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.

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.

Please Join Us This Weekend At Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration !

 

SummerCelebrationWebSummer Celebration is coming back to Mercer Island’s Mercerdale Park and Luther Burbank Park on July 9th and 10th, complete with live entertainment and events at our Windermere Stage. We’ll be at the Saturday morning parade handing out festive swag and cheering on the parade participants.  Our office is proud to be sponsoring a fun children’s gardening event and a booth with fun giveaways for kids and grownups alike…

 

“My First Garden” Free Planting Event for Kids
Saturday, 7/9 at 1:45 pm
The Windermere Stage

 

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

 

More from the Mercer Island city website:

“Summer Celebration 2016 theme is “Symphony of Summer” and is all about music! Come enjoy a weekend of musical entertainment and fun all weekend long, July 9th and 10th in downtown Mercer Island. Join us for community karaoke, arts & crafts, community parade, car show, Obliteride Kids Ride, Boat Rides Around the Island, music activities, Food vendors, fireworks, live bands & entertainment, and a Swedish Pancake Breakfast.”

Events include:  ParadeBoat RidesFood VendorsArts & CraftsCar ShowChildren’s Fun ZoneCommunity KaraokeFireworksObliteride Kids’ RideMusicEntertainment

 

Festival Hours:

    Sat., July 9 10 am – Parade Town Center
11 am to 7 pm
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
~10:00 pm – Fireworks
Festival at Mercerdale Park
Luther Burbank Park
Luther Burbank Park
    Sun., July 10 10 am to 5 pm Festival at Mercerdale Park

Click here to download the full schedule of events!

Festival Locations:
Mercerdale Park (Main Festival, Parade, Obliteride Kids’ Ride)
3249 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Luther Burbank Park (Fireworks, Shakespeare, Boat Rides)
2040 84th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Thank You For Helping Summer Celebration 2015 Be So Fun!

I think we’re just about recovered from Summer Celebration – what a fun weekend!!! Thank you so much for joining us at the My First Garden event and at our booth. The kids who entered the coloring contest did such a fabulous job it will be hard to pick winners for each age category! It was great fun to pass out pinwheels and pirate bandannas during the parade. Broker Kathryn Lerner was thanked for the pirate swag, and one island senior told her, “Ooohhh…..I love pinwheels!” While broker Julie Wilson worked at the Windermere booth, 2014 coloring contest winner Molly Rojas stopped by with her sisters McKenna and Maggie to create an entry for this year. And all the musical entertainment at the Windermere Stage – the new stage set up was awesome and made it easier to see the performers.

And a big THANK YOU to all the Windermere Mercer Island brokers who turned out to help during Summer Celebration: Nancy LaVallee, Kathryn Lerner, Julie Wilson, Lara Baca, Denise Coe, Ina Bahner, Cherrie Lee, Julie Barrows, Lis Brown, Cynthia Schoonmaker, Wendy Chan, Erin Ewing, Kelly Weisfield, Marianne Parks, Tom Poole, James Laurie, Kathryn Buchanan, Sandy Yin, Bonnie Sanborn, Fred Fox, Larry Williams, Brian Rosso and Paul Tiscornia. Your help and participation made the weekend a huge success!!

Here’s a photo round up from Summer Celebration. Enjoy!

Photo Credits: JT Barrows, Julie Wilson, Kathryn Lerner, Nancy LaVallee, Larry Williams, Lara Baca and Lisa Lewis

Summer Celebration: Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12, 2015 The Pirates Return…

Summer-CelebrationMercer Island’s annual Summer Celebration event will be back at Mercerdale Park and Luther Burbank Park on July 11th and 12th, complete with live entertainment and events at our Windermere Stage. This year’s theme is The Pirates Return – costumes are encouraged and be prepared for a bit of mayhem and adventure throughout the Summer Celebration weekend!

Our office is proud to be sponsoring a fun children’s gardening event and a booth with fun giveaways for kids and grownups alike.

“My First Garden” Free Planting Event for Kids

  • Saturday, 7/11 at 2:30 pm
  • The Windermere Stage

20150625_161056Coloring Contest and Giveaways

  • Saturday, 7/11 from 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday, 7/12 from 10am – 5pm
  • The Windermere Booth
  • Stop by to create your entry for this year’s coloring contest sponsored by Windermere Mercer Island. All the supplies will be provided at the booth. We’ll also be giving away pirate bandanas and tattoos, so kids can join in the pirate fun at Summer Celebration!

Nancy with pinwheels_croppedWindermere Mercer Island brokers will also be at “The Pirates Return” Grand Parade that will wind through Town Center on Saturday July 11th, 10 am. They will be passing out festive red, white and blue pinwheels to parade attendees. To the left, broker Nancy LaVallee is showcasing the pinwheels we’ll be handing out – they are a nice size and spin like crazy in a breeze. Please note that the Obliteride Kids Ride sponsored by Fred Hutchinson is before the parade, starting at 9 am, and travels the same route. Plan accordingly to secure your favorite spot for the parade.

Keep on your toes – pirate sword fights are supposed to break out about every 30 minutes over both days of Summer Celebration. Word has it that the action will be by the skate park at Mercerdale Park. pirate tatoo

Festival Hours:
Saturday, July 11

  • 10 am – Parade: Town Center
  • 11 am to 7 pm, Festival at Mercerdale Park
  • 7 pm to 10:00 pm, Luther Burbank Park
  • ~10:00 pm – Fireworks, Luther Burbank Park

Sunday, July 12

  • 10 am to 5 pm, Festival at Mercerdale Park

Click here to download the full schedule of events!

Mercer Island Summer Celebration, July 12th & 13th 2014: Get The Scoop On This Weekend’s Activities and Road Closures

summer celebration 2014Summer Celebration Weekend arrives on Mercer Island Saturday July 12th! All of us at Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island are excited about the fun activities planned for Summer Celebration. The weekend will kick off with a fun run (9:30 am) and parade (10 am) through downtown Mercer Island.

This year’s theme is Celebrating the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the weekend, the Paul Buynan Lumberjack Show will be performing next to the Mercerdale Skate Park. The action packed show includes log rolling, hot saw racking, dragster chain sawing, 2-man underhand chopping and crosscut sawing. The fireworks show scheduled for the evening of Saturday, July 12th, is promised to be AMAZING. The Roanoke Inn is sponsoring this year’s firework display, in honor of their Centennial. The Kitchen Plus Shuttle will be on hand between 6:45 pm and 9:45 to provide rides from Mercer Island City Hall to Luther Burbank Park for the fireworks show. After the show, shuttle buses will be lined up to provide all riders transport back to City Hall. Wooden O’s special Summer Celebration performance of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona will start at 2pm over at Luther Burbank Park’s amphitheater. Click here to get the full scoop on all the fun Summer Celebration activities planned throughout the weekend.

Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island is hosting two fabulous Summer Celebration events scheduled for Sunday, July 13th. First is the Garden Talk, 1pm—- beloved Northwest garden expert, Ciscoe Morris will entertain you with a humorous, yet informative presentation on summer blooming plants. He will include all kinds of garden tips and may even perform the hummingbird mating dance. Oh la la! And of course he will set aside time to answer all of your garden questions. Second is the children’s event My First Garden, scheduled for 2pm. Friendly Windemere Mercer Island brokers will be on hand to help the kids plant dahlia flowers to take home and enjoy. And we do all the clean up! We’ll also have a booth at Summer Celebration, which will be open all weekend. Stop by so the kids can enter our annual coloring contest and you can chat with our brokers.

Road Closures
To accommodate the weekend festivities, there will be some road closures in the downtown area. Below is the complete list:

Festival Closures, 7am Friday, July 11th through 9pm Sunday, July 13th
SE 32nd St from 78th SE to 77 AVE SE (for food booths)
77 AVE SE from SE 29th St to SE 32nd St (for vendor booths)

Parade Route, 9:15 am to 11am on Saturday, July 12th
78th AVE SE (from SE 27th St to SE 32nd St)
78th AVE SE, Sunset & 78th, and Sunset & 77th
Intersections of SE 27th, SE 28th, SE 29th, SE 30th and SE 32nd along 78th AVE SE

Mercer Mile Fun Run, 9:15 am on Saturday, July 12th
78th AVE SE & SE 34th St / runs is along 78th

Ciscoe Morris and a Free Kids’ Planting Event at Summer Celebration!

Summer Celebration is coming back to Mercer Island's Mercerdale Park and Luther Burbank Park on July 12th and 13th, complete with live entertainment and events at our Windermere Stage.  Our office is proud to be sponsoring two fabulous gardening events and a booth with fun giveaways for kids and grownups alike…

Gardening Talk with Ciscoe Morris
Sunday, 7/13 at 1 pm
The Windermere Stage

“My First Garden” Free Planting Event for Kids
Sunday, 7/13 at 2 pm
The Windermere Stage

Coloring Contest and Giveaways
Saturday, 7/12 from 10am – 7pm
Sunday, 7/13 from 10am – 5pm
The Windermere Booth

 

More from the Mercer Island city website:

"Summer Celebration will be celebrating the Pacific Northwest in 2014 to coincide with Washington State's 125th Anniversary. Enjoy a lumberjack show, wood carvers, Native American performances, and many other PNW favorites from past to present!

Events include:  ParadeBoat RidesFun Run • 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament • Food VendorsArts & Crafts • Car Shows • Children's Fun Zone • Lumberjack Show • FireworksShakespeareMusicEntertainment

Festival Hours:

    Saturday, July 12 10 am – Parade Town Center
  11 am to 7 pm
7 pm to 10:00 pm
10:30 pm Fireworks
Festival at Mercerdale Park
Luther Burbank Park
Luther Burbank Park
     
    Sunday, July 13 10 am to 5 pm Festival at Mercerdale Park

 

Festival Locations:
Mercerdale Park (Main Festival)
3249 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Luther Burbank Park (Fireworks, Shakespeare, Boat Rides, Youth 3-on-3 Tourney)
2040 84th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Post Author: Jennifer Craven

“My First Garden” Event Sat. 7/13/13, 12:30-1PM at Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration!

Join Us For "My First Garden" Children's Event Saturday, July 13th, 12:30-1:00pm
Join Us For “My First Garden” Children’s Event Saturday, July 13th, 12:30-1:00pm

Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration is this weekend– Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th. This year’s theme is The Magic Happens at Summer Celebration! And Windermere Real Estate/Mercer Island will be at Mercerdale Park Summer Celebration location all weekend!

On Saturday, July 13th, from 12:30-1:00pm (note – new time for this event this year!), please join us for the FREE “My First Garden” Children’s Event. Kids will be able to plant their own dahlia flower to take home and enjoy. Windermere Mercer Island agents will be on hand to help with the planting. The fun will start right at 12:30 pm, over by the Mercerdale Park Pergola and the Windermere Entertainment Stage.

Windermere Mercer Island is proud to sponsor the Windermere Entertainment Stage located in Mercerdale Park. We look forward to Summer Celebration all year. All the terrific local music acts and entertainers really make this annual island event special. Click here to see this year’s line-up.

Please stop by our Summer Celebration booth. It will be located in the Northwest corner of Mercerdale Park, kitty-corner from the Windermere Entertainment Stage. Children, up to the age of 13, can participate in our annual coloring contest. The entry sheets, and all the art supplies, will be on hand in our booth. Kids can also get a free temporary tattoo! We’ll have information on all of our active listings and local real estate statistics on hand, including copies of our 2012 Year in Review.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend! If you have any questions about the “My First Garden” event, please post your questions in the comment section.

Local Fireworks Shows for 4th of July 2013

Mercer Island's Downtown Neighborhood is Decorated with Flags for 4th of July!
Mercer Island’s Downtown Neighborhood is Decorated with Flags for 4th of July!

It looks like we’re going to have a sunny, warm 4th of July celebration this year! Awesome!! If you are looking for a 4th of July fireworks show to enjoy tomorrow evening, there are several scheduled around the Puget Sound Region.

Bellevue
Downtown Bellevue’s 4th of July Fireworks is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year. The fireworks show is set to commence at 10:05pm, set to the live performance of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Bellevue Parks Family Fun Zone will run from 2pm to 8:30pm, and live music will feature a variety of music styles throughout the afternoon.

Kirkland
Kirkland’s Marina Park will be a hub of 4th of July activities throughout the day! The Kirkland Fireworks Show is set for 10:15pm, at Marina Park. Viewing should be spectacular from the downtown Kirkland parks which dot the waterfront. The Children’s Parade (11:30am) and Old Fashioned Downtown Parade (12pm) will start at Market and Central. Click here to view the parade route.

Newcastle
Lake Boren Park will be the center of 4th of July festivities in Newcastle. Plan to have dinner at the park – various food vendors will be on hand starting at 6pm. The band Big Dog Revue will play from 8-10 p.m, and the fireworks show will start a little after 10pm. Patriotic glow necklaces and paper flags will be handed out to attendees as souvenirs.

Renton
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is going to be bustling tomorrow. There are a bunch of fun 4th of July activities set at Gene Coulon park, in addition to the fireworks show scheduled at 10pm. From 12pm to 8pm there will be free children’s activities sponsored by Coal Creek Family YMCA, including Inflatables and Face-painting. From 1pm-5pm, Cascade Canoe & Kayak will be organizing and sponsoring free Voyageur Canoe Rides from the boat launch area. Live entertainment will be on hand 1:30pm to 9:30pm.

Sammamish
The Fourth On The Plateau will be at the Sammamish Commons. Fireworks are scheduled for 10pm, but the fun kicks off at 6pm in the Kids Area. There will be 6 Bounce Houses (unlimited ride bracelets will be available for $5), along with other kid-friendly activities. Live entertainment will be on hand from 6pm to 10pm.

Seattle
Seafair Summer Fourth, Seattle’s annual 4th of July celebration held at Gas Works Park, will kick into gear at 12 pm. Activities include contests (Pie Eating, Races, Hula Hooping, Tug-O-War), live music, Inflatables for the kids and a Gravitron Gyroscope. The spectacular fireworks show over Lake Union, which will also be broadcast on KIRO 7, will commence at 10:15pm. Radio station Warm 106.9 will play the fireworks’ soundtrack synchronized with the display.

Tacoma
The 4th of July Freedom Fair is located along Tacoma’s Ruston Way Waterfront. The day will be filled with a wide variety of festive activities. Between 1:30pm and 3:30pm there will be an air show over Commencement Bay. Starting at 11am, until the fireworks show starts at 10:10pm, live music will be occurring on stages running the length of the Ruston Way Waterfront. There will be also be an international market place— which includes arts, crafts and food vendors– a rod and custom car show, a BMX bike show, kids’ activities including a remote controlled car race track and a beach pole vault competition!

MH900410083The city of Mercer Island will hold their annual fireworks display during Summer Celebration. The fireworks display will be on Saturday, July 13th,at 10:30 pm, over at Luther Burbank Park. There is also available, through Argosy, a Sunset Fireworks Cruise. The cost is $60 per person, and includes a 4 hour boat ride on Argosy’s “Celebrations”, appetizers, desserts, a chance to win a fabulous raffle basket and a prime spot to view the Summer Celebrations firework show.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Farmers Market Season is here!!

Farmers Market Season is here!!

Farmers MarketHello– as we embark on the nice weather we also embark on Farmers Market season around town!

This week quite a few are opening for the season! Summer is here, and we get to pick up fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, flowers and so much more!!

Mercer Island Farmers Market will debuting Sunday June 9th from 10-3, at Mercerdale Park and will run through October 13th.

Here are a few more in the area!

  • Bellevue Farmers Market Thursdays at the Bellevue Presbyterian Church at 1717 Bellevue Way NE from 3-7 PM runs May 16th-Oct 10th.

 

A few in Seattle: