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WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE • WINTER 2018 What's inside 10 YA FAME An Edmonds author's teen vampire novels compete with “Twilight.”
12 VISIT LYNNWOOD There's much more to do here than just shopping at the mall.
18 SIGNATURE DISH The chef-owner at Everett's Capers + Olives makes agnolotti pasta.
20 HOLIDAY DECOR Snohomish expert mixes trendy and traditional decorations.
23 CHRISTMAS PAST
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Women’s winter wear is displayed in a window of the RumbaughMacLain Department Store in downtown Everett in December 1934.
Recalling when downtown Everett was a holiday shopping mecca.
25 STEP BY STEP Find a new way to stay fit with a Mill Creek man's website.
27 ANTIQUE CAPITOL Antiquers looking for that perfect piece can find it in Snohomish.
34 VINTAGE CARDS Annual show spotlights Christmas designs by Northwest artists.
ABOVE: Antiques and curios at Star Center Antique Mall in Snohomish. PHOTO BY KEVIN CLARK / COAST
RIGHT: Holiday decor ideas from Joyworks in Snohomish. PHOTO BY ANDY BRONSON / COAST
COVER: A latte and cookie at Narrative Coffee in Everett. PHOTO BY ANDY BRONSON / COAST
38 WINTER TIPPLES These three cocktails will warm up any cold evening.
40 HOW BAZAAR Shop for gifts that make a difference at these five fairs.
42 PANCAKE ART Meet a Snohomish artist whose medium is breakfast.
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49 Our Favorite Events
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50 Why I Love It Here
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Winter Issue: Where journalists go for coffee
didn’t drink coffee until I became a journalist. I needed the caffeine — that increased focus and alertness you get with each cup — to help me meet all my deadlines. Journalists have a lot of deadlines. After 12 years, I like the taste of coffee almost as much as the jolt I get from drinking it. Almost. I’m not alone. Most of my fellow reporters and editors have a cuppa sitting next to their computer at all times. Our favorite cafe in Snohomish County? That would be Narrative Coffee on Wetmore Avenue in Everett. (In fact, I’m drinking a brown sugar latte at the Everett coffee shop as I write this note.) It’s popular with us journalists because it’s close to a lot of government offices we frequent — the Snohomish County Courthouse and the Wall Street Building, for example. Narrative Coffee is hip, upscale and cosmopolitan, like a bit of San Francisco in Everett. A colleague touted Narrative as a coffee mecca when it opened in 2017. It’s housed in a storefront built nearly 100 years ago. (Most recently, Paper & Allied Industry had a commercial print shop there. The “Printing” facade was missing its T for a long time.) Skylights, exposed rafters and beams, and original brick walls make it feel very open. The baristas work an espresso machine and a pour-over bar in the space designed by Pierce Design of Seattle. Elpis & Wood of Everett made the big salvaged-wood table in the back of the room. The white chairs are mid-century modernstyle Suzette side chairs. It’s all very bright and comfortable, like you’re enjoying coffee in a
neighborhood “living room.” In this issue of Washington North Coast Magazine, you’ll find a list of the top coffee shops in Snohomish and Island counties. Starbucks and McDonald’s didn’t make the cut, even if that’s where most of us go to get a cup of joe. This one’s just for independent cafes. Or read about “stair seeking” — an old hobby with a new name — in which you climb long stairways hidden in parks and forests for exercise. Athletes use them to train for marathons and cross-country races. Others see them as an alternative to buying a Stairmaster or joining a gym. If you’re in search of holiday decorating tips, look no further. We turned to Jana Johnson of Joyworks in Snohomish and her 27 years of experience for ideas. As store manager, Johnson takes what’s trendy and then mixes it up in unexpected ways. Her favorite holiday trend right now? Soft textures. Then there’s Brek Nebel of PancakeBREKfast, also of Snohomish, who is famous for turning everybody’s favorite breakfast food into art. Nebel makes a lot of pancakes based on his son’s requests, but he also uses breakfast as an opportunity to introduce Koen, 7, to the things Dad enjoys — like “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park” and Spider-Man. Hmm. Pancakes would go well with this latte.
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Everett Alleyway On my regular walk to the post office, I pass by this alley and it never fails to catch my eye. Well, technically, it’s not an alley so much as a perpendicular glimpse into the alley and beyond. It strikes me as quintessentially Everett: a residence tucked in a place you least expect it, garbage bins next to a fine art sculpture, tall brick buildings threaded together with zig-zagging power lines. Alleyways are novel to me, since I grew up
in a rural area. These in-between passageways exclusively belong to bikes, neighbors, garbage/recycle pickup, moving vans and tiny garages with non-motorized doors, covered in morning glory vines. The closer to downtown Everett one goes, the more developed these alleys become … secret promenades unto themselves. Apartments, bank drive-thrus, loading docks and even business storefronts discretely pepper the back corridors of our old city. — Elizabeth Person
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‘The Jenny Bardsley Model’ Writing under a pseudonym, this Edmonds author is making a name for herself in the teen vampire genre. STORY BY CELESTE GRACEY • PHOTO BY ANDY BRONSON
hen Edmonds author Jennifer Bardsley revealed her pen name last summer, it didn’t come with the drama that one would expect. Most choose a nom de plume to keep their true names untarnished by lowbrow content, but books written under Bardsley’s pen name, Louise Cypress, are clean — no sex, no drugs, no booze. For Bardsley, coming forward was about owning her most successful work and biggest gamble, an indie-published trilogy about teenage vampires called “The Puritan Coven,” which is now competing with “Twilight” on Amazon’s top teen vampire picks. Unsure whether it would succeed, she decided to run the series under a pseud“The Puritan Coven” series by Jennifer Bardsley (aka Louise Cypress) kicks off with onym. She also skipped the “Bite Me.” She’s seen here in her Edmonds home with Merlin the poodle. publishing houses in favor of a quick digital release on At Bardsley’s suburban home, framed portraits of her chilAmazon. Her plan worked. In fact, it worked so well that her dren are arranged neatly on an uncluttered table. She speaks pen name became more popular than her real one. in warm tones with her hands folded over stacked knees. She “It’s exciting, because I’m doing it myself,” she said. is exactly the type of person you’d expect to see reading at a “Amazon has been a game-changer for writers.” park, while her children play. With digital printing changing the publishing world, One would never suspect from out of those hands flow authors like Bardsley are taking advantage of the opportunity to release their books independent of a publishing house. Not the dramatic and sometimes violent narratives that drive her writing. Nor would they guess that behind her easy only does it mean fewer people taking their share of the cut, but it also allows for quicker releases, which makes writing on smile, she carries strong opinions. Yet, she started to blog, she says, to get them out, so “I could keep my mouth shut at trendy topics possible. playgroup.” “The Puritan Coven” books are so successful, Tantor Media At this point the psychology degree from Stanford makes bought the rights to make the audiobooks, which come out sense. Her pen name borrows from her California roots, this winter. Louise being her middle name, and Cypress the street she The trilogy triumph didn’t just hinge on the quality of grew up on. Bardsley’s writing but on her penchant for developing a “My sister calls it my stripper name,” Bardsley said with a social media marketing platform, said Penelope Wright, a laugh. local author who penned “No Use For A Name.” Anyone can After toying around with the idea of law school, she landed self-publish, but few indie writers are discovered. on teaching, which she did for six years in Southern Califor“She did it, and she did it fantastically,” Wright said. She now wonders if she, too, could be successful at it, “as long as I nia. She moved to Edmonds with her husband 12 years ago. follow the Jenny Bardsley model.” Her blogging eventually led to a column in Everett's Daily The model includes a methodical use of social media. Bard- Herald called “I Brake for Moms.” Writing young adult fiction came from her interest in sley’s Facebook and Instagram pages, each called The YA Gal reading it. While the genre targets teenagers, its largest fan (YA standing for young adult literature) have about 21,000 and 17,000 followers each. Whenever she releases a book, she base is arguably middle-age women. With big names like “Hunger Games” and “Twilight” topping the genre, this isn’t can tell thousands of people already interested in her genre surprising. where to find them.
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Students, Bardsley said, are so busy reading for school that they don’t often have time for leisure reading. This was the case for her. She didn’t start reading for fun until after college. “I felt like I was finally getting to read the books I missed out on in high school,” she said. After getting a taste of the publishing world through her columns, she began writing “Genesis Girl,” which, with help from her agent, became a two-book series published by Month9Books. In the wake of her self-publishing success, things are coming full circle next year with Owl Hollow Press, which is releasing “Narcosis Room,” the first of two books. There’s one major change from last time Bardsley worked with publishers — they want to use her now-popular pen name. Bardsley thoughtfully researches ideas for novels, and “Narcosis Room” was no exception. While researching brainwashing for “Genesis Girl,” she learned of a treatment once offered to women who suffered from postpartum depression. A Dr. William Sargant from England would sedate the patients for months on end, waking them only to care for their basic needs, in hopes of getting them through. Of those who survived, there was a tragic amount of memory loss, she said. In “Narcosis Room,” she applies the idea to modern applications of medicine — mainly plastic surgery. Patients enter a sleep for months, emerging with perfectly sculpted bodies. Bardsley is also a major advocate for community, and not just for writers. She’s an administrator for the Edmonds Moms Facebook group, which has 6,000 members, and she also served on boards for the Foundation for Edmonds School and the Challenge Parents Association. “I think she is really giving of her time and knowledge,” Wright, the local author, said. ■
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jennifer Bardsley writes the column “I Brake for Moms” for The Daily Herald and writes young adult novels. Her next book, “Narcosis Room,” comes out in 2019. Bardsley lives in a book-filled home in Edmonds with her family and a poodle named Merlin. “The Blank Slate” series, by Jennifer Bardsley Book 1: “Genesis Girl.” 280 pages. $15.35. Hardcover. Book 2: “Damaged Goods.” 294 pages. $9.86. Paperback. “The Puritan Coven” series, by Louise Cypress Book 1: “Bite Me.” 324 pages. $3.99. e-Book. Book 2: “Hunt Me.” 244 pages. $3.99. e-Book. Book 3: “Slay Me.” 252 pages. $3.99. e-Book.
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The Alderwood mall opened in the fall of 1979.
There’s much more to do than just shopping in this Snohomish County city. STORY BY GALE FIEGE • PHOTOS BY OLIVIA VANNI
eah. Yeah. We’ve heard it before. Lynnwood is nothing but the Alderwood mall. Or is it? And even if that were true, would it be so bad? Most malls today are suffering from attrition caused by online shopping, but Alderwood still attracts a lot of people. While retail strip malls, freeways and highways do take up a lot of space in this city, don’t forget that Lynnwood is the home of Edmonds Community College, with its many cultural activities for its students and the general public. And remember that Lynnwood includes a long stretch of the Interurban Trail. The city has good neighborhood parks, a fine public art collection, views of both mountain ranges, some cool businesses that date back to the 1950s and 1960s, and a great historical center. Don’t laugh when you sail by on I-5 and see the sign directing you to the “Historic Attraction.” Heritage Park is truly worth a visit. Baby boomers who grew up in south Snohomish County and their parents might remember when Lynnwood was inhabited by chickens and minks on farms dotting the long stretch of 196th Street SW. In the 1920s, Alderwood Manor was the second
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The Lynnwood Convention Center regularly shows artwork curated by Everett’s Schack Art Center. largest producer of eggs in the nation. The loggers of the early 1900s, too, are long gone, but their mark remains. Alderwood Manor, on the east side of town, was developed after Puget Mill Co. harvested thousands of acres of old-growth timber there, tore out the stumps and turned the logging roads into residential roads with tree names. Lynnwood came much later, in the 1950s, centered primarily around the intersection of Highway 99 and 196th. In 1968 when the Oregon-based Fred Meyer company opened one of its stores just down the street at 196th and 44th Avenue W., and International House of Pancakes built a signature chalet-style restaurant kitty-corner from Fred’s, the character ▶
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The 22-acre Lynndale Park has athletic fields and courts and an amphitheater for summer performances. of Lynnwood began to change. You can get a sense of this history at Heritage Park at 19921 Poplar Way. A beautifully restored Interurban electric railway car, the No. 55, is open for tours on the first Saturdays of the summer months. The Interurban ran from Everett to Seattle from 1910 to 1939. Now a popular pedestrian and bike trail is located where the tracks once lay. The Alderwood Manor Heritage Association, the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society and the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau are located in the park’s historical structures, including the old Wickers Building, Alderwood Manor’s first mercantile, which was built in 1919. Other suggestions for a day in Lynnwood: Near the community college is the 6.4-acre, Douglas fir-covered Gold Park at 6421 200th St. SW. Dr. Morris Gold and his wife, Barbara, bought the property in 1954. They built a house for their family and a clinic for his obstetrics practice. Over the course of several decades, many babies (including the author) were born at Dr. Gold’s clinic. The park was established in 1997. More recently, the nearby college’s Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology
The Keeler's Korner gas station is one of the oldest buildings in town. Field School and the Snohomish Tribe of Indians removed invasive plants from Gold Park, replanted it with native plants, and then installed a medicinal ethnobotanical garden with signs that showcase the native Lushootseed language plant names and uses. Wilcox Park, the city’s first park, at 5215
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196th St. SW, was originally a dairy farm. Scriber Creek Bridge on the west side of the park is a remnant of the two-lane road that once connected Alderwood Manor to Edmonds. The beautiful 22-acre Lynndale Park, at 18927 72nd Ave. W. on the city’s west side, has athletic fields and courts, ▶
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an orienteering course and an amphitheater for summer performances. The Lynnwood Civic Center, on 44th Avenue W. between 188th and 194th streets, includes city offices, the library, a fire station, and a well-used and popular recreation center and swimming pool. Many of the city’s public art pieces may be seen in the civic center, including a William Morris glass piece at City Hall. Other artwork is located in parks and at the Lynnwood Senior Center, 19000 44th Ave. W., which has two Jacob Lawrence lithographs. Lynnwood Bowl & Skate, at 200th Street SW and Highway 99, near the college and Gold Park, was established in the mid-1950s and continues to be popular with families. Other old business landmarks include the Keeler’s Korner old-fashioned gas station at 164th Street SW and Highway 99 and the Sarah Erickson and her son, Finn Erickson, 2, enjoy lunch in Wilcox Park. Masonic Lodge at 195th and 36th across Need a place to eat? from the convention center, which faces The Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse, 2902 164th St. SW, has a 196th Street. local following. Owned by the same family who established By the way, the Lynnwood Convention Center regularly shows artwork curated by Everett’s Schack Art Center, and that Azul in Mill Creek, Indigo features Cajun food and other Southern delights. alone makes it worth the stop. Cask & Trotter, 18411 Highway 99, is known for its slowSomething out of the ordinary? Head east on 164th and fill cooked meats. a jug with artesian water at a city well on the north side of the Sparta’s Pizza and Spaghetti House, 17630 Highway 99, has street.
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been around since the 1970s and claims to have the best pizza “in the universe.” Big E Ales, 5030 208th St. SW, Suite A, serves its own craft brews and delightful sandwiches. Yeh Yeh’s Vietnamese Sandwiches, 19915 64th Ave. W, across the street from Gold Park, is popular with EdCC students and anyone who loves a good banh mi. Talay Thai, 4520 200th St. SW, is one of many great Asian eateries located in strip malls around the city. To splurge, try the pork belly and the black sesame ice cream. Others suggested by locals include: Wild Wasabi, 19720 44th Ave. W., Suite A; Silver Spoon Thai, 3828 196th St. SW; Muto Izakaya Japanese, 19505 44th Ave. W.; King Tut Mediterranean, 4520 200th St. SW; Gyro Delight, 4029 196th St. SW; Moonshine Barbecue, Heritage Park houses a preserved Interurban trolley, which once ran 4911 196th St. SW; Budapest Bistro, through Lynnwood on its way between Everett and Seattle. 12926 Mukilteo Speedway; Royal India, 7531 196th St. SW; San Fernando Peruvian Roasted Chicken, 20815 67th Ave. one of the best in the state and certainly the largest in W., Suite 208; Ezell’s Famous Chicken, 3925 196th St. SW, and Snohomish County. For people in Lynnwood, the mall provides an element of Bazille, the bistro at Nordstrom in Alderwood mall, is a great the old town square. It’s an easy place to meet for a meal, a place for a mom-daughter lunch date. stroll on a rainy day or to take in a movie. Oh, yeah. And about that mall. Nothing wrong with that. ■ Opened in the fall of 1979, the Alderwood mall is arguably
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Capers + Olives, Everett
Capers + Olives chef and owner Jimmy Liang places sage leaves on a pasta dish in the kitchen of his Everett restaurant.
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STORY BY SHARON SALYER PHOTOS BY OLIVIA VANNI
hat could say comfort food in the cold, dark days of winter more than pasta? Chef-owner Jimmy Liang of Everett’s Capers + Olives restaurant includes seasonal items such as sage, hazelnuts and delicata squash in this recipe of homemade agnolotti pasta stuffed with ricotta and topped with Parmesan cheese. Liang calls it one of his favorite dishes. “It’s like eating dumplings,” he said. “It’s definitely comforting.” Liang, 46, opened Capers + Olives at 2933 Colby Ave. in downtown Everett in July. His previous experience includes working at several area Italian restaurants, including Serafina in Seattle, before taking on the chef’s duties at the Asian fusion restaurant Terracotta Red on Hewitt Avenue. Even though the Capers + Olives dinner menu has such staples as coho salmon, prime steak, pork chops and chicken, Liang seems to take special delight — and pride — in the fresh pastas he makes for customers. Without the cornucopia of summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables to use in his kitchen, he said you’ve got to be more creative during the fall and winter. Liang said he especially likes making agnolotti pasta, in part because it holds its shape so well. Ravioli doesn’t present as well on plates, he said. Asked if this is something people can try at home, he responded “Absolutely!” The necessary equipment includes a pasta maker, a pastry bag, a small pastry tip and pasta wheel cutter. “It’s really easy to duplicate,” he said. “To make this pasta, you pretty much can make any stuffed pasta.” ■
If you go What: Capers + Olives Where: 2933 Colby Ave., Everett When: Lunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; dinner is 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. More: 425-322-5280 or capersandolives.com
Agnolotti pasta Agnolotti pasta — ravioli’s smaller, squarer cousin — is made with delicata squash, hazelnuts, and Parmesan and ricotta cheeses. To make this, you’ll need a pasta machine, a large cutting board, a sharp chef’s knife, a small pastry bag with a small tip, and a pasta wheel cutter. For the pasta: 1 batch fresh egg pasta 2 cups semolina flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 4 eggs 1 tablespoon olive oil Pinch salt 1-2 tablespoons water
Agnolotti pasta with delicata squash, hazelnuts, and Parmesan and ricotta cheeses. lengthwise onto the pasta sheet, leaving enough pasta at the top to fold over the filling. Fold the pasta top over the filling. Press firmly to seal. You can moisten the tip of your finger and run it along the seam if it doesn’t want to stick together.
For the ricotta filling: 1 cup ricotta ¼ cup shaved Parmesan Zest from 1 lemon Salt and pepper, to taste For the pasta topping: ½ cup delicata squash, cut in ¼-inch-thick half moons 5 sage leaves ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts Lemon juice Parmesan for garnish Put all dry ingredients into a bowl and make a hole in the center, into which the cracked eggs are added. Work the eggs into the flour with a fork until mixed. Knead with the pasta machine. Instead of extensively kneading the fresh pasta dough, fold it and run it through the pasta machine on one of the thicker settings. Fold the pasta sheet over on itself and run it through the pasta machine again. Repeat 8 to 10 times, then cover the pasta with cling wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. Unwrap the pasta and run it through the pasta machine on the highest or secondhighest setting. As the sheet of pasta comes off the pasta machine, lay it on a floured board and cut it into rectangular sheets about 12 inches long. Sprinkle flour lightly on each sheet after you cut it and continue stacking sheets on top of each other. Mix the ingredients for the ricotta filling. Stuff it into the piping bag. Pull one sheet of pasta off the top of the stack. Pipe a straight line of filling
With a wheeled pasta cutter or a sharp knife, cut the filled tube of pasta away from the rest of the sheet, making sure to keep the sealed strip intact. Make and cut the agnolotti pockets. Use the tips of your fingers to pinch the tube of pasta into equally sized sections, creating a seal between pockets of filling. Use the wheeled pasta cutter or a sharp knife to separate the sections. Quickly cut through each, leaning the tube of pasta in the direction you’re cutting. You should be left with small, individual pockets of filled pasta. Place the finished agnolotti in a tray of coarse cornmeal. Repeat until all of the pasta sheets and filling have been used. Bring a pot of water to boil, then add a big pinch of salt. Drop in the agnolotti and cook for 3 minutes until it floats up. Meanwhile, heat a saucepan until hot, add a tablespoon of olive oil, sear delicata squash until brown on one side and flip over and brown the other side. Add 1 tablespoon butter, cook until lightly brown, and add the hazelnuts and sage. Add pasta to the squash mixture, season to taste, toss and add a splash of lemon juice and plate. Garnish with shaved Parmesan. This recipe was adapted from one published by thekitch.com. Find step-by-step instructions with photos on making the pasta at bit.ly/2JiE5k5.
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Jana Johnson, of Joyworks in Snohomish, mixes trendy and traditional decorating ideas.
The joy of holiday decor Deck your halls with these trends and tips from an expert STORY BY CELESTE GRACEY • PHOTOS BY ANDY BRONSON
Johnson, was creating a space to sell ince opening its doors 39 years her handmade flower arrangements ago, Joyworks in Snohomish has and decorations. Apart from maybe a seen a lot of home decor trends Hallmark, it was the only gift shop in come and go. There was super country, town, Jana Johnson said. then shabby chic, and now farmhouse, As Snohomish’s gift economy which is in its heyday. While everyone grew, so did the shop. Joyworks has is trying to figure out the next trend, expanded four times, taking over more one thing is clear about this farmhouse of the building on First Street each generation — in an age of online shoptime. Buyers swoon over the soft clothping, they’re missing a sense of touch. For store manager Jana Johnson, the ing that takes up about a third of the Today's holiday decor look is holiday season is about reconnecting space, but the gem of Joyworks is in the clean and unfussy. people to the physical world of shopbasement. ping. Her bait is a soft texture at every turn. Head downstairs for countless unique decoration ideas. There’s something nostalgic about bundling up for cold Johnson takes what’s trendy and mixes it up in ways that weather and popping in and out of gift shops, looking for aren’t always expected, sometimes even making pieces of that perfect pick, Johnson said. “I think people really crave her own. that tradition,” she said. “I’m really creative,” she said. “For me, it's fun coming up When Joyworks opened shop, Jana’s mother, Clarice with new ideas.”
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We turned to Johnson’s 27 years of experience for tips on decorating for the holidays.
Go simple Today’s new shoppers aren’t interested in putting up Santa and Rudolph at every turn or finishing things off with a garish wreath. “The younger generation wants to be cleaner and simpler,” Johnson said. Their moms had a lot of stuff — vignettes and over-decorated trees. It’s a lot of work to set up and takes a lot of room to store. Most people are buying neutral-colored furniture, which makes swapping pillow shams and pulling out the red or green throw an easy way to change up your living room without adding much.
Holiday gnomes with fuzzy white beards complete the Nordic Christmas look.
Go Nordic Nordic Christmas design is as trendy as it gets. It has clean lines and a natural look with wood beads, trees and chunky woven throws. Everything about it is cozy, even the stuffed holiday gnomes, half concealed in furry beards. The colors are simple — white, natural, forest green (often flocked with more white) and occasionally little punches of red. Many of the decorations are carved from wood — be it stars or trees — and then painted, you guessed it, white.
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Go Northwest cozy People in the Northwest are all about bringing the outside in with lots of trees, some undecorated and less than a foot tall. This style invites forest friends, too, such as statuettes of deer or white owls. Flannel is a favorite standby. Consider replacing your favorite throw with buffalo check for the season. If your pillows are already a natural color, you can cheat and just tie a plaid ribbon around them. For a bigger display, buy a pair of skis from a thrift shop, take off the bindings and paint them red — Johnson did just that in
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The Nordic style is complemented well with ones made from felted flowers or boiled-wool balls, which hang heavily on a sparse tree, but offer a cozy look. Lifting one up, Johnson says, “These make me like a garland again.” There also are garlands made from little circles of raw wood and painted with clean designs. Instead of a garland with ornaments, there’s a garland of ornaments, all made from the very popular mercury glass.
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Go succulent Succulent plants, real or fake, are all the rage in home decor. Take your favorite potted friends and place them inside a decorative pot, maybe one painted red or in the shape of a little truck. If you have too many succulents, you can also consider painting some with glitter. The little shiny touch turns them into something completely different.
Go elevated For people looking to up their game beyond the table runner, consider using risers to prop up decorations. While wooden ones are popular, even a neutral cake plate can do the trick. If you have a wide candlestick holder, replace the candle with a little tree. If you have a hanging chandelier, consider decorating it with a garland. It makes a statement when it’s non-traditional, but simple greenery also is elegant. ■
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Christmas on Colby Before there were malls, holiday shoppers flocked to downtown Everett STORY BY MIKE BENBOW
hen historian Larry O’Donnell thinks about boyhood holidays, his thoughts go to downtown Everett. O’Donnell grew up in the city in the 1940s. Then, as now, downtown Everett was the political center of Snohomish County. But in those days it was also the county’s retail center. If there was Christmas shopping to be done, most county residents headed for downtown Everett. “Downtown Everett was the shopping center for all of Snohomish County,” O’Donnell said. “It had the biggest stores and it’s where people came to buy jewelry, furniture, cars …” In those days, long before Everett Mall and Alderwood mall, there were five department stores in Everett’s downtown, all with special lights and window displays at Christmastime. “It was always a big deal to go downtown,” O’Donnell said. “Everett was really packed. The congestion was so bad during Christmas that you couldn’t drive through town.” Neil Westover, now retired, who was born and raised in Everett, agreed that downtown Everett was a bustling place during the holidays in the ’40s and ’50s. “It was quite an event to be downtown at Christmastime,” he said. “Traffic was really intense.” What still impresses him was not just the number of people, but how they all were dressed to the nines. “All the men were wearing hats and topcoats and all the women were wearing dresses and hats,” he said. All the hubbub could be confusing for children. Westover remembers hustling along to keep up with his dad. “I grabbed his arm only to discover I had the wrong arm. It wasn’t my dad,” said Westover, who now resides in Marysville. Downtown Everett may have been hopping, but the city was a shadow of its current self, population-wise. Everett’s population was just under 34,000 in 1950, compared to about 109,000 today. Obtaining the family Christmas tree ▶
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was a simpler matter back then. “There was enough open space in Everett that you just went out and cut one,” O’Donnell said. “You didn’t pay any attention to whose property it was.” In addition to shopping, Westover enjoyed a family activity still popular today — taking a drive in the evening to enjoy all the holiday lights. Colby Avenue was lit up like a Christmas tree. Colby was very “mall-like” and festive, he said. O’Donnell also remembers fondly that many of the local businesses had special lighting displays for the holidays. He cited Solie Funeral Home, opened in 1940, as being among the businesses that tried to have a special display every year. Jerry Solie of Everett said his late father, Lloyd, who owned the business then, was committed to having a good holiday display, such as a manger scene. “He would have them cut out of plywood and painted, and we would do different things every year,” Jerry Solie said. “He felt really committed to do that.” O’Donnell said he also enjoyed what had been a holiday tradition for Everett radio station KRKO, which read kids’ letters to Santa on the air. Westover, noting the importance of fraternal organizations like the Elks and the Eagles clubs, said they had big Christmas celebrations in Everett. The same was true for the Sons of Norway. Pat Maher, of Everett, whose grandparents were from Norway, said they introduced him to a lot of Norwegian holiday delicacies and even a tradition of having lighted candles on the Christmas tree. “I don’t know what happened, but they only did that one year,” he said of the candles. As for the delicacies: “They were really big on pastries,” he said. “The Norwegian families would spend weeks and weeks
making all the Christmas goodies.” Solie, now 81, enjoyed the holiday celebrations at the Sons of Norway’s Normanna Lodge No. 3. He still does. Normanna celebrates the Christmas holidays each year starting with a Scandinavian bazaar in November where vendors sell Norwegian crafts and foods like pickled herring or lefse, a Norwegian flatbread. That’s followed by festivities in December that include a children’s Christmas party with presents and a big julebord, or Scandinavian feast. Lisa Maher of Normanna said the julebord is “an incredible” three-course meal heaped with traditional foods. “You eat, you visit and you eat some more,” she said. “The whole dinner is very slow.” Some folks don their bunad, traditional Norwegian clothing, for the celebration. For about the past decade, Everett’s Christmas celebration has drifted more to the waterfront, where the Port of Everett has a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Santa visit, a Toys for Tots drive, a holiday festival with vendors and live music, free craft activities and movies for kids, and a lighted boat parade. “We wanted to provide an upland experience for the community when people came down for the boat parade,” said the port’s Lisa Lefeber. She noted the event, which includes the Mukilteo Yacht Club and the Imagine Children’s Museum, is growing in popularity, attracting nearly 1,000 people last year. Many communities hold similar events. Edmonds, for example, typically has a downtown holiday market and tree lighting ceremony; Marysville has Merrysville for the Holidays events that include collecting food and gifts for people in need; Mukilteo hosts a tree lighting and holiday open house; and Arlington also hosts a holiday open house. ■
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Doug Beyerlein with his dog, Tuolumne, descend a stairway at Forest Park in Everett.
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Getting fit on the public stairways of Snohomish County STORY BY EVAN THOMPSON • PHOTOS BY OLIVIA VANNI
inter is when most of us pack on the pounds. Who can say no to another slice of pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream? If you’d rather not make a resolution to join a gym, and you don’t have a Stairmaster or elliptical at home, then go outside for free stair-climbing equipment. Actual stairs. “Stair seeking” is a hobby that involves searching for and climbing public stairways for the benefit of training for marathons, cross-country races and to otherwise keep in shape. Think of it as “geocaching” for active runners and outdoors lovers. The term “stair seekers” was coined in 2008 by Mill Creek resident Doug Beyerlein. He created a website to help other like-minded athletes find staircases with 100 steps or more. The site lists the locations of more than 400 large outdoor stairways around the world. There are three Snohomish County staircases with more than 100 stairs listed on PublicStairs.com, in Arlington, Everett and Granite Falls. Each is pinpointed on an interactive map and
rated for difficulty based on a four-star scale. Some stairways are out in the open while others are a bit harder to find, tucked away in parks or forests. Beyerlein, 68, is a runner who climbs stairs to train for marathons and cross-country races that have stair climbs. But not all stair seekers are runners. “Some of them are people who really like to go hiking,” said Beyerlein, a civil engineer and the owner of Clear Creek Solutions in Tumwater. “You just go out there and see the sights. It’s a fun adventure. You never know what you’re going to find.” Beyerlein was inspired to find public stairs while training for the Quad Dipsea Race in Marin County, California, in 1998. The race is known for its challenging 700-stair climb up the side of Mount Tamalpais. He needed stairs to practice on. Beyerlein grew up in Seattle where hills are about as common as the rain, so he trained on a 364-stair staircase he found on Thistle Street. It did the trick — and it also gave him an idea. “I thought, ‘That’s great, but I wonder if there are any others,’ “ Beyerlein said. “It kind of mushroomed from there.” ▶ WINTER 2018 • WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE • 25
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Find a 101-stair climb at the Granite Falls fish ladder. Finding stairs soon became his passion. He scoured the Pacific Northwest for outdoor stairways to climb and later wrote about them in articles for Northwest Runner magazine, including on Seattle’s biggest stairways and his favorite ones to climb in the region. In 2008, Beyerlein started posting their locations on PublicStairs.com to share with others who have a similar zeal for stair climbing. His website also was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, the Seattle Times and four books, including “Seattle Stairway Walk” by Jake and Cathy Jaramillo and “A Guide to the Public Stairways of Los Angeles” by Bob Inman. “It’s the fact these things are kind of hidden away and people don’t really know about them,” Beyerlein said. “You’re going out there and see what’s there. You literally see things and places you wouldn’t otherwise see.” There also is a Facebook group — “Friends of Public Stairs” — that has about 1,000 members from across the world. Fellow stair seekers have added their own stair finds to the site. Beyerlein offered some tips for first-time stair seekers: ✓ Wear comfortable shoes. Your feet will thank you later. ✓ Don’t try to do too many stairs too quickly. You’ve got to build up your endurance. ✓ Take some friends with you. Friends make it more fun. ✓ It doesn’t need to be a race or competition. Just making it to the top and back down is a win. ■
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Granite Falls: This mellow, 101-stair climb is found at the city’s historic fish ladder, built in 1954 to help salmon and steelhead reach their spawning grounds. An 80-year-old bridge, 280-foot tunnel and 40-footwaterfalls — the city’s namesake — also are nearby. Follow the Mountain Loop Highway out of town for about a mile and look for a sign that says “Granite Falls Fishway,” then follow the path that leads to the fish ladder. Arlington: The Zimmerman Hill stairway, also known as the Zimmerman Hill Climb, features a steep inclination and 232 stairs. This popular Arlington stairway, which connects 80th Avenue NE and Crown Ridge Boulevard, gets heavy foot traffic from locals who use it for fitness or reaching the nearby commercial area. Benches are placed at the midway point for rest or relaxation. Everett: Everett Memorial Stadium’s stairways with 146 steps begin on the track, scale the bleachers and end with a shorter stairway leading to 38th Street. Coupeville: Though it only has 57 stairs, a wooden stairway at Ebey’s Landing leads to a scenic view of Puget Sound and a bluff trail. Both the trail and the beach below are popular, especially on a nice day. The landing is just outside of town. Travel north on Highway 20, turn left onto Sherman Road and take a right on Cook Road to the Prairie Overlook trailhead. Deception Pass: Two stairways on either side of Deception Pass Bridge form a short loop along the North Beach trail and Goose Rock Summit trails. Both take hikers under the bridge and on to West Beach. All together, there are nearly 100 steps to climb with a moderate incline.
something old for everybody Hundreds of thousands of antique-lovers from around the world visit Snohomish each year
Antiques from more than 200 dealers are on offer at Star Center Antique Mall in the old Snohomish armory. STORY BY EVAN THOMPSON • PHOTOS BY KEVIN CLARK
ou know it as the Antique Capitol of the Pacific Northwest. Snohomish, founded in 1859 and bound by the Snohomish and Pilchuck rivers, is a treasure trove of historical buildings, homes and antique shops. Its historic district is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places. Who does Snohomish have to thank for the tourist-attracting nickname? John Regan, the original owner of Star Center Antique Mall. When Regan opened his store in 1982, he felt like Snohomish needed a little something. To be sure, it wasn’t antiques. He alone had tens of thousands of period pieces in the mall’s five-story building on Second Street. So he gave it the nickname now synonymous with Snohomish. A card catalog at Faded Elegance in Snohomish. “My dad coined it when they were trying to establish an identity,” said Tim Regan, who took over the antique mall with his wife in the late antique shops opened downtown. 1990s. You won’t find another place in Washington like it. SnohomThe nickname stuck, and was further reinforced when more ish is home to more than 350 antique dealers, ▶ WINTER 2018 • WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE • 27
offering collectibles sold in more than a dozen shops, all located within less than a square mile of each other downtown. Snohomish is the antique hunter’s equivalent of being a kid in a candy shop. And just like a candy shop, there’s something for everyone, from circa 1800s French cabinets, 1950s-era porcelain signs and 1920s chandeliers to vinyl records, train sets and mid-century lamps. Each store sells hundreds to tens of thousands of antiques, many of which have value for their aesthetic or historical significance. With so many items to look at, it can be overwhelming. But antiquers agree that it’s that hunt for the perfect item The multilevel Star Center Antique Mall opened in 1982 in Snohomish. that makes it fun. “You never know where you’re going to find them,” said Kimberly McIlrath, owner of Faded not the case. Elegance on First Street, which also sells home and garden “We all know each other and try to work together,” McIlrath decor, and boutique and vintage items. said. “We have a good community.” You’d think a surplus of antique shops in one city would McIlrath, 48, grew up in Snohomish. When she was a little breed competition. But shop owners here say that’s girl, her family would take her antique shopping — though that
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designer famous for building furniture for Queen Victoria. “It’s beautiful,” Gurney said. “My wife says I’m going to be buried in it.” Star Center Antique Mall is the largest antiques seller in town. It’s housed in a 1928 building that was once an armory for the American Legion. More than 200 dealers sell glass art, vintage toys, estate jewelry and antique collectibles at the mall. It also is home to the largest antique-reference bookstore in the Pacific Northwest, with more than 10,000 books on its shelves. “We’re really one of those places that you can ask for anything under the sun,” owner Tim Regan said. McIlrath of Faded Elegance travels all over the world to find her antiques. “I love European flair,” she said. Some of her most treasured items are from France. She sells French linen, chairs, mirrors Antique items at Faded Elegance come from around the world. and cabinets. She also frequently sells demione-of-a-kind items such as an antique farm table made of johns, which are old French wine bottles covered in wicker. old barn wood, vintage cocktail ware and English ironstone During an antique hunting trip in San Francisco, she found tableware. French-style sofas with carved gold legs — called settees — “I love to see the customers’ reactions,” she said. made for a 1920s movie set. “I’ve been doing this for so long that over the years, they’ve “I brought them home and posted them in the front decorated their house with items from the store, so it feels like window,” McIlrath said. “I thought no one would ever buy my home, too. them. Somebody bought them that same day.” “It’s a special feeling.” ■ In addition to her French collection, McIlrath also has
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Season's greetings from the Northwest STORY BY SHARON SALYER In just four short years, the Cascadia Art Museum’s annual show of Christmas cards designed by Northwest artists has become a holiday tradition. “People really love them,” said David Martin, the museum’s curator, who has the task of selecting just which among the several hundred card collection will be among the 200 on view in the annual exhibit. The show, “Vintage Christmas Cards by Northwest Artists,” with works from the 1900s to the ’90s will be on display at the museum through Jan. 6. Some of the cards have been included in the holiday exhibit before but are displayed again, such as Danny Pierce’s “Ptarmigan,” created in 1994. “I have to include it,” Martin said. “People really like that one. It’s gorgeous.” The woodcut by the Kent artist shows two of the birds in a snowy setting. It’s one of a series of traditional color woodcuts he made for holiday cards beginning in the 1940s and continuing until about a year before he died in 2014. Although the collection includes cards created over eight decades, most are from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, Martin said. “A lot are woodcuts or linocuts, like you would do for a fine art print,” he said. And some are watercolors. The cards on display “really are works of art done by a lot of famous artists,” Martin said. “They’re beautiful.”
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Danny Pierce's “Ptarmigan” has been a favorite card at the exhibit over the years. Pierce created the woodcut in 1994.
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What: “Vintage Christmas Cards by Northwest Artists” Where: Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Ave., Suite E, Edmonds Tickets: Adults $10, seniors $7, youth $7; children 4 and younger get in free More: 425-336-4809 or cascadiaartmuseum.org
William J.C. Klamm: “Christmas,” 1949, relief print/wood engraving Klamm was a Seattle painter and illustrator from the 1930s to the ’50s. His series of Christmas cards “show how different all the approaches are,” said Cascadia Art Museum curator David Martin, who called them some of the most striking in the collection.
Charles W. Smith: “Santa Resting on a Holiday Chair,” 1952, relief halftone print Smith founded the Industrial Design program at the University of Washington, where he spent more than four decades teaching sculpture and industrial design, according to the website altarts.org.
Corwin Chase: “Mount Shuksan,” circa 1928, color woodcut
Klee Wyk Studio: “Bird Design,” 1956, relief print
Chase's card is created in the style of Japanese woodcuts. He and his brother, Waldo Chase, were some of the finest printmakers in Washington during the 1920s and ‘30s, Martin said. The two brothers chose a rather nomadic and Bohemian life, living in teepees in the wilderness and making prints.
The Klee Wyk Studio was a cooperative of four artisans who made murals for buildings, incorporating Native American designs in their work. Two of the men had tribal roots with the Quinault and Cowlitz tribes, Martin said.
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From left, a coffee bourbon warmer, a vanilla vodka chai and an autumnal cider toddy at Scratch Distillery.
Winter warmers 3 cocktails that brighten dark days in the Northwest STORY BY ERIN PRIDE-SWANEY AND AARON SWANEY • PHOTOS BY OLIVIA VANNI
Baby, it’s cold outside. It’s also dark and dreary. And damp. Walk around town, and you’ll feel the kind of cold that sticks to your skin, a dampness that permeates your lungs. Your fingers turn pinkish and numb, brittle from the cold wind rushing past. In short, it’s winter in the Northwest. The best remedy is a warm drink. But sometimes the dark days call for something a little higher in octane than a hot chocolate with those mini marshmallows floating on top. Often you need an adult beverage that will not only warm your hands, but your heart, mind and soul. We asked a few of our favorite Snohomish County distilleries for their recommendations to go in a warm winter cocktail. Then we hit the lab and started experimenting. What we came up with promises to keep the inner fires burning until the blossoms once again bloom. It may be cold outside, but, baby, it’s warm inside.
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Coffee bourbon warmer
Vanilla vodka chai
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Dark coffee highlights the natural caramel flavors of Arlington-based Bad Dog Distillery's Mad Dog Bourbon, while the added cardamom bitters play off the sweet whipped cream. This is a warmer that’s delicious while not being too sweet. Perfect for dark coffee lovers.
This recipe is from Scratch Distillery in Edmonds and pairs their craft vodka with warm spiced chai and cream. It’s the perfect cocktail version of a chai latte.
Sage, rosemary and orange blend perfectly with Snohomish-based Skip Rock Distiller’s Spiced Apple Liqueur and Rye Whiskey. Amaro lends rich depth to the drink, but if you must substitute, a full-bodied red wine or red vermouth works, although we really prefer amaro.
3 ounces Mad Dog Bourbon 1-2 dashes cardamom bitters (optional) 1 cup very dark coffee or espresso Sweetened whipped cream to garnish For the whipped cream: 2 ounces vanilla bean simple syrup (recipe at right) 1 pint heavy whipping cream Pour 1½ ounces bourbon in 2 glasses. Add dash of cardamom bitters if desired, then top with ½ cup coffee. Top with a generous portion of sweetened whipped cream. Making sweet whipped cream: Whip vanilla bean simple syrup into the heavy whipping cream. Serves 2. — By Erin Pride-Swaney
4 ounces Scratch Wheat Vodka 12 ounces strong chai or boxed chai latte mix 1½ ounces amaretto 1 ounce vanilla bean simple syrup 1 ounce half-and-half For the vanilla bean syrup: 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean Combine and split in 2 mugs, then heat for about 10 seconds in a microwave. Alternatively, heat chai and milk together then pour into mugs filled with vodka, amaretto and syrup. Garnish with cinnamon sprinkle if desired. Making vanilla bean simple syrup: Heat water in a small saucepan until almost boiling. Slowly stir in sugar until fully dissolved. Cut vanilla bean in half and scrape the insides to add to the syrup. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, then let cool. Serves 2. — By Scratch Distillery
2 ounces Skip Rock Spiced Apple Liqueur 2 ounces Skip Rock Rye Whiskey 1 ounce amaro 1 cup spiced cider For the cider: 2 cups fresh-pressed cider 2 slices orange (peel on) 3-4 fresh sage leaves 1-2 twigs fresh rosemary Making the cider: In a small pot, bring cider, orange slices, sage leaves and rosemary to a simmer over medium-low heat. Once simmering, remove from heat, cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Remove sage, rosemary and orange slices. Making the drink: Pour 1 ounce apple liqueur and 1 ounce rye whiskey into 2 heat-proof glasses. Add ½ ounce amaro to each. Top with steeped cider and garnish with sugared sage leaves, orange twist or rosemary twig as desired. Serves 2. — By Erin Pride-Swaney
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Valerie Gilstrap, of Stanwood, makes dog beds and other items to benefit Old Dog Haven in Lake Stevens.
Holiday V shopping with heart Looking for gifts that make a difference? Check out bazaars and craft fairs in Snohomish County that raise money for charitable causes. STORY BY RACHEL McKEE PHOTOS BY ANDY BRONSON
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alerie Gilstrap is an artist who must love dogs. For Gilstrap, who lives in Stanwood, the switch from hospice nurse to senior-dog caretaker was a natural transition. Turning her innate nurturing from humans to dogs has become a major “pet project.” In 2016, Gilstrap adopted her first senior dog, Bailey, from Old Dog Haven in Lake Stevens. The 10-year-old beagle had terminal cancer. Gilstrap started making dog beds not long after adopting Bailey. She realized she didn’t have a dog bed for Bailey, and that she really needed not one, but three of them to maximize Bailey’s comfort around the house. So she dug through her closet and found old sweaters and blankets. Then she watched a YouTube video on how to make dog beds. A dog carrier Her three turned out so well that she decided is one of the to make dog beds for Old Dog Haven; one canine-themed free dog bed with each senior-dog adoption. craft items Thus, the nonprofit Bailey's Beds began. Gilstrap makes. It was through taking care of Bailey and her partnership with Old Dog Haven that Gilstrap had another idea. Humane animal shelters like Old Dog Haven have high operating costs. So she decided to sell her merchandise and donate all proceeds to local shelters. Gilstrap said she received “a phenomenal outpouring from the community for supplies” to get Bailey’s Beds off the ground. What started out as just dog beds has turned into dog carriers,
car booster seats for dogs, reusable mats and “snuffle mats” — toys created from blanket shreds that dogs can really sink their teeth into when they’re feeling frisky. Nearly all products are made from recycled and donated material. Many of Gilstrap’s items are customizable. She also custom designs outdoor stones that she paints to match your pet’s face. She can even paint 3-D molds of a furry friend. Send her a picture, and she will paint a mold that matches your pet’s markings. One of her best-sellers is the dog carrier. She said her design maximizes comfort for the dog and owner. Optional liners are for added warmth or to waterproof the carrier for the incontinent pet. All proceeds are donated to Old Dog Haven, as well as Everett Animal Shelter, Purrfect Pals in Arlington, The NOAH Center in Stanwood, Camano Animal Shelter and Sarvey Wildlife in Arlington. Gilstrap’s mission is to support senior dogs like Bailey who are unlikely to ever be adopted due to age and health conditions. Gilstrap had Bailey for the last year of her life. “We made her final days as comfortable as can be,” she said. Since then, she has welcomed two more senior dogs into her home. Shop online at the Bailey’s Beds website, baileysbeds. wixsite.com/mysite, or check out her unique goods in-person. Gilstrap frequently sells at local bazaars and craft fairs throughout the year. She’ll be at the Holiday Craft Bazaar on Nov. 30 at the Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett. ■
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5 to check out Here are five Snohomish County bazaars and craft fairs scheduled to help you with your holiday shopping. Find hundreds of local merchants, as well as games, prizes and treats, at these local events. Like Valerie Gilstrap, many of the artists and artisans are raising money for charitable causes. Nov. 30 Holiday Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave., Everett. Handcrafted treasures for yourself and everyone on your holiday gift list. Fifty vendors offering a variety of merchandise. Free coffee. Sandwiches, potato salad and pie available for purchase.
Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 Mukilteo Foursquare Church Christmas Bazaar: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mukilteo Foursquare Church, 4424 Chennault Beach Road, Mukilteo. Peruse holiday decorations and homemade crafts. Grab a delicious Christmas treat. Proceeds support building a water well in Sierra Leone.
Dec. 1 Merrysville for the Holidays: 5 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Marysville, on Fifth Street and State Avenue. Explore the holiday craft show, get photos with Santa and enjoy a variety of family activities. There will be a holiday parade and a lighting of the water tower.
Dec. 1 Lake Stevens Dickens Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cavelero Mid High School, 8220 24th St. SE, Lake Stevens. Make a monetary or non-perishable food donation. Shop from 100 craft vendors to complete your holiday shopping and listen to caroling performances throughout the day.
Dec. 8 Mansford Grange Christmas Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mansford Grange, 1265 Railroad Ave., Darrington. Browse local vendors and enter a chance to win a turkey for your holiday dinner. Make sure to visit Santa from noon to 1 p.m. Goodies will be served, and you can stock up on holiday treats from the bake sale. Enter a raffle to win a lumber package from the Darrington Hampton Mill.
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Pancake Picasso A Snohomish man makes art in a novel medium: Everybody’s favorite breakfast food.
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Pancake artist Brek Nebel demonstrates his technique while his son, Koen, watches at their home.
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“Green Eggs and Ham”
STORY COMPILED BY ANDREA BROWN
Meet Brek Nebel, 35, who was brought to Snohomish County by the U.S. Navy and works as a field service engineer for Thales Avionics at Boeing. He and his wife, Rebecca, and their 7-year-old son, Koen, live in Snohomish. Here, he describes his art in his own words.
Pancake art is something my son and I enjoy doing together. He enjoys baking and cooking and has fun helping prep our colors and creating his own pancakes. I normally attempt to bring my son’s requests to fruition in pancake form. However, I also use breakfast as an opportunity to introduce my son to the things I enjoy, like “Star Wars,” comic characters or upcoming movies that I’m excited about.
I have always loved art. I grew up with a pencil in my hand and would draw at any opportunity. I also was fortunate enough to grow up with an amazing art teacher who was able to take my basic skills and help me improve so much. His lessons have stayed with me, and I have used them in so many different ways and in so many places. To be able to use my drawing and painting skills in different mediums — such as pancakes — to help introduce my son to art and help teach him to try new things is rewarding. I started making pancake art for my son about five years ago. A friend posted some of my photos online, and I woke up to multiple emails and online articles about my pancakes. I never imagined people would be so interested in my pancakes. For fun, I decided to create my PancakeBREKfast moniker to post them to social media.
I mostly create pancakes for my son and family at home. I have taught small classes with Marysville Parks and Rec to show people how to make pancake art themselves. I occasionally go to my son’s classroom to make pancakes for his friends. I have been lucky enough to travel on occasion to make pancakes and have had my pancakes featured in articles around
Koen Nebel, 7 Who: Koen Nebel is a budding art student and secondgrader. He enjoys Legos and playing with all of his pets. What: Koen and his dad have been making pancake art together for more than five years, and now he makes his own designs.
“Crocodile” the world and on TV. My most famous would probably be my shark or T-Rex.
It’s fun. This started with us doing something different for breakfast with pancake molds, then trying coloring, and eventually, evolved into drawing my own designs with pancake batter to create art. I enjoy getting up in the morning with my son and planning what we’re going to make for breakfast. He is always excited and has so many ideas that he wants to try, and then we have fun picking out and mixing colors. Initially, during the flip, he is nervous that it may break, but he lights up when he sees the results. While I take a couple of pictures, he uses the batter to make and cook his own designs. We do eat our creations. Since we do a lot of baking in our house, we’re OK with the art being cut up and consumed.
I start with a cold griddle. I follow the Bisquick recipe, but add a little extra milk to get the correct consistency. I make chocolate pancake batter and use a chopstick like a pencil to make my outlines. I also have squeeze bottles filled with colored batter to fill in the outline as I work. Once the drawing is complete, I turn the griddle on low to set everything and cover the pancake with a layer of normal batter. Before it cooks (or browns) too much, I flip it and then turn the heat up to fully cook the back of the pancake.
I’m lucky to have such a patient child because my favorites are the ones that I can spend a lot of time on and get a lot of detail into. I think those are the most fun for him to cut up as well. If I was going to pick one, I would probably have to choose the Mad Hatter; the detail came out well, the colors popped and it was big enough to serve on a turkey platter. ■ Brek’s pancake art can be found on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr @PancakeBREKfast. Email him at PancakeBREKfast@gmail.com.
When: Koen has been eating pancakes since before he can remember — and now uses his artistic talents to create pancake art like his father. Where: Koen has been enjoying pancakes all over Snohomish County. Why: They’re delicious, and beautiful, and fun to cut up. Favorite pancake: Venom. WINTER 2018 • WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE • 43
The dining area at Mukilteo Coffee Roasters in Langley.
TOP COFFEE 10 cafes you must visit in Snohomish and Island counties STORY BY SARA BRUESTLE • PHOTOS BY OLIVIA VANNI
ven if you don’t care for coffee, you’ve got to love a good coffee shop. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee, your pick of cookies and sweet breads, and a seat next to the window so you can watch the rain. Those are the makings of a favorite cafe. Here are some recommended coffee shops in Snohomish and Island counties — all of them independent, sit-down cafes.
MUKILTEO COFFEE: Gary Smith was ahead of the
coffee curve when he opened an espresso cart at the Mukilteo ferry dock in 1983. Thirty-five years later, he’s a local coffee legend and owner of an artisan coffee roaster and cafe on Whidbey Island. It’s well worth the ferry ride over. Ever since he first tasted espresso in 1982, Smith’s had a passion for great coffee. He developed a slow-roasting method about 30 years ago — that is still followed today — all in the name of the perfect cup of coffee. All of the beans are purchased directly from farmers.
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A latte is poured at Narrative Coffee in Everett.
Even if you don’t like coffee, we recommend you go just to see the roastery and cafe in Langley. With two industrial roasters, an expansive dining area and eye-catching artwork, there’s a lot to appreciate. You might even catch a glimpse of Beans the Pig. Mukilteo Coffee Roasters is at 5331 Crawford Road, Langley. Call 360-321-5262. The cafe is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. The roastery is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. More at mukilteocoffee.com.
RED TWIG: This cafe and bakery in downtown Edmonds is a local favorite. It roasts its proprietary blend coffee and bakes a variety of pastries daily. If you’re stuck staring at the menu, order a latte to go with that pastry you’re thinking about. Red Twig has perfected the espresso-to-milk ratio in its lattes. Don’t believe us? “Their caffeinated drinks are always superb,” one colleague said. “The drip coffee also is great,” said another. Want more than coffee? Stay for breakfast. The farm-fresh menu changes with the seasons. It has more than the tried-andtrue breakfast offerings of eggs, toast and pancakes. Visiting Red Twig is like dropping in on a friend who is ready and willing to make you brunch. Red Twig Cafe and Bakery is at 117 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. The cafe and bakery is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call 425-771-1200. More at redtwig.com.
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A latte with heart art at Red Cup Cafe in Mukilteo. Narrative Coffee has helped put Everett on the coffee map. The multi-roaster coffee shop — just steps from the Snohomish County Courthouse — is designed with mid-century modern flair and reminiscent of San Francisco. Narrative is housed in a storefront built in 1921 with four skylights, exposed beams and rafters, and original brick walls. Co-owner Maxwell Mooney wanted to create a “neighborhood living room.” It’s very hip and comfortable. Mooney is an award-winning barista credited for creating the coffee mecca in downtown Everett. His philosophy? A cup of coffee should reflect the bean’s true nature as a seed of a tropical fruit. Order a street waffle to go with that quality cuppa fruity coffee. You can thank us later. ▶
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Look for a Native American chief; a woman waiting for a bus; a portrait of the late Willard Schroeder, Mukilteo’s unofficial mayor; and a man with a cup of coffee bursting from the ceiling. Sit at The Table of “Nalage” if you plan to do a lot more talking than listening. It’s the Table of “Nalage” and not “Knowledge” for a reason. Owner Marianne Brown is Red Cup’s best character. If your cup of coffee doesn’t wake you up, her bubbly personality will. Red Cup Cafe is at 619 Fourth St., Mukilteo. It’s open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 425-348-4825 or go to facebook.com/RedCupCafe.
Mukilteo Coffee Roasters began as a coffee cart at the ferry dock in 1983. Narrative Coffee, 2927 Wetmore Ave., Everett, is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 425-322-4648. More at narrative.coffee.
RED CUP CAFE: This Mukilteo cafe has a lot of char-
acter: whimsical sculptures, a panoramic view of Possession Sound, the Table of “Nalage” in the corner by the door. The cafe opened in 1989 as Mukilteo Coffee, changed to Whidbey Coffee in 1999, and then became the Red Cup Cafe in 2009. Wooden statues carved by Whidbey Island artist Pat McVay populate the cafe up the hill from the Mukilteo ferry dock.
WHIDBEY COFFEE: In 1989, Dan Ollis purchased an espresso cart and spent the summer serving specialty coffee at local fairs. This entrepreneurial move led him to build the framework that today is Whidbey Coffee Co. — good coffee and customer service. Twenty-nine years later, Ollis owns a coffee empire. You can order a cup of Whidbey Coffee at 12 locations around the Puget Sound region, including in Mukilteo and on Whidbey Island. The Oak Harbor cafe with a drive-thru was voted Best of Whidbey 2018. It has your choice of indoor and outdoor tables, many of which include built-in power outlets, leather lounge chairs next to a stone fireplace and a separate conference room that can be reserved up to two weeks in advance. In a hurry? The drive-thru’s carhops take your order during rush hours so that your cup of joe is ready when you reach the window. The company’s bakery makes pastries fresh daily to go with your steaming cup. Or you can try one of their parfaits, breakfast burritos, wraps, soups or sandwiches. If you’d like to mix it
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up, we recommend ordering one of the cafe’s signature drinks, like the “famous frozen moka.” Whidbey Coffee, 31275 Highway 20, is open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 360-2798165. More at whidbeycoffee.com.
THE LOFT: If you’re looking for a cool cafe for an afternoon hangout, then go to The Loft. The Everett coffee shop, which opened in 2016, has been described as “a cool spot” more times than we can count. Owners Tim and Devyn Gunn have designed The Loft to be a cozy, community-friendly space where locals can book a meeting room or relax in an armchair by a fireplace. “The space is comfortable and has interesting decor,” a colleague said. “It’s a bright, pleasant place to meet a friend and sit for awhile.” We recommend you try “Joe's shooter,” a vanilla-flavored drink topped with cold breve and espresso, or the Cuban cafecito, in which brown sugar is whipped in with an espresso shot. The 1920 building it’s housed in originally was home to Joe’s Tavern, whose owner, Joe King, is namesake of the aforementioned “Joe's shooter” drink. He was a local character who sponsored Everett baseball teams and ran the popular bar “where all the boys meet.” The Loft is a true family affair: In addition to husband and wife, two of the Gunns’ three daughters work at the cafe. Devyn’s mother, another owner, also works there. The Loft Coffee Bar, 1309 Hewitt Ave., Everett, is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 425-212-9271 or go to facebook.com/TheLoft.CoffeeBar. Everett.
Everett’s Narrative Coffee has a San Francisco-like vibe.
THE LIVING ROOM: The volunteer-run coffee house in Marysville is a popular gathering place. You’re welcome to hang out, join a number of house events or host your own. For example, the Jazz Jam Project is at 6:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month and Open Mic Night is at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month. As far as coffee and baked goods go, the Living Room gets rave reviews for its vanilla bean scones and white chocolate raspberry mochas. Have your coffee in one of several small rooms, for added privacy, or sit in the large community living room for which it’s named. ▶
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The cafe/bar features lots of natural light, white barstools and walls, and reclaimed Douglas fir. It’s one of three B chapters owner Paloma St. Germain envisioned: First was “beauty” (hair and makeup salon) in 2014, second was “bar” (coffee and booze) in 2017, and the third, “boutique” (local goods), will soon follow. But about that bar. Everything on the menu — which includes coffee, tea, soda, beer, wine and hard cider — is organic, local, sustainable and often house-made. We recommend one of Bravata’s coffee cocktails, like the espresso hot toddy or the espresso old fashRed Cup Cafe in Mukilteo is known for its whimsical character. ioned, made by the business’ barista-bartender. If you don’t want coffee or booze, go for the “famous” All of the baristas are volunteers, ranging in age from 12 to lemon ginger soda. All the fruit for the bar’s house-made 72 years old. They serve coffee for free to gain job skills and sodas are juiced slowly to preserve nutrients and flavor. give back to their community. The Living Room Coffee House is at 1636 Fourth St., Marysville. The cafe is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 360-658-8646. More at livingroomevent.com.
TIMBER MONSTER BREWING CO.: In
a place where craft coffee and beer are equally popular, it’s surprising there aren’t more businesses that offer both. Timber Monster Brewing Co., which opened this year on Main Street in Sultan, not only does both, it does both well. Mike and Brandi Varnell converted the former Seafirst Bank building into a coffee bar and drive-thru by day and a craft-beer brewery and restaurant by night. Timber Monster’s business model might be new, but it’s not complicated. They offer coffee and breakfast bites at the drive-thru in the wee-morning hours, followed by the coffee shop, which is your typical laptop-and-cuppa-joe spot. Just before noon is when the beer starts flowing, and they transition the menu to lunch and dinner fare, like wood-fired pizzas, burgers and wraps until close. The Varnells went with an “old Northwest cabin” design. They turned the old bank drive-thru and vault into a walk-in cooler. Instead of Benjamins, it now holds brewskis.
Timber Monster Brewing Co., 410 Main St., Sultan, is open 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Call 360-243-3159 or go to facebook.com/ TimberMonsterBrewingCompany.
BRAVATA: Bravata in the Mill Creek Town Center is
so good that baristas go there for coffee. Even the hoity toity ones. Except Bravata isn’t a coffee shop. Bravata is one of, if not the first, full-service beauty salon in Washington with a highend cafe and cocktail bar.
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Bravata, 15117 Main St., Suite B104, Mill Creek, is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Call 425-357-6161. More at www.iambravata.com.
LOOKING GLASS: Make like Alice and step through the looking glass into this Snohomish coffee house. The Looking Glass, which opened in 2017, is a family-owned cafe and gift shop in the city’s historic district with a “living room” feel. Owners Tex and Laura Page wanted to open their own coffee shop so they could serve Dillanos coffee, Smith Brothers milk and mini doughnuts. The doughnuts are made hot and fresh right in front of you. The cafe offers free Wi-Fi, a selection of board games to play during your visit, a children’s area with toys and puzzles, large gathering tables in the back and plenty of comfy couches and armchairs. “It’s a beautiful, open space, with just enough coziness to be dangerous,” a former barista told us. At the front is the gift shop, which offers a selection of gifts and souvenirs, many of which are made locally. We recommend you grab a coffee — their dark roast receives high praise — and then browse the Looking Glass’ collection of games, toys, jewelry and books, plus Looking Glass merchandise. Looking Glass Coffee is at 801 First St., Suite 201, Snohomish. The cafe and gift shop is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 360-863-3557 or go to lookingglasscoffee.com.
Honorable mentions: Useless Bay Coffee Co., 121 Second St., Langley; Vienna Coffee Co., 16108 Ash Way, No. 101, Lynnwood; Paesano’s Coffee & Cafe, 14655 Fryelands Blvd., No. 109, Monroe; and Cafe Makario, 2625 Colby Ave., Suite 2C, Everett. ■
EVENTS DECEMBER Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas 8 P.M. DEC. 1 The popular rock ‘n’ roll electric six-string violinist brings along the Seattle Irish Dance Co. and bagpiper Neil Hubbard for this concert at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $22-$35. historiceveretttheatre.org
Everett Chorale 7 P.M. DEC. 1 AND 3 P.M. DEC. 2 The “Mystery & Wonder: Birth & Light” concert will be performed at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Features singers from the University of Washington. Tickets are $21 general, $16 students, seniors and military. Children 12 and younger get in free. everettchorale.org
Pacifica Chamber Orchestra 3 P.M. DEC. 2 The Christmas concert will be performed at First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Program includes Uuno Klami’s Suite for String Orchestra and Adrien Barthe’s Passacaille for Winds. Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors and students. pacificachamberorchestra.org
The Lights of Christmas DEC. 2, 6-9, 13-16, 19-23, 26-29 Open 5 to 10 p.m., Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. More than 1 million Christmas lights, dazzling displays, live music, theater, pony rides, food, Santa, Bruce the Spruce. thelightsofchristmas.com
Holiday Home Tour 1 TO 7 P.M. DEC. 3 See north Everett homes decorated for the holidays on this self-guided tour. Features tastings from local chefs, carolers, raffle baskets, a pop-up gift shop and photos with Santa. Hosted by the Assistance League of Everett. Advance tickets are $30 or $35 on tour day. Purchase tickets at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett. assistanceleagueofeverett.org
Gothard Sisters 7:30 P.M. DEC. 6 The world-traveling sisters return home for their annual Celtic (and more) Christmas concert at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $25 general, $20 students and seniors, $10 for children. edmondscenterforthearts.org
Sno-King Community Chorale 3 P.M. OR 7 P.M. DEC. 8 The “Holiday Magic: Joys & Dreams” concert will be performed at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $25 adults, $22 seniors, $15 children. sno-kingchorale.org
Snohomish Christmas Parlor Tour NOON-4 P.M. DEC. 9 See Snohomish historic homes decorated for the holidays. Hosted by the Snohomish Historical Society. Tickets are $15 general, $12 seniors and youth. Advance tickets are available at Joyworks, 1002 First St.; McDaniel’s Do-It Center, 510 Second St.; and Annie’s On First, 1122 First St. Buy tickets day of tour at the Waltz Building, 116 Ave. B. snohomishhistoricalsociety.org
Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. thumbnailtheater.org
Olympic Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” DEC. 21-23 Abridged version 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 21 (good for young children), full version 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 23, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. olympicballet.com/obthome/tickets
“Peter and the Starcatcher”
rafting, chainsaw carving, live music and an art show. arlingtonwa.gov/eaglefest
“It Could Be Any One of Us” FEB. 1-24 Phoenix Theatre presents a murder mystery with a number of surprises: The victim is not who it should be, the murderer’s identity changes overnight and the thrills are leavened with tongue-in-cheek humor. Figure out whodunit at the Edmonds theater of the same name at 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Tickets are $12-$25. tptedmonds.org
THROUGH DEC. 23
Cascade Symphony Orchestra
The Edmonds Driftwood Players perform the prequel to J. M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy” at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. The play is based on the 2004 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org
The local alternative to Groundhog Day is along First Street in Snohomish, starting at the Avenue A Gazebo. Will Snohomish Slew predict an early spring? snohomishcoc.com/groundfrog
7:30 P.M. DEC. 9-10
“Twist of the Magi”
The Holiday Pops concert will be performed at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Program includes Leroy Anderson’s “Trumpeter’s Lullaby,” Rafael Mendez’ “La Virgen de la Macerena” and tunes from Christmas movies. cascadesymphony.org
Olympic Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” DEC. 13-16 Abridged version offered at 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 13 (good for children), full version 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 5 p.m. Dec. 17, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. olympicballet.com
Seattle Men’s Chorus 7:30 P.M. DEC. 15 The “Jingle All the Way” concert will be performed at the Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Seattle Men’s Chorus has toured internationally, including at Carnegie Hall in New York City and Westminster Hall in London. Tickets are $25-$55. seattlechoruses.org
“A Christmas Carol” THROUGH DEC. 16 As Charles Dickens celebrates Christmas Eve with loved ones, he convinces them to act out his mostbeloved tale in the family home’s attic. Red Curtain presents this innovative adaptation by Michael Paller at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave., Suite J, Marysville. redcurtainfoundation.org
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” 4 P.M. DEC. 16 The Jose Gonzales jazz trio plays Vince Guaraldi’s gem at the Tim Noah
THROUGH DEC. 23
12:30 P.M. FEB. 2
“Silent Sky” Feb. 8-24
Phoenix Theatre presents the holiday hit at the Edmonds theater of the same name at 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. The farcical comedy, based on O. Henry’s classic tale “Gift of the Magi,” is set in a 1940s radio studio as a live on-air broadcast. tptedmonds.org
The Edmonds Driftwood Players present the play that dramatizes the life of American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Her story captures the essence of being female and a scientist during a time when it was considered paradoxical to be both. edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org
Everett Philharmonic Orchestra
“Matilda the Musical” JAN. 4-FEB. 3 Village Theatre brings Roald Dahl’s magical misfit to the stage at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. The hit musical won five Tony Awards, seven Olivier Awards and was named Time’s No. 1 show of the year in 2013. villagetheatre.org/everett
Cascade Symphony Orchestra 7:30 A.M. JAN. 14 The Beethoven & Franck concert will be performed at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. The program includes Barber’s Overture to School for Scandal and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major. Features Jessica Choe on piano and Franck’s Symphony in D Minor. Tickets are $27 adults, $22 seniors, $15 students and $10 youth. cascadesymphony.org
FEBRUARY Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival FEB. 1-2 With winter comes the return of eagles to the Stillaguamish River. The 12th annual festival along Olympic Avenue includes animal talks, bird walks, river
3 P.M. FEB. 10 The “That Magnificent Mozart!” concert will be performed at the First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Program includes the Overture to “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” Symphony No. 29 in A Major and a solo by baritone Ryan Bede. Tickets are $25 general, $20 seniors and active military, $10 for youth and students. everettphil.org
The Great Northwest Glass Quest FEB. 15-25 The great treasure hunt on Camano Island and in Stanwood rewards successful explorers a trove of artistmade glass floats. Find a “clue ball” and turn it in for your prize. Father and son Mark and Marcus Ellinger make about 450 glass balls for the event. thegreatnwglassquest.com
The Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival FEB. 23-24 This event held each February focuses on migratory birds. See trumpeter swans and snow geese in the Stanwood area, as well as on Fir Island near Conway. ci.stanwood.wa.us/visitors/page/ annual-events
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Why I Love It Here | Jesse Jones
’m the guy who roots a little too loud at my daughter Cydney’s volleyball games at Kamiak High School. I’m also the dude who grabs a late-night poke bowl at Hani Hani and will talk your ear off while sipping a pint of IPA at Diamond Knot. My wife, Kim, says I talk too much. Except when we walk the beach at Lighthouse Park and take beautiful pictures of ferries leaving the terminal as if we just moved to town last week. We live on a narrow tree-lined street with homes painted in dark hues. Living behind the many colorful front doors here are hardOLIVIA VANNI / COAST working families with Jesse Jones takes a break at his favorite gym, 373 Degrees Kelvin in Mukilteo. kids eager to play. We’ve made many unscrupulous business or through scammers sitting behind a great friends here, but more than anything else, we share the same goal: sharing a safe place to live where no one is a stranger. computer half a world away. Our team has worked hard to change the way people The Jones family is a fortunate bunch, moving across do business, not just in the Seattle area but nationally, too. the country from Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2005 to return to my As a result of our reports, laws have changed, scammers Northwest roots. See, I was raised in Tacoma. Yeah, Everett’s have gone to prison and lots of you get to use my name to brother from another mother. So, I felt like I knew the people of pressure companies to make things right. (And those of you in Snohomish County like my kin. Snohomish County are free to say I’m your neighbor.) I’ve spent the last 12 years traveling the area trying to right You can find me on KIRO 7 at 5 and our 7 at 7 newscasts. Or consumer wrongs, but I feel most comfortable with family right you can hear my booming voice embarrassing my daughter at here in my town of Mukilteo. Kamiak or repeating another old, tired tale at Harbour Pointe But it’s on my daily drive down I-5 to my job at KIRO where I Golf Club. But where you will find me at my happiest is in a change from the talkative guy at the volleyball game to a street dark-colored split-level home on a narrow tree-lined road with fighter. the two people I love most. It appears that every minute of every second someone is That’s why I love it here. ■ getting nickel and dimed out of their hard-earned dollars by an
MORE ABOUT JESSE JONES: The 54-year-old television journalist started his career in 1989 at KSTW in Tacoma. He was hired as a teleprompter operator and receptionist, but was soon promoted to sports reporter, then to news reporter, and finally to special projects reporter and producer. Then he left his hometown for WMAR in Baltimore, Maryland, where he spent seven years as an investigative reporter. In 2005, he returned to the Northwest. His “Get Jesse” segment became popular during a nine-year run as a consumer reporter for KING. In 2015, he moved to KIRO.
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