Art in the city

I love my home town every season, but perhaps summer brings back the most memories.
By Joanne Peterson | Jun 21, 2012

The Hazel Miller Plaza, dedicated last week, is a grand update for Old Milltown, and provides a pleasant little oasis in downtown Edmonds.

For a long time, during the planning and developing of the park, Milltown businesses and customers dealt with the inconvenience of feeling fenced in or out.

Now the fencing is gone,  businesses are easily accessible, and the park is inviting Edmonds residents and shoppers to linger. I’m impressed. And I’m pretty sure Rachel Setchfield would be impressed, too.

Rachel Setchfield, 1908-2008, loved to garden and loved Edmonds.

She was the original gardener at Milltown, spending countless hours planting and maintaining colorful floral displays.

Now one of the benches in the Hazel Miller Plaza memorializes Rachel, identifying her as “An Edmonds Floretum Garden Club Legacy Member, deeply rooted to this place.” What a great inscription.

Walking home from the Edmonds Arts Festival late Sunday afternoon, I meandered through the new park, noticing details.

The burbling water feature catches my eye every time I drive by, and seeing it (and hearing it) up close increased my pleasure.

The decorative paving, the flower beds filled with young plants, the small tables and chairs—all combine to make this plaza a fine little park.

Yes, I think Rachel Setchfield would be proud, as would Hazel Miller, who resided in Edmonds for 30 years and cared deeply about her community.

The Hazel Miller Foundation funds community projects such as our new Hazel Miller Plaza. What greater gift than to look toward the future of our city and make financial provision for enhancing it?

Speaking of the Edmonds Arts Festival, once again it provided delightful hours for locals and visitors alike.

A variety of entertainment kept the stage lively.  Little kids played on the grass and climbed on the rock wall,  artists gave demonstrations and showed their work to potential buyers, and hungry crowds lined up for wild blackberry ice cream cones, pulled pork sandwiches, lattes or corn on the cob.

I probably was the thousandth person to register total dismay when I enquired at the Arts Festival shop for the annual poster—and was told that this year there was no poster. WHAT? No Edmonds Arts Festival poster for folks to add to their collections? NO POSTER?

I was dismayed, to say the least.

In lieu of the non-existent poster, I bought a t-shirt from the good-natured volunteers, mostly because I sensed they had about had it with disappointed poster-seekers.  I choose to believe that the poster will return next year.

Summer in Edmonds holds all sorts of festivals and markets and special events—soon we’ll begin Sunday afternoon concerts in the city park.

I love my home town every season, but perhaps summer brings back the most memories.

Bike rides, picnics and beach walks. Drive in movies, county fairs and ferry trips. Fireworks, parades and summer reading. Edmonds is a great place to be a kid—or a grown-up--in the summertime.


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