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The newest decorating ideas, gardening tips, and lifestyle guide to Whidbey Island, 2018.

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towels match and are folded properly, chrome sparkles and lines are clean. Personal items and clutter get shoved in drawers or moved to the spare room. Beds are made, pillows are fluffed and blinds are set all the same way with cords coiled and setting on the windowsill. “The camera likes symmetry,” Peabody said. Because of this and that real estate photos are shot in a specific setting that picks up even the tiniest wrinkle, Peabody usually carries a steam iron with her to jobs. Among her “staging kit,” Peabody also carries other essentials items including: • Lightbulbs (all different kinds) • Zip ties (for those unsightly electrical cables) • Shop towels (for cleaning and bringing that “critical” sparkle) • At least two matching lamps • Mirrors Having someone come in and stage your home while you’re living in it can be a difficult process, Peabody said. Some people may have a hard time with change or even take offense to changes to their design. Homeowners shouldn’t take it personally. “It’s either a home or a house,” Peabody said. “It’s either a place you love and are still attached to or it’s an asset you want to get the most money you can from.”

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Community arts By Evan Thompson

It took a village to start the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) and it takes a community to keep it going. Good thing it has the latter well in hand. The purpose of WICA, a nonprofit organization located in Langley, is to provide dynamic art opportunities and high quality performances that expose residents and students to local and nationally recognized artists, musicians, literary works and authors, according to Deana Duncan, programming and production director. It also gives the community the opportunity to be part of in-house, full-scale theater productions. Between October and June, there are over 100 performances in the 246-seat theatre, requiring 350-400 volunteers in a variety of positions. There’s no sign of things slowing down either. “WICA has seen continued growth in popularity and viability every year,” Duncan said.

WICA opened its doors in May 1996 after a decade-long grass roots community effort led by a consortium of artists, business people and local families. It features programming for five specific art forms: music, theater, dance, literary and visual arts. There are also staple events that cover all genres, including “very popular” political series lectures. The organization’s mission of providing variety to patrons is what puts it in a league of its own, Duncan said. “I think it’s pretty unique,” Duncan said. “There aren’t a lot of art centers across the country. There’s theaters that do shows a lot, but not many full art centers. I think we’re a pretty special and unique breed.” The WICA season includes the Theatre Series, Local Artist Series, Literary Series, Family Series, Piano Series, Special Events, DjangoFest NW, One-Act Fest NW and art exhibitions in its Lasher Gallery. WICA’s Conservatory building also provides educational classes and

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“arts in education” programs in the South Whidbey School District. Funding for arts in education programs has dwindled for students, just as school districts are receiving less and less money from the state. Duncan said educational opportunities offered by WICA are all the more important and can be “a crucial addition to school curriculum for this age group.” “As our school district has no budget to bring artists into the schools, it is a part of our mission to provide arts exposure to our youth,” Duncan said. WICA offers educational events throughout the year with workshops, from stagecraft to intern positions. Stacie Burgua, WICA’s executive director, is also retiring in August after 22 years at the helm. A search for her replacement is underway.

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Whidbey’s hoppin’ brewery scene By Laura Guido

Thirsty hop enthusiasts can rejoice for there’s plenty abrewing on Whidbey Island. Taprooms and breweries can be found on the South, Central and North parts of the island, all with plenty of popular beverages to choose from. Tucked away on Cultus Bay Road in Clinton is the recently-expanded, but still small, Ogre Brewing. Owners Royce Baker and Adam Jackson have been brewing commercially for three years, but the tasting room was just added last spring. “We’ve just been slowly growing ever since,” Baker said. The duo brew because of their love for beer and science, he said, and work with experimental small batches. At the time of this interview, Baker said they were working on brewing with maple syrup and had plans to use candy cap mushrooms in another batch. There are usually eight beers on tap, all

made by Ogre. Their Blonde Ogress (female ogre) and Cascade IPA are popular at the tasting room. The owners hope to start having events and concerts at the kid- and pet-friendly establishment. Be sure to plan ahead before visiting the tasting room, which is only open Thursday through Saturday, 3-7 p.m. Over in Langley, Double Bluff Brewery is hidden away on Anthes Avenue. The establishment is also on the small side but boasts a fairly large patio for the warmer months. All nine of the available beers at the taproom are brewed in-house, according to the website. Daniel Thomis and his wife Marissa founded the company in 2015 after moving to Whidbey Island from Boston. Former biologist/chemist Daniel Thomis was a home brewer for almost 20 years and he and Marissa felt they could fill the gaping brewery void in Langley. Kids

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With food, a shelf full of board games and the occasional event like paint and sip or open mic night, one can stay entertained. Or, like all these locations, the beer alone is worth an evening (or day) out. Those who want a full brewpub experience can head to Flyers Restaurant and Brewery in Oak Harbor. The largest brewery on the island doesn’t lack an attention to detail with its beer that consistently wins awards at the national and international level. The Pace Maker Porter and Barnstormer Brown ale are the biggest winners, according to co-owner Tony Savoy, and the After Burner IPA is always a best seller in the restaurant. Attendees of MusselFest might also be familiar with the Penn Cove Pilsner, something that became so popular it is going to be made year-round. Flyers often hosts beer gardens for large events on the island, Savoy said. The proceeds from these beer gardens usually go to local nonprofit organizations. “We try and give back to the community as much as we can,” he said. Whidbey Island’s growing brewery scene offers food, entertainment, conversations with people who love their jobs, and, best of all, great beer.

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She’s recommends the technique so the want-to-be grower learns to observe what grows naturally, how the sunlight slants and where shade is prevalent. How to grow — and keep healthy — all kinds of flowers, succulents, shrubs, fruit trees, vegetables, grasses and ground cover are just a few of the topics covered by trained master gardeners who sustain their own county hotline.

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DESIGN WITH DUAL TONES Mixed metals or dual tones are on-trend and very popular in home design today. This look can be achieved through mixing fixtures with different, but complementary finishes. For example, Progress Lighting offers fixtures that feature finishes with contrasting accents, such as antique bronze and brass, antique bronze and natural brass or polished nickel with silver ridge -- adding visual interest.

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PENDANT GROUPINGS Pendant groupings are commonly used in a foyer, over a kitchen island or above a dining room table. These versatile fixtures can be mixed and matched to create a custom cluster design for a statement-making look.

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WICKED TEUTON BREWING COMPANY at 1341 SW Barlow Street in Oak Harbor has occasional acoustic nights where patrons are welcome to play their own music. There are guitars on the walls anyone can pick up.

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THE PRIMA BISTRO at 201 1/2 Street in Langley has a jazz saxophonist who will play occasionally. RUSTICA at 670 SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor has a Sunday Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and live music most Saturday nights

THE PENN COVE TAPROOM at 103 S. Main Street in Coupeville offers live music, often rock music, on Friday and Saturday nights and even has a “house band,” Mussel Flats.

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BLOOMS WINERY at 5603 Bayview Road in Langley has live music on Fridays from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons 3-5 p.m. The second and fourth Thursdays are open mic days from 6-8 p.m. There’s outdoor seating when the weather is good.

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THE MACHINE SHOP on Second Street in Langley offers live music on the first Saturday of each month from 7-10 p.m.

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THE TAPROOM at Bayview Corner at 5603 Bayview Road on South Whidbey has live music from local bands Saturdays from 8-10 p.m.

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CIAO at 701 Main Street in Coupeville offers live music on various nights of the week.

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Dominic Pettruzzelli

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