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2014 Holiday Gift Guide
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A supplement to the Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record
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Whidbey has a treasure trove of gift ideas for every type of shopper By KATE DANIEL
The leaves of the trees are turning to fiery reds, burnt oranges and bright yellows as brisk winds and rainy days denote the beckoning of Old Man Winter and the approach of the holiday season. Whether you are preparing to celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas, Winter Solstice or Kwanza, Whidbey Island is a treasure trove of creative gift ideas from locally made goods to do-it-yourself projects and reusable items. Photo by Kate Daniel
Oak Harbor’s Pioneer Way has a variety of shops offering unique gifts for every kind of shopper. Find jewelry made by local artists, home decor, items for the outdoors and more.
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made by hand. Oak Harbor’s Paint Your World, located in the heart of the city’s historic downtown, offers a space for patrons to paint their own pre-made ceramic items. Everything from snowmen to eagles and ornaments to dishware lines the walls of the studio awaiting the stroke of a paint brush. According to co-owner Laura Apgar, odes to furry pals are a big hit; ornaments shaped like dog bones and items imprinted with a paw are bestsellers. “People are sentimental about their puppies,” she said. CONTINUED PAGE 4
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Paint Your World also offers jewelry-making classes and canvas painting sessions throughout the year. “There is nothing more special than gifts from the heart,” said Apgar, who owns the shop with her husband, Ron. Just next door to the Apgars is Lynn Copeland’s shop ,Whidbey Inspiration, where Copeland and her team create custom jewelry and embroidered items and provide alterations and tailoring. Gem and semi-precious stones are used to make custom jewelry that, Copeland said, is quite affordable. Embroidered items such as plush animals and T-shirts, baseball caps and linens are available for purchase at the shop as are an array of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more. If a custom order is placed before Dec. 1, Copeland said, she can have the item ready by Christmas. For those on the South End, The Paint Escape in Freeland offers patrons a chance to create their own clay or fused-glass pieces and to paint pre-made bisque figurines, ornaments and dishware. Owners Susan Barrat and Tina Beard accommodate both large groups and individuals and are happily willing to offer advice and instruction to first time artists. Barratt and Beard, both grandmothers, said some of
the shop’s bestselling holiday items are pieces imprinted with a child’s hand or foot print. “You can capture that moment in time, it is a treasure,” Barrat said. Whidbey Island Home Brew Supply in Oak Harbor sells all the necessary ingredients to concoct your own custom 6-pack for a friend, family member or coworker. The store supplies more than 60 varieties of grain and malt as well as yeasts and hops and starter kits for the budding brewer.
Experiences For many, the holiday season can bring with it a host of stressors, from preparing for family gatherings to finding the perfect decor. Free time can be scarce and relaxation may seem almost mythical. High levels of stress can be detrimental to body and mind, but Whidbey’s massage parlors may provide the antidote. Madhu, masseuse of Massage by Madhu in Langley Village, offers deep tissue massage, swedish relaxation massage and hot stone massage. Louise Mueller, masseuse of Madrona Massage in Coupeville, offers hot stone therapy, reflexology, Swedish massage, Lomi lomi, Reiki and aromatherapy. To provide a friend or loved one with an enjoyable night out, purchase tickets for one of Whidbey’s local CONTINUED PAGE 5
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The Paint Escape in Freeland offers patrons a chance to create their own clay or fused-glass artwork.
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theaters or orchestras. Whidbey Playhouse produces an array of plays while Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is home to plays, comedy nights, concerts and more. Saratoga Orchestra will also be hosting concerts throughout the season and features the musical magic of professional, local musicians from around the Puget Sound.
Reusable Whidbey’s thrift stores offer an opportunity to give back to the community while selecting from a plethora of reused goods that can be ideal eco-and budgetfriendly gifts. Good Cheer in Clinton and Good Cheer 2 in Langley, WAIF in Oak Harbor and Freeland, Senior Community Thrift in Freeland, New Beginnings Thriftique in Coupeville, Island Thrift and My Father’s House Community Thrift in Oak Harbor each has its own vast selection of vintage and gently used goods available for purchase. Perusing the aisles at Senior Community Thrift in Freeland, a customer can find anything from sewing patches shaped like kittens riding bicycles to black faux fur coats, cookware, old farm equipment and ornate antique figurines. Good Cheer carries an array of items from dinnerware, including fine china sets, as well as racks upon racks of likenew clothing for men, women and children; books; and several works of art. Antiques abound in each of the thrift stores as well as antique shops, which pepper the island with one-of-a-kind items.
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Oak Harbor’s Oak Tree Antiques, located in downtown, carries goods for a number of individual tastes from the rustic to the ultra-feminine to seafarers and everything in between. Trinkets, housewares, ceramic and wooden goods as well as nostalgic magazines, records and books are sold at affordable prices by the shop’s friendly staff. Langley Antiques is located on First and Anthes in what was once a bank building. The former vault is presently chock full of items reminiscent of an oldtime farm. According to store employee Jackie Hoviek, some customers stop by to request specific items such as collectibles, while delicately embroidered linens, silverware, vintage lingerie and goblets are regular bestsellers. The shop also carries high-end furniture.
Local Specialties Whidbey Island’s farmers and artisans produce an abundance of fine locally made products from cheeses to chocolates and original pieces of art. Larry Fanning of Elkhorn Trading Company, located on Coupeville’s Front Street, crafts one-of-a-kind items inspired by the wilderness of Whidbey. Most of Fanning’s mounted pieces, sculptures and home furnishings are made from naturally shed horns he finds within the forest. He also makes leather bags and apparel from moose, elk, deer and buffalo hide. For those with a taste for sweets, Chocolate Flower Farm store in Langley’s delicious delicacies await.
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The Chocolate Flower Farm store in Langley offers a variety of sweet-smelling treats and locally made products for the cocoa lover in your family.
The shop, which was recently featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine and the Seattle Post Intelligencer, offers just about every chocolate product imaginable from candles to tea, bath and body products, flowers and, naturally, chocolates. Owner Marie Lincoln, who also operates the Chocolate Flower Farm, makes all of the products by hand. Lincoln noted that the chocolate mint tea, rasberry and chocolate jam, chocolate candles and fudge are her best sellers. Greenbank Farm is a one-stop shop for local goods including artists’ works in the Raven Rocks Studio, Artworks Gallery and Rob Schouten Gallery; pies from Whidbey Pies Cafe; wine from the
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Holiday happenings planned for Whidbey Nov. 26: “Mini Cinnamon Turkeys” by Sue. 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Coupeville. Make three-inch cinnamon-scented turkeys. 360-720-2955. Nov. 28-30: Holiday Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Greenbank Farm. Pieces created by hand by local artists, holiday music, photos with Santa, warm beverages, tractor lighting. 360-678-7710, www. greenbankfarm.biz Provided photo
The Festival of Trees is held in early December each year and is a major fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County. Decorated trees are auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Nov. 28 to Dec. 7: Country Christmas at the Fair. 2-7 p.m. Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 29-30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6-7, at the Island County Fairgrounds, Langley. 360-221-4677, www.whidbeyislandfair.com
Nov. 29: Lighting of Langley. 3:30 p.m. at Langley Park. With carols, Santa and alpaca-reindeer. 360221-6765, www.visitlangley.com
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Nov. 29: Holiday Magic on Pioneer Way featuring Oak Harbor Tree Lighting and arrival of Santa. 360-679-3474, www.historicoakharbor.com
Auction. 5:30-11:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. Features decorated trees, wreaths and auction items. Catered by Frasers Gourmet Hideaway. 360-279-0644, bbbsis landcounty.org Dec. 5-20: “A Christmas Story.” 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. 360221-8268, www.wicaonline.org Dec. 6: St. Mary’s Holiday Bazaar. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Coupeville. Dec. 6: Langley Holiday Parade. 11 a.m. at Sixth Street, Cascade Avenue, First Street, Anthes Avenue and Second Street. 360221-6765, www.visitlangley.com Dec. 6: Greening of Coupeville Christmas Parade. 4-5 p.m. through Coupeville main streets. Parade, lights, music and the arrival of Santa Claus. www.coupevillecham ber.com Dec. 6: Coupeville Late-night Holiday Shopping. 5-7 p.m. at
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Coupeville’s Historic Waterfront Association. www.coupevillehis toricwaterfront.com Dec. 6: Oak Harbor Yacht Club Christmas Lights Boat Parade. 6-7 p.m. at the Coupeville Warf. www. coupevillechamber.com Dec. 6: Holiday Bazaar. At Clinton Community Hall. 360-341-3747, www.clintoncommunityhall.org Dec. 6: Freeland Hall Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Freeland Hall. Santa, gifts, crafts. 360-331-6341. Dec. 6: Holiday Art Walk. 5-7 p.m. in Langley. Fine art galleries will be decked for the holidays. 360-2216765, www.visitlangley.com Dec. 6-7: Holiday Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Greenbank Farm. Pieces created by hand by local artists, holiday music, photos with Santa and warm beverages. 360678-7710, www.greenbankfarm.biz Dec. 7: Teddy Bear Character
Breakfast. 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. 360279-0644, bbbsislandcounty.org Dec. 12-21: “The Nutcracker” by Whidbey Island Dance Theater. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, at South Whidbey High School Performing Arts Center, Langley. 360-341-2221, www.widtonline.org Dec. 12-21: “Anne Frank.” 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, at the Whidbey Island Children’s Theater, Langley. 360221-8707, www.whidbeychildrens theater.org File photo
Dec. 13: Holiday Cheer! 2-4 p.m. at the Clinton Library. Music and festivities. 360-341-4280, www.sno -isle.org
The Greening of Coupeville is held the first Saturday in December and features a fun run, parade and tree lighting.
Dec. 13: Christmas Home Tour. 4-8 p.m. at various locations. Hosted by Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor. Decorated homes and homemade cookies. www.sioakharbor.com Dec. 13-14: Holiday Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Greenbank Farm. CONTINUED ON 8
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Pieces created by hand by local artists, holiday music, photos with Santa and warm beverages. 360678-7710, www.greenbankfarm.biz Dec. 13-14: “Stocking Stuffers” play. 7 p.m. at the Coupeville Middle/High School Performing Arts Center.
Last year, Whidbey Playhouse hosted “Christmas Snapshots.” Venues across Whidbey Island are offering holiday performances this year.
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Dec. 15: Second Sunday. 2-5 p.m. at Greenbank Farm. Artist receptions and new artwork. 360-6787710, www.greenbankfarm.biz
Dec. 21: A Bluegrass Christmas with Weatherside Whiskey Band. 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. 360-2218268, www.wicaonline.org
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Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve with Fade Ensemble. 9 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. Piano, wine, chocolate. 360-2218268, www.wicaonline.org
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Getting holiday packages to loved ones on time By KELLY PANTOLEON
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Quentin Souter, a staff member at Pony Mailing & Business Center in Oak Harbor, puts together a box that will ship a new iPad.
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With gift-giving season coming up, many people will be shipping packages across the country and world. The latter is common especially for Navy families. The only way to send an item to an Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office is to use the United States Postal Service. For shipping to APO and FPO addresses through the United States Post Office, the following suggested deadlines apply: For Space Available Mail, the deadline to ship packages is Wednesday, Nov. 26. For Parcel Air Lift Mail, the deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 3. For Priority Mail Service, the deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 10. For Priority Mail Express Military Service, the deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 17. However, the Pony Mailing & Business Center in Oak Harbor has many mailing services it can ship through, USPS being one of them, so APO and FPO shipping can be done through Pony Mailing, too.
The deadlines to ship to military bases through Pony Mailing are the same as the above deadlines for the post office in Oak Harbor. For gift-givers looking to ship to places that aren’t military bases, the deadlines are a little bit different. There are many different USPS deadlines for non-military shipping. Some of those deadlines are as follows: For Standard Post, the deadline is Monday, Dec. 15. For Priority Mail and First-Class Mail like letters and cards, the deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 20. For Global Express Guaranteed, the deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 17. For Pony Mailing, the suggested deadlines for non-military base ground shipping are as follows: For shipping to the East Coast/ Midwest, the deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 17. For the Plains/Rockies, the deadline is Thursday, Dec. 18. For the CONTINUED PAGE 10
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Pony Mailing employee Quentin Souter opens the hatch of a tube that rains foam peanuts that protect items being shipped. Pony Mailing gets many of their peanuts from community members’ donations.
Sweet & Savory Pies Baked daily, by the slice or whole to go. Hearty seafood chowder and vegetarian soups using local products when available. Serving espresso and select beers and wines www.whidbeypies.com (360)678-1288 Open Daily except closed Tuesdays in Jan & Feb Greenbank Farm • 765 Wonn Rd Greenbank, WA
West Coast, the deadline is Saturday, Dec. 20. Pony Mailing also offers extended holiday hours. Holiday hours begin Dec.1 and go through Dec. 23. Monday through Friday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Sundays. USPS hours are not changing. The Oak Harbor Post Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday. The Coupeville Post Office is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday. The Greenbank Post Office is open 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday. The Freeland Post Office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday. The Langley Post Office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday. The Clinton Post Office is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday. n For information and details on shipping deadlines and locations, visit www. ponymailing.com or www.usps.com or call Pony Mailing at 360-679-5519, the Oak Harbor Post Office at 360-679-1499, the Coupeville Post Office at 360-6785353, the Greenbank Post Office at 360678-6808, the Freeland Post Office at 360-331-6500, the Langley Post Office at 360-221-4113 or the Clinton Post Office at 360-341-4848.
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Beware of holiday hazards in the home By BEN WATANABE
The holiday season is filled with lots of enjoyment that can quickly turn to tragedy if not wisely considered. Christmas tree fires, turkey deep fryers, theft and stressed pets are known issues around the holidays. Preparation is an important piece to mitigating all of this, with an added necessity because of the island’s seclusion. Live Christmas trees dry out quick, even if they’re fresh cut and watered regularly. South Whidbey Fire/EMS Chief Rusty Palmer recommended a bounce test when buying a live tree. By dropping it on its base, the jolt reveals how old or fresh the conifer is — if its needles stay put, it’s pretty fresh; if the needles fall away, it’s old and dry. Though Palmer knows the taste is excellent with deep-fried turkeys, he highly recommends people opt for a different cooking method. To anyone not convinced of the dangers, he recommends searching for videos online.
“If you watch enough of those, you’re probably going to do something different,” he said. Holidays also mean colder weather and more use of heating appliances like baseboard heaters and fireplaces. Palmer urged inspection before use if they have not been checked in a while. For heaters, check the furnace filter, and have a chimney cleaned if it has not been done recently to avoid particle buildup that can smolder or catch fire. “Any time you’re using anything hot, you have to pay attention to it,” Palmer said. Vigilance will help prevent other common holiday problems with pets and packages. Jean Dieden, doctor of veterinary medicine and owner of Animal Hospital by the Sea in Langley, said lots of parties happen between now and February which can mean lots of strangers in the home — an agitating experience for some household animals. “Family and friend gatherings can
be really stressful for pets,” she said. “Make sure they have their out.” That means giving pets a place to be away from all the commotion. Another tip to keep in mind when hosting friends who may bring their own pets or are not used to accommodating animals is to shut doors to keep pets out of bags and packages where holiday treats may be stored. “I’ve worked in the emergency clinics in and around Seattle, and I can’t tell you how many times I made a dog vomit up a whole box of Frangos,” Dieden said. There’s a long list of holiday fixtures that are dangerous for household pets. Lots of treats, such as chocolate and alcohol, are toxic to animals. Dieden also pointed out that fatty foods such as turkey or ham can be bad treats for dogs and can lead to pancreatitis. There’s a full list online at www.petpoisonhelpline.com, but some common
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non-edible dangers for pets include tinsel (shiny string, what’s not to love about it for a cat); plants such as lily, holly and mistletoe; snow globes; and liquid potpourri. For those leaving town and setting up someone to watch their animals, leaving contact information is vital. Dieden said a microchip won’t do much good if the call goes to vacationers in Thailand while the person responsible is on Whidbey. Equally important planning should be given to emergency situations for animals. There are no emergency animal clinics on Whidbey Island, so it’s important to know what to do in case something goes really wrong. Most of the island’s veterinarians, if on vacation or called after hours, have messages that instruct where to seek help off-island. Dieden recommended calling the Poison Pet Help Line (800-213-6680) first for less than $40 to get an idea of
what may be done at home before making the trip to a clinic in Mount Vernon or Everett. Those leaving Whidbey for the winter should also consider informing law enforcement of their departure. It gives police an opportunity, when available, to cruise past the home to check on it — a courtesy offered by the Langley Police Department, for example. Notifying neighbors of incoming packages or setting up neighborhood watch can also deter package theft or burglary around Christmas. “By all means, if you know a package is going to be delivered, get it off the porch as soon as possible,” said Island County Sheriff Mark Brown. One of the arguably simpler tips offered by Langley Police Chief Dave Marks was to secure the home at night and before leaving. “One of the things we’re asking people to do is locking their doors,” he said. “A lot of people don’t lock their doors.”
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By MEGAN HANSEN Tis the season for spending money, and Whidbey Island businesses are hoping an incentive will keep your dollars local. The Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association’s annual Red Ticket Drawing is underway, giving Coupeville shoppers a chance to win $1,000. Started seven years ago, the drawing rewards customers for shopping local, said association executive director Vickie Chambers. “It’s a ‘thank you’ for shopping local.” Participating businesses give out red tickets for every $20 spent. Tickets are collected until the drawing 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, on the steps of the Island County Historical Museum. Three $100 winners will be chosen along with the one grand prize of $1,000. Winners must be present to win. The association is able to track holiday spending to some degree by tracking how many red tickets are distributed. Last year, roughly $400,000 was spent in the Red Ticket promotion. In its seven years, the drawing keeps growing, Chambers said.
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It has a regular sponsor in Whidbey Island Bank, and each year two to three new merchants sign up to participate. “We’ve seen growth every single year on how many tickets go out,” Chambers said. This year, the association would like to see $450,000 spent. “It’s a great event,” Chambers said. “Each year we find it more and more social.” The Red Ticket Drawing has also inspired similar giveaways in other communities on Whidbey Island. Langley Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual Holiday Cheer Giveaway with white tickets. The details are the same in that $20 spent at a participating business earns a ticket to win $1,000. Langley’s winner will be chosen 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Boy & Dog Park on First Street. The person who wins must be 18 years or older and present at the drawing to win. In recent years, Oak Harbor’s Downtown Merchants Association has held a Green Ticket drawing, but association president Heather Carder said they are unable to do the event this year.
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South Whidbey resident Susan Miles feeds leaves to her dairy goats. The goats produce a lot of nutritious milk, which she uses in her soap-making business.
With two dairy goats on her South Whidbey hobby farm, Susan Miles found she had a lot of extra milk on her hands. Each of the friendly alpine goats produces an impressive gallon a day of the nutritious liquid, which was more than the family of four could possibly drink or turn into cheese. Miles has a background as a wine chemist, so she was uniquely suited to create something distinctive. She put her knowledge of science and her artistic side to work and started a home business of making and selling goat-milk soap. She discovered that goat milk is rich in emollients and makes for a great soap. She named the business Maple Hill Soap. “Milk is really moisturizing and has lots of vitamins and minerals in it,” she said.
Linds Pharmacy in Freeland and Coupeville and Local Grown on the Coupeville Wharf both carry collections of her beautifully packaged, scented soaps. They’re also available on her website at maplehillsoap.com, and she sells wholesale to boutiques, businesses and individuals across the nation. One of the keys to the quality of the soap, she said, is the fresh goat milk, which she mixes with the base ingredient instead of the usual water to create a richer product. She uses a combination of olive, coconut and palm oil, as well as shea or cocoa butter. Miles adds essential oils and fragrances from suppliers in the Puget Sound area. There’s lilac, ginger snap, fresh sage, lemon drop, chocolate-covered cherries and more. She recently made a batch of Apple Jack, which is CONTINUED ON 15
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cinnamon with colorful flecks of apple. Miles said she is extremely busy this time of year with soap making since they make such great gifts for the holidays. While she’s got the process down after years of practice, she said it still takes precision and patience. The home business is also great for her rural Whidbey lifestyle. In addition to two boys and two milk goats, she has a male goat, two dogs, eight sheep and a bunch of giant turkeys to care for.
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Festival of Trees eyes $140,000 By MICHELLE BEAHM
Get your pocket books and bidding paddles ready, the 16th annual Festival of Trees is underway. The sparkling, familiar event will be coming to Oak Harbor 5:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Held by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County, this year’s auction will include 14 trees, two garlands and eight wreaths to auction off. But it’s not just trees to purchase. There will be a live and silent auction as well, with prizes such as diamond earrings, tickets to Disneyland, a football signed by Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett and more. “It’s a fun time for people to come and kind of kick off the holiday season,” said Penny Perka, executive director the organization. “You can come and you can kind of do your Christmas shopping and know that you’re supporting a good organization.” The Festival of Trees serves as the nonprofit’s main fundraising event each year, with the funds going directly to supporting matching the children, or littles, in the program with mentors, or bigs. “You can see across time that kids who have a big, that someone’s there to listen to them and cares about their opinion … having that sort of grounding can really
help,” Perka said. Food will be provided by Scott Fraser of Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway. Music and games like a “wine toss,” which Perka described as a sort of ring toss game for “big kids,” will be played. The object is to toss a ring around the neck of a wine bottle, which the tosser will then get to keep. The cost for admission to the festival is $100 per person, though the majority of the funds raised will come from money spent at the auctions. Perka said the fundraising goal this year is $115,000 - $140,000. She said there will also be a time when people who don’t want to purchase anything available can donate money, however much they want. She calls this “Fund a Match.” However, the big draw for the Festival of Trees is, of course, the trees. This year they have 10 large trees and four table-top trees to auction off. Each will be sold already decorated. “Over the years, we’ve had everything from Christmas in Paris to Rudolph,” said Hope McCormack, one of the decorators, about the decoration themes of each tree. CONTINUED ON 17
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“It’s anybody’s guess.” Other examples of past themes include a Dr. Seuss tree, a snow man tree, a nutcracker tree, an African tree decorated with items brought back from the continent and more. Each year, the themes are kept secret until the festival itself. “We have had about every theme you can imagine,” McCormack said. “There are also table-top trees that are themed and wreaths and garlands that are all part of the auction.” McCormack has been helping to decorate the trees for the festival for five or six years, she said, and she started after meeting the former decorating coordinator Molly Anthony, who stepped down last year. McCormack asked to help, and is now one of the three members of the “Tree Trio,” as Perka has dubbed them, who help coordinate the decoration efforts. “I enjoy the creativity of it,” McCormack said, “but also, I like what it stands for. “I feel that Big Brothers Big Sisters does some incredible work in our community, and this is a way that I can help out and be a part of it. “Once you’ve been to the event and seen the outpouring of generosity, you really build a sense of pride in your community and realize that everyone working together for one goal is a pretty amazing thing.”
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Party Store in Oak Harbor. “People are relaxing a little more with their money. And we’re seeing more people come to the island.” Kolaitis’ success revolves largely around the military population at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station with her business catering specifically to mothers and their children. Around the holidays, she becomes a go-to person for balloon sculptures and centerpieces for parties, as well as a plethora of party supplies from paper plates to napkins. “New Year’s is our biggest day of the year,” Kolaitis said. “We can never have enough plastic champagne glasses.” Balloons have become big at holiday parties, Mickunas said. Clients looking for special decor are requesting balloon sculptures, centerpieces or even “balloon garlands with floral embellishments,” Mickunas said. Branching out to assist in enterCONTINUED ON 19
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focus to be on the food in which caterers will prepare special dishes or bring in something more simple such as meat and cheese platters. Scott Pendell, owner of The Midnight Kitchen catering business in Freeland, said food tends to be more formal but the atmosphere more casual during the holidays. He said the parties he and his wife Stephanie cater to tend often to encompass a “community, family type of feel” with a buffet setting and no wait staff desired. It’s the time of year when prime rib or beef tenderloin is preferred to chicken or salmon, he said. “Basically, this is the time of year when there tends to be more expensive, primal cuts,” Pendrell said. The focus isn’t always on food, however. One trend Mickunas is seeing more lately is the craft cocktail party. These sort of cocktails are drinks made with high-quality ingredients Buy a pound of the good stuff, & buy a gift card for someone special!
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Holiday tablescapes: Fresh finds to inspire any table The holiday home entertaining season is gearing up, which means it’s time to take your entertaining dreams and inspirations and make them a reality. As you begin planning for the next time you play hostess with the mostest, don’t let the creativity stop with the food. Create a holiday tablescape to set the mood and serve as the focal point so you can have the prettiest and most festive holiday party possible. Inspiration can come from the changing seasons, touches of color, unique pieces and chic dinnerware to draw your guests in to an inviting celebration of friends, family and food. Not sure how to tackle your table? Follow these tips from the entertaining experts at CorningWare, Corelle and more to help you turn your table from simple to simply breathtaking. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
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Shop smart: Find the perfect holiday gifts for men The pressure to find the perfect gift when shopping for men this holiday season can easily become a daunting endeavor, but with online retailers, shoppers can better search for the perfect gift with these simple tips. “It’s important to remember that a well thought-out gift often leaves the greatest, lasting impression,” says Denis Daly Wood, founder of fourthgeneration luxury men’s designer and online retailer Dalys 1895. Well-versed in luxury menswear, Wood curates innovative and exclusive accessories from around the world for Dalys 1895 each season. He offers the follow tips to help ease the gift buying process: n Hone in on what he loves. Keep the recipient’s interests in mind while shopping. If the recipient spends his free time sailing or by the beach, nautical-themed cufflinks or Caravaggio pocket squares are tasteful ways to incorporate his interests into a useful gift. n Think outside the box. Everyone loves receiving thoughtful, one-of-akind gifts. Engravable items, such as sterling silver money clips, are not only useful but should be personalized to make the gift even more heartfelt.
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What is EMV? The Smart Card Alliance describes EMV as a set of specifications for smart card payments and acceptance devices that provide strong transaction security features and capabilities not possible with traditional magnetic stripe cards. The EMV chip in the payment card is an embedded microprocessor that keeps your money and financial information from falling into the wrong hands.
What makes EMV more secure? EMV offers greater security than the traditional magnetic stripe debit or credit cards. An important distinction is that data is stored on a chip rather than the familiar magnetic stripe, making it nearly impossible to counterfeit an EMV card. “As opposed to magnetic strip technology commonly used in credit and debit cards throughout the country, the EMV chip is extremely difficult to crack by hackers,” said Philippe Benitez, vice president of business development for secure transactions for Gemalto, a digital security company that provides the EMV
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From a technology perspective, EMV boosts security through: The chip: A smart card chip is a small computer (or microprocessor) that has its own data storage, processing power and application software. A unique code: EMV cards generate a unique code that is validated by your bank for each transaction and cannot be re-used. A transaction using a fake card with stolen data can’t happen at an EMV terminal because it wouldn’t be able to generate the proper code. Advanced cryptography: EMV security is based on strong cryptography, which is used to generate the unique transaction code that allows the terminal to authenticate the card.
How will EMV change my shopping experience? Instead of swiping your card, now you’ll “dip” your card into the payment terminal, holding it in place to allow the transfer of data. Shoppers should expect that this process will take slightly longer than the traditional quick swipe of a magnetic card. EMV technology also enables contactless payments, so shoppers may instead “tap” their contactless EMV cards, which are just as secure and speed up the check-out experience. Card issuers, your bank or credit company, will determine whether you are required to enter a pin or sign to verify your purchase. Initially, cards will include both EMV and magnetic stripe technology, so you can be assured your card will work whether the retailer has adopted the new system or not. For more information, go to www.that semv.com or www.gemalto.com/emv — Family Features
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Finding unique and ‘fun-ctional’ gifts for children If you’re looking for a unique alternative to the traditional trucks and dolls, a holiday gift that is both fun and functional is an ideal way to treat the kids on your shopping list this year. A present that is fun and has a purpose lets you get creative as you tackle holiday shopping and feel good about giving a gift that can be used rather than being added to the already overwhelming mountain of toys and gadgets gracing most kids’ bedrooms. Start by gathering some basic details about the kids you’re buying for, such as favorite colors, sports teams, activities and so on. Ask parents for ideas that fall more toward “needs” than “wants” and you’ll be on your way. For some added inspiration, consider these unique but usable kidfriendly gift ideas: Photo courtesy of Getty Images
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Bedding: For a child who has recently transitioned from a crib to toddler bed or toddler bed to big-kid bed, sheets are a way to honor this exciting milestone. Choose an appealing design, such as a beloved character, to maximize the fun factor. You can easily find sets under $30 at nearly any major retailer. Pain management: Help soothe little ones’ pain and reduce fever in a lovable, non-threatening way with kid-friendly cuddly cooling and huggable heating packs. Thermal-Aid Zoo stuffed animals are available in seven different familiar animal characters that kids will embrace when it comes time to treat an ailment. Find your favorite zoo animal at www.buy thermalaid.com; a current promotion lets
you get two for about $15, plus shipping and handling. Storage: You can now find a wide range of storage solutions that appeal specifically to kids. From canvas cubes bearing funny critter faces to brightly colored bins and shelves, there are numerous options that help contain kids’ stuff in fun and funky containers. Prices vary widely, but can range from as little as $10 or less and up to $100 for larger units at most big box retailers. Outdoor gear: After months back in school, the holiday break may be the first extended period the kids on your list get to spend outside. Send them out to the elements in style with outerwear appropriate for your climate, such as matching scarf and gloves, new snow boots or a warm and cozy coat. You’re sure to find what you need at nearly any price point, from $5 for gloves up to $50 or more for a quality coat at most general retailers, clothing or sporting goods stores. Activity books: Make learning fun with age-appropriate books that offer interactive activities such as connectthe-dots, coloring, mazes and more for toddlers and phonics, math and other subjects for the older kids. For an added touch, throw in a whimsical set of markers or crayons (parents will thank you if they’re washable). A book or two will run less than $10 at most major retailers. Regardless of your budget, you can find fun and functional gifts for the youngest kids on your holiday shopping list that they’ll be excited to receive and you can feel good about giving. — Family Features
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Prep devices for holiday travel The busiest travel weekend of the year is just around the corner and a smart traveler knows that before you hit the road here in the U.S. or head overseas, you do some planning and prep. Wardrobe, medications, itinerary — but what about your phone? Have you made sure you’re maximizing your phone’s usefulness and minimizing your costs? These travel prep tips will help you get the most out of your phone and help you save money.
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Check your plan — Call your network provider and find out what you already pay for and if you need to do anything to beef up your data. Turn Off Data Roaming — Avoid hefty fees by turning off data roaming on your phone under “settings.” It will save you money but severely limits your communication options. Use Wi-Fi — Wi-Fi is pretty much everywhere in the world and many of today’s new smartphones are equipped with Wi-Fi Calling capabilities. In the U.S., you can use Wi-Fi at coffee shops, hotels and even campsites. Abroad use local Wi-Fi to make unlimited, free calls back to the U.S. from virtually anywhere. — Family Features
Smartphone? Tablet? Both? — Depending on the length of your trip, consider whether you need to bring all your devices or just a few. Today’s smartphones are minicomputers with access to maps, powerful mini-cameras and tons of entertainment apps. If you want to travel light, consider leaving the camera and tablet at home and invest in upgrading to a larger-screened smartphone. Chargers — For overseas travel, invest in an extra charger with an international plug for the region where you are traveling or look for adapters that will let you charge in multiple countries. You may want to look for one with a surge protector built in. Other options are wireless charging pads or USB battery packs.
You’ll probably use a lot more data than usual when you’re traveling. Make sure you have the right data plan to cover those map downloads and Facebook photo posts. Internationally, calling and texting back home can be expensive and can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars a day or more. To call and text while traveling, you have a few options:
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While checking those big ticket items off your holiday shopping list can be stressful, don’t let stocking stuffers bog you down. Simple gifts that show you care about your recipient and their hobbies work great.
Glasses, secured For those with prescription glasses, consider clip-on sunglasses with UV protection. These are handy for those who don’t wear contacts but still want the same protection from the sun for their eyes. And don’t forget that keeping one’s glasses or sunglasses secured is a must — whether out on the water for a day white water rafting or in the yard on the riding mower. A glasses retainer is just the tool to do the trick. This inexpensive item can be found
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Personalized Bookmarks Outfit bibliophiles with some cool new reading gear. Encourage them to scrap the scrap paper with a personalized bookmark. Consider cross stitching or engraving a message onto wood or metal. If you aren’t crafty, many artisans make personalized bookmarks, and their wares are available online. Just be sure to place your order ahead of time! Consider a message that includes a favorite literary quote.
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