Monty Python’s Spamalot Promises Laugh Out Loud Moments

Thursday – Saturday, March 16 – 18, 23-25, Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Beginning Mar. 16 Orcas Center will feature the award winning musical Monty Python’s Spamalot, on Center Stage with Doug Bechtel directing an all-island cast. Bring the whole family for a laugh out … Continue reading

Catkin Cafe Hosts Student Chef Winner

— from Ashley Randall — On February 3, Catkin Café hosted Orcas School’s Student Chef Winner, Theo Vaccarella, and six friends for a pasta making class. Theo won first place in the 2016 Student Chef Competition with his healthful and tasty garden meatball soup. Under the direction of Angela Emery, … Continue reading

UW Medicine and OMF Announce UW Medicine Clinic on Orcas

— from the Orcas Medical Foundation Board — UW Medicine and Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) are pleased to announce that we are working in partnership to ensure access to quality primary medical care at the Orcas Medical Center through the creation of a UW Medicine clinic on Orcas Island. UW … Continue reading

Where Your Food Bank Donations Go And why the year-end donation drive is so important

— from the Orcas Island Food Bank — 55% of the food and money the Orcas Island Food Bank receives is from our incredible Orcas community. The 33% of Community Food Donations (fresh produce, canned and other food stuffs) and 22% Community Donated Money makes up more than half of … Continue reading

A Day at the Orcas Island Food Bank

— from Madie Murray — The following article was originally published in November of 2011. Not much has changed in our day-to-day operations since then and we thought it might be nice to re-tell it (with minor updates) during this fundraising time. It pretty much relates the heart and soul … Continue reading

Orcas Public School’s Farm to Cafeteria Program in September

— by Ashley Randall — During our first week back to Farm to Classroom (K-5th), we tasted and painted with beets! We gathered around a large bed of beets, and examined the vegetable’s leaves and colorful stalks. Upon harvesting the root vegetable, we identified the three varieties and examined the … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Joins Other Agencies to Rescue Two Boatloads of Kayakers

— from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR)– Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol (Boat and Helicopter), YMCA Camp Orkila, Washington State Parks and Outer Island Excursions responded to an emergency call at 9:40 a.m. reporting five kayakers in the water south of … Continue reading

Creating with Calendula in the School Garden

— by Ashley Randall — While waiting for our salves to set, we turned to a large bed of calendula flowers for inspiration. We identified and discussed the assortment of calendula flowers used in the salves. We hand picked seeds from the dried flowers to fill seed packets. And a … Continue reading

And The Winners Are… Drum roll please!

— from Madie Murray for Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program — Out of a record 27 home brews entered into the competition during the Sixth Annual Cider & Mead Festival on July 23, three emerged to be judged the Best of the Fest! Each winner received a beautiful one-of-a-kind … 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

Sixth Annual Cider And Mead Festival This Saturday Ciders, Meads and Music on the Village Green July 23

— from Madie Murray — It’s that time again! For the sixth year in a row, Orcas Island will host the Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival on Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Eastsound Village Green in Eastsound, WA – a major fundraiser for … Continue reading

Home Brew Cider & Mead Brewers – Get Ready Top 3 winners will have something to growl about!

— from Madie Murray — It’s just about time to see if the home brewed ciders and meads you’ve been pampering for weeks, months or even years will make the cut for “BEST OF THE FEST” in our home brew cider and mead competition. It will be held on Saturday, … Continue reading

Natural Dye Workshop in School Garden

 Saturday, July 2 after the Parade! at the School Garden — from Ashley Randall — The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program is hosting its first workshop for the summer this Saturday! We will be dyeing with natural indigo in ancient Japanese style. Fee is $5-10 sliding scale. Please bring … Continue reading

A Mediterranean Meal in the School Cafeteria

— by Ashley Randall — Last Wednesday in the public school’s cafeteria, over 300 plates went from full to empty throughout the lunch hour. Rosario Resort’s Executive Chef Raymond Southern acted as our third and final Celebrity Chef of the school year. Wearing a clean chef coat and a smile, … Continue reading

Stories from Those Who Lived the Marshall Strawberry Era

Saturday, May 28, 2 p.m. at the Olga Community (Energetic) Club — from the Olga Strawberry Council– You are invited to witness an event that will probably never happen again anywhere. On Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. in the Olga Community Club (the Olga Energetic Club), long-time Orcas Islanders … Continue reading

Last Celebrity Chef of the School Year

— from Ashley Randall — The school year is coming to an end, but that does not mean amazing food from our school cafeteria has to also. On Wednesday, May 25, the Farm to Cafeteria Program will host its third, and final, Celebrity Chef event of the school year. With … Continue reading

The Marshall Strawberry and Its Significance on Orcas Island

by the Olga Strawberry Council The Marshall Strawberry, lauded to be the sweetest of them all, was the species grown here on Orcas Island and disbursed to places far and wide between the early 1930s and about 1943. Its fame and fortune was cut short because of disease and World … Continue reading

Leah, Art and Marshall

First two events in the Olga Strawberry Council’s “Strawberry Series” Celebration May 7 and May 9 — from the Olga Stawberry Council — Orcas Island had a burgeoning Marshall strawberry industry from the early 1930s until 1943. However, a combination of disease in the strawberry plants and a shortage of war-time labor … Continue reading