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

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,

Volunteers needed to help clear James St. Stairway April 20th

Madrona Community Council and the Leschi Community Council are looking for volunteers to help clear the James Street stairway of debris on Saturday, April 20th. If you would like to volunteer, please meet on the James St. stairs at about 9:00am. Be sure to bring working gloves if you have them.

Other volunteers will be meeting at the corner of 34th and Spring at 10:00am to work on the circular garden at the entrance to the Madrona Playfield.

If you are able to help, please show up at either location at the given times.  It is a chance to help beautified the neighborhood and meet some of your fellow Madrona and Leschi neighbors.volunteer320copy

Madrona Mayfair Volunteers Needed

Madrona MayfairMadrona Mayfair is May 18th this year a date I will always remember as the day Mt. St. Helen’s blew….yet I digress.  The Madrona Community Council puts on Mayfair each year, but the council which is run entirely by volunteers, always needs an extra hand when it comes to the big neighborhood celebration.  If interested in helping, please comment on this blog and we will put you in touch with the appropriate person.  Following are the shifts and duties needed for Mayfair:

Set Up 8-9am – 6 people
Clean Up 12-1pm – 1 person
Pony Rides 9:30-11am-3 people / 11am-12pm – 2 people
St. Clouds Food Table 11:00am-12:00pm – 1 person
Hot Dog Stand 9:30-11am-5 people (at the grill and taking money) / 11am-12pm – 3 people
Bouncy House 9:45am-11am – 2 people / 11am-12pm – 2 people
Obstacle Course 9:45am-11am -2 people / 11am-12pm – 2 people
Bake Sale Table 9:30am-11am – 4 people / 11:00-12:00pm – 3 people
Traffic Control (for the parade from 9:15am-9:30) – 6 people
Crowd Control for Reptile Man and Clown performance Approx. 10-11:30 – 4 people
On Call Doctor with a First Aid Kit 9:30-1pm

Madrona Mayfair – Save the Date

Madrona MayfairMadrona Mayfair is already in the works and it is shaping up.  Knock on wood that the weather cooperates.  This year Madrona Mayfair will be Saturday, May 18th, 9:30 AM to 1 PM.  As always, Mayfair will begin at Al Larkins Park with the kiddie parade and end up at Madrona Playgound were there will be all kinds of fun.  Pony Rides, Bouncy Houses, Obstacle Course by Seattle Gymnastics Academy, Reptile Man, Charles the Clown, and this year the Recess Monkey will have a concert right there at the Madrona Playfield starting at noon.

Many Madrona restaurants/dessert makers have expressed interest in participating in this year’s Mayfair, but so far it can be announced that St. Clouds and Pritty Boy’s Pizza have confirmed.

As always the Madrona Community Council (MCC) is planning Mayfair.  Madrona Community Council is always looking for volunteers and sponsors for the event so they can continue to provide the event free to our Seattle neighborhood.  So far, Ewing and Clark are sponsoring the pony rides, Lakeview Kids Dentistry is sponsoring the Recess Monkey Concert, Madrona Dining and Sipping Society is covering the cost for permits for the parade, and Harvard Avenue School is providing face painting, but the Madrona Community Council is looking for two more sponsors to assist with other hard costs.  If you do not want to sponsor, but can help out either during or before the event they are still looking for volunteers.  If you are interested in either, please add a comment to this blog (it will no show to the public) and we will forward your information to the correct member of the Madrona Community Council.


Madrona Mayfair & Block Party Schedule

Madrona MayfairMadrona residents come celebrate Mayfair this year with your fellow Seattle neighbors on Saturday, May 12th.  This year Madrona Mayfair is in the morning with the Madrona Block Party starting in the afternoon.  Following are the up-to-date details of the fun events.


Madrona Mayfair Block Party – Saturday May 12
Brought to you by Madrona Community Council & Business Owners of Madrona (BOOM)
Rain or Shine

Schedule of events
Friday May 11
4:00-5:00 – Bike/Trike Decorating at the Madrona Shelterhouse. Decorations provided!

Saturday May 12
8:00-9:15 – Madrona K-8 (33rd & Union) Breakfast & Last Minute Bike/Trike Decorating
9:15 – Parade Line Up at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike)
9:30 – Parade Begins
9:30-12:00 –  Bouncy houses, pony rides, bake sale, face painting, an obstacle course, The Reptile Man, Charles the Clown, food and more in the Madrona Playground (34th and Spring)

BOOM sponsors the 2nd half of the day with the Madrona restaurant and shops having food, fun and music all afternoon along 34th Avenue in the Madrona Business District

Amara Parking Lot Performances (34th & Union)

12:00 – The Not-Its! – America’s Most Rockin Indie Band performs in the Amara Parking Lot – great fun for kids and adults alike
1:00 Le Cancer
2:00 GOD
4:00 Ethan Freckleton
5:00 Autumn Electricity

Bottlehouse Performances (1416 34th Ave)

12:00 Band of Guitars
1:00 A Cedar Suede
3:00 Last Great Fire
4:00 TBD
5:00  Jazz Group

The Madrona Community Council and BOOM would like to thank all of the sponsors and Madrona neighborhood businesses for helping make the Madrona Mayfair Block Party a successful event:

Madrona Community Council
Ewing & Clark
Harvard Avenue Preschool
Madrona Family Dental
Lakeview Orthodontics

Supporting sponsors:
Cupcake Royale
Meter Music
Seattle Gymnastics
Seattle Parks & Rec
St. Cloud’s
Tougo Coffee

Madrona Mayfair T-Shirt Contest

Madrona Mayfair T-ShirtThere is still time … until April 3 at 5pm, Cupcake Royale will be accepting submissions for the Annual Madrona Mayfair Block Party T-Shirt Contest.

The contest is open to contestants in Madrona under 12 years old.  Create a colorful design on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper that honors the annual Madrona Mayfair Block Party celebration and can be easily produced on a t-shirt.  Be sure to include your name, contact information and age on your submission.  And, please include Madrona Mayfair Block Party as part of your artwork.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday April 4 and t-shirts will be on sale online prior to the event.  All proceeds from this contest help fund Madrona Community Council (MCC).   The all-volunteer, non-profit organization MCC does everything from put on Madrona Mayfair each spring, print a newsletter to let the resident  know of the neighborhood’s happenings, help organize the flower baskets that beautify the Madrona Business District centered around 34th and Union, put together the bonfire at Madrona Beach during the Christmas Ship visit, plus much more.

This year Madrona Mayfair is coordinated with the Business Owners of Madrona’s (BOOM) Block Party. Together, Mayfair and the Block Party will be fun and game for the little ones in the morning in the Madrona Playground and concerts, food and retail specials in the afternoon along 34th Avenue for all ages.

Madrona Mayfair Block Party will be held on Saturday May 12th.

Madrona – New Sidewalks But Trees Being Removed

Madrona TreeAs I blogged back in September the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is in the process of replacing the sidewalks in Madrona but at the cost of removing some of the beautiful trees that line our neighborhood streets.  It is somewhat ironic that a Seattle neighborhood that is named after a tree cannot find a way to save the existing trees when fixing the sidewalks.  The SDOT moved quickly on its first phase of the sidewalk project and was able to plant one tree in a half block on 34th where there used to be 4 or 5 trees.  The SDOT does plan to replace 2 trees for every tree they remove, but while the new trees will be “nearby” as seen in the previous link that does not mean along the street where they were.  There is still time to come up with ideas to save future trees, but the SDOT will continue with replacing sidewalks and remove trees along the Madrona streets without these alternative ideas.  If you want to get involved, contact the Madrona Community Council or come to the next meeting to voice your opinion.  Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, 7:15 PM, at the Madrona Shelterhouse located in the northeast corner of Madrona Playground.

Madron Community Council Agenda, Tuesday, February 7th

Madrona Community CouncilThe Madrona Community Council meets monthly at the Madrona Shelterhouse located in the brick structure directly east of the tennis courts (5 feet from the tennis courts) at the Madrona Playground.  The meetings are open to the Madrona neighborhood and the general public.  This months meeting is Tuesday, February 7th starting at 7:15 PM – meetings are generally the first Tuesday of the month at 7:15 PM at the Madrona Shelterhouse.

This month’s Madrona Community Council Meeting agenda is as follows:

Please join the meeting if any of these subjects are of interest to you.

Madrona Shelterhouse

Madrona Shelterhouse

Madrona Neighborhood: Prepare your Families for Emergencies

Emergency Pack

Emergency Pack

The Madrona Community Council (MCC) invites all neighbors to attend the SNAP emergency preparedness community organizing meeting on Thursday, February 9, from 7:00 – 8:30 at the Madrona K-8 school library.  As detailed in the January Madrona News, SNAP stands for “Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare” and is a part of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM).  The premise of SNAP is that neighborhoods should be self-sufficient for three days following a major disaster when 911 emergency response services are typically unavailable.

A trainer from SNAP will provide step by step checklists to help attendees prepare a family disaster plan and will also provide information about how Madrona neighbors can form groups, designate a leader and register with the Seattle OEM. Bring your emergency preparedness questions and learn more about how to better prepare your family, your block, and our community for a potential disaster.