Tour Date: Sunday, December 8, 2013. 12 pm — 4 pm
Please join us for a stroll through some lovely homes, decorated for the holidays and ready to welcome you! Gather up your friends and family members, grab a hot beverage, and come spend an afternoon wandering through parlours. Whether you’re looking to cultivate some inspiration for your own holiday decorating or you just need a break from the chaos of the season, we’d love to visit with you! Your ticket includes admission to Blackman House Museum where complimentary coffee, tea, and scones will be available.
If we’ve been fortunate enough to have you visit Snohomish previously, thank you! If this will be your first time joining us…start a new annual tradition with the Snohomish Parlour Tour!
Ticket prices and availability are as follows:
Seniors and kids (ages 12 and under) $10.00
Pre-sale tickets are available at the following local merchants:
McDaniel’s Do-It Center
Annie’s on First
Please support these fine businesses as you shop for holiday treasures!
Day-of-tour tickets will be available at the Waltz Building, 116 Avenue B, Snohomish (next door to The Blackman House Museum), beginning at 11 am.
Please join us on Sunday, September 15, 2013 as we tour some amazing homes and meet their gracious owners! Have you ever walked or driven through Snohomish and wondered about the history of some of our “gems?” Whether you grew up in Snohomish or we are fortunate to welcome you for just a day, please treat yourself (and a friend!) to this once-a-year peek behind the scenes of our charming town! This self-guided tour includes Blackman House, which provides a glimpse into the family home and lives of Hyrcanus and Ella Blackman; complete with period furniture, clothing, toys, books, kitchenware, and other historical treasures.
Pre-sale tickets may be purchased through several local merchants including McDaniel’s Do-It Center, Joyworks, Kusler’s, Speckled Hen or Annie’s on First.
Day-of-event tickets and complimentary tea, coffee, and scones will be available at The Waltz Building (116 Avenue B) starting at 11a.m.
Ticket prices: Adults (13+) $15; Seniors and kids up to age 12- $12
Trudy (Wood) Stack (1916-2013) was born in Snohomish, in the front bedroom of the home her father built at 404 Avenue C. The family moved to Seattle a couple years later, but Trudy continued to visit since her sister Ruth taught at Snohomish High School for many years.
Married to Harold Stack, who survives her, 70 years ago, they would often make the trip to Snohomish to visit Trudy’s birth place. A few years before Trudy was born, her father, William, was a three term Mayor of Snohomish, winning in the 1911 election with 343 votes of the 366 cast.
The Stack Family Foundation made an unsolicited donation to our Historical Society in the generous amount of $6000 in 2008. It was used to purchase museum software for cataloging our photo collection, and the hiring of an museum studies intern to help us get started.
As the president of the society at the time, I continued to stay in touch with Trudy and Harold, as have the new owners of the grand home, Joelle and Andy Blair. Just the other day, I came across a short story in a 1910 issue of the Tribune about her father taking the family of eight children to the new beach home at Moclips. I planed on sending it to her.
Trudy was the ninth child, but I can’t imagine how any of the others could have loved Snohomish more than she.
The Annual Snohomish Historical Society Home Tour will be held Sunday, September 16th from noon to 5pm. General admission tickets cost $15.00. Adults over 62 and children under 12 receive a discounted rate of $12.00.
Eleanor Leight with the second Chinese Dragon puppet head
The first puppet head wore out. So Bill Jack built another one, now on exhibit at the Blackman House Museum’s Gallery — along with costumes, props and photos galore!
Besides, the first one was to big. Eleanor tells the hysterical story of her oldest son, Steven, who was wearing the puppet head in one of the early shows and couldn’t get through a door. The dragon puppet glows wen lit with only black-light and is an audience favorite.
Eleanor led the Leight Fantastics dance troupe along with a variety of talent through 34 years of shows that came to end this past Mother’s Day weekend.
It all began when the first president of the Society, Everett Olsen asked Eleanor if she might put a show together as a fundraiser for the new historical society — never thinking it would turn into an annual event.
(Scroll down for a documentary excerpt of Everett.)
But Eleanor, who celebrated her nineth birthday this year, will continue on with rehearsals for smaller shows at the Evergreen Fair and other venues. So, it’s still not too late to learn tap.
You can join Eleanor and the gang on Monday evening’s at St Michael’s Hall, and on Thursdays at the Snohomish Center Center; which is a good place to contact Eleanor for more information. “No one is turned away,” she emphasized.
The Blackman House is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons from noon until 3 o’clock, and by appointment — call 425.315.2256 to make arrangements.
For the past week the interior of our house museum has been cast in the role of a brothel.
The independent feature, “You Can’t Win” is based on the book of the same name published in 1926. Black’s autobiographical novel tracks his life on the road freight-hopping across the western United States and Canada, and his experiences with the Yegg Brotherhood of hobos, bums, tramps and criminals who rode the rails in turn-of-the-century America. In the movie treatment, Jack finds redemption from his wild ways in the love of a prostitue — hence a brothel.
Staring in and producing is Michael Pitt, recently appearing in “Boardwalk” an HBO production. He is pictured here with Mayor Karen Guzak (and a Society super supporter), with an unidentified cast member.
Mayor Karen was invited to join the cast and crew for their “lunch” break. The Waltz Building played the role of lunch room for the cast and crew of close to 100 people.
The Snohomish Historical Society’s 34th annual variety show, “Memories,” is scheduled for 7 p.m., May 10, 11 and 12, with an additional 2 p.m. presentation set for May 12 and 13, at the Snohomish High School Performing Arts Center, 1316 Fifth St.
Tickets cost $7.25 for seniors and students, and $9.75 for adults.
The annual Snohomish Historical Society Parlour Tour will be held Sunday, December 11th from noon to 4pm. General admission tickets cost $15.00. Adults over 62 and children under 12 receive a discounted rate of $12.00.