Fourth of July fun in the sun on Orcas Island

  • Wed Jun 27th, 2018 1:30am
  • Life

July 1

Pig Roast

The American Legion Post 93 is hosting its third annual pig roast on the post ground on Crescent Beach Road. The event will feature two 120-pound pigs and dinner is served from 5 to 8 p.m. The meal will feature roast pork, baked beans, potato salad, vegetables, salads, dessert and beverages. The cost is $20 per person. Everyone is welcome as it is also a membership drive.

Mayor debate

Mayoral candidates Sgt. Pepper, Tinker, Rocky and Ginger will face tough questions in the 2nd Annual Honorary Mayor of Eastsound Debate, moderated by Evan Wagoner-Lynch.

The Barnacle hosts this one-of-a-kind campaign event at noon.

Abbey Road LIVE!

Calling all Beatles fans and fanatics! Come feast your ears and dine on the raw and spirited covers of Abbey Road LIVE! returning to Orcas Center at 7:30 p.m., on the Outdoor Stage.

There will be food trucks and drink carts available.

July 3

Deer Harbor fireworks show

Live music will start around 7 p.m. and the fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. or dusk.

July 4

Funhouse 5k

The Seventh Annual Funhouse Commons 5K race will start promptly at 9 a.m. at the Eastsound Village Green. The route will be the same as last year, and will include the Crescent Beach Trail, and will finish back at the Village Green: New this year: grab friends or coworkers and join a team. Businesses, organizations and groups of friends can sign up as a team. The biggest team that registers by the Sunday before the race will be recognized and the winner’s team name or business will be posted on Facebook. Registration is open at or by calling The Funhouse at (360) 376-7177. The 5K fee is $35 and includes a t-shirt while supplies last. Late registration on race day will be available for an additional $5. At 10 a.m., kids can run a 1K race for a $10 entry fee.

Fireworks in Eastsound

Eastsound will be aglow with fabulous fireworks! Join the viewing party at Waterfront Park. It gets underway at about 10 p.m. preceded by the musical magic of the Community Band at 9 p.m. You can support this event by making a donation at July 4th t-shirts are available for sale at the chamber office.

Patriotic music and stories

Celebrate the Fourth of July by singing Patriotic songs and hearing the stories of the wonders of Providence in our nation’s history up to the present day at 11 a.m, July 4, on the Village Green Stage in Eastsound. Following the program at 11 a.m., local musicians Almost Classical will be performing their fun mix of classical and pop tunes.

Yacht club BBQ

The Orcas Island Yacht Club will hold a barbecue lunch from noon to 3 p.m. at 876 Deer Harbor Road. Enjoy food, lawn games, music and social time. The menu is hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, lemonade and dessert. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for kids. RSVP to

July 5-15

’Hand to God ‘

“Hand to God,” written by Robert Askins and directed by Robert Hall, will be performed July 5-8 and 12-15 in the Orcas Center Black Box. Show times vary, visit for details. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 students, $2 off for members. There is a double show promo on July 13: “Hand to God” and “Shook Twins,” $40 for both.

The play is featuring local cast along with Ben Burris, lead actor in an extended run of sold-out shows at the Seattle Public Theatre, joins us for this performance.

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and – most especially – his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. After a 10-month run on Broadway, “Hand To God” was the most produced play in the United States in 2016. It received five Tony Award nominations including, “Best New Play.”

July 6

Folk art exhibit

All are invited to an opening reception of a folk art exhibit at Orcas Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The lobby will be filled with the folk art of B. Sadie Bailey, the featured artist for the July show. The Madrona Room will feature community art (On and Off the Wall) displaying of all kinds of art from many talented Orcas artists. Intake for community artwork for the July show is Thursday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 6, 7, 8

Magic Now

Local award-winning magician Matthew Laslo makes his annual return to the Sea View Theatre stage as a part of the island’s Fourth of July festivities. He will perform “Magic Now” on July, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. A pre-show BBQ with hot dogs, hamburgers, veggies options all with the “works” will begin at 5 p.m. The box office will open one hour before showtime. Tickets are $15 at Darvill’s Bookstore and online at or by calling Brown Paper Tickets (800) 838-3006.

July 7

Pancake breakfast

Enjoy the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Pancake Breakfast at the Eastsound Fire station from 7-11 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children and free for 5 years and younger. All proceeds support firefighters and EMTs.

Farmers market

Farmers Market, Village Green, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Orcas Museum summer events

This is the 67th year that the Orcas Island Historical Museums has sponsored a summer celebration of the island’s history.

The day’s festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. on the Village Green with a pie booth. Volunteers will be serving slices of home-baked fruit pies at the booth. Pie a la mode is available as an option thanks to the contribution of Island Market. Activities will go until 3 p.m. Enjoy the beer garden and a hot dog stand with chips and beverages.

Community Parade

It’s a celebration of Orcas Island’s past (and present.) The parade kicks off at noon. It starts at the top of North Beach Road and works its way down to Main Street. There are prizes of $100 to the best entry and two $50 gift certificates from Island Market for the runners-up. The grand marshal this year is Betty Hall. She is a descendant of Louis and Mary Anne Cayou, who is known as the first pioneer family of Orcas. Entry forms are at the chamber office and on the chamber website. Parade entry fees are $25 (nonprofit and community organizations) and $35 (businesses) per group. The deadline is Friday, June 29.

Mayoral campaign to wrap up

Four hopefuls are in the race for the Honorary Mayor of Eastsound.

Despite her short stature, Ginger intends to prove she’s anything but a one-trick pony. Tinker is the politician best known for giving out kisses and soft hugs at campaign rallies across Orcas. The two current underdogs, Sgt. Pepper and Rocky are pacing themselves for the long run.

The mayoral race, which features local pets, is an annual fundraiser sponsored by and benefiting Children’s House. Voters “buy” candidates into office by placing as many votes as they want at local polling stations or online. Look for boxes in businesses around town and Saturdays at Farmers Market.

Vote, follow the election and download the Voter’s Guide via The race concludes July 7 when a new Honorary Mayor is named and given a key to the Village by current Mayor Hudson, an English Cream Golden Retriever.

Lions Salmon BBQ

The Lions Club 44th Annual Salmon barbecue is from 1 to 7 p.m., at the Eastsound Fire Station. The meal includes a baked potato, coleslaw, roll and beverage. The cost is $18 for adults and $12 for children up to 12 years old. Dessert is available for $5. Tickets can be purchased at Kay’s and Cherie Lindholm Real Estate or during the parade from the Lions Float.