Back in action: The Anacortes/Sidney ferry run opens
This past weekend saw the annual celebration of the ferry that connects neighbors…and Josie and I were there:
On Sunday, the Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Sidney, BC ferry ran for the first time this year, as Washington State Ferries’ northernmost route (and only international route) got underway for its nine-month season. The Chelan was greeted at the Sidney dock by over a hundred cheering Canadians, welcoming the Americans for the annual re-opening of the marine highway between the neighboring countries.
A short ceremony celebrated the friendship between the two nations and their shared border, as leaders from both sides of the water were greeted by Sidney town crier Kenny Podmore (in blue in the pictures). Anacortes town crier Richard Riddell replied in turn. The mayors of Sidney & Anacortes spoke, and Member of Parliament Elizabeth May (representing the Sidney area) was on hand to promise to do everything she could to keep the ferry route viable & running (she had just flown in from Montreal).
Islanders in the crowd: Deborah Buchanan from the Visitors’ Bureau (with Carole Conran), Friday Harbor mayor Carrie Lacher (with husband & ex-County Council Howie Rosenfeld, who did years of ferry service-liaison work for the county), former County Council member (and candidate to regain her seat) Lovel & Boyd Pratt, former Town Council member Liz Illg & Janna Gingras, Chamber of Commerce executive director Tom Kirschner & events coordinator Rebecca Parks, and a few other island friends.
The annual celebration is sponsored by Sidney’s Sister City Association, as Sidney & Anacortes are sister cities.