Island Senior: Field Trip Friday

Posted March 31, 2018 at 9:32 am by

Island senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae…

At the Mullis Cen­ter the third Fri­day of the month is Field Trip Fri­day with Cal­lie McK­ay. I joined the fun this month for an off-island day trip to the Skag­it Coun­ty Senior Cen­ter in Burling­ton fol­lowed by a vis­it to the Skag­it Coun­ty His­tor­i­cal Muse­um in LaCon­ner. The trip includ­ing fer­ry fare is only $15. We bought our own lunch­es, donuts, ice cream, and antiques.

Skag­it Val­ley Daf­fodils — Peg­gy Sue McRae photo

Leav­ing my car safe and con­ve­nient at the Mullis Cen­ter, rid­ing the van onto the fer­ry, and park­ing right next to the ele­va­tor are a just few con­ve­niences I have come to appre­ci­ate when trav­el­ing with the Mullis Cen­ter. Our dri­ver, the enter­tain­ing and accom­mo­dat­ing Cal­lie McK­ay plus nine pas­sen­gers made for a con­vivial crew as we set out on what turned out to be a bril­liant spring day. The Sal­ish Sea sparkled and the Skag­it Val­ley was beam­ing with cher­ry blos­soms, snow geese and daffodils.

Enjoy­ing Burling­ton’s Hugo Accor­dian Band — Peg­gy Sue McRae photo

We arrived for lunch at the Senior Cen­ter in Burling­ton to the music of the Hugo Accor­dian Band com­posed of five accor­dion play­ers and a drum­mer. Hugo Helmer was a pop­u­lar Accor­dian Band leader in the 40s and two mem­bers of the band in Burling­ton played in an orig­i­nal Hugo Helmer band. The theme was St Patrick’s Day and we were invit­ed to sing along with Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral and a few oth­er pop­u­lar Irish tunes.

Wood­work­ing Exhib­it at Skag­it Val­ley His­tor­i­cal Muse­um — Peg­gy Sue McRae photo

After lunch we set out to LaCon­ner. Half of our crew jumped ship to shop antiques while the rest of us con­tin­ued on to the Skag­it Coun­ty His­tor­i­cal Muse­um. The muse­um has a small but impres­sive col­lec­tion of North­west Coast Native arti­facts. Those, we were not allowed to pho­to­graph. There was an exhib­it of Mex­i­can cul­ture in Skag­it Val­ley, antique cars, and the main exhib­it, “Old Time Tools and New Fan­gled Fur­ni­ture: Wood­work­ing… A Process”. We enjoyed the artis­tic wood­work as well as the view of the val­ley from the main exhib­it room.

Leav­ing La Con­ner our trip coor­di­na­tor made sure that everyone’s ice cream needs were met and we were off again to catch our return fer­ry, a four o’clock boat that didn’t actu­al­ly leave Ana­cortes until six. That’s island life. With friend­ly com­pan­ions and fine spring weath­er the extra wait passed easily.

Next Month’s Field Trip Fri­day is sched­uled for April 20 and will take in the down­town Mt Ver­non Street Fair plus tulip view­ing. If you’d like to join the excur­sion call the Mullis Cen­ter at 360–378-2677 for info and reservations.

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