Fall brings colorful opportunities, inside and out

By Joanne Peterson | Oct 10, 2013

Edmonds provides countless opportunities for personal enrichment. This evening I’m thinking about my weekend (which ended a few hours ago) at the annual Write on the Sound writers’ conference—an event I attend every year.

What a marvelous two days of speakers, educational sessions and conversations with writers, beginners to professional, from Edmonds and throughout the country.

As always, there was something to interest any writer: Food and Wine Writing, Electronic Rights and the Writer, Humor in Nonfiction, Writing Suspenseful Plots, and more than 20 other topics.

Keynote speaker author Benjamin Percy entertained conference attendees at the Edmonds Theatre with his afternoon address “Go the Distance: A big-hearted narrow-eyed fast-fisted training guide to the writing life.”

Yes, once again, the Edmonds Arts Commission, its volunteers and generous community supporters put together a fantastic event. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the weather was fantastic, too, with opportunity for our community to show off its unique features and give visitors a chance to sample our great farmers’ market on the last Saturday of the market season, and view our growing collection of downtown murals.

I couldn’t count how many visitors commented on what a charming town this is and what a great facility the Francis Anderson Center provides for our yearly writers’ event.

The next occasion I’m looking forward to is a visit from my son, who lives in Idaho. How seldom do we get to see our adult children for a one-on-one visit? I’m delighted that he’s coming my way.

Still another special event on my calendar is next Sunday, Oct. 13, when the Edmonds High School class of 1958 plans a 55th reunion at the Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526-52nd Ave W, 98036, Lynnwood. The event, a casual potluck, is set for 11 a.m. (Out of town attendees needn’t bring anything except themselves.) I think the building is reserved until 11 p.m.; it’ll be fun to see whether the party lasts 12 hours! More information? Email Sandy @ gckonickson@comcast.net.

Then, in another week, on Sunday, Oct. 20, the public is invited to the Edmonds Library for the library’s annual Fall Open House. Plan to stop by with your family between 2 and 3:30 p.m. for refreshments and a variety of entertainments, including harp music—a popular feature every year at the Open House.

It’s a great opportunity to sample our wonderful library, one of my favorite places in Edmonds, chat with staff members and meet members of the City Library Board.

Something new has been added this year, with local writers invited to stop by to participate in an open mike event, from 2:30 to 3:30. I’ll see you at the library Sunday afternoon!

After a batch of brilliant days, rain returns this week. Weather forecasts include words such as “blustery winds,” “small craft advisories” and “possible thunderstorms.” I’m counting on the bright leaves to endure, accustomed as they are to wet weather, reminding me daily (rain or sun) that I enjoy the beauty of autumn in my hometown.

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