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December 30, 2021
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ORCAS ISLAND FOOD AND DRINKS GUIDE
Updated December 30
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HOLIDAY TRAVEL GUIDE FROM WA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Getting ready to travel for the holidays? If so, you’re not alone. Experts predict holiday travel could be up as much as 80% over last year. Truth is, holiday travel can be stressful, no matter the circumstance. The spread of COVID-19 and its variants adds an extra layer of uncertainty. Read more...
The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
wishes you a Healthy & Happy New Year!
Due to current weather conditions open hours for Orcas Island businesses may have changed. Call ahead to verify hours.

COUNTDOWN ACROSS THE USA WITH THE BARNACLE
Sunday, December 31, 9 pm, 10 pm, 11 pm, Midnight @ The Barnacle.
It’s our annual New Year’s event! Join us as we count down in each time zone starting at 9 pm. Hourly countdowns, bubbly, free party favors, a burning bowl, and loads of good tidings. Limited occupancy. No Cover.

FIRST DAY HIKE AT MORAN STATE PARK
Join your fellow hikers for the new year! Meet at South Beach parking lot at 11 am on January 1, parking free of charge. Contact Hobbes Barber - 360-643-5767 for more information. Details for Moran State Park found here. New Year's activities are state-wide, read more...
NEW AT ISLAND BUSINESSES

THE OFFICE CUPBOARD
Depending on the weather, The Office Cupboard will be opening later for the remainder of the week and closing earlier. We will try and be here from 10-3 pm. You can reach us at 360-376-2378.

ROSARIO RESORT AND SPA
Temporary closure from January 3-6. The restaurant will return to normal operation on Friday January 7.

ORCAS FOOD CO-OP SEASONAL SALE
Come to the Food Co-op for gifts and treats along with seasonal items all on sale! Read more...
TRÈS FABU! WINTER SALE STARTS THIS SUNDAY!
We are hoping to start our legendary clearance sale this Sunday! Jan. 2 & 3 all merchandise is 50% off, then 75% off Jan. 4 & 5! The weather has really put a kink in our schedule, but we will continue on now that it looks more promising. Call 360.365.7673 for updates! Happy New Year!

GIVE A UNIQUE GIFT THIS YEAR: MATIA WINTER MEMBERSHIPS
Matia is members only this winter season starting January 1. Matia is offering a series of special events and tasting menus during the next few months available exclusively to members while we are closed to the public. Call 360-622-2674 for more information. matiarestaurant.com 

ORCAS ISLAND DISTILLERY & GIFTS
Stop in our tasting room and warm your belly with our award-winning spirits! Book your visit by appointment only through March. Call (360) 376-7077 or email distiller@orcasislanddistillery.com.

OLGA'S END OF YEAR SALE
Enjoy 50% off all apparel and 25% off home goods and gifts starting through December 31. We are so appreciative to this community for all the love and support you have shown us through the years. We will be on our winter break starting January 1 through March. Wishing you all a wonderful New Year! 360-376-5863
MONKEY PUZZLE
Toast the New Year with these beautiful dragonfly glasses. Our end of the year SALE will prevail when the weather allows. In the interim, Happy New Year and thanks for your support. Starting in January we will be open Friday-Monday 11-4, Sunday 12-4.

GIFT CARDS FROM #ORCASSTRONG
Support local businesses by purchasing gift cards. Shop Local! OrcasStrong Website
NEW THIS EDITION AND EVENTS THIS WEEK
ORCAS SENIOR CENTER HOSTS JOAN ROULAC
15-Minute Weekly Qigong Workshop with Joan Roulac: Wednesdays at 9am or Thursdays at 12:30pm by Zoom, beginning January 5. This gentle exercise is like visiting your chiropractor for a vibrational tune-up. Please see the flyer and contact Joan Roulac at 360-298-2789 or by email for more information.

LIVE AT ORCAS CENTER
John Reischman and The Jaybirds present a contemporary blue-grass performance featuring innovative and original song-writing. Tickets available now for the Friday, January 14 show. Proof of vaccination required or stream live on the Orcas Center homepage.

KING LEAR STREAMING AT ORCAS CENTER
London's West End broadcasts a live performance of King Lear from the stage of director Jonathan Munby. Saturday, January 15 run time: 3 hour 57 minutes with intermission. Ticketing and information available online.
PLEASE MAKE A GIFT THROUGH THE FUNHOUSE COMMONS
Join us in supporting Orcas Island Youth this holiday season! Your year-end gift will provide Orcas Island youth with stability during these unpredictable times. You can donate now by following this link.
FROM LAST EDITION AND BEYOND

ORCAS ISLAND GOLF COURSE MEMBERSHIPS
2022 Membership Early Sign Up Specials! Sign up by January 7 with a check or cash and save! (Membership Dates: May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. New members who pay before May 1st play free from the day they sign up.) Read more...

ON SCREEN AT ORCAS CENTER
The Magic Flute (The Met) playing on Saturday, January 8th at 1pm. Please note: Proof of vaccination will be required at the door for adults. Masks will be required inside of Orcas Center. These shows will be socially distanced with assigned seating.

NEW SAN JUAN TOURS OPEN WITH EMERALD ISLE SAILING
Here’s our newly updated schedule showing the now available dates. Last year we were completely full for the main season, and had to turn many away. Send me an email, or call me if you’d like to save one of these new spots! 360-317-5332

SALISH SEA EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2022
Season starts January 10. $15 to $25 suggested donation. Youth 18 and under always free. Please join our mailing list and check for more information at salishseafestival.org. Read more...
FOOD AND DRINK
CAFE AT THE ORCAS HOTEL
Stay warm this winter down at the landing with nightly chef specials prepared by The Orcas Hotel. See menu updates here.

DOE BAY CAFE SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS
Café Hours for limited indoor dining and take-out: December 31 through January 2, Dinner 5–8 pm, January 1 and 2, Breakfast 8–11:30 am
Visit https://doebay.com/cafe/menu for more details 

NEW YEAR'S DAY BRUNCH AT WILD ISLAND
Wild Island will be serving Eastsound a special brunch menu to ring in the new year! Saturday, January 1, 10-2. Indoor seating available, no online ordering. See website for menu updates.
ART AND MUSEUMS
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Pioneer Museum in Eastsound will reopen February 3. Office hours by appointment. Crow Valley School is also closed for the season. 360-376-4849 orcasmuseums.org

MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 8 am-9 pm daily on the second floor. Rosario Resort: 360-376-2152 Rosario will be closed January 3 - 6.
LOCAL, COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL RESOURCES

COFFELT FARM MEETING UPDATE
On Friday, December 17, the Commission discussed its agricultural program goals as well as specific goals for Coffelt Farm Preserve on Orcas Island. Meeting summary available here.

WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER COURSE OFFERED
Thursday, February 3, 2022 through Saturday, February 12, 2022, The YMCA of Greater Seattle will host a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course at Camp Orkila. Attendees will receive a 3-year WFR certification, no previous experience required. Instructors from San Juan EMS, a SOLO affiliate school since 2006. For registration, email Katie.

EDC: FREE SMALL BUSINESS COURSE ONLINE
Small businesses encouraged to participate in this online series beginning January 12 through March 10. Featuring activities and discussion meant to present tools to engage consumers and optimize business strategies. Read more, or contact Susan Joseph Nielsen.

EDC: FREE WOODWORKING COURSE ON LOPEZ
People seeking job skills or career inspiration are invited to a free, hands-on woodworking course. This four-session course, Introduction to Woodworking, will be taught by Kristen Ryan, the woodworking instructor at Lopez Island High School. The course runs January 22 to February 12, (Saturdays), at 10:30 to 2:00 pm at Lopez Island High School. Read more...

EDC: MARINER TRAINING INITIATIVE
Workers seeking a new career are invited to the EDC’s new program on mariner workforce development. First, on January 29, the EDC will offer a one-day workshop – Getting Started in Maritime Careers – at Seafarers Worldwide in Anacortes. The workshop will cover career options and pathways while providing hands-on experience with skills expected of mariners, such as ropes, life rafts, and firefighting. Read more...
TWO FREE ONLINE COURSES FROM ISLAND HOSPITAL
Living Better with Diabetes
Join Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Amanda Lungren in a discussion on healthy eating, being active, and reducing risks to help manage diabetes on Tuesday, January 11, 1:30 pm. Registration required. Call 360-299-4204.

End-of-life Paperwork Class
What documents should you have prepared for end-of-life? Join an end-of-life expert from Hospice of the Northwest to learn more about POLST, Advanced Directives, and HCDPOA forms. Thursday, January 13 at 10:30 am. Registration required. 360-299-4204.
JOB POSTINGS - CHAMBER BUSINESSES NEED YOU!
Job positions are listed here and will be posted for at least 1 week. If you are looking for employment, see all job postings from Chamber businesses. All jobs listed here.
FOOD AND DRINKS UPDATES

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOOD AND DRINKS GUIDE
The "FOOD AND DRINKS GUIDE" to include stores, wineries, breweries, etc. You will also see restaurants that are seating indoors and requiring proof of vaccination with an added note: *Vaccination proof indoor dining*.

Restaurants on break:
The Mansion Restaurant closed Jan. 3 - 6. Open for dinner Friday January 7.
Kingfish Inn at West Sound-closed now, reopening February 9
Voyager Sandwiches and Seafood-closed now, reopening January 10
Matthews Smokehouse-closed now, reopening February 14

Restaurants closed for the season:
New Leaf Cafe
Inn at Ship Bay
Sugar Shack at Cascade Lake
Bistro, Oyster & Wine Bar at Buck Bay
Hogstone Wood Oven
Clever Cow Creamery