What gorgeous weather we’re having! And as we get out in the sunshine and walk around our neighborhoods, visit the parks and waterfront; “It’s an Edmonds Kind of Day!” becomes the motto du jour. Summer is in full swing!
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Tours Around Town
When one’s hometown is as delightful as Edmonds, with its gardens, waterfront promenades and appreciative arts community – there are myriad walking tours that center on various arts features. Whether you are pushing a stroller, or entertaining out-of-town visitors, these tour suggestions may just be the inspiration for getting out, and getting going.
So here are the artful, historical and whimsical attention-grabbers that make Edmonds our kind of town.
Artful Fountain Tour:
Nothing is more refreshing on summer days than the splash of cool water from a bubbling fountain. We found several such delights at these locations:
Hazel Miller Fountain – The centerpiece feature of the Hazel Miller Plaza on 5th Avenue at Old Milltown is a delight to many toddlers and children looking to slip off their shoes for a splash-around. Richard Hestekind is the artist responsible for “Flowing Erratic” a migmatite – glacial erratic boulder with its waters spilling into the base of a circular rock garden.
2nd Ave. and Dayton St – “Edmonds Crystals: Linear Progression” by Valdis Zarins is set off by 42 bronze pipes inside a sparkling pool of water. If your kids need to run off some energy, or you are seeking a quiet perch off-the-beaten path – this concrete platform with its multi levels and its many attractive features is a unique hidden-in-plain-site concrete park and shaded bandstand.
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Bronze Sculpture Tour:
Edmonds has a rich and varied public art collection and strolling from one of these stand-out pieces to another would be a wonderful basis for a walk-about for your out-of-town guests.
The pieces that we’ve selected for Tours Around Town include:
“Seeing Whales” by Richard Beyer, was installed in 2003 on the waterfront walkway at Edmonds Marina. It is a favorite among those who want to “wardrobe” the aluminum figures during the cold Northwest winters. Seeing Whales was a gift to the residents of Edmonds from the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.
Selected for the Five Corners Roundabout is CJ Rench’s “Drawn to the Water – Connecting the Community”. The five-column monument, illuminates in white and blue making it a striking icon connecting Five Corners to downtown. My Edmonds News has written several articles about community input to the roundabout and reaction to Rench’s design/
The full collection of Edmonds’ public art is inventoried online at www.edmondswa.gov/public-art.html
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My favorite of the Edmonds murals is Andy Eccleshall’s “Changing Times” and winner of the 2013 Members Choice Award. A map to each of the murals located in downtown is available from the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau here.
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Cultural Heritage Tour:
Artfully Edmonds’ personal favorite of Judith Caldwell’s collection of 12 interpretive markers is Phillips Motorcourt. The markers were installed in 2014 and designate historic and iconic locations near, or adjacent to, the 4th Avenue Arts Corridor.
“The Phillips Motorcourt was constructed by Donald Phillips in 1941 to serve motorists passing through Edmonds, offering not just a place for a weary traveler to sleep, but also a garage to keep the family car warm and dry. The buildings later served as apartments.”
Information regarding Caldwell’s installations that comprise the Cultural Heritage Tour can be found here.
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Artists in Action
Sunday, June 28
456 Admiral Way
On select Sundays throughout the summer, the Edmonds Marina stroll will feature local artists “doing their thing” – at their easels, jewelry bars and sketch pads.
This is a rare opportunity to see how artists create and ask questions about their work. Free artist demonstrations are right next to the performing Sea Jazz band on the Port of Edmonds Marina Plaza every Sunday through the summer.
On June 28, Artists in Action on the Edmonds Waterfront will feature artists April Richardson, Cody French, and Kim Day.
April Richardson will be making prints combining drawing, painting, and collage to create layers of texture and design. http://www.aprilrichardsonartist.com
Cody A. French, known for his detailed work, will be painting with water media and drawing on birch wood panels and paper. Cody was featured in a recent Lynnwood Today column.
Kim Day will demonstrate creating jewelry with polymer clay, a thermal plastic resin, with a technique known as caning: making detailed pictures in the clay.
Artists in Action on the Edmonds Waterfront is sponsored by the Port of Edmonds, the Edmonds Arts Festival and ArtWorks to provide a unique opportunity for the community to see how artists create their work.
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The Edmonds Arts Commission sponsors two rosters of outdoor acts and concerts: The Hazel Miller Plaza Concerts and the City Park concerts.
Remember how fun it was to sit in the plaza last year, so close to sandwich shops, gelato caffe’s, and be right in the thick of things?
Hazel Miller Plaza Venue upcoming shows:
Thursday, July 9 at 5 p.m. – Rouge ~ French café music
Tuesday, July 21 at noon – Roberto the Magnificent ~ Juggling and comedy
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Sundays in City Park on the lawn sitting on lawn chairs or picnic blankets! What could be better? Here are the first two park shows of the season – but come back and check on Artfully Edmonds as we list each week’s upcoming shows:
Sunday, July 12 at 3 p.m. – Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band ~ Marches
Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. – As You Like It ~ Seattle Shakespeare Company
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July 31 ~ 8:30 p.m.
Frances Anderson Center Field
700 Main St.
Maybe you plan ahead? Well in that case, start jotting down the Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nites slate, which beings with “How to Train Your Dragon”.
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This is it for the regular season line-up for Driftwood Players and Phoenix Theatre. Tsk! Tsk! If you have missed these laughing-in-the-aisles productions!
These shows close on Sunday, June 28
“Boeing Boeing” by Marc Camoletti was the wrap up selection at Driftwood Theatre’s Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St. This very clever production was reviewed by Artfully Edmonds.
What are your neighbors saying about “Boeing Boeing”? Dr. Kevin Leach, owner of Progressive Chiropractic, says, “Just saw opening night and it was AMAZING!! I haven’t laughed that hard in a very long time!! Then from Eric Hoffman, “Very funny! Thanks for the great show!”; Mark Press adds, “EVERYONE Get Tickets! LAUGH!”
Tickets for “Boeing Boeing” are available online.
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Playing at The Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave., Firdale Village is “Epic Proportions” by David Crane and Larry Coen.
Read Artfully Edmonds’ interview with the theatre company that put exclamations like, “Colossal!” “Magnificent!” and “A Stirring Epic!” and “A Cast of Thousands!” into this summer’s vernacular.
Tickets for “Epic Proportions” are available at the online box office
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Books and Cooks!
Thursday, June 25
American Brewing Company
180 W. Dayton St.
See You There! Yes, if you want to hang out with Artfully Edmonds Thursday night between 6-9 p.m. come to American Brewing Company, where internationally-known author Simon Majumdar of “Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork” will be doing a cooking demonstration.
Plan on great laughs, local banter, and world-renowned brews!
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— By Emily HIll
Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. She also writes the “Lynnwood Lifestyle” column for Lynnwood Today. Emily is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at [email protected].