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2017 Holiday Guide

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Check out Anacortes maritime history fun facts throughout the holiday guide

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Table of contents Santa goes Christmas shopping in Anacortes ........ page 4-10 Giving back .............................................................. page 11 Artwalk ..................................................................... page 14 Celebrate the Season ............................................... page 14 “The Nutcracker” ballet ........................................... page 16 Winter Wonderland Walk ......................................... page 17 Kiwanis tree sales ..................................................... page 17 Jingle Bell dash ......................................................... page 18 Christmas on the Docks ........................................... page 18 Celtic Christmas concert ......................................... page 18 Holiday calendar ...................................................... page 20-21 Anacortes maritime history contest form .............. page 22

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Larry Kelly was a “pirate” – and onetime Guemes islander – occasionally arrested for smuggling on local waters.

Staff Editor Colette Weeks Content and layout Jacqueline Allison Briana Alzola Joan Pringle Advertising sales John Williams


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Rich Heidecker piloted a skiff out to Fidalgo Bay so photographer Briana Alzola, bottom right, and sidekick Colette Weeks, left, could get shots of Mr. and Mrs. Claus arriving in Anacortes. The Anacortes American staff got a tip that Mr. and Mrs. Claus were taking in the sights of Fidalgo Bay earlier this fall and managed to capture these photos of them aboard Andy Stewart’s S/V Windsong. Stewart and wife, Kristin Stewart, of Emerald Marine lived on the 36-foot wooden yawl early in their marriage, sold it and it eventually came back to them. Helping Stewart sail the

Clauses in the bay was Kevin Pratt. Piloting the skiff to get our photographer Briana Alzola and sidekick Colette Weeks on the water was Rich Heidecker with Youth Dynamics. Landlubbers Joan Pringle and Jacqueline Allison helped with setup from the dock. The Santa news tip came from Don and Renata Yankacy, who we can’t thank enough for their generous and giving nature.

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Santa’s sailing adventure A Christmas Tale

One day, when Santa’s tired elves needed a break, Santa knew just what to do and what steps to take. He invited Mrs. Claus to go on an island shopping trip, and they set a course south on a sleek sailing ship.

The schooner beached at Lovric’s Sea-Craft as a breakwater in 1966 is called La Merced.

They aimed toward Anacortes, across the deep blue sea, to find the best island-themed gifts to go under the Christmas tree. Struck by the beauty of the waterfront town, they docked at Cap Sante Marina and set out to look around. They needed gifts for sailors, mermaids and landlubbers, too. Crafts, jewels, books and decor, … (plus a drink or two). “Where to start, where to start?” called Santa from the dock. As he and his wife took off on their shopping walk.


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Bret Lunsford welcomed them to the Anacortes Museum for awhile. “This Christmas, give a historic gift,” Bret said with a smile. He showed Santa gifts inspired by the Fidalgo Island shore. Salmon can posters and mugs; books on local lore. Salmon can mugs

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During WWI, Sloan Shipyard was the company building liberty ships on Guemes Island.

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Mermaid parasols

Santa and his first lady then continued their trip, and saw Gypsy’s at Anacortes had booty from a pirate ship. Coffee, clothing and sparkling trinkets were set out with care, Co-owner Beth Hallen said, “We get stuff from everywhere.”

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Nautical gear Recycled art

Marine Supply and Hardware seemed a logical place to go. Santa found all his ship’s needs from the aft to the bow. They found pocket watches, fishing gear and mechanical parts; marine bells, compasses and a slew of tide charts. Santa found an old sextant at the store that was just right to help with their safe return home before Christmas Eve night.

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Mrs. Claus wandered down to Lil’ Tugs Children’s Boutique. Looking for toys and little outfits, so adorable and sweet. Owner Michele DeCarlo showed her pajamas and shirts adorned with boats, plus ship wheel-shaped teething toys and nautical raincoats. Then Mrs. Claus headed to Tides to find a scarf and dress. After all, it’s Christmas, and she wants to look her best. While she shopped, Santa ran over to Ace Hardware and grabbed tool gifts for handy folks everywhere.

Anacortes Mayor James Robertson owned the Apex cannery and a shipyard at 15th Street & Q Avenue.

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The weather grew colder as the Clauses walked down the street, so they stopped at Johnny Picasso’s for coffee and a sweet treat. If they’d come a few weeks later, they could have ridden around; on a horse-drawn carriage, up Commercial Avenue and down.

Burton Jewelers was an inviting place to get warm, Anna-Maria Finn showed the Clauses a special Philip Burton charm. Inspired by yin and yang, it was one-half forest and one-half sea. It represents Anacortes — in silver or gold — both lovely.

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They wandered into The Business, full of tunes they could hum. Where shoppers can subscribe to receive a monthly album. New music is offered from musicians from here and far away, and it comes in vinyl, CDs or cassettes they can play. Music

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The Anacortes codfish industry was born when crews working for J.A. Matheson sailed around the horn in 1891 to explore the Bering Sea fishery in a schooner named Lizzie Colby.

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With tunes in their heads as they walked to another store, the Clauses checked out the Bikespot Bicycle Repair and more. Santa was sold on a lightweight, foldable bike. It’s great for taking along on visits to towns the Clauses like.

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Gifts galore

Anacortes is the perfect place to find island decor. Smuggler’s Cove is one of many with antiques and more. There are old and new treasures at Elisabeth’s Cottage by the Sea. Whether beads or glass baubles or an eclectic assortment of jewelry.

The American is the 1892 sloop built in the offices of the Anacortes American by the newspaper’s founders.

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For elves in the workshop, it’s hammers and nails, but Mrs. Claus wanted fabric featuring fishes and sails. In Stitches has plenty of fine cloths and thread for table runners and pillowcases made for sleepy heads. Owner Teresa Alvensleben said homemade gifts come from the heart, And capture the spirit of the recipient, but also the giver in part. Santa checked his letters to see what nice children and grownups need, Then headed to Watermark Book Co. in search of good reads. From old classics to trendy New York Times best-sellers, Patti Pattee keeps her store stocked with the best story-tellers.

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Some grownups on Santa’s list requested a sailor’s drink; Santa asked the Compass Wines shopkeeper: “What do you think?” Doug Charles had suggestions for wine at the Christmas table, starting with ded.reckoning, the store’s special label. Wine

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The Clauses visited Waggoner Cruising Guide bookstore, navigation their goal, to help them on their journey back to the North Pole. Karla Locke showed them a mechanic’s manual and a knot how-to book, Plus a guide to Pacific Northwest cruising and a guide on how to cook.

It is said that Ship Harbor’s name is derived from the 1850s anchorage of the U.S. Navy vessel U.S.S. Massachusetts.

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Take the chance to give back this holiday season The Meals on Wheels program collects Christmas gifts for clients who may not receive gifts during the holidays. Pick up a gift tag from an area Skagit County senior center and attach it to a new, unwrapped gift valued at $5 to $25. Participants may also leave monetary donations. Deadline to drop off gifts with the senior centers’ staff is Monday, Dec. 11. Some gift ideas are flashlights, nightlights, socks, slippers, hats, mittens, gloves, fleece throws or blankets, clocks with large numbers, 2018 calendars and mugs, picture frames,

hand soap, hand towels, lotion and gift cards to local grocery stores. Salvation Army, 3001 R Ave., Suite 100. 1. The Angel Tree Program provides gift tags to businesses around town with names of kids and senior citizens and their holiday wishes. Gifts are due Dec. 11 and can be dropped off at the Salvation Army. Find a list of participating businesses at anacortes.salvationarmy.org.

2. Bell ringers with the Red Kettle Campaign will be at The Market at Anacortes the first three Saturdays of December.

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3. One family can sign up to help out another family with the Adopt-a-Family program. Adopting families will be matched up with a family in need and provide gifts and meals during the holiday season. 4. Volunteer at the Salvation Army’s cold weather shelter. It is open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. when temperatures drop below 30 degrees and provides a place for homeless community members to sleep. Pick up a volunteer application in per-

son at the Salvation Army. Information: sierra.maybury@usw.salvationarmy.org or 360-293-6682. The Simple Gesture food collection program provides reusable red bags for people to fill with food and hygiene items to donate to the Salvation Army food bank. Volunteers pick up the red bags from homes and businesses every other month. The next pick up is Saturday, Dec. 9. To get a red bag, email asimplegestureanacortes@ gmail.com.

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Celebrate the Season at the Port The Anacortes Schools Foundation will again this year transform the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed into a Christmas wonderland with games, photos with Santa and more. The fifth annual Celebrate the Season, will be Dec. 2 and 3 and will be free to attend. The foundation will also host its annual Dream It Dinner fundraiser starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Transit Shed. The event features live music by Patrick McHenry, a dinner by Gere-a-Deli and a live auction. Tickets are $50 a person and are available at anacortesschoolsfoundation. org/celebrate or at Johnny Picasso’s. The two-day Celebrate the Season event will feature activities for kids, teens and families. The Fidalgo Island Rotary will set up a Whoville area and there will be photos with Santa, craft projects to complete, hot chocolate and cookies and a holiday shopping marketplace with lots of gifts and food items. In addition to the things happening all weekend, there will be a couple of special performances. On Saturday afternoon, kids from Fidalgo Elementary School Choir and local jugglers Wren and Della will perform. From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, the event is all about gin-

Photo by Art Shotwell / Anacortes Schools Foundation The annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest returns to Celebrate the Season Sunday, Dec. 3. Adult and student teams will compete for prizes provided by local retailers. There are also kits for kids to create their own mini-houses. gerbread. Student and adult teams will compete in decorating gingerbread houses for prizes and bragging rights. The entries will be judged by a panel of community leaders and children of all ages can also decorate mini houses to take home with them. Celebrate the Season is sponsored by the Port of Anacortes, Trident Seafoods, Playhouse Dental, Sierra Pacific Industries, Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes Financial Associates, Diamond Rentals, Kiwanis Sunrisers, T-Shirts by Design, Fidalgo Rotary, Conrardy Design Group and Washing-

ton Tractor Co. All funds raised by the event go to support the Anacortes Schools Foundation, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs and Early Learning enrichment programs. The Anacortes Schools Foundation is a nonprofit foundation with 501(c)3 status. It was established in 1984 and benefits students at all levels with college and vocational scholarships, early learning support and STEM enrichment opportunities. Information: www.anacortesschoolsfoundation.org.

Holiday Artwalk

The community is invited to gather together, drink hot chocolate, listen to songs of the season and watch as the coastal Christmas crab-pot “tree” is officially lit at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Until 9 p.m. that night, the Chamber of Commerce hopes that people visiting downtown will stick around and check out painting, art installations, craft pieces and more during the annual Holiday Artwalk. The Artwalk goes until 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. It coincides Friday night with the monthly First Friday Gallery Walk event. During the Holiday Artwalk, hosted b y t h e C h a m b e r, more than 20 downtown merchants will exhibit the work of local artists, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography and music. Many businesses will also offer holiday specials. Find lists of some of the participating artists at www.anacortesart.com and anacortes.org.


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DanceWorks shows offer dance fun for the holiday season Whether it’s families looking for a new holiday tradition in the form of a classic ballet or dance enthusiasts seeking a celebration of both dance and the holiday season, Fidalgo DanceWorks has them covered. The dance school will host two shows this December, starting with the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” and followed by its annual Winter Celebration. “The Nutcracker” is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Anacortes High School Brodniak Hall. Tickets from $12 to $17 are available on brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

This year’s show will have a military theme, including a discount for military personnel, DanceWorks Executive Director Julie Wenzel said. The show is set in the 1940s and will include some men in military costumes from the period. There are also several families involved this year, where parents join the DanceWorks dancers on stage for the ballet’s party scene. “The Nutcracker” follows the story of young Clara, who is given a nutcracker as a Christmas gift. Her brother breaks the toy, and she returns in the night to check on it. Suddenly, mice fill the room and everything magically grows to be lifesize, including the nutcracker. Clara is caught in the middle of a battle and helps the nutcracker defeat the Mouse King. She and the nutcracker travel to the Land of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy, and watch a night of celebratory dances. The Winter Celebration is a show that features all contemporary dance styles, including hip hop, jazz, African, modern and tap. It is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec.

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Photo by Peter Kuhnlein / ACME Creative 16. Tickets are $12 and are available at brownpapertickets.com. All the teachers choreograph different pieces for their dance styles, and all have to do with the holidays or with winter, Wenzel said. So many dancers are involved, and there is only one performance, so the Winter Celebration tends to sell out early, she said. Information: www.fidalgodanceworks.org.


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Kiwanis tree sales help community

Park event offers wonders

In December, Anacortes families have the chance to grab a flashlight and follow a candlelit path to a magical land where Santa waits, treats and festivities abound and chestnuts really are roasting over an open fire. The annual Wonderland Walk at Washington Park is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9. The event is free to attend. Community groups reserve different campsites at the park and decorate them with Christmas lights and decorations. Groups sing carols, and those attending enjoy games and activities, plus free hot chocolate and marshmallows to roast. Washington Park is located at 6300 Sunset Ave. in Anacortes. Parking is limited, but extra space is available at the Skyline Beach Club.

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The Anacortes Kiwanis Sunrisers will sell Christmas trees at Sebo’s Hardware & Rental at 1102 Commercial Ave. starting Saturday, Nov. 25. Sales are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Freshly cut trees arrive weekly from Hunter Tree Farm in Mossyrock, Washington. Noble, Nordmann, Fraser and Douglas fir trees are available in a wide range of sizes. Prices start at $20 and vary depending on type and size. Proceeds support Sunrisers’ scholarship program and donations to local youth and community programs.

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Jingle Bell Dash brings in funds for girls

Area runners decking themselves out in Christmas attire and hitting the road this December will help fund summer camps to inspire girls to study math, science, engineering and technology. The annual Jingle Bell Dash walk and run will be Dec. 16 starting at the Seafarers’ Memorial Park building. New this year is a 10K distance, as well as the 5K race. A kids 100-yard dash to Santa will inspire youngsters to get moving, too. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for all races. The 100-yard dash is for kids 6 or younger, and entry is a nonperishable food item to donate to the Salvation Army Food Bank. That starts at 9:45. The 5K and 10K disThe tances start at 10 a.m. The 5K race is $25 for Harvester those 18 or older and $20 for those younger King was the first Anacortes-to-Victoria than 18. The 10K race is $28 for those 18 and older and $23 for those younger than 18. Regisauto ferry. It began its run tration ends online Dec. 13. in 1923 and was originally Festive attire is encouraged for all races, and jingle bells will be included as part of the regisused in the kelp tration package. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies are available after the race. processing industry. All proceeds from the event go to Anacortes branch of the American Association of University Women. Funds are used to send middle school-aged girls from the Anacortes area to Tech Trek, a summer camp designed to introduce girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. Information: www.jinglebelldashanacortes.net/

Decorated boats, dinghy parade light up marina Walk the docks at this year’s Cap Sante Marina Christmas on the Docks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-3. Decorated boats will be on display from 5 to 9 p.m. each night. An added feature this year will be a decorated dinghy parade at 6 p.m. Saturday in the marina. Visitors are encouraged to join with their own decorated power boat, dinghy, rowboat, sailboat or paddleboard. The event is free. Enjoy hot beverages and vote for the best decorated boat. Bring an unwrapped gift for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots box or canned goods for a local food bank. Free moorage to participating decorated boats Thursday, Nov. 30, through Monday, Dec. 4. Contact Greg Mustari at 360-507-9999 or Kelly Libby at 425-359-7078.

Geoffrey Castle returns for holiday concert Geoffrey Castle and his All-Star Band will return to play at the Transit Shed Event Center this year. The Port of Anacortes sponsors the free concert, which is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. The concert will feature The Seattle Irish Dance Co. and special guests Veronica and Pamela from the Seattle Opera. Bring a toy to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots canned, non-perishable food items for the food bank.


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Calendar of holiday events • The Cap Sante Marina Christmas on the Docks is 5 to 9 p.m. Decorated boats will be on display for this free event. Visitors are asked to bring an unwrapped gift for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots box or canned goods for a local food bank. Information: 360-507-9999

Wednesday, Nov. 22 • A Relay for Life Thanksgiving bake and craft sale is 9 a.m. to noon at Island Hospital’s 24th Street entrance. All proceeds go to the American Society for the fight against cancer. Stop by and get a sweet treat and take home a treasure. Information: 360-293-4123 and mcmooper46@gmail.com • Christ Episcopal Church invites everyone to its Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist service at 6 p.m. at 1216 Seventh St. Participants are encouraged to bring their wrapped bread or rolls for their Thanksgiving dinner to be blessed. Information: 360-293-5790

Saturday, Dec. 2 • Breakfast With Santa through the city parks department is 8 to 9:30 a.m. or 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Senior Activity Center. Cost is $6. Breakfast is pancakes and sausage. Live entertainment is scheduled all morning. Kids can decorate a holiday cookie and ornament. Purchase advanced tickets at www.cityofanacortes.org/recreation, 360-293-1918 or at City Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 23 • A Community Thanksgiving Dinner is noon to 4 p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 901 Seventh St. To volunteer, call 360-293-3012. The event is free but donations are accepted. Friday, Dec. 1 • Help decorate the Senior Activity Center for the holidays with Island View Elementary students at 1:45 p.m. Sign up at the reception desk so Sally Hill knows you are coming to help out. Information: 360-293-7473 • The Anacortes Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is 6 to 7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce building, 819 Commercial Ave. The event will include Santa Claus, the town crier and entertainment by Anacortes students. Free pictures with Santa after the lighting. Hot cocoa from the Salvation Army. • The Chamber Holiday Art Walk is 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Anacortes. See paintings, art installations, craft pieces and more. Information: www. anacortesart.com

• The Anacortes Lions Club hosts the annual Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. in downtown Anacortes. Participants will start forming the parade at 10 a.m. on Third Street between O and Commercial avenues. The parade will go up Commercial Avenue, west on 10th Street to N Avenue and right to Causland Memorial Park. On the day of the parade, participants can find members of the Lions Club wearing yellow vests who can help with any questions. Information: Don Yankacy at 360-770-7194

• The Chamber Holiday Art Walk is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Anacortes. See paintings, art installations and crafts. Information: www.anacortesart.com • The annual Elks Children’s Christmas Shopping Day will start right after the downtown Christmas parade and run to 2 p.m. at the Elks lodge, 1009 Seventh St. Kids age 12 and under can shop for gifts and visit with Santa (visitors can take their own photos). Gifts start at about 25 cents. • The Cap Sante Marina Christmas on the Docks is 5 to 9 p.m. Decorated boats will be on display, and a decorated dinghy parade will be at 6 p.m. in the marina. The event is free, but visitors are asked to bring an unwrapped gift for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots box or canned goods for a local food bank. Information: 360-507-9999 • The Anacortes Schools Foundation hosts Celebrate the Season noon to 4 p.m. at the Port of Anacortes Transit Center. Entertainment will be by the Fidalgo Elementary School choir, juggling duo Wren & Della and more. Free. Information: 360293-3743 and info@anacortesschoolsfoundation. org • A Dream It Dinner and Auction, part of Celebrate the Season, is 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed, 100 Commercial Ave. Sponsored by Anacortes Schools Foundation, the event includes a dinner catered by Gere-a-Deli, live auction and entertainment by Patrick McHenry’s band. Tickets are $50 per person at asfound. org/celebrate or at Johnny Picasso’s, 501 Commercial Ave. Information: 360-293-3743

Snagboat predecessor of the W.T. Preston, the Swinomish, a 1914 sternwheeler, was named for the slough it often cleared at Fidalgo Island’s easternmost shore.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

• Rejoice! A Celebration of Christmas by Cantabile Chamber Choir is 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Anacortes Lutheran Church. This diverse concert presents a wide range of choral music, rousing gospel, contemplative chant and the celestial sounds of Celtic harp. Tickets, $16 for adults, $10 for students and $45 for families, will be available at the door. Information: 425-312-4565 • Saint Nicholas Feast Day with the Croatian Cultural Center includes a mass at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary Catholic Church, followed by a car procession with the Saint Nicholas icon to Seafarers’ Memorial Park. Coffee with warm libations and treats will be served following the blessing at the Croatian Cultural Center, 801 Fifth St. Information: 360-299-2525.

Monday, Dec. 4 • The Shelter Bay chorus will give a special holiday concert at 1 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center. The program will feature a wonderful mix of traditional, classical and contemporary music. The chorus has been singing since 1985. Free.

Sunday, Dec. 3 • The Cap Sante Marina Christmas on the Docks is 5 to 9 p.m. Decorated boats will be on display at this free event. Visitors are asked to bring an unwrapped gift for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots box or canned goods for a local food bank. Information: 360-507-9999. • The Anacortes Schools Foundation hosts Celebrate the Season noon to 4 p.m. at the Port of Anacortes Transit Center. Entertainment will be by the Fidalgo Elementary School choir, juggling duo Wren & Della and more. Student and adult teams will compete in decorating gingerbread houses for prizes, and children of all ages will be able to decorate mini-houses of their own to take home. Free. Information: 360-293-3743 and info@anacortesschoolsfoundation.org

Saturday, Dec. 9 • Wonderland Walk at Washington Park is 5 to 8 p.m. in the campground. The campsites will be decorated with holiday cheer by local groups, organizations and clubs. The free event includes live music, campfires and hot chocolate. Rain or shine. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Information: 360-293-1918 and nicolej@cityofanacortes.org • “The Nutcracker” presented by Fidalgo DanceWorks is at 7 p.m. at Anacortes High School Brodniak Hall. Tickets, $12 to $17, are available on brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Information: www.fidalgodanceworks.org

Friday, Dec. 8 • Wonderland Walk at Washington Park is 5 to 8 p.m. in the campground. The campsites will be decorated with holiday cheer by local groups, organizations and clubs. The free event includes live music, campfires and hot chocolate. Rain or shine. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Information: 360-293-1918 and nicolej@cityofanacortes.org

Sunday, Dec. 10 • “The Nutcracker” presented by Fidalgo DanceWorks is at 2 p.m. at Anacortes High School Brodniak Hall. Tickets, $12 to $17, are available on brownpapertickets. com or at the door. Information: www.fidalgodanceworks.org

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Gallery, 1305 Eighth St. See Burl Ives’ colorful cutout mural figures from “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer,” say farewell to retired Anacortes Museum Director Steve Oakley and check out the Christmas-decked “At Home in Anacortes” exhibit. Saturday, Dec. 16 • The Bowman Bay Holiday event is 4 to 8 p.m. at Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park. Admission is $5 per car with free parking with a Discover Pass. Enjoy chocolate, eat delicious baked goods, see park cabins lit up with lights, take pictures with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, write a letter to service members and enjoy the fire. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. Sponsored by Deception Pass Park Foundation. • A Messiah Sing featuring the Overman Chamber Orchestra is at 7 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 Ninth St. Sing along with choruses from Handel’s Messiah. Donations to fund the 2018 concert will be accepted. Information: 360293-3880 and www.wpcanacortes.com

Wednesday, Dec. 13 • Geoffrey Castle and his All-Star Band plays at 7 p.m. at the Transit Shed Event Center. The Port of Anacortes sponsors the free concert. Bring a toy to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots or canned, non-perishable food items for the food bank.

• The third annual Jingle Bell Dash 5K/10K and Kids Dash is 8:30 to noon at Seafarers’ Memorial Park, 601 Seafarers Way. Festive attire is encouraged. The 5K/10K run/walk starts at 10 a.m. and costs $25/$28 for adults and $20/$23 for ages 7 to 17. The Kids Dash starts at 9:45 and is free with a suggested non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army food bank. The event is hosted by the Anacortes branch of the American Association of University Women, and funds raised support STEM programs and scholarships for girls. Register at www.jinglebelldashanacortes.net

Thursday, Dec. 14 • An Anacortes Museum Holiday Open House hosted by the museum foundation is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Carnegie

• The Winter Celebration presented by Fidalgo DanceWorks is at 3 p.m. at Anacortes High School Brodniak Hall. The show features contemporary dance styles, including hip hop, jazz, African, modern and tap. Tickets, $12 to $17, are available on brownpapertickets.com. Information: www. fidalgodanceworks.org


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Anacortes maritime history contest This house on Eighth Street was decorated for Christmas in 1940. (Photos courtesy of Anacortes Museum)

Anacortes thrives at the holidays, but it’s also full of rich maritime history that took place throughout the years. Scattered throughout our guide this year is a look through the porthole at some of the things that make Anacortes the seaside town it is today. Our friends at the Anacortes Museum helped us choose 10 interesting things of note about Anacortes and its maritime history. Find all the fun facts hidden within our pages and enter to win a $100 gift card to a local business of your choice.

A little girl stands with her doll by a candlelit Christmas tree in an undated photo.

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1. Name the schooner beached at Lovric’s Sea-Craft as a breakwater in 1966:

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2. The Anacortes codfish industry was born when crews working for J.A. Matheson sailed around the horn in 1891 to explore the Bering Sea fishery in a schooner named ___________.

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3. Name the 1892 sloop built in the offices of the Anacortes American by the newspaper’s founders.

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4. Snagboat predecessor of the W.T. Preston, this 1914 sternwheeler was named for the slough it often cleared at Fidalgo Island’s easternmost shore.

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5. Name the Anacortes mayor who owned the Apex cannery and a shipyard at 15th Street & Q Avenue. 6. What was the name of the “pirate” – a onetime Guemes islander – occasionally arrested for smuggling on local waters? 7. Telegraph and Question Mark were racing canoes constructed by noted Samish carver ____________.

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8. Name the first Anacortes-to-Victoria auto ferry, which began its run in 1923, and was originally used in the kelp processing industry.

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9. During WWI, what was the name of the company building liberty ships on Guemes Island?

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10. It is said that Ship Harbor’s name is derived from the 1850s anchorage of which U.S. Navy vessel at this location?

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