San Juan Island Update - serving San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, and Roche Harbor

August 30, 2007

Lots of love for Locks of Love....
Gotta love it...when people cut their beautiful long hair so they can donate it to folks who need wigs because they're undergoing chemo or's great.

Yesterday, Emily Harding (her mom & dad are Mike & Diana Stepita), went down to Christy's where she had Lindsay Johnson cut her hair so she could send it to the LOL folks. You can click on the pic above for a larger version if you like.

Emily is a Dean's List physics major at Western Washington who has also played high-level soccer...and there's a lucky recipient of her good heart out there somewhere. Way to go!

Rachel rocks on...
Have you seen Rachel (Blagden) Goodremont's new website? It shows off her cool paintings (right) in a way that drives home how talented she is - check it out & see what you think.

All the news you'd want.....
I love the job Chris Watling does with the Roche Harbor news which she's been posting this year. Over the past couple of weeks she's kept us all up to date with all the artists in those booths, staff changes, entertainment...the whole enchilada. If you haven't looked over what she's reporting lately, check it out here and here.

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
George MacDonald

August 29, 2007

Ashley to the second power...
It was cool to meet my friend Ashley Landahl's boyfriend the other day (right) - his name is Ashley, too. Or Ashley Two. He's a nice guy.

The fun begins this weekend on Orcas...
Assistant football coach Shannon Plummer tells me the boys are looking pretty fired up for their Island Cup season opener at Orcas on Saturday at 1pm. Interesting twist this year: soccer players Erik Nash & Louis Paul are out for the team & doing well - I'm guessing they have Louis kicking 50 yard field goals for 'em....meanwhile, the girls' soccer team gets their season underway on the 11th.

NOW it feels like fall....

Tweed's on the island....
Lisa Tate tells me there's a show by artist Tweed Meyer at the Corner Store Thursday from's more about Tweed, and here's the poster for the event.

Everybody's gotta have a place to live....
So Pete Nelson builds treehouses. Here is his latest, in the islands....

Getting ready for school....
On September 12, Skagit Valley College-San Juan Center (right) has an orientation at 11am for students coming to fall classes, so they can meet their teachers & get ready - then at 1pm is a chance for students & community members to attend a session on how to take online classes, which is a great chance for you to stick your toe into those waters.

Don't miss this's more about the day.

Don't miss this one....
Keith at Roche Harbor tells me there's gonna be a cool deal at the spot where the Shakespeare shows are put on - you've heard the Lloyd Jones Struggle at the jazz festival years ago, and at the Fair & at the Fourth of's a real treat to have this band here to play (I saw them in Seattle last year - way cool.) Here's the scoop from Keith Busha:

Hi Ian, I wanted you to know about a concert Thursday at Roche Harbor. Lloyd Jones and his band are coming to play in the amphitheater for a late afternoon show. It's the first in what will become a summer/fall concert series next year that will bring national entertainers to the island for intimate
outdoor concerts. His style is a cross between Delbert Mclinton, Robert Cray, and Tower of Power. He's a great songwriter and showman as well... the gate opens at 4 pm. Tickets are $25 & can be reserved at the Roche Harbor Hotel (call 378-2115) or at the gate. The event is for folks who are 21 & over and the concert will last till sunset.... The name of the event is Summer's Last Bash...... Thank you for any help getting out the word!

BTW Your paper has really turned into something very special and much needed...congratulations on that! Keith Busha

A new Snug Harbor is on the way....
Snug Harbor Resort is undergoing a massive change after this year, as it moves to a fractional ownership scheme in 2008. The marina will still be operational, but the resort itself will end up looking something like the picture above.

If you're interested in finding out more about this (and how you can perhaps invest in the project), click here.

Jim Nollman presents this Friday at the Whale Museum....
If you’d like to hear some truly amazing stories about whales, explore the latest ideas about whale language, listen to music made from whale calls, and see art works that demonstrate animal communication and emotions, you owe it to yourself to attend Jim's show at the Whale Museum at 7:30pm.

Here's more about the show.

I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame of that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
The Wheel of Life

August 28, 2007

It's been a couple of years...
How do you measure a city's recovery? How do you remember? How do you get ready? And how do you help?

Listen to your heart......

The big lesson I learned from Hurricane Katrina is that we have to be thinking about the unthinkable because sometimes the unthinkable happens. - Michael Leavitt

August 27, 2007

Meanwhile, back to school....
It was nice to run into Julie Tate with her dad Phil the other night at the Golden Triangle. She's going back for her second year at Pomona College this fall, and says she's loving it there.

Now we're on the radio...
I read somewhere in the P-I that there was a bit about the island on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show, which has been on the radio since it went off TV in '02..... here's more.

Painting the town....
If you saw painters on the street corner all weekend (right), that's because David Ridgway's "Paint the Town—Plein-air Oil Painting" class was in session, with students painting scenes at Roche Harbor and in Friday Harbor. The class was sponsored by the Westcott Bay Institute.

Orcas Islander David Ridgway has been painting professionally for over 20 years. He paints in his Eastsound studio and enjoys working on location for the sense of immediacy and connection it brings. Many of his paintings continue to investigate the relationship between man and the rural and sub-rural landscape. Architectural, marine, mechanical and man-made elements are prominent in his work. You can see his work at waterworks gallery in Friday Harbor, Crow Valley Pottery & Gallery in Eastsound, and at

Meanwhile, down at Pelindaba...
You'll remember we talked about Kimball & Karen returning to university this fall last week - well, yesterday was Kimberly's last day as she heads back for her last two years of school. That leaves the place with no one whose name starts with a "K," but Sarah (left) is still working.

Behind in their work....
I heard that friend of mine was building an outhouse on their property.

Storyteller in the area...
Last week storyteller Anita Birt was in the islands, and saw whales, so she wrote it up for you... her next book, Isabelle's Diary, will be released next week. Here's more.

Coffee & a little water on the bench in front of King's - visitors to the island

Last week for Sam's Shoes
Looks like Sam Defillips is closing up shop this week, so drop by to wish him well & see if there are specials (he had a bunch of stuff on sale at the Fair.)

The picture at the right is the smile I got when I asked how if felt to be moving on to the next chapter.

Dollars for Scholars update....
Here's the word about what DFS is up to, this coming school year, from Curt VanHyning & Frank Penwell:

Dear Island Neighbors,

Dollars for Scholars San Juan Island is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to encouraging young people to enroll in education or training programs beyond the high school level. For the last 8 years, we have accomplished that by providing a scholarship to every San Juan Island high school graduate who documents the completion of 80 hours of approved community service during the 8th through 12th grades. About 150 students have shared $150,000 raised in this community through donations and fundraising events.

Our first event toward scholarship funding for the coming school year will be a garage/rummage sale on September 22 from 9 am to 2 pm. Please consider tax deductible donations of furniture, appliances, tools and other garage sale items. Drop off donations between now and September 21 at Consignment Treasures at 6739 Roche Harbor Road and mention they are for the DFS Garage Sale. You may also phone 378-6473 to have large items picked up.

We thank everyone who has supported our efforts in the past and encourage you to again consider gifts this year of your time, surplus items and resources to meet our scholarship goals. “If you think education is expensive – try ignorance.” - Derek Bok.

Thanks for your support.

Yours truly, Frank Penwell, President

Wedding crashers....
It was cool to attend JP & Jenni's wedding (left, later at the Yacht Club) at Lime Kiln State Park on Saturday, and see/hear the whales go by during the ceremony...they probably would have stayed longer if the wedding cake were made of salmon.

The cake was local, though - it was made by Rosario's Felicity Milne, who used to own Felicitations Bakery here in Friday Harbor. It was cool to see a reminder of her good work.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you; Don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want; Don't go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep. - Rumi

The information here is simply stuff we here at By Design think is important around Friday Harbor or on San Juan Island.

Some of it is news, some of it is old news, and all are just things we wanted to mention, with most of it about the things that make living here great.

There will be more next week, if anything happens.

Ian Byington

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