Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Looking for New Executive Director

– from Pam Smith, OICMF – The Executive Director is a full-time, permanent year-round position leading all aspects of OICMF operations and administrative management encompassing Development, Finance, Community Outreach, management of full-time and volunteer staff, contracts, Music Education, and relationships with donors, supporters, and the Board. Interested parties are encouraged … Continue reading

Orcas Cuisine Artists Featured at “Bite of the Islands”

 — from Shannon Borg for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau – On Sunday, October 26 from 1 to 4 p.m., the passionate and talented chefs, farmers, fishers, winemakers, distillers and brewers of the San Juan Islands will create a unique tasting event—the Bite of the San Juan Islands—showcasing the … Continue reading

Round One of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced


November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Orcas Center – from Adam Farish, TEDxOrcasIsland Curator – “This IS America” : Exploring the relationship between our Island individualism and our place within the larger collective American experiment. Presentation topics will range from psychology and medicine, law enforcement, media reporting, oceanic … Continue reading

Download Troxel’s New Song to Benefit DVSAS


– from Mandy Troxel – Orcas Island singer songwriter Mandy Troxel has released a new original song in honor of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. The song is available for free download, with the option to “tip” the music, with 100% of the proceeds designated toward the San Juan County’s … Continue reading

Paul Roberts and The Impulse Society

Paul Roberts feature

Wednesday, Oct 22 at 6 p.m.at Emmanuel Church Paris Hall; reception and book signing immediately afterwards at Darvills Bookstore in Eastsound – by Margie Doyle – Paul Roberts, journalist and author, will return to Orcas Island, where he grew up, to speak to islanders about his latest book, The Impulse … Continue reading

Orcas Island Film Fest Review: Deux Jours Une Nuit

Orcas Island  Film Fest

— by Paula Treneer — Deux Jours Une Nuit (Two Days One Night): Social realist drama shows Marion Cotillard at her finest The gripping drama directed by Belgium’s Dardenne brothers features an ordinary woman played subtly but unglamorously by the beautiful Oscar award winner Marion Cotillard (for her La Vie … Continue reading

Meet The New Artworks Building Café Owners

 — by Madie Murray – Though the name is yet to be determined, Cheryl Helm and Chris Lohman are a very determined twosome who are the owners and operators of the new café to be located in the Artworks Building when it reopens. “We couldn’t be more excited about these … Continue reading

Orcas Island Film Fest Review: “1000 Times Goodnight”

Orcas Island  Film Fest

War photojournalism leads to marital strife — by Paula Treneer — Alternating between gripping scenes of civil war in Kabul and Kenya and domestic conflict back home in luminously-filmed Ireland, Juliette Binoche portrays a war photographer torn between her adrenaline-fueled commitment to publicize the horrors of conflict while belatedly recognizing … Continue reading