Random Questions: Eileen Cummings

Eileen Cummings - Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Eileen Cummings
— image credit: Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Eileen Cummings takes the reins this year of one of Sequim’s most prolific events — the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Grand Parade on May 10. The parade, which stretches through much of Washington Street on Saturday afternoon, marches along more than 100 entries from floats to bands to dignitaries.

Cummings, a member of the Sequim Noon Rotary, which oversees the parade, took on the job from retired parade organizer Alice Rogren. She said participants have through the end of May 7 to sign up at her business Colors of Sequim, 139 W. Washington St., by calling 360-797-1772.

In her first year in Sequim, she volunteered to be a float judge and found creativity and diversity of the entries to be what stood out most.


Question 4: What’s your favorite movie?

Cummings: “Shrek.” I don’t go to the movies much, but it’s funny, has good characters, a little sweet romance going on and a happy ending.

Question 9: What’s the last book you read?

Cummings: A whodunnit. I don’t remember the title but I read them quickly and enjoyably.

Bonus question 1: How do you feel about lulls in the parade?

Cummings: That’s that culture of a parade where there is a dead space. Stuff happens like a car breaks down or a drill team takes longer than they are supposed to, but people want to see them perform. What are you going to do with the rest of your day if the parade is over sooner?

Question 27: If you could go any place tomorrow, where would you go?

Cummings: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I can’t get there enough. I’m scheduled to go twice a year and I’m going in June and November this year. I like the calm, the sun, the beach and the people are great.

Bonus Question 2: What’s your background?

Cummings: I’m originally from Olympia but spent the last 30 years in Fairbanks, Alaska. I worked in real estate from 2003 to before moving here (almost three years ago). Before that I was mostly in nonprofits, family support programs for 20 years. I have one daughter, Sheena, who works for the University of Alaska Fairbanks fundraising for the athletics teams.

Question 30: What is the latest news story that stands out to you?

Cummings: I read the papers everyday. I saw that the museum is trying to take on El Cazador. It’d be amazing if they could pull it off.

Question 41: Who is one person you would arm wrestle?

Cummings: No one. I take care of conflict in other ways. I’m a good problem solver.

Bonus Question 3: Tell us about your business?

Cummings: I became sole owner of Colors of Sequim last August after opening it in February 2013. I have two part-time employees who are artists. I host the Downtown Merchants meeting and I’m connected to the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, which is important to be connected. We help each other in many ways because that’s what small businesses need to do. We have new monthly artists every month and new art from students at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club. Artists also have donated book for a lending library, too.


In Random Questions, members of the community draw five random questions out of 50 from a bag. For more information, reach Matthew Nash at


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