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San Juan Island
Saturday, October 4, 2014
6:00 p.m.
The Bluff Restaurant Bar . Terrace, 130 West

Kick off October's Savor the San Juans month-long celebration with Executive Chef Aaron Rock's delectable blackberry feast. From your welcome cocktail to your dessert, fresh island-picked blackberries will delight your senses and get you ready for Fall.

Call 360.378.8455 for reservations

Orcas Island
Sponsored by
Saturday, October 4, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Rd., Eastsound

With accolades and endorsements from critics and fellow musicians alike, Signature Sounds recording artist Caroline Herring has emerged as one of the most literate and distinctive songwriters of her generation and one of the freshest voices to hit the music scene in a long time. 

Caroline’s songs are always perfect little mysteries and powerful, hopeful love stories, but they are never simple thrilling romances. They are complex, modern, tradition-influenced compositions about love and hate and everything in between.

Orcas Island
Sponsored by
Saturday, October 4, 2014 to Sunday, October 5, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1286 Mt. Baker Rd., Suite A4

Every composition is fundamentally an arrangement of abstract shapes. To truly "compose" and take command of those shapes, we must first be able to identify them. The notan is a unique type of study that allows us to explore the essential energies of a composition through an arrangement of dark and light patterns. Notan is a Japanese word that means "light-dark harmony." In the Western tradition this is called the "dark-light composition." This strict dark-light arrangement has a unique way of revealing the underlying structure of a composition, thereby allowing us to take an active role in the manipulation of the compositional energies.

With Mitch Albala, teaching artist at Gage Academy and author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009).  Artists retain copyright to their respective works.

San Juan Island
Sponsored by
Saturday, October 4, 2014 to Saturday, October 25, 2014
See Description
315 Argyle Street

Stephen McMillan: Aquatint etchings.

Throughout his life, Stephen McMillan has been inspired and sustained by the natural world spending much of his time outside, whether it’s a bike ride in the San Juan Islands countryside, or a week-long backpacking trip in Asia, he is renewed and invigorated by being in and moving through landscape. It is this sense of renewal that he seeks to share with others. Stephen photographs the images first and uses the medium Aquatint etching process, invented in 1768, but became especially popular among printmakers in the first part of the nineteenth century. The aquatint technique produces a full tonal range and rich texture in etchings.

There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, October 4, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Lopez Island
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Starts at Midnight’s Farm, 3042 Center Rd.

The Lopez Island Three Farms Tour:  Bread, Cheese, Soil Fertility and Farm History starts at Midnight’s Farm with a tour and tasting of scones and breads fresh from Barn Owl Bakery's wood-fired oven, followed by a tour of Midnight's Farm state-certified composting facility, the only approved facility in San Juan County, creating compost for improved soil fertility.

At 11:30 a.m., visit Cousins Farm, a beautifully maintained historic farm, to hear about the history of farming in the islands, including stories from Willie Cousins who farmed the land in the early century. Wander Cousins Farm’s abundant garden producing vegetables, fruits, garlic that feeds many families.

At 1:00 p.m., visit Sunnyfield Farm, a beautifully restored historic farm and home to a goat dairy, gardens and fruit orchard. Tour the dairy followed by fresh apple and cheese tasting. This tour is great fun for families. You can bike between farms (about 3-5 miles between each farm), and maps will be provided.

Tickets provide a coupon for fresh baked goodness at Barn Owl Bread, and cheese and apple tasting at Sunnyfield Farm. Other items can be purchased. Tickets can be purchased at Midnight’s Farm on day of event.

San Juan Island
Saturday, October 4, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Pelindaba Lavender Farm, 45 Hawthorne Lane

On Saturdays in October, join us at Pelindaba Lavender Farm for a guided tour from field to product. The tour will cover cultivation, harvesting, essential oil distillation and the many uses of lavender. During the tour we’ll be conducting a lavender essential oil distillation demo at our on-site distillery. U-fill Organic Lavender Hydrosol (also produced during the distillation process) will also be available!

Orcas Island
Saturday, October 4, 2014
5:30 p.m. Reception & 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Red Rabbit Farm, 253 Emily's Orchard Lane

This is a benefit for the Orcas Island Historical Museums. Please join us in celebrating the Museum, Orcas Island and its unique history during Savor the San Juans.

The feast will feature menu items that reflect the islands heritage harvest. In the tradition of Christina's farm to table dinners, guests will be seated family style at one long table located in the farm barn. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now. 

To purchase tickets and reserve your seat please call us at 376-4849 or email us at info@orcasmuseum.org

Orcas Island
Saturday, October 4, 2014
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, 107 Doe Bay Rd., Olga

Come join us in the Doe Bay Garden for a participatory happy hour in our beautiful seed-to-table garden.

Participants will go on a garden tasting tour and will help harvest unique ingredients for a cooking demonstration of seasonal appetizers led by Chef Jon Chappelle from our Doe Bay Café. Enjoy a garden-inspired cocktail in the afternoon sun.  Please call 360-376- 2291 to register.

Stay with us and get your 3rd night at 50% off. 

San Juan Island
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Brickworks Plaza

"Eat Locally" is a way of life for many residents in the San Juan Islands. The San Juan Island Farmers' Market features delicious island-raised produce, berries, colorful bouquets, eggs, and dairy products, as well as fresh local seafood, shellfish, and meats. The market also features freshly cooked and prepared foods made from local ingredients, grass-fed burgers, hot sausages, baked goods, pizza, crafts, and more!

The market is held year-round at Brickworks, in downtown Friday Harbor on Nichols Street. High season hours (July 4 – Labor Day) are 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Low season hours are 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The market takes place each Saturday from mid-April through October both inside and outside of Brickworks. In November and December it takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, and from January – April on the 1st Saturday of the month.

Brickworks is Friday Harbor’s newest rehabilitated historic site. The building was built in 1920 to house the Friday Harbor Brick and Tile Company. Today it is the last surviving industrial building in Friday Harbor, beautifully renovated to provide a year-round farmers market and event space.

San Juan Island
Saturday, October 4, 2014
7:30 p.m.
San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd Street

Fall heats up in Friday Harbor with another visit to the Whittier by Pearl Django and their hot club style of gypsy jazz.

The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. This form of jazz originated in Parisian jazz clubs of the 1930s - a string-centered, toe tapping, rhythmic style pioneered by Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt and French-Italian violinist Stéphane Grappelli.

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