Photo courtesy of Madison Thomas
Madison Thomas, from timid middle-schooler to bold activist.

At Large In Ballard: The Rise of the Woman

By Peggy Sturdivant

Madison Thomas thought she wanted to go into medicine. Then she got a taste of government as a page for then-State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and realized, instead of one patient at a time, she could help masses through legislation. Now she’s in truly in charge of organizing the masses, as college engagement coordinator for the January 21, 2017 Women’s March on Washington.

Thomas considers herself a citizen of two cities; her hometown of Seattle (Ballard), and her Georgetown University college town of Washington, D.C. Like many she watched the presidential election returns in shock, but unlike most she was shortly fielding thousands of phone calls as an intern in Senator Patty Murray’s D.C. office. “Citizens were worried about the future of the United States. ‘What do I do?’ they kept asking?’ I didn’t have an answer.”

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Polar Bear Plunge at Golden Gardens was fast, funny and fun

Ballard‘s 8th Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge saw hundreds show up at Golden Gardens Park for the 8th Annual rinsing off the previous year and getting a memorable start to 2017.

With no official starter, the tech savvy crowd, many carrying apparently water proof smart phones and GoPro action cameras began the brief but bracing dash into Shilshole Bay at precisely 11am.

Almost before it began, it was over and then it was time for the frigid friends to gather around a series of roaring fires, of now dried and primed former Christmas Trees.

Bare chested men, and towel clad ladies took some comfort in the rush of heat but then as soon as possible got back into their clothes and it was over for another year.

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Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association 2017 Annual Meeting to be held January 22

Join us on the mezzanine level of the Nordic Heritage Museum to review the 2016 SBSCA program highlights and help shape the program for the 2017 Fifty-Year Jubilee, followed by the nomination and election of officers. Enjoy a slideshow presentation from Bergen and light refreshments in the tradition of Norwegian hospitality.

Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association 2017 Annual Meeting
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 Northwest 67th Street
Sunday, January 22, 2:00 PM
RSVP online: Eventbrite

Following the meeting, experience the gallery exhibit “People, Places, Changing Lands: The Photography of Anders Beer Wilse,” turn-of-the-century scenes from Norway and the Pacific Northwest. Free admission for SBSCA meeting participants.

Extend your stay at the museum for the season opening of the Mostly Nordic concert series with “From Surf to Turf,” featuring the music of Iceland, followed by a smorgasbord buffet. For more information, ticket prices and group reservations, please email the SBSCA ( or call the museum directly at (206) 789-5707.

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