Madrona Mayfair Block Party 2017 Is On The Way!


Talk about blinked and you missed it!

March is already gone and April is in full swing.Before you know it, it will be May, and better yet, time again for Madrona’s annual Mayfair Block Party!

This year, Mayfair will be on Saturday, May 13th, and it’s shaping up to be a fabulous time for the whole family.

As all Madronaites know, Mayfair is our beautiful community’s yearly celebration of Spring with plenty of fun and games with our neighbors.

In 2017, Mayfair is celebrating 41 years of bringing the community together with festive fun, and it looks to be the best Mayfair yet!

The fun starts with the parade line up, starting at Al Larkins Park bright and early at 9:15 a.m., with the parade kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Led by Seattle Firefighters and beloved Charles the Clown, the parade will head to the Playfield, and Charles will put on a great, goofy show everyone is sure to love, at 10:00 a.m. at the Shelterhouse. Don’t slither off after the clownery, because the Reptile Man will be there will plenty of scaly friends at 10:30 a.m.

The whole morning will be packed with activities for the kiddos to have a ball, such as face-painting, bouncy houses, pony rides and much more. Get a balloon animal made, arrange Pots for Tots at Cambium’s booth, or just mix and mingle with other families from right here in Madrona! Learn about goings on in the community such as the Madrona School Playground Revitalization project, visit the Seattle Public Library booth explore all the things the people and businesses in Madrona have to offer.

Of course, all that fun builds up an appetite, so there will be plenty of tasty food to satisfy almost any craving. Indulge in some yummy, fresh spun cotton candy from Madrona Grace or light and airy freshly-popped popcorn from Epiphany Parish. Be sure to peruse the selection of baked goodies, grab a hot dog, and don’t miss the perineal favorite, Imperial Mixup from St. Clouds Restaurant. 

The morning’s events will conclude with a delightful concert from Recess Monkey in the park, the whole family is sure to love.

Mayfair is a Madrona tradition and a community favorite for so many reasons and is brought to us by Madrona Community Council which funds the events through sponsorship, donations, and lots of hard work. The array of enjoyable activities, booths and treats are made possible by generous and fantastic local sponsors including Ewing & Clark, Rock Paper Scissors, Molly Moon’s, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, Cambium, Riolo Orthodontics, SRG Partnership, St. Clouds Restaurant, Girlie Press and Becky Gelder Designs.

Mayfair is the best way to welcome Spring in Madrona, and It takes plenty of volunteers to make this beloved event happen. If you would like to volunteer, please contact volunteer coordinator Rob Ward at mmayfairvolunteer@gmail.com.

Be sure to join the fun on May 13th and make Madrona’s Mayfair a tradition in your family…if it isn’t already!

Film Comes To Life In “Film Is Dead” Exhibit

In the midst of the digital age, many are astounded that film still even exists. Everyone has digital film and video capabilities, and film Is very expensive, so, why bother right?

While that may have been what you thought once upon a time, your mind will be forever changed once you see the brilliant art made on and with film by artist Jennifer West at her Seattle Art Museum installation “Film Is Dead”.

In this revolutionarily inventive show, West uses 70mm, 35mm and 16mm analog film strips to create beautiful and visually compelling works of art. She treats the film with common household items including food coloring, nail polish, coffee, vinegar, bleach and more to create patterns and unplanned but stunning effects by eroding the films emulsion, staining it and letting the film take one whatever characters it might.

West’s SAM exhibit features film strips and remnants that have been treated and manipulated by the artist in this way, hung from the ceiling, and spanning almost the entire length of the gallery.

In addition to the physical installation at SAM, West has taken many of these works and digitized them to create a film that explores the differences and relationship between the analog and digital qualities of the film medium, creating another layer to this thought provoking artistic experiment.

Jennifer West is a Los Angeles based artist with some history in the Seattle. West received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia before returning to her home state of California to earn her Masters in Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.

West’s works have been displayed in various solo and group exhibitions across the country and the world including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR and many more.

Her love affair with film dates back more than ten years and she boasts a very interesting and varied portfolio of works including photographic and video works using different and rare types of film and film techniques, light play, performance and her unique film quilts and magic lantern works. West’s style and aesthetic are likely different from any you’ve seen before, exploring and challenging the differences between modern digital photographic art and classic analog film techniques. Her style simultaneously evokes nostalgic feelings and encapsulates a modern and almost futuristic aesthetic, and over all seems to challenge films obsoleteness and the digital waves supremacy.

If you share a love of visual arts, interesting techniques, the fusion of arts and science or simply subscribe to the thought that everything old is new again, “Film Is Dead” is a show worth seeing, if for no other reason than to see something beautiful before it’s gone.

 

 

 

 

JENNIFER WEST: FILM IS DEAD . . .

Exhibit on display through SUN MAY 7 2017

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Madrona’s Neighbor Appreciation Day Is Coming!

madrona-school-sign-tpIt’s almost time again to celebrate and honor our friends and neighbors here in the Madrona community!

Join your neighbors to celebrate Madrona’s Neighbor Appreciation Day this Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9:30-11am.  The gathering will take place at Madrona PK-8 School library with ceremonies begining promptly at 10:00am.

Awards include:

  1. The Nora Award: Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community.
  2. The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness or generosity.
  3. The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community.  Named after community and youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love who dedicated much of his life to the youth of the community.
  4. The Madrona Resident for Life Award: Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed.

This event provides the opportunity for all members of the community to not only enjoy the accomplishments of our adult residents, but to meet the award winners from Madrona K-8 School as well. In addition to all the excitement, the Mayor is confirmed to attend this years event!

It’s time to meet and celebrate the accomplishments of your neighbors, big and small and remember why Madrona is such a strong, wonderful community you’re proud to be a part of!

Madrona Mayfair Happening this Saturday, May 16th

MadronaMayfairPoster2015Just a reminder, The Madrona Mayfair is set for this Saturday, May 16th. This event is sponsored by the Madrona Community Council (MCC) and it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

With tons of great activities such as a bouncy house, pony rides, a parade, face painting and much more – your kids are sure to be pleased.

Schedule of Events:

9:15AM Parade line up @ Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike) led by Charles the Clown

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Yo-Yo Contest

Pony Rides

Face Painting

Open Air Library

Balloon Artist

Carnival Games

10:00AM Charles the Clown Show @ the Shelter House

10:30AM The Reptile Man Show @ the Shelter House

12:00PM Recess Monkey Concert @ the Madrona Playfield

 

ALSO, don’t miss the 2nd Annual Madrona PreK-8 Silent Auction! 10AM -12PM

Last year the auction was such a success, the PTSA was able to fund a K-2 art teacher this year. Make sure to participate this and so we can blow last year out of the water and go the extra mile!

Madrona Mayfair Festival

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The Madrona Mayfair is set for Saturday, May 16th. This event is sponsored by the Madrona Community Council (MCC) and offers tons of family fun. Outfitted with bouncy houses, pony rides, a parade, face painting and much more – this event is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The Madrona Community Council is powered by 100% volunteer action. In order to produce great community based events, the MCC could some volunteers to assist with the following activities:

Selling bake good, selling hot dogs/water, monitoring a bouncy house, and helping with pony rides.

There are 2 shifts available for each of these positions, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon (maybe a little after). Please comment below if you’d like to help out and we’ll connect you with the right person.

Schedule of Events:

9:15AM Parade line up @ Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike) led by Charles the Clown

9:30AM Parade begins!

Yo-Yo Contest

Pony Rides

Face Painting

Open Air Library

Balloon Artist

Carnival Games

10:00AM Charles the Clown Show @ the Shelter House

10:30AM The Reptile Man Show @ the Shelter House

12:00PM Recess Monkey Concert @ the Madrona Playfield

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ALSO, don’t miss the 2nd Annual Madrona PreK-8 Silent Auction! 10am-12pm.

Last year the auction was such a success, the PTSA was able to fund a K-2 art teacher this year. Make sure to participate this and so we can blow last year out of the water and go the extra mile!

 

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Get To Know Madrona’s Stairs On Seattle Stairway Walks Day

Seattle StairwaysSeattle is home to more than 600 public stairways, though many of them are hidden down dead-end streets, in wooded ravines, or tucked between stately homes, making them difficult to find if you don’t know where to look. With the 2012 publication of their book Seattle Stairway Walks, Seattle couple Jake and Cathy Jaramillo put some of those hidden gems on the map, and the book’s popularity led to a similarly named website and the Seattle Stairway Walks Day, hosted by non-profit organization Feet First. The third annual event, taking place on Saturday, February 7, will take curious pedestrians on guided walking tours of staircases all over the city, including in Madrona and Leschi. This is a great chance to get to know your own neighborhood from a different perspective, or to get familiar with other parts of the city through the unique features that often accompany public stairways, such as pocket parks, viewpoints, and public art.

If you’re already well-acquainted with our neighborhood stairways here in Madrona, choose a tour on Queen Anne, North Capitol Hill, Ravenna, or a host of other locales on the schedule for the day. Proceeds from your $10 suggested donation for the tour will benefit Feet First, an organization that promotes walkable communities in Washington. Registration is required, and spots fill up quickly, so if you’re hoping for a specific tour make sure to sign up soon! All walks begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m., and meeting locations will be sent upon registration.

Meet The Candidates Forum At MBCC October 22

Do you know the candidates who are running for election this fall? Did you even know that it’s an election year? The Madrona and Leschi community councils and the Mount Baker Community Club want to make sure residents are informed about who the candidates are and where they stand on important issues, and the three organizations are co-hosting a candidates forum to do just that.

The October 22 event will take place at the Mount Baker Community Club, and so far attending candidates include: Damon Shadid and Fred Bonner, running for Seattle Municipal Judge Position 7; Sharon Tomiko Santos and Daniel Bretzke, running for state representative; Pramila Jayapal and Louis Watanabe, running for state senate; and U.S. Congressman Adam Smith. The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the candidates, followed by a discussion of gun initiatives, pre-kindergarten initiatives, and candidate positions from 7:00-9:00.

This will be a great opportunity to come face-to-face with your candidates in Seattle’s 37th legislative district and Washington’s 9th district in a small community setting, so put this on your calendar so you don’t miss out!

Madrona Library Closed, To Reopen Tuesday 9/16

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Update: Library will reopen tomorrow 9/18!

If you tried to visit Madrona’s Sally Goldmark library this weekend you may have been disappointed to find the branch closed. The temporary closure that began Saturday is due to assessment and repair of the main sewer line running through the area, and the library is scheduled to be open normal hours starting tomorrow, 9/16. Click here for the Madrona branch’s hours.

A New Place To Rest Your Feet In Nora’s Woods

If you’ve never heard of Nora’s Woods, Madrona’s pocket-sized park on 29th Avenue between Cherry and Columbia streets, you’re probably not the only one. Taking up just half a block, this tiny greenspace was named after former Madrona resident and community leader Nora Wood, who bought the land in 1987 with the intention of creating a haven for both native plants and residents of the neighborhood.

Nora's Bench 1A new bench installed earlier this month provides visitors to the park a spot to sit and enjoy this little slice of nature in the midst of an urban environment. You’ll find a variety of habitats in the park, including a  fern gully, a meadow, and a lowland forest. Next time you are in the area, take a detour through Nora’s Woods, sit on the new stone bench and thank Nora for preserving this patch of green for all to enjoy.

 

Turn In Your Kraus Fund Applications

When Mimi and Martin Kraus fled Nazi territory in 1939, they left their native Austria and settled in Seattle, and were longtime residents of the Madrona neighborhood. They hiked every weekend, or skied in at near by ski lifts. When Mimi died in 2008 after a long life of 98 years, she left a generous gift of $50,000 in her will towards benefiting the Madrona parks and recreation. In 2010 the Madrona Community Council began to accept applications and distribute funds for things like renovations of Madrona Beach, restoration work in Madrona Woods, and improvements to Harrison Ridge and Madrona Shelterhouse.

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The MCC is now accepting another batch of applications for the remaining $20,000 of the Kraus donation, and all applications must be sent in by February 24, 2014. Presentations for proposals will be made at the March 4th Council meeting, and awards will be announced on April 1, 2014 – no joke. Please find applications at Madrona.us and submit via email to wmahoney@gmail.com, or snail mail them in to Bill Mahoney, Madrona Community Council Board Member, 425 31st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. If you have questions regarding the process, please send inquiries to wmahoney@gmail.com.

 Project requirements are as follows:

  • Must demonstrate public benefit of a park and/or recreation project
  • Must be within boundaries of Madrona neighborhood
  • Can be for any requested amount up to $20,000, and smaller projects will also be considered
  • Must meet approval of the Parks Department or other land-owner agency in concept and design. The concept approval should be obtained and included in application by due date
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of neighborhood involvement and support, or demonstrated need.
  • Successful projects will receive a one-time award, and should not be used for ongoing maintenance.