Joe Floren: 1929 – 2017 Longtime Orcas Resident Passes in Oregon

— from the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship — Myron David (“Joe”) Floren died on December 31, 2017 at his home in Clackamas, of natural causes. Painting a life requires an appropriate palette. For Joe Floren, that palette would be varied yet harmonious, and its pigments would be applied with … Continue reading

Marcia West Retires as Director of Orcas Island Park and Recreation District

— from Kim Kimple, Orcas Park and Recreation — Marcia West, the founding and, to-date, only Director of Orcas Island Park and Recreation District (OIPRD) submitted her letter of resignation, effective December 15, to the Board of Commissioners at the Regular Public Meeting in October. The Board, who heralds West’s … 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

Mr. Music: Ken Speck Now a Hall-of-famer

— from Karen Key Speck — On Friday, November 3, 2017, Orcas islander Ken Speck received the Indiana Broadcasters Association / Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame Award. Orcas Island Bandleader, Philanthropist, Star Trekkie, Percussionist and Realtor Ken was chosen for induction into the Indiana Hall of … Continue reading

Passing the Torch: Brian Moss Leads Community Church

(Introducing a series of interviews with new community leaders) –by Margie Doyle– In June, Orcas Island Community Church named Rev. Brian Moss as Senior Pastor. Moss and his family have been on the island for two years, serving as Associate Pastor for Congregational Life until July 2017 when he assumed … Continue reading

Solo Kayak Voyage Described at Darvill’s

Tuesday, October 10 at 6 p.m. — from Jenny Pederson of Darvill’s Bookstore– Irene Skyriver joins us to talk about her book Paddling with Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey. Inspired partly by her own spirit of adventure and partly by the stories of her native coastal ancestors, Skyriver celebrated her … Continue reading

Enzo Thixton Soars in Silks Maria Bullock's Aerial Silks' Star at "Rock of Orcas" now on YouTube

— by Margie Doyle — Those of us who’ve been to Grace McCune/Jake Perrine’s productions of rock extravaganzas in recent years — “Moulin Rouge” in 2014, “Across the Universe” in 2015,  and “Rock of Orcas” this year, have become accustomed to soul-stirring music, brilliant instrumentals and lively choreography as our … Continue reading

Local Conservation Artist Goes Global

–– from Kim Middleton — Orcas Island artist Kim Middleton joins eleven artists in an inaugural delegation to Qingdao, China in August for the International Exhibit of Nature in Art. Artists for Conservation (AFC) carefully selected the delegation from its 500 international members. Middleton’s award-winning art, coupled with her career … Continue reading

Jesse Boleyn Announces Next Concert in Summer Concert Series This Friday's concert features Ralf Illenberger

Second concert of series Friday July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Orcas Center — from Jesse Boleyn — American songwriter, recording artist and author, Jesse Boleyn is proud to host the 2017 Orcas Island Performing Arts Center summer concert series in beautiful Eastsound. On Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:30 … Continue reading

Orcas Center Bids Farewell to “Sparks”

— from the Orcas Center Board of Trustees — As the Orcas Center’s reorganization continues, the Orcas Center Board of Trustees and Executive Director, Brian Kemp, have approved the request of Theater Production Manager, Deborah Sparks, to eliminate the position which she had held for more than 16 years, effective … Continue reading

Orcas Man Paddles His Way To Alaska, Alone, On A Standup Paddleboard Karl Kruger treks solo 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan

— from Northwest Public Radio — Here’s what your sporty friends should be talking about today. An Orcas Island, Washington, man is the first person to complete the Race to Alaska on a standup paddleboard. He stroked 750 miles solo from Port Townsend up the Inside Passage, crossing the finish … Continue reading

Visitors Bureau Recognizes Turtleback Farm Inn’s Susan Fletcher Inn has been a "pastoral paradise" since 1985

— from Barbara Marrett for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Board President, Carl Silvernail, thanked Susan Fletcher for her over 30 years of service to Orcas Island’s tourism industry and ten years on the Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, at its annual spring … Continue reading