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Beware: Whidbey Island is home to many who came for a visit, but soon chose to make it home. Our beautiful beaches, artistic communities and peaceful island settings are very hard to resist. Whidbey Island never falls into a winter slumber. Do your holiday shopping in Oak Harbor, welcome the new year by hopping into Puget Sound during Freeland’s Polar Bear Plunge, celebrate Langley’s Centennial in 2013, sleuth through clues during Langley's Mystery Weekend in February or celebrate the bounty of the seas in Coupeville during the Penn Cove Mussel Festival in March. Rich history, creative atmosphere and unparalleled natural beauty are all here for the taking. The distinct characters of our communities offer something for everyone. Oak Harbor, a vibrant waterfront city, offers everything from great shopping and dining to military history and golfing. It is the largest city on the island and is a great base for exploring North Whidbey. Coupeville is a quiet community that still reflects the character of a frontier seaport when Puget Sound was first settled. Yet, it offers great food and shopping right on the waterfront. Throughout Ebey's Reserve, from the shoreline of Penn Cove to the bluff at Ebey's Landing, Coupeville visitors

will enjoy nature at its best with bald eagles soaring and gray whales and otters frolicking in the water. Greenbank, at the heart of the island, is home to the Greenbank Farm, where visitors can enjoy long walks or learn about sustainable farming. Eat some of the best pie you’ll ever have at Whidbey Pies and stroll through the small shops and galleries. Love lush gardens? Make a stop at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens. Nestled between Holmes Harbor and Mutiny Bay, Freeland is an active community in which many people want to live and play. Downtown Freeland offers shopping and dining all within walking distance. Antiques and technology shops can be found across the street from each other, and it is home to some of the finest beaches on the island. Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2013, Langley is bustling with activity. With its inns and restaurants that have earned national recognition, the seaside village is home to many creative minds. Visitors can experience everything from blowing glass to watching sealife from a kayak. Rub elbows with artists, winemakers and coffee roasters and shop, shop, shop. Langley has quiet streets and expansive views of the Cascades and Saratoga Passage, but it also packs more theaters, concert venues, galleries, and

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The northern gateway to Whidbey Island is the Deception Pass Bridge, one of the most scenic places in Washington state. Sunrise in February over Cornet Bay is shown above from the bridge's walkway.


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From the south, visitors to Whidbey can board the ferry at Mukilteo and take the 20-minute journey from the mainland to the ferry landing in Clinton.

festivals within its city limits than many big cities. Last but not least, Clinton is the gateway to Whidbey Island for many visitors, as it is the landing for one of two ferry routes serving the island. Clinton has a wonderful artist community and is home to beautiful parks, beaches and an innovative business community. Located at the heart of Puget Sound just northwest of Seattle, and southwest of the San Juan Islands, a Whidbey Island getaway is closer than you think–and getting here is half the fun. No matter if you cross Deception Pass Bridge to the north or if you choose a scenic ferry ride from Mukilteo–ferries run every 30 minutes–you can reach the island in about an hour from Seattle. The Olympic Peninsula is only about a 30-minute ferry ride from Central Whidbey. There is another little known fact about Whidbey Island: Situated in the rain shadow of the Olympics, parts of the island receive less than half the average rainfall of Seattle. So this winter, leave the umbrella at home, and stroll our beaches, hike the trails, explore charming stores, eat locally grown food, sample Whidbey wine and watch a show produced by one of our many performing arts companies. By the time you leave, you'll know why people like crime-fiction author Elizabeth George and sculptor Georgia Gerber call Whidbey home.


Stay a night or awhile on Whidbey Island BY NATHAN WHALEN

Whether it's a hiking trip to one of Whidbey Island's picturesque state parks, attending one of the island's many festivals or just enjoying a night on the town, a variety of picturesque bed and breakfasts and inns throughout the island feature staff eager to cater to a visitor's every need. The quaint town of Coupeville, located on the shore of Penn Cove, is the home of several bed and breakfasts that are operating out of historic buildings that provide 19th Century charm to attract visitors. There are also small inns operating in and around the historic town. Coupeville is located in the heart of Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve and the accommodations are located within easy access of two state parks. The the town is home to such events as the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, the Penn Cove Water Festival and the Penn Cove Mussel Festival. Go to www.coupevillelodging.com for more information. Several award-winning bed and breakfasts are also located on South Whidbey Island. Freeland is home to a small, but growing, business community that provides services to surrounding residents and visitors alike. It is also a stone's throw to Freeland Park on Holmes See accomModations, page 5

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Elliauna Madsen dances as the Rose in Whidbey Island Dance Theater's Nutcracker in the 2011 season. WIDT will perform the 20th anniversary production of the ballet Dec. 7 through 16. Dancing as the flowers in the background, left to right: Kiana Henny, Chelsea Matthews-Jensen, Brittany Falso, & Madyson Hunter.


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Harbor Double Bluff Park on the Useless Bay tidelands — a notable place to play, walk dogs and dig clams. Several cottages and bed and breakfasts feature amenities such as jacuzzi suites, fireplaces, views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade mountains. Like Coupeville, the equally quaint Langley is home to art galleries, gift shops and antique stores. The bed and breakfasts,

bungalows and cottages in and around the city often feature pristine views and are tucked away from the hustle-and-bustle of the main roads. Several inns and bed and breakfasts are located within walking distance of the marinas in Coupeville and Langley for those who arrive by boating over. The Whidbey Island Bed and Breakfast Association, www.whidbeyislandbandb. com, provides information of establishments located on Central and South Whidbey

Island. It also gives availability and contact information for member bed and breakfasts. Island County's tourism site at www. whidbeycamanoislands.com provides a comprehensive lodge listing along with lists of activities, attractions and festivals that are sure to be popular with visitors to Whidbey Island. With hundreds of warm, friendly rooms available, there's no reason not to make a night of it on Whidbey.

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Events calendar NOVEMBER Nov. 2-4 Whidbey Island Fiber Quest. www.whidbeyfiberquest.com

Nov. 9-1 Holiday Open House at Haborside Village on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. See holiday trees decorated by the children of Oak Harbor Elementary Schools.

Nov. 10-11: Whidbey Island's seven boutique wineries pair up with harvest delights during this annual event. Buy tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or at wineries the day of event for $25. Nov. 22 through Christmas Visit Langley stores and check out the artistic door decorations. Vote for winner online at www.southwhidbeyrecord.com or at the store. Nov. 24 Lighting of Langley, 4 p.m. Langley Park. Nov. 24 Small Business Saturday in Oak Harbor.

Nov. 24 Kick off of Historic Downtown Green Ticket Cash Giveaway in Oak Harbor. For every $20 spent you receive a green ticket and are entered into a

drawing for $500 cash. Drawing on Dec. 15 at 4p.m.

Nov. 23-25 Historic Downtown Holiday Market in Oak Harbor 10 a.m.5 p.m. daily.

Nov. 30 Concerts on the Cove - Annual Pre-Greening Concert at Fort Casey, Coupeville Town Park, 7:30 p.m. Nov 30 - Dec 15 Scrooge, The Musical - Theatre Series, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

run and 1 mile walk through beautiful Camp Casey. Entry forms available from the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce. Dec. 1 Festival of Trees Teddy Bear Breakfast and community tree viewing, Elk’s Lodge Oak Harbor.

Dec. 1 Historic Downtown Oak Harbor Tree Lighting and Welcoming of Santa 6-8:30 p.m.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 22 FRUITCAKES at Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor.

Nov. 30-Dec.1 Festival of Trees gala to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, Oak Harbor.

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Langley Holiday Parade, 1 p.m.

Dec. 1 Langley Artwalk, Langley galleries, 5-7 p.m.

Dec. 1 Greening of Coupeville with holiday parade, boat parade and festive tree lighting from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 1 Jingle Trail Run and Walk, 5k

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Dec. 1 Holiday Magic on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor from 6-8:30 p.m. Caroling contest.

Dec. 1-2 Historic Downtown Holiday Market in Oak Harbor 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Dec. 2 Winter Festival at South Whidbey Community Park. Festive afternoon of music, fire engine rides, refreshments and more. Pictures with Santa. Elf Chase 5K fundraiser for the Langley Middle School PTSA; 10:30a.m.-12:45p.m. at The Crow’s Nest at South Whidbey Community Park.

Dec. 7 -16 The Nutcracker presented by Whidbey Island Dance Theater. 20th season performance. Dec. 7 – 22 Willy Wonka at Whidbey Island Children’s Theater, Langley. Justin Burnett Photo

Downtown tree lighting on historic Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor.


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Dec. 8-9 Historic Downtown Holiday Market in Oak Harbor 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Dec. 15-16 Historic Downtown Holiday Market in Oak Harbor 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Dec. 15 Holiday Stroll in Oak Harbor. Visit merchants and enjoy holiday treats. Also, don’t miss the Historic Downtown Green Ticket Cash Giveaway Drawing. Dec. 16 “Slaphappy! Holiday Concert” at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

Dec. 22 Langley White Ticket Drawing for $1,000 at 3 p.m., Boy & Dog Park. Dec. 31 Langley Main Street Association invites to a New Year’s Eve party downtown Langley.

Feb. 08 – 23 Crimes of the Heart Theatre Series at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley Feb. 11- 12 Whidbey Allied Arts Show at Greenbank Farm. Feb. 13 Literary Series at Whidbey Island Center of the Arts presented by Hedgebrook.

Feb. 14 Choochokam Benefit Concert - at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Feb. 23-24 Langley Mystery Weekend.

Feb. 24 A Night at the Oscars - WICA Annual Fund Benefit, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Feb. 26 South Whidbey High School Jazz Concert at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

Jan. 1 Polar Bear Plunge, noon at Double Bluff Beach in Freeland.

Mar. 9 WOW Conference - at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

Jan. 5 Langley Centennial Sea Float Scramble, Seawall Park, noon – 3 p.m.

Jan. 5 Tingstad and Rumbel in Concert at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

Mar. 13 Chris Spencer’s Short Story Smash at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

Jan. 11 Kitsch ‘N Bitch: Seattle Restaurateurs at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

February Feb. 1 – 17 It runs in the Family at Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor.

Feb. 1-16 Visiting Mr. Green by Jeff Baron, Outcast Productions, Island County Fairgrounds.


Mar. 23 Savor the Flavor of Oak Harbor Restaurants, Whidbey Island Wineries and Breweries.

Mar. 8 Comedy Island - at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

Jan. 1 New Years Day Fun Run in Oak Harbor.

Jan. 26 Langley Main Street Association’s “Living History.” Readings, history and celebration at Whidbey Island Center of the Arts in celebration of Langley’s Centennial in 2013.

Mystery Weekend draws many clue chasers to Langley every year to solve the case. Local notables and actors play roles that bring the mystery to vibrant life during the event.

Mar. 2 Nathaniel Talbot Quartet - The Local Artist Series at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.


Jan. 16 Literary Series: Local Seattle Writers at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.

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Mar. 22 Deja Blooze at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. News-Times Photo

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Mar. 1 -10 Disney's Aladdin at Whidbey Island Children’s Theater, Langley. Mar. 2 Daddy & Daughter Ball presented by South Whidbey Parks and Recreation 7 to 8:30 p.m. South Whidbey High School.

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Art knows no limits on Whidbey Island BY Michaela Marx Wheatley

From Deception Pass to the Clinton ferry, artists labor to give life to the products of their imagination. The diversity of work is broad. No medium remains untouched. From a glassblowing dentist to sculptors that are exhibited worldwide, all draw inspiration from island life.

Nature captured in sculpture Sculptor Sharon Spencer has her studio in Greenbank. “There is always a magical quality to living on an island like Whidbey,” she said. Spencer's art has been featured in galleries and numerous private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. She received countless awards of excellence in juried exhibitions and shows. Yet, she feels most at peace on Whidbey. “The beauty and light of Whidbey draw artists in,” she said. “We tend to be very visual and visionary, so we thrive in this kind of environment. It feeds our soul.” Her sculpture captures the fragility of existence, and communicates a joyous affirmation of life. Spencer said her work has become more “quiet” as she became more tuned into her surroundings. “There is an abundance of birds here which I have found I am drawn to and love

carving on a regular basis–anytime I am away from my carving for any length of time I begin again by carving a bird of some kind,” she said. “Because of my daily walks with my dog Boo at Greenbank Farm, I have been inspired to create nests out of natural materials, some of those have become one-of-a-kind bronze pieces as well.” She also said that the support she finds among other visual artists is affirming and inspiring. “The artist community here on Whidbey is the most stimulating, full, vibrant and diverse artist community I have lived in–and I have lived in quite a few over the 37 years I have made a living as an artist. I love my life as a working artist on Whidbey. The hardest part is having to leave in order to attend shows but coming home is pure joy after being out in the other world,” Spencer said.

Glass-blowing dentist Oak Harbor’s Dr. Gary Berner is a busy dentist, yet he has made a name for himself among glass artists. Berner makes little distinction between his labor and his leisure, as dentistry and glass blowing are two of his favorite passions. He is inspired by their similarities of color, shape and form. “People often ask about the connection

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Robbie Lobell creates soda fire pots made for everyday use in cooking, serving, and presentation.

between dentistry and glass art,” he said. “In both, color and translucency are key elements. I want patients to make the connection that if I can do something like this, they can have confidence that I can make their smile beautiful.” Berner said the definition of a master in the art of living is “One who pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.” Berner’s work can be found at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Connor as well as the Garry Oak Gallery in Oak Harbor and galleries in Port Townsend and La Connor.

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In Clinton, at the park across from the ferry dock, Sharon Spencer's work entitled "To Life" is showcased.


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Another artist who has successfully married practicality and creative expression is Robbie Lobell of Coupeville. She brings her art to the table making pots, creating usable art and teaching young potters. “I am enamored with the endless possibilities and challenges inherent in making high-fire flameproof cooking pots,” she said. “Because of the many considerations I must entertain while designing and making my flameware pots that include utility, ruggedness, simple practicality, beauty, and See Visual Arts, page 9


elegance of form; I am engaged in thoughts of cooking methods, local foods, international recipes and tabletop culture.” Lobell’s art brings together many of her favorite things. “Borrowing from centuries of tradition and adding simple modern design elements, I make pots to celebrate cooking and eating,” Lobell said. She was introduced to flameware clay in 2001 during a six-week residency in the studio of Karen Karnes. With this new material and ideas of cooking in clay pots, a new vocabulary of function and form evolved

as he explored the needs and aesthetics of a pot used from the oven to the table. Her studio is located in Coupeville and he opens it for classes and visitors.

Hearing color Langley artist Kim Tinuviel’s artwork reflects the abstract textures and colors of her everyday world. The intensity of what she observes often comingles in sounds and color. “I can hear color,” Tinuviel said. She associates this rare trait with synesthesia, a neurological condition in which

stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a secondary pathway. But it may also be natural pairing considering her background. While a photographer and encaustic painter now, Tinuviel began her creative career as a classical musician. As she sees colors through music, the melodies of her life are captured in her art. She too draws inspiration from her surroundings. “Mutiny Bay sunsets are probably visually what I would show my guests first on See Visual Arts, page 18

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Married by the Sea BY Michaela Marx Wheatley

Crisp Pacific Northwest air, a spectacular backdrop of beaches and mountains– Whidbey Island spells romance even in the winter months and makes for a great wedding locale. “I love the fashion of a winter wedding, the color palate is so much more vibrant and alive,” said Gloria Mickunas of Whidbey Party Girls, one of the island’s premier event planning firms. “The food is tastier and sexy. Winter is a romantic time of year to be on Whidbey.” The stunning scenery, exquisite food, charming ambiance, the romantic B&Bs and luxurious inns are all part of the package that has put Whidbey Island on the map as a wedding destination–no matter what the season. What makes Whidbey an event location so special is its accessibility, Mickunas added. “Just a short 15-minute ferry ride takes you to a destination far removed from the hustle of Seattle,” she said. Arriving on an island adds to the magic. “I think it does all start with the relaxing ferry ride that begins the adventure,” added Dave Noble of Fireseed Catering, a catering company and event venue in Langley which hosts dozens of weddings a year. There is no question whether you enter the island across Deception Pass Bridge

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Memories to last a lifetime are guaranteed when getting married on Whidbey Island.


or via ferry, it is the beginning of a special journey. But enchantment aside, for a small island, Whidbey has an amazing collection of event venues to choose from. No matter if you envisioned yourself tying the knot in a rustic barn, at a country club, or with your toes in the sand at the beach–there is a perfect location just waiting to be discovered. Whidbey’s unparalleled natural beauty makes for an unforgettable backdrop, Mickunas said. Atop her list: Whidbey State Parks and Abbey’s Bluff for ceremony. Followed by a plethora of private venues on the island. In addition to that, Whidbey’s artistic community harbors a bounty of talented vendors to make any event one-of-a-kind. “We have amazing vendors–from artisanal purveyors, sugar rock stars to local growers. We really do offer a complete package on Whidbey,” Mickunas said While Whidbey’s rural character makes for an intimate, romantic setting, there is no wedding emergency that would be an unsurpassable roadblock for the event planners and vendors on Whidbey. “One groom left his tuxedo shirt at home, try finding that on the island,” Mickunas recalled. “But I did!” Mickunas also said that Whidbey does its best to discredit Washington’s reputation for being rainy and gray in the winter. “What makes Whidbey a great wedding destination even in the winter? We are in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Most of the island gets less rain than all of Seattle,” she said. “I do tell my clients to wait five minutes for the weather to change.” Excellent food is a central element of a wedding, and Whidbey has no shortage of culinary masterminds catering to any wedding vision. One value shared by many vendors is bringing local, sustainable foods to your table. Among them: Dave and Dawn Noble of Fireseed catering. The husband and wife team met at the Culinary Institute of America and after discovering Whidbey Island 10 years ago they could not imagine calling any other place home.   “While having a CIA graduate pastry chef run the facility does mean that the focus on food is primary, having an organic vegetable garden here as well means the freshness of our product is unmatchable,” Dave Noble said. Besides their wonderful food, they offer their guests their extensive outdoor gardens

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Beautiful scenery makes Whidbey weddings popular.

and more than 4,000-square-foot heated indoor space that clients are free to decorate in a way that reflects their style. “Our approach to hosting weddings is to present each client that bit of magic that Whidbey offers and make sure that the whole event runs smoothly,” Noble said. And what would the wedding be without a masterpiece of a cake. One of the go-to guys for island weddings is none other than John Auburn of J.W. Desserts. His creations have been featured in “Modern Bride” magazine, and dazzled viewers of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake-off,” where he walked away the winner. The company has become known for its wedding cakes and cake sculptures for high-profile events in the Seattle area and nationwide–and of course Auburn takes pride in taking care of his local friends and customers. Noble added that no matter if you come to Whidbey this winter to scout a location for a summer wedding or if you plan a winter affair, it is worth a trip to check out what the island has to offer. “The winter months offer guests the additional treat of seeing the island at its true pace; without the rush of tourist driven summers, the local flavor truly comes through,” he said. “Guests are always enticed and feel as if they have discovered this private little hideaway of an island.” Explore the charming communities and visit the many historic sites. Cozy up in a romantic inn and watch waves splash on the beach from your window. Spend time with friends at a spa while the boys hit the golf course. Hike one of the many trails or stroll along pristine beaches. As you discover Whidbey, you’ll suddenly know why so many people in love have fallen in love with the island.


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Performing arts are heart and soul of the island BY Michaela Marx Wheatley

As shorter days descend on Whidbey Island, the performing arts scene is just warming up. The island is home to award-winning dance companies, choral groups, jazz masters, a record number of theater companies and performers of all calibers. “Whidbey Island draws artists  from all genres. Whidbey Island has  an abundance of  community festivals, parks and historic sites, which draw the creative type.  Many people come to visit Whidbey Island,  then later find themselves coming back to make the island  their home,” said Janis Powell, manager of Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. Powell added that it is amazing what the community and amateur actors pull off year after year. “Volunteers from our community bring their acting, singing, dancing,  carpentry, painting, arts and craft, sewing, musical, baking, lighting, sound and computer skills to the Whidbey Playhouse to mount a show,” Powell said. All this brings forward strong productions that can stand up to the critical local audiences that are used to quality shows. Ned Farley, co-founder of Whidbey’s latest theater success story, Outcast Productions, said that the island has audiences that expect high-quality work. “When we started tossing the idea around of starting our own theater, it was really because we both had some work we wanted to do, primarily as directors; work that was a bit edgier and more often than not had a socially relevant focus,” Farley recalled. “This was theater that wasn’t really finding a niche here on the island.” Outcast launched two years ago and hassince established a new theater at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. Farley and co-founder Sandy O’Brien believed that they had a well-educated potential patron base that was interested in theater that not only entertained but made you think–that dealt with some real-world issues, and sometimes was just a little “off.” “Beyond our mission of ‘theater on the edge,’ we wanted to produce consistent quality theater,” he added. “While not every show in our season might appeal to every potential patron, at the least we want them to walk away saying ‘it was well done.’” With this in mind, Outcast is tackling yet another ambitious season.


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The Outcast Production of "Oh what a lovely War" received notariety last season.

“Our season runs February through November to be a little off from other theaters on the island,” Farley said. “We are doing one off-season show, ‘Greater Tuna,’ which runs Nov. 9-18. It’s a fast-paced comedy about all of the citizens of Tuna, Texas,

the third smallest town in Texas.” Outcast also just debuted ‘Jazz at OutCast’ on Sunday evenings. In January, Outcast has a staged reading of “8,” the docuplay by Dustin Lance Black (Oscar winning screenwriter for the film “Milk”) based on the trial transcript of the Proposition 8 federal trial in California on gay marriage. “We received the rights to do this as a national marriage equality fundraiser,” Farley said. The breadth within this one company is mindboggling, but the breadth of theatrical offerings island-wide is unparalleled. The Playhouse crew in Oak Harbor is pleased to provide theater entertainment, starting with “Fruitcakes - A Christmas Comedy,” opening Nov. 30. Opening Feb. 1, they follow up with “It Runs in the Family” a family comedy directed by Bob Hendrix. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley continues its longstanding tradition of a season rich with entertainment. Its productions range from a Christmas musical to heavy dramatic plays. WICA is also home for innovative new formats such Kitsch ‘n Bitch with Sue Frause–a food-centric talk show format–and is hosting young local perSee performing arts, page 14

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PERFORMING ARTS, from page 12

formers, stage readings and more. The island performing arts scene is fed with rising new stars that are homegrown. For the past 40 years, the Whidbey Children’s Theater has trained the island’s youngest performers and boosted self-esteems while exposing children to theater. Over the years the theater has brought forward generations of young thespians that succeeded beyond Whidbey’s shores. Between November and March, productions include “Willy Wonka,” “Disney's Aladdin,” “The Little Prince” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Another hotbed of young talent is Whidbey Island Dance Theater. Now in its 20th season of producing Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” with an island twist, the dance theater gives young dancers the stage experience of a professional production. Professional dancers mentor and support the aspiring ballerinas and year after year the production grows and becomes more refined. The ballet blends traditional and imaginative new choreography to tell the story of Clara’s enchanted Christmas Eve when her mysterious godfather’s magic leads her into a wonderland of fantasies. In the Whidbey version, Clara journeys to a place where snowflakes dance; and mermaids and

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The Whidbey Island Dance Theater opening flower scene from The Nutcracker.

even a dragon come to life. Of course, a handsome prince comes to her rescue. This year’s “Nutcracker” runs from Dec. 7-16. There is a new group debuting this season on Whidbey. The Whidbey Island Chamber Singers are a select choral ensemble of auditioned mixed voices and instrumental accompanists under the leadership of artistic director Rob Prosch. They will introduce themselves to local audiences on Dec. 16 with “Laud to the Nativity” at Langley’s

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United Methodist Church. The group aims to bring high-quality choral music to audiences while developing its members. And these are only some examples of the rich offerings for stage fans. Farley said what allows for having such a broad variety in the performing arts is that Whidbey has a community full of artists of all persuasions. “These folks are drawn to the creative spirit present on this island and we believe really value the arts as a whole which includes good theater,” he said. “The fact that there are more than one or two theater companies on the island speaks volumes. These community members will go into Seattle to see good theater. So why not try to provide them with that experience right here?”

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Good deals and rare treasures are all in the bag for island shoppers By Michaela Marx Wheatley

From charming shops to major retailers, Whidbey merchants have a lot to offer to those who believe retail therapy is the best way to spend a relaxing day on the island.

Welcome to Whidbey: Clinton Coming off the ferry, visitors will find a collection of small stores welcoming them to the island. One local favorite is Anchor Books and Coffee with its great variety of new and used books and tasty java. “We really like Clinton,” said owner Bruce Didier. “People here are just people. When a visitor comes in, our customers are eager to share with them about where to go and what to see on the island.” There are two major shopping stops in Clinton: downtown, right when you come off the ferry; and Ken’s Korner shopping center a few miles north. Clinton has a

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practical selection of shops that serve visitors and locals alike and provide everything from groceries to gifts, salons and pampering, to pet grooming and thrift stores.

History and art in Langley Historic Langley features an eclectic selection of small stores to get lost in. Every store has a story and the business owners that are often found behind the counter are happy to share those with customers. From a rug store that also sells exotic jewelry and treasures from around the world, to a store that lovingly pairs children books with puppet characters, it’s all within walking distance in Langley. The “village by the sea” also features an exciting collection of art galleries that reflect the artistic energy in town. At Good Cheer Thrift Store people find second-hand clothing and other items. Many

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There are clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, bookstores and a small shop that produces handmade soap and lotions. There is a baby store, cupcake shop, two boutique pet stores, as well as a grocery store, coffee roaster, bakery, wine shops, liquor store, salons, spas and more. A Langley must-see is Nymbol’s Secret Garden. It’s hard to summarize all that can be found in this magical little place, but the visit surely will be memorable. The working studio features fantasy art, leather wearables, and many imaginitive handcrafted items. They do have eclectic hours and travel with their show, so check their website blog at nymbolssecretgarden.com. Contributed Photo

Glass by Dr. Gary Berner, shown above, as well as many creative works in all media–from textiles to carvings–can be found at Garry Oak Gallery in Oak Harbor. See page 8 for more about Dr. Berner's work and other Whidbey visual artists. Art glass is created in studios all over Whidbey, and can also be found in Langley, Freeland, at Greenbank galleries and in many specialty gift shops.

Wine, food and crafts at Bayview At historic Bayview Corner, you can rent a bike, buy wines, and enjoy pan-Asian cuisine. Explore award-winning Bayview Farm & Garden’s two landscaped acres of plants and flowers. Across the highway, visitors can find a hardware store, a community-run grocery store, a restaurant and a crafts store.

Freeland is transforming If you have visited before, Freeland is not the same sleepy town you saw a few years ago. It has evolved into a bustling retail hub on the South End. Tina Beard, owner of the Paint Escape

pottery painting shop, said Freeland has become a vibrant place to eat and shop–a huge transformation in just the last few years. “We have a wider variety of places now. It’s a place to create memories,” she said. Beard said the whole family could find something to do. “At my shop, the Paint Escape, you can make something that’s unique and take it home,” she added. Freeland is home to South Whidbey’s biggest grocery store, Payless Food Store, and Linds Pharmacy, which also features gift items and a jewelry store. Visit Whidbey Telecom’s technology store that is located in the phone company’s brand-new customer experience center. There you can find any modern gadget that you ever dreamed of. Their Wi-Fire coffeehouse has high speed internet access to go with your latté. Across the street, an antique mall and a collection of small stores sell everything from shoes to tea. Freeland’s thrift stores support local non profits. There are also excellent restaurants. This combination invites you to shop, linger and stay a while.

Small treasures in Greenbank Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. But just a few miles north of Freeland, is the community of Greenbank. A General Store and restaurant, a vineyard and a handful of tiny shops invite you to stop in Greenbank. At Greenbank Farm, a number of delightful businesses mix

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in with the rural character of the farm. Whidbey Pies Cafe is baking some of the best pies you will ever have, sample international and local cheeses at the Greenbank Farm Cheese shop and find a nice wine pairing to your cheese at the Greenbank Wine Shop. Then stroll through the art galleries that include Raven Rocks Studio, Artworks Gallery and the Rob Schouten Gallery.

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do-it-yourself pottery painting, scrapbook supplies, antiques and jewelry. One business that has stood the test of time is the Casual House, a clothing boutique on Pioneer Way. Owner Jill Schacht said downtown is a great shopping destination for many reasons. “There are lots of lovely new shops,” she said. “Personalized service is big. We appreciate familiar and new faces around here.” Lovely antique shops and galleries round See Shopping, page 19

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Whidbey,” she said. She explores multiple media and orchestrates a complex interplay of cameras, computers, traditional art-making processes and found objects to create her distinct imagery work. Alternative surfaces and processes such as printing and painting on metal are of particular interest. Her singular artistic goal is to find the extraordinary within the ordinary. She is showing her work at Brackenwood Gallery in Langley in November and December.


Get on the art trail Tinuviel’s and the other artists’ works can be found in the many island galleries. Touring galleries gives a glimpse at the variety of art produced locally. The best way, however, to sample the full range of art forged on Whidbey is to embark on the Whidbey Art Trail. The selfguided studio tour leads through the scenic countryside. The trail features a wide array of contemporary artists including painters, weavers, print makers, potters, glassblowers, woodworkers and more, offering a unique look "behind-the-scenes." As a program of the Whidbey Island Arts Council, the art trail is a non-profit organization celebrating art and its creators. For more information, go to www. whidbeyarttrail.com

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For a hands-on approach to diving into creativity, visit Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio. Owner Cary Jurriaans has mentored aspiring artists for years. The studio is dedicated to providing education in high quality representational art for artists at any level. It is located in the seaside village of Langley close to spectacular landscapes and coastlines that provide inspiration. For more information, visit the website www.caryjurriaans.com.

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Historic waterfront is gem of Coupeville Main Street, Coupeville's "commercial corridor" is barely a mile long but it packs county government, the hospital, a grocery store, lumberyard, cafes and restaurants, a nursery and more. The gem of Coupeville, however, is its historic waterfront and wharf. Strolling the waterfront district's shops you will find gift items, dessert and other

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treasures while feeling as if you have stepped back in time. One of these very special shops is the Honey Bear. There you will find “Mrs. Honey Bear,” also known as Karla Mackintosh, candy, toys and local goods that will remind you of your childhood. She expanded the store last year to accommodate more of the wonderful treasures. “What makes Coupeville great is the eclectic, nice variety of stores,” she said. It’s a neighborhood atmosphere, she added. “We’re welcoming. We’re one of the few places where stores recommend other stores

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From grapes to glass – Whidbey is home to excellent boutique wineries BY Michaela Marx Wheatley

The art of crafting fine wine has found fruitful grounds on Whidbey Island. The eight small operation island wineries have been racking up prestigious awards and high scores in wine circles – yet they exhibit the spirit and attention to detail found only in your favorite family business. In recent years, Whidbey winemakers have discovered the cool, maritime climate on Whidbey is perfect for certain grapes including the famed Pinot Noir. Meanwhile visitors have discovered that Whidbey is a great place to drink those wines. Karen Krug of Spoiled Dog Winery said she and husband Jack started in 2003 when they began research, soil prepping and planting their Pinot Noir grapes in Whidbey soil. “Whidbey is attractive for us because of the soils and climate for growing Pinot

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Vineyard at Whidbey Island Winery in Langley

Noir,” she said. The Spoiled Dog grows estate Pinot Noir and they have won double gold for it

at the Seattle Wine Competition. “We also make our Pomo di Moro (apple-pear) wine from the fruit on our farm,” Krug added. They produce a series of well-rounded reds and whites, and a proud new addition this year is their White Pinot Noir. See Wines, page 21

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Blooms Winery bottling the 2012 harvest in their winemaker facility.

The team at Blooms Winery evaluate their pickings during the recent harvest.


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At the Spoiled Dog Winery, sustainable growth and farming is more than just a phrase and it is apparent in their practices. Years of knowledge and training go into each bottle and small personal touches make their venue special such as their two Australian Shepherds, Blue and Sami, gracing the vineyard as visitors take tours. It’s these details that add to the wine experience. Virginia Bloom, co-owner of Blooms

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Winery, said the combination of good wine and island life is hard to resist. “Whidbey is so scenic and friendly it makes a great a destination for folks who want to go somewhere to get away and enjoy wine,” she said. For Bloom and husband Ken, Whidbey is simply home and in wine making they found something that they love to do together on Whidbey Island–it’s a family affair.

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WINES, from page 21

“We got started because Ken’s brother had been a vineyard manager in California for 20 years and in 1995 he decided to plant his own vineyard. We helped plant, and each of us have a plaque at the end of our row with our name on it. We go down for harvests and bring his cabernet back up here to make into Bloom Vineyards Cabernet, which we have been making since 1998.” What started as a hobby has grown into a career. And their wines have won multiple awards. Now with a tasting room at the Bayview Corner Cash Store, Blooms Winery has a retail outlet and a place to share their passion with visitors and locals alike. While their products speak for themselves, local wineries are working together

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The tasting room at Spoiled Dog Winery is a warm and friendly place to learn about your favorite vintage.

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Karen Krug, owner of Spoiled Dog Winery, during harvest. These grapes will delight wine fans soon in shape of one of the award-winning Spoiled Dog wines.


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WINES, from page 22

to enhance the wine experience for visitors. Annual events include Red Wine and Chocolate each February and the Autumn on Whidbey Wine & Art Tour. On Nov. 10-11, the Whidbey Island Vintners Association invites visitors to celebrate the harvest with at the Autumn on Whidbey Wine & Art Tour. Bloom said that the vintners open their venues to give visitors a special look at their craft, as they are just finishing up harvest duties and wines are finishing their primary fermentations and settling into barrels and tanks for aging. It’s an exciting time in any vineyard. The annual fall event expanded this year to include local artists’ works at each of the venues five association member wineries. Organizers said this is the event to be if you enjoy a dash of fine arts to complement a rich Whidbey wine and magnificent island scenery, come on over and sample some of the Pacific Northwest finest. The wineries – including Comforts of

Whidbey at the winery and vineyards off Wilkinson Road, Spoiled Dog Winery at the winery and vineyards on Maxwelton Road, Blooms Winery at Taste for Wine & Art at Bayview Corner, Langley and Holmes Harbor Cellars on Honeymoon Bay Road north of Freeland - will feature sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, glass, fiber-arts, jewelry and more. All venues have tickets available, and Photo courtesy of Whidbey Island Winery buying them in advance saves $5 on each ticket. The advance price is $20, while Concerts and special events at Whidbey wineries buying a ticket that weekend will be $25 are held throughout the year. each. Tickets include a souvenir glass and complimentary tasting of wines at each venue. sland abrIc Krug said the island wine experience is and sewIng center not to be missed. “Home of Quilting By The Sea” “Whidbey is conveniently located a Offering a large selection of quality Fashion and short distance from Seattle - people can Quilting Fabric, Notions, Books, Patterns, Classes, come visit for the day or really enjoy themSewing Machines, Kits, Gift Items, Tea, and more. selves and stay for a few days,” she said. 1592 Main Street - Freeland “We have great wine here on the Island Mon-Sat 9:30am - 5:30pm, Sun 12 - 4 and also rural character.” www.islandfabricandsewingcenter.com To learn more visit www.whidbey 360-331-7313 islandvintners.org.


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The Whidbey links are open all year long One of the best places to enjoy the beauty of Whidbey Island is on one of its five golf courses. Blend the breathtaking backdrops of each course with Whidbey’s mild temperatures and the variety of challenges offered by the different courses, and you have an ideal setting for any golfer. You can kick back and enjoy a pair of pitch-and-putt par-3 layouts or kick it up a gear or two and face the challenges of three, full-sized courses. One thing is certain regardless of your choice, you will be treated to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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Best winter beaches on Whidbey BY Michaela Marx Wheatley

With miles and miles of beaches, Whidbey Island is an inviting place to try clam digging, crabbing, fishing, building a fort out of driftwood, beach walks, kayaking, boating, bird watching or simply sitting seaside and enjoying the view. Some of our beaches are wide and sandy. Others are rocky and with the surf crushing ashore. What most have in common is that island memories are defined by them. Here is a selection of some of the best: Deception Pass State Park is one of Washington's favorite state parks. Visitors come to see the historic bridge, but the beaches within the park are just as exciting. The seaside spectacular cliffs stand testament to the ocean’s power, pushing through the passage for thousands of years. Watch an abundance of sealife and bald eagles. Fishing is popular in Cranberry Lake and the shore waters. Charters, and boat tours are available at Cornet Bay's marina.

Mariners Cove is another great, sandy beach in Oak Harbor. It features a wonderful view of downtown Coupeville across the water; it’s good for swimming, too. Ebey’s Landing in Coupeville offers spectacular views no matter if you stand at the beach or overlook the shore from one of the spectacular bluffs. The beach also connects to a 3-mile loop hike with more gorgeous views. The beautiful driftwood-strewn beach can be sandy at time. The historical sights all around make it the perfect family playground in front of a backdrop of the snowcapped Olympic Mountains. Double Bluff beach is one of South Whidbey’s best public beaches. Play in the sand, hunt for seashells, build a driftwood fort, watch for wildlife, picnic and enjoy the spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains. Kids will have the time of their lives playing in the miles of broad, sandy beach.There are See Beaches, page 26

Whidbey beaches are vistas of breathtaking beauty in all types of weather.

Ed Young Photo

“Seeing whales in your own back yard from your kayak is a truly awesome, exhilarating experience! To be able to share this experience with others is fantastic” –Ed Young


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BEACHES, from page 25

Ed Young Photo

Whale sightings are common around Whidbey and the San Juan Islands.

tidal pools, and unusual bluff erosion to view as well. There is a off leash dog park if you have brought "man's best friend" along. Tangles of driftwood make great doggie jungle gyms, and provide endless sticks to throw and be fetched. When the tide is out the beach is hundreds of feet wide giving canines plenty of room to romp–but even at high tide, there is plenty of room to run. Seawall Park in Langley is a lovely spot to picnic and watch whales. During low tide, the beach invites to long walks. With its Totem poles and great views of Saratoga Passage the park is a treat during any season. It is hidden parallel to First Street in Langley at the north end of Anthes Avenue. Clinton Beach Park is a small beach with views of the ferry landing; a sandy beach, a great playground, picnic shelters and sculptures make this a great place to welcome visitors to the island. An ideal place to stop by with the family and map out your island adventure. Also in Clinton, Maxwelton Beach is located at the end of Maxwelton Road. It is a perfect place to take long beach walks in the sand with spectacular views of the Olympic mountains. The community at Maxwelton Beach has a number of lovely cabins and rentals where visitors can relax. A playground and park area is inviting for families. This is also a very dog friendly beach.

Kasia Pierzga Photo

Ebey's Landing Beach in Coupeville is the spot for a panoramic view of Puget Sound and Port Townsend.


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