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HOLIDAY GUIDE 2011 Published as a supplement to The Whidbey News-Times & The South Whidbey Record


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Whidbey Holiday Guide

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DECK THE HALLS: With some Whidbey grown greenery.

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HOLIDAY CALENDAR: Events for a season of cheer!

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HOLIDAY PETS: Be prepared for that special addition to the family.

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WHIDBEY ART TRAIL: Unique gifts are found at these artist’s studios.

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ENTERTAINMENT: Buy a ticket to something on the Whidbey boards this holiday season.

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TRADITIONS: Cut a Christmas tree in the Olympic National Forest HOLIDAY HOME TOUR JOLLY & SAFE HOLIDAYS

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Deck the halls

Henderson gives Whidbey a holly jolly Christmas

BY JESSIE STENSLAND | WHIDBEY NEWS TIMES

The fog that drifts across Whidbey Island in the wee hours of the morn may set the perfect mood for Halloween, but the mist also helps to make the island a wonderland for those who love to deck the halls for Christmas. It turns out that the mild, often foggy weather on the island — along with just the right amount of cold weather in the fall and winter — is perfect for growing big, beautiful holly trees and shrubs. “Holly loves the fog,� said Whidbey holly farmer Robbie Henderson, who explained that the leaves capture the moisture in the fog. “In the summer it self-waters itself.� For the past 60 years, the Henderson family on North Whidbey have taken advantage of the perfect hollygrowing climate to cultivate long rows of the prickly trees and, come late November, transform the greenery into gorgeous wreaths, swags and sprays that spread holiday cheer all over the nation. For many people, holly evokes memories of Christmases gone by. “People love it when they open up a package from us,� Henderson said.

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At right, frost decorates the holly as the weather turns to the winter season. Robbie Henderson, owner of Henderson Holly Farm, inspects the leaves on one of his holly trees. His North Whidbey farm has more than 500 trees. “They can’t believe it’s real holly.� Robbie Henderson was born to be a holly farmer. His parents started a holly farm on Whidbey in 1952; he was born four years later. He said growing up on a holly farm was a

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HOLLY CONTINUED FROM 3 up isn’t the well-known “Henderson Holly Farm� on Troxell Road he owns today. In fact, he visited the Troxell Road farm when he was still a boy and announced to his parents that he would own it someday. He purchased the holly farm in the 1980s, making his childhood dream a reality. Today, there’s more than 500 holly trees in a dozen different varieties on his property. He has the popular variegated varieties, a type with tiny leaves no bigger than a pinky fingernail and another with leaves as big as those found on a large oaktree. Most have red berries, but he also has some with yellow berries, which are especially popular for

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A wide variety of wreaths, swags and sprays of holly are handmade at Henderson Holly Farm on North Whidbey. Shown far left is the farm’s shop. a snowman and even Minnie Mouse. A crucial skill to working on a holly farm, Henderson said, is to learn to handle the prickly plant without getting pricked. “It’s like playing piano with a porcupine,â€? he said. But in the end, all the work and all the prickles are undeniably worth it. This year Henderson’s farm will produce about 600 wreaths, many of which will be shipped to other states and even other countries. Decorating with holly for Christmas is part of a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. “Holly ‌ is well rooted in Christian lore, as well as being one of the bestloved Christmas plants because of its bright red berries and sturdy, shiny leaves,â€? the Henderson Holly farm website explains. “With its thorns and red fruit, holly is associated with the Passion; the Scandinavian name for it is literally “Christ-thorn.â€? The Henderson Holly Farm is located at 264 E. Troxell Road. The website is www.hendersonhollyfarm. com and the phone number is 240-9032. The gift shop is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Country Christmas at the Fair A craft show full of holiday gifts at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 360-221-4677 for info. Visit the Island County Fair website at www. islandcountyfair.com.

Nov. 25 Fall Wine Market Festival Held at Greenbank Farm.

Nov. 26 Lighting of Langley Come see the Lighting of “The Village by the Sea” at 4 p.m. beginning with caroling downtown at the park.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. Visit www.WICAonline.com.

Concerts on the Cove A musical yuletide festival, 7:30 p.m. at Camp Casey. www.brownpapertickets. com.

First Fridays at the Farm Greenbank Farm, art, wine cheeses, 360-678-7710.

Big Brothers Big Sisters presents South Whidbey’s seventh Festival of Trees benefit at the Useless Bay Golf & Country Club in Langley. Make reservations at 360-2790644 or email bbbs@ whidbey.net. To learn more about BBBS, visit www. bbbsislandcounty.org.

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Another chance to attend the crafts show full of holiday gifts at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“The Nutcracker” ballet performance Whidbey Island Dance Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” ballet at South Whidbey High School Auditorium. Call 341-2221.

Holiday Parade in Langley Begins at 11 a.m. To participate, call 360-221-6765.

Holiday art walk From 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Langley, plus blow your own ornaments at Firehouse Glass Gallery on Second Street.

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Dec. 4 Winter Festival Held at South Whidbey Parks and Recreation building, 5475 Maxwelton Road in Langley; music, fire engine rides and hot refreshments from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Hosted by WhiteheadMuzzall VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 3037 N. Goldie Road, Oak Harbor. For more information, call the Post at 360-675-4048. Luncheon is free of charge to seniors; come enjoy Christmas festivities.

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While Christmas provides a festive time to introduce a cuddly and beloved pet to a family, it may be best to use the often hectic season to prepare for the new arrival. Once the holidays are over, the family can work together to provide a calm transition for the pet they choose to buy. The festive Christmas season can cause a lot of stress and that can carry over to the new pet. “People are stressed out and animals get stressed out,” said Brian Knoll, owner of Island Pet Center in Oak Harbor. “I would never want to give anyone the impression that an animal is something you put under a Christmas tree.” Rather, he recommends that people use the Christmas season to

buy the cages, food and other things needed to make a family’s future pet welcome. Oak Harbor’s locally owned pet store offers a variety of aquariums, terrariums, cages and accessories in addition to the hamsters, gerbils, birds, snakes, spiders and reptiles that are popular with Whidbey Island residents. Shoppers visiting the pet store will also be greeted by Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

W.A.I.F. animal care technician Melissa Stone shows Lucky and Rose, two energetic beagle mix pooches that have been at Waif since mid-October after their owner surrendered them to the shelter. Reno, 30, has been greeting Island Pet Center visitors for years as the store’s macaw mascot.

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While the holidays may be the perfect time to introduce a new pet to the family, it’s important to remember any current pets during Christmas. There are several popular gifts that help reduce anxiety for some pets, which can be especially helpful during the busy holiday season, said Brian Knoll, owner of Island Pet Center in Oak Harbor. He said such products give off pheromones that produce a calming effect for cats and dogs. “Some animals are going to suffer from anxiety during the holidays,� Knoll said. He also has Christmas stockings so the family’s pet can be included when presents are opened. Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

Island Pet Center owner Brian Knoll looks at Reno, a blue-and-gold macaw, that is a popular attraction for customers. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Reno, a 30-year-old, blue-and-gold macaw that serves as the store’s mascot. Knoll said aquariums are available in kits that are always popular with families because they provide all of the equipment, gravel and filters in one package. He also said that the terrariums, which can house snakes and reptiles, often make beautiful pieces of furniture, as well as a home for a new pet. On the other side of the Barlow Street store are the cage kits for hamsters and gerbils. Finches and parakeets are just some of the birds he sells. Knoll said the parakeets are always popular because they are intelligent and easy to care for. “There’s a little bit here to satisfy everybody,� Knoll said.

Even though he carries items for owners of dogs and cats, he doesn’t sell them. Because of the mobile population that is often moving on and off Whidbey Island, it has become an all-too-common occurrence for larger pets to be left behind. He would rather work with the local animal shelters that have a plentiful supply of adoptable cats and dogs. Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation, commonly known as WAIF, operates several shelters throughout Whidbey Island. The organization’s shelter has nearly 20 dogs and more than 100 cats currently available for adoption. “Our main goal is to get our longterm pets a home for the holiday,� shelter manager Shari Bibich said. She noted that several cats have been living at the cat center for more than two years.

It costs a bit of money to adopt an animal from WAIF — $65 for cats and $80 for dogs. Bibich said the money is worth it considering the pets have been examined, been spade or neutered, and have been given their first round of vaccinations. The shelter offers a “matchmaking� service to help pair families with potential pets. She agreed with Knoll that families should wait until after the Christmas holiday to choose a pet. Bibich encouraged families to visit a shelter together to find a compatible companion. “We would love to see these guys not spend another Christmas here,� Bibich said. For more information about WAIF go to www.waifanimals.org or call 678-5816. Island Pet Center is located in Oak Harbor and the phone number is 675-9646.

Island Pet Center offers clothes, chew toys, bones and other gifts that are sure to be popular for the beloved canine. He pointed out that “Kong,� a tough rubber toy that can be stuffed with goodies is always popular with dog owners. “It’s a thinking dog’s toy,� Knoll said. “A can of nice food is always popular for cats at the holidays,� Knoll said while noting the selection of shiny, fluffy and dangly toys that can attract a cat’s attention and offer some fun playtime. Island Pet Center is located at 1381 Barlow St. in Oak Harbor. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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On the trail to unique art gifts BY REBECCA OLSON| WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES

Every work of art has a story. Enrich the story of your favorite local masterpiece by visiting, watching and talking with artists in their studios on the Whidbey Art Trail. The Whidbey Art Trail, a yearround, self-guided tour of 14 artists’ studios from Oak Harbor to Clinton, features handmade local gifts enhanced by direct interaction with the artists. From sculpture and woodworking

to glassblowing and photography, the Whidbey Art Trail features creative gifts to pique anyone’s interest. “The art trail helps make art more approachable to people,� said artist Stacey Neumiller. She was part of the group that came up with the idea for the trail more than a year ago. The trail allows anyone to “come into a creative environment and feed that part of your soul,� Neumiller added.

“Here, they get to really see what you’re doing,� said mixed media artist Patty Picco. She said she enjoys the interaction of the trail because the public can watch her work and discuss her work with her as opposed to viewing static art in a gallery. The trail gives people a different perspective of art because people see the artists with their hands on the art and treating it in a different way than in a gallery, Neumiller said. “I think the art trail humanizes art,� Neumiller said. “People that come are so nice. They’re grateful we’re open and there’s something to do like this,� SEE ART TRAIL, PAGE 10 Rebecca Olson/Whidbey News-Times

Above right, Textile artist Mary Burks creates cloth. Anyone is welcome to visit her in her studio and watch her at work. At left, Patty Picco heats wax layered on her encaustic artwork. Visit Mary Burks’ and Patty Picco’s studio just south of Coupeville as part of the Whidbey Art Trail.

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ART TRAIL CONTINUED FROM 8 Picco said. It’s fun to grab a local lunch and visit artists or bring holiday visitors on the art trail. “We offer up these beautiful, useful items, especially for the gift season. Instead of going off the island, you can get a unique, handmade item,” Neumiller said. “And support the local economy,” added textile artist Mary Burks. Burks and Picco share a studio just south of Coupeville, at 60 N.

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Willard Way. With a fire blazing and walls covered in Burks’ colorful textile wall art and Picco’s natureinspired encaustic art, the studio is welcoming in winter. It’s a touchable studio with Burks’ wearable scarves and shawls and Picco’s textured layered wax encaustic art. Burks said she loves being involved with her hands to explore the three-dimensional world of textiles. “It’s pretty magical to take string and put it under pressure to make cloth,” Burks said as she cut strips of leather to weave into wearable art. Picco said she is deeply inspired

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by Whidbey Island. She layers bits of photographs, leaves, wax and more to create mixed media encaustic art. “I’ve taught and worked in all these different media and now I’m mixing them and layering them,” Picco said, heating wax to paint on her latest masterpiece. “I think of the art I make as my visual voice. It’s who I am inside. I’m sharing myself when I put a piece of art up on that wall,” Picco said. Picco said there’s a spiritual level for her in her work. When people come into the studio and see that and want to talk about it, Picco is thrilled. “It’s a gift. It’s a wonderful, wonderful gift. Everyone has a gift and joyfully creating or doing whatever your gift is is what I think we’re here for,” Picco said. Neumiller shares a studio with Steve Eelkema, a potter, at Penn

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At Left, Patty Picco is deeply inspired by the nature of Whidbey Island and enjoys using leaf and shell designs in her work. The public is welcome to come to the studio filled with touchable textile and wax art, and view works in progress.

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Shown far left are some of Mary Burks’ creations of wearable art – the perfect holiday gift. Burks creates complex textiles to make into wearable art or wall art like that hanging on the wall in her studio, where she is surrounded by exotic fabrics. Patty Picco creates mixed media encaustic artwork like the nature-inspired pieces at the right. The piece at the left consists of a piece of a photo and wax, gouged to give it texture.

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Inspiration, music, story and a few laughs could be what is remembered most during the holidays. Try it. Make some memories for the family this holiday season by taking the brood out to a show. Here are a variety of best bets happening on Whidbey before, during and after the holidays. Every holiday season on Whidbey Island, snowflakes and sugarplums dance their way across island stages along with the rest of the world. Whidbey Island Dance Theatre in Clinton dominates the island ballet scene with their annual must-see production of “The Nutcracker” opening Dec. 9 and playing through Dec. 18. Tickets sell out quickly for this popular tradition, so be sure to call 360-341-2221 or go to www. widtonline.org soon for the latest ticket information. “I’ll be Home for Christmas Concert” is this year’s offering of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Conservatory Choir and the WICA Chamber Singers, who join voices to

celebrate the Christmas season with a medley of holiday favorites both classic and contemporary. The choral concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at WICA in Langley. Another holiday offering at WICA is the 26th annual “Tingstad & Rumbel’s Twelfth Night” performance. The duo will also celebrate their latest CD release at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Every season for 26 years, Grammy Award-winning artists Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have been home for the holidays creating a longstanding tradition with Northwest families. Their holiday presence illuminates the enduring spirit of the season with a gift of music. Visit www.WICAonline or call 360221-6268 for information and tickets for both these concerts. To join in the singing, get to Saratoga Chamber Orchestra’s “Raise Up Ye Voices and Sing!” a Messiah sing-along at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. Visit the orchestra’s website at www.

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saratogachamberorchestra.com for details. Another sweet entertainment in Langley is Whidbey Children’s Theater presenting its Third Street Players in “Little Women, the Broadway Musical” from Nov. 18 to Dec. 4. Directed by Rose Woods, don’t miss this stellar adult cast in a show based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, about the four March sisters. This show is not to be missed! Visit www.wctonline.com or call 360-2212282 for tickets and info. Also at Whidbey Children’s Theater is the classic “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Friday, Dec. 16 and two performances on Saturday, Dec. 17. This show features very young thespians in an inspiring classic story that is recommended for all ages. The new kids in town, Outcast Productions theater company will present “Gertrude Stein and a

Companion” Jan. 13-21 at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. Directed by K. Sandy O’Brien, the play explores the life and times of the famous, forward-thinking American writer and her longtime companion Alice B. Toklas. This elegant play by Win Wells takes the audience through the couple’s relationship against a backdrop of a Bohemian art-soaked early 20th century Paris. Go to www. brownpapertickets.com or www. outcastproductions.net for tickets and information. Head up the island to Oak Harbor where the Whidbey Playhouse presents Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” from Dec. 8-18. Call 360-679-2237 or visit www. whidbeyplayhouse.com for more information and show times. Get in the holiday mood before and after Christmas and New Year’s Day and bring the kids in from the cold to a cozy theater to see a variety of shows for both young and old.

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Cut a Christmas tree in the Olympic National Forest BY REBECCA OLSON | WHIDBEY NEWS TIMES

Begin a new family tradition this year or continue an old one by cutting your own Christmas tree this holiday season. Olympic National Forest Christmas tree

permits are now available at offices throughout the Olympic peninsula. The permits cost $5 each and can be purchased during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, with special weekend hours at some locations. The permits are valid in specified areas of the Olympic National Forest. Maps and information about cutting locations will be provided with each permit sale. For information call Olympic National Forest headquarters at 360-956-2300. Mail order permits are available from the Olympia, Quilcene and Quinault offices. Visit www.fs.usda. gov/olympic for information.

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Annual Tour of magical holiday homes Celebrate magical holiday decorations at the third annual Oak Harbor Soroptimist Christmas Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event features six homes on North Whidbey Island. Each home features a homemade cookie and recipe card. Tickets are $15 from the Casual House, Rusty Chandelier and Oak Harbor Hallmark or by calling Maria at 675-1872. A tour map is included with tickets. Proceeds go toward improving the lives of women and girls on Whidbey

Island. Soroptimists International of Oak Harbor is a chapter of the world’s largest women’s service organization, consisting of dedicated professional women who are recognized in the community as enthusiastic leaders and visionaries; who provide enhancement to the quality of life through friendship, education, service, advocacy and financial support; who are totally committed to bettering humanity locally, nationally and globally, for the purpose of making a difference for and advancing the status of women and girls.

Keep the holidays jolly and safe The Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County is offering a merry way to have fun safely this holiday season at their Holiday Fun event on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. IDIPIC Holiday Fun for tweens, teens and adults offers mocktails like candy cane punch and hot not toddies, snacks, games with the fatal vision impairment goggles, mock field sobriety tests, a mini-silent auction and free giveaways. The free awareness event kicks off National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The event will also highlight underage drinking and substance abuse prevention. The event takes place in conference room 137 down the hall from the Oak Harbor Library, located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr., Oak Harbor. For information visit www.idipic.org or call 672-8219.

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Holidays OH Style BY JUSTIN BURNETT | WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES

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for grandma and grandpa, paint little Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and snowmen for whoever; beautiful photos, paintings, prints on canvas, woodworks, glassworks, ceramics, scarves and a host of other handmade products from local artisans. Whatever you might be shopping

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Coupeville artist Mike Morgan smiles at Garry Oak Gallery, a shop that offers locally made products ranging from jaw-dropping photographs to fun ceramic cars and original woodworks. At left, Laura Apgar of Paint Your World shows off the perfect gift for grandma. range of one-of-a-kind creations, from original watercolors to woodworks that will make you “ooo” and “ahh.” One piece sure to catch your eye is a lacquered willow wood room divider by Mike Morgan of Coupeville. Whether it’s used for it’s intended purpose, or to hang a collection of scarves, you can be sure it will be conversation starter for whoever you give it to. At six feet tall, it has the potential for a good story about how you got it home in one piece – so plan ahead with appropriate transportation. The gallery also offers stunning black and white photography, fun ceramics that range from hot rod trucks to 23-window Volkswagen buses, and a rainbow of glass-blown wonders to name just a few. “You have a vast variety of unique gift possibilities,” Morgan said. Also offering an eclectic assortment of home decor is the Rusty Chandelier on the corner of SE Dock Street. Flavored with antiquity, and specializing in handmade items, the store carries goods ranging from housewarming gifts and seasonal ornamentation to break-your-heart outfits for toddlers. The candy canecolored onesies and firefighter coats are a sure-fire win with any new mom. But the shop’s hottest item are its wall signs, according to co-owner

Victoria Matzen. Made of wood and conveying messages of humor and inspiration, they go like hotcakes. In fact, they are so popular that the little shop is among the top 10 sign selling stores in the country. “People laugh, they cry, then they buy a sign,” Matzen said. “We sell them by the hundreds.” Buying a gift at the Rusty Chandelier is especially easy since Collage, a specialty stationary shop, is located within the same space. With it’s miles of ribbon, stamps imported from Europe or its infinite scrapbook making possibilities, it’s the perfect place to add that personal touch to any gift. But to really go your own way, there’s no better place to show your creativity than Paint Your World. Aside from its mindboggling selection of everyday ceramics just waiting for your personal improvement, the store has a seasonal assortment of Santa Clauses and other holiday pottery. It’s the one store where your efforts, or that of your children, will surely make grandma smile. A little handprint, sealed for all time, will not only warm her heart but add a few memories to the gift-giving experience as well. “We sell more than just pottery, we sell an experience for all ages,” owner Laura Apgar said.


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