Full house for annual Heritage Days dinner as museum celebrates past, present and future

John Lederer helped sell tickets for the lucky squares drawing for a new Microsoft Surface tablet. The lucky winner: Sandra Allbery!
John Lederer helped sell tickets for the lucky squares drawing for a new Microsoft Surface tablet. The lucky winner: Sandra Allbery. (Photos by Larry Vogel)

More than 200 supporters of the Edmonds Historical Museum gathered in the Holy Rosary Parish Center Friday evening to celebrate Edmonds history and raise money for future endeavors during the museum’s third annual Heritage Days gala.

Auctioneer April Brown asks for bids on "Storage Wars," a box of assorted items ranging from jewelry to restaurant certificates.
Auctioneer April Brown asks for bids on “Storage Wars,” a box of assorted items ranging from jewelry to restaurant certificates.

With a nod to the City of Edmonds’ 125th anniversary celebration Aug. 11, the museum honored two organizations celebrating milestone anniversaries this year and next — Edmonds in Bloom (20 years) and Sno-King Community Chorale (15 years) — and also recognized the 92-year-old Floretum Garden Club for its contributions to the city. (Floretum last spring was chosen as the 2015 Edmonds Citizen of the Year.)

The winner of this years pedal fire truck raffle was chosen by student essay contest winner Maura Canney, assisted by Dean Larson and emcee Teresa Wippel.
The winner of this year’s pedal fire truck raffle was chosen by student essay contest honoree Maura Canney, assisted by Dean Larson and emcee Teresa Wippel.

In addition, the museum also announced the first-place winners for its 2015 Scarecrow Festival, which drew 85 entries this year in six categories. A complete list of winners and photos can be found here.

Attendees also were treated to a fast-paced, funny performance by Edmonds’ Driftwood Players (the community theater is 57 years old this year) highlighting some of the major historical figures in town, from founder George Brackett to former Mayor James Brady to Missouri Hannah, publisher of the Edmonds Review and a leader in Washington state’s suffrage movement.

A capacity crowd of more than 200 guests and volunteers filled the Holy Rosary Parish Hall for the event.
A capacity crowd of more than 200 guests and volunteers filled the Holy Rosary Parish Hall for the event.
Barbara Chase and her son visiting from out of town chat with Frank DeMiero. DeMiero was honored for his years of efforts bringing music to the community with the annual DeMiero Jazz Fest and the Sno-King Community Choral. Chase is a long-time member of the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club, honored this year as Edmonds citizen of the year, the first time the award has been given to a group.
Barbara Chase and her son visiting from out of town chat with Frank DeMiero. DeMiero was honored for his years of efforts bringing music to the community with the annual DeMiero Jazz Fest and the Sno-King Community Choral. Chase is a long-time member of the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club, honored this year as Edmonds Citizen of the Year, the first time the award has been given to a group. In addition, Chase — a retired school teacher — helped judge this year’s museum’s essay contest for fourth graders.
Mayor Dave Earling makes his bid to support the museum.
As April Brown tracks the bids, Mayor Dave Earling raises his number to support the museum.
Wayne Purser and Edmonds Museum Director Katie Kelly share a laugh
Wayne Purser and Edmonds Museum Director Katie Kelly share a laugh
Linda and George Murray kick up their heels after a fun evening of food, auctions and entertainment.
Linda and George Murray kick up their heels after a fun evening of food, auctions and entertainment.

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