Applause - Nov. 7, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kellen Blair, a 2002 Chrysalis School graduate has won an ASCAPLUS award for songwriting and has recently been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award in Chicago.

Caroline Allen Brawner of Bothell and the daughter of James H. Brawner and LeeAnne Brawner is among the 765 students who entered Colgate University this fall as a member of the class of 2015.

Audrey Michael of Bothell was one of more than 1,300 undergraduate students from around the world who began their first year at Tufts University, located in Medford/Somerville, Mass.

cantrickTony Cantrick of Woodinville admits to a lifelong passion with the keyboard. This passion led to his performance as an amateur gold medal winner in the Seattle International Piano Festival and Competition, the finals held October 22 and 23, in Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall in Seattle.  He received additional awards for “Audience Favorite” and for “Best Performance of a Sonata by Scarlatti.”  Cantrick is a systems analyst with Crane Aerospace. Tony’s recital selections were “Sonata in c minor, K 84,” by Scarlatti, “Prelude in D, op 23 no 4” by Rachmaninoff and “La Soiree dans Grenade” by Debussy.  He is privileged to study piano currently with Dr. William Chapman Nyaho.

Tony’s  musical background includes harpsichord, as well as piano. Prior to moving to the West Coast, he lived in Washington, D.C., where he presented lecture-demonstrations on the historical keyboard collection at the Smithsonian Institution; and was an occasional recitalist in venues such as the Smithsonian, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Mt. Vernon College, American University and the Anderson House Museum. In recent years, he has turned his attention back to piano.

When Cantrick is not playing the piano, he  enjoys singing bass with the Kirkland Choral Society.  Other hobbies include hiking and biking in the Cascades and beyond. Last summer he biked the French Alps. He is married with two children, and resides in Woodinville with his wife Ann McMenamin.

Details about the festival and its year-round activities can be found at

Woodinville’s Twisted Cafe was voted #1 1 in Woodinville, according to KING5’s Best of Western Washington results. The cafe was also voted #6 in Western Washington. They  competed in the Cheap Eats Sandwich Shop category. This is the first year Twisted Cafe has competed and the owners, both Woodinville residents, are excited with the outcome of the contest and the support of their customers.

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