Artfully Edmonds: A most memorable opening for Cascade Symphony Orchestra; Halloween in high gear

Cascade 2014 NewThis has been an exhilarating week for Edmonds’ stages with wonderful reviews coming in for both playhouses and a memorable and celebratory opening of the 53rd Season for Cascade Symphony Orchestra (CSO).

I was in the audience making new friends with frequent patrons Dorothy, Audrey and Carol as other audience members filed in, taking their seats in a performance hall electric with anticipation for Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s season opener.

“Symphonic Dances” was the program title selected by Maestro Michael Miropolsky. His engaging, comical banter continues to be one of the highlights of having him as our maestro.

Audible gasps could be heard when concertmaster Pamela Liu entered the stage and took her chair. Fans of Liu have grown accustomed to her Parisian-influenced fashion sense – matched by her exquisite mastery of the violin. For Monday night’s program, Liu wore sheer tulle lace with a balloon hem in shades of deep chocolate, over an ankle-length pencil skirt.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist Angela Fuller-Heyde was the CSO guest artist and performed the “Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53” by Antonin Dvorak. Like Liu, Fuller-Heyde attire was impeccably stylish. She wore a soft lilac shirred front cling that was as stunning as her performance, which earned an “Edmonds Kind Of” standing ovation.

In fact, the evening was marked by two standing ovations from the appreciative audience as the final notes to Sergei Racmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances, Op. 45” floated over the auditorium and the concert came to a close.

Artfully Edmonds extends heartfelt congratulations to the Cascade Symphony Orchestra on the achievement of its 53rd anniversary.

And now, on to an important CSO reminder-announcement:

rising starCascade Symphony Orchestra (CSO)
Edmonds Center for The Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Rising Star Competition
Nov. 1, 2014 application deadline

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 Rising Star Competition, which identifies uniquely talented young musicians, invites submission of applications for performances with the orchestra at its 2015 Children’s Concert.

The Rising Star competition first received Artfully Edmonds’ mention in the Sept. 24, 2014 column.

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Halloween Events
This Week

Haunted nightmare

Friday, Oct. 24
Through Friday, Nov. 1

Haunted Nightmare at the Nile
Nile Shrine Golf Center
6601 244th St. SW
Mountlake Terrace/Edmonds

If you are looking for a good scare this Halloween, then come to Haunted Nightmare at the Nile at the Nile Shrine Golf Center. Get your Big Kid Scare on Fridays and Saturdays between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. and a Candy Treat Fest for the Little Ones on Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Last Saturday night, 800 taphophiles came “looking for a good scare” according to Dave Brady, Sr., Divan of the Nile Shriner’s. “It’s our largest annual fund raising event, which last year drew over 5,000 people to our 110-acre campus,” Brady explained. The organization’s fund-raising efforts benefit the Shriner’s Hospital and other pediatric-needs endeavors.

Haunted Nightmare at the Nile is open through Friday, Nov. 1 and features several separately-themed haunted areas including a haunted house, and a “scamper” through the graveyard; maybe you’ll want to hang around the gallows, and there’s also a 3D-room, the Ballinger Asylum, and a Zombie encampment.

This year Nightmare at the Nile even features a “Fear Garden” (aka beer garden). Carnival inspired fare, trinkets, and treats are also available as attendees of the Haunted Nightmare exit the attraction.

Take a tour of Haunted Nightmare at the Nile from the comfort of My Edmonds News TV.

Tickets are available at the ticket booth as you enter the attraction. VIP tickets are $17 and advances you to the front of the line. Regular admission is $12. For additional information go to
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halloween-dance-resize-transparentBlack Box Theatre
Edmonds Community College
Saturday, Oct. 24 ~ 7:30 p.m.

Halloween Dance
by Headphone Disco

Headphone Disco is the biggest “silent party” group around, performing their unique “Two Deejay Super Show” to enthusiastic crowds around the world. Each show involves outfitting guests with their own set of wireless two-channel headphones, switching off the sound-system and having two DJ’s spin two completely different sets simultaneously from Headphone Disco’s visually enhanced stage set-up.

This experience, new to the Seattle area, is a huge hit on the East Coast and in Europe – come out to trip the light fantastic!

Ticket information: Valid EdPass required for entry. One ticket per person. eBox Office here.

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Saturday, Oct. 25 ~ 8 p.m.

Unexpected Productions presents Haunted Doorways every Saturday night through Nov. 1. It’s time to be scared silly as the comedic improv geniuses from Unexpected Productions open doors and explore what lurks behind them…Horror-Riffic Improv? We think so!
Here is what audiences are saying about this show:
“This is WAY better than a movie!”
“Oh my God! Funny!”

eTickets available here.

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Sunday, October 26
It’s a Pumpkin Carve + A Free Movie
Plus! A coloring contest!

Yes! The Halloween Extravaganza – now in its 9th year – is carving out time on the community’s Halloween events calendar for another all-inclusive treat suite, according to Wayne Purser, Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Bain Edmonds. “This is our way of giving back to the community,” he explained in an exclusive interview with Artfully Edmonds.

The brokerage, which anchors the Halloween Extravaganza, has traditionally claimed the Sunday before Halloween for its Pumpkin Carve + Free Movie + Coloring Contest which draws hundreds and this year is no exception as the brokerage ties its Scarecrow Festival entry in with the subject of its coloring contest and Free Movie! Event – all to benefit area food banks. Here’s the Halloween Extravaganza line-up:

Pumpkins! ~ 11 a.m.
4th and Dayton

You’ll want to bring the kids to the parking lot at 4th and Dayton to start their day with the popular Pumpkin Carving Competition.

Partnering with IGA, which provides up to 90 ready-to-carve – or decorate – pumpkins, Purser says of that element of the Extravaganza, “It’s the perfect activity for grandparents, aunt and uncles, parents, kids-at-heart, and kids.”

Thayer Cueter, the Frog Lady and owner of “Just Frogs, Toads Too,” will be on hand to entertain the children and their families, and teach participants all about the amphibian world . . . . But! . . . There’s more!

Free Movie! ~ 1 p.m.
Edmonds Theater
415 Main Street

The Edmonds Theater is treating kids and their families to the 1982 classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Purser reminisces on the Free Movie! component of the event from year’s past, “The year that the Halloween Extravaganza showed the movie, ‘Ghostbusters,’ parents in the audience exited the theater commenting how much they enjoyed being able to share a movie from their own childhood with their children in a theater setting.”

E.T. Coloring Contest!

There’s even a coloring contest. Completed entries will be accepted at Coldwell Banker Bain, 108 5th Ave. S.

The deadline for entry into the E.T. Coloring Contest is close-of-business Thursday, Oct. 30.

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ScarecrowHeadScarecrow Festival
Edmonds Historical Museum!

Voting has begun!

Dave Buelow, Edmonds Historical Museum volunteer, informs My Edmonds News that over 90 entries were received in this year’s Scarecrow Festival. Artfully Edmonds thinks that a tradition has been established!

Online voting is taking place – now! — at this website.

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

Village Theatre
Everett Performing Arts Center
Friday, Oct. 31 ~ 8 pm
Plays through Nov. 23

In The Heights
by Lin-Manuel Miranda

From the Broadway Playbill: A new hip-hop musical celebrating the community of Washington Heights.

Story: Usnavi runs a bodega with the help of his cousin, Sonny, and lusts after Vanessa, who dreams of escaping to the West Village.

Meanwhile, Nina Rosario has dropped out of Stanford and seeks solace in the arms of her childhood friend, Benny.

When someone wins the lottery, it appears that everyone’s dreams might finally come true – except that Washington Heights isn’t so easy to leave behind.

Purchase your tickets online.
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The Phoenix Theatre
Firdale Village
9763 Firdale Ave.

Playing through Sunday, Nov. 9
Fridays/Saturdays ~ 8 p.m.
Sundays ~ 2 p.m.

Blithe Spirit
by Noel Coward

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.

Artfully Edmonds’ review of Blithe Spirit can be found here.

Tickets for Blithe Spirit are available here.
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Friday, Oct. 24 ~ 6-9 p.m.

A Taste of History
Heritage Days Gala
Event: Holy Rosary Church
630 7th Ave. N.

Heritage Days Oct 24I hope you have your ticket to “A Taste of History,” the Heritage Days Gala, which promises to be a sparkling event benefiting the Edmonds Historical Museum capital projects fund.

Besides speakers Nancy Leson, celebrity columnist, and Mayor Dave Earling, the evening’s festivities will include an auction, raffles, hors d’oeuvres, beverages, an elegant dinner, dessert selections and music.

Details of this exciting event were covered by My Edmonds News in this article.

Ticket availability updates are at 425-774-0900, or you may inquire about tickets at the Edmonds Historical Museum, 118 Fifth Ave. N. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday between 1 and 4 p.m..

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Saturday, Oct. 25 ~ 1 pm

Northwest Junior Pipe Band (NJPB)
St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
722 N. 145th St, Shoreline

Bragging on beer, bratwurst, bargains, and bagpipes the NJPB throws down the hospitality and picks up their pipes this Saturday at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church.

It might get rowdy, it will be fun!
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Sunday, Oct. 26 ~ 7 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood

Reformation Day Hymn Festival
Free Lecture and Concert

Thomas Harper will present a pre-concert lecture, Remembering the Reformation: Luther’s faith in the Word of God exposes the world of clericalism in the 16th century at 6 p.m.

“ReSound” conducted by Dr. Stephen Marshall-Ward with combined church choir singers from Trinity Lutheran Church and the greater Lynnwood area will perform hymns from Martin Luther’s repretoire.

“ReSound” is an 11-voice chamber group in-residence at the church. This group joins with Cantabile of Skagit Valley to present concerts in Anacortes, Mt Vernon, and the Mill Creek/Lynnwood area.

For further information, call Dr. Norma Aamodt-Nelson, Minister of Music, 425-778-2159 , Ext. 2203 or check the website.

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

News of upcoming shows and attractions being added to the season’s bill are coming at us fast and furious from ECA’s news and information office, like these immediately upcoming shows:

Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson

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

Richard Thompson, Guitarist

From the Playbill: Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters.

He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic- from the Americanas in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards, and the prestigious Ivor Novellos.

In 2011 Thompson was the recipient of the OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Most recently he was nominated for “Artist of the Year” by the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

As a special treat Vaudeville Etiquette will open for Richard Thompson. Seattle folk-rock band Vaudeville Etiquette embraces their 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 on-line box office here.

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Authors and Poets Podium

rumbleJanette Turner, who manages the program and activities of EPIC Group Writers, sends in a dispatch this week regarding the publishing achievement of one of the EPIC members.

Kathryn White, who discovered EPIC Group writers while attending the “Write On The Sound” conference several years ago, has just published her book, “Rumble Tumble Joy”.

With the prompt, “Isn’t it time to love your body?” White explains the motivation behind her book, “Society sets impossible standards for women and girls today.

“Denigrations such as “saddlebags,” “cankles,” “chicken neck” and “thigh gap” have become common and increase female body shame and disgust. Anorexia, bulimia, bullying and cosmetic plastic surgery have increased as females attempt to meet distorted, digitally-manipulated images of female perfection.” These are among the topics explored in this book, sold at major book outlets.

To follow Kathryn’s podium moments, follow her at her Facebook page.

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slide-image-1Northwest BookFest Writers Conference

Northwest University

Saturday and Sunday,
Nov. 1 and 2

Guiding through publishing sixty workshops sell, promote, lunch provided

New York Times best-selling author Robert Dugoni invites Northwest writers to the 2014 Northwest BookFest Writers Conference to be held in Kirkland at Northwest University.

The BookFest theme, “Guiding You Through Publishing,” offers 60 workshops on the craft of writing, promoting, and selling your manuscript. This event supports Northwest Literacy.

“Lunch in provided in your registration so stay and network!” Dugoni invites. For more information about the fast-approaching conference visit ‪ Contact point for this event is Sean McVeigh, email address:

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Calendars by Local Photography Artist


Randall J Hodges announces this week that his 2015 calendar is now available at his Photography Gallery, 317 Main St.

— By Emily Hill

Emily ~ Square jPeg

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

  1. Wow, Emily! What a great description of the opening concert season. And, I was amazed that you remembered my name and those of my friends. It was a delight to meet you.

  2. Dorothy! There you are ;D
    Thank you for finding your way to my arts and events column; and for the pleasure of your company.
    See you at the next concert!

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