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Celebrating 100 Years of the

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Join us for a weekend of music, food, parades and plenty of old-fashioned fun! Published by The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

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Festival Sponsors John L. Scott/Vashon Grand Parade Joyce A. Olson, CPA Grand Marshal Activities


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Festival Logo Design: Shelley Davis and Tami Renno Special Thanks: The Beachcomber would like to thank Troy Kindred and Pete Welch for coordinating the copy and photos in this year’s Strawberry Festival music section. The Festival Guide is a Special Supplement of The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Š 2009 Sound Publishing, Inc.

2009 Strawberry Festival

1909-2009: Celebrating a century of Island festivals This year marks the 100th anniversary of Vashon Island’s “Strawberry Festival.” It’s true! The very first Strawberry Festival was held in 1909 at a time when Vashon Island was referred to as “The Island Gem of the Puget Sound,” “Staten Island of the Pacific Coast,” and “The Home of the Big Red Strawberry,” according to a pictorial booklet from 1909. Vashon has an interesting and colorful past and once had several small towns and a booming economy. Growing strawberries was an early part of our Island’s history. Replacing the cleared timber, they grew rapidly, required minimal care, gave settlers a quick and easy yield and by 1890 became a cash crop, according to Islander Kit Morrison. In 1909 Vashon shipped more than 120,000 crates of strawberries. A reason to celebrate, indeed! The Strawberry Festival has changed names a few times since the very first one in 1909. According to Morrison, the celebration was called the Strawberry Festival from 1909 to 1940. It then changed its name to the Peach Festival from 1946 to 1949, to the Harvest Festival from 1950 to 1953 and to the Vashon Island Festival from 1954 to 1979. In 1980, the event again became the Strawberry Festival, a moniker that continues to this day. We may not have the strawberry farms from

THE FESTIVAL By SHELLEY DAVIS and TAMI RENNO our past, but Vashon has become home to many growers whose produce is available in our local markets, a thriving farmers market and U-pick farms scattered throughout our wonderful Island. This year couldn’t be a more perfect one to mark the festival’s 100th anniversary. In light of the recession and the complexity of our economy, many of us are no doubt feeling a little nostalgic for the past, when times were simpler. And many of us no doubt could use a little break from reality. We know that for us the festival has always meant a time to enjoy where we live, a time filled with friends, family and laughter and to meet new friends. One of the most important things we’ve experienced as the Strawberry Festival Queens this year is our feeling of admiration and awe for the people who make it happen. Strawberry Festival doesn’t just happen on its own. It is a coordinated effort by the many, many volunteers who step up to the plate year after year with their donation of time, money and hard work.

Many Island businesses and individuals offer sponsorship dollars and donations of goods and services, and we cannot thank them enough. The all-volunteer committees this year include: • The beer garden, chaired by Mike Mattingly; • The Wine and Jazz event, overseen by Molly Reed and Patti McClements; • The Grand Parade, chaired by J.R. Crawford; • The Car Parade, headed by Paul Rampart; • Maintenance, overseen by Duke and Janelle Davis and Pacal Py; • Garbage, handled by Richard Montague Jr. and Boy Scout Troop 294; • Music, organized by Troy Kindred and Marie Browne; • Public relations, handled by Reeney O’Reilley; • Booths, organized by Deborah Richards; • Permits and other important details, overseen by Lee Ockinga. • Many others who we don’t have room to mention also have helped. Without the hard work of the many volunteers and the generous donations of our sponsors, Strawberry Festival would not happen. So, come join us for our 100th Strawberry Festival celebration. Take a break from reality, enjoy a walk down memory lane and make some lasting memories of your own that you will be able to cherish for many years to come. — Shelley Davis and Tami Renno, owners of Island Thyme, are this year’s Festival Queens.

The Schedule of Events

Friday, July 17 3 pm

Paradise Amusement Carnival opens behind Vashon Village (across from Ober Park). It is open until 9 pm. 5 pm Beer garden opens in the Vashon Plaza parking lot (on 100th Avenue S.W.) 5:30 pm Live music begins at Ober Park. 6 pm Artisans’ booths at Ober Park open to sell handcrafted items. 7 pm Live music begins at the beer garden and continues until 11 pm.

Saturday, July 18 7 am 9 am 10 am

The Kiwanis’ all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast takes place in the Vashon Plaza Parking lot. It is open until 11 am. The Bill Burby Memorial Fun Run and Walk begins at the intersection of Vashon Highway and Gorsuch Road. Vendor booths along Vashon Highway open to sell food and fun items of all varieties. Booths close at 6 pm.

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“Tractor Jam” jam makers must turn in their jams for judging. Islanders may stop by the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum all day to taste the jams. Winners will be announced at 3 pm. 10:30 am Kids line up at the Vashon Methodist Church to take part in the kids’ parade, which marches just ahead of the grand parade. 11 am The grand parade takes place on Vashon Highway between Puget Sound Energy and Ober Park. Noon Paradise Amusement Carnival opens behind Vashon Village. It is open until 10 pm. Noon Live music begins at the Village Green. 1 pm Beer garden opens. It closes at midnight. 1 pm Live music begins at Ober Park. 1:30 pm Live music begins at the Pandora’s Box stage.

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The third annual Firefighter Challenge will take place on Vashon Highway between Bank Road and Movie Magic. Live music begins at the Rez1 rock stage next to the theater. Live music begins at the beer garden and continues until 11 pm. The Windermere Wine and Jazz fusion takes place until 7 pm outside Windermere Real Estate, across from Ober Park. Street dance takes place on Bank Road at Vashon Highway. Portage Fill plays from 7 to 9 pm and Captain Dick and the Portholes play from 9 pm to midnight. Vashon’s unofficial mayor is announced at the beer garden.

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Vendor booths along Vashon Highway open to sell food and fun items of all varieties. Booths close at 6 pm. 11 am Live music begins at the Village Green. 11:30 am Live music begins at Ober Park and the Pandora’s Box stage. Noon The classic car parade goes through town. Cars park on the highway just south of Bank Road afterwards to be displayed from 12:30 to 4 pm. Noon Paradise Amusement Carnival opens behind Vashon Village. It is open until 5 pm.

Sunday, July 19 8 am

The Kiwanis’ all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast takes place in the Vashon Plaza Parking lot. It is open until 11 am.


Kids’ parade

Festival has parades to remember

Local organizations, schools, clubs and The Strawberry Festival Grand Parade on more are represented in the colorful disSaturday, July 18, is preceded by a kids’ pa- play of the Island community as it marches rade. Kids should meet at Vashon Methodist through town. And this year, the Island’s own Vashon High School marching band Church — 17928 Vashon Hwy S.W. — at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. They’ll march north to will be part of the festivities. Ober Park just ahead of the Grand Parade. The National Color Guard and Vashon Island veterans will lead the official parade, The main event followed by floats, wagons, cars and paradThe Grand Parade, which many consider ers on foot. the crown jewel of Vashon’s Strawberry FestiPerennial favorites including the Rhythmval, takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18. Joy samba dancers, the Thriftway shopping cart drill team and the Island’s beloved antique tractors will surely be present, as will some never-before-seen parade entrants. Spectators can view the parade along Vashon Highway between Puget Sound Energy, south of town, and Ober Park, on the northern edge of town. John L. Scott Real Estate on Vashon is the proud sponsor of the Grand Parade. Questions? Call the Vashon Chamber of Commerce at 463-6217 or J.R. Crawford at John L. Scott at 954-9959.

Cars on parade Each year, dozens of classic, collector and unique vehicles take part in the festival car parade, which takes place at noon Sunday, July 19. Electric cars, true collectors’ cars, and wild and unusual vehicles all take part. Cars begin the parade at K2, a mile south of town, and drive north on Vashon Highway to Bank Road, where they take a detour around town. They come back south down the highway back to Bank Road and park on the highway south of Bank to be displayed.

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Meet the Grand Marshal

You may see the 2009 Strawberry Festival Grand Marshal out and about at some of the festival’s defining events — the Grand Parade, for example. Leo Montague, 86, is the Islander who was chosen as this year’s marshal, and he’s responsible for spreading good cheer all weekend long. He’s been practicing his Strawberry Festival grand wave, and he seems to be getting quite good at it. If you see Leo this weekend, say hello. He’s happy to share his wisdom, and knowledge, with festivalgoers. After a half-century living on Vashon, he’s put in his fair share of work shaping the Island into what it is today. For his dedication to the Island community, he was named this year’s grand marshal.

Festival shuttle A festival shuttle bus will run Saturday and Sunday from Vashon’s north-end ferry terminal to town and back. It leaves every 30 minutes beginning at 9:10 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. The shuttle costs $1 each way; children 10 and under are free. Buses will drop riders at Ober Park, near the center of the festival action.

Road closures Several roads in Vashon town will be closed during the Strawberry Festival, with one short stretch of Vashon Highway staying closed all weekend. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the highway will be closed from Cemetery Road to Cove Road. Between Ober

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Those who drive to Vashon town will likely find parking scarce, and many roads near town will be closed to through traffic and parking. People may have to park a fair distance from Strawberry Festival events. A limited number of disabled parking permits allow some festivalgoers to park closer to town. Call the Vashon Chamber of Commerce at 463-6217 to obtain a disabled parking permit.

Public restrooms

Sixteen port-a-potties will be placed around Vashon town, including several that are handicapped-accessible. Some Vashon businesses may allow festivalgoers to use their restrooms.

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cakes, strawberries, ham, syrup, butter, orange juice, coffee and milk, and it’s all for a good cause — the proceeds support Island groups and youth. The breakfast takes place from to 11 a.m. Saturday and 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday in the Vashon Market parking lot, located one block west of the Vashon Theatre on 100th Avenue S.W. Kiwanis, along with Vashon Key Club, McMurray Builders Club, the Sportsmen’s Club and Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie, sponsor the breakLeslie Brown/Staff Photo fast.

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Fun Run honors an exceptional Vashon coach and teacher The Bill Burby Inspirational 10K/5K Fun Run and 5K Walk is a Strawberry Festival tradition. Bill Burby was a co-founder of the Vashon Strawberry Festival 10K Run in 1980. He was a beloved coach, teacher and mentor at Vashon High School who died suddenly of cardiac arrest in 1989. The race, in its 29th year, is named in his honor. The challenging race course follows looping scenic country roads with some hills. The start and finish line, at the corner of Vashon Highway S.W. and S.W. Gorsuch Road, is easy to find just north of downtown Vashon. The race starts promptly at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 18, and is finished in time for runners and fans to enjoy the Strawberry Festival parade. Registration is $15 in advance and $25 day-of-race. For more information, visit or register online at

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Food, fun and fantastic music on tap at beer garden The beer garden, located in the Vashon Plaza parking lot on 100th Avenue S.W., is open from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday. The beer garden will not be open on Sunday. Loose Change will play live music on Friday night; Bill Brown and the Kingbees will play on Saturday. Indie rock band Fingertips will play from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Beer and wine for sale includes Miller Genuine Good drinks and good friends abound at the beer garden. and German pickles will be Draft, Miller Lite, hefefor sale. weizen, pale ale, merlot, “Can you say you have ever chardonnay and white zinfandel. Food at the garden is Ger- had that at the beer garden? I don’t think so,” said beer man-inspired — bratwurst sandwiches, hot soft pretzels garden volunteer coordinator

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Mike Mattingly. It costs $5 to enter the beer garden, and each person must have a valid ID to enter. Only those who are 21 and older will be admitted.

It’s become another fine Strawberry Festival tradition — the Wine & Jazz Fusion, a lovely combination of music and spirits sponsored by and located at Windermere Real Estate. This year — the fifth annual Windermere-sponsored fusion — the Hobson Trio, a small Island jazz combo, will play while food will be offered by Three Olives Catering. Wine, too, is on the menu, with the following wineries providing tastings: OS Winery, Vashon Winery, Palouse Winery, Otis Kenyon Wines, Sweetbread Cellars, Scatter Creek Winery, Andrew Will Winery, Fall Line Winery, Hoodsport Winery, Masset Winery, Windy Point Winery, and Eatonhill Winery. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes a wine tasting and food. Each winery will also have bottles and cases of wine for sale so that people can take home their favorites.


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A festival tradition: Art in the Park VoV can bring the festival to you It’s an art extravaganza unlike any on Vashon. For the three days of Strawberry Festival, 38 Vashon artists and craftspeople will converge on Ober Park, where they’ll offer up a beautiful and bountiful array of homegrown creations. Candles and cards, toys and tiles, pottery and prints will all be on display in a collection of tents that will adorn the Island’s only in-town park. And this year, there will be more artists than ever; all told, 39 artisans are expected to display their work, up from 29 a year ago. “All the favorites are back, plus some great new ones,” said Carol Meriam, a jewelry-maker who has organized the event for the past five years. Most artists will open their booths Friday evening, and all are expected to be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Veterans such as Rondi Lightmark (cards), Irene Otis (tiles) and Penny

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Grist (jewelry) will be returning; among the newcomers are Fiddle Home Farm (beeswax candles), the Cretaceous Garden (garden art) and Vashon Woodturners. And every artist shares one thing in common: Their creativity unfolds on Vashon Island. So support our artists, and enjoy a particularly beautiful stroll through the park.

Strawberry Festival is the one surefire occasion when Voice of Vashon, the Island’s celebrated radio station, can be seen as well as heard. Its information booth will once again be situated on the northwest corner of Bank Road and Vashon Highway by U.S. Bank — staffed by volunteers peddling VoV paraphernalia and CDs, collecting names of Islanders who want Jeff Hoyt calls the parade. to become involved in VoV and chatting up the organization to anyone who will listen. Festival maps and other information will also be available at the booth. At noon Saturday, veteran parade announcers Jeff Hoyt and Jeannie Dougherty will call the Grand Parade as it flies by. And deejays will be playing music, conducting interviews and emceeing

shows of local talent from VoV’s big stage in the U.S. Bank parking lot. For those people who find it challenging to get downtown and watch the parade or don’t like crowds but still want to see those wonderful marching Thriftway carts — this year you can. Voice of Vashon will be televising both the Grand Parade and the Car Parade on Sunday live on VoV-TV ComFile Photo cast channel 21. The radio station will also be broadcasting live on Saturday and Sunday on 89.1 FM, as well as on VoV’s Web site, and VoV-TV Comcast channel 21. And tune your radio to 1650 AM to hear Voice of Vashon Standing By broadcast the latest news about the Strawberry Festival, such as concert and event details and other important pieces of information.

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Festival attendees can vote on their favorite photograph of babies and women 40 and up in the first ever Babes & Broads photo contest. Each vote is $1, and proceeds go to Learn to Earn, an Island nonrofit employment service agency for people with developmental disabilities. Photos will be displayed in the windows of Constantinople on the east side of Vashon Highway just north of Bank Road. Portraits were taken by Island photographer Rebecca Douglas in the past few weeks.

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A winning “babe” and a winning “broad” will be announced on Sunday, July 19. And once again this year, the VashonMaury Island Heritage Museum will host the Tractor Jam, an event that combines our agrarian heritage with our love of a dollop of homemade jam. The Tractor Jam begins with the Grand Parade, when Islanders will ride a contingent of antique tractors through town. The tractors — from a John Deere to a Volvo — will then line up in front of the heritage museum, located on Bank Road across the street from Café Luna, where people can get an up-close look at these Island gems. Meanwhile, inside the museum — a 100-year-old former church — a panel of judges will be tasting homemade jams, brought in by Islanders vying for the coveted “best of show” trophy. There will be three categories this year: Strawberry jam, non-strawberry jam and this-must-be-jellycuz-jam-don’t-shake-like-that jam. A winner will be declared for each category as well as for the entire contest. The first-place

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winner will receive a trophy that will sit in the museum with the winning jar on top of it — or put on a pedestal, as contest organizer Rebecca Wittman put it. Those who want to be in the jam contest must turn their spread in by 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Judges will make their pronouncements at the museum at 3 p.m. Saturday. And all afternoon, festival-goers can drop in and sample jams themselves.

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Fun abounds for the young and young at heart Kids’ carnival

with its normal schedule. Vashon’s public pool is located at 9600 S.W. 204th St.

The Paradise Amusement Carnival will take place all weekend behind Vashon Village, across from Ober Park. New this year will be an enormous purple slide. People can purchase tickets at the carnival per ride or buy a wristband for unlimited rides during one session: from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday or noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call the Vashon Chamber at 463-6217 for more information.

Ride a train in town Vashon Thriftway is sponsoring free train rides. Pick up and drop off will be at their store. The train will drive around the south end of the festival.

For more information and the full schedule, call the pool at 463-3787.

Library holds sale The Friends of Vashon Library will hold a sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Vashon Library.

Take a dip in the pool Vashon Pool will be open during Strawberry Festival. From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, the pool will have a special Strawberry Festival Cool Off

They’ll be selling books, T-shirts, Friends of the Library book bags and plants Swim, when public swim is $2 and flowers from Langley an hour, rather than the usual Fine Gardens. Proceeds benefit $3.25 hourly rate. The pool is the public library and help fund also open for public swim and special programs there throughfamily swim on Friday, Saturday out the year. and Sunday, July 17, 18 and 19,

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ALL WEEKEND! Friday, July 17th — All-Star Lineup! McDougall, Hillstomp & Trolls Cottage 9pm | 21+ | $8 cover Saturday, July 18th — Ska Night! Sidestreet Reny, Natalie Wouldn’t, Georgetown Orbits 9pm | 21+ | $8 cover Sunday, July 19th Folk Music — Marilyn Kay & Company 7:30pm | All-Ages | Free cover! Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during Festival!

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Water, water everywhere Firefighters make a splash The third annual firefighter challenge takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, between Bank Road and Movie Magic. Sponsored by Vashon Pharmacy, this event sees Vashon’s finest race against the clock and each other, demonstrating skills such as donning fire gear, carrying a fire hose and climbing a ladder. But beware, said firefighter Jason Everett: “Spectators have been known to get wet.”

Keeping pets and people hydrated There will be a water brigade for thirsty folks outside Fair Isle Realty, south of Ober Park. And Island real estate agent J.R. Crawford will sponsor a doggie-watering station at Bank Road and the highway — next to the Voice of Vashon stage — to quench the thirst of our four-legged friends.

Get dunked Vashon Island Fire & Rescue will sponsor a dunk tank this year on the highway in front of Vashon Physical Therapy. The last time the dunk tank was at Strawberry Festival was four years ago. People will have the chance to dunk a local firefighter or be dunked themselves. The money people pay to dunk their friends, enemies or neighbors will go to the fire department’s charitable fund.

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Zieglers Bratwurst Haus Paradise Ridge Acupuncture Herbs & Massage 11 ChrisB Solar LLC 12 & 14 Lick-a-dee-Split Teriyaki 13 Anya, Keara & Yarden 15 Fat Yeti Photography 16 Café Beignet 17 ADE Africana 18 Vashon Senior Center 19 & 21 Creature Comforts 22 Drama Dock 23 Vashon Island Fruit Club 24 & 26 DS Johnson Enterprises, Inc. 25 The Pacific Image 27 Constantinople 28 Mehndi Madness Inc. 29 Bob’s Bakery 30 & 32 Artstone Garden Ornaments 31 Helping Hands for Haiti 33 Devine Gifts 34 Cutco Cutlery 35 Puget Sound Energy 36 Fire Fighter Dunk Tank 37 Imbaya Arts 38, 40, 42 Fire and Rescue Vehicles 39 & 41 Preserve Our Islands 43 Island Folkart 44 Photo Op with Fire Fighters 45 Discover Chiropractic 46 Ajmer by Jodi 47 Lotus Moon Inc 48 & 50 Master Marketing 49 King County Marine Division 51 Fireside Hearth Shoppe 52 Eyes of the Future 54 Kilimanjaro Imports 55 Puget Sound Zen Center 57 Smith Brothers Farms 58 Luna Bella 59 Vashon Island Chorale 60 King County Noxious Weed Program 61 Northwest Home Improvement 62 Tibetan Arts and Craft 63 Denise Turner 64 Direct Satellite 65 Japashion 67 & 69 Ma & Pa Kettle Corn 73 Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture 70 Pattycake Prints 72, 74, 76 Giraffe 75 Gisele’s Collections 77 Mass Glass Art 78 Leafguard Northwest 79 Vashon Island Rotary Club 80 & 82 Vashon Island Golf & Country Club 83 & 85 Bullwinkle Balloon Company (Lizard Wizard) 84 & 86 North West Indian Crafts 87 Maci’s Face Painting 88 Vashon Democratic Club


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89 Penguin Windows 90 Vashon Pirate Youth Football 91 Locarri, Inc. 92 Linkshire Products / Hawaiian 93 Zavida Gemstones 94 Gyros! Gyros! Gyros! 95 Vashon Maury Island Audubon 96 Ice Cream & Elephant Ears 97 & 99 Vashon Island Pet Protectors 101 Basset Rescue of Puget Sound 104 Vashon Youth Council 106 WisEnergy 107 Vashon Island Community 108 Zambalha 109 Ancient Hands Silk Embroidery 111 Hand Art of Creature 112 Island Thyme 113 Out of the Closet Artwear 114 Sophiana Hats 115 West Coast Vinyl 116 Sahaja Meditation 117 Happiness Africa 119, 121 Woolies 120 Advocare 122 Shi Shi Design 124 NARAL Pro-Choice Washington 125 Papa’s 126 & 128 Colors of the Andes 127 Backbone Campaign 129 Ganesh Imports 130 Hempmania 131 LMF Designs 132 Arbonne 133 Sunergy Systems 135 Island Spirit Crafts by Clarice 137 Seattle Children’s Hospital 138 Country Miles 136 Lhasa Handicrafts & Garments 143 Simply Good Scents 145 JH Sunglass 147 & 149 Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust

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MUSIC Music at the Strawberry Festival ranges from old-time country to hard rock, from solo acts to big bands of a dozen or more. Eight venues provide a plethora of entertainment for festivalgoers of all tastes. The stages are scattered across town. Two stages at Ober Park, located near the Ober

Park building, alternate performers so only one plays at a time. The Pandora’s Box stage, practically in the highway, is located on the west side of the street outside the pet store after which the stage is named. The Village Green stage, also on the west side of the highway, is just a few paces north of Bank Road. The

Rez1 rock stage, at Vashon Theatre, plays rock music only. The beer garden is west of town in the Vashon Plaza parking lot; the street dance takes place on Bank Road at Vashon Highway, and the Windermere Wine & Jazz fusion is located outside the Windermere Real Estate offices north of town across from Ober Park.

StrawberRy Festival Music Schedule Friday July 17 Ober Park 11:15 11:30 NOON 12:15 12:30 12:45 1:00 1:15 1:30 1:45 2:00 2:15 2:30 2:45 3:00 3:15 3:30 3:45 4:00 4:15 4:30 4:45 5:00 5:15 5:30 5:45 6:00 6:15 6:30 6:45 7:00 7:15 7:30 7:45 8:00 9:00 10:00 14 11:00

Beer Garden

Saturday July 18

Ober Vashon

Pandora’s Village Rock Beer Street Windermere Ober Festival Box Green Music Stage Garden Schedule Dance Wine & Jazz Vashon

Ober Maury

Rose Laughlin 1:45 – 2:25

Hammerin’ Hank & J.J. 2:30 – 3:15

Poultry in Motion 2:30 – 3:10 Girls’ Night Out 3:15 – 3:55 Ricky Lee Bob 4:00 – 4:40

Riverbend AKA Garage Boys 5:35 – 6:15

Ronnda Cadle 5:30 – 6:15

Max Gabriel 6:30 – 7:15

Resonance 7:30 – 8:15 Sub Pop 8:30 – 10:15

Loose Change 7:00 – 11:00

Kat Eggleston 1:30 – 2:15

Larry Murante 4:45 – 5:30

Phil Royal 3:00 – 3:45

Track 19 3:30 – 4:15 Geordies Byre 4:30 – 5:15

Mary Tuel 12:15 – 12:55 Gospel in the Park Choir 1:00 – 1:40

Julia Hanowell 1:00 – 1:45 Willow 2:00 – 2:45

Kelsey Alina 4:00 – 4:45 Lee Tyler Post 5:00 – 5:45

Ober Maury

House Engine 11:30 – 12:10

Yes Mam 12:00 – 12:45

Portage Fill 1:00 – 1:40

Sunday July 19

Steve Amsden 1:45 – 2:25

Manalive 2:00 – 3:00

5:01 2:30 – 3:15

Fingertips 3:00 – 6:00 Stripline 4:45 – 5:30

Chuck van Norman 5:30 – 6:15 Tom Bean & David Salonen Windowpane 6:00 – 6:45 6:00 – 7:00

ML3 9:15 – 10:15

Bill Brown & the Kingbees 7:00 – 11:00

Village Green Lance Morgan Great Rain 11:00 – 11:45 11:30 – 12:15 Sidestreet Reny 12:00 – 12:45 The Gullywhumpers 12:30 – 1:15 Mary Win & Meredith Connie 1:00 – 1:45 Murgatroyd 1:30 – 2:15 Cahill’s Keystones Big Hands 2:00 – 2:45 Colvin 2:30 – 3:15

Beer Garden

John Browne Fathia et Les 3:20 – 3:55 Troubadours 3:30 – 4:15 Windermere Rumor Has It 4:00 – 4:40 Wine & Jazz The Fusion Untitlists 3 to 7 p.m. 4:30 – 5:15 Loose HobsonChange Person 5:00 – 6:00 Trio

Riot in Rhythm 3:30 – 4:15

Saqqara 7:30 – 8:45

Pandora’s Box

Portage Fill 7:00 – 9:00 Captain Dick 9:00 – Midnight


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Loose Change

Friday Evening Beer Garden 7 to 11 p.m.

Loose Change 7 to 11 p.m.

A longtime Vashon favorite, this band aims to entertain with nonstop danceable tunes and a commanding stage presence. The band’s leader and powerful frontman Troy Kindred is an entertainer in every sense of the word. His infectious energy and enthusiasm gets the crowd into the act — and his vocals will tear the paint off the back walls. Kindred is backed by a tight 10-piece band that includes the big organ sound of keyboards, an inspired lead guitar, solid bass and drums and a dynamic three-piece horn section. And let’s not forget Loose Change’s chick singers. Not only can these ladies sing, they’ve got the moves. The sheer size of Loose Change makes for a big sound and a great onstage look. The band will be opening festival at the beer garden at 7 p.m. Friday and closing the festival on Sunday in Ober Park.

Friday Evening Ober Park Vashon Stage 5:30 to 10:15 p.m.

Ronnda Cadle 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

As a solo guitar instrumentalist,

Ronnda Cadle is known for melodic undertones and musical hooks she coaxes from her guitar. With more than 20 years experience playing her original compositions before live audiences across the United States, this musician from Decatur, Ga., has developed a devoted fan base. Ronnda’s style fuses heartfelt emotional content with masterful guitar work. She perfected her craft while listening to guitarists whom she considers her greatest mentors — Nancy Wilson of Heart and Caroline Aiken and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls. “I wouldn’t be the player I am today if it were not for these strong and amazing women,” Ronnda said. “I hope to bring my own voice to the generations of women musicians who follow.” Ronnda is about to record her third release in October with former Windham Hill founder and producer William Ackerman.

slightly different incarnation. A few years ago, his demo caught the ears of producer/keyboardist Scott Healy. Around the same time, Gabriel signed to sonaBLAST! Records. The result of these meetings is a just-released debut, “The Exile of Saint Christopher,” featuring the talents of some of New York’s most virtuosic and well-seasoned musicians. The CD’s ensemble includes a full horn section and the celebrated classical group The Ahn Trio. Fellow sonaBLAST! signatories Mark Geary and Kelley McRae lend backup vocals, as does up-and-coming West Coast folk sensation Brett Dennen. Max Gabriel’s music is distinguished by startling lyrics, an unconventional voice and often cinematic textures. At once literary and highly Max Gabriel accessible, his songwriting has been compared to that of Leonard Cohen, Glen Hansard and early David Byrne.

Resonance 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.

Resonance is an ensemble that composes and performs new world music and is comprised of Ken Jacobsen, guitar, cello and oud; Bill Moyer, percussion; Jason Everett, basses; Chip Lamason, mandolin, violin,

mandocello and guitar; and Carolyn Candy, flutes. Resonance draws inspiration from musicians and traditions from around the world and combines the tones and rhythms of flamenco, Middle Eastern, Indian and Eastern European styles with the more American styles of funk and jazz, thus creating an eclectic blend of exciting instrumental music that challenges your mind, stirs your heart and moves your body.

Subconscious Population 8:30 to 10:15 p.m.

Subconcious Population, fronted by Ron Hook, has been an Island institution for 25 years. Hook, who sings and plays rhythm guitar, harmonica, sax and flute, is joined by Steve Brix on bass and backup Sub Pop frontman Ron Hook vocals, Richard Lipke on lead guitar, guitar synth and backup vocals and Indigo Hook on drums. Their music may best be described as “funkified” — which is also the name of a Sub Pop song.

Max Gabriel 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Gabriel Judet-Weinshel, sometimes known by friends on the Island as “Gabe the Juggler,” performs as Max Gabriel. He grew up on Vashon and graduated from Vashon High School. His folks are still Islanders. You might remember Gabe juggling at the Strawberry Festival or as a filmmaker, casting his friends in skits and shorts, screening them at the high school or the Vashon Theatre. Gabe moved to New York more than 10 years ago, but he’s back now, in a

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Poultry in Motion

Saturday Ober Park Vashon Stage 1 to 7 p.m.

Portage Fill Big Band 1 to 1:40 p.m.

The Portage Fill Big Band has been a part of the Vashon Island music scene for more than 35 years. Founded in 1972 by Island music store owner Monte Sewell, the band was made up of Island residents and business people getting together to play the music of the Big Band era just for the fun of it, and that tradition remains true to this day. Under the direction of trombonist Tony Willing, the Portage Fill Big Band has been seen at Seattle’s Folklife Festival as well as at charity events on Vashon Island, and has recently begun welcoming Vashon High

Portage Fill


School jazz musicians into its ranks to keep vintage swing music alive and well in our community. Festivalgoers are urged to bring their dancing shoes as the Portage Fill Big Band, along with vocalist Maggie Laird, fills the streets with the unmistakable sounds of the Big Band era.

Poultry in Motion 2:30 to 3:10 p.m.

There’s a new thing going called “Poultry in Motion.” It’s a little country, a bit of Cajun, a dab of rockabilly, a smidgeon of Western swing and some other secret ingredients thrown in for flavor. It’s mostly about having a good time. The “Poultry” roster is made up of the following: Dave Lang, the man who brought Cajun music to Seattle back in the ’70s, will be pumping the accordion, fiddle and mandolin. Wilson Abbott will be doing his swampy slide thing on Dobro and lap steel guitar. Gib Dammann will be whackin’ the drum Riverbend

kit. Steve Amsden is on the acoustic guitar with an occasional banjo breakdown. Doug Ringer lays down that solid bass line. Chris Anderson does the lead guitar duties on his red Strat. And Randy Bruce tickles the ivories and plays a sweet fiddle to boot. We don’t want to sound “cocky,” but we think Poultry In Motion is something to crow about.

Ricky Lee Bob 4 to 4:40 p.m.

Vashon Island songwriter Bob Krinsky brings back his veteran musical troupe Ricky Lee Bob for a series of festival performances through the summer.

Formed in 1999, Ricky Lee Bob soon became a feature act at events from the Okanogan Family Fair to the Seattle Folklife Festival. Ricky is Rick Jackson, keyboardist and vocal arranger extraordinaire. Lee is Lee Robinson, whose rich vocal talent supplies harmony and lead renditions to the mix, along with some percussion and mandolin. Sidemen include Islanders Charles Reed on lead guitar and Jim Shuffield on harmonica. The group’s solid rhythmic foundation is cemented by Peyton Shuffield on trap drums. The group took a hiatus for a few years so the members could pursue individual musical interests, but continuing requests for booking dates have brought them back together. The group performs mostly original compositions and a few solid covers by the likes of CSNY, Dave Mason and Ritchie Havens. Ricky Lee Bob will make your heart sing to your dancing feet.

RiverBend 5:35 to 6:15 p.m.

The ever-popular band RiverBend (formally known as the Garage Boys) will perform their toe-tapping, hand-clapping music at the Ober Park Vashon stage from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Peter Larsen, Shelly Frankel, Chuck Roehm, Paul Colwell and Dave Lang promise to provide a good time for all.

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Saturday Ober Park Maury Stage 1 to 7 p.m.

Rose Laughlin 1:45 to 2:25 p.m.

Folk singer Rose Laughlin is passionate about singing old songs. Rose’s alto voice and soulful interpretations give a unique sound to traditional songs. Whether singing Celtic or American roots music, Rose gets to the heart of a song. About her Rose Laughlin CD “Souvenir,” a writer from Sing Out! magazine said: “Rose Laughlin is a true folk music chanteuse.”

Girls’ Night Out 3:15 to 3:55 p.m.

Girls’ Night Out is a blockbuster trio of powerful Northwest women singer-songwriters. This triple-threat combo features the venerable Linda Waterfall (respected composer, artist, songwriter and brilliant guitarist); Kat Eggleston (beloved Celtic and folk singer and dazzling Kat Eggleston of Girls’ Night Out guitar virtuoso) and Robyn Landis (lovely singer and outstanding writer and lyricist with more than 40 songwriting honors in the last four years). Don’t miss this unique and exquisite blending of voices, guitars and words as these wide-ranging songwriter friends join forces close to home.

Larry Murante 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

It’s no surprise that Seattle-based Larry Murante is gaining a reputation

as one of the finest contemporary singer-songwriters to emerge from the Northwest in recent years. Larry’s two CD releases have garnered critical acclaim from all over the country and parts of Europe. In the past few years he’s racked up a string of national and regional songwriting awards and honors. Larry’s voice today is a testament not only to good pipes but to years of training — which he’s done, logging more than a decade of study with opera, jazz and musical theater stylists. He has a voice of smooth power and precise intonation, and audiences love his show-stopping high notes: long sustained flights that inspire awe among many of his singer-songwriter peers.

Saturday Pandora’s Box Stage 1:30 to 7 p.m.

Kat Eggleston 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Kat is one of the most accomplished singer-songwriters today. Elating audiences with her beautiful blend of sweet melodies and gentle honesty, Kat plays music that is universally appreciated by young and old. Kat Eggleston’s songs touch a wide range of life’s experiences with unusual clarity and authority. On “Second Nature,” we’re in for honest lyrics honestly sung. In a clear alto with flawless intonation, Kat Eggleston goes straight to the lyrical and emotional truth of every word and every note. Her musings on home, childhood and her father’s garden are gems of direct, unassuming plainspokenness.

Hammerin’ Hank & J.J. 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Two old friends back together to make music! Hammerin’ Hank (Henry Sondie) and J.J. (Jim Jenkins) met on Vashon Island in the late ’70s as part of the music scene. Hank played with the Island Reggae Band,

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Hammerin’ Hank and J.J.

Bob Krinsky and many others. J.J. produced the Strawberry Festival entertainment and street dance as well as performed. Hank and J.J. play an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, folk, original compositions and good old rock ’n’ roll. J.J.’s unique singing style is complemented by a driving guitar, and Hank brings his soulful sound to the sax and flute. The music ranges from songs sung slow to swinging, sacred to sexy, serious to silly, especially selected to shake the sacroiliac, syncopate the synapses and soothe the soul.

Track 19 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Track 19 is a slammin’, inventive, in-the-pocket, three-piece rock band. They have a peerless, energetic style that merges jazz, pop and the blues. Their first CD, “Two-Drink Minimum,” was released in March of last year. Track 19 is Bob “Rock” Kueker (bass), Phil “Eddy J” Johnson (drums) and Rick “Trippa D” Dousett (guitar).

Geordie’s Byre 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

Geordie’s Byre, a name taken from Scottish folk song, “The Muckin’ of Geordie’s Byre,” translates as the cleaning of George’s cowshed. The band’s repertoire runs from sprightly jigs and reels to stirring marches and boisterous sea chanties of Ireland and Scotland. They also play and sing soulful ballads and love songs. Favorite tunes include Mairi’s Wedding, Wild Mountain Thyme, Fheara

Bhata and Mingulay Boat Song. Members include Jasper Forrester on fiddle and mandolin; Mark Wells on guitar; Wally Bell on cittern, bodhran, mandola and bouzouki; Larry Lawson on flute and whistles; Jean Richstad on fiddle and mandolin; and Daniel Brown on acoustic bass. Geordie’s Byre performs rousing, heartwarming Celtic music with a sometimes salty flavor and frequent two-, three- and four-part harmony singing.

Chuck vanNorman 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Islander Chuck vanNorman has been an avid guitarist for the last 25 years. Professionally, he has played in mostly rock bands, but more recently he’s been adapting his style and singing to suit acoustic guitar. While playing and recording, he is known to Chuck vanNorman use a variety of styles. As a songwriter and a lead singer, Chuck has been noted for his strong lyrics and odd meters with tasty vocal melodies in an acoustic rock/folk setting. Formerly, he was the host of Bishops’ weekly open mic night for nearly two years. “I read the audience and adapt my performance to the what I feel,” he said.



MUSIC Saturday Village Green Stage 12 to 6:45 p.m.

Yes Mam 12 to 12:45 p.m.

Yes Mam is a folk/rock trio with two guitars and a cello and two accomplished songwriters. Members include Vashon residents Alex Davis, Graham Mayshark and Aedan Weber (and occasional guest appearances). Yes Mam’s sound has been described as “Bright Eyes meets Death Cab for Cutie,” but the group’s other primary influences are Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jimmy Buffett, Blink 182, Elliott Smith and Modest Mouse.

Julia Hanowell 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Julia Hanowell is 16, and has lived on Vashon Island her whole life. She started playing the violin when she was 5 years old, and then she switched Julia Hanowell to guitar in middle school. She then started writing her own songs, and now she performs regularly at the Vashon High School open mics. Julia also enjoys playing basketball for the Vashon High School Pirates and swimming at Dockton Park.

Willow 2 to 2:45 p.m.

A self-taught singer-songwriter, Willow put down her Bible in 1992 and picked up a pawn shop guitar. Three chords later, the songs came flowing out. Judging from the fact that she had no subsequent musical experience, one could say she’s a bit of a preternatural Willow


chanteuse. Like post-Christian rocker contemporaries Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, Willow’s papa is a preacher man and prior to her fateful leap, she was an enrollee at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Ore. The result of her departure from conservative religion, her musical renderings are of an evolution of a spiritual nature — an earthly, poetic dance in the dark.

Phil Royal 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Phil Royal plays finger-style guitar. His roots are in the style and songs of Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna, Peter Rowan, Bruce Cockburn and, through them, those who have come before. He and his family have lived on Vashon for nine years. This is his first Strawberry Festival appearance.

Kelsey Alina 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Senior year was a big year for Kelsey Alina, taking on the challenge of making her own CD for her senior project and recording the final cut in a Bay Area recording studio. Although it was just a school project, it showed Kelsey that music is really where is heart is and made her more determined to succeed. Kelsey has a voice that emotionally connects people to the words and heart of the songs. Her passion is obvious in the way her fingers play the piano and the way her soulful voice sounds as she describes things around her in songs. Kelsey makes her home on Vashon Island now and is continuing to write more music to add to her personal library of songs; she is also recording another CD.

Lee Tyler Post 5 to 5:45 p.m.

Lee Tyler Post is a national touring artist whose style is a mix of acoustic soul, roots rock Americana and southern blues. His lyrics convey stories of everyday people. He calls it “Rock ’N’ Soul.” The San Diego Troubadour wrote, “Post’s sound is as

Tom Bean and David Salonen

much Springsteen and Van Morrison as it is Otis Redding and Al Green: blue-collar heartland grit mixed with Motor City soul.”

Tom Bean and David Salonen 6 to 6:45 p.m.

prised of Vashon High School alumni Brian Martinez on guitar and vocals, Terry Houser on lead vocals, Cam Brown on bass and Alex Inderbitzin on drums. ManAlive is on a mission to rock your socks off, so you better bring along an extra pair!

Tom Bean has been playing guitar for more than 40 years, ever since he heard Bob Dylan and BB King. Playing in bands and as a solo artist since his teens, Tom now has a style that revolves more around the likes of John Hammond and the Chicago Blues of the Chess era, though he will drop into more moody dark pieces resembling Skip James or Ry Cooder. Although only 17, David Salonen performs with the heart and soul of a longtime musician, playing not only electric and upright bass, but fiddle, accordion and the washboard, as well as guitar. Coming from a long line of family musicians, David is the grandson of David Lang, a well-known Cajun musician.

Riot In Rhythm

Saturday Rez1 Rock Stage


2 to 10:15 p.m.

Stripline is the product of many different influences culminating into one band. Stemming from numerous past Seattle bands, Stripline has a sound all its own. All of the members come from different walks of life and together they are taking it upon themselves to create some tunes everyone will to crank up with the windows down.

ManAlive 2 to 3 p.m.

ManAlive is a blues-driven hard rock band with high-energy melodies and multiple vocals. This hard-hitting approach, coupled with thoughtful vocal melodies, has forged a distinctive, original style. ManAlive is com-

3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Riot In Rhythm is made up of Alex Critchlow, Ben Smith, Jerad Lewis and Christon Casper. RinR is influenced by grunge bands such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, providing a raw live feel; metal influences like Metallica, Pantera and Iron Maiden supply RinR with power and aggression, and classic rock influences like Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin are the band’s foundations. Riot In Rhythm began playing shows in early 2009 and are fast becoming known for the power of their high-energy performances. 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

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MUSIC Windowpane 6 to 7 p.m.

Windowpane is one of Seattle’s premier rock bands. The bands last album, “The Silence,” has had a lot of success in the Seattle scene, granting them the full backing of KISW as well as earning them the fan base to pack out large local venues such as the Showbox and Studio Seven. Windowpane recently landed a song in the international major motion picture “Evil Angel” starring Ving Rhymes (“Pulp Fiction,” “Mission Impossible,” “Dawn of the Dead”) that is due to be in theaters this coming fall. Windowpane will embark on its first United States tour this year.



Saturday Beer Garden

7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

3 to 11 p.m.

Saqqara originated in 1989, here on Vashon Island by then-junior high students Brian Davis (vocals, guitar) and Tony Abreu (guitar). With the addition of Islander Tim Crocker (bass) in 1992, they began to hit the off-Island clubs, setting a record for the “youngest band” to ever play the 21-and-up scene in Seattle. In the summer of 2000, after 11 years of hard work and dedication, the members of Saqqara chose to take separate paths. Saqqara has decided to reunite in their home town one more time and are looking forward to playing at Vashon’s 100th Strawberry Festival (exactly 20 years since the band’s first show together at Strawberry Festival ’89!).

ML3 9:15 to 10:15 p.m.

ML3 is a Seattle-based original rock band that has been to prison 92 times — in five different states. They never go quietly, and they never go alone. Traveling with 23,000 pounds of stage and lighting and a dedicated crew of 20, they are hard to miss. You will find ML3 rockin’ The Central Saloon, in Sturgis, or playing to captive audiences (no pun intended).

Fingertips 3 to 6 p.m.

Fingertips is a funky little group, bathed in soul and rhythm and blues music traditions as far back as the 1960s. They have played around the Sound for years. On a Hammond B3, Rex Nikula provides the gurgling undercurrent for the band. His playing reminds you that playing organ is not just playing your electronic keyboard on the “organ” setting. Allen Lynn, on drums, has played in bands ranging from country Western to big band jazz; he’s studied many exotic rhythms. He infuses the tunes with interesting flourishes from around the world. Peter Bonow sings lead vocals and plays bass, locking the rhythm section into the groove. Dave Croston plays just about anything he wants to: guitar, keys, sax and vocals. He focuses mainly on giutar, ranging from sweet to nasty — but always appropriate. Steve Sarandos is a Northwest fixture going back to the early days of the Northwest Sound. His sax tops off the Fingertips

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sound with great solo work and interplay between his horn and the rhythm section. Fingertips plays songs by artists such as Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, the Supremes and James Brown, and the group has more than a century of collective experience, giving them the musical savvy to mix in swing tunes or jazz.

Bill Brown and the Kingbees 7 to 11 p.m.

has gone through several transformations along the way. The current lineup most ersembles the original lineup, with six of eight members having Vashon roots. The band has developed quite a following, largely due to the energy of the band, the music selection and volume. The music is great for dancing and highlights the guitar work of John Sparks, the harmonica stylings of Mike Nichols and the fabulous Hand Logger Horns. Throughout the years, the band has performed in Western Washington and elsewhere, playing a variety of venues. Every July since 1988, the band has been an integral part of the Strawberry Festival. The Portholes have either headlined the Saturday Street Dance or packed a local establishment. Their performance is a not-to-miss musical extravaganza.

Sunday Ober Park Vashon Stage 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

House Engine 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

This is a band with lots of experiBill Brown and the Kingbees are an ence, is full of history, and everyone Island favorite. They have consistently brings a little something to the plate. pleased crowds all over the country The music is primarily blues, but with their high-energy blues and rock varies with a little rock, alternative covers and originals. Brown’s harcountry, originals, Motown, funk and monica playing and vocals have been a little shout styles thrown in. Vashon likened to a cross between Paul Buthas an incredible array of musicians, terfield and Delbert McClinton, with and this band contributes. a dash of Joe Cocker. You’re guaranThe individual players in House teed to enjoy their show. Engine are Chris Anderson on rhythm, lead guitar and vocals; Saturday Wilson Abbott on lap steel, dobro and Street Dance vocals; Tom Bean on lead guitar and 7 p.m. to midnight vocals; Gib Dammann on drums and vocals; David Salonen on bass, fiddle Portage Fill Big Band and vocals and Greg McElroy on blues harmonica. 7 to 9 p.m. See page 16.

Captain Dick and the Portholes 9 p.m. to midnight

Formed in 1980, the rock and blues band Captain Dick and the Portholes

Gospel in the Park Choir 1 to 1:40 p.m.

This is the second annual performance at Ober Park of the Gospel Choir, made up of 30 to 40 singers



MUSIC Steve Amsden 1:45 to 2:25 p.m.

Steve Amsden has performed solo and with bands all over the Western United States, including many, many respected venues on greater Vashon and Maury Island. For the last seven years he has collaborated in the award-winning duo Short & Sweet with songwriter Robyn Landis.

John Browne 3:20 to 3:55 p.m.

Rumor Has It

and a handful of instrumentalists, all from the Vashon community. Directed by Marita Ericksen, the choir will present all styles of gospel music, from traditional spirituals to “old-time religion” to Southern and contemporary black gospel songs. One special song, “A Prayer of the Children” by Kurt Bestor, will feature an original ballet solo by Elise Ericksen.

5:01 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

5:01 is known for its all-original sound. Vocally driven, rock-flavored country and folk, the music is easy to tap your toe to. Expect to hear lyrical content ranging from true love and humor to political commentary. The all-Island band consists of Jack Barbash on piano, Luke McQuillin on electric guitar, Mark Wells on acoustic guitar, Geordan Mitchell on drums and percussion and Doug Ringer on bass.

dance. Roger Taylor pulled this group of fabulous Island musicians together last winter, and they’ve cooked up a delicious stew they like to call “stringband rock.” See if you can stay off your feet. The band is made up of Roger on guitar and vocals; Steve Amsden on guitar, banjo and vocals; Paul Colwell on mandolin and vocals; Sarah Perlman on fiddle and vocals; Kevin Almeida on bass and vocals; Larry Lawson on harmonica and flutes; and Todd Zimberg on drums. Rumor Has It plays a variety of dancing music styles with its own unique sound.

Loose Change 5 to 6 p.m.

See page 15.

Sunday Ober Park Maury Stage 12:15 to 4 p.m.

Rumor Has It

Mary Tuel

4 to 4:40 p.m.

12:15 to 12:55 p.m.

Feel the beat. Hear those licks. Let the harmony carry you away. This new Vashon band will lift your spirits while you kick up your heels and

Mary Litchfield Tuel has been singing for Vashon Islanders since 1973, and is best known for being one-third


of the trio Women, Women & Song. She has often been told she has the voice of an angel, but no one ever specifies which angel. Mary’s original songs are moving and funny, and she sincerely hopes she’ll be able to remember the lyrics. She’s aging fast, so you’d better come see her while you can. Mary also writes the Spiritual Smart Aleck column in The Vashon Loop.

Progressing from college sophomore to folk-music groupie of Tom Rush, Fred Neil, Buffy St. Marie and Bob Gibson in early 1960s Miami, John Browne had a musical career that he jokingly describes as one long downward spiral to the present time. But we all know differently. John has opened for a number of notable performers, including Frank Zappa, Lenny Bruce, Dan Hicks, The Grateful Dead and The Doors. Just don’t ask him what he remembers, because he was there, you know. He says he loves everyone and everything and perhaps some unquantifiables also, because he is a hippy.

John Browne

2009 Strawberry Festival


MUSIC on Vashon for 20 years. He co-founded theatrical troupe UMO, and now runs EnJoy Productions with Martha Enson. Joyce’s CD, “Say It,” is available on CD Baby, and he is available for house concerts.

Fathia et les Troubadors 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

The Gullywhumpers

Sunday Pandora’s Box Stage 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Great Rain 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The original folk rock insurgents are Greg Parrott and Frank Hein. They are an acoustic duo with a sonic architecture that at times reaches escape velocity. Their unique style of folk rock has been built on the edge elements of rock, including a touch of rebellion and exuberance. They write with a dedication and conviction that comes through in their live shows. Their passion and sense of purpose penetrate the boundaries of most “acoustic” acts but still maintain the warm, eloquent spirit of folk rock traditions.

The Gullywhumpers 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Hailing from the tall timber of the Puget Sound, in the foothills of Mount Rainier, The Gullywhumpers are here to entertain you. Their repertoire of rollicking old-time folk classics and long forgotten old-time gems is designed to celebrate the rich history of American folk music, as well as celebrate the traditions of the

West and the Pacific Northwest. Singing classic songs of cowboys, loggers, railroad men, highwaymen, hobos, miners, seafaring men and determined women of all kinds, The Gullywhumpers pay homage to the rugged beginnings of the American West and the Puget Sound. At home on the stage or busking on the sidewalk, The Gullywhumpers are ready to play for your entertainment.

Murgatroyd 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Rolling out of Vashon, Murgatroyd is a ’70s rock ’n’ roll cover band with no apologies. Tearing up the stage with songs ranging from fun dance tunes from some of the greatest to songs you recognize but don’t hear every day, Murgatroyd plays all the hits you know with all the passion they have. The band can make any night memorable with great musicianship and interaction with the crowd. Don’t miss this show — it will be smokin’.

Fathia Atallah is a composer, guitarist and jazz vocalist from Toulouse, France. She performed in Europe for more than 10 years with her own groups: Fathal Jazz and Les Couleurs de la Voix. She was director of Le Centre Francais Artistique et Culturel de Seattle from 1998 to 2003, and she was the producer of French Cabaret on Broadway, a musical revue. She sings in French and English for many Seattle audiences. Her original compositions are recorded in her album “Chante.”

The Untitlists 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

The Untitlists started as a group in 2004 and released their first album, “Insomnia,” in 2005. In December 2007, they released “The Great Northwest.” In 2008, the Vashon group


grew to four members from two, and they released their third album, “KLOE Radio’s Drunken Poets.” With four years of working as what fans say is a true Vashon-style hip hop group, the Untitlists have now entered the ring of live shows. Reaching out to other artists, the Untitlists have changed their sound from underground hip hop to a live rock and hip hop show.

Kevin Joyce 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Kevin Joyce is a performer, producer and director based

100 Years of ‘Berry’ Much Fun

The Untitlists



MUSIC Meredith Connie and Mary Win 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Meredith Connie and Mary Win are “songer-singwriters” from Tacoma. Between sips of peppermint tea and lengthy discussions of band name possibilities, the duet manages to write fresh material by the week.

Lance Morgan

Sunday Village Green Stage 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Lance Morgan 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Lance Morgan has traveled a winding road on the musical map: sensitive ballads in the ’70s, rockin’ dance tunes in the ’80s, intellectual folk and pop in the ’90s and all of the above in the ’00s.

These days he plays some instrumental guitar, writes songs for spirited elementary school students, sings a little country and folk and still manages to fit in a bit of pop.

Sidestreet Reny noon to 12:45 p.m.

Reny and Bell (together for 14 years) blend bluesy/funky fingerstyle and slide on National Resonator guitar, original poignant songwriting and solid straightforward grooves. Drawing mostly from pre-war blues, roots and folk music with a little old school rap, calypso and dancehall reggae, SSR manages to forge their own sound and push musical boundaries in an era when many other musicians strive to sound the same.

Their sound could be described as thoughtful, earnest and occasionally adrenalized. Exploring distortion pedals in coffee shops and capturing busy ears with colorful storytelling are feats the Connie and Win duo take pride in. These women have three missions: to strengthen their audience locally, to gather listeners on YouTube and to find a band name.

Tan Cahill’s Keystones 2 to 2:45 p.m.

In Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks (neurologist/author) examined the power of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians and everyday people. Tan Cahill will be demonstrating how Musicophilia kicked in for him

Tan Cahill

two years ago when he sat down at keyboard and just started playing. Tan hadn’t played since he was 10 years old and the feeling that he could no longer suppress his talent overwhelmed him. His music is irresistible, haunting and unforgettable, and Tan will show us how Musicophilia became a part of his life.

In the last 20-plus years of Reny’s career, he has recorded everything from folk rock to hip hop, reggae and of course the blues.

Sidestreet Reny


The result of the duo’s efforts is a seemingly organic blend of the elements, sewing more than 100 years of American music into a rich tapestry of eclectic yet somehow familiar sounds all their own — like everything, and nothing you’ve ever heard, all at once.

Meredith Connie and Mary Win

2009 Strawberry Festival

The Vashon-Maury Chamber of Commerce wishes to give

to our “Berry� wonderful 2009 Sponsors!

John L. Scott/Vashon Grand Parade


Vashon Thriftway

Children‘s Activities and Train Rides

Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi Bar

Pascal Py Construction

7 pm Vashon Highway Street Dance

Car Parade

Windermere Real Estate Wine and Jazz Fusion

U S Bank

9 pm U S Bank Street Dance

Joyce A. Olson, CPA

Vashon Pharmacy Firefighter’s Challenge

Grand Marshal Activities

Our Music Sponsors for 2009 Vashon

Puget Sound Energy

Vashon Market

The Hardware Store Restaurant

Stephanie Moore Bank of America–Home Loans

Vashon Subway Century Tel

Island Security Self Storage

Special Thanks to our Gracious In-Kind Sponsors

American Disposal, Pandora’s Box, Fair Isle Animal Clinic, Keller Williams, Parker Plaza, Trigg Insurance, Vashon Village, Vashon Plaza

Ready to Eat Specials

from our Produce Department

Service Deli

Direct from Charlie’s Produce Cut Strawberry Bowl

Real Foods™

Picnic Potato Salad

Direct from Charlie’s Produce

3.99 lb. reg. $5.99 lb.

2 for $4


9 oz. Regular $3.99 ea. Don’t miss the Thriftway marching drill team at this year’s festival parade.


Seasonal Fruit

Espresso Special

2 4 10 oz.

Strawberry Lemonade Freeze

Kiwi, strawberries, papaya mango, blueberry & pineapple

$ for


suggested retail $3.99 ea.

2 4 reg. $ for

From Charlie’s Produce

8.5 oz.



suggested retail $2.99 ea. From Charlie’s Produce

Andrew Will 2008 Pinot Gris Medium bodied with great balanced acidity and creaminess.


reg 19.99 Sale $

Clubhouse Cellars “Haystack Needle” Chardonnay Undertones of Granny Smith apple and ripe pear. Perfect with grilled poultry or seafood.


reg 17.99 Sale $

Chateau Benoit Müller Thurgau

Light bodied with just a touch of spirits. Perfect summer wine.


reg 12.99 Sale $

Locally owned & operated for 44 years.

2.99 16 oz. reg. $3.55



2 for $5.00


Strawberry Parfait Cup

Topped with whipped cream

Ground fresh everyday. 1/4 lb. patties served on a roll w/lettuce, tomato and onion. Painted Hills Natural Beef is grown without hormones or antibiotics.

JoJo Potatoes $

1.49 lb.

reg. $2.49 lb.

Festival prices effective July 17, 18, 19, 2009

Alki Pie Company

Strawberry Festival Pie $ 4” reg. $6.99 ea.





reg. $16.99 ea.

Boundary Bay Brewing Company IPA

A strong, highly hopped India Pale Ale


A mild but distinctive dark lager beer.

Diamond Knot IPA

A slightly sweet hoppy taste resembling cedar and grapefruit


reg. $3.99 Sale

Natural & Specialty Foods Fresh Seafood & Meats Organic Produce • Imported Beer • Fine Wines • Espresso • Service Deli Bakery • Floral • Lotto • Western Union • Ticketmaster • Self check-out

Open 7 Days A Week 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. • 463-2100, Deli 463-5711 Open until 10 pm • Friday, July 17, 2009



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