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Local historical societies present Petals on the River

Local artist Gaul Culley created this work for the Petals on the River event in Redmond, Woodinville, Bothell and Kenmore. - Contributed Art/Gaul Culley
Local artist Gaul Culley created this work for the Petals on the River event in Redmond, Woodinville, Bothell and Kenmore.
— image credit: Contributed Art/Gaul Culley

The Historical Societies of Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville and Redmond will hold their annual Petals on the River event at 1 p.m. on May 25 in each city to honor friends, family and community members that are no longer alive.

"It is quite a sight to see the river transformed into a carpet of flowers, floating gently downstream," said organizer Sue Kienast. "The Sammamish River continues to play such an important role in all four of these communities; what a wonderful way for all to re-connectto each other and remember those who we love."

This event has evolved during the past 15 years when the Bothell Museum started its’ Memorial Fund in memory of those who had died that year, and who’s names were placed on their memorial board at the Bothell Museum at Bothell Landing.

Some of the members on this board include relatives long gone, soldiers who died in battle, pioneers and friends. This will be the first year for Kenmore, Woodinville and Redmond to join the event.

All members of the community are invited to bring a basket full of flowers and petals to drop into the river to honor special people in their life that have passed away. With each petal, there is a tribute to life; a memory.

The respective sites are: The Park at Bothell Landing, N.E. 180th St.; Juanita Bridge on Juanita Drive in Kenmore; Dragonfly Bridge, Northeast 145th Street in Woodinville; and the Leary Way Bridge in Redmond.

For more information, call Sue Kienast at 425-269-3616.

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