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Eastsound Art Walk
Events This Week
Announcements
Shop the Rock
Classes & Seminars
Restaurant News
Upcoming Events
Continuing Art & Cultural
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Board of Directors
Susan Gudgell, President
Mary Clure, Secretary
Mike Stolmeier
Charles Dalton
Colleen Armstrong
Mia Kartiganer
Shannon Borg
Audra Lawlor
Kim Morgan
Michell Marshall, Past Pres.
Ken Speck, Ex Officio

Staff 
Lance Evans
Executive Director
Heather Johnson, staff
Lisa Boyd, staff
Michele Wiley, volunteer
Carol Owens, volunteer
Barb Buman, volunteer  
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65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273
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Plan ahead for heavy ferry traffic this Thanksgiving weekend!

The longest lines are expected westbound Wednesday afternoon and evening, Nov. 26, and both westbound and eastbound Friday morning, Nov. 28. The route will be on its regular schedule on Thursday, Nov. 27. For schedule details and wait times please check the WSF website.
thanksgiving-corn-banner.jpgRestaurant Hours for Thanksgiving Weekend

Open on Thursday, November 27
 


*Café Olga: open 8 am - 11 am (breakfast)
*Enzo's Italian Caffe: open 8 am - 4 pm (breakfast & lunch)
*Deer Harbor Inn: Reservations still available for dinner
*Doe Bay Café: Reservations still available for dinner
*Mansion Restaurant @ Rosario: Reservations still available for dinner
*Orcas Hotel Café: open 5:30 am - 12:30 pm (breakfast & lunch)
*Community Potluck @ Odd Fellows - bring a dish to share & drink - begins @ 4:30 pm

 

Open on Friday, November 28


Most restaurants are open normal hours (Island Skillet & Portofino will be closed). Check Dining Guide above for phone numbers.

 

2nd Annual Holiday Art Walk

(Friday, November 28 from 3 - 6 pm) 
The event is sponsored by the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce. Maps will be
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available at all host businesses. Join galleries and businesses throughout Eastsound as they celebrate the local arts scene. there will be special offers on gifts forthe holidays and the festive community atmosphere which exemplifies Orcas Island at its best. For event map, click here. 

 

Participating Businesses

Art of the Salish Sea - Artworks - Atelier Vintage Market & Terra Dolce - Blackbird Studio - Chez Chloe - Crow Valley Pottery - Darvill's Bookstore - Jacqueline Kempfer Studio - Peter C Fisher Gallery - The Gallery - Jillery - Lupine Studio at The Printshop - Monkey Puzzle - Nest - Orcas Historical Museum - Orcas Arts & Gifts - Random Howse - Shinola Jewelry - Siren Boutique - Springboard - Tres Fabu! - Windermere

 

 

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Events This Week
      

OPEN MIC @ RANDOM HOWSE
(Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm. Dinner served from 6 pm)  
FREE, ALL AGES WELCOME, usually goes to 10 - 10:30pm.
Only a few more of these so don't miss our great local and guest talent!

INFORMATION: 360-376-1111


ART THIEL TO VISIT ORCAS ISLAND LIBRARY
(Friday, November 28 at Noon in the Orcas Library Meeting Room)
Please join us as we welcome Seattle Sportswriter, Art Thiel this friday. Art will discuss his newest book, "Russell Wilson, Standing Tall", co-written with Steve Rudman. Never having met a metaphor he could not twist beyond recognition, Art has been illuminating, agitating, amusing and annoying Puget Sound sports readers for a long time.  Art labored under the Seattle PI globe until the print edition died out in March 2009.  Art continued working at the online seattlepi.com, while creating, along with Rudman, Sports Press Northwest.  Art can also be heard every Friday on KPLU, at 5:35 and 7:35am, and 4:45pm, and Saturdays at 6:35 and 9:35am.
Art will bring his latest book for purchase and signing, it will make a great Christmas gift for all you 12's!
This program is presented by the Orcas Island Library, with support from the Friends of the Orcas Island Library.  

INFORMATION:  Please contact Kathy Lunde, 376-4985 or klunde@orcaslibrary.org


LIVE MUSIC: DAY LABORERS & PETTY INTELLECTUALS
(Friday, November 28, 7:30 pm @ Doe Bay Cafe)
Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals was born in a tiny cabin on the shores of Lake Washington as the solo project of songwriter-singer-guitarist Robert Anderson. After several years of writing, singing, and lo-fi home recording, Rob was lucky enough to be joined by five of the most talented musicians known to humankind. The band has grown to include piccolo, trumpet, cello, violin, bucket drumming, and six-part harmonies, all wrapped into heartfelt songs about love, life, and the end of the world. They incorporate a blend of indie rock, folk, punk, country, and jazz. Their music can be sampled at http://daylaborersandpettyintellectuals.bandcamp.com/. The show is during Café dinner hours, please call for reservations.

INFORMATION:  Call 360-376-8059


SEA VIEW THEATRE MOVIE OF THE WEEK: FURY 
(Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm)
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Rated R.

INFORMATION: 234 A St, 360-376-5724



THE OLGA SYMPHONY @ ORCAS CENTER
(Friday/Saturday, November 28/29 at 7:30 pm)
Join the five fabulous folks who make up The Olga Symphony - Z, Melinda, Gordon, JP, and Anita - for their annual Big Show. An Orcas holiday tradition - this show features new tunes, old favorites, outstanding fashions, and tons of fun. This favorite fundraiser sells out early, so get your tickets now! 
Proceeds benefit Orcas Center and assorted island charities. Tickets are $5.

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 x1


Holiday Event 
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF ARTS @ SENIOR CENTER
(Saturday, November 29 from 10 am - 4 pm)
We have over 40 local artisans participating and there will also be a Bake Sale, a Silent Auction and coffee, hot cider and Panini Sandwiches for sale.  The Raffle this year is for 3 quilts and a hand knitted blanket!


Holiday Event
CHILDRENS' CHRISTMAS MARKET @ SALMONBERRY SCHOOL
(Saturday November 29 from 11 am - 2 pm)
Young Artisans from across the island will be selling their handmade crafts and baked goods.  All items priced under $5. Come support our young artisans and start your holiday shopping!


INTRODUCING...THE ORCAS ISLAND URBAN WEDDING COLLECTIVE
'A FERRY RIDE TO FOREVER'
(Saturday, November 29 from 6 pm to midnight @ Random Howse)
Orcas Island has long been a destination wedding location. It's natural beauty, ethereal landscape and devastating lushness give way to a collection of local vendors like no other. Event specialists from around the world converge here to make dreams come true. Wrangling this talent together, in one place under the stars, is destined to become an annual event you don't want to miss. Please join us on Saturday for an evening of music, fashion, cocktails and nosh. Fresh ideas, island perspective and pure, irrevocable LOVE.
This great evening is not JUST for brides! It's an opportunity for islanders to come out and see what island event professionals do. Plus it's going to be super fun- music, food drinks, fashion shows and several performances from SkyCamFilms, who just did areal music videos at Orcas Beach Bungalow and Turtleback.
Presented in part by Asher&Olive Event Couture, Random Howse, The Beach Bungalow and Omni Dose, featuring DJ Bodicypha and DJ Kris Kyro.
Tickets on sale at Random Howse and Nest on Orcas or at brownpapertickets.com
or by dialing 206 841 8488.

INFORMATION:  Please visit AsherAndOlive.Com for further information


Announcements
  
   
SANTA IS COMING TO WASHINGTON FEDERAL!
(Wednesday/Thursday, December 3 & 4, from 3 - 5 pm)
Open to all ages, cookies and cider will be served.
Note: Washington Federal will not have a professional photographer, so it is up to the parents to bring their own cameras for pictures.

INFORMATION:  360-376-2218

 
Shop the Rock

THANKSGIVING WEEK SALE @ ORCAS ISLAND HARDWARE
(Wednesday, November 26 - Sunday, November 30)
Ace is your holiday connection. Hurry in while supplies last!
*Fri, Nov 28 Only - 50 % off one regular priced item under $30
*Sat & Sun, Nov 29/30 Only - $10 off purchase of $50 or more of regularly price items.

INFORMATION:  376-3833


CROW VALLEY POTTERY ANNOUNCES THEIR HOLIDAY SALE!
(Friday - Sunday, November 28 - 30 @ 'In Town' shop)
OUR MUCH AWAITED ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE.
10 to 20% OFF* Plus our Painting  Sale - thru New Years!
* almost everything... there are a few exceptions
Open daily 10 to 5, Sundays til' 4 * **Closed Tuesdays

INFORMATION:  360-376-4260 * 296 Main  Street, Downtown Eastsound


'ART WALK & MORE' AT JACQUELINE KEMPFER ARTIST STUDIO
(Friday, November 28 from NOON - 6 pm at 474 N. Beach Road)
Opening at noon (to accommodate the daylight shoppers!) visitors are
welcome to enjoy a cozy fireplace, holiday decor and original paintings
of Orcas in the the Artist Studio of Jacqueline Kempfer. Jackie will be
offering a 20% holiday discount and beautiful gift wrapping on all painting
purchases. Sign in and receive a raffle ticket for a miniature painting
of Indian Island! Please join Jackie in her studio for hot spiced cider
and holiday treats.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2282 or 360-317-8230 jacquelinekempferartist.com


JILLERY IS CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS
(Black Friday Sale! 20% Storewide! Friday & Saturday, November 28-29)
We've tried to wait until after Thanksgiving, but everyone seems anxious for the holidays to begin, so we've been bringing out Christmas all this week!  Not only presents for every single sweet soul on your list, but a sleigh full of Christmas decorations, sparkling ornaments, whimsical critters, twinkling candles, votive holders and hurricanes to help get you in the spirit.  We're also having LOTS of sales on both new and older merchandise - trying to make more room for what all Jill brings back from the Tucson Gem Show and the San Francisco Gift show in February.  You'll find 20% to 40% off a variety of gift items,  plus you can take another 10% off by mentioning that you saw our ad in the BLAST.  For the Art Walk on Black Friday, we are offering 20% off hanging Wall Art  as well - paintings, prints & photography, and we'll be offering refreshments while you shop.  Be sure to come by and check out our cozy new scarves, hats & gloves...you'll especially like our hand-knit sock monkey designs.  Sales will run until Christmas, and we'll stay open later on selected weekend evenings.
Honoring family we will be closed on Thanksgiving. Honoring your family and friends from out of town, we will be open Sunday November 30.
New winter hours: Tues - Sat, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm (sometimes Sunday/Monday)

INFORMATION:  360-376-5522


MASSAGE BY THE SEA: GIVE THE GIFT OF TOUCH!
(Attractively designed gift certificates for your special people!)
$10 off your choice of  a Hot Stone Massage, Blissful Back and Neck or Balinese Foot Bath with Reflexology.
The "Turn up the Heat" Donation drive is on going to bring heat for the artifacts of the Orcas Historical Museum! Please tell your friends!
You may also use the $10 off coupon toward the 50 percent given to museum/50 percent match of a donation with a massage. A great selection of treatments shown on facebook.com/massagebytheseaspa

INFORMATION: Please call 376-8006 for more information


YOU GIVE, YOU GET @ ROSARIO
This holiday season, purchase a $100 Rosario Gift Certificate to give and get a $10 Gift Certificate for yourself. Valid through Dec. 31, 2014.

INFORMATION: 360-376-2222


WILD ROSE WELLNESS - HOLIDAY SPECIAL
(Thru December 31)
$65 for a Swedish-Theraputic Massage
10% off Wild Rose Ltd Aromatherapy products
Both Available at Eastsound Studio (#)

INFORMATION:  Call Deborah at 376-4188


DO YOU NEED MORE WEB VISIBILITY FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
(Latest local website finished www.orcasworkshop.com)
We specialize in building affordable small business websites and making sure they are found in search engine searches.  Blooming Minda Media can help you accomplish your online goals. We can build you a website from the ground up or update an existing one.  We can help your business get found through Facebook, Google and other media channels.  Whether you want to set up an Ecommerce site, get a new logo designed or automatically book rooms or packages online we can help. Optimize your website for search engines so you are found when people search for your subject.  Drop in to our Eastsound office for a free consultation and quotation about meeting your online needs.

INFORMATION:  For samples of visit: www.bloomingmindmedia.com or call 360-746-2544


ORCAS ARTS & GIFTS - OPEN FOR THE WINTER!

(Hours: 10:30 am - 6 pm, Thursday - Mondays, Closed Tues/Wed)
We are one of the oldest businesses on the island (27 years and counting!!) we haven't been open during the winter for nearly a decade!! So, it's kind of a big deal!
If you haven't been inside before, we carry all kinds of beautiful handmade jewelry (natural stones, pearls, sea glass, and some beautiful high-end 14k pieces), fossil & mineral specimens, Native Art, t-shirts, and tons of very affordable fleece jackets and windbreakers.  Locals always get a cool discount. (##)

INFORMATION:  245 Main Street, 360-376-3462


SPECIAL WINTER ROOM RATES @ ORCAS HOTEL
(Now thru March 2015)
Receive a 15% Discount on any Room Rate through March 2015 and two entrees for the price of one in Octavia's Bistro. Just type "Winter Special" in the Special Request Box when booking online, or call 360-376-4300 to book by phone.
*Can not be combined with any other offer. (##)

INFORMATION:  360-376-4300


CHERRY T'S & SEQUEL HOLIDAY UPDATE
(Here are some important dates to remember during the busy holiday season!)
***Both shops are not accepting clothing at this time (EXCEPT winter jackets, boots and snowsuits only). You can bring in all other winter items starting Dec. 2nd.  In the meantime, we have tons of new inventory going out every day and you never know what you will find so come take a look.
***We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will open on Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th.  Spend $25 in either of our shops on those days and you will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate at one of several local island stores!
***Friday December 5th is Eastsound's Shop The Rock!  We will be open late with some yummies to enjoy and also some fun deals (more info to come).  Come see us!
Remember: "like" us on Facebook for more information about sales & events as well as pics of new arrivals etc.
 
INFORMATION:  Please call 376-5450 or e-mail us cherrytsconsigment@gmail.com with any questions


Classes & Seminars


'YOGA FOR GRATITUDE' FOR THANKS GIVING
(Thursday November 27 from 9 - 10:30 am @ Orcas Mandala)
A Orcas Mandala Thanksgiving Yoga class in celebration of all there is to be grateful for!!
Minta Allred will teach a heart opening class with a focus on community and connection. And in the spirit of gratitude, the class will be a donation based class. Bring friends and come celebrate in abundance. All levels Welcome. BY DONATION.

INFORMATION: For more info: www.orcasmandala.com or call 360-298-0218


'DIGEST & RENEW' THE MORNING AFTER THANKSGIVING
(Friday, November 28 from 9 - 10:30am @ Orcas Mandala)
This Yoga class will focus on poses that directly encourage proper digestion and ease. The class will be geared around maintaining healthy habit patterns, even in the midst of delicious holidays. All levels Welcome. BY DONATION.

INFORMATION: For more info:  www.orcasmandala.com or call 360-298-0218



ORCAS CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENT A PRE-CONCERT SEMINAR
(Tuesday, December 2 at Noon @ Emmanuel Parish Hall)
A pre-concert audience seminar given by Roger Sherman in anticipation of the Magificat! concert December 6 & 7 at Orcas Center. Free by donation.

INFORMATION:  www.orcaschoralsociety.org


BY DONATION CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY CLINIC
(Wednesday - Friday, December 3, 4, 5 @ Orcas Mandala)
Suzi Zobrist will offer a By Donation Craniosacral Therapy Clinic at Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio.
90 minute Session Times: 11:30 am - 1 pm,  1:30 - 3 pm, and  3:30 - 5 pm.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on healing modality that works with subtle rhythms and energies in the body to support the healing of illnesses, injuries, and traumas. The craniosacral system includes the brain, the cerebrospinal fluid, the system of membranes inside the cranium, all 22 cranial bones, the spine, pelvis and sacrum. By using precise and gentle contacts, sensitive fingers and present attention, the movement and energetics of the bones are followed and longstanding patterns of tension and stored trauma are unwound. Sometimes, by touching just the right place in just the right way, a visionary can help the client understand what troubles them, and what they need to reclaim their equanimity, and their place in life. Such work can also help the client access and release their healing potential.
Sessions are approximately 1.5 hours long, with 1 hour of hands-on time. You receive this work fully clothed.
To book your session,email info@orcasmandala.com the date and time you would like.


BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURS ARE INVITED TO EDC BUSINESS CAFE
(Thursday, December 11 from 9 - 10:30 am @ Orcas Island Public Library)
Business entrepreneurs are invited to a San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) Business Café.
The EDC Business Cafés were created as a way to ensure that our entrepreneurs have an arena to discuss issues important to their businesses. Businesses in all stages of growth and health are invited to attend - to share stories, to find solutions, to create solidarities. The cafés are held regularly on all three islands in rotation.
The cafés were created by the EDC's Business Incubation Committee, a group created to foster emerging businesses through education and cooperation. 

INFORMATION:  Please call 360-378-2906 for more information or email:  info@sanjuansedc.org

Restaurant News & Dining Deals

 

 

CAFE OLGA OPEN THANKSGIVING DAY!

(Thursday, November 27 from 8 am - 11 am)
Stop in for a bite and  check out our "New Morning Menu" Wishing you all a great day.
Regular Cafe Hours:  8 am - 3 pm daily CLOSED Wednesdays.

INFORMATION:  376-376-5098  

 

 

THANKSGIVING DINNER @ DOE BAY CAFE

(Thursday, November 27)
The Doe Bay Café is hosting Thanksgiving dinner for guests and island residents. Dinner by reservation only. Please call to inquire. Two seating times are available, at 3pm and 6pm. Turkey and Vegetarian options.

INFORMATION:  call 376-8059 

 

 

BROWN BEAR BAKERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

(Thursday, November 27)
Will reopen Friday with all their yummy offerings.  Regular hours are 8 am - 5 pm (Wednesday - Monday). Closed Tuesdays.

 

    

WEST SOUND CAFE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

Open for dinner from 5 - 8:30 pm Friday/Saturday November 28 & 29.
Will close for winter break December 20. 

INFORMATION:  360-376-4440

 

AT RANDOM HOWSE THIS WEEK....

It's getting pretty dark out these days. Come warm yourself with our fireplace, fun and friendship. Last chance for our amazing grilled cheese sandwiches!  

 

Wednesday night and it is also our second to the last Open Mic night for the year. Dinner from 6, musicians start around 7:30. A representative for "Orcas Has Talent" will be there to sign up talent for the coming auditions.  

 

Thursday - we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! 

 

Friday - We will be part of the Art Walk for 3 - 6 pm. I hear live music is part of the event and the bar will be open. Hot whiskey anyone? 

 

Saturday - Orcas Island Urban Wedding Collective - 6 pm Check out their Facebook page here

INFORMATION:  360-376-1111

 

CHECK OUT HAPPY HOUR @ MIJITAS

Happy hour at MIJITAS now all night on Monday's!  Tuesday through Saturday 4:00 - 5:30 pm. $2 off fresh squeezed lime margaritas & $5 appetizers.  Salud! (#)

INFORMATION:  360-376-6722

 

HERE'S WHAT'S NEW @ OCTAVIA'S BISTRO, ORCAS HOTEL

Prime Rib Night
Prime Rib special every Thursday night! Starting November 11th we are bringing back prime rib night. Full menu is still available and we have vegetarian options as well. Dinner starts at 5 pm and goes till 8:30pm.
Monday Night Football - This starts Monday the Nov 24 and goes till Monday Dec 22.
Doors open at 4 pm. Football - Food - Friends! Nothing better than watching the game with fellow sports fans. Grab a brew, some chow and cheer on your pick for the night!
Every Monday Happy Hour -  4 to 6 pm
Sunday Breakfast
Sunday mornings we are now doing a full sit down service breakfast in Octavia's Bistro. We have the new menu for it posted on our website. For the rest of football season we will have the game on as well on Sundays.
Pub night is still continuing on Fridays. (##)

INFORMATION:  360-376-4300  

 

 

INN AT SHIP BAY CLOSING FOR THE SEASON SOON
(Beginning December 7)
Our Dining Room & Lounge will be closed but we still have some Holiday Party dates open the week of December 9 - 13! We look forward to seeing you again in 2015. (##)


INFORMATION:  360-376-5886 



Continuing Restaurant Specials


PUB NIGHT  @ ORCAS HOTEL: GENE NERY & MARTIN LUND  
(Fridays @ 6:30 pm) 
Pub Night is officially back, featuring live music with Gene Nery and Martin Lund. Chef Anthony has added some fantastic new dishes to the menu. No reservations required, seating is first come, first served. We hope to see you there! 

INFORMATION: 360-376-4300
 

LIVE MUSIC @ ROSARIO 
(Saturday 6-9 pm) 
Enjoy the incredible guitar playing and smooth vocals of Orcas Island's own Gene Nery. 

INFORMATION: 360-376-2222
 

 

PIZZA NIGHT AND OPEN MIC AT THE DOE BAY CAFÉ 
(Thursday Evening) 
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! The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. Come out and support Orcas Family Connection! Each Thursday in November, Doe Bay Pizza and Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each pizza slice to Orcas Family Connections! Great food, music and a fantastic cause!

INFORMATION:  call 376-8059 or see doebay.com

  

 

LIVE MUSIC @ THE DEER HARBOR INN RESTAURANT

(Fridays & Saturdays)

Come hear the sounds of Flamenco Guitar with Farhad Hanjan on Fridays and enjoy Live Piano with Ron Meyers every Saturday night for dinner and Fried Chicken Dinners on Sundays.  Open for dinner daily from 5 - 9 pm.

 

INFORMATION: Call 376-1040 for reservations
 
 
Upcoming Events


Holiday Event   
EASTSOUND TREE LIGHTING; COMMUNITY BAND & SANTA! 
(Friday, December 5 from 3:45 pm - 5 pm at the Village Green)   
Come share some hot cider & cookies as the Community Band plays holiday favorites, and Santa & Mrs Claus entertain the little ones.
Schedule of Events: 
3:45 pm - 5 pm: Hot Cider and Cookies from Chamber members 
4:00 pm: Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive Village Green 
4:15 pm: Music from the Orcas Island Community Band 
5:00 pm: Lighting of the tree; then Shop Eastsound for your holiday gifts!  

If you'd like to volunteer for this event or to donate cookies or treats, please call the Chamber office, or send an email
 
INFORMATION:  Call the Chamber office 360-376-2273


Holiday Event
ARTISAN'S FAIRE @ ODD FELLOWS HALL 

(Saturday, Dec 6 from 10 am - 5 pm & Sunday, Dec 7 from 11 am - 4 pm)
An annual Island event not to be missed!  40 local artisans will sell handcrafted gifts, including  jewelry, bodycare products, ceramic and textile products, gourmet baked goods and much much more. Get lunch downstairs with food from the Kitchen. Fair purchases earn free raffle tickets for gift basket drawings.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4219 

 

 

Holiday Event 

CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT: WINTERSKY 

(Saturday, December 6 at 4 & 7 pm @ Community Church) 

A unique and intimate concert of contemporary Celtic music and Christmas Classics.
By Donation. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Call 376-6422 or online www.OrcasChurch.com 

 

    

AN ENCHANTED EVENING FOR COMMUNITY SOLAR FOR OUR SCHOOLS 

(Saturday, December 6, 6 pm @ Episcopal Parish Hall)
This Enchanted Evening ~Four-Course Dinner with Live Music and Auction is a fundraising dinner and auction for Community Solar for Our Schools a project led by the San Juan Islands Conservation District.
The Community Solar for Our Schools program will provide four solar-electric systems to produce energy for our local schools, reducing their electricity costs while providing incentive payment to community members who pay for a portion of the system cost up front.
Tickets are available at Darvill's and Orcas Island Food Coop. Cash and Check please. Or call us at 376-6621.

INFORMATION: Call 376-6621 or email solar@sjislandscd.org  

 

 

ORCAS CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: MAGNIFICAT 
(Saturday,December 6, 7:30 pm & Sunday, December 7, 2 pm @ Orcas Center)
Orcas Choral Society is pleased to present an all-Bach concert featuring Magnificat. Guests include the exceptional OICMF musician-in-residence baritone Philip Cutlip as well as local soloists and instrumentalists. Orchestral accompaniment will make this special presentation a highlight of the holiday season.
There will be a pre-concert lecture on Saturday, December 6 @ 6:15pm.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for students.

INFORMATION: Contact the Orcas Center at orcascenter.org or call 376-2281 ex 1  


Holiday Event 
LAND OF THE SWEET - THE BURLESQUE NUTCRACKER  

(Saturday, December 6 for Two Shows 7 & 10 pm @ Sea View Theatre)
'A Spectacle of Ecdysiastic Pageantry' This will be the full cast this year, over 20 performers, literally the biggest show we've ever done on Orcas!!!
'A rollicking, frolicking, unabashed and uninhibited celebration of the season' (Seattle P.I.).  'The best thing about Christmas in Seattle' (Culture Mob)
18+ for the show, 21+ to attend the bar. Tickets are &35 and available at www.strangertickets.com

INFORMATION:  www.landofthesweets.com 

 

 

Holiday Event

A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ ORCAS CENTER 
(Wednesday - Sunday, December 10 -  14 at 6:30 pm) 

A Christmas Carol is back for the holidays - for five golden nights - with an outstanding musical cast of over 70 local islanders of all ages! With original music and lyrics by Jim Bredouw, this redux of the classic heart-warming holiday tale is directed by Jake Perrine and adapted by Deborah Sparks.  

Tickets are $15, $11 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members.  

 

INFORMATION:  360-376-2281 x1    

 

   
Holiday Event  

OICMF'S ANNUAL 'LEAVES OF GOLD' FUNDRAISING CONCERT 

(Thursday & Friday, December 11 & 12 from 6 pm @ Rosario Resort)
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival's Annual "Leaves of Gold" fundraising concert will be glittering with three amazing artists this December!
Baritone Philip Cutlip, violist/violinist Aloysia Friedmann and pianist Ian Parker will light up Rosario Resort's beautiful Music Room. Artistic Director Aloysia Friedmann says "Joining me will be the charismatic and beloved artists, baritone Philip Cutlip and pianist Ian Parker, performing music reflective of the season. Get in the holiday spirit with Philip singing Bach, Schubert and some holiday favorites! I'll play the traditional carol Greensleeves and the glorious Ave Maria. We celebrate Gershwin with Ian Parker's solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue. There'll be other surprises revealed along the way!  I know this will be an evening of pure enchantment."
The historic Rosario Mansion, adorned for the holidays, is the perfect setting for this very special evening. A reception filled with delectable hors d'oeuvres, delicious desserts and wine will followed in the Orcas Room of the Mansion. Tickets are $150, of which $75 is tax deductible. All proceeds benefit Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival programming and music education. The event is hosted by Rosario Resort owners Jan and Jerry Barto.

INFORMATION: For reservations, call 360-376-6636 or email joyce@oicmf.org 


Holiday Event
LIONS CHRISTMAS SHIP
(Sunday, December 14 from 11:30 am - 12:45 pm @ Orcas Landing)
Santa is coming to Orcas Village by ship with clowns, pirates, carolers, and gifts for the children. Refreshments sponsored by Orcas Village Store. Parking is limited so arrive early!


Holiday Event
CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH SUSAN OSBORN
(Monday/Tuesday, December 22/23 at 7:30 pm and Wednesday, December 24 at 7:30 & 10:30 pm @ Victorian Valley Chapel)
Songhouse is excited to announce the return of Susan Osborn's Victorian Valley Chapel Christmas Concerts!  Joining Susan this year will be Bruce Harvie, David Densmore and Leah Ballou. Tickets are $15 and all children 12 and under free.  Tickets will go on sale Friday November 28 at Siren Boutique in town and online at Brown Paper Tickets.  Bring your family and friends for this unforgettable candlelit musical celebration of the season.

INFORMATION:  www.susanosborn.com


Continuing Art & Museum Shows
 

CHECK OUT THIS MONTH'S ARTIST @ WASHINGTON FEDERAL  
(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. Orcas Island artist, Peter Carlson, is very pleased to be showing new oil on canvas paintings at Washington Federal in November. On exhibit are a large series of portraits of apples from his orchard and other island trees. We really hope that you'll stop by and see this work.


THE GALLERY: A COOPERATIVE OF LOCAL PAINTERS 
(Hours: Wednesday - Friday noon - 4 pm, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm)
The GALLERY is a cooperative of local painters who have been painting together for many years. 374 North Beach Road (north of Wildlife Cycles)

INFORMATION: 360- 317-1766

 

THE LAMBIEL (ART) MUSEUM 
(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:  360-376-4544


ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
(Open Wednesdays - Saturdays from 12 NOON - 3 PM
Museum Office Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 pm to 4:30 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 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. 
  
Thursday, December 4 (3 pm). Eastsound Planning Review Committee. (Eastsound Fire Station). Meets first Thursday of the month.

 

Tuesday, December 9 (8:30 am). Orcas Island Public Library Board   (Public Library). Call 376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Tuesday of the month.     


Tuesday, December 9 (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.


Tuesday, December 9 (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, December 10 (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, December 11 (4 pm - 6 pm).  Orcas Island Park & Recreation 

District (Eastsound Fire Station). Meets second Thursday of the month.

Thursday, December 11 (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

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

 

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 

 

Chamber Signature Box