The youngest group of dancers from Studio I tapped for 250 parents and spectators in the Sorenson gym. Left to Right: Sara Hoppe, Amanda Barnes, Lindsey Thompson, Claire Pavlic, Emily Maxwell, Julia Thomas, Shelby Olson, Kaitlin Feraro, Jennifer Thompson, Kassidee Ridlon, Mariah Pyle, Caroline Wade, Betsy Wade, and Sarah Breysse.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.
by Jeff Switzer
More than 250 parents, teens, children, and seniors turned out for Woodinville's third annual "Celebrate the Season" extravaganza, bringing with them 44 toothbrushes, 16 packages of dental floss and 27 tubes of toothpaste for the Northshore Multi-Service Center. Half the toothbrushes were brought in by Dr. Jeff Guinn of Canyon Park Dental.
Traditionally an outdoor event with a tree lighting, the party moved indoors because of the rainy weather. There, party-goers were treated to cookies and cider served by the Northshore Senior Center and entertainment provided by members of the Leota Junior High choir and the Woodinville High brass ensemble.
Audience members were also delighted by performers from Studio I, as dancers from age three to 20 tap-danced, performed ballet, and sang Christmas songs.
Santa and Mrs. Claus were also on hand for free photos and tables were set up for children to make Christmas crafts.
"It was really a good feeling to see all of the folks in the community come down," said Lane Youngblood, with the city's public services department. "I thought it was a lot of fun."
Youngblood says that with the increased popularity of the annual event, a new location will need to be found for next year, possibly in the gym at Woodinville High.
Lending a hand with the festivities were the Woodinville Lions, the Woodinville Kiwanis and Kiwanis Builders Club, the Woodinville Roundtable, the Northshore YMCA, Teen Northshore, the Northshore Senior Center, and the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety Explorer Scouts.