Get out your best walking shoes and prepare to hunt for treasures at the 25 homes participating in the Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale tomorrow, June 28. Sellers are offering everything from art supplies and iPads to strollers and antiques, so there is sure to be something for everyone. You can pick up a map of participating homes at Cupcake Royale on 34th and Spring before you start, or download one here and print your own. The map also includes a short description of what each home is selling and what time they’ll be starting. Even if you’re not planning on buying anything, this is a great opportunity to socialize with your neighbors and get some exercise. See you all tomorrow!
Following the lead of a host of other U.S. cities and even that of the First Lady herself, the Seattle Department of Transportation has announced a new pilot program that will allow communities to close roads to cars and create “play streets”, giving kids (and adults!) freedom to use their street however they want. Giant hopscotch board? Sidewalk chalk canvas? Dinner party in the middle of the street? It’s up to you!
The very first of these play streets is happening right in our own backyard, in partnership with St. Therese Academy’s annual field day, taking place tomorrow, May 30. 35th Avenue between Spring and Marion streets will be blocked off from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. so the school can safely expand their field day to the street.
Neighbors, schools and other community organizations will have the flexibility to hold play streets as often as they want, whether its twice a week or a one-time event. There are play streets programs all over the country, and they have been a part of New York City life, for example, since 1914. The NYC program has recently expanded with the help of the NYC Parks Department, and play streets have entered the national discussion as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity, as well. Visit SDOT’s new program website to read more about how you can play on your streets!
Join your neighbors for May’s Madrona Community Council meeting at the Madrona Park Shelterhouse tomorrow, May 6 at 7:15 p.m. Here is the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:
- Presentation on Central District Timebank
- Info on the planned parklet on 34th Avenue outside the Bottlehouse and Hi Spot Cafe
- Final update on Madrona Mayfair (This Saturday 5/10!)
- General discussion on future events, including the neighborhood yard sale, neighborhood BBQ, movie in the park, and wine tasting fundraiser logistics
- Treasurer’s report
- Other business
The Madrona Shelterhouse is located at 3211 E. Spring St. Hope to see you there!
Even if you’re not able to volunteer your time on the day of Mayfair (Saturday, May 10), there are other ways to help out – all you need is an oven! Organizers are asking for volunteer bakers to contribute items for the Mayfair bake sale – cookies, brownies, Rice Krispy treats, or any other sweet treat that can be sold individually on the day of the event. Items would need to be dropped off between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. on the 10th. Please contact Shannon Huffman Polson through her Facebook page if you would like to volunteer to bring baked goods.
You’re invited to join the neighborhood Madrona Community Council meeting tonight at 7:15pm at the Madrona Shelterhouse. Come and discuss what’s going on in the neighborhood, and listen to the below topics listed on the agenda:
- Discussion of the parameters for the Madrona Healthy Trees and Safe
Sidewalks Management Plan corridor
- Wreath sales summary/discussion
- Park playground upkeep and use of possible Playfield funds
- Discussion of upcoming events (MCC support of Central
Transit Community Coalition, Krause Fund applications, Neighborhood
Appreciation Day, Mayfair, etc.)
- Treasurer’s report
- Other business TBD
We’ll see you there Madrona!
Madrona Artwalk is this Saturday November 9th. The artwalk is new to the Madrona neighborhood, this being only the second event, but look for the artwalk every 2nd Saturday of the month between 2-5pm. This month there is a lot of cool happenings coinciding with the artwalk. For example, Conrow Porcelain Studio, across 34th Avenue from Pritty Boys Pizza, is hosting their annual show this Saturday. Be sure to stop by and admire their stunning pottery. In addition, Hammer + Awl, the independent men’s accessory boutique located in the new Pike Station, will be participating in the artwalk as well as hosting a trunk show from 6 to 9 PM. Besides these special events, many other Madrona shops and restaurants will be participating in the art walk including Kismet Salon, Madrona Wine Merchants, Juniper, etc. Take a gander down 34th Avenue on Saturday and visit all the local participants.
The Madrona Artwalk is coming next weekend, beginning October 12th! Artwalk will be held every 2nd Saturday of the month between 2-5pm. This month Hammer + Awl, the new men’s accessory boutique, is set to coincide with the artwalk and have it’s grand opening October 12th. Stop by and check out their impressive collection including Shinola watches, Portland, OR Chester Wallace products, and ties from the General Knot. Fall is finally here, and we’re excited to explore the new scarves, hats and accessories from vendors at the Madrona Artwalk next weekend. Hope to see you there!
- Friday 4PM to 5 PM – Decorate kids bikes and trikes @ Madrona Playground
- Saturday 8 AM – Pancake breakfast @ Madrona K-8
- Saturday 9:15 AM – Line up for parade @ Al Larkins Park
- Saturday 9:30 AM – Parade along 34th to Madrona Playground
- Saturday 9:30 AM to Noon – Fun activities for the entire family @ Madrona Playground
- Saturday Noon – Recess Monkeys perform @ Madrona Playground
Madrona Mayfair is organized by the non-profit Madrona Community Council. Everything is free although there will be donation boxes scattered throughout the area to help offset costs of the event. Donation boxes to support Madrona Mayfair will be clearly marked.
Food will be available for purchase from the local restaurants at the park.
Big thanks to the generous sponsors including Ewing & Clark real estate, Harvard Avenue School, Law Contractors, Wondersitter, Health 1st Chiropractic, Arts Aloft, Lakeview Orthodontics, Minor & James Medical, Madrona Dining and Sipping Society, Cambium, and your local State Farm for making this event possible.
If you can’t tell… we’re VERY excited about the upcoming Madrona Mayfair! If you haven’t seen the Mayfair posters yet with all of the scheduled events, we’ve got it here for you to check out. Parade will line up at 9:15am along 34th & Pike at Al Larkins Park, followed by break-dancing lessons, and an obstacle course at 9:30am in the Madrona Play-field, and of course all the traditional Mayfair fun events such as pony rides, bouncy houses, etc. Parents, if you haven’t heard already (or just need a reminder now and again) your kid’s favorite Seattle children’s band Recess Monkey will be playing at noon; these guys know how to get your little ones excited! Big thanks to the generous sponsors like Madrona Community Council, Ewing & Clark, and Harvard Avenue School for making this event possible. See you at Mayfair!
It’s officially time to get excited for Madrona Mayfair… we may still have a month before the festivities, but you can get the little ones looking forward to the event by having them pick out their very own Mayfair T-shirt!
There are sizes and styles available for kids, men and women, (my personal favorite are the bright yellow ones for the kids; might make it easier to spot your child running towards the ice cream stand!) Prices range from $13-$24.20, visit the Madrona Mayfair website to order yours today!