For Immediate Release

November 24, 2015

Ai Weiwei to open “Fault Line” at San Juan Islands Museum of Art
Ai Weiwei: Fault Line
January 23 – April 11, 2016
Curated by Ian Boyden

FRIDAY HARBOR, WASHINGTON—The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) presents an exhibition of work by Ai Weiwei, one of the most influential artists and most closely followed dissident political voices in the world. Ai Weiwei: Fault Line presents three pieces from his ongoing investigation into the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, a magnitude 8.0 quake that killed over 60,000 people including 5,196 schoolchildren in Sichuan province, China. This is one of the first museum exhibitions of Ai Weiwei’s work in the Pacific Northwest. Ai Weiwei: Fault Line is a rare opportunity to see work by one of the world’s top artists.

The Sichuan government refused to report how many schoolchildren died during the Wenchuan earthquake. In response, Ai Weiwei formed the Citizens’ Investigation, which both determined the death toll and revealed the corrupt bureaucracy that allowed for earthquake building codes to be ignored for schools. His criticism of the Chinese government has resulted in frequent clashes with the authorities and culminated in a secret detention for 81 days, in 2011.

At the center of the exhibition is “Rebar and Case” (2014), comprising eight sculptural coffins containing marble replicas of the twisted rebar pulled from the rubble of the government built schools that collapsed in the Wenchuan earthquake. Provocatively, the marble used to carve the rebar is sourced from the same quarry as the marble used to make Mao Zedong’s mausoleum in Tiananmen Square.

The second work in the exhibition, “Names of the Student Earthquake Victims Found by the Citizens’ Investigation” (2008–2011), is a massive work that includes all 5,196 namesof the students who died in the collapsed schools—along with their gender, date of birth, age, school class, and address. The piece covers an entire wall in the museum. On Twitter, Ai Weiwei publishes the name of each student on their birthdays—an act of ongoing remembrance.

The third piece is the video “Little Girl’s Cheek” (2008), which documents elements of the Citizens’ Investigation. This video presents original documentary footage of the
earthquake’s deadly aftermath, the confusion, the grief, and the incredible challenges of bringing this story to light.

Ai states, “It is a tradition for intellectuals to speak out against power. This is why artists and poets are so valued by society.” Ai does not interpret his own art, which is itself an
important element of his work. He believes it is more powerful for viewers to form their own interpretations. Each interpretation then becomes a part of the piece itself, and those who engage in Ai Weiwei’s work play an active part in its existence.

In the Pacific Northwest, the Cascadia Subduction Zone makes this show particularly relevant. This subduction zone, one of the most powerful megathrust fault lines in the world, hasn’t had a major slip in over 300 years, leading experts to assert that the region is overdue for a massive earthquake on the scale of the Wenchuan quake. IMA’s programming explores art as an intermediary between the human and the environment. Ai Weiwei: Fault Line articulates not only the destruction caused by earthquake, but the incredible challenges—and necessity—of creating truth and meaning in its aftermath.

NOTE: The content of the video portion of this exhibition is graphic and disturbing.

Biography:
Ai Weiwei lives and works in Beijing. He was born in 1957, the son of Ai Qing (1910– 1996), one of China’s finest modern poets and a defiant voice throughout the 20th century. In 1978, Ai Weiwei attended the Beijing Film Academy and, later, moved to New York (1983–1993) to continue his studies at the Parsons School of Design. Ai returned to China in 1993, to care for his ailing father. He began a series of conceptual and political works, such as Study of Perspective (1995-2011) and Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995). In 2005, he began using social media to voice dissent and document his life. In 2008, he collaborated with Herzog & de Meuron in the design of the Beijing Olympic Stadium. In 2008, he set up the Citizens’ Investigation on the Sichuan Earthquake to investigate an 8.0 earthquake that killed thousands of people including over 5,000 schoolchildren when substandard school buildings collapsed on them. These investigations led to confrontations with authorities, including a beating that caused a cerebral hemorrhage, requiring emergency surgery. In 2011, Ai was secretly detained for 81-days without cause and would later be falsely accused of tax crimes.

Major solo exhibitions include Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy, London (2015), Evidence at the Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2014), Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2012), Ai Weiwei absent at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (2011), Sunflower Seeds at Tate Modern, London (2010), and So Sorry at the Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009).

Among numerous awards and honors, Ai Weiwei received the lifetime achievement award from the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards in 2008 and the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation, New York in 2012. And, most recently, he was awarded the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International in 2015.

Curator:
Ai Weiwei: Fault Line was curated by Ian Boyden, Executive Director of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. With degrees in the History of Art from Wesleyan University and Yale University, Boyden’s exhibitions explore diverse subjects such as contemporary artists of the Northwest, Chinese calligraphy and scholars stones, and climate change. His work demonstrates ecological awareness, place-based thought, East Asian aesthetics, and intense interest in material relevance. For the past twenty years, Boyden has shared his time between the Northwest and China. As the Artist/Scholar-in-Residence at Suzhou University in 2011–12, he conducted research on Chinese inks and had a solo exhibition of paintings, books, and video installation at the contemporary wing of the I.M. Pei-designed
Suzhou Museum in China.

San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA):
SJIMA is one of the newest visual art museums in the Pacific Northwest, officially opening its doors in 2015. SJIMA champions artists, the arts, and arts programming because it champions authenticity of expression, place, and connections. Through its exhibitions, education, programs, and events, SJIMA establishes the San Juan Islands as a place of legacy making—legacies of art-inspired transformations, of expansion and wonder, and of support for our artists and arts communities.

Hours:
Saturday, January 23 – Monday, April 11, 2016
11am – 5pm, Friday – Monday
Press Images:
Publicity images for Ai Weiwei: Fault Line available by request.
Social Media:
SJIMA can be found on:
www.twitter.com @_SJIMA
www.facebook.com/ SanJuanIslandsMuseumofArt

Contact:
Ian Boyden
San Juan Islands Museum of Art
P.O. Box 339
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
360-370-5050
[email protected]
http://sjima.org/

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FRAGILE WATERS: Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly

Friday Harbor, WA: FRAGILE WATERS, a traveling fine art photography exhibition, opens Saturday, April 23 and will run through July 18, 2016 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA), Friday Harbor, Washington.

FRAGILE WATERS calls attention to water, our most critical resource, presenting iconic work of three renowned photographers and lifelong environmentalists: Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly.

Water is essential to all life we know. Yet our oceans, rivers, lakes and other sources of water are in crisis. Extreme weather events, aquifer depletion, toxic contaminants, fracking, pollution, spills, ocean acidification, floods, desertification, and the impact of rising seawater, are just a few of the urgent issues that confront us. The FRAGILE WATERS exhibition was born out of these concerns.

In technique and time these photographers span a century. The 117 black-and-white photographs present a powerful collective statement. These artists communicate the beauty and vitality of water, focusing on nature and engage the viewer in affirming the intrinsic aesthetic, emotional and essential life value of water.  

Ansel Adams laid a foundation for his legendary technical mastery, as he traveled burdened with a cumbersome 8 x 10 camera and glass plate negatives, in pursuit of unspoiled nature. Adams pre-visualized images, expertly crafting elegant iconic landscapes where he intensified and purified the experience of natural beauty, capturing the sublime magnificence of wilderness. His work has been used to persuade lawmakers time and time again to preserve special environments, and create parks for a permanent public legacy.

Ernest H. Brooks II is one of the foremost underwater photographers and a trailblazer in the development of underwater photographic equipment and technique. Brooks has chronicled a wilderness unknown to most of us, including more recently, capturing infrared images of light on eerily calving Antarctica icebergs. He remains a tremendous voice for oceanic exploration, and an advocate for the preservation of critical marine environments.

Dorothy Kerper Monnelly’s intimate portrayal of the beauty of conserved marshes of Massachusetts takes on greater importance as swamps and marshlands increasingly vanish in the face of urban development. Monnelly still carries her 4x5 format film camera through the marshes to catch the magic of dawn, but also utilizes digital equipment. These three artists demonstrate the beauty of and reverence for the nature that inspires them.

FRAGILE WATERS was curated by Jeanne Falk Adams, former CEO of the Ansel Adams Gallery, and daughter-in-law of Ansel. Her expertise in the field has made her a much-sought-after reviewer, juror, and lecturer.  Adams’ long involvement in environmental issues has convinced her that aesthetics, and black-and-white photography in particular, can alert, inspire, communicate, and motivate.

Photokunst LLC in Friday Harbor, developed FRAGILE WATERS, and is honored to represent and travel this important timely exhibition.

Selected FRAGILE WATERS images by each of the three photographers, are available by request for press use, please specify the intended use (i.e. print, online media, social media).

CONTACT:

Anne Sheridan: [email protected]

Barbara Cox: [email protected]

Ph: +1.360.378-1028

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA)

540 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

www.sjima.org  +1.360.370.5050

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For Immediate Release

November 13, 2015

Island Lights Festival Brings Good Cheer to the San Juans

Enjoy a cozy holiday island getaway this season with small-town traditions

Friday Harbor, WA … Eastsound Village Green, Lopez Village and Friday Harbor will all sparkle during their signature lighting events with singing by local choirs, cookies and hot cider to brighten spirits.. Twenty-one thousand lights will adorn the giant 92-year-old twin Dutch Elms on Friday Harbor’s waterfront.

There’s so much to do during the Island Lights Festival and beyond, with holiday plays and concerts; wine tastings and dinners; special restaurant and lodging packages and more. No mall traffic, crowded parking lots or stop lights to impede the holiday cheer. Take a walk on a stormy beach, cozy up to glass of local wine by the fire, or get a rejuvenating massage. Shop small-scale at artisans’ fairs, boutiques, galleries and independent bookstores for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Friday Harbor/San Juan Island Events:

•  IMA Islands Artists’ Registry Show, Nov. 21 - Jan. 11

•  Artisan’s Holiday Marketplace, Nov. 27-28
•  San Juan Vineyards Holiday Wine Tasting, Nov. 28
•  WaterWorks Holiday Show, Nov. 28 - Jan. 3
•  San Juan Islands Historical Museum Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration, Dec. 3
•  Tree Lighting & Caroling, Dec. 4
•  Holiday Social at English Camp, Dec. 15
•  Island Stage Left "Christmas Memories", Dec. 17-24
•  Lighted Boat Parade & Santa’s Arrival, Dec. 19

Lopez Island Events:

• Lopez Village Holiday Lighting & Gathering, Nov. 27

Orcas Island Events:

Holiday Tree Lighting on the Village Green & Santa, Dec. 4
Orcas Choral Society Holiday Concert, Dec. 5
Artisan's Faire, Dec.  5-6
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival - Leaves of Gold, Dec. 10 -11

Additional holiday events and specials, as they are added, maybe found at: http://www.visitsanjuans.com/events/island-lights-holiday-events-specials. Find more suggestions for a Cozy Island Holiday on our “Featured Itineraries” section at www.visitsanjuans.com

Cheery holiday and winter photos to share in your publication or on social media: Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/56nqkr7rrhyofan/AADYai6SQyIHfcORtj7oW0Qaa?dl=0

 

Facebook: Share our recent holiday post https://www.facebook.com/VisitSanJuans

Tweet: It's not too soon to plan a Cozy Island Holiday to the San Juan Islands! http://bit.ly/1kTmpgP (RT with photos from @VisitSJIslands)

 

Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

[email protected]

360-378-6822 ext. 6

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 14, 2015

The 2nd Annual Bite of the San Juan Islands Celebrates Island Bounty

San Juan Island Cheese presents a spectacular Savor the San Juans tasting event at Friday Harbor’s Brickworks Plaza on October 25

Friday Harbor, WA … On Sunday afternoon, October 25th, join the chefs, farmers, fishers, winemakers, distillers and brewers of the San Juan Islands for a unique tasting event—the Bite of the San Juan Islands. This showcase of the amazing quality of island-grown, organic, GMO-free meats, seafood, produce, wine, cider, beer and spirits is in its second year, and part of the 8th annual Savor the San Juans: A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art. www.visitsanjuans.com/savor

Building on the success of last year’s event, The Bite will take place at the recently restored Brickworks Plaza just two blocks from the ferry terminal. Brickworks houses the San Juan Island Farmers’ Market in a meticulously restored early 20th-century brick factory with a soaring, wood beam open-truss ceiling, fir floors and beautiful natural light. Entry is $5, with tasting tickets at $2 - each bite priced by the chef, from 1 ticket to 4, depending on the dish. You can enjoy just a few bites, or make a meal of it while waiting for the afternoon ferry. Find out more information at http://www.visitsanjuans.com/events/san-juan-island/bite-of-san-juan-islands.

Here is a taste of the restaurants and producers from Lopez Island, Orcas Island and San Juan Island that will be providing “Bites” for you to enjoy (so far!): San Juan Island Cheese, Coho, Cask & Schooner, Vinny's Ristorante,  San Juan Island Pasta Company, Red Rabbit Farm, Girl Meets Dirt, Barn Owl Bakery, Kari’s Island Elixirs, San Juan Island Distillery, Westcott Bay Cider, Vita’s Wildly Delicious, Southend Restaurant, Duck Soup Inn, Jones Family Farms, The Bluff, Island Hoppin’ Brewery, Lopez Island Vineyard and more.

We hope you will join us for this fun and tasty celebration!

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2014

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Address: Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Images available at our Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gvqf7lvn6azs573/AAD8lvAUCjCpNodtkdxIedFXa?dl=0

Social Media:

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/VisitSanJuans   https://www.facebook.com/sjicheese

Talk to us on Twitter: @visitsjislands

View us on Instagram: @visitsanjuans

About San Juan Island Cheese is a cheese counter and wine bar  in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, with a light menu, showcasing artisan cheeses, beers and wines from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

 

Contact:

Richard Daly

San Juan Island Cheese

155 Nichols St.

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

(360) 370-5115

[email protected]

 

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For Immediate Release
October 13, 2015

A Weekend of Great Films in Friday Harbor
Tickets on sale now for the 3rd annual Friday Harbor Film Festival,
November 6 - 8, 2015

Friday Harbor, WA ... Get away for a beautiful fall weekend full of world-class documentary films, a visit by award-winning actors Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, and a Soirée and Gala at the Friday Harbor Film Festival, November 6 - 8.

The Friday Harbor Film Festival will feature over 30 award-winning documentaries and docu-dramas – including: The Haumana, The Hunting Ground and Tracks. Films will highlight stories of the Pacific Rim, from Chile to Alaska. Now in its third year, the Film Festival seeks to Entertain film-goers, Inspire them to get involved in issues that speak to them, and Enlighten them to environmental issues, social concerns, humanitarian efforts and tales of grand adventures.  

Check out our website for ticket information and film schedule.  www.fhff.org

How to Get Tickets:

Admission to films and events requires purchase of an All-Access Wristband or
a shareable Punch Card for 5, 10, or 15 films/events. Separate tickets to the Filmmakers’ Soirée and Gala are available for $75 each.  An All Access Wristband for only $150 allows one to attend both the Gala and Soiree plus as many films as desired all with priority seating. It’s a great deal!!

Punch cards do not include entry into the Filmmakers’ Soirée or Gala. Punch cards may be shared with family and friends. All Access Wristbands may not be shared.

1.   Online on the FHFF website (www.fhff.org)


2.     Daily from noon to 4 p.m., buy tickets in person at the San Juan Community Theatre box office (11-4 Tuesdays – Fridays and 11-2 Saturdays)


3.     By phone to San Juan Community Theatre - 360-378-3210 during box office hours.

4.     All punch cards and all access wristbands can be picked at the SJCT Box Office (Will Call) beginning on November 1 or prior to the first film or event you attend.

Special Guests Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott

The Second Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the Opening Night Gala at the San Juan Community Theatre on Friday, November 6 to Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, celebrating their outstanding careers in theatre, film and television.

The Local Hero Award will also be presented at the Opening Night Gala on Friday, November 6, recognizing Sam Buck's long history of outstanding community service. 

The Opening Night Gala at the San Juan Community Theatre will feature live music, entertainment and presentation of the awards Local sponsors will provide a great selection of food and beverages. 

This Years' Festival: 32 feature films and 12 short films with the following themes:

·        Explorers and Adventures

·        Local Heroes

·        Tales from the Heart

·        Things to Consider

·        Short Films - Art & Artists

·        Short Films - Natural World

Volunteers Needed
The film festival could never happen without our wonderful volunteers!  There are still positions open and opportunities for free and discounted tickets.  Please sign up now! Go to our web site www.fhff.org and hit the SIGN UP GENIUS BUTTON.

Besides the warm & fuzzy feeling you’ll have from helping and being a part of this event, you’ll also get perks and cool stuff.  We still have some positions open:

·        Film Venues

·        Special Events

·        Concessions 

·        Box Office Concierge 

·        Office Staffing

·        Social Media

Images available in our FHFF Dropbox.  

See you at the Movies!!

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Friday Harbor Film Festival
10 First Street #2627
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Lynn Danaher, Director
360-472-1050

Karen Palmer, Producer
360-298-2240

 

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For Immediate Release

September 15, 2015

Discover Deliciousness in the San Juan Islands

Bigger and better, the 8th Annual Savor the San Juans: A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art

invites visitors to taste the food & farm culture of Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands, WA … There is no better way to feel the pulse of island culture than to experience its food, and throughout October, the “gourmet archipelago” sets the table to experience the bounty of the islands at its peak.  A farm-to-table tasting at historic Brickworks in Friday Harbor, farm tours on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands, a wine harvest festival at San Juan Vineyard, farm dinners, a historic Roche Harbor cemetery tour, a Friday Harbor Ghost Walk, and more. These are just a few of the signature events unfolding this October during Savor the San Juans: A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art.

The San Juan Island Farmers Market, Farm Parade and Harvest Chili Cook-off will keep the streets of Friday Harbor and the new historic Brickworks community center buzzing on Saturday, October 3.  All three islands will hold special all-day Farm Tours – Lopez Island Farm Tour Day 1 & Day 2 (October 10 – 11), Orcas Island Farm Tour & Soiree (October 4) and San Juan Island Three Farms Walking Tour (October 11). The tours will include activities such sheep shearing demonstrations, a fermentation workshop, a sheep dog demonstration, a cider pressing and great snacks such as fruit and cheese sampling and goodies from an outdoor wood-fired baking house. There will also be a special Farm-to-Table Dinner at The Edenwild Boutique Inn on October 11. On October 25th the Bite of the San Juan Islands will bring farmers and chefs from all three islands for a tasting to showcase the amazing quality of island-grown, organic fruits and vegetables, GMO-free meats, seafood, cheeses, baked goods, wine, cider, beer and spirits.

Grab your spirit of adventure and discover a month-long movable feast for the senses. 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 photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bw1ne6qrjoh8lrk/AADWmP-J6mfB7QpuNLXuXWpVa?dl=0

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Spread the word about Savor via social media: Follow us and share one of our recently posted Tweets https://twitter.com/visitSJIslands/status/620711527046254592

 

Or, Tweet: October's Savor the San Juans - A month-long medley of Food, Farms & Art. Start planning! http://bit.ly/1HYvWxv  Look for Facebook posts in August. Don’t forget to follow us and we’ll follow you back!

#visitsanjuans

Dropbox with high resolution Savor photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bw1ne6qrjoh8lrk/AADWmP-J6mfB7QpuNLXuXWpVa?dl=0

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

August 13, 2015

Film Flourishes with Three Fall Festivals in the San Juan Islands
(with a special guest appearance by actors Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott)

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

Friday Harbor, WA … Three young festivals are establishing the San Juan Islands as a cinema-lover’s paradise for fall film watching. Each festival—the Orcas Island Film Festival and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, both on Orcas Island, and the Friday Harbor Film Festival on San Juan Island—celebrates a sense of place and our connection to nature. Opportunities to meet directors and actors, Q & As with filmmakers, discussion about important cultural and environmental issues and the chance to explore the autumnal beauty of the San Juan islands are just part of the appeal.

October 9 - 12, 2015 - The 2nd annual Orcas Island Film Festival - Off the Edge (OIFF) (www.orcasfilmfest.com), takes place in the arts-rich village of Eastsound. Venues include the Orcas Center, the newly upgraded Sea View Theater, and a beloved Eastsound music venue, Random Howse. The festival includes a short film contest, awarding three grants to filmmakers to use the islands as a canvas to create short inspirational works. These shorts will be shown at the festival in addition to a curated selection of feature length and short films.

The festival focuses on films of the avant-garde, art house, trans-media and emerging edge film culture from around the world. OIFF curators work with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to choose the lineup.

November 6 - 8, 2015- On San Juan Island, the third annual Friday Harbor Film Festival – Stories from the Pacific Rim & Beyond (www.fhff.org), carries forward the momentum of the past two years’ successes. In addition to award-winning documentary films and special events, Q & A periods with the filmmakers will enrich and engage participants. Five venues within easy walking distance of the ferry terminal present the opportunity to discover the historic waterfront town’s galleries, museums and shops without a car.

The 2015 lineup will offer more documentaries focusing on the Pacific Ocean and its Rim, with films about island cultures, marine ecology, environmental issues, great adventures and individuals who live and work near the world’s largest ocean. A sampling of the over 30 films includes: Chihuly Fire & Light, which follows the renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly as he conceives and creates an extraordinary exhibition of his works; winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Telluride Mountain Film Festival and Toronto’s HotDocs festival, Unbranded is a real-life adventure that makes the case for better land and wild horse management; and Dancing with Thoreau, a unique environmental film told from the perspective of a naturalist and organic farmer.

The second Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the festival’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, November 6.  

to actors Katharine Ross (who will be present to receive the award) and Sam Elliott, celebrating their outstanding careers in film and television.

November 14, 2015 - The 3rd-annual one-day Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Orcas Center features short films made by change makers that are rethinking how we inhabit our planet. This year’s short documentary films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling with the festival theme of "A Wild Life". Hosted by Orcas Center and the San Juan Preservation Trust.

Dropbox of film festival logos & photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yneyaxjnvgv2msf/AABT9qjyQei0tA4N5XOECjCWa?dl=0

Media Contacts:

Friday Harbor Film Festival
Lynn Danaher, Director
[email protected], 360-472-1050

Karen Palmer, Producer
[email protected], 360-298-2240

Orcas Island Film Festival
Shannon Borg, Media Coordinator
[email protected], 360-317-6563

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Bella French, Communications Manager
[email protected] 360-378-682461

  

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For Immediate Release

August 11, 2015

The 3rd Annual Friday Harbor Film Festival honors Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott
with 2nd annual Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award

A stunning lineup of documentary films November 6 – 8, 2015
 tell “Stories of the Pacific Rim & Beyond”

Friday Harbor, WA … After film director Andrew V. McLaglen (Chisum, McClintock!, Gunsmoke) retired from a decades long successful career of working on many great films, he moved to San Juan Island and continued to be a huge supporter of our local theatrical community.  The Friday Harbor Film Festival decided in 2014 the best way to honor him and his contribution to our community was to create the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was the first recipient in 2014.  His daughter Mary McLaglen joined the Board of Directors of the FHFF and recommended the 2015 recipients. 

The second Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, celebrating their outstanding careers in film and television, plus, the 3rd annual Local Hero Award to Sam Buck Sr. will be presented at the festival’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, November 6.  

Katharine Ross most recently appeared as the psychiatrist in Donnie Darko. She appeared in the highly-rated Conagher for TNT in which she co-starred with her husband, Sam Elliott, who produced. She and Elliott, together with Jeffrey Meyer also wrote the teleplay.

Ross has a wealth of theatrical and television credits to her name, and has worked with some of the greatest names in film. including Sean Connery; Kirk Douglas; John Wayne; Laurence Olivier, Tommy Lee Jones; Orson Wells, Fay Dunaway; Simone Signoret; and Jimmy Stewart.

In 1967 she earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Graduate. She is probably best known for her role opposite Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, for which she received the Best Actress Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for the role. She received a Golden Globe Award for her work in The Graduate and was awarded a second Golden Globe in 1976 for her role in Voyage of the Damned.

While filming The Legacy, she met and married Sam Elliott. She stared in several films with Elliott.  She and Sam have a daughter, Cleo, and live on a ranch above Malibu.

Sam Elliott began his career as a character actor in westerns, debuting in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He acted in many films, TV movies and TV series throughout his long career. He also appeared in non-westerns, including the cult hit The Big Lebowski. Elliott also appeared on many other TV shows. In 1991 he wrote the screenplay and co-starred with his wife, Katharine Ross, in the made-for-TV western Conagher. Elliott appeared in many other film and TV productions. 

Elliott has received many awards for his work. Most notably, he was twice nominated for Golden Globes, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. He was nominated in 2013 for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance. 

Both Katharine and Sam hope to attend all 3 days of the film festival as well as be on hand for the Friday night Gala Nov. 6 which will be held in their honor.

Sam Buck Sr. Has a life long history of being a positive force in our community and has made multiple contributions to its growth and development. 

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Another festival film, and winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival and Toronto’s HotDocs festival, Unbranded is a real-life adventure that makes the case for better land and wild horse management. After adopting a group of wild mustangs. Four young men travel 3,000 miles from the Arizona-Mexico border up the spine of the former American “Wild West” to the Canadian border, passing through vast stretches of public land in the backcountry. The filmmakers have created a powerful film following the journey of four men, 16 mustangs, and a changing American West. http://www.fhff.org/portfolio/unbranded/

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The Friday Harbor Film Festival will feature over 30 award-winning documentaries and docu-dramas – including: The Haumana, The Hunting Ground and Tracks. Films will highlight stories of the Pacific Rim, from Chile to Alaska. Now in its third year, the Film Festival seeks to Entertain film-goers, Inspire them to get involved in issues that speak to them, and Enlighten them to environmental issues, social concerns, humanitarian efforts and tales of grand adventures.  

Check out our website for ticket information and film schedule.  www.fhff.org

Friday Harbor Film Festival
10 First Street #2627
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Lynn Danaher, Director
[email protected]
360-472-1050

Karen Palmer, Producer
[email protected]  
360-298-2240

 

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For Immediate Release

July 23, 2015

Discover Deliciousness in the San Juan Islands

Bigger and better, the 8th Annual Savor the San Juans: A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art invites visitors to taste the food & farm culture of Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands, WA … There is no better way to feel the pulse of island culture than to experience its food, and throughout October, the “gourmet archipelago” sets the table to experience the bounty of the islands at its peak.  A farm-to-table tasting at historic Brickworks in Friday Harbor, farm tours on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands, a wine harvest festival at San Juan Vineyard, and more. 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.

The San Juan Island Farmers’ Market, Farm Parade and Harvest Chili Cook-off will keep the streets of Friday Harbor and the new historic Brickworks community center buzzing on Saturday, October 3.  All three islands will hold special all-day Farm Tours – Lopez Island (October 10 – 11), Orcas Island (October 4) and San Juan Island (October 11), which will include activities such sheep shearing demonstrations, and great snacks such as fruit and cheese sampling and goodies from an outdoor wood-fired baking house. On October 25th the Bite of the San Juan Islands will bring farmers and chefs from all three islands for a tasting to showcase the amazing quality of island-grown, organic fruits and vegetables, GMO-free meats, seafood, cheeses, baked goods, wine, cider, beer and spirits.

Grab your spirit of adventure and discover a month-long movable feast for the senses. 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 photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bw1ne6qrjoh8lrk/AADWmP-J6mfB7QpuNLXuXWpVa?dl=0

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Spread the word about Savor via social media: Follow us and share one of our recently posted Tweets https://twitter.com/visitsjislands

Or, Tweet: October's Savor the San Juans - A month-long medley of Food, Farms & Art. Start planning! http://bit.ly/1HYvWxv 

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

July 27, 2015

The San Juan Islands Honored by Travel + Leisure Magazine

Travel + Leisure magazine has announced its 2015 World’s Best Awards, ranking the San Juan Islands #4 on its list of Top Islands Continental U.S. and Canada.

The rankings for Top Islands Continental and Canada (in order) are: Vancouver Island, British Columbia; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Golden Isles, Georgia; San Juan Islands, Washington State and Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The San Juan Islands have consistently been honored as a top island. In 2014 the Islands ranked #2, #3 in 2012 and #4 in 2011 and 2010. http://tandl.me/1MmJlR1

The rankings for Top Overall Islands (in order) are: Galapagos, Ecuador; Bali, Indonesia; Maldives; Tasmania, Australia; Santorini, Greece; Moorea, French Polynesia; Maui, Hawaii; Kauai, Hawaii; Great Barrier Reef, Australia and Malta.

World’s Best rankings are the outcome of Travel + Leisure’s 20th annual survey of readers’ favorites and described as “an essential index of the places you want to go.” The magazine’s website presents the methodology for the annual survey. The World’s Best Awards list is also the cover story of the magazine’s August issue, available on newsstands later this month.

Criteria for judging islands included natural attractions, beaches, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, and value. To see what the San Juan Islands offer in these categories and to get helpful travel tips and find out about specials on lodging and activities go to the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau: www.VisitSanJuans.com.

Travel + Leisure has the world’s largest audience of any travel magazine. Its annual survey is a chance to see what resonates with readers as authentic, quality, long-lasting experiences. Many of this year’s choices reflect readers’ desire for adventure and the outdoors.

The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau is a non-profit, economic development agency contracted for responsible tourism management and competitive marketing of the San Juan Islands as a year-round travel destination. Visitor spending directly benefits businesses and residents on Lopez, Orcas, Shaw and San Juan Islands.

Contact:
Barbara Marrett
Communications Manager
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
Lopez, Orcas & San Juan Islands
PO Box 1330, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
VisitSanJuans.com 360.378.6822 ext. 6 

 

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For Immediate Release

July 16, 2015

Friday Harbor House Announces New Ownership

San Juan Island inn is sold to owners with local ties, carrying on commitment to island investment and first-in-class Pacific Northwest tourism

Seattle, Wash. (July 13, 2015) – Seattle-based hospitality management and consulting firm Columbia Hospitality, Inc., announces new ownership of Friday Harbor House, a waterfront inn located in the island seaport of Friday Harbor, Washington on picturesque San Juan Island. General partner Lang Simons, who built the inn with his late wife Anne and 14 limited partners, has sold the 23-room inn to Robert and Rebecca Pohlad, Michael and Lauri Corliss, and John and Deanna Oppenheimer. John Oppenheimer is the founder and CEO of Columbia Hospitality, which has managed Friday Harbor House since 1998. The new proprietors, two of whom have homes in the San Juan Islands, will begin enhancements and improvements to Friday Harbor House as part of their investment plan in Fall 2015. 

“Lang and Anne Simons created an exceptional inn for the region, and we hope to build on their vision while continuing to provide extraordinary experiences on the island for travelers and locals alike,” said new majority holder, Robert Pohlad. 

Along with the change in ownership, Friday Harbor House will launch new summer hours and menus at its celebrated onsite restaurant The Bluff, featuring fresh and seasonal fare from local waters and farms served in a casual, island setting. Summer 2015 programming is robust, featuring partnerships with local businesses such as Pelindaba Lavender Farm and whale watching and kayaking tour operators, continuing the inn’s focus on community adventures that enhance and enrich the island for visitors year-round. “We’re thrilled with the new investors that have taken over the property, and are confident that they will carry out our vision for Friday Harbor House in an innovative way, while keeping ties to the community strong,” said previous general partner Lang Simons. 

Columbia Hospitality will continue to provide full management services to Friday Harbor House, its first hotel contract, as it has done for the past 17 years. Margie O’Brien will remain innkeeper, helping provide phenomenal experiences for guests and team members.  

About Friday Harbor House 

Friday Harbor House is perched atop a bluff on beautiful San Juan Island that overlooks the scenic harbor. In the spirit of a contemporary villa, care has been taken to blend exposure to the waterfront character of Friday Harbor and the natural surroundings. Each of the 23 comfortably appointed guestrooms has stunning views of the marina, ferry landing, San Juan Channel or Mount Constitution on Orcas Island.  The Bluff Restaurant ▪ Bar ▪ Terrace at Friday Harbor House features an array of exquisite dishes prepared from fresh, locally caught seafood, as well as produce, and other products from the San Juan Islands. The Inn is managed by Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (866) 722-7356 or visit www.fridayharborhouse.com.

About Columbia Hospitality

Columbia Hospitality, Inc. (Columbia), is a Seattle-based hospitality management and consulting firm that was established in 1995 by founder and CEO John Oppenheimer. Columbia’s growing portfolio includes the award-winning boutique hotels of the Columbia Collection, public and private golf facilities, conference centers and distinctive venues. Columbia creates exceptional experiences for guests and team members while achieving phenomenal results for property owners. With 20 years of proven success in management, Columbia has also consulted on over 100 hospitality projects worldwide, delivering a high level of customized service to partners and investors. For more information about Columbia and to view the entire portfolio visit www.columbiahospitality.com.

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For Immediate Release

June 29, 2015

Renowned Storyteller to Present Pig War Fun at English Camp

FRIDAY HARBOR, Washington-- Join renowned Washington State storyteller Karen Haas for an hour of first-person history and fun about the Pig War scheduled 7 p.m., Friday July 24 in the historic Royal Marines Barracks.

This Encampment weekend program is free. Call the park at 360-378-2240, ext. 2227, or ext. 2226 for special access information. A

Tensions were running so high in 1859 that the shooting of a pig nearly hurled the United States and Great Britain into war for the third time in less than 100 years.  Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and, instead of pitched battles, there was a peaceful joint military occupation where a spirit of mutual cooperation reigned supreme. 

Haas has delved into the rich treasure trove of folk lore from the nationalities involved in this “war that wasn’t”.  She’s created a program designed to make you laugh, enjoy a ghostly chill or two, and celebrate the peace that still exists today between our nations.

Benches will be arranged around the barracks fireplace, the lanterns lit and rows of re-enactors tents will be visible through the windows. Encampment 2015 will kick off the following morning at 9 a.m., with the candlelight Ball following at 7:30 p.m.

An experienced teacher, museum curator of education, storyteller and historian, Haas was the recipient of the Association of King County Historical Organization’s 2005 Heritage Education Award.  She is active in re-enactments at Pacific Northwest historic sites such as Fort Nisqually, and San Juan Island National Historic Park.  Her living history presentations have been featured at Fort Clatsop and Whitman Mission National Historic Site.  She feels especially rewarded telling the tales of those whose voices are usually silent in history – the women.

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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For Immediate Release

June 29, 2015

GRANNY FOR MAYOR!

Campaign Launched by Orcas Island Whale Watchers to Make the World’s Oldest-Known Killer Whale the Oldest Mayor in the United States

Respect your Granny!

Eastsound, WA ... The oldest known killer whale in the world is now running for Mayor.  J2, also known as “Granny,” has been tapped to run for the office of Honorary Mayor of the Village of Eastsound, WA, on Orcas Island.  If elected, the orca – thought by researchers to be 104 years old this year – will also be the oldest elected official in North America.

Only in the San Juan Islands, right?

Some might also say that only on an island named Orcas would an orca become Mayor – however, Orcas Island was actually named after Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo, the Viceroy of Mexico who sent an exploration expedition to the region in 1791.  But with all due respect to the Viceroy, Orcas might as well be named for the whale – the Island is a great destination for whale watching, with three Pacific Whale Watch Association companies running tours there. 

One of those tour companies is Capt. Tom Averna’s Deer Harbor Charters, a sponsor of the “Granny for Mayor” campaign, which is a fundraiser for the toddler and preschool programs at Orcas Island Children’s House. 

“We’re honored to sponsor this,” explains Averna, who’s been running whale watch tours since 1988.  “Not only to support the cause and to show what an eclectic island community we live in, but also to bring awareness to the plight of the Southern Resident population and the challenges they’re facing now.  Most islanders here are aware of Granny, her age and her history.  They consider her a part of this island family.”

The population is listed as endangered in the U.S. under the Endangered Species Act and in Canada as a Species at Risk.  The Southern Residents dipped to 77 individuals last December, but have experienced something of a baby boom, having four calves born into the community since then.  All appear to be doing well.  And Granny, the matriarch of matriarchs, continues to lead the pods.  Their numbers now stand at 81, with an 82nd member, Lolita, in Miami Seaquarium.

“Even for longtime whale watchers, we’re just stopped in our tracks when we see an animal like J2, who’s well over 100 years old, traveling over 100 miles a day, leading the pods, helping to babysit for these rambunctuous little calves born a century after she was,” explains Michael Harris, Executive Director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA), which represents 32 operators in Washington and British Columbia. “Both of my grandmothers lived a very long time, and they were energetic until the very end, but I couldn’t imagine them traveling and caring for babies like that in those golden years.  These orcas are pretty special creatures.”

The Granny for Mayor campaign was the brainchild of Orcas Island resident Alex Callen. "It felt right,” he explains. “Raise funds for the toddler and preschool programs while raising awareness about the Southern Resident Orca population. People were surprised Granny hadn't run before.  I love the old girl!  She is an icon of the San Juan Islands." 

Another whale watch option on Orcas Island is Orcas Island Eclipse Charters, a founding member of PWWA, just steps away from the ferry terminal.  And if you’re there, also check out the Orcas Wildlife Institute for Learning and Discovery, launched by PWWA operator Outer Island Excursions and located at 217 Main Street in Eastsound. This new interpretive center has installments created by highly trained and educated whale naturalists on everything from intertidal life to whale migration patterns to a touch pad of different orca vocalizations.  The Center is a fun and educational place where locals as well as tourists can come to glean information about our amazing ecosystem in the San Juans.

HOW TO HELP:  For all those who want to help the whales, become a Member of The Center for Whale Research!

The Pacific Whale Watch Association is proud to be a longtime supporter of Ken Balcomb and his team. 

Help them help the whales. www.whaleresearch.com

CONTACT:

Michael Harris

Executive Director

Pacific Whale Watch Association

(206) 465-6692

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The Pacific Whale Watch Association is proud to be a longtime supporter of Ken Balcomb and his team. 

Help them help the whales. www.whaleresearch.com

 

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For Immediate Release

May 15, 2015

May 30 is Campaign Kick-Off to Save Mount Grant

The San Juan Preservation Trust and San Juan County Land Bank invite the entire island community and interested visitors to join in celebrating the kick-off of the Campaign to Save Mount Grant on Saturday, May 30, from noon to 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Music, refreshments, and guided tours will be provided.

Campaign co-chair Karin Agosta issues this hearty invitation to all: “Come join us for the community celebration. And if you have not yet been on Mount Grant, prepare to be wowed!”

The event will celebrate progress so far on this important project and will allow our community to see, first-hand, the 141-acre Mount Grant property that has long been considered a gem of the islands. Expansive hiking trails are planned through dense forest up to a summit area with incredible vistas. For those not able to hike to the top, a road provides auto access so that people of all ages and physical ability can enjoy the spectacular, 360-degree views that span the horizon from Mount Baker to the Canadian Gulf Islands with regional island vistas as well.

Local naturalists will be on hand to point out the many delightful features of Mount Grant and to identify landmarks visible from the summit. Marimba Kubatana will perform, and hot dogs, lemonade and other treats will be served. Representatives from the 22-person campaign steering committee, the Preservation Trust, and the Land Bank will be on hand to answer questions.

Parking is limited and carpooling is strongly encouraged. If you plan to visit the Preserve on May 30, please consider using the free shuttle van for a ride to and from the event. It will depart from 1st Street North at the corner of Court Street, in front of the Courthouse, every 30 minutes from noon until 3 pm. Transportation will be available to shuttle non-hikers to the summit, but no other cars will be allowed up Mount Grant during the event. (The road will be opened on selected days and hours once safety upgrades have been completed.)

For more information about The Campaign to Save Mount Grant or the May 30 kick-off, please visit www.sjpt.org/mountgrant or call the San Juan Preservation Trust at 360/378-2461.

Contact: Bella French

360/378-2461

[email protected]

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For Immediate Release

TEDx San Juan Island
Affect / Effect

Friday Harbor – One hundred of San Juan Island’s most impassioned TEDx enthusiasts will come together on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10am-4pm for a day of networking and dialogue around the theme Affect / Effect. The event will take place in the Friday Harbor Middle School Auditorium on Blair Street.

The conference is built on the model and under license from the TED Conference, an annual gathering of some of the world’s most fascinating and influential people.  This local event will encourage attendees to celebrate remarkable ideas of all kinds. The program will feature short talks, music and conversation breaks where audience members and speakers will enjoy the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. In addition to internationally recognized presenters, the day will also feature island residents with ideas worth sharing.

“TEDxSanJuanIsland is designed as a platform for ideas, where local individuals share the day with world-class speakers and thought leaders,” said Gary Franklin, curator of TEDxSanJuanIsland and member of the organizing committee. “The annual TED Conference stands out as a confluence of fascinating concepts and we are excited to bring this local event to our island.”

“The combination of a diverse group of speakers and high calibre artistic performers will engage attendees throughout the day. The event will celebrate the gift of the imagination; like a Cirque du Soleil of ideas! By recording the presentations, our island community will share our passions and perceptions on a global scale”.

The independently produced event, operated under a license from TED, is organized by community volunteers and is aimed at creating dialogue as well as giving people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences. The event is sponsored, to date, by SEE Media Group and Windermere Real Estate – San Juan Island.  

For more information about the event and to register for tickets visit www.TEDxSanJuanIsland.com

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollarTED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

www.TEDxSanJuanIsland.com   POB 488, Friday Harbor, WA. 98250

Media Contact:  Megan Mulhall
206-787-9001 office
[email protected]
or Gary Franklin
360-298-0975
[email protected]

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For Immediate Release

 

April 20, 2015

 

WSF improves technology to handle summer ferry reservations

San Juan Island reservations will be made available starting April 28

SEATTLE – A team of information technology specialists determined the Washington State Ferries’ online vehicle reservations system stopped working last Tuesday, April 14, because it was unable handle the large volume of customers that attempted to make summer reservations.

To avoid large surges of reservations being made at once, WSF will release summer reservations to and from the San Juan Islands in smaller segments to help shorten wait times online and over the phone. IT specialists also are performing continuous testing and system upgrades that should significantly increase the ability to handle hundreds of vehicle reservation requests simultaneously.

Even though improvements are being made, it is possible customers may experience longer than usual wait times online as well as on our phone system.

Also to reduce online and phone wait times, summer reservations for the Anacortes/Sidney B.C. and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes will be available starting Wednesday, April 22.

For the Anacortes/San Juan Islands summer schedule, which runs from June 14 to September 19, the first third of space on all sailings will be released in six increments according to the following schedule:

Release dates - Available reservation dates

Tuesday, April 28 - Reservations for June 14-30

Thursday, April 30 - Reservations for July 1-15

Tuesday, May 5 - Reservations for July 16-29

Tuesday, May 12 - Reservations for July 30-August 12

Thursday, May 14 - Reservations for August 13-26

Tuesday, May 19 - Reservations for August 27- September 19

Releasing summer ferry reservations in smaller increments avoids overburdening the software to the point where it breaks down. Last Tuesday, April 14, tens of thousands of customers attempted to access Washington State Ferries’ online reservations site. The system was able to confirm 4,441 reservations throughout the day before the reservations system was shut down due to technical difficulties.

“This is a new program and it’s clear that we need to make changes that will allow us to provide timely customer service," said Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division Lynne Griffith. “We have learned from this experience and will be adjusting the reservations system so it meets our goal of providing customers the ability to plan ahead and avoid long waits.”

Moving forward, additional summer season reservations will be released two weeks and two days before each sailing date.

Reservations for the spring 2015 schedule, which runs through June 13, remain available. To create, change or cancel a spring reservation customers may go online or call WSF Customer Service at 1-888-808-7977.

Hyperlinks within this release:

Online vehicle reservations: https://secureapps.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/Reservations/Vehicle/default.aspx

Contact: Susan Harris-Huether, WSF communications, 206-515-3460

Washington State Department of Transportation – NEWS
Ferries Division – 2901 Third Ave., Suite 500 – Seattle, WA  98121 – 206-515-3400

WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state's transportation systems. To learn more about what we're doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 511. 

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For Immediate Release

April 15, 2015

The Orcas Island Artworks comes Home to Olga

Olga, Orcas Island, WA ... A beloved Orcas Island institution has come back to life.

Thanks to tremendous community support and contributions large and small, the historic Strawberry Building in the hamlet of Olga has been restored after its devastating fire in July of 2013. The Orcas Island Artworks will reopen its doors on Saturday, April 25.

The Artworks, founded in 1981 to showcase the thriving art and fine craft scene on Orcas Island, is a not-for-profit cooperative, structured so that the maximum proceeds from sales go to its members, who run and staff the gallery. This has helped make it possible for dozens of artists and craftspeople to make a living from their work for more than three decades. The 45 members of the Artworks - six of them new this year - are thrilled to return to their beautifully renovated home.

The Strawberry Barreling Plant was built in 1938 to process the 450 acres of strawberries being produced in the Olga area at that time. The building was repurposed as an art gallery by the Artworks in 1981 and was placed on the Washington State Heritage Register of Historic Places in 2004. The nonprofit Olga Strawberry Council was formed in 2004 to acquire and maintain the building and to ensure its use as a part of the island’s social, cultural, economic and artistic community.

In the aftermath of the fire, the volunteer board of the Strawberry Council shouldered the responsibility for restoring and renovating the building. “This challenge would not have been met without the tireless efforts of our little board and the band of volunteers, the enthusiastic support of our tenants and the huge response of this wonderful community,” said Patsy Stephens, the Board’s President. “This unexpected loss brought out the very best in all.”

Seattle architect Ben Trogdon was chosen to design the restoration. His challenge was to preserve the historic elements and appearance of the building while bringing it up to current codes. “It has been such a rewarding and fulfilling experience to help the Orcas Island community breathe new life into the much-loved building, and to extend its useful life for many years to come,” he said. “I hope the elements of design serve not only to support both the artists and the new cafe, but to re-establish the building as a true community landmark for all to enjoy.”

Contractor for the restoration was Terry Gillespie of Sound Construction. Project manager was Jim Nicol. The finished building is full of details that attest to their personal care.

Opening together with the Artworks is the brand new Catkin Cafe, which owner Cheryl Helm describes as “an all scratch kitchen, offering a menu that changes with the seasons.” It will feature island grown meat and produce and house made pastries and sweets, strong coffee, fine loose leaf tea, beer and wine.

The James Hardman Gallery will return to its perch in the beautifully refinished loft.

“This is a whole new beginning,” said Carol Anderson, one of the Artworks managers. “There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the Artworks.”

Back home at last, the Artworks is celebrating its 35th season.

Links:

Olga Strawberry Council, Slideshow of the fire and reconstruction:

http://www.olgastrawberrycouncil.org/

Orcas Island Artworks:

http://orcasartworks.com/

Contact: James Hardman  360 376-4588  [email protected]

 

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April 10, 2015

 

Welcome aboard, Samish! New Olympic Class ferry joins WSF fleet

New vessel begins service mid-June; public invited to christening May 20 in Anacortes

SEATTLE – The brand new, 144-car Samish is set to officially take its place amid Washington state’s world-class ferry system.

On Friday, April 10, Washington State Ferries accepted the Samish from builder/contractor Vigor Industrial. Following two months of sea trials and crew training, the new ferry will begin service on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route Sunday, June 14, just in time for the start of the summer sailing season.

“I’m delighted to take delivery of the Samish,” said Ferries Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith. “More than 23 million passengers rely on our ferry system every year. Adding another Olympic Class vessel represents the state’s continued commitment to replace older vessels and plan for the future.”

The public is invited to help welcome the new ferry as First Lady Trudi Inslee christens the vessel at an open house on Wednesday, May 20, at the Anacortes ferry terminal.

Along with more space for tall vehicles, the $126 million Samish offers an ADA-compliant, car-deck restroom; flexible seating configurations; improved heating and ventilation; and wider stairwells and passageways.

“It’s been an honor for Vigor to partner with Washington State Ferries on this vessel, and the nine other ferries we’ve built to serve the people of Washington,” said Bryan Nichols, director of sales at Vigor Fab. “The Samish represents the very best in state-of-the-art ferry design and has helped strengthen the maritime community by supporting over 500 jobs throughout the Puget Sound.”

The new ferry’s name comes from a tribal word meaning, “giving people.” It is the second of three funded, Olympic Class vessels to replace the aging, mid-century-era Evergreen State Class vessels.

More information on the Samish and the Chimacum, the third Olympic Class ferry, under construction at Vigor Industrial in Seattle, is available online.

Hyperlinks within this release:

Olympic class (144-car) Flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/sets/72157627905126905/
Vigor Industrial website: www.vigorindustrial.com
Olympic class (144-car) ferry page: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/ferries/144carferries/.

WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state's transportation systems. To learn more about what we're doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 511.

Washington State Department of Transportation – NEWS
Ferries Division – 2901  Third Ave., Suite 500 – Seattle, WA 98121 – 206-515-3400

Contacts:    Hadley Rodero, WSF communications, 206-470-0524

                  Athena Maris, Vigor Industrial communications, 503-957-1565

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For Immediate Release

April 1, 2015

Smugglers, Phantoms and Tombstones

“History Lives Here” brings island history to life in May

Friday Harbor, WA… “History Lives Here” – National Historic Preservation Month in the San Juan Islands, is all about breathing a little life back into history during the month of May. It’s easy. With 18 sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can stay in a historic lodging or resort while enjoying guided walking tours, local history talks and other special events that portray the past as long-time islanders lived and remember it. And, a ghost or two may even be encountered in a hallway or cemetery along the way.

Orcas Island – At Orcas Island Historical Museum’s lecture series and exhibit, The Smugglers' Blues - The Illicit, Illegal and Immoral on the Salish Sea, opening May 23, learn about the lawmen and the law breakers; who smuggled what where, and why. From wool to opium, whiskey to Chinese immigrants, the San Juans have been a crossroads for those willing to risk it all for illegal profits.

Tour the museum and learn the history of Robert Moran’s Mansion at Rosario Resort through a multimedia presentation. Ghost stories and Phantom of the Opera music performed on the 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ accompany clips from the original Phantom film. Complimentary and open to the public, the show is performed daily in summer (except Sundays) and every Saturday during the rest of the year.

San Juan Island – May 9, join a biographical tour of Roche Harbor’s pioneer cemetery, begun in 1887. The tour will make the life stories of those buried here come alive again – well, almost. Once the largest lime works in the Pacific Northwest, Roche Harbor Resort’s property is now akin to an open-air museum; historic buildings, kilns and mausoleum are explained through engaging interpretive panels. The Resort’s circa 1886 Hotel de Haro is on the National Register of Historic Places and continues to lodge visitors.

May 30, walk in the footsteps of General George Pickett of Civil War fame as the San Juan Island National Historical Park opens its Officers Quarters for the first time after its year-long restoration. Pickett was posted at the American Camp garrison during the “Pig War” crisis, a territorial dispute between the Americans and British lasting from 1859-1872, in which the only casualty was a pig. Park entrance is always free.

Join a guided walking tour of Friday Harbor or tour the town on your own. The Town has over 150 historic sites within its walkable one-mile radius. Twenty-six of these are described in the Historic Friday Harbor on Foot Tour.

Lopez Island – Quilts as Carriers of Community and Women’s History, an exhibit of captivating quilts made by the Lopez community, beginning in the late 1800s, will be on display at the Lopez Historical Museum.

With three historical museums and the San Juan Island National Historical Park, visitors can experience San Juan Islands history all year. This summer look for the opening of the new, interactive Museum of History and Industry in Friday Harbor and Encampment at the National Historical Park.

Dropbox link to photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/erxr02p1a08qjj5/AAAxR7bd_YgyHEe17aUpJO1_a?dl=0 (Paste link into browser to open.) Please credit San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau for photos.

History Lives Here Events:

San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

Roche Harbor Pioneer Cemetery Biographical Tour, May 9, Roche Harbor Resort Cemetery & San Juan Historical Museum
Officers' Quarters Open House, May 30, San Juan Island National Historical Park, American Camp
Know Your Island: History Walk of Sunshine Alley, May 23, Friday Harbor
Historic Friday Harbor Tour, May 16, Friday Harbor

Orcas Island

Smugglers' Blues Speaker History Matinee Pt. 1, May 17, Orcas Island Historical Museum
The Smugglers' Blues Opening Gala, May 23, Orcas Island Historical Museum

Lopez Island 

Signature Quits as Carriers of Community & Women's History, May 13 - June 21, Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum

More information on May’s history events and a list of historic lodging properties, can be found on the Visitors Bureau History Lives Here page at http://www.visitsanjuans.com/events/history. For further information call 888-468-3701, ext. 1.  

 

Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

Communications Manager

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

360.378.6822 ext. 6 

 

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For Immediate Release

April 2, 2015

9th Annual Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony

Friday Harbor, Wash. – Each summer, our resident pods of orca whales come together in what are called “greeting ceremonies.” In this spirit, The Whale Museum invites all orca supporters to our 9th Annual Celebration of the “Orca Greeting Ceremony.” This Fundraising Dinner and Auction will be held on Friday, April 24 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor.

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 and beer from Island Hoppin’ Brewery; San Juan Roasters is brewing the coffee. Market Chef is preparing the dinner beginning with appetizers of olive oil crostini with a trio of spreads and assorted antipasti. The dinner will be a served buffet, including an entrée choice of herb marinated roasted pork shoulder with salsa verde or a faro and kale salad with feta cheese and a lemon-harissa dressing; entrees will be served with an organic mixed green salad with carrots, toasted seeds & red onion and homemade rolls with butter. After dinner, the entertaining portion of the evening will begin 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 the original “Chocolate Shot Cake,” Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, Lemon Tart, the Danish National Dessert (Rød Grød med Fløde), Red Wine Velvet Cake, and many more.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Islanders Insurance, Islanders Bank, Northwest Totem Cellars, Petro San Juan, Coldwell Banker-San Juan Islands, and Ed & Clare Kelm.

The evening is a special treat at $35.00 per person (price includes dinner; wine & beer 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:
Jenny Atkinson
(360) 378-4710 ext. 26

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For Immediate Release

March 23, 2015

Island Time for Mom

Friday Harbor, Wash. ... It’s time for some island time just for Mom. Come visit the Earthbox Inn & Spa on beautiful San Juan Island. The Earthbox, with its newly renovated rooms, indoor pool, sauna, hot tub and onsite spa located in adorable, safe Friday Harbor is the perfect basecamp for a Mom-only getaway.

Relax in the hot tub before getting pampered with a hot stone massage at our full service spa. Walk into town for dinner, and browse cute shops, galleries and museums.

Explore the dramatic island beaches, looking for baby seals, otters & bald eagles. Treat yourself to a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Orca whales in the wild and go on a whale watch trip. Take a guided sea kayak tour and find out that eelgrass tastes like coconut and what’s really going on deep down in a kelp garden. Or dare yourself to fly through the trees and take a zip line tour.

Ride a complimentary retro beach cruiser bicycle to the San Juan Vineyards for a delicious wine tasting and a glimpse of the island celebrity--Camel Mona. Tour the stunning Pelindaba Lavender Farm, where we at the Inn source all of our body care products.

If you are looking for a relaxing time away from the hustle and bustle or if you are in dire need of a spectacular adventure you will find it here.

The San Juan Islands of Washington state offer an opportunity to breathe deeply, unwind and create miles of memories for mom or the whole family. The Islands are world-renowned for stunning shorelines, orca whale watching, sea kayaking and a vibrant arts and outdoor adventure scene. Just a 45 minute flight from Seattle, the Islands experience half the rainfall of Seattle and twice the days of sunshine. The archipelago’s most populous island, San Juan Island, was TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Top Island pick for 2013 and #4 for 2014. Visit www.visitsanjuans.com.

Contact:

Steffi Wehner

360-317-7566

[email protected]

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For Immediate Release

March 11, 2015

9th Annual Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony

Friday Harbor, Wash. ... Each summer, our resident pods of orca whales come together in what are called “greeting ceremonies.” In this spirit, The Whale Museum invites all orca supporters to our 9th Annual Celebration of the “Orca Greeting Ceremony.” This Fundraising Dinner and Auction will be held on Friday, April 24 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a happy hour & silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner, live auction and dessert auction. For more information, call (360) 378-4710 ext. 30.

CONTACT:

Jill Berger

Communications Manager

360.378.4710 ext. 34

The Whale Museum

www.whalemuseum.org

 

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For Immediate Release

March 2, 2015

April is Volun-tourism Month in the San Juan Islands

Earth Day, Great Island Beach Clean-ups and BioBlitz offer opportunities to learn and give back as the islands get ready for summer

Friday Harbor, WA … During the 2014 San Juan Islands Great Island Clean-Up, more than 250 people collected about 6250 pounds of litter from the roadsides and beaches of San Juan and Orcas Islands. This year, the clean-up effort is an opportunity to visitors to learn and give back on their springtime visits to the San Juan Islands, including the 10th Annual Earth Day Beach and Roadside Clean-up on Lopez Island. The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau website (http://www.visitsanjuans.com/events/voluntourism) is a clearing house for Earth Day and “Volun-tourism” events in the San Juans, along with information about off-season lodging specials, dining information and more (http://www.visitsanjuans.com/events/all-san-juan-islands/spring-break-sp...).

The island clean-up events over the years have gathered support to spruce up the islands in springtime. Thoughtless tossing of bottles, cans, food wrappers, or cigarette butts; accidental “blowing away” of debris from unsecured loads on boats and trucks; or deliberate dumping of tires, etc., as well as flotsam that washes up on beaches during winter storms, all contribute to the need to make litter pick-up an ongoing effort.

Other Earth Day stewardship events throughout April make a springtime visit to the San Juans not only a relaxing getaway, but a great learning opportunity for families with children. The San Juan Island National Historical Park Bio-Blitz, is a species inventory in which teams of volunteers, each led by an expert scientist, find, identify, and photograph as many species as possible within a defined amount of time. This snapshot view helps scientists look at many different habitats over the same period, and better understand what lives in this national treasure of a park, and help conserve it for future generations.

"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."

April Volun-tourism Month Opportunities

Lopez Island

• The Great Lopez Island Clean-up Earth Day Event, April 18, BLM, San Juan Islands National Monument, San Juan County Land Bank

Orcas Island

• Great Island Clean-up, April 18

San Juan Island

• Great Island Clean-up, April 18

• Great South Beach Clean-up, April 18, FRIENDS of the San Juans

​•  BioBlitz, April 25, San Juan Island National Historical Park

 Nature and Stewardship Events

• Open House at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehab Center, April 4, Wolf Hollow

• Southern Resident Orca C.A.L.F. Workshop Part 2, April 11, The Whale Museum

• Procession of the Species Earth Day Celebration, April 18, Lopez Island Conservation Corps

• Orcas Island BirdFest, April 30 - May 3, Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

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The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for San Juan County, Washington. The SJIVB's mission is to promote the San Juan Islands as a preferred, year-round travel destination, while respecting and sustaining the Islands' unique and diverse ecosystems, environments, lifestyles and cultures. If you would like more information, or would like to receive a brochure and map, please email us at [email protected] or call our friendly staff at (888) 468-3701 x1.

Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

(360) 378-6822 ext. 6

[email protected]

[email protected]

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For Immediate Release

Feb. 25, 2015

Thousands of ferry riders reserving spots to San Juan Islands

SEATTLE – Passengers looking to secure a spot aboard Washington State Ferries vessels in 2015 are sailing to success using WSF’s new vehicle reservation program, launched earlier this year.

Between Jan. 5 and Feb. 22, about half of all drivers departing from Anacortes, Friday Harbor and Orcas Island took the guesswork out of the equation by traveling with a reservation. The numbers swelled during Presidents’ Day weekend, with 75 percent of San Juan Islands-bound travelers reserving their space in advance.

“Customers with reservations experienced much shorter wait times traveling to the San Juans during Presidents’ Day weekend this year than in previous years,” said WSF Vehicle Reservations Program Manager Brian Churchwell. “Reserving a spot in advance not only guarantees a space on the ferry, it will help reduce wait times during our busy spring and summer sailing seasons.”

WSF is making 90 percent of every sailing to the islands available for vehicle reservations. Reservations are released in three, 30 percent tiers to help meet both the needs of customers planning far in advance and those making travel plans closer to their sailing date. Some unreserved space is set aside for emergency vehicles, customers with medical priority loading, and standby customers. Reservations can be made up to three hours before the published sailing time.

“We’ve seen a remarkable level of customer participation during these first few weeks,” said Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith. “I want to thank our customers for doing their part by helping us better utilize the limited sailings to and from the San Juan Islands.”

There is no fee to make a reservation; however, customers may be charged a no-show fee if a trip on the reserved sailing or anytime within the same service day from the same terminal is not taken. Travelers have the option to cancel a reservation until 5 p.m. the day before the sailing without penalty. For more information, please visit WSF’s San Juan Islands vehicle reservations informational website.

Customers can book a vehicle reservation online or by calling 1-888-808-7977 between 4 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Hyperlinks in this release:

Vehicle reservations: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/reservations
Reservation space availability – San Juan Islands routes: 1.usa.gov/1LDQuJS
San Juan Islands vehicle reservations informational website: www.takeaferry.com.

WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state's transportation systems. To learn more about what we're doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 511. 

Washington State Department of Transportation
Ferries Division – 2901 Third Ave., Suite 500 - Seattle, WA  98121 – 206-515-3400

Contact:     

Susan Harris-Huether

WSF senior customer service manager

206-515-3460

 

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For Immediate Release

February 10, 2015

Visitors Mean Business to Local and State Economies

Washington State Legislature is poised to support permanent funding for tourism promotion

Friday Harbor, WA ... Here are a few facts about San Juan County and Washington State that not everyone knows:

  • Tourism is the fourth largest industry in San Juan County and Washington State
  • Washington in the only state in the U.S. that does not have a robust tourism promotion program
  • We’ve been losing our share of the tourism pie – to other states – since our legislature closed the state tourism office in 2011

We are poised to fire up this economic engine again. This week representatives from the San Juan County Council and the *San Juan County Visitors Bureau will be joining tourism industry representatives from all over the state in Olympia. Our goal?  Ask our congresspersons to support bills that would allow our alluring state to tell its story once again, by creating a program to raise $7.5 million in promotional funding. When visitors are drawn to Washington they discover the Islands as well. The former state tourism office was a powerful partner to the San Juan County Visitors Bureau, sending us media leads, maintaining a film and photo library for us, archives and much more. Their support has been greatly missed.

In 2013 (the latest year with economic data available), visitors infused 171 million dollars into the San Juan County economy. Locally, visitor spending increased in 2014 based on a 16.6% jump in county lodging tax. Although county figures are positive, thanks in a large part to the Visitors Bureau promotional efforts and a strong economy, statewide tourism spending slowed in 2013 and is expected to have slowed in 2014, as well.

There is light at the end of the tunnel for the state, however. The *Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) is making a final push toward re-establishing a robust statewide tourism marketing program. This time it will be different, the state will not be able to sweep funds and the new industry-supported, private, non-profit funding mechanism will be unlike any other in the nation. All funding will be generated by the visitor industry itself (not just the lodging industry) through assessments and voluntary contributions.

Look around. What would the Islands be without performing arts centers, museums, farmers markets and gorgeous galleries? Imagine our parks lined with houses instead of open for all to enjoy.  Many of the places islanders have come to cherish are present, in part, due to their appeal to visitors and are also strongly supported by visitor dollars – money infused into the economy with little acknowledgement. It makes great businesses sense to support the WTA in promoting this amazing state we call home.

*The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau is the county’s, behind the scenes, official destination marketing organization representing over 350 island businesses. Mostly funded by lodging tax paid by the visitor, it also receives business membership dues. The bureau’s job is to entice visitors through advertising campaigns, maintaining a robust website and social media programs, actively soliciting travel stories and media coverage.  www.visitsanjuans.com/events/history.

** WTA is a 501(c)6 organization established by industry stake holders with the sole mission of sustaining Washington State destination tourism marketing. To find out more about how assessment will be structured and managed:  www.watourismalliance.com

 

Media Contact: Barbara Marrett

Communications Manager, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

360-378-6822 ext. 5

 

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For Immediate Release

February 6, 2015

Valentines Evening Grand Opening of IMA with William Morris and three of his colleagues from Pilchuck Glass School

 (The atrium is finished!)

Friday Harbor, WA ... The festivities start at 4:00 p.m. with the cutting of the ribbon welcoming you to the completed Islands Museum of Art (IMA) building at 540 Spring in Friday Harbor, Washington. Designed by architect Richard Hobbs, the building features a dramatic glass atrium that will be open for the first time with the beautiful glass sculpture of the world-acclaimed artist, William Morris. 

Morris, who worked with Dale Chihuly at Pilchuck Glass School, and is an important artist in the modern Studio Glass Movement, will be on hand Saturday. The exhibit also includes three of Morris’ Pilchuck colleagues: Raven Skyriver of Lopez, Shelley Muzylowski of Sedro Woolley and Ross Richmond of Stanwood. 

The Leos youth group, organized by the San Juan Lions Club, has been distributing posters and cards around the island. Just in case you didn’t get yours, I have attached the poster here in pdf form for you to print. If you would like a stack of postcards - and/or posters printed by us - please just email me at this address ([email protected]) or call me at (360) 370 5177.

Regular IMA hours are Friday through Monday 11:00 to 5:00. Admission is free.

Contact:

Rebecca Parks

IMA Director of Marketing
San Juan Islands Museum of Art
540 Spring Street
PO Box 339
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
360.370.5177

www.sjima.org

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For Immediate Release

February 3, 2015

Feb. 13-16: Free Weekend at The Whale Museum

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 13 through February 16, daily hours 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. We encourage you to bring your family and friends to enjoy a tour of the updated Exhibit Hall. Self-Guided Tour Maps will be available to help you navigate through areas of interest. 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 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, SeaSound Acoustics Program, Soundwatch, San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and the Whale Hotline.
The Whale Museum can be found on-line at www.whalemuseum.org.

Contact: Jill Berger
(360) 378-4710 ext. 34

 

For Immediate Release

February 2, 2015

IMA kicks off new Artists Workshop Program with photographer John Miller

Friday Harbor, WA ... San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) opens its 2015 Artists Workshop Program with “Managing Your Digital Camera – How to Consistently Produce Print-worthy Photos” by local professional photographer John Miller. 

The workshop, which runs Saturdays February 21 through March 14 from 3 to 5 p.m., is offered at a special “kick-off” rate of only $260 for the four weeks.

The course outline includes: enhancing familiarity of the camera and settings, optimizing settings, adjusting depth of field, and the basics of perspective and composure. Students will also have the opportunity to suggest additional topics.

Participants must have access to an adjustable camera (preferably a digital SLR) that allows manual aperture (f-stop) and shutter speed adjustment with ISO, plus a computer-based image organizer or post processor like Photoshop Elements or Lightroom. 

About John Miller

Miller was born in Brooklyn and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. With the gusto of a techie and the heart of an artist, he has continually added to his understanding of the mechanics of current camera and printer technology. He has owned many digital SLRs, including D1x, D2x, D2h, D300, D700, D7000, D800, D7100, plus lenses too numerous to list. 

His artistic side is evident in the vibrancy of his well-loved photographs, some of which were selected for the new ferry Miller attributes much of his success to his command of the work flow (“and it is work,” he says), which occurs between the point at which the image is captured by the camera and the post-processing necessary to render a truly fine art print.   

The art of fine printing, producing book covers, illustrations and product labels has kept Miller busy, working in his studio on San Juan Island with  three Epson printers that use both paper and canvas sheets and rolls, ranging from 17" to 44” wide. 

Miller, who considers himself a guide more than an instructor, likes to say that “photography is a journey, which I am still on!”

To register, go to www.sjima.org or call 360-370-5050.

 

Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1598280697058382/?ref_newsfeed_story_typ...

 

Contact: Rebecca Parks

360 370 5177

[email protected]

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For Immediate Release

January 29, 2015

Grand opening of IMA Art Museum Featuring “Illuminated” Exhibit by William Morris

Friday Harbor, WA… “Illuminated,” opening February 14, 2015, features the provocative glass sculptures of northwest artist William Morris. The show, which runs through May 12, will complement the grand opening of the dramatic, just completed, San Juan Islands Art Museum (IMA). Realizing the potential to create a true work of art, local architect Richard Hobbs' somewhat controversial soaring glass and steel atrium-fronted  structure is a dramatic presence at 540 Spring Street on the upper edge of Friday Harbor’s town core.  The first permanent facility for the ten-year-old visual arts institution includes 6,000 square feet of exhibit and workshop space.

The Morris exhibit will be the first to utilize the glass atrium and will showcase sculptural glass completed between 1998 and 2013. Morris’s art speaks of human origins, myth, ancestry, and ancient civilizations. Symbolizing a harmony between humanity and nature, the work provides a shamanistic bond to the world around us – a world that, according to the artist,  is often forgotten, ignored, and abused.

For more than twenty-five years, in a career that brought him to the forefront of the modern Studio Glass movement, William Morris perfected a repertoire of techniques that virtually no other American glass artist can equal. Internationally acclaimed for his compelling work with glass, William Morris approached the demands of glassblowing and glass sculpting with an experimental eye and an innovative hand. For Morris, glass is an endlessly intriguing material, fragile yet timeless, preserving the spontaneity of the creative moment unlike any other medium. William Morris artworks in glass are widely admired by artists, sought by collectors, and praised by critics. (From wmorris.com)

Morris, a master glassblower and teacher at the renowned Pilchuck Glass School, gathers much of his inspiration from ancient cultures – 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.  A member of the American Craft Council College of Fellows, Morris lives in Seattle where he maintains his own studio. He is considered to be one of the most gifted and innovative glass artists in America today.

"The William Morris exhibition is the perfect inaugural show for the opening of the new IMA building," said Executive Director Charlie Bodenstab.

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Museum photos may be found at this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kgd9pupoxkj8rml/AADOmSZ2QboeS9wqAd9qI5coa?dl=0

High resolution photos of William Morris Glass: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qbh3s44f4yxmqtd/AACkpiQLRx7b8_HMohUHPJ2Ma?dl=0

 

Website: www.sjima.org

Media Contact: Rebecca Parks

Phone: 360 370 5177

Email: [email protected] 

Event Date: Museum Grand Opening, February 14 exhibit runs through May 12, 2015

Event Location: 540 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Price: Admission TBD

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For Immediate Release

January 15, 2015

Friday Harbor Film Festival Launches Film Society

Friday Harbor, WA ... Among the many things that make the San Juan Islands special is the pleasantly surprising quality of cultural offerings. Beginning with its debut in 2013, The Friday Harbor Film Festival has presented thought-provoking documentary films that entertain, enlighten and inspire.

Thanks to more than 150 volunteers and 63 businesses and organizations, the second annual Friday Harbor Film Festival was extraordinarily successful. During one weekend in November, over 3000 islanders and visitors viewed an exciting selection of 30 full-length and 12 short films all in some way related to the Pacific Rim. This was a 55% increase over the 2013 inaugural year attendance!

Plans are already underway for this year’s Festival scheduled for November 6, 7 and 8, 2015 and featuring films about island cultures, marine ecology, environmental issues, great adventures and those who live and work near the world’s largest ocean.

To help ensure the success of the 2015 Friday Harbor Film Festival, Pacific Islands Research Institute has launched the Friday Harbor Film Festival Society.  Benefits of Society membership range from ticket discounts to all access passes. Producer and Founder level donors are also entitled to attend receptions with the filmmakers and participate in private whale watching charters. The purpose of the FHFF Film Society is to give individuals who believe the FHFF is an asset to our community, an opportunity to support this wonderful event well into the future.

Information about Society membership as well a schedule of the ongoing 2015 Winter Film Series can be found on the Festival’s website www.fhff.org.

Contact:

Lynn Danaher, Director or

Karen Palmer, Producer
FRIDAY HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL
STORIES OF THE PACIFIC RIM 
NOV. 6, 7, 8, 2015
www.fhff.org
Entertain * Inspire * Enlighten
360-298-2240
10 First Street; P. O. Box 2627
Friday Harbor, WA  98250
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For Immediate Release

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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For Immediate Release

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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For Immediate Release

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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For Immediate Release

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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For Immediate Release

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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For Immediate Release

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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For Immediate Release

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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