GRAND REOPENING of Mercer Island’s Island Crest Park

The GRAND REOPENING of Mercer Island’s Island Crest Park is just around the corner – and newly added to the City’s events calendar. We’re all invited to celebrate the reopening of the varsity field at Island Crest Park on Wednesday, March 14th from 3:30pm-4:15pm.

The varsity baseball game will be the first on the new field right after the celebration and remarks from project leaders. This 2.4-acre field is now 100% synthetic turf and has new LED lighting and a digital scoreboard, both donated by the Mercer Island Baseball Booster Club.

Find out all the information from the City of Mercer Island’s Events Calendar!


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Mount Baker Street Fair this Weekend: September 16th & 17th

Mount Baker Street Fair this Weekend: September 16th & 17th

We plan on enjoying the weekend while we can! Including tonight!

Though today is scheduled to be sunny, the clouds will roll in tomorrow, before the rain next week. While the area definitely needs the rain, we’ll be sad to see the sun go. With the forecasted rain (Sunday) and clouded sunshine (Saturday), we’ve found two awesome and local events for you to check out!

Seattle has a wide array of activities this weekend, including and kid-friendly. Jam packed with food, music, and culture, the Mt. Baker Street Fair a ton to choose from. Through both visual and performance arts, this fair showcases local artists alongside music and delicious foods. Their schedule and further details can be found on their Facebook page, but the basics are noted below.

WHEN Sunday, September 17th, 2017
TIME 11:30AM – 6:30PM
WHERE Mount Baker Station (Ranier Avenue, Seattle)

Further south, the Renton City Comic Convention is scheduled for this weekend. Join them Saturday and Sunday for a “celebration of all things pop culture, including comics, visual media, cosplay,” and gaming. Join them and their “expanded program”, including over 30 panels, 30+ vendors and artists, a “cosplay museum”, contests, and gaming rooms!

WHEN Saturday, September 16th & Sunday, September 17th, 2017
TIME 11:30AM – 6:30PM

2017 Spirit of Mercer Island Coloring Contest Winners

2017 Spirit of Mercer Island Coloring Contest Winners

The results are in! The Windermere Mercer Island team recently picked the winners of the 2017 Spirit of Mercer Island coloring contest. The winning entries were published in today’s Mercer Island Reporter, along with being displayed in the slideshow below.

We appreciate each and every artist who entered their artwork into our contest. It was tough to choose the 1st place entries for each age category! Keep creating art and being creative. It will serve you well in life.

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The purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls.
– Pablo Picasso

Featured image taken by Erin Ewing.

SeaFair this Weekend: August 5th & 6th

SeaFair this Weekend: August 5th & 6th

This week has been all about Seafair, so let’s switch gears to another family-friendly summer festival. Friday (today), Saturday, and Sunday, the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 60th annual Magnolia Summerfest.

WHEN: Friday, 3pm-11pm; Saturday, 10am-10pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Magnolia Playfield • West Smith Street & 33rd Avenue West

The Seafair Parade boasts a 2-hour special, featuring Seafair Pirates, floats, and bands. In addition to the Seafair Pirates, Clowns, and Drill Teams, other festive floats include, the American Red Cross, All-City Band, and the Washington State Eagles Youth King & Queen.

Alongside the parade and other Seafair weekend celebrations are the art fair, musical entertainment, children’s entertainment, baby/toddler activities, adult beverage garden, and a pet parade Sunday night. Have a teen? Their Saturday night “teen night” provides quality entertainment for teens until closing!

Check out the dozens of food trucks and vendors scheduled throughout the weekend! Kona Ice & SUSU Rolled Ice Cream can help cool you down, after a long day of 80+ degree weather and overhead sun! Other food places include, Taces El Tajin, My Sweet Lil Cakes, Tornado Potato, Chopstix, Monster Dogs, Snout & Company, and Hot Revolution Donuts.

No doubt this weekend is brimming with activity. From Seafair to summer concerts, movie nights, and local celebrations there’s no lack of recreation. Looking to stay on the cool side of the sun? Alki Beach and Golden Gardens are always excellent local choices for beach volleyball, waterside campfires, and splashing in the water. How about shade? Discovery Park is a great way to stay outdoors, while staying out of the sun. Dozens of trails, many through the natural forest, provide overhead cover from the harsh sun rays. But, don’t worry, there’s also a rocky beach and field to soak in the sun!

2017 Windermere Kicks For Kids Shoe Drive For Mary’s Place

2017 Windermere Kicks For Kids Shoe Drive For Mary’s Place

It’s time for Windermere’s annual back to school shoe drive for the kids at Mary’s Place. This year, the Windermere Mercer Island team will be collecting both new shoes and socks. And… for every pair of shoes and socks donated, up to 100 pairs, will be matched by our office!

The requested shoe style is athletic shoes or sneakers. The size range requested by Mary’s Place are youth 1-6 and adult sizes 7-9 for both boys and girls. If you would like to help make back to school fun for local kids in need, please consider making a donation now through August 15th.

Here are some easy ways to make a donation. You can have it delivered directly to the Windermere Mercer Island Office! Our office address is 2737 77th Ave SE, STE 100 Mercer Island, WA 98040.

Thank you for helping give local kids a step up as they get ready to head back to school. The shoes will be distributed at the Back to School Extravaganza Mary’s Place will host on September 1st.

Photo credit for featured image: Wokandapix | Pixabay

West Coast’s Premier Recreation Aviation Event this Weekend: July 8th & 9th

West Coast’s Premier Recreation Aviation Event this Weekend: July 8th & 9th

Are you looking to escape the fray this weekend? Why not enjoy a ride up towards Arlington, Washington and enjoy the West Coast’s Premier Recreation Aviation Event?

Watch home built wonders and vintage rides. Sky performances during the early evening on Friday and Saturday afternoon. They have a stunning array of pilots and crafts.

WHEN: July 7th through July 9th
WHERE: The Arlington Municipal Airport – Arlington, Washington

While exhibitions opened at 8 (this morning), you still have plenty of time to enjoy a weekend full of kids’ science activities, demonstrations, workshops & forums, a parade, show, live musical entertainment, and contests!

We’re gearing for hot, with overcast clouds throughout the weekend, so don’t forget your sunscreen when you’re out lollygagging around town!

Join Us for a Free Kids’ Planting Event at Summer Celebration: July 8 & 9, 2017

Join Us for a Free Kids’ Planting Event at Summer Celebration: July 8 & 9, 2017

The Windermere Mercer Island team is incredibly excited about Summer Celebration this year. Summer Celebration’s 2017 theme is “Out of this World!”

We have a new booth that we’ll be debuting in Mercerdale Park. Stop by to check it out, and make sure to bring the kids to participate our coloring contest.

We’ll be hosting our 12th annual My First Garden children’s planting event and…. Ciscoe Morris will be leading it this year! Ciscoe will offer his fun, entertaining plant knowledge and gardening experience to this year’s My First Garden as he leads the young gardeners through planting a flower in a decorated pot to take home.

In addition, we’re proud to be the sponsor of the Windermere Stage. There’s a great line up of musical acts scheduled to perform over the weekend!

Below is the schedule of Windermere sponsored events, which will occur in the Mercerdale Park festival location.

My First Garden with Ciscoe Morris, a kid’s free flowing planting event sponsored by Windermere Real Estate
Windermere Stage, 2 pm Saturday

Entertainment on the Windermere Stage
Saturday, 7/8 from 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, 7/9 from 10 am – 5 pm

The Windermere Booth Coloring Contest and Giveaways
Saturday, 7/8 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 7/9 from 10 am – 5 pm

Click here to access more details about the weekend schedule.

Washington Waterfront Home Tour All Weekend!

Washington Waterfront Home Tour All Weekend!

The Washington Waterfront Home Tour open house weekend has commenced, and what a weekend for it! The waterfront real estate market has been especially competitive this year, and the waterfront tour is a fabulous opportunity to find the right property for you, in the right location, and at the right price! Windermere Real Estate agents are representing over 100 homes on the tour, so there are an abundant amount of homes available to preview.

Four stunning Windermere Mercer Island listings are on the Waterfront Tour this year. 3 are available to preview by appointment and one will be open Sunday afternoon, 1-4pm. The listing details are below, including links to comprehensive information regarding the property.

Click here to use the map search showing the tour’s featured properties. Enjoy spending time out in the sunshine, and out on the water, touring some of the most spectacular homes in Western Washington.

 Mercer Island

$7,600,000 | 8493 W Mercer Way | Represented by Larry Williams | W Collection Property Website | By Appointment Only

$5,688,000 | 6610 E Mercer Way | Represented by Kelly Weisfield | Property Information | By Appointment Only

$5,500,000 | 3840 E Mercer Way | Represented by Reilly Schanno & Cynthia Schoonmaker | W Collection Property Website | By Appointment Only


$3,098,000 | 7740 Seward Park Ave S | Represented by Rachel Schindler & Robyn Kimura Hsu | W Collection Property Website | Open Sunday, June 25 1-4pm

Shoreline Arts Festival this Weekend: June 24th & June 25th

Shoreline Arts Festival this Weekend: June 24th & June 25th

About fifteen miles north of Mercer Island, rests the City of Shoreline. This year, and this weekend, they are celebrating 27 years of their annual Shoreline Arts Festival. On Saturday and Sunday, the Shoreline Center will open for the Shoreline Arts Festival

WHEN: Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th
TIME: 10am-6pm & 10am-5pm
WHERE: Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Avenue Northeast, Shoreline, WA 98155

Traditionally held on the last weekend in June, this FREE, two-day community event is creative and fun for all! Entertainment includes various art exhibits, performances, kids activities, food court, and many more cultural, hand-on, and youth opportunities.

The Shoreline & Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a nonprofit, community based organization who’s mission is to enrich the lives of its citizens and visitors through arts awareness. By making art mediums available, they strive to “support, present, and encourage the arts.” One way they do this, is by this annual event.

Giving Back: Annual Recycle Event & Community Service Day

Giving Back: Annual Recycle Event & Community Service Day

During the months of May and June, the WindermereMI team participate in two important community events we look forward to each year – our office’s annual recycle event and Community Service Day.

We love assisting our clients, and the members of our community, to be able to easily recycle those bigger items, like old appliances and hard to recycle computers & electronics, plus offer secure document shredding services. We’re able to help with spring cleaning and keep these objects out of the landfill. Win – WIN!

Community Service Day is dear to our hearts. It’s a foundational event that all Windermere Real Estate offices participate in. Since 1989, we’ve closed our doors for a day to give back to our communities by offering our service to a local non-profit. This year, just like last year, we worked with Eastside Baby Corner. The WindermereMI team helped at their distribution center sorting donations, putting together furniture like cribs, and assembling basic necessity packs for families with babies.

In addition to the work we completed at the EBC distribution center, our office donated 100 sheet sets – crib, twin, and full – to be given to local families in need. The mission of Eastside Baby Corner is to provide basic necessities for local children in need, through their partners that include social service agencies, food banks, and schools.

“We were thrilled to once again spend time with the amazing team of people at Eastside Baby Corner this year. From packaging diapers and sorting clothes by size to assembling cribs and bicycles, our team was quickly put to work. Helping an organization like Eastside Baby Corner is good for the soul!”

—Julie Barrows, owner of Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island

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Brokers and staff who participated in Community Service Day 2017: Lis Brown, Andrew Jackson, Allen Hovsepian, Robert Craven, Fred Fox, Julie Baker, Katy Crouch, Nancy LaVallee, Tom Fine, Doug McKiernan, Codi Nelson, Denise Coe, Marianne Parks, Cynthia Schoonmaker, Lisa Dong, Julie Barrows, Julie Wilson, Wendy Chan, Ina Bahner, Linda Psyk, Cherrie Lee, Jane Malone, Erin Ewing, Emily Roberts, Peni Schwartz, Nicole Demers-Changelo, Seamus Pelan, Kathryn Buchanan

*Photos courtesy of Nancy LaVallee, Andrew Jackson, Cherrie Lee, Seamus Pelan, and Eastside Baby Corner.