Tea by the Tree with New Interim Principal

— from Orcas Island School District — The public is invited to meet the new interim Elementary Principal, Lorena Stankevich on Monday, August 29 at 3:30 p.m. under the Maple Tree. This “Tea by the Tree” will give parents, friends and relatives of the school the opportunity to socialize with … Continue reading

Friends Plus Synergy = Frienergy Art Show At Orcas Center in September: "The Joy of Friends Making Art Together: Frienergy" Opening Reception Sept. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

— by Margie Doyle — BJ Arnold, JoEllen Moldoff, and Michelle Reed are artists whose creative, joyful friendship will be spotlighted in the September exhibit at the Orcas Center, organized by the Visual Arts Committee of the Orcas Center. For them, creating art is the ultimate in play. They embrace … Continue reading

Eastsound Visioning Statement Now Has a Survey Information Booth at Farmers Market on Labor Day Weekend

— from Jim Jonassen — The EPRC Task group  “to help enrich a community dialogue on the future to inform the [County Comprehensive] plan update,’ will again have an information booth at the Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day Weekend). That task group has created a report and … Continue reading

Treasure Hunt, Silent Auction to Benefit Orcas Animal Shelter


Around Eastsound Businesses August 29 – September 15 — from Rosie Miller — Look for Painted Pet sculptures around Eastsound from August 29 through September 15. An amazing group of local artists have poured their hearts and talents into creating stunning renditions of cats and dogs, all to benefit the … Continue reading

Children’s Songwriter Tim Noah Will Perform Labor Day Weekend Children's House Benefit

Saturday, September 3, 2 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal — from Susan Anderson — Tim Noah will perform Saturday, September 3 in a benefit concert for Children’s House. Noah is an Emmy award-winning children’s songwriter and producer, nationally acclaimed recording artist and star of stage and screen. He has appeared on HBO, … Continue reading

Brigid Ehrmantraut Interns for the Chamber Music Festival

— by Emma Heikkinen, Orcas Issues Summer Intern — A concert is more than musicians performing — a great deal of organizational work is required, with a multitude of artists collaborating in order to create the final product. At Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Brigid Ehrmantraut is a particularly special … Continue reading

Sunday’s Historical Matinee Features Frank Loudin

— from Carol Kulminski — The Orcas Island Historical Society’s next Historical Matinee will be this Sunday, August 21st at the Fire Hall starting at 3 p.m.  It features well-known local artist Frank Loudin.  He will talk about his art, including his much admired aviation art, some of which can … Continue reading

Orcas Rocks — Literally, Organically


— by Lin McNulty — Perhaps it’s an organic, homegrown Orcas version of the recent Pokémon GO* mania. But instead of wandering around with a cellphone in hand to look for and capture virtual reality creatures, folks on Orcas are finding, or hiding, or talking about real rocks that have been painted and … Continue reading

Library Fair: Past, Present and Future for Many Years to Come Whether to hold it on the Village Green or at the Library site?

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— by Madeleine Treneer, Orcas Issues summer intern — Mysteries, Classics, Fiction, History, Biographies, Humor, and many more genres were among the piles and piles of books on display at the Library Fair on Saturday in the Orcas Library parking lot. This Library Fair was about the thrill of the … Continue reading

Sam Coleman At the Helm of the Chamber Music Festival


— by Margie Doyle — Sam Coleman has been a familiar face for over a decade on the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Board and in the audiences, and, in 2013, he assumed the duties of President of the Board. He and his wife Cynthia have had a home on … Continue reading

Sunday’s Historical Matinee Features Frank Loudin

Sunday, August 21, 3 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Pegi Groundwater — The Orcas Island Historical Society’s next Historical Matinee will be this Sunday, August 21 at the Fire Hall starting at 3 p.m. It features well-known local artist Frank Loudin. He will talk about his art, including his … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Bond Proposal Will Impact School Music Program Phase III Plans for School Bond Present Music Program Crisis


— by Catherine Pederson — Our School Music Program is facing a crisis situation! You probably received a postcard in the mail last week thanking islanders for the completion of the last two years’ Phase II Building project. It included one music classroom – now used by the Band program. … Continue reading

Flotsam & Jetsam | Horseshoe Highway Buffet


— a semi-regular humor column by Maurice Austin — One benefit of the recent Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission decision to allow the salvaging of road-kill deer and elk is that the Horseshoe Highway might begin to smell better. The past couple of years, there’s always been a slight … Continue reading

Rising Appalachia Brings a Melting Pot of Soulful Folk Music

— from Susannah Weaver for the Orcas Center — Rising Appalachia brings to Orcas Center a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture on Thursday, August 25 at 7:30 pm on Center Stage. Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith tear into sound … Continue reading

Move to the Music at the Library Fair Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Library

— from Leslie Seaman — 10:15 – 10:45  Almost Classical Lisa and Emy Carter Harp/Piano & Violin 11:00 – 11:30  Children’s Storyteller Nita Coachman, Orcas Island Children’s Librarian 11:45 – 12:15  Marc Cohen Guitar 12:15 – 12:45  Eth Noh Tec Nancy and Robert – Storytellers 1:00 – 1:30  Antoinette Botsford, … Continue reading

Spooky Tales on Orcas Island Storytelling at the Museum on Wednesdays, at Crow Valley School on Fridays

— by Carol Kulminski — The Spooky Tales with an Orcas Spin have been enjoyed this summer by some residents, but mostly by the many visitors to the island. Everyone who has come to hear Master Storyteller, Antoinette Botsford, is surprised to learn fascinating facts about the original lime kilns … Continue reading

Business Spotlight: Island Thyme Celebrates 20 Years Chris and Eliza Morris Build a Cottage Industry to a Regional Presence

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— by Madeleine Treneer — Cardamom, cucumber, jasmine, lavender and sandalwood: these are a few of the natural ingredients which are incorporated into Island Thyme’s botanically-based skin and body care products. Island Thyme soaps and salves, balms and lotions are dreamed up and produced at their Olga farm and apothecary studio … Continue reading