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Orcas Suites

Enjoy our water view accommodations with private balconies, optional kitchens, fireplaces and jetted tubs. Seasonal Pool. Nearby beach, marina and Moran State Park. Spa day use discount passes available for our guests.



Since 1959 “THE CABIN” An island landmark! Pottery from our own studio, plus works from over 80 artists! An always changing selection make us one of the region’s favorite galleries! Great “Summer Show Series”!! Orcas Road (across from Golf Course). Open daily 10 to 5 (Seasonally)

“IN TOWN” Downtown Eastsound! Accent on paintings, hand-blown glass, jewelry and of course... ...Great Pottery! Offerings from local and distant artists in this “must see” Orcas venue! Open all year 10 - 5, summer till 6.


West Sound Marina, inc. The Service Center of the San Juans

“We Fix Boats”

• Haulouts to 30 ton, 64 ft. LOA, 18’ beam at any tide. • Bottom Painting. • Engine service and sales. Factory certified mechanics: • Volvo • Mercruiser • Yanmar • Johnson/Evinrude • Complete Chandlery, most everything you need for boat and crew. • Moorage: 180 year-round slips. Guest dock. • Fuel: • Gas • Diesel • Propane • NEW: Dry storage area.

P.O. Box 119 • Orcas, Washington 98280 • (360) 376-2314 • Fax (360) 376-4634


Serving ALL your shopping needs.

• Meat • Produce • Grocery • Fresh Deli • In-Store Bakery

• Beer and Wine • ATM and Lotto

Located in downtown Eastsound at the head of East Sound Bay. Within walking distance of public dock.


MON - SAT 8 am - 9 pm SUN 10 pm - 8 pm

P.O. Box 186, Eastsound WA


By Colleen Smith Armstrong our hiking boots tread over soft moss, squishy from the early morning dew. Sun is breaking over the San Juan Islands and your vantage point atop the mountain is breathtaking. You find a rock and sit down, transfixed by the sight of sea, sun and sky meeting in a perfect tableau of island paradise. As a visitor to the islands, you most likely walked or drove onto the ferry from Anacortes. The ferry serves the four major islands – San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw – but smaller, outer islands are accessible by chartered boats, kayaks, and planes. The San Juans are known for their small-town charm, but they also offer the best in outdoor recreation, world-class musical performances, incredible local art, live theatre, delectable food, and fun for kids of all ages. The new edition of “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” lists the San Juan Islands as place number 899. Hike to a mountain summit; relax under a blue sky on the beach; shop in an island village; attend a live performance. Go boating, fishing, golfing, kayaking. In addition to Northwest cuisine, which is often based on locally grown, organic ingredients, the flavors of the world can be found in the islands. There are around 80 working farms and many of them offer tours. You’ll find the fruits of their labors at farmers markets on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan. Don't forget about us in the wintertime, too. We have dances, incredible performances from world-class musicians, community film showings and special winter hotel packages. Check out our websites for information about the San Juans all year long:, and You can also visit the local chamber of commerce websites: • San Juan Island:, 360-378-5240. • Orcas Island:, 360-376-2273 • Lopez Island:, 360-468-4664 • Shaw Island:


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Hello Byway… By Liz Illg he San Juan Islands Scenic Byway is now a staterecognized Scenic and Recreational Highway. And what a journey it's been. Local historians, naturalists, park rangers, farmers and business leaders labored for three years to gain this recognition, the first step in attaining a coveted National Scenic Byway status. Under the leadership of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, this group adopted a vision that protects sensitive resources, promotes sustainable tourism, and preserves the islands' culture and quality of life. Consequently, the Scenic Byway is a community consensus of the best and most accommodating places on Orcas and San Juan Islands, offering visitors an opportunity to both appreciate and protect our unique marine and island experience. The gateway to the Scenic Byway lies in Anacortes, at the ferry terminal. Here's a little known fact. The ferries follow ancient canoe trails plied by Coast Salish peoples for thousands of years. Families from all over the region would meet up in the San Juans to fish for salmon, gather shellfish and camas bulbs, and visit with friends


and relatives. The byway offers this historical perspective as well. Not too different from nowadays, except today we have farmers markets, farm stands and restaurants serving local foods. Each ferry terminal is included in the byway, so that visitors can find information. San Juan and Orcas islands are part of the byway with routes along winding county roads as well. The byway connects ferry passengers to various trailheads, farms, scenic vistas and parks, as well as quaint shops, restaurants and cafes. Along the byway visitors will find amenities such as comfort stations, interpretive signage, trails information, and enthusiastic volunteers eager to share their knowledge and love for this special place. Many locals spend countless summer hours sharing stewardship information, maintaining trails, and answering a myriad of questions. Chat up an islander and chances you're talking to a naturalist training course graduate, a Master Gardener, or a trained Beach Watcher. The byway has an especially exciting feature in 2012. It's the Scenic Byway Explorer Pass, a free companion fare – two tickets for the price of one – onboard the local springtide 2012/13


The byway connects ferry passengers to various trailheads, farms, scenic vistas and parks, as well as quaint shops, restaurants and cafes.

shuttle. It's meant to encourage visitors to leave their car on the mainland. Funded in part by a federal grant, this special program runs from Summer Solstice through Labor Day, June 23-Sept. 3. For more information see:

scenicbyway, where you will find helpful hints about planning a car-free trip along the byway, on foot or by bicycle. — Liz Illg is project coordinator of the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway

DINE Friday


Fresh Seafood

On the Waterfront in Friday Harbor Call 378-2700 For Reservations

The Place

Restaurant and Bar northwest coastal cuisine

360-378-8886 565 Spring Street Friday Harbor, WA


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Open for Lunch, Dinner & Happy Hour Call 378-8707 for reservations

Photo By Kelley Balcomb-Bartok

Rugged beauty, rustic charm By Scott Rasmussen


ona can be a real head turner. Full grown and about 15 years of age, she has that cartoonishly cute camel mug like all camels do, and she's been a fixture along the main drag leading north and west out of Friday Harbor for the past seven years, or thereabouts. She tends to catch first-time visitors to San Juan Island a bit off-guard. Who can blame them? To sneak a peek of a camel as it plods through a pasture on a 55-square mile island in the remote northwest corner of the Lower 48, or to spy her munching on a tuft of grass or a treat from a fan stopped along the side of the road, will cause most people to do a double-take, more often than not. She stole the hearts of islanders and became one of the community's adoptive daughters, and pride and joys, in no time at all. Yet, as fascinating as Mona may be, she is but one of many intriguing characters that call San Juan Island home. There's also Popeye, a one-eyed harbor seal that's been a mainstay in the Port of Friday Harbor marina for years. But you'll find that most of the island's characters get around not on four legs, or by flippers, but on two. Like any coveted tourist destination, San Juan boasts a personality all

its own. Its rugged natural beauty and rustic rural charm flow together on the landscape like a finely woven tapestry. The Town of Friday Harbor, the island's commercial core and cultural hub, pulsates with a rhythm that's truly smalltown in character, while at the same time offering a full array of restuarants, shops, parks and activities to enlighten and entertain. One of the last remaining 19th-century wooden fishing villages in Puget Sound, the town is home to roughly 2,000 year-round residents, numerous art galleries and historical museums, a bowling alley and movie theater, and a whale museum as well. As with any vacation, though, it's often the people one meets, as much as the destination, that makes the journey a memorable one. Culturally, San Juan Island is a melting pot. You'll find civic leaders, soccer moms, business execs, retirees and blue-collar workers rubbing shoulders as they cross paths in island shops and restaurants, and bidding one another "good day" at various school events and grocery stores. Entrepreneur, equestrian, environmentalist, fisherman, farmer, merchants by day and musician by night, they all add something into the mix. For more information and

maps of the island, visit the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, 135 Spring St, downtown Friday Harbor; 360-3785240, www.sanjuanislandorg. springtide 2012/13


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Where to find it on San Juan: Animal shelter • Friday Harbor Animal Protection, 1 Shelter Road, Friday Harbor. 360-378-2158. ATMs • Doctor’s Office, 85 Front St., Friday Harbor. 360-378-8865. • Hotel de Haro, Roche Harbor Village. 360-378-2155. • King’s Market, 160 Spring St., Friday Harbor. 360-378-4505. • The Big Store, 420 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor. 360-378-2424. • The Little Store, 285 Spring St., Friday Harbor. 360-378-4422. Banks • Islanders Bank, 225 Blair Ave., Friday Harbor. 360-378-2265. • Key Bank, 95 Second St., Friday Harbor. 360-378-2111.


Secure & Affordable Island Storage

Continuing a Tradition of Fine Art by Island Artists for Two Decades

360-378-7095 Owner, Claudia Fullerton

270 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360 378-6550 • springtide 2012/13

Ferry Information • WSF: 511 (in state), 360-378-8665 (Friday Harbor), 888-808-7977 (elsewhere). www.wsdot/

Medical • Emergency 911 (by cellphone, 360-378-4141) • Inter-Island Medical Center, 550 Spring St., Friday Harbor. 360-378-2141. • San Juan Healthcare, 689 Airport Center, Suite B, Friday Harbor. 360-378-1338.

San Juan Historical Museum 323 & 405 Price Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360.378.3949 •


Dentist • Dr. Michael Horn, 530 Spring St., 360-378-4944

Laundry • Blue Sky Laundry, WebStreet and Sunshine Alley, Friday Harbor. • Sunshine Dry Cleaners, 80 Web St., Friday Harbor. 360-378-7223. • Roche Harbor Village.

Hours: May–September, Wed.–Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4 April–October, Sat. 1 – 4 November–March by appointment Tours of the museum can be made at other times and days by appointment.

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Convenience stores • Mosquito Fleet Mercatile, 1 Harrison St., No. 2, Friday Harbor. 360-378-4190. • The Big Store, 420 ArgyleAve., Friday Harbor. 360-378-2424. • The Little Store, 285Spring St., Friday Harbor.360-378-4422. • Spring Street General Store, 135 Spring St., 360-378-4949,

Groceries • Friday Harbor MarketPlace, Market Street, Friday Harbor. 360-378-3238. • King’s Market, 160 SpringSt., Friday Harbor. 360-378-4505. • Roche Harbor General Store, 360-378-5562

and visit several historic structures including a pioneer log cabin and the original 1890’s San Juan County Jail. Located a short distance from the ferry in Friday Harbor

Gift Gallery

•Wells Fargo Bank, 305 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor. 360-378-2128. • Whidbey Island Bank, 535 Market St., Friday Harbor. 360-370-5641.

• 24 hour Access 7 days a week • 3 Unit Sizes 6x10, 10x12, 10x24 • Locally Owned and Operated since 1993

Store More Storage Inc. 250 Store–More Way at Cattle Point. Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Copies • Faxing • Printing Digital Photos & More! Check out all our services at!

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Creative Passions • TOYS •

To Inspire Learning & Play


From Infant to Teen



120 First Street • Friday Harbor

Beauty Technicians for your every need 300 Spring Street • 378-2222 • Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor

PET SUPPLIES For ALL your pet’s needs!

Closed Sundays & Mondays Tue - Fri: 10 am - 6 pm • Sat 10 am - 5 pm 50 Malcolm Street • (360) 378-0978 Friday Harbor, WA


Chimney Service • Stove Sales • Masonry Work Chimney relining and pipe systems

Get passionate caring and peace of mind with “The Chimney Doctor”

Merle W. Turman Experienced Service since 1986 50 MALCOLM STREET #707, FRIDAY HARBOR 360-378-5357 • MERLEM@CENTURYTEL.NET MERLESMASONRY.COM • CONT. LICENSE # MERLEMC947JM

~ Easy walk from the ferry landing ~ Experienced personalized service ~ Classes and workshops offered ~ Custom orders always welcome 50 - Q Malcolm St. Friday Harbor 360-378-6005 •


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Everything you need in one location! Groomin’, Day Care, Overnights Call Melody for more info: 378-3460

Instead of "caring compassionate convenient" can you put make it a class act with... "Groomin, Day Care, OverBoutique nights"

Be Chic

Classic Cab Co. 360-378-7519

clothes you’ll love 360.378.6454

125 Spring Street

Gift Certificates Free Chic Gift Wrap

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Petro San Juan

Fuels, Lubricants, Welding Supplies 605 Mullis St, Friday Harbor • 378-5122

Office Store & Furniture Art & Craft Supplies Cards • Childrens’ Arts & Crafts Party Supplies & Balloons 747 Spring Street


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san juan island 360-378-4511. • Roche Harbor Village. 360-378-2155.

Post offices • Blair Avenue at Reed Street, Friday Harbor.

San Juan Island: Jewel of the Salish Sea Mark Your Calendar for these 2012 Events: July 4

4th of July Holiday Parade, Fireworks

July 21 & 22

Splash of Summer Color Arts & Lavender Festival co-sponsored by SJI Chamber of Commerce & Pelindaba Lavender

October 6

Oktoberfest ~ Live Bavarian Orchestra, Food, & Fun

December 1

Island Lights Festival & Salmon Derby (360) 378-5240

Island Treasures

Hours: 10–6, Daily

Next to the Friday Harbor Ferry

Thanks for your time!!

Rental cars, mopeds, taxis, and transit • M&W Auto Sales and Rentals, 725 Spring St., Friday Harbor, 360-378-2886, 800-323-6037, Daily, weekly and monthly car rentals. Free shuttle in Friday Harbor. • Susie’s Mopeds, 125 Nichols St., Friday Harbor, 360-378-5244, Mopeds, scoot cars and Geo Trackers. • Classic Cab Company, 360-378-7519. • Bob’s Taxi & Tours, 360-378-6777. • Friday Harbor Taxi, 360-298-4434. • Island Tours Taxi, 360-378-4453. • San Juan Taxi & Tours,

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Towing • Island Towing, 600 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. 360-378-7000. Travel information • San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, 135 Spring St., Friday Harbor. 360-378-5240. • San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, 888-468-3701. Veterinarian • Animal Inn, Dr. Michelle Loftus, 25 Boyce Road, San Juan Island. 360-378-4735. • Harbor Veterinary Services, Dr. Susan Besel, 360-378-3959. • Islands Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Sonja WebsterHills, 850A Mullis St., Friday Harbor. 360-3782333; 24-hour, 360-378-7818. • Lighthouse Veterinary Housecalls, Dr. Tess Leonard, 360-378-4711.

Cannery Landing

Souvenirs, Jewelery Tee-shirts Sweatshirts Looks Great!! But, would it be Jackets Gifts letters a little more apart (letters 378-4013 If not, no problem!

360-378-3550. • San Juan Transit, 360-378-8887 or 800-8878387,

Public restrooms • American & English Camps • Friday Harbor ferry landing • Friday Harbor Marina • Jackson’s Beach • Lime Kiln State Park • Roche Harbor Village • Spring Street Landing • Sunshine Alley in FH

your first left off the friday harbor ferry

$15 DAY PASSES or $5 One-Way

On Orcas & San Juan Island

Hourly Departures To: Roche Harbor Village Whale Watch Park English Camp, Sculpture Park Alpaca Ranch, Vineyards Lavendar Farm & Hiking Trails •


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Photo By Colleen Armstrong

Get lost in the splendor By Cali Bagby rcas island offers sweeping landscapes, peaceful bays and rocky beaches that almost seem to good too be true. Known as the “Emerald Isle,” the islands’s 56.9 square miles makes a unique horseshoe or “saddle-bag” shape that makes for a long shoreline and provides you with the luxury of several directions to head once you’ve left the ferry landing. And wherever you go there is plenty to do and see. Across the island you’ll find a scattering of lovely inns, hotels and bed-and-breakfast retreats run by friendly locals. A wide variety of local artisan shops display sculptures, blown glass jewelry and more. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes to satisfy your hunger after a long day of sight seeing. The Orcas ferry landing hosts accommodations, restaurants, a gourmet grocery and deli, post office, a few small shops, a public dock, boat rentals, whale watching, car, moped rentals, and a taxi service. To the east lies a woodsy residential area along Killebrew Lake Road; to the northwest, Orcas Road winds through grassy meadows toward


the island’s center, Eastsound. Eastsound Eastsound is home to an array of charming shops, restaurants and specialty boutiques. You’ll find a public library, a historical museum, grocery stores, a pharmacy, restaurants and more. Along its north shorelines are two public parks. Also, Buck Park has a playground, skate park and soccer fields. Orcas Center offers a variety of musical, theatre and artistic offerings year round. If you head south, you’ll join up with the Orcas-to-Olga Highway as it winds south to Rosario and Moran State park. Moran State Park & Rosario Historic Rosario sits on the beautiful Cascade Bay. The Moran mansion was built in 1906 and is a must-see whether you’re a guest or not. The mansion is a museum of Orcas history and the marina is a perfect spot for wildlife viewing. Southwest of Eastsound, Olga Road leads to 5,200-acre Moran State Park. Drive, hike or cycle to the top of 2,400foot Mt. Constitution, where 360-degree views give you a look at outlying islands and the Cascade Mountain range. The

park offers trails of varying lengths and difficulty, from easy walks to more vigorous, hilly climbs. You’ll also find a picturesque family picnic area at Cascade Lake’s sun-warmed waters and playground. springtide 2012/13


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Orcas Eateries a menu for island flavors

o y a m i ch Continuing the 13-year tradition of fast, fresh fl flavors avors of the Southwest 376-6394 • in the Our House Building in Eastsound 123 North Beach Road

Rustic, bold flavors from the Italian countryside. 376-6394, Located in the Our House Building in Eastsound 123 North Beach Road

Orcas Island • 360 376 8059

MADRONA BAR & GRILL Steak • Seafood • Cocktails • View Waterfront dining

Lunch & Dinner Daily

Porter Building • Eastsound • 376-7171


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Beyond the park, drive farther to Olga, with its eclectic art co-op and restaurant, and just after another bend or two, the road out to Obstruction Pass State Park reveals a lovely pebbled beach and campgrounds.

Doe Bay

If you stay on the main road, the ride will take you to the hamlet of Doe Bay, with its historic resort hosting delicious food, clothing-optional hot tubs, open-mic nights, rustic accommodations and a small shop.

West Sound, Deer Harbor and West Beach

Beach and Crescent Beach roads, 360-376-6900. • Island Market, Eastsound, 360-376-6000. • Islanders Bank, Eastsound, 360-376-2265. • Key Bank, Eastsound, 360-376-2211. Orcas Village Store, Ferry Landing, 360-376-2093. • Ray’s Pharmacy, Eastsound, 360-376-2230. • Village Stop, Eastsound, 360-376-2093. Convenience Stores • Cascade Bay Grill and Dockside General Store, Rosario, 360-376-2222. • Country Corner, corner of Terrill Beach and Crescent Beach roads,

Let’s not forget West Sound and sunny Deer Harbor, which are on the southwest prong of Orcas Island. West Sound features a cafe, a public dock and marina where float planes disembark. The small hamlet of Deer Harbor has lodging, a restaurant and two marinas offering kayak, boat and whale watching tours. And farther up the road you can drop in to the West Beach Resort for a family retreat or romantic getaway with a choice of camping or cottages. You can rent kayaks, canoes and fishing gear. No matter where you go in Orcas you’re bound to see stunning scenery on an island that’s both peaceful and bustling – with plenty of hamlets, bays and shores to explore. For more information and maps of Orcas Island, call the chamber of commerce at 376-2273.

ATMs • Country Corner, corner of Terrill

Dentists • Steven H. Bailey, DMD, 83 Mount Baker Road, 360-376-2656. • Brenda Ivans, DMD, North Beach Road, 360-376-4774. • Michael Triplett, DDS, 445 Madrona St., 360-376-4301.



Where to find it on Orcas: Animal Shelters • Orcas Animal Shelter, 84A Hope Lane, Eastsound, 360-376-6777.

360-376-6900. • Deer Harbor Marina, Deer Harbor, 360-376-3037. • Village Stop, Eastsound, 360-376-2093. • West Beach Resort, West Beach, 360-376-2240.

Photo Frames & Albums Printer Papers & Cartridges Special Paper & Envelopes Fun Items & Gifts Copying (Color or B&W) Faxing, Scanning & Emailing Laminating Photo Printing & Restoration Passport Photos Office Supplies Art Supplies Drafting Supplies

PRIVATE EVENTS 326 Olga Road Eastsound, WA 98245 (360) 376-5886 or (877) 276-7296

Whale Watching, Wildlife, ECO & Lighthouse Tours! Start Where the Whales are!

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orcas island Ferry Information • WSF: 511 in state; 360-376-6253 at Orcas Landing; 888-808-7977 elsewhere; www.wsdot/ Groceries • Cascade Bay Grill and Dockside General Store, Rosario, Island Market, Eastsound, 360-376-6000. • Orcas Homegrown, Eastsound, 360-376-2009. • Orcas Village Store, Ferry Landing, 360-376-8860. Laundry • Cascade Bay Grill and Dockside General Store, Rosario, 360-376-2222. • Country Corner, corner of Terrill Beach and Crescent Beach roads, 360-376-6900. Medical • Orcas Family Health Center, 1286 Mount Baker Road, eastbound, 360-376-7778. • Orcas Island Family Medicine, 33 Urner St., Suite 5, Eastsound, 360-376-2561. • Orcas Medical Center, 1269 Mount Baker Road, Eastsound, 360-376-2561. • Emergency 911 (for medical, fire and police). Pharmacy • Ray’s Pharmacy, Eastsound, 360-376-2230. Post Offices • Deer Harbor, 360-376-2548. Eastsound, 360-376-4121. Olga 360-376-4236. Orcas, 360-376-4254.


338 Old Pottery Road • Eastsound WA 98245 Over 60 years in business in West Beach area


10 am to 5 pm •

The Right Place Pottery 360-376-4023 “Personalized” Pottery


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Photo By Colleen Armstrong

Public Restrooms • Eastsound Village Square, Ferry Landing, Moran State Park, Orcas Island Library. Rental cars, mopeds, taxis, water taxis • Orcas Island Shuttle and Rental Car, 360-376-7433, www. Rental cars, vans and convertibles. Delivery available anywhere on the island. • Orcas Mopeds, Orcas ferry landing, Eastsound, 360-376-5266, Mopeds, scooters and bicycle rentals. Rental cars from M&W Autos. Located near the Orcas ferry landing. • Outer Island Expeditions water taxi, near Smugglers Villa Resort, Eastsound, 360-376-3711, Service Stations • Country Corner, corner of Terrill Beach and Crescent Beach roads, 360-376-6900. • Crescent Service, Crescent Beach Road just east of Eastsound, 360-376-4076. • Island Hardware (gas/ biodiesel), Crow Valley Road west of Eastsound, 360-376-4200. Towing • Eastsound Towing, 360-376-5855. • Orcas Towing, 360-376-8697. Travel Information • Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 360-376-2273 • San Juan Islands Visitor Bureau, 360-378-3277. Veterinary • Jill Bates, Eastsound, 360-376-2675. • Orcas Veteri- nary Service, Eastsound, 360-376-6374

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Photo By Lorna Reese

Get away from it all without leaving it all behind By Cali Bagby opez is known as the friendly isle, so don’t be surprised when passing motorists wave – it’s a long-standing tradition. The island is also known for its gently rolling hills, bucolic farmlands, plenty of beaches to dig your toes into and an abundance of vistas to marvel. The spectacular beaches and views should be a must in every visitor’s itinerary. Odlin County Park and Spencer Spit State Park are great places to enjoy a barbecue or a picnic while winged wildlife like bald eagles, peregrine falcons and osprey fly overhead. Iceberg Point, Shark Reef Park and Watmough Head offer solitude, beauty and perhaps even a killer whale sighting. Lopez also touts a wealth of farmland. It has an abundance of grazing sheep and herds of cattle, as well as farmers who feature such local products as Kobe beef, organic strawberries and grapes for wine. And it only takes a 45 minute ferry ride from Anacortes to get to Lopez Island. Then it's just a four-mile drive to the village, the hub of the island. If you arrive on bike you can tour the flat terrain, which makes it a popular cycling destination for visitors from across the country. So popular that the island hosts the Tour de Lopez, an annual non-competitive bicycle


tour through the scenic landscape of the island on the last weekend in April. Throughout the year look for different activities, like the Winter Village Gathering held on the Friday after Thanksgiving at dusk, or a wide array of musical events at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, The Galley Restaurant and Lounge, or the historic Woodmen Hall. Also, check the bulletin boards at the markets for announcements on a wealth of art shows, concerts and cultural and social events, which occur year round. Visitors can spend time browsing through the various shops and stop for lunch or have a coffee at one of the cafes or eateries. In the village, you’ll also find the Historical Museum, springtide 2012/13


lopez island Thrift Shop, bank, community center, library, medical clinic, fire stations, post office and skate park. In the center of the island, you’ll find Lopez School and the hardware and lumber store. Accommodations on the island include a motel, bed and breakfasts, vacation home rentals and three campgrounds. Lopez Island is the perfect relaxing getaway of breathtaking views and friendly people. For more information, call Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce, 877-433-2789 or www.

Where to find it on Lopez Island: Animal Shelter • Animal Protection Society: 360-468-2591. ATMs • Islanders Bank, Lopez Village. • Lopez Village Market, Lopez Village. Banks • Islanders Bank, Lopez Village, 360-468-2295. Dentists • Bayview Dental Center, 360-468-2551. Ferry Information • WSF: 511 in state; 1-888-808-7977. Fuel • Lopez Village Market, 360-468-2266. • Lopez Garage, 360-468-2228. • Islandale, 360-468-2315. Groceries & Supplies • Blossom Organic Groceries, 360-468-2204. • Lopez Village Market, 360-468-2266. • Islandale Southender, 360-468-2315. Laundry • Lopez Islander Resort, 360-468-2233. • Keep It Clean, Fisherman Bay Road, no telephone. Medical • Lopez Island Medical Clinic, 360-468-2245. Pharmacy • Lopez Island Pharmacy, 360-468-2616. Post Office • Lopez Village, 360-468-2282. Public Restrooms • Ferry landing • Lopez Village Park • Odlin Park 22

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Hummel Lake is a favorite picnic and hiking spot on Lopez Island.

• Shark Reef Park • Spencer Spit State Park Visitor Information • Lopez Chamber of Commerce, 360-468-4664, • San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, 360-378-3277, VeterinaryServices • Ark Veterinary Clinic, 360-468-2477. • Community Animal Health, 360-468-2553.

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Photo By Molly Neely

Photo by: Molly Neely

Gateway to the San Juans By Steve Wehrly he 40-minute drive on State Route 20 from Burlington to the ferry dock in Anacortes — your point of departure for the San Juans — takes you through some of the most fertile agricultural fields in Washington. Fruit stands and a fish market along the way offer an opportunity to stock the ice chest and to snack on berries and other fruits grown in the area. About two or three miles before reaching Anacortes, after traversing the Berenson Bridge onto Fidalgo Island, check out the view across Fidalgo Bay to the 145,000 barrels-per-day Shell Oil refinery at March’s Point. The view was featured in a Chevron TV commercial, before Shell purchased the refinery a few years ago. You might even spot a supertanker at the long wharf unloading crude oil. The Shell and Tesoro refineries near March’s Point employ nearly 1,000 people, one of the largest employers on Fidalgo Island. Anacortes is a city of parks and water—20 parks, 3,200 acres of city-owned forests, 20.3 miles of saltwater shoreline, and four freshwater lakes—and 16,800 people. It is also the ancestral home of the Samish Indian Nation, which is headquartered in Anacortes. Samish people are heavily involved in environmental and habitat restoration projects in the area, including development of the Fidalgo Bay Resort with 148 RV sites at the head of Fidalgo Bay. In “Old Town” Anacortes, the Samish Nation operates the Gallery of Native Arts, featuring works of Pacific Northwest artists. Commercial Street is the spine of Anacortes, with restaurants, motels, grocery stores and a restored hotel along its length. Be on the lookout on various buildings for the colorful murals, painted by local Bill Mitchell, depicting historic scenes and people. Many of the more than 125 murals can be found in “Old Town” at the north end of Commercial Street, where art galleries and antique shops proliferate.


Cap Sante, east of Commercial Street, is both a huge hunk of rock and home to a large public marina, paved walkways and picnic tables. Nearby is Seafarer’s Park, with a great water view, and a bit further south is the Ben Root Memorial Skate Park, part of the larger Alice Parchman Newland Park. The new 3.3-mile paved Tommy Thompson Trail for runners, bikers and skaters starts here and continues south and east over the old Fidalgo Bay railroad trestle Bay to March Point. Washington Park, just beyond the ferry terminal at the west end of the city, is the largest park, at 200 acres. It features 74 campsites, a boat launch, a playground, sandy beaches, restrooms and a picnic shelter. Right next to the ferry dock, Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve has both freshwater wetlands and saltwater beaches, and an abundance of plant and animal life. Close by are Anacortes Airport (charter flights to the San Juan Islands are available) and Skyline Marina, in Flounder Bay, a protected harbor packed with boats, boat repair shops and boat charter companies.

The Anacortes Waterfront Festival

On June 2 and 3, 2012, it takes place at various locations around Anacortes and attracts about 100,000 visitors to a multiplicity of shows, entertainment and water-related demonstrations, including a marine-goods swap meet, classic car and Corvette shows, a milk carton boat derby, a model boat show, and classes and demonstrations at Paddlefest at Seafarers Park:

The Anacortes Unknown Music Series

July 13, 14 and 15, 2012, at the Unknown Space, 1202 7th Street, has supplanted the What the Heck Fest. The Anacortes Shipwreck Day, July 17, on Commercial Street between 3rd and 10th Streets, is a citywide flea market, with about 300 vendors from around the northwest. springtide 2012/13



The Anacortes Arts Festival

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Aug. 3, 4 and 5, attracts more than 250 artists from across the country to a six-block exhibit area on Commercial Street downtown, and to the Port Transit Event Shed at the north end of Commercial. The festival starts with a half-marathon and a 5K “Art Dash,” July 28. The art, food and entertainment areas open on Aug. 3. Three music venues – the Main Stage on 3rd St, the KPLU Jazz Stage on 8th Street, and a Street Performance Area on 7th Street – offer music all day. More than 30 food vendors sell a variety of eats from booths between Second St. and Fourth St. on Commercial. A Youth Discovery Area offers activities and crafts on Seventh St. On Sept. 23, the 31st Oyster Run motorcycle rally will bring thousands to Commercial Street to show their colors and cycles. For more information:, 360-671-7575.

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Strike up the tent and get ready for s’mores… By Scott Rasmussen here may be no better way to soak up the natural beauty of the San Juans than by pitching a tent in one of the islands’ many campgrounds. You’ll find the waterfront at your fingertips at any number of public and private camping areas and with 247 days of sunshine a year, on average, chances are be treating yourself to a rejuvenating outdoor adventure full of sunny skies and starry nights. And, should you run out of marshmallows or hot dogs, you’ll also find you’re never far from a store or market that will be happy to help you replenish your supplies. To reserve a camp site at at a county campground, visit For state parks, see Here’s a list of public and private campgrounds, by island.


San Juan Island

San Juan County Park: Situated on the island’s rugged and scenic west side, overlooking Haro Strait, the park has 20 campsite on 12 acres, a boat ramp and easy access for kayaks to launch out into the west side’s waterways. Restrooms, but no showers (360-378-8420).

Orcas Island

Moran State Park: One of Washington state’s most popular parks, Moran offers 151 campsites, 30 miles of hiking trails, 11 miles of bike trails, six miles of trails dedicated to horseback riding, and a sandy beach, playground and dock along the shore of scenic Cascade Lake. Bathrooms and showers are available, too. You can also rent canoes, kayaks and paddle boats, and reserve a sheltered kitchen area for large gatherings (360-376-2326).

Lopez Island

Odlin County Park: Located about a mile south of the ferry landing, Odlin Park features 30 campsites situated in either the woods or along the waterfront, a boat ramp and dock, hiking trails traversing its 80 acres, a softball field and several RV spaces (360-3788420). Spencer Spit State Park: located just east of Odlin County Park, on the south end of Swift’s Bay, Spencer Spit boasts 37 campsites scattered across 138 acres, including three group sites, 16 mooring buoys and 1.5 miles of waterfront (360-468-2251).

site on Jones and Sucia islands can be reserved (360-376-2073). Blind Island Marine Park has four campsites and four mooring buoys, Patos Island features seven campsites and a historic lighthouse, and Turn Island, located just east of Friday Harbor, has 12 campsites and three buoys; it also doubles as wildlife refuge. Other marine parks with campsites include: Clark Island, east of Orcas, James Island, east of Decatur, and Posey and Stuart islands, north of San Juan.


Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, east Orcas Island:, 360-376-2291. Lakedale Resort, San Juan Island:, 360-378-2350. Lopez Farm Cottages and Tent Camping, Lopez Island: www., 800-440-2556. Mitchell Bay Landing, San Juan Island:, 360-378-9296 Snug Harbor Marina Resort, San Juan Island: www.snugresort. com, 360-378-4762. West Beach Resort, Orcas Island:, 877-937-8224. Camping, RV, Tent Cabins. A family vacation destination on the sunny west side of Orcas Island. Marina, kids’ activities, store, espresso, fishing, boat rentals; pets and campfires okay.

Shaw Island

Shaw Island County Park: Located on the shoreline of Indian Cove, the park boasts the longest stretch of white sand in the San Juans, and features a boat launch and 11 campsites spread across the 60-acre park (360-378-8420).

Marine Parks

The San Juans’ marine parks and campsites have long been coveted by the kayak crowd. Boaters like them, too. Most marine park campsites are available on a firstcome, first-served basis, but group

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More than 70 artists working in all kinds of media abound on Lopez. Galleries in Lopez Village and studios nearby show art works from block prints to wood carvings, watercolors to weavings, sculpture to photographs, basketry to pottery. Even local restaurants and businesses are decorated with works from local artists. Regular art shows rotate at both the Gathering Place at the Hamlet and the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. The Lopez Center also has a full schedule of theater and music. More info:,


Catch a live show at Orcas Center ( or music on the outdoor stage at Eastsound Village Green (orcasfamilyfun. org). The Odd Fellows Hall ( features dance and music and The Actors Theater of Orcas Island ( schedules events at the Grange Hall all summer. Art galleries and art studios are in or around every Orcas Island community, and Orcas Island Artworks (, an artists cooperative gallery, schedules shows all year.


San Juan Island abounds in art: galleries and studios listed below, a great sculpture gallery overlooking the water at Roche Harbor, music venues and live theater indoors and out. There are a dozen art galleries and studios within an easy stroll in Friday Harbor, and multiple art and photography kiosks all summer at Roche Harbor resort.

Art Museums

Orcas Island • Lambiel Museum, world’s largest collection of Helen Loggie works. Tours by Appointment every day. 360-376-4544. San Juan Island • San Juan Island Museum of Art, 232 A St., Friday Harbor, Th-Sun., 360-370-5050, • Westcott Bay Sculpture Park, Roche Harbor, 360-370-5050,

Performing Arts

Lopez Island • Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, 204 Village Road, 360-468-2203, Orcas Island • Odd Fellows Hall, 112 Haven Road, Eastsound, 360-376-5640, • Orcas Center, 917 Mount Baker Road, Eastsound, 360-376-2281, • Orcas Grange/Actors Theater of Orcas, Orcas Road, Eastsound, 360-317-5601, San Juan Island • Island Stage Left, 1062 Wold Road, San Juan Island, 360-378-5649, • San Juan Community Theatre, 100 Second St., Friday Harbor, 360-378-3210,

Galleries & Studios

Lopez Island • Jean Behnke, studio and art consultant, by appointment, 360-468-3893. • Chimera Gallery, Artist’s Cooperative, Lopez Village, 26

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360-468-3265, • Colin Goode Gallery & Studio, Th.-Sun. 10-5, 95 Village Road, 360-468-4715. • Gallery 10, Colleen James, Open daily at noon, Lopez Village, 360-468-4910. • Heart Days, 222 Cross Road, May-Sept., call 360-468-2913. • Island Fibers, 4208 Port Stanley Rd., by app’t, 468-2469, • Lopez Co-op of Fine Craft Artisans, 265 Lopez Road, Lopez Village, 360-468-3818. • Lydia Arts, by appointment, 360-468-4998. • Christa Malay Studios & Gallery, 341 Shoal Bay Lane, 360-468-2159, • Red House Pottery, Jeffrey Hanks, 94 Islandale Road, 360-468-3028. • Ron Norman Metal Sculpture, by appointment, 360-468-3642. • Steve Horn Photographer, Friendly Isle Building, Lopez Village, 360-468-2100, • Windswept Studios & Fine Art, 783 Port Stanley Road, 360-468-2557,

Orcas Island • Gayle Keith Ashley Gallery/Studio, 109 North Beach Road, Eastsound Square, 360-376-3878, • Crow Valley Pottery (The Cabin), 2274 Orcas Road, 360-376-4260, • Crow Valley Pottery & Gallery, 296 Main St., Eastsound, 360-376-5260, • Dwight Duke Studios, call for app’t, 360-376-6544. • Howe Art Gallery, 1/4 mile west of Eastsound, 360-376-2945, • James Hardman Gallery, 11 Point Lawrence Road, Olga, 360-376-4588, • Jerry Weatherman/Olga Pottery, 6928 Olga Road, Olga, 360-376-4408, • Orcas Arts & Gifts by Suzanne, 245 Main St., 360-941-7297. • Orcas Island Artworks, coop, 11 Point Lawrence Road, • Olga, 360-376-4408, • Orcas Island Pottery, 338 Old Pottery Road, 360-376-2813, • The Right Place, 2515 Enchanted Forest Road, 360-376-4023. • Spees Art, 111 Harper Road, 360-376-4084. • The Waterfront Gallery, 344 Prune Alley, 360-376-5949. San Juan Island • Anne Sheridan Photography, 135 Second Street, 360-378-7286. • Arctic Raven Gallery, 130 S. First Street, 360-378-3433. • Concepia, 310A Spring St., 360-378-FOTO. • Dan Levin Originals, 50 First St., 360-378-2051, • Friday Harbor Art Studio & Custom Framing, 30 Web St., 360-378-5788, • Gallery San Juan & Framing, 232 A St., Suite 6, 360-378-1376, • GreenWinds, Kristy Gjerde, 360-378-3558. • Stewart Luckman, 143 Sweetgrass Lane, Portland Fair, 360-370-5302. • Matthew Bray Palmer, sculptor, Danielle Dean Palmer, photographer, 835-A Argyle Ave., 360-370-5520 . • Island Studios, 270 Spring St., 360-378-6550. • Michael Bertrand Photography, Roche Harbor Village, 360-317-6622. • Studio 210, 210 Nichols St. • Waterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle St., 360-378-3060,

The year of birding in the San Juan Islands By Barb Jensen hen people ask when is the best time of year to bird in the San Juans, I usually say most of the year, but each season highlights different birds and different birding behavior, and that’s what is exciting. Let’s start with spring. Drawn by red-flowering current blooms, Rufous Hummingbirds are a sure-fire sign of spring. They arrive after a migration of several thousand miles, which begins in Mexico. Even with early spring snow, courtship rituals have already begun: Song Sparrows sing, Bald Eagles soar in dazzling display and sea birds molt into breeding plumage. Spring is a time of change and birding is wonderful as wintering, migrating and breeding birds are here in scores. Our Audubon field trips seek out birds that soon head north, like Trumpeter Swans, Ancient Murrelets and Northern Shrike. We also look for Mountain Bluebirds at American Camp and Townsend Solitaries in the forests as they pass through for a few days or weeks while island-hopping their way to nearby


Hiking the Islands Best advice: ‘take a hike’ By Thor Hanson hile many people come to the San Juans for the boating, kayaking, and whale watching opportunities, visitors hoping for a good hike have a lot to look forward to. The islands’ parks and public places offer everything from beach rambles and lakeside strolls to steep climbs. It would take years to explore every path and byway, but the recommendations below are a great place to start. Orcas Island’s Moran State Park boasts thirty miles of hiking trails and ranges from sea level to the craggy 2,409 foot peak of Mount Constitution. In spite of all that topography, I usually head for a trail that’s almost entirely flat. The four-mile loop encircling Mountain Lake passes through open woodlands, willow thickets, and patches of old growth forest. Opportunities for a shoreline picnic abound, with lake views framed by forested hillsides. Those interested in a longer jaunt can hike to Twin Lakes, Mount Pickett, or Cascade Falls. San Juan Island has its own lakes and mountains, but also offers the longest beach walk in the islands. The wide sand and gravel strand at South Beach, in the American Camp sector of the National Park, stretches over two miles from the parking lot east to Cattle Point. With dramatic views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Mountains, a sunset stroll on South Beach is unforgettable. Two short walks give a good introduction to the habitats and history of Lopez Island. In Odlin County Park, take the Big Tree Trail from the campground and step back to a time when massive timber dominated the landscape. The path is less than a mile, but worth savoring for the shade and stillness beneath its ancient trees. At Spencer Spit State Park, hiking out to the reconstructed homesteader cabin on the point offers views of a tidal lagoon and a glimpse into the lifestyle of early island settlers. For more hikes or to download trail maps, visit the websites of these agencies: San Juan Island National Historical Park, Washington State Parks, San Juan County Parks, San Juan Island Trails Committee, and San Juan County Land Bank.


– Thor Hanson, a local biologist, is author of “Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle” and “The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda.”

Vancouver Islands. Onboard the ferries, passengers watch for flocks of dainty Bonaparte’s Gulls fishing in Rosario Channel —they will soon head out. Hummingbirds are everywhere and more than 100 were banded on Lopez Island in a single day. Mornings in May and June are filled with song. The penny whistle trill of a Winter Wren brightens the dark forests of Moran and Spencer Spit State parks. Perched atop next boxes crammed with sticks, a male House Wren breaks out in song, hoping to lure a female. The upward spiraling song of a Swainson’s Thrush rings sweet in the late afternoon. By the time Common Nighthawks arrive in June, Red-tailed hawk chicks have left the nest. Birds become secretive with chicks on the nest. Brilliant feathers fade and show wear. Western Bluebirds begin their second brood and male Harlequin Ducks return from mountain streams. The southbound shorebird migration officially begins July 1 and birders check the beaches for the first adult male and scan from boats for Red-necked Phalaropes spinning in lines of seaweed, gorging on plankton before they head to the South Pacific. By autumn, bird numbers have more than doubled, adults and youngsters combined. Sorting through rafts of Rhinoceros Auklets there may be the once common but now rare Tufted Puffin. Warblers head south while sea birds arrive from the north. Sea ducks, grebes and loons congregate off the east side of Sperry Peninsula. Birders take note of arrival dates of wintering birds. Bald Eagles return from salmon spawning rivers. Winter settles in, Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count is approaching, but the sounds of spring are but a few weeks away. — Barb Jensen is president of the San Juan Islands’ chapter of the Audubon Society

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By Mike Close he very best way to experience the beauty of the San Juan Islands is from the water. And depending on your choice - sailboat, powerboat, or kayak - your experience will be different. In a sailboat, it is just you, the boat, the wind and current, gliding quietly along the shoreline, mooring up at a state marine park, lying on the deck in the sunshine. In a powerboat, you can explore the islands, do your own whale watch tour, and check out some

Kayaking & Boating



• Anacortes Kayak Tours, 1801 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 800-9921801, • Sea Kayak Shop, 2515 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes. 360299-2300,

Lopez Island

• Cascadia Kayaks, 135 Lopez Road, Building A, 360-468-3008, • Lopez Island Kayaks, Fisherman Bay Marina. 360-468-2847, • Outer Islands Expeditionsat Lopez Islander Resort near Lopez Village, 360-376-3711, www.

Orcas Island

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great restaurants with docks. Kayaks put you right on the water, where you can feel the shift of the current, smell the saltwater, see anemones and starfish as you glide over the shallows, and hear the gulls and seals. You can choose a full day or multi-day guided trip as part of a sea kayak tour, or just rent one for a few hours and do your own thing. Either way, kayaks let you get up close to the beautiful shoreline environment. On Lopez Island, Cascadia Kayaks in Lopez Village offers guided kayak trips, lessons, and rentals. Lopez Island Kayaks on Fisherman Bay Road provides all the necessary equipment, and advice on clothing, safety and training prior to departure. On Orcas Island, there are many fine kayak

Eastsound, 360-376-5388, www. (Lessons only) • Crescent Beach Kayak Rental, 239 Crescent Beach Road, 360-376-2464, • North Shore Charters5164 Deer Harbor Rd., 360-378-4855 • Orcas Island Kayaking, at Lieber Haven Resort and Marina, 1945 Obstruction Pass Road, 360-376-2472, • Orcas Outdoors Sea Kayak Tours, at the Orcas ferry landing, 360-376-4611, • HandCrafted Kayaks, skin-onframe kayak tours, 360-376-3677 • Outer Islands Expeditions, Eastsound, 360-376-3711, www.

tour companies that offer trips from several locations: Deer Harbor, Doe Bay, Rosario, West Beach and West Sound. On San Juan Island, Friday Harbor Marine rents sailboats, powerboats, kayaks, and sailing kayaks, and teaches sail and powerboat classes. They offer guided or self-guided 1-4 hour kayak trips suitable for beginners of all ages. Around San Juan Island, boaters and kayakers may encounter Dall’s porpoise, Minke whales, sea lions, sea birds, and maybe even the Orca whales that frequent the West Side of the island.

— Mike Close is owner/operator of Friday Harbor Marine

• Shearwater Adventures, 360-376-4699, • Spring Bay Kayaking, at Spring Bay Inn, Olga, 360-3765531, • West Beach Resort, 190 Waterfront Way, 877-WEST-BCH, www.

San Juan Island

• Crystal Seas Kayaking, 877732-7877, • Discovery Sea Kayaks, 185 First St., 866-461-2559, www. • Friday Harbor Marine, 4 Front Street, Suite C, rentals, sailboat training, powerboats, Hobie kayaks. 360-378-6202, www. • Jewels of the Sound, yoga and eco-tour adventures, 360-378-

5160, • Mitchell Bay Landing, 360-3789296, • Outdoor Odysseys, 1 to 5-day tours, 86 Cedar St., 800-647-4621, • San Juan Excursions, #2 Spring Street Landing, 800-8094253, • San Juan Kayak Expeditions, sea kayak sailing, 745C Tarabochia Lane. 360-378-4436, www. • San Juan Outfitters, Roche Harbor Marina. 1-866-810-1483, • Sea Quest Expeditions, 888-5894253, • Snug Harbor Marina, 1997 Mitchell Bay Road, Snug Harbor. 360-378-4762,

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By Joe Cussen hether you’re a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between, the San Juans are a great destination to hop on a bicycle and explore. By bike, you can really breathe in the islands’ scenic beauty and find our two-lane, twist-and-turn rural roads are a refreshingly friendly place to pedal. In fact, islanders have made a concerted effort over the years to get out the message of “Share the Road”–you’ll see the signs on our major roadways–because bicycling is so popular. Left yours at home? No worries. Island bike shops have plenty of rentals and route maps as well. Here are a few of my favorites.

San Juan Island – from Friday Harbor:

• Pear Point Loop: An easy route, no more than six miles, and low traffic density. It starts in town and ends in town, and is a good route for families with children. • Cattle Point Road, out and back: At about 20 miles, roundtrip, it’s a moderate route with moderate traffic, and sports well-marked and ample bicycles shoulders, along both sides of the road. You’ll find excellent views of the Cascade Mountain range and possibilities are good of a close encounter with an eagle, a fox or a blue heron, or two. • Roche Harbor Road to the west side, and back: About 35 miles, this route travels around the north end of the island and covers some steep terrain along the way. While Roche Harbor Road has a bicycle

The San Juan County Fair starts Wednesday, Aug. 15, continues through Saturday, Aug. 18 and is chock-full of activities, which draws 22,000 visitors every year. Here are some things to know: Music and demos: The “not to be missed” Fairly Outrageous Trashion Fashion Show is Wednesday, 8-9 p.m. Then on Thursday, swing your hips to the tunes of the Chameleons, 7 - 9 p.m., or on Friday, catch the rocking’ blues group, the Henry James Band, 7 - 9 p.m. On Saturday, get down into a funky groove with the homegrown band Orcas Horns 7 - 9 p.m. The annual Sheep to Shawl demonstration begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, and lasts until the woven shawls are finished in the afternoon. Look for the special booths near Fine Arts and Photography departments throughout the four days. The Skateboard and BMX

shoulder, the route along Bailer Hill, West Valley and West Side roads does not. The payoff is big, however, as this course traces along San Juan’s scenically spectacular west side, which looks over Haro Strait, and where the San Juan’s semi-resident orcas are often found.

Lopez Island – from the ferry landing:

Lopez is the least hilly of the four ferry-served islands and has low traffic density. The best way to see the island is to travel Center Road, which begins about a mile from the ferry landing, and nearly covers the length of the island, with some intriguing side roads. A good place for lunch is Lopez Village, situated about five miles south of the ferry landing.

Exposition is Thursday, 2 p.m., and the Essential Horsemanship Demonstration is Saturday, 5 p.m. Fair admission prices: Season pass: Senior (65 and over) - $18, Adult - $22, Youth(age 5 to 16)- $10, (Under 5 years old is free) Daily pass: Senior (65 and over) - $10, Adult - $12, Youth (age 5 to 16)- $5, (Under 5 years old is free) Exhibitor Pass: Adult - $15, Youth (age 5 to 16)- $5

Orcas Island – from the ferry landing:

Orcas is the hilliest of the islands and most of its roads lack shoulders. Eastsound Village, the hub of the island, is about 10 miles from the ferry landing. The road less traveled to Eastsound begins about three miles from the ferry landing, Crow Valley Road, and boasts excellent scenery. For the experienced cyclist looking for a real challenge, Orcas has Mount Constitution. It’s a 5-mile climb from the Moran State park area to the summit, and the view from the top – once you regain yours – is breathtaking.

– Editor’s note: Joe Cussen is a member of Island Rec’s Trails Committee and Bike Path Group.

Fair Hours: Entry Day - Tuesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fair Days Wednesday to Saturday, Aug. 15 - 18, exhibits and entertainment, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Horse events start at 8 a.m. daily. Animal barns close at 9 p.m. daily (except Saturday - close at 8 p.m.). Main building closes at 9 p.m. Kids day, Thursday and Friday, ride from noon - 5 p.m. for $22. Pick-up exhibits, Sunday, 9 a.m. - noon.

Summer Sizzles at San Juan Community Theatre! Barbershop Bonanza The Carl Verheyen Band Dance Happy Chamber Music San Juans MCT’s The Tortoise VS. the Hare A Bit of Night Music


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Veggies, sweets, soaps and more By Cali Bagby n the summer, bright sun bounces off the red onion, orange carrots and luscious green lettuce. Customers peruse the different farmers’ stands looking at everything from colorful bouquets, to fresh seafood, to baked treats and jewelry. This is a scene from any of the farmers markets on Orcas, Lopez and San Juan. Visiting one of these local markets is a great way to get a taste for the islands in just one stop. You can nibble on farm-


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fresh vegetables, buy fruit and berries for your seaside picnic, savor smoked wild salmon, be captivated by the scent of fresh-cut flowers and buy natural-fiber products. You can also purchase natural cosmetics and medicinals, honey, nursery plants and vegetables, or meet local artists and artisans, and enjoy live music. Products come from an array of honey farms, plant nurseries, flower, herb, berry, and vegetable farms, as well as more traditional meat and egg producing farms. At other farms, you can buy fresh fruit like apricots, blueberries, cherries, nectar-

The San Juan Island Farmers Market is on Saturdays from April to October, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its new location on the Plaza at the Brickworks on Nichols St. The winter market from January to April is held at the Friday Harbor High School Commons. The Holiday Season Market is held on Saturdays Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 and 17. Whether you are craving a fresh salad, pizza, sushi or fresh baked bread, the market promises treats that will satisfy your taste buds. Or if you are shopping for mementos made on the island, market artisans offer pesto made from scratch, herb-infused vinegars, woven goods or wool comforters. You can also find fresh-caught salmon, smoked salmon and tuna, halibut, king crab and black cod. If you’re still wanting more there are plenty of organic berries, apples and stands piled high with a wide assortment of veggies. Farmers offer locally grown beef,

ines, peaches and pears. Or you can buy colored spinning fleeces, hand-spun yarn and tanned sheepskins in natural colors. Unusual crops on the islands include bamboo, kiwis, sedum, pumpkins and lavender. In the spring as you drive around the islands you’ll see newborn lambs, goats, alpacas and maybe even piglets. Many farms practice organic, sustainable agriculture or use alternative energy systems like solar, wind or hydro. That’s just a sample: you’ll have to get a farm guide, which can be found at http://, to learn more.

lamb, goat, cheese, sausage and duck and chicken eggs. For more info, visit • High Seas Tuna at the Farmers Market Best Tuna in the Northwest, 360-298-4463, 24 hours, 7 days a week. • San Juan Vineyards 3136 Roche Harbor Road, call 378-9463 for more info. • Westcott Bay Orchards 12 Anderson Lane. For info, call 378-3880 or visit • English Camp Orchards It is located on National Parks Service property on West Valley Road, just north of English Camp’s south boundary. For info, visit • Pelindaba Lavender Farm 33 Hawthorne Lane,

Lopez Island

The Lopez Farmers Market is on Saturdays from May to September, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., held in Lopez Village, next to the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. The sounds and sights of this market will give you a peek into small island living. Depending on the day you might hear a local fiddler, guitarist, accordion player or even a band of teenagers making music on the grass. You’ll find a wealth of treats including organic and locally grown fruits, veggies, meats and more, like the Jones Family Farm’s beef, pork, oysters and clam and produce from the sustainable Horse Drawn Farms. And for souvenirs or gifts, you can browse stalls offering herbs and vinegars, handmade woolen objects, soaps and quilts. For more info, visit www. • Lopez Vineyard and Winery Located at 724 Fisherman Bay Rd.,

Orcas Island

The Orcas Farmers Market is on Saturdays from May 5 to October 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Eastsound Village Green. During October and through most of November, the market meets, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oddfellows Hall, located on Haven Street just south of Main Street on the way to Madrona Point. On Orcas, you’ll find flower petal salads, heirloom tomatoes, squash blooms, handcrafted soaps and natural body care products, pottery, colorful hand tie-dyed clothing, unique glass art and sculptures. If that’s not enough this farmer’s market will have your taste buds tingling. The smell of hot grilled oysters, falafel and freshly brewed chai are common aromas around the market. For more info, visit


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Weekly programs:

• Pig War Story Guided Walk Park rangers and volunteers describe events leading up to and including the Pig War, and the peaceful joint occupation of San Juan Island by English and American troops. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to noon, June 9 to Sept. 1, American Camp. • Living History: Life during the Joint Military Occupation Park rangers and volunteers recreate military and civilian life during the island’s early pioneer period. Activities include blacksmithing, coopering, needlework and exhibitions of military equipment. Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m., June 9 to Sept. 1, English Camp. • Birding in the Park The forests, prairies and lagoons of American Camp attract a variety of birds throughout the summer. Join park staff in enjoying this wonderful island resource. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., June 8 to Aug. 31, meets at American Camp visitor center; or by appointment. 360378-2240, ext. 2228. • Contra Dancing at English Camp Folk singer Michael Cohen and local musicians present an evening of traditional folk tunes and dancing. Mondays, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., June 18 to Aug. 20, English Camp. • Young Hill/Royal Marine Cemetery Guided Walk Serious hikers will enjoy this 2-hour journey, led by Park Historian Mike Vouri up the slope of 650-foot Young Hill, where the summit offers splendid views of the Juan de Fuca and Haro straits, Vancouver Island, and the Olympic Mountains. Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m., June 10 to Sept. 2, meet at English Camp parking area. • Frazer Homestead Walk Join Park Historian Mike Vouri and learn more about how American Camp’s “frontiersmen in blue” played a key role in pioneering Euro-American settlement on San Juan Island. Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., June 6 to Aug. 29, meet at the American Camp visitor center.

Jensen for a colorful 90-minute walk through American Camp prairies. Suitable for beginning as well as veteran birders. 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sunday, June 3, American Camp visitor center. • Northwest Pioneer Folkways Demonstrations Janet Oakley, author and former education coordinator for the Skagit County Historical Museum. LaConner, demonstrates pioneer folkways, from butter churning to Dutch oven baking. Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 30, English Camp. • Encampment 2012 and Henry M. Jackson Centennial Celebration Park staff, volunteers and Pacific Northwest re-enactors recreate life on San Juan Island at mid-19th century. This year’s activities include black powder demonstrations with 19th-century weapons. The event also will commemorate the centennial of U.S. Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson, who co-wrote the legislation creating the park. Weekend highlights include a Candlelight Ball, an evening of dancing and refreshments; 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. July 28-29, English Camp parade ground. • A Weaving Weekend Weavers of San Juan Island and Washington State gather to demonstrate how European and American Indian tech-

niques melded to create woven objects and clothing unique to the Pacific Northwest. Cowlitz Nation weaver Judy Bridges and Fort Nisqually interpreter and storyteller Karen Haas will show how it was done with all-natural fibers, including wild reeds. The San Juan spinners and weavers, as well as islanders Anita Barreca and Roger Ellison will also join in. All day, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, English Camp parade ground. • A Prairie’s Life: A Continuing Dialogue In a region known for its ample rainfall, lush forests and coastal climate, American Camp’s prairie is unique in the Puget Sound/Salish Sea Basin. Join Park Historian Mike Vouri and Integrated Resources Chief Jerald Weaver as they explore changes from the ancient continental ice sheet to today’s restoration efforts. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, San Juan Island Library. — All programs are free, open to the public, except where noted, and subject to change. For updates on additional programs and accessibility information, call San Juan Island National Historical Park at (360) 378-2240, ext. 2233; or visit, sajh or Facebook.

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2012 Special Programs:

• Ancient Visitors: Tracing the Prehistory of San Juan Island Through Archaeology University of Washington archaeologist, Dr. Julie Stein, traces ancient habitation of San Juan Island in this guided walk on the American Camp prairie; 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 2, South Beach. Meet at Alaska Packer’s Rock at the end of Salmon Banks Road. • The Birds of American Camp Join San Juan Island bird expert and former national park ranger Barbara

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golf. Golfers of all stripes and skill can get their fix at any of three courses on the islands, Lopez, Orcas and San Juan. Each comes with its own unique challenges and charm, and is well stocked with carts, equipment and rental clubs in the event that you’ve left yours at home. Orcas Island Golf Club, nestled in the heart of picturesque Crow Valley, features dipsy-doodle fairways and strategically placed water hazards and sand traps, and its centerpiece is an expansive farmhouse, originally built in the 1880s and rejuvenated in the spirit of an old Scottish country club. The 9-hole course spans 5,145 yards, for a round of 18, and par is 71. Lopez Island Golf Club boasts gently rolling fairways mostly lined by trees on a 9-hole course that stretches 5,304

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The Family Resource Center is first stop for summer activities for children of all ages. One of the center’s summer events, the Missoula Children’s Theatre, produces a play with child actors—this year it’s Cinderella. Auditions, July 30; workshop, July 30 to Aug. 3; performances, Aug. 3 and 4. The center also hosts sports camps, kayak lessons, sailing lessons, and voyages, art workshops and more. Biking the gentle terrain is great for kids and parents pulling a tot trailer. Hiking, clamming, swimming, beachcombing, viewing marine and bird life, you-name-it activ-

yards for 18 holes. In keeping with the famous laid-back lifestyle of Lopez, the club operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so tee times are not required, nor taken. The course is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. San Juan Golf & Country Club is home to one of the region’s most scenic and challenging 9-hole golf courses. It’s been rated second-toughest by the Northwest Pacific Golf Association. While par for 18 holes is 71, the club record is an impressive 65. The club also hosts the annual Celebrity Golf Classic, the island’s longest-running charitable event and a popular fundraiser that benefits a long list of locally based non-profit organizations. The Classic takes place in early June. Contact info: Lopez Island Golf Club: (360) 468-2679; Orcas Island Golf Club: (360) 376-; San Juan Island Golf & Country Club: (360) 378-2254; ities are available at Shark Reef, Spencer Spit, Agate Beach, Otis Perkins Day Park, and Odlin County Park.

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Kids won’t want to miss The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor. Other historical sites, with outdoor space, are San Juan Island National Historical Park, and the Historical Museum. The fairgrounds in Friday Harbor has a playground and skate park, and hosts the County Fair, Aug. 15-18. Westcott Bay Sculpture Park, at Roche Harbor, has more than a hundred sculptures in a picturesque outdoor setting, and lots of room to roam. The San Juan Community Theatre hosts plays and concerts every week, and Island Rec has events and programs for kids all summer. For great hikes and views, try Mount Young and Mount Finlayson, and Lime Kiln State Park. For driftwood, beachcombing, or chilly swim, try Jackson Beach or Eagle Cove. Tide pools? Jakle’s Lagoon, Dead Man’s Cove, False Bay. Swim at Lakedale Resort (lake, small-boat rental), Roche Harbor Village (outdoor pool, kayak rental, tennis courts, playground), and San Juan Fitness (indoor pool, exercise machines).

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The Funhouse is packed with entertaining and educational activities for kids. The Right Place Pottery teaches kids (and adults) how to use a potter’s wheel. Buck Park has a world class skate park, soccer fields, playground, and basketball and tennis courts. Check out West Beach Resort for daily kids’ activities in summer, where the “fun menu” includes build-your-own sundaes, tie-dye, fishing, and a treasure hunt (877-937-8224 for times or Eastsound has several great little parks, like Waterfront Park. Walk along Crescent Beach and comb driftwood, or take in the sunset at North Beach. Don’t miss Moran State Park and its 5,000 acres, five lakes and 30 miles of hiking trails. Cascade Lake has a sandy beach, swim area and playground. Rent a paddle boat, lunch at the picnic tables, fish from the dock, or follow the trail to the “jumping tree” that leans out over the lake. 32

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Shaw Island

Located in the heart of the San Juans, Shaw Island is the smallest of the four ferry-served islands, by far. In fact, at a little less than eight square miles, Shaw is about one-third of the size of Lopez, the next largest. But for whatever it may lack in size, Shaw Island makes up for with its abundance of scenic beauty and a peaceful, pastoral sense of place that’s entirely unique among the islands. It’s home to South Beach, where you’ll find the longest stretch of white sandy beach in the San Juans - 3,200 feet to be precise - along with one of the most popular campgrounds anywhere in the islands. Located on the island’s south side, about two miles from the ferry landing, the 60-acre county park features a dozen campsites and a day-use area that’s perennially one of the most popular picnic spots in the San Juans. It’s also part of the Cascadia Marine Park trail system, a network of rest stops and campsites that extend from the Canadian border, to the north, to the southern-most point of Puget Sound, near Olympia, and a longtime favorite of both kayakers and sailboaters. Outside the county park, Shaw Island offers few amenities for vacationers -- like restaurants or overnight accommodations; it has a general store -- but it is home to a pair of biological preserves, two orders of Catholic nuns, each with its

own monastery, and a oneroom schoolhouse (built in the 1890s) that’s listed on the national and state registers of historic places. It’s well worth a visit.

Museums & Heritage sites

The San Juans are home to six different lighthouses and no fewer than 13 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On San Juan Island, the National Parks Service pays tribute to what is perhaps the most pivotal point in the San Juans’ pioneer era, an international boundary dispute that led to the joint-occupation of the island by U.S. and British troops, 1859-1872. The peaceful settlement of that standoff, known as the Pig War, stands as a testament to the power of diplomacy and a landmark in island history. Its commemorated by National Parks at two different locations, American Camp, at the south end of the island, and British Camp, to the north, where much of the two nations’ former military encampments remain intact. But human history in the San Juans began long before the arrival of the first European settlers. The legacy of the Coast Salish peoples, who fished, hunted, traded and maintained a large presence in the islands until the late 1880s, remains alive in the islands’ geography, in various artifacts on display in local museums, and in an array of

native American artwork. Farming, fishing and logging were the bread-and-butter of the pioneer economy. But the remoteness of the San Juans, and its waterways, as well as the archipelago’s many channels, bays and sheltered coves, coupled with its location along an international border, also attracted a long line of infamous smugglers, bootleggers and outcasts. Each of the San Juans four ferry-served islands boasts its own historical society and maintains its own historical museum. • Lopez Island Historical Museum, Lopez Village. 360468-2098, • Orcas Island Historical Museum, Eastsound. 360-376-4849, • Shaw Island Library/ Historical Museum, Blind Bay Road. 360-468-4068, • San Juan Island Historical Museum, 405 Price St., Friday Harbor. 360-378-3949,

Other museums

• The Whale Museum (Friday Harbor): • American Legion Veterans Museum (Friday Harbor): 110 First St. 360-3785705, • San Juan Aviation Mu-

seum (Friday Harbor): Roy Franklin Terminal, Friday Harbor Airport.


As endorsements go, diving in the San Juans carries one of the best. According to numerous publications, as well as local lore, the late great Jacques Cousteau named the San Juan Islands as his secondfavorite place in the world to dive -- the Red Sea being the first. That’s probably because of the unique abundance of plants and animals that can be found below the surface of the Salish Sea, where tides, terrain, sunshine and a steady stream of nutrients from the nearby Fraser and Skagit rivers merge together to create a spectacular adventure for any underwater enthusiast. Divers will find plenty of sea life to capture their attention, like colossal anenomies, super-size starfish, brightly-colored crab, the giant octopus and the gnarly wolf eel, as well as schools of herring, salmon and sand lance, numerous species of rockfish, urchins and sea cucumbers, and more. Whom to call: Anacortes Diving & Supply, 2502 Commercial Ave., (360) 293-2070;

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The Salish Sea’s amazing marine wildlife By Joe Gaydos he San Juan Islands sit at the heart of the Salish Sea, a 17,000 square kilometer highly productive inland sea shared by Washington and British Columbia. While we’re known around the world for our Southern resident killer whales, a recent study showed that a huge diversity of birds and mammals also depend on the Salish Sea. In fact, 36 mammal species in addition to killer whales rely on the Salish


Sea. These include some that are frequently seen, like harbor seals, and less common mammals like Pacific white-sided dolphins, and ones that people really don’t even think of as using the marine ecosystem, like red fox and black-tailed deer, which forage in intertidal areas. Even more interesting is that each animal has its own unique story. Did you know that the harbor seal can dive down to 1,500 feet, hold its breath for an hour, and has been documented to eat more than 30 species of fish in the San Juan Islands? The same study that identified 37 mammal species showed that there are 172 bird species that depend on the Salish Sea. This includes more than 20 gull species, over 30 species of shore birds and nine species of alcids, a diving penguin-like bird that uses its wings to “fly” underwater and live most of their lives on the water, coming to shore only to nest. Like the mammals, some of the bird species, like bald eagles

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and the belted kingfisher, are very familiar to the public, while fewer people can tell you the difference between a pigeon guillemot, a common murre and a rhinoceros auklet as they fly by with a bill full of fish to feed their young. Download a checklist of the birds and mammals of the Salish Sea (http://www. and see how many you can find. Then try to learn as much as you can about each of the species you see. You’ll be amazed. –Dr. Joe Gaydos is chief scientist of SeaDoc Society, UC Davis.

Lopez Island

• Barlow Bay Charters, 360-468-3388, • Outer Islands Expeditions at Lopez Islander Resort near Lopez Village, 360-376-3711,

Orcas Island

• Deer Harbor Charters, 360-376-5989, 800-544-5758, • North Shore Charters, 360-376-4855, • Orcas Island Eclipse Charters, Orcas Village, 360-376-6566, 800-376-6566, • Outer Islands Expeditions, Eastsound, 360-376-3711, 360-622-6562,

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• Captain Carli’s Whale Watch Tours, Friday Harbor, 360-378-0302, • Cap’n Howard’s Sailing Charters, 360-370-5855. • Maya’s Westside Charters, Snug Harbor, 360-378-7996, • OnBoard Tours, 360-317-5705, • San Juan Excursions, Friday Harbor, 800-80-WHALE, • San Juan Outfitters, Roche Harbor, 866-810-1483, • San Juan Safaris, Friday Harbor, 360-378-1323, • Legacy Charters, Cannery Landing, 360-378-3744, • Victoria-San Juan Cruises, Friday Harbor, 360-378-3499, • Western Prince Whale & Wildlife Tours, Friday Harbor, 800-757-6722,

Explore the San Juans all year long Art galleries and pottery studios offer changing exhibits; see Arts & Entertainment section. For a complete listing of activities, concerts and other events, visit: Island Stage Left,, Lopez Center for Community & the Arts,, Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce,, Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce,, Orcas Center,, San Juan Community Calendar,, San Juan Community Theatre,, San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce,, San Juan Island National Historical Park,, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau,


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• 8 Traditional Flamenco music and dance, 7:30 p.m., Lopez Center, www. • 13-16 Tap Show 12, 4 p.m., Lopez Center, • 29 Lopez Artist Guild Art Show, 5 p.m., Lopez Center, www.

• 4 2nd Annual Dog Show,9 a.m., Lopez Center, www. • 4 Missoula Children’s Theatre, 3 p.m., Lopez Center, www. • 10 Lopez Artist Guild Art Show, 5 p.m., Lopez Center, www. • 10 Orcas Island Chamber Music visits Lopez Island, Grace Church, 5 p.m., 360376-6636 or 866-4920003, • 11 Jazz pianist Michael Golden, 7 p.m., Lopez Center, • 17 Mamatamba and Musekiwa Chingodza, Music of Zimbabwe, 7:30 p.m., Lopez Center, www. • 31 Burlesque Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m., Lopez Center, www.

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JULY 2012

• 3 Abbey Road Live!, 7 p.m., Lopez Center, • 4 Friends of the Library-Book Sale, 9 a.m., Lopez Center, • 4 Lion’s Club 32nd Annual Fun Run/Walk, 8:30 a.m., Lopez Center, www. • 4 Fourth of Julyparade, barbecue and evening fireworks, BBQ at Lopez Center, www. • 4 Lopez Island 4th of July Celebration -26 Years of Fireworks, 10:30 p.m., • 15 Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings Concert, 7 p.m., Lopez Center, www. • 28 Summer Concert Fundraiser for



• 1-2 16th annual 2012 Lopez Island Studio Tour, www. • 2 Carter Family Puppet Season, 2 p.m., Lopez Center, www. • 15 2012 Lopez Home Tour, 9 a.m.,

• 21 Lopez Artist Guild Art Show Reception, 5 p.m. Lopez Center, • 22 Latin Grammy award winner Jovino Santos-Neto, 7:30 p.m., Lopez Center,


• 1-31 Savor the San Juans, various locations on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands, savor/.


• 24 Carter Family Puppet Season, 11 a.m., • 25 Holiday Village Lighting and Gathering, Lopez Village,


• 1 Art Show: Waldron Artists Pamela Mills and Julia Loyd, 5:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, • 2 Orcas Island Community Band Summer Concert, Orcas Center, 7:30 p.m., 360-376-ACT1, • 1-3 The Butterfly Effect, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1,



Robert M. Anderson, PLS • 8 National Theater Live: Frankenstein, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, • 15 and 29 The Met: Live in HD, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, www. • 22-23 One World Music Festival, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, www. • 22–July 9, Crow Valley Pottery’s annual Garden Art Show, 2274 Orcas Road, 360-3764260, • 23 Summer Solstice Parade, noon, Eastsound Village, • 23-24 Orcas Island Homestead Tour, Various locations, Orcas Island, www., 253-302-9729.

JULY 2012

• 4 Eastsound Fireworks Display, 6-10:45 p.m., • 6 and 13 The Met: Live in HD, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, www. • 13 – Aug. 10 Crow Valley Pottery’s annual Pottersfest, 2274 Orcas Road, 360376-4260, • 14 Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, • 7 Community Parade, 11 a.m., Eastsound, Orcas Lions Club Barbecue at the American Legion, 793 Crescent Beach Drive, • 21 Annual Summer Gala, 5:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376ACT1,

9 a.m., Moran State Park, • 3-5 Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous, all day, • 8 18th Annual Golf Classic, 10 a.m., Orcas Island Golf Club,


• 1-31 Savor the San Juans, various locations on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands, • 6 Orcas Horns and Nouveau Stride, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, • 11-13‚ 18-20 Enchanted Forest Mystery Cabaret, 1 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, • 14 and 28 The Met: Live in HD, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, www. • 27 Nanda-The Jacket, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1,

• 3 Orcas Art Tour Artists, 5:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376ACT1, • 3 The Met: Live in HD, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, • 9 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents Hamlet Concerts, Olga, Westsound and Deer Harbor Community Clubs, 360-376-6636 or 866-492-0003, • 11 Orcas Island Library Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Village Green in Eastsound, www. • 11-12 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival presents A flurry of Violins, Orcas Center, 360-376-6636 or 866-492-0003, • 17-19 Orcas Artist’s Studio Tour,


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• 11 OffCenter Local Artist Showcase # 1, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, • 18 The Met: Live in HD, 1 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, • 23-24 Olga Symphony & Friends, Orcas Center, 360-376ACT1,


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• 1-2, 16 and 23 The Met: Live in HD, 6:30 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1, • 8-9 Orcas Choral Society, Orcas Center, 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., 360-376-ACT1, • 15 Orcas Island Community Band Winter Concert, 2 p.m., Orcas Center, 360-376-ACT1,


• 1-2 San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic, San Juan Golf and Country Club, • 2 21st Anniversary San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour, • 3 Barbershop Bonanza 2012, San Juan Community Theatre, 2 p.m., • 3 San Juan Island Marathon/

Half Marathon, 8:30 a.m., San Juan County Fairgrounds, • 8 The Carl Verheyen Band, San Juan Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m., • 9 San Juan Islands Garden Tour, various locations, • 16 Dance Happy, San Juan Community Theatre, 7 p.m., • 16 Jazz at the Labs, 11 a.m.-p.m., U.W. Friday Harbor

Labs, 360-378-2165, • 17 Orca Sing Annual Concert, Lime Kiln Point State Park, • 23 Chamber Music San Juans, San Juan Community Theatre, 360-378-3210, • 30 Missoula Children’s Theatre: The Tortoise Versus the Hare, 3 and 7 p.m., San Juan Community Theatre, 360-378-3210,

JULY 2012

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• 1 Summer Concert Series Music in the Park, 5 p.m., Port of Friday Harbor, www. • 4 Fourth of July Community Parade and Fireworks, downtown Friday Harbor, www. • 4 Rotary Rock the Dock party, 360-378-6119. • 4 Kiwanis Club’s Pig War Picnic, San Juan Historical Museum, 405 Price St., after the Fourth of July Parade. Live entertainment, food, games, silent auction. 360-378-3949, • 4 Roche Harbor Old-Fashioned July Fourth, with Family 3.3K Fun Run, live music, fireworks, 360378-2155, • 7 The Life and Times of General George Pickett, 8 p.m., San Juan Community Theatre, 360-378-3210, • 12 Island Stage Left presents Shakespeare Under the Stars - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Island Stage Left, • 21-22 Summer Arts Fair and Lavender Festival, • 28-29 Encampment, at English Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park,


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• 4 The Life and Times of General George Pickett, 8 p.m., San Juan Community Theatre, • 4-5 Weaving Weekend with Cowlitz Nation weaver Judy Bridges and storyteller Karen Haas, English Camp, San Juan Island

National Historical Park. • 11 Classical Pianist Peter Basquin Returns, 8 p.m., San Juan Community Theatre, • 15-18 San Juan County Fair, 360-3784310, • 18 Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run, 9 a.m., San Juan Island, • 26 Concours d’Elegance, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, San Juan Vineyards,


• 15 Chamber Music San Juans, 7:30 p.m., San Juan Community Theatre, • 22 Gypsy Jazz Pearl Django, 7:30 p.m., San Juan Community Theatre, • 22 Island Quest Adventure Race, www.


• 1-2 Artstock Fall Festival of Art, galleries and studios throughout San Juan Island. • 1-31 Savor the San Juans, various locations on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands, • 6 Octoberfest, San Juan County Fairgrounds, www.


• 1 Island Light Festival, • 7-8 Resurrection Fishing Derby, www. • 8 Roche Harbor Christmas party, 1-800-451-8910,

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