For Immediate Release

Dec. 23, 2014

Winter sailing schedule starts Dec. 28, reservations now available to San Juan Islands

SEATTLE – Seasonal service adjustments and the start of vehicle reservations to the San Juan Islands usher in the 2015 Washington State Ferries winter sailing schedule beginning Sunday, Dec. 28.

New for 2015, customers will be able to book online vehicle reservations for travel to and from the San Juan Islands. Customers also may book a reservation by calling (888) 808-7977 from 4 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Saving a spot in advance makes travel easier and more predictable. Reservations also help make the best use of our ferries by spreading demand from peak travel times to less crowded sailings. For more information and to learn how to make a reservation, please visit our Save A Spot website.

Highlights of the 2015 winter sailing schedule, in effect through March 21, include:

Anacortes/Sidney, British Columbia

  • As with previous winters, service to Sidney, BC is suspended.

Anacortes/San Juan Islands

  • Vehicle reservations for travel on or after Jan. 5, are available online or by calling 1-888-808-7977.
  • As with previous winters, three vessels will operate on weekends. Four vessels will remain in service on weekdays.
  • An additional Friday 2:35 p.m. sailing from Anacortes will serve Orcas Island.
  • The Friday 4:50 p.m. sailing from Anacortes will only stop at Friday Harbor.

Contacts:  

Broch Bender, WSF communications, 206-515-3913

Susan Harris-Huether, WSF customer service 206-515-3460

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For Immediate Release

December 17, 2014

San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee to Meet

Spokane, Wash. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) will meet on Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., at the San Juan Island Grange, 152 N. 1st Street in Friday Harbor. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will include: a “virtual field trip” of the different resources on the Monument; a review of the March 23, 2013 Presidential Proclamation and the Monument’s Resource Management Plan’s (RMP) draft Purpose and Need Statement; a discussion of the current Analysis of the Management Situation; planning for public scoping forums; and finalization of the MAC’s vision statement.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to make comments to the MAC during a one-hour public comment period, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Persons wishing to make comments should register in person with the BLM by 3 p.m. on January 22, 2015, at the meeting location. Depending on the number of persons wanting to comment, the length of comments may be limited. The public may send written comments to the monuments manager at [email protected], or San Juan Islands National Monument, Attn. MAC, P.O. Box 3, 37 Washburn Ave., Lopez Island, Washington 98261.

The 12-member San Juan Islands MAC was chartered to provide information and advice regarding the development of the San Juan Islands National Monument's RMP. Members represent an array of stakeholders interests in the land and resources from within the local area and statewide. For more information about the MAC, visit www.blm.gov/or/rac/sanjuanac.php.

Contact:

Marcia deChadenedes

Bureau of Land Management

(360) 468-3051

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For Immediate Release

November 11, 2014

Island Lights Festivals in the San Juans

Experience the San Juan Islands’ special holiday magic at cozy community celebrations of lights, Santa’s arrival by ship, a costume ball in a historic barracks and an open lighthouse. Friday Harbor, Eastsound and Lopez Villages will all sparkle during their signature lighting events with singing by local choirs, cookies and hot cider to brighten spirits and warm more than hearts. Island Lights Festivals run through New Year’s Eve and feature concerts; holiday wine and beer dinners; special restaurant and lodging packages and more. No mall traffic, crowded parking lots or stop lights to impede the holiday cheer. Shop small-scale at artisans’ fairs, boutiques, galleries and independent bookstores for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Friday Harbor/San Juan Island: Twenty-one thousand new lights will adorn the giant 92-year-old twin Dutch Elms on Friday Harbor’s waterfront as the switch is flipped at 5:30, December 5, adding new sparkle to the beginning of the annual Island Lights Festival. Lighted snowflakes on lampposts (and whiskers on kittens) will lead from the ferry landing throughout the town. Friday Harbor’s legendary passion for Christmas lighting will, once again, transform the town’s businesses into a wonderland as select stores stay open that evening. Many stores will also extend their hours Thursday and Friday nights throughout December. New this year: holiday shopping at Lime Kiln State Park’s gift shop and guided lighthouse tours.

•  San Juan Historical Museum Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration, Dec. 4

 Unveiling: The Best of IMA Artists' Registry, Dec. 5

•  Tree Lighting & Caroling, Dec. 5

•  Holiday Social at English Camp, Dec. 6

•  Holiday Shopping at Lime Kiln State Park Gift's Shop, Dec. 6-20

 Dance of the Elders, Dec. 11

•  Open House & Guided Light House Tours, Dec. 13

•  San Juan Singers Presents "The Heart of Christmas", Dec. 13-14

 Lighted Boat Parade & Santa's Arrival, Dec. 20

•  The Nutcracker, Dec. 22 & 28

•  Holiday Show at WaterWorks Gallery, Nov. 29 - Dec. 31

Orcas Island: Visitors and islanders alike gather on Eastsound’s Village Green to sip hot cider, munch on sweet treats, and enjoy holiday music from the Orcas Island Community Band starting at 3:30 p.m.  Watch as Santa & Mrs. Claus delight youngsters with toys and candy canes!  The evening culminates in the lighting of the tree at 5:00 p.m. – a display of wondrous lights that light up Eastsound.

•  The Olga Symphony, Nov. 28-29

•  Eastsound Artwalk, Nov. 29

•  Holiday Tree Lighting on the Village Green, Dec. 5

•  Artisan's Faire, Orcas Island, Dec. 6-7

•  Orcas Coral Society Holiday Concert, Dec. 6-7

•  A Christmas Carol, Dec. 10-14

•  Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival - Leaves of Gold, Dec. 11-12

•  Orcas Holiday Concert Community Band, Dec. 20

Lopez Island: Lopez Village kicks off the three Islands’ lighting events on November 28, when the entire village’s holiday lights are switched on at the same moment. Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and caroling. The gathering begins at 4:30 p.m., and the lighting takes place at 5:00 p.m. Many village businesses will be open late that evening for holiday shopping.

•  Lopez Village Holiday Lighting & Gathering, Nov. 28

•  Jingle Bell Dinner, Nov. 29

•  Pre-School Holiday Bazaar, Nov. 29

•  Traditional French Christmas Dinner, Dec. 13

 Holiday Restaurant Offerings: To ring in the season, enticing holiday dinners pair traditional seasonal foods with winter and holiday beer and wine.

•  Winter Welcome Dinner at Coho Restaurant, Friday Harbor/San Juan Island, Dec. 5

•  Traditional French Christmas Dinner at MacKaye Harbor Inn, Lopez Island, Dec. 13

•  Christmas Day Dinner Six Courses at Coho Restaurant, Friday Harbor/San Juan Island, Dec. 25

 New Year's Eve Dinner Six Courses at Coho Restaurant, Friday Harbor/San Juan Island, Dec. 31

Additional holiday events and specials, as they are added, maybe found at: http://www.visitsanjuans.com/events/all-san-juan-islands/island-lights-festival

 

Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

[email protected]

360-378-6822 ext. 6

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For Immediate Release

November 11, 2014

IMA OPENS December 5 with "Unveiling: The Best of the IMA Artists' Registry" 

The new San Juan Island Museum of Art building opens its doors for the first time on December 5 with the reception party for “Unveiling: the Best of IMA Artists’ Registry,” which runs December 6, 2014, thru January 25, 2015. Featured artists are members of the museum's Artists' Registry program, created in 2010 to offer San Juan County artists a venue for displaying their work in a gallery setting.

The exhibit will showcase local art in all media, including painting, sculpture, wood, glass, jewelry, pottery, photography and textiles. This Artists' Registry show gives islanders and island friends a chance to appreciate first hand the surprising diversity of island talent, plus the historic opportunity to tour the dramatic new IMA building in its first show. 

The December 5 reception is open to the public from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Museum hours are 11:00 to 5:00, Friday through Monday. A Charter memberships drive is in progress, with memberships starting at $40. Many membership levels offer reciprocal benefits with other art museums nationwide. Admission to IMA is free. Please visit sjima.org to learn more.

Contact:

Rebecca Parks

IMA Director of Marketing

(360) 370-5177

 

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For Immediate Release

November 10, 2014

 

Upcoming Workshop on Orca & Salmon Recovery

Friday Harbor, Wash. -- On Friday, November 21, the Orca and Salmon Recovery Workshop from 12:00 to 5:30 p.m. will take place at the Beaty Museum on campus at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Sponsored by Orca Network, the Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists and The Whale Museum, the workshop will involve scientists, agencies and relevant stakeholders to better understand what can be done to enhance salmon recovery as a part of Southern Resident Killer Whale recovery. Confirmed presenters include: Lance Barrett-Lennard, UBC and Vancouver Aquarium and Andrew Trites, UBC-Fisheries Centre and member of the Independent Science Panel on the Workshop to Evaluate Effects of Salmon Fisheries on Southern Resident Killer Whales. Prior registration is required.

Thanks to generous support from the UBC Fisheries Centre, we are able to offer this workshop for a nominal fee of $5. Registration is available now through The Whale Museum’s website at http://whalemuseum.org/pages/upcoming-events.

Contact:

Cindy Hansen

Education Curator

The Whale Museum

(360) 378-4710 ext. 23

[email protected].

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For Immediate Release

October 23, 2014

The Whale Museum holds 5th Annual “Black & White Night”

Friday Harbor, Wash. – It is almost time for the 5th Annual “Black & White Night” dinner event! The event will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island. The unique event will feature Chef Aaron Rock, the chef behind The Bluff Restaurant of Friday Harbor House. This progressive dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception in The Bluff Restaurant followed by dinner served in the San Juan Room. The evening will conclude with a Dessert Celebration in The Whale Museum’s Gallery.

The gourmet menu features: hors d’oeuvres (Melted Leek Ariancini with potato sauce, Mushroom Ragout Crostini, and Ricotta Lemon & Roasted Fennel on rice crackers); dinner starts with a Roasted Garlic & Kabocha Squash Bisque and Arugula Salad. Entrée choices include: Spice Rubbed Flank Steak with smoked mashed potatoes, baby carrots & tarragon butter; Soy Braised Chicken Thighs with quinoa fried rice & roasted Brussels sprouts; or Wild Mushroom Quince Risotto with tomato chili sauce & carrot chips. Dinner includes wine from Northwest Totem Cellars. Dessert will include offerings of Blackberry Crisp with lemon curd sauce and Chocolate Cake with raspberry port sauce. Sponsors of the event include: Friday Harbor House, Islanders Insurance and Northwest Totem Cellars. This year-end celebration is a fundraiser for the Museum’s education and research programs.

The cost is $80 per person or $150 per couple which includes the reception with cash bar, sit down dinner with wine, and a dessert celebration. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made in The Whale Museum’s store, online at www.whalemuseum.org, or by calling (360) 378-4710 ext. 30.

Contact:

Jenny L. Atkinson

The Whale Museum

(360) 378-4710 ext. 26

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For Immediate Release

September 30, 2014

Barefoot Bandit Documentary to Premiere at the Friday Harbor Film Festival

Friday Harbor, WA… The second annual Friday Harbor Film Festival – Stories from the Pacific Rim, November 7, 8, 9, 2014(www.fhff.org), will debut three powerful new films, The Barefoot Bandit documentary, Fragile Waters and Material of the Future. An additional 30 films and 13 shorts will also be screened.  Tickets are on sale now at the San Juan Community Theatre 360-378-3210 www.sjctheatre.org/events/upcoming.asp

Wildly popular last year, the Filmmakers Forum is back. Over 30 filmmakers will participate with the audience in commentary and Q & A periods. A Young Filmmakers Project will screen and critique the work of young filmmakers who have worked with filmmaker Laszlo Pal and islanders Sandy Strehlou and Noreen Ignelzi to produce short films. The focus of the entire festival is on films that: “Entertain – Inspire – Enlighten” viewers about the cultures and environments of the Pacific Rim.

The Barefoot Bandit Documentary(directed by Carly Bodmer) tells the tale of teenager and Northwest native Colton Harris-Moore following his legendary two-year international crime spree that captured the imagination of the nation’s public and press — much of the spree took place in the San Juan Islands where he broke into homes and businesses, stole boat and airplanes undetected. The film explores the dynamics of his family as well as his personal exploration and growth. Colton’s captor, lawyer, mother and the FBI team that hunted him for two years, tell the almost unbelievable story of  the Barefoot Bandit. 

Fragile Waters (directed by Rick Wood) makes a very strong case: There is only one time to save the Salish Sea’s Southern Resident killer whales from extinction — that time is now. The film explores the relationship between people, whales, water, and fish.  Fragile Waters spotlights the people  —  orca experts, fishermen, hatchery scientists and Native leaders — who are currently working to save both the whales and the salmon.

The Material of the Future, inspired by the recent discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, tells the troubling story of how plastic — the same miracle material that has enabled us to land on the moon, rebuild a human heart, curb epidemics, and alter the course of history — is now choking our oceans and poisoning our lives.  The film offers solutions and challenges us rethink our role in the use of plastic.

A few of the other films and shorts include: Bidder 70 — The inspiring story of a Utah college student who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas lease auction in 2008. Illustrating what one person can accomplish, the film motivated islander Lynn Danaher to create the Friday Harbor Film Festival. In Pirate for the Sea – Paul Watson and his organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, based in Friday Harbor, are highlighted. During Return of the Elwha – learn how an old, defunct dam on the Olympic Peninsula’s scenic Elwha River was removed; a major success story in environmental reclamation.

Four venues within easy walking distance of the ferry terminal and each other present the opportunity to discover Friday Harbor’s waterfront charm without needing a car.  Awards will be  presented for the best documentary, best short, best film representing "Tales of the Heart", "Explorers and Adventures", “Issues to Considers" and "Local Heroes." Sign up for the festival newsletter at [email protected].

 

Media Contacts:

Friday Harbor Film Festival

Karen Palmer, Producer

[email protected], 360-298-2240

Lynn Danaher, Director

[email protected], 360-472-1050 

 San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

Barbara Marrett, Communications Manager

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 30, 2014

INAUGURAL LINE-UP FOR ORCAS ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

Four foreign language Academy Award nominees top the list of feature films at the Orcas Island Film Festival

Films from Belgium, Canada, Chile and Spain are Best Foreign Language Film contenders

Orcas Island, WA … Five contenders for Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film award, representing five countries and three continents will headline at the first annual Orcas Island Film Festival – Off the Edge (www.orcasfilmfest.com) will take place from October 10 to 13, 2014. Two Days, One Night from Belgium, Mommy from Canada, To Kill a Man from Chile and Living is Easy with Eyes Closed from Spain and Human Capital from Italy will join 30-plus films with 17 countries represented from around the world at four venues on Orcas Island, during this edgy new film festival, with directors, producers and actors on hand for lively Q&A sessions, special events including the early screening of THE IMITATION GAME – which many critics are already touting as one of the best pictures of the year with standout performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. This film will not be released until December in the Seattle area. Renowned filmmakers with films in the festival include Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Xavier Dolan, David Trueba, Lynn Shelton and Lucas Moodyson amongst others.

A full schedule of films, ticket information and more is available at www.orcasfilmfest.com.

There is also still time to view and vote for Best Short Film online at www.orcasfilmfest.com/voting. The three grant-winning films are: A Reverence For Excellence, filmed and directed by Andrew Plotsky, an intimate and honest portrait of Maple Rock Farm and Hogstone's Wood Oven. Drift, produced by Travis Alley, Aaron Wheetman and Dallas Artz, follows the journey of a broken branch as it travels between the San Juan islands. All These Waters are Within, directed by Nell Carden Grey, is an experimental observational documentary that tracks daylight around the San Juan Islands from sunrise to sunset.

Some other highlights include Oil and Water, a documentary produced by Laurel Spellman-Smith and Francine Strickwerda, about two boys from different cultures, both working towards ending pollution from crude oil. Song of the New Earth: Tom Kenyon and the Power of Sound, by Sophie Jane Mortimer and Ward Serrill of Port Townsend, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in May. Crew members from several films will be on hand for question an answer sessions during the festival.

Sponsored by the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and Orcas Open Arts, OIFF is dedicated to fostering an informed, aware, and vibrant community of film lovers in the San Juan Archipelago. “Our mission is to harness the creative energy of film to build a more inspired and vibrant community in the San Juan Archipelago,” says OIFF creative director, Jared Lovejoy. “We want to encourage new work from amazing filmmakers from the islands and from around the world.”

Orcas Open Arts (www.oicf.org) on Orcas Island based non-profit focused on creating and supporting a variety of arts programs in the San Juan Archipelago. Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) (www.siff.net) was founded in 1976, with the mission of creating experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films around the world through the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. The festival is looking for sponsors and more information available at www.orcasfilmfest.com/sponsorship.

Media Contact:   
Shannon Borg
[email protected]
www.orcasfilmfest.com
(360) 317-6563

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Special Education Events September 25-29 in the San Juan Islands with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Help Preserve and Protect Natural Resources for Generations to Come

Leave No Trace Selected Washington’s San Juan Islands as One of Its Eight Endangered ‘Hot Spots’ in the Nation and are Hosting Events to Help Raise Awareness about Natural Areas Around the Country Facing the Threat of Irreversible Environmental Damage.

September 11, 2014 (Boulder, Colo.) The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team are partnering with the San Juan Islands to host community events and educational activities September 25-29, 2014.

All members of the San Juan Islands community are encouraged to attend and learn about Leave No Trace principles to help protect and preserve the Islands for years to come.

 “Many outdoor areas across our nation, like the San Juan Islands, are negatively impacted by recreational use. We are literally loving the land to death,” according to Danielle Rowland, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. “In most cases, the land impact isn’t due to a malicious intent to harm nature and wildlife. Instead, it’s simply lack of an understanding or know-how of ‘Leave No Trace’.”  

“The San Juan Islands are a popular destination for visitors around the world. The area sees more than 800,000 visits a year and experiences visitor-created impacts in many areas. These impacts include littering, damage to vegetation and trees, trail erosion, walking in undesignated areas and wildlife feeding,” said Nick Teague Bureau of Land Management. “We are thrilled to partner with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to help educate our community, raise awareness for future enjoyment and preserve these beautiful landscapes.” 

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers travel throughout the country providing public education about how to reduce impacts in the outdoors. The following is a list of events happening in the San Juan Islands that are free and open to the public:

Volunteer and San Juan Recreation Tourism Business Trainings- Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for one of three free interactive presentations and discussions that will focus on the elements of the Leave No Trace minimum impact program.  The first two hours of each session will highlight the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments. Participants will be provided with information on how to easily and effectively integrate Leave No Trace into their daily lives and businesses. The second two hours of the course will focus on how to teach Leave No Trace methods to others and learn how to promote change in visitor and/or employee behavior.

To RSVP for Workshops please contact the San Juan County Parks Administration office at [email protected] or 360-378-8420.

Thursday September 25: San Juan Island Day: 10 am-2 pm. Workshop location: meeting room downstairs at Key Bank, 2nd St. Friday Harbor

Friday September 26: Lopez Island Day: 10:30pm-2:30 pm. Workshop location: Love Dog Café, Lopez Village

Sunday September 28: Orcas Island Day: 12:30 pm-4:30 pm. Workshop location: Moran State Park, Cascade Lake, Day Use Kitchen Shelter.

Saturday September 27: National Public Lands Day, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Activities, Watmough Bay on Lopez Island and South Beach American Camp, on San Juan Island—10 am-2 pm. The Traveling Trainers will have educational hangtags and free fun educational activities for all ages to learn how to minimize your impact when in the outdoors.

“Hot Spots sites, like the San Juan Islands are damaged but can recover and become healthy again after we spend a few days with the community focusing on specific Leave No Trace applications,” said Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Roland Mott. “By identifying and working with the community, Leave No Trace helps areas like the San Juan Islands heal, and ultimately aids in protecting and preserving the places we cherish for future generations.” 

In addition, the Trainers will be working with San Juan County, local public land managers, conservation and education partners as well as volunteers to increase awareness and implement Leave No Trace within the islands.  Through a countywide effort the Leave No Trace principles and skills will help preserve and protect the San Juan Islands landscape.

About The Leave No Trace Hot Spot Program
In its fourth year, the Leave No Trace Hot Spot programs raise awareness about natural areas around the country facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage. As part of the initiative, The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national organization that protects outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly, works with volunteers, nonprofit organizations, friends groups and governmental agencies to reduce the impact of recreational activities in the selected endangered area. This goal is achieved through community outreach, education, training, signage, educational materials and local collaboration. Hot Spot locations in 2014 include: Little Talbot Islands State Park, and St. Andrews State Park, Fla., New River Gorge National River, W. Va., Shawnee National Forest, Ill., Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Lake Casa Blanca, Texas, Hoosier National Forest, Ind., and the San Juan Islands, Wash. 

About Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in a national nonprofit organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly. Their Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are mobile teams educators that visit 48 states every year delivering Leave No Trace programs such as Hot Spots. For more information, visit: www.LNT.org.

RSVP for Workshops:  San Juan County Parks Administration office: [email protected]  and 360-378-8420.

 

Media Contacts:

Local Contact: Barbara Marrett [email protected] 360-378-6822 ext. 6

National Contact: Kate Lessman, Kathleen Lessman Communications, [email protected], 970-333-3395

National Contact: Dave Winter, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, [email protected]303-442-8222 x106

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For Immediate Release

September 5, 2014

The San Juan Islands Nurture New Film Festivals

Orcas Island and Friday Harbor are alluring destinations for two diverse film experiences

Friday Harbor, WA … Two new fall film festivals in the San Juan Islands—as different from each other as the islands on which they are located—celebrate our sense of place in the Pacific Rim and nurture the film lover in all of us. Both the Orcas Island Film Festival and the Friday Harbor Film Festival offer more than just watching flickering images in a darkened theater. Chances to meet directors and actors, Q & As with filmmakers, discussion about important cultural and environmental issues and the opportunity to explore the autumnal beauty of the San Juans are just part of the appeal.

October 10-13, 2014 - The first annual Orcas Island Film Festival - Off the Edge (OIFF) (www.orcasfilmfest.com), takes place in the arts-rich village of Eastsound and beyond. Venues include the Orcas Center, the Sea View Theater and the Music Room at the historic Rosario Mansion. “Film is an incredible art form with the power to transform lives and the San Juan Archipelago is a magical place,” says Jared Lovejoy, co-producer and creative director. “This is why we’ve given three grants to filmmakers to film anywhere in San Juan County, using the islands as a canvas to create short inspirational films.” These shorts will be shown at the festival in addition to a curated selection of feature length and short films. The festival will focus on films of the avant-garde, art house, trans-media and emerging edge film culture from around the world; featuring the most progressive directors, stories, techniques and ideas. Wishing to draw on the experience of professionals, OIFF is working with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). SIFF is recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America.

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November 7 - 9, 2014 - On San Juan Island, the second annual Friday Harbor Film Festival – Stories from the Pacific Rim(www.fhff.org), carries forward the momentum of an impressively successful inaugural event last year. In addition to award-winning documentary films; commentary/Q & A periods with the filmmakers and a Young Filmmakers Project will enrich and engage participants of all ages. Four venues within easy walking distance of the ferry terminal and each other present the opportunity to discover the waterfront town’s galleries, museums and shops without needing a car. Films that: “Entertain – Inspire – Enlighten” viewers about the cultures and environment of the Pacific Rim and at least two premier screenings, are planned. 

A sampling of the over 30 film and 13 shorts includes: Bidder 70 – The inspiring story of a Utah college student who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas lease auction in 2008. Illustrating what one person can accomplish, the film motivated islander Lynn Danaher to create the Friday Harbor Film Festival. In Pirate for the Sea – Paul Watson and his organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, based in Friday Harbor, are highlighted. During Return of the Elwha – learn how an old, defunct dam on the Olympic Peninsula’s scenic Elwha River was removed; a major success story in environmental reclamation.

Just as films ignite our feelings and stir our souls, so the San Juan Islands have served as fertile ground and inspiration for many of the festivals’ outstanding films.

 

Media Contacts:

Friday Harbor Film Festival

Karen Palmer, Producer

[email protected], 360-298-2240

Lynn Danaher, Director

[email protected], 360-472-1050 

Orcas Island Film Festival

Shannon Borg, Media Coordinator
[email protected], 360-317-6563

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

Barbara Marrett, Communications Manager

[email protected]369-378-6822 ext. 6

 

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For Immediate Release

August 27, 2014

October is Time to Savor the “Gourmet Archipelago”

The7th Annual Savor the San Juans: A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art
promises farm tours, a new Bite of the San Juan Islands, wine dinners, and more

San Juan Islands, WA …  A farm dinner in a bounteous garden, a tasting of fresh sourdough bread pulled straight from an outdoor bakehouse, a farm-to-table food and wine event in a historical brick factory. These are just a few of the signature harvest events unfolding this October during Savor the San Juans: A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art. Farmers, winemakers, distillers, brewers and chefs from around the San Juan Islands will come together for a range of offerings including a harvest dinner held in a garden, meet-the-producer farm tours, wine tastings in a vineyard, a harvest happy hour, a chili cook-off and more.

On San Juan Island, ARTSTOCK welcomes visitors to wander Friday Harbor galleries lit up for the evening with an amber glow, enjoying local art and nibbles on October 4th & 5th. The San Juan Island Farmers’ Market and the Farm Parade will keep the streets of Friday Harbor and the new historic Brickworks community center buzzing on Saturday, October 4. The annual Oktoberfest held at the fairgrounds that evening will have the whole family dancing to oomph music. On October 26th the Bite of the San Juan Islands (sponsored by a new cheese and wine shop, San Juan Island Cheese) will bring farmers and chefs from all three islands together at Brickworks, a new gathering space in a historical brick factory in Friday Harbor. 

On Orcas and Lopez Islands events include: the Orcas Island Farm Tour – brunch and a self-guided farm tour to Maple Rock Farm, Black Dog Farm, West Sound Farm and Coffelt Farm on October 5. The Lopez Island Farm Tour invites you to visit three farms and includes cheese sampling and goodies from an outdoor wood-fired baking house, on October 4th. Orcas Island’s Doe Bay Café will host a Harvest Happy Hour in the Doe Bay Garden on October 4.

Grab your spirit of adventure and discover a month-long movable feast for the senses on all three main San Juan Islands – Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island. Savor the San Juans pulls together all the elements of a memorable post-summer vacation getaway, including harvest festivals, art festival, music events and lodging specials at the island’s  inns.

Check out these Savor the San Juans events, with updates at www.visitsanjuans.com/savor:            

"Savor" these events:

 "Savor" these restaurant offerings in Friday Harbor

•  Coho Restaurant - German Beer & Wine Dinner, Oct. 3
•  The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House - Savor Blackberry Dinner, Oct. 4
•  Coho Restaurant - San Juan Vineyards Winemaker's Savor the San Juans Dinner, Oct. 17
•  The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House - San Juan Island Farm Dinner with Blue Moon Farm Oct. 18
•  Coho Restaurant - Sparkman Cellars Winemaker Savor Dinner, Oct. 24

Lodging specials and packages on all three islands are an important part of Savor the San Juans and can be browsed online. Check out the special “Savor” page of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau website (www.VisitSanJuans.com/savor) for links to participating restaurants, B&Bs, inns and hotels plus new additions to the calendar and details on all events. The online calendar is being updated almost daily as events and specials are added.

Photos available

Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

Communications Manager

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

(360) 378-6822, ext. 6

[email protected]

 

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For Immediate Release

September 1, 2014

The Friday Harbor Film Festival hosts three premiere films this fall

Friday Harbor, WA ... The 2nd Annual Friday Harbor Film Festival www.fhff.org is this this Nov. 7-8-9, 2014 on San Juan Island off the coast of Washington State.  We are very proud to announce that we will feature 3 Premiere’s at our 2014 Film Festival.  The Barefoot Bandit documentary, Fragile Waters and Material of the Future.

The Barefoot Bandit Documentary(directed by Carly Bodmer) Tells the tale of Northwest native Colton Harris-Moore, following his legendary two-year international crime spree that captured the imagination of the nation’s public and press. The film explores the dynamics of his family as well as his personal exploration and growth. Colton, a teenage boy who camped in the woods and, wearing no shoes, broke into vacation homes, became obsessed with airplanes. His dream of flying and designing airplanes became a reality when he broke out of a halfway house at the age of 15 and stole the first of five airplanes. He survived several crash landings while flying across the U.S. and eventually landed in the Bahamas, where he was arrested.  Colton’s captor, lawyer, mother and the FBI team that hunted him for two years, tell the almost unbelievable story of “The Barefoot Bandit.” 

Fragile Waters (directed by Rick Wood) is premiering at the Friday Harbor Film Festival.  This groundbreaking documentary makes a very strong case that there’s one time to save our beloved Southern Resident killer whales from extinction, and that moment is right now. Filmed by Blaine residents/filmmakers Rick Wood and Shari Macy, in collaboration with the Orca Network, Fragile Waters explores the relationship between people, whales, water, and fish.  Focusing on the local Southern Resident orcas and wild Chinook salmon, as well as their environment, the Salish Sea, the film spotlights the people – orca experts, fishermen, hatchery scientists and Native leaders – who are currently working to save both the whales and the salmon in a multi-pronged effort that is aimed at preventing an ecological disaster unparalleled in modern times. And where there are heroes such as these, there is hope.

The Material of the Future, inspired by the recent discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, tells the troubling story of how plastic — the same miracle material that has enabled us to land on the moon, rebuild a human heart, curb epidemics, and alter the course of history – is now choking our oceans and poisoning our lives.  The film offers solutions and challenges us rethink our role in the use of plastic.

We will also feature a total of over 30 award winning documentaries and docu dramas over 3 days in 4 venues.  Our films will feature Stories of the Pacific Rim, from Chile to Alaska.   Our mission is to Entertain our film goers, while also Inspiring them to get involved in issues that speak to them and Enlighten those is attendance to environmental issues, social concerns, humanitarian efforts and tales of grand adventures.  We will be giving awards for the best documentary, best short, best one representing "Tales of the Heart", "Explorers and Adventures", Issues to Considers" and "Local Heros" as well as host a Filmmakers Forum and the Young Filmmakers Project.  Please plan to attend, sign up for our newsletter at [email protected].

Capt. Lynn Danaher, Director

(360) 472-1050

Karen Palmer, Producer

(360) 298-2240

FRIDAY HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

Stories of the Pacific Rim

entertain*inspire*enlighten

www.fhff.org

Nov.7-8-9, 2014

10 First Street
PO Box 2627

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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August 1, 2014

Farm-tastic Fun is the name of the game at the San Juan County Fair

Something for everyone from Wednesday, August 13 through Saturday, August 16, 2014

Friday Harbor, WA ... This community celebration located within walking distance of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Wash., is a sweet, down home county fair with an arts festival atmosphere.  All the typical county fair exhibits, demonstrations and competitions share the limelight with a high-class blend of arts and entertainment.

The whole family will enjoy a robust line-up of fun events.   Cute costumes, lots of laughs and a chicken dance to boot highlight the non-stop action for kid’s of all ages in the Let’s Pretend Farm Time Tour. Everyone gets to dress up in the Cutest Show on Earth’s presentation of their family fun participatory theater daily at the Kid’s area Food Court Stage.   The Carter Family Marionettes brings more magic to the stage on Friday and Saturday with their unique take on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Everyday there are chicken and rabbit races with the finals in the main arena on Saturday and the fantastically popular Zucchini 500, where islanders can race their zucchini racers in the skate park raceway.  Kids of all ages can join in on this “fierce” competition daily at 5:00 pm.There will also be plenty of games and activities for kids of all ages everyday at the Fair.

A must see is the annual Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show, Saturday at 6pm on the Main Stage.  Join in the glamour and fun as local designers get to strut their recycled wearable fashions down the fashion runway. 

Come and dance to the high energy music of Hit Machine, on the main stage, Saturday from 7-9pm.  This group features a hot guitar, great vocals and music that is contagious to say the least. They throw out synchronized dance moves and have many appropriate ways to get the audience in on the fun.  Friday will feature live-band karaoke with Rock-Bot from 7 - 9 pm. With hundreds of songs to choose from anyone can be a rock star. Recently returned from recording their debut album in Nashville, Lace & Lead will bring a unique country style to the Main Stage on Thursday night from 7:30 - 9pm. A local group, TheChameleons will rock it on Wednesday night.  The Main Stage features great music everyday.

The special Agricultural Exhibit’s popular demonstrations include daily cooking workshops by local chefs, Bees and Pollination, Kid’s carrot pull and seed saving, to mention just a few.

Another unique event is the Sheep to Shawl on Saturday. Weaving teams have five hours to card, spin and weave their fibers into a finished shawl 20" X 72".  This is a very exciting and unique event with demonstrations of different techniques and equipment.  There is also a raffle for each of the shawls produced giving the winner a one-of-a-kind prize.

All this and the traditional county fair demonstrations, animal events, exhibits, community BBQs and fair food make the San Juan County Fair a great choice for summer fun at its best.  The Fair opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 9:00 p.m.  Free transportation to and from the Ferry dock will be provided by San Juan Transit for those coming from off island.  For more information visit www.sjcfair.org.

Note: All Fair information and photos may be downloaded from the Fair website. Websites for entertainment are available as links on the Entertainment pages.

Contact:

Reve Shannon

(360) 378-4310

[email protected]

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July 24, 2014

The new San Juan Islands Museum of History and Industry creates map of the Islands

3-D topographical map will be on display at the San Juan County Fair, August 13 - 16

Friday Harbor, WA ... Development of the San Juan Island Museum of History & Industry (MHI) is progressing at the San Juan Historical Museum. The MHI is the developing museum within the museum which will interpret the past island industries of fishing, farming, logging and lime processing. The MHI will contain four separate wings plus a welcoming atrium which will tell the stories of these past industries and the industrious islanders who played a part in them.

The centerpiece of the welcoming atrium is a 3-D topographical map of San Juan Island which measures roughly 5½ feet square. The map (not yet in its final finished form) will be interactive, whereby the push of a button will illuminate fiber optic LED lighting showing areas of interest and where each of the profiled industries was located. There will also be video screens mounted on one side which will offer detailed information about each industry. The display case features “industrial” touches to carry the theme through all parts of the MHI. The map will be on display at the San Juan County Fair at the MHI booth inside the main building.

The map and display case have been made possible by a grant from the Honeywell Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region and a financial donation by Valmark Inc. Additional donations of material and time courtesy of Bill Maas – Egg Lake Sawmill & Shake for island grown cedar logs used for the legs of the display case and Dave Marsudon – Wood Craft for wood planing assistance. MHI committee members Don Nixon and Fred Yockers designed and constructed the display case. The museum thanks all those involved for their most generous contributions and commitment to the MHI.

Contact: 

Kevin Loftus

360.378.3949

[email protected]

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July 24, 2014

The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series

The Minke Whale: The Other Whale in the Salish Sea Presented by Frances Robertson

Friday Harbor, WA ... The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Frances Robertson as part of the 2014 Summer Lecture Series. Frances will discuss “The Minke Whale: the Other Whale in the Salish Sea” on Tuesday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. Minke whales are one of the smallest baleen whales, growing up to 30 feet in length. In the Northeast Pacific this little whale appears to be rare, found in only small numbers, in a few places at certain times of year –despite being the world’s most common baleen whale. Here in the Salish Sea Minke whales are seen regularly from April to September, however fewer than 600 whales are thought to occur off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington with fewer still in British Columbian waters. Such rarity remains a mystery to us as Minke whales have never been hunted off this coast – commercially or for subsistence purposes. But Minke whales face other threats, including entanglement, ship strike, noise pollution, habitat disturbance and prey availability. Very little is known about how these threats may impact Minke whales. Since 1980 the NE Pacific Minke Whale Project has learned much about this other whale of the Salish Sea. In this talk Frances Robertson will delve into the fascinating life history of the Minke whale. She will also introduce the work of the Northeast Pacific Minke Whale Project sharing the project’s early findings, their current work and ideas for future research. Frances Robertson is a marine wildlife biologist with over a decade of marine mammal research experience. She recently completed her doctorate at the University of British Columbia where she studied the effects of oil & gas exploration on bowhead whale behavior and distribution in the Beaufort Sea. She has conducted research in the Northeast Pacific, North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic, and
has spent months at sea on seismic survey ships observing and monitoring for marine mammals. Most recently she has flown the coast of northern Alaska monitoring the effects of oil and gas activities on bowhead whales and other Arctic marine mammals. Frances has been involved in the Northeast Pacific Minke Whale Project since 2005. Currently, she works as an environmental consultant and divides her time between Vancouver, BC and San Juan Island.

The July 29th lecture event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (360) 378‐4710 ext. 30. The Whale Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 62 First St. N. Founded in 1976, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. In addition to providing exhibits, the Museum also provides programs including the Marine Naturalist Training, Orca Adoption Program, Soundwatch Boater Education, San Juan Islands Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and the Whale Hotline. The Whale Museum can be found on‐line at www.whalemuseum.org.

Contact: Jenny Atkinson
(360) 378‐4710 ext. 26

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July 15, 2014                                                                                                      

Impacts on Weather July 31 at San Juan Island Grange

Friday Harbor, WA ... Learn how climate change is affecting weather in the San Juan Islands and throughout the region today and tomorrow in a presentation by University of Washington Research Meteorologist and Washington State Climatologist Dr. Nicholas Bond, Ph.D. at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 31 at the San Juan Island Grange.

Dr. Bond will discuss the basic science behind climate change, and its implications for the weather in and around Washington State.  “How will global climate change play out in our neck of the woods?” said Dr. Bond. “What kinds of changes in the weather are occurring now, and anticipated over future decades?  I welcome a dialogue on these fascinating and important questions.”

This presentation is the fifth free program in The Climate Action Imperative: Understanding Impacts & Making Choices, a summer/fall speakers’ series featuring eight experts on Climate Change—from oceanographers to botanists, biologists to meteorologists. The series provides a current look at climate change and what actions are warranted by individuals as well as by our state and nation. For information about Dr. Bond’s program and the series, call 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 360-378-6690 or visit our web sites at www.nps.gov/sajh or www.madrona.org.

The focus of Dr. Bond’s research is on the weather and climate of the Pacific Northwest, and the links between the climate and marine ecosystems of the North Pacific. Additional research involves the collection and analysis of low-level atmospheric observations over the ocean, based on special field measurements from moored buoys and aircraft. Notable examples have involved documenting the effects of the terrain along the U.S. West Coast on land-falling storms during the winter. As part of the Climate Variability and Predictability program, Dr. Bond is also studying air-sea interactions in the western sub-tropical Pacific.

A majority of Dr. Bond’s current work is under the umbrella of the Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigation. Here the focus has been on the variability in climate and atmospheric forcing of the Bering Sea, and topographical effects on coastal winds in Alaska. The results from this work are being applied to issues related to the marine ecosystems in Alaskan waters, with a special emphasis on the impacts of climate.

Dr. Bond received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from University of Washington. He is currently Research Meteorologist for the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean. As Washington State Climatologist, he collects and interprets climate data, and spends a large portion of his time traveling around Washington State, speaking with and giving talks to the general public regarding the past, present and future weather and climate of the region.

As with all talks in the series, Dr. Bond’s presentation will be followed by a discussion.

Series co-sponsors are: San Juan Island National Historical Park, Madrona Institute, San Juan Islands Conservation District, The League of Women Voters of the San Juans, San Juan Island Library, San Juan Nature Institute, San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Foundation, Stewardship Network of the San Juans, Washington State University Extension Service, San Juan Island Grange #966 and the Agricultural Resources Committee of the San Juan Islands.

The next scheduled speaker is Rebecca Lofgren, Physical Scientist and Glacier Monitoring Technician for Mount Rainier National Park, National Park Service. The program is scheduled at 7 p.m., August 7 at the San Juan Island Library.  

Contact:

Julia Vouri

Coordinator, Climate Change Speaker Series

[email protected], 360-378-9653

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July 8, 2014

October is Time to Savor the “Gourmet Archipelago”

The 7th Annual Savor the San Juans: A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art promises farm tours, a new Bite of the San Juan Islands, wine dinners, local liquid arts and more

San Juan Islands, WA … This year, Savor the San Juans offers opportunities to meet your maker. Farmers, winemakers, distillers, brewers and chefs from around the San Juan Islands are planning a range of signature events, including a harvest dinner held in a garden, meet-the-producer farm tours, wine tastings in a vineyard, a harvest happy hour, a chili cook-off and more.

Grab your spirit of adventure and discover a month-long movable feast for the senses on all three main San Juan Islands – Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island. Savor the San Juans pulls together all the elements of a memorable post-summer vacation getaway, including harvest festivals, art festival, music events and lodging specials at the island’s quaint inns.

On San Juan Island, the San Juan Island Farmers’ Market, Farm Parade and Chili Cook-off will keep the streets of Friday Harbor and the new historic Brickworks community center buzzing on Saturday, October 4th. ARTSTOCK welcomes visitors to wander Friday Harbor galleries lit up for the evening with an amber glow, enjoying local art and nibbles on October 4th & 5th. A new event, the Bite of the San Juan Islands on Sunday, October 26th, will feature island farmers and chefs preparing small bites from island grown ingredients, as well as wines, cider, beer and spirits produced in the San Juans.

On Orcas and Lopez Islands, a cornucopia of culinary choices also awaits, including the Orcas Island Farm Tour, a self-guided farm tour to Maple Rock Farm, Black Dog Farm, West Sound Farm and Coffelt Farm, including brunch and a snack. That evening, a food inspired film (TBD) will be screened at the Sea View Theatre, with garden-to-glass cocktails created by The Barnacle cocktail bar. Doe Bay Café will host a Harvest Happy Hour in the Doe Bay Garden on October 4. The Lopez Island Farm Tour invites you to visit a shellfish farm, an outdoor wood-fired baking houseand more.

Check out these Savor the San Juans events, with updates at www.visitsanjuans.com/savor:

Orcas Island

Orcas Island Farmers Market, Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25 

Doe Bay Café and Garden Harvest Happy Hour, October 4

Orcas Island Farm Tour: Black Dog Farm, Maple Rock Farm, Coffelt Farm, West Beach Farm, October 5

Red Rabbit Farm: Farmers’ Market Field Trip, Cooking Class & Farm-to-Table Dinner, October 11

Gifts from the Land: a Multi-Course Dinner in the Field, Orcas Farm, October 20

Lopez Island

A Day at Midnight’s Farm: Barn Owl Bakery bread and pizza, U-pick squash, cider pressing – October 11

Jones Family Farm Dinner – Date TBA

Lopez Island Farm Tour – Date TBA

San Juan Island

ARTSTOCK, Friday Harbor Gallery Walk, October 4 &5

ARTSTOCK at WaterWorks Gallery with Stephen McMillan, October 4-25
Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade and Chili Cook-off, October 11

Oktoberfest, October 4

San Juan Vineyards Harvest Festival, October 4
San Juan Island Farmers Market, Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25 

Bite of the San Juan Islands at Brickworks, October 26

Special Dinners in Friday Harbor

Coho Restaurant German Beer & Wine Dinner, October 3
Coho Restaurant San Juan Vineyards Winemaker’s Dinner, October 17

Coho Restaurant Sparkman Cellars Winemaker Dinner, October 24

The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House Savor Blackberry Dinner, October 4

The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor Farm Dinners, October 4, 11, 18 & 25

Lodging specials and packages on all three islands are an important part of Savor the San Juans and can be browsed online. Check out the special “Savor” page of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau website (www.VisitSanJuans.com/savor) for links to participating restaurants, B&Bs, inns and hotels plus new additions to the calendar and details on all events. The online calendar is being updated almost daily as events and specials are added.

 

Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

Communications Manager

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

(360) 378-6822, ext. 6

[email protected]

 

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July 10, 2014

Encampment 2014 Slated for July 26-27 at English Camp

Friday Harbor, WA ... Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will once again celebrate peace as they gather for the 16th Annual Encampment scheduled Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27 on the English Camp parade ground.

Encampment 2014 is free. Disabled persons should call the park at (360) 378-2240, ext. 2226, or 378-4409 for special access information.

The weekend includes recreations of mid-19th century Royal Marine Light Infantry and U.S. Army camp life, demonstrations of music, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, sewing, cooperage and carpentry, along with the pageantry of period uniforms in scarlet and blue. Black powder rifled musket demonstrations and the firing of howitzer also are planned both days.

Saturday (July 26) activities will culminate in the Candlelight Ball, scheduled at 8 p.m., in the English Camp barracks. The public is invited to join in the dancing and refreshments that will include the traditional cake and punch. Music for contra dancing will be provided by the Pig War Band. 

As it has since its inception in 1998, Encampment commemorates the peaceful joint occupation of San Juan Island by British and American forces from 1859 to 1872, and final settlement of the Northwest Boundary dispute. 

This seemingly innocuous event nearly escalated into hostilities between elements of the U.S. Army and the Royal Navy on San Juan Island between July and October 1859. The crisis was quelled thanks to the restraint of Royal Navy officers on scene and the negotiating skills of Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott, commander of the U.S. Army, who made the six-week trip from New York City to the West Coast from Washington, DC.

Shortly after Scott re-embarked for the East, the two nations agreed to a joint military occupation of the island. The Americans elected to remain at their camp on the island's Cattle Point Peninsula while Royal Marines established their camp 13 miles north on Garrison Bay.

Throughout the joint occupation the garrisons exchanged visits to celebrate holidays that included Christmas, the Fourth of July and Queen Victoria's birthday. Typically the men would participate in athletic contests, imbibe in spirits and other refreshments and usually host a dance to which the community was invited.

The Encampment tradition was renewed in 1998 on the occasion of the dedication of English Camp's 80-foot flagpole, a gift to the park by the people of the United Kingdom. The event drew nearly 600 people to the parade ground, including distinguished guests and officials from both nations. The 2009 Pig War Sesquicentennial Encampment drew more 5,000 visitors over the two-day period.

For more information about or participating in Encampment 2014, call Doug Halsey at (360) 378-2240, extension 2228 or e-mail him at [email protected]. All black powder demonstrations are done with blank cartridges on a controlled range under strict NPS safety standards.

Contact:

Mike Vouri

Chief of Interpretation & Historian

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Phone: 360-378-2240, ext. 2227

FAX: 360-378-2615

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June 25, 2014

San Juan Artist Nancy Spaulding to conduct workshop at American Camp July 12

Friday Harbor, WA ... Join San Juan Island artist Nancy Spaulding to learn how she utilizes photography and sketching on site during a artist workshop scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 12, meeting in the American Camp parking area.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Contact Mike Vouri at [email protected] to reserve your spot or call (360) 378-2240, ext. 2227.

Nancy's workshop is for all levels of experience. Bring paper, pen, pencil, or pastels, a digital camera, sturdy shoes and a sunhat (if necessary). A second workshop designed to revisit work form the first is scheduled same time and place on August 16.

A formal art education was the plan but Nancy left the University of Arizona shortly before earning her degree in order to join the domestic peace corps. She served as a VISTA Volunteer to two years. Following that experience she kept up with her hands on approach to art and has managed to continue working as an artists over the years and into the present time.

Nancy and her husband Lewis, social worker turned artist, spent 25 years as serigraphers, each developing their own distinctive style. Their hand pulled silk screen prints were accepted into many well-known juried art shows and fairs throughout western United States. They were able to support themselves and their family on the art circuit.

In 1987 Nancy and Lewis moved to San Juan Island where they built their home and studio. The island suits them as a place where they can live close to the land.

"An island with edges but yet broad sweeping vistas provides a meditative environment," Nancy said. "It is a place removed, but not so much as to feel separate from the rest of the world. I often laugh and say you can see the rest of the world from here!"

Since 2000 Nancy has worked primarily with dry pastel. "The creative process has captured my soul. I can't imagine a day without drawing or painting or dreaming of some new composition."

Many people collect Nancy's work and she has pieces in the collections of Whatcom Museum of Art, the San Juan Public Library, and the San Juan Island Peace Health Hospital.

Contact:

Mike Vouri

Chief of Interpretation & Historian

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Phone: (360) 378-2240, ext. 2227

FAX: (360) 378-2615

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June 10, 2014

2014 Concours d’Elegance of the San Juan Islands

Friday Harbor, WA ... The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island will hold its eighth Annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards (3136 Roche Harbor Road, Friday Harbor, WA) on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

This year, the Concours will consist of a “Judged” section and a “Display Only” section. All vehicles will be eligible for the three “People’s Choice” awards.

Last years’ event drew 87 entrants and we expect a similar number this year.  The featured marqué for 2014 will be the Chevrolet Corvette, in honor of the recent C7 introduction.

Jim Corenman, President of the Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands announced, “Activities for Entrants and Car Club Members including a BBQ lunch are being planned for Saturday, August 23 to welcome our off-island Entrants.” Last years’ Poker Run was a big hit and will be brought back “by popular demand”.

The entrant fee is $35.00 for “Display Only” cars, $50.00 the “Judged” category and $15.00 for Motorcycles.  These fees include an entrance donation for two people and an event poster by Island artist Ary Hobbel. A fee of $20.00 will be charged for each additional vehicle entered. Spectators are welcome with free General Admission although a voluntary tax-deductible contribution of $10.00 is encouraged.

The Concours is a charitable event with this years’ net proceeds going to the San Juan Island Family Resource Center, the San Juan Historical Museum, and the Rotary’s PolioPlus Project. During the last five years, over $37,000 has been distributed to six different charities.  This has been possible through generous donations by Sponsors, Entrants, and Spectators.

For those seeking overnight accommodations, Tom Kirschner of the San Juan Island Rotary Club announced that a 20% discount on all room rates is available for Concours Entrants from Friday Harbor Suites for reservations made by June 15.  (http://www.fridayharborsuites.com or 1-800-752-5752).  Summer is a very busy time on the Islands and you are encouraged to make reservations soon.

Additional details and an Entrant Registration Form can be found at the following website: http://www.sanjuanconcours.org/.

Contact: [email protected]

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June 5, 2014

June 21 is the date for the annual Orca Sing event at Lime Kiln Point State Park

Friday Harbor, Wash. - Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas. Typically held on a Saturday near the Solstice, this year’s event is the 15th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 21, beginning around 6 p.m. This year, Seattle’s City Cantabile Choir will perform; additional music to be announced. We will also celebrate Washington State Parks and Orca Awareness Month. While there is no guarantee, we hope that the orcas will grace us with a pass‐by. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy the beauty of Lime Kiln. Tours of the historic lighthouse will be offered before and after the concert. A Discovery Pass is required for parking at the State Park and can be purchased through the Lime Kiln Point State Park Interpretive Center. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited.

For more information, contact The Whale Museum at (360) 378‐4710 ext. 30. The Whale Museum can be found on‐line at www.whalemuseum.org.

Contact:

Jenny L. Atkinson

(360) 378‐4710 ext. 26

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June 6, 2014

New WaterWorks Gallery show opens: Janis Miltenberger, lampworked glass sculpture and Michael Dickter, mixed media paintings

Friday Harbor, WA ... A new show featuring two artists working with natural themes starts this Saturday, June 14th, and running through July 6th. Janis Miltenberger's work focuses on storytelling using her iconic glass sculptures that are occupied with birds, flowers, everyday objects and chairs, creating sculptures that are filled with analogies of art that may be myth or biblical based.

Michael Dickter paints a vocabulary of images, marks and colors, expressive of personal experiences and observations based on memory and communication mixed with the flower, and animal kingdom creating richly graphic visual paintings.

Meet these artists in the gallery on Saturday, June 14 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m.

Contact:

Ruth Offen
WaterWorks Gallery 
315 Argyle St.
PO Box 28
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
360.378.3060
360.317.8262 cell
www.waterworksgallery.com

 

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June 6, 2014

2014 Friday Harbor Art Market Adds “Creation Station”

Friday Harbor, WA ... The Friday Harbor Art Market begins its third season in Friday Harbor on the Brickworks Plaza, June 20. The art market will run every Friday from 3pm-7pm through August 29.  There will be several new artists this year, joining the “Artisan’s on the Plaza”, not only from San Juan Island but also from Orcas, Lopez and Waldron islands. The variety of work will include jewelry, pottery, photography, baskets, clothing, woodwork, glass, paintings, soaps, art cards, screen printing, lotions, and more.

Cynthia's of Course! will be the seasonal food vendor, serving up her specialties each week.

The music lineup is almost complete as the market welcomes back Teddy Deane, The Rocky Bay Boys, Oliver Strasser, Kuba Tana Marimba and Katura  Marimba. 

New to the art market will be a "hands-on" activity, called “The Creation Station". This will be an interactive art station for kids to adults and anyone who drops in to the station will walk away with their on artistic creation.  Pamela Hoke, nature artist and gallery owner, is coordinating this free 7-8 week event and will be facilitating several projects herself.

For information as to how you can participate as an artist, a food vendor, a musician or an art project facilitator, contact Debbie Pigman at the email below.

Contact:

Debbie Pigman

[email protected]

(360) 472-0216

 

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May 18, 2014

Climate Scientists Coming to the San Juans

Friday Harbor, WA ...San Juan County residents and visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about the impacts of climate change through a dynamic speaker series scheduled June through September in venues in Friday Harbor, as well as on Orcas and Lopez Islands.

The Climate Action Imperative: Understanding Impacts & Making Choices will feature eight experts on the topic—from oceanographers to botanists, biologists to meteorologists. The series will provide a current look at climate change and what actions are warranted by individuals as well as by our state and nation, according to Ron Zee of the Madrona Institute, a co-sponsor of the series. Lee Taylor, superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park, another co-sponsor, emphasized the dramatic ecosystem changes National Parks are experiencing.

"The impacts of climate change on national parks are immediate and real--rising sea level, ocean acidification, and increased wildfire to name just a few," Taylor said. "We need to increase our resilience to these changes here in the Islands and beyond."

All talks are free and scheduled for 7 p.m. at different venues (see list below). Please call 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2228 for information. A concluding session on September 10 will feature State Senator Kevin Ranker, a leading legislative advocate for climate action, along with special guests.

The Imperative

Climate change has moved to the forefront of international, national, and state concern. In November 2013, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report stating that climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when demand for food is expected to soar.

This brought a strong pledge of action from President Barak Obama in his January State of the Union address. In the last eight years, the United States has reduced its share of total carbon pollution more than any other nation. The President noted, however, the effects of climate change will cause harm to western communities from drought and coastal communities from floods.

Meanwhile in Washington State, the Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup in Olympia made their final recommendations to the Washington State Legislature, recognizing the dire urgency of our climate dilemma and calling for action.

In March 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the most comprehensive assessment yet of the effects of climate change on our planet. The report summary provides overwhelming evidence of the scale of these impacts.

In late April 2014, Governor Jay Inslee issued an executive order outlining a series of actions to cut carbon emissions in the state and advance development and use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. A taskforce has been formed to design and implement an emissions reduction program.

The Third National Climate Assessment, released by the White House last week, warns that the effects of climate change will become increasingly disruptive in the coming years. The President said regarding the Assessment, " We’ve got to have the public understand this is an issue that is going to impact our kids and our grandkids, unless we do something about it."

Understanding Impacts and Making Choices

The series co-sponsors reflect the multiple fronts addressing climate change in the San Juan Islands: San Juan Island National Historical Park, Madrona Institute, San Juan Islands Conservation District, The League of Women Voters of the San Juans, San Juan Island Library, San Juan Nature Institute, San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Foundation, Stewardship Network of the San Juan Islands, Washington State University Extension Service, San Juan Island Grange #966 and the Agricultural Resources Committee of the San Juan Islands.

After each talk, discussion will be encouraged to think global and act local - identifying choices relevant to our community.

Dr. Richard Hebda, a botanist at the University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and Curator of Botany and Earth History at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, will kick off the series at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 18 at the Friday Harbor Brickworks.

 The other speakers are as follows:

JUNE 25

Dr. Jan Newton
Oceanographer, School of Oceanography, University of Washington; Co-Director, Washington Ocean Acidification Center, College of the Environment. 7 p.m. San Juan Island Grange. Dr. Newton is also scheduled to speak on Orcas and Lopez Islands; dates, times and venues to be announced.

JULY 10

Chad Kruger
Director, Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources, Washington State University; Advisor, NW Regional Biocarbon Initiative. 7 p.m. Friday Harbor Brickworks.

JULY 24

Lara Whitely Binder
Outreach Specialist, Climate Impacts Group and Center for Science in the Earth System, University of Washington. 7 p.m. San Juan Island Grange.

JULY 31

Dr. Nicholas Bond
Research Meteorologist, University of Washington, Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean; Washington State Climatologist. 7 p.m. Friday Harbor Brickworks. Dr. Bond also will speak on Lopez Island, date, time and venue to be announced.

AUGUST 7

Rebecca Lofgren
Biologist and Member, Glacier Monitoring Team, Mount Rainier National Park, National Park Service. 7 p.m. San Juan Island Library.

AUGUST 20

Dr. Steven Fradkin
Coastal Ecologist and Marine Resources Manager, Olympic National Park, National Park Service. 7 p.m. San Juan Island Library.

AUGUST 28

Dr. Philip Mote
Atmospheric Scientist, Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Director, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute; Oregon State Climatologist. 7 p.m. Friday Harbor Brickworks. Dr. Mote also will speak on Orcas Island, date, time and venue to be announced.

For more information about Climate Change and Climate Action, please see the following websites:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
www.ipcc.ch

U.S. Global Change Research Program
www.globalchange.gov

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
www.climate.nasa.gov

Climate Impacts Group
www.cses.washington.edu/cig/

Contact:

Mike Vouri, (360) 378-2240, ext. 2227
Ron Zee, (360) 378-6690

 

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For Immediate Release

Orcas Island Artworks paints a brighter future

Following suspected arson, decades-old arts cooperative starts funding campaign to rebuild historic structure 

Orcas Island, Washington State ... Orcas Island is a world apart—home to graceful madrona trees, twisted shore pines, bald eagles, white tailed deer, and dozens of artists and craftspeople of every description.

On the East end of the island, beyond Moran State Park, sits the little hamlet of Olga, population 615, which features a public dock, a post office, a club house, and a large old barn—home to the island’s cooperative gallery, the Orcas Island Artworks.

The barn, built in 1938 to pack local strawberries into barrels for shipment to the mainland, is on the Washington State Register of Historic Places. It was repurposed as a showcase of island art in 1981 by a group of local artisans who wanted to demonstrate that they could make a living pursuing their trades by marketing locally and cooperatively. 

For 33 years, the Artworks became a beloved island destination for locals and visitors alike.

In the early morning hours of July 19, 2013, the Strawberry Barreling Building was set on fire. The Orcas Island fire department managed to extinguish the blaze before the building was completely destroyed, but it was severely damaged.

The fire is still under investigation as a suspected arson.

In the fire’s aftermath, the art cooperative’s members briefly discussed the possibility of going out of business. That discussion did not last long. They rallied their forces and managed to relocate temporarily to the nearby town of Eastsound, opening up shop three weeks to the day after the fire, complete with a freshly painted gallery full of entirely new work.

The Orcas Island Artworks is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a marketplace for island artists and craftspeople. After covering operating costs the cooperative distributes the maximum possible proceeds back to its members, who staff and manage the gallery themselves. This has made it possible for hundreds of island artisans to earn a living from their trades since the organization was founded a third of a century ago.

Restoration of the Strawberry Barreling Building has recently begun. Work is expected to be completed by early 2015.

The Artworks is launching an online fundraising campaign to help them to move back to their home in Olga when restoration of the building is complete. For further information please visit www.orcasartworks.com.

The Strawberry Barreling Building is owned by the Olga Strawberry Council, a separate, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve and maintain the building. The Strawberry Council is also accepting donations for the restoration and improvement of the building itself. Please visit www.olgastrawberrycouncil.org for further information.

Photos available upon request.

Links:

           http://orcasartworks.com/

           http://olgastrawberrycouncil.org/

           http://www.islandssounder.com/news/216171151.html#storyComments

          http://orcasissues.com/from-the-fire-chief-thanks-and-a-plea

Contact:

James Hardman

(360) 376-4588

[email protected]

 

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For Immediate Release

May 18, 2014

San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) starts construction on permanent home

Inaugural exhibit will feature world-renown glass artist William Morris' show, "Illuminated"

Friday Harbor, WA ... This is the week things really start happening at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) building at 540 Spring Street. The building, IMA's first permanent home, has come a long way already, since its origin as an EMT facility. But this week is when the real excitement begins! With the grand opening scheduled for August 2, this is when the action really begins to show in Friday Harbor.

The volunteers and staff at IMA have waited for many months for this moment, which should offer amazing photo opportunities, as the steel arrives by truck and is erected on huge concrete footings. Next up: glass - great sheets of it to create the dramatic atrium that fronts Spring Street. The steel work should be completed around June 6, then the glass installation will begin June 9, with a complete date of July 18.

In addition to the atrium, the completion of the two-story entry and reception area on the east side of the building promises streetside excitement as well. Planned for the upstairs is an inspiring open space that will offer locals and visiting artists the chance to share their talents with one another in this dramatic island workshop setting.

The first show planned for the new IMA building is Illuminated, the glass art of William Morris. The world-respected Morris studied and teaches with the Pilchuck school and is a longtime colleague of Dale Chihuly.

Architect Richard Hobbs told us Sunday that "with any luck" the steel erection begins Monday, May 19,  for the  Atrium Gallery. The interior rough framing of  the existing  builiding is nearly completed, with mechanical and electric work beginning now. As the exterior steel is now on site, "the hidden work in the existing building will start down the finish path," Hobbs said. 

"This is the week that from the street, things really start happening!"

Contact:

Rebecca Parks

San Juan Islands Museum of Art

540 Spring Street

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

IMA: (360) 370-5050

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For Immediate Release

May 20, 2014

Victoria Clipper III begins San Juans and whale watching season

Seattle, WA ... On Thursday May 22, the Victoria Clipper III will begin their annual cruises to the San Juan Islands and the Whale and Sealife Search excursions.  The Victoria Clipper departs from downtown Seattle’s Pier 69 and sails north through scenic Deception Pass continuing on to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.  From there, whale enthusiasts will enjoy a 2.5 hour excursion in search of Orca whales, minkes, humpbacks and other marine life.

The triple decked Victoria Clipper III is a large platform vessel with ample space for viewing from an outside deck, or from inside through large windows.  At 25 knots, the speed and size of the vessel allows the experienced Captain to track and find whales more easily.  On board, a trained naturalist will educate passengers about the whales and other marine and birdlife often spotted in the area.  Passengers will learn to appreciate and respect the whales and other marine and birdlife while viewing in their natural habitats.

Following the Whale and Sealife excursion, a stop at Friday Harbor will allow about 2.5 hours for visiting the whale museum, some shops in town, or possibly getting a bite to eat before heading back to Seattle.  To see more of San Juan Island, travelers should plan ahead to stay overnight. 

The day trip with Whale and Sealife excursion is available from $83 pp for adults, and children 11 and under are only $22, with a minimum 1 day advance purchase.  Packages including round trip on the Victoria Clipper III from Seattle, a 2.5 hour Whale and Sealife excursion, overnight accommodations and taxes start at $186.00 pp/dbl. 

For more details or to make a reservation, visit www.clippervacation.com or call 800-888-2535.

Contact:

Janis Smith

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Clipper Navigation, Inc.

(206) 443-2560

[email protected]

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For Immediate Release

May 14, 2014

Grand Opening of Historic Friday Harbor’s Acanthus Suites

A new vacation rental experience within walking distance of the ferry

Friday Harbor, WA … One of Friday Harbor's first important historic homes, this charming accommodation is located in the old historic Argyle neighborhood, just a short walk from the downtown area of Friday Harbor and the Washington State Ferry terminal. 

Originally built in 1913 as a wedding gift for a well-to-do merchant’s daughter, the house has been well cared for over the past 101 years. It was recently fully restored to its former glory with almost all of its original elements intact.

There are five suites in the house, each with its own private access: two studios, two with one bedroom, and one with two bedrooms. Four have Queen beds, one has a double bed, and some also have a couch bed or a twin bed to accommodate an additional guest. Each suite has a private bathroom, is fully furnished with comfy furniture, and has new small appliances plus an electric fireplace. One of the one-bedroom suites is pet friendly, with its own entrance to the spacious back yard, which boasts a curly willow tree and a Koi pond. A shared spacious front porch invites guests to sit and relax.

Each suite has a great selection of information about things to see and do on the island, and the owner/manager is available at any time to answer questions.

Rates range from $129-$199 per night during the summer season, June 15 - November 10, with a three-night minimum. There is plenty of free, off-street parking.

Contact:
Lynn Danaher
Proprietor
Acanthus Suites
460 Argyle Ave.
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
(360) 378-6692
www.fridayharborvr.com
[email protected]

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For Immediate Release

April 10, 2014

Friday Harbor Film Festival Announces Plans for 2014

Friday Harbor, WA ... Pull out that new 2014 calendar now, and mark November 7, 8 & 9,  the dates of the Second Annual Friday Harbor Film Festival!

Carrying forward the momentum of the successful inaugural Festival last October, planners Lynn Danaher and Karen Palmer anticipate an even larger event in the coming year. A steering committee is already hard at work to make sure that everyone who participates – be it as an attendee, a sponsor, a volunteer, or a film-maker – will be proud to be a part of this wonderful community event.

Here are some upcoming highlights:

  • The next Festival will feature another set of fascinating documentaries about the Pacific Rim that will entertain, inspire, and enlighten.
     
  • Ticket types will be far simpler and prices will be lower, making the Festival more affordable for everyone, especially families.
     
  • Tuesday night screenings of many of the films featured in last year’s Festival are currently being held every two weeks through May at the Grange.  
  • On January 21, you’ll be able to see (or see again!) both “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” a moving visual poem about the aftermath of Japan’s horrific tsunami; and “Honor and Sacrifice,” an amazing story about what happened to the family of San Juan Islander Roy Matsumoto during World War II.  For a full schedule of all upcoming Tuesday night screenings, check out the Festival’s website at http://www.fhff.org.
     
  • Planning is underway for some fun events that will help us raise money to support the operating costs of next fall’s Festival…stay tuned!

Speaking of raising money, we need YOUR help to make the 2014 Festival a success.  Because ticket sales account for only a small portion of our operating revenue, we are dependent on grants, sponsorships and donations…meaning that a donation of any size would be most appreciated! 

As a special incentive to encourage your support, we will provide those who contribute $300 with an all-access Festival Pass and those who contribute $500 with two all- access Festival Passes.  These passes, which will cost $150 each when Festival tickets go on sale, entitle you to admission to all films, priority seating, plus admission to the special opening night Soiree for film-makers, their guests, and event sponsors.  

If you’d like to be a Festival supporter, please send your check, made out to the Friday Harbor Film Festival, to P.O. Box 2627, Friday Harbor 98250.  A portion of your donation could be tax deductible.

Contact:

Karen Palmer

www.fhff.org

(360) 298-1939

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For Immediate Release

April 8, 2014

8th Annual Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony

Friday Harbor, Wash. - The Whale Museum’s upcoming 8th Annual “Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony” fundraising dinner and auction will be held on the evening of Friday, May 9, at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Just as the Orca whales come together in what are called “greeting ceremonies,” so, too, The Whale Museum wants supporters to come together for this special evening.

The evening will begin with a happy hour & silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; the no-host bar will include wine from Northwest Totem Cellars, bitters from Kari’s Island Elixirs and beer from Island Hoppin’ Brewery, San Juan Roasters is brewing the coffee. Market Chef is preparing the dinner. The menu will be an “Italian Down-Home Style,” including roast pork, faro salad with kale, roasted vegetables, green salad, and rolls with butter. Appetizers will be crostini with a couple of toppings (tapenade and a goat cheese spread) and mozzarella-tomato-basil skewers. After dinner, the live portion of the evening will get started with the live auction followed by a dessert auction. That’s right, dessert after dinner is available in this delicious auction. Bid on delectable treats like “Chocolate Shot Cake,” “Fresh Fruit Pie,” the Danish National Dessert (Rød Grød med Fløde) and many more. Special thanks to the seven businesses for sponsoring the event: Islanders Insurance, Islanders Bank, Petro San Juan, San Juan Island Cheese, Northwest Totem Cellars, Coldwell Banker-San Juan Island, and Windermere.

The evening is a great deal at $30.00 per person (price includes dinner; wine, beer and elixirs sold separately). Reservations can be made at The Whale Museum or online at www.whalemuseum.org. RSVPs are strongly encouraged as seating is limited. (If a group would like to attend, tables in increments of eight seats can be reserved.) Proceeds raised through this event will directly support the education and research programs of The Whale Museum. To reserve your seats, stop by the Museum or call (360) 378-4710 ext. 30.

Contact:

Jill Berger

(360) 378-4710 ext. 34

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For Immediate Release

April 7, 2014

IMA opens its doors August 2, 2014

San Juan Islands Museum of Art's first exhibition to feature the works of glass artist William Morris

Friday Harbor, WA ... For the past ten years, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) has had many fun but temporary digs in Friday Harbor. Now, with much excitement and pride, the islands visual arts community anticipates the completion of the transformation of a former EMT building at 540 Spring Street into IMA's stunning and artistic new home. Great progress has been made over the past several months in the fulfillment of this renovation. When completed, the 5,000+ square foot building will bring to the islands international quality ongoing art exhibitions as well as workshops and lectures by national, regional and local artists.

IMA's inaugural exhibition will take place August 2 through November 9 with the work of glass artist William Morris in a show titled “Illuminated.”

The architectural firm of Richard W. Hobbs, FAIA + Wagner Galloway created the new design, which incorporates a light-filled glass atrium into the existing building. This elegant combination of wood and glass will be the perfect place to feature 3-Dl art as well and will serve as an open reception area for special exhibitions and events.

Art will be displayed in three spaces: the North Gallery, the Main Gallery and the Atrium Gallery. The upstairs will be a workshop and teaching space.

In addition to the artistic renovation of the exterior of the building, critical improvements are being made to the interior. Significant systems changes provide temperature, humidity and light control in all of the galleries and art storage areas both to protect the art and to offer the museum goer a comfortable experience

William Morris

The doors to IMA open on August 2 with the works of William Morris, one of the most talented glass artists working today. Morris' beautiful glass work speaks of human origins, myth, ancestry, and ancient civilizations. Symbolizing a harmony between humanity and nature, the artists' extraordinary technical skill combine with a love for cultural history to create a body of work like none other.

William Morris, a close colleague of Dale Chihuly and a teacher at the world renowned Pilchuck School, has captivated and intrigued with hauntingly evocative and beautiful glass sculptures for more than 20 years.  Morris gathers much of his inspiration from ancient cultures from around the world – Egyptian, Asian, Native American – all peoples, he has said, who respected and admired the land they inhabited. Because of this, Morris’s artwork has an intriguing ambiguity:  it is culturally distinct and yet familiar to all cultures. His pieces embody a spiritual quality that sharply contrasts old beliefs with those of the modern world.

"The William Morris exhibition is the perfect inaugural show for the opening of the new IMA building," said Executive Director Charlie Bodenstab. "The new structure features a dramatic glass atrium that will highlight Morris' beautiful and evocative glass pieces."

Read more about William Morris at WMorris.com

 

Contact:

Rebecca Parks, IMA Marketing Director

(360) 370-5177 or (360)370-5050

[email protected]

 

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For Immediate Release

April 8, 2014

New Scenic Byway ‘wayshowing’ signs to be posted during April

Over ninety San Juan Islands Scenic Byway ‘wayshowing’ signs will be posted on Orcas and San Juan islands during April, eight-and-a-half years since undertaking the grassroots Scenic Byway process in the fall of 2005. The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway became Washington’s newest state byway in the spring of 2009.

Eighty-five metal, 12”x18” logo signs, to be posted during April by Scenic Byway partner San Juan County Public Works, will make it easier for visitors to find designated attractions, parks and amenities along the Byway on both islands. In addition, eight 60”x27” ‘gateway’ signs will be posted at the Anacortes, Orcas Island and San Juan Island/Friday Harbor Washington State Ferries terminals. (See photo)  The signs were made possible via a national scenic byways grant, one of four grants received to date. Byway touring maps have been printed by the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau each year since 2009, and online tours are included on the Visitors Bureau’s website at www.visitsanjuans.com/tours and online brochure.

The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau has been leading this project since 2005 with a dedicated and diverse group of leaders and organizations serving on the steering committee/partnership over the years, which include, in alphabetical order:

Cultural Resources Consultant – Boyd Pratt (Byway Signs Distribution Coordinator)

Friends of Moran State Park – Michel Vekved

Friends of the San Juans – Stephanie Buffum

Light Heart Inc./Nonprofits Unlimited – Liz Illg (Byway Grants Manager)

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce – Terri Gilleland

Orcas Pathways – Cathy Faulkner

San Juan County Health & Community Services (Mobility) – Christopher Aiken

San Juan County Land Bank – Judy Cumming

San Juan County Parks – Dona Wuthnow

San Juan County Public Works – Shannon Wilbur and Guard Sundstrom

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce – Tom Kirschner (& formerly Debbie Pigman)

San Juan Island National Historical Parks – Lee Taylor (& formerly Peter Diedrich)

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau – Deborah Hopkins Buchanan (Byway Leader)

San Juan Transit – Dan Ward (& new owner Kraig Hansen)

Town of Friday Harbor – Sandy Strehlou

Transportation Planner David Gow

Washington State Ferries – Melissa Johnson

 

The Byway is divided into three segments: the first one-third encompasses 30 miles along the beautiful, blue marine highway (Washington State Ferries routes), the second one-third is a driving tour around San Juan Island, and the last third is a driving tour on Orcas Island.  More information and videos can be found at www.visitsanjuans.com/scenicbyway

Contact:

Deborah Hopkins Buchanan

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

360-378-3277 x5 or 360-298-4112 (cell)

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March 20, 2014

San Juan Island National Historical Park Releases 2014 Summer Program Schedule

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA ... From black powder demonstrations to weaving with natural fibers, ranger guided walks, art workshops, special Climate Change programming, period music and dancing, the park’s 2014 Summer Program Guide offers one of the most diverse and exciting summers in park history.

As always, the highlight will be Encampment 2014, scheduled July 26-27 on the English Camp parade ground. Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will encamp for two days sharing their knowledge of the region’s 19th century frontier past. On the Saturday evening of the event the park celebrates the peaceful resolution of the Pig war crisis with dancing and the traditional punch and cake during the Candlelight Ball.

The following weekend, another living history event will feature weavers from throughout the region demonstrating how European and American Indian techniques melded to create woven objects and clothing unique to the Pacific Northwest.  Cowlitz Nation weaver Judy Bridges and renowned Washington State storyteller Karen Haas will join San Juan spinners and weavers to show how it was done with all-natural fibers, including wild reeds.

The park also will join with the Madrona Institute, the League of Women Voters, The San Juan Community Theatre and other partners to explore global climate change and its implications for the Pacific Northwest and the San Juan Islands. The program series entitled, The Climate Action Imperative: Understanding Impacts and Making Choices will feature distinguished scholars such as kick-off speaker Dr. Daniel Kammen, professor of Energy and head of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Detailed information on Kammen and other speakers, including times, and venues, will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

In  August 1914: The Year Diplomacy Broke Down, historian Mike Vouri will discuss why people stopped talking and commenced a ghastly war that claimed 15 million lives in a PowerPoint lecture  7 p.m., Saturday, June 21 at the San Juan Island Library (a week short of the 100th anniversary of the assassination in Sarajevo of the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary). 

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Park Ranger Doug Halsey will present The Victorian Internet: The Coming of Telegraphy on San Juan Island, exploring how time and distance had a profound effect on events as they unfolded during the Pig War crisis of. Learn when the telegraph arrived here and how it affected communications on San Juan Island at 7 p.m., Friday, August 8 at the San Juan Island Library.

Karen Haas will return with another entertaining storytelling session at 7 p.m., Friday, August 1, also in the San Juan Island Library.; and artist Nancy Spaulding will conduct two art workshops in the field at 2 p.m., Saturdays, July 12 and August 16. 

Vouri and folk musician Michael Cohen will once again join with the San Juan Community Theatre (for the 17th year ) in presenting two evenings of drama and song as George Pickett comes back to life to talk about his days on the frontier and Civil War battlefields. Shows are scheduled Friday July 11 and Thursday, August 21. All shows 7:30 p.m., San Juan Community Theatre. Tickets $15, $8 Student and $5 Student Rush. Call the theater at 360-378-3210 or visit their website at http://sjctheatre.org.

As always, each week park rangers and volunteers daily will escort visitors on explorations of cultural and natural history with a series of walks at both English and American Camps. Learn how the Royal Marines went about their daily lives, Indians pioneered salmon fishing techniques still in use today and how island farming practices also were developed at American Camp. 

All programs are free and open to the public, except where noted. Programs are subject to change without prior notice. For updates on additional programs and accessibility information, call San Juan Island National Historical Park at (360) 378-2240, ext. 2233; or visit our web site at www.nps.gov/sajh or find us on Facebook.

CONTACT:

Mike Vouri

Chief of Interpretation & Historian

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Phone: 360-378-2240, ext. 2227

FAX: 360-378-2615

 

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March 25, 2014

Quilts, Quarters and Quirks of History

National Historic Preservation Month Events in the San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands, WA… During “History Lives Here,” National Historic Preservation Month in May, quilt exhibits, guided tours, lectures, open historic officers’ quarters and other special events will convey the islands’ captivating and often quirky history.

Quilt Exhibits – The Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Historical Societies will present new exhibits and programs that feature historic and contemporary quilts. The central theme will be quilts as carriers of community and women's history, with an emphasis on signature quilts. See listings below.

Open Quarters and Quirks of History – On May 30th a Fireside Talk “Legacy of American Camp” at the San Juan Island Library, will commemorate the long history of the camp’s structures during and after what is most likely the oddest titled conflict in history—the “Pig War”—a territorial dispute between the U.S. and Great Britain in which the only causality was a pig. On May 31, the San Juan Island National Historical Park’s officers’ quarters, laundresses and other historical structures will be open to the public for touring at American Camp.

Friday Harbor Walking Tours – Three guided walks, May 3rd, 24th and 31st will highlight local historic structures in downtown Friday Harbor and portray the past as long-time islanders lived and remember it.

More information on May’s History Lives Here events, specials and packages, as well as all events may be found on our History Page http://www.visitsanjuans.com/events/history. For further information call 888-468-3701, ext. 1.  See below for more details, as well.

"History Lives Here" Event Details:

Quilt Events:

May 24 - July 6 – Orcas Historical Museum - Orcas Island Quilt Show.

May 9 - May 18 – Quilts as Carriers of Community and Women's History exhibit, Lopez Island Historical Museum - A display of signature quilts made by the Lopez community beginning in the late-1800s.

May 15 – May 17 – Lopez Island, various locations, Quilt History Retreat or a la carte events http://bit.ly/NLNKAX include Quilt Restoration, Show and Tell, display of Edgar Collection of Early British, French and American 19th century quilts, A Bed Turning and Tours. Quilt historian and past-president of The Quilters Hall of Fame, Karen Alexander, and has helped organized and will present many of these events: for more information and registration: [email protected]

May 18 – Orcas Island, Orcas Senior Center, Eastsound, 3:30 p.m. Orcas Island Ship Quilt Show, A Community Story.

Other Events:

May 3 – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, 10 a.m. Historic Downtown Friday Harbor  Free guided tour tells the story of Friday Harbor’s heritage through the buildings and people you will meet as you walk the downtown. Begins at Memorial Park, information: 360.378.2810, call 8 - 4:30 p.m., or via email [email protected].

May 14 – San Juan Island, San Juan County Parks, 6-9 p.m. Annual Historic Brann Cabin ol’ Fashioned Bake-Off and bonfire.

May 21 – Friday Harbor, San Juan Grange Hall, 7 p.m. The Grange Hall History: free history talk. From church to grange a fascinating evolution.

May 24 – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, 1-4 p.m. Historic Churches of Friday Harbor: free guided tour, starts at the Catholic Church on Price Street. Tour Friday Harbor's historic religious sites –  all have a rich story to tell. Meet at St. Francis Church on Price Street. Information: call 360.378.2810 or via email to [email protected].

May 28 – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Library 7 p.m. The History of Sunshine Alley: free history talk with stories and pictures. Local historian Boyd Pratt’s talk will focus on the evolution of the Alley, which is in the works to become a Friday Harbor destination. Before redevelopment begins, discover its secrets, how it changed over time, and the people who lived and worked there.

May 30 – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Library, 7 p.m. Legacy of American Camp Fireside Chat, a talk with pioneer families about their role in preserving “Pig War” structures and life in early times on the island.

May 31 – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, 10 a.m. Sunshine Alley: free guided history walking tour. Meet at Brickworks on Sunshine Alley, under the bell. Local historian Boyd Pratt’s talk will focus on the evolution of the Alley, in the works to become a Friday Harbor destination - discover its secrets, how it changed over time, and the people who lived and worked there.

May 31 – San Juan Island National Historical Park, American Camp parade grounds, open historic structures tour, 12-4 p.m., Historic Structures Tour a first glimpse at  historic structures’ interiors that have been closed to the public and are slated for renovation.

 

CONTACT:

Barbara Marrett

Communications Manager

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

(360) 378-6822 ext. 6

 

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March 13, 2014

Community Arts in the Park competition entries due April 1-11

Friday Harbor, WA ... San Juan Island National Historical Park is once again hosting the Community Arts in the Park competition with entries accepted between April 1-11, announced project coordinator Park Ranger Raena Parsons.

This year's theme is Wildflowers and Pollinators of the San Juan Islands. Entries may be of any medium but must follow the size guide below: 

·         2-D size 8"x10" or 11"x14" only, portrait or landscape in orientation

·         3-D size between 4" and 18" square

Community Arts in the Park celebrates ecology through art. The goal is to inspire community connections to local ecology and outdoor stewardship, according to organizer Raena Parsons.

Community Arts in the Park is part of San Juan Island National Historical Park's first-ever BioBlitz, scheduled May 3-4, 2014. Award winners will be announced during the event on May 3. A BioBlitz is a unique combination of taxonomic inventory, public outreach, and science education. At its core, the BioBlitz is 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. This snapshot view helps us look at many different habitats over the same time period, and better understand what lives in the park.

For contest details visit our web site page at: http://www.nps.gov/sajh/naturescience/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageID=681852

For more information, contact Raena Parsons at 360-378-2240 ext. 2222 or [email protected].

  

Mike Vouri
Chief of Interpretation & Historian

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Phone: 360-378-2240, ext. 2227

FAX: 360-378-2615

 

 

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February 16, 2014

San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit, March 7 - 8, 2014, Orcas Island

Presented by the Agricultural Resources Committee of San Juan County, Washington State University, San Juan County Extension, and San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild

Friday Harbor, WA ... The 2014 San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will offer a two day program packed with information and inspiration, including a stellar line-up of keynote speakers and session leaders.

March 7, Hands-On Friday will include three workshops, 1:30-5:00 p.m., covering biochar production, farm-to-school programs, and farmstead butchering.

March 8, Summit Saturday features over 20 break-out sessions, a delicious local lunch cooked by chef Christina Orchid, a panel discussion with local San Juan County elected officials, a seed swap, and more. Follow the link below for the detailed schedule.

Keynote speaker Steve Jones, grain breeder and director of the WSU NW Research and Extension Center, Mt. Vernon, will inspire and challenge us with examples of successful innovation on small farms and in local food systems in the NW.

Keynote speaker David Montgomery, University of Washington geologist and author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, will explain the perfect parallel between the rise and fall of ancient civilizations and the state of their soils, bringing the message home and challenging all of us to restore our farmland soils.
 

Participating organizations include Organic Seed Alliance (OSA); Washington State University (WSU) NW Research and Extension Center; NW Agriculture Business Center (NABC); and the WA State Small Farms Team.

The summit will take place at the Orcas Island School, 715 School Rd., Eastsound, Washington. Scholarships and affordable accommodations are available. To find out more about the schedule go to www.sjcarc.org/summit. For accommodations contact

Candace Jagel at (360) 370-7664 or [email protected]. To register, go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/560288.

CONTACT: Candace Jagel,

(360) 370-7664,

[email protected]

 

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February  21, 2014
 

San Juan Island Receives Top Travel Award

2014 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 

San Juan Islands, WA – San Juan Island has again been named as one of the “Top 10 Islands – United States” by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards, garnering the number four spot for 2014. This is the second year in a row that the island has received a “Top 10 Islands” award.

The Travelers’ Choice awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers.  Award winners were determined based on the popularity of the best islands in the United States, taking into account travelers’ favorite and most highly rated places. 

“When you consider we are judged against many alluring islands – including the Hawaiian Islands – to again come out in one of the top spots shows that visitors treasure the islands’ many wildlife viewing and outdoor activities; our cultural, agricultural and historical attractions; as well as shops, lodgings and dining opportunities. While TripAdvisor must single out one island for this award, it is really a powerful reflection on all of the San Juan Islands,” said Barbara Marrett, communications manager for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau.

“There is something transporting about an island vacation, and these Travelers’ Choice island winners will help travelers find their next escape,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “From the world famous to the hidden gems, these impressive island destinations offer something unique for every traveler type to help them plan their next perfect trip. This is a great honor for the local tourism industry.”

To find out more the islands www.visitsanjuans.com. The complete list of 2014 Travelers’ Choice Island winners can be found at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Islands.  

  

CONTACT:

Barbara Marrett

Communications Manager

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

(360) 378-6822 ext. 6

 

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February 14, 2014

Wedding Show Offers Two Days of Island Adventure

San Juan Islands, WA …The “Isle Be Wed” wedding show presents an enticing opportunity—a spring getaway to the fabled islands and a chance to plan a destination wedding at the same time. The only wedding show in the islands is back with a new offering: a glimpse of spectacular wedding venues, including a lighthouse in prime whale watching territory. The show runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Orcas Island, March 8th, and on San Juan Island, March 9th. Orcas Island commences the festivities at the new, warmly inviting Random Howse event space in Eastsound. The next day, Friday Harbor hosts the show at the recently remodeled, historic and casually welcoming, Brickworks building.

In its third year, Isle Be Wed offers a chance to meet a creative cadre of over 40 island wedding professionals from musicians and photographers to floral designers and farm-to-fork restaurateurs—even an SUV limo will be on hand. A self-guided islands tour is part of the fun as attendees search out a featured farm, boat, bungalow and historic resort wedding venues—perhaps seeing eagles, whales or foxes along the way. Venues will showcase event spaces and provide details of exclusive offerings.

Spectacular. Serene. Unique. Weddings in the San Juan Islands offer nature and nurture in unforgettable settings. The Isle Be Wed show is a one-stop-shop to plan the perfect island wedding. Find out more about the show at Facebook: www.facebook.com/IsleBeWed or www.islebewed.com; more about the islands at www.visitsanjuans.com. No getaway to the islands would be complete without checking out the many art galleries, hiking, biking, dining and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Orcas Weddings and Events and Kenmore Air are the 2014 show’s premier sponsors. Additional sponsors include: Roche Harbor, Orca Inn and Patina Floral, Planning and Design.

 
CONTACT:
Barbara Marrett
Communications Manager, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
(360) 378-6822 ext. 6
[email protected] 
www.visitsanjuanislands.com

or

Scott Hale
Chief Experience Officer
Wanderlust Hospitality
Mobile (315) 527-4891
Skype WanderlustHospitality 
[email protected]
www.WanderlustCamps.com

 

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February 2, 2014

Free Weekend at the Whale Museum in February

Friday Harbor, WA – “We love our Community! We love our Museum!”  We are inviting everyone to a “Free Weekend” at The Whale Museum. All admission fees will be waived during the weekend which will run from February 14 through February 17, daily hours 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Each day a docent will be available at 2 p.m. to provide a free guided tour of the Museum. We encourage you to bring your family and friends to a guided tour. If you prefer to tour on your own, the new Self‐Guided Tour Maps will be available to help you navigate through the Exhibit Hall. We want to get our community and our Museum together!  We hope you will join us during the “Free Weekend.” 

The Whale Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 62 First Street North.  Founded in 1976, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.  In addition to providing exhibits, the Museum also provides programs including the Marine Naturalist Training, Orca Adoption Program, SeaSound Acoustics Program, Soundwatch, San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and the Whale Hotline.  The Whale Museum can be found online at www.whalemuseum.org.

CONTACT:

Jill Berger 
 (360) 378‐4710 ext. 34

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January 23, 2014

Announcing the 23rd Annual San Juan Island Artists' Studio Tour, May 31 - June 1

Friday Harbor, WA ...The San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour is a free self-guided tour. Visit artists’ studios with many guest artists. We are a group of mutually supportive artists who have joined together to create a community event that celebrates the way we work in our personal studio spaces. Hundreds of people attend this free event every year.

In hidden drives and private workshops artists on San Juan Island ask that you join them in celebrating the anniversary of the San Juan Island Artists’ Studio tour. With a mixture of prints, paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture, and fiber, the professional artists open their doors and welcome the public to see where art is created and explain their processes. This is a chance to purchase art at the source, often before the art is shown in national art shows and galleries. Visitors will gain a greater knowledge and clearer understanding of both the artist and their media. Guest artists will exhibit their work. 

The tour is a free event of art, guest musicians, lovely gardens, and a drawing for art at each studio. Maps and brochures are available at www.sanjuanislandartists.com and at many businesses in Friday Harbor.  Follow the link below to see the unique benefits of the Artist’s Studio Tour on beautiful San Juan Island in Washington State.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoU5Ke2Wor0
 

CONTACT:

Dan Wyatt or Mary Sly

(360) 378-7110

[email protected]

www.sanjuanislandartists.com

 

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January 23, 2014

BLM Selects San Juan Islands National Monument Manager 
 

Spokane, WA ... Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District Manager Daniel Picard announces the selection of Marcia deChadenedes as the San Juan Islands National Monument Manager.

“Marcia comes to us from the Colorado State Office, where she has been the National Conservation Lands (NCL) Program Lead.  She has several years of experience with the BLM in the NCL and National
Monuments arena,” Picard said.  “Marcia also has an extensive background in museum management/curation, national scenic trails, and cultural/heritage program development and management.  She holds a
Master's Degree from the University of Oregon.”

The BLM manages 980 acres of lands within the San Juan Archipelago which became our Nation's newest National Monument through a Proclamation signed by President Obama on March 25, 2013. The National Monument includes BLM lands in San Juan, Whatcom and Skagit Counties.  

Marcia deChadenedes is scheduled to report to the BLM office on Lopez Island on March 9.

More information about the San Juan Islands National Monument is available online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/sanjuans/

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.  

Contact:

Jeff Clark

(503) 808-6028

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January 23, 2014

BioBlitz at American Camp will take inventory of park's ecosystem, May 3-4

Friday Harbor, WA ... San Juan Island National Historical Park is organizing a BioBlitz at American Camp on May 3-4, 2014 from noon Saturday to noon Sunday.

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 lead 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!”

Possible inventory teams include: algae, bats, beetles, birds, macro invertebrates, mammals, marine invertebrates, owls, plants, reptiles & amphibians, and trees. If trudging through the woods is not your thing, why not consider helping at the base camp on the American Camp parade ground. Possible base camp/volunteer teams include: art (photography, writing, etc), data (logging data, data sheet organizing, etc), hospitality (coffee, people wrangling, etc), and public outreach (guided walks, special programs, etc).

Please indicate your interest by filling out a Registration Packet, available on our website www.nps.gov/sajh, and send it to Parsons as soon as possible. Contact Parsons at 360-378-2240 ext 2222 or write [email protected].
 

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January 20, 2014

The Whale Museum’s 2014 Marine Naturalist Training Program

Friday Harbor, WA – Are you interested in becoming a trained and certified Marine Naturalist? Or have you ever just wanted to know more about the amazing animals that share your ecosystem? The Whale Museum is currently accepting registrations for its 2014 Marine Naturalist Training Program. Offered twice yearly, the object of this program is to provide a learning experience that assists adults in becoming qualified regionally as professional or volunteer naturalists. The course is endorsed by the Pacific Whale Watch Association. Dates for the spring program are May 3, 10, 17, 18, 24 and 25. The summer program takes place from July 11th through 17th with a one-day break on July 14th. 

The main focus of the training is the ecology, current status and conservation of Southern Resident killer whales and other local marine species as well as discussions about the marine environment. The course includes presentations on cetaceans, pinnipeds, otters, intertidal invertebrates, marine birds, and other topics such as geology, marine conservation and current research projects. Faculty includes Whale Museum staff, professional naturalists, marine scientists, and environmental educators active in the region. Students will also participate in a variety of related field trips including the opportunity to practice their naturalist skills onboard a tour boat.  Tuition is $375 which includes an orca adoption and a Whale Museum membership. There are no prerequisites other than high school graduation and a sincere interest to learn. 
 

For more information or to register for the Marine Naturalist Training Program, please contact Cindy Hansen, Education Curator, by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 360 378-4710 ext. 23. Registration material can be downloaded from the Whale Museum website at www.whalemuseum.org.
 

Contact: 

Cindy Hansen
(360) 378-4710 ext. 23

 

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January 10, 2014

“Miró | Beethoven | An Epic Journey,” June 23 - 29

An Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Special Event
TICKET SALES OPEN ONLINE JANUARY 15, 2014

 

Orcas Island, WA … An unforgettable musical experience is coming to Orcas! The internationally renowned Miró Quartet will perform the complete 16 string quartets of Beethoven. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy Beethoven’s extraordinary artistic journey in five unforgettable concerts – Monday, June 23, Tuesday, June 24, Wednesday, June 25 and Saturday, June 28 at 7:00 pm, with the closing concert Sunday, June 29 at 4:00 pm at Orcas Center. OICMF Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann says, “String quartets are considered to be the pinnacle of a composer's art, and Beethoven's 16 string quartets are universally acknowledged to be the greatest of them all. The complete cycle of Beethoven String Quartets is a major event when it takes place in New York, London or Tokyo. Having the Miró Quartet bring one of the greatest musical gifts ever created to Orcas Island is exceptional and will be a musical experience of a lifetime!”

The Miró Quartet, comprised of violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violist John Largess and cellist Joshua Gindele, have become favorites to Festival audiences. They perform throughout the world on the most important chamber music series and on the most prestigious concert stages, garnering accolades from critics and audiences alike.

Tickets go online January 15, 2014, www.oicmf.org. Patrons can purchase the five-concert package for $150, or individual concert tickets for $30. Tickets for students 18 and under are $10. For more information, call the OICMF Office at 360-376-6636.
 

CONTACT:
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Contact: Joyce Stone 360-376-6636
[email protected] www.oicmf.org

 

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January 6, 2014

Book discussion: Underpinning, with Susan Reed

San Juan Historical Museum Resource Center, Saturday, January 11, 6:00 pm

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA ... Underpinning is a memoir of growing up in Friday Harbor from 1908 to 1917 by Caroline Reed, the eldest daughter of one of the first doctors to practice medicine in the Islands, Dr. Connor Reed. Caroline Reed's vivid descriptions evoke whole days from the past, such as the 1916 Fourth of July town celebration and a town picnic at Turn Point. She also brings into sharp focus earlier glimpses of a young doctor driving horse and buggy to make house calls; her adventures at play on the island; tales of buried treasure, old hermits, smugglers, ships lost at sea; and travel to such places as Fort Yellowstone, one of Dr. Conner Reed's Army posts during World War I.

Susan Reed is the granddaughter of Dr. Conner Reed and daughter of author Caroline Reed. The book has been out of print and is being republished later this year. Ms. Reed will read selected excerpts from the book followed by group discussion.

Suggest donation is $5 and museum members are admitted at no charge. Please contact the museum for further information at 360.378.3949 or [email protected].

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January 3, 2014

Orcas Island BirdFest and Wildlife Celebration 

1st Annual Festival – ‘Celebrating Wildlife in the San Juan Islands’
Speakers, Workshops & More on April 10 - 12, 2014

Eastsound, WA ... The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is presenting its 1st Annual Birds & Wildlife Festival: BirdFest 2014 on April 10 -12, 2014. BirdFest offers activities sure to please all who enjoy the birds & wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. The lineup of walks, talks, workshops, and activities are ideal for all ages and experience levels.

“This is our inaugural BirdFest, and we have events sure to please everyone,” said Festival Director Michell Marshall. “If you are a lifelong birder, a casual birding fan, or simply love the nature of the San Juan Islands, then this is the event for you.”

BirdFest will kick off with an opening night dinner & reception on Thursday, April 10 at Rosario Resort. The featured speaker will be noted Conservation Biologist, Thor Hanson. Author of the highly acclaimed book Feathers, Hanson will share his knowledge of all things ‘wild’ on Orcas Island.

Festival events get underway on Friday & Saturday (April 11 & 12), and will include:

• Bird / nature walks with local birding experts, including Kim Middleton
• Kayak & boat trips to explore the coastal environment or the marine habitat
• Workshops on birding and wildlife painting and photography
• Kids’ activities, including bird mask making & storytelling
• A community parade featuring bird & wildlife costumes
• And much, much more!
 

Friday and Saturday evening conservation lectures from prominent scientist and wildlife experts include:

• Joe Gaydos of Sea Doc Society
• Kathleen Foley San Juan Preservation Trust
• Bud Anderson of Falcon research Group
• Russel Barsh of KWIAHT

Tickets for opening night dinner, and select other events will go on sale in January. Complete Festival details can be found at www.OrcasIslandBirdFest.com.

Contact:
Lance Evans, Executive Director
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
(360) 376-2273; [email protected]
 

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