Life

West Sound filmmaker John Gorton on the spot.

New film to be featured at Orcas Museum dinner

Seats are still available to join Orcas Island Historical Museum members at their Annual Membership Dinner Buffet at Camp Orkila Lodge (Norman Hall), Monday December 8. Doors open for a cash bar at 5 PM. The $25 multi-course prime rib buffet includes salmon and vegetarian entrees, a free Museum Crazy Quilt raffle ticket, and free movie popcorn during the film program. Reservations are required, and museum membership is invited. Call the museum at 376-4849 with your reservation. 

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
West Sound filmmaker John Gorton on the spot.
Orcas Island Library Holiday Tea to include visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Holiday happenings Holiday Tea at Library

The Friends of the Library will host the Holiday Tea and Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library. This annual event is a celebration and thank-you from the Friends and Library Board to honor the entire community for their support and participation in the life of the library, says Judy Schliebus, Friends Board member, who is overseeing the Holiday Tea.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Orcas Island Library Holiday Tea to include visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Orcas Center's 'Slightly OffCenter Local Arts Showcase' to feature up-and-comers

Orcas Center’s ‘Slightly OffCenter Local Arts Showcase’ to feature up-and-comers

Although she has performed professionally on hammered dulcimer, flute and guitar internationally for more than two decades, Carolyn Cruso still remembers what it was like to be a newcomer to the performing songwriter genre.

  • Nov 20th, 2008
Orcas Center's 'Slightly OffCenter Local Arts Showcase' to feature up-and-comers
Noel Coward’s “Fallen Angels” will be the feature at the Outlook Inn’s upcoming dinner theater production.

Dinner Theater at Outlook

November 21st, there’s no better way to enjoy a crisp fall evening than a sumptuous dinner prepared by chef Sean Paul, followed by a staged reading of Noel Coward’s hilarious drawing room romp, “Fallen Angels.”

  • Nov 19th, 2008
Noel Coward’s “Fallen Angels” will be the feature at the Outlook Inn’s upcoming dinner theater production.

Turkey Day with a social conscience

In celebration of sustainable living, come one, come all to the Lopez Community Center for an Inter-Island Sustainable Living Weekend.

  • Nov 19th, 2008

Arts and leisure Actors offer writing class

The Actors Theater of Orcas Island will be offering a four-week (seven session) play writing class on Tuesday and Sunday evenings beginning Dec. 2 at the Grange.

  • Nov 19th, 2008

What’s happening

ORCAS ISLAND

  • Nov 19th, 2008

Camp Orkila ‘Food for Thought’ fund-raiser to help Orcas schools

A fund-raiser promising to deliver something quite different will be the seventh annual Orcas Island Education Foundation Food for Thought Benefit Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at Camp Orkila.

  • Nov 19th, 2008
Islander’s Bank hosts a reception for photographer Michael Gerard Merle from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday.

Mele art photos at Islander’s Bank

Islander’s Bank is having a reception on Friday, Nov. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. to launch art photographer Michael Gerard Mele’s new show “Islander’s Art Harvest.”

  • Nov 19th, 2008
Islander’s Bank hosts a reception for photographer Michael Gerard Merle from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday.
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‘Cinderella’ puppet show always gets a hand

Puppetry is an ancient art form, and Chris Carter and her husband Stephen keep the tradition alive by offering puppet theater, an annual baroque marionette opera, and housing the largest puppet research library in the west.

  • Nov 19th, 2008
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Dwight Duke’s metalwork fish is one of many artists’ creations.

Fish art helps fund schools, to be auctioned at “Food for Thought”

Fantastic fish art pieces such as the one pictured above, created by Orcas artists, will be auctioned off at the annual Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF) Food for Thought Benefit.

  • Nov 12th, 2008
Dwight Duke’s metalwork fish is one of many artists’ creations.

Sweet delights at the Senior’s Holiday Fair

A highlight of the annual Senior Center’s Holiday Fair is the Bake Sale, where sweet treats laced with cinnamon, chocolate, lemon, peppermint and countless other savories tempt the tastebuds.

  • Nov 12th, 2008

San Juan Master Gardeners: Order native plants for gardens now

The Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County is now taking orders for its annual Native Plant Sale. The Foundation has 23 species of mostly native plants, including conifers, deciduous trees, shrubs, ferns and groundcovers. The plants are one to two years old, either bare-root or plugs, are conservation stock and are typically sold in bundles of five plants. They range from 8” to 36” in height and prices range from $3.25 to $13.00 per plug or bundle. Examples of species are: Evergreen Huckleberry, Mock Orange, Red Flowering Currant, Shore Pine, Deer Fern, Kinnickinnik, Salal and much more.

  • Nov 11th, 2008
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Orcas dancers to perform this weekend

Orcas Island dancers and choreographers mount the Orcas Center stage this weekend as the Community Dance Concert returns.

  • Nov 11th, 2008
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Textile artists featured in Olga

Textile artists featured in Olga

The Orcas Island Artworks features knitted and woven apparel by Melanie Davis, Maureen Hannan and Merry Bush from November 15 through Dec. 31.

  • Nov 11th, 2008
Textile artists featured in Olga

What’s happening

Garden Club 10 a.m. at the Orcas Center. “Remarkable Trees” with Marguerite Greening. For further information, call Ken Walker at 376-0501 or Midge Kraetzer at 376-2373.

  • Nov 11th, 2008
“We have to reflect life

Hedrick Smith films “Frontline” documentary in San Juans

Hedrick Smith, Orcas Island resident and Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist, believes that solutions for even the most complex problems come from public involvement. He is currently producing a public television “Frontline” documentary with the working title “Poisoned Waters,” which analyzes the environmental health of premier waterways like Puget Sound and Chesapeake Bay, and asks why it is so difficult to save them.

  • Nov 5th, 2008
“We have to reflect life

Storm water to percolate through pervious pavement at OPAL’s Wild Rose Meadow

Pervious pavement, or “green” paving that allows rainwater to be swiftly reprocessed, was put down Oct. 28 at Wild Rose Meadow, OPAL Community Land Trust’s neighborhood under construction off Mt. Baker Road. This is the first project on Orcas known to use the technique.

  • Nov 5th, 2008

Writer’s Roundtable turns real life into art

The Writer’s Roundtable scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Library will discuss “ Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Turning Real Life into Art.”

  • Nov 5th, 2008
TRICK OR TREAT!

TRICK OR TREAT!

  • Nov 4th, 2008
TRICK OR TREAT!
“Tatyana’s Letter

Seattle Opera’s Young Artists bring Tchaikovsky Opera to Orcas

Orcas Center presents one performance only of “Tatyana’s Letter,” lyrical scenes from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” presented by Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program. “This passionate opera is a hothouse tale of love, set to achingly beautiful music,” says the Center’s Executive Director, Barbara Courtney.

  • Nov 4th, 2008
“Tatyana’s Letter

Garden Club to meet Nov. 12

In November, the Orcas Garden Club will meet on Nov. 12 instead of the usual third Wednesday of the month. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on November 12 in the Madrona Room of the Orcas Center.

  • Nov 4th, 2008

2008 Sail Orcas Annual Meet

Sail Orcas’ Annual Meeting is being held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center, and is open to the public. Dinner is provided with a donation requested at the door. Don and Joyce Green, local author of “Windy Thoughts,” will be sharing stories of their experiences exploring the world aboard their 35’ sailboat.

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Sportsmen Club invites all to Turkey Shoot

Sportsmen Club turkey shoot

The Orcas Island Sportsmen Club will be holding their 57th annual fundraising Turkey Shoot on Saturday, Nov. 15, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the club shooting ranges, located at 1906 Enchanted Forest Road. The club entrance is 1.9 miles west of Lovers Lane and there will be signs at the entrance.

  • Nov 4th, 2008
Sportsmen Club invites all to Turkey Shoot

‘The Fantasticks’ on Orcas Island: don’t miss them

“The Fantasticks” arrived at the Orcas Center last week, and this magical, musical, dancing show has something, no, it has everything, for everyone.

  • Oct 29th, 2008
A worker at Maple Rock Farm kneels to plant seedlings.

The Good Rock: farmers on Orcas Island and the good life

Farming as a way of life has both a history and a future on Orcas Island. Many islanders actively cultivate the earth on this rock, learning from the past and planning for the future, even while working through the seasons on a more-than-rewarding way of life.

  • Oct 28th, 2008
A worker at Maple Rock Farm kneels to plant seedlings.
Barbara Gourley

Johnson student show set for Orcas Center

The annual exhibit of paintings by students of Terry Johnson will open Friday evening, Oct. 31, at Orcas Center, with a reception for the artists to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Madrona Room. Family and friends are invited.

  • Oct 28th, 2008
Barbara Gourley

Orcas Center presents “The Fantasticks”

Orcas Center presents the world’s longest running musical which truly offers something for everybody.

  • Oct 22nd, 2008

Thrift Shop to hold “Thriller” community dance

“People can expect good music, great costumes, and dancing!”

  • Oct 22nd, 2008
Marley’s Ghost musicians have performed together for 21 years and come to Lopez Island Friday

Lively Roots Music plus Burger & Brews at Orcas Center

On Sunday, Oct. 26, all are invited to grab a burger and a brew at Orcas Center, and then to settle into a performance with the vintage Americana music band, Marley’s Ghost.

  • Oct 21st, 2008
Marley’s Ghost musicians have performed together for 21 years and come to Lopez Island Friday
“The Fantasticks”

“The Fantasticks”

a simple, startling and timeless show

  • Oct 15th, 2008
“The Fantasticks”
Forrest Fire

Forrest Fire

One calm evening last week, Forrest Gropp could be seen practicing “fire poi” on the Eastsound waterfront as dusk passed into night. Poi is a form of juggling using balls on the end of ropes or chains which are swung and twirled around the juggler’s head and body.

  • Oct 14th, 2008
Forrest Fire
George Karnikis with his new book

George Karnikis publishes sci-fi novel

Longtime Orcas resident George Karnikis has recently published his science fiction story “Project Anastrophe.”

  • Oct 14th, 2008
George Karnikis with his new book

What’s happening

ORCAS ISLAND

  • Oct 14th, 2008
Carolyn Cruso to perform at Orcas Center Oct. 18.

Jessica Williams and Carolyn Cruso to play Orcas Center

On Saturday, Oct. 18, Orcas Center will present a rich and vivid evening of music with two acclaimed artists: Orcas’ own Carolyn Cruso, and jazz composer and pianist Jessica Williams.

  • Oct 7th, 2008
Carolyn Cruso to perform at Orcas Center Oct. 18.
Waterworks Gallery in Friday Harbor will feature the landscape of David Ridgway of Orcas Island throughout the month of October.  This is an Artstock event. Both artists may be seen painting the streets of Friday Harbor on Saturday October 4th and Sunday 5th. www.artstocksanjuanisland.com.

Artwork by David Ridgway

  • Oct 7th, 2008
Waterworks Gallery in Friday Harbor will feature the landscape of David Ridgway of Orcas Island throughout the month of October.  This is an Artstock event. Both artists may be seen painting the streets of Friday Harbor on Saturday October 4th and Sunday 5th. www.artstocksanjuanisland.com.

Boater class Saturday at ?S.J. Center

Remember the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared?” or perhaps the Coast Guard motto, “Semper Paratus?”  (always ready).  

  • Oct 7th, 2008

Poetry – mechanics and meaning

The fall poetry class, “How A Poem Works and What It Means,” begins Tuesday Oct. 7, and runs through Nov. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library. The instructor is JoEllen Moldoff and the fee is $10 for Library costs. Register at the library.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Tingstad and Rumbel on Lopez

Grammy-award winning artists Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel will be performing at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.

  • Sep 30th, 2008
Ron Herman

Jim French Radio Shows at the Grange

The Actors Theater of Orcas Island is presenting three live radio shows written by Jim French. These popular radio shows consist of three 30 minute plays written by Jim French for his nationally syndicated “Imagination Theater” series.

  • Sep 30th, 2008
Ron Herman