A full week of enjoyment

By Joanne Peterson | Jun 14, 2012

This past week I’ve enjoyed several out-of-the-ordinary events, each of which left me smiling.

The first one was a long-anticipated brunch with three of my Edmonds High School classmates, friends who’ve stayed in touch for many years.

It’s surprisingly difficult to find a date we all can meet, so when we do, it’s a notable event.

Our brunches usually take place in Edmonds, though I am the only one of us who lives here.

The others come from Redmond, Everett and Lake Stevens, but they never object to driving to Edmonds, though I offer to go elsewhere.

They still consider Edmonds “their town," and it does seem the most appropriate location for classmates to share memories of Edmonds school days.

Claire’s, at Third and Main, is a good place to meet, as we can visit for three hours if we wish, and it’s large enough that there still are plenty of booths for others to sit for their breakfast.

Eventually, the lunch crowd filters in—which prompts us to consider leaving, though we haven’t by any means run out of things to talk about. Our time together this week was great fun.

Another enjoyable event was a vocal and piano performance by a young friend, Elizabeth Nestlerode, an Edmonds-Woodway graduate who recently graduated from the University of Miami, with a BFA in Musical Theatre.

The Saturday afternoon performance at Trinity Lutheran in Lynnwood was billed, “On My Way To…” and was Elizabeth’s farewell performance before moving to New York to pursue a career in musical theatre.

Her amazing mom, Wanda Griffiths, known locally for her own musical gifts, accompanied her daughter.

Elizabeth’s friend Andrew Leonard—who will appear in “Rent” at the Fifth Avenue this season—also performed.

I remember going to Elizabeth’s drama performances when she was in high school. It was clear even then that she would go far. What a treat to hear this talented young singer/actress/musician.

Later the same day, I attended the season’s final Sno-King Community Chorale concert at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

It was phenomenal. The concert, titled “Ticket to Broadway: Oh, What A Night!” featured a relaxed but spirited Chorale, obviously enjoying the lively musical choices—which the audience clearly loved.

A spectacular addition to the Chorale’s program was “Fifth Avenue,” a professional quartet currently appearing in Las Vegas.

As students at Edmonds Community College a number of years ago, the men studied and performed with Frank DeMiero, Chorale conductor.

They were joined by the talented and tireless Barney McClure Trio and entertained the responsive crowd with an energetic tribute to a variety of great vocal groups.

"Fifth Avenue" also combined with the Chorale, a treat for Chorale singers and audience alike.

I plan to get together with my high school friends more often. I intend to keep track of Elizabeth Nestlerode’s future in musical theatre—most certainly, she will succeed.

And I definitely plan to buy tickets soon for the Sno-King Chorale’s 2012-2013 season. (www.sno-kingchorale.org) I hope you’ll do that, too.


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