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Thweatt to play acoustic music on Lopez

Charley Thweatt will be playing acoustic music on Lopez during a concert, two workshops, and an appearance at the Teddy Bear Picnic this week.

  • Aug 19th, 2008
Artists Fred Enge

Abstract art gets great response

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.

  • Aug 19th, 2008
Artists Fred Enge
From left: Laura Ludwig and Maria Bullock

Laura Ludwig and Maria Bullock to coordinate November Dance Concert

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.

  • Aug 19th, 2008
From left: Laura Ludwig and Maria Bullock

Brown Bag highlights Abreu and friends

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.

  • Aug 19th, 2008
Veteran jazzman Willie Thomas (left) and friend and fellow trumpeter Steve Alboucq.

Alboucq Band, bebop legend promise evening of dancing and easy listening

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.

  • Aug 19th, 2008
Veteran jazzman Willie Thomas (left) and friend and fellow trumpeter Steve Alboucq.

Chamber Music Festival schedule

The First Night! Concerts

  • Aug 19th, 2008

Events calendar

ORCAS ISLAND

  • Aug 19th, 2008

Orcas Center’s abstract art deadline nears

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 fredenge@rockisland.com.

  • Aug 13th, 2008
George Shangrow

Orcas’ Chamber Music Fest illustrated by George Shangrow in Music Lovers’ Seminars

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.

  • Aug 13th, 2008
George Shangrow

The Three Generations to perform serious bluegrass at Lopez Center

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.

  • Aug 12th, 2008
From left to right: Stephanie Shaw

FEAST program teaches sustainable building

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.

  • Aug 5th, 2008
From left to right: Stephanie Shaw
Annual Crow Valley Potter’s Festival will feature the work of Robin Rodenberger

Fifth Annual Potters Festival

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.

  • Aug 5th, 2008
Annual Crow Valley Potter’s Festival will feature the work of Robin Rodenberger

Movie benefits Christian School and Orcas Vikings

“Outlaw Dreams,” a football movie coming to Eastsound on Aug. 17, all began on the Vikings football field one day in 2005.

  • Aug 5th, 2008
From left: Mary Bayley

Orcas Grange to present The Dixie Swim Club

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.

  • Aug 5th, 2008
From left: Mary Bayley

Plein air exhibit going forward

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.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Chief Baker plays at music in park arts & Entertainment

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.

  • Aug 5th, 2008
Joyce Burghardt at the Market Day tea table

St. Agnes Guild Market Day an Orcas tradition

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.

  • Jul 27th, 2008
Joyce Burghardt at the Market Day tea table
Forest Gropp publicizes Community Bikeshare in the Orcas Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July parade

Community bikes: Yours to use, Eastsound … and maintain

We have all done it: parked the car on one side of Eastsound to purchase groceries and then started up the car again to drive two blocks to the Post Office or Library. “Ridiculous!” says Owen Cheevers. “Why not just walk or better yet... ride a Community Bike!”

  • Jul 24th, 2008
Forest Gropp publicizes Community Bikeshare in the Orcas Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July parade
The Dream Science Circus return to perform “Sleeping on the Ceiling

“Sleeping on the Ceiling”

From the Bellingham-based artists who brought Dream Science Circus and Circus D’Orcas to Orcas Center, audiences will delight in “Sleeping on the Ceiling” on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26. Joining Ukoiya and Islando, the creators of these performances, will be a half-dozen other professional dancers, acrobats and jugglers, and a host of local children, to the wonder of audiences of all ages.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008
The Dream Science Circus return to perform “Sleeping on the Ceiling

SJ Preservation Trust benefits from Plein Air artists’ show

For three weeks in July, plein air (open-air) artists from the San Juan Islands and across the state (representing Plein Air Washington Association) will be painting on San Juan Preservation Trust properties and public lands throughout the islands. The artists and their easels will occupy roadsides and public parks as they capture impressions of the San Juans on canvas.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008
Clint and Grace McCune

Twirl comes to Music in the Park

Hope… Hum… Stomp… Strum… This is the sound of “Twirl” – original music composed by sister-brother duo Grace (most recently staring as Belle in Orcas Center’s production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’) and Clint McCune. This band, with 15 years of touring and performing under their belt, brings an integrity and magic to the stage.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008
Clint and Grace McCune

Brown Bag concert to feature cello fest July 30

On July 30, the featured noon concert at Emmanuel Church will be a presentation of classical pieces by a group of local cellists. Members of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, entering its 34th year of performances in Bellingham, are joining Orcas Island cellist, Dale Heisinger, a 25-year member of the orchestra.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Gaydos to speak at Whale Museum

The Friday Harbor Whale Museum’s lecture 2008 series continues with a talk by Dr. Joe Gaydos at the museum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. Dr. Gaydos will discuss “The Silent Disappearance of Salish Sea Marine Birds.”

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Wet T-shirt contest with a twist at the Lower

Orcas Island is about to have its first Intentional and Tasteful Wet T-shirt Contest. But don’t worry; we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief because this contest will not be exploiting women. In this contest women are in for a treat – all the contestants are men.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

Hardman and Glasser art review

James Hardman’s acrylic watercolors now on exhibit at the Orcas Center are very revealing, particularly if one knows what to look for.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008
Canoe pullers en route in last year’s Paddle-to-Lummi.

Tribal canoe journey passes through the San Juans

Lummi, Nooksack, Samish, Suquamish, Swinomish and Tulalip canoes arrive in the San Juans en route to Duncan, B.C. this week. Traditionally, when canoes entered a Tribe’s or Nation’s territory, paddle tips were pointed upward to signify a peaceful entry, “We Come In Peace!” As part of the 2008 Canoe Journey, canoes will stop at Shaw Island on July 24 and Roche Harbor on July 25.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008
Canoe pullers en route in last year’s Paddle-to-Lummi.

Arts calendar

FEAST agricultural program will be building a structure based on natural building techniques from July 22 to 24, and July 29 through 31. For more information call 376-5339.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008
Writing gurus inaugurate the Orcas Island Writers Festival

Writing gurus inaugurate the Orcas Island Writers Festival

In recent weeks an apron-clad woman has been seen roaming the Saturday Market with free brownies and cookies. The free food comes with a string attached—literally. To each sweet is tied a brochure for the Orcas Island Writers Festival, due to be held for the first time September 4-7, 2008. The woman handing them out is Barbara Lewis, Festival Director. “Our life is already rich here,” Lewis says, “but we’re trying to make it even sweeter.”

  • Jul 22nd, 2008
Writing gurus inaugurate the Orcas Island Writers Festival

Terry Johnson reviews James Hardman and Hanna Glasser at Orcas Center

"There are some advanced, intellectual artists on Orcas, and the Orcas Center is exhibiting two of them through July."

  • Jul 22nd, 2008

‘Senior Farm-to-Table’ dinners come to Orcas Senior Center

The Senior Center announces “Senior Farm-to-Table” dinners on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning today, July 16.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Turn Point Lighthouse Restoration Society opens museum

The Turn Point Lighthouse Restoration Society announced the opening of their museum at Turn Point on July 4, 2008. TPLPS, a non profit group, dedicated it to one of Turn Point Light keepers, Louis A. Borchers (1902-1923), who left a legacy of photographs, not only of Turn Point, but of various lighthouses throughout the northwest.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Darvill’s Bookstore on Orcas hosts poets

Poets Holaday Mason and River Malcolm will present a joint reading 7 p.m., Friday, July 25, at Darvill’s Bookstore. Refreshments will be served.

  • Jul 16th, 2008
Ruthy Dougherty

Orcas FEAST students learn about gardens, sheep and rocket stoves

The Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (FEAST) students are having a most excellent summer. They’ve explored the sustainable agricultural concepts of mushroom cultivation, guerrilla gardening, animal husbandry, beekeeping, and rocket stoves.

  • Jul 15th, 2008
Ruthy Dougherty

Orcas/Lopez Arts Calendar | July 16

A look at what's going on in the entertainment communities on Orcas and Lopez Island.

  • Jul 15th, 2008
Two craft booth vendors become acquainted at the 2007 Fair.

Orcas Library Fair: last call for booth applications

The Orcas Library Fair committee requests that interested exhibitors please submit their applications for booth space. If you do not have an application, they are available at the Orcas Island Library, or by emailing your request to tommaiuro@gmail.com.

  • Jul 15th, 2008
Two craft booth vendors become acquainted at the 2007 Fair.
Busy marketers at the 2007 Olga Daze Sell-a-bration.

Olga Daze and Sell-a-bration

The Olga Community Center and Olga Park is the hub for activities on July 19 when Olga Daze “Sell-a-bration” 2008 begins at 10 a.m. in Olga Park. Included in the festivities will be a huge barn and yard sale, a silent auction, and the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket for a queen sized quilt made by Betty Marcum.

  • Jul 15th, 2008
Busy marketers at the 2007 Olga Daze Sell-a-bration.
Child at a Relay for Life Luminaria observance.

What is Relay For Life?

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length. Teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment.

  • Jul 15th, 2008
Child at a Relay for Life Luminaria observance.

Barnfest Reminder

Save the Barnfest is rapidly approaching. Save the date, Saturday July 26, between 2 and 6 p.m. Donors are asked to bring their contributions to Kathy Stribling no later than July 17. Donations can be brought to the library library if that is more convenient. Stribling says, “Please tell everyone you know about this event, the more the merrier!”

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Carolyn Cruso to perform at Brown Bag July 23

The popular Brown Bag Concerts at Emmanuel Church on Wednesdays at noon continue on July 23 with a presentation by Carolyn Cruso. Known for her versatility as a musician and composer for guitar and hammered dulcimer, she is also a talented vocalist.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Lighthouse Museum opens

The Turn Point Lighthouse Restoration Society announced the opening of their museum at Turn Point on July 4, 2008. TPLPS, a non profit group, dedicated it to one of Turn Point Light keepers, Louis A. Borchers (1902-1923), who left a legacy of photographs, not only of Turn Point, but of various lighthouses throughout the northwest.

  • Jul 15th, 2008