Merchant of Venice

Posted on July 18, 2019 at 7:33 am by

Reviews from the first week

“Superb!” ~ 3 audience members on leaving

BRAVO! A superb and deeply thought-provoking production. Not to be missed! ~ Shapiro

It was so well played and so intriguing that I want to see it again! Daniel Mayes is fantastic! Best performance ever! We have been talking about it and processing it since Sunday. This is no ordinary play! ~ Roemers-Kleven

I~ Finholm

GREAT show on Friday night. My brother and his wife were so impressed — as were Stan and I! Thanks for the garden picnic space. ~ Mathews

I love what they bring to the island. So lucky! ~ Anderson

This is a RAVE for Helen Machin-Smith and the cast of Island Stage Left’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” The opening night performance was in keeping with Stage Left’s deserved reputation of wonderfully acted, tightly directed and cleverly set plays. It’s a complex play and a very human one. Shakespeare’s story isn’t innately anything; he wrote a story equally ambiguous and sympathetic, leaving room for many interpretations. It’s funny when it should be and utterly devastating when it needs to be. Machin-Smith’s sensitive direction emphasizes the emotional impact of the story of revenge, betrayal and religious intolerance. Helen’s directorial decisions leave the audience with much to think and perhaps argue about – go see it, think about it, discuss it. I found it thought provoking, disquieting and much more than mere entertainment. Well done, Stage Left!

I love a play that leaves me thinking. ~ Mazzarella

Put this on your calendar for thought-provoking theatre! ~ Haskew Read More »

3rd Annual Lakedale Music Festival

Posted on July 18, 2019 at 7:21 am by

Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes is pleased to present their third annual jazz festival featuring jazz guitarist Brian Nova. Attendees will enjoy performances in the Meadow and on Lakedale’s lodge deck overlooking beautiful Neva Lake. Festival proceeds will benefit the San Juan Islands School Music Programs and Terry’s Kids.

The festival is open to all ages. It is produced by Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, and food will be provided by Tina’s Tacos.

The performance lineup includes; Brian Nova Trio, Greta Matassa, Fred Radke, Stephanie Porter, Max Holmberg, Terry Miller, Primo Kim and Oliver Strasser with many more artists to be announced.

  • Who:  Renowned jazz virtuoso, Brian Nova and his Trio.
  • What: The third annual Lakedale Music Festival features multiple artists staring Brian Nova and his Trio throughout a two and a half day lineup. The concerts are held at multiple locations within the resort.
  • When:  August 30, 2019 – Evening Jam Session TBD
    August 31, 2019 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.      
    September 1, 2019 Noon – 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes
    4313 Roche Harbor Road
    Friday Harbor, WA 98250

The event will take place on Lakedale’s scenic property, which features a variety of accommodations, including the Lodge, log cabins, Canvas Cabins, Canvas Cottages, campsites and a vintage Airstream trailer. Glampers can enjoy Lakedale’s newest amenity: Yurts with 425 square feet of modern luxury.

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László Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award Entries Open

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 5:50 am by

Filmmaker László Pal – Contributed photo

Dateline: Friday Harbor, WA

Friday Harbor Film Festival is seeking entries into the 2019 competition for the László Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award. Recognizing young talent in filmmaking, it will be presented to the creator of the best student short film during the Festival to be held October 25-27. All student films will be screened by a panel of film industry judges to determine the winner.

Student filmmakers 13 – 26 years of age can submit their entries through Film Freeway at Either sign in for a new account or login, if you have an existing account.  Type in “Friday Harbor Film Festival” and click the “Submit Now” button.

In addition, all entries will be screened several times as part of the Festival. They will be considered for Audience Choice Awards, chosen by votes of attendees, in two categories: Best Student Short Film 13-17 years of age and Best Student Short Film 18-26 years of age.

Friday Harbor Film Festival is delighted to honor filmmaker László Pal, who lived on San Juan Island prior to his death and served on the Film Festival’s board for three years. As an Emmy Award winning director, cinematographer, writer, editor, and producer, László Pal created films in many places around the world, while also educating young filmmakers at the University of Washington. Read More »

Deep Dive Continued and State Art Collection Work Together

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 5:48 am by

Journey by Wayne Chabre

A web exhibition on My Public Art Portal, curated by San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) board member Lynn Bahrych connects artworks in the State Art Collection with themes in SJIMA’s current exhibition DEEP DIVE. The web exhibition is entitled DEEP DIVE CONTINUED and expands the ocean conservation theme of SJIMA’s exhibition.

ArtsWA encourages citizens to use My Public Art Portal to explore Washington’s State Art Collection online. The Portal links people to the nearly 5,000 artworks that are located at K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies across Washington State. 

Lynn worked with ArtsWA staff Valerie Peterman and Heide Fernandez-Llamazares to choose artworks from the State Art Collection with ties to the SJIMA exhibition and to increase public awareness of species at risk.

Reef Net Anchor by Dan Friday (Lummi Nation)

The museum’s exhibition highlights the fragile ecology of the Salish Sea as well as its stunning beauty. Artists Chabre, Friday, Oliver, Samuelson, Fruge Brown, Eisenhour, and Fletcher are some of the artists in the current exhibition at SJIMA who also have works in the State Art Collection.

Visit Lynn’s web exhibition, Deep Dive Continued. Read More »

Rotary Supports FOLKS

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 5:46 am by

Erin Corra, Founder/Director of Friends of Lime Kiln Society (FOLKS) receives a check for $200 from Rotary Club President, Tom Sibert and Barb Fagan, baker extraordinaire of 200 cookies sold to benefit FOLKS during the Lime Kiln Lighthouse Centennial Celebration held on June 30th.

3rd Saturday Contra Dance

Posted on July 17, 2019 at 5:42 am by

This month we are happy to feature Michael Karcher calling. Michael is a popular energetic young caller from Seattle who we have enjoyed several times at our dances. And this month’s band is Not For Sissies, featuring some of our favorite musicians, including fiddlers Vivian Williams and Sono Hashisaki and guitarist Jay Finkelstein. They are all expert and entertaining. Even if you don’t dance, come and enjoy the music. We are fortunate these folks are coming to put on our dance!

  • What: Third Saturday Contra Dance
  • Where: Grange Hall in Friday Harbor
  • When: Saturday July 20, 7 till 9 PM
  • Price: $10 donation at the door, $5 students

As always with contra dance, all dances are taught, no need to bring a partner, and no need for previous contra dance experience, everyone is welcome, we always have a good time together!

This dance is sponsored by San Juan Island Grange #966. Check out our Facebook page – San Juan Islands Contra Dance.

Giddy Up Fundraiser

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 12:49 pm by

Head on over to The Village (543 Spring St) on Saturday, July 20th, 5:30-8:30 PM for some lip-smackin’, melt-in-your-mouth BBQ meat & trimmin’s and the golden opportunity to lasso some original pieces from your favorite island artists

  • Darleen Nixon
  • Janet Williamson
  • Maria Michaelson
  • Eben Shay
  • Thaddeus Krol
  • Manya Pickard
  • Trish Morse
  • Margaret Thorsen
  • Jan Murphy
  • Janie & Terry Ogle
  • Marcia Walters
  • Cady Davies

…and more

Or snag an amazing travel package, or walk (stagger?) home under the burden of a case of vintage wines.

That and more awaits the lucky round up attendees at Hospice of San Juan’s Giddy Up fundraiser. Admission tickets ($100/person, $150/couple), available on Eventbrite or at The Village, help fund Hospice of San Juan’s programs.

With this event, hospice hopes to raise $25,000 to match a community challenge of $25,000 in a push to build its endowment fund, with the goal of insuring economic stability into the future.

Hospice of San Juan provides caregiver respite, medical equipment lending, education, grief support and Music & Memory matching at no charge. Staffed entirely by volunteers since 1984, this neighbors-helping-neighbors group depends on your support. Come join the party and help Hospice help you! For more info, check out the hospice website

Summer Film Series at SJCT

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 8:15 am by

Tuesday July 16th 7:30 pm
Japanese (subtitled) 121 minutes
Drama Rated R (some sexual content and nudity)

Winner of Palme D’Or at Cannes and nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign film, Shoplifters depicts a Japanese family that survives by running petty scams, Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s modern day Oliver Twist story portrayal of the protagonists’ rough-and-ready lifestyle demonstrate that people can find comfort even in the worst economic conditions. On the other hand he continues his ongoing examination of what constitutes a family, and whether it can still provide cohesion in Japan’s rapidly devolving society. At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal your heart.

It’s beautifully done, and at a leisurely pace (please note 2 hour length). The joy of the movie lies mostly in watching fine actors build their beautifully flawed and lived-in characters. There isn’t a single weak link in the cast, though the sheer, ridiculous adorability of the two kids almost seems like an unfair advantage.

But Kore-eda is working up to something else, steering the story he’s built so carefully toward an utterly unexpected detour. As much of what we think we know unravels, the film becomes not just an enjoyable, intermittently poignant portrait of imperfect people but a profound meditation on the meaning of family. Suddenly, Shoplifters is the kind of sneaky beauty that makes you glad for the patience it’s asked of you, and freshly thankful for the eye-opening gifts of international cinema Highly recommended but not suitable for children. Read More »

Print and Photo Workshops This Month at Alchemy Art Center

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 8:08 am, by

Alchemy Art Center is continuing it’s visiting artist series with two incredible weekend workshops this month. Watercolor Monotypes: Landscapes is being offered Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21 at Alchemy. This class will explore a printmaking technique that is perfect for painters, or for anyone interested in a versatile and fluid form of expression. Nikki Barber  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Forest Bathing, an Antidote to Stress

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 7:45 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Most Islanders do not need to be reminded to appreciate the beauty of nature. It is why we live here. And yet, if you live here 24/7 you know that even our island paradise is not immune to the  Continue Reading

Pets of the Week

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 7:44 am, by

Brought to you by Kitten Poets of Friday Harbor. It’s wondrous what a kitten can do… A kitten can cheer you when you’re blue… A kitten can say I love you so… Or gee I hate to see you go… A kitten will purr you to sleep at night… And wake you come morning with  Continue Reading

Fading Sound

Posted on July 15, 2019 at 7:54 am, by

On July 15th at the Orca Survey Outreach & Education Center at 185 S. First Street, we will be showing a documentary film called “Fading Sound” that was produced by Friday Harbor High School students Blake Budwill and Luke Erikson. This film focuses on the threats facing Southern Resident killer whales. Blake Budwill will be  Continue Reading

Broadway comes to SJI for the SJCT Summer Festival

Posted on July 15, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Ben Jeffrey will be joining San Juan Community Theatre from the New York production of Disney’s The Lion King for two extraordinary events!  Ben has been playing the role of Pumbaa for nine years, and singing his heart out on Broadway and in tours across the country.  Story and Song: A Cabaret Friday, July 19th,  Continue Reading

Space Lady to Perform at Alchemy Art Center

Posted on July 15, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Alchemy Art Center will host living outsider music legend Susan Dietrich, known by most as The Space Lady, for an unforgettable performance on Tuesday, July 16th at 8pm.  The show will take place in the Dome at Alchemy Art Center located at 1255 Wold Rd, Friday Harbor. A $10-15 donation is requested at the door.  Continue Reading

18th Annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival

Posted on July 15, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

July 20 & 21, 2019 Pelindaba Lavender Farm will be hosting the San Juan Island Lavender Festival. All are invited to come see, smell, hear, touch and taste The Complete Lavender Experience®. Festival activities are scheduled 10am – 5pm both days. The event is free for all and open to the community. Pets are welcome  Continue Reading

Last call for Island Writers!

Posted on July 14, 2019 at 6:59 am, by

The wheel is turning ever closer, and all you Island Writers should be cultivating your entries for the 2019 “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” San Juan County Fair! But wait, it’s not too late!  Although the Fair is a month away—August 14-17—the deadline for the Written Word entries is July 19th—less than a weekaway!   Continue Reading

Residential Fire

Posted on July 13, 2019 at 7:08 am, by

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Responds to Residential Fire FRIDAY HARBOR, WA — On Friday morning, July 12, 2019, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue crews responded to a 911 call reporting a residential fire in the area of Westcott Bay on San Juan Island. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home to have smoke  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate Update

Posted on July 13, 2019 at 7:07 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with her 2nd Quarter, 2019 Real Estate Report… The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were similar to the first quarter. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $54,508,838 with a total of 81 transactions. The numbers  Continue Reading

SJI Community Foundation Partners to Finish Baseball Field

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 4:27 pm, by

Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the baseball field at the John O. Linde Community Park will be completed in 2019. With the San Juan Island Community Foundation serving as the fund steward, Mike Carlson Enterprises broke ground in late June and will complete the baseball field, walking path and general use  Continue Reading

Help Carol Whalen Fight Meningitis

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 6:58 am, by

Carol’s daughters Desirae and Bristol are asking for your help. Here they are with the story… Carol Whalen needs our help battling a severe case of bacterial meningitis. Beyond the infection being extremely dangerous, her heart, kidneys, lungs, and blood have also taken a serious hit. Doctors have made it clear that she is in  Continue Reading

Got a Whale of a Question?

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Stop by and chat with one of the Volunteer Naturalists at the Westside Preserve middle pullover south of Lime Kiln, and at Lime Kiln Whale Watch Wall this weekend. Happy to answer your questions and share information about the whales and the Salish Sea!! 11am-2pm Saturday 7-13-19 Westside Preserve 2pm-5pm Sunday 7-14-19 Lime Kiln depends  Continue Reading

New Homeowner for the Home Trust

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The Home Trust has a new Homeowner! Debbie Lawson, a long-time San Juan Islander purchased a home in the Sun Rise neighborhood this month. Saying that it has been quite a while since she had a proper kitchen, she now looks forward to her granddaughter being able to walk to “Nana’s” so that they may  Continue Reading