Seattle Christmas Ships Kick Off Voyage Leaves Leschi Tonight

Christmas ShipsIt is still November, but the Argosy Christmas Ships kick off voyage leaves the Leschi Marina tonight at 7 PM.  While the kick off voyage is tonight, the Christmas Ships will not be visiting Madrona until December 22nd at 9:45 PM.  Mark your calendar for the event which will take place at Madrona Beach near Spectrum Theater.

If you have young children and the Madrona Beach Christmas Ship visit is too late, consider going to Madison Park Beach on the same night.  The Argosy Christmas Ships will visit Madison Park at 4:55 PM on December 22nd.

Check out Argosy’s website for the entire Seattle Christmas Ship schedule.

Madison Park Beach and Madrona Beach to Open this Weekend

Madison Park BeachTomorrow, Saturday June 23rd will hopefully bring some sunshine to Seattle (wishful thinking), as it marks the opening of several of Seattle’s wading pools and is the first day of summer that lifeguards will head to their posts at Seattle beaches 7 days a week when weather permits.

Lifeguards will be on duty noon-7pm Mondays-Fridays, and 11-am-7pm Saturdays and Sundays beginning this weekend through the 26th of August for Madrona Park Beach as well as various other beaches around Seattle including East & West Green Lake, and Pritchard Beach, and through Sept 3rd at Madison Park Beach and additional beaches including Mt Baker, Seward Park, and Matthews. We all know when the sun pokes out it’s not surprising to find Seattleites in their shorts and sundresses in 60 degree weather; why not join the masses this summer for some much needed vitamin D at Madison Park, Madrona Park or any other Seattle beaches.

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.

Christmas Ships at Madrona Beach

Seattle Christmas ShipsThe 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.

Very Merry in Madrona

MadronaAs 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.

You can check out the official Very Merry in Madrona Facebook page as well.

Be Merry in Madrona!

Madrona Tree SculptureThe 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!

Domestic Dispute? Man Stabbed in Madrona Park

Seattle PolicemanAccording to the Seattle Police, a 21-year-old man was stabbed in the hand and leg Monday night around 6:30 PM during a fight at Madrona Beach / Madrona Park.  Officers responded to a report that two men were fighting in the 800 block of Lake Washington Boulevard.  When they arrived the Seattle Police found a man who had been stabbed.

The victim told police he and the other man, who he knew, were fighting in the nearby parking lot when the other man attempted to spray him with pepper spray. The victim then ran, but his assailant caught up with him and stabbed him in the leg and finger with a steak knife.  The victim was then able to hold the suspect and call for help from people nearby, but the assailant broke free and fled through the Madrona Woods.

Officers were able to later arrest the suspect at a residence in the 600 Block of 22nd Avenue. The 19 year old male suspect was later booked for Investigation of Domestic Violence Assault.

The stabbed man’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Madrona Woods Work Party – 4th Saturday of the Month

Madrona Park

Madrona Beach at the foot of Madrona Woods

Friends of Madrona Woods has worked with the Seattle Parks Department for the last 14+ years to maintain and restore the nine acre forest back to its natural state.  The Madrona Woods are located on a steep hillside between Spring Street and Columbia Street leading down from 38th Avenue down to Lake Washington Boulevard.  The woods are a part of Madrona Park which includes both the woods and Madrona Beach.  The beach starts on the east side of Lake Washington Boulevard after the woods end.

The Madrona Woods have been restored with the help of thousands of volunteer hours.  If you are interested in restoring and beautifying Madrona Woods, learning more about plants and ecosystems, or just want to get some fresh air – then please join the Madrona Woods Work Party.  Generally, scheduled on the 4th Saturday of the month, the next meeting is February, 26th from 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  They will meeting at the Spring Street and Grand Avenue entrance.  For more information, contact Deirdre at (206) 325-9035 or