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Holiday • 2017 • Guide

San Juan County


A supplement to the Islands’ Sounder, Islands’ Weekly and Journal of the San Juans



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All of us at the Sounder, The Journal of the San Juans and the Islands Weekly hope that your holiday celebrations are full of warmth and love. We publish our annual holiday special to share the many events and celebrations that you and yours might enjoy from Thanksgiving to after New Year’s. Many of the offerings presented in this guide are longheld island traditions and are a special part of the holiday season. One of those traditions is the generous spirit of giving to the less fortunate in our community. We encourage you to support the many organizations that devote their time and talents to making all of our lives better — especially during the holiday season. There is also a plethora of concerts, performances and church events to meet every interest. Check out the stories and calendar of events inside. Another tradition is represented by the advertisers who make the holiday edition (and every other edition of the paper) possible. Your friends and neighbors in their shops, stores and restaurants want to make your holidays merry, and they need your patronage to make the season bright for themselves, their employees and families. Islanders support local businesses because those businesses sell quality products at fair prices, and because islanders know that if they don’t buy locally, those businesses simply can’t continue. Two-thirds of the money you spend on island stays here. For most merchants that money puts food on the table for their families and dresses their children in warm clothes. One hundred dollars spent on San Juan, Orcas or Lopez means a lot to those communities. That same $100 doesn’t have the same effect on the mainland. And the five or 10 percent you think you’re saving by buying off island, instead goes toward ferry fares and fuel prices. Plus, you get the unsavory seasonal experiences of crowded parking lots, empty shelves and long lines at the cash register when you trek off island to make your purchases. Do yourself and your fellow islanders a favor: shop locally this winter. If you really want to take a ferry, take it to one of the other islands. Tell them the newspaper sent you.


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Orca s Holiday Events

Nov. 22 • 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Service at Orcas Island Community Church. A simple service of gratitude, prayer, and song. Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 • 7:30 p.m. at Orcas Center. The Olga Symphony, More or Less – Join Melinda, Gordon, JP and Anita as they once again bring us a romping rollicking good musical time. Admission is $5. Nov. 25 • 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Orcas Senior Center. This is one of the center’s major fundraisers of the year. The festival provides substantial funds to keep our doors open for senior meals, classes, assistance and numerous community events. The Holiday Festival will include a silent auction, live music and exciting raffle. Chimayo’s will be here serving up their famous burritos and redemption salads!

Dec. 1 and 2. • Celtic Christmas; 7 p.m. at Orcas Island Community Church. With Windham Hill/ ArkMusic Recording Artists: Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning, Wendy Goodwin, and Eric Miller. Register @ Donations appreciated. Dec. 2

• 12-3 p.m., Orcas Library Holiday Silver Tea,

free. Sponsored by Friends of the Library Join us for the 56th Annual Silver Tea. Tea and coffee served with sandwiches and cookies, local music talent and your favorite librarians. Santa and Mrs. Claus come at 1 p.m.

• 10 a.m. Deer Harbor Marina. Santa Claus is coming to Deer Harbor! Greet Santa as he comes in on his Christmas ship. Then go to the Deer Harbor Community Club for a visit with Santa and a special gift. Cookies, hot cider, tea and coffee will be served.

Dec. 2 and 3 • Artisan’s Faire at Odd Fellows Hall, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. This annual artisan’s faire will feature 40 local vendors and artists. Come find the many unique holiday gifts available, from soaps and lotions to jewelry, clothing, body care products, ceramic and textile products, gourmet baked goods and much more. For more info., contact Kari at (360)376-5063 or email:

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Dec. 4 • 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Visit of St. Nicholas at the Eucharist. Dec. 8 • Eastsound Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting. Come share some hot cider and cookies as the Community Band plays, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Schedule of Events: Approximately 4 p.m. - Come share some hot cider and cookies. 4–5 p.m. - The Community Band plays holiday favorites. 4:15 p.m. - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to entertain the little ones. 5 p.m. - It’s time to light the tree! Contact the chamber at (360)376-2273. Dec. 9 and 10 • 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Orcas Center. Join the Orcas Choral Society

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“The Real Christmas Story” Kids’ Musical December 17th, 9:30 am Featuring our wonderful island kids. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service December 24th, 6:00 pm An island tradition for 133 years. All your favorite carols, candlelight, and more. Join the whole community in the warm glow of Christmas Eve! For more info call the OICC office (360) 376-6422, open weekdays from 10am-2pm


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Giving tree at Island Market

A magical part of the year begins when the Giving Tree goes up inside Island Market. Those festive tags adorning the branches offer everyone the chance to fulfill the seasonal hopes of local kids. You’ll discover requests from Orcas children for basketballs, dancing shoes, art supplies or toys of the latest invention. Some long for books. Others look forward to new rain boots, gloves or longer pants. And there are the kids who yearn for a special experience: tickets to the movies and the like. Choose one or more tags to make a wish come true for youngsters from newborns to eighteen year-olds. And then sign the nearby registry so that organizers will know that every child’s tag has been chosen. To ensure delivery to the many participating families, presents from the lucky gift-givers will be looked for at Island Market on or before Dec. 15. If the gifts arrive at Island Market unwrapped, organizers can be confident that the right present will get to the right child. Sending along the child’s tag from the Giving Tree, paper and ribbon with the unwrapped gift is a real help. However, if wrapping brings you joy, please do not hesitate; wrap away! For those who don’t wish to choose a tag there are many ways to join in the delight of the giving season. Family needs extend beyond presents and we welcome donations to the Giving Tree at the Island Market or the Resource Center to assist with essentials – winter heating costs, for example. Financial donations for food or gift cards for groceries are especially helpful. There is always a need for a little more ribbon and wrapping paper. Likewise appreciated are unwrapped new toys to supplement where the need arises. Children with letters to Santa can post them in the decorated Santa’s mailbox located inside Island Market near the Giving Tree. Each child will receive a personalized letter from Santa if the letters are dropped in the box before Dec. 20. Please include the child’s name, return address, and a phone number.


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Holiday concerts to warm your soul Olga Symphony During that time of year beloved for traditions, what could be better than keeping one of the most beloved island traditions of the last 20 years alive and spending the Friday or Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend with the Olga Symphony and their friends? Melinda, Gordon, JP, and Anita will don their finest frocks and tuxes and hold forth with music old and new. This year, the concert will also include special guests Tom Rawson, Mandy Troxel, and Mel Urbanozo. The show runs Nov. 24 and 25, still at Orcas Center, still at 7:30 p.m., tickets are still just $5 and all proceeds go to local charities.

Leaves of Gold The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s annual Leaves of Gold concert will be held on Monday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Music Room of the Mansion at Rosario Resort. The Miró Quartet (pictured above), OICMF’s Quartet-in-Residence, joins pianist Jon Kimura Parker in works by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and

Johannes Brahms. The concert, aptly titled “Love Triangle,” will capture the hearts of audience members as they learn about the close relationship between Clara and the very young Brahms as Robert’s physical and mental health deteriorated. The program will also have a few other musical surprises! The Miró Quartet members, violinists Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violist John Largess, and cellist Joshua Gindele, are on faculty at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where they teach private students and coach chamber music. A reception in the Mansion Dining Room follows the concert, featuring a buffet of hors d’oeuvres,

desserts, and wines, prepared and served by executive chef Raymond Southern and his staff. The concert is underwritten by the Valerie and William Anders Foundation. Tickets are $150 ($75 is tax deductible). To reserve your seat, email or call (360)376-6636. Community band The Community Band's concert is Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at Orcas Center. Admission is by donation. Enjoy sounds of the season, sing-alongs, and a free dessert party afterwards. Susan Osborn Island to Island Christmas Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico with Susan Osborn and Friends will be held on Sat., Dec.23, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Susan Osborn will offer a one-night musical celebration of the season in Eastsound as a benefit for the people of Puerto Rico. Suggested donation of $20. Limited seating. Reservations available at (360)376-2352.

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GiveOrcas online holiday catalog


Who will be the new “Flat Person” representing the Orcas Island Community Foundation’s GiveOrcas Holiday Campaign? The mystery will be revealed on December 5, and this Flat and Real Person will champion the nonprofits listed in our 2017 GiveOrcas Holiday Catalog throughout the month of December. Until Dec. 4 you can guess who this year’s Flat Person is on our Facebook page and website at Correct guesses will be entered to win $1000 for one nonprofit listed in this year’s catalog. The Catalog will be open to donations from the community December 1 -21. There will be several games throughout the campaign, in addition to appearances from the honorary Flat Person. OICF’s mission is to “enhance and preserve the quality of life on Orcas Island.” We hope the 2017 GiveOrcas Campaign will be a fun and engaging way to draw attention and funding to some of the great nonprofits serving our community. If you have questions or need further information contact Kate Long or Hilary Canty at OICF: info@oicf. us or (360)376-6423.

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In the spirit of always giving

By the Orcas Community Resource Center

The Orcas Community Resource Center has the honor and privilege of witnessing the spirit of giving year round as a result of the generosity of our fellow islanders! Each year, donations we receive allow our organization to extend our services exponentially beyond those we provide as result of our local, county, and state contracts and grants. It is through our partnerships with multiple organizations and private donations that we ensure islanders have access to health insurance, mental and physical health services, the means with which to heat their homes, food for their families, assistance when faced with eviction, clothing, dental and vision care, veteran’s benefits, kindergarten readiness, and much more. The resource center has seen an influx of clients in crisis over the last six months. Seasonal programs included 56 households participating in the low income energy assistance program (LIHEAP) and our highly anticipated Kindergarten

Transition Program this spring. Summer ended on a very positive and celebratory note with the housing of seven chronically homeless clients! The fall season was kicked off with the annual shoe drive in partnership with the Sons of the American Legion and launching of the Giving Tree with Island Market. We have assisted 330 households, 1,151 individuals, and provided approximately 3,109 services thus far this year… and we have yet to enter our busiest time of year, the winter months! As a result of the yearround spirit of giving on Orcas Island, we have the means, the staff, and the time to invest in researching programs, writing grants, and seeking out resources to help Orcas Islanders. We have the time and opportunity to develop relationships not only with our clients, but also with other organizations (local, county, and state) to further enhance our services. The winter season is a very busy time for the resource center. Please join us in our mission to promote a good quality of life for all Orcas Islanders. You are cordially invited to meet the resource center staff and board of directors at our Comeand-Go Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. The office is located at 374A North Beach Road. For more information, call (360)376-3184, visit or email



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Find the perfect gift at holiday fairs Children’s Christmas Market

Are you looking for a unique and affordable gift for Christmas? Then look no further. The 5th Annual Childrens’ Christmas Market will be held Saturday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salmonberry School ( across from the senior center), with children age 5 and above from all the schools on the island participating. All items are handmade by the children and range in price from 25 cents to $5. All manner of goods will be for sale, including jewelry, paper goods, plants and always a good selection of freshly baked goods. Entry is free.

Holiday bazaar

American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 93 will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the post facility, located at 793 Crescent Beach Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be many local vendors with their fabulous crafts. The auxiliary will have their bake sale: homemade candies, cookies, cakes, pies, and their popular freshly made horseradish! The Soup Bistro will feature two delicious homemade soups, with a roll. The bistro is a great spot to warm up, enjoy friends and savor great food. Tickets will be on sale for the famous baskets. The drawing for the bas-

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kets will be at 3 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. Basket themes this year are “Kitchen,” “Christmas,” “Man Basket” and “Seahawks.” Raffle tickets will also be on sale at Island Market on Saturday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Dec. 1. All proceeds go to support veterans’ programs and local community programs.

Artisan’s faire

The Artisan’s Faire will return to the Odd Fellows Hall for its 28th year the first weekend in December. The fair will run on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several new artists will be featured alongside many favorites who have been part of

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the fair for years. This will be the spot to find some of the finest unique handcrafted gifts and gourmet food items made on the island. If you get hungry while shopping, there will be delicious food served downstairs by Charles Dalton and his team from The Kitchen. At around noon on Saturday, the fair will receive a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. In keeping with the fair’s tradition, all purchases will earn free raffle tickets for gift basket drawings at the end of the fair. You need not be present at the drawing to win one of these deluxe baskets, but you do have to come shop at the fair. Each year the Artisan’s Faire spreads the holiday spirit a little further by making a donation to a local charitable cause. This year the fair is happy to announce that this donation will go to the Orcas Community Resource Center. Its staff and volunteers work hard all year long to ensure that all Orcas Islanders have access to services and support for their well-being. The vendors of the Artisan’s Faire say they are grateful for the opportunity to give back.


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Salmonberry School holiday events

Salmonberry School is holding its Advent Spiral Walk and Winter Solstice Potluck at Odd Fellows Hall on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a beautiful, reverent seasonal ritual honoring the darkest days of the year and the return of the light. The spiral walk has been a beautiful part of Orcas Island children’s winter experience for more than 30 years. The community is most welcome to come and take part in this tradition. Small donations to help cover costs as well as donations of canned food for the food bank are welcome. Once again, Salmonberry School will host a Christmas Tree Sale this holiday season. The tree stand on Henry Road, off North Beach Road, will be open Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Nov. 25 until Dec. 17, while supplies last.This sale features locally-sourced, pesticide and chemical-free high-quality trees of many varieties and sizes including the ever popular noble firs, Lum Farm trees and island wildcrafted Douglas firs. All proceeds go to Salmonberry School’s scholarship fund, making quality holistic education possible for all island children, and providing an alternative educational pathway for ages 4 to 12. Salmonberry School will be gathering food donations on behalf of the Orcas Island Food Bank. Feel free to take donations directly to the food bank or bring them to us prior to Thanksgiving and they will be happy to deliver them for you.

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Once again the Odd Fellows will be holding their traditional Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at 4:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall. Due to record-breaking attendance, we are partnering with the Episcopal Church to ensure no one is turned away. There will be a Thanksgiving Dinner at the church beginning at 5 p.m. If we exceed our capacity,

anyone who cannot join the Odd Fellows is encouraged to attend the dinner at the Episcopal Church, where you are more than welcome. The Odd Fellows request that those attending bring the following suggested potluck contributions based on the beginning letter of you last name: • A - H - dessert • I - L - salad • M - Z - side dish Feel free to bring your famous specialty dish instead of the suggested one above if you so desire. Reservations can be made if your group has six or more people. For more details, call Bill Gincig at (360)376-8857.

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annual festival of trees Christmas trees return to light up the Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort and Spa during the month of December, decorated by seven local nonprofit organizations. Sponsored by the resort, the Festival of Trees is designed to be a fundraiser during this holiday season for participating organizations, which include Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, The FunHouse, Friends of Moran State Park, Orcas Island Education Foundation and others. The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree by purchasing votes at $1 per ticket throughout the entire month of December. All voter tickets will also be entered into a raffle to win prizes, including two round-trip tickets from Orcas Island to Seattle on Kenmore Air with a two-night hotel stay, dinner for two at The Mansion Restaurant, and a two-month Rosario spa pass. All organizations will also receive an additional donation from Rosario Resort. “These organizations not only create a beautiful display in our lobby each year, but they add such value to our community,” said RosarioGeneral Manager Christopher Peacock. “I hope everyone comes out to see the trees and leaves a thank-you donation to support each of these groups.”

EVENTS FROM PAGE 3 and Marianne Lewis, Artistic Director, as we celebrate the season with a joyous program featuring the Turtleback Brass. Admission is $15 and $5 for students. Violin, flute and percussion will also enhance our varied and exciting program. Dec. 13–17 • 6 :30 p.m. at Orcas Center with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Orcas Center has chosen A Christmas Carol as the winter show leading the 20172018 season. The play will run for five performances on Orcas Center’s main stage. Directed by Melinda Milligan with musical direction by Jim Bredouw. Tickets are $17, $13 for students, $ 2 off for Orcas Center Members and $5 subsidized tickets are available in the box office. Dec. 17 • 9:30 a.m.“The Real Christmas Story” kids’ musical at Orcas Island Community Church featuring island kids.

• Community Band’s concert is at 3 p.m. at Orcas Center. Admission by donation. Sounds of the season, sing-a-longs and a free dessert party afterwards. • 7 p.m. lessons and carols at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Dec. 20

• 6:30 p.m. at Orcas Center. Bolshoi Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Tickets are $20, $15 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members and $5 subsidized tickets are available at the box office. Dec. 23 • 7 p.m. Christmas Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico by Susan Osborn at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Dec. 24 • 9 a.m., 4th Advent Eucharist at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. • 5 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Eucharist at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. • 6 p.m. at Orcas Island Community Church. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. Join the whole community in the warm glow of Christmas Eve! • 8 p.m. Christmas Eve traditional candlelight Eucharist at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Dec. 25 • Noon, Christmas Day said Eucharist at Emmanuel Episcopal Church

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Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. on the Orcas Center main stage Sounds of the season, sing-a-longs, and a free dessert party afterward!

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Orcas Center celebrates the season

Celebrate the season in December with the truly beloved holiday favorite “A Christmas Carol” in December and Good Lovelies in concert on Center Stage in January. “A Christmas Carol” will run for five performances, Dec. 13-17, 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Orcas Center welcomes Good Lovelies back to Center Stage on Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. Beginning Dec. 13, Orcas Center will feature the traditional island version of “A Christmas Carol” with Melinda Milligan directing an all-island cast in the beloved play we've been seeing for many years, with the same heartwarming original music composed by Jim Bredouw, plus the ad-

dition of some new and exciting twists! Expect surprises as Scrooge, Marley, and the three ghosts come to life before you. The message of the play, that we all have the power to become kinder, wiser, and more generous towards our fellow human beings, is as timeless and important as ever. Come spend a holiday evening (or matinee!) with Scrooge and friends to listen to uplifting music, laugh, have fun with your neighbors, and feel inspired to make our lives better! Bring the whole family for a heartwarming night of theatre. We hope you will join us for a reception following the opening night production of “A Christmas Carol” on Wednesday, Dec. 13. On Friday, Dec.

15 there will be a limited number of dinner and a show tickets available for $75. Orcas Center and the Matia Dinner Series co-host this exclusive holiday dinner for “A Christmas Carol” at 5:30 p.m. in the Madrona Room. Audiences have been falling in love with the Good Lovelies for over ten years now. Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore rely on impeccable vocals, accomplished musicianship, winsome songwriting and on-stage banter drawn from a seemingly endless succession of comedic adventures on the road and at home. Winners of the 2010 Juno Award for Roots Album of the Year, and four-time Canadian Folk Music Awards

Montessori’s annual wreath sale By Orcas Montessori School

In its 23rd year, the Orcas Montessori School wreath sale is an Orcas Island holiday tradition, providing you and your friends with holiday décor while bringing vital funds to the Montessori School. These beautiful wreaths are hand-made in Washington of noble fir and decorated with fragrant juniper berries, yellow-tipped incense cedar, pinecones and a festive red velvet bow. Our 24-inch wreaths cost $28 and can be ordered at wreath. If you prefer to order by phone, please contact Philip Boerstler at (360)376-5880. Wreaths ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the school on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. Families of the school will also

deliver locally between Nov. 25 and Dec.16. We can ship your wreaths for you to addresses in the continental U.S. for $48 (price includes 24” wreath with bow, shipping box, holiday greeting and shipping and handling fees). Our wreaths will also be available for purchase from Nov. 25 until Dec. 16 at the Orcas Food Co-op and Ray’s Pharmacy. Or visit to order yours today! Guided by the principles and spirit of Dr. Maria Montessori, the Orcas Montessori School offers a creative learning community for preschool and kindergarten children and nurtures each child’s unique gifts, love of learning, independence, and compassion for others. The Orcas Montessori School is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

winners, the trio will be bringing material from their upcoming folk/pop album Shapeshifters to Center Stage. Tickets for “A Christmas Carol” are $17 for adults, $13 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members and $75 for dinner and a show available on Dec.15 only in the Madrona Room. Tickets for Good Lovelies are $29 for adults, $21 for students and $3 off for Orcas Center members and may be purchased now at or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center box office open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12–3 p.m. $5 subsidized tickets available at the box office.

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Stage Left holiday tradition By Stan Matthews, Island Stage Left Island Stage Left’s annual celebration of the Christmas Season has been a much-anticipated holiday tradition on San Juan Island for more than a decade and it’s always a full house on Christmas

Eve. Beginning Dec. 15, the tradition continues with “Omnium Gatherum,” a performance taking its title from a Latin phrase used in England even before the days of Shakespeare, to refer to a “gathering of all sorts” or a “hodge podge.”

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Those words perfectly describe the celebration’s program of seasonal traditional, quirky, warm and sometimes hilarious poetry, music and beautifully told stories about the season when anything seems possible. 2017’s celebration features performances by Island Stage Left co-founders Helen Machin-Smith and Daniel Mayes, and an ensemble of talented performers including musician Carol Hooper. Performances continue through Christmas Eve at the Marie Boe building at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. In keeping with Island Stage Left’s mission, admission is free, though donations are greatly appreciated. Reservations are avail-

able for the Christmas Eve performances only and are highly recommended. Email stageleft@centurytel. net for reservations. Show times: Dec. 15-16 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17, Sunday, 4 p.m. Christmas Week: 7:30 p.m. shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Two performances on Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested for the Christmas Eve performances. To reserve seats for the Christmas Eve shows, email For more info, visit http://

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Thanksgiving dinner for all By Mullis Center What if you gave a party and everybody came? No, the whole island doesn’t show up, but a complete cross section of the whole island does come together at the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mullis Center. This will be the 19th annual Thanksgiving Dinner and we hope you choose to take part. So many islanders pitch in to help, and that is good because it takes almost 100 volunteers to make this island family dinner happen. Sometimes there are a dozen people in the kitchen mashing potatoes, chopping salad or washing pots and pans. Just like a big family dinner, there’s always another chore to be done and everyone that wants to can pitch in. You are invited to participate by baking a pie for the dessert table, roasting one of the thirty-two turkeys in your home oven, or by picking up a spoon and helping to serve the gravy. Or… you can just come for the dinner. Sit with old friends and island family and enjoy a full course Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov.. 23 at the Mullis Center. We serve dinner from 12 – to 5 p.m. If you want to volunteer to be part of the fun, visit You can also call Jim and Minnie Knych at (360)378-7040.

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Salish Sea Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

Children of all ages are invited to Salish Sea Youth Ballet’s “Friday Harbor Nutcracker.” San Juan Island dancers will perform “The Nutcracker” in an intimate tea party setting at Brickworks on Dec. 16 and 17. In its second year, the “Friday Harbor Nutcracker” spins the familiar holiday story with a San Juan Island twist. From the traditional party scene to the Waltz of the Flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy, all of your traditional favorites are performed alongside original choreography celebrating

local icons such as orcas and the ferries. Artistic Director Jeanne Peihl has added new choreography to

this year’s show – you won’t want to miss it! The 45 minute classical ballet performance will be followed by holiday tea and sweets, a pop up Nutcracker gift boutique, and opportunities to meet the characters in costume. Performances take place on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for children 8 and under, including tea and sweets. Purchase tickets at or call (360) 298-1720.

Island Lights Festival returns Submitted by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce The Island Lights Festival returns to Friday Harbor on Dec. 1. The fun-filled evening starts with holiday treats and crafts at The Whale Museum, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Afterwards, head to Memorial Park to join local choirs for caroling while sipping hot chocolate and coffee, provided by the Riptide Cafe. Santa Claus will light the

park’s trees, followed by more caroling, before heading to Brickworks. There, Mark Gardner will take photos with Santa and Island Rec will host a craft activity. The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild vendors will also sell local harvest soups, bread, macaroni and cheese, and spiced, local apple cider. For info,(360)378-5240 or

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2017 annual Christmas Bird Count The San Juan Islands Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday, Dec. 30 and is a wonderful way to celebrate the coming of a new year. The Christmas Bird Count started in 1900 as a protest to the slaughter of birds in the annual holiday event called the “side hunt.” The team that shot the most birds and other small animals was the winner. Thank ornithologist Frank Chapman, who along with 27 friends in 25 locations, organized the Christmas Day count of live birds instead dead ones. This protest became National Audubon Society’s annual event, and is now the longest-running citizen science survey in the world, providing critical data on population trends from the tallies of more than 2,300 bird-count circles in many different countries. Each Audubon chapter chooses a 24-hour time period from the middle of December to early January for their count. The area covered is a 15-mile wide circle of about 177 square miles. The San Juan Islands Audubon circle was created 30 years ago in 1987 with the center at the University of Washington Labs in Friday Harbor. It includes parts

of San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw. Teams divide the area into units to survey by car, foot and boat. Some people monitor their own backyard, neighborhood or bird feeder. Young and old, experienced and inexperienced birders are welcome. We always need more people to cover many areas. In the last 30 years we have seen Anna’s Hummingbirds and Eurasian Collared-Doves numbers on the rise, while the population of seabirds and shorebirds has dropped precipitously over the years. Bird populations are indicators of the overall health of our environment. As the database continues to grow and becomes longterm, it is possible to monitor the abundance and distribution patterns of wintering bird populations. This is a chance to connect with fellow birders, experience winter’s splendor, and introduce newcomers to the magical world of birding. Some birders take a little rest during the count. There is no fee to participate and it is open to birders of all skill levels. For more information go to: http://www. christmas-bird-count.   There are great bird ID resources there too! Contact Barbara Jensen, (360)3783068 to participate.

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There will be 65 vendors at the Islands Artisan’s 39th annual Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Friday Harbor Elementary School. The goal of the event is to raise scholarships for high school students by selling creations by local artists. Vendors contribute a $50 entrance fee and 10 percent of their gross sales to the fund. Each year, the organization gives out $10,000 to $12,000 to students pursing higher education in the arts. “We have a lot of people in attendance, but a lot are unaware of the scholarship fundraiser,” said board member Jana Meredith. “The more they buy, the more kids we can help.” Graduating seniors from any accredited high school in the county can apply. Students interested in any visual art medium can apply in the spring by presenting three pieces of art and an essay. Find applications at the San Juan Island School District and the San Juan Island Library. Santa will also be at the market, both day, for selfies with children and pets. For more information, email Meredith at, text her at (360)317-5746 or visit the Facebook page “39th Annual Island Artisans Holiday Market.”

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Holiday Events Nov. 23 • 9 a.m., San Juan Island Fitness’s 11th Annual Turkey Trot, Friday Harbor Suites. This 5k dash benefits the Friday Harbor Food Bank.



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Registration fee is $5 for adults, plus two cans of food and $2 for youth, plus two cans of food. (360)378-4449. • Noon-5 p.m. 19th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Mullis Center, free. Turkey, potatoes, pie and all the traditional fixings in a communal setting. Minnie and Jim Knych, (360)378-7040. Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 4p.m., Saturday, San Juan Island Artisans 39th Annual Holiday Market, Friday Harbor Elementary School gym. Unique, hand-made creations by 65 island artists, on sale just in time for the gift-giving season. Island-made foods, scenic photography, paintings, jewelry, botanical products and soaps, and more. It’s a fundraiser for the Island Artisans Scholarship Fund and Santa will make an appearance on both days. Text (360)317-5746 or email Dec. 1 • 3:30 p.m., Island Lights Festival, Friday Harbor. Enjoy holiday treats and crafts at The Whale Museum until 5 p.m. Afterwards, head to Memorial Park, in the roundabout downtown, for caroling, as well as hot chocolate and coffee by Riptide Cafe. Santa will arrive to light the park’s trees. Attendees will then travel to Brickworks for photos with Santa by Mark Gardner. (Read below for more about the event’s crafts with Island Rec and local treats from the agricultural guild.) Info, (360)378-5240, • 4:30-6 p.m., Island Rec’s Holiday Celebration, Brickworks, free. Join an allages, festive craft activity at the Island Lights Festival. (360)378-4953, • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday Harbor Winterfest

2017: Soup with Santa, Brickworks. See Santa after the Island Lights Festival. Market Chef will sell soup and macaroni and cheese and another vendor will sell hot, spiced apple cider. Hosted by the SJI Island Agricultural Guild. (360)378-0095, Dec. 2 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Winterfest 2017: Old Fashioned Christmas Market. The event, in conjunction with the SJI Farmers Market, features food, kids’ activities, crafts, artists’ booth, music, caroling, and holiday festivities. (360)378-0095, • 5 p.m., San Juan Community Theatre’s Holiday Festival 2017, San Juan Community Theatre, $100 per ticket. Silent- and liveauction items — including travel and dining experiences — as well as gourmet food from Coho restaurant and musical entertainment. (360)378-3210, Dec 3 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Winterfest 2017: Old Fashioned Christmas Market. The event, in conjunction with the San Juan Island Farmers Market, features local food, kids activities, island crafts, artists booth, music, caroling, and holiday festivities. (360)3780095, Dec. 8 10:30 a.m., Preschool Gingerbread Storytime, library, free. Hear gingerbread stories and make a gingerbread village with friends. Refreshments courtesy of Friends of the Library. (360)378-2798, Dec. 9 • 7:30 p.m., San Juan Singers holiday show, San Juan Community Theatre, $20 regular admission, $10 student reserved, $5 Student rush at door only. Singers will perform “The Seven Joys of Christmas,” by Kirke Mechem, accompanied by a small chamber ensemble. (360)378-3210, Dec. 10 • 2 p.m., San Juan Singers holiday show, San Juan Community Theatre, $20 regular admission, $10 student reserved, $5 Student rush at door only. Singers will perform “The Seven Joys of Christmas,” by Kirke Mechem, accompanied by a small chamber ensemble. (360)378-3210,

Dec. 15 • 10:30 a.m., Santa...Baby, Toddlers and Preschools, library, free. This annual party celebrates the season with singing, stories, crafts, and of course, a visit from Santa. Photo sessions to follow the 30-minute program. Bring little ones and cameras to capture the moments. (360)378-2798, Dec. 16 • Around 6:30 p.m. Lighted boat parade and Santa ship, Friday Harbor, free. The parade, sponsored by the Friday Harbor Sailing Club, leaves Shipyard Cove and heads to Spring Street Landing. There, Santa docks, where there will be carolers and the Port of Friday Harbor staff will supply cookies and hot cider. Santa will then head to the Friday Harbor Middle School to pass out toys, donated through the local LEO Club. Call Bill Severson, commodore of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club, at (360)370-5919 to join the parade. ,Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 • 7 p.m. on Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday, Salish Sea Ballet’s Friday Harbor Nutcracker, Brickworks, tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for ages 8 and under. Join a magical journey to the Land of the Sweets with young San Juan Island dancers in a family-friendly ballet performance highlighting classic Nutcracker scenes, with an island twist. Afterward, enjoy a tea party with holiday treats, mingle with Nutcracker characters in costume, and shop at the holiday gift boutique. Hotel discounts are available for ticket holders. Sponsored by San Juan Propane. (360)298-1720, Dec. 31 • 7-9 p.m., Island Rec’s New Year’s Eve Community Celebration, Mullis Center, free. An alcohol-free celebration with music, games, dancing, and a photobooth. Bring a snack to share. Youth under 12 must be with an adult. (360)378-4953, Jan. 1 •10 a.m., Island Rec’s Resolution Run/Walk 5k & Salish Splash, Jackson Beach, $10 for ages 16 and over and free for 15 and under. Third annual 5K starts and ends at Jackson Beach so runners can dip into the Salish Sea at 11 a.m. Fires will be built and food will be available. Bring a change of clothes. (360)378-4953,

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By Jan Bollwinkel, SJCT promotion director Traditions, classics and twists of contemporary take starring roles in events, showcased at San Juan Community Theatre throughout the holiday season. The theatre kicks off December with Holiday Festival 2017 — its biggest fundraiser of the year since 1989. The Saturday, Dec. 2 event features the ever-charismatic auctioneer Jay Fiske; silent- and live-auction items (including many travel and dining experiences); and new twists, including gourmet food from Coho restaurant and musical entertainment. Be entranced as the theater is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland and embrace the joy of the holidays with theater

and island friends. Tickets are $100 each. San Juan Island’s annual holiday choral concert by the San Juan Singers at 7:30 p.m., S a t u r d a y, Dec. 9 and 2 p.m., S u n d a y, Dec. 10, features the “The Seven Joys of Christmas” by Kirke Mechem, accompanied by a small chamber ensemble. The  Joy of love, bells, Mary, children, the new year, dance, and song will be represented by a Christmas carol or winter anthem in this suite of songs. This concert is filled with beautiful and sometimes amusing settings of familiar carols and anthems, poems, and

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children and adults alike features a magical stage, dazzling costumes and innovative character twists. Plus, enjoy free holiday treats. Bolshoi Ballet Only in Cinemas presents Shakespeare’s rowdy comedy, “The Taming of the Shrew,” screened in the Whittier at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18. Acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot brings out the wit, fastpaced athleticism, and vibrancy of the Bolshoi Ballet dancers; principals Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov clash, challenge, and eventually give themselves to one another in the Shakespeare classic. For more info, contact SJCT at (360)378-3210 or visit

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Lopez Preschool Annual Holiday Bazaar The holiday season is a time for spending time with friends, listening to music, eating delicious food, shopping for holiday gifts, and visiting Santa with your children and grandchildren. All these activities and more are happening the Saturday after

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Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the annual Lopez Preschool Holiday Bazaar in the Lopez School gym. A featured event for nearly 40 years, the bazaar offers a variety of thoughtful, finely made local gifts, delicious food, photos with Santa and a raffle featuring over 60 fabulous prizes. “The bazaar is the main fundraiser for the co-operative preschool,” said preschool president Becca Peter. All proceeds go toward operating costs, providing scholarships to families in need, classroom enrichment activities and materials. Many studies have shown that quality preschool significantly improves student performance in kindergarten and beyond. Lopez is fortunate to have such a program affordable for all islanders. Preschool is the first step in setting students up for educational success. Every bazaar vendor donates a significant portion of proceeds to the pre-

school. All funds raised by the raffle and food sales go directly to the preschool. There will be over 50 vendors at the bazaar offering amazing homemade goods, local products and fine arts and crafts. The event will have something to suit everyone’s fancy. On top of that, the festive atmosphere can put even The Grinch in a holiday mood. Volunteers set up and bedeck the gym in merry and bright decorations. Raffle prizes include onand off-island overnight stays, gift baskets of local food and gifts, a Seattle Sounders gift box, passes to the Altitude Trampoline park for 10, Lopez Cross

Fit, clothing, and gift certificates to numerous local and off-island businesses. This year’s gift certificates feature six hours landscaping, eight hours landscaping, Lopez Coffee Shop, a two-person kayak trip for Cascadia Tours, the hours house cleaning, Holly B’s, 17 yards of wood chips from Rendon Home Services, Lopez Bookshop, and many, many more. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Lopez Village Market most weekends and from any parent with a child in preschool. You can also buy raffle tickets at the bazaar. Come support the Lopez co-operative preschool and your local businesses!

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Lopez Village and Holiday Lighting



Holiday Events From humble beginnings more than years ago, the Lopez Village Holiday Lighting and Gathering is now a family tradition for many Lopez residents. This event kicks off the local holiday season Island-style, providing a community oriented experience, open to both locals and visitors. Everyone comes together to celebrate family, friends and community. If the weather cooperates participants are treated to a stunning sunset over Fisherman Bay, while they enjoy holiday music, caroling, bonfires, cookies and hot cocoa. The Village Park and surrounding businesses participate, not only in decorations but often with extended hours of operation and specials. At a designated time a ‘switch’ is thrown and the village comes alive with festive trees, reindeer, stars and snowflakes. At the same time the Ferry Landing erupts in holiday colors, marking Port and Starboard for our faithful ferry workers.

Nov. 24 • Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce Torchlight parade, food provided by local businesses, caroling, and lighting the lights of the village. Dress warmly – we have a great time no matter the weather! Nov. 24–Dec. 1 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Lopez Union Cemetery. Wreath and Gift Sale at the Cemetery! (Market, Sale, Auction). Once again, wreaths and grave swags will be available for purchase at the cemetery workshop. The gift shop will also be open. Nov. 25 • 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The 38th annual Lopez Preschool Holiday Bazaar. More than 70 vendors, bake sale, children’s corner, music, entertainment and many great raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit the Lopez Preschool. Nov. 25 • 6 p.m. Jingle Bell Dinner. This event is sold out. Dec. 2 1–5 p.m., First Saturday Matinee at the Lopez Library. Watch a double feature of your favorite classic films,“Bishop’s Wife” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Popcorn provided. Perfect for a rainy day! Dec. 9 • 2 p.m. at Lopez Community Church. Lopez Community Church’s Ladies Tea. Free, bring wrapped baked goods for Lopez Family Resource Center Holiday Baskets. All women are welcome.

and Raffle Drawing. All raffle proceeds benefit Lopez School Art Department. Gallery open till Dec. 24.

• 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Lopez Library Community Room Holiday Card Party. Make your holiday cards at the library! Drop by the community room between 12pm and 4pm. We provide card-making and collage supplies, you bring your creativity! Hot cocoa and treats provided.

• 6 p.m. at Lopez Center. Jazzin’ with the Classics for Christmas. Tickets are $15 for adults and $ for youth. Available online and from Paper Scissors on the Rock and Lopez Bookshop. Four renowned classical and jazz artists and friends meld genres in an unusual and unique celebration of the Yuletide season that is guaranteed to generate an abundance of Christmas cheer. Terri Richter, Martin Lund, Jeffrey Cohan and Tom Collier team up with a magical combination of instruments to bridge contemporary improvisational jazz and the “art music” of baroque and renaissance. Dec. 17 7:30 p.m. at Lopez Center. Winter Solstice Concert with SeaMuse. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for youth, available online or at the door. Come celebrate the winter solstice on Lopez with traditional and original tunes, songs and poetry, performed by SeaMuse! Stanley and Kip Greenthal, Christos Govetas and Kim Goldov create new instrumental compositions and unusual arrangements of seasonal songs not heard at other holiday concerts.

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Lopez Thanksgiving Basket and Spirit of Giving Programs

(above the preschool). Gift certificates should be brought or mailed to the LIFRC by Dec. 11, so that families have time to do their holiday shopping. Donations of any size are appreciated. Please call the LIFRC at (360)468-4117 with questions.

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community members. Last year, 223 individuals from 61 low-income households received baskets. The Spirit of Giving Program offers families with children gift cards, food vouchers, toys generously donated by Sunset Builders Supply, quilts handmade by the Enchanted Quilters and sweets donated by Just Heavenly Fudge, as well as gift baskets and homemade baked goods put together by church groups. Last year, 40 families purchased what their family wants and needs for 86 children, empowering them to make their children’s wishes come true. There are several ways to contribute to the Spirit of Giving Program. Giving trees with tags for gift certificates will be at Blossom,The Galley Restaurant, Islanders Bank, Lopez Bookshop, Lopez Library, Lopez Post Office, Lopez Village Market, Southend General Store, Sunset Builders, LIFRC, local churches, the InterIsland Crafts Affair, and the Preschool Bazaar. Community members may donate cash, gift certificates, or sponsor a family by mail at PO Box 732, by online donation at www., or at the LIFRC

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Many of us think of the holidays as a joyful, magical time of year on our little island. We picture abundant food, plentiful gifts, and lots of family and friends. But for others, the holidays are a stressful and difficult time. Almost 900 individuals do not have enough income for basic needs*. As winter approaches, this gets worse as other expenses, particularly high heating bills, increase. How does the Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC) make a difference? The LIFRC offers year-round programs to support the Lopez community. This past summer, scholarships rose to an alltime high of $14,100 for 98 local youth, enabling them to be part of enriching activities thanks to the generosity of donors and organizations. Tight household budgets mean the demand for the Lopez Fresh foodbank has grown. Thanks to generous donations from stores and neighbors, 300 individuals receive nutritious food each month. The new gleaning program has harvested 4,000 pounds of apples and pears to increase the food available. Yet, the refrigerator is often still empty. To help ease holiday stress, the LIFRC hosts the Thanksgiving Meal Program and the holiday Spirit of Giving program. The Thanksgiving Meal Program provides food baskets to individuals and families in need. These baskets contain turkeys, stuffing, rolls, vegetables (mostly local!), and pies made by churches, schools, and

Season’s Greetings from Lopez Center! Jazzin’ with the Classics Holiday Concert Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.

Winter Solstice Concert With SeaMuse Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Your donation lets hard-working individuals and families have a healthy holiday meal and lets parents put a smile on their children’s face, taking stress out of their holiday season. Knowing how much our community cares about them makes a big difference. We can’t do this without your support, and we appreciate any amount that you can give. Thank you for making Lopez families’ lives brighter this holiday season. *ALICE, Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed Report from United Ways of the Pacific Northwest.

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