Rumor: Obama to Visit Madrona / Denny Blaine

Obama SeattleRumor is that President Barack Obama is attending a political fundraiser (reportedly raising $17,000 per person) this weekend in the Madrona / Denny Blaine area.  While I am not sure about the date, the Seattle Times reported earlier this month that Obama was to be in Seattle on May 10th.  Thus don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse or see evidence of the president in Madrona / Denny Blaine this weekend or in the coming weeks.

This will not be the first time Obama has visited Madrona / Denny Blaine.  Central District News had a blog, complete with pictures, about Obama’s visit to the our local Seattle neighborhoods in 2010.

Prime Madrona Real Estate For Sale

Madrona HomeA gorgeous 1920’s Dutch Colonial on prime Madrona real estate with fantastic views of Lake Washington, Bellevue skyline, Mt Rainier & Cascades recently came on the market.  The completely remodeled Madrona home presents a modern, open floor plan, with pretty entry gardens and front porch open to the oak floors and crisp lines of the interior. Fir windows and doors, with two sets of French doors opening to spacious deck. Kitchen with impressive limestone island and high end appliances. Huge master bedroom suite fills the entire 2nd floor with two additional bedrooms in lower level.

Click the link to see more pictures, details and location of this fabulous Madrona home.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 3/2.25
List Price: $1,365,000

Metro Bus Riders Have Big Changes But #2 Spared

Metro BusI have written several blogs on the proposed changes to the #2 Metro Route between Queen Anne and Madrona, but it always good to see the Seattle Times confirm that the #2 Route has been spared any major changes.  Read the article if you want to find out about the changes to Metro bus routes, and if you do, take special note of the last several paragraphs.  While the #2 Metro Route is still intact from Madrona to Queen Anne, as the Seattle Times suggests, there is always danger for future changes:

A more visible case was Route 2, an electric trolley bus from Queen Anne Hill to First Hill. Metro wanted to break it into two lines — and shift a section one block from Seneca to Madison Street — to create a frequent super-corridor where the 2 and Route 12 constantly run along Madison. But the change would have forced Queen Anne users to switch buses on Third Avenue.

“Every time a senior has to get on a bus, get off a bus, it’s dangerous for them, especially in inclement weather,” said Uptown resident Jane Couchman, 75, who rides the 2 to medical appointments.

Last week, she thanked Metro leaders for keeping the line intact, at least for now.

Madrona Woods Work Party – Double Benefit

Friends of Madrona Woods is having a work party from 10 AM to 1 PM this Saturday, April 28th, as they always do on the 4th Saturday of the month.  Friends of Madrona Woods recently learned that they have been awarded a grant, so that each volunteer work hour is now valued at $20/hour for the restoration of the Madrona Woods.  Thus Madrona Woods will not only get the benefit of your help, but they will also get the double benefit of receiving $20/hour for your work to pay down their debt for expenses over the years for plants, etc.

Over the last 15 years, volunteers have worked with the Seattle Parks Department to restore the 9-acre forest, located above Madrona Beach, to its original state.  If you are interested in helping this Saturday, meet at the Spring/Grand entrance to Madrona Woods.   Work this weekend will focus on the targeted southeast corner.

NOTE:  To be clear, volunteers will not be paid.  $20/hr will go to the Madrona Woods, not to the people that help.

St. Clouds Music Scene

St CloudsNot only does St. Clouds Restaurant have good food and fine spirits, the Seattle restaurant has great music as well.  Nearly every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday St. Clouds features live music.  The live music sets up just to the left of the restaurant’s main entrance where it can be enjoyed by the patrons in the bar area, and also can be heard in the main dining area as well.  Tom Bennett and The Rolling Blackouts are regulars on Mondays with various bands playing Thursday through Saturday.  This weekend Tim McHugh plays Thursday, The Wiretappers play Friday (as they do every 3rd Friday), and Saturday is Courtney Andrews.  The music usually plays from 8 PM to 10 PM.  Click the link to see St. Clouds Seattle music schedule and find the best time to enjoy music, food, and drink at St. Clouds in Madrona.

Madrona Mayfair T-Shirts Available Online

Madrona MayfairMadrona Mayfair t-shirts are now available online.   T-shirts will be on sale until May 1st to ensure that they will be delivered in time for Mayfair.  The t-shirts will NOT be available for sale at Mayfair, so be sure to order your t-shirts before the big event.  Click the link to order your Mayfair t-shirt today.  T-shirts are approximately $15 (depending on sizes, etc.) and are available in all sizes.

Also, click the following link for the detailed Madrona Mayfair Block Party schedule.  Mayfair is Saturday, May 12th.

Madrona Home Featured in Pacifc Northwest Magazine

Contemporary HomeA beautiful Madrona contemporary home was featured in the Pacific Northwest Magazine in this Sunday’s paper.  The home was built in 2009 after the owner noticed the real estate was for sale while jogging in the Madrona neighborhood.  Click the link to the Seattle Times to see more pictures and read more about this Madrona home.

Save the Madrona Neighborhood Trees

Madrona TreeThere has been a lot of debate in Madrona regarding the trees that line the main Madrona neighborhood streets.  The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has already cut down 6 trees along 34th (near Spring) and have plans to cut down 29 more trees along 34th Avenue and Union. Obviously cutting down 35 trees will greatly change the look Madrona Business District and surrounding area of the 34th and Union corridor.  Personally, I want as many trees saved as possible but there are two distinct sides to the debate.  There is the side that wants new sidewalks and are fine if that means the trees are removed and there is the other side that wants to keep the Madrona neighborhood trees while fixing the sidewalks.  There is common ground on fixing the sidewalks, but that seems to be overlooked since there is a deep divide on the value of the trees.

The good news is no matter what side you stand on, there are places to be heard.  For example, there is a 1 question, 10 second survey created by Aly Frei:  In addition, for those who have time on late notice there is a meeting tonight, Monday April 16th, with SDOT at Verite Coffee / Cupcake Royale at 6:30 PM.  The meeting was put together by a committee dedicated to save the Madrona neighborhood trees, but everyone is welcome.

Famous Sculptor of Madrona’s Peaceable Kingdom Dies at 86

Madrona LibraryMost know the Seattle sculptor Richard Beyer for his public artwork: “Waiting for the Interurban.”  The Fremont sculpture features five adults, one with a baby in her arms, and a dog with the face of the Fremont civic leader who opposed the placement of the statute.  The sculpture has delighted Seattlelites on the corner of North 34th Street and Fremont Avenue North since 1979.

Many probably do not know of Beyer’s other work in Madrona near the other 34th – 34th Avenue.  The Peaceable Kingdom in front of the Madrona Library (on 33rd actually) was created by Beyer in 1984.  The aluminum sculpture was to show how our Madrona neighborhood could live together as one in some turbulent time in our history.  The theme is roughly based on biblical passage, Isaiah 11:6-9, with each animal representing a part of Madrona: the pig = the police, the panther = the Black Panthers, the wolf = the aggressive street youth, and the sheep = the neighborhood elderly.

Beyer shaped creative art that could be enjoyed by everyone, but with special meaning when you learned a little about its history.  Click the link to read more about Beyer’s life in the Seattle Times.

Madrona Mayfair & Block Party Schedule

Madrona MayfairMadrona residents come celebrate Mayfair this year with your fellow Seattle neighbors on Saturday, May 12th.  This year Madrona Mayfair is in the morning with the Madrona Block Party starting in the afternoon.  Following are the up-to-date details of the fun events.


Madrona Mayfair Block Party – Saturday May 12
Brought to you by Madrona Community Council & Business Owners of Madrona (BOOM)
Rain or Shine

Schedule of events
Friday May 11
4:00-5:00 – Bike/Trike Decorating at the Madrona Shelterhouse. Decorations provided!

Saturday May 12
8:00-9:15 – Madrona K-8 (33rd & Union) Breakfast & Last Minute Bike/Trike Decorating
9:15 – Parade Line Up at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike)
9:30 – Parade Begins
9:30-12:00 –  Bouncy houses, pony rides, bake sale, face painting, an obstacle course, The Reptile Man, Charles the Clown, food and more in the Madrona Playground (34th and Spring)

BOOM sponsors the 2nd half of the day with the Madrona restaurant and shops having food, fun and music all afternoon along 34th Avenue in the Madrona Business District

Amara Parking Lot Performances (34th & Union)

12:00 – The Not-Its! – America’s Most Rockin Indie Band performs in the Amara Parking Lot – great fun for kids and adults alike
1:00 Le Cancer
2:00 GOD
4:00 Ethan Freckleton
5:00 Autumn Electricity

Bottlehouse Performances (1416 34th Ave)

12:00 Band of Guitars
1:00 A Cedar Suede
3:00 Last Great Fire
4:00 TBD
5:00  Jazz Group

The Madrona Community Council and BOOM would like to thank all of the sponsors and Madrona neighborhood businesses for helping make the Madrona Mayfair Block Party a successful event:

Madrona Community Council
Ewing & Clark
Harvard Avenue Preschool
Madrona Family Dental
Lakeview Orthodontics

Supporting sponsors:
Cupcake Royale
Meter Music
Seattle Gymnastics
Seattle Parks & Rec
St. Cloud’s
Tougo Coffee