Downtown lights up

Published November 28, 2003 / by Steve Berentson

Holiday surprises await visitors to downtown shops such as Buer’s Floral and Gift Shop on 7th and Commercial Avenue. Quaint, owner-operated shops are part of the seasonal attraction to Anacortes. In addition to business decorations, the community’s skyline will be transformed tonight at 5 p.m. with the lighting of historic Causland Park. Spearheading this ambitious campaign is the Lions Club. Festivities will include a candlelight ceremony with a soloist singing “Silent Night.” People are encouraged to bring candles or flashlights. Martin Iverson will play holiday songs and serve as emcee. Special guests will include Town Crier Judy Jewell and Mayor Dean Maxwell. Lions member John Watson, who initiated the effort, is excited to see the return of a tradition that delighted him when he was a child.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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