Artfully Edmonds: A three-hour cruise of nostalgia and new memories

By Janette Turner Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale….that is if you head this weekend to ‘An Epic Parody: Gilligan’s Island,’ produced by Phoenix Theatre and the Snohomish Theater Project. All of your favorite castaways, from Thurston Howell III to Mary Ann, will come to life in the Firdale Village venue on…

Edmonds Book Talk: Mysteries for summer

By Elaine Mattson I just stumbled on this fantastic TV show [sure, waiting for the Olympics, but still…] on PBS [of course!] called Well Read. I’m sure most of you readers already know all about it, but, I am new to the wonder and the beauty. The host interviews authors, and, somehow, convinced Mary Ann…

Artfully Edmonds: David Correa & CASCADA perform Sunday, and much more

By Janette Turner One of the hottest Latin bands in the San Francisco Bay Area hits our bay town Sunday for a free concert at Edmonds City Park, 3 p.m. Latin Folk rhythms and Middle Eastern melodies played by David Correa and CASCADA will help get your Rumba on. As always, bring your own seating…

Artfully Edmonds: ARTSplash, Art Walk and movies under the stars

By Janette Turner Like summer, some things go by so quickly you have to pay attention, or miss the moment. ARTSplash is one of those events. Read on for that summertime highlight, along with Third Thursday Art Walk, an appearance by Scriber Lake teen writers, outdoor performances, and other notable events for the week ahead….

Artfully Edmonds: Dancing in the sweet summertime

By Janette Turner This week, the concept of summer is no longer a hazy yearning. With the sun out, it’s time to match your best sandals to your socks and head to the park for some dancing. Read on for that Sunday event and other selected highlights this upcoming week in Edmonds. Edmonds Library: Sue…

Edmonds Booktalk: Beach- and travel-friendly ideas for summer reading

By Elaine Mattson It’s not an urban myth: Summer really does start on July 5th! And if the 4th is decent weather, that’s a lovely bonus… so… welcome to Summer! School’s out, most of us will have at least a few days of vacation in the next couple of months… it’s the perfect time to…

Artfully Edmonds: Summer concerts take center stage

By Janette Turner Some folks believe tuba season begins and ends with John Philips Sousa music on the Fourth. But folks in Edmonds get a second dose of oompah as the Duwamish Dixieland Jazz Band comes to Edmonds City Park on Sunday at 3 p.m. This free event kicks off the Edmonds Arts Commission’s “Summer…

Artfully Edmonds: Stars in sky on the Fourth and onstage at Driftwood

By Janette Turner Get the dog some ear plugs because things will be exploding in the sky during the upcoming Edmonds Kind of Fourth of July. The party, sponsored by the Hazel Miller Foundation, runs all day Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m. with a Fun Run, 11:30 Children’s Parade, 12:00 main parade, 2:30 p.m. Fireman’s…

Artfully Edmonds: Third Thursday Art Walk and Driftwood show preview

By Janette Turner For some folks, the annual Edmonds Arts Festival is the only time to connect with the local cultural scene. But – surprise! – Edmonds continues the art vibe year-round. Here is a preview of selected highlights for this week’s Third Thursday Art Walk and Friday’s opening of the anticipated Driftwood Players show,…

Artfully Edmonds: Festival weekend

By Janette Turner It’s an Edmonds kind of weekend with the biggest and best festival — in our opinion — happening on the grassy field of Frances Anderson Center. Here are selected highlights of the Edmonds Arts Festival and other events around town. Edmonds Arts Festival: A Father’s Day Tradition “This is a big show,”…

Artfully Edmonds: A musical mosaic of events coming up

By Janette Turner The Hazel Miller Plaza ribbon-cutting takes place June 12, at 3 p.m., and opens a new meeting place and music venue in town. With weather too unpredictable for lengthy Plaza concerts, we recommend these harmonious indoor events. EdCC: “Musaic” Edmonds Community College students will mix video games, computer loops and music on…

Edmonds Booktalk: Books for dads, grads and summer reading

By Elaine Mattson June, and the rain is definitely warmer! End of school, graduations, Father’s Day, summer vacations [for some of us…]: the month contains some big moments! Enjoy them all and take a book with you! What does the dad in your life like to read? There is something new for just about every…

Artfully Edmonds: Art goes outdoors this weekend with Waterfront Festival

By Janette Turner Catch a fish or climb aboard a yacht this weekend in Edmonds. Here are selected highlights to get you outdoors. Fish hatchery: Open House The Edmonds Laebugtens Salmon Chapter Trout Unlimited holds its annual open house at the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery, Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m….

Artfully Edmonds: A jazzy Memorial weekend and Christmas

By Janette Turner This weekend, shopping and jazz go together as perfectly as Christmas in May. It’s Memorial weekend in Edmonds, and here are selected cultural highlights. Edmonds Sidewalk Sale: Jazz Connection Shoppers, listen up! This year’s sidewalk sale carries a theme — “Let the Good Times Roll” — and runs May 25, 26 and…

Edmonds Booktalk: Great books that mom would love

By Elaine Mattson May has arrived! And the lovely weekends are scheduled to continue! Beautiful. The most important thing that happens in May is, of course, Mother’s Day! Spoil your mother! There are all kinds of great new books that Mom would love: Fiction: the new Jim Lynch is “Truth Like the Sun”; new Anne…

Edmonds Booktalk: Take a mini-vacation this spring with these great paperbacks

By Elaine Mattson Welcome April! Maybe someday soon we will get to have spring…? In the meantime, I have heard that there are spring vacations looming, and luckily, there are a bunch of books, just out in paperback, that will make great vacation reading. Even if you don’t get to actually go anywhere, they can…

Edmonds Booktalk: Garden books just in time for spring

By Elaine Mattson Welcome March! The bonus February day was crazy! Cold and snow! Who else is so ready for Spring? I’m going to start planting in a couple of weeks, no matter what! With March coming in like a quite ferocious lion, we should have a really lovely end of the month! Some great…

Edmonds Booktalk: Expand your reading horizons this year

By Elaine Mattson February seems to be beginning nice and calmly – made all the sweeter by our surviving the exciting week of snow and ice in January. Amongst all the excitement, how go the New Year’s resolutions? If you are in need of one that would be easy (and fun!) to accomplish, how about…

Edmonds Booktalk: My nine favorite books of the year

By Elaine Mattson There are lists of “best books of the year” appearing all over already. And there will be more. From everyone. And… I get to do one this year! I picked my nine  favorite books from this year. I know, most of the lists are 10, but most of those lists come from entire…

Edmonds Booktalk: A bevy of new books to read this fall

By Elaine Mattson Now that we have, at long last, had a bit of summer, I must admit that I am getting ready for fall. The top is back up on the Jeep, and it is starting to become noticeably darker, noticeably earlier. One of the best parts of fall is all the great books…

Edmonds Booktalk: The best book I’ve read lately

By Elaine Mattson A long-time customer, and a woman I have known since I was a kid (hi Mrs. Pince!), asked me what was the best book I had recently read. And it stumped me for a minute. I’ve been reading a lot of books this summer, and have liked a lot of them ……

Edmonds Booktalk: If you like these authors, here are some others to try

By Elaine Mattson There has actually been an occasional day of summer. Hooray! So grab a book, and find a spot to relax and read and breathe in these summer days. Are you reading faster than your favorite author can write? Unless you are reading everything with James Patterson’s name on it (how _does_ he…

Edmonds Booktalk: Read the books before you see the summer movies!

By Elaine Mattson The book is always better! We are smack in the middle of the summer movie season, and it seems that Hollywood is, once again, using books as a great source of material. While this is definitely not a new phenomenon, it certainly seems more common these days, or maybe we are just…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate June with releases perfect for dads and grads

By Elaine Mattson We never really got spring, and the calendar is telling us that summer is right around the corner. Which also means graduations and Fathers Day are right around the corner, ready or not. Take a deep breath, enjoy the sun when it’s here (I’m getting ready to put the top down on…