The 5th biennial Orcas Storyfest was another week long success, thanks to so many friends and businesses. We are so grateful to The Friends of the Library and Phil Heikkinen who have supported the festival from day one.
We are also grateful for first time sponsor the Mindplace, a business in Eastsound that has been designing tools for the exploration of states of consciousness and meditational aids since 1988. And to Carlene and Dan Kim for their generous donation.
We have the following to thank for their gifts of place: The Orcas Senior Center, The Funhouse Commons, the library, and the Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall.
Then there’s the need to house and feed our storytellers who donate their talents and time to the festival. We thank the following generous housing hosts: Geri and David Turnoy, Maura O’Neill and Michael Harnett, Moana Kutsche and Brian Erhmantrout.
Thank you to Mijitas, Roses Bakery Cafe, Enzo’s, Sazio di Notte, The Kitchen, Portofino Pizzeria, The Skillet, The Orcas Senior Center, Island Market, The Market, Maple Rock Farm and Wang/Kikuchi-Yngojo garden.
For casseroles, salads and desserts: Queen organizer Marj Franke, Judith Black, Betty Egan, Barb Ehrmantraut, Marj Franke, Joyce Greene, Lawrence Jackso, Bronwen Jones, Eleanor Peterson, Ellie Stewart, Patty Thompson, Robbie Walker, Jean Wellington.
Thank you to pilot Jack Becker, boater Fred Franke, art curator Leo Lambiel, Orcas Island Historical Museum committee, pianist extraordinaire Mary Meyers, Melani Nagao, Les Katsura and Nina Sakamoto-Bazan.
A huge thank you to storytellers Doug Banner, Judith Black, Antoinette Botsford, Heather Forest, Ruth Halpern, Anji Ringzin, and Kirk Waller, and music groups The Bhajans and The Parking Angels.
Of course, marketing is absolutely necessary: Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, A-frame signs and t-shirt design (we have more if you want one, 376-8705), Margie Doyle, Orcas Issues, Colleen Armstrong, The Sounder, Chamber of Commerce, Andrew Youngren/Popup Print for a lovely discount for our t-shirt design, and word of mouth! Thanks to all those who spread the word!
Thank you so much Orcas Island. We are so blessed to be a part of this community. See you in 2015 during the next Orcas Storyfest. Or come to China with us Sept. 2014.
Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo