Ginny Conrow’s Holiday Show | November 13th-15th

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Mark your calendars!

Ginny Conrow’s Holiday Show is November 13th-15th

Opening Night:  

Friday, November 13th, 4pm-9pm

The Weekend: 

Saturday and Sunday, November 14th & 15th, 10am-5pm

1429 34th Ave | Seattle, WA 98122

Come by and see the studio all dressed up for the holidays! 

The show will include gorgeous gemstone and pearl jewelry by Susan Goodwin. She’ll be introducing new vintage crystal as well as some exquisite grouped opal pieces.

Kate Beck adds texture and melodic color with her luxurious shibori silk scarves and accessories.

And Barbi Lock Lee is back from Australia with a small collection of her colorful pieces, often accented by hand formed birds.

Ginny Conrow is a passionate sweet soul, a celebrated ceramic potter and artist, and a knowledgeable and inspiring teacher. Her pieces are elegant, graceful and the unique glazes showcase the delicate carnal beauty of it all.

Ginny will be showing a collection of new pieces and glazes, some of which were thrown in Mexico and many more that were made this summer and autumn in Seattle.

Ginny will be leaving in late November to spend four months in Mexico making pottery, followed by two months in Australia, visiting friends and teaching a few workshops. The Studio will reopen by appointment in July. So this is your chance to grab a few wonderful pieces to hold you over until she is back. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Music in Madrona Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday during the month of August, the Madrona Community Council and Ewing & Clark will host a free concert series starting at 6pm in the Madrona Playfield.

This is an great way to soak up these lovely summer evenings and really take advantage of the wonderful weather we are getting. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and come unwind to the tunes of Seattle’s most talented musicians.

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Series Line Up:

August 6thAzanga Marimba, Check out this awesome and lively African marimba one of their performances here

“Our ensemble plays using eight marimbas – three Sopranos, three tenors, a baritone, and a base – and hoshos, or gourd shakers. The marimbas are handcrafted xylophones made from various hardwoods. The keys are fine-tuned to reflect tones playing African societies. Each key sits above a resonator with a vibrating membrane to amplify the sound and add a unique “buzz” to the music.”

August 13th – Lucile Street

A five person band that includes Christopher Magee on trombone, Mark Aaron on bass, Damien Garcia on drums, Peter O’Neil on guitar, and featuring Becky Lewis on vocals.

August 20thAlkali Earth, youth metal band from Washington Middle School

“Formed in 4th grade in 2013, Alkali Earth consists of four pre-teens with a passion for 80’s thrash metal and its predecessors. In addition to covers from Rush, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath and the like, they play a few original songs, loosely focused on what their parents are currently doing to the planet.”

You can hear more of their great tracks here

August 27th – The Professors – SPU Professors (& Betsy Erving’s owner of the Arts Aloft’s, husband) featuring 60’s rock and roll.

These professions are going to teach you a thing or two about good old rock ‘n roll. You’re homework assignment for the evening…. boogie!

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Family Biking Workshop June 28th

green-bikeFamily Bikers (and aspiring bikers) –

Are you interested in biking more with your family, but not sure how to get started? Or have you been doing it awhile, and want an infusion of excitement and information? Are you tired of waiting in the line of cars during preschool/school drop-off/pick-up? Do you have questions about safety, equipment, practicality, or whether you can “do it”? If so, then this highly participatory 3 hour workshop is for you!

Bring your questions, concerns and curiosity for a lively session of information and discussion. Learn: What are the biggest hazards, and how to avoid them. What equipment is out there and what are the pluses and minuses of each. What to do about hills and rain. What resources are available to support you on your journey, and more!

Taught by veteran family-biker Morgan Scherer in an in-home setting, this session is relaxed and supportive of all questions, levels of fitness, and goals. Get the information and support you need to make the best transportation decisions for your family. For the last half hour we will be outside looking at different family biking setups, and trying them out. Bring your helmet if you have one (there will also be helmets available to borrow).

bike-and-guySunday, 6/28/15, 1pm-4pm
Fee: Sliding scale, $5-35
Mount Baker Ridge, Seattle home location (check FB Event page for info)
Pre-register by emailing Morgan Scherer, morgan@familybike.org

For more information you can view and join the Facebook Event here!

An Open Letter to Save the Madrona Pub

We’ve been asked to share this open letter with the community regarding the Madrona Pub.

 

June 15, 2015

Bart Flora
Cornell & Associates
2633 Eastlake Avenue E #307
Seattle, WA 98102

Etsuko and Frank Harris
1717 Ala Wai Boulevard #1706
Honolulu, HI 96815

Dear Mr. Flora, Ms. Harris, and Mr. Harris:
The undersigned are devoted customers of the Madrona Eatery and Pub. We are
very concerned about the looming loss of this crucial neighborhood gathering
place, even though the owner desires to extend his lease with you. We
therefore ask you to go the extra mile to work out a lease extension with
the current owner of the Pub, Burke Shethar.

Thanks in part to the Pub, and really thanks also to your good stewardship
of the property, Madrona still has a lot of individual character. We fear
that this could go away fast, as is happening all over our city with the
loss of affordable, congenial, long-lived, long-loved gathering places.

The Madrona Pub has been anchoring the commercial neighborhood and the wider
residential neighborhood for 20 years. It is that rare place where whole
families can gather, where people can watch sports, get good food and good
ales as in a European pub. We can’t imagine that a new owner would be able
to create all these fine features, given increased rents and the time it
takes for a neighborhood place to develop a loyal clientele.  Madrona’s
two-block commercial district already has 9-10 restaurants, some with very
high turnover. A new place will have a tough go of it.

The Pub fits an important niche in the ecology of these restaurants:
affordable, family-friendly, full of “regulars,” open every night of the
week, and presided over by a staff and owner who know their customers well
and by name. It takes years to create such a feeling, such loyalty.  Such
continuity is also a big benefit to the landlord.

We know how important it is for us and the Madrona neighborhood to have such
a beloved gathering place. We know how much dedication and care Burke and
his crew have put into this enterprise. We worry that it is irreplaceable in
this economy. So please, property managers and owners, work it out with
Burke so the Pub can extend its lease!

Please let us know that you have received this letter and what your plans
are to resolve the issue.  Some of us would be happy to meet with you to
learn more about the issue. Best contact is David Brewster at 329-6785, or
david@folioseattle.org.

3rd annual Bite of Greece Seattle, May 29th – May 31st

10924228_824020597690690_2799304422795667153_oThis weekend the 3rd annual Bite of Greece Seattle, takes place from Friday, May 29th to Sunday, May 31st. This food bonanza and street festival takes place in Capitol Hill and will be the mecca of all things Greek.

From souvlaki to baklava, you will find the most authentic and delicious Greek cuisine around. They will also have music and dancing too! You don’t want to miss this… or else you might be saying “Opa!”

Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption
1804 13th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Friday, May 29th 4 -10 pm
Saturday, May 30th 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday, May 31st Noon – 6 pm

Madrona Farmers Market Opens This Friday, May 15th

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This Friday, May 15th, the Madrona Farmers Market kicks off the season, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of MLK and E Union Street (Madrona Grocery Outlet). With more favorites returning like Olsen Farms (provider of fine locally raised meats & sausages), Kirsop Farms (read: FRESH Produce! Their produce is harvested within 24 hours of the market shopping hours), and newcomers, like Sweet Caroline’s, (offering gourmet jams and shrubs), this season’s market will have your needs covered.

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This year’s farmers market will have over 30 vendors offering a mix of seasonal produce, flowers, sustainably caught fish, prepared foods, artisanal sips and savories, sweet treats and locally produced crafts.

Friday is set to be (mostly) sunny with a high of 68 degrees and with the excitement of opening day in the air, there is no excuse for your absence at this seasonal neighborhood event. So, round up the kids, pack your reusable bags, and meet your fellow neighbors while stocking up on prime local produce and products. Remember, our farmer’s rely on the support of their community to continue providing the amazing things they do, make sure they know how appreciative we are to have a Farmers Market in our neighborhood!

Food

 

Madrona Farmers Market

Fridays, May 15th, 2015 – Sept. 25th, 2015

3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Would Madrona Survive if the Ice Caps Melt?!?

Madrona PointFor the most part Madrona would survive, but the better question is: would you or I make it?  Hopefully, we never will have to find out, but it is kind of fun (or scary) to see what would happen if all the ice caps did melt.  UW Planner Jeffrey Linn created a map of the Greater Seattle area showing what would happen to Seattle if there was a 240-foot rise in the level of the world’s oceans.  The conclusion was that most of the real estate in Madrona does survive (Madison Valley & parts of Leschi are not so lucky) and those residents of Madrona homes that do get flooded can meet up at Madrona Ale House for a beer and to get dry by the fire.

Love Your Neighbor? Nominate Them For Neighborhood Appreciation Day

When Springtime rolls around in Madrona, the MCC gives thanks and sponsors a local Neighborhood Appreciation Day to honor residents who have have contributed to the neighborhood. Get your nominations in this year by March 1st, and the award ceremony will be held at Madrona K-8. The Madrona Community Council will be giving awards out for the following: neighbors

  • The Nora Award: In honor of local Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to an individual who has left a mark on the community in ways large or small.
  • The Local Hero Award: Its all in the name – given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, generosity, or act of kindness
  • The Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for noteworthy service to others in community
  • Madrona Resident for Life Award: Awarded to a longtime active resident who has left Madrona for other endeavors, but will always be missed.

Love your neighbor? Nominate them for one of the awards above today by e-mailing madronanews@gmail.com.

PTSA Meeting and Holiday Potluck Tomorrow Night

If you haven’t had the chance to meet newly elected School Board member Stephen Blanchard yet, join fellow Madrona K-8 families and students tomorrow evening at the PTSA meeting. There will be a general membership meeting beginning at 6pm, along with a Holiday potluck style dinner meet and greet with Blanchard. school

There will also be a Scholastic book fair happening in the school library, which will be open to the public from 5:00-7:00pm for holiday book shopping. At 7:00pm, the meeting will conclude with a student winter music concert for all families and open to the Madrona community, an entertaining treat for all. Hope to see you there!