Wed, July 3
Lewis opens Brown Bag
Emmanuel Episcopal Parish and the Music Committee will present organist and choir director Marianne Lewis at its opening concert at noon. The program contains all Johann Sebastian Bach music and lasts for 30 minutes. There is no charge but donations are welcome to fund the Virgile Cleveland Memorial Scholarship awarded every year to Orcas music students.
Spooky Tales return
Many stories of Orcas history, ghosts and gremlins will be told this summer at the Pioneer and Crow Valley Museums by master storyteller Antoinette Botsford from July through August, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at the Eastsound museum and Fridays at 5 p.m. at the Crow Valley School Museum. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for those 18 and under and $2 off for museum members.
Deer Harbor fireworks
Enjoy great fireworks, with live music at 7 p.m. at the Deer Harbor Marina. Fireworks are at dusk.
Thu, July 4
Runners and walkers, come out for the 8th Annual Fourth of July 5K. The race starts promptly at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., kids can run a 1K race for a $10 entry fee. The loop route includes the Crescent Beach Trail and starts and finishes at the Village Green. Check it out at https://www.plotaroute.com/route/181399
Zany patriotic wear is encouraged. Go all out and try to win “best costume,” individually or as a team. Register at www.FunhouseCommons.org/5K or by phone at (360) 376-7177. The 5K fee is $35, with T-shirts $5 extra. Late registration on race day will be available for an additional $5. All are welcome to run or walk the route at their own pace. Proceeds benefit The Funhouse Commons.
Patriotic music, 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 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.
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 http://bit.ly/fireworksdonate. “Celebrate Orcas” T-shirts are for sale at the chamber office and at the park prior to the fireworks; all proceeds benefit the show.
Fri, July 5
Art show opening
All are invited to an opening reception of Leon Rosenblatt’s “Remnants” at Orcas Center, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Rosenblatt has enjoyed commercial success with clients such as RCA Records, Random House Publishing and National Lampoon Magazine, and has been honored by the National Society of Illustrators. “Remnants,” his latest series of paintings, are large oil and acrylic canvases that evoke the past as viewed from our not so distant “future.” The rendered paintings depict surfaces that contain fossils and imprints, both ancient as well as recognizable man-made objects from the 21st Century.
July 5, 6, 7
Matthew Laslo magic
Experience the magic of magician Matthew Laslo when he brings a little bit of Las Vegas to the island for his annual three-night engagement at the Sea View Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Laslo is a local, 18-year-old award-winning magician who has thrilled audiences worldwide with both close-up and grand illusions. Joining him are his talented assistants Maria Bullock, Katie Zwilling and Kellen Comrie. Tickets are $15 and available at Darvill’s Book Store in Eastsound and online at http://www.matthewlaslo.com.
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island will kick off its summer Readers Theater series with three performances of “2 Across” by Jerry Mayer. It is directed by Doug Bechtel.
Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Orcas Island Grange (3252 Orcas Road). Two strangers, a woman (Suzanne Gropper) and a man (Tom Fiscus), board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 a.m. They’re alone in the car, each is married, both are doing The New York Times crossword. This 80-minute subway ride has been described by critics as hilarious, witty, romantic and poignant. Tickets are $10 and available at Darvill’s Book Store, www.orcasactors.com and at the door.
Sat, July 6
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 those 5 years old and younger. All proceeds support firefighters and emergency medical technicians.
Village Green, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Orcas Island Historical Museums’ 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. Pie a la mode is available as an option thanks to the contribution of Island Market. New this year is kids’ games on the lawn with prizes. All proceeds go to support the Orcas Island Historical Museums. The events go until 3 p.m.
The theme of this year’s Orcas Chamber of Commerce parade is Celebrate the Seasons on Orcas Island, and the grand marshals are Judy and Scott Whiting. It kicks off at noon and starts at North Beach Road and School Road and works its way down to Main Street. A prize of $100 goes to the best entry, and two $50 gift certificates from Island Market go to the runners-up.
Lions Salmon Barbecue
The Lions Club 44th Annual Salmon barbecue is from 1 – 7 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station. The meal includes a baked potato, coleslaw, a roll and a beverage. The cost is $18 for adults and $12 for children up to 12 years old. Dessert is available for $5. Tickets are at Kay’s and Cherie Lindholm Real Estate or during the parade from the Lions’ float.
It’s the year of the dog, and five canine hopefuls are pawing it out for the Key to the Town. Old dogs, small dogs, young pups, dogs with mustaches and saintly pooches are all in the running. Voting wraps up at 2 p.m. after the parade on July 6 at the market booth. The winner will be announced and given the key to Eastsound at 3 p.m. at the Village Green. Don’t miss this exciting chance to get your last-minute votes in and get your photo with our new mayor! Every vote translates to a dollar earned for Orcas Island Children’s House, serving young islanders for almost 50 years. Read more about each candidate and vote online at www.oich.org.
Sun, July 7
Legion Pig Roast
The American Legion Celebrates 100 years with its Fourth Annual Pig Roast at 793 Crescent Beach Drive. The event will feature two 135-pound pigs, and dinner is served from 5 – 8 p.m. The meal will include roast pork, applesauce, baked beans, corn on the cob, French bread, four different salads, a large assortment of desserts and a beverage, all for $20 for adults. Children 10 years old and younger enter for $10. The auxiliary will draw the winner of a red and white quilt at the pig roast.
Tow Away Zone concert
Carl Burger, Marj Franke and Tish Knapp – members of the group Tow Away Zone – are kicking off Orcas Island’s summertime weekly Music in the Park series in the Village Green. They look forward to sharing an evening of musical blending, traditional with irreverence, editorializing with nostalgia and slapstick from 5-7 p.m.
Get your dancing feet ready for an eight-hour journey through musical history. With tracks that range from Frank Sinatra to Billie Eilish, DJ Bruce Pavitt is hosting a dance-a-thon to benefit OPAL Community Land Trust. The dance party is from 4 p.m. to midnight at the Odd Fellows Hall.
Each hour will be a new decade of music, starting with the 1940s and culminating with the hits of today. Entry is $10; free entry with the purchase of a raffle ticket. For a $5 suggested donation, there are pulled pork sandwiches and vegetarian chili. For $3 per cup, enjoy beer from Island Hoppin’ Brewery.
Fri, July 12
Ruth Moody in concert
Ruth Moody is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Canada, celebrated for her angelic soprano voice and effortless command. As a founding and current member of The Wailin’ Jennys, she has garnered two Juno Awards and performed to rapt audiences in sold-out venues around the globe. The band will perform as well as provide insights on both the instruments and styles of music they play and life on the road. She will perform at 7:30 p.m. on the Orcas Center stage. Tickets are $15-$47.