Guest Column: Changes at the Community Church

— from Pastor Dick Staub — Despite recent health setbacks for Pastor Dick Staub, great things are happening at the community church! For 133 years the mission of Orcas Island Community Church (OICC) has been to pursue God in the company of friends for the benefit of the world. A … 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

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 — 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