2017 Whidbey Island
Supplement to the Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record
Holiday Gift Guide 2017
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By MEGAN HANSEN
The communities of Coupeville and Greenbank make celebrating the holidays in Central Whidbey all the more special. With gingerbread workshops, visits from Santa, tree lightings and more, the communities offer activities just about every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The events are aimed at bringing people into town and bringing some life during the shoulder season, said Vickie Chambers, executive director of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association. Kicking off the holiday season, Coupeville offers SIP N’ SHOP on the Cove Saturday, Nov. 25 in downtown Coupeville. Dine on tasty treats provided by area restaurants while sipping island wines. Then stroll through town, finding early Christmas deals.
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nity to win door prizes. The following day, the waterfront association offers a free GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP at the Coupeville Rec Hall where families can come for an afternoon of creative and delicious fun. Once
complete, take your masterpiece to the Coupeville Library where it will be on display and voted on through Christmas. Prizes will be awarded later in the holiday season. The following weekend, always the first Saturday in December, Coupeville holds its GREENING OF COUPEVILLE celebration Dec. 2, which features a day of activities including the Jingle Trail Run, Saratoga Orchestra performance, church bazaars and art shows. Santa makes many appearances throughout the season, including during the greening parade. He leads the annual procession through town atop a lighted fire truck. After the parade, the community gathers at Cook Corner Park for caroling and a tree lighting. Following the lighting, mosey on down to the Coupeville Wharf CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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Central Whidbey offers treasure trove of gift ideas By MEGAN HANSEN
Stroll through shops in Greenbank and Coupeville and you’ll find many stores filled with items crafted with care right here on the island. Find a variety of Front Street in businesses in Coupeville that carry a little bit of everything. To bring home a gift that’ll remind someone of island life, walk down to stores like Penn Cove Gallery where many of the artists featured capture the area’s beauty. Visit Whidbey Island Yarn Gifts and Teas for hand-spun and dyed yarn produced by animals on Whidbey Island. Or, pick up an already completed gift using that yarn like a hat or scarf to keep your loved one warm this winter. At bayleaf, the gourmet food shop not only sells delectable imported meats and cheeses, but the shop features a variety of Whidbey-made products.
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Raven Rocks Gallery in Greenbank offers a variety of items including woven tapestries and these knit caps. Find cookware from Cooked on Clay, a Coupeville-based ceramics business, as well as cheese boards and other trinkets from Turnco, a South Whidbey business. Grab some locally-made crackers to go with that cheese for your next holiday gathering.
Right next to bayleaf, the Lavender Wind shop sells a range of products made from lavender grown at the nearby Lavender Wind farm. They have essential oils, gift sets, cleaners, scents, decorative bundles, lotions, shampoos, culinary lavender, baked
goods, eye soothers, massage oil, soap and on and on. In addition, the store has a collection of crafts and foods made on Whidbey Island. At Island Made, find custom artwork, soap made with natural ingredients as well as all-natural candles. At Greenbank Farm, Raven Rocks and Artworks galleries offer collections of art in varying mediums from metalwork and glass art to painting and mixed media art. Whether it’s a large sculpture or a dreamcatcher, both galleries offer something for pretty much everyone’s pocketbook. Also at the farm, Greenbank Cheese Specialty Foods & Gifts offers not only a variety of cheese — some of which are made locally — but a variety of gifts and locallymade items. Sample some wine made by a Whidbey Island winery before picking up a bottle for that holiday party at Greenbank Wine Shop.
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where Oak Harbor Marina’s LIGHTED BOAT PARADE floats by. SANTA will also be visiting Greenbank Farm 12-2:30 p.m.Saturdays, Dec. 2,9,16 and 23. On Dec. 9, LIVE MUSIC will be roaming the streets of downtown Coupeville. Listen to Skinny Tie Jazz and other musicians while you shop, eat and enjoy a day on the waterfront. Greenbank Farm will hold an extra-special celebration this year also on Dec. 9. From 2-4 p.m., the farm will hold a “WE BOUGHT THE FARM” COMMUNITY CELEBRATION to acknowledge the Port of Coupeville making its final bond payment. The event will include a community potluck. Bring a dish and your own plates and utensils; drinks will be pro-
vided. After the potluck, Santa will return to lead a LUMINARIA WALK around the farm. On Dec. 16, SANTA will be hanging out on the steps of the Island County Historical Museum for pictures and on Dec. 23, Central Whidbey nonprofits will get a holiday funding boost as teams compete in the CAROLING CONTEST. As teams sing around downtown, the group with the most donations wins additional cash prizes for the nonprofit of its choice. The holiday season ends Sunday, Dec. 24 when the annual RED TICKET drawing is selected on the steps of the museum. This year’s big prize will double to $2,000. Earn a ticket for every $20 spent at participating businesses in town.
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Oak Harbor celebrates home for the holidays By LAURA GUIDO
Islanders and visitors who are feeling festive as the seasons are changing have a variety of ways to celebrate in Oak Harbor. Gift shopping at local businesses may even prove to be profitable. Until Dec. 23, patrons at participating merchants can earn a “green ticket” for every $20 spent. Tickets will be drawn on Dec. 23 at Harborside Village for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize. “That’s really exciting because that not only encourages people to shop local, but gives them rewards for shopping local,” said Karen Ray, promotions committee chair for the Oak Harbor Main Street Association. On Dec. 1, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County will be hosting its 19th Festival of Trees gala. There will be 10 large trees, four table-top trees, four garlands and one garland-wreath combination available for auction. Tickets
Home for the Holidays includes carolers, musicians and Santa arriving by pirate ship for the annual tree lighting. are $125 per person. Dinner will be provided by Frasers Gourmet Hideaway and entertainment by actor and comedian Fred Northup, Jr. Proceeds from the evening go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County. “It’s a fun kickoff to the holiday season,” said Julie Langrock, executive director of Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Island County. “People get to get dressed up and look forward to an evening out with their friends, all for a good cause.” The next day, the organization will also host the Teddy Bear Breakfast at the same venue. This event, sponsored by Alaska USA Mortgage, will feature a raffle. Tickets for children under 11 are
$5 and $15 for everyone else. Later on Dec. 2, the Main Street Association will be hosting their Home for the Holidays event downtown. There will be carolers, musicians and treats available to the community. As always, Santa will be arriving to the scene via pirate ship. Some businesses downtown will stay open later so attendees can get a start on their gift shopping. The Holiday Market, featuring local goods, will be happening every weekend until Dec. 17 at 749 SE Pioneer Way. People strolling along Pioneer might also notice the toy soldiers lining the street. The Main Street Association is hosting its Adopt a Toy Soldier event. The 30 toy soldiers were available to “adopt,” decorate and return — now community members can cast their vote for their favorite at the Main Street office in the mall. A portion of the proceeds from “adoption” will support Toys for Tots. Locally Owned
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Gift options vary on North Whidbey By JESSIE STENSLAND
For a truly unique gift that just screams “Whidbey Island,” look for something that was made here. A wide-range of items are created on the island. That can mean painted, grown, raised, sculpted, smoked, cooked and many other verbs. In downtown Oak Harbor, the Garry Oak Gallery showcases an ever-changing range of artwork made by Whidbey artists. Shoppers may find paintings in different media, photography, glasswork, pottery, jewelry and wood pieces. The gallery is located in the Harborside Shops building. Also on Pioneer Way, Whimsies Treasures, a delightful Oak Harbor store chocked full of locally made fare is ready-made for holiday shopping. Mosaics cover many items — from Altoid boxes to guitars. Colorful big-lipped fish made from recycled plastic soda bottles dangle overhead. Tiny
white lights twinkle behind sand dollars and other shells placed on a string of battery-operated decoration perfect for Christmas or the summer porch lights. There’s also woolie wear for babies and big people, woven rugs and scarves, handbags, totes, teas and tea cups. Dozens of artists are represented in Whimsies. The owner doesn’t require work be juried like art galleries do, so the work ranges from finely-honed jewelry and glass work to more free-spirited paintings of pets and animals. For a one-of-a-kind gift, look no further than Oak Harbor’s recently remodeled Feed & Seed store that’s now a sprawling popup art gallery called Skulpt Too. Inside The Loft, a diverse collection of work from Whidbey artists is temporarily set up in the old building’s first floor. Intricately painted scenes of birds, massively carved creations of rock and steel and printed silk scarves are just a few of the choices. Prices range from $10 to thouGifts of the Season from LANGLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
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sands of dollars. On the south end of the city lies the Ishler Pottery Studio. He creates creatively crafted, functional and artistic pottery. He is known for using unique glazes on his works: crystalline, ash and spitfire. He also creates whimsical cars from clay. Whidbey Beer Works is a specialty beer shop in Oak Harbor that offers brews made on Whidbey Island, a well as all over the world. There’s also ciders, wines, meads and cigars. In all, the selection includes more than 600 different labels. Three Sisters Market is located between Coupeville and Oak Harbor. It’s owned by a fifthgeneration Whidbey farm family that raises grass-fed beef, pork and cage-free eggs. The retail store, however, doesn’t just carry Whidbey-raised meat, but a wide range of Whidbey-made products, including food, unique gifts, health and beauty products, pies and other baked goods.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2017
By EVAN THOMPSON
There’s plenty of can’t-miss events happening on South Whidbey throughout the holiday season. Caroling, street performances and giveaways are just a few of the events happening up until New Year’s.
The month of November is filled with holiday-themed events, including the Lighting of Langley at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Langley Park. The annual event includes a Santa Claus, Girl Scouts with hot cocoa and carolers. The night is capped off by a tree lighting. A holiday giveaway effort also begins in late November. Local businesses will give a raffle ticket to shoppers for each $20 of merchandise they purchase from Nov. 24 to Dec. 15. The winning ticket
Langley holds a tree lighting and community celebration to kick off the holidays each year. will be drawn for a $1,000 prize at Boy and Dog Park at 1 p.m. on Dec. 16. The Langley Chamber of Commerce will also be giving away gift baskets at the event. With the Clipper Vacation cruises coming to Langley every weekend starting in December,
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advertising for carolers to perform for the visitors from the Clipper when they arrive in town, according to Betty Freeman, representative of the visitor center. “The theme for that is Christmas by the Sea,” Freeman said. Visitors should expect to see decorative businesses as part of the Deck The Doors event. The event, hosted by the Langley Main Street Association, has artists and merchants decorate the town’s shop doors in an effort to win one of five $1,000 prizes. The Island County Fairgrounds will also be host to a Christmasthemed event: County Christmas at The Fair. The boutique style event over two weekends in November and December will have a selection of handcrafted gifts from local artists and crafters. The first day kicks off from 2-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, 10 CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
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a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26. The next weekend’s event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 and on Sunday, Dec. 3. The Holly Jolly Christmas Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Dec. 2. The annual parade includes musicians, service and youth groups, pets, families and floats. The march goes up and down First and Second Street to celebrate the holiday season.
“The Giving Tree” will return to Bayview and Freeland for the 14th year in a row. The tree, sponsored by non-profit organization Goosefoot, brings neighbors together to build a sense of place and community, preserve rural traditions, enhance local commerce and help create a sustainable future for South Whidbey, according to Sami Postma, events and education coordinator for
Goosefoot. It will be decorated with handcrafted ornaments made by staff and volunteers from nonprofit organizations on Whidbey Island. Anyone can purchase the ornaments and all proceeds go toward the organization that made them. It will be on display at The Bayview Cash Store and the Island Athletic Club from November until Dec. 31. The Holiday Market at the Bayview Corner is also set for four days in November and December. The market, held at the Bayview Farmers Market off Highway 525 at Bayview Road, is on Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.
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Artisans offers unique gift options on south end By KYLE JENSEN
When shopping for holiday gifts, one doesn’t always have to travel to the nearest mega mall for the best buy. Some of the best gifts can be found close to home. And considering South Whidbey has a plethora of artisans and craftspeople, it’s a potential goldmine for presents. There are options for locally-made gifts right off the ferry in the downtown Clinton area. The stretch of Highway 525 from the ferry terminal to Bob Galbreath Road has a handful of shops, including the dual gift and general store, MAKE Whidbey. Described as a “little shop of Whidbey makers,” the storefront blends handmade home decor with wooden crafts. Storeowner Janae Cameron initially opened MAKE Whidbey as a space to house her family’s handmade crafts business, Turnco Wood Goods, and it shows. The shop is covered with carefully crafted cutting boards, decor, clocks and carafes made by Cameron and her husband. To complement the store’s environment, Cameron also sells soaps, candle, yarn and tote bags also made right here on Whidbey Island. For those who are avid knitters, Abundant Earth Fiber might be the ideal source of holiday spirit. Just a short distance from the high-
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Dec. 1-16: Peter and the Starcatcher (musical), 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org Dec. 1: Festival of Trees, 5:30 p.m., Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. www.bbbsislandcounty.org Dec. 2: Holly Jolly Parade and Shop ’n Stroll, 11 a.m. on First Street and Anthes Avenue, Langley. Dec. 2: Jingle Trail 5K Run and Walk, 10 a.m. at Camp Casey and Fort Casey State Park. http://coupevillechamber.com/events-menu/jingletrail-run/ Dec. 2: Santa visits Greenbank Farm, 12-2:30 p.m. in the big red barn. Dec. 2: Home for the Holidays tree lighting and carols, 5 p.m. on SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor. Dec. 2: Greening of Coupeville Christmas Parade, tree lighting and boat parade, 4 p.m. in Coupeville. Dec. 2-3: Country Christmas at the Fair, Island County Fairgrounds, Langley. www.whid beyislandfair.com Dec. 3: Two-day annual Clinton Winter Market, includes a visit by Santa; 10 a.m., Clinton Community Hall. Dec. 7-17: A Christmas Carol musical,
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7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays; Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor. www.whidbeyplayhouse.com Dec. 8-9: Light up your Holiday, all day at Fort Casey State Park. http://coupevillechamber.com/event/light-up-your-holiday/ Dec. 9: Live music in downtown Coupeville. www.coupevillehistoricwaterfrontassociation.com Dec. 9: Santa visits Greenbank Farm, 12-2:30 p.m. in the big red barn. Dec. 9: “We bought the farm” community celebration and potluck, 2-4 p.m., Greenbank Farm. Dec. 9 & 16: Saratoga Orchestra presents Peter and the Wolf Family Holiday Concerts with an instrument Petting Zoo: 2 p.m., at Island church of Whidbey in Langley on Dec. 9, 11 a.m. at Coupeville High School and 3 p.m. at First Reformed Church in Oak Harbor on Dec. 16. www.sowhidbey.com Dec. 15-16: Cyclocross by Whidbey Island Bicycle Club, at the Kettle’s Trails in Coupeville. www.whidbeybicycleclub.org Dec. 16: Santa visits Greenbank Farm, 12-2:30 p.m. in the big red barn. Dec. 17: Seattle Mandolin Orchestra presents the Mandolin Messiah, 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. www.wicaonline.org
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