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Bastille Day Events 2016


On July 14, Madison Valley celebrates Bastille Day this year with two very special events. 

First, Thierry Rautureau, The Chef In The Hat will serve a delicious buffet, wine, beer and live music by Rouge

Buffet meals will be available for all attendees who purchase tickets. They are $25 for adults who pre-reserve before July 10th and $15 for children under the age of 12. There will also be tickets available at the door the day of the event for $30. Prices include sales tax.

Drink tickets will also be available for purchase for $7 (non-alcoholic drinks $3.50).

To reserve tickets, please RSVP by Sunday, July 10th.

More information here.




Second, the Arboretum Foundation is putting on ArbFest, a new outdoor summer party benefiting Seattle’s most spectacular green space. Experience this treasured 230-acre park in a unique and immersive way. Festivities include:




Ticket prices
: $175, Benefactor: $350
RSVP by July 5 

Buy tickets.

To buy tickets by phone, or for questions, call 206-325-4510.

All proceeds benefit Washington Park Arboretum


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Bastille Bash Announcement


Several people have asked about Bastille Bash 2015, so it is with a little sadness that I write this. There will not be a Bastille Bash Street Festival this year. The explanation follows:

Not Enough Volunteerism

There are a handful of organizers who conceived the idea of Bastille Bash, and worked to make it successful for the past three years, with the help of many participants and volunteers. Those organizers do not have the time to put into organizing the event this year. One is getting married this summer, one has a new job requiring travel, and one owns a business that is quickly growing.

If you attended the event you can imagine the months of preparation goes into the Bash: city permits, food, wine, entertainment, rentals, marketing, tickets, volunteer coordination, set up, tear down, etc.

In total the event takes about 3,500 hours. To put that in context, a full time job is 2,000 hours per year. Each year recruiting volunteers to work the event has gotten more difficult, and each year finding volunteers willing to help organize was almost impossible.

Not Making Enough Money

The event was not growing from a revenue perspective. The Bash costs approx. $60,000 to produce and generates approx. $70,000. That leaves $10,000 being donated to the charity each year. In the first years that was okay, but that is not enough to make it worth the effort of the charities, wineries, and sponsors donating to the event. They needed to see growth each year — which we were not able to produce.

Note, the Community Council, Merchants Association, and neighborhood did not receive any money from the event. All proceeds went to the charities.

The Original Goals

For the past three years, Madison Valley has hosted the French-themed street festival Bastille Bash. The idea for the event was born from a desire to create a signature event that would accomplish many goals:

• Create a memorable theme people would associate with the neighborhood.*
• Encourage people, who would not typically visit Madison Valley to do so.
• Encourage people who live/work nearby to visit shops and restaurants they may not typically frequent.
• Raise money for charity: In years one and two it was the Children’s Response Center, in year three the Detlef Schremp Foundation.
• Provide an enjoyable and unique experience for guests.

*Please note the French theme was never intended to exclude any population. It was simply an event that we could build a good theme around and market. Also, Bastille Day fell on a summer weekend that didn’t have a lot of competing events happening in the city.

The Good Stuff

• Annual attendance ranged between 2,500 and 3,500 guests.
• Madison Valley is now often sited as a “French-themed” neighborhood.
• Madison Valley and the event was written about in more than 100 publication and blogs each year.
• Guests seemed to enjoy the Bash.

The Not So Good Stuff

• Volunteer participation and enthusiasm for the event waned each year.
• Participation by the retailers was waning.
• The city of Seattle was not going to allow us to close Madison, after many tries.
• The cost of the event continued to rise.
• The revenue from the event was not growing – keeping charities and sponsors away from the event.

Big Thank You

It takes a lot of reliable people with skills, time, and willingness to participate to pull off an event the scale of Bastille Bash. We didn’t have enough of those people to make it sustainable.

That said, I don’t want to leave out the people who have helped with Bastille Bash along the way and there are quite a few of you. For everyone who helped organize, manned a water station, sold tickets, or helped in all the ways – my sincere thank you, and I’m sure the community thanks you too!

What Now?

Honestly, I’m not sure. The organizers of the Bash are discussing organizing a Bastille Dinner. The plan would be to close 28th alongside of Luc and have provide a prix-fixe meal along with entertainment. It would be a much smaller event and the proceeds from the dinner would go back into neighborhood improvement projects. As this concept develops I’ll let you know.

Want to Help Organize the Bastille Dinner?

If that’s something of interest to you, let me know. Part of our decision to put on the dinner or not will be interest in helping put it together.

Want to Volunteer in the Community?

I’m not sure if you are aware but we do some cool things in Madison Valley.

• Spring Cleaning Day
• Sip and Dine Events
• Holiday Lights
• A variety of beautification projects
• Articles for the website
• Public Safety
• Traffic/Transit
• Greenways

If you want to be involved, reach out.


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Bastille Bash 2014 Photo Gallery


Our thanks go to Alex Levine, who donated his time to photograph this year's event.







Detlef Schrempf, Nat Stratton-Clarke, Lindy Wishard







Fast Frame Wine Garden

































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This Year's Bastille Bash Program

JULY 10, 2014 | EDITOR

Hot off the press — this year’s Bastille Bash program, including maps, menus, & entertainment. Download or print: Voici le PDF!

 Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 8



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Bastille Bash is Putting Madison Valley on the Map


Bastille Bash 2014 Event Coverage


Seattle Met


Local Wine Events


The Stranger


The Stranger


Bellingham Herald 


Great Northwest Wine


Seattle Met - Summer Food Events Guide


Seattle Weekly


Madison Park Times – event listing 


Madison Park Times – event article


Art with a Heart




Forgeron Cellars





Madison Park Community Council 


Madison Park In Seattle




Visit Seattle


Tacoma News Tribune


Seattle PI




SIP Northwest


Seattle Times


My Northwest


Yelp Seattle


Seattle Magazine

July Issue – Must List


Clear Channel - $4200 value

14 PSA’s on KISS 106.1 from June 30-July 7


Eater Seattle


The Everett Herald


Madison Park Blogger


Edible Seattle – July Newsletter


Seattle Met – Culture Fiend


Seattle Met – Bastille Day Roundup 


Seattle Met Daily – newsletter with Bastille Bash photo 


Yay Today


Seattle Met Nosh Pit News


Sosh - Bastille Bash Info 


Sosh - Bastille Bash Giveaway 




Fresh Jess


Capitol Hill Seattle


Seattle Met – On The Town Newsletter BB photo


Seattle Magazine


Seattle Magazine – Must List Newsletter


Seattle Met – Top things to do this weekend


The Seattle Times – weekend events July 11-17


Seattle Times Weekend Guide – July 11

Print issue


KEXP – July 12

On air event listing of Bastille Bash

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A Call for Bastille Day Volunteers


Hi Neighbors,

Bastille Bash is just a few weeks away! It’s an all-volunteer effort and this year we need more help than ever before. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation. Please sign up for a shift, and forward this to your friends who might be willing to volunteer.

Bastille Banner - Marie

Bastille Bash is a French-themed food and wine event, held on Madison St. between 27th and Lake Washington Blvd. It’s organized by the Madison Valley Merchants Association and Community Council, and this year the event is July 12, from 3 PM – 8 PM.

We’re looking for help with:

Set-up, Heavy Lifting
Set-up, Non-Heavy Lifting
Ticket Sales
Store Managers
Ticket Takers – Restaurants
Water Sales
Street Crossing Guards
Green Room Helpers
Volunteer Check-in
Break Down

To volunteer for any of the above assignments please sign up online.

We also REALLY need some people with management skills and specific technical skills:

Decor Hanging Assistant
Friday, July 11th, 3:00-6:00: help hang bunting, banners, and signs for the event (2 people).

Management of Ticket Sales
Oversee volunteers doing ticket sales. 3-hour shifts available (2 people).

Management of Event Areas Set-Up
Oversee installation of tents, tables, chairs, barricades, decor, etc for specific event areas. (5 people / one per area.) Set up takes place in the morning – approx. 10:00 AM – TBD (final time based on delivery schedule).

Table Linens Manager
Manage volunteers and work with area set-up managers. Make sure linens of correct size are distributed to each area and placed on tables. Set up takes place in the morning (approx. 11:00 AM).

Professional or semi-professional photographers to wander the event, take photos of participants, entertainers, etc. The photos are your property, but we need a digital copy for use in future marketing materials. Please have professional equipment (2–4 people).

Sound Technician Assistant
Help sound manager with set-up and maintenance of audio equipment of 3 small stages and small audio systems. Experience with audio systems and events required (1–2 people).

Wine & Beer Pourers
Must have liquor serving license. Pour tastings of wine and beer in shops and wine gardens (10 people).

Tear Down Managers
Manage team of volunteers and rental company to tear down the tents, tables, etc., in each event area (5 people / one per area).

Plein Air Painters
Are you an artist who would like to paint the festival? Last year we had a handful of artists set up their easels in the street and on the sidewalks. It’s a wonderful day to paint what you see (5–10 artists).

To volunteer for any of the specialized jobs listed above, contact me:

Lindy Wishard
Volunteer and President, Madison Valley Community Council
206 552-0345

Bastille Bash 2014 visit:

Purchase Tickets:


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Important Merchants Association Meeting


Your attendance at the next Merchants Association meeting is essential. We have important items on the agenda: 

Bastille Bash
This is the final meeting before Bastille Bash. We will be covering important logistics related to the event. 

Madison Valley is getting a parklet — very soon! In this meeting we will be discussing the design of the parklet and particulars related to how this new installation will effect the neighborhood.

The crosswalk in front of Luc is being repaired later this Summer. We will review the design for the new crossing and sidewalk repair.

Date: This Wednesday, June 18
Time: 8:30 AM (Please be on time)
Location: Cafe Flora


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Minutes from the Merchants Association 16-Apr-2014


Read the minutes from the latest Merchants Association meeting. This meeting was focused mostly on preparations for the upcoming Bastille Bash.


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Bastille Bash 2013 Photos

JULY 28, 2013 | EDITOR

Bastille Bash was a smash!

Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 8

Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 1

Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 2

Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 10

Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 11

Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 4

Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 3

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Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 9

Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 12

Bastille Bash 2013 Photo 5

Photography by Heather Curbow and Duell Fisher from Team Photogenic.


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Bastille Bash is tomorrow!

JULY 12, 2013 | EDITOR

Bonjour! We can’t wait to see you at Bastille Bash tomorrow! We’re decking out East Madison with French flags, banners and all things blue, white, and red, and getting ready to enjoy la vie en rose. We’ve had so much fun planning with Madison Valley businesses to bring you the best food, shopping, chef demos, and so much more that our little village has to offer. 

While you are attending the event tomorrow use the tag #BastilleBash with your photos and posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so we can follow along! 

With all the fun festivities in store, the local media has been buzzing. Here are some highlights if you missed them from our Facebook page. Click on the links to view articles, listen to radio interviews and get all the Bastille Bash scoop.

  • The Stranger Suggests you hightail it to Bastille Bash to catch a glimpse of our Marie Antoinette impersonator!
  • They love our Francophilia and retail offerings over at Seattle Met Magazine.
  • Seattle Magazine says Bastille Bash is a MUST for this weekend.
  • Daily Candy can’t wait to enjoy our Spirits Garden at Rover’s in a neighborhood reminiscent of a bucolic village in Provence.
  • KIRO Radio’s “Let’s Eat” hosts had a blast chatting up Nat Stratton-Clarke, one of our event creators and planners, about the amazing chef talent for our demos and enjoying French culture in Seattle.
  • Our neighborhood paper, the Madison Park Times, is excited we’re back for a second year!
  • Chat With Women radio network host Holly Brown, of The Brown Lounge, chatted with Nat about all the delicious French food and wine offered at Bastille Bash, eating local, and how to cook simple French food at home. 
  • The Seattle Times highlighted Bastille Bash in their Sunday NW Arts & Life section as a must attend event this week!
  • The moms at Red Tricycle gave us the thumbs up for our kid-friendly activities like art classes at Thrive, and the event proceeds that benefit the Children’s Response Center.

Tickets on sale at the event! Merci!

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Enjoy Wine, Beer & Spirits at Bastille Bash!


Bastille Bash is upon us this Saturday, July 13th! Our map and program are out now and include all of your favorite French bites from local restaurants, our live entertainment schedule, chef and garden demo lineup and more!

But let’s cut to what’s really on your mind … enjoying local wine, beer and spirits in the sun this Saturday from 3–8 p.m.! Bastille Bash will have a Wine Passport that allows you to taste at locations up and down East Madison including a Spirits Garden in Rover’s courtyard and a Wine Garden outside of Cafe Flora.

Purchase your Wine Passport online in advance for $20 per person to secure your tasting glass. You can also purchase at the event starting at 3 p.m. but we will have a limited quantity on hand so please purchase in advance!

Bastille Bash is free to attend and enjoy live entertainment, shopping and our festive French décor.

Thank you to the following wineries, breweries and distilleries for being part of Bastille Bash—Vive La France!

Wineries: Balboa Winery, Beresan Winery, Facelli Winery, Forgeron Cellars, Hestia Cellars, Kiona Vineyards & Winery, OS Winery, Patterson Cellars, Pomum Cellars, Swiftwater Cellars, Walla Walla Vintners, William Church Winery

Breweries: Fremont Brewing, Mac & Jack’s Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing

Distilleries: BroVo Spirits, El Zacatecano, Fremont Mischief Distillery, Sidetrack Distillery


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Bastille Bash: Menu, Map, and Entertainment Schedule

JULY 7, 2013 | EDITOR
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Bastille Bash Specials and Sales

JULY 3, 2013 | EDITOR

Madison Valley merchants are offering a variety of specials and giveaways during Bastille Bash, July 13, and the week prior. Giveaways include three nights in Paris (sign up during the Bash). Many stores will offer substantial discounts on selected merchandise. The full list is below.

The week of July 8th these shops are offering the following specials:

Honey Skin Spa

  • Week of July 8 Facial Specials: Purchase a package of 3 Custom Honey Facials for $375 (regularly $450). Purchase a package of 5 Custom Honey Facials for $625 (regularly $750)
  • Week of July 8 Lash & Brow Specials: A full set of lash extensions for $125 (regularly $225-$250). Expert Brow Consult & Waxing $18 (regularly $35). Lash & Brow Tint $25 (regularly $40)

Fast Frame
Fastframe will be offering 25% off all framed and unframed art for sale. The sale will start Monday, July 8 and end with the Bash!

Retail Shops Offering Discounts:

All The Best

  • Bobbing for balls, “yappetizers” and pet photos

City People’s Garden Store

  • 25% off French milled soap from Pre de Provence
  • 25% off all lavender
  • 25% off culinary herbs

France: Homestyle

  • Enter to win a weekend in Paris

Bastille Day sale up to 50% off selected items.

Hoa Salon

  • On July 13 stop by during Bastille Bash
  • Bastille Bash, sign up for any service at a future date and receive 20 percent off plus a complimentary goodie bag, and enter win prizes like facials, brow shaping, and lash and brow tinting.

Koselig Design

  • Offering a 20 percent discount on nearly all store items including home furnishings and jewelry during Bastille Bash only.

Fury Consignment

  • For every $50 spent on Bastille Day, you are entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certicate at Fury.
  • Featuring $10 and $20 sale racks.

Lavender Heart
Discounts throughout the shop.

River Song

Stallman Gallery

  • Stallman Gallery will open early, before the Bastille Bash celebrations, starting at 1 p.m. with local wine and cheese for guests to mingle and view their local art.

Vian Hunter
Marie Antoinette-themed sale with live models in the windows.


Bobbing for Balls


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Bastille Bash Volunteers Needed

JUNE 21, 2013 | EDITOR

Please consider volunteering to help with this year's Bastille Bash. The event is July 13, shifts are about 2–3 hours apiece, and involve ticket and beverage sales, safety, general help, and clean up. Contact Sally Martinez at or 425 467-3390.



Ticket Takers
3–5:30 PM or 5:30–8 PM
2 people per shift at 5 locations
You are stationed at a restaurant and assist with ticket taking and help as needed.

Street Crossing Guards
3–5:30 PM or 5:30–8 PM
2 people per shift at 2 locations
Hold flags that stop traffic to help manage pedestrians crossing the street.

Ticket Sales
3–5:30 PM or 5:30–8 PM
10 people per shift
Sell tickets in a fast paced environment.

Wine Sales
3–5:30 PM or 5:30–8 PM
10 people per shift
Sell wine in a fast paced environment.

Ice Delivery
3–5:30 PM or 5:30–8 PM
2 people per shift
Using carts, help re-stock ice at locations pouring wine. Must be strong and have endurance.

Stage/Sound Manager
3–5:30 PM or 5:30–8 PM
1 experienced person per shift
Manage the sound system as local chefs prepare food live.

3–5:30 PM or 5:30–8 PM
4 people per shift
Help as needed

Break Down
8–9:30 PM
20 people minimum, perfect for sports teams
Break down tables, chairs, tidy up event site.


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Don Your Beret and Striped Shirt!


Madison Valley is excited to host the 2nd Annual Bastille Bash on Saturday, July 13 from 3–8 p.m. Last year we were thrilled to see how many people came out to enjoy the festivities and this year we promise to have plenty of food, wine and entertainment for everyone! Festivities will take place up and down East Madison Street from 27th to 30th Avenues. Madison will remain open to traffic during the event.

Don your beret and striped shirt and visit your favorite Madison Valley shops and restaurants for Bastille Day celebrations. Indulge in French-inspired food, sip wine, beer and spirits with your Wine Passport, grab a table and be entertained by our lineup of live music and dance performers on the main stage. Also enjoy mimes, jugglers accordion players, live chef and gardening demos, kids activities, dog treats and exciting giveaways! 

We encourage you to purchase food and wine tickets early to avoid waiting in ticket lines at the event and ensure you get your share, as tickets will be limited. Visit to purchase today! Food is priced at $2.50, $5.00, $7.50 per bite and tickets can be purchased in $10 increments. The Wine Passport includes tastings of wine, beer and spirits for $20 per person. 

Proceeds from Bastille Bash support the Children’s Response Center, a local nonprofit that provides unduplicated, essential legal and counseling services to children under 18 in east and north King County, who have experienced severe abuse, trauma and child crimes.

Like us on Facebook for updates, specials and event information and share with friends and neighbors to help spread the word about Seattle’s European village! 

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Bastille Bash Street Closures and Parking

JUNE 3, 2013 | EDITOR

On July 13th between 3:00 and 8:00 PM, the Madison Valley Merchants Association and Community Council will host the second annual Bastille Bash. This French-themed event will take place along East Madison Street between 27th and 30th Avenue. We expect between 2,000 and 3,000 guests. Some vehicle access and parking will be affected—please refer to the list below for specific street closures.

We are working together with the City of Seattle Special Events Committee and businesses in our neighborhood to minimize the impacts that will be felt during the event. Your individual needs are very important to us and we will work with you to resolve reasonable scheduling conflicts. There will be emergency vehicle access, should the need arise.

The following streets will be closed and not accessible to vehicle and/or pedestrian traffic between the hours of noon and 9:00 PM on July 13th: 

  • 28th Ave East on the north side of Madison to the end of the Schuster Building
  • 29th Ave East on the North side of Madison to East Roy Street
  • 29th Ave East on the South side of Madison to East Republican Street
  • There will be no parking on East Madison between 27th and 29th Ave

We will also have amplified music during the hours of 3:00–8:00 PM.

If you have comments and/or questions about the impact this event will have on your business, please email the Madison Valley Merchants Association or the City of Seattle.

Madison Valley Merchants Association
Lindy Wishard, Volunteer

City of Seattle Special Events Committee
Chris Swenson, Chair

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