Let’s make the Creative Age Festival an annual event | Home Again

By Joanne Peterson | Mar 31, 2016

This week, I have a couple of local events on my mind – one has taken place already, but you still can attend the other one.

First, I’m still thinking about the Sno-King Community Chorale concert March 19, one of my favorite concerts of all the years I’ve attended the Chorale’s presentations. It was spectacular.

It is difficult to remember that Chorale members sing with the group not because they’ve successfully auditioned but only because they love to sing – no audition necessary. Amazing. The Chorale’s theme needs no explanation: “With a smile on your face and love in your heart!” I attended the afternoon performance and was so enchanted that I wanted to return for the evening show.

The concert, titled “Musica da Coro,” featured director Frank DeMiero’s lovely “Massa Dello Matrimonio, “ which he composed for the wedding of his son Joe and wife Pamela and which now is performed at all DeMiero weddings – as well as in numerous other settings.

The second half of the program, equally stunning, featured selections from “Phantom of the Opera.” Members of the Cascade Symphony and Cascade Percussion accompanied the singers.

If you missed this Sno-King Chorale concert, that’s a pity, but you have another Chorale opportunity this season. Save the date for June 11 for “Ticket to Broadway: Carousel” – a concert version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, to be held at Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Speaking of amazing opportunities here in Edmonds, by now you’ve seen posters, received mailings and read articles about the April 15-16 “Creative Age Festival” – with a theme of “Stay CAFÉ: Creative, Active, Fulfilled and Engaged.”

I encourage our great local senior community to attend this amazing festival.

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington professor, author of 25 books and expert on human relationships, kicks off the festival at 4 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the ECA with the topic “Love and Intimacy in Midlife and Beyond.”

She’s a popular and dynamic speaker, sure to be fascinating.

At 7:30 p.m., the popular Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra performs. (I think my brother bought one of the first tickets for that!)

On Saturday, the CAFÉ event features presentations by a grand array of speakers and workshop leaders at the Frances Anderson Center and the Edmonds Library.

Honestly, these 30 workshops and seminars would be worth traveling a long way to attend – but they’re right here in wonderful Edmonds.

The Creative Age Festival of Edmonds isn’t free, because – as you can imagine – it’s an expensive proposition to put together such an amazing program.

I think it’s wise to consider the cost a reasonable investment, as I’d guess that the opportunities offered Friday and Saturday will send everyone home with fresh perspectives, new energy and enthusiasm for life. It’s $35 for one event, $55 for two and $75 for three: the keynote address by Pepper Schwartz, the Seattle Rep Jazz Orchestra performance, the full day of Saturday sessions.

Sign up at creativeagefestival.org or call 425-330-8006. Let’s make the Creative Age Festival of Edmonds an annual event!



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