In my first few weeks as the honorary mayor of Eastsound, I have been a proud puppy when I see what a great community we have here.
After the fires on the east side that devastated so many artists and local islanders, our perseverance and resilience has made us all shine. From the volunteer firefighters and the auxiliary, to the many neighbors, and individuals who stepped up to provide support in too many ways to name, they can’t be thanked enough. Now, just three weeks after such a horrific event, this island has moved forward together to open a new temporary venue for the Artworks and the James Hardman Gallery in the heart of Eastsound Village at 217 Main Street. And, when the building is rebuilt, the café, the Artworks and the James Hardman Gallery will all re-open in Olga bigger and better than ever.
A big bow wow of gratitude to everyone who made this happen.
And now, we are in the midst of our peak summer season. The island is full with folks enjoying our natural beauty, serenity, Olga Daze, the Kindling Fest, Fly In, Chamber Music Festival, Library Fair, Brown Bag Concerts, Farmers Market, we must all take a deep breath of patience for the crowded streets, the slow intermittent internet, the diminished cell phone reception and remember what a beautiful place we live in.
Many of our local business folks have worked very hard all summer, and several are having spectacular sales right now.
Get out and take a hike in Moran State Park, climb Turtleback Mountain or take the dog for a swim at Crescent Beach. Whatever you do, do it with enthusiasm, style, and joy.
Catch up with you next month. Woofing you all!