly Moon’s has a walk-up window tucked inside (which you may already be aware of) for the past 6 years. Whether you want to treat yourself while watching your spin cycle, or prefer to stop in purely for their creamy, homemade sweet, Molly Moon’s is worth the trip.

Recently, we spoke with Emily in Molly Moon’s Marketing and Community Relations department to find out more about their business:

Question:  Besides the awesome & unique fact your business is located inside a laundromat, what other things make your Madrona shop different from the other locations?
Answer:  Madrona is smaller than other locations, so it does not have a kitchen, we get our ice cream from our Capitol Hill shop! Because we’re so small, it really, truly feels like a neighborhood shop!  Fun fact: Our Madrona shop is the only shop in the company that does a praline cookie ice cream sammie, and it is AMAZING!

Q:  How often do your featured flavors of ice cream change over? A certain day of the month?
A:  We change our seasonal flavors each month, we usually have one or two rotating vegan flavors, one is usually a sorbet. And then we have two seasonal ice cream flavors. Our chefs try to come up with flavors using seasonal organic, and Washington-grown ingredients!

Q:  Who masterminds and creates your ice cream? Is it done on-location at one of the ice cream shops, or is produced somewhere separately in another building?
A:  Each one of our shops, except Madrona and 19th and Mercer has its own Kitchen Manager, our Kitchen Managers are trained culinary professionals, most of them have culinary degrees. Our culinary manager works with them to assign research and development work for flavors, and they each get to create their own. Molly guides them, and of course, makes the final decisions!

Q:  What do you like about your customers? Who are your customers? (Those doing laundry? People who come in specifically to buy ice cream only? Mostly folks from Madrona or elsewhere?)
A:  Madrona customers it seems are truly people that live around the neighborhood. We love them!

Q:  What encouraged the owner Molly to start an ice cream business?
A:  Molly worked at an ice cream shop in college, she then worked at a non-profit, and later decided to start Molly Moon’s, to use her experience to start a company where she could put all of her progressive values into practice, and also prove she could still be profitable after doing that! She made sure when starting Molly Moon’s that she paid above minimum wage, paid 100% of her employee’s health care premiums, offered paid family leave and only used compostable products! To this day, she still ensures these benefits, but has added many more!

If you have ever wondered why their shops are called “Molly Moon’s”, owner Molly Neitzel’s actual middle name is Moon. Days that the Madrona shop (1408 34th Ave.) are open vary according to the seasons. At this time of year, they are open from 2-10 pm. Their phone # (in case you want to check ahead) is (206) 324-0753.

Enjoy the Luna (Moon) in the laundromat!

Madrona Real Estate Report – October 2017

Seattle has been the hottest growing market in the country for the last year and shows no signs of cooling down. The median price for a single-family home has gone up 17.6 percent compared to a year ago. The typical Seattle home sold for $110,00 more than this time last year, $735,000.

Madrona continues to show strength in the Seattle market. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, the median sales price for a single-family home was $1,160,000 last month (October 2017). The average sold price has jumped from $1,123,500 (October 2016) to $1,231,111. There were more than double the amount of sales in the Madrona neighborhood last month than this time last year. There are currently 7 active listings and 12 pending.

Leschi is showing signs of a strong market as well. There were 5 sales last month as well as 5 sales in October 2016. The median price for a home was $750,000 last month, compared to $730,000 in 2016. The average sold price took a large increase from $779,800 in October 2016 to $1,068,590 last month. There are currently 12 active listings and 8 pending.

Madrona is a part of “Central Seattle” as defined by Seattle real estate agents. Central Seattle real estate mainly includes the area from the Montlake cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5. Currently in the central Seattle area there are 87 active listings and 98 pending listings.

All That Glitters

The 34th annual Glitter Sale at the large Goodwill store, 1400 South Lane Street (Seattle), is fast approaching! If you’ve never attended before, come prepared to be dazzled (and possibly a little frazzled, because of the sheer number of attendees) on November 11th and 12th from 9 am- 6 pm. Since the waiting lines to the few fitting rooms are long, it’s best to come prepared by wearing clothing in which you can try things on over the top, right in the aisles, such as tank tops, body suits, and thinner leggings/pants. You still have the option of waiting for the fitting rooms, but the afore mentioned does save time. The glittery or glamorous finds on sale include formal dresses and suits, pants, tops, shoes, coats, hats, jewelry, and many other items.

Last year, this 2-day event brought in a record $310,000 towards free job training and education for those in need. Goodwill placed 1,918 people in jobs last year through their programs.

There will also be a Glitter Sale Preview event on November 8th from 4 pm-8 pm at $50 to $125 per ticket. The advantage is being able to view the collection before the general populous sees it at the official sale three days later. Click here for a sneak peak at a few of the items that will be offered.

So when you’re trying on that vintage hat or buying that sequined outfit, you can feel good about contributing toward a good cause. With the number of people’s lives that are improved by Goodwill’s programs and this sale, all that glitters really is gold.

Madrona Real Estate Report – August 2017

Madison Valley View

The Madrona real estate market has shown quite the change last month compared to August 2016. There were 13 sales last month and 7 last year (8/16). The average sold price for single-family homes has jumped from $896,929 to $1,016,660. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, homes are selling in just over two weeks. There are currently 5 active listings and 10 pending.

Past Ewing and Clark Madrona Sale

The Leschi market has slowed down this past August compared to a year ago. There were 4 sales last month, compared to 7 in August 2016. The average sales price has dropped from $822,500 (8/16) to $680,250 (8/17). Single-family homes sold, on average, in 33 days.

Madrona is a part of “Central Seattle” as defined by Seattle real estate agents. Central Seattle real estate mainly includes the area from the Montlake cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5. Currently in the central Seattle area there are 91 active listings and 102 pending listings.