Coming this weekend…
There’s a lot going on – check it:
• It was awesome last January, and here’s your chance to catch the Hendrix Tribute – here’s more from Jan at the Community Theatre:
They rocked a solid house at San Juan Community Theatre during the opening of their U.S. tour earlier this year, so it seemed only natural to ask the three islanders back for a summer session this Saturday, August 25. From their vintage attire and outrageous choreography to their authentic period backline, A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix recreates the sounds, sight and feel of the legendary guitarist’s performances, with hits like Purple Haze, Hey Joe and All Along the Watchtower.
In addition, before the music starts at 8 p.m., the Theatre will open a special Purple Haze Café for the evening at 7 p.m., featuring purple concoctions and brownie treats for sale to set the scene.
All San Juan Island residents, the band features guitarist and vocalist Carl Ray Blake, who has worked in acoustic engineering, PA systems and custom fly bars/trusses for artists such as Harry Connick, Jr., Nirvana and George Strait. Blake also has played with platinum-selling artists Roger Fisher, Mike Derosier and the late Kurt Cobain.
Drummer and percussionist B.C. Dolsen worked at Grammercy Records for six years and has recorded with Grammy winner Garey Sheldon, Pat Sample and Albritton McClain. He is a veteran of numerous tours, sessions and fill-ins in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.
Bass guitarist and back-up vocalist Hunter Blake is classically trained and studied extensively under Sharon Ray of the National Guitar Workshop. He has shared the stage with Allen White of Yes and Albritton McClain of Donnie Iris.
• Head historian Mike Vouri at the National Parks Service says this will be a moving tribute:
Howitzer Salute to Mark NPS Founders Day at American Camp
A howitzer salute with full military ceremony will mark the National Park Service’s annual Founder’s Day at San Juan Island National Historical Park at 4:30 P.M., Saturday, August 25 on the American Camp parade ground.
The cannon, a replica 12-pounder Mountain Howitzer owned by the local living historian group Battery D/Company D, will be crewed by volunteers in full 1860’s US Army uniforms, typical of those worn by soldiers at American Camp during their garrison duty between 1859-1872.
The event is free and open to the public. Call 360-378-2240, extension 2233 for accessibility and other information. A golf cart is available for transportation from the visitor center to the parade ground.
The salute will mark the first time a howitzer has been fired at American Camp since all cannon were ordered removed in November 1859 as part of the agreement for the joint military occupation of the island by the army and the British Royal Marines from March 1860 to November 1872. During the Pig War crisis period, July-November 1859, the various U.S. company batteries conducted target practice in the sand dune area east of Pickett’s Lane. A shell fragment from those exercises is on display in the American Camp visitor center.
“This is a unique opportunity to see a slice of American Camp history come alive, right at the base of the flagpole where a gun was once positioned for daily reveille and retreat,” said park historian Mike Vouri. “We also look forward to celebrating the birth of one of the most remarkable government conservation agencies in the world.”
The ceremony will mark the National Park Service’s annual observance of its beginning in 1916 by a Congressional decree known as The Organic Act. A brief history of the park service and San Juan Island National Historical Park will begin the program, followed by the lowering of the American flag and the howitzer salute.
• Know your island! Walk! Here’s more from Eileen:
Sat. Aug. 25, 1-4pm for this month’s Know Your Island Walk. Meet Eliza Habegger, San Juan County Land Bank steward. Walk the King Sisters Preserve trail and learn about agriculture and the Preserve. Farmer Rob Waldron will give a special talk and off-trail tour of the farm operation.
Meet and park at 3827 San Juan Valley Road where the road takes a 90-degree turn to the north. Look for the orange cones at the open gate. Length is 1.5 miles, round trip. Terrain is roadside trail and farm field. Rating is easy. NO DOGS PLEASE due to the presence of livestock.
• Calvary Church’s Joe Gamez tells me that on August 26, Calvary San Juan will host the last night of California pastor Greg Laurie’s annual evangelistic crusade at Angel Stadium of Anaheim live in Friday Harbor via satellite broadcast. Here’s Joe telling you about the evening:
For more info, check the website.
• Drop by the IMA & put your bid in – here’s more from Emily Reed:
The Silent Auction of Ernest Brooks’ iconic black/white underwater photographs, on display at the Islands Museum of Art, ends on September 5 at 5 pm. Brooks, often referred to as the Ansel Adams of underwater photography, is donating 100% of the auction proceeds to the exhibition program of the Museum.
Brooks’ photographs can be viewed at the Museum or on the museum website: www.sjima.org
Auction materials are available at the Museum, 232 “A”Street in Friday Harbor (directly above the ferry lanes). Museum Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11-5. For additional information: IMABrooksauction (at) gmail.com
• This is so generous & wonderful – remember to book your sunset cruise with Crystal Seas Kayaking THIS SUNDAY! For this month of August only it is $100 per person, and 100% of that goes to Jessica Oldwyn and Bryan Posenjak, dear friends and Friday Harbor locals, who are battling cancer. Kayak To Save A Life. ♥
See you out on the water!
• The Big Red Barn Event is on tap for this weekend, and GOP County Chair Michelle Loftus says everyone is welcome…she says:
San Juan County Republicans will host the Big Red Barn Event on Saturday, August 25, from 12-4pm at Thorndike’s Big Red Barn on Cattle Point Road. The annual salmon BBQ will showcase candidates in the November election.
San Juan County Republican Chair Michelle Loftus hopes anyone looking for solutions to county, state and national issues will come. Candidates will be speaking and providing ‘one on one’ time with folks. Bring a question, idea or a solution to join in the conversation. Also bring $20 for the event admission. If you have questions contact Dennis Hazelton at 360-378-2596, Michelle Loftus at 360-378-4738 or visit our website www.sjcrp.org
• Car enthusiasts, philanthropic ladies and gentlemen, and nature lovers are all invited to the Sports Car and Rotary Clubs’ event, Concours d’ Elegance.
The event is being held at the beautiful San Juan Vineyards and will take place on Sunday, August 26 from 11am to 3pm. This is the 6th annual event and the net proceeds will go towards the San Juan Island Family Resource Center, Fish for Teeth, and the Rotary International Polio Eradication Project.
The afternoon will include a judged event of beautiful vintage sports cars, antique autos, motorcycles and special interest vehicles. Last year there were 78 entries; this year they expect over 80, including a Porshe.
Interested in entering your automobile or motorcycle? The vehicle entrance fee is $30 and $15 for motocycles. This includes an entrance donation for two people and an event poster of a painting by local artist Gary Mathews. Each additional vehicle entered is subject to a $10 fee. Jim Corenman, President of the Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands, also announced that “activities for Entrants and Car Club Members including a BBQ lunch are being planned for Saturday August 25 to welcome our off-island Entrants.”
Just want to enjoy the atmosphere? General admission is free but a voluntary (and tax deductible) contribution of $10 would be highly appreciated.
Additional details and an Entrant Registration Form can be found at http://www.sanjuanconcours.org/.
San Juan Historical Museum and Humanities Washington present
An Illustrated Travelogue of Washington Territory and State History
Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm
San Juan Historical Museum Resource Center on 323 Price St.
Well-known Pacific Northwest historian Dr. Lorraine McConaghy will present a program based her new book, New Land, North of the Columbia. The research project for New Land involved more than a year of travel throughout Washington, drawing from archival material ranging from maps, correspondence and public records to patent drawings, menus and paper dolls. This presentation is highly visual and deeply engaging. Dr. McConaghy is a public historian who has devoted her professional life to researching and teaching Pacific Northwest history in a museum setting.
The book New Land, North of the Columbia features nearly 400 documents, including a telegram to Washington Territory’s governor signed by Abraham Lincoln, the rough draft of Theodore Roethke’s “The Rose,” and a NASA map of Washington, shot by Landsat satellites. Copies of New Land will be available for signing and sale provided by Griffin Bay Bookstore.
Richly illustrated by a colorful PowerPoint presentation, this program explores the rich shared heritage of public archives in Washington State, documenting who we were, who we are, and who we might become. This program concludes with suggestions on caring for personal archives, including a list of printed and web-based resources.
The event is jointly presented by the Lopez, San Juan and Orcas Historical Museums and Humanities WA. The program will also be presented on Friday, August 24 on Orcas at 7 pm, Saturday, August 25 on Lopez at 7 pm at Port Stanley Schoolhouse. Admission is free and open to the public.