Edmonds Museum fundraiser draws capacity crowd and highlights ‘Best Scarecrow’ winners

Keynote speaker Rick Steves reminisced about growing up in Edmonds, how the town has changed over the years, and what a special place it is. "We have a rich heritage in Edmonds," he said, "and we're fortunate to have the Museum to preserve and celebrate it."
Keynote speaker Rick Steves reminisced about growing up in Edmonds, how the town has changed over the years and what a special place it is. “We have a rich heritage in Edmonds,” he said, “and we’re fortunate to have the Museum to preserve and celebrate it.”

Updated with a link to photos of Best Scarecrow winners

It was a festive Friday night in Edmonds’ Holy Rosary parish hall as more than 200 guests gathered for an evening of delicious food, music and fun, and to hear speaker Rick Steves. The event was the first Heritage Days Benefit to raise funds for needed building improvements and programs at the Edmonds Historical Museum. Judging from the enthusiasm of the guests and organizers, it’s sure to become an annual event.

Guests inspect silent auction items ranging from vacation getaways to original art to automobile detail service.
Guests inspect silent auction items ranging from vacation getaways to original art to automobile detail service.

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, a variety of excellent wines, dinner prepared by The Rusty Pelican, silent and live auctions, and live music provided by the Edmonds-Woodway High School Warrior String Quartet. Over dinner, they heard Rick Steves reminisce about growing up in Edmonds, and why this is such a special place to him.

“We have so much in Edmonds,” Steves said. “One of my greatest joys in traveling is that I get to come home to this very special place.”

Museum board member Dave Buelow is assisted by Jason Conner in announcing the winners of the scarecrow competition.  Conner, in full scarecrow regalia, plays the scarecrow in the Driftwood Players' upcoming "Wizard of Oz" production at the Wade James Theater.
Museum board member Dave Buelow is assisted by Jason Conner in announcing the winners of the scarecrow competition. Conner, in full scarecrow regalia, plays the scarecrow in the Driftwood Players’ upcoming “Wizard of Oz” production at the Wade James Theater.

The festivities included the culmination of the Edmonds Scarecrow competition, with the presentation of the awards for the best scarecrows. You can see them all on the Museum webpage. The winners are:

Best in Bowl:
Winner: Windermere Real Estate
Runner-Up: Edmonds Conference Center

Best Outside Bowl:
Winner: Edmonds Veterinary Hospital
Runner-Up: Char Garrett, CPA

Residential:
Winner: Steve, Heather, Matthew and Amanda Margo
Runner-Up (Tie) Gayle Crawford
Runner-Up (Tie) Shannon and Kevin Black

Museum board member Greg Jorgensen oversaw the raffle of the pedal fire truck.  Because the raffle winner, Lee Power of Edmonds, was not present at the event, Jorgensen pulled out his cell phone at the podium and called Powers at home to announce he'd won.
Museum board member Greg Jorgensen oversaw the raffle of the pedal fire truck. Because the raffle winner, Lee Power of Edmonds, was not present at the event, Jorgensen pulled out his cell phone at the podium and called Powers at home to announce he’d won.

Guest speaker Steves also drew the winner of a pedal-powered fire truck raffle, the proceeds of which will help find a permanent home for the Edmonds Fire Department’s antique fire truck. The winner was Lee Power of Edmonds.

But despite all the fun, in the end Heritage Days was a fundraiser, and by all indications it was wildly successful in this.

“The event is exceeding all our expectations,” said Bill Lambert, president of the Museum Board. “We originally planned on 200 guests, but demand was overwhelming and all tickets sold out. We added three additional tables at the last minute, but there were still people we couldn’t accommodate.”

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

The Edmonds-Woodway History Club was there to inform guests about their oral history project.  Club members are actively interviewing Edmonds residents to learn first-hand about the history of our town.  L to R, Faculty Advisor Geoff Bennett, Patrick Hopper, Brian Webster, and Connor Cameron.
The Edmonds-Woodway History Club was there to inform guests about their oral history project. Club members are actively interviewing Edmonds residents to learn first-hand about the history of our town. L to R, Faculty Advisor Geoff Bennett, Patrick Hopper, Brian Webster, and Connor Cameron.
The final event of the evening was a dessert scramble in which tables bid against each other for the privilege of first pick at the dessert table. Here, John Rubenkonig shows off his prize
The final event of the evening was a dessert scramble in which tables bid against each other for the privilege of first pick at the dessert table. Here, John Rubenkonig shows off his prize

2 Replies to “Edmonds Museum fundraiser draws capacity crowd and highlights ‘Best Scarecrow’ winners”

  1. My granddaughter and I thoroughly enjoyed making and entering the scarecrow contest. We are interested to know how many votes Cap’n Straw Bones got. Also could a person vote more than once or only once total? Hopefully you will do this next year. Thanks for doing this. Karen and Lauren

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