“The Comedy Of Errors” At Madrona Playfield This Saturday

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The GreenStage theater company is bringing its Backyard Bard series to Madrona Playfield this Saturday with its rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors.’ While GreenStage produces full-length plays through its Shakespeare in the Park series, the Backyard Bard productions are Shakespeare classics pared down to 45 minutes and feature just four actors.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Shakespeare, or with theater in general, this is a great opportunity to get your feet wet and enjoy the theater in your own neighborhood. Pack your blanket, your picnic basket, and your imagination, and let the actors transport you to the ancient Grecian city of Ephesus, where ‘The Comedy’ is set.

GreenStage, now in its 26th season of performing Shakespeare, aims to bring high-quality theater to the public for free, using public parks as their backdrops. After this season, they will have earned the rare distinction of having performed every play in Shakespeare’s catalog. This Saturday’s show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the playfield (34th and Spring) and is free, though GreenStage is grateful for any donations.

If you are interested in other Shakespeare in the Park productions, visit GreenStage’s website for a full schedule!

 

Madrona Community Council Meeting Tomorrow June 3

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Join your neighbors tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3 for the Madrona Community Council’s monthly meeting at the Shelterhouse. On the agenda for tomorrow:

  • Quanlin Hu of the Department of Planning and Development will be present to give an update on the 23rd Avenue Action Plan, which concerns the areas between Cherry and Jackson streets.
  • Update on the proposed parklet outside the Bottlehouse and Hi Spot on 34th Avenue
  • Mayfair recap
  • Discussion of future events, including the neighborhood yard sale, neighborhood BBQ, movie in the park, wine tasting fundraiser logistics, etc.
  • Planning for summer board meeting
  • Other business
  • Treasurer’s report

The meeting begins at 7:15 and everyone is welcome! The Madrona Shelterhouse is located at 3211 E Spring St.

Madrona Mayfair Is Tomorrow!

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We’re crossing our fingers that the sun makes an appearance for Mayfair tomorrow, but if not, we’ll be there with our rain boots and umbrellas to celebrate anyway! Here’s a reminder of the schedule of events:

Today, Friday 5/9

  • Bring your kids’ bike or trike to the Shelterhouse today from 4:00-5:00 to decorate for the bike parade tomorrow. Streamers, ribbon, tape and scissors will be provided!

Saturday, 5/10

  • 7:00-9:00 a.m. – If you couldn’t make it to bike decorating on Friday, meet at Cupcake Royale Saturday morning for more decorating and chatting with your neighbors before the event begins. Buy a coffee and get a free slice of pumpkin bread as a breakfast treat!
  • 9:15 – Parade line-up at Al Larkins Park (E. Union & 34th Ave.)
  • 9:30 – Bike parade begins! The parade will be led by Charles the Clown, Seattle Fire Department and Meter Music drummers
  • 9:35 – Mayfair is officially open!
  • 10:00 – Charles the Clown show on the Shelterhouse lawn
  • 10:30 – 12:00 – Madrona K-8 Silent Auction and Raffle at the tennis courts
  • 10:30 – Reptile Man show on the Shelterhouse lawn
  • 11:00 – Yo-yo contest on the playfield lawn
  • 11:30 – Recess Monkey concert on the playfield lawn

Along with the scheduled events, there are many other great activities happening throughout the morning, including pony rides, two bouncy houses, face painting, a photobooth, screenprinting (bring a t-shirt or tote to get printed with the Mayfair logo!), Seattle Gymnastics Academy obstacle course, breakdancing lessons, miniature clay pot garden-making, food from Pritty Boys and St. Cloud’s, and the Madrona Community Council will be selling water, hot dogs and bake sale goodies. Don’t forget to stop by the tennis courts for the Madrona K-8 auction to bid on an amazing list of auction items and enter the raffle to win a trip to Palm Springs!

We can’t wait to see you all there tomorrow!

 

 

Volunteers Needed For Madrona Mayfair

Picture Courtesy of Madrona.us

Picture Courtesy of Madrona.us

Looking for a great way to get involved in the Madrona community? Volunteer at Mayfair! The success of the May 10 event is dependent on community members helping out, and there are numerous opportunities to help, from manning booths, to helping with the bike parade to cleaning up afterward. Shifts that still need to be filled are:

  • Mayfair setup: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (10 volunteers needed)
  • Traffic control for the parade: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. (7 volunteers)
  • Pony rides: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (3 volunteers)
  • Pony rides: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (3 volunteers)
  • St. Cloud’s table: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (1 volunteer)
  • St. Cloud’s table: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (1 volunteer)
  • Hot dog stand: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (5 volunteers)
  • Hot dog stand: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (5 volunteers)
  • Bouncy house: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (2 volunteers)
  • Bouncy house: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (2 volunteers)
  • Bake sale table: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (4 volunteers)
  • Bake sale table 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (4 volunteers)

For more info or if you would like to volunteer for any of these shifts, please contact Nikki Lundin through her Facebook page.

More Details On Madrona Mayfair

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The colorful and springy Madrona Mayfair poster is getting us extra excited for everyone’s favorite spring event, coming Saturday, May 10! This 38-year-old Madrona tradition attracts as many as 500 families from the Madrona/Central District area, and provides a great opportunity to celebrate our beautiful neighborhood.

Here is the agenda for the day:

  • 9:15 a.m. : Parade line-up at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike)
  • 9:30 a.m. : Parade begins!
  • 10:00 a.m. : Charles the Clown Show @ The Shelterhouse
  • 10:30 a.m. : Reptile Man show @ The Shelterhouse
  • 12:00 p.m. : Recess Monkey Concert

Other activities for the day include, break dancing instruction, a yo-yo contest, pony rides, face painting, and a photo booth. Mayfair screen printing is also being offered, so bring a t-shirt or tote bag!

While Mayfair is free to attend, it costs the Madrona Community Council about $4,000 to produce, and it couldn’t be done without its neighborhood sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Ewing & Clark real estate, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Seattle Orthodontics, Molly Moon, Lakeview Kids’ Dentistry, Madrona Dining and Sipping Society, and Cambium Landscape.

Little Free Libraries Popping Up in Madrona

Have you seen little mailbox-like tiny houses appearing on your street? Well they’re not mailboxes, birdhouses, or newspaper dispensers- they’re little free libraries in Madrona! These fun structures are filled with books that you may borrow for free, and when you take a book you are encouraged to leave another in its place. Little Libraries are found all over the world and have recently been popping up in neighborhoods all over Seattle, and now you can find 15 libraries in Madrona. book

Each library is unique and fulled with an array of books ranging from children’s picture books, to Historical Non Fiction. The little library located at 525 31st Ave is made from a 1970’s Barbie doll house, and inside you’ll find barbies reading novels of their own. At the library on 29th and Columbia you’ll find hand painted artwork on the library’s little door. There is even a red newspaper box located at 1605 36th Ave that has been turned into a little house of books! Many residents who have contributed to the neighborhood’s little libraries have seen positive results, and find that it is a great way to break the ice and engage with neighbors. For more information, or a map locator of all the little libraries in town, visit the little library website, and remember to bring a book to share with the next neighborhood visitor!

Don’t Miss Madrona Neighborhood Night Out!

Next Tuesday August 6th, the City of Seattle will be celebrating the 29th annual neighborhood Night Out against crime event, and there will be block parties all over the city, including several in Madrona! Bring your friends and family out to visit with the neighbors, and bring a side dish or beverages to share with the block at this fun filled night out. There are a few block parties in Madrona registered with the City of Seattle, and keep your eyes and ear peeled for other areas that may not have registered. There will be a 29th Ave block party on the 800 block of 29th,  one at 1565 Grand Ave, in the 1500 block of Grand Ave & Madrona Drive, a 31st Ave party which will be closing the 400 block of 31st Ave between E Jefferson St & E Terrace, and another 31st Ave party closing the 200 block of 31st between Spruce & Alder Street, (see map below for exact locations).

Night Out

 

The “Night Out” event is a National event to promote crime prevention, and this years theme is “Celebrating Crime Free Neighborhoods.” If you have noticed a decline in crime in Madrona, it is time to get together with neighbors and celebrate our safety, and work towards goals to keep crime to a minimum. If you’re out driving Tuesday evening, please be cautious of the blocks that are closed, and aware of the extra people out on the street. All Night Out events begin at 6PM until around 9PM, hope to see you out!

Update: Madrona Garage Sale Map

Update: Madrona Garage Sale Map has been updated Friday June 28th. Please see below! If you’re coming to the garage sale on the 29th this weekend, check out the Madrona Garage Sale Map and don’t miss the best sales around the neighborhood!

Madrona Garage

Madrona Garage Sale Map