Save the date: Maple Leaf Park (near playground) – Last Wednesday in July
The Maple Leaf Community Council, along with the Maple Leaf business community, hosts an ice cream social each year on the last Wednesday in July,
All Maple Leaf residents are invited to attend this non-commercial, community-building event. In addition to free ice cream, clowns, and live music, Maple Leaf businesses share food samples, service demonstrations, coupons, and information. A variety of city and county agencies also are on hand to talk with community members. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the city and the neighborhood, talk with your neighbors, and have fun.
If you are interested in participating or want to help make this event happen, contact us.
The 20th Annual Summer Ice Cream Social was attended by over a thousand neighbors. Mayor Murray mingled among the crowd, the Seattle Police Department brought their mounted patrol unit, and music was performed by Ev Sterns.
Our 19th Annual Summer Ice Cream Social was particularly special because it was held in our recently remodeled park. Well over a thousand people attended the event to see yet another record number of neighborhood businesses. Mayor Murray came and walked around for over an hour, meeting businesses and Maple Leaf residents. Your comments to the Mayor led directly to a crosswalk installation at our main park entrance off Roosevelt Way NE!
Our 18th event was perhaps the most memorable. Due to construction of the reservoir park, we held the event at Olympic View Elementary. The recently-planted grass was a little soggy. Then a thunderstorm rolled our way, nearly causing us to cancel the event due to safety concerns. About the time the thunderstorm dissapated, the automatic sprinklers came on and soaked attendees and businesses until quick thinking volunteers put chairs, boxes, and a supply of 5-gallon buckets rushed over by staff from Maple Leaf Ace. Despite the ‘excitement’, it was another successful event.
The 17th Annual edition of the Summer Social was amazing. Perfect weather, a record number of tables, and a record number of people (nearly 1,500) came to see the best of what Maple Leaf had to offer.
This year might have been our biggest Summer Social ever. We had more tables from local businesses and organizations than ever. We gave away more ice cream than ever. And informal counts put the number of neighbors who attended well over 1,000 — our biggest ever!
The 15th Annual Summer Social had all the usual fun and games, plus something new: a free outdoor movie feature. Thanks to Sidewalk Cinema and to movie producer ShadowCatcher, “Outsourced,” 2006 romanitc comedy by local filmmakers, was shown at dusk. “Outsourced” was the winner of the best film award at the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival. Philip Borgnes of Media Bay Productions ran the show and provided free popcorn and prizes.
Other activities included frozen custard from Peaks, ice cream bars from Maple Leaf Ace, balloons, face painting, and the return of the Tumbuka marimba band.
The 14th Annual Maple Leaf Summer Social, held July 29 in the Maple Leaf playground, was a huge success! Our wishes for good weather were fulfilled beyond belief! We had nearly 1,000 people come to enjoy ice cream from Ice Cream Express, African music by Tumbuka, the Bubble Man, a balloon clown, food samples from local restaurants, and information from several of our great local businesses and a wide range of city and county services.
The 13th Annual Maple Leaf Summer Social was held Wednesday, July 30 at the Maple Leaf Playground. Festivities started at 7pm and over 1,000 people showed up to enjoy the beautiful weather and a record number of booths and information tables. There will also be booths by the Maple Leaf Community Council, the Upper Maple Leaf (reservoir) Park Committee, SPU concerning the reservoir construction project, and many others.
We also had the generous financial support of Dawn Porter, who sponsored the clown. A huge thank you to Mike Kelley and Kathy Stephenson of Maple Leaf Ace Hardware for sponsoring the ice cream again this year.
The 12th year of the Maple Leaf Summer Social was as fun and informative as the first one. We had Jolene Rolhiser, Barbara Maxwell, and Janice Camp to thank for their energetic and generous work organizing this event. Their behind-the-scenes tireless efforts coupled with many volunteers, such as the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board and Maple Leaf Evangelical Church volunteers, are what make the event happen.
We also had the generous financial support of Dawn Porter, who sponsored the clown and Cathy Boyce, who sponsored the balloons and Olympic View Community Church for sponsoring the Bubble Man and Juan Peralez, Seattle City Light, Neighborhood Power Project. A huge thank you to Mike Kelley and Kathy Stephenson of Maple Leaf Ace Hardware for sponsoring the ice cream again this year. If you see these volunteers or visit these businesses, tell them thank you and let them know how much we appreciate them being a part of Maple Leaf!