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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Call To Order:

Vice Chair, Sandra Schilling, called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the Luther Burbank Room, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA  98040.



Roll Call:

Present:  Judy Leithe, Katalin Pearman, Sandra Schilling, Helen Martin, Tudor Sherrard, Jane Ditzler, Kevin Curry, and Cynthia Nuzzi.  Absent: Beth Brennen and Ellen Hochberg.


City Council Liaison present:  Bruce Bassett


Staff present: Amber Britton and Eileen Hemmis Trifts.



There were no appearances.



The following correction was made to the minutes of April 9, 2008:

Add the word “for” in last line of 3rd paragraph before the word “her” in the Appearances section of the minutes.

Tudor Sherrard made a motion to accept the minutes as amended.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


Chair’s Report:

No Report.


City Council Report:

No Report.


Mostly Music in the Park: 

Tudor presented a draft copy of the Mostly Music poster.

Amber presented a copy of the utility bill insert advertising MMIP.  She stated that additional sponsors were signed up after the utility bill inserts went out.  Another edit and print of the insert which will be going out to businesses is planned and will include the new sponsors.  MI Orthodontics associates came in as a $1,000 sponsor. Some new businesses have stepped up this year. We have more high-end sponsors. Each of them has been promised a tent and table at each concert, so more help will be needed to set up tents, chairs and tables at every concert.  Everything has to be taken out of rec storage, set up and then reverse it at the end of the evening.  Assistance will also be needed to pick up Starbuck’s and au Chocolate for each concert.  Amber reported that Sponsor funds so far exceed $7,000.


Literary & Shakespeare:

Judy Leithe reported on the Hitchcock Classics on film – 45 to 50 people showing up for films. It has really grown. The classic French film series has also been very well attended. The room has been filled to capacity!

Very successful 444th Birthday Party for Shakespeare.  Close to 50 people. It was great fun!

Wooden O has been unable to line up the pre-play lecture, so Judy contacted Perry Lorenzo and he is going to do two pre-play lectures. She asked Amber to include that information in the updated MMIP flyer.


A Seattle Opera program is now also being offered by the JCC. They are charging $10 a program. We were going to charge $25.  Judy is not sure how this is going to work. Discussions are ongoing.  She is hoping that the two programs can somehow be combined.





Jane Ditzler reported that she has come up with half a dozen contacts related to the original Mercer Island families for the Alaska/Yukon program.  She hopes to speak with them about what life was like.

Bruce suggested Marguerite Sutherland has a good story to tell though she is not one of the original founders of MI.  Jane indicated that she is looking for families of the original founders of Mercer Island.  She is wondering if we will have enough with just the earlier settlers, so maybe we could also have some information from those who came later. Katalin suggested Jane check with the schools – maybe some student drawings could be procured.



Katalin reported that the Gwen Jones/Charlotte Segal gallery show was well received though it seemed to be out of most folk’s price range. One of Gwenn’s quilts was sold.  No paintings sold.  The NW Pastel show went up earlier this week. No sales to report as of yet. The long awaited CCMV student art show coming up in June.

With regard to the outdoor sculpture garden, Katalin reported that Larry McLaughlin planning to change out some of his sculptures later this year.  She thought that perhaps one of his animal sculptures would fit in as a permanent Farmer’s Market item.



Public Art:

Kevin Curry, Helen Martin and Terry Morman Moreman  AMENDED from the Chamber of Commerce, have chosen pots for “Color MI Beautiful”.  They chose the 26” size stoneware with a wide mouth and a mounting pad ($8 each for the pads).  The pots have a glazed finish.

Amber said Pete Mayer will coordinate getting them picked up and getting the soil and getting them delivered to the businesses.  Jane mentioned that Terry is very concerned that the award date remains July 12th.  The 3rd Thursday in June is when the merchants plan to show the public. Terry suggested Bill Rogers from the Chamber would be a good judge. He is a great gardener and has had a pea patch for years.  Jane asked if the Mayor might like to judge. Katalin will ask him. Last month’s minutes say the awards would be on Memorial Day.  That needs to be changed to right after the parade at Summer Celebration.  It was agreed that the categories be renamed: 

  • Simply Sustainable
  • People’s Choice
  • Edible Flowers and Herbs
  • Creatively Colorful
  • Merci Bouquet.


Community Relations:

Amber Britton gave a report in Helen Martin’s absence.  Third Thursday kicks off this week with weekly themes.  The first one will be BBQ Blues and Brews.  Cellar 46 will have a BBQ and wine. Countrywide will have a blues band.  QFC is offering a special on wines and beer.  Tea treasures (new business) offer information on teas. An acrylic artist will be at the North QFC behind Starbucks.  The time is 5:30 to 8:00 pm.  Next month’s theme is Color MI Beautiful. 


Staff Report:

After elections, we will know who is taking care of grant requests (Community Relations Chair). We have a new request from MI Island AMENDED Vision looking for professional music entertainment for the Farmer’s Market - $500 requested.


Bruce asked if this is the same as the street performers?

It was noted that the request is just for the opening day of the market. August 10th.


The Summer Celebration Arts and Crafts Jury Selection is complete. Only one vendor was rejected.  There are just under 50 vendors right now. Applications will continue to be accepted as long as possible.  There are currently too many jewelry craft vendors so no more will be accepted.  There are 100 booths possible.


Adjournment:   7:40 pm



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