13th Annual Concours d’Élégance

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:45 am by

Time to put away your Fair ribbons and head to San Juan Vineyard, THIS Saturday, August 24 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, for the 13th annual Concours d’Élégance.

This year, the Concours will include the raffle of a Tesla (child’s size) electric vehicle and silent auction of car memorabilia.

Lunch will be served under the pavilion with musical entertainment by the Argyle Street Jazz Band.

Beneficiaries:  Family Resource Center, Family Umbrella Group, Hospice of San Juan, and PolioPlus of Rotary International.

For car registration and further information, please visit sanjuanconcours.org

Fountainsun to Perform at Alchemy Art Center

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:45 am by

Alchemy Art Center will host Fountainsun for a return performance almost one year later on Saturday, August 24th at 8pm. 

The show will take place in the Dome at Alchemy Art Center located at 1255 Wold Rd, Friday Harbor. A $10 donation is requested at the door.  Parking is limited, please carpool.

Fountainsun is the duo of Daniel Higgs (formerly of Lungfish) and Fumie Ishii (artist and musician) performing with a variety of instruments, singing, and reciting of verse. 

Poetic, theatric, chaotic, humorous… all of these things joyfully spill out of Fountainsun’s composed vessels of song. Their performance is a celebration of this life’s beauty, but also it’s absurdity.  

Daniel and Fumie invite you to dance to the words, interpret the beat, vanish into melody, and reappear in gladness.  All are welcome in the Fountainsound.

Learn more at www.fountainsun.com

Alchemy Art Center, founded by Maria Michaelson and Eben Shay in 2017, is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to creating a thriving arts community on San Juan Island.

For more information about Alchemy, visit our website at www.alchemyartcenter.com or email alchemyartcenter@gmail.com.

Paul Allen To Receive FHFF Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:45 am by

Friday Harbor Film Festival is proud and excited to announce that the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented posthumously to Paul G. Allen for his outstanding contributions to the art of documentary filmmaking, television, and media.

The award presentation, to be held during the Festival’s Opening Night Gala on October 25 at San Juan Community Theatre, will honor Allen’s legacy by screening Vulcan Productions’ tribute reel entitled A Tribute to Paul G. Allen’s Contributions in Film, TV and Media.

Allen made significant contributions to filmmaking through his company, Vulcan Productions, providing critical support to filmmakers working to make the world a better place by telling important stories. Without the support of people like Allen, documentary filmmakers struggle to find the funds to get their stories told. Vulcan’s message aligns with the mission of the Festival: Entertaining, inspiring, and enlightening audience members so they create positive changes in the world.

Allen was known world-wide as a businessman, investor, researcher, humanitarian, and philanthropist. As the co-founder of Microsoft, he helped start the microcomputer revolution. He also founded a variety of organizations to support medical research, education, wildlife and environmental conservation, the arts, healthcare, community services, artificial intelligence, and spaceflight. In addition, he owned two professional sports teams – the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers – and was co-owner of the Seattle Sounders. He authored a memoir in 2011 entitled Idea Man. Read More »

League Of Women Voters’ Fundraiser

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:44 am by

Come to the Sidewalk Sale at the Mullis Center, Saturday August 24 from 9am to 2pm for bargains on a wide array of household and kitchen goods, vintage/collectible items (including a steamer trunk), luggage, and more.

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans sponsors candidate forums, programs, and voter registration in order to promote informed and active participation for local citizens in government.  

Our upcoming general election candidate forums will be on:

  • San Juan Island October 10, 5:30 – 7:00pm
  • Orcas Island October 14, 5:00 – 7:15pm
  • Lopez Island October 16, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Mark your calendar.


Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:43 am by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Louise Dustrude…

I was happy to see Steve Ulvi’s excellent, detailed defense of the Land Bank in the San Juan Update.

I too have long appreciated the Land Bank for its preservation of beautiful public lands and for its careful stewardship of them.

We are fortunate to have Lime Kiln Preserve and West Side Preserve and Mount Grant (and soon Zylstra Lake) on this island, plus Mount Constitution and Lopez Hill and other treasures throughout the county.

We are all lucky to have this well-managed county agency, with its creative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable board and staff. Thank you, Lincoln, Doug, Eliza, and all the rest!

Louise Dustrude
Friday Harbor

Blood Drive Thursday

Posted on August 21, 2019 at 8:43 am by

Blood Drive Thursday at the Mullis Center Undeterred by Roadwork 

I want to make sure folks know that it’s still happening even though we expect the parking lot and Nash Street to be closed to traffic. Donors will need to park on Market Street or elsewhere and walk-in to the Center.” Anna Coffelt, Mullis Center  

Mullis Community Senior Center is proud to be hosting the next San Juan Community Blood Drive on August 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm.

Sponsored by the San Juan Island Lions Club, our community drive has collected more than 3,980 donations in just the last 10 years. That’s enough to have helped nearly 12,000 people from just our drive alone.

Blood donations are critical to people at all stages and from all walks of life: from newborn babies needing surgery to children fighting leukemia and to parents and adults fighting chronic life threatening illness or sudden traumas. Each donation contains critical components that save and sustain lives. Read More »

Honoring Laurie Paul

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 5:50 am by

Laurie Paul and Tim Barrette – Contributed photo

This story was contributed by Laurie’s aunt Carol Meyer…

There are very few people in this world that have a “heart and soul” such as Laurie Paul. On August 20th, that heart and soul will be recognized by many living in Friday Harbor as they gather to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Fortunately for Friday Harbor, Laurie relocated from Florida after falling in love with the island and never looked back. She began working in restaurants as a sous-chef on the island learning the trade from the ground up. After several years of “paying her dues” with hard work and sweat, Laurie met Tim Barrette and alas, “The Market Chef” restaurant and catering service was born. It is now one of the most popular food service businesses in Friday Harbor.

Additionally, Laurie and Tim have been recognized in several food magazines making both the Paul and Barrette families very proud.

Laurie and Tim have been very involved in their community for many years and have made an abundance of friends that love them and their two children. Several holidays throughout the year are celebrated together as one big family and luckily for all, include the outstanding and unique recipes from “The Market Chef”.

August 20th will again include several friends and family that have planned various celebrations.

All Friday Harbor should raise a glass and toast to Laurie as well, in hopes that the good work and contribution she has made to her community will continue for many years going forward.

Amazing Grace

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 5:49 am by

Fellow Film Buffs, 

Well this year’s film series is approaching its end.  I want to thank all of you for meeting us at the movies and supporting your local theatre.  As you know, for the past two years, we have not charged for admission, preferring a “pay what you can” model that encourages more of our island community to attend.  If you have been meaning to contribute but haven’t gotten around to it, now is your chance!  You can either deposit your cash or checks at the theatre before the movies or mail a check to:

San Juan Community Theatre
P.O. Box 1063
Friday Harbor WA 98250

Please indicate that your donations are in appreciation of the Summer Film Series.

Thank you
Larry Soll
Film Coordinator
San Juan Community Theatre

Here is our next film for Tuesday, August 20th at 7:30 pm.

Amazing Grace
Documentary Rated PG 89 minutes

Music annals tell us about legendary lost projects that got released long after the fact. The Beach Boys’ “Smile.” Bob Dylan’s “Basement Tapes.” Prince’s “Black Album.” Now comes the holy grail: “Amazing Grace,” the movie of Aretha Franklin’s storied gospel concerts in 1972.

Having scored 11 consecutive No. 1 songs, the queen of soul was 29 and at the height of her powers. For two nights in a Baptist church in Los Angeles, she revisited her gospel roots. Six months later, a two-disc LP of the concerts was released, and it remains the biggest-selling live gospel album of all time.

What many didn’t realize is that those concerts were also filmed by legendary director Sydney Pollack. That footage was, as the song goes, lost but now is found. You don’t need to be a churchgoer to find “Amazing Grace” a soul-stirring, foot-stomping, hand-raising experience. When you hear Franklin, with that most gloooo-ree-us voice, magnificently turn one syllable into five, you’ll be moved to hand-clapping ecstasy just as Mick Jagger was when he joined the congregation on one of those nights.

This movie is recommended for music fans, particularly lovers of gospel music.  Also for history buffs.  Suitable for all ages.

“Food Preserver” Awarded to Heidi

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Heidi Mathisen is the winner of the ACE Food Preserver Award in the Food Preservation Department at the San Juan County Fair. Ace Hardware donated a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer as a special award to the Food Preservation Department as the grand prize in the Food Preservation Department This special award goes to the exhibitor  Continue Reading

Wreck It Ralph 2

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Island Rec’s Free Movie in the Park 2019 is right around the corner – this Saturday evening, August 24th, beginning at dusk in Sunken Park. We are showing Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. In this sequel to, “Wreck It Ralph” arcade residents Ralph and Vanelope, now friends, discover a Wi-fi router in  Continue Reading


Posted on August 19, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… Tilting with Windmills on San Juan Island I am compelled to respond to a recent inflammatory opinion piece by the editor in one of our local media outlets. And now another in the last few days. The gist of these is  Continue Reading

Island Haven Offers to Re-Home Turtles

Posted on August 18, 2019 at 10:29 am, by

Island Haven Animal Sanctuary is willing to facilitate the rehoming of any baby turtles won at the fair by children who now can’t take care of them. We have community members with turtle experience ready to take them in, and we can take them as was well if necessary. We would like the public to  Continue Reading

More Traffic Disruptions

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

Nash, Caines and Price Street Improvement Project Traffic Disruption While Preparing Road Base Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 23th Traffic will continue to be disrupted this Monday, August 19th through Friday, August 23rd from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. while Contractors prepare the cement treated sub-base for the roadway at the Caines and Nash  Continue Reading

San Juan Bistro

Posted on August 17, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s a note to you from San Juan Bistro… Dear Friday Harbor Friends, it’s summer, you’re busy, and you need lunch! On weekends, for the rest of the season, we will be serving our San Juan Express menu with Deli style seating. On Saturdays and Sundays, order at the counter, take a number and have  Continue Reading

San Juan County Fair Update Regarding Turtles at the Carnival

Posted on August 17, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Near closing time on Thursday evening, County Fair staff received a report that small turtles were being distributed as a prize in one of Paradise Amusements’ carnival games and that some of the turtles were being mistreated by the recipients.  Friday morning,  staff investigated the situation with the carnival manager and with SJC Sherriff’s Office  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Frank Mullis Navigates August Traffic

Posted on August 16, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It is August on San Juan Island. The roads are dusty and the traffic is wild. This time of year dodging mopeds and navigating around long lines of bicycling tourists can fray an islander’s nerves. If you are tempted  Continue Reading

Got a whale of a question?

Posted on August 16, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

Stop by and chat with one of the Volunteer Naturalists at the Westside Preserve middle pullover south of Lime Kiln, or at Lime Kiln Whale Watch Wall. Happy to answer your questions and share information about the whales and the Salish Sea!! 11am-2pm Saturday 8-17-19 Westside Preserve 11am-2pm Sunday 8-18-19 Westside Preserve 2pm-5pm Sunday 8-18-19  Continue Reading

Sway Wild (Featuring Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer)

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

Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw are back at it with new perspective, a new name, and a new sound. Sway Wild is their own unique blend of indie-rock, folk, funk and pop, influenced heavily by all the wild things around and within them. Known as a standout electric guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Mandy Fer fills the stage with  Continue Reading

Summer Melodious Notes Over the Harbor

Posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:40 am, by

After a very successful concert in April, Melodious Notes is trying something new by being in the Gubelman for an evening and afternoon performance. This will give the audience an intimate setting so that they will be able to be up close and personal with the musicians. The performances are designed to be lighter and  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks Writers of Arguments Against Seven Local Measures

Posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:37 am, by

Do you love a good argument? Then your County needs you! This November, there will be seven local measures on the general election ballot. Those measures are: Lopez Island Library Levy Lid Lift Shaw Park & Recreation District Formation Shaw Park & Recreation District Authorization for Excess Levy Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Excess Property  Continue Reading

Summer Film Series

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and  nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar,  Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain, a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. Capernaum follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child, as he flees his negligent  Continue Reading

49th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race Results

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The currents were strong, the winds light and temperamental, for the 48 sailboats in the 499h annual running of the Shaw Island Classic.   Hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the race is a highlight of the summer boating season, drawing sailors from throughout the region to circumnavigate Shaw Island. Racers can circle the  Continue Reading