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SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2013 | Vol. 89, No. 54 | WWW.SOUTHWHIDBEYRECORD.COM | 75¢

Choochokam highlights Choochokam, Langley’s Festival of the Arts, takes place Saturday and Sunday with a street fair, food booth, kids’ activities and music. Here’s the arts schedule.

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The Kid’s Zone at Whidbey Children’s Theater has activities for children throughout the weekend including face painting, chalk art and arts and crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day along with a variety of interactive activities like the bubble zone, balloon toss and “fishing” along with performances by WCT students on the outdoor stage. The Kid’s Zone is located at Third Street and Anthes Avenue in the parking lot at the Porter Building.

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SATURDAY, JULY 7 MAIN STAGE 10-10:45 a.m. — Island Strings/Kid’s String Ensemble 11-11:45 a.m. — Lance Randall and the Nu Jazz Players (jazz) Noon-12:45 p.m. — The Cumbieros (Cuban) 1-1:45 p.m. — The Fentons (country) 2-2:45 p.m. — The Rallies (pop) 3-3:45 p.m. — Dirty Boy Lloyde (rock ‘n’ roll) 4-4:45 p.m. — Wheatherside Whiskey (bluegrass) 5-5:45 p.m. — Pocket Panda (folk rock) STREET DANCE 6-7:30 p.m. — Adrian Xavier (reggae) 8-9:30 p.m. — Will West and the Friendly Strangers (rock ‘n’ roll) USELESS BAY PAVILION 11-11:45 a.m. — Rob Rigoni (instrumental guitar) Noon-12:45 p.m. — Sophia Duccini (folk) 1-1:45 p.m. — City Bear (Americana) 2-2:45 p.m. — Kate Brown (alternative, folk) 3-3:45 p.m. — Strangled Darlings (bluegrass) 4-5 p.m. — Sky Bound Blue (contemporary)

SUNDAY, JULY 8 MAIN STAGE 11 a.m.-noon — Marathon awards Noon-12:45 p.m. — Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces (jazz) 1-1:45 p.m. — Al-Andalus (world) 2-2:45 p.m. — Highlife (reggae) 3-3:45 p.m. — Simple Minded Symphony (ska, funk) SUNDAY STREET DANCE 4-5 p.m. — 20 Riverside (funk) USELESS BAY PAVILION 11-11:45 a.m. — Quinn Fitzpatrick (Celtic) Noon-12:45 p.m. — Edward Herda (singer-songwriter) 1-1:45 p.m. — Dan Weber (country) 2-2:45 p.m. — Jake Nannery (singer-songwriter) 3-3:45 p.m. — John Shipe (singer-songwriter) 4-5 p.m. - Jordan Biggs (singer-songwriter)

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Elizabeth Chambers, 6, and Jolie Bartel, 8, dance during Crossing’s performance at Celebrate America on July 3.

Festival, fireworks are a hit with first-timers By BEN WATANABE Staff reporter Once dark truly settled over Holmes Harbor, Grayson McIntosh grew antsy. He had waited for a couple of hours on the rocky beach, occasionally throwing a rock toward the lapping waves. Otherwise the three-year-old Oak Harbor boy fidgeted in his tiny camping chair next to parents Brittney and Bud. As the first shell launched in an array of white, green, red, purple, blue and yellow, his face was all fascination at the 19th annual Celebrate America. “He loves fireworks,” Grayson’s mom

said of him. “Definitely a little pyro.” The McIntosh family was one of many enjoying their first Celebrate America. Conditions were right to bring out a massive crowd that sprawled across Freeland Park, from the hill along Stewart Road/Shoreview Drive to the beach and grass near the playground. With temperatures hovering around 70 degrees most of the day, the foodmusic-zoology-play festival had lots to offer. One of the biggest draws of “oohs” and “aahs,” other than the colorful pyrotechnics, was Scott Petersen, better known as the Reptile Man.

Almost like an attentive classroom, kids sat cross legged on the pavement in front of the stage. Petersen walked around with lizards and a tortoise, but one of the real crowd-pleasers was an alligator snapping turtle. He demonstrated the turtle’s defense, its insanely powerful jaws, by holding a piece of paper in front of its mouth before it snapped shut on it, cleanly slicing the yellow sheet. Other than entertainment from Petersen and bands Maggie’s Fury and Crossing. Under the Radar, a SEE CELEBRATE, A10

Menagerie of interests parade in Maxwelton By BEN WATANABE Staff reporter A Picasso-esque scene unfolded in Maxwelton on Independence Day, just like it has for decades. Yoda, adorned in various red, white and blue decorations, went fishing off the top of a truck next to SpiderMan. Sasquatch was carted down Maxwelton Road to Dave Mackie Park in a Radio Flyer. Other groups touted their causes, such as

the nonprofit thespians at Whidbey Children’s Theater, Boy Scouts and election candidates. Let it be known that election season officially begins with the self promotion at the Maxwelton Club’s Independence Day Parade. In addition to the general political rousing of Republicans of Island County, Democratic Commissioner Helen Price SEE MAXWELTON, A11

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Children clamor for candy thrown from classic cars like these Ford Model As and Model Ts at the Maxwelton Community Club’s Independence Day Parade on July 4.


South Whidbey Record, July 06, 2013