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Welcome New Members!
Skagit Valley College Survey
Events This Week
Restaurant News
Shop the Rock
Classes, Seminars, & Workshops
Continuing Art & Cultural
Public Meetings

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Board of Directors
Susan Gudgell, President
Colleen Armstrong, VP
Mary Clure, Secretary 
Kim Morgan, Treasurer  
Shannon Borg
Charles Dalton
Lee Horswill
Marlace Hughes
Mia Kartiganer
Jacob Linnes 
Mike Stolmeier

Lance Evans
Executive Director

Lisa Boyd, Staff
Carol Kulminski, Staff
Madie Murray, Staff
Barb Buman, Volunteer
Michele Wiley, Volunteer  
PO Box 252
65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273

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New Orcas Island Dining Guide  (Download Here) rev 8/9
See which eateries are open when you want some great food.

Mt. Constitution Open Late Saturday
The summit of Mt. Constitution will be open on the night of Saturday, August 12, for        visitors to view the Perseid meteor shower.  No overnight camping at the summit.

pointer Additional Ferries for This Weekend
Due to the Doe Bay Fest there will be extra Anacortes/San Juan Islands routes Thursday, 8/10 through Sunday, 8/13. There will be an extra 8:50 p.m. sailing from Anacortes to Orcas Island on 8/10 and 8/11. On Sunday, 8/13, there will be an extra 10:30 p.m. sailing from Orcas. Reservations and a limited number of drive-up spaces are available for all sailings. Visit to check availability.
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(Owner: Vicki Leimback)
Charming Studio apartment with breathtaking views of the shipping lanes & Canada--nestled in the trees, yet close to town.  Cozy, quaint space with a private deck for relaxing and enjoying the view. Sleeps 3-One Queen Bed, plus a loft sleeping area. Fully appointed --Kitchen, Bath, Laundry and Wood Stove (Oct-April) TV, Internet, Private Entrance.

Email:  send an email 

(Owners: Ian Harlow & Phoenix Welty)
We are a fully licensed and insured tree service serving all the San Juans. The Tree Guys serve Orcas Island and San Juan County with a wide variety of tree services, including trimming, pruning and removing. We are familiar with our native trees varies, our natural ecosystems - including the wildlife that live in them - and the natural beauty that surrounds us. We have a good eye for the health of trees, potential views, bringing out the characteristics of featured trees, and access to daylight. We can work with you to create a holistic design, and break it down into a multi-phase plan centered around your priorities and your budget.  

Email: send an email
Phone: 360-472-0569

Take the Skagit Valley College Survey for Orcas
The Skagit Valley College San Juan Center in partnership with Orcas Island Rotary seeks broad community input to help identify Orcas Island's education and training needs. We invite you to share ideas for courses that would inspire you to pursue your passions, explore new hobbies, and discover the joy of lifelong learning!

This survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. 
We are also seeking potential instructors for these new courses and learning opportunities. The survey closes on August 31st, so thank you in advance for your participation!  Click here to begin the survey...thank you!    

Events This Week & Beyond    

(Continuing through Sunday, August 20 @ Orcas Center)
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival continues this week with evening concerts featuring composers ranging from Debussy to Gershwin, Rachmaninoff to G arson, Schubert to Etezady, and beyond! On Friday the 11th, island Seniors are invited to an Open Rehearsal (free courtesy ticket required) and Sunday the 13th at 2:00 pm brings the big blow-out Concert in the Park...opening with Vivaldi, it then moves through Rhapsody in Blue, and concludes with Off The Score featuring Jon Kimura Parker and Stewart Copeland! Looking ahead to next week, there shall be more evening concerts and, on Wednesday Aug. 16th at 1:00 pm, the free Children's Concert (courtesy tickets required). Don't worry if you do not yet have tickets to any concert that may show "none currently available" - a wait list opens at the box office one hour before start time. There are often many last-minute returns and seats  become available. 
INFORMATION: for a complete schedule and tickets go to or call 360-376-6636
(Friday, August 11, 5:00 pm and Wednesday, August 16, 8:00 pm)
Stories of Orcas ghosts, lime kilns, and local folklore will be told this summer at the Crow Valley School Museum Fridays at 5:00 pm and the Pioneer Museum Wednesdays at 8:00 pm. Master Storyteller, Antoinette Botsford will again delight audiences this summer. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for those 18 and under and $2 off for Museum Members. Tickets may be purchased online, at either Museum, or at the performance.   

MOVIE  OF THE  WEEK:  Despicable 3
(Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12, 8:00 pm @ Sea View Theater, 234 A St.) 
The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. Rated PG

INFORMATION: Call the Sea View Theater at 360-376-5724

(Friday-Sunday, August 11-13, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm @ Various Locations)
This is your chance to visit the working studios of over 30 premier Orcas Island Artists. See first hand how and where those special techniques are being mastered, meet the artists and purchase their most recent work. Watercolors, stone cutting, woodwork, forging, encaustics, ceramics, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, jewelry, printmaking, paintings and more. Don't forget the artists' preview show at the Orcas Center running August 2 thru September 5.  You can pick up information on the studios and a map from the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce or visit

INFORMATION: call 360-376-6957

(Friday-Sunday, August 11-13 @ 474 North Beach Road, Eastsound)
Jacqueline Kempfer announces a 20% sale on all paintings during the Orcas Island Artists' Three Day Studio Tour. The public is invited to view Jackie's paintings of local Orcas Island scenery in the mediums of watercolor, gouache, oil, acrylic and sumi ink. There will be daily watercolor demonstrations. Come and enjoy the atmosphere of an eclectic studio & gallery filled with art and antiques. 
Open 11am - 5pm during the Studio Tour.

Call Jackie 360-376-2282 or 360-317-8230

(Saturday August 12, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm @ the Village Green)
Join us for the 2017 Farmers Market Season. The Farmers Market continues every Saturday through September at The Village Green. 

(Saturday, August 12, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm @ Orcas Island Library)
The Friends of the Library's organizers are excited to be putting on the Fair at the expanded facilities now open and functioning.  Yes, this is a Library Fair with Extension...If you have attended before, you know to expect table after table of books grouped according to category and for sale at our special prices. As if the plethora of books is not enough, the Library Fair will have vendors and music and storytelling all in one spot, during one time, for your enjoyment.  Don't have a box or bag to carry your choices home in?  No worries, we have your back.  There were 1400 people at the Grand Opening of the Library Extension in June.  If you were NOT one of those and have not come to the Library since then, this is your chance to combine your visit with the Library Fair. Come see what is waiting for you!

(Wednesday-Saturday, August 16-19 @ San Juan County Fairgrounds)
The San Juan County Fair is where the islands come together for four summer days and celebrate the traditions and talents of their communities; with plenty of fun for the whole family.  Take a deep breath when walking through the Floral displays, enjoy home-made pie, indulge in a mix of local and regional talent from family programming to nightly entertainment.   Stroll through the various exhibits and catch a 4-H demonstration. There is lots of fun to be had at the Fair this year, its creating experiences that will never be forgotten.


(Monday, August 21, 9:30 am-12:00 pm @ 500 Rose St)
Come to the Library on Monday morning, August 21st, to share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with friends and neighbors. The eclipse viewing party will take place on our south patio, from start to finish of the event. We have safe, certified "eclipse glasses" to use, and will also have materials for and directions on making your own pinhole projector, as well as other eclipse-related crafts. And what if it's cloudy or hazy that day? The party will go on! We will watch live feed from NASA, enjoy coffee and treats, and learn all about what is going on up in the sky.
INFORMATION: 360-376-4985

GOD'S OWN COUNTRY: Orcas Island Film Festival Summer Series
(Wednesday, August 23, 8:00 pm @ Sea View Theatre)
Captivating and broodingly beautiful, God's Own Country is the award winning debut feature from writer/director Francis Lee. Bracingly open-hearted, this is a thrillingly romantic story set in the heart of rural Yorkshire. Both poignant and moving, this finely crafted British film features a host of standout performances, marking it out as an absolute must see.  Johnny Saxby (Josh O'Connor) works long hours on his family's remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny's life forever.  Tickets $12. RATED R.   All proceeds will benefit the Orcas Island Film Festival, Oct. 6-9.   

INFORMATION:  Tickets and information:

EXTRAORDINARY: STAN LEE TRIBUTE @ ORCAS CENTER                         ( Thursday, August 24, 7:30 pm Streaming Live Center Stage)                                    A udiences will have the opportunity to celebrate the icon who created characters such as Spider-Man, the X-Men and Doctor Strange in an event broadcast live via satellite in HD from the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, the approximately 90-minute theatrical screening of this event will take a nostalgic look at the life of this icon, similar in sentiment to "This is Your Life," encompassing events from different periods of Stan Lee's life from growing up in Brooklyn to his first job, and finally, his present day success.  Tickets: $15, $12 students.  $5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office.  

INFORMATION: 360-376-2281 x1 or

(Saturday, August 26, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm @ Judd Cove Preserve)
Join Orcas Preserve Steward Ruthie Dougherty and Historian Boyd Pratt on an interpretive walk that is sure to delight anyone interested in the cultural history of Orcas Island. Boyd Pratt is an architectural historian from San Juan Island whose extensive research, coupled with a delightful storytelling style, brings to life the fascinating process of quarrying and processing limestone in the 19th century.
Read Boyd's new book, "LIME: Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands" before the interpretive walk and bring your questions ! Leisurely walk of about ¼ mile. No sign up required and carpooling encouraged.
INFORMATION: Tanja Williamson at 360-378-4402 or


Orcas Rotary Meeting Cancelled for Friday, August 11
Orcas Island Rotary meets on Fridays at the Fire Station in Eastsound.  Visiting Rotarians are especially welcome!

(Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm @ Eastsound Square, 109 North Beach) 
Doe Bay Wine Company Our Grand Opening week started August 7th and continues through Saturday. We will be open 11:00 am -7:00 pm Monday-Wednesday and 11:00 am - 8:00 pm Thursday-Saturday with tastings daily.
Friday August 8/11 - Northwest Wines with Cru Selections, 4-6pm
Saturday August 8/12 - The Orcas Project Release Party, All Day

INFORMATION: or find us on Instagram and Facebook

(Thursday, August 17, 8:00 am- 8:00 pm @ 138 North Beach Rd)
3% of all sales will be donated to the Co-op Sustainable FARM Fund. The Sustainable Food, Agriculture, Relationships & Markets Fund was launched by the Co-op in 2015 as a way to support innovative projects that grow our local food systems. Since its launch, the FARM Fund has distributed over $5,000 to six Orcas farmers.  Last month we raised over $370 for OPAL Community Land Trust, thanks to everyone who shopped that day.   Each Saturday at the Co-op from 10:00 am-2:00 pm we have live music, face painting and fresh organic fruit for sale. Come grab a snack, enjoy the atmosphere and enjoy the sun out in front of the Co-op!

INFORMATION: 360-376-2009

We are having a school supplies drive August 1st - 20th at your Island Market. Buy a bag of school supplies valued at $10 or $15 or make a monetary donation. All supplies and money raised will go to kids at Orcas Public Schools. Fill up the yellow school bus with school supplies at the front of the store and support happy, healthy kids!
INFORMATION: call 360-376-6000

Join us on the spectacular waters off West Beach Resort for some exciting racing!  
$8 entry fee per craft.  Winner gets a free off-season night stay (restrictions apply).  Minimum age is 12.  See you on the water!
Fridays @ 5:30 pm - Double Kayak Race
Saturdays @ 5:30 pm - SUP Race
Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm - SUP Race
INFORMATION:  call 360-376-2240

(Tuesdays until September 5, 6:30 pm - 8 pm @ Camp Orkila)
Free. Open to all ages who can ride a bike!  BMX bikes and helmets provided first come, first serve.  Requirements:  Signed Consent form for all 
Under 18? Need form signed by parent/guardian
Long Sleeve, Long Pants, Closed toe shoes. no exceptions! 

INFORMATION: call 360-376-4708

Restaurant News & Dining Deals  
(Check Restaurant Guide for current days and times)
Catkin Cafe now open 6 days a week! Tuesday - Sunday, 9 am - 3 pm. Serving Breakfast and Lunch all day! (Closed Monday) Come on out to Olga and enjoy delicious food and local art in the Artworks Gallery.

INFORMATION: 360-376-3242

(Wednesday-Wednesday, August 9 - 16)
Resort closed to the public from Wednesday, August 9th @ 3:00 pm until Wednesday, August 16th @ 11:00 am.
Cafe is CLOSED during the Festival until Thursday, August 17 
Serving Prime Rib Dinners every Wednesday in the Octavia Restaurant starting at 4:30 pm. Cafe open every day from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm for the convenience of locals and travelers riding the ferry.
INFORMATION: 360-376-4300

Tuesdays at 9:00 pm; Lower Tavern
Serving up pub fare, great beer, and good times. Stop by for a delicious meal, or just a drink.

Wednesdays  at 7:30 pm; Random Howse
OPEN MIC for all ages on our great stage.
Piano available for you pianists!

Thursdays, 7:30 pm @ Doe Bay Cafe
This month Doe Bay is sponsoring Teens in Public Service The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm. Come out and support  Teens in Public Service! Each Thursday in August, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree sold to Teens in Public Service. Great food, music and a fantastic cause! This week our host is Henry Turnquist.
(Fridays at 9:30 pm; Lower Tavern) 
Karaoke! You know you want to check it out!   

(Friday, August 11, 8:00 pm, @ Random Howse)
One man show MILO MATHEWS returns Friday, Aug 11 at 8 pm.  
All ages, no cover, by tip jar for Milo.

INFORMATION: call 360-376-1111

(Saturday, August 12, 9:00 pm, @ Random Howse)
Pajama Jam, 9 pm, no cover 21+
Open Wednesday - Saturday for Thai menu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

INFORMATION: call 360-376-1111

(Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays,  5 pm @ Deer Har bor Restaurant)
The Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant is open every night at 5:00 pm.  We have live music with Ron Myers at the piano on Friday through Monday.  We have a Fried  Chick en special on  Sunday nights.  For information about catering send an  email to
INFORMATION: call  360-376-1040

(Tuesdays-Saturdays, 4:00 pm @ Rosario)  
Enjoy a presentation of music and photography that walks gues ts through the history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate with Christopher Peacock. Highlights of the presentation include the historic Moran Photograph Collection,  Phantom of the Opera music performed on the Mansion's 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ with the silent film, stories of the Mansion's most colorful residents, and Christopher's original piano compositions played on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano. Complimentary and open to the public.     
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222
(6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Cascade Bay Grill, Rosario)
"Music at the Cascade Bay Grill at Rosario Marina" with Guitarist Gene Nery
every Wednesday and Saturday.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222
(6:00 pm @ Rosario) 
Every Thursday and Sunday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Moran Lounge 
Join us on Thursdays for an evening of hand-crafted cocktails and live music with island favorite Martin Lund.
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222

Shop the Rock

This is the time of year when friends and family will be visiting your second home on Orcas Island.  Get a free bag of Local Goods Coffee with the purchase a welcome basket when they arrive, or a trash and re-cycling run after they leave.
Visit our website for details. (8.3/8.10)

Classes, Seminars & Workshops

(Sunday, August 13, 9:45 am - 11:00 am @ Cascade Lake)
Join us at Orcas Adventures for this unique class and have the opportunity to move through a few Sea Salutations and enjoy some time to play and explore your balance. Bring your own board or rent a board from Orcas Adventures and find your way to a blissful experience on Cascade Lake's quiet waters. Our Paddle Board Yoga class is 1 hour long (check in is at 9:45am) and is taught by Christine Comito. Reservations are strongly recommended. $18 if you bring your own board, $28 with SUP board rental included. 

INFORMATION: or call 360-376-4665 

ROCK ISLAND COMPUTER CLASSES-Online Security and Password
(Tuesday, August 15, 10:00 am to 12: pm @ Orcas Island Library)
This class will focus on forming good online habits which includes how to easily manage all those passwords. Learn how to create secure passwords and get tips on how to organize them. We will also discuss what to avoid online, how to spot security issues you may run across and how to secure yourself and your family from attacks.  Malicious Software that tries to steel your computer and data, known as Malware, is on the rise.  We will discuss malware prevention and response if you see something that does not look right.  Offered for free, no sign up required, just come to the Library, everyone is welcome.  Presented by RockTech Trainers, these interactive classes are fun and informative for the 'non-tech savvy'.


(Thursday, August 17, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm and Saturday, August 19, 10:00 am -2:00 pm. Performance on Friday, August 18, 7:30 pm @ The Grange) 
Rachel Nelson is a playwright and theater maker from Oregon, currently based in New Orleans. Her work strives to uphold the voices of marginalized people, and to illuminate topics that connect and empower us all.   This class will help you find your authentic center as an actor. Using the Lucid Body Chakra technique as a base, we will explore holistic elements of voice, body, and text, to give practical and lasting tools to each actor as an individual. This class is open to everybody, total beginner and seasoned performer alike. One minute of text should be memorized prior to the class to use for rehearsal. Dress in comfortable clothes, and come prepared to explore!  Fee is $20. 
Rachel will present her one-act play And Then the Moon Swallowed the Sky  on Friday, August 18, 7:30 pm at the Grange.
INFORMATION: contact Melinda Milligan at

Continuing Art & Museum Shows

The Pioneer Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment. Sunday Noon to 3 pm. Admission is $5, there is a craft table for children to enjoy, and a great selection of Gift Shop items. Come and experience the special exhibit of "Presenting Orcas Voices" at  181 North Beach Road.
The Crow Valley School Museum is o pen Thursday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 pm or by appointment  through Saturday, September 2. Admission by donation.  Located at 1668 Crow Valley Road.

INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4849 or visit
Enjoy Susan Slapin's Art Exhibit that runs thru August 30. Come say hello and view an array of work in acrylic, mixed media, and pastels. My Studio is open by appointment. Art lessons, private and semi-private, begin in September.

INFORMATION:, 360-376-8855

Visit anytime during business hours on Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, to see Peter Carlson's wonderful new paintings on paper.

August Art Exhibit: Studio Art Tour Preview Show
(There will not be an art opening reception in August)
Art Exhibitions fill the lobby and Madrona Room at Orcas Center
Orcas Center Business Office & Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

The Orcas Island Artworks Gallery is a favorite Orcas destination housed in a historic building on the island's East side. Built in 1938 as a strawberry barreling plant, the lovingly restored landmark now showcases the best of our island's crafts and fine arts.Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-4408  
(Open Daily 8:00 am - 10:00 pm)
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 8:00 am - 10:00 pm daily.  The tour is free.  
INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152, ext. 300

(Open by appointment only)
A discerning private collection of works by San Juan Islands' artists. Guided tours of the Museum and its grounds are available only by appointment.

INFORMATION:  Call 360-376-4544
Public Meetings on Orcas Island

San Juan County's public meeting list is found here.

Tuesday, September 12 (3:30 pm).  The Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board  meeting. Meets every second Tuesday of the month at 3:30 pm. For more information, please, visit our  website  
Wednesday, September 13 (8:30 am).  Orcas Island Public Library Board  (Library Meeting Room) Call 360-376-4985 for more information. Meets the second Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday, September 13 (1:30 - 3:30 pm).   Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee  (Deer Harbor Fire Station 24 on Channel Road) Call 360-376-3199 for more info. Public is welcome. Meets the second Wednesday of the month. 


The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce works daily to support our community's businesses and organizations.  Please support Chamber of Commerce members when making your buying decisions.  The value of a dollar spent locally cannot be overstated.  Think Local - Buy Local - Orcas First!

The Chamber of Commerce is happy to answer any questions you have about our beautiful island!  


Lance Evans, Executive Director

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce


Lisa Boyd, Staff

Carol Kulminski, Staff 

Madie Murray, Staff

Barb Buman, Volunteer

Michele Wiley, Volunteer


Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 


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