Artfully Edmonds: It’s an “Edmonds Kind of Sky” on the 4th of July!

Reminder: My Edmonds News TV will be streaming Live on the Fourth! Going home to grab sunscreen and a sandwich? Tune in to My Edmonds News TV for a different angle on the festivities! 

All of the day’s activities are outlined at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce website.
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Lonnie Flowers
Lonnie Flowers: “Man in a flower-filled boat”

Artists In Action
Port of Edmonds ~ 336 Admiral Way

Sunday, July 6 ~ 1-3 p.m.

As the sparkle of fireworks fades, I can’t imagine a more pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon than strolling the Edmonds waterfront taking in both our beautiful coastline and also the art of talented artists who showcase their craft on designated Sundays at “Artists in Action”.

This Sunday features artists:

Angela Bandurka ~ water-soluble oil painting ~

Joan Bowers ~ creating Lumen Prints ~

Janis Graves ~ still-life painting ~

Lonni Flowers ~ working with watercolors ~

Flowers offers the following bio to her many fans and followers: “Lonni Flowers recently moved to the Northwest from Central California where her artwork was recognized for the use of vivid colors, winning numerous state and local awards. Flowers’ work hangs in many private collections both in the US and internationally.

She teaches watercolor, silk, and acrylic painting which has served to expand her style and broaden her subject matter to include explorations in abstraction, flora, fauna, and landscape techniques.

Flowers believes art should contain some mystery which creates a conversation between the artist and the viewer.”

To keep up with ArtWorks’ many programs, visit their website or email Meredith Arnold, Director ~ ArtWorks at
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Actors on Gilligan’s Island stage

Phoenix Theatre ~ “Comedy without all the drama!”
9673 Firdale Avenue
Gilligan’s Island – A Parody
One Weekend Only: Friday/Saturday July 11/12 ~ 8 p.m.
Sunday July 13 ~ 2 p.m.

For the fourth fund-raiser summer in a row, veteran director Eric Lewis will oversee the production of “Gilligan’s Island – A Parody” – this year the stage is set at the Phoenix Theatre.

But, the Firdale Village theatre wasn’t always the backdrop for Lewis and his thespian contemporaries. See the upcoming weekend feature in “My Edmonds News” to learn more about this response to “Shakespeare In The Park” summer productions.

The show runs for one weekend only – Friday through Sunday, July 11-13. I’ll be in the opening- night audience. See you there!

Delays have dangerous ends – so you will want to get your tickets now! Tickets for Gilligan’s Island are available here or by calling the box office: 206-533-2000
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10425507_826402087378269_2306568295604887950_nWade James Theatre
950 Main Street

Friday/Saturday, July 11/12 ~ 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 ~ 2 p.m.

Festival of Shorts
AKA “World Premier x 8”
Produced by Diane Jamieson

Lively – even rowdy – audience participation is expected as the Driftwood Players present its 5th “Festival of Shorts”. In 15-minute bursts the works of eight select playwrights will be performed in three productions as audiences vote for their Fave Production. Which playwright will grab the gold ring from this year’s line-up? Be in the know attend the 2014 Festival of Shorts: World Premier x 8”.

Tickets for the 2014 Festival of Shorts are available here or by visiting the box office at 306 Main St., Suite L110 (Lower Level). Call for box office hours, or additional information at 425-774-9600.
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Edmonds-area classic car enthusiasts have two noteworthy shows this weekend – and there’s no need to miss either one!

Each of our car shows offer opportunities for the community to contribute to deserving charities – food banks and youth programs.

iStock for MEN ~ July 12 ClassicCarClassic Car Show!
Dick’s Drive In parking lot
21910 Highway 99, Edmonds

Early Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 8
Event: Saturday, July 12 ~ 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

It’s going to be an early start for classic car aficionados, according to Al Rutledge, “Classic Car Show!” committee member. Early registration is $20 with a Tuesday, July 8 deadline. Not sure it won’t rain – and it turns out to be the perfect day to show off your classic car to the hundreds of classic car fans? I can almost guarantee good weather but last-minute entrants are welcome and can register on site the morning of the car show for $25.

The Classic Car Show has featured up to 40 classic cars in past years.

“All local food banks will benefit from the proceeds of this event,” Rutledge, past co-chair of the food bank drive, tells Artfully Edmonds. Mr. Rutledge has long been known for his commitment to Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood food banks.

Rutledge can be reached with questions about the event at 425-776-7130.
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concoursConcours d’Elegance at the Wood

Gala Auction: Friday, July 11
Car Show: Saturday, July 12 ~ 1 p.m.

The tour of classic cars continues in the afternoon, in Lynnwood, with “Concours d’Elegance at the Wood”. Coverage of this premier car show (and its kick-off gala auction is detailed in My Edmonds News at:
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Music ♫ and Movies!!
On the streets, and in the parks

Hazel Miller Plaza
5th Ave. S. and Maple Street

Plaza Concerts!

Visit this charming pride-of-Edmonds plaza situated on the historic Old Milltown site. What makes this gather spot so ideal is that it is adjacent to The Cheesemonger’s Table (for wine and cheese, sandwiches and chips, and more!) and across the street from Café Louvre for a quick-dash for lattes and a nice selection of pastry case delectable desserts.

Tuesdays beginning July 22, through August ~ noon
Thursdays beginning July 10, through August ~ 5 pm

The Winterlings
The Winterlings

Thursday, July 10 ~ The Winterlings specializing in indie folk. Want a preview? Visit their website.
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Big Band
85th Street Big Band

Edmonds City Park
3rd Ave. S. and Pine Street

Concerts in the Park

No-rain Sundays throughout August ~ 3 p.m.

Spread your blanket on the grass, break out the picnic basket, and let the kiddies run free while you enjoy what’s happening on stage at the Edmonds City Park open-music venue.

Sunday, July 13 ~ 85th Street Big Band will perform classic Big Band Music
The full summer line-up can be found at the Edmonds Arts Commission website.

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“Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nites”

Frances Anderson Center Playfield
700 Main St.

Friday, July 25 ~ at dusk (around 9 p.m.)

“Blockbuster hits on a giant inflatable screen” ~ yes, that IS what the playbill reads! Sounds imaginative, sounds silly, sounds spectacular!

Remember walking through the parked cars to the Refreshment Stand at drive-in movies “back in the day”? Well, those days are not completely a thing of the past. Refreshments are sold at “Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nites” as the movie reel rolls forward and the night sky provides a perfect summer backdrop.

The Croods will kick off this season’s line-up of flicks. This film stars such notables as Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds. You’re a grandparent, like me? Maybe its time for a sleep-over and this fun activity is a possibility? Jog your memory of the storyline here.
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Puppet Palooza
Puppet Palooza

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.

Summer Performing Arts Camp for ages 7-11

“Zambini Brothers “Puppet Palooza!”

Puppet Palooza! is a week of hands-on exploration of a variety of puppet styles – where recycled materials and found objects become “junk puppet” characters! Students will learn sock, rod, and hand-and-shadow puppetry techniques. With the stories they create, they will rehearse and perform for family and friends in an end-of-week performance.

Tuition for the five-day camp experience is $200. To reserve your child’s (or grandchild’s) spot call the ECA box office at 425-275.9595.


ECA 5+ Show Packs and 8+ Show Packs

Available Monday, July 7 ~ noon

YaY! It seems that I’ve waited so long for Monday, July 7 to arrive so that I can grab two 5+ Show Packs for next season’s ECA line-up. Which five shows should I choose? The variety is so vast and exciting!

Let’s compare show cards in the Artfully Edmonds comments section. At this point I’m going with the following 5-show selection: Seattle International Comedy Competition Nov. 19; Ahn Trio on Jan. 9; Jesse Cook for Feb. 6; and of course, being a Nawlins’ gal I’m choosing Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience for the Mardi Gras season; and finally – last but not least – I’m choosing The Capitol Steps.

You think maybe I should go with the 8+ Pack? That’s what I’m thinking.

I’ll be calling 425-275.9595 at noon this Monday to secure my choices!
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Hawaiian performers
Hawaii comes to Edmonds July 15

A Night of Hawaiian Slack Key and Ukulele
Friday, July 25 ~ 7:30 pm

Highlights on the ECA horizon include this week’s reminder that Keoki Kahumoku and Kalei Gamiao will be performing later this month on Edmonds’ main performance stage.

Captivating ukulele artist, Kalei Gamaio, will join Keoki Kahumoku, slack-key guitarist and five-time Grammy award winner during this memorable show.

Fifth generation slack-key guitarist Keoki Kahumoku began performing with his father, George Kahumoku, Jr., and his uncle, Moses Kahumoku, in 1990 on the Big Island of Hawaii. In 1992, Keoki and his family moved to the Island of Maui, to perform at the Westin Maui in Ka’anapali.

Keoki began teaching ukulele with informal lessons, then progressed to ‘ukulele and slack-key guitar workshops and formal lessons throughout the state of Hawaii and on the mainland. Keoki’s vision of preserving the musical tradition through teaching now reaches an even wider audience, with his recently released instructional DVD, Introduction to Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar.

When not on the road or teaching, you can find Keoki farming his land, hunting with his dogs or tending his mountain pua’a. Equally comfortable cooking for a crowd or performing for them, Keoki draws inspiration from his roots. Like his father, Keoki’s performance is as much about his relaxed, engaging “talk story” as it is about his wide Hawaiian repertoire. George Jr. said that his son “has a passion for Hawaiian music in all its forms.” This passion is evident as Keoki continues to teach and share Hawaii’s music and culture.

Playing his ukulele like it will one day rule the world, Kalei Gamiao mesmerizes audiences with imaginative musicality and flawless execution. This soft spoken young man can silence a talkative crowd as he delicately picks or fires away at his simple four-stringed instrument. Captivated by his skill and the ukulele’s versatility, expressions like “I was floored” or “He had me at the edge of my seat” are familiar responses from first-time listeners who eagerly fall under the power of Kalei’s ukulele. His ability to create sounds that are incredibly rich and full are even more amazing when you consider he only has two octaves to work with. Award-winning ukulele master Herb Ohta, Jr. sums it up best: “Kalei’s music and ukulele prowess will take the ukulele to new heights!”

Kalei’s renditions of Bill Withers’ classic “Ain’t No Sunshine,” the popular “Office Theme,” and Jon Forman’s “Only Hope” showcase his creativity and flawless technique. His originals and innovative arrangements combine jazz, rock, and pop, and demonstrate his power to transform and redefine the ukulele as we know it.

Tickets to Keoki Kahamoku & Kalei Gamiao: $24, $29 & $34, $15 youth/student, 10% discount for seniors and military.

Call the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595, go online at or visit the ECA box office in person at 410 Fourth Ave. N.

ECA is a proud member of TeenTix, and offers $5 tickets to teens at the Box Office on the day of the performance, pending availability. To become a TeenTix member, pre-register at
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Hawaiian Summer Keiki Camp
Monday, July 21 to Friday, July 25

During their stay in Edmonds, both Keoki Kahumoku and Kalei Gamiao will lead a week-long summer day camp for students ages 7-11, called Hawaiian Summer Keiki Camp.

Camp participants will work directly with the artists to explore Hawaiian culture through ukulele, hula dancing, language, song and games. Students will also have the opportunity to join Kahumoku and Gamiao onstage in their public performance at ECA on the evening of Friday, July 25, showcasing the music and cultural performance pieces they have learned.

Hawaiian Summer Keiki Camp runs Monday to Friday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm, and is $200/student. To register, visit, or contact Gillian Jones, Education & Outreach Manager, at or 425-275-9483.
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Emily ~ Square jPegEmily Hill is an author and long-time resident of Edmonds. She is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or venue featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at

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