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Ian Byington

I’ve been writing this & adding to it since 1997, and it has morphed into what you see now during that time – a collaborative effort between our community and me to tell the story of what makes an island tick, and to celebrate the cool things that happen.

Recent Posts by Ian

Review: Don’t miss Island Stage Left’s “A Number”!

April 5, 2013 at 2:28 am

Island Stage Left has another winner this spring with its production of “A Number” by  Caryl Churchill. In this two-man production, director Helen Machin-Smith and her cast take on a number of challenges: the show is only 55 minutes long, but packed with enough going on that the audience last night, at the end of the  Continue Reading

Around the island….

April 5, 2013 at 1:07 am

Hey, let’s see what see what’s new around the island: • You remember Friday Harbor High science teacher Marc Vermeire – he’s teaching in China these days, and also (no kidding) appears in this advertisement in China selling dried seafood – here’s the link (click here!) to a Chinese version of YouTube. ++++++++ • You  Continue Reading

The ballots were sent out this week….how does all this work?

April 5, 2013 at 12:52 am

Here’s the word from Milene & the County Elections folks: San Juan County has not had an April election for at least 20 years (that’s how far back we looked).  But this week, you will receive your ballot for our upcoming April election.  Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of confusion about this election:  Why are  Continue Reading

Wahoo! The San Juan Islands are designated a National Monument!

March 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm

The president signed the act this morning…. And if you like, click here to view the Official Proclamation signed by the president.

Back in action: The Anacortes/Sidney ferry run opens

March 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm

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  Continue Reading

San Juan Island artists….New Mexico, Canada, Friday Harbor, Arizona – everywhere!

March 22, 2013 at 6:15 am

It was cool to hear from Barbara Marrett at the Vistors’ Bureau that Friday Harbor was selected as one of the great artists’ town in the US – here’s the writeup of “America the Beautiful – The United States Destination Marketing Agency” & their Top Ten. And that’s not all! ++++++++++ +++++++ Just the other day I  Continue Reading

Dateline: Victoria – the ferry runs from San Juan Island to Victoria again!

March 22, 2013 at 5:19 am

The ferry to Sidney, British Columbia gets going this weekend after a three-month break, with ceremonies on Sunday’s opening run to Sidney with town-criers, the Sidney welcoming crew & cookies, Anacortes officials joined by Friday Harbor folks & WSF people…and the opening of the gate so Canadians can easily come visit San Juan Island. (Here’s  Continue Reading

Dateline: Maui – island-to-island in the winter

March 18, 2013 at 11:49 pm

As luck, fortune, and timing sometimes provide, Josie & I got to spend a couple of weeks on Maui last month, and it was fun to compare their island with ours, and, even there, to connect with island friends from here. Here’s a bit about what happened, and some observations about differences between them &  Continue Reading

On film: Galt buries 94-footer as Friday Harbor High seniors nip Staff All-Stars

March 18, 2013 at 11:38 am

This is so amazing, a Seattle news team put it on TV. Now, I could TELL you about the winning shot in last week’s varsity-staff basketball game, but how much cooler would it be to show you the video – if it looks crowded on the floor, it’s because both teams “emptied the benches” with half a  Continue Reading

Review: “Houses Made of Wood and Light: The Life and Architecture of Hank Schubart”

February 19, 2013 at 11:14 pm

When I received a review copy of “Houses Made of Wood & Light” in the mail the other day, I knew right away this was an awesome project….the book was beautifully shot, clearly written, and a wonderful celebration of Hank’s work. You’ll get the idea if you check out the website that goes with the  Continue Reading

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