Year-over-year real estate market snapshot for April 2022

Posted May 5, 2022 at 3:57 pm by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son sends along this year-over-year real estate mar­ket snap­shot for the San Juan Islands.

The medi­an sale price for homes on San Juan Island increased rough­ly 13 per­cent in 12 months — but it could have been worse. Dur­ing the same peri­od, the medi­an price rose 37 per­cent on Orcas Island and 46 per­cent on Lopez Island.

New public art installation added to Sunshine Alley breezeway

Posted May 5, 2022 at 1:45 pm by

Fri­day Harbor’s lat­est pub­lic art instal­la­tion came to life this past Tues­day in the Sun­shine Alley breeze­way between The Bait Shop and the Palace Theater.

There’s a Sto­ry Here repur­pos­es his­toric San Juan Island pho­tographs in the style of so-called exag­ger­a­tion post­cards, a pop­u­lar design approach in the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry that added absurd but real­is­tic-look­ing ele­ments to exist­ing images, most often for the pur­pose of pro­mot­ing the supe­ri­or­i­ty of a spe­cif­ic place or local commodity.

Although most of the six post­card pan­els are recent cre­ations, one of the pieces – It’s the Salt Air! by J.A. McCormick – was recent­ly dis­cov­ered by the San Juan His­tor­i­cal Muse­um. It is one of only two known orig­i­nal exag­ger­a­tion post­cards from San Juan County.

There’s a Sto­ry Here is the third out­door exhib­it the Town of Fri­day Har­bor has installed in the Sun­shine Alley breeze­way since 2018. It will remain in place until May of next year.

The Town thanks Kris­tine Brown of Print­onyx for research and graph­ic design; the San Juan His­tor­i­cal Muse­um, the What­com Muse­um, Peg­gy Sue McRae and Jen­nifer Rigg for pho­tographs; and Ali­cia and Jeff Carnevali for use of their build­ing as the installation’s canvas.

30th annual Children’s Festival takes place Saturday

Posted May 5, 2022 at 10:58 am by

Island Rec reminds the com­mu­ni­ty about the upcom­ing Chil­dren’s Festival.

Island Rec is pleased to announce that the 30th annu­al Children’s Fes­ti­val is this Sat­ur­day, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairgrounds.

Com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions that you know and love will be pro­vid­ing all kinds of cre­ative and hands-on activ­i­ties. Kids will enjoy tak­ing their pic­ture in the under-the-sea pho­to booth. There will be face paint­ing and a car­i­ca­tur­ist. Island Rec is pro­vid­ing inflat­able fun includ­ing a bounce house and slide, and FANS has been dili­gent­ly prac­tic­ing their bal­loon ani­mal techniques.

Come join us for some free fam­i­ly fun.

Town of Friday Harbor begins work on housing action plan

Posted May 5, 2022 at 9:44 am by

The Town sends along news about the steps involved in cre­at­ing its new hous­ing action plan.

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor is pleased to invite the com­mu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in upcom­ing com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties planned for each project mile­stone that will be used to devel­op and shape the Fri­day Har­bor Hous­ing Action Plan. The HAP is a plan­ning tool that looks at hous­ing stock, hous­ing afford­abil­i­ty, hous­ing needs, hous­ing types, and reg­u­la­to­ry con­straints to design imple­mentable hous­ing strate­gies in Fri­day Harbor.

Com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment activ­i­ties will include pop-up events, dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling, sur­veys, work­shops, and pub­lic meet­ings. The project team has start­ed a pre­lim­i­nary assess­ment of exist­ing con­di­tions, local hous­ing con­straints, and an eval­u­a­tion regard­ing poten­tial oppor­tu­ni­ties. These find­ings will be shared with the com­mu­ni­ty lat­er this sum­mer. Upon com­ple­tion of exten­sive research, com­mu­ni­ty out­reach, and pub­lic meet­ings, the Town’s HAP is sched­uled for adop­tion in June 2023.

Fri­day Har­bor Mar­ket Place is host­ing the first oppor­tu­ni­ty to gath­er your input regard­ing hous­ing needs in town. Come meet with Town staff and the Town’s HAP con­sul­tant on Sat­ur­day, May 14 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Ryan Eric­son, Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment Direc­tor, at 360–378-2810 or

On the playground at Sunken Park

Posted May 4, 2022 at 9:45 pm by

Island Rec’s co-ed soccer league needs you

Posted May 4, 2022 at 11:45 am by

Island Rec sends along an update about the sta­tus of their spring co-ed soc­cer league.

Don’t miss out on your chance to join our recre­ation­al sum­mer soc­cer league. Ref­er­eed games are played on Tues­day and/or Thurs­day evenings from May to July at John O. Linde Com­mu­ni­ty Park, end­ing with a cham­pi­onship tournament.

New this year, every play­er must reg­is­ter indi­vid­u­al­ly. The min­i­mum num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and teams must be met by the ear­ly dead­line of Wednes­day, May 11 or the league will be can­celled. So don’t wait — and make sure your team­mates sign up. A min­i­mum of eight full teams is need­ed by May 11 and the max­i­mum team size is 20 peo­ple. Addi­tion­al rules can be found on the Island Rec web­site.

The cost is $35 per per­son until May 11 and $40 there­after. Reg­is­ter online or call the Island Rec office at 360–478-4953.

Letter to the Editor: You are missing out

Posted May 4, 2022 at 8:31 am by

A small group of us on San Juan Island are thrilled, delight­ed, moved, awed, and impressed by our local com­mu­ni­ty theater’s pre­sen­ta­tion of the New York Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera.

We are so for­tu­nate that right here in our small town we have this world class opera due to the gen­eros­i­ty of Dodie Gann. It’s amaz­ing to us that more peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ty don’t embrace the excite­ment, the lush­ness and grandeur of opera. This treat is avail­able for a frac­tion of the cost of going to a large the­ater pro­duc­tion in the city. Month­ly we rev­el in watch­ing the Met Opera on the enor­mous screen, the dra­mas and some­times come­dies of var­i­ous operas. Nat­u­ral­ly, the singing is gor­geous, but includ­ed as a delight for the sens­es are the rich ele­gant cos­tumes, amaz­ing scenery and fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries that unfold as we sit in our com­fort­able chairs and enjoy our time in the dark­ened theater.

We’ve tak­en to going out after the show to var­i­ous places for a drink to dis­cuss what we’ve seen, what parts we loved best and what per­haps was dif­fi­cult for us.

Don’t miss out! Won’t you join us? We are also award­ing schol­ar­ships to any stu­dent will­ing to take a chance on the opera. How about it?

Susan Grout
Liz Pil­low
Pat­ty Rasmussen
Lee Stur­di­vant
San Juan Island 

Notes from the Island — May 4

Posted May 4, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • A few dozen islanders gath­ered out­side the San Juan Coun­ty Cour­t­house on Tues­day evening to show their oppo­si­tion to the prospec­tive over­turn­ing of Roe v. Wade.
  • Fri­day Har­bor base­ball won both games of a dou­ble­head­er against LaCon­ner, 17–4 and 3–1, bring­ing their over­all record to 14–2 and improv­ing to 11–1 in league play. They trav­el to Orcas Island on Thursday.
  • Orga­niz­ers of last mon­th’s Great Islands Clean-up announced that vol­un­teers on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw Islands col­lec­tive­ly gath­ered 3,500 pounds of trash from the coun­ty’s roads and beach­es dur­ing the April 23 event.
  • The library is hold­ing a fam­i­ly Lego event on Thurs­day from 3 to 5 p.m. in the meet­ing room. No reg­is­tra­tion is required, but preschool chil­dren must be super­vised by an adult.
  • The pho­tog­ra­phy dis­play at the Fair needs a num­ber of vol­un­teers to help accept entries, judge pho­tos, answer ques­tions, accept Peo­ple’s Choice votes, and clean up after the event ends. Email Miles Crossen at if you can help out.
  • Fri­day Har­bor Film Festival’s next offer­ing in its Direc­tor Series is Pandora’s Promise, a film about the his­to­ry and future of nuclear pow­er. There’s a free online show­ing on Thurs­day from 6:30 to 9 p.m., after which the film will be avail­able on demand for $1.95 until May 18.

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