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Eastsound, WA | Orcas Island

Summer is in full swing on Orcas Island. The weather is warm and the opportunities for fun and adventure are endless!

Here are a few things up and coming that you and your family might be interested in during your stay on Orcas:

12th ANNUAL WOODSONG ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
A grassroots outdoor summer music & arts festival. The festival address is 358 Emma’s Lane, Eastsound. Three and a half miles from the ferry landing off of Orcas Road. There is no charge. Donations only. Visit the Woodsong website for a complete rundown on the Festival.

Thursday, July 22 from 5 pm – 10 pm
Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the music. Jan Krist / The Rare Exceptions / Patrice O’Neill & Hilary Field / Carolyn Cruso / Jason Harrod

Friday, July 23 – see times below
9:30 am – 11 am: All ages/abilities drawing workshop led by Chicago artist, Tim Lowly
11 am – 1 pm: Open Mic
1 pm – 10 pm: Music: Kate Phillips / Dana Little / Sanoma / Tim Lowly / Peter LaGrand / Jan Krist / Uncle Bonsai / Engine and the End / Jon Anderson / Victoria Williams
Craft Tent open all day long

Saturday, July 24 – see times below
9:30am – 11am The Fine Arts Struggle: a get together of artists over coffee
11am-1pm Open Mic
1pm-10pm Music: Where the Wild Things Aren’t / Mandy Troxel / Lower Lights Burning / Austin Jenckes / Tara Ward / Opiate Mass / Nancy Colton / Robert Deeble / Joel Willoughby / Citizen Hands / Bill Mallonee
Craft Tent open all day long

INFORMATION: You can call Burke or Barbara Thomas at 376-3424 or 376-2926

‘MADE IN AMERICA’ ART SHOW AT CROW VALLEY – RECEPTION FRIDAY
(Friday, July 23 – Labor Day) Opening Reception: Friday from 4 pm – 7 pm ‘In Town’
“Made in America”… a celebration of American arts “In Town” and at “The Cabin” too…A collection of American antiques from travels back east. Early Pennsylvania pieces like dressers and farm tables; Pie-safes and cupboards; chairs and some fabulous clocks! Jars, crocks and early ceramics. ‘Made in America’ has also on tap the work of some of our favorite artists and craftsmen: painters and printmakers, weavers and quilters, basketmakers and glassblowers. And offerings in ‘Found Object Art’ epitomize the concept of American Folk Art! And we’ll also be featuring the work of some of Washington’s BEST PleinAir painters by working once again with Plein Air Washington Artists! This show promises to present the very best of American art, both past and present!

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4260

‘TOY STORY 3′ & ‘GET HIM TO THE GREEK’ ON SCREEN AT SEAVIEW THEATER
(Friday – Monday @ 6 pm & 8:15 pm)
Toy Story 3 (6 pm): The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home. Starring the Voices: Tom Hanks & Tim Allen. Rated G.
Get Him to the Greek (8:15 pm): A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.’s Greek Theater. Starring: Jonah Hill. Rated: R

INFORMATION: Call SeaView @ 376-5724

EMMANUEL PARISH MARKET DAY
(Saturday, July 24 from 11 am – 3 pm)
A great selection of kitchen and household supplies, plus toys, games, books and jewelry, will be on sale at 10 a.m. on the lawn. Also featured will be the bake sale and tea and cookies in the Parish Hall. Grilled hot dogs and soda also available. Come early for best selection.

INFORMATION: Contact: Judy Schliebus @ 376-7373.

UNDER THE ORCAS SUN – AN ORCAS CENTER BENEFIT
(Saturday, July 24 begins @ 5:30 pm)
There are still tickets available to Under the Orcas Sun, Orcas Center’s summer gala fundraiser this Saturday. Enjoy a delicious Italian country meal prepared by Christina Orchid, surprise entertainment moments, a fast-paced Auction with valuable dining and travel experiences, and a concert with the delightful a cappella quartet, The Coats. All net proceeds benefit Orcas Center’s programming. Casual festive attire suggested. Tickets $150 at Orcas Center Box office. For more information and to view the Auction catalog, visit http://www.orcascenter.org/

INFORMATION & TICKETS: Call 376-2281 ext. 3 or online www.orcascenter.org

THE COATS @ ORCAS CENTER
(Sunday, July 25, 7:30 pm)
Imagine a polished a Capella quartet singing Route 66, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and even DEVO’s Whip It! These guys have moved from busking in Seattle’s Pike Place Market to opening for The Beach Boys! They’re a lot of fun! $25, $17 (Orcas Center members), $11 (students).

INFORMATION: Call 376-2281 or visit www.OrcasCenter.org

‘MUSIC IN THE PARK’ – A NIGHT OF JAZZ – FREE CONCERT
(Sunday, July 25; starts at 5:30 pm) Village on the Green Bandshell
Come enjoy an amazing group of jazz musicians, including trumpet legend Willie Thomas, Charlie Porter, Steve Alboucq, Gene Nery, Bruce Russell and Chris Ghazel. They are joined by Lizanne Hennessy and Roland Stolk. Enjoy The Fiddlin’ Four, the youngest jazz group on Orcas, with Matthew Lazlo-White, Paris Wilson, Cierra Lutz & Christian Bailey.Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the music. A great way to end a beautiful weekend.

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR READING AT DARVILL’S BOOKSTORE
(Tuesday, July 27 @ 7 pm)
National best-selling author Jim Lynch will be at Darvill’s Bookstore to read from his latest novel, Border Songs. Lynch’s visit to Darvill’s is one stop on a sailing book tour through the San Juans on his 1970 Bristol 32. Border Songs was picked as among the best books of 2009 by by many major publications, including The Washington Post and The Toronto Star. His first novel, The Highest Tide, won the 2006 Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award, has been translated into 10 languages, and was adapted to the stage by Seattle’s Book-it Theater.

INFORMATION: Darvill’s can be reached at 360-376-2135

BROWN BAG CONCERT FEATURING OLGA SYMPHONY
(Wednesday, July 28 @ Noon)
The Olga Symphony began over 25 years ago when a group of friends gathered at the Olga Store on Orcas Island to play tunes. As most of them played fiddles (aka violins), and they played at the Olga Store, and since the violin is the most numerous instrument in an orchestra, someone dubbed the group The Olga Symphony. These half-hour concerts are held every Wednesday during July and August from 12 to 12:30 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Concerts are free but donations are accepted.

INFORMATION: Contact Karen Blinn @ 376-2352.

ORCAS REC PROGRAMS FOR KIDS!
Funky Art Fun! When: July 24th (1pm-3pm) Free craft activities for kids! Where: Farmers Market at the Village Green
Mosaics Fun: When: July 28 & 29 (10am-noon) Where: Senior Center Multi-Purpose Room Please pre-register!
British Soccer Camp: When: August 2-6 (M-F) Where: Buck Park. See website details and to register. www.challengersports.com

INFORMATION: Go to www.orcasrec.org or call 376-5339

FRIDAY NIGHT BOREDOM? NIGHT GOLF IS THE ANSWER!
(Stop by any Friday night)
“Bored Friday night? Come give NIGHT GOLF a try! Every Friday in July and August, come see the course lit up in LED glow-in-the-dark lights! Come hit a glowing golf ball and see a whole new way to play the game. Don’t golf? We’ve got plenty of other fun glow-in-the-dark stuff to play with! Starts as soon as it gets dark! (07.15)

INFORMATION: Call the clubhouse at 376-4400

YOGA AT DOE BAY!
(Daily)
Did you know that Doe Bay offers daily yoga classes during the summer? Call the front desk at 376-2291 for the schedule, or check out our events calendar online at http://doebay.com/calendar.html This is a great option for our Eastside neighbors who want a great class minus the drive to town! (07.22)

INFORMATION: Call 376-8059 or see www.doebay.com

JUNIOR SAILING PROGRAMS OFFERED
Two new Junior Sailing evening classes offered!
July 26 -29, 5 pm – 8 pm. For Beginners and Intermediates – no experience necessary. Ages: 8 – 15 Cost: $80 Limited to 12 students

August 2 – 5, 5 pm – 8 pm. For Advanced sailors with experience. Includes spinnaker work and possibly Keel boats. Ages: 8 – 15 Cost: $80 Limited to 9 students

If you are interested in having your child enroll in either of these classes please call Orcas Rec at 376-5339 for details and to register. Because these are new classes you can NOT register online, please call Orcas Rec. For all other sailing classes register at www.sailorcas.org

AMA TARA HEALING & MEDITATION CENTER
(Register Now for these CE classes)
Registration is open for two 4 CC massage classes. Stay on island and meet your continuing ed requirements!
Ship Shape Shoulders-new methods for total glenohumoral health, Saturday July 24th, 9 am – 1 pm.

Lithe and Limber Lumbar, Sunday July 25th 9 am – 1 pm. Cost is $99.00 per class. Questions? Contact Shuna at morningminis@gmail.com or 360.789.3906, www.morningminis.com for more info.
Classes will take place at Ama Tara Healing and Meditation Center, 376.5900

Silent meditation Fridays 8:30-9:30 at Ama Tara Healing and Meditation Center. after a guided relaxation/get present meditation we sit in silence, doing our own meditations. everyone is welcome! by donation. (07.15)

ORCAS ISLAND AIRPORT FLY IN
(Friday, July 30 – Sunday, August 1)
Fun for the whole family! Camping available. T-shirts & sweatshirts. Food shack. Come enjoy the best of General Aviation! Warbirds, Experimentals, Old Fashioned airplanes, local pilots & aircraft – seaplanes, flying demonstrations.

INFORMATION: Dwight Guss @ 317-5970

‘GETTING ALONG FAMOUSLY’ AT THE GRANGE
(Friday, July 30 – Premiere – see other dates below)
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces five performances of “Getting Along Famously” by Michael Jacobs. This play is a fun, light hearted look at what happens when Harry Leeby, the worlds most successful paperback novel writer wants to write a “good” novel. Harry Leeby has written eighteen Axel Troy mysteries which have spawned movies, TV, fame and fortune. But Axel is invincible, much too clever for him enemies so the only one left to kill him is Harry. This is the story of what happens when he does. Cast includes: Bryan Grantham, Terri Vinson, Suzanne Gropper, and David Schermerhorn. This play is directed by Doug Bechtel. Five performances: Friday & Saturday (July 30 & 31), and Friday – Sunday (August 6 – 9). All performances will be at 7:30 pm at the Grange. This script-in-hand production is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $10 and are available at Darvill’s Book Store or on-line at www.orcasactors.com or at the door.

INFORMATION: Contact Doug Bechtel at 317-5601

ECOMUSICOLOGY CONCERT @ DOE BAY
(Friday, July 30 @ 7 pm) Free Admission!
Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, composer, and singer Carolyn Cruso takes the stage at 7 pm, followed by the danceable fun of The Hypoxic Punks, featureing Orca’s own Randy Jezierski on drums. As always, seating is limited in the Cafe so please call ahead to book your table – 360-376-8059. See you at the show!

‘THE ANNUAL POTTER’S FEST’ AT CROW VALLEY POTTERY
(Show runs July 16 thru August 1)
The Potter’s Festival includes well over 40 potters!!… many new to Crow Valley! The pottery presented this year will offer more of a mix-with lots more sculptural and incredibly creative and original work, adding to the popular functional wares folks have come to expect each year. We have been reaching out to potters all over the country- and Canada too!-and can say for sure that the Potter’s Fest momentum has created a show that potter’s want to show their work in, making for an important, extensive and truly fun ‘Crow Valley’ show! And hard-to-get work from talented sculptural potters like Kathy Raven, Lisa Muller and Larry Nelson bring totally new work to the Island! (07.15)

INFORMATION: Give a call to Crow Valley @ 376-4260

MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
(Open Daily 9 am – 9 pm)
The Moran Mansion Museum is now open daily from 9 am – 9 pm, and is free to tour.

INFORMATION: Call Rosario @ 376-2152 ext. 300

JOURNEY STORIES UNDERWAY AT HISTORY MUSEUM
(Exhibition & Events until September)
Please come by and check this exhibit out, you will want to book time to come back again with friends. Our own local Orcas islanders’ Journey Stories, an addition to the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, will capture your attention! We are delighted to host the Journey Stories exhibit through August 29, 2010. Orcas Historical Museum is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

INFORMATION: Contact the museum at 376-4849

(To read more about what’s happening on Orcas Island, visit Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce – Schedule).