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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.