Community volunteer Mim Edelstein: 90 years young and going strong

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

9 Replies to “Community volunteer Mim Edelstein: 90 years young and going strong”

  1. Happy Birthday, Mim! Larry, what a delightful article about an inspirational person who is kind and dedicated to making someone else’s life a bit better. Thank you, Mim, for your dedication to our city and your smiling face is so welcoming.


  2. I have the pleasure of volunteering with Mim at Edmonds Center for the Arts. She is an amazing individual with the energy of someone 25 years younger. Mim brings so much to what she does – a true ‘Edmonds Kind of Volunteer’. Happy Birthday!


    1. Happy Birthday Mim!
      I have the pleasure of volunteering with her @ Edmonds Center for the Arts – Mim is a wonderful individual!


  3. It seems that wherever I go, I see Mim volunteering – at the Log Cabin, at Cascadia, and also as a fellow ECA volunteer. She is an inspiration to us all! Happy Birthday, Mim!


  4. OMG Mim!!!!
    You are such an inspiration, motivating … fun, an awesome! lady. Let this teach all of us we do not have to sit in the proverbial “rocking chair” as we age, I dare many younger people to simply try to keep up with Mim!


  5. Mim has also been a long time and wonderful volunteer at the Edmonds Senior Center.
    Congratulations Mim. Bravo to you for your extraordinary community service and Encore! Encore!


  6. Happy Birthday, Mim. I miss seeing you at Harbor Square (I no longer go). I’ve seen you out and about for years. Congratulations on reaching 90!


  7. That’s my mom! I hope to be as fit as she is when I am her age. She is my inspiration for staying fit and active! Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you!


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