Artfully Edmonds: Art goes to new heights this week for ‘Vintage Aircraft Weekend’

Our stay-cation for the Labor Day weekend includes the “10th Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend” hosted by the Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field.

Artfully Edmonds has determined how we are spending the Labor Day weekend.

We have in mind a flight of fancy and will be leaving town – but not by much. We’re attending the 10th Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend hosted by Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field, 10719 Bernie Webber Dr., Mukilteo.

This past week, My Edmonds News received an invitation to attend an exclusive media preview of the celebratory weekend hosted by the Foundation. Artfully Edmonds flew at the chance to experience all of the Foundation’s pre-event activities.

Greeted by volunteer Bill Johnson, a 28-year resident of the Edmonds area, our preview included pre-show photo ops; interviews with the volunteers and staff who maintain the foundation; with the highlight of the preview being a flight over Whidbey Island in a vintage 1937 AT6-A Texan Texan, manufactured by North America Aviation.

A volunteer at the Historic Flight Foundation, and 28-year resident of the Edmonds area, Bill Johnson tells “Artfully Edmonds” his fave vintage airplane in the Foundation’s collection is the WACO UPF-7 which began flying in 1941 during WWII. (All photos by Emily Hill.)

As the weekend approaches, My Edmonds News will publish photo galleries and event information links that provide background information on a few of the 70 vintage aircraft that have been brought in for the 10th anniversary celebration.

Like most museums and foundations the Historic Flight Foundation depends heavily on the expertise of a small staff and an army of knowledgeable volunteers. Our visit began with an interview of museum administrator and visitor services manager, Vanessa Dunn.

Asked about the acquisition process for the Foundation’s collection of aircraft, Dunn remarked, “Each aircraft has a unique story.”

The North American Aviation AT6-A Texan in which we flew Wednesday was originally selected to serve as the U.S. Army Air Corp’s advance trainer during WWII to transition fighter pilots from primary trainers to front-line fighters. After the war and several changes in ownership, the craft experienced a serious accident. This misfortune was reversed after the aircraft was completely restored following acquisition by the foundation. Today it is a pristine example of vintage aircraft.

Of the 15,495 “Texans” built, nearly 700 are still in service.

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10th Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend (VAW)

Hosted by Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field

10719 Bernie Webber Dr.

This weekend celebrate America’s aviation history by attending the 10th Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend — a three-day event filled with exciting top-flight activities that highlight aviation history, 1927-1957.

Friday, Sept. 1
6 p.m.

The Historic Flight Foundation will kick off its annual celebration by inviting the community to its Big Band Dinner Dance. And by “big band” they mean the 17-piece “Kings of Swing”. Sharing the stage during the 6 p.m. Friday dinner dance is celebrity impersonator, Bill Johnson as Bob Hope, with USO-quality Andrew Sisters covers performed by the Company B band.

Saturday, Sept. 2
9 a.m.

The showcase exhibit of the Historic Flight Foundation is the sixty-five biplanes and warbirds, numerous vintage cars and military vehicles.

Throughout Saturday ace pilots will perform fly-overs, formation flying, and spectacular one-of-a-kind aerial maneuvers.


Activities for kids, picnic food, live music, plus military vehicles and vintage cars exhibits are all part of the three-day festivities; so make this a family outing!

As Saturday evening approaches photography enthusiasts are encouraged to attend a special twilight photo shoot.

Sunday, Sept. 3

Imagine hitching a ride in an open-cockpit biplane!

Airplane rides are being offered as a special highlight on Sunday, and it looks like our summer sunshine is continuing on through Labor Day.

Ticket discounts for attendance on Sunday are being offered and may be pre-purchased on a two-for-one-basis. This would be an excellent time to introduce your best friend to the Historic Flight Foundation’s annual celebration.

Ticket links

The Brown Paper ticket link to attend the Friday night dance is here.

Individuals and families may get tickets to the daytime activities on Saturday and Sunday at this link.

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Scooby Doo Catering has chosen opulent fare to celebrate this year’s ECA Gala and Auction.

Friday, Sept. 1

Early Purchase

Ticket Deadline

11th Annual ECA Gala and Auction

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

Do you have your ticket for the 11th Annual ECA Gala and Auction yet?

Ticket prices increase after Sept. 1.

Can we entice you with these incredible menu choices Shooby Doo Catering has planned for the evening?

Tickets to attend the gala and auction are available at this online ticket outlet.

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Saturday, Sept. 2

9 p.m.

The Shortcutz

Engel’s Pub

Yes, Engel’s is a hot little music mecca these days! If a huge mix of classic rock, modern rock and a touch of the blues rocks your world, two-step right over the threshold at 113 5th Ave. S.

Who’s on the bandstand this weekend? Well, The Shortcutz Band, comprised of Terryn Bunnell on guitar and vocals; Ted Pickett on bass and vocals and one drummer backing the duo.

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Friday, Sept. 8
8 p.m.

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

By Ken Ludwig

Runs through Sunday, Sept. 24

Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.

We are delighted with the long run that has been given Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by the Wade James Theatre.

Baskerville is directed by Paul Fouhy, a name that is becoming increasingly familiar on the Edmonds’ arts scene, particularly since the success with Proposals last season, directed by Fouhy.

This award-winning masterpiece of mayhem by playwright Ken Ludwig (The Game’s Afoot – The Players’ 2016-17 season) brings to the stage a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles before a family curse dooms its newest heir.

Publisher of playwrights,, invites audiences to don their deerstalker caps and entices with this description of Ludwig’s play: “A murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate Scottish moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.”

The Driftwood Players’ online ticket outlet is accessible through this link, or by calling the box office at 425-774-9600.

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Friday, Sept. 8 Auditions

The Theory of Relativity

Music and lyrics by Neil Bartran, book by Brian Hill

 Coming Nov. 3 – 12 to The Phoenix Theatre

Ballyhoo Theatre announces that auditions for The Theory of Relativity will begin Friday, Sept. 8.

Founder and artistic director Shileah Corey explains the production: The Theory of Relativity is a joyous and moving look about our surprisingly interconnected lives. Through a collection of songs, scenes and monologues, [the production] introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection.

You’ll find expanded audition scheduling information at

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Natalie Marie, this columnist’s grand-daughter chose the Mukilteo Lighthouse as the spot at which to pose during last year’s “Lighthouse Festival”

Friday – Sunday
Sept. 8 – 10 

Lighthouse Festival
609 Front St. ~ Mukilteo

Mukilteo’s biggest party of the year will be held the weekend after Labor Day and Edmonds is definitely invited!

On Friday. the party starts at 4 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, find parking in the upper lots and stroll down to the festival grounds adjacent to the lighthouse any time after 11 a.m. (There is an entrance fee for the beer garden and some kids activities.)

This annual party features fabulously delicious food, lots of clowning-around hilarity and two fireworks shows!

Plus, just like our own Taste of Edmonds, the Lighthouse Festival beer garden will be rocking with great music and fine food. Need football? You’ll find the telecast blaring Sunday afternoon.


Visit the bounce house, and of course there will be face-painting, ice cream and activities – all equaling lots of festive fun!

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Artist Sue Coccia’s coloring books will be available at her studio “Earth Art” during Edmonds Art Studio Tour

Edmonds Art Studio Tour (EAST)

Map link to Self-guided tour

Saturday – Sunday
Sept. 16 – 17
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“This is where the magic happens!”

If you are looking for insider revelations, magic and mirth, mark your calendar for mid-September’s art studio tour. Right now – as you read Artfully Edmonds – 31 local artists are rushing around, mulling over placement of textiles, figurative pieces, paintings, jewelry and photography; and texting each other with plans for what anyone could rightly call the art soiree tour of the year – EAST! That is, Edmonds Art Studio Tour.

This is the insider’s look! Fun, friendly, festive Edmonds artists – in their own happy environment!

Each week as we get closer to EAST, we will give shout-outs to the participating artists. This week begins with Barbara Goodfellow Childs, who is known primarily for her stoneware pottery. Barbara pairs skill and adventure as she sometimes ventures away from wheel-thrown functional ceramics, into hand-building and low-fire decorative pieces. Her recent My Edmonds News interview is at this link.

Katie Childs excels in pointillism, as evidenced in this piece, appropriate titled, “Octopus

Katie Childs, a partner in Child’s Pottery Studio, excels in pen and ink pointillism as well as watercolor paintings.

Sue Coccia’s animal totem art is available at many upscale holiday fairs, Edmonds Bookshop, and specialty locations. But have you ever chatted with Sue, or been able to personally compliment her on her achievements? EAST gives you an opportunity to do just that!

Rick Davenport will be greeting enthusiasts of his wood turning from his studio, Not So Dull! Rick exhibits his work locally at ARTspot, but also shows at Schack Art Museum in Everett. He says of working with wood, “As the wood spins I hear the pleasant sound of the bowl gouge making a proper cut. Sometimes it whines or grumbles, telling me the cut is wrong or there is dangerous fault in the wood.”

Kathleen A. Johnson has made her mark in mixed media paintings and acrylic. You will be visiting her at Two Crows Studio during EAST weekend. Kathleen’s purview also extends to digital art and photography.

Judith Perry, whose studio is on Driftwood Lane (just a few doors down from the studio of figurative bronze artist David Vaneau), has chosen paintings in oil and watercolor to highlight for EAST. Judith reveals that she derives a sense of peace and joy from being at the easel.

Artist David Peterson offers this painting in the tour’s promotional pamphlet.

David Peterson will have watercolor and acrylic paintings on display in his studio for EAST.

Patty Steele-Smith. A lot is going on in Patty’s studio: Sculpture, installation, shadow boxes, mini gardens and mandalas.

Patty says of her artistry, “I have two veins of work, three dimensional and two dimensional art. Placement, as in Feng Shui, is an essential element of my 3D work. [My] 2D work either documents my 3D work or is often influenced by dream images, color theory, design and nature.

Artfully Edmonds doesn’t see EAST so much as a “tour” – but as a “journey.”

Additional information about Edmonds Art Studio Tour is available via this link.

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The Four Tops, inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will make a whistle-stop in Edmonds on their 2017 tour, thanks to Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Saturday, Sept. 30
7:30 p.m.

The Four Tops

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

When you want the best in soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz and show tunes (whew!) you want The Four Tops.

The legacy of this dynamic group, with its breathtaking stage presence, is incomparable.

Providing an introduction for The Four Tops in this column would be like trying to distill the America’s music history into a 10-page article. Suffice it to say three little words, “Sell Out Alert!”

Tickets to see The Four Tops are available by calling 425-275-9595 or doing the click! Click! at this link.

— By Emily Hill

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



  1. Dear Tom,
    It is a privilege having You as one of my readers;

    Yes!! Covering the arts and events news for South Snohomish County’s most actively read news source — My Edmonds News — IS fun!! ;D

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