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Board of Directors
Colleen Smith, President
Terri Gilleland, Secretary
Kim Morgan, Treasurer
Erin Wygant (Visitors Bureau)
Susan Gudgell, past-President
Carol Kulminski, Staff
Ashley Randall, Staff
Michele Wiley, Volunteer
PO Box 252
65 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
Office: (360) 376-2273
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THE WATERFRONT GALLERY
(Owner: Annie Forsythe)
28 years on Orcas Island, Waterfront Gallery is a picture framing studio, and an art gallery featuring local artists and fine art from around the world.
11:00 am-4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
2:30 pm-4:00 pm on Tuesday. Weekends and after 4:00 pm by appointment. 434 Prune Alley,
Eastsound, WA 98245.
December Holiday Events!
The shops at the Our House building invite you to join them for ornament making, face painting, live music and other activities.
OUR HOUSE HOLIDAY MARKET
(Saturdays in December)
FESTIVAL OF TREES AT ROSARIO RESORT
(Through December 30 @ Rosario Resort Lobby)
The Festival of Trees, benefiting non-profits, returns to light up the Moran Mansion this holiday season. All donors
will be entered to win some fantastic raffle prizes. Read more...
ROSARIO HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
(Friday, December 7-Sunday, December 9, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Enjoy complimentary hot apple cider and cookies. "Shop the Rock" and enjoy 10% off all boutique purchases. Read more...
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
(Friday, December 7, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm @ Village Green)
A visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus with gifts for the children accompanied by the Orcas Community Band. Cookies provided including doggie cookies from Pawki's.
WINDERMERE HOLIDAY PARTY AT OUR NEW OFFICE
(Friday, December 7, 4:30 - 7:00 pm @ 217 Main Street)
We would like to invite you to join us for a festive Jingle & Mingle at our new office location. We will be serving up wine and light bites, so please stop on by. Read more...
HOLIDAY SQUARE DANCE
(Friday, December 7, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm @ at Oddfellows)
Two Hands Furniture presents Kelsey Nelsen and The Shadies for a holiday square dance! Tickets $10 at the door. Cash only. All ages! Read more...
6TH ANNUAL CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS MARKET
Our island's youngest artisans create a treasure trove art and gift items
priced for sale between 25 cents and $10. All work is
handmade, local and affordable. Read more...
STILLE NACHT (Silent Night) CHRISTMAS TOUR
(Saturday, December 8, 2:00 pm @ Orcas Island Community Church)
An evening of European and Celtic infused Christmas music featuring an international ensemble.
ORCAS CHORAL SOCIETY: MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
(Saturday, December 8, 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 9, 2:00 pm @ Orcas Center)
Rejoice in the season with the Orcas Choral Society with
more than 60 islanders in music and song. Read more...
OICMF LEAVES OF GOLD CONCERT AT ROSARIO
(Thursday, December 13, 5:30 pm in the Music Room at Rosario)
Festival musicians Jon Kimura Parker and Desmond Hoebig will be joined by Artem Kuznetsov.
Buffet reception to follow in the Dining Room.
Tickets: $150, $75 is tax deductible. Read more...
SANTA VISITS WASHINGTON FEDERAL
(Friday, December 14, 3:00-5:00 pm @ Washington Federal Bank)
We'll be taking pictures of the kids with Santa and printing them. There will be a craft table to make picture frames for the pictures we print. There will also be cookies and refreshments.
KIDS HOLIDAY CRAFT DAY
(Saturday, December 15, 1:00 4:00 pm @ Mt. Baker Farm)
Come make gifts, ornaments, holiday cards and visit our donkeys, goats and chickens, and a train ride (if weather permits). Reservation and pre-payment required. Read more...
BOLSHOI BALLET IN CINEMA: THE NUTCRACKER
(Saturday, December 15, 2:00 pm @ Orcas Center)
Orcas Center Presents on Center Stage
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema: Captured Live in HD, The Nutcracker. Read more...
WHO IS YOUR KING? CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
(Sunday, December 16, 10:00 am @ Orcas Island Community Church)
The play focuses on the purpose and hope of the birth of the King of kings, as expressed in Scripture.
INTERNATIONAL LIONS SANTA SHIP
(Sunday, December 16, 12:00 am @ Orcas Ferry Landing Public Dock)
Music, pirates and clowns, refreshments and gifts for the children.
ANNUAL ORCAS ISLAND COMMUNITY BAND "HOLIDAY CONCERT"
(Sunday, December 16, 3:00 pm @ Orcas Center)
Get in to the spirit of the season as the Band gives music and a dessert party as its gift to the community.
CHRISTMAS FLOATING UKULELE JAMMIE JAM
(Sunday, December 16, Ferry leaves Orcas at 6:45 pm @ Ferry Landing)
Bring Christmas (or other holiday) songs to share or just plan to sing along, and, just for fun, if you are so inspired, wear your pajamas! Read more...
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS CONCERT
(Friday, December 21, 7:30 pm @ Orcas Center)
A blend of American Folk and a traditional English Christmas with the Crow Valley Band, Brograss, and special guests including Tiffany Loney dancing to the live music. Tickets $10.00. Read more...
STORMY HOLIDAYS WITH MARTIN LUND
(Saturday, December 22, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm @ Orcas Center)
Orcas Island Vocalist Stormy Hildreth and her jazz quartet lead a musical journey through soulful jazz, Stormy's original music, and the classics of the Christmas season.
CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES
(Monday, December 24)
Christmas Eve Family Eucharist at
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5:00 pm
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at the
Community Church, 6:00 pm
Christmas Eve traditional candlelight Eucharist at
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 8:00 pm
(Tuesday, December 25)
Christmas Day Contemplative Eucharist at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 12:00 pm
GIVEORCAS 2018 HOLIDAY CATALOG & 2018 FLAT PERSON
(Now until Friday, December 21: check oicf.us for updates and games!)
Welcome, Colleen Smith to OICF's Flat Family! This year Flat Colleen will represent OICF's 2018 GiveOrcas Holiday Campaign around town and at holiday parties (look for her at the Tree Lighting on Friday!). Post a selfie with Flat Colleen with #giveorcas and you could win $500 for a nonprofit in the catalog! Visit giveorcas.org to see this year's listing.We have several games planned throughout the campaign, in addition to appearances from the honorary Flat Person.
INFORMATION: contact Kate Long or Hilary Canty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 376-6423
ORCAS ISLAND SCHOOL MUSIC
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 pm: 5th-8th Grade Band and Strings Concert, Orcas High School.
Thursday. December 13, 7:00 pm: Orcas High School Band and Strings Concert, Orcas Center.
Thursday, December 20, 6:30 pm: Elementary School Concert, Orcas High School Gym.
The community is encouraged to attend these free events and support the music students!
MOVIE OF THE WEEK:
(Friday-Saturday, December 7- December 8, 7:30 pm @ Seaview Theater)
The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbors in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang.
THE EXCHANGE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
(Saturday, December 8, 10:
0 am - 4:00 pm @ The Exchange)
The Exchange will be holding
an Anniversary celebration with special discounts on clothing (
2 bags for the price of one bag - or $10)
and complimentary apple cider. There will also be a one-day only silent auction
that will include unusu
al items such as original pottery, an early 1950's Lionel train set, and more. Enjoy a cup of hot apple cider while you shop for everyday items, or stock up on goodies for Christmas giving.
GARLIC HEADED WEED DOL
(Monday, December 10, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm @ Orcas Senior Center)
Join Catiya Gainor and f
ashion a Corn Doll from objects found on the island. Traditional corn dolls are created at the end of the season as in the Celtic tradition to take the last bloom of summer which are brought into the house to remind us on the dark days that summer will come again.
Bring favorite scraps, buttons,
and ribbon for sentimental and artistic value.
BARBARA BENTLEY SPEAKS ABOUT CHANGING TIMES, CHANGING GARDENS
(Wednesday, December 12, 10:30 am @ Orcas Center)
Barbara focuses on ecological interactions-usually from a plant's point of view. In the last phase of her research, she investigated the effects of global change on plant-insect interactions. Additionally, she is passionately interested in science education, with an emphasis on the different processes of science. She welcomes opportunities to present her work, as a scientist and teacher, to a wide diversity of audiences. After the presentation, visitors are encouraged to stop by our membership table and become a member of the garden club and to enjoy treats in the social hour following the meeting.
COMMUNITY HERO PROGRAM LOGO/ARTWORK CONTEST
(Submit by December 15 to Orcas Food Co-op)
Orcas Food Co-op is calling on our island community to contribute artwork that could be created into a logo to symboliz
e our Community Hero Program.
Winner will receive $100 co-op gift certificate, a $100 donation to the Community Hero Program recipient of your choice as well as design recognition!
Send your art submission in a refined form (Photo, JPEG, PDF, ID or AI file) with a limit of 3-4 colors (we prefer artwork in colors that match our current color palette)
(Thursday, December 20, 11:00 am-5:00 pm @ Eastsound Fire Hall)
Walk-ins welcome. Donors with appointments have priority at registration and screening.
TRES FABU! FIRST FRIDAY
(Friday, December 7, 11:00 am-4:00 pm @ 238 North Beach Rd)
We are so blessed to be living in this part of the world, and even though it is cold-cold-cold here on Orcas now, we've had a fantastic run of good weather! So in the spirit of celebration of clear skies and sunshine, we are having a very timely sale:
is 20% off on First Friday - coats, jackets, hoodies and cardigans are on sale!
We'll have cookies from Teezers, and GF peppermint crunch brownies. Oh yes, there will be liquid refreshments - delicious hot spiced cider to warm you if you've been out and about in the winter sunshine. Join us for the tree lighting across the street at the Village Green in the afternoon!
(Friday, December 7, 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am-5:30 pm)
Everything is shiny and bright at Nest this holiday season - come in for a delight of the senses and the pocketbook as all items will be discounted 20% Friday and Saturday. We still have the much coveted Roland pine candles which make a great treat for yourself or a perfect hostess gift. Cut flowers are excluded from the sale.
Thanks for Shopping the Rock!
DOE BAY WINE COMPANY
Doe Bay Wine Company Shop the Rock Deal! 10% off bottles and 20% off 6+ bottles of "The Orcas Project" wines running December 7th through December 24th!
(Saturdays through December 22)
Come in to warm up with some festival sampling...
Lavender Hot Chocolate!
At Pelindaba Lavender Gift Giving is Made Easy
... with Free Standard Shipping* within the US, complimen
tary handwritten gift notes included in shipped orders and a selection of gift wrap options to choose from. (
*some product exceptions apply).
269 Main Street,
JILLERY continues to feature a plethora of holiday
is AT LEAST 10% OFF STOREWIDE. Many items are 15% to 40% OFF until Christmas. An array of ornaments, plus a sleigh-load of stocking stuffers. You'll find something for everyone on your list, and we "won't be undersold!" Heavenly scented candles, felted soaps, hand carved olive wood, luxurious scarves, hats & gloves, chic handmade jewelry, Garden Art & glassware and much MORE! Our merchandise is unique...items you won't find on Amazon or at Costco! Please SHOP THE ROCK! Avoid the crowds and ferry fares!
We would ALL love to see you this season, and are trying hard to make it worth your while!
ORCAS ARTS AND GIFTS
HUGE blowout sale on all kinds of wonderful things throughout the store, including 50-80% off crystals, fossils, and mineral specimens of all shapes, sizes, and colors! Handmade jewelry including the ever-popular Orcas Island Sea Glass jewelry line. Awesome T-shirts that aren't 'just another souvenir shirt', hoodies, hats, and more. All kinds of fun and random stocking stuffers, starting at $1!! We always make sure locals get at least 10% off, but often it ends up being more! Shop local this season. 245 Main Street. Closed Tuesdays. 6-3462
MONKEY PUZZLE SPECIAL HOLIDAY GIFTS
Exciting shopping experiences at Monkey Puzzle with only
until Christmas. Lots of affordable gifts, a rotating sale table ($7 items), continuing 50% off sale on Arcopedico shoes, gift certificates and an opportunity to create a special necklace or vest.
Our Swedish dish cloths/sponges($7) come in a variety of themes
. Light weight, useful, practical, attractive and affordable they are perfect for a thank you gift, stocking stuffer or just to please you. Special for Friday, December 7: 15% off entire store!
CROW VALLEY GALLERY
You are invited to choose artwork from over 100 local artists and another 60 part-time and regional artists. Local and Friends Love 10%-15% off . Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Ranging from pottery magnets by Khalia and Issabella Douglas (ages 7 and 13) to fine works of art.
Pottery, glass art, woodworking, metal work by Steve Gropp, a large variety of wall art, antiques and furniture.
Plus the Art of Softness... Come get your Christmas snuggle with your Mayor Tinker.
SCORE NIFTY THRIFTY
Now until the Clock Runs Out on 2018 - 100+ Items 50% OFF! Score! Nifty Thrifty Mon-Sat 11:00 am-4:00 pm, Eastsound Post Office Building.
GIRL MEETS DIRT
In addition to our regular weekday hours (8:00 am-4:30 pm), Girl Meets Dirt will be open Saturdays in December from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. As always, we'll have out free tastes of all of our preserves, including our Shrubs and new Bitters line. And for those in the know, Peach Shrub is back in stock and we have a delicious new Hot Damn Pepper Jam made with Maple Rock Farm peppers. Perfect for holiday gatherings. We'll be giving away a FREE Girl Meets Dirt Tote bag to the first 2 customers each Saturday to stop in and make a purchase.
ORCAS MONTESSORI SCHOOL'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY WREATH SALE
(While supplies last at Ray's Pharmacy, Con's Pit Stop, and Orcas Food Co-op)
Check an item off your holiday list and purchase a wreath from Orcas Montessori School's annual holiday sale fundraiser. Decor
ated with fragrant juniper berries, yellow tipped incense cedar, pine cones, and then finished off with a red velvet bow, these lovely noble fir wreaths smell wonderful, last for months, and are a festive way to welcome folks into your home or business during this special time of year. $28 paid at store's cashier via cash or check made payable to Orcas Montessori School.
ORCAS ISLAND GOLF
The Golf Course on Orcas Island is doing a December special, 5 nine-hole punch card for $99! That's a 40% discount off regular green fees! Great for gift. Limit 2. Email Justin at
COMMUNITY HERO PROGRAM IN DECEMBER: CO-OP'S GENERATOR FUND
(Register Round up & 3% Thursday, December 20 @ Orcas Food Co-op)
In the islands, we are more vulnerable to unplanned power outages. During the darkest days, we want our Co-op to be a community hub and sanctuary, a warm place for people to meet and gather, share resources, plug in cell-phones and other devices, and of course eat healthy and delicious food. With a new generator, we can even host Game Night upstairs when the power goes out.
One of our committed Member-Owners has stepped up to offer a $5K matching donation to support the Generator Fund! That means every dollar that is contributed right now has double the impact.
STUMP GRINDING SPECIAL
Rain Shadow Consulting specializing in all manor of tree care (native tree, planted landscapes, fruit trees) and is offering a two month special on stump grinding work!
We have a new stump grinder and it's awesome! Turns those awkward old stumps into woody mulch in no time! Our two month special rate is $95 / hr. for stump grinding and a flat set-up fee of $35!
Offer good for through Jan
31st of 2019.
Restrictions: Orcas Island only.
PURCHASE ARTISAN SALMON AT CROW VALLEY GALLERY TO SUPPORT ORCA
Crow Valley Galley, local artist Esther Clark, and Friends of the San Juans have partnered to protect what we love!
Purchase one of a kind, locally-made artisan salmon by Esther Clark at Crow Valley Gallery. The ceramic salmon are $250 and Friends of the San Juans will receive a portion of the profits to support our Orca Protection Fund.
Esther Clark is a locally grown Northwest Native, born and raised sailing and hiking in the northwest. Esther hopes this project will inspire an impact of preservation of the salmon for generations to come. Esther Clark lives and works on Orcas Island, in the San Juan Islands.
AND PROPERTY CONCIERGE
Package Handling. Pick up packages at Aeronautical will-call. Put FedEx deliveries inside. Meet with delivery trucks for shipments like furniture and appliances. Some clients have shipped packages directly to us, and we hold them until needed. Sign for documents (with appropriate paperwork from the client.)
We can also send packages.
Trustworthy, timely, confidential service.
Restaurant News & Dining Deals
Seasonal changes in hours and days have begun.
Be sure to check the Restaurant Guide!
Mark Ryan Wine Dinner
(Friday, December 7 @ Rosario Mansion Restaurant)
Holiday dinner featuring wines from Northwest Legend Mark McNeilly.
Chef Southern's festive menu features new twists on his favorite holiday dishes.
INN AT SHIP BAY
The last night for the Ship Bay's Dining Room & Lounge will be Saturday, December 8th.
We are open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5:00 pm (both Dinning Room & Lounge) until then.
INFORMATION: 360-376-5885 if you wish to make a reservation.
WINTER DINNER AT CATKIN
(Sunday, December 9, 5:30 pm @ Catkin Cafe)
3 courses, $75 / person.
Don't miss our last dinner of the year!!
THE MANSION RESTAURANT AT ROSARIO
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner
(Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and December 25, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm)
Prix fixe holiday menu ($65 per person) with optional wine pairings (+ $35)
Credit card required for reservations: 360.376.2222 ext. 400
New Year's Eve Gala Seafood Buffet
(Monday, December 31, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm)
($75 per person, includes celebratory champagne)
Credit card required for reservations: 360.376.2222 ext. 400
Rosario New Year's Eve Party
(Monday, December 31, 10:00 pm-1:00 am)
Guitarist Gene Nery, dancing and a la carte menu in The Moran Lounge
New Year's Day Champagne Brunch
(Tuesday, January 1, 10:00 am-2:00 pm)
A la carte menu. R
eservations: 360.376.2222 ext. 400
ORCAS HOTEL RESTAURANT HOURS
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Open Daily)
Orcas Hotel Café
Breakfast & Lunch:
6:00 am - 5:30 pm (Open Daily)
THE CLEVER COW TAKES A SNOOZE
Closed for a long winter's nap until March 1, 2019
Wow, what a moovalous year! Thanks to all of you who stopped in (some of you many times) to say hello, dip into your favorite ice creams, sodas, floats, affogatos, espressos and so munch more. Me and my amazing caretakers are udderly grateful. Mark your calendars for
March 1 when we'll be herding back to take good care of all your ice cream needs!
OTHER WINTER CLOSINGS:
Island Pie: Closed December 17-26. Reopens on December 27 with winter hours, Thursday-Saturday.
Doe Bay Cafe: Closed now through December 27. Reopens December 28.
Tuesdays at 9:00 pm;
Serving up pub fare, great beer, and good times. Stop by for a delicious meal, or just a drink.
Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Doe Bay Cafe (closed until December 27)
Great food and music .
The Café is open from 5-10 pm and Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm.
KARAOKE & LIVE MUSIC:
AT LOWER TAVERN
(Wednesdays at 8:00 pm)
Play Trivia with friends.
(Fridays at 9:30 pm)
Karaoke! You know you want to check it out!
LIVE MUSIC FEATURING MARTINIS & MARTIN: ROSARIO RESORT
(Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ Rosario Resort Moran Lounge)
Join Martin Lund for an evening of hand-crafted cocktails and live music. Martin Lund, an island favorite and jazzman extraordinaire, considers himself a "musical chef."
INFORMATION: Call 360-3
LIVE MUSIC WITH GENE NERY
(Fridays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ The Moran Lounge, Rosario Resort)
INFORMATION: Call 360-376-2222
ROSARIO MUSIC CONCERT AND HISTORICAL NARRATIVE
(Saturdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ Rosario Resort)
Enjoy a presentation of music and history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate with Christopher Peacock. Highlights of the presentation include the Moran Photograph Collection, Phantom of the Opera music performed on the Mansion's 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ, 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
Health and Wellness
FAMILY YOGA DAY
(Saturday, December 8, 1:00 -2:00 pm & 2:30-3:00 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
Children and parents are invited to come and play with Lady Bouley and guest kids' yoga teacher Melissa Hawkins. Offering two sessions: 1:00-2:00 pm for kids ages 4-11 with parents, and 2:30-3:00 Mommy and Me Postnatal for the itty bitties.
Event pricing: $10-20 Sliding Scale (studio passes do not apply)
138 North Beach Road.
GET YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHT! POWERFUL ATLAS/OCCIPUT HEALING SESSIONS
(December 14, 15, 16, @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio, 138 North Beach Road)
Michael Hanes's life work is helping people align mind * body * spirit with the Atlas Activation. He is trained in the Atlasprofilax methodology and has years of experience with clients in chronic pain.
WINTER SOLSTICE GATHERING
(Monday, December 17, 5:30-7:30 pm @ Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio)
Join us in warmth as we welcome winter with an intimate candlelit evening of yin yoga, optional cbd oil, and a selection of beautiful instruments
Event Pricing: $25 cash or PayPal (studio passes do not apply) 138 North Beach Road.
HEALING ARTS CENTER GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE
Gift certificates for massage and acupuncture are on sale, 15% off during the entire month of December. The certificates, which have no expiration date, may be purchased online at
; you will be emailed a printable certificate. You may also stop by the Healing Arts Center between 9:00 am-3:00 pm weekdays and pick up festive cardstock certificates with matching envelopes.
The perfect gift to show how much you care!
453 North Beach Rd.
ROSARIO SPA: MID-WEEK RETREAT SPECIAL FOR ORCAS ISLANDERS!
Renew & Rejuvenate this fall! Islanders receive 10% off all Spa Services Monday-Thursday (excludes holidays). Locals also enjoy 10% off Eminence Organic skincare products and a free gift with any $100 Eminence purchase. *mention "Islander Special" to receive discount.
INFORMATION: Reservations: 360-376-2222 EXT. 600
DECEMBER SPECIAL: WILD ROSE LTD
Gift certificates available for all treatments and products: chair massages, Reiki Intuitive Energy Healings, and special Wild Rose Ltd Holiday oils. A Christmas scented spritz mist of clove, orange, pine and fir will bring back memories of long ago.
INFORMATION: Contact Deborah Darner, LMP at 360-376-4188
YOGA AT DOE BAY
Yoga Nidra With Michael Elder in The Doe Bay Yoga Studio Monday @ 6:00 pm. $10 Drop-in Fee.
Mindful Flow Yoga with Megan Mcintire in The Doe Bay Yoga Studio Tuesday and Thursday @
5:30 pm. $10 Drop-in fee.
Art & Museums
20% HOLIDAY SALE AT JACQUELINE KEMPFER ARTIST STUDIO !
(Through Saturday, December 22nd at 474 N. Beach Road in Eastsound)
After a short stroll up North Beach Road, visitors can cozy up to
the fireplace to view Jackie's original paintings of Orcas Island scenery
in the mediums of Watercolor, Oil and Sumi ink. Holiday decorations
(including a snow village!) and warm beverages are an invitation to relax
in her studio and gallery. Jackie is pleased to offer a 20% discount
on all painting purchases and beautiful, free gift wrapping for the
holidays! Open Wed - Sat, Noon until 4:00 pm.
WASHINGTON FEDERAL ARTIST FOR DECEMBER: BETTY HALL
Washington Federal's Artist of the Month is lifelong Orcas Islander, Betty Hall. Betty is well-known for her beautiful quilts. Washington Federal is grateful to have them adorning the walls for the holidays in what has become a December tradition. Come on by Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm to see these works of art! On Fridays join us for coffee and sweets.
DECEMBER AND JANUARY ART EXHIBIT AT ORCAS CENTER
(Opening Reception Friday, December 7, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm @ Orcas Center)
The Visual Arts Committee (VAC) is responsible for creating a gallery-like atmosphere in the lobby and the Madrona Room, providing beautiful and interesting art every month. For two months the members of the VAC take the opportunity to exhibit their own art. The current members of the VAC are; Mary Jane Elgin, Joan Fletcher, Marilee Holm, Ann Jones, Rick Jones, Vanessa Julian, Peg Laycock, Heidi Lindberg, Pat Littlewood, Janis Mattox, Leon Rosenblatt, Nina Sahlin and Kathy Youngren. The members of the VAC invite all members of the community to come and celebrate their art.
Left to right, top to bottom: Kathy Youngren, Leon Rosenblatt, Pat Littlewood, Ann Jones, Janis Mattox, Rick Jones,
Mary Jane Elgin, Joan fletcher, Nina Sahlin, Barbara Bentley, Heidi Lindberg
PATOS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE EXHIBIT
(Until March 30, 12:00-3:00 pm @ Orcas Island Historical Museum)
Don't miss our winter exhibit on the history of Patos Island lighthouse from its inception in 1893 through its automation in 1974, then the rehabilitation in 2008 by the Bureau of Land Management.
Curated by and in partnership with
Keepers of Patos Light
, this exhibit was on display this summer on Patos and will be available on Orcas until March 2019. It has been expanded to include items in the Museum's collection that have never been displayed before including the Patos Island Visitor's Register. Admission by donation.
INFORMATION: Orcas Island Historical Museum at 360-376-4849
THE ORCAS ISLAND ARTWORKS
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
ORCAS ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Pioneer Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday,
12:00 - 3:00 pm or by appointment.
There is a great selection of Gift Shop items. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 - 5:00 pm.
Crow Valley School
open by appointment. Call 360-376-4849.
(Museums are closed in January).
MORAN MANSION MUSEUM TOURS
(Open Daily 8:00 am - 9:00 pm)
The Mansion is open to the public for a self-guided tour from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm daily. The tour is free.
INFORMATION: Call Rosario at 360-376-2152
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
Ashley Randall, Staff
Carol Kulminski, Staff
Michele Wiley, Volunteer