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All San Juan Islands
Thursday, May 1, 2014 to Saturday, May 31, 2014
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. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Lavendera Massage Center

This is an evening of meditation using the breath to focus with. This is a deep form of meditation though different from a guided meditation. It will be led by Ken Atwell.

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. 

San Juan Island
Sponsored by
Saturday, May 3, 2014
11:00 a.m.
San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 1st Street North

Trio Sonatas from the Baroque    Elisabeth Wright ~ harpsichord (Bloomington, Indiana)    Susie Napper ~ viola da gamba (Montreal)    Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute

This ensemble represented the Seattle Early Music scene in Europe as the Seattle Baroque Trio three decades ago. A "Simphonie" (there were several spellings) involved the combination of as few as two instruments, and this program will explore its grand connotations in chamber music from Louis XIV and beyond.


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.

San Juan Island
Sponsored by
Saturday, May 3, 2014
San Juan Vineyards, 3136 Roche Harbor Road, Friday Harbor

It's Spring time on San Juan Island and at San Juan Vineyards.  We are ready for Spring with our new White wines available in the tasting room. Our line up of newly bottled 2013 white wines -  Siegerrebe, Chardonnay (Unoaked),  Pinot Gris,  Riesling and Afterglow will be at our Release Party.

Normal tasting fees apply after two free tastings.  Tasting is free to our Wine Club Members. 

Tasting Room Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday thru Sunday, beginning Easter week, April 17.


San Juan Island
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Meet at Memorial Park, Front & Spring Street

Friday Harbor is a coastal village rich with the history of the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Northwest. This tour tells the story of our heritage through the buildings and people you will meet as you walk our downtown streets and neighborhoods. Some hills.

The tour begins at Memorial Park, located at the intersection of Front and Spring streets. It is free to the public. For more information call 360.378.2810 during business hours, or via email sstrehlou(at)

Sponsored by:  Town of Friday Harbor



San Juan Island
Saturday, May 3, 2014 to Sunday, May 4, 2014
Noon Saturday to Noon Sunday
American Camp Visitor Center, 4668 Cattle Point Rd.

A BioBlitz is a unique combination of taxonomic inventory, public outreach, and science education. At its core, the BioBlitz is a species inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by an expert scientist, find, identify, and photograph as many species as possible within a 24-hour period.

"The success of a BioBlitz depends greatly on the knowledge and enthusiasm of the participants," said Raena Parsons, park education specialist. "Come join us and share your knowledge!"

Orcas Island
Sponsored by
Saturday, May 3, 2014
4:00 p.m.
1400 Rosario Drive, Orcas Island

Christopher Peacock, accomplished musician, author and Rosario historian, offers a presentation of music and photography that walks guests through the history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate. Highlights of the presentation include the historic Moran Photograph Collection, Phantom of the Opera music performed on the Mansion’s 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ with the silent film, stories of the Mansion’s most colorful residents, and Christopher’s original piano compositions played on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano.

Presented on Saturdays only at 4:00 p.m. late September to mid June in the Music Room of the Moran Mansion. Starting after mid June, the music will be presented daily (except Sundays) at 4:00 p.m. Complimentary and open to the public. For more information call: Rosario at 360-376-2152 ext. 300