Artfully Edmonds: Get into Halloween spirit with Art Stalk Thursday, scarecrow voting

Class is in session: Holy Rosary School’s “Scarecrow 101” entry into the Edmonds Museum Scarecrow Festival.

So many Edmonds residents have been mentioning the mild weather as autumn approaches. Wonderful, isn’t it? The leaves are swirling as neighbors come and go from boisterous coffee shops along Main Street, 5th Avenue, Walnut Street and beyond.

Artfully Edmonds believes that a lot of the buzz surrounds the anticipation over the opening of Edmonds’ performance venues this month and that Art Walk Edmonds is hosting its first Art Stalk in honor of Halloween.

Let’s see what mischievous events, and what elegant events; the Edmonds arts community has in store for us this week.

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For Thursday, Oct. 16 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Hallowed Eve Happenings – Tonight!

Night at the Museum
Edmonds Historical Museum
118 5th Ave. N.

This is where I’m starting my Art Stalk: Learn how to “make your mark” as voting begins tonight for the best scarecrows in Edmonds as part of the Historical Museum’s Scarecrow Festival.

Enjoy this special after-hours viewing “witch” includes several scarecrows made by the Museum Guild.

Preview this event here.
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ScarecrowHeadScarecrow Festival Voting!

Artfully Edmonds thinks that a tradition has been established! Do you agree? Scarecrows, mannequins, and celebrity “action figures” have made appearances all over Edmonds – from Perrinville to Westgate, The Bowl to Norma Beach and into South Snohomish, thanks to the efforts of the Edmonds Historical Museum!

Anyway, drum roll please – It’s time to vote ! This is going to be howlingly hilarious! Online voting will take place at this website.

If you have questions about the contest, call 425-774-6507, the Scarecrow Hotline.

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Dance Under the Moon
With ‘Red Hot Dance’
– Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
Ombu Styling Salon and Spa
550 Main St.

Nichole Sargent and Leah Lauritzen of ‘Red Hot Dance’ show off their mojo with 30 minutes of dancing under the moon! Their invitation reads, “Don a mask, wig and /or a costume, then come to Ombu Salon + Spa to groove to the music and join the festivities.”

Nichole and Leah are the Harbor Square Athletic Club (HSAC) dance fitness instructors, so you know it’s going to be smokin’!

Refreshments served by Ombu Salon + Spa following the dancing. The Facebook link to event details can be found here.

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ART Walk Brand New June jPegArt Stalk!

Imagine the downtown streets filled with costumed dance troupes, and the Northwest’s bundled – the casual and the chic. It’s going to be a festive time as Art Stalk Edmonds’ venues offer warm hospitality, a hot dance troupe, and cold hors d’ouevres,

Map for October’s Art Stalk:
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Artfully Edmonds received the following exciting event news from these featured galleries this month. If you would like your gallery or artist-loving space to receive a mention – send your shout out to

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North Gallery Mar 2014 jPeg

Gallery North
401 Main Street

During the month of October, Gallery North presents “Transitions” featuring the work of Joyce Donaldson. Joyce Donaldson is a member of Gallery North and resident of Edmonds.

Of her work Donaldson says, “My paintings are representative of my life experiences – events, people I know and places I have visited . . . Whether I use watercolor or oil paints, my goal is always to express beauty and emotion through the use of rich colors.”

Gallery North often delights us with video clips of their artists’ work and this month is no exception. Nice presentation, yes?

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Cole Gallery ~ Black

Cole Gallery
107 5th Avenue
Paying Attentio

This cornerstone gallery delights us this month with the work of Pam Ingalls and this invitation from gallery owner, Denise Cole, “We are delighted to present a new show from internationally renowned impressionist, Pam Ingalls.”

Ingalls’ pieces will be welcomed into the gallery at an Artist Reception Thursday, Oct. 16, 5-8 p.m. and will be on exhibit in the gallery through Nov. 17.

Champagne and refreshments to be served.
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If you would like an Art Walk Edmonds spotlight on your business or gallery, drop a note letting Artfully Edmonds know the details at

From the desk of Elizabeth Calder-Martin, Director of Art Walk Edmonds, this note for Artfully Edmonds readers: “Art Walk is moving forward on structure strategy and branding.”
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Other People’s Money
By Jerry Sterner – a TIPS production

The Driftwood Players
Wade James Theatre
900 Main St.
Production Run:
Oct. 16-19
Thurs/Fri/Sat ~ 8 p.m.
Sunday ~ 2 p.m.

This Jerry Sterner production features the local talents of Sarita Benson, Melody Mistlin, David Alan Morrison, Morgan Peeler, and David Persson. Other People’s Money is directed by Ted Jaquith; co-directing and stage management is handled by Diane Jamieson.

Remember the 1991 Hollywood screenplay by the same name, written as a comedy and starring Danny DeVito? Same premise, more classic handling.

From the playbill for Sterner’s version: “When business as usual takes a turn for the worse.

Wall Street takeover artist Lawrence Garfinkle has his eye on New England Wire & Cable. Stockholders could make a bundle but what will happen to the employees and the community when he liquidates the assets?

The longtime chairman and his loyal assistant, determined to protect their company, bring in a young lawyer who specializes in fending off takeovers. This compelling drama explores whether corporate raiders are merely realists.”

Tickets: $15 for TIPS performances. Tickets are available at Driftwood Players online box office.
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Melanie Calderwood, Caitlin Francis and Asa Sholdez.

Blithe Spirit
By Noel Coward
Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, Oct. 16 ~ 8 p.m.

The Phoenix Theatre
Firdale Village
9673 Firdale Ave.

Production run: Oct. 17-Nov. 9
Fridays/Saturdays ~ 8 p.m.
Sundays ~ 2 p.m.

Finally! Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” opens tonight (Thursday) at The Phoenix Theatre Company as our Halloween Season treat. There’s not a ghost of a chance that I would miss the spirited performances of The Phoenix Theatre troupe or the zany Melanie Calderwood.

With playwright Coward haunting the 1960s black space at Firdale Village I’m expecting a “bewitching” good time and a spook-filled comedy!

Synopsis: Socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, invites the eccentric medium Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.

Madame Arcati is played by the Melanie Calderwood and Asa Shodez plays Condomine, both of whom are visited by the hauntingly beautiful Elvira, Caitlin Frances. as a distressed new wife, Ruth Condomine (Liz Smoots), tries to imagine what everyone “sees” in Elvira! “Blithe Spirits” is directed by stage-veteran Eric Lewis.

Ticket presales for The Phoenix Theatre are here.

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UPNdoorwaysBlack Box Theatre
Edmonds Community College
Saturday, Oct. 18 ~ 8 p.m.

Unexpected Productions presents Haunted Doorways every Saturday night through Nov. 1st. Be scared silly as this crowd-drawing troupe explores what lurks behind creaking doors and full moon nights.

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cascade-3Cascade Symphony
Edmonds Center for The Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Monday, Oct. 20
Pre-Concert Lecture: Dave Beck ~ 6:30 p.m.
First Concert of the 53rd Season ~ 7:30 p.m.

The Cascade Symphony will present for the first concert of its 53rd season, “Symphonic Dances”. The title work by Rachmaninoff was the composer’s final composition and is unique in its use of alto saxophone as a solo instrument.

Also included in the evening’s program will be the “Polonaise from Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky and “Poem” from At Twilight, Idyll for Orchestra by Zdenek Fibich.

The featured soloist for this concert will be violinist Angela Fuller Heyde in a performance of the Dvorak Violin Concerto, Op. 53 in A minor. Fuller Heyde is the principal second violin of the Dallas Symphony, and previously served as concertmaster of the Houston Symphony. She has performed solo works with many orchestras around the USA and participated in numerous music festivals and chamber groups. She was the 2000 winner of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition held in San Francisco.

A very limited number of tickets remain for this performance. However, even when a concert is “sold out,” there may be some tickets available on concert night from patrons returning what they cannot use. CSO will begin a wait list at 6:15 pm for people willing to wait in the lobby to see if tickets become available.

The season will continue with CSO’s popular Holiday Concert on Dec. 15, 2014. Highlights will include a performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A minor by Maestro Michael Miropolsky and concertmaster Pamela Liu, along with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and many other favorite holiday and orchestral selections.

Details about all performances and ticket prices can be found on the CSO website at

Tickets for all orchestral concerts have been selling quickly and sold out performances are anticipated. Tickets can be purchased through the Edmonds Center for the Arts box office at 425-275-9595. They are also available online at
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Edmonds Center for The Arts (ECA)
Events Line-up
410 4th Ave. N.

7306-p1931drr1u1ghd1rk7bqcavl188n83sno-isle222x150px-Wednesday, Oct. 22 ~ 6:00 p.m.

Issues That Matter: Don’t Wait for a Crisis
Healthcare Your Way

A medical crisis can hit at any age. Now is the time to plan so you can be sure to get the health care you want, even if you are unable to speak for yourself.

That is why the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition has launched a community initiative to promote advance care planning. At this forum, a panel of experts will provide advice and answer questions related to this critical issue.
Panelists Include:
Joanne Roberts, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett
Jim Steinruck, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Services of Snohomish County
Reverend Eileen Hanson, Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church

The moderator will be Ed Bremer, news and public affairs director for KSER-FM radio.

For additional information contact the ECA ticket office at 425-275-9595.
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Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson

Saturday, Oct. 25 ~ 7:30 p.m.

Richard Thompson is the next big entertainment show on ECA’s extravagant line-up this season. Nominated for “Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Honors & Awards this talented guitarist and songwriter will now doubt feature cuts from his recently released “Acoustic Classics”.

As a special treat, Vaudeville Etiquette will open for Thompson. Seattle folk-rock band Vaudeville Etiquette embraces its scope of influences, moving fearlessly from swinging roots rock, to country, jazz and blues.

You’ll want to make sure to get your tickets very soon by calling the ECA box office at 425-275-9595 or visiting the Richard Thompson online box office here.
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Coming Soon to ECA
Get Your Tickets – Now!

Thursday, Nov. 20 ~ 7:30 p.m.

Jeff Bridges and the Abiders are booked at ECA for an upcoming Special ECA Engagement!

Tickets are on sale now here or by calling the box office at 425-275-9595.

Emily ~ Square jPeg

— By Emily Hill

Emily Hill, a long-time resident of Edmonds, is the author of two novels and one short story collection. 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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