Dead Man’s Cell Phone: Our “Devices” Have a (Weird) Life of Their Own

— A review by Margie Doyle — It’s a puzzle, a tapestry and very much a hoot! “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” opened to a capacity crowd at Orcas Center’s Black Box last night, rewarding the audience with quick-paced commentary on love and connections in a slick, enthralling production, directed by … Continue reading

Mini-Film Festival This Weekend Two showtimes for four films Friday and Saturday nights

— from Jared Lovejoy — Orcas Island Film Festival Presents an International 4-film mini-fest on June 23-24 at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Sea View Theatre, featuring four incredible films from four countries. These films are fresh from the festival circuit and include early contenders for Oscar awards for … Continue reading

The Life, the Library, the Legend How Orcas Island Public Library came to be

— by Emma Heikkinen — REPRINTED FROM JULY 19, 2016 Let’s start in 1949, glossing over the bit where the Madrona Club hosted a small library in their clubhouse in 1909. Sally Ployart had books. Hundreds of brand new books. She didn’t know what to do with them — a … Continue reading

Local Doctor Pens Health Care Reform Pamphlet Based on Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"

— from Emily Reed Geyman — John Geyman, M.D. of Friday Harbor, a writer about national health care policy since 1990, has published a new 28 page pamphlet: “Common Sense about Health Care Reform in America.” It takes an approach  similar to Thomas Paine who in 1775-76  wrote a pamphlet, … Continue reading

Funhouse Hires New Director, Maureen Moran

— from the Funhouse Commons — The Funhouse Commons Board of Directors announces with great pleasure the hire of Maureen Moran as the organization’s new Executive Director. Maureen moved from Seattle to Orcas Island with her family in 2016. Her husband, Jim, works on the inter-island run for the Washington … Continue reading

One Place, Many Histories: “Thunderbirds Raised Her” in Concert, Lecture

Sunday, June 25, 5 p.m., at San Juan Grange in Friday Harbor — from Glenn Hendrick for San Juan Grange — The San Juan Island Grange Lecture Series, in conjunction with the Setting Sun Institute (Lummi), Students for the Salish Sea (WWU), and Whiteswan Environmental (WE) is honored to host an … Continue reading

Guest Column: The End of KVOS Influence on Mt. Constitution Summit

–by Rolf Eriksen — As I have viewed the demolition of the KVOS building on the summit of Mt. Constitution in recent days I am feeling a bit wistful knowing that the influence that KVOS and its management has pretty well ended in multiple dump trucks full of debris. As … Continue reading

Welcome Summer at Solstice Parade & Celebration 2017 Theme: "Island Rhythms"

Saturday, June 24, Noon — from Laura Gibbons — Orcas Islanders and friends from near and far are invited to the 19th Annual Summer Solstice Parade on Saturday Jun. 24 at noon in Eastsound. The theme this year is “Island Rhythms.” The always colorful, whimsical procession will once again glide, … Continue reading

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” a Romantic Comedy at Orcas Center

June 22-24, June 30 – July 1, 7:30 p.m., July 2, 2 p.m., Orcas Center OffCenter — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Beginning Jun. 22, Orcas Center will feature the Pulitzer prize nominated play “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” OffCenter Stage with Robert Hall directing an all-island cast. This … Continue reading