Madison Valley

is a charming Seattle village with a European flair. We offer an eclectic mix of sophisticated shops, services, and restaurants. Our independently owned businesses attract visitors from afar, and shopkeepers greet customers by name. Here you’ll find people enjoying the good life, strolling the sidewalks, pausing to chat and explore. Join us, say hello, and stay awhile.


Contact: Madison Valley Merchants Association, 4111 East Madison Street #290, Seattle WA 98112

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Cafe Flora on May 13



Vegetarians, vegans, and meat-lovers alike can flock to Cafe Flora for its beloved Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The spring-focused, three-course menu starts off with an array of Fresh Baked Pastries including Petite Croissants and Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal Scones all served with grapefruit curd and lemon thyme compound butter, and a Tropical Fruit Plate. Next guests will have the option to choose between a Northwest Lox Benedict with poached eggs, smoked carrot “lox” and avocado hollandaise, Spring Chile Rellenos or Strawberry Rhubarb Stuffed French Toast. For dessert choose between a Rhubarb Upside Down Cake or a rich Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart. A dedicated kids menu is available with starter, entrée, and dessert.




Brunch is $45 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Price excludes tax, gratuity and beverages. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (206) 325-9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle. Visit for more details.


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JazzED In Our Valley


By last minute invitation, a couple of weeks ago, I attended a musical fundraiser and was surprised to find that the program is based right here in our neighborhood! JazzED (pronounced jazz ed) is taught out of the FAME at MLK Community Center.

My host and table captain at the event was JazzED’s new board member Harold Brandford. Harold was recruited by his neighbors to become involved and make a contribution to the community. Harold was born and raised in Barbados. He moved to the USA in his late teens for his advanced education. With a bit of hard work and encouraged by the kindness and generosity of wonderful mentors along the way, he has achieved a good measure of success, working as a physician in the Seattle area for the past 38 years. He sees his involvement in JazzED as an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of kids who might otherwise be denied a chance for music education.


Harold Brandford


JazzED is a fantastic and successful extracurricular music program. It was founded in 2010 by an enthusiastic group of volunteers that wanted to provide music education to anyone in any school regardless of finances. The beloved Clarence Acox of Garfield Jazz fame was the founding music director and continues to be involved. 

The music instruction bridges the gap between school-based classes and private lessons. Local experienced professional musicians lead the bi weekly group lessons and many instruments are donated from a variety of sources including most recently, Amazon.

The students range from grades 4–12 and are drawn from 70 different schools in the Puget Sound area. JazzED is currently serving 600 students a year. Commitment to diversity is a primary goal. 50% of the students are girls, 42% students of color, and 40% are receiving scholarship assistance.




Students may choose from Choir, Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds. Additionally, audition-based ensembles for Big Band, Orchestra, and Vocals are on offer. A jazzy field trip to New York City is planned for this coming June. WOW!

Thinking that live music may catapult your next party into a fabulous experience? Look no further! All Star Combos are available for bookings.

Truthfully, there are just too many JazzED opportunities and events to describe here. Your best bet is to peruse the beautiful JazzED website:

What fun!


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Petite Galerie’s Allium Dinner & New Dinner Series


New Madison Valley brasserie Petite Galerieis launching a monthly dinner series this April with the first dinner theme “A Love Affair with Allium” held on Sunday, April 29 with one seating at 6:30 p.m.

Chef-Owner Rob Sevcik’s spectacular six-course menu is an ode to spring, with the allium plant serving as the inspiration. Dinner is $85 per person with an option to add wine pairings for an additional $55. Reservations are required and available at 206.588.1682 or online at

Full menu and wine pairings is below; here is a look at the full dinner series lineup April-September:

Sunday, April 29 – A love affair with Allium
Sunday, May 27 – Colors of Spring
Sunday, June 24 – Salute to Spain
Sunday, July 29 – Cook’s Showcase
Sunday, August 26 – Whiskey Dinner
Sunday, September 30 – Tomatoes




A Love Affair with Allium Menu - Sunday, April 29


First:Multi Colored Garlic Salad, tuna tartar, quail egg, spring radish, lemon aioli / charred calçots, romesco sauce
Guardian Angel Sauvignon Blanc

Second: Spring Onion Seared in Brown Butter with Halibut Cheeks, braised leeks, minced prawn & fingerling potato
2016 Domaine Lelievre, Auxerrois Blanc, Cotes de Toul

Third: Braised Shallot Consommé, roasted bear’s head mushroom, hazelnuts, poultry mousse, chive oil
2017 Casale del Giglio “Satrico” Bianco, Lazio

Fourth: Pearl Onion & Confit Rabbit Stew, bread crumb, prunes, preserved tomato, olive oil
2016 Vina Sastre Tinto Roble, Tempranillo, Riberia del Duero

Sweet Onion Granité

Main: Roasted Lamb Loin, green onion cous cous in savoy cabbage papillote, rosemary demi-glace, ramp jam
2015 Chateau Mourgues du Gres Terre de Feu Rouge

Dessert: Caramelized Onion-Balsamic Ice Cream Sandwich, dark chocolate cookie, candied berry
NV Cesar Florudo, Moscatel, Chipiona


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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Mar 15, 2018 - Apr 9, 2018


Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices and City planning activities in the last four weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.


MHA Public Hearing District 3

Proposed legislation to apply Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements in existing multifamily and commercial zones in Seattle, areas currently zoned Single Family in existing urban villages, and areas zoned Single Family in potential urban village expansion areas identified in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Planning process. 




The legislation would make area-wide revisions to the official zoning map in the areas shown on the map, and apply MHA requirements in the rezoned areas, requiring new commercial or multi-family development in the affected zones to contribute to affordable housing.

Public hearing focusing on changes affecting property in District 3 and District 7:

April 16, 6:00 P.M.
Seattle Central College 
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway

Sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. Written comments will be accepted at:

Notice of Public Hearing


1711 & 1715 20TH AVE

Design Review Early Design Guidance (EDG) for 7 units total and parking for 7 vehicles proposed, on each property. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′, Urban Village overlay, Scenic view within 500 ft.

April 11, 6:30 P.M.
Seattle University
Student Center 130
1000 East James Way

Design Proposal




EDG notices for 1711 1715 20th Ave


236 24TH AVE E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6582536. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay 

Notice of Application


111 26TH AVE E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6492073. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise-2 

Notice of Application


115 26TH AVE E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6564684. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise-2

Notice of Application


Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map


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Spring Clean 2018


The Merchants Association and McGilvra Elementary are getting together on Saturday, May 12, to clean up the neighborhood—please join us! We’ll be pulling weeds, spreading wood chips, and cleaning up the landscape along Madison St. The merchants will be cleaning up their storefronts as well.

Sign Up Here!




We’ll have some supplies on hand: garbage bags, paint, cleaning supplies, etc. Please bring gloves, paint scrapers, and garden hand tools.

Cash donations are also welcome to help offset the cost of the cleanup. You can make a donation online — just click on the Donate button at the top of the page. Be sure to write Spring Clean in the notes field. All contributions are appreciated! 

Saturday, May 12, 9 AM
Meet at FastFrame
2840 E Madison Street
Free coffee and pastries provided by the Merchants Association.

If you have questions, contact:

Devon Magnusson




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Bird Lovers in the Neighborhood


The Seward Park Audubon folks are coming to our Greenbelt for a habitat consultation. As the caretakers of our Greenbelt, your neighbor volunteer forest stewards are always mindful of installing plants that provide shelter and food for our winged friends. This effort is one of our priorities.


Your volunteer neighbors Trina Wherry, Peter Constantini and Linda Becker hard at work this spring.


The Stewards are hosting the Audubon educators to provide additional expert guidance for the coming season and beyond. 

YOU are invited to this unique opportunity! Please join us!

Wednesday, April 25th 4–6 PM
Meet: 32nd Ave E between E John and E Denny
Dress for the weather

Click here to register and get more info.


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February 2018 Police Reports



Eleven burglaries in were reported in Madison Valley during February, which is almost double the monthly average. A little over half of them were residential burglaries, but only one of them involved a single-family dwelling. As the number of apartment buildings and condos in Madison Valley continues to grow, the proportion of burglaries that occur in single-family dwellings will decline.




1. On Feb. 2 at 10 PM there was a forced entry burglary at a business on Madison near 27th Ave. E., but the police have not posted a detailed description of the incident.

2. Sometime during the daylight hours of Feb. 15 a burglar broke into an apartment on 20th Ave near Denny and stole personal items worth approximately $700 and credit cards that were subsequently used for purchases worth $600. The police were unable to find fingerprints in the apartment.

3. On Feb 16 there was a burglary that did not involve forced entry at a nonresidential building on 22nd Ave. near Olive, but the police have not released a description.

4. On Feb. 22 there was a forced entry burglary at a residence on 19th Ave. E near Denny, but the police have not released a description.

5. Just after 2 AM on Feb. 23 two burglars broke into the lobby of an apartment building on Madison near E. 20th Ave. After spending time in a bathroom off the lobby, the burglars, described as a male and a female in their 20s, broke into a storage closet and removed a package. The female burglar also attempted to open two safes in the room and then found and removed a device that makes keys for both the building and for individual units in the building. At around 3 AM the burglars left the building, heading west toward a north-south alley. Security cameras recorded the burglars’ activities and captured very good images of the female burglar. Building managers did not recognize the burglars as being residents of the building.

6. On Feb. 23 at about 11:20 PM a burglar gained access to an apartment building near 22nd and E. Union by entering just after a resident. Once inside, he broke into several secure areas of the building but the police report mentions no missing items beyond approximately $20 in cash. Video footage of the event clearly shows the burglar’s face.

7. Police were called to a business on E. Union near 22nd on Feb. 24 to investigate a burglary that occurred sometime during the previous night. The burglar apparently entered through the rear door of the business, which opens onto an area shared with an apartment complex at that location. The burglar apparently only took loose change from a cash register. There is a possibility that a security camera owned by the apartment complex may have recorded the burglar’s entry into the business.

8. Sometime between 6 PM and midnight on Feb 23 someone forcibly opened the several mailboxes at a condominium building near 25th and Madison. There is no security camera in the area, and police did not search for fingerprints because the area is heavily used. The police report specifies only a few minor items that were known to have been taken by the time when the police arrived.

9. On Feb. 26 police were called to a building on 19th near Madison that houses a non-profit organization that helps homeless youth. When they arrived, employees at the organization reported that sometime during the previous weekend a burglar had entered their offices and left incoherent notes on a whiteboard and on various pieces of paper and had also forced open several metal cabinets. Aside from the damage to the organization’s equipment, however, nothing appeared to have been taken by the burglar.

10. Sometime between Feb. 22 and Feb. 27 someone broke into a bicycle storage area in an apartment building near 24th and E. Union and took equipment from a bicycle being kept there.

11. During the night of Feb. 26–27 someone entered the bicycle storage area of a building near 24th and E. Union and stole a woman’s bike worth approximately $500. Although this is not stated in the police report, it appears that this is the same building as that in the previous burglary incident. There was video footage of this incident, but it does not show the burglar’s face.

Also, during February there was another shoplifting/robbery incident at the Safeway store on Madison.

On Feb. 9 at around 3 PM an employee at the Safeway store confronted a woman who had bypassed the checkout area with approximately $200 worth of items in a shopping cart. When the woman threatened him with a knife, the employee backed off and the store called the police. The woman is known as a frequent shoplifter at the store, and the incident was recorded by the store’s security cameras. Police conducted an area search, and although they did not find the woman, near 24th and Denny they found the empty shopping cart that the woman used.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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Arboretum Loop Trail Grand Opening


An afternoon of public festivities will celebrate the opening of the new Loop Trail in Washington Park Arboretum on April 8 from noon to 3.




There will be a ribbon-cutting, live music, free snacks, food trucks, and fun activities all along the 2-mile loop.

  • 1 p.m. “Vine-cutting” ceremony at the Birch Parking Lot (Lake WA Blvd & E Interlaken Ave), adjacent the Loop Trail
  • A performance by the Husky Marching Band Drumline.
  • Educational activities for kids hosted by UW Botanic Gardens, plus the opportunity to learn about field trips, camps, and more!
  • Stroller and bike decoration station
  • Activity nodes at various locations around the Loop
  • Live music from Gansango (West African), Marc Smason & One Love (New Orleans), and Evan McPherson (classical guitar)
  • Food trucks: 314 PieChicago WestThai-U-UpLil J’s Super Dawgs
  • Talk and book signing with outdoors writer and guidebook author Craig Romano
  • Free snacks, artists-at-work, and more!

Parking at the Arboretum will be very limited during the Loop Trail event. Please consider coming by bike, foot, or public transportation.



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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Feb 23, 2018 - Mar 14, 2018


Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices and City planning activities in the last three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520




Central Area Design Guidelines Public Hearing
The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed design review district and board, and neighborhood design guidelines for the Central Area neighborhood.

April 4, 9:30 AM.
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue 

For more information on the time of the hearing, please check the Committee agenda a few days prior to the meeting at For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments may be sent to: and should be received by April 3, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Notice of Public Hearing


2030 Challenge Pilot Program

The City of Seattle is proposing to amend the Land Use Code to establish a new 2030 Challenge Pilot to promote the construction and operation of buildings that meet the highest green standards and promote environmental quality, and revise the living building pilot program.

Notice and DNS




1640 20th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40

Notice of Decision


1121 34th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land, including one into four unit lots. This subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the individual live-work and residential dwelling units. Development standards will be applied to the development site as a whole and not to each of the new lots and unit lots. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-30′, Arterial within 100 ft, Lowrise-2

Notice of Decision


1638 20th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′

Notice of Decision


Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map


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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at The O’BottleNeck Lounge and Two Doors Down



Saturday March 17
The Feast of St. Patrick’s
4 PM until the taps run dry

Presenting Chef Arnie’s Famous Corned Beef Sandwich

Featuring Irish-Style Brews, including Boundary Bay Irish Red, Iron Horse Quilter’s Irish Death, Diamond Knot Slane’s Irish Red, Lowercase Dry Irish Stout and Double Mountain Black Irish Stout (on nitro).

• Green Rice Krispy Treats for the Wee Ones
• Ice Cream Stout Floats for The Elders
• Irish Whiskey & Specialty Cocktails at The O’BottleNeck




Sunday March 18
Sad Bastard Hangover Brunch at Two Doors Down

• $5 Irish Ales from 10 AM to 2 PM
• Corned Beef Hash and Eggs

We’ve got the cure for whatever ‘ales’ you!

The BottleNeck Lounge is an over 21 years of age establishment. Two Doors Down is family-friendly and includes all ages.

The Bottleneck Lounge
2328 E. Madison St

Two Doors Down
2332 E Madison St.


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A Brief History of Our Community



Isabelle Grey has made quite an impression throughout our community and beyond with her slim volume Madison Valley Places of Interest.




Her book is well documented with accompanying photos. She covers dramatic historical events such as the horrific flood of 2006 and the creation of our park-like retaining pond that now protects us.

A thorough review of our community’s parks and notable African-American residents is included.

Other topics review the historical accounts of MLK Jr. School, Bailey-Boushay House, and the pea patch movement.

A working understanding of historical events is imperative for the planning of our future development.  

Isabelle contributes by describing our valley with infectious affection. Love for the neighborhood is what inspires us to become community advocates.

Thank you, Isabelle!

Anyone who lives in or loves Madison Valley would benefit from Isabelle’s book. It would make a great gift or addition to a home library. You can (of course!) find it on Amazon.


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Seattle Japanese Garden



The Seattle Japanese Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum has opened for the 2018 season.

The 3.5-acre garden Seattle Japanese Garden opened in 1960 and was designed by Juki Iida.


Japanese Garden 2


Free admission to the garden is available on the first Thursday of each month. The  Family Saturday program hosts special activities geared toward families with children.

Volunteer docents will be giving daily tours at 12:30 p.m. from April 1 to the end of October.

Seattle Japanese Garden
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Washington Park Arboretum
Seattle, WA 98112
Hours: 12:00pm-7:00pm


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Rover’s Winter Pop Up IX


Bonjour Gourmands!

It is time to treat yourself to an evening of French cuisine and fine dining, accompanied, of course, by our favorite and most entertaining host, Chef Thierry Rautureau.




Join the Chef in the Hat, his wife Kathy, and the Luc staff for the Rover's Winter Pop Up IX. Be our guest as we serve you the most delectable flavor combinations put together by Chef Thierry and Chef de Cuisine, Andrew Yanak. 

For event details, how to reserve, and full menu please follow the link below:

Rover's Winter Pop Up IX
Champagne upon arrival, followed by a 7-course menu with wine pairing
March 12, 6:30pm

The date is fast approaching and these dinners fill up very quickly, please do not hesitate to contact us to make your reservations.


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January 2018 Police Reports



Five burglaries were reported in Madison valley during January, a number similar to the totals of the past several months.




1. Sometime during the night of Jan. 6 – 7 someone used a small wooden stool to smash in the glass door of a building near 22nd and Madison. The building was being used as a storage space, and there was no evidence that the person who smashed the door actually entered the building.

2. Police were called to an apartment building on 20th near Pine at 1:30 AM on Jan. 10 to investigate a burglary in progress. When they arrived, residents told them that they had been hearing noises in the basement of the building. The police then started searching the basement and found that it had been barricaded in in various places. After a few minutes, the police discovered and arrested a burglar dressed only in boots and a jacket. Residents speculated that the burglar had been staying in a nearby condo unit that has been hosting transients who have been engaged in thievery in the neighborhood. The burglar apparently took nothing from the apartment building.

3. On Jan. 14 police were called to investigate a burglary that had occurred earlier that morning at a home on E. Pine near 20th. When they arrived, the resident told them that he had gone to sleep on his living room couch at 2 AM and that when he woke at 8 AM his iPad and wallet were gone. The resident also told them that although the doors of the residence had been locked when he went to sleep, the front door was ajar when he woke up. There were no signs of damage to the front door.

4. Sometime in the early morning hours of Jan. 19 there was an attempted burglary at a residence on Pike near 24th, but the police have not posted a description of the incident.

5. Just before midnight on Jan. 28 there was a non-forcible entry burglary at a business on E. Madison near 31st, but the police have not posted a description of the incident.

In addition to the burglaries, there were two robberies and a shoplifting/assault incident during January.

At around 8:20 PM on Jan. 6 a robber accosted a woman at 23rd and Pine. After grabbing her by the throat and punching her in the face, he threatened her with a knife and demanded that she give him her backpack. When she gave him the backpack, which contained items worth approximately $1700, he pushed her to the ground and fled north on 23rd. The woman ran to her nearby home and called the police, who carried out an unsuccessful search for the robber. The victim described the robber as a white male, over 6’ tall and weighing about 250 pounds, with a partial beard and tattoos on the back of both of his hands. The victim also speculated that the robber may be homeless because his clothes and person were dirty and unkempt.

On Jan. 13 around 11 AM there was a shoplifting/assault reported at the Safeway store at 22nd and Madison. Although the police have not posted a description, their summary report indicates that the incident has been referred to the City Attorney’s office, suggesting that the perpetrator was arrested.

Shortly after noon on Jan. 23 police were called to the Safeway store to investigate a robbery that had just occurred there. When they arrived, a store employee told them that a man had attempted to shoplift food items from the deli and when asked to return and pay for the items, had threatened to strike an employee with a carton of soft drinks. The shoplifter/robber then took the items to his pickup truck, which was parked across the street from the store’s entrance. When another employee followed him outside, the robber opened the door of the pickup and took a dark object from it. The robber then dared the employee to “come on” at which point the employee retreated because he thought the dark object was a handgun. The employee was able to photograph the pickup’s license plate before retreating, however, and when the police determined the owner of the pickup they discovered that there were three outstanding warrants for his arrest. Another police unit discovered the pickup near 14th and Spring a few hours later and the robber was found nearby and arrested. The police found narcotics in the pickup.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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Ishbel is Selected to Play in the World Cup



Ishbel Dickens is a soft-spoken woman. However, her quiet demeanor does not mask her life’s passions. It’s really obvious that she is fully committed to them.

Now retired, Ishbel has spent the majority of her working life as a legal aid attorney representing the owners of manufactured homes — an often-maligned group. She worked tirelessly with these low-income families to ensure that their legal rights were protected and enhanced.

As the mother of four and grandmother of eight, Ishbel is dedicated to her family. She glows when talking about her children and grandchildren. She is a valued friend, neighbor and member of our community.

However, for more than fifty years, one of her most enduring passions has been field hockey. Ishbel has been playing continuously since she was a young girl in her native Scotland. She and her twin sister Ailsa played against each other in their grandparents’ garden using their dad’s old field hockey sticks.




Thirty years ago, upon arrival in Seattle, Ishbel set about finding a local hockey team. Fortunately, Seattle Parks and Recreation had contact information for an ongoing women’s team that had been playing since 1953 and was originally the U.W. Alumni Club. She joined up immediately and now plays for and captains the Seattle Woman’s Field Hockey Team. They practice and play year-round at Montlake and Washington Park.

The team participates in tournaments in Canada and other parts of America. Additionally, they took a touring team to Europe several years ago. Although the Seattle team boasts over 100 members, there is a core of thirty players. The team has players from age 20 to 60s with the average ages being late 20s to 30s. Her husband, Markus Krueger, has been chosen for the U.S. 050 World Cup men’s team. Markus coaches the Seattle women’s team.

Ishbel describes hockey as an exciting game for all ages and abilities. She feels that the game requires more skill than soccer and ice hockey. She loves the outdoors and playing a team sport has allowed her to connect easily with new friends whenever she has moved to other cities in Great Britain and when she came to America over thirty years ago.

At 64 years old, (she’s by far the oldest member of her home team) Ishbel competed for a place on the U.S. World Cup O55 team. The tryouts took place in both California and Pennsylvania and she was selected to be one of eighteen team members to play in the Master’s World Cup in Spain against 055 teams from several other countries.

Although running and an individual fitness regime previously composed Ishbel’s primary training program, hip problems now have her in the pool for water aerobics and taking hot yoga classes. She trains diligently to stay in shape for future competitions.

Ishbel is also captain of Alliance — a women’s international team. She loves meeting and competing with players from around the world and the travel to distant lands. She has played with them in Scotland, Australia, and The Netherlands. She has also traveled to South Africa and will be in New Zealand this year playing in social tournaments.

Inspired? Ishbel encourages anyone with the desire to check out The Seattle Women’s Field Hockey Team. They are always welcoming to new players of all abilities and ages. You can find them (of course!) on Facebook.

The World Cup competition will take place July 25th through August 5th in Spain. Congratulations Ishbel on your remarkable accomplishment and best of luck in the games! Your community will be cheering you on!


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