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San Juan Island
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Friday Harbor Grange, 152 - 1st Street

Story in Stone

This film draws us into the world of the Polynesians of Raivavae in the Austral Islands and the Nuku Hiva on the Marquesas Islands. Edmundo Edwards (Pacific Islands Research and Education Institute) is working with island nations seeking out their lost and deliberately hidden civilization.  The people know nothing of their past because following their discovery by Europeans, who brought missionaries and foreign diseases, 80% of the population died within a short period of time.  Survivors were converted to Christianity, destroying the symbols of their religion. Now archaeologists are uncovering who these people had been for thousands of years.

Running time:  60 minutes.

All San Juan Islands
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 to Friday, October 31, 2014
Various locations on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands

Come savor the San Juans during the entire month of October when our 7th Annual 'Savor the San Juans – A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art' takes place. This movable feast for the senses pulls together all of the elements of a memorable post-summer vacation getaway, including winemaker's dinners, harvest festivals, farm events, and specials at some of the finest lodgings and restaurants in the “gourmet archipelago.” For all of the delicious details see


Lopez Island
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Lopez Island Vineyards

Join in the fun of harvesting grapes at Lopez Island Vineyard on Lopez Island. This event will take place when the grapes are ready for harvest, so stay tuned for a specific date!

San Juan Island
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Friday, October 3, 2014
6:00 p.m.
120 Nichols St., Friday Harbor WA

Join us for Oktoberfest – Coho Style.  Due to the overwhelming response from our previous dinner, we are going to do it again this Fall. What could be better than German Beer and Food aptly timed for Oktoberfest! The beers will be coming from the iconic Ayinger Brewery from Aying, Bavaria, Germany: a small, independent sixth generation family-owned brewery just outside of Munich.

Reservations are highly recommended.

Make a night of it - the Tucker House Inn will offer $99 queen Jacuzzi guest rooms for those attending the dinner.



San Juan Island
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
3:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Brickworks on Nichols St & various locations around town

The 8th annual Artstock Fall Festival of Art will feature Jamie Ellsworth Studio, along with new exhibitions presented by members of the local Friday Harbor Gallery Association. These members include Arctic Raven Gallery, Island Studios, Waterworks Gallery and new favorite, Ogle Fine Art Studio. Music, food, festivities and art will be the driving forces around town. Follow the amber lights during the evenings of October 4th and 5th to find Artstock locations as part of an autumn afterglow. Many other locations will have the glow as well. The art gallery scene will be lit up along with local eateries as part of the larger event, Savor the San Juans, which lasts for the entire month of October.



San Juan Island
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Saturday, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
San Juan County Fairgrounds, Indoor Pavilion, Friday Harbor

This fun and crazy annual family event features San Juan's original Blaskapelle oompah orchestra, Bavarian menu and drinks, professional polka instruction and kids' activities. Break out the liederhosen and dirndl skirts for the costume contest! Win a collectible San Juan Island OKTOBERFEST stein! Starts at 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit or call 360 378 5240.

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
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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
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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
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Saturday, October 4, 2014 to Saturday, October 25, 2014
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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.