Islands Art Museum: It’s the Light, Always the Light

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Opening Reception Friday, August 28 from 5-8 p.m. in Friday Harbor — by Diane Martindale for the San Juan Islands Museum of Art — Three artists capture the uniquely muted Pacific Northwest light to create gems for the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) shows opening August 29. Michael … Continue reading

Eth-Noh-Tec at the Sunday Concert on the Green

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— from Eth-Noh-Tec — The world of Asia is not too far away! The last “Sunday Concert” on Eastsound’s “Stage on the Green” presents performers Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec Sunday Aug. 30th, 5-6:30pm. They will share tales in their movement and music style of telling from the … Continue reading

Farmers Market: A Summer Tradition for Locals and Visitors

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— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Island Farmers Market may be the greatest single tourist attraction on the island, but it is also a summer Saturday tradition for many islanders. Which is only fitting, because only Orcas Islanders can sell their products –whether farm produce, dairy or crafted items … Continue reading

Writers Roundtable: Chinese Poetics, Art of Translation

Saturday, August 29, 1 to 3 p.m. at Orcas Public Library — from JoEllen Moldoff — “Introduction to Chinese Poetics and the Art of Translation” will be presented by John Friedmann at this months Writers Roundtable. Chinese poetry of the classical period is revelatory when rendered in excellent translation. In his … Continue reading

From Watersheds To Whitecaps: Myriad Lives Intertwingled

Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Friday Harbor — from the Whale Museum — The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome John Williams as part of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series on Thursday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m. John will discuss how creatures in the Salish Sea are inexorably … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Bring Back the Traditional Library Fair


— by John Erly — The Island is down to very few folks who were born here on Orcas. There are a considerable number of people who have lived on the Island for 20 to 70 years. Most folks move here because of the uniqueness of the Island, which includes … Continue reading

Carl Burger at Next Brown Bag Concert

Wednesday, Aug. 26 at  Noon at Emmanuel Episcopal Church — from Carl Burger — The last Brown Bag Concert of the summer will feature singer/songwriter/guitarist Carl Burger. This year, Carl offers a “21-String Salute,” with guitar, banjo, and ukulele accompaniment, for a wide range of songs, from Gordon Lightfoot to … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thank You from StoryFest Apprentices

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–from Eth-Noh-Tec’s Apprentices, Aug. 5, 2015 (delay in publication due to technical difficulties) — Thank you Orcas! Five strangers gathered on Orcas Island from July 25-31 as Eth-Noh-Tec’s apprentice storytellers. Wow! What a privilege to personally meet the legendary and magical fairies of Orcas Island, manifested through a universal and … Continue reading

Master Gardeners Offer Fall Gardening Workshop

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Myth-busting Garden Professor to Speak at Master Gardeners’ 2015 Fall Gardening Workshop Saturday, Oct. 10 in Friday Harbor from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  — from San Juan County Master Gardeners — The San Juan County Master Gardeners have changed their popular biennial gardening workshop from spring to fall. The … Continue reading

Chamber of Commerce Welcomes I’m Sara Brown Photography


–by Cara Russell-– It was a wonderful summer evening to formally introduce Sara Brown (and her camera) to the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce and the community. On Wednesday, August 11th from 5-8PM, Sara, of “I’m Sara Brown Photography”, mingled about in the sunny and breezy evening on the lawn … Continue reading

Cliff Mass to Speak on “Why Is the Northwest So Warm?”

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Thursday August 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Island Community Church — from Michael Riordan for Orcas Currents– Is the current warm spell, now lasting almost two years, due to variability of the weather, or is it evidence of climate change? Many in the Pacific Northwest have been asking this question … Continue reading