Here’s a beautiful photo by Sherrie Stahl, shot from shore at Whale Watch Park on Monday the 28th. Sherrie went to the park in the morning only to find she had just missed a pod heading South and another heading North, but she hung around and waited and waited and waited, and was finally rewarded handsomely for her patience. Check out her Flickr photo stream to see what all she shot that day, it’s quite impressive. Thank you for sharing your photos Sherrie!
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:50 am by Tim Dustrude
Join renowned Washington State storyteller Karen Haas for an hour of first-person history with “So Many Things to Do Yet: The Saga of Thea Foss,” scheduled for 8:15 pm, Thursday July 31 at the San Juan Island Library.
Thea Foss was born in Norway. She arrived in Tacoma with her husband Andrew in 1889. Starting with a used rowboat, they built a maritime empire. Karen portrays Thea in 1912, the year of the first Foss tugboat. She reflects back on her life and looks forward to the future. At a time when few women could, Thea Foss took her place in a “man’s world”, always believing “we are members of one great body… we were born for the good of the whole”. Like other immigrants, she added her experiences to the rich blend that is Washington.
Haas enjoys both telling in “modern times” and bringing the past to life with living history presentations through the Washington state Humanities Commission’s Inquiring Mind series. She is well known for her effervescent style, which engages emotions, from the sublime to the ridiculous, in audiences both young and old. Read More »
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:41 am by Tim Dustrude
San Juan Island has had its communications problems in recent months, but not for the first time. Learn how and when the first telegraph came to San Juan Island, as well as its context nationwide in the mid-1800s, in an illustrated talk with Park Ranger Doug Halsey scheduled for 7 pm, Wednesday, August 6 at the San Juan Island Library.
“It is said that no innovation affected the world more, after the printed word, than the telegraph” Halsey said. “When President Lincoln, ironically a great supporter of the telegraph, was assassinated and then died early on the morning of April 15, 1865 in Washington D.C., news of the event reached San Francisco, Portland and Seattle within hours by telegraph.”
On the local scene, word of Kaiser Wilhelm I’s decision regarding the disposition of the San Juan Islands on October 24, 1872 arrived in Victoria a day after Wilhelm spoke the words in Berlin, Halsey said. Communication with the East Coast had gone from overland wagons to swift clipper ships, from overland stagecoach to steamship and rail passage via the Isthmus of Panama. The famous Pony Express briefly accelerated communication starting in 1860, but was put out of business on Oct. 24, 1861, the day the first transcontinental telegraph was completed. Read More »
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:40 am by Tim Dustrude
Here’s a note from Kathy Dolsen about the picnic the San Juan Singers are putting on next week…
I was hoping that you might help us get out the word about our event happening next week. We’re trying to reach out to the community to get new recruits. Thanks so much, Kathy.
San Juan Singers Summer Picnic
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Mullis Center, at 5:00 pm
This is a potluck event so bring your favorite summer recipe and be prepared for some good eats and fun. Also, it’s a family event so bring someone you know that is interested in singing with us. We are always recruiting! We look forward to seeing you all to recap our successful season and discuss the one that is before us. Questions? Call Nancy Sheplor at 378-3589
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:21 am by Tim Dustrude
Here’s a note from Boyd Pratt about the Ag Corner, coming up at this year’s Fair…
Farm-tastic Fun at the Ag Corner at the San Juan County Fair
The SJC Fair Agriculture Exhibit (a.k.a. the Ag Corner) is the place to be to learn all about San Juan County Agriculture. Located next to Fruits and Vegetables in the NW corner of the Main Building, the Ag Corner is the place to learn about local farms and farm products.
Come experience instructive demonstrations by our very own Master gardeners. Can I eat that flower that’s on my plate? What the heck is Bio Char? How can I eat seasonally or save my seeds? And what are all those bees doing buzzing around my garden?
O Taste and See our daily Cooking With Local Foods presentations on all the delicious ways to prepare local foods, with local chefs and cooks Ann Nelson, Deb Nolan, Jan Sandberg & Jen Black, and Cynthia Burke.
Curious about agriculture in San Juan County? Here’s the place to find out! Check out the latest census data on agriculture in the San Juans and the role farmers’ markets play in the county’s economy. Find out more about local groups involved in island agriculture: Island grown in the San Juans, San Juan Islands Conservation District, San Juan County Agricultural Resource Committee, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, and WSU Extension. Local farms will display their products, from herbs to honey and veggies to wool. And there’ll be some fascinating history on old island farms and barns.
The Ag Corner is also the home of the Grains & Forage Department. Bring your entries and come see all the grain and forage crops that can be grown in San Juan County!
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:35 pm by Tim Dustrude
The M/V Tacoma, a Jumbo Mark II ferry on the Seattle-Winslow route, lost power today just outside of Eagle Harbor on its way to Bainbridge Island and began drifting toward the beach. The M/V Sealth, which was on the Seattle-Bremerton route, was diverted to assist the Tacoma and with a tow-line, pulled the Tacoma away from the beach until the Lindsey Foss and the Pacific Knight, a couple of large Foss tugs arrived and towed the Tacoma to the dock at Winslow.
Read more at KOMO News.com.
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm by Peggy Sue McRae
Weavers from throughout San Juan Island and Washington State will gather for the weekend to demonstrate how European and American Indian techniques melded to create woven objects and clothing unique to the Pacific Northwest.
Cowlitz Nation weaver Judy Bridges and renowned Washington State storyteller Karen Haas will join San Juan Islanders Roger Ellison and Anita Barreca, plus island spinners and weavers to show how it was done with all-natural fibers, including wild reeds.
Weaving is a common element across many cultures from Eurasia to the Americas, Bridges said. The location of a culture determines the type of creations its members will make.
While white settlers used natural resources in some aspects of their lives, American Indian relied almost entirely on what was at hand, especially the cedar tree, known to them as the “tree of life.” Read More »
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 5:59 am by Tim Dustrude
Believe it or not, that’s Patos Island lighthouse all the way up at the end of the island there. This was shot from the beach on the north side of Patos at the eastern end about 2 weeks ago. This is what happens when you play in your own back yard. We almost vacationed in Cleveland, but decided to stay here instead…
Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:55 am, by Tim Dustrude
There are still tickets available for this year’s APS Wags to Riches ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event on Sunday August 3rd. The Friday Harbor Animal Shelter will be celebrating its 10th annual Wags to Riches fundraising event, and this year it will be hosted again by Bob & Lissa McDowell on their beautiful estate on Continue Reading
Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:45 am, by Tim Dustrude
Here is the plan for proposed improvements to the Sunshine Alley area, which was put together by Beckwith and Associates, a consulting firm from La Conner which was hired by the Town to offer up ideas on how to improve this central downtown area. All of these proposals and ideas are based on ideas gathered Continue Reading
Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:36 am, by Tim Dustrude
Yes you can, can …and pickle, and preserve, and dry or ferment all the fruits and vegetables you’ve harvested this summer. Then, take those items to the SJC Pomona Grange Food Preservation Booth at the “Farmtastic Fun” County Fair for the chance to win some wonderful prizes This year prizes for Best of Class in Continue Reading
Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:35 am, by Tim Dustrude
Develop your connection to San Juan Island and enhance your experiences of local nature and heritage. Interpreters of nature and heritage help us make the personal meaningful links to our experiences at nature and heritage sites. In this session Gail Richard, Interpreter of Nature and Heritage will bring to life the uniqueness of San Juan Continue Reading
Written on July 29, 2014 at 5:35 am, by Tim Dustrude
This special walk is to Celebrate Trails and walk with National Park Superintendent, Lee Taylor, on the Westcott Bay Trail, and we will be stopping to meet the new owners of the Westcott Bay Shellfish Company, Andrea and Erik Anderson. If you missed the February walk, in rain and 35-degree weather, now’s your chance to Continue Reading
Written on July 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm, by Tim Dustrude
Mary Kate Berger needs our support as she battles breast cancer. Enjoy a great Mexican Feast of pulled pork or veggie burritos, provided by Abe Gutierrez; rock out with Carl Blake and Friends; try your luck with some great raffle items; participate in a Silent Auction for some cool stuff donated by your fellow islanders and businesses; Continue Reading
Written on July 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm, by Tim Dustrude
Mullis Community Senior Center. Donate blood and save a life! Walk-ins welcome. Donors with appointments have priority at registration. Photo ID required. Contact Curt Van Hyning 317-8399 for appointment. Wednesday, July 30, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
Written on July 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm, by Tim Dustrude
If you love to sing, join us – we are the Friday Harbor Song Circle. We meet to sing together twice a month. You will need to have a copy of Rise Up Singing or 10 copies of your favorite song to share. July 30th. For more information, send an email to: gailrichard2 [@] gmail Continue Reading
Written on July 28, 2014 at 3:15 pm, by Tim Dustrude
Back by popular demand, an informative evening with Gerry King, a long-time San Juan Island resident and a descendant of the early settler King Family. Gerry’s last visit with us was so well received he would like to continue the conversation. Gerry will talk about what it was like to grow up on the Island Continue Reading
Written on July 28, 2014 at 5:54 am, by Tim Dustrude
This Canadian folk trio took the Whittier stage by storm in 2012, so it seemed about time to ask them back for more of their three-part harmonies, clever songs and on-stage banter. The aptly named Good Lovelies are best friends Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, sharing music that is part folk-roots, part Western Continue Reading
Written on July 28, 2014 at 5:49 am, by Tim Dustrude
The SJI Conservation District’s Community Solar for Our Schools will generate renewable solar energy for our schools, reducing our schools’ electricity costs, and provide educational opportunities. Four solar-electric systems will be installed at the school districts on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw islands. All the energy generated will be donated to the school districts, Continue Reading
Written on July 28, 2014 at 5:36 am, by Tim Dustrude
Beautiful Zina wants nothing more than a home of her own and someone to love her and spend time with her. Her story is a sad one – neglected and eventually abandoned, she came to us a few months ago very stressed and sad. We’ve been working with her and she is learning to walk Continue Reading
Written on July 28, 2014 at 5:27 am, by Tim Dustrude
Singing Through History! with Adam Miller, Folksinger, Storyteller, and Autoharp Virtuoso The San Juan Island Library Children’s Department and Adult Programming invite everyone, young and senior, to this entertaining and interactive performance with renowned musician and storyteller Adam Miller. A masterful entertainer, Adam has performed throughout the Northwest for more than 20 years and amassed Continue Reading
Written on July 28, 2014 at 5:25 am, by Tim Dustrude
Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with this quarter’s summary… The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were very exciting as the real estate dollar volume reflected an increase of 95% over the same period in 2013. The number of transactions was also up 62%. Overall, San Juan Continue Reading