Madrona Blossoms – Needs You!

madrona blossomsMadrona Blossoms needs your help.  Madrona Blossoms has helped beautified the business district of Madrona over the years, but the time has come to pass the baton to organize the baskets. Many people have help keep the Madrona Blossoms going over the years including, but limited to, Suzanne Sheppard, Mike Walker of Hi Spot, John Platt from St. Clouds, but probably the heaviest load has been carried by Marie Doyle and Andrea Matus-Magee.  Marie and Andrea have done the marketing/communication to raise the money, tracked the donations and thanked the donors.  After ten years, Marie and Andrea are ready to step down and are asking for volunteers that can keep the tradition moving forward.  If interested, please feel free to attend the next Madrona Community Council meeting at the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse (corner of Spring and 34th next to tennis courts) on Tuesday night, October 7th, at 7:15 PM or if you prefer comment on this blog and we will pass your name along.

Shop Madrona for Small Business Saturday

Shop Local SeattleSupport our local Madrona businesses this coming weekend on Small Business Saturday (November 30th).  There are a ton of reasons to shop locally: keeping your dollars in the local economy, building entrepreneurship, supporting vibrant neighborhoods, etc.  There is even a local website that helps you find local Seattle stores, although their list is far from exhaustive.  So this Saturday, buy a coffee from Hi-Spot, get a drink at Bottlehouse, buy a meal at Turkuaz, St. Clouds, Madrona Alehouse, Café Soleil, or Pritty Boys Pizza, and get your dessert from Cupcake Royale or Molly Moons.  Purchase a piece of art at Conrow Porcelain, shop for a Christmas gift for dad at Hammer+Awl or for mom at Hitchcock, buy a gift for your hard-to-buy-for co-worker at Nena’s gift shop, and find a bottle of wine at Madrona Wine Merchant to take over to a friend’s house for dinner.  There are a ton of Madrona stores, shops and businesses we are leaving out (check out our likes on our Madrona Facebook for others), but shop locally this Saturday and we know you will find everything you are looking for.

Wreaths for Sale in Madrona

Madrona WreathIt’s that time a year again.  Yes, it is the time for giving thanks, being with family, and making resolutions for the new year, but that is not what I am talking about here.  It is the time to buy stuff!  🙂  For example, you can buy holiday swag to support Montlake Elementary, holiday trees from Stevens Elementary (and eat pancakes while you are at it!),  or you can support the Madrona neighborhood by buying wreaths online.  I am biased since I am on the Madrona Community Council and do not have kids at Montlake or Stevens, but I cannot fault you for supporting any or none of them because there are so many options this time of year.  All I can do is tell you that wreaths bought through Madrona Community Council go to help support: Madrona News newsletter that is mailed free to all homes in Madrona; Neighborhood Appreciation Day Awards celebration; Neighborhood Garage Sale; 34th Avenue Flower Baskets; 34th Avenue Winter Green Swags and Lights; Madrona Mayfair; Children’s Halloween Party at Madrona Shelterhouse; and Neighborhood Summer/Fall Clean-up Day.  Here are more details on the Madrona Wreaths as written by Kevin O’Doherty, Madrona resident and MCC member:

This season, Madrona Community Council is teaming up with Growing Washington—a consortium of local farmers who practice sustainable and organic growing–to produce and sell hand-crafted holiday wreaths. The stunning wreaths are created from organically grown, hand-harvested crops and wild foliage collected from the North Cascade foothills. The Douglas fir base is accented with materials that vary in color, texture, and fragrance such as pine cones, variegated holly, pussy willow, red dogwood, yellow cedar, blue cypress, Oregon grape, and juniper with berries. The 22-inch door size wreaths are $30; all proceeds support MCC activities throughout the year including the Halloween party, Mayfair, and this [the Madrona] newsletter.

These wreaths will look and smell incredible at your home. And they will thrill anyone on your gift list, be it out-of-town family and friends or holiday party hosts. You can set yourself apart this year with a gift wreath, and keep the bottle of wine for yourself.

If you buy a wreath sponsored by Madrona, the wreaths will be available for pick up on Saturday, December 7th, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Amara parking lot on the corner of 34th and Union.  Happy Holidays!

Madrona Blossoms Donations Still Being Collected

Madrona BlossomsWe blogged about this a couple weeks ago, but one more reminder for those that might be interested.  Donations are still being collected for Madrona Blossoms.  The Madrona Blossoms, the hanging flower baskets that beautify the Madrona Business District, are expected in about two weeks.  Madrona Blossoms are made possible by donations by Madrona neighborhood residence and local businesses.  Each basket costs approximately $275 a year to grow and water throughout the summer.

If you want to support the Madrona Blossoms this year a check in any amount helps.  Please make a check payable to ‘Madrona Blossoms’ and drop the check off to Mike Walker at Hi Spot, John Platt at St. Clouds, or mail it to:

Madrona Blossoms Treasurer
1121 37th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
 

Madrona Blossoms Project is a subcommittee of the Madrona Community Council, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Your donations are tax deductible

Madrona Blossoms Coming Soon

Madrona BlossomsThe Madrona Blossoms, the hanging flower baskets, are expected to be hung in the Madrona Business District right around the time of Mayfair (May 18th).  Madrona Blossoms are made possible by donations by Madrona neighborhood residence and local businesses.  Each basket costs approximately $275 a year to grow and water throughout the summer.  Donations are still being collected.

If you want to support the Madrona Blossoms this year a check in any amount helps.  Please make a check payable to ‘Madrona Blossoms’ and drop the check off to Mike Walker at Hi Spot, John Platt at St. Clouds, or mail it to:

Madrona Blossoms Treasurer
1121 37th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
 

Madrona Blossoms Project is a subcommittee of the Madrona Community Council, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Your donations are tax deductible

Uh-oh, Madrona Restaurants Fighting for Most Family-Friendly Title

There are other Seattle restaurants in the field, but two Madrona restaurants are vying for the title of Seattle’s Most Family Friendly Restaurant.  We are not taking sides on this battle royale, but are crossing our fingers that either Madrona Eatery & Ale House or Pritty Boys Pizzeria win it.  We would welcome the Best of Citysearch title to the Madrona neighborhood.  Good luck to both Madrona Ale House and Pritty Boys Pizza.

Madrona Blossoms Needs Your Help

Madrona BlossomsIn the upcoming Madrona News there will be an envelope inside asking for donation for Madrona Blossoms.  Madrona Blossoms are the hanging flower baskets that beautify the Madrona Business District from May to October each year.  Each flower basket costs $275 per year to grow and to keep watered throughout the season.

If you want to support the Madrona Blossoms this year a check in any amount helps.  Please make a check payable to ‘Madrona Blossoms’ and drop the check off to Mike Walker at Hi Spot, John Platt at St. Clouds, or mail it to:

Madrona Blossoms Treasurer
1121 37th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
 

Madrona Blossoms Project is a subcommittee of the Madrona Community Council, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Your donations are tax deductible

Reminder: Merry in Madrona Tomorrow

Merry in MadronaHappy Holidays!  Support your local Madrona businesses this holiday season, and to kick it off this Saturday is Merry in Madrona.  This Saturday, Madrona shops will be open until 6 PM and many will be offering special gifts and treats.  For example, Kismet Salon and Spa (map) will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM this Saturday and will have holiday bazaar with local crafts and artisists, Aveda Pure Priviledge double points, great gifts, service specials, and a raffle.

Also, on Saturday do not forget about:

Merry in Madrona this Weekend

Merry in MadronaMerry in Madrona is this weekend, Saturday, December 1st.  Holiday decorations are up along 34th Avenue and Business Owners of Madrona (BOOM) will have their stores open for extended hours to celebrate the season.  Madrona K-8 will have a book fair starting on Saturday as well.  Finally, the Christmas Wreaths which are on sale until tonight at 5 PM will be available for pickup this Saturday in the Amara parking lot from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Come celebrate the holidays and be so very merry in Madrona this weekend.

Last Reminder: Madrona Wreath Sale

Madrona WreathReminder of the Madrona Wreath Sale.  You can read more about it on our previous blog, but its the last fundraiser of the year for Madrona Community Council to help raise money to support the community.  Buy your wreath online and pick it up on December 1st  in the middle of the Madrona Business District at the Amara Parking lot on 34th and Union.