Artfully Edmonds: Easy tips to discover treasure

“Edmonds Main Street,” by Brooke Bercherding at Cole Gallery.

By Janette Turner

Visitors to Edmonds businesses this Labor Day weekend are encouraged to look for something usually signifying danger: the skull-and-crossbones symbol. But this weekend the warning sign indicates holiday bargains and a chance for a pirate’s ransom during the Downtown Edmonds Sidewalk Sale & Treasure Hunt. Starting Friday, visit your favorite shop for a treasure map, clues and sidewalk deals. Participating businesses include Edmonds Bookshop, Treasures & Teas, Edmonds Vitamins, and Nama’s Candy.

For more prized events in town, read on.

Opening Friday: “The Sugar Bean Sisters,” at Phoenix Theatre
Theater season opens Friday night with Phoenix Theatre’s production of “The Sugar Bean Sisters.” The Florida swamplands are home to the Nettle sisters, played by Melanie Calderwood and Susan Connors, who plan to captivate a Mormon suitor in Salt Lake City and an alien. Wackiness is promised. Tickets $18.50 for general admission, with special pricing for seniors, students and the military.

Tuesday: Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary breakfast

Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club will host Ilana Cone Kennedy at the Edmonds Yacht Club on Tuesday, 7 a.m. Kennedy is director of the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, located in Seattle. She will discuss the importance of the Center and the resources available to all, including a traveling Anne Frank exhibit.

Tuesday: Edmonds Bookshop hosts T.O. Luce

Our l’il city is the setting in the novel “Live Dogs Dead Lions,” by author T. O. Luce. Despite the references we all know and love, townsfolk may not recognize the “drug dealers, murder and deceit” in Luce’s story. Come meet Luce at the bookshop, Tuesday at 1 p.m., and test his knowledge of Edmonds.

Wednesday: Chamber networking breakfast
 Chamber guest speaker Bob Wilke

Bob Wilke

Join your local business owners and networkers at Fairwinds Brighton Court in Lynnwood on Wednesday, 7:30 a.m., for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce breakfast and remarks by guest speaker Bob Wilke of Platinum Cash Flow Solutions. Free.

From Cole Gallery website.

Wednesday: Cole Gallery advanced drawing class with Joe MacKechnie

Students in the Cole Gallery advanced drawing class with Joe MacKechnie starting Wednesday will be working with graphite, Conte, ink and pastels to create fine art drawings ready to hang on a wall. The class is recommended for those with good basic drawing skills, or students who took MacKechnie’s first series.
Advance notice: Birdfest pendant released

Cline Jewelers’ pendant based on Mona Fairbanks’ design.

Birdfest won’t land in town until September 7, but anticipation is building as Cline Jewelers releases its pendant in honor of the feathered event. Artist Mona Fairbanks designed the piece, and she took a moment to give us a head’s up.

My Edmonds News: Please tell people how you came up with the idea for the pendant.

MF: Since Birdfest is about native birds, I choose my favorite birds to do six designs of and Cline choose their favorite. I believe Cline’s is making them in small batches and will produce as needed in the future.

My Edmonds News: What are some of the highlights of Birdfest?

MF: Paul Bannick is the key note speaker (Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Library Plaza room). He is talking on “Owls of Washington” and it should be spectacular! On Saturday and Sunday, many events are going on around town in Yost Park, Pine Ridge Park to name a few, and even boat trips cruising Puget Sound. People can find events and registration at

Advance notice: Driftwood Players on the trail of a murderer

From the Driftwood Players’ website.

One of Agatha Christie’s best mysteries has been turned into the play, “Murder on the Nile,” to be presented by the Driftwood Players starting Sept. 7. The play takes place on an Egyptian steamer cruising with pampered guests, including honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy wife Kay. When Simon’s old flame appears, tragedy strikes. Without spoiling the plot, director David Alan Morrison gave us a preview.

My Edmonds News: Could you tell us about some of the performers in the play?

DAM: The performers are a wonderful mix of old and new faces: Jon Loina, previously seen in “Auntie Mame,” is back as the super-sleuth Canon Pennefather; Renee Gilbert, last seen in “Harvey,” returns as a scorned lover; Dawn Cornell, from “Harvey,” plays a haughty British woman caught up in the murders.

My Edmonds News: What is your favorite part (or line) in the play?

DAM: The play strays from Ms. Christie’s earlier works in that this play has no “known” entity as its sleuth. The role of Canon was originally written as Hercule Poirot, (but) was changed to a darker, more mysterious character when the well-known actor portraying Hercule balked at recreating the character.

My Edmonds News: Anything else you want folks to know?

DAM: The play opens on Friday, Sept 7, and plays Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds.  Sundays are at 2 p.m. and the other shows at 8 p.m.

Fall preview: Designs at Saetia

Noy Saetia’s daughters at her namesake boutique.

If you’re still not satiated by the events and treasure hunting around town, stop by Saetia, 120 5th Ave., Ste. A, to see the latest European and American designs for fall. It’s a pleasant way to ease into the new season.

Arts reporter Janette Turner is your guide to local culture. In addition to covering visual, performing and literary events for My Edmonds News, Janette is managing director of EPIC Literary Series and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee. (Photo by Jennifer McKinney)

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