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San Juan Island
Sunday, April 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Meet @ the Park Interpretive Center

Come One, Come All!

Whether you’re young or old, or somewhere in between, there’s an important clean up task that will fit you perfectly. Bring a pair of work gloves with you and we’ll supply tools and snacks. No matter how much or little time you have, it will be greatly appreciated!

For More Information, Contact Erin Corra at 360-378-5154 or email:  ErinCorra@FolksSJI.org

Orcas Island
Sponsored by
Sunday, April 27, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Music Director James Levine returns to the Met podium to conduct Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.

Lopez Island
Sunday, April 27, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Lopez Center for the Community and the Arts, 204 Village Rd.

Tracy Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic American folk" duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, folk chart-topping albums and in 2002, toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez's band members. Called “the new voice of modern folk music,” the duo was in its ascendancy when in July 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack while the duo was on tour in Massachusetts. 

Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved performers. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer has also become a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage -- not to mention a riotous sense of humor -- that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Carter's ethereal and reclusive accompanist. Stories about the duo’s first meeting, Carter’s quirks and fancies, or Grammer’s own misadventures and missteps are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal evening that connects audiences to performer, to the Carter/Grammer legacy, and most importantly, to one another.

San Juan Island
Sponsored by
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
120 Nichols St.

We had such a fabulous turn out on our 1st world tour, we are planning a second Global Cuisine tour.

We’ll feature the cuisine of a different city every Wednesday. We’ll start in Italy and work our way through Europe and Asia and then back to the US. Chef Bill will offer a special 3-course prix fixe dinner each Wednesday in addition to our regular menu. Great value along with great food!

Here are the stops on our winter & spring and itinerary:

April 16, Quito, Ecuador

April 23, San Isidro, Costa Rica

April 30, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten, Caribbean

Orcas Island
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:00 p.m.
326 Olga Road

Benjamin Smith & Gaye McNutt are winemaker & founders of Cadence Winery. Cadence produces very highly acclaimed artisanal wines from the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain in Washington State.

Seats are limited for both events. Please, call or e-mail for Reservations or details. 360.376.5886 or shipbay@rockisland.com

Orcas Island
Sponsored by
Thursday, May 1, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favorite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.

All San Juan Islands
Thursday, May 1, 2014 to Saturday, May 31, 2014
Various
Orcas Island, Lopez Island, San Juan Island

During the month of May, the Town of Friday Harbor, in partnership with the Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Historical Museums and the San Juan Island National Historical Park and other community organizations, will tell the stories of the people and places of the San Juans by celebrating National Historic Preservation Month as "History Lives Here." Guided walking tours, local history talks and other special events will attract visitors and residents alike, and portray the past as long-time islanders lived and remember it. The Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Historical Societies are collaborating on an exciting project for History Lives Here month this year. The central theme will be quilts as carriers of community and women's history. The museums are putting together exhibits and programs that feature historic and contemporary quilts, with an emphasis on signature quilts.

The Lopez Island Historical Museum will feature several programs and a special signature quilt exhibit from May 9 through May 18.

The Orcas Island Historical Museum will exhibit their quilt collection from May 9 through June 23.

The Washington Quilt Study Group has scheduled their first retreat in San Juan County to coincide with these special exhibits. The three-day event (May 16-18) will include trips to Orcas Island and Friday Harbor to see the quilts hanging at each island’s historical museum.

In addition to the special exhibits, two collectors from the Mid-West will be sharing examples from their collections of early 19th-century antique quilts from the U.S., Great Britain and France, along with the exciting stories that accompany them. These quilts have never been exhibited on the West Coast.

Other events will include a Bed Turning at The Quilt Cabin on Lopez, a discussion of two early 20th-century quilt designers by quilt historian and past-president of The Quilters Hall of Fame, Karen Alexander; and a program on quilt conservation and restoration by professional quilt restorer Anne Dawson of Lopez Island.

Find all of these events and more on our events calendar. For further information call 888-468-3701, ext. 1

 

History Lives Here Events

 

Lopez Island

•   Exhibit: Signature Quilts as Carriers of Community and Women's History, May 9 - 18, Lopez Island Historical Museum

•   Bed Turning at the Quilt Cabin, May 16, Lopez Island Historical Museum 

•   Collection of Early British, French & American 19th Century Quilts, May 16, Lopez Island Historical Museum

•   History of Early 20th Century Quilt Designers, May 16, Lopez Island Historical Museum

•   History of Signature Quilts & How to Research Them, May 16, Lopez Island Historical Museum

•   Quilt Tour, May 16, Lopez Island Historical Museum

•   Quilt Restoration/Conservation, May 17, Lopez Island Historical Museum

•   Show & Tell Quilts, May 17, Lopez Island Historical Museum

 

Orcas Island

•   Orcas Island Quilt Show, May 7 - June 22, Orcas Island Historical Museum

•   Orcas Island Ship Quilt Show, A Community Story, May 18, Orcas Island Historical Museum

 

San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

•  Historic Downtown Friday Harbor Guided Tour, May 3, Town of Friday Harbor

 BioBlitz at American Camp, May 3-4, San Juan Island National Historical Park

•   Annual Brann Cabin Old-Fashioned Bake-Off,  May 14, San Juan County Park

•   History of the Grange Hall, May 21, San Juan Grange Hall 

•   Historic Churches of Friday Harbor Guided Tour, May 24, Town of Friday Harbor

•   The History of Sunshine Alley, May 28, Town of Friday Harbor

•   Legacy American Camp Fireside & Historic Structures, May 30-31, San Juan Island National Historical Park

•   History, Architecture & Evolution of Sunshine Alley, May 31, Town of Friday Harbor

 

History Lives Here Lodging Packages

•  Bird Rock Hotel - History Lives Here May Special, May 1-22, San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

•   Doe Bay Resort & Retreat - Heritage Month Lodging, May 1-31, San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

•   Driftwood Farm Cottage - A Piece of Pig War History & $100 Off!, May 1-31, San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

•   Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast - History Lives Here Lodging Special, May 1-31, Orcas Island

•   Tucker House Inn - A Living History Weekend, May 1-31, San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

 

History Lives Here Restaurant Packages

Orcas Island
Thursday, May 1, 2014 to Thursday, June 26, 2014
11:00 a.m.
181 North Beach Road

Display of island historical quilts.  In conjunction with Lopez and San Juan Island Historical Museums. 

San Juan Island
Friday, May 2, 2014
7:30 p.m.
San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd Street

There is little doubt Ruthie Foster knows how to fire up the stage with her heated blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Twice nominated for Grammy awards and winner of numerous blues awards, the Whittier was lucky enough to be graced with her phenomenal talent in 2013; and it was clear she needed to return for more islanders to experience what fans around the world have been for years. 

Lopez Island
Sponsored by
Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Grace Church 70 Sunset Lane in Lopez Village

Elisabeth Wright, harpsichord (Bloomington, Indiana);vSusie Napper, viola da gamba (Montreal);vJeffrey Cohan, baroque flute.

This trio represented the Northwest early music scene in Europe as the Seattle Baroque Trio three decades ago. Northwest early music lovers will be delighted with the return of Elisabeth Wright and Susie Napper.

There is a suggested donation of $15 or $20; 18 and under free; university students $5.

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