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Nominate Your Neighbor

The Madrona Community Council (MCC) will again sponsor Neighbor Appreciation Day—this year on Feb. 10. To celebrate our 23rd year of appreciating neighbors, we seek your nomination of one or more neighbors for the following awards:

  • The Nora Award: Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways large and small, has left a personal mark on the community.

  • The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness, or generosity.


  • The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community, named to honor neighborhood activist Tyrone Love.
  • The Madrona Resident for Life Award: Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but is much missed.
  • The Madrona Good Neighbor Award: This award goes to an organization whose activities particularly benefit Madrona.

You are invited to submit the names of one or more nominees by sending a few sentences about how the nominee reflects values of the award for which nominated. Email your nomination(s) on or before Dec. 30 to Barbara Parker ( for MCC Board selection. If you prefer, you can drop your written nomination(s) at the Dec. 5 MCC board meeting at the Shelterhouse. Meetings begin at 7:15pm.



Mayfair 2017

At Mayfair 2017 the rains held off, the parade was held, and as the sun broke through many more people appeared in the park.  Below are some photos from the day:

The In the paradeparade begins        Girl Scouts marchMadrona K-8 Girl Scouts March

Gymboree funGymboree fun       Hmm, are these for dogs tooHmm, are these                                                                                    bake sale items for dogs too?


Always a good time in the sandbox there’s always fun in the sandbox at the Playfield!


MCC's Ly Tran assisting pony riderThe MCC’s Ly Tran helps a pony rider dismount


The Madrona Community  Council thanks you for your part in making this 41st Mayfair celebration a successful one.


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Mayfair May 13, 2017

Mark your calendar for the latest, greatest Mayfair to celebrate 41 years of fun and games with Madrona neighbors and friends on May 13. The annual parade line up begins at Al Larkins Park at 9:15. At 9:30, Charles the Clown and Seattle Firefighters (and possibly Blue Thunder’s percussion unit) will lead the parade to the Playfield where Charles will perform his clown show at 10:00 at the Shelterhouse, followed by the the Reptile Man at 10:30. Throughout the morning, children can enjoy pony rides and bouncy houses, have faces painted, and balloons tied. Children also can arrange Pots for Tots at Cambium’s booth, visit the Seattle Public Library booth, learn more about the Madrona School Playground Revitalization project and much more. On offer will be cotton candy spun by Madrona Grace, popcorn popped by Epiphany Parish, baked goodies, hot dogs, and the always-popular Imperial Mixup from St. Clouds Restaurant. Morning events will conclude with the ever-popular Recess Monkey concert in the park.

Generous sponsors for activities offered include Cambium, Riolo Orthodontics, Ewing and Clark, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, Molly Moon’s, Recology, and SRG Partnership Architecture. Thanks also go to St. Clouds Restaurant, and to Girlie Press for printing the Mayfair poster gratis and to Becky Gelder Designs for poster creation. The entire event is put on by the Madrona Community Council which funds the events through sponsorships, donations, and hard work.  And by you when you bring your check or cash to donate toward defraying costs.

It takes many volunteers to put on this event. If you have an hour or all morning to offer as a volunteer, please let volunteer coordinator Rob Ward know by contacting him at

Neighbor Awards 2017

On Feb. 11, the Madrona Community Council gathered neighbors from Madrona PK-8 School and the surrounding community to honor neighbors who’ve made extraordinary contributions to the quality of Madrona life.   Those named below received MCC awards; awards bestowed by Madrona PK-8 also are in this issue.

Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award

Luel and Selam Mengistu


Luel Mengistu with MCC President Bill Mahones

Luel and his wife Selam Mengistu live in Renton with their two children, commuting daily to Madrona to open the Madrona Deli. Luel learned to drive at age 11, running parts for an auto-repair business in the Ethiopian city of Gonder. He emigrated to the US for opportunity, becoming a US citizen in 2005. And despite a rough beginning with a mixup over immigration paperwork that almost saw him deported, Luel has been a hard worker and a big booster to the US. He and his wife Selam keep the Madrona Deli store open seven days a week—even during snow storms and during the infamous Hanukkah Eve windstorm in 2006 that knocked out Madrona power for five days. According to a column about Luel and Selam that Danny Westneat wrote, Danny remembered Luel propping open his front door during those chill Dec. days to keep his produce and milk cool; customers shopped by flashlight. Westneat noted that Luel said about the US: “If you want to work, you can work. It’s still [the] only country you can be whatever you want to be,” he says. “Look at Barack Obama. Look at me.” Westneat asked Luel how to succeed in the US, and he replied: “Dream. Have a plan. Be decent person. But above all, show up!” Madrona thanks Luel and Selam for showing up each day.


Madrona Resident for Life Award


Burke Gibson

The recipient of this award is Mr. Burke Gibson. He grew up in Madrona where his father acquired a number of properties at the intersection of 34th and Union in the early 1920s. Mr. Gibson and his father originally operated the drugstore where the Madrona Ale house is now located. In acknowledging this award, Mr. Gibson said he attended Madrona Elementary School, Garfield, and the UW. The family still owns property formerly occupied by Amara. While they intend to develop it at some future point, they expect to work with neighbors to find just the right mix for their interests and those of Madrona neighbors to enhance the desirability of the neighborhood .


Madrona Good Neighbor Award


Curate Todd Foster is on the left and Rector Doyt Conn is on the right

Epiphany Episcopal Parish received this award for 2017. In accepting the award, Rector Doyt Conn shared the congregation’s thanks, mentioning that the parish has been in Madrona for 110 years so the award has been a long time coming. This award went to the Parish to acknowledge many activities that positively affect Madrona and the Seattle community.


The church welcomes any and all to regular services on Sunday and special events throughout the week.   Every Wednesday and Friday mornings, neighbors are invited to join in guided meditation in the newly renovated chapel. They invite the community to enjoy wonderful music through the offerings of the recently established Music Guild.  Neighbors are encouraged to enjoy Friday evening outdoor concerts in July. Additionally, the parish sponsors many families through the YMCA and provides food and gifts at Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter…even Halloween.  They provide fully-outfitted backpacks as needy local kids start back to school each fall; harvest vegetables in the front garden to help those in need; and every Friday night hosts Operation Nightwatch to ensure eight men have a safe, warm, and comfortable place to sleep.  Members of the parish clean YMCA apartments to ready them for new families, help staff the Baby Boutique at Wellspring, and support the weekly Teen Feed program.

Nora Award


Stacey Kryman with husband John, Josie, and Will

The Nora Award, named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, is given to a Madrona resident who, in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community.  Stacey Kryman received this award in 2017 to acknowledge the many ways she has benefitted the community and been a great liaison between the MCC, Madrona PK-8 School, and the broader community. Over many years she has employed her creative energies to organize and expand on events like Mayfair, the fund raising wine tasting, the Halloween celebration, and Aug. concerts in the park. She initiated the painting and refurbishing of the Shelterhouse, which along with a Seattle Parks-added interior bathroom, makes it an even more welcoming place to host celebrations and events year-round, and she helped produce the MCC booklet, Building Community and Bringing Peace to Madrona, in response to violence in our community. Stacey is inclusive and enthusiastic and has consistently given her time and creativity to support the vibrancy of Madrona.


Local Hero Award


Mike Walker has owned the Hi-Spot for nearly 25 years, the longest-serving restaurant in Madrona. He was nominated for this award by several community members who note he is a “generous and thoughtful host and employer. He has made the Hi-Spot a gathering place for David Brewster’s weekly breakfast crowd of people interested in politics over many years. He contributes generously to the monthly “Homeless Cooking” needs for which St. Cloud’s is better known and to many other community projects. He helps his customers with apartment-hunting or other problems. Another person who nominated Mike for this award wrote: “The Hi-Spot puts Madrona “on the map” for many of us living in and out of Madrona. The cafe and staff exemplify the sense of community and Mike creates that community through his friendliness, thoughtfulness, and good cheer.”


Madrona Winter Playfair and Potluck

Lift your winter spirits at the first ever Winter Playfair happening from 4:00-7:00pm on Jan. 14. Designed for children and adults of all ages, activities include opportunities to acquire skills or use existing ones (sing-a-long; piano playing; knitting; collage making; coloring; decoration creation–for the Feb. MCC Neighbor Awards and the Epiphany Have A Heart event—and much more), play games (bean bag toss; jigsaw puzzling, Twister, Legos) and exchange items you want for those you no longer need (plush toys; books; magazines; puzzles; children’s costumes). Anyone who has underutilized Legos is encouraged to bring them.

If you can share 30 minutes of your time to lead a game or share a skill on Jan. 14, please be in touch by Jan. 8 with Audrey Seale at audreyseale@comcast so she can arrange for tables, mats, etc. Participants so far include All Threads Together, Epiphany Parish, Madrona Grace, and the Madrona Community Council. Many more have been invited to pitch in to play. Getting together as a community also means sharing a meal, so please bring food to share on the 14th. Madrona Dining and Sipping Society is on board too. Plates, etc., will be provided. To let us know you plan to bring food, please send an email to Barbara Parker at   The event is at Epiphany’s Great Hall and kitchen (1805 38th Ave.). See you there!