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!

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.

Madrona Wreaths Available for Purchase

Madrona WreathNeed a Christmas wreath for the holidays?  The Madrona Community Council (MCC) has wreaths available for purchase online (item 284068) to support everything the MCC does for our Seattle neighborhood including: 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; Christmas Ships Bonfire and Sing-Along at Madrona Beach; 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.

Examples of the wreaths are currently on display throughout the Madrona business district. Wreaths are available to you on a pre-order basis only while quantities left in November. Your wreaths can be ordered online from brown Paper Tickets (event 284068) at: madronaholidayfundraiser.brownpapertickets.com/. Brown Paper Tickets also donates a portion of their profits to charitable organizations.

Your wreaths can be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 1 between 10:00am-5:00pm at the Amara Parenting parking lot on the corner of 34th Ave. and Union. Make an outing of it and visit neighborhood shops and restaurants in Madrona during the Make Merry in Madrona events that BOOM (Business Owners of Madrona) will sponsor on Dec. 1.

Saturday’s Happenings for Very Merry in Madrona

Madrona Brass Rings

Madrona Brass Ring

Tomorrow will be a fun-filled day in Madrona with the continuation of Very Merry in Madrona.   Events may have been added, but the last list of events I saw included all of these things for Saturday, December 3rd:

9 am – 1 pm: Book sale at Madrona Elementary School

10 am – 12 pm: Ornament making class at Arts Aloft

11 am: Celebration and tour of the sidewalk bronze rings project

12 pm: Ribbon cutting and kick-off of Very Merry in Madrona!

12-2 pm: Free wine tasting at Wilridge Winery

12-3 pm: CleanScapes booth – grab your paper and crayons to do rubbings of the rings, get your picture taken on their recycling truck, grab a giveaway!

1-3 pm: Madrona Holiday Home Tour featuring 14 Madrona homes-for-sale

2-4 pm: Free wine tasting at Madrona Wine Merchants

3-5 pm: Free wine tasting at Bottlehouse

8:45 pm: Candlelight walk to Christmas Ships at 9:25 pm

To help celebrate, Madrona businesses are offering specials throughout the day:

Live music and caroling

Guesthouse will have a one-day-only sale on holiday decor

Conrow Porcelain Studio will be showcasing local artists at their annual holiday show and sale

Glassybaby will be giving away a gourmet nut mix made by St. Cloud’s and will be offering free ribbon on their gift boxes

Hitchcock will be serving champagne

Cupcake Royale will have a special sidewalk sale and will have plenty of hot cider, cocoa and holiday babycakes!

Driftwood will have bubbly – sparkling water and sparkling wine

Cameos & Crowns will have giveaways and holiday treats

Also, check out the Madrona library’s special Madrona history display in honor of the event!

Christmas Ships at Madrona Beach

Seattle Christmas ShipsThe grand finale of the Very Merry in Madrona this weekend is the stroll down to Madrona Park to watch the Christmas Ships.  The Christmas Ships, a Seattle tradition for 62 years, will stop in front of Madrona Beach between 9:25 and 9:45 PM on Saturday night (December 3rd).  Come and enjoy brightly decorated ships and the holiday songs by the Dickens Carolers while standing by a warm bonfire on Madrona Beach.

To get there you can either head straight there or join the candle light walk which leaves from the middle of the Madrona business district (34th and Union) at 8:45 PM.  The candle light route will wind down the hill taking Union to 38th to Grand Avenue to Spring and through Madrona Woods down to Madrona Beach.  (See previous link for the route).  Spectrum Dance will provide hot chocolate and cider and lead a dance circle on the beach.

Flashlights and warm clothes are recommended.  The Seattle forecast looks to be clear but cold.

If you have little ones at home, the Madrona Christmas Ship schedule may be late for your family.  You may want to consider going to Mount Baker neighborhood on Sunday night where they will have three shows: Ferdinand Street Park (the boats will be in the bay between Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard) from 5:40 to 6:00 PM; Stan Sayres Memorial Park (aka The Pitts) from 6:15 to 6:35 PM; and Mt. Baker Beach Park from 6:45 to 7:05 PM.  Monday the Christmas Ships will be at Seward Park starting at 8:25 PM or you can wait until Saturday, December 17th when the Christmas Ships will be at Madison Park Beach from 4:55 to 5:15 PM.  You can also check the full schedule of stops to find a date and place that is convenient to you.

Very Merry in Madrona

MadronaAs I wrote a couple weeks ago, the Very Merry in Madrona is coming this weekend.  I will be blogging more about it as the week goes on, but mark you calendars because it should be a fun weekend in Madrona.  The weekend includes extended hours of the Madrona retail stores on both Friday and Saturday.  On Saturday things kick off at 11 AM with the Madrona Bronze Ring Project Celebration and then throughout the day there will be hot cider and cocoa, free wine tastings, live music, special holiday sales, children activities, and recycle truck photos.  The day will be capped off with a candlelight walk down to Madrona Beach where there will be a bonfire and the Seattle holiday (aka Christmas) ships.  The Christmas Ships will be at Madrona Beach / Park from 9:25 to 9:45 PM.

You can check out the official Very Merry in Madrona Facebook page as well.