Don’t be surprised if you hear bells ringing this weekend during the Edmonds Saturday Market.
It’s all part of the Edmonds Historical Museum’s new Museum Plaza renovation, which is being helped along with the sale of personalized, engraved paving tiles for the patio area. And as a special incentive, everyone who purchases a tile during the Saturday Market gets to pull the clapper on the original 1890s Edmonds school bell, recently refurbished and now a permanent fixture of the new Museum Plaza.
Personalized tiles come in standard 4-inch-by-8-inch pavers and 8-inch-by-8-inch display tiles, each in either grey or terra cotta. Prices range from $100 to $1,000, with all proceeds going to support the Museum.
“We want to make sure everyone who wants to has the chance to buy a tile and leave their personal message as a permanent part of this new public space,” said Museum Board President Bill Lambert, “so we’re offering them in a range of sizes, colors and prices to fit every budget.”
Sales have been brisk since they went on sale last month, museum officials report.
“The terra cotta border tiles have been the most popular,” said sales coordinator Ann Wood. “More than two thirds are already sold, so if you want one of these you need to order soon.”
The tiles will stand as an enduring memorial, and are the perfect way to commemorate births, weddings and other special events, honor a parent, graduate, friend, mentor or even yourself.
If you can’t make it to the Market, tiles may be purchased online at the museum website or by calling 425-774-0900. And if you’ve already purchased a tile, you still get to ring the bell. Just stop by the museum during the Saturday Market, identify yourself and pull the bell rope.
“We want to install as many personalized tiles as possible in time for Edmonds gala 125th birthday celebration on Aug.11,” said Lambert. “So come on down to the market on Saturday, buy a tile, ring the bell, support the Museum and leave your mark on Edmonds.”