The grand finale of the Very Merry in Madrona this weekend is the stroll down to Madrona Park to watch the Christmas Ships. The Christmas Ships, a Seattle tradition for 62 years, will stop in front of Madrona Beach between 9:25 and 9:45 PM on Saturday night (December 3rd). Come and enjoy brightly decorated ships and the holiday songs by the Dickens Carolers while standing by a warm bonfire on Madrona Beach.
To get there you can either head straight there or join the candle light walk which leaves from the middle of the Madrona business district (34th and Union) at 8:45 PM. The candle light route will wind down the hill taking Union to 38th to Grand Avenue to Spring and through Madrona Woods down to Madrona Beach. (See previous link for the route). Spectrum Dance will provide hot chocolate and cider and lead a dance circle on the beach.
Flashlights and warm clothes are recommended. The Seattle forecast looks to be clear but cold.
If you have little ones at home, the Madrona Christmas Ship schedule may be late for your family. You may want to consider going to Mount Baker neighborhood on Sunday night where they will have three shows: Ferdinand Street Park (the boats will be in the bay between Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard) from 5:40 to 6:00 PM; Stan Sayres Memorial Park (aka The Pitts) from 6:15 to 6:35 PM; and Mt. Baker Beach Park from 6:45 to 7:05 PM. Monday the Christmas Ships will be at Seward Park starting at 8:25 PM or you can wait until Saturday, December 17th when the Christmas Ships will be at Madison Park Beach from 4:55 to 5:15 PM. You can also check the full schedule of stops to find a date and place that is convenient to you.
As I wrote a couple weeks ago, the Very Merry in Madrona is coming this weekend. I will be blogging more about it as the week goes on, but mark you calendars because it should be a fun weekend in Madrona. The weekend includes extended hours of the Madrona retail stores on both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday things kick off at 11 AM with the Madrona Bronze Ring Project Celebration and then throughout the day there will be hot cider and cocoa, free wine tastings, live music, special holiday sales, children activities, and recycle truck photos. The day will be capped off with a candlelight walk down to Madrona Beach where there will be a bonfire and the Seattle holiday (aka Christmas) ships. The Christmas Ships will be at Madrona Beach / Park from 9:25 to 9:45 PM.
If you ride the #2 bus that services Madrona then you better take notice. Metro is considering changing a bunch of bus routes and the #2 is one of many that they are studying. The suggested change is to have the #2 still service Madrona, but it would only travel to Downtown Seattle and back. No longer would the service head to Queen Anne or Belltown before heading back to Madrona. The main problem I see is the #2 used to access all of Downtown Seattle; the proposed bus line would only go as far north as Madison before heading back to Madrona, giving little access to the rest of Downtown.
If you are concerned, you should take the Metro survey. The changes are planned for September 2012, but the wheels (on the bus) are already turning so you better speak now.
Click to learn more about the proposed Metro route changes, including those that will affect Madrona. Among other things, the website had a map of the current and proposed routes.
Seattle Central District’s Beehive Bakery on 23rd and Union closed recently. There is a good article about the closing on Central District News but the long story short is while the corner gets a lot of car traffic it does not get a lot of foot traffic and the Beehive Bakery was not getting the number of customers it needed to stay open. The original plan was to have a drive-through window to take advantage of the car traffic, but the current Seattle city rules did not allow it.
It does not sound like Beehive had a long term lease, since the building owner wants to redevelop the lot, so that may have lead to the decision to close only after being open since August.
The Seattle fire station closest to Madrona is opening its doors to the surrounding neighborhoods tomorrow, Saturday, November 19th, from 1 PM to 3 PM. The whole family is welcome to meet the local firefighters and tour the engine and trucks. If you are coming from Madrona drop down from 34th onto Denny (which turns into 32nd) and take 32nd Avenue past the old MLK school/Bush School and the fire station is just on the other side of Lake Washington Boulevard and before you get to Madison.
The second annual “Be Merry in Madrona” is December 2nd (Friday) and 3rd (Saturday) this year. Events are still being planned but in general the shops and restaurants in the Madrona Business District will have sales and extended hours for the holiday shopping season. In addition, there will be a ribbon cutting that Saturday morning for the Madrona Rings and the Christmas Ships will be coming to Madrona Park / Madrona Beach that night. There is talk of several other events such as a hot chocolate stand by the Madrona Community Council and cooperative open houses by local Seattle real agents holding many of the Madrona home for sales open for viewing for the public. Stay tuned!
Madrona Ale House is a neighborhood favorite especially for Madrona families. It is hard to find a seat on a weekend night if you stop by for dinner. The Madrona Ale House menu has everything from pizza to pork chops, from burgers to tacos, and of course beer from Seattle to Timbuktu. The menu is diverse and while they keep the same favorites such as the Alehouse Fish & Chips and Burger, Shepards Pie, and Margherita Pizza, the menu also changes from time to time. I recently went in and their familiar lamenated green menus had changed to white or light yellow depending on who you ask. And with the change of the color came new items on the menu. Gone from the Madrona Ale House menu are Lamar’s Red Chili, Taco Salad, Chili Cheese Fries, and Sockeye Salmon. Replacing them are the Blackened Salmon Burger, BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza, Chef’s Salad, Crispy Cod Tacos, Grilled Pork Chop, Ravioli, and the Pan Roasted Chicken. So the next time you go into Madrona Eatery & Ale House the menu might look a little different, but don’t fear the old favorites are still there and you will also have a chance to try something new.
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According to Madrona Moms, a pit bull was roaming free in Madrona this morning and attacked another dog who was being walked by its owner. It took two people to pull the attacking dog off the other dog. The Seattle Police have been notified (incident #11364418), but if you see the dog please report it. The dog was last seen on 31st Avenue.