Orcas Center Spamalot Production Gets Ready for Opening Night It takes an island

Thursday – Saturday, March 16 – 18 & 23 – 25, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center — by Lin McNulty — In what promises to be an irreverent, extraordinarily funny production at Orcas Center, Monty Python’s Spamalot is nearing the last weeks of rehearsal before unfolding before an audience on opening night, … Continue reading

Whitfield Recognized for Innovation with Pellet Stove

— from Suzanne Olson — OPALCO Board Vice President, inventor and former Boeing Engineer Dr. Jerry Whitfield of Shaw Island was recognized for his development of the highly efficient Pellet Stove, which burns compressed wood or biomass pellets. He was recognized in Seattle Magazine‘s 2016 list of “Top Essential Innovations … Continue reading

Senior Center Expresses Gratitude for Didier Gincig’s Years of Service

— from Arron Redford — The Operations Committee and staff of the Orcas Island Senior Center would like to encourage you to join us as we celebrate and enjoy the talents of Didier Gincig and his friends at our Seniors Have Talent show this November 5 and 12. Please take this … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Compassion, Empathy, Sustainability After 12 years at Orcas Center, Artha Kass continues to champion the arts

— from Artha Kass, notes from a speech at the Orcas Center reception on Sunday, October 16 — Twenty-three years ago, when I was visiting Orcas, still in the last stages of my decision-making process to move here, by chance I attended a community theatre event at Orcas Center. It … Continue reading

Woody Ciskowski Premieres Play in Bellingham "Top of the Food Chain" adapted with filmmakers

–by Amy Kepferle for CascadiaWeekly.com — When Woody Ciskowski was growing up on Orcas Island, his television choices were limited, so the fact that he discovered the alien invasion spoof known as “Top of the Food Chain” was completely by chance. “About 15 years ago, my father was late-night channel … Continue reading

Party to Honor Artha Kass’ Retirement

Sunday, Oct. 16 at noon at Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for the Orcas Center — Join us at Orcas Center this Sunday, October 16 at 12:00 pm for a very special reception honoring our very own Artha Kass, Champion of the Arts for Orcas Center, to celebrate her … Continue reading

Person of Interest | Weekly Podcast Hosted by Bruce Harvie For the love of the music

— by Lin McNulty — Do you wish you had been there that night in 1996 when Donovan played Orcas Center? That was the night he introduced his new album, Sutras, to a happy, sell-out, sing-along crowd. Oh, you were on island, but couldn’t get tickets? Oh, man. Too bad. How … Continue reading

Celebrate “0-70 at the Speed of Life” Birthday Party

Saturday, September 24, 6:30 p.m., Orcas Grange — from Linda Peth — Saturday September 24 Carl Burger and David Roseberry invite you to celebrate their “0-70 at the Speed of Life” Birthday party at the Orcas Island Grange Fund Raiser. Tickets are $10 per person at Kay’s, Celtic Beauty or … Continue reading

Harry Patton-Fly Navy, an Aviator’s Experiences History Matinee next Sunday, Sept. 18

Sunday, Sept. 18, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall — from Clark McAbee, Director, Orcas Historical Museums — At the next History Matinee, Orcas Island’s own Harry Patton will share some of his early experiences as a naval cadet and flying off aircraft carriers during WWII and … Continue reading

Matthew Laslo Shares Magic on National TV Join the viewing party Aug. 31 at the Sea View Theatre

— by Margie Doyle — Matthew the Magician is hooked — on magic. And this 16-year-old kid has incorporated lessons in physics, psychology, math, communication, scheduling, and strategizing as his career continues on an amazing trajectory to join the ranks of Penn and Teller, David Copperfield and even the Great … Continue reading

A Collector by Heritage, RoseAnn Dolan Estate Sale Reveals Treasures

Friday – Sunday, August 12-14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., 33 Bonnie Brae Road — by Cara Russell — “I can remember my grandmother using this little pitcher. –Lois, 1983″ reads a handwritten note, gently folded into a 100 year-old pitcher. The note was written by Lois Rodabaugh, to her young … Continue reading

Medical Provider Joins Orcas Medical Center

— from the Orcas Medical Foundation Board — We are pleased to announce that Kirsten Pickard, ARNP, FNP-BC, has joined Orcas Medical Center (OMC) in Eastsound and is now seeing patients. Pickard earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA in 2004. … Continue reading