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The internationally-acclaimed, innovative guitarist Bill Frisell will play one performance only at Orcas Center on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The second season of the lecture series Crossroads: Ideas for a New Century will begin on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2:00 p.m. at Orcas Center with a presentation by author Reza Aslan entitled God and Globalization.
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Orcas Island will play host to a “Tour of the San Juans” by members of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America. About 30 vintage cars, among them a 1924 Studebaker and 1929 Pierce-Arrow, as well as a variety of other cars from the 1920s through the 1970s will be touring Orcas.
On Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Orcas Island Senior Center, Barbara Urschel will be reading excerpts from her new book “From Grief to Grace: Journaling Through Bill’s Illness” and a special guest will read selected poems from Bill Urschel’s 2002 book “Orcas Smiles” starting at 3 p.m.
Dressed in black sashes and sombreros, “Team Pancho” cheered on their tiny canine competitor during the fourth annual PETCO Unleashed Races in San Diego, Calif.
PTSA meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the School Library. Includes a presentation by School Superintendent and High School Principal Barbara Kline regarding changes in staffing and programs from last year to this, and an opportunity to discuss the administrative realignment with her and K-8 Principal, Tom Gobeske.
Mild comedy-lovers beware, John Clancy and his troupe of young improvisational actors are about to hit the stage at Orcas Center again.
Caroline Buchanan of Obstruction Island will be featured at the Sept. 23 meeting of the Northwest Watercolor Society. She will be demonstrating some of the effects one can achieve by playing different kinds of pigments against each other, working wet and layering color. To learn more about Buchanan and her work. see her website is at www.buchananwatercolors.com/
Local artist, Kim Middleton of Orcas Island, was jury selected to exhibit her work, “Harpy Eagle,” in the prestigious 2008 Birds in Art exhibition at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisc. Sept. 6 through Nov. 9, 2008.
The Orcas Choral Society, under the direction of Catherine Pederson will begin fall rehearsals in September in preparation for their winter concert, scheduled for Dec. 13 and 14.
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces auditions for the “Jim French Radio Show” on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Grange. These popular radio shows consist of three 30-minute plays read in front of an audience.
In keeping with its mission to host off-island artists with expertise in less common areas of the arts, the Olga Strawberry Council has invited Jeani Reynolds of Victoria BC to present a two-day lantern making workshop on Sept. 20 and 21. Participants will learn how to construct lanterns out of bamboo and wire, then cover and bedeck them with whatever their imaginations conjure up.
Pianist Jade Simmons, Spring ’07 Musician-in-Residence will return to Orcas in concert on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Contact Victoria Parker for tickets. $20 or by donation; students free. 376-6636 .
The Orcas Island Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the new season on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Orcas Center at 10 a.m. The speaker will be John Christianson, owner of Christianson’s Nursery in Mt. Vernon, who will provide an opportunity to purchase plants after his presentation. Everyone is welcome to attend. A single membership is $20 for the year and $25 for couples. Dues help to defray the expense of guest speakers and the rent for meeting at the Orcas Center. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Garden Club on Orcas Island. At the Dec. 12 meeting, those who were members at the first meeting in 1958 will be recongnized. The goal of garden club meetings is to help those who lives on Orcas to enjoy their gardening to the fullest. Speakers direct their lessons toward issues of gardening and bringing greater beauty to the environment. Gardening challenges and other questions may be directed to Ken Walker at 376-0501 or Midge Kraetzer at 376-2373.
Although the first Orcas Island Writers Festival, Sept. 4 - 7, has attracted a diverse group of authors from all over Washington State and as far away as Alaska and Vermont, it has also been fortunate to have a number of renowned and published San Juan Islands’ authors participating.
The San Juan Nature Institute will sponsor a second Adult Field Workshop with geologist Michael Yeaman on Sept. 7, in partnership with Washingto State Marine Parks, Outer Island Expeditions, and Shearwater Adventures.
Although she has written poetry to the acclaim of her friends for years, Dorothy (Dottie) Trogdon was not sure if her poetry was good enough to be published in the wider world. To find out, two years ago she submitted her poem “Roses” to a Chicago publication for writers who are more than 50 years old, “Passager.”
Wooden Boat Rendezvous, Captains’ meeting on the dock at the Deer Harbor Marina, followed by an open-class sailboat race. Awards ceremony and a potluck dinner on the Deer Harbor dock.
“Orcas and Afar: Photographs and Poetry by Anita Leigh Holladay with Elli Blaine” is a mother and daughter show of photographs on exhibit at the Orcas Senior Center from Sept. 2 to 25. According to the artists, the photographs show the evidence of the human hand on the environment in obvious and subtle ways, from staircases to oyster beds to greenhouse flowers. There will be an artists’ reception and a poetry reading on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The poetry reading will start at approximately 5:30 p.m. and last for half-an-hour.
The Orcas Island Artworks features “Flowers with a View,” a series of pastel paintings by Josie Barrow, through the month of September.
All are invited to audition for “The Fantasticks” on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. or Monday, Sept. 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the OffCenter of the Orcas Center.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann has planned a provocative season, centered around performances by musicians new to the Festival. Friedmann started program scheduling with harpist Heidi Lehwahlder accepting an invitation to perform, and the program grew from there. Festival “regulars” such as on Jon Kimura Parker on piano, Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead on violin, Karla Flygare on flute, David Harding on viola, Frank Kowalsky on clarinet, Page Smith and Anne Martindale Williams on cello will perform again, and new festival performers, Anna Polonsky, who will play piano, Chee-Yun, who will play violin, Page Smith, who will play cello, Karla Flygare, who plays flute, and the Miro String Quartet will join Lehwahlder at this year’s festival.
There will be a class offered about the medicinal values of easy-to-find plants Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Orcas Island Senior Center.
Charley Thweatt will be playing acoustic music on Lopez during a concert, two workshops, and an appearance at the Teddy Bear Picnic this week.
Calls by coordinator Fred Enge for abstract artists have drawn a large response, with over three dozen would-be participants indicating their work will appear in Orcas Center’s main gallery show in September. The large number was a surprise to Enge, and indicated that the abstract discipline may have more active practitioners on our island than supposed.
Local dance artists Laura Ludwig and Maria Bullock will curate the 2008 Orcas Center Community Dance Concert to be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15.
Sharon Abreu, Michael Hurwicz and Marianne Lewis will be performing at the Emmanuel Church Brown Bag Concert on Aug. 27 at noon. Sharon’s popular concerts always feature a wide range of offerings, from folk to classical, including the original “Economology” by Michael Hurwicz, and Sharon’s own “The Left Hand of God,” vocals and guitar accompaniment by Sharon and Michael, with Sharon also on violin.
Local dance enthusiasts are eagerly warming up for the annual “End of Summer Blast.” The event is sponsored by Orcas Island Dance Club, but open to everyone. It will be held in the Orcas Center Madrona Room Friday, September 5, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $10, at Kay’s Antiques, Eastsound.
The First Night! Concerts
Orcas Center’s first exhibit composed entirely of abstract art is drawing a strong response from local artists, says Fred Enge, coordinator of the upcoming September show. In order to plan the necessary gallery space, it is important to know how many artists will take part, and how many works will be included, he points out. Any artist planning to participate who has not already notified Fred should do so by Friday, Aug. 15 at 376-2726; or email email@example.com.
Last year’s inaugural Music Lovers Seminars with George Shangrow brought familiarity and heightened pleasure to the classics of chamber music as performed during the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (OICMF). This year, OICMF brings Shangrow back for another series of seminars, each taking place over two days, to familiarize concert-goers with the pleasures of the four major concerts during the 11th annual Music Festival. The lectures are a component of the OICMF’s IM: In Music year-round education program.
Three Generations, a bluegrass band comprised of three generations of family members and a few great friends, will perform at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.
As part of the Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (FEAST) program, students have been learning about and building a shed kiosk and bench at The Funhouse, using a variety of natural and sustainable building techniques. To complete the project a number of Orcas Island community members have been donating their time, expertise and resources to the project.
Crow Valley Pottery opens their fourth annual Potter’s Festival on Friday, Aug. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. with an opening reception that will feature demonstrations by Orcas Island artist Robin Rodenberger, music by Katie Jensen and wines from Vercingetorix Wines.
“Outlaw Dreams,” a football movie coming to Eastsound on Aug. 17, all began on the Vikings football field one day in 2005.
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces a script-in-hand presentation of the new play “The Dixie Swim Club” at the Grange. The play is about five Southern women whose friendship began on their college swim team who set aside a long weekend each year to recharge their friendship. Every August they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to laugh, catch up and meddle in each others lives. “The Dixie Swim Club” focuses on four of these weekends over a period of 33 years.
The San Juan Preservation Trust held its first annual “Summer Social” event on Saturday, Aug. 2 on Dodie Gann’s Red Mill Farm on San Juan Island. Billed as a “Celebration of Art, Islands and Conservation,” this event was a collaboration of the Preservation Trust, the artists of Plein Air Washington, and Gallery San Juan in Friday Harbor.
Chief Baker, the Orcas Island based musical ensemble, will be performing for the Music in the Park Series at the Eastsound Village Green on Sunday, Aug. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The band will perform their eclectic repertoire of Reggae, Roots, and Funk, playing both originals and covers.
St. Agnes Guild’s 59th Annual Market Day will be held Saturday, July 26, on the Episcopal Church lawn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Market Day is a major fund-raising project, with all proceeds going to outreach for the Orcas Island Community, to benefit local organizations such as the Food Bank, Kaleidoscope, Children’s House, the Funhouse, Domestic Violence, Orcas Recreation, Hearts and Hands, the Senior Center and YMCA Camp Orkila.