Island Lights!

Posted November 24, 2012 at 5:30 am by

Earthbox Motel, December 2009 - Photo by Tim Dustrude

Annu­al Island Lights Cel­e­bra­tion and Hol­i­day Dec­o­rat­ing Contest
Spon­sored by the San Juan Island Cham­ber of Commerce
Cook­ies, Car­ol­ing, Crafts and LIGHTS!
Once again this hol­i­day sea­son, Fri­day Har­bor will be trans­formed into a win­ter won­der­land, as huge light­ed snowflakes adorn the lamp posts and shops sparkle with hol­i­day spir­it. The annu­al Island Lights Cel­e­bra­tion at the foot of Spring Street will kick off the sea­son Fri­day, Decem­ber 7. “Last year the old lights final­ly bit the dust,” says Rebec­ca Parks, events coor­di­na­tor for the Cham­ber. “This year we have all new lights, thanks to the Town of Fri­day Har­bor and the Cham­ber of Commerce.”
The fes­tiv­i­ties begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 7, with the light­ing of the trees at Memo­r­i­al Park. New lights this year promise a spec­tac­u­lar Flip­ping of the Switch! Island Rec will lead an orna­ment-mak­ing work­shop, there will be singing by the Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School Choir, and Island Chords­men will be bar­ber­shop­ping their way down Spring Street (begin­ning at 4:30.) Cook­ies, the Kiwa­nis Kaboose, and the announce­ment of the win­ner of the annu­al Hol­i­day Dec­o­rat­ing Con­test will round out a light-filled evening of fun and sparkle.
The Island Lights Fes­ti­val was start­ed in 1995 by the Cham­ber of Com­merce under the direc­tion of Deb­bie Pigman.

Island Lights Hol­i­day Dec­o­rat­ing Contest
Fri­day Har­bor busi­ness­es will dec­o­rate their doors, win­dows and store­fronts this Christ­mas sea­son in the annu­al Hol­i­day Dec­o­rat­ing Con­test. Win­ners will be announced at the tree light­ing cer­e­mo­ny Decem­ber 7.  Appli­ca­tions — avail­able at the Cham­ber office at 135 Spring Street — must be in by Wednes­day, Decem­ber 5.  Entry fee is $20. Please con­tact  the Cham­ber of Com­merce for more infor­ma­tion: 378 5240.

Islands a Cappella Sings of Good Cheer and Reverence

The Islands a Cap­pel­la singing group, with mem­bers from Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands and direct­ed by Angel Michaels, will sing of Christ­mas cheer and rev­er­ence at three concerts:

  1. Novem­ber 30 on Orcas Island at the Rosario Resort Music Room at 6 p.m. The Orcas Boys Choir will join Islands a Cap­pel­la in per­for­mance. Tick­ets are $10 at Darvil­l’s Book­store. Seat­ing is limited.
  2. Decem­ber 1 on Lopez Island at the Lopez Cen­ter at 6 p.m.
  3. Decem­ber 2 on San Juan Island at St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church at 6 p.m.

The pro­gram at each venue rep­re­sents the breadth of mil­lenia with songs by Michael Prae­to­rius (“Let All the World Rejoice”) and Hein­rich Isaac (“A Vir­gin Shall Con­ceive”) from the 16th cen­tu­ry; through Mau­rice DuRu­fle’s “Where There is Love” from the20th cen­tu­ry; to con­tem­po­rary com­posers Javier Bus­to (“Light Shines on Us Today”), Damien Moc­nik — who with his fam­i­ly came to Orcas in 2007 —  (“Ver­bum Super­num”); and Morten Lau­rid­sen, a Pacif­ic North­west native who once worked at as For­est Ser­vice look­out and now lives in Los Ange­les and on San Juan Island. Lau­rid­sen says his work, “O Mag­num Mys­teri­um,”  affirms “God’s grace to the meek.”
Inter­spersed with these pieces of the mys­te­ri­ous rev­er­ence of Christ­mas are bright, uptem­po songs: the bright greet­ing “What Cheer;”  “Deck the Halls” with a “fas­ci­nat­ing rhythm” of 7/8 time; “Where Rich­es is Ever­last­ing­ly,” a joy­ful rum­ba; and a mod­ern spir­i­tu­al “Jesus is Born in Beth­le­hem,” fea­tur­ing tenor solo Gary Alexander.
There are audi­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion songs too —  “Lo How a Rose e’er Bloom­ing,” “Away in a Manger” and “In the Bleak Mid-winter.”
Islands a Cap­pel­la start­ed in 2002 as Orcas a Cap­pel­la with the mis­sion of “Build­ing Bridges and Inter­na­tion­al Good­will through Shared Musi­cal Expe­ri­ence.” The group has per­formed at Europa Can­tat choral fes­ti­vals in 2003, 2006 and most recent­ly in Turin, Italy in 2012. The choir has also spon­sored local per­for­mances of com­posers, choral direc­tors and choirs from Swe­den, Slove­nia, Eng­land and Romania.
Rehearsals are Sun­day after­noons at whichev­er island is best served by the fer­ry sched­ule. For more infor­ma­tion about Islands a Cap­pel­la, go to Islands-a-Cap­pel­la (Face­book)


And here’s a note from Stan Matthews over at the County:

Char­ter Amend­ment Tran­si­tions Not Simple
The approval of three amend­ments to San Juan County’s Char­ter on Novem­ber 6th has launched the Coun­ty gov­ern­ment into a six month peri­od dur­ing which it will have three dif­fer­ent Coun­ty Coun­cils and the exec­u­tive author­i­ty now held by an appoint­ed admin­is­tra­tor will be trans­ferred to the elect­ed Council.

The three mem­bers of the cur­rent Coun­cil whose terms end in Jan­u­ary, will serve out their terms. The Coun­cil mem­bers, who were elect­ed in the Novem­ber 6th elec­tion, will be sworn in on Jan­u­ary 14 and serve with the three mem­bers whose terms have not expired, until the new three-mem­ber Coun­cil takes over in May.

The new­ly elect­ed mem­bers whose terms will be trun­cat­ed by the char­ter amend­ments  are: Rick Hugh­es of Orcas, Marc For­len­za of Fri­day Har­bor and Bob Jar­man, rep­re­sent­ing San Juan Island South. They replace depart­ing Coun­cil Mem­bers Richard Fral­ick, Howie Rosen­feld and Lov­el Pratt. Mem­bers Rich Peter­son, Jamie Stephens and Pat­ty Miller will con­tin­ue to serve until the six mem­ber coun­cil goes out of exis­tence in May.

The time­line for select­ing the new three-mem­ber Coun­cil is as follows:

Decem­ber 14, 2012 – fil­ing dead­line for Coun­ty Coun­cil Candidates.

Begin­ning Decem­ber 12, can­di­dates can file in per­son at the Coun­ty Elec­tions Divi­sion or via fax or email. Fil­ing fees must be received by the Elec­tions Divi­sion no lat­er than close of busi­ness on Decem­ber 14. Can­di­dates may file via U.S. Mail with post­marks as ear­ly as Novem­ber 28. Online fil­ing will not be available.

All Coun­cil mem­bers will be select­ed by vot­ers coun­ty­wide, but the can­di­dates must file for the posi­tion that cor­re­sponds to their res­i­dence – Basi­cal­ly Orcas-Blake­ly, Lopez-Shaw, and San Juan Island. (Updat­ed dis­trict maps will be post­ed on the Coun­ty web­site shortly).

Feb­ru­ary 12, 2013 – Coun­cil Pri­ma­ry Elec­tion (If needed)

If 3 or more can­di­dates have filed in any dis­trict, vot­ers will select the two that will appear on the gen­er­al elec­tion coun­cil ballot.

April 23, 2013 – Coun­cil Election
May 13, 2013 – New  3‑Member Coun­cil sworn in

The Coun­cil will define the duties and extent of the author­i­ty held by the Coun­ty Man­ag­er that they appoint, and the Council’s rela­tion­ship with depart­ments not head­ed by an elect­ed official.

The tran­si­tion process offers some inter­est­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties, includ­ing the chance that two Coun­cil mem­bers could already be cam­paign­ing against each oth­er for the same seat on the three-per­son Coun­cil when they are sworn in for a trun­cat­ed term on the six-per­son Coun­cil in January.

The time­line also com­pli­cates the recruit­ment of a Coun­ty Man­ag­er, as it is pos­si­ble that the final job descrip­tion may not be writ­ten until the new Coun­cil takes office in May.

When appoint­ed to serve after the res­ig­na­tion of Admin­is­tra­tor Pete Rose last June, Coun­ty Admin­is­tra­tor Pro Tem Bob Jean informed the Coun­cil he would be avail­able to serve until March 31. That was expect­ed to be enough time to find a per­ma­nent replace­ment Admin­is­tra­tor. After the pas­sage of the char­ter amend­ments, Mr. Jean indi­cat­ed that he will be dis­cussing his avail­abil­i­ty to assist in tran­si­tion process after the end of March.

More infor­ma­tion about the Char­ter Review Process and the Amend­ments is avail­able at
Com­plete elec­tion results are avail­able at

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