In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Lopez Island Friends of the Library will have guest poet Molly Swan-Sheeran reading her work on April 17. A resident of Lopez, Molly has been writing poetry for 43 years and reading her poems in public venues for 30 years. Her online chapbook can be seen at www.celticswan.com/poems.htm which includes some spoken word recordings.
Fulfilling, healthy meals are the “special sauce” to be added to the next Home on the Grange concert when the Chris Bramble Band plays a community dance at the Lopez Island Grange Hall on April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
If spring is in the air, then the Orcas Island American Legion Auxiliary Unit Scholarship fundraising is in full swing – and they deliver not just the sizzle, but the steak too. Their annual scholarship steak dinner will be held at the American Legion Post, 793 Crescent Beach Drive, on Saturday, April 19, from 5:00 to 8 p.m. The dinner costs $15 per person and includes a choice from the many delicious desserts prepared by the auxiliary.
Spring cleaning, shake out all the winter blahs, just because you deserve it – all good reasons to take advantage of the Healing Arts Center spring healing faire on April 19 and 20. The practitioners at the center will be donating hundreds of hours of discounted sessions as a fund raiser for maintenance and operation of the historical facility.
The Turn Point Light Station, built in 1893 on Stuart Island, has a new lease on life. Due to the efforts of BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Nick Teague and the small Orcas-based non-profit Turn Point Lighthouse Preservation Society (TPLPS), the Light Keepers program is on the road to success.
Curious about the origins and context of a piece of music or how to follow the developing theme central to a composer’s work? Music Lovers’ Seminars (MLS) focus on the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s (OICMF) concert programming and intriguing topics close to the hearts and minds of musicians and music lovers. First initiated during the ’07 Festival Season, MLS are also planned to be offered during the spring and fall. An enthusiastic participant during the ’07 Season described her experience after attending a seminar: “One would think you could not make the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival more intimate and approachable than it is and always has been, but no! The Music lovers’ Seminars add a dimension and opportunity for appreciation for all levels of musical sophistication.”
Dressed in a wide array of period costumes including poodle skirts, bobby socks and tie-dye t-shirts and carrying purple hula hoops, members of the Orcas Island Yacht Club and their guests, including members of the Orcas Island Dance Club and Members of the Orcas Island Community Band held their 2008 Rock and Roll Dance on Friday, March 21 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound. The acclaimed Fabulous Rhythmatics Band of Friday Harbor performed an eclectic mixture of top ten hits from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. The Hall was decorated for the occasion with hundreds of balloons and large bouquets of pink carnations. In keeping with the car culture of the period, a vintage 1966 Ford Thunderbird Landau, and a 1963 Corvette Stingray Coup were parked by the front door. One of the guests later said that when he left, he saw Elvis at the wheel of the Thunderbird !