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The afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 5, will put something into the air on Orcas Island that it doesn’t often get: a slew of newly composed notes for chamber music.
The Orcas Island Artworks features quilts by Irene Anda, Maggie Kaplan and Merry Bush from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15.
“East of Eden” fall literature class at the parish hall of Emmanuel Church, to continue Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration at the Library $20.
“Wood – Orcas Island Furniture + Architectural Renderings” is a exhibit of Orcas Island craftspeople and architects to be displayed in the lobby and Madrona Room of the Orcas Center in October. The exhibit will start with a reception on Friday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. when most of the exhibiters will be present to talk about their work and their use of recycled and local woods and other materials.
Composer Alex Shapiro resides on San Juan Island. She will be giving a pre-concert "chat" with the Seattle Chamber Players at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, prior to the Chamber Players' 4 p.m. concert. Shapiro's website is www.alexshapiro.org and her blog, is at www.notesfromthekelp.com
Laura Kohler, a Washington State Ferries (WSF) captain who is working as first mate on this day, pushes the button that sounds a loud bellowing horn as the ferry starts out of the dock at Friday Harbor heading for Sidney. “That’s so everyone knows to get out of the way,” she says. “You wouldn’t believe how many boats and kayaks don’t seem to understand that it would probably be a good idea to get out of the way of a 2000-ton ferry. We often have to divert around them.”
The award-winning Seattle Chamber Players will perform a matinee performance at Orcas Center on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. Preceding the performance at 3 p.m. is an informal talk with members of the ensemble, moderated by composer and music writer Alex Shapiro.
Lindalena Dingman will be teaching her first class at the Senior Center titled “Solutions and Enhancements for Healthy Aging,” beginning Sept. 30 at the Senior Center.
United Way Day of Caring, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meets at Orcas Center to build the first phase of a path between the school and Center, and also to form teams to assist low-income seniors.
Submissions of photos, paintings and memorabilia expressing the theme of “My Favorite Vacations” are being accepted for the October art show at the Orcas Senior Center. Any offerings for this show may be dropped off at the Senior Center, with name and phone number attached, by Tuesday, Sept. 30. Reminiscences and stories that will be incorporated into the captions are also encouraged.
John Sangster, Lopez poet, winner of the Jack Straw award, and author of a recently published book, “Island Year,” will be joined by Orcas poets who have been published recently in Shark Reef – Jan Loudin, George Karnikis, Ingrid Karnikis and JoEllen Moldoff for a poetry reading on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Darvill’s.
For the past 28 years, Geoff Kaufman has been leading audiences to find truth, humor, and beauty in folk music. Whether singing sailor songs with his quartet, Forebitter; or environmental songs on board the Sloop Clearwater in the Hudson River; or in solo performances at coffeehouses throughout the Northeast United States and festivals in Europe, Geoff has entertained and touched audiences near and far.
In spring 2007 the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival brought pianist Jade Simmons to the island as its first Musician-in-Residence for the In Music (IM) outreach program.
For the first time in more than 66 years, Darvill’s Rare Prints will be based in a state other than Washington. Owners Chris Brussat and Wade Campbell are relocating to the San Juans – the San Juan mountains of southwest Colorado, that is.
Lopez Islander Helen Sanders, with the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band of Seattle, finished third in the grade 4B category at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland.
“Savor the San Juans – A Medley of Food, Art and Culture” will take place during the month of October on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands, thanks to the Cultural Tourism Committee of the SJ Islands Visitors Bureau.
The San Juan Nature Institute will sponsor a third Adult Field Workshop with geologist Michael Yeaman on Sept. 20, in partnership with Washingto State Marine Parks, Outer Island Expeditions, and Shearwater Adventures.
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.