Meadowbrook Community Council

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Exceptional Fine Art in Your Neighborhood: Wedgwood Art Festival

Join us for the 8th annual Wedgwood Art Festival taking place on July 13th and 14th in the NE Seattle neighborhood of Wedgwood.

This fun filled event features a juried art festival, kid’s activities, community information, and more musical acts and food vendors than ever before. The festival is located at the Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm.

The juried art festival includes many returning favorites and many new artists primarily from NE Seattle. With a wide variety of fine arts and crafts, there is something for everyone. Choose a new painting, print or photograph for that bare space on your wall. Pick out some jewelry for an evening out, or a new ceramic mug for your morning coffee. Add some whimsy to your garden with a new outdoor sculpture. Choose from beautiful glass, mosaics, sculpture, fiber arts and more to add to your collection.

Always memorable, the musical lineup showcases a diverse variety of local talent. With the festival since the beginning, Dukes and Diva are back with an eclectic mix of a cappella music styles, including jazz, pop, doo-wop, and gospel, featuring popular songs from the 1950’s – 1980’s. Acoustic duo Everyday Jones’ diverse blend of soul, folk & pop with plenty of humor, harmony & talent give a show not to be missed. The Sam Marshall Trio headline Saturday afternoon with the blues. Other returning favorites include Latin influenced CocoLoco and Yaamba, an African marimba band. Some new sounds include the Centerpiece Jazz Band comprised of professional musicians, teachers and students from the non-profit Music Center of the Northwest. Accoustic string band The Wiretappers, and blues influenced vocal jazz group Cherie Blue round out the musical lineup.

The fun continues for kids visiting the festival. On Saturday morning, don’t miss the annual visit from the Seattle Fire Department’s Engine 40 while the first 100 kids will get a fire hat and picture with visiting Seattle firefighters. Thistle Theater returns with two puppet shows at noon on each day at the back stage. Saturday’s feature is “Yo! Ho! Ho! The Pirate Show!” and on Sunday come visit with “Mrs. Periwinkle and Possum.” The puppet shows are interactive, and kids can also participate in creating art at the children’s area, sponsored by Flowers for Lesotho and Roaring Mouse Studios. While you are at the festival, get some art on your face with Wild Smiles Face painting on both days.

Enjoy a meal or a snack while at the festival with the expanded food section. Among the newcomers is Braizen Sandwich Co., a new endeavor by Jake Braizen who was raised in Wedgwood. Jake has worked in restaurants in Washington, Alaska, and Louisiana, including the Barking Frog at Willows Lodge. He has also held the post of executive chef at Ponti Seafood Grill in Fremont. Among the other food offering are Athena’s featuring Greek specialties, Wedgwood and Maple Leaf favorite Café Javasti with pastries and coffee, Half Pint Ice cream, farm fresh food with Patty Pan Grill, and refreshing Lisa’s Hawaiian shave ice.

A big thank you goes out to our presenting sponsors: HomeStreet Bank, QFC, and Hunter Tree Farms. Thank you also to our official sponsors: Johnson’s Auto Repair, Safeway, US Bank, and Incentive Solutions. A full list of the 25+ Wedgwood businesses demonstrating support for the event can be found on the festival website.
More information including a list of participating artists and full entertainment schedule can be found on Facebook at Wedgwood Festival and at wedgwoodfestival.com

Is a Cycle Track Coming to 35th Ave NE?

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By Per Johnson, President Wedgwood Community Council on June 18th, 2013

A draft of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) is out for public comment and several community meetings were held. Last week, a community meeting occurred in Roosevelt to discuss the Draft BMP. While I was out of town all last week, our friends at the Ravenna Blog provided live coverage of it. You can relive the magic of the meeting by reading her clever comments to get a better understanding of all that’s proposed. Public comments are open until Friday, July 26th. You can submit them via email at bmpupdate@seattle.gov.

One item that caught our eye is a proposed cycle track running along 35th Ave NE, from NE 65th Street to NE 125th Street. A snip-it from the NE Sector Map for the neighborhood is provided.

So, what is a “cycle track” you ask? Great question! A cycle track is a dedicated travel lane for cyclists that is separated from vehicles. For those that were at the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association’s community meeting in April, you may recall Dr. Beth Ebel, Injury Prevention & Research Center Director at Harborview, point out that separating cars and pedestrians/cyclists is the best way to prevent collisions. Therefore, it may not be unexpected that the City is moving towards these separated travel lanes given the recent vehicle/pedestrian and vehicle/cyclist collisions.