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Your one-page guide to events happening on Orcas Island this week.
See which eateries are open when you want some great food.
Orcas Island in the News
"Tastiest Trips in the Pacific Northwest" includes Orcas Island! With shout-outs to Pebble Cove Farm, Red Rabbit Farm, Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, and Hogstone Wood Oven. (article link)
Great News from Washington State Ferries!
5 boat 'normal' schedule resumes on Saturday, July 29. Reservations are now available for travel between Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, BC. To reserve, visit takeaferry.com or call 206-464-6400. On Friday, July 28, there will be an additional unscheduled sailing from Anacortes to Orcas Island at 8:50 p.m.
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SPR ENTERPRISES, INC.
(Owners: Paul & Sherri Doherty)
Property Management & Cleaning for second home owners and part-time residents on Orcas Island. We provide general lawn and ground maintenance, home repairs and security needs while you are off island. We have local resources for all of your home needs with over 25 years of construction experience.
DIDIER GINCIG, GUIDED TOURS
(Owner: Didier Gincig)
Custom Guided Tours to the places you're interested in seeing on Orcas Island. Natural beauty spots, local culture, art and farm tours, etc. Ranging from car tours to simple walks and extensive hikes. We can help plan your adventures! Also, we can help coordinate services on the island during your stay.
Events This Week & Beyond
(Friday-Sunday, July 28-30 @ Orcas Island Community Church)
Come join us for SummerFest 2017, a relational weekend event sparking the synergy of spirit, intellect and creativity with music, art and some great speakers. Registration for SummerFest is $100 per adult and $50 per student; kids 12 and under are free.
There is a free Saturday Night concert with John Van Deusen of the popular group "The Lonely Forest". It will be a terrific acoustic concert Saturday at 7:00 pm at the Orcas Island Community Church.
SPOOKY TALES AT ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUMS
(Friday, July 28, 5:00 pm and Wednesday, August 2, 8:00 pm)
Stories of Orcas ghosts, limekilns, and local folklore will be told this summer at the Crow Valley School Museum Fridays at 5:00 pm and the Pioneer Museum Wednedays at 8:00 pm. Master Storyteller, Antoinette Botsford will again delight audiences this summer. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for those 18 and under and $2 off for Museum Members. Tickets may be purchased online, at either Museum, or at the performance.
THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM IN A POST-TRUTH ENVIRONMENT
(Friday, July 28, 7:00 pm @ Orcas Center)
With journalism under increasing siege in the United States, two of its leading practitioners, Hedrick Smith and Sarah Stillman, will discuss "The Future of Journalism in a Post-Truth Environment". Sponsored by Orcas Currents and moderated by Floyd McKay. Admission by donation.
INFORMATION: For full article, click here
MOVIE OF THE WEEK: CARS 3
(Friday and Saturday, July 28- 29, 8:00 pm @ Sea View Theater)
Blindsided by a new generation of fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning.
INFORMATION: Call the Sea View Theater at 360-376-5724
(Saturday July 29, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm @ the Village Green)
Join us for the 2017 Farmers Market Season. The Farmers Market continues every Saturday through September at The Village Green.
MARKET DAY SALE @ EMMANUEL CHURCH
(Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm @ Emmanuel Church)
Emmanuel's annual gigantic sale features furniture to quilters' fat squares, art work to sporting goods, plus hot dogs, baked goods, jams, and a Silver Tea. Proceeds benefit Orcas charities. In the church garden and labyrinth at 242 Main St., Eastsound. Gates open 10:00 am. See you there!
SEAN HAYES IN CONCERT @ ORCAS CENTER
(Saturday, July 29, 7:30 pm @ Center Stage)
Sean Hayes' distinctive rootsy pop singing voice mesmerizes. From the gauzy, beat-driven title track to the aching, old-school country "Sing Me Your Love Song," Hayes' voice glides between a growling purr and seductive vibrato, transporting the listener into a rich, sensual late-night world. Hayes crafts music that, as the SF Weekly puts it, "succeeds on the tension between warm, resonant soul and dirt-road folk, all laced with a wandering troubadour's coo." In the track "Home I Left" Hayes sings of leaving San Francisco-"headed north with my young family/needed space to grow"-and this album is structured to represent snapshots from his life in the four years since. Low Light thrums with songs of desire, sanctuary, and the redemptive power of love. Tickets will sell out in advance of the concert so don't miss this rare opportunity to see Sean Hayes in concert at Orcas Center.
Tickets: $20, $2 off for Orcas Center members
INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1 orcascenter.org
OLD FASHIONED FLY-IN
(Friday-Sunday, August 4 - 6, all day @ Eastsound Airport)
The annual Old Fashioned Fly-In is fun for the whole family! Each year 100-150 aircraft attend the Orcas Fly-In from around the country. Come enjoy the best of general aviation! Warbirds, experimentals, old fashioned airplanes, local pilots and seaplanes, aircraft, plus flying demonstrations. Burgers and Hot Dogs are served from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday. There will be a pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday at the Fire Hall from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.
INFORMATION: call Gil Blinn at 360-376-6579
AYLA NEREO, SEASTARS & ENTHEO OUTDOOR CONCERT
(Friday, August 4, 4:00 pm -10:00 pm @ Orcasong Farm)
Imagine Music & Arts Festival Presents: Ayla Nereo, Seastars and Entheo in an outdoor concert under the stars in the dog days of summer....You won't want to miss this! Ayla Nereo will be offering a voice song workshop on Saturday from 1:00-3:30: Finding Voice, Receiving Song. Camp in the forest on the 4th and wake up to an Orcasong Farm Work Party!
CLASSIC CAR SHOW
(Saturday, August 5, 10:00 am-3:00 pm @ Mt. Baker and North Beach Rd)
The Orcas Road Classics car club's most widely known event is the annual car show hosted during the first weekend of August in conjunction with the Fly-In. This year the club has decided to give back to the community and has teamed up with the local Food Bank by accepting cans of food and cash donations for this cause. Car entrants to the show are asked to donate food for the Food Bank and/or $10 as an entrance fee to help this local charity.
INFORMATION: call 360-622-6370
RECEPTION FOR VISITING ARTISTS: STEVENS AND SKINNER
(Sunday, August 6, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ Crow Valley Gallery - 296 Main St.)
In his career of over 30 years, Bradley Stevens has forged a reputation as one of America's leading realist painters. Stevens is unique among his contemporaries for his exceptional achievements in three domains of representational art: portraiture, landscapes, and figurative cityscapes. His wife, Patricia Skinner, is also an accomplished artist and signature member of the Northwest Pastel Society. Bradley and Patricia live and work in their home in the Virginia countryside, near Washington D.C. They divide their time between Virginia and her native Pacific Northwest. For the first time, Ms. Skinner and Mr. Stevens will have a joint exhibition featuring landscape paintings of the Pacific Northwest, entitled A Shared Perspective: Love and Inspiration, on Orcas Island. A reception will be held on August 6, starting at 2:00 pm at Crow Valley Gallery, located at 296 Main Street in Eastsound.
MUSIC IN THE PARK
(Sunday, August 6, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm @ Village Green)
Bring chairs, blankets, and your favorite treats to enjoy Music in the Park for its 18th year! "Almost Classical" performing Sunday, August 6. Admission is Free
ROTARY CLUB MEETING - STATE PARKS COMMISSIONER SPEAKS
(Friday, July 28, 4:30-5:30 pm @ the Fire Station)
State Parks Commissioner Mark Brown will speak about, "Lighthouses to Outhouses: From Financial Challenges to Major Initiatives". Join us for a special opportunity to interact with Commission Chair Mark Brown, who will update us on our state parks, including the new interpretive power at the top of Mount Constitution. Assistant Director Peter Hertzog will also be there to help answer questions. Hosted by Orcas Rotary.
RIDE THE ZIP LINE
(Saturday, July 29, 9:00 am -12:30 pm @ Camp Orkila)
YMCA Camp Orkila would like to invite you to come out and take a ride on our 1000-ft Zip Line! You must register ahead of time to reserve your spot for this Community Zip Day event! Please know the number of people in your party at the time of calling. Maximum weight capacity for a single rider is 250 lbs (subject to change depending on conditions) and children must be entering 3rd grade or above to participate.
Plan to arrive at camp 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Please enter through the main entrance on Mount Baker Road and follow signs to the designated parking areas.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-2678 to sign up for a time slot
ROCK ISLAND MEDIA'S FUNHOUSE VIDEO WINS AWARD
An original video showing the Funhouse mission in action wins a 2017 Telly Award! We're pleased to announce Rock Island Media's video,"Orcas Island Funhouse," won a bronze Telly Award this June. This is the 38th year of the Telly Awards, with over 13,000 entries from the finest media agencies and production companies around the world. To see video, click here (7.27/8.3)
STAND UP PADDLEBOARD AND KAYAK RACING
Join us on the spectacular waters off West Beach Resort for some exciting racing!
$8 entry fee per craft. Winner gets a free off-season night stay (restrictions apply). Minimum age is 12. See you on the water!
Fridays @ 530PM - Double Kayak Race
Saturdays @ 530PM - SUP Race
Tuesdays @ 530PM - SUP Race
INFORMATION: call 360-376-2240
BMX NIGHTS AT CAMP ORKILA
(Tuesdays until September 5, 6:30 pm - 8 pm @ Camp Orkila)
Free. Open to all ages who can ride a bike! BMX bikes and helmets provided first come, first serve. Requirements: Signed Consent form for all
Under 18? Need form signed by parent/guardian
Long Sleeve, Long Pants, Closed toe shoes. no exceptions!
Restaurant News & Dining Deals
Catkin Cafe now open 6 days a week! Tuesday - Sunday, 9 am - 3 pm. Serving Breakfast and Lunch all day! (Closed Monday) Come on out to Olga and enjoy delicious food and local art in the Artworks Gallery.
(Wednesday-Tuesday, August 9 - 15)
Resort closed to the public from Wednesday, August 9th @ 3 pm until Wednesday, August 16th @ 11am.
Cafe is CLOSED on Saturday for dinner (open for brunch)
Serving Prime Rib Dinners every Wednesday in the Octavia Restaurant starting at 4:30 pm. Cafe open every day from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm for the convenience of locals and travelers riding the ferry.
Tuesdays at 9:00 pm; Lower Tavern
Serving up pub fare, great beer, and good times. Stop by for a delicious meal, or just a drink.
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm; Random Howse
OPEN MIC for all ages on our great stage.
Piano available for you pianists!
Thursdays, 7:30 pm @ Doe Bay Cafe
(Sponsoring Funhouse Commons in July)
(Fridays at 9:30 pm; Lower Tavern)
Karaoke! You know you want to check it out!
LIVE MUSIC: RANDOM HOWSE
(Saturday, July 29, 9:00 pm @ Random Howse)
Summer Hip Hop Dance Party, 9:00 pm. No cover, 21+, special drinks.
Open Wednesday - Saturday for Thai menu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-1111
LIVE MUSIC WITH RON MYERS: DEER HARBOR INN
(Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays,
5 pm @ Deer Harbor Restaurant)
The Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant is open every night at 5:00 pm.
We have live music with Ron Myers at the piano on Friday through Monday. We have a Fried Chicken special on
INFORMATION: call 360-376-1040
FRIDAY EVENINGS WITH BRIDGET O'TOOLE
(Fridays, 5:30-8:30 pm @ Clever Cow Creamery, Downtown Eastsound)
Sit, relax, savor your favorite ice cream and listen to the sweet sounds of Bridget O'Toole in front of the Clever Cow Creamery every Friday night throughout the summer!
INFORMATION: call 360-376-5222
ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE
(Tuesdays-Saturdays, 4:00 pm @ Rosario)
Enjoy a presentation of music and photography that walks guests through the history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate with Christopher Peacock. Highlights of the presentation include the historic Moran Photograph Collection, Phantom of the Opera music performed on the Mansion's 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ with the silent film, stories of the Mansion's most colorful residents, and Christopher's original piano compositions played on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano. Complimentary and open to the public.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222
WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS: GENE NERY
(6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Cascade Bay Grill, Rosario)
"Music at the Cascade Bay Grill at Rosario Marina" with Guitarist Gene Nery
every Wednesday and Saturday.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222
THURSDAYS: MARTINIS & MARTIN
(6:00 pm @ Rosario)
Every Thursday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Moran Lounge
Join us on Thursdays for an evening of hand-crafted cocktails and live music with island favorite Martin Lund.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222
Shop the Rock
COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC
(Sunday, July 30, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
Walk into Wellness! Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio will host a Community Acupuncture Clinic on with Danielle Dyer of Heal~Flow Acupuncture. Treatments will be based in Japanese constitutional acupuncture, which seeks to treat our root imbalances through fewer needles and gentle techniques. Treatments will be sliding scale $20-50. No appointment necessary. 138 North Beach Road, Eastsound.
OMARI BEAUTY BAR'S SUMMER SPECIAL
The Invigorating Maui Facial (Offered through August 31st)
Rebuild and replenish Collagen making cells with our newest facial!Delight the senses while transforming the look and feel of your skin!Get ready to be transported into a tropical paradise with the aromas of pineapple and papaya. You will experience increased circulation through enzyme stimulation, immediately resulting in a softer, more luminous complexion. Vitamin C, antioxidants, milk protein, and peptides all work harmoniously to increase the production of collagen and decrease fine lines. Skin will feel plumped and hydrated while the visible signs of aging are lessened. Offered for 90 minutes.This is a results-oriented facial that helps fight free radical damage, while accelerating the cell renewal process. A customized peel and eye mask are also included. (7.20/7.27)
ISLAND MARKET SPECIAL
"Robert's Famous Stone Fruits have arrived at your Island Market! Stop by and pick up your favorite Eastern Washington grown summer fruits while they last! Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines and Peaches oh my!"
Our Market hours are 7 am to 10 pm (Mon - Sat) and 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (Sun) at 469 Market Street.
INFORMATION: call 360-376-6000
Classes, Seminars & Workshops
PADDLE BOARD YOGA
(Sunday, July 30, 9:45 am - 11:00 am @ Cascade Lake)
Join us at Orcas Adventures for this unique class and have the opportunity to move through a few Sea Salutations and enjoy some time to play and explore your balance. Bring your own board or rent a board from Orcas Adventures and find your way to a blissful experience on Cascade Lake's quiet waters. Our Paddle Board Yoga class is 1 hour long (check in is at 9:45am) and is taught by Christine Comito. Reservations are strongly recommended. $18 if you bring your own board, $28 with SUP board rental included. (8.13)
TECH MADE SIMPLE CLASSES-Photo Editing and Organizing on a PC
(Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm @ Orcas Library)
Get your photos organized into albums and events on your Windows PC. Learn about the different file formats - their advantages and disadvantages. Plus, learn how to crop, brighten, enhance and share your photos. Specifically designed for the 'non-tech savvy', the class is offered for free at the Library, everyone is welcome.
CHILDREN'S GARDEN FOREST PROGRAM
(Tuesday-Thursday, August 1- 3,10:00 am - 2:00 pm @ Orcasong Farm)
The Garden-Forest Program at Orcasong Farm is a three-day exploration of the sights, sounds, and tastes of the beautiful garden and surrounding forest of the property. Children between the ages of 7 years and 10 years old are invited to learn gardening skills, try field journaling, and have fun all while developing a stronger bond to the natural world through exploration and creative expression. At the camp we will play games, participate in team building, plant seeds and care for the garden, learn about ecology, and tap into our creative sides with art, music, and story telling.
Children will be dropped off and picked up each day in the garden beneath the Skylodge. Register online here.
INFORMATION: call Leila Jordan at 707-354-3177
FREE DANCE LESSONS
(Monday, August 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Oddfellows Hall)
Our community dance class will have, in addition to Bill, Katie Wilkins, as a guest instructor, a superb dancer who excels in East Coast Swing. The class is free and no partner is needed. Come out and enjoy yourself while learning or improving your knowledge of dance.
INFORMATION: call Bill at 376-8857 or Jean at 376-6549
ACTING WORKSHOP WITH RACHEL NELSON
(Thursday, August 17, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm and Saturday, August 19, 10:00 am -2:00 pm. Performance on Friday, August 18, 7:30 pm @ The Grange)
Rachel Nelson is a playwright and theater maker from Oregon, currently based in New Orleans. Her work strives to uphold the voices of marginalized people, and to illuminate topics that connect and empower us all. This class will help you find your authentic center as an actor. Using the Lucid Body Chakra technique as a base, we will explore holistic elements of voice, body, and text, to give practical and lasting tools to each actor as an individual. This class is open to everybody, total beginner and seasoned performer alike. One minute of text should be memorized prior to the class to use for rehearsal. Dress in comfortable clothes, and come prepared to explore! Fee is $20.
Rachel will present her one-act play And Then the Moon Swallowed the Sky on Friday, August 18, 7:30 pm at the Grange.
Continuing Art & Museum Shows
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUMS
The Pioneer Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment. Sunday Noon to 3 pm. Admission is $5, there is a craft table for children to enjoy, and a great selection of Gift Shop items. Come and experience the special exhibit of "Presenting Orcas Voices" at 181 North Beach Road.
The Crow Valley School Museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 pm or by appointment through Saturday, September 2. Admission by donation. Located at 1668 Crow Valley Road.
JULY'S ARTIST OF THE MONTH AT ISLANDERS BANK
An exhibit of the photographs of Anita Leigh Holladay, titled "Weathered" is on display during bank hours (9-5, M-F) through July. The 20+ images focus on the funky beauty of old things, such as barn wood, abbey ruins, rusty vehicles, and a decaying tree, found from Orcas to Massachusetts, Costa Rica to Ireland.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH AT ISLANDERS BANK STARTING IN AUGUST
Enjoy Susan Slapin's Art Exhibit & Opening: IMPRESSIONS. Opening Reception August 4, Thursday from noon until 3 pm. Runs thru August 30. Come say hello and view an array of work in acrylic, mixed media, and pastels. My Studio is open by appointment. Art lessons, private and semi-private, begin in September.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH at WASHINGTON FEDERAL
Come by to see an exhibit by artist, designer, leather & needle worker Judy Tepley. Judy's beautiful, intricate beadwork pieces and paintings are on display through July. Don't miss the show! Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS
The Orcas Island Artworks Gallery is a favorite Orcas destination housed in a historic building on the island's East side. Built in 1938 as a strawberry barreling plant, the lovingly restored landmark now showcases the best of our island's crafts and fine arts.Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4408
MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
(Open Daily 8:00 am - 10:00 pm)
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 8:00 am - 10:00 pm daily. The tour is free.
INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152, ext. 300
(Open by appointment only)
A discerning private collection of works by San Juan Islands' artists. Guided tours of the Museum and its grounds are available only by appointment.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4544
Public Meetings on Orcas Island
San Juan County's public meeting list is found here
Tuesday, August 8 (3:30 pm). The Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board meeting. Meets every second Tuesday of the month at 3:30 pm. For more information, please, visit our website
Wednesday, August 9 (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board (Library Meeting Room) Call 360-376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Wednesday of the month.
Wednesday, August 9 (1:30 - 3:30 pm). Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee (Deer Harbor Fire Station 24 on Channel Road) Call 360-376-3199 for more info. Public is welcome. Meets the second Wednesday of the month.
The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce works daily to support our community's businesses and organizations. Please support Chamber of Commerce members when making your buying decisions. The value of a dollar spent locally cannot be overstated. Think Local - Buy Local - Orcas First!
The Chamber of Commerce is happy to answer any questions you have about our beautiful island!
Lance Evans, Executive Director
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Boyd, Staff
Carol Kulminski, Staff
Madie Murray, Staff
Barb Buman, Volunteer
Michele Wiley, Volunteer