It was a perfect mid-summer day for a party, attracting celebrants to the Edmonds Center for the Arts for a full day of music, films, educational displays, food and drink.
“All festivities today are free and open to the public,” said Joe McIalwain, ECA Executive Director. “It’s our way of saying thanks to the Edmonds community for its support over the past 10 years.”
It started in 2002 when the Edmonds Public Facilities District acquired the Puget Sound Christian College campus, formerly Edmonds High School, clearing the way for it to become the Edmonds Center for the Arts. After years of renovation to turn the old school auditorium into a 700-seat, state-of-the-art performance hall, the ECA held its grand opening in January 2007. Since then the Edmonds Center for the Arts has earned its place among the top performing arts venues in Washington State, attracting world-class talent and bringing big-city acts right here to Edmonds.
“To date over half a million patrons have experienced the magic of live theater, music, dance, comedy, film and other events in our theater,” added McIalwain.
But Saturday was a day to party, enjoy musical acts from bluegrass to Hawaiian, view classic cinema, and enjoy the ambiance of our very own performing arts center as it begins its second decade as a signature gem of our community.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel