Board of Directors
Michell Marshall, President
Susan Gudgell, Vice President
Mary Noesen, Treasurer
Mary Clure, Secretary
Ken Speck, Ex Officio
Barb Buman, volunteer
PO Box 252
65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273
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|Fourth of July Fireworks & Community Parade
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Summer is fast-approaching (based on our recent sunny weather) and the Chamber of Commerce is working hard on our annual events!
Coming up soon is our Eastsound Fireworks show, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 4. There will be music and food at Eastsound's Waterfront Park, beginning at dusk. The pyrotechnics get underway at about 10 pm.
This year our show is being provided by Western Display Fireworks, one of the Northwest's top pyrotechnic companies - and should delight all those in attendance! Bring a chair and a blanket and watch from the park, or just about anywhere in Eastsound.
Don't forget the annual Community Parade in Eastsound this year, which takes place on Saturday, July 6 (beginning at 11 am). The theme for our Community Parade this year is: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A Celebration of Sustainability." The name says it all. We are
Grand Marshal George Post
encouraging all parade entrants to assemble their parade entries with the theme in mind. And thanks to our parade sponsor - Island Market - we have a $100 top parade entry prize, and two runner-up $50 market gift certificates!
We are thrilled that George Post, the driving force for 30 years behind the islands' beloved 'The Exchange' has agreed to be our Grand Marshal this year. No one could better exemplify the theme of this year's parade. Ready to sign up? Here's the form.
We look to our Orcas Island friends and neighbors to help us each year put on these amazing community events. Please consider making a donation - of any size - to help us create a memorable 4th of July Holiday Celebration!
All dollars donated go directly to our Fireworks show in Eastsound. Thank you.
Events This Week On Orcas Island
BOOK READING @ DARVILL'S
(Thursday May 16 @ 6 pm)
Part the Artsmith Salon Series:Reading and discussion on writing historical fiction with Laura Robb, author of CHINA ROCK.
LIVE MUSIC: THE BLACKBERRY BUSHES @ ISLAND HOPPIN' BREWERY
(Friday May 17, 7:30 pm)
The Blackberry Bushes a Northwest Alt-folk Stringband, has an innovative acoustic sound that draws from the deep roots of American traditional music. A longtime Northwest favorite, the band has developed into a national act, with recent tours across the US and Europe. Their live show is joyous and vibrant with an intention to move the audience in their hearts and out of their seats.
The Blackberry Bushes Stringband has that rare magic that allows them to artfully fuse sounds from many genres into a bluegrass instrumentation that retains distinct threads of sonic color. This is a daredevil sound that is delicate,bold, and like their thorny namesake, rooted and growing, growing, growing. Doors $5 at 7pm. See you then!!
OLIVER! @ ORCAS CENTER
(Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18, 7:30 pm)
Nothing works better on stage than a well-crafted tale, as you will see in our non-traditional production of the classic musical, Oliver! (music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart, based on the Dickens novel.) Known as one of the greatest musicals ever written for child actors, Orcas Center is excited to provide a new generation of local, talented children an opportunity to shine on stage. Oliver! is directed by Deborah Sparks with musical direction by Pam Wright. $18, $11 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members.
INFORMATION: 376-2281 ex 1
'THE COMPANY YOU KEEP' @ SEAVIEW THEATER
(Friday & Saturday, 8 pm)
A former Weather Underground activist goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity. Rated R.
Norm Stamper, retired Seattle Police Chief, will be speaking at Orcas Center. The topic will be "Community Policing in the 21st Century, focusing on the war on drugs, gun violence and domestic drones. Now retired and living on Orcas, Stamper's professional experience makes him uniquely qualified to speak on these subjects. While serving as the chief of police for the City of Seattle, he implemented a major restructuring of the organization, created a domestic violence program, developed numerous community advisory councils and outreach programs, and created new bureaus of professional responsibility, community policing, and family and youth protection.The event is sponsored by the Orcas Island Library and the Friends of the Orcas Island Library.
SEE YOU AT THE MARKET!
(Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm @ Village Green)
Orcas Island Farmers Market is open for the season! Join your favorite old vendors and discover new favorites.
INFORMATION: Jennifer Pietsch 360-317-8342 or email: email@example.com
LIVE MUSIC: BRUCE HARVIE & THE SANDFLEAS @ ISLAND HOPPIN' BREWERY
(Saturday, May 18 @ 7:30 pm)
Who likes Surf Music? Or should we say, who doesn't like surf music? Come on down and get to boogieing! bruceharvie.bandcamp.com
HISTORICAL MATINEE: THE HISTORICAL LIME KILN TOWN OF OCEAN
(Sunday May 19, 3 pm @ Senior Center)
Featuring Ellen Winter, join the Orcas Island Historical Society for the latest in our series of historical presentations. Learn about the lost town of Ocean, a small lime mining town on the west side of Orcas, and the wider story of the lime industry on the San Juan Islands. Ellen Winter will present original research undertaken with local home-schooled children at the museum.
ISLANDS A CAPPELLA PRESENTS A 'SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY'
(Sunday May 19, 6:30 pm @ Music Room, Rosario Resort)
From a hymn by Thomas Tallis to the sweet strains of "Till There Was You" from The Music Man, love in all its many guises will be sung and celebrated. A guest performance by the Orcas Boy Choir will be included in the Orcas Island concert.
In addition to the songs already mentioned, the program includes settings of texts by Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns, the Persian mystic, Rumi, and the Spanish poet, Pablo Neruda. On the lighter side, a pop tune by Billy Joel and the ever-popular classic, "Sentimental Journey" add an up-beat to the show. Taking a break from their usual "a cappella only" program, pianist Patty Johnson accompanies several of the songs.Please join Islands A Cappella for a spring evening of heart-filling and memorable music.
INFORMATION: Tickets are $10 at the door at all concerts. Also available at Darvill's.
RUTHIE FOSTER: LIVE @ ORCAS CENTER!
(Sunday May 19, Burgers & Brews at 6 pm, Show at 7:30 pm)
Finally Ruthie Foster is coming to Orcas Center! Ruthie's eclectic musical history is a combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Her astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride - from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, to her award-winning music career in Austin. Ruthie added a Grammy nomination to her list of achievements in 2009 - Best Contemporary Blues Album for The Truth According to Ruthie Foster.
Sponsored by WESTAF and the Orcas LGBT Fund.
Tickets: $25, $19 Orcas Center members,$11 students.
Join us in the Madrona Room for Burgers + Brew before the show at 6 pm $15 at the door.
INFORMATION: 376-2281 ex 1
'COMMUNITY POLICING IN THE 21ST CENTURY'
(Wednesday May 22, 5:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
NATIONAL THEATER LIVE ON SCREEN: THIS HOUSE
(Thursday May 23, 7:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
This House is a new play by James Graham. It's 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain's political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes. It's a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and age-old traditions and allegiances are thrown aside in the struggle for power.
James Graham's biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed new play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to manoeuvre a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments. Tickets: $18, $13 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members
INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 ex 1
Classes & Seminars
SOLSTICE PARADE COSTUME INITIATION
(Saturday May 18, 3:30 pm @ Island Hoppin' Brewery)
Ever dream of participating in the famous Orcas Island Solstice Parade but didn't know what to do for a costume? Well, we are here to help. Bring any old costumes or craft supplies that you would like to repurpose to this costume, mask, and creature-making workshop.
INFORMATION: Call Becky 376-6079
SINGER/SONGWRITER MASTER CLASS WITH RUTHIE FOSTER
(Sunday May 19, 3-5 pm @ Orcas Center)
For adult and youth, the master class is free for ticket holders of the evening show and $10 for others and is designed to provide an opportunity for local musicians of all ages to benefit from Ruthie's background, experience and artistic philosophy.
INFORMATION: Pre-registration required, call (360) 376-2281 x 3 to register
YOGA AT DOE BAY IN MAY
Join us this month to explore essential yoga principles that help free the body and mind from habitual patterns and tension. Leave feeling more balanced and relaxed! "Creaky Yoga" classes will be held Thursday mornings at 9:30am and "All-Levels" classes will be held Saturday mornings at 9am and Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00am. The fee is $10, paid to the instructor. Mats and props are provided. (##)
INFORMATION: Please see the website for the full schedule or call 360-376-2291
FAUX PAINTING WORKSHOPS
Learn to embellish furnishings, architectural elements, and much more, using techniques of traditional decorative painting! Participate in two workshops at the Orcas Center Shop to create finished panels and decorate your own objects from home:
May 25 & 26 Woodgraining and Natural Materials
June 15 & 16 Marble, Malachite, and Lapis
BUSINESS ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY - WINDERMERE
(Windermere Ferry Brochure Availability)
It's that time of year again, when we are in preparations for the creation of our annual Ferry Brochure. This is a substantial marketing piece that promotes real estate for sale on Lopez, San Juan and Orcas Island. We print approximately 30,000 Brochures, distributed all year long on the ferries in the San Juans - the terminals - local Chambers of Commerce - as well as general distribution through each of the Windermere offices. Deadlines are approaching! Please contact me ASAP as all ad materials must be received by Friday, May 24. We can also help create the ads at a nominal cost. We have several different sizes, from 1/8th page to a full page.
INFORMATION: Contact Mariah Buck at Mariah@windermere.com
ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION STILL ACCEPTING CONTRIBUTIONS
There are still many great opportunities to support fabulous Orcas projects on the OICF Annual Grants list. Want to help feed kids in need? Support the Arts? Help the Senior Center? Check out the proposals at www.oicf.us Become a Partner in Philanthropy and help keep Orcas a vibrant and vital community. Contributions will be accepted through May 24th and the Awards Celebration is Friday, May 31st from 2-4 at the Orcas Center. Hope to see you there! (#)
CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS GO ON SALE!
(Wednesday May 15)
It's ticket time! Wed,May 15 is opening day for ticket sales for the 2013 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, which takes place August 9 - 24. A fun way to select your seats is to join our Early Bird Celebration beginning at 9 am at Orcas Center.
Join fellow islanders and music lovers for conversation, coffee, goodies and the opportunity to select some great seats. If you can't come in person, phone lines open at 11 am for ticketing. Call 360-376-2281. Online sales will open at noon www.oicmf.org
. After May 15th, box office hours are Wednesday through Friday from noon to 4 pm.
The 16th Annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival will bring world renowned musicians who are returning to perform, as well as exciting new artists. Opening weekend features the extraordinary reunion of three superb artists: renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane, international violin soloist Joseph Swensen and New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist Carter Brey. The great Mendelssohn Octet is back, with Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil leading a stage full of superstars. Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour returns to Orcas in a performance of César Francks' passionate Piano Quintet in F minor. Closing weekend features Czech composer Antonin Dvorák, including one of the most glorious musical masterworks in chamber music, the Piano Quintet in A Major. Many more spectacular show pieces are part of this popular two-week Festival, so order your tickets as soon as possible. (#)
INFORMATION: The 2013 Season Brochure was mailed this week. If you didn't receive yours, or need further information, call the OICMF office 360-376-6636. And visit our website www.oicmf.org
OPEN HOUSE AT SALMONBERRY SCHOOL
(Sunday May 19th 11 am - 2 pm) Please join us for our open house this Sunday. Tour the classrooms and meet the teachers, including our new primary grades teacher, Tom Rawson. Learn more about all of our programs and the Salmonberry approach to education.
INFORMATION: 360-376-6310 or salmonberryschool.org
LEADERSHIP SAN JUAN ISLANDS GRADUATING CLASS OF 2013
(Friday May 31, 11:30 am @ San Juan Island Grange)
Please join friends, family, and alumni in celebrating the graduation of Cohort IX, the 2013 class of Leadership San Juan Islands. A Local Foods Potluck will commence at 11:30 am. Guest Speaker is Jan Levy of Leadership Tomorrow. Cohort IX presentations begin at 12:00 pm. Ceremony to conclude by 1:45 pm.
"The future of the islands will be decided in the islands."
INFORMATION: www.lsji.org or contact Liz Illg, 317-4010
GOLF TOURNAMENT & SILENT AUCTION
(June 30 @ Orcas Island Golf Club)
Orcas Christian School is sponsoring a Golf Tournament and Silent Auction. The tournament is to raise money for scholarships and activities for the Orcas Christian School. We would greatly appreciate your contributions to this wonderful cause. If you could donate your services in the Silent Auction that would be awesome. We are also looking for people interested in playing Golf and signing up for the tournament. We are also selling advertisements on Holes at Orcas Island Golf Course. The advertisement would be on the Hole of your choice for 1 year. (The Holes are first come first serve basis and Hole 3 is already occupied.) This would be another great way to advertise your business. at the Orcas Island Golf Course. (#)
INFORMATION: For any questions and for all contributions please contact Eric Whitehead at 360-376-8294 or Orcas Christian School at 360-376-6683
NEW! ORCAS YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS
(Leadership, Service Learning, Natural Science, & History Education for Orcas Youth)
The Orcas Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) is a youth stewardship program (ages 12-18) modeled after our partners: the San Juan Island Conservation Corps (SJICC) and the Lopez Island Conservation Corps (LICC). Working closely with the LICC, the Madrona Institute is poised to help launch the OYCC this summer on Orcas Island. Stipends will be available for youth crew members and the project is entirely funded locally. The larger vision of these three conservation corps is to coordinate an integrated and cooperative set of youth stewardship programs among the three main islands of the San Juans. See madrona.org Applications and crew job descriptions can be picked up at the Orcas Middle/High School Office, the Funhouse Commons, Darvill's Bookstore, Orcas Outfitters, and the Saturday Farmers Market Face and Art Booth (look for the banner!). Applications can be downloaded from Facebook.com/orcasycc and are due by June 1.
INFORMATION: Contact Morgan Meadows, 376-9213 or Marta Branch 317-6491
SAVE THE DATE! ORCAS ISLAND FORESTS & WOOD PRODUCTS TOUR
(Saturday June 15)
Northwest Certified Forestry is organizing a self-guided "drive-it-yourself" tour of Orcas Island forests and wood products businesses. This tour is for forest owners, wood producers, architects, builders, craftsman, homeowners and anyone interested in learning about small-scale forestry and wood products businesses on Orcas Island.
A number of sustainably managed forests, wood manufacturers and building projects incorporating local wood will open their doors to tour participants on Saturday, June 15th. Proprietors and contractors will be on-site from 10 am to 4 pm to host tours, share products and answer questions.
Registered participants will receive a tour guide with an overview map, location information, and forest and business descriptions. Select the sites of most interest to you and map out your tour. Registration is free. To register go to: surveymonkey.com (#)
INFORMATION: contact Kirk Hanson at 360-316-9317 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register
GET ON THE BUS WITH US
(Win a free summer bus pass)
Tell us why you think having a bus on Orcas Island is important. This summer the Scenic Byway Explorer Bus will be running daily on Orcas Island from June 21st through Labor Day, September 2nd. Write us an essay, not more than 250 words, that describes the value of having a bus on Orcas Island in the summertime, and how you intend to use your bus pass. Two passes will be given for the best essays, as determined by members of the San Juan Island Scenic Byway Partnership. Reducing the congestion of additional cars on the ferry and roads is a goal of the Scenic Byway Explorer Bus project. Visitors are invited to leave their cars behind and jump on the Scenic Byway Explorer Bus to enjoy a car-free experience. By taking a quick survey at www.visitsanjuans.com/scenicbyway they can download a 2-for-1 Explorer Pass, good for a day of exploring on Orcas or San Juan Island. They can even use it to get back to the ferry the next day. Bus schedules and routes are available at www.sanjuantransit.com. (##)
INFORMATION: Essays must be received at the Orcas Chamber office or email@example.com by Monday, June 3
ANNOUNCING 2013 SUMMER THEATER CAMP @ ORCAS CENTER
(June 24 - 29)
Start making plans for your little performers! Orcas Center's 2013 Summer Theater Camp will run from June 24 to 29, with a performance on June 29 on Center Stage. Taught by Grace McCune and Jake Perrine, Theater Camp is a full week, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, intensive immersion into acting, costumes, creativity and performance - with some music and choreography added in for those who'd like the additional challenge of singing and dancing. All the costumes and props are ready for your youthful actors to bring to life. We have 15 openings for children ages 8 to 13. Summer Theater Camp tuition is $175.
At Orcas Center Summer Theater Camp anything is possible! Imagine a magical garden, a singer in a donkey head, a Puckish mischief maker, life size cardboard puppets, fabulous fairies flitting about, and you've got Shakespeare's Mid Summer Night's Dream from a kid's perspective. Theater Camp will include creative exploration such as theatre games with Jake, painting creatures for the stage/garden, learning songs with Grace, playing musical instruments, and everyone will have lines to say in the final performance on Center Stage. (##)
INFORMATION: Enroll on Orcas Center website, www.orcascenter.org on-line and at the box office and through Parks and Rec website, orcasparkandrec.org. For more information about the camp contact Sparks at 376-2281 ext. 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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CALLING ALL SAILORS OF ANY SKILL LEVEL
(Adult Sailing Program 2013 by Sail Orcas)
Sail Orcas will have an instructor with a rigged keelboat available from 5- 7 pm on the second and fourth Friday night for the month of May and June at the Orcas island Yacht Club.Come on down to the OIYC picnic shelter to meet and swap stories with our instructors, members, and past students of Sail Orcas.Sailing lessons, refresher courses and sailing skill checkouts can be arranged for our San Juan 21 or our Cal 20 keelboats.Opportunities to join or renew a Sail Orcas membership will be available. For only $100 per year you can be a member of Sail Orcas receive a Sail Orcas hat and enjoy our keel boat fleet.We will have hot dogs off the Barbeque along with soft drinks for those looking for a snack.Looking forward to getting you sailors back on the water!(##)INFORMATION: Chris White, Head Coach email: email@example.com
ZIP SAN JUAN OFFERS RESIDENTS SPECIAL
(Month of May)
We are offering a Two for One special for residents of San Juan County. ($68 value for children 8-14 yrs, $78 value for adults)Come and experience for yourself the only Zip Line Tour in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Our family friendly zip tour features 8 zip lines that will take you through a beautiful forest, across an otter inhabited lake and over protected wetlands. This tour is an amazing way to experience the natural landscape of San Juan Island while zipping from platform to platform through the forest canopy. (##)
INFORMATION: 360-378-5947 or zipsanjuan.com
ANNUAL AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP FUND DRIVE
Each year, at this time, we reach out to the community (businesses and individuals) requesting a contribution of $25.00 for the continued funding of the scholarships. We have four (4) scholarships that are supported by this fund. We award the SALLY HART MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (established in 1964), the MID FLAHERTY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (established in 1981), the LAR VERN KEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (established in 1991), and the AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIP (established in 2007). Thanks to your generosity we have been able to award 1-3 more scholarships in addition to those mentioned above. The community has been very supportive of our scholarship fundraising in the past and it is our hope that continues in 2013. To contribute:
Check payable: American Legion Auxiliary
Mail to: Judi Resch/Eloise Monson, American Legion Post #93, 793 Crescent Beach Dr., Eastsound WA 98245. You may also bring your donations to the post; it is open at 4:00 p.m. daily. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Judi Resch at 376-4069 or Eloise Monson at 376-4510.
Thank you for your continued support of our scholarship program. (##)
COMMUNITY ZIP DAYS @ CAMP ORKILA
(Sundays May 19 & June 2, 12:30-3:30 pm)
YMCA Camp Orkila would like to invite you to come out and take a ride on our 1000-ft Zip Line! We will be holding by-appointment only Community Zip days. If interested, you must call camp at 360.376.2678 to sign-up for a time assignment. Please know the number of people in your party at the time of calling. Maximum weight capacity for a single rider is 285 lbs (subject to change depending on conditions) and children must be entering 3rd grade or older to participate.Being prompt is important so please plan to arrive at camp 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Please enter through the main entrance on Mount Baker Road and follow signs to the designated parking areas.Thank you and we look forward to seeing you! (##)
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Shop The Rock
ANNOUNCING THE OPENING OF AMELIE
(The newest member of the Outlook Family)
Amelie is the new boutique in the main building of the Outlook Inn. Sarah has spent the last couple of months transforming the guest lounge and scoured the internet, the streets of NYC, Chicago, Seattle and Eastsound to find the most original, interesting, and beautiful things to share with all of you. From delicious Voluspa candles, Antica Pharmacista Fragrances (trust me, these smell amazing) , art by Coral and Tusk (recently featured on Martha Stewart Living), and the wonderful French children's line, Djeco. Stop by and see Tracy and Sarah in the new shop. Our hours in May will are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 am - 8 pm.
KATHRYN TAYLOR CHOCOLATES REOPENS
(New location: Templin's Center Bldg)
We're so glad to be back! Our shop has reopened in its new location on the corner of Main Street and N. Beach Road in the Templin's Center Building. Springtime hours are Monday-Saturday from 8-5. Hope you'll have a chance to stop in to say hello.
We'd also love your help to Name The Hippo. There's a new sculpture in town and its just outside our front door. We're holding a naming contest for (him...her?....) for $1 an entry. All the proceeds from the contest will go to the winner's choice of a local non-profit. The winner will also receive a box of the hippo's favorite bon bons. Happy Spring!!
Restaurant News & Dining Deals
THIS WEEK AT THE KITCHEN.......
(Thursday & Friday)
Pulled Pork BBQ Special Today! Hey there--it's almost lunch time! Come on by for a springtime BBQ featuring Jones Family Farm pulled pork and house-made BBQ sauce, whole-wheat cheese lasagna with roasted yams, and a spring vegetable salad on the side-- 16.
PUB NIGHT IS BACK! @ ORCAS HOTEL
(Fridays @ 6 pm)
Beginning this week Pub Night is officially back, featuring live music with Gene Nery and Martin Lund. Chef Ryan has added some fantastic new dishes to the menu, including a living baby lettuce salad with greens from Morning Star Farms. No reservations, seating is first come, first served. We hope to see you there! (#)
PREVIEW FARM TO TABLE DINNER
(Sunday May 19, 6 pm @ Red Rabbit Farm)
Farm to Table dinners at Christina's Red Rabbit Farm will have an early preview this Sunday. Reservations please, this is a BYOB, $65.00/guest!
INFORMATION: For reservations and directions to cookhouse call 360-376-3208 or visit redrabbitfarm.com
NEW EARLY BIRD BREAKFAST SPECIAL @ THE NEW LEAF CAFE
$7 Breakfast Specials Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am - 10 am (offer available for a limited time and excluding holidays.)
Regular Hours: Breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 8 am - 1 pm
Dinner Thursday - Monday 5:30 pm - 9 pm.
Happy Hour Thursday, Friday & Monday 5 - 6 pm in the lounge
New Leaf $5 Cocktail Time starting at 8 in the Lounge
Stop by and see the beautiful ladies (and Nick) in the New Leaf Lounge from 8 pm until close for $5 well cocktails and appetizer specials.
NEWS FROM ALLIUM & LILY
Allium is open for dinner Wed-Sun from 5 pm.
Happy Hour is every day we are open from 5-6, with $7 well drinks, and $1 off appetizers!
*Please note Allium will be closed Sunday May 19 for private parties. Thank you for your understanding.
Lily is open Wed-Sun with ice cream, bento and sushi box lunches from noon to 5. We're open Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 5 for ice cream. Kids (ages 4-18), come get ice cream during the week between 3-4 for our Ice Cream Happy Hour and get fifty cents off!
A FANTASTIC WINE MAKER IS COMING TO INN AT SHIP BAY
(Thursday, June 6 @ 6 pm)
$85 per person- Our final Spring 2013 Wine Dinner will be with Adam Campbell,the "2nd generation" Wine Maker of Elk Cove Winery. Share wine stories and wit, with a multi-course dinner. Wines are now being selected and menus are being developed.
Seats are limited.
Continuing Restaurant Specials
OPEN MIC & PIZZA THURSDAYS AT DOE BAY
(Every Thursday @ 7:30 pm)
Join island visitors and residents to share music, spoken word, and other performances on the night when we come together in that ancient ritual of community and communion: good pizza! May is Orcas Island Historical Museum month at the Doe Bay Cafe! The Historical Museum will receive $1 for every pizza sold at Doe Bay's Thursday pizza and open mic night for an entire month. The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm.
INFORMATION: Call 376-8059 or see www.doebay.com
LIVE MUSIC @ THE DEER HARBOR INN RESTAURANT
(Every Saturday Night)
Enjoy Live Piano with Ron Meyers every Saturday night for dinner and Fried Chicken Dinners on Sundays. Winter hours: 5 pm - 8 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
INFORMATION: Call 376-1040 for reservations
ARTSMITH SALON SERIES: BOOK READING
(Friday May 24, 7 pm @ Darvill's)
Pepper Schwartz joins us to read from and discuss her newest book, THE NORMAL BAR.
KALEIDOSCOPE'S 23RD ANNUAL PET PARADE
(Saturday May 25, 10 am - Registration/Judging, 11 am - Parade)
Kaleidoscope is at it again, preparing for the island's furry friends parade, starting location is school road at 10 am for judging. As usual, the parade will start at 11 am and end at the Eastsound Village Grounds in the heart of downtown where all participants receive a trophy or ribbon. "BIG thanks to our island businesses that are sponsoring 18 exciting categories for this year's pet parade," say organizers. Also available at the end location will be kid friendly food (donated by the Lower Tavern).
INFORMATION: call Kaleidoscope at 376-2484
THE 18TH ANNUAL BITE OF ORCAS TO BENEFIT WOLF HOLLOW
(Saturday May 25, 11 am - 3 pm @ Village Green)
The Bite offers a delicious menu of foods like seafood chowder, cupcakes, sushi rolls, steak fajitas, steamed clams, chicken chipotle salad and Chicago-style hot dogs.
The wide sampling of flavorful and eclectic cuisine comes at a price that is hard to beat. Tickets are sold in $1 units and can be used at any of the participating restaurants underneath the big white tent on the Village Green. A variety of local food purveyors are contributing delicacies (and donating 33 percent of their profits) to the Bite of Orcas.
Proceeds from the event go to Wolf Hollow, a nonprofit organization that not only rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, but also provides public education and conducts non-invasive research. It is located on San Juan Island, but has served all of San Juan and Skagit County for the past 30 years. The 40-acre property hosts 40 animal enclosures, including an eagle flight enclosure, seal pools, a deer enclosure and a songbird aviary.
OIEF 'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' EVENT
(Saturday May 25, 6-9 pm @ Four Winds Camp, Deer Harbor)
The Orcas Island Education Foundation invites you to this year's "Food For Thought" event. This year's theme is "A Woodland Feast." There will be an auction of great art from our students and lots of delicious food. (Yes, there will be brisket again!) To order your ticket ($40 + $2 handling) online go to: www.http://oief.org/events.html You can also buy a ticket at the Elementary school or the Chamber of Commerce.
INFORMATION: Contact Janet Brownell at firstname.lastname@example.org If you want to support our public schools -- this is a great way to do it!
ARTSMITH SALON SERIES: BOOK READING
(Wednesday May 29, 7 pm @ Darvill's) Deborah Sinn reading and signing her new book, PLAYING BEYOND THE NOTES: A PIANIST'S GT MUSICAL INTERPRETATION.
RTSMITH SALON SERIES: CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR
(Friday May 31, 7 pm @ Darvill's)
Join us for a conversation and book signing with Erica Bauermeister, THE LOST ART OF MIXING and Jennie Shortridge, LOVE, WATER, MEMORY.
DEER HARBOR YARD AND BAKE SALE
(Saturday, June 1, 9 am - 1 pm @ Deer Harbor Community Club)
The Deer Harbor Women's Auxiliary invites Orcas Island residents and friends to a Yard and Bake Sale at the Deer Harbor Community Club. The biennial event offers items gathered from over 50 Deer Harbor households, sweetened with a bake sale and complimentary coffee. The Sale is the Auxiliary's main fundraiser for 2013, with all proceeds dedicated toward maintenance of the 100-year-old historic school house building located at 4319 Deer Harbor Road. Auxiliary member Yvonne Ashenhurst, who is chairing the sale, asks that Deer Harbor residents and friends bring appealing items in clean, workable condition to the Community Club for inclusion in the sale. Donations will be accepted May 29 from 11 am -1 pm, and May 30 and 31 from 10 am - 2 pm.
Ashenhurst adds, "Please, no clothing, mattresses, non-working electrical items, or any computer/printer/television electronics."
SAVE THE DATE: CHILI COOK-OFF & BIKE MAZE
(Saturday, June 1 from 12 noon to 2 pm)
Do you have a great Chili recipe, or are you a Chili lover? The Orcas Fire and Rescue Volunteer Firefighters Association is pleased to announced their first ever CHILI COOK OFF! The contest will be held on Saturday, June 1 at Fire Station 21 in Eastsound, from 12 - 2 pm. Tickets to sample the fare are $7 each or $10 for a family. Contest entry is $25 and a prize will be awarded to the cook off winner. The cook off is a benefit to support the programs of the Volunteer Firefighters Association. The menu also includes hot dogs and soft drinks. Plenty of family fun including a bicycle maze for kids. A bike technician will be on hand for free safety checks - bring those bikes! A fun-filled day for all, so get your tickets early. Judging will begin at 1:30, so bring an appetite. Tickets available at Darvill's Bookstore, the Chamber of Commerce, and Fire Station 21.
REGISTRATION: Call Rachel Harvey at 360-298-1317
ELEGANT SALON CONCERT
(Sunday June 2 @ 3 pm)
It promises to be a memorable Sunday afternoon in June when Monique Mead and Deborah Rambo Sinn perform in the intimate setting of a beautiful Deer Harbor home. Join us as popular international violinist and educator Monique Mead, and pianist, teacher and author Deborah Rambo Sinn present a special Spring Salon Concert. Tickets are $75 and seating is limited.
INFORMATION: To reserve your spot, call the OICMF office 360-376-6636 or visit www.oicmf.org
Continuing Art & Museum Shows
ARTWORKS FEATURES SCULPTURES BY PETER PERE
(The Month of May)
The Orcas Island Artworks features figurative sculptures by Peter Pere through the month of May.The exhibit includes wall hung plaster relief sculptures and free standing ceramic renditions of portraits, busts and torsos. Peter demonstrates two stylistic approaches - one classical and formal, the other more interpretative, reflecting on the sorrows and joys of life and hints of his subjects' inner struggles.
The Artworks is now open daily from 10 to 6.
WASHINGTON FEDERAL DISPLAYS LOCAL ART
(New art every month)
Customers and non-Customers alike are welcome to stop by 35 Main St. in Eastsound and see fabulous art Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. We feature a different local artist every month! Our artist for May is Tracey Levine. She has a vibrant mix of modern art and pastels hanging in the bank.
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
(Open Saturdays from 11 am - 4 pm)
Come see the first phase of our Bison Antiquus exhibit, on display now in the Main Exhibit Hall, including a beautiful replica of our 14,000 year old complete bison skull, considered to be one of the finest specimens of its kind in the world. OIHM Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 11 am to 4 pm.
INFORMATION: Call the museum @ 376-4849
MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
(Open Daily 8 am - 9 pm)
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 9 am - 9 pm daily. The tour is free.
INFORMATION: Call Rosario @ 376-2152 ext. 300
ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE(Saturdays only at 4 pm)
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.
INFORMATION: Call Rosario @ 376-2152 ext. 300
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Public Meetings on Orcas Island
- San Juan County's public meeting list is found here.
Friday, May 17 (8:30 am). San Juan County Land Bank Commission regular meeting (Eastsound Fire Hall). Agenda found here.
Wednesday, May 22 (2 pm - 4 pm). Agricultural Resources Committee (ARC). Meeting will be available at Orcas, San Juan & Lopez public libraries via videoconference. Details found at www.sjcarc.org
Thursday, May 23 (5 pm). Orcas Island School Board
meeting (School library). Call 376-2284 for more information. Regularly meets on the fourth Thursday of the month.
Tuesday, May 28 (4:30 pm). Eastsound Sewer and Water District meeting (East side of Airport, at end of Cessna Lane). Regularly scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
Thursday, June 6 (3 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee
(Eastsound Fire Station). Meets first Thursday of the month.
Tuesday, June 11 (9 am - 11 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board
(Public Library). Call 376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday of the month.
Tuesday, June 11 (5:30 pm). Orcas Fire District Commissioners meeting (Eastsound Fire Hall). Call 376-2331 for more information. Regularly meets on the second Tuesday of the month.
Wednesday, June 12 (1:30 - 3:30 pm). Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee
(Deer Harbor Community Center). Call 376-3199 for more information. Public is welcome. Regularly scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month.
Thursday, June 13 (4 pm - 6 pm). Orcas Island Park & Recreation District (Eastsound Fire Station). Meets second Thursday of the month.
Thursday, June 13 (6 pm). Port of Orcas Commissioners (Airport conference room). Meets second Thursday of the month. Call 376-5285 for more information.
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
Terri Gilleland, Manager
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce