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