Artfully Edmonds: Scarecrow Festival registration opens, plus other fabulous October arts events


10 scarecrowArtfully Edmonds has picked out some very special arts highlights this week – kind of a potpourri of community festivals, elegant evenings and world-class stage performances.

One of the most exciting elements about Edmonds is its effortless ability to draw on events that span age ranges, entertainment budgets and style preferences – from fleece and jeans “happenings” to elegant formal occasions.

Why would you even consider staying home? Have fun! We’re flying toward an Edmonds-Kind-of-Autumn.

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Goal: 125 Scarecrows to Celebrate Edmonds 125th Anniversary Year
Thursday, Oct. 1
Registration Opens!

Yes, autumn’s march of the scarecrows has begun! This is the 3rd year that the Edmonds Historical Society will sponsor the Scarecrow Festival.

Participation in the festival involves four easy steps: (1) Gather your team (2) Build your Scarecrow (3) Register Your Scarecrow (4) Then Everybody Votes!

Join the Fun!

After you have built your scarecrow, register your team’s creation between Oct. 1-Oct. 22

Then follow the action on the Edmonds Scarecrow Festival Facebook page. Since this is the 3rd Annual Scarecrow Festival, we think a new Edmonds tradition has definitely been established.

Questions for the 3rd Annual Edmonds Scarecrow Festival are being fielded here

Remember! Voting takes place Friday, Oct. 23 to Nov. 6

As the number of scarecrows registered this year climbs toward the goal of 125 in commemoration of Edmonds’ 125th Anniversary – “Artfully Edmonds” and My Edmonds News will announce the count.

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10 2015 ECA Gala OctoberSaturday, Oct. 3
5 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.
8th Annual Red Carpet Gala
Benefiting ECA

It’s a Gala!

Celebrate and support the arts at ECA’s annual fundraising event which features the finest selection of wines, sumptuous food, plus both silent and live auctions and so much more – intended to benefit Edmonds Center for the Arts programming.

Your invitation to this luminous event is extended by the ECA Boards of Directors and the Edmonds Public Facilities District.

An elegant setting and this fun-filled evening will be enjoyed by over 250 community members, who can arrange for their gala tickets by contacting Amy Stone, Development Manager, at [email protected] or by calling 425-275-9492.

The occasion will feature local favorite celebrity John Curley, auctioneer; and attendees will enjoy bar selections by Arista Wine Cellars, and Scratch Distillery.

Jim Dever will emcee, and guitarist Andre Feriante will provide live music. The event will showcase the artwork of potter Barbara Goodfellow Childs.

Chef Shubert Ho of Shooby Doo Catering and Stadium Flowers have been called upon to complete the evening.

ECA’s Red Carpet Gala is sponsored by Fluke Corporation, The Boeing Company, Bank of Washington, Harbor Square Athletic Club, Heritage Bank, Swedish Edmonds, Chermak Construction, HomeStreet Bank and Union Bank.

Special Features

Special features of the 2015 ECA Gala include the “Patron’s Instant Wine Cellar”; and opportunities to bid on these auction packages: A Christmas Cocktail Party at Chanterelle; a Rick Steves 7-day City Tour (including airfare!); two tickets to the Jimmy Fallon Show (including airfare!); and many local-treat items available for viewing before the bidding begins

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3 Color Strewn roomSaturday, Oct. 3
9:30-4 p.m.
Dayton Street and 2nd Ave. S.
Love . . . Coming Soon!

The 12th annual “Previously Loved Art Sale” will take place at ArtWorks in downtown Edmonds on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Make this one of the first penciled dates on your October calendar with the intention to stop by ArtWorks by Edmonds-area artists.

This art sale is a very popular event and presents a great opportunity to view – all at one location – paintings, drawings, sculpture, art posters, crafts, art books and periodicals, in addition to art supplies.

There is always a wide variety of art at the sale and because the sale relies on donations, it is different every year!

Also, it’s not too late to donate your own previously loved art for the sale. Bring your donations to ArtWorks. You can drop them off  Thursday or Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or call 425-774-6049 to make an appointment for drop off. (By the way: ArtWorks is no longer accepting frames.) Donations are tax-deductible. You can donate your previously loved art any time up to and including the day of the “Previously Loved Art Sale”.

ArtWorks is a gathering place for artists offering classes, workshops and exhibit space and is supported by the Edmonds Arts Festival (EAF) and the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation (EAFF). The annual Edmonds Arts Festival held on Father’s Day weekend is the main support of the EAFF, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the arts through the cultural and educational growth of our community. In addition to ArtWorks, the EAFF also supports community and educational grants, scholarships and the EAF Museum at the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds.

For more information about this annual event, contact Meredith Arnold at ArtWorks by calling 425-774-6049.

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1 Phoenix Theatre NEW April jPegPhoenix Theatre Events You Will Not Want to Miss.
Saturday, Oct. 3
4 p.m.
Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.

The Phoenix theatre continues its By Donation Staged Readings with “The Philadelphia Story” by Phillip Barry; directed by Jane Ryan.

The cast includes:  Caitlin Frances, Susan Connors, Larry Albert, Sierra Kagan, David, Foubert, Steven Ruggles, and many more surprise new appearances plus the Usual Suspects of Phoenix Theatre thespians.

This Broadway hit starred Katherine Hepburn as Tracy Lord, the headstrong, spoiled socialite who is engaged to a successful young snob. She finds herself attracted to a reporter sent to cover her marriage–which challenges her beliefs on love and marriage.

Join the Phoenix Theatre Company members for a tea and cucumber sandwich reception after the reading that sets the stage for a 1939 wedding.

Reservations via phone: 206-533-2000.

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One Slight Hitch cast.
One Slight Hitch cast.

Thursday, Oct. 8 ~ Dress Rehearsal
Friday, Oct. 9 – Nov 1 ~ 8 p.m.
Sundays ~ 2 p.m. Matinees
Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.
8th Season
One Slight Hitch
By Lewis Black
Directed by Christine Mosere

The theatre company and director that brought you Over the River and Through the Woods and Hallalujah Girls, which played to sold-out houses in our seventh season, are back to open Season 8 with “One Slight Hitch” by Lewis Black.


This production will be unveiled during a pay-what-you-can dress rehearsal on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.

About the Director: Christine Mosere is currently Managing Director of The Phoenix Theatre. She began her directing career in New York City in 2000 and continued directing upon her move west in 2009. Her credits include working with NYC-based companies: Woman Seeking… a theatre company, Peccidillo, Primary Stages, and LaMaMa as well as directing for The Phoenix Theatre since their inaugural production of “Madness & Mayham at The Phoenix Theatre”.

Synopsis from the playbill: This wedding day romantic comedy, written by Lewis Black, takes place at the Coleman’s house—where Delia Coleman has planned the perfect wedding day for her daughter. The doorbell rings and “one slight hitch” brings about hysterical romantic zaniness.

The cast includes Pacific NW favorites Melanie Calderwood and Keith Dahlgren as Doc and Delia Coleman—the hilarious parents of the bride. Keith was recently seen at The Phoenix Theatre in Blithe Spirit and has acted in most of the Seattle professional theatres—most recently at Seattle Shakespeare Company and Seattle Public Theatre.

Also staring Simone Barron, Rebekah Dawn, Jordan Fermstad, J. Woody Lott, and Liz Adkisson Smoot.

Creative Team member include: Linda Curry, Lighting Design, Dan Jacoby, Sound Design, Jim Thompson and Christine Mosere.

Set Design was managed by Arin Larson with costume design by Lynn Jessup.

About the playwright:

Lewis Black is a graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama. As a playwright, he has authored over 40 plays that have been produced in theatres across the country. He was Playwright-in-Residence and Associate Artistic Director of the West Bank Cafe’s Downstairs Theatre Bar where many of his plays were produced. He is a well-known stand-up comic and was a weekly political commentator on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

About The Phoenix Theatre:

The Phoenix theatre believes laughter is vital to a productive and happy life. With this in mind, the Company’s mission is to actively produce dynamic, top quality entertainment emphasizing humor to illuminate our common humanity and develop a fundamental appreciation for the magic of live theater.

The Phoenix Theatre mission is to nourish the artistic vitality of the greater-Edmonds community by creating work that gives audiences an intimate theatrical experience built on community.

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van Sarajishvili
Ivan Sarajishvili, organist

Saturday, Oct. 3
7:30 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th St. S.W.
The Stavanger Cathedral Boys and Girls Choir from Norway: with Ivan Sarajishvili, organist

The choirs are directed by the husband and wife team of Oddgeir Kjetilstad and Jorunn Lovise Husan. The Stavanger Cathedral is the seat of the Norwegian State Church (Lutheran) for the Rogaland district.

For further information, call Norma Aamodt-Nelson, Minister of Music at 425 778-2159, Ext. 2203.

Directions on the website at:

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8 Artist CartoonOct 6

Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St., Edmonds.
October Art Classes at Edmonds Parks & Rec
Fall Colors in Pastel

Pastel is a wonderfully expressive medium – perfect for creating vibrant paintings of fall color!

Practice handling soft pastel while working with composition, hue, value, chroma, light and form.  A little art history, some technical stuff and a lot of fun included.

Class participants will work both from photographs and from subjects for still life.

You will receive your supply list at registration.  Register online at or at 425-771-0230.

Cost is $136 for Edmonds’ residents and $156 for non-residents.

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The Tenors
The Tenors

Event line-up for
Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.
Wednesday, Oct. 7
7:30 p.m.
The Tenors

A vocal quartet (formerly known as The Canadian Tenors) that has performed on more than 60 international television programs and has shared the stage with such performers as Sarah McLachlan, Neil Young and Paul McCartney.  The Tenors perform operatic pop music that is a mixture of classical and pop.

Ticket Watch: This concert is expected to be very popular, so you’ll want to take a moment and check on seating availability soon! Call the ECA ticket office at 425-275-9595.

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10 Singin-In-The-Rain-1952-1080p-BluRayECA

Saturday, Oct. 10
10 a.m.
Saturday Seniors!

Movie Date: “Singin In The Rain” starring Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952, USA, 103 min)

“Singin’ In The Rain” is presented as part of the series, Musicals Are Golden: A Celebration of Classic Film that includes this flick as well as a showing of “Peter Pan” on Saturday, March 3, 2016; and a Golden Era Sing-along on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

You remember the story line, don’t you? It’s Hollywood, 1927, and the silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is the toast of Tinseltown.

While Lockwood and Lamont personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life Lockwood prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden played by Debbie Reynolds.

“Singin’ In The Rain” is one of the greatest Hollywood musicals ever made filled iconic moments and classic songs.

Individual tickets as well as series tickets are available at

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Saturday, Oct. 10
7:30 p.m.
Martin Sexton on Tour
“Mixtape of The Open Road”

Take a trip down memory lane with Martin – and unforgettable experience awaits you.

Remember that mixtape your friend made you way back when – the one that’s etched in your soul? Martin Sexton’s new album Mixtape of the Open Road is that musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place.

This collection is a charm bracelet of twelve gems all strung together with the golden thread of what Rolling Stone calls his “soul marinated voice.” Sexton will perform tunes from Mixtape as well as his other fan favorites on stage at ECA.

Critically-acclaimed Sexton is a musician’s musician and prolific recording artist. His songs are intricate and spirited, covering the American musical landscape and distilling soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. His performances are dynamic and bursting with depth and have earned him a devoted following among fans, peers and critics alike.  People claim that Sexton’s songs inspire them to make a change, go cross-country, and follow their hearts; to see a crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross-section of America.

Tickets can be purchased online at, through the ECA Box Office located at 410 Fourth Avenue North, or by calling 425.275.9595.


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, register at

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Emily ~ 2015 Bio jPeg for News
— By Emily Hill

Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. She also writes the “Lynnwood Lifestyle” column for Lynnwood Today. Emily is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at [email protected].


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