Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival generates $40,000 for good works

Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival Chair Matt Smith with committee members Sophie Hamilton, Libby Freese, Kristi Ratliff and Rotary president Lamin Manneh.

The noontime Rotary Club of Edmonds received good news at its Tuesday meeting. Matt Smith, chair of the June Waterfront Festival, reported that the combination of good weather and hard-working Rotarians and other volunteers resulted in one of the best years ever for the festival, which netted about $40,000.

The money will be used for local scholarships, to support the YWCA’s Trinity Place transitional housing, and other local and international Rotary projects, the club said.

Caption for attached photo of Edmonds Rotary Club Waterfront Festival leaders:

Matt Smith, chair of the Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival with committee members (left to right) Smith, Sophie Hamilton, Libby Freese, Kristi Ratliff and Rotary president Lamin Manneh

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    I had a desire about 20 years ago,

    to learn to play jazz on pedal steel guitar.

    That dream has come to fruition,

    and I perform fairly regularly,

    with my jazz quartet at various venues,

    and people just love it. In fact we played this

    week at Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club in Seattle.

    We would love to perform at your Edmonds Waterfront Festival

    this year or in coming years. You can hear our music at:


    This is one of a kind.

    No one else plays jazz on

    pedal steel guitar like this.

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