Madrona Mayfair


The annual Madrona Mayfair is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday, May 14th 2016.  The festivities kick off at 9:30 AM with the Madrona Mayfair parade. Led by Deano the Clown, the parade starts at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike).   Other activities will be spread throughout the morning.  For a full list of the events, see below:

9:15 AM

Parade line up @ Al Larkins Park

(34th & Pike) led by Charles the Clown

9:30 AM

Parade begins!

Breakdancing Instruction

Yo-Yo Contest

Pony Rides

Face Painting

Photo Booth

Mayfair Screen Printing

(bring your own shirt or tote bag to print on)

10:00 AM

Charles the Clown Show @ the Shelter House

10:30 AM

The Reptile Man Show @ the Shelter House

12:00 PM

Recess Monkey Concert @ the Madrona Playfield

Mayor Norm Rice To Attend Madrona Neighbor Appreciation Day

Madrona Tree SculptureWe know many of you in Madrona show appreciation for your neighbors all year long, but it never hurts to have an official day dedicated to recognizing the importance of the people who comprise your neighborhood. Twenty years ago, then-Mayor Norm Rice instituted Neighbor Appreciation Day citywide, and Madrona residents still celebrate it today, along with our Neighbor Appreciation Awards.

This year’s event, taking place February 7 at Madrona K-8, will feature a special appearance from the man who started it all, Mr. Rice himself, who will be discussing the continued success of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Don’t forget to cast your votes for the awards before noon on January 3, and join your neighbors for the event on Saturday, February 7, at 9:30 a.m. Also, keep your eye out for a special insert in the February Madrona News for another way to show your neighbors you appreciate them!

Tickets Now Available For The Madrona Fall Wine Event

wine-glassesWith temperatures still hovering in the 80’s it’s hard to believe that fall’s rain is just around the corner, but with the new season comes the Madrona fall wine-tasting event! Tickets are now available for the November 15 event that will feature tastings from a selection of wines put together by the Leschi Market, as well as wine available by the bottle and by the case with special pricing.

Originally slated to be held at the Madrona glassybaby studio, the event has been moved to the Aegis Living facility on 22nd Avenue East and East Madison Street. Tickets are $32.50, and proceeds benefit the Madrona Community Council and its community events such as Mayfair and Halloween in Madrona. Whether you are looking to stock your wine cabinet before the holidays (just in time for Thanksgiving!) or just enjoy some delicious vino with your neighbors, this is sure to be a fun event.

Click here for tickets!

Free Music Tutoring Coming This Fall At Madrona K-8

Molly SwensonResearch continues to show that kids who play instruments and know how to read music do better academically, but for many kids, buying an instrument and paying for expensive private music lessons simply aren’t options. But this fall Madrona K-8 and Seattle Music Partners are teaming up to offer free after school music tutoring to 4th and 5th graders. Seattle Music Partners pairs kids from Central Area elementary schools with tutors who range from high school students to professional musicians, and also provide free loaner instruments when needed. Students from Madrona K-8 often go on to attend Garfield High School, which has a nationally renowned music program, so music education at Madrona is geared toward preparing students for a potential continuation of their music studies there.

But the school and its new full-time music teacher Stephan Childers need your help to ensure they have enough instruments and supplies to extend the program’s benefits to all students who want to participate. They have set up a fundraising page on SwopBoard, which accepts cash donations as well as allowing people to list items for sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the fundraising effort. Funds raised will be used to buy recorders, sheet music, headphones, mp3 downloads, and instruments. Also, if you have an instrument that is collecting dust and you’d like to donate it, you may drop it off at the school anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. They are accepting flutes, alto saxophones, trombones, trumpets, bass clarinets, tubas, euphoniums, and French horns. So, visit the fundraising site, help Madrona fill up its instrument closet and get ready for a music-filled fall!



Save the Date – Madrona Mayfair!

With the rain coming down hard this week, it feels like the perfect time to start getting excited for spring activities! Mark your calendars, because rain or shine the 2014 Madrona Mayfair is scheduled for Saturday May 10th from 9:30am-1:00pm. Mayfair will include a similar lineup to years past with the favored kiddie parade, pony rides, big bounce houses, clowns and various attractions along with a concert by the Recess Monkeys at the Madrona Playfield.

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This year there will also be the first annual silent auction put on by Madrona K-8 and the Madrona Community Council (MCC), so come on down and check out the list of auction items. Volunteers are certainly still needed, and while several sponsors have already committed (Ewing & ClarkHarvard Avenue School, Molly Moon’s, Cambium, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, and the Madrona Dining and Sipping Society) sponsorships are still much appreciated. If you’d like to get involved or if you’d like more information on supporting this treasured Madrona event, please contact Stacey Kryman via email at,

Jackson Stairs Cleaning Project This Weekend

Looking to help beautify the neighborhood this weekend? We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! The next stair cleanup project led by the Leschi Community Council falls this Saturday September 21st. The Community Council and volunteers will be cleaning the Jackson stairs from 35th Ave S to Lakeside, and will be meeting at the top of the stairs on 35th Ave S at 10:00am sharp. gardening

This is a great opportunity to help keep the sidewalks clear and the bushes pruned, so bring your rake and broom and head on over to help beautify the neighborhood. Garbage bags, gloves, grabbers and snacks will be provided.

Central Cinema Gets a Sound System Upgrade!

Central Cinema has announced that thanks to the support of many, they will be getting a brand new system upgrade to their projection and sound systems! See their letter describing the awesome new upgrades below. We’re excited to experience a new and improved night at the movies when renovations are complete! Central Cinema Letter 8.26.13


Epiphany Parish Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Tonight

Did you have a wonderful 4th of July celebration, and want to keep the entertainment going through the weekend? Check out Epiphany Parish’s summer courtyard concert series, beginning this evening from 6-8pm. Fill your Friday nights in July with live music on the lawn outside the East entrance to the Great Hall of the Parish campus. Brass Band NW will kick off the concert series tonight, live music that all ages are sure to enjoy, with their unique all brass sound. Bring your picnic snacks and drinks, and spread a blanket out and dance the night away to show tunes, and big band hits! In case of rain the concerts could be moved indoors into the Great Hall, but you won’t have to worry about that tonight. Hope to see everyone there – bring your dancing shoes!


Three Reports of Shooting in Central District

It appears that crime has gone up in the Central Area this week, not too far from Madrona, with three separate shootings reported; two along the 2800 block of Cherry Street, and one near 26th & E. Yesler Way. According to the SPD Blotter, on Tuesday police had responded to three shootings, one near 26th & E. Yesler Way where a car was parked out front of a residential area with bullet holes through the windows, and blood on the seats. There were 5 bullet holes along the driver’s side, blood on the passenger’s seat, two shattered windows, and the car was missing a tire; but no one was inside the car, when found. Police were able to track some of the debris left by the car back to Colman Park, where according to 911 dispatch documents, 4-6 gunshots had been reported in the area. Officers tried to contact the car’s owner to investigate the incident, but the owner reported the car had been stolen on Sunday evening in South Seattle, around one hour before the shooting occurred.

Officers were able to get some information from a resident of the home the car was parked in front of, who after questioning admitted a woman he knew had knocked on his door, claiming she had been shot and chased by another driver. The man did not offer any information on the woman’s identity, and the car has since been impounded for investigation. At any rate, if you’re driving in or around the park, it might be smart to take extra precautions. For more information about the incident, and other crime in the area visit the SPD Blotter.

Man Assaulted in Madrona – Leschi Area

According to the Madrona Mom’s, the other morning as a 76 year old man was on a morning walk he was assaulted near the Madrona Spectrum Dance Theater. He saw a man approaching him who he had seen in the area a few times in the past couple years. He is young male between the ages of 18-20 who appears to be Hispanic, he as also been seen “air boxing” while walking along Lake Washington Blvd.

Photo Courtesy of Google Maps

The next thing the man remembers is waking up on the ground with a woman helping him and asking if he was OK. She told him that the man had hit him and then ran off. It is assumed that she called the police. When the man began walking back home, he saw police officers detaining the man who had hit him. He approached the police officer and the man who hit him and identified the man. It is reported that he got an “odd look in his eyes” and punched the police officer in the mouth and began to run off with the policeman chasing after him. A man who was driving in a truck saw his and he yelled for the man to “get down on the ground” and the man obeyed. The police were then able to detain him.

Police and medics arrived on the scene to evaluate the man and take a statement. The man suffered a swollen jaw & nose, scrapes on his knees and elbows, and soar ribs (it is not known if it is from punches or falling to the ground).

Thanks go out to all the people who helped the man. It important as a community we help each other out to keep the community a safe place for all!