Artfully Edmonds: Holiday gift shows and events eclipse Edmonds art scene

The Gothard Sisters, hometown favorites, return with their holiday show.
The Gothard Sisters, hometown favorites, return with their holiday show.

This week, most columnists are reflecting on the topic of gratitude. In keeping to that theme, Artfully Edmonds adds her own thoughts on the eve of Thanksgiving:

Thank you to all of the artists, thespians, entertainers, photographers and buskers who enliven Edmonds with the sparkle and energy that make this charming little city the region’s hot spot for every art form.

A nod of gratitude to the patrons of the arts – and that includes not only the well-heeled, but also the tireless legions of volunteers who work behind the scenes planning the events that have become rich traditions – many of which span the half-century mark.

To the innovators of Art Walk Edmonds, Unclad, the Scarecrow Festival and all of the other arts events that have taken wing since I began writing for My Edmonds News: Your contributions are significant to this community.

We are fortunate to have civic generosity that makes Edmonds arts available to every family – without exception.

In my 4th year as Artfully Edmonds’ columnist, I’m confident that the Edmonds art scene will continue to thrill, delight and inspire – and My Edmonds News will be right here bringing the backstory of this community’s achievements to your online desktop.

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Event Highlight

Sell Out Alert!

Thursday, Dec. 8

7:30 p.m.

The Gothard Sisters
3rd Annual Christmas in Edmonds

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Remember when The Gothard Sisters were in their K-12 years and performing as buskers at the Edmonds Summer Market?

Well, they have taken wing, seen the world and for the third year in a row are returning to Edmonds with a spectacular holiday show. What lovely ambassadors they are!

Their early December program, slated for ECA, will be filled with Celtic music, dance and fun for the whole family.

Expect a polished world-class show as Greta, Willow and Solana are winners of Best New Irish Artists in the Sixth Annual Irish Music Awards (2012). Attesting to their star power, the trio’s “Hummingbird” performance on YouTube has gathered over 47,000 views over the past year.

Tickets to see The Gothard Sisters at ECA are available online at this link.

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Friday, Nov. 25
8 p.m.

Driftwood Players at
Wade James Theatre Presents:
950 Main St.

Mr. Scrooge
By Richard Morris, Delores Claman, and Ted Wood

Hardhearted Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas and is visited successively by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, gets ‘An-Edmonds-Kind-of’ theatrical treatment thanks to the genius of music director Mark Press along with Kylie McKenzie Soder.

Based on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, the added dimensions of scoring give this Driftwood Players production a fresh and intriguing presentation in this grand story of redemption.

Steampunk, staging, and spirits!

The Driftwood Players – in all their cleverness – sell out their holiday productions year after year. Perfect for date nights for any age group, or to cap off family celebrations.

Don’t make missing this show your own regret of Christmas Past.

Visit the Driftwood Players online box office to grab a stack of tickets for Mr. Scrooge

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Local musician, Nick Baker, will appear in Bellingham this weekend. Northbound? This is a special treat, worth the trip.
Local musician Nick Baker will appear in Bellingham this weekend. Northbound? This is a special treat, worth the trip.

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Sunday, Nov. 27
Following the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Celebration of mass

Wreath Making for Advent

Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Pastoral Center
7th Ave. at Aloha St.

A $15 donation-request for art supplies is all that is being asked for this wreath-making class sponsored by Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Artfully Edmonds believes this event makes it to the list for the cleverest of community-minded events this week.

Sound fun? Contact Roberta at or call 425.778-3122 for information about this event.

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Wednesday, Nov. 30
7 p.m.


All I Want For Christmas

A Church Christmas

Alderwood Community Church
3400 Alderwood Mall Blvd. ~ Lynnwood

Alderwood Community Church is producing the inaugural show, All I Want for Christmas as part of its traditional holiday music and talent event, adding to the Edmonds-area observation of the holidays.

The event is free, but reservations are required. Admission is available via a ticket link launch from this site.

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Yes! "Sister" is coming to town!
Yes! “Sister” is coming to town!

Sell Out Alert!

Wednesday, Nov. 30
7:30 p.m.

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4TH Ave. N.

Sister’s Christmas Catechism
The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold

Easily subtitled, “CSI: Bethlehem” this laugh-a-thon holiday event is just one more jewel in the crown for the creators of Late Nite Catechism.

In this rendition, Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?

Retelling the story of the nativity (as only Sister can) and employing her own scientific tools, with assistance from the choir of Mountlake Terrace High School, as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen.

Tickets to see Sister are available through ECA ticket outlets by calling 425-275-9595 or visiting the ECA ticket link.

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Thursday, Dec. 1
5-6:30 p.m.

Empty Bowls – A Tradition!

Meadowdale High School Great Hall (entrance nearest flagpole)
6002 168th St. S.W. ~ Lynnwood

Imagine! Through the program Empty Bowls, the Meadowdale High School community has been helping people in Lynnwood who do not have enough to eat for the past 10 years.

Donations sought

This year’s fundraising efforts culminate with a community feed of delicious, heart-warming soup, with all the fixings, before the screening of “12 Angry Jurors.” All proceeds from the community dinner benefit the Lynnwood Food Bank.

“Eat! Drink! …. And Be Friendly,” organizers invite.

For more information about this tradition contact

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Thursday, Dec. 1
7:30 pm

Edmonds Symphonic Choir
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th St. S.W. ~ Lynnwood

The EdCC symphonic choir is slated to perform at Trinity Lutheran Church. The choir’s mesmerizing sound is featured in this YouTube video.

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Uma Thurman in an iconic mug for the 1994 action-thriller "Pulp Fiction"
Uma Thurman in her iconic pose for the 1994 action-cult-thriller “Pulp Fiction”

Thursday, Dec. 1
7:30 p.m.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

ECA Film Cabaret
410 4th Ave. N.

ECA’s Film Cabaret Series continues with Quentin Tarantino’s cult film Pulp Fiction (1994).

6:30 Happy Hour

Each film cabaret has featured live entertainment; this time flick fanatics will be entertained by Migs Cat [aka Miguel Galindo] & The Galaxytone Playboys, performing vintage-inspired surf and rockabilly music. Their vintage-inspired, echo-drenched twangy rockabilly roots and spooky blues will fill the performance center as Carl Ray (Fender bass), Galindo and guest musicians start the show by sharing the happy hour setting.

Synopsis for Pulp Fiction, for those who just landed on planet Earth:

A pair of low-rent hit men, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), are sent out to collect a stolen briefcase for their mob boss employer, Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames).

Having proven himself worthy, Wallace entrusts Vincent to entertain his wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), while he is out of town. Meanwhile, Wallace has paid off aging boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) to throw his next fight.

The lives of these wildly entertaining characters intertwine with unexpected and violent consequences. This film is rated R. Children under the age of 17 will not be admitted without adult supervision.

Ticket booth.

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Only The Phoenix Theatre comedy troupe could pair Death-and-Christmas! A must-see from this Firdale Village troupe of comedy artists.
Only The Phoenix Theatre comedy troupe could pair Death-and-Christmas! A must-see from this Firdale Village troupe of comedy artists.

Opening Night: Friday, Dec. 2
8 p.m.

Death Takes a Holiday

The Phoenix Theatre
Upper level of Firdale Village Shopping Plaza
9673 Firdale Ave.

“Julia Dowling” has an unexpected visitor who intends to escort her off to the afterlife.

Infusing comedy into the classic Death Takes a Holiday, as only The Phoenix Theatre troupe can, the production is set in contemporary Long Island.

Julia persuades Death to give her one more day to enjoy Christmas and invites him to be her guest at a festive party.  The next day the house fills with bickering relatives, friends, the local priest – with Death, masquerading as a human, singing carols and drinking eggnog.

Moments of high farce, drama and even romance arise as bright holiday fantasies collide with a not-so-merry reality.

Who will play Julia? Who will play Death? Screamingly funny when done by this troupe – to be sure!

eTickets are available at this link.

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Christmas in Edmonds

Saturday, Dec. 3
7 p.m.

Christmas in Edmonds
North Sound Church at
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

“Let there be light!” is the theme for this classic evening of holiday music!

North Sound Church presents Christmas in Edmonds featuring the Mosaic Arts Choir & Orchestra; a benefit concert to benefit the efforts of Hand in Hand.

Tickets are available through the ECA online box office.

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Saturday, Dec. 3
10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Music Boosters’ Annual Craft Fair

Edmonds-Woodway High School
7600 212th St. S.W.

This special craft fair will feature over 65 local crafters, artists, cooks and photographers selling their one-of-a-kind items, perfect for all your gift-giving needs.

Among the selections featured at this craft fair is garden art, jewelry, woodcraft, fine chocolates, etched glass; plus children’s capes, gourmet dips, metal art, and Seahawks logo items.

The EWHS Choir, the music department orchestra and all three jazz bands are on the program to add a holiday backdrop to your shopping experience.

Follow the update posts for this event on Facebook at the booster’s page.

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dec-5-celtic-jpegMonday, Dec. 5

7 p.m. 

Celtic Christmas Concert

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
21405 82nd Pl.

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Artist Mary Jane Elgin will offer classes in the art of ceramic carvings. Enroll through Cole Studio.
Artist Mary Jane Elgin will offer classes in the art of ceramic carvings. Enroll through Cole Studio.

Saturday, Dec. 3

The Gift of Art

Cole Studio
107 5th Ave. S.

Make gorgeous carved ceramic vases every holiday season from now on by enrolling in this Cole Studio workshop.

Artist Mary Jane Elgin shares her secret carving techniques with Cole Studio art students.

In this workshop you will learn how to create a design, transfer it to the vase, and ready your vase for Mary Jane to take it to her studio, glaze and then fire it.

Mary Jane will then bring it back to Cole Studio where students can pick up their original creation in time to gift it to the luckiest person on their list.

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Tuesday, Dec. 6
11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Singing at Edmonds Senior Center
220 Railroad Ave.

The Chase Lake Singers and the Sound Singers have bee invited to entertain in Edmonds Senior Center dining room, which provides a breath-taking view of the sound and ferry traffic.

Edmonds Senior Center events guarantee lots of laughter and friendship. The senior center community is one of the fastest growing, civically engaged in Edmonds.

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Soprano Alexandra Picard performs at the Shorewood High School performance hall.
Soprano Alexandra Picard performs at the Shorewood High School performance hall.

Saturday, Dec. 10

7:30 p.m.

Seattle Wind Symphony

Shorewood Performing Arts Center
Shorewood High School
17300 Fremont Ave. N.

Dave Beck, as narrator, will add his talent to several Seattle Wind Symphony’s selections during the band’s holiday celebration of music.

Highlighting this music tradition is Seattle soprano, Alexandra Picard singing “O Holy Night”. Also included on the Seattle Wind Symphony’s program are selections from The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky); Twas the Night Before Christmas (Long); and many other family favorites that will delight children, out-of-town visitors and grandparents.

Tickets are available at all Kennelly Keys Music locations or at the door. Additional program information is available at

– By Emily Hill

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Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. 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

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