Annual Jazzin’ With the Classics for Christmas Upcoming

Saturday, December 30, 3 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church — from Jeffrey Cohan for Salish Sea Early Music Festival — Music at Emmanuel presents the eleventh annual Yuletide Baroque: Jazzin’ with the Classics for Christmas, featuring jazz flutist, pianist and clarinetist Martin Lund, classical flutist Jeffrey Cohan and virtuoso vibraphone player Tom … Continue reading

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” Reading Returns

Sunday, December 24, 3:30 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall — from Suzanne Olson for Unitarian Universalist Fellowship — Continuing a beloved island tradition, Howard Barbour will read Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” – and do all the voices – on Sunday, December 24th at 3:30 p.m. at the Odd … Continue reading

Business Spotlight: From Homebrew Contests to BoatHouse CiderWorks

–by Sam Gailey — The inspiration behind Libby Garcia’s BoatHouse Ciderworks—located by the Orcas Island ferry landing—came from her grandparents’ boathouse in Obstruction Pass.  After noticing her grandparents’ trees were growing lush with apples, Libby decided to make hard cider in the cool of their boathouse. Those very same batches … Continue reading

Artsmith Offers Scholarships to Writer Island Workshops Register/submit application by Dec. 31

— from Jill Johnson for Artsmith — Artsmith is offering two Writer Island Workshop retreats in 2018, and two scholarships, too! Join Peggy Shumaker on March 2-3 for “Generosity & Joy!” The workshop will focus on language that opposes hatred and fear. We will write with exuberance and curiosity and … Continue reading

The Spirit of “A Christmas Carol:” Jim Bredouw Musical Director "Money doesn’t bring joy nearly as much as kindness and being with loved ones."

“A Christmas Carol” plays Dec. 13-17 at Orcas Center — by Margie Doyle — “A Christmas Carol,” with Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, captivated Jim Bredouw as a nine-year-old. He’s probably seen every film version of it; his reincarnation of it, … Continue reading

Celebrate the Season With Beloved Bolshoi Nutcracker Ballet

Wednesday, December 20, 6:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — The world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre’s enchanting production of Tchaikovsky’s cherished ballet streams to Orcas Center on Wednesday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. Christmas would not be complete without the magical tale of young Marie and her … Continue reading

Community Band Will Once Again Fill Orcas Center With Holiday Music An Orcas Island favorite tradition

Sunday, December 17, 3 p.m., Orcas Center — from Timothy Jenson — This December 17 at 3 p.m, the Orcas Island Community Band, conducted by Jim Shaffer-Bauck and Karen Key Speck, will once again be performing their annual Christmas Concert at the Orcas Center. All members of the community are … Continue reading

A Beloved Island Tradition, “A Christmas Carol” Returns to Orcas Center

Wednesday – Sunday, December 13 – 17, 7:30 p.m., December 16, 2 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Celebrate the season with the truly beloved holiday favorite A Christmas Carol starting December 13 on Center Stage. A Christmas Carol will run for five performances, December … Continue reading

Holiday Craft and Baked Goods Markets this Weekend Artisans' Faire at Odd Fellows; Holiday Bazaar at American Legion

–by Jari Brenner– The Artisans’ Faire at the Odd Fellows Hall (Saturday December 2nd: 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. and Sunday December 3rd: 11 a.m. till 4 p.m.PM) features handmade island Art and Crafts… Christmas ornaments, island made wreaths, yummy homemade candy and jams, and other wonderful island inspired creations. … Continue reading

Chamber to Light Christmas Tree on The Green NOTE: Inclement weather may cancel Friday event

Friday, December 1, 3:45 p.m., Village Green — from Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce — The Orcas Island (WA) Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its annual tree lighting festivities for Friday, December 1. (If we experience heavy rain and high winds in the afternoon there is a chance we … Continue reading