Festival CAFE! The early bird gets . . . a wine and cheese reception

CAFE logoWine! Cheese! Great conversation — and you’re invited!

How long has it been since you’ve attended an exclusive wine and cheese reception, complete with stimulating conversation at a premier Edmonds location?

Well, the founders of the Creative Age Festival of Edmonds (CAFE), which is celebrating its inauguration into the Edmonds calendar, are extending a very special “insiders” reception for the first 75 festival enthusiasts to sign up for all three segments of the April 15-16 festival.

Imagine a full weekend intended to steering participants toward an enlivened, exciting and engaged period of your life – the “creative age” – all for just $75.

CAFE is a new arts, community engagement, and wellness event at which retirement-age individuals, committed to a vibrant lifestyle, will learn techniques, skills, and activities to enhance their lives. You can learn more about how it began in this prior feature.

What does the festival offer? CAFE co-founder Dick Van Hollebeke says it’s “an opportunity to re-connect with that wonderful child-like side of yourself that you may have set aside. Saturday is a day of playing and interacting with great creative instructors.”

Although $75 buys the full spectrum of CAFE activities, if your weekend has already been partially booked, there are attractive single-ticket options at $35 or $55. The festival will feature three main events:

Friday, April 15
4 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, TV personality, author and Yale-educated sociologist, will keynote the festival on the topic, “Love and Intimacy in Midlife and Beyond” [single-ticket price $35]

Friday, April 15
7:30 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra along with legendary composer Bill Holman will present compositions written for Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Count Basie and will include this grand composer’s arrangements, “Flirt,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and “Just Friends.” [single-ticket price $35]

Saturday, April 16
7:45 a.m. ~ Registration begins
8:45 a.m-5:15 p.m. ~ Workshops and discussion
Frances Anderson Center

[single-ticket price for a full day of workshop sessions: $35]

Classes and Workshops! Time to get creative – mix and match x 5. Festival organizers have structured five time slot/sessions worth of classes and workshops for Saturday with a wide array of exciting choices in each time slot.

Festival organizers have attracted the attention of many civic leaders, experts on travel and noted celebrities. Mayor Dave Earling will join others in speaking on the topic, “Community Volunteerism: Using your time and talents to help others,” and Edmonds Community College President Dr. Jean Hernandez will participate in a panel on “Lifelong Learning: Making the most of your life.”

Session 1: Maybe it’s time to abandon that recliner in front of the television and enjoy a sampling of folk dance, yoga, Pilates – or do some light barre work.

The first session of the morning also includes a choice of writing, photography, travel skill tips and mindfulness training – and we’re just getting started, it’s still morning!

You choose which class within Session 1 inspires your creativity and engagement.

Session 2 choices focus on lifelong learning as a panel of experts share information about programs and opportunities available to “enthusiastic adult learners,” including low-cost classes at area colleges and universities.

The second session also offers the choice of “Volunteer Travel for Boomers,” “Happiness is an Inside Job,” “Higher Ground: Soulful Secrets of the Negro Spirituals” and classes on jazz, yoga and going digital.

Session 3 options include topics of community volunteerism: making your personal story come to life; capturing memories through sketches and watercolor; assessing your past accomplishments with a look forward to your next achievements; music appreciation – and an introduction to PiYo.

Session 4 brings attendees “Aging is a Laughing Matter” and workshops on traveling with a mobile device; creating a memory box; learning to write your own song and an introduction to Zumba.

The last of the five time slots provides a choice between blogging to share your own story; caretaking you – the caretaker; writing poems about your life; “unleashing your artistic imagination” in plant art; Young at Heart: A Laugh-In Experience” and finally – Red Hot Dance!

The beauty of the festival is that although each separate segment costs $35 – one can choose two segments and pay only $55 – or partake in the full array of impressive workshop choices and entertainment offerings for only $75.

More details, registration forms and answers to questions about this new Edmonds festival are available at www.creativeagefestival.org.

— By Emily Hill


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