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SPLAB PRESENTS CASCADIA POETRY FESTIVAL

May 1-3, 2020 on SAN JUAN ISLAND

Tribute to Robin Blaser, The Practice of Cascadia/The Practice of a Life

Seattle, WA, October 11, 2019—Seattle Poetics LAB (SPLAB), a literary arts-oriented nonprofit organization and the organizing entity of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, is presenting the sixth Cascadia Poetry Festival at the Multiverse on San Juan Island May 1-3, 2020. The Multiverse, a gallery and island cultural center, will provide an intimate setting for festival attendees to deep-dive into the intersection of poetics and bioregionalism.

This sixth festival will have a dual focus. First, it is a tribute to Robin Blaser (1925–2009), an important participant in the Berkeley Renaissance of the 1950s, San Francisco poetry circles of the 1960s, and Vancouver circles between 1966 and his death in 2009. A contemporary of poets Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, and Charles Olson, Blaser contributed to the formation of the serial poem as a dominant mode in postwar New American poetry. Second, the festival is a unique opportunity to delve into the Practice of Cascadia and The Practice of a Life.

Among the poets and scholars scheduled to appear at the festival are former Catholic nun Mary Norbert Körte of Willets, California, Blaser biographer Miriam Nichols of Vancouver, BC, Daphne Marlatt of Vancouver, BC, Sharon Thesen of Kelowna, BC, Bill Yake of Olympia, Washington, Barry McKinnon of Prince George, BC, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma of Vashon, Washington, and hosts Jennifer, Gavia and Ian Boyden of the Multiverse.

In addition to poetry readings, there will be two panels and breakout sessions related to Blaser, the practice of Cascadia, and the bioregion itself. All-access Gold Passes are $50, and registration is open at Brown Paper Tickets: https://cpf-sji-2020.bpt.me/  

SPLAB uses poetics, poetry festivals, publications, and education to investigate bioregional culture, building community through the shared experience of the spoken and written word. Through the Cascadia Poetry Festival, SPLAB gathers writers, artists, scientists, and activists to collaborate, discover and foster a deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself.

SPLAB, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization, was founded in Auburn, Washington, on December 14, 1993. www.splab.org and www.cascadiapoetryfestival.org

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For more information, contact Paul Nelson at 206-422-5002 or [email protected]

 www.visitsanjuans.com/transportation/getting-here-half-fun

 

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September 3, 2019

Savor the Flavor of the San Juans  

September 21st – November 9th, 2019

Bigger and better than ever, the 12th Annual Savor the San Juans: A Medley of Food, Farms & Film

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

Friday Harbor, WA… “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” – Jim Bishop. In the San Juan Islands, that gold is in more than just the leaves on the trees—it’s in the locally micro-brewed beer, the vegetables piled high at the farmers’ markets, and the critically-acclaimed independent films.

Join us as the gourmet archipelago celebrates over a decade of great food, local farms, and independent filmmaking. Savor the San Juans has grown to encompass two film festivals, farm tours, harvest dinners, and much more.

Back by popular demand:

  • Oktoberfest at San Juan Island Brewing Company,  which will include a special German-themed food menu, live music, costume contests, liter holding contests, games, and activities for all ages. Plus—can’t forget the beer! This award-winning brewery features up to 13 different styles of traditional ales and lagers all handcrafted in-house. Their Festbier will be on special all day—October 12, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Bite of the San Juans is your chance to sample a variety of local, award-winning island fare--all under one roof! Using fresh, quality products from San Juan County farms, local chefs will prepare delicious nibbles for you to enjoy. Come for a bite or make a meal of it. Locally produced soft and alcoholic beverages will make it a full gourmet adventure. Tickets start at $3.00 with proceeds benefiting San Juan County farming initiatives. A mouthwatering event celebrating the islands’ unique cuisine at the historic Brickworks on San Juan Island, October 27th from noon to 4 pm.

More events & specials will be added as they unfold. For more details and a complete list of events, visit www.visitsanjuans.com/savor 

Dropbox for photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rs6dlrbhqpyr366/AAD73Y4UIJRmvKky0P3Dwjwaa?dl=0

Help spread the word about Savor via social media: #savorthesanjuans #visitsanjuans #sanjuanislands

Look for Facebook & Twitter posts in August and through October. Don’t forget to follow us and we’ll follow you back!

Twitter: @visitSJIslands

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VisitSanJuans

Instagram: @VisitSanJuans

Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

Communications Manager

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

(360) 378-6822, ext. 6

[email protected]

 

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Micro Views of Sustenance: Threats and Prospects

Photomontages by Robert Dash

Exhibition: September 27 to December 9, 2019, at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views of Sustenance: Threats and Prospects offers a micro perspective on how one part of nature–our food–is connected to climate change.

Using photomontage to create a conversation between everyday foods and microscopic parts of themselves, Orcas Island resident Dash’s work ponders THREATS to our staple foods from crop loss due to droughts, floods, soil loss, pests, deforestation; loss of crop nutrient value, and stresses on developing nations; the shifting ranges of many crops; the shift of seasons and implications for syncing with pollinators; and the crash of insect (bee and other) populations.

At the same time, a great deal of work is underway to make agriculture a net carbon sink rather than a net carbon emitter. Dash’s images also reference hopeful solutions as PROSPECTS: regenerative agriculture, carbon farming, permaculture, forest gardens; rebuilding soil through cover crops, perennials, agroforestry, no-till, plants such as Azolla which have balanced atmospheric CO2 over millions of years; and small scale efforts to develop locally-viable, backyard grains.

The subjects and sources of Dash’s intriguing images were primarily found locally, and he was granted permission to use the University of Washington, Friday Harbor Lab’s electron microscope for this ongoing project.

SJIMA “Art As A Voice” EVENTS, at the Friday Harbor Grange: (times TBA)

Sat. October 12, “Planet, Food, Future: A Photographer’s Journey” lecture presentation by Robert Dash.

Sat. November 2, “The Hidden Half of Nature,” presentation by David Montgomery and Anne Biklé. Exploring astounding parallels between the botanical world and our own bodies, they share why cultivating beneficial microbiomes holds the key to transforming agriculture and medicine.

About ROBERT DASH

ROBERT DASH is an educator, photographer, and naturalist whose work has been published by National Geographic, TIME, and LensWork, and shown in galleries and juried shows in the US and abroad.

In 2016, he presented a TEDx talk entitled “The Intercourse of Nature: It’s What We Are,” and in 2017, published his Nautilus Gold Award-winning photography/poetry book, On An Acre Shy of Eternity: Micro Landscapes at the Edge. His new book, FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views of Sustenance: Threats and Prospects, is currently in development.

More of Dash’s work can be seen at http://www.robertdashphotography.com

Praise for Dash’s work:

Robert Dash’s work celebrates and challenges the concept of scale, broadening small beauties into wide revelations about ecosystems, food systems, and the imperiled futures of both.”

—Thor Hanson, author of Buzz, and The Triumph of Seeds

…like fragments of mysterious ecosystems that no one has ever seen… (They) are meaningful, visually poetic observations about how the things we cannot see can show us how our very lives can be under the threat of extinction.” —Lensculture

The San Juan Island Museum of Art thanks the exhibition sponsors:

Janet Alderton

Kim Miller, Member San Juan Island Grange #966

Anonymous

Steve King

Browne’s Home Center

San Juan Island Grange #966

Kenmore Air Town of Friday Harbor

Steve King

Printonyx

Harbor Rental

 

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AUTHOR AND CONSERVATIONIST ERICH HOYT RETURNS FOR ‘ORCA TOUR 2019’

Events scheduled along The Whale Trail locations including Friday Harbor, WA (9/24)

Friday Harbor, Wash. -- Erich Hoyt, the internationally renowned author and marine conservationist is returning to deliver a new series of talks about orcas and marine conservation. ‘Orca Tour 2019’ follows the sell-out 2014 and 2015 tours and will focus on Erich’s efforts to protect marine mammal habitats worldwide and how they might support the conservation of orcas in the North Pacific. The talks, as well as the release of the Erich’s expanded new edition of “Orca: The Whale Called Killer,” are especially timely given the recent loss of three southern resident orcas.

“Orca: The Whale Called Killer” charts Erich Hoyt’s adventures and conservation work, which began with killer whales off the B.C. coast and was followed by two decades of orca research in Kamchatka, Russia. As co-chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force, and policy lead for the Healthy Seas program of the U.K.-based Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Erich co-directs a 10-year project to map the habitats for 130 species of marine mammals across the world’s oceans. His book, “Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises,” has helped set the standard for marine biodiversity conservation work.

“This is a rare chance to hear from Erich in person,” said Donna Sandstrom, Executive Director of The Whale Trail and a member of Governor Jay Inslee’s Task Force on Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery. “Erich has been thinking about how to protect orcas as long as he has been writing about them, starting in the 1980s when he contributed to the successful effort to protect Robson Bight, a critical habitat for the northern resident orcas. Erich’s talk will inspire and inform our efforts to protect J, K, and L pods, here, where his work began.”

Erich added: “It’s special for me coming back to the Northwest to celebrate this new edition of my book—the work that set me on a life path. In my talks, I will introduce a global context for addressing threats and supporting marine habitat conservation. Much has changed for the orcas here. People know the individuals and their families and appreciate their precarious existence—especially the endangered southern residents. We all want to do more to help them.”

The Orca Tour is organized by The Whale Trail. The September 24th Event in Friday Harbor is co-hosted by The Whale Museum and sponsored by Mikes’ Café & Wine Bar, Island Inn at 123 West, Meadow Hospitality, and San Juan Island Yacht Club. “Orca: The Whale Called Killer” and Erich’s other books will be on sale at the event. A Q &A and book signing
will follow the presentation.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 - FRIDAY HARBOR, WA
What: Orca Tour 2019 - An Evening with Author and Conservationist Erich Hoyt will include a light Reception
followed by a presentation and talk given by Erich Hoyt on “Healthy Seas for Whales and Dolphins” and
book signing of the new edition of “ORCA: The Whale Called Killer.”
When: Tuesday, September 24 at 7 PM
Where: San Juan Island Yacht Club, 273 Front Street, Friday Harbor, WA
Tickets: www.whalemuseum.org

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August 30, 2019

DIRT RICH FILM SHOWING AT BRICKWORKS

In collaboration with the San Juan Island Fall Farm Tour (https://islandgrownsj.com/), Friday Harbor Film Festival will screen Dirt Rich at 6:30 pm on September 20 at Brickworks. Marcelina Cravat, the film’s director, will lead a lively post-show discussion. Admission is free.  Donations will be accepted to support SJI Farm Tours.  A pre-show social will begin at 6 pm with refreshments available for purchase.

Dirt Rich explores strategies that re-stabilize atmospheric carbon levels and revitalize the soil in an effort to reverse the effects of runaway global warming and to protect life as we know it. The film inspires the viewer to discover that through the return of carbon to the soil, we solve two of the most challenging environmental issues of the day.

It explores and endorses a variety of geo-therapy strategies -- such as regenerative agricultural practices, reforestation of abandoned land, and the protection and restoration of carbon-rich wetlands and keystone species – all of which will help return our atmosphere to safe carbon levels.  And in the process, one of our fragile earth’s most precious resources, its soil, will be protected. 

The trailer for the film can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/255968372.

The 2019 Friday Harbor Film Festival program is available at the FHFF office (10 First St., Friday Harbor) and on the Washington State ferries.  Full information about the Festival can be found at FHFF.org.

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Friday Harbor Film Festival

Name: Karen Palmer

Phone: 360-298-1939

Email: [email protected]

   

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August 20, 2019

Make the Holidays Shine with an Island Escape
Tree lightings, artisan fairs, and an Island Nutcracker bring good cheer to the San Juan Holiday Season

San Juan Islands, WA … “What’s this? There’s color everywhere. What’s this? There’s white things in the air. What’s this? Good feelings everywhere?”* Although it rarely snows, island holidays are as magical here as in Tim Burton’s mythical Christmas Town.  It’s a perfect time to get away from nightmare parking lots and cookie-cutter chain stores. This season, celebrate with a winter forest hike or walk on a stormy beach, a great meal by the fire, and holiday spirit with friends old and new.

In the Islands, Santa arrives by ship instead of sleigh, and shoppers can shop small instead of mall. Holiday gifts mean so much more when they are made by someone you know. And in the San Juan Islands, it’s easy to meet the artisans who create the art, crafts, foods and more. Discover their work at old-fashioned holiday artisan fairs that harken back to Europe, farmers' markets, and in local shops. 

For something festive and refreshingly non-commercial: The Dance of the Elders on December 11th in Friday Harbor is an annual evening celebration by our local Hispanic community. Starting at 5:00 p.m., a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe is carried up Spring Street, accompanied by the Hispanic dancing group Ballet Folklorica. The women dress up in ribbon-strewn folk costumes, the men hunch over, wear old man masks and sport canes, but their feet do lively tap dancing just the same. On the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the next evening, a 5 pm mass is held in Spanish, accompanied by a mariachi band. It’s followed by a small Fiesta at 6:30 p.m. with food, music, and dancing. All are welcome.

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, a festive lineup of Holiday Events and Specials offer plenty of ways to keep friends and families busy, from holiday plays and concerts to wine tastings and dinners, special restaurant and lodging packages, and more. Three tree lighting ceremonies in Eastsound Village Green, Lopez Village, and Friday Harbor will brighten up the chilly nights, with carolers, cookies, hot cider, and good cheer. Escape the mainland’s rush and discover island time.

Friday Harbor/San Juan Island Events:
November 30, Island Lights Festival

December 7-8 Salish Sea Nutcracker Ballet

December 11-12 Dance of the Elders/Feast of Guadalupe

December 14, Brickworks Old-Fashioned Christmas Market
 

Lopez Island Events:
November 29, Lopez Village Holiday Lighting & Gathering

November 30, Lopez Preschool Annual Holiday Bazaar

Orcas Island Events:

November 29-30, Eastsound Art Walk

December 6, Eastsound Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting

December 7-8, Eastsound Artisan’s Faire

*lyrics from “What’s This?” in Tim Burton’s film “Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Additional holiday events and specials, as they are added, may be found at http://www.visitsanjuans.com/holiday. Find more suggestions for a Cozy Island Holiday on our San Juan Islands Experiences section at www.visitsanjuans.com

Holiday photos may be found in Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fjqg44t9efw6hb8/AAAyTN2xs56DhlxASf-VixHQa?dl=0

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Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

P.O. Box 1330

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

[email protected]

360-378-6822 ext. 6

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San Juan Island National Historical Park Presents

Special Programs Commemorating the 160th Anniversary of Boundary Crisis

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – San Juan Island National Historical Park will be presenting a series of special programs from August 22 – 25, 2019, to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the 1859 Boundary Crisis known as the “Pig War.” The peaceful actions in response to the crisis ensured that no national battlefield was necessary and that diplomacy is always the best action forward. The special programming is as scheduled:

Thursday, August 22nd: Former park historian, Mike Vouri, presents an evening talk at the Pickett House about the famed leader, George Pickett, and his role in the building crisis that brought the country to the brink of war. The program begins at 6 pm.

Friday, August 23rd: Park staff and volunteers lead tours of the Pickett House. This will be the first weekend for the house to be open following restoration efforts of the interior of the building, re-establishing the historic look of the structure. The program runs from 10 am – 3 pm.

Saturday, August 24th: Join us at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art for an artist’s reception for Artist-in-Residence, Linda Hyatt Cancel, who created a full exhibition of work to commemorate the park and the 160th anniversary of the crisis. The reception runs from 2-4 pm, and the admission fee is waived during this time.

Saturday, August 24th: English Camp hosts a Music by the Bay concert featuring Vocal Few. Throughout the joint occupation of the island during the Pig War crisis, concerts and community performances were frequently held at English Camp. In that legacy, we continue to invite music and the arts in the park. Vocal Few is a Seattle area-based singer/songwriter, folk-pop duo singing songs about travel, change, dreams, and heartache. The concert runs from 6:30 – 8:00 at the English Camp Parade Grounds.

Sunday, August 25th: Park staff and volunteers will be leading tours of the Pickett House. This will be the first weekend for the house to be open following restoration efforts of the interior of the building, re-establishing the historic look of the structure. The program runs from 10 am – 3 pm.

Contact: Brandon Cadwell, 360-378-2240 x2229; [email protected] 

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August 1, 2019

Fall in love with Food and Film during Savor the San Juans

September 21st – November 9th, 2019

The 12th Annual Savor the San Juans: A Fall Medley of Food, Farms & Film

invites visitors to taste the food & farm culture of the Islands

Friday Harbor, WA… "Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers, we more than gain in fruits." — Samuel Butler. Join us as the gourmet archipelago celebrates over a decade of great food, local farms, and independent filmmaking. Savor, the San Juans encompasses film festivals, farm tours, harvest dinners, workshops, demonstrations, and much more. Ease into a slower time of year while indulging in the food, spirits, music, and natural beauty of Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands. Sample the artistry of award-winning chefs using ingredients from the land and sea of the San Juans.

Take advantage of lodging, dining, and transportation specials during harvest season. Open gates will allow visitors to get an intimate tour of the islands’ most beautiful farms, creameries, wineries, flower gardens, shellfish farms, and more. Taste Island Grown foods and wine, beer, cider, and spirits during a selection of farm-to-table dinners by local chefs.

A sampling of events:

  • All three islands will hold special all-day Farm Tours that include activities such as sheep shearing demonstrations, a fermentation workshop, cider pressing, and local snacks. The San Juan Island Farm Tour will be September 21st-22nd, Orcas Island September 28th-29th, and Lopez Island October 5th-6th.
  • New this year, Orcas Island Winery will host a DIY Cheese Board workshop with Girl Meets Dirt to kick off the farm tour on Friday, September 27th, from 6-8 pm. Other local vendors and makers will also be featured. Sip, learn, and create a style workshop. Participants will be able to take goodies home. Find your new favorite wine with their 2-for-1 wine tastings throughout Savor the San Juans.
  • Coho Restaurant and Madrone Cellars pair up on October 26th to provide an unforgettable wine dinner featuring wines from Madrone’s estate winery on San Juan Island. Inspired by French Champagne, Bordeaux reds, and the dry white wines of Alsace, it’s a taste of Europe in the San Juan Islands.
  • The 3rd Annual Hops on the Rock festival is literally shutting down the streets of Eastsound on November 9th to host a weekend of drinking, dancing, and NovemBEER events all across Orcas Island. Live music, local food, and 20+ local breweries from around the region will be featured.

Pack your spirit of adventure and discover a moveable feast for the senses.

For more details and a complete list of events, visit www.visitsanjuans.com/savor  

Dropbox for photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rs6dlrbhqpyr366/AAD73Y4UIJRmvKky0P3Dwjwaa?dl=0

Help spread the word about Savor via social media: #savorthesanjuans

Look for Facebook & Twitter posts in August and through October. Don’t forget to follow us and we’ll follow you back!

Twitter: @visitSJIslands

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VisitSanJuans

Instagram: @VisitSanJuans

Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

Communications Manager

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

(360) 378-6822, ext. 6

[email protected]

 

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July 23, 2019

Fall Film Festivals in the San Juan Islands

Dozens of films at two festivals will delight cinema lovers during the 12th Annual

Savor the San Juans: A Celebration of Food, Farms & Film

San Juan Islands, WA. … Up-and-coming filmmaker Craig Mapp says, “If you can film an idea in your mind, follow that film idea shot for shot, scene for scene and enjoy it, that idea is worth making for the world to see. It can change someone's life.”  Film lovers can experience a medley of such life-changing moments this October in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.  Two unique film festivals make an autumn getaway an artistic feast, as the “gourmet archipelago” sets the table to experience the bounty of the islands at its peak from mid-September to early November.

October 10-14, 2019 - The 6th annual Orcas Island Film Festival (OIFF) (www.orcasfilmfest.com), takes place in the arts-rich village of Eastsound, and features a curated selection of critically acclaimed international films and audience favorites direct from their debuts at the world’s greatest film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto, New York, and Seattle. Many of the films are award contenders at the Oscars each year. Attendees will see them before their official theatrical release. Exciting Q&As by directors, actors, and other artists are a highlight of this intimate festival.  

October 25-27, 2018 - On San Juan Island on the last weekend of October, the 7th annual Friday Harbor Film Festival – Stories from the Pacific Rim & Beyond (FHFF) (www.fhff.org), carries forward the momentum of the past six years’ successes. In addition to award-winning documentary films, several premieres, and special events, this film festival focuses on the filmmakers themselves, with Q&A sessions from every filmmaker. Several venues within an easy walking distance of the ferry terminal, airport and floatplane dock, present the opportunity to discover the historic waterfront town’s galleries, museums, and shops without a car.

Lodging specials, farm tours, and farmers' markets on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands, and wine events are just a few of the signature events unfolding this fall during Savor the San Juans: A Celebration of Food, Farms & Film.

Dropbox with high-resolution photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2ncylhexg9k4yr6/AAC7ser8k2EP_kECrjqTakQVa?dl=0

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Please help spread the word about Savor & Film Festivals via social media

Tweet: Savor the San Juans-A fall medley of Food, Farms & Film @VisitSJIslands @OrcasFilmFest @FHFilmFest  

Look for Facebook posts in September and throughout October. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VisitSanJuans

#visitsanjuans #savorthesanjuans #sanjuanislands #FHFilmFest #OrcasFilmFest

 

Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

Communications Manager

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

(360) 378-6822, ext. 6

[email protected]

 

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The Ag Guild Celebrates Island Farming—Past, Present & Future Sunday, August 11 at Straits View Farm, San Juan Island

A farm-to-table dinner under the stars on August 11 will benefit the programs of the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild. Islanders and friends with a heart for supporting local food and farming in San Juan County are invited to gather at beautiful Straits View Farm for an evening of seaside cocktails, island-grown delicacies, live and silent auctions, and a barn dance featuring River Rye Bluegrass. The Ag Guild relies on grants and on the community to fund its projects. The August 11 benefit aims to raise $50,000 in financial support to put “boots in the field” to implement the following Ag Guild programs over the next two years:

Island Grown in the San Juans focuses on brand awareness and consumer outreach—spreading knowledge of island-produced foods and where to buy them. The Eat Island Grown marketing campaign, launched in 2019 with support from San Juan County LTAC and the Clif Bar Family Foundation, helps farmers and restaurants increase their profitability by marketing their products to island visitors. With the help of the Ag Guild, fourteen producers have signed up to pilot the first San Juan Islands Food Hub. The Food Hub addresses the lack of coordination between wholesale food buyers and individual farmers that has hobbled the distribution of locally grown food. The Food Hub is an online market place that allows small farms to aggregate products for sale and makes it easier for buyers to select, order, and receive local products.

The Farmers-to-Farmland program works to preserve our pastoral landscape and build food resiliency through island farmland succession. With the help of a USDA grant, which ends this August, the Ag Guild matches aspiring farmers with suitable land in San Juan County and mentors them in business planning. Thanks to this program, twelve new farmers have leased or purchased farmland in the islands. As one beginning farmer put it, “I don't think I would have been able to realize my goal of moving to the islands to farm without the help of this program.”

Brickworks was the first Ag Guild project, begun in 2008 to create a permanent home for the San Juan Island Farmers Market. Brickworks today is an event space that includes a low-cost commercial kitchen for Island Grown producers. Brickworks is a home for events that promote local food, such as the Bite of San Juans, the Friday Harbor Art Market, and the Old-Fashioned Christmas Market. The Guild now seeks to reconfigure the Brickworks plaza to control parking and add plantings to beautify the outdoor green space.
Tickets to the August 11 benefit dinner are available now for $125 per person at sjiagguild.com. Don’t miss this opportunity to kick up your heels at stunning Straits View Farm in the company of island farmers and fellow friends of farming in the San Juans.

 

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July 11, 2019

U.S. and Canadian Whale Watch Tour Operators take New Voluntary Stewardship Actions

Creating a New Whale Sightings App is Just Part of the Effort

San Juan Islands, WA…“Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) members on both sides of the border will be prioritizing their efforts on watching the abundant Bigg’s killer whales and humpbacks whales, instead of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), when this option is available,” says Kelley Balcomb-Bartok, Communications Director for the Pacific Whale Watch Association.

This new action comes on top of PWWA members following new government regulations on both sides of the border—the US regulations require vessels to remain 300 yards from SRKW (up from 200 yards), while Canada requires 400 meters. In all cases, vessels must slow to 7 knots or less when approaching within a half-nautical mile of whales. There are also several new No-Go Zones established in select areas in Canadian waters that PWWA vessels respect and avoid when whales are present. “We are asking all boaters to slow down, look to us as the example of proper behavior when they see PWWA whale watch boats around whales,” adds Balcomb-Bartok.

The absence of Southern Resident orcas in June was a reminder of how much patterns have changed in recent years. In the past, they were a common sight during summer months, especially from Lime Kiln Point State Park on the west side of San Juan Island. The thriving mammal-eating Bigg’s killer whales and humpbacks are now filling in the gap. For those who have their hearts set on seeing whales in the wild, a whale and wildlife tour has become a much more reliable option than watching from shore. Naturalists on board vessels and onshore provide education and instill a stewardship ethic in visitors that have helped make the plight of the Southern Resident orcas a global issue.

Launching in 2019, The Pacific Whale Watch Association has created a new whale sightings app as part of their stewardship actions. “Because members of the PWWA are committed to supporting efforts to help Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), they created a new app that will be used to record and provide sightings data to the scientific community, the general public, stakeholders, government agencies, and decision-makers on both sides of the border. The ‘eyes on the water’ efforts of the PWWA community provides an unprecedented amount of real-time effort that the enforcement and the scientific community recognize they can’t provide for themselves, along with a much deeper understanding of the numerous marine mammal species that call the Salish Sea home,” continues Balcomb-Bartok.

“PWWA members also have a voluntary policy of spreading out the fleet, so it is not all congregated around one group of whales. They limit the amount of time spent around a group of whales when there are several other boats present. Our captains and naturalists, along with our owners, are passionate, dedicated, and educated professionals who are all tremendously concerned about the health and plight of the Southern Residents,” said Jeff Friedman, U.S. president of PWWA. In addition to on-the-water education, PWWA members also collectively make annual contributions to research and salmon habitat restoration projects. Approximately $500,000 a year is contributed by the association throughout the region.

Dropbox of hi-res photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e4zt6t1jazhruss/AACjfKo5ocimA9eQZh_4qZ6la?dl=0

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Media Contact:

Barbara Marrett

P.O. Box 1330

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

[email protected]

(360)378-6822 ext. 6

 

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June 18, 2019

 

Savor the Date!

Make plans now to enjoy a delicious Fall in the San Juan Islands

September 21 – November 9, 2019

Bigger and better than ever, the 12th Annual Savor the San Juans: A Medley of Food, Farms & Film

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

Friday Harbor, WA… How do you fix a broken pumpkin? With a pumpkin patch! Join us as the gourmet archipelago celebrates more than a decade of great food, local farms, and independent filmmaking. Savor the San Juans turns twelve this year and has grown to encompass film festivals, a farm parade, harvest dinners, and much more. Savor is a great way to ease into a slower time of year while basking in the food, spirits, music, and natural beauty of Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands.  Hops on the Rock beer festival pays tribute to craft brewing and makes a fitting finale to this annual autumnal affair.

When the tide is out, the table is set! Local seafood, oysters, heritage preserves, local sea salt, and lavender products are just some of the artisan producers in the islands. Taste these Island Grown foods and wine, beer, cider, and spirits during a selection of farm-to-table dinners by local chefs. Take advantage of lodging, dining, and transportation specials to affordably savor farm tours, demonstrations, and workshops on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands during harvest season.

Events (more will be added throughout the summer):

  • The Orcas Island Film Festival from October 10th through the 14th, now in its sixth year, features a curated selection of critically acclaimed international films and audience favorites direct from their debuts at the world’s greatest film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto, New York, and Seattle.
  • The Friday Harbor Film Festival on San Juan Island, running October 25th through the 27th, features documentary films that Entertain, Inspire, and Enlighten us about the people, cultures, and environment that make up the area known as the Pacific Rim.
  • All three islands will hold special all-day Farm Tours that include activities such as sheep shearing demonstrations, a fermentation workshop, a sheepdog demonstration, cider pressing, and great snacks, including fruit and cheese sampling and goodies from an outdoor wood-fired baking house. San Juan Island–September 21-22nd; Orcas Island–September 28-29th; Lopez Island–October 5-6th.
  • Back by popular demand, the 3rd Annual Hops on the Rock festival on November 9th is literally shutting down the streets of Eastsound to host a weekend of drinking, dancing, and NovemBEER events all across Orcas Island. Live music, local food, and 20+ local breweries from around the region will be in attendance for a destination beer festival like no other.

Pack your spirit of adventure and discover a moveable feast for the senses.

For more details and a complete list of events, visit www.visitsanjuans.com/savor  

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Barbara Marrett

Communications Manager

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

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March 28, 2019

Wish You Could Speak Whale?

This June, families can turn awe into action for orcas

Friday Harbor, WA… Dolphinitely! Join us this June for our annual celebration of the black and white creatures so quintessential to the Pacific Northwest. Orca Action Month is a time to celebrate the presence of the Southern Resident orcas in the Salish Sea and take concrete action together for their survival and recovery. Festivities will be hosted throughout British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington. For the little ones, fun and learning combine at The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, the first museum on the West Coast dedicated to the stewardship of whales.

Orca awareness events in the San Juan Islands:

  • June 9, 2019, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Whales in Your Neighborhood: Meet up with expert naturalists at local parks, like Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan Island, to search for and learn more about land-based whale watching and the whales who live in the Salish Sea, in particular, our endangered Southern Resident orcas. This event is hosted by Orca Network, Whale Scout and Friends of Lime Kiln Society (FOLKS).
  • June 14 – September 16, 2019, DEEP DIVE The San Juan Islands Museum of Art is bringing the finest of Pacific Northwest art to showcase the denizens of the deep and the icons of the Salish Sea. The exhibition will illustrate the ecology in our ocean and look deeply into the waters at colorful marine life.  While the exhibition will delight with glowing art by many Northwest artists such as Raven Skyriver, it will also send messages about threats to the approximately 130 variously endangered species, including orcas.
  • June 22, 2019, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Orca Sing: Gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas! Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the lingering sunset. Tours of the historic lighthouse will be offered before and after the concert. 
  • June 30, 2019, Lime Kiln Lighthouse Centennial Celebration Join us at Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse Centennial Celebration for lots of fun activities! Lighthouse tours, live music & performances, silent auction & raffles, lighthouse cookie decorating & crafts, keynotes from Coast Guard, Washington State Parks & Lighthouse experts, special Lighthouse Anniversary Wine label, and so much more!

For families traveling to the San Juan Islands (www.visitsanjuans.com) this summer, Pod Nods—fun and educational sleepovers at The Whale Museum—give parents a break from the kids and vice versa while everyone vacations. Marine learning adventures include games, crafts, labs & the ever-popular flashlight tour to keep 6-11-year-olds engaged. July 12, August 2, and August 23, 2019 (dates may be subject to change, please see www.whalemuseum.org for details). $44 per child for members, $49 non-members. For older lifelong learners, there’s a summer Marine Naturalist Training July 25 – 31, 2019. To register, call (360) 378-4710 ext.30.

A complete list of Orca Month events can be found at https://orcamonth.wordpress.com/. Don’t forget to tag us: #orcamonth #sanjuanislands

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For Immediate Release

Doe Bay Fest 12

Cheaper by the Dozen

It only took a few years to build this Orcas music festival’s reputation and the organizers of Doe Bay Fest wondered if the 10th annual might be the last.  It turns out that some traditions are just too good to let go.

General Admission Tickets for Doe Bay Fest 12, slated for August 7-11, 2019, are available at www.doebayfest.com

With a willingness to think outside the box and no shortage of creative talent and scenic beauty, Doe Bay Fest at Doe Bay Resort & Retreat has become an anchor of the summer season on Orcas Island. Tickets have historically sold out instantaneously but are now released in coordinated waves.

Ticket and camping packages are available online at www.doebay.com, and there are also work-trade slots available by emailing [email protected].

Doe Bay Fest immediately gathered steam to go from a small happening in 2008 to become one of the most popular music festivals in the Pacific Northwest. Despite its remarkable reputation among bands and fans, Doe Bay Fest hasn’t grown in size.

Doe Bay owner and festival producer, Joe Brotherton, decided early on that “capping attendance at about 1,000 people keeps the event an intimate affair which is part of the charm.”   After Doe Bay Fest 3, Brotherton was asked “with the demand, you could easily sell 3000 tickets.”  He responded, “Why would we do that?” 

Doe Bay Fest offers steeply-discounted tickets for teens, and tickets for children 12 and under are free.  It’s a very family-friendly event with special activities for kids, multiple venues and beaches, drop-in childcare, and kid-centered acts.

For images, here is a link to a DropBox file with a variety of shots from previous Doe Bay Fests.  As a photo credit, please use "Photo courtesy of Doe Bay Resort".  LINK TO DOE BAY FEST PHOTOS HERE.

Watch this 60-second video to get a glimpse of the magic of Doe Bay Fest: LINK TO SHORT VIDEO HERE.

 

For information and tickets, check out www.doebayfest.com.

 

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March 12, 2019

 

Peek into San Juan Islands History: Fish Tales, the First Artist, & the Last Lighthouse

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

Friday Harbor, WA … A rogue barnyard animal starting a war sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. But here in the San Juan Islands, it’s a true story. The history of the San Juan Islands shaped the state of Washington – literally. Discover the saga of the “Pig War,” and other colorful stories during History Lives Here National Historic Preservation Month (www.visitsanjuans.com/history-lives-here) in the San Juan Islands.

  • May 4 & 5, 11 & 12: Walk to Salmon Bank Come join rangers and volunteers from the San Juan Island National Historical Park at the Banks as they bring to life this unique piece of history in the Pacific Northwest. The Salmon Bank is an underwater shelf extending off the southern part of San Juan Island into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. When salmon migrate from the sea into the island channels, the shelf forces them up toward the surface, making them easier to catch. Humans have been fishing for salmon on this stretch of water for thousands of years beginning with the Coastal Salish people who first inhabited the area.
  • May 6: Marjorie Walker: Artist, Bohemian, Islander Marjorie Walker was born to a wealthy New York family, attended the prestigious Art Students League in New York, and traveled the world before finding her way to San Juan Island in 1949 to become the island’s first professionally trained artist. This talk will cover her fascinating life before and after she discovered the island.
  • May 18: Lime Kiln Lighthouse Lime Kiln Lighthouse was the last major lighthouse built in Washington State, and it’s celebrating its centennial in 2019! Tour this iconic San Juan structure on Thursdays and Saturdays through the summer from 7:00 p.m. until sunset with volunteers from Friends of Lime Kiln Society.
  • May 25: Post-War Architecture: Considering the Ubiquitous with Fresh Eyes Join Town of Friday Harbor’s historic preservationist Sandy Strehlou for a walkabout to see examples of residential architecture from the Post-WWII era. Learn about this ubiquitous era of architecture and how it illustrates the significant social, economic and aesthetic changes that resulted after the troops came home.

With three historical museums and the San Juan Island National Historical Park, visitors can experience San Juan Islands history all year. Check out the interactive Museum of History and Industry in Friday Harbor and Encampment at the National Historical Park. Take a self-guided tour of Friday Harbor which has more than 150 historic sites within its walkable one-mile radius. Twenty-six of these are described in the Historic Friday Harbor on Foot Tour.

Dropbox link to photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/trfjd4wyngucsg8/AADVLGcsDdIHt4_xDfhQWzd2a?dl=0 Please credit San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau for photos.

History Lives Here Events: More information and other events on May’s History Lives Here and a list of historic lodging properties offering specials, may be found on the Visitors Bureau May History Page www.visitsanjuans.com/history-lives-here. For further information call 888.468.3701, ext. 1.  

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Media Contact: Barbara Marrett, Communications Manager

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, 360.378.6822 ext. 6 or [email protected]

 

For Immediate Release

February 26, 2019

Journey Back to Vietnam with MY WAR

 Upcoming exhibits at San Juan Islands Museum of Art display an intimate view of Vietnam War

Friday Harbor, WA… “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” –Douglas MacArthur. The new exhibitions at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art are a testament to this sentiment. MY WAR and companion exhibit A War Never Ends open April 5th, 2019 and run through June 3rd, 2019, at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), located at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor, WA. MY WAR features the Vietnam War through the lens of the “average Joe.”  The exhibition showcases photographs, poems and journal entries by twenty-five Vietnam veterans from around the U.S.

As part of the opening weekend, on April 7th there will be a talk by Sarah Blum, a practicing nurse psychotherapist, and veterans advocate. Blum was a 1st Lt (US Army) Operating Room nurse at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Cu Chi, Vietnam from 1967-68. Fourteen years after serving in Vietnam, she experienced severe delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and had significant health problems linked to Agent Orange exposure. She managed to heal herself both physically and psychologically and continues to be a champion for justice. Blum is also the author of two books, Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military and Women Under Fire: PTSD and Healing.

Rather than tell the familiar war stories of tragic loss, this photo exhibition expresses more intimate moments in the everyday life of a soldier. Most of us remember disturbing photos from Vietnam, such as “Napalm Girl,” by noted photojournalist Nick Ut – a photographer looking in. The photographs in this exhibition are an insider’s view looking out. They capture the in-between moments, in some cases, in between a friend’s life and death, in between bombing runs or ground offensives and moments when the tedium of waiting inspires photos of one’s surroundings and comrades.

"It's really about showcasing a perspective of the war that we don't even think about,” Marissa Roth, the curator of the My War exhibit, said. “It's their perspective; it's personal.”

This nationally touring exhibit is making its West Coast debut in Friday Harbor at SJIMA. Much of the material was previously hidden away, even from family and friends. It has been a healing and educational experience for many of those who contributed to the exhibition or have seen it elsewhere.

Complementing the photographs in the main gallery, the north gallery will hold a more intimate display called A War Never Ends. It honors and gives recognition to the Vietnam wartime experience of San Juan County men and women. Their stories will be told through personal artifacts and statements that reflect their scars and memories, good and bad, from the war.

Dropbox of photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/746p2rbjny7hvo8/AACksvLDTNMZEA0dGZnPqZqCa?dl=0 All photo credits go to the individual photographers listed in the title of the image, and credit must be shown with all use of the images. Images may not be cropped.

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Media Contact SJIMA: Diane Martindale, [email protected], (360) 370-5050

 

For Immediate Release

February 19, 2019

Be a Force of Nature in the San Juan Islands

Come out and Play for Earth Day!

 Procession of the Species, Great Islands Cleanup, & lots of fun for kids

Friday Harbor, WA … “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” It’s hard to argue with Nobel Prize winner and scientific genius Albert Einstein. Take his advice and come to the San Juan Islands for a chance to “look deep into nature” this April during National Volunteer Month. Spend a day (or more!) working with locals to maintain trails in beautiful Moran State Park on Orcas Island, or clean up a beach on San Juan, Orcas, or Lopez Islands. Ride your bike in the Tour de Lopez and then enjoy the Procession of the Species Parade in Lopez Village. After a trip to the islands, you might just “understand everything better.”

Find out more at www.visitsanjuans.com/voluntourism-earth-day-events, along with information about quiet-season lodging, dining specials and more. Additional events and opportunities will be added to the website as available. Check out our Spring Break Packages for lodging and dining specials while volunteering.

Earth Day also makes an excellent time to assess community efforts for a greener future. No more Styrofoam take-out containers? Check. No more single-use plastic bags? Check. Now for the last straw! Friends of the San Juans teamed up with the San Juan Brewing Company in 2018 to encourage businesses in our community to “stop sucking” and take action to reduce waste by getting rid of plastic straws and utensils. Already over 50 restaurants and cafés on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island have taken the pledge, including island favorites like Ursa Minor, The Mansion at Rosario, and Duck Soup.

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. Join locals for Great Island Cleanups at some of Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands’ most beautiful beaches. Interested in learning more about local flora and fauna? Join The Whale Museum for their spring Marine Naturalist Training and get an in-depth look at San Juan Islands natural history.

Curious about the outer, non-ferry-served San Juan Islands? The Keepers of the Patos Light are having their annual Spring Work Party and Overnight on April 24th – 25th. Volunteers will perform much-needed trail maintenance and recreation site maintenance from winter and early spring storms and also prepare the lighthouse for the summer season. 

Can’t make it in April? Check out other year-round opportunities here: https://www.visitsanjuans.com/what-to-do/experiences/volunteer-vacation-opportunities

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The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau’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.

 

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San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

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For Immediate Release

January 9, 2019

Orcas Island #33 on New York Times List: 52 Places to Go in 2019

“A small island is attracting big-time foodies”

We are honored to announce that Orcas Island, in the San Juan Islands of Washington state (aka the gourmet archipelago), is listed in the #33 position on the New York Times world list, published January 9th.

The Times captions its photo: “A small Island is attracting big-time foodies.” It goes on to say, “The horseshoe-shaped Orcas, one of the largest islands that make up the San Juan archipelago, has gained fame in recent years for its impressive tide-to-table culinary scene and experimental wines, attracting among others, Oprah Winfrey.” With shout-outs to Doe Bay Wine Company, James Beard-nominated rising star chef Jay Blackinton, the historic Outlook Inn for its luxury waterfront cottages (opening this summer) and the expansion of Moran State Park; it’s a powerful testament to the allure of Orcas Island.

The San Juan Islands were last honored on a New York Times annual list in 2011 when they were in the #2 spot. The Times introduced the Islands’ description with “Bold-face restaurateurs vie with unspoiled nature.  Nature wins.”  The description continues with praises for the Islands’ dining scene, the “eternal lure of the San Juans” is credited to its landscapes where “pastoral hills give way to broody forests and scrappy escarpments that overlook fjordlike inlets.” Praise was also given for active land preservation efforts and “moody water as magically lighted as a Bierstadt painting.”  Since then the dining scene, especially on Orcas Island, has grown. And, many more large view and waterfront parcels have been preserved or annexed to the local national historical park and state parks.

Previous to that the San Juan Islands were honored on a New York Times annual list in 2008, in its “31 Places to Go this Summer” in the United States.  In that list, the San Juans held the #14 position.

Other West Coast destinations chosen for the “52 Places to Go in 2019” list include Santa Barbara (in the #2 position) and Los Angeles (#41 position). Other global destinations chosen for the 2019 list include Puerto Rico (in the #1 position) and Hampi, India (#2 position) and Panama (#4 position), to name a few.

To read the entire article, from 2019  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/travel/places-to-visit.html.  Bit.ly Link:  https://nyti.ms/2ss27S5

Dropbox to Orcas Island Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zv5fkikkb7o6hcf/AABUPUb97KcHdSSJ0FRshxkqa?dl=0

To read NYT Reader comments on Orcas Island https://www.facebook.com/142271415829971/posts/2135905629799863/

To order a San Juan Islands 2019 Official Travel Guide or Wedding Guide or to download a copy, please go to www.VisitSanJuans.com.

Media contact:  

Barbara Marrett

888.468.3701 ext. 6 or [email protected]

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

 

For Immediate Release

January 7, 2019

 

Serenity, Surprises, and Sensations: How to Plan a Spectacular San Juan Islands Vacation

Save the Date for National Plan For Vacation Day this January

Friday Harbor, WA… Looking for the secret to a better balanced New Year? Take vacation time! Letting 662 million vacation days go unused is just pathetic. 51% of Americans skip the one step that could help them vacation: planning. January 29th is National Plan for Vacation Day. Whether it’s a long weekend with your pals or spring break with the family, there’s no better place for a getaway than the San Juan Islands of Washington State.  Whether by ferry or floatplane, getting here is half the fun.

So save the date and join Project: Time Off on January 29th and start planning your San Juan Islands getaway!

Serenity. At its best, vacation is about taking care of yourself. Quiet island winters are made for respite and rejuvenation. Create your own retreat by taking a yoga class, scheduling a massage or soaking in a whirlpool. There are small yoga studios throughout the islands where you can find classes, or you can practice on your own anywhere from the beach to the top of Mt. Constitution. Relax your mind and pamper your skin with body wraps, fruit peels, or a facial at one of the spas. Then you’ll be rested and ready to take on all kinds of adventure.

Surprise! Experience Washington's coastal wildlife and scenery from a stunning sea-level perspective. World-class landscapes and a tranquil inland sea make the San Juans a prime kayaking spot for adventure seekers. Majestic orca (or killer) whales live in the San Juan Islands year-round, and this is one of the best places in the world to see them, along with their cousins, the humpback and minke whales.  Embark on a whale and wildlife tour, and discover the true meaning of awe.

Sensations. When the tide is out, the table is set. Farm and tide-to-table sourcing is a defining characteristic of island cuisine. From nutrient-packed kelp fronds from the Salish Sea to sweet pears from abandoned orchards and savory lavender in purple fields, the beaches, fields, and forests of Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands offer up an amazing array of flavors. Foraging is an island tradition, and you can find foraged (and Island Grown™) special ingredients, from figs to quince, oysters to seaweed, sorrel to chanterelles, on the menu at several island restaurants and shops.

For more ideas to help you plan a trip to the San Juans: www.visitsanjuans.com 

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Barbara Marrett

P.O. Box 1330

Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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360-378-6822 ext. 6