Master Storyteller Weaves Spooky Tales of History and Mystery Antoinette Botsford brings back "Spooky Tales" this summer to Orcas Historical Museums

— from the Orcas Island Historical Museums– Master Storyteller, Antoinette Botsford will again delight audiences this summer with stories weaving mystery with history. Stories of Orcas ghosts, limekilns, and local folklore will be told this summer at the Pioneer Museum at 8 p.m. beginning July 5, and the Crow Valley … Continue reading

Orcasong Farm to Celebrate Interdependence What does our 4th of July "Independence" actually mean?

Tuesday, July 4, 3 – 10 p.m., Orcasong Farm – 280 Dolphin Bay Rd. — from Ben Browner for Orcasong Farm — We’ve had fireworks for decades upon decades. We’ve had beer, brats, celebration, and parades along with it. We’ve had communal time, family time, and even some sad alone … Continue reading

Abreu, Hurwicz to Release Salish Sea CD in Benefit Concert CD release concert & benefit for “Kids and Canoes” Project

Sunday, July 2, 7 – 9 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall — from Sharon Abreu for Irthlingz — Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz of Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education will present a musical evening celebrating the release of their CD, “Songs to Save the Salish Sea.” The concert, from 7-9 pm at … Continue reading

Theatre Arts Class Will Learn Music of Junk Public performance on Friday

Friday, June 30 at 3:30 p.m. Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Paul Snider’s “The Music of Junk” master class with Kids Theatre Arts Camp at Orcas Center! Paul Snider will be running a master class showing how instruments built from junk and recycled materials are … Continue reading

Summer Sailing Schedule Starts Sunday

— from Washington State Ferries — Please be advised that WSF’s Summer Sailing Schedule goes into effect on Sunday, June 25. Schedule highlights include increased service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, two trips to Sidney, B.C., and increased service between Mukilteo and Clinton. Know before you go—check out … Continue reading

Mayoral Candidates Trade Barbs and Brews

— by Susan Anderson for Children’s House — Eastsound Mayoral hopefuls (four dogs and a plain cat) are pulling out all the stops, using chicanery to gain traction in the election. Campaign promises are passé; these animals are offering buttons, beads and bags to voters who slip money into envelopes … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | June 14 – 20, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — June 14, 2017 17-003408 Found Property 08:23:44 06/14/17 A Deputy was dispatched to a report of found property in Friday Harbor. Investigation continues. 17-003410 Unwanted Person 10:22:17 06/14/17 A Lopez deputy was called regarding a possible trespass. After a conversation with the … Continue reading

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