It was all cake, smiles, hugs and choruses of “Happy Birthday” at the Edmonds Log Cabin on Wednesday as friends and well-wishers gathered to celebrate 90 years with consummate Edmonds volunteer Mim Edelstein.
At the Log Cabin, Mim is known for welcoming visitors to town and providing all the information they need to enjoy a day in Edmonds — a gig she’s been doing for the past 10 or 12 years. (“It’s one or the other – I can’t exactly recall,” she laughed). But that’s just the beginning. Mim is also part of the volunteer team at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, where she shows customers to their seats, answers questions, checks tickets and works concessions. And then there’s the Edmonds Historical Museum, where she serves as docent.
A fitness junkie, Mim tries to get to the gym every day. She’s a regular in the Harbor Square Athletic Club water aerobics classes, and when she’s not there, you can find her on the treadmill at Snap Fitness.
“I also like to walk,” she confesses. “For me it’s important to get out of the house so I don’t feel guilty about not doing housework.”
When she finally finds time to sit down, her lifetime knitting passion takes over. In addition to hats, sweaters, mittens and the usual knitting projects, Mim knits special kids’ blankets, which she donates to Project Linus, which provides homemade blankets to children in need.
“I started knitting when I was 5 years old,” she says, adding with a sly smile, “and I plan to keep doing it as long as my vision holds out!”
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel