In the News

August 4, 2003

Music fills the air

Some musicians inspired their listeners to close their eyes and relax … others to step to the street and dance. As always, visitors to the Anacortes Arts Festival were treated to a wide selection of musical options, ranging from classical strings to rock and roll. Rhythm Culture entertained Sunday afternoon, as did members of Little […]

August 3, 2003

More vintage vehicles

From fire trucks to custom hot rods, the annual Vintage Vehicle Show scheduled in conjunction with the Arts Festival offers something for everyone with an appreciation of the classics. Pictured here is the interior of Anacortes resident Fred Miller’s 1956 Thunderbird, the only model to include the rear-mounted spare tire. The headlight/grill photo is a […]

August 3, 2003

Delicious festival food

I ran into a guy yesterday who attended the Arts Festival with one purpose only: the food. It’s been a great couple of days for folks who like food and beverages in a festival atmosphere. Local bakeries including La Vie En Rose featured outdoor tables piled high with goodies. Many Bela Isola guests chose the […]

August 2, 2003

Artists at work

Within a stone’s throw from the Guemes Channel is a rare treat for Arts Festival guests … an opportunity to watch artists at work. Among artists near the Port of Anacortes offices/Festival Art Display are metalsmith Paul Thorne and Native American carver Kevin Paul (Paul at top, Paul and Kevin together in bottom photo). Also […]

August 2, 2003

Vintage Vehicle Show

Sweet! But then it always is. That’s the Vintage Vehicle Show brought to the community by Bill Mitchell, renowned for his historic art murals. Bill was at work early this morning, directing traffic from the three-wheeled electric cart so familiar to Anacortes residents. Another familiar “star” of the annual car show is the 1917 Mack […]

August 1, 2003

Festival comes to life

Vendors began “putting down stakes” Thursday afternoon in preparation for the three-day Anacortes Arts Festival. Anacortes will be in the news for the weekend during the most highly attended festival on the community calendar. Among those setting up along Commercial Avenue Thursday was radio personality Scotty VanDryver of Soft Rock Kafe, 104.3 FM. This Bellingham-based […]

August 1, 2003

Festival Day One

Anacortes Arts Festival Director Joan Tezak (right) was pleased with the first day of the Festival, as evidenced by the smile in this portrait with friend Delphine Haley. The weather was great, the crowd congenial as the busy island weekend got underway. In another scene, artist Bill Jamieson of Vitreous Designs talks to a customer […]

July 31, 2003

NAS Whidbey memories

These black and white photographs (as opposed to color) reflect the fact that I was a photojournalist working in Oak Harbor at the time they were taken. Kodak Tri-X was the film of choice. The first image, taken by NAS Whidbey Public Affairs Officer Jim Kennedy, shows an excited young Steve Berentson readying for a […]

July 30, 2003

Anti-drinking fountain

This small statue/fountain of a woman and a bird stands outside the Anacortes Museum, a former Carnegie Library. According to Anacortes Museum researcher Alex Dunn, the cast iron/zinc water fountain was created by J.W. Fiske Co. of New York. It was donated by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in 1906 in memory of long-time Union […]

July 27, 2003

An-O-Chords barbecue

It’s like a family picnic, really … a major difference being that those who step up front to sing can actually carry a tune. Boy, can they carry a tune! It’s the annual An-O-Chords barbecue, the salmon feast and entertainment event that follows two nights of performance at Brodniak Auditorium. This afternoon barbecue was great, […]

July 26, 2003

Tugging a ferry

In many cities, crowds gather to watch construction crews. In Anacortes it is more common to see crowds gather on the waterfront, as was the case yesterday at the Port of Anacortes dock on the Guemes Channel. It was late afternoon when the crews of two Crowley tugs, the “Response” and the “Protector,” threw lines […]

July 25, 2003

Pleasant surprises

Sometimes our day includes a pleasant surprise or two, as was the case earlier this week while visiting Randy’s Pier 61 Restaurant on the Guemes Channel. My eye caught a glimpse of color from a tree near the rocks just north of the restaurant deck. When I went closer to examine the fruit, I discovered […]

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